Ads can select up to eight players to extend qualifying offers.
A day after a host of Admirals won the Stanley Cup (again), the next potential batch of Scope skaters became clearer. The powers that be in the Oilers organization named their season-ending rosters today as per the ECHL. Norfolk selected 19 players out of a possible 20 to be on their roster. From this group, the Ads can choose up to eight players to offer qualifying offers. Players have until August 1st to accept that qualifying offer. If they do not, then the team can choose a new contract for the player OR the player becomes a free agent. I imagine the latter is the more popular scenario. There is some language about veterans (260 pro games played) or goalies with 160 games played. These players become restricted free agents if not signed by August 1, and they can sign with any other team (but can not be traded). Their original team has a week to match. Norfolk doesn’t appear to be loaded with veterans so that doesn’t appear to be a problem.
Norfolk did not put any goalies on its season-ending roster. Part of this is because Ty Rimmer is under an AHL contract and at the behest of the Bakersfield Condors. Rumors are swirling that the Oilers may be willing to part with the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft for Rangers netminder Cam Talbot. (You might remember Talbot from this goal). Edmonton’s future is probably with Laurent Brossoit and Eetu Laurikainen, who will both be in Bakersfield. Thus the projected goalie depth might be:
Rimmer/Goalie goes here
Finding someone to play that other spot in Norfolk might be tough but it will get done somehow. Now, here are the eight players I think will be given qualifying offers:
Sebastien Sylvestre: leading scorer, rookie, would be a bad idea not too
Josh Currie: centered top line, and it’s a scorer’s league
Jonathan Lessard: top-line RW
Nick Pageau: Leading scoring d-man, 2nd year, some AHL time
Gabriel Verpaelst: D lead team in PIMs
Jordan Kremyr: Captained the team, seems somewhat important
Chase Schaber: 4th leading scorer, alternate captain
Nick MacNeil: 7th leading scorer
I don’t know who they’re really going to keep. The Admirals are free to sign anyone starting today.