3 Edmonton Oilers Not Expected Back Next Season

The Edmonton Oilers were eliminated in six games by the Vegas Golden Knights and now head into an offseason of uncertainty. The Oilers took a step back this season and change will be coming this summer. Let's dive into three players who aren't likely to return next season:

Jack Campbell

While Stuart Skinner ended up running out of gas his rookie season, Jack Campbell struggled throughout his entire first season in Edmonton. Campbell appeared in 36 regular season games and posted a 3.41 GAA and an .888 save %. Frankly not good enough for a goaltender making $5 million against the cap. His trade protection is only 10 teams and look for Oilers GM Ken Holland to gauge the trade market towards the NHL Entry Draft next month. There's likely interest from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings.

Devin Shore

Devin Shore was a depth forward for the Oilers in 2022-23 and will make his way to free agency this July. Shore appeared in 47 regular season games, scoring nine points. He didn't appear in one Stanley Cup Playoff game and will be replaced next season.

Nick Bjugstad

The Oilers acquired Nick Bjugstad down the stretch this season but unfortunately it wasn't the perfect match in Edmonton. The team was hopeful he could play a checking role on the team's third line but his play was too inconsistent and the results weren't sustainable. Bjugstad finished the regular season with six points in 19 games and another three goals in 12 playoff games. Bjugstad hits the open market in July and don't expect to see the towering forward re-sign with the Oilers.

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