Should the Oilers claim Jordan Schroeder?

Updated: January 11, 2018 at 2:13 am by Zach Laing

Earlier today, it was announced that the Minnesota Wild placed right shot, right winger Jordan Schroeder, who is awaiting an arbitration hearing, on waivers. In a move that seems to be the Wild flexing their muscles, is there a chance for the Oilers to capitalize on a bottom six player?

Where the Oilers sit today


Sticktap to Lowetide for this depth chart.

When we look at things, it’s apparent the Oilers are well on their was to having a formidable roster from the top right down to the bottom. The additions of Milan Lucic, Adam Larsson and the blessing that is Jesse Puljujarvi will all positively impact the Oilers moving forward.

Finally, the Oilers are going to be able to deploy three lines that can generate offence which is something I am certainly a fan of. The defence is (slowly) on it’s way to becoming a solid one. 

The top pairing looks very Swede, while the second pairing of Sekera and Fayne should be able to hold their own. The third pair of Nurse and Davidson is still up in the air. I still think we see another defenceman added into the fold.

Could Oesterle make the jump to being an NHL regular? He certainly showed well in his brief time in Edmonton last season, but that’s another story for another day.

Things are finally coming up positive for the Oilers, so in saying that, where are the weaknesses in the roster? Well for one, that four line is one that could still use some retooling. 

While Matt Hendricks is a fantastic energy player, he unfortunately gets himself caved in analytically and at 35-years old the question of how much he has left in the tank comes up.

Mark Letestu suppresses shots at a second line level but is a sub replacement level player everywhere else. Zack Kassian scores at a great rate but has poor possession stats. Anton Lander and Iiro Pakarinen are still question marks, and have lots to prove at the NHL level.

Sorry, Jordan who?

Scroll back up to the top. That’s Jordan Schroeder. He’s 25-years old, and a former 22nd overall draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks. 

He was drafted out from the University of Minnesota, and was a point per game player during his NCAA time. After his ELC finished with the Canucks, they opted not to resign him and allowed him to walk. 

In turn, he signed with his home state, the Minnesota Wild. Since then, he has bounced between the AHL and NHL. What he has done well is score at a 0.66 PPG rate in his time with the Iowa Wild vs only 0.25 PPG at the NHL level. 

In his call-ups, he has shown he has the tool set to play an NHL game. One of the real knocks against him is his size, as he stands at 5’9″, 176 lbs.

The Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo had this to say:

Arbitration can often be a contentious process, and the Jordan Schroeder negotiations became contentious today when the Wild placed the 25-year-old right wing on waivers.He’s not on unconditional waivers, which would signal that Schroeder has a contract in Europe. He’s on regular waivers, which pretty much serves no purpose in the summer unless the Wild, unhappy he filed for arbitration, it trying to prove a point. If Schroeder clears waivers Wednesday at 11 a.m., he’ll remain a restricted free agent and Wild property with a July 27 arbitration date. But the Wild’s exposing him for 29 other teams to take for a mere $15,000 waiver fee. If he clears, it would be the fourth time in less than a year that Schroeder has cleared waivers. Thus, eight days before a potential hearing, the Wild likely feels this would strengthen its case that Schroeder is a minor-league depth player and does not deserve the one-way contract he’s seeking. A one-way contract means if Schroeder clears waivers in training camp or at any point in the season, he is assigned to Iowa but plays there under his NHL salary. A two-way contract, which the Wild believes he warrants, means he has a salary in the NHL and a lower salary in the minors. We’ll see if this whole maneuver now spurs a quick resolution. My gut says it will as long as he clears Wednesday.

Using HERO charts, let`s take a look at how he lines up vs. other players vying for the fourth line role:

Schroeder vs Oilers

I’m personally a huge fan of HERO charts, as I feel it is one of the very few tools to use where you get a one stop shop for what you need to know about a player.

What we can see from Schroeder’s HERO chart, is that he suppresses shots, and maintains possession of the puck when on the ice. His offensive production is higher than any player other than Zack Kassian, but he has him beat in the possession metrics by a good number.


As Schroder is an RFA and his case is obviously yet to be heard. If the Oilers were to put in a claim for the player and sign him to a one-year, one-way deal for anything under $1 million, I don’t see the harm in it. At worst, he starts the year with the Bakersfield Condors and is a viable call-up option. The Condors themselves don’t have a ton of top end AHL talent, so he could help provide a boost down there.

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