Truly one of the great free-agent signings in the past decade in the NHL. July 1 is not usually a great day to spend money. Hyman has been everything and more for the Oilers. https://t.co/y26Xs4bk9t
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 7, 2024
And let’s not forget Jack Campbell, who was placed in the waivers and sent down to the AHL due to his poor performances. He was signed for $5 million per season, for five years, in the hope of solving the famous problem in front of the net.
Not only has McDavid found his usual rhythm, but there’s also Zach Hyman, who has been everything and more to the Oilers since Knoblauch’s arrival, according to Pierre LeBrun.
He’s always been used to being positioned in the pay zone to collect loose pucks in the slot, but lately he’s really expanded his arsenal to score more goals.
He’s moving around more, varying his positioning in front of the net, passing in front of the net to block the goalie’s view, and positioning himself to deflect pucks or take shot returns.
At this rate, Hyman could easily pass the 50-goal mark, as he’s on his way to a 58-goal season (0.71 goals per game).
In Daniel Nugent-Bowman’s article on The Athletic, he demonstrates how the 31-year-old striker defies the aging curve among players.
How Oilers’ Zach Hyman is defying aging curves to become a top NHL goal scorer https://t.co/2dOtEgP018
– Daniel Nugent-Bowman (@DNBsports) January 7, 2024
Many people think that when a player passes his thirties, he starts to regress, which makes sense, but it doesn’t apply to all players.
“I’ve always hated the term for a player falling off a cliff when they’re 30. Many players regress at 30, but there’s nothing stopping you from getting better.” – Zach Hyman
This signature was definitely better than Jack Campbell’s, but it’s not that hard to beat.
I’d even go so far as to say that #18 is the best signing of the summer of 2021.
We can think of Phillip Danault and Philipp Grubauer, who signed with a new team that summer, but there’s also Frederik Andersen, who was a good signing for the Carolina Hurricanes, despite the injuries in his case.
On the other hand, if we look at the Oilers’ roster, we can all agree that they are in dire need of a top-notch goaltender, or at least more depth on defense.
When the team tries to solve the goaltending problem, they sign Jack Campbell for several seasons, only to have him play in the AHL. And I’m not saying he does well in the AHL.
This signing is clearly good for the Oilers, as Hyman was the missing piece on the top-6 attack, but you’re not going to go far in the playoffs with a young Stuart Skinner and Calvin Pickard.
– I love it.
Monty with a SPECTACULAR night finally gets his own chant pic.twitter.com/GZj9UecOuD
– HFTV (@HFTVSports) January 7, 2024
– Samuel Montembeault knew Mika Zibanejad was going to go for it in the shootout.
“He did the same move against me last year. He went one way, I bit on the fake then he went the other way & scored. I recognized he was trying it again so I just tried to follow him. I’m happy I was able to save it this time.” – Sam Montembeault yesterday on his shootout save pic.twitter.com/dPj58gWCPX
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) January 7, 2024
– He wants to know what the Penguins have in mind with his client.
Guentzel’s agent puts pressure on Dubas https://t.co/530QICp2Gj
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) January 7, 2024
– Listen now.
– The Sick Podcast – Recrutes Draftcast (@sickpodnhldraft) January 7, 2024
– What a goal from the Laval Rocket forward.