3 Oilers Players Who Won’t Be Back Next Season

The Edmonton Oilers have made some trade deadline additions to make themselves better for a playoff run, but the roster is going to change a decent amount in the offseason with contracts ending and players needing to be elevated. Let's take a look at three who aren't likely to return.

Connor Brown

Connor Brown has taken much much longer than expected to score a goal this season, so much so that he still hasn't scored and there's less than 20 games remaining in the season. While he plays solid defensively, forechecks great, and is a strong penalty killer, at a certain point in time, he has to contribute offensively. His bonus is already going to be on the cap next season and there needs to be spots cleared for Dylan Holloway and Raphael Lavoie on the team, so the Oilers aren't going to sign him again, even for league minimum.

Adam Henrique

Adam Henrique hasn't gotten going offensively just yet for the Oilers, but he has played well and will get going more. He was their big trade deadline acquisition, but there isn't really a way I can see him re-signing this offseason unless he really likes it in Edmonton and he signs for cheap. The Oilers will once again be tight on cap space and Henrique has had a season deserving of at least a few million on his next contract, even at his age.

Calvin Pickard

Calvin Pickard has been a great backup to Stuart Skinner this season and has gotten more trust as the season has gone on. He might have started in the AHL this season, but his play has warranted him at least a look as a full time backup next season. Unfortunately with Olivier Rodrigue set to be eligible for waivers next season, it would be wise for the Oilers to make room for him on the team so they don't risk losing a talented young goalie. He has proven he should be given a shot in the NHL, so now that Pickard has gotten a taste of the NHL, he'll at least want more playing time next season. He could be a good option to bring back, but both sides will have to agree and he'll likely get some interest elsewhere.

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