Eric Gryba and the Rest of the Oiler PTOs

Updated: September 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Chris the Intern

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The Oilers invited Eric Gryba to a professional tryout on September 2nd. Nearly three weeks later, Gryba finally accepted the offer, and will now be attending the Oilers training camp come Thursday. Gryba’s grit and toughness make him an excellent depth defenceman, and would very much help the Oilers this season. Along with Gryba, the Oilers have signed six other players to PTO contracts this summer. Let’s take a look at the options. 

Kris Versteeg

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Versteeg signed a PTO with the Oilers near the beginning of September. You can find a full analysis of the signing from Jonathan Willis here. Bringing Versteeg in on a PTO makes sense as it will add some much needed right-wing depth. Kris Versteeg would add another veteran presence in the lineup which is never a bad thing either. Did I mention he also has two Cup rings? That kind of experience can only help.

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 2 2 4 6 -1
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 22 31 53 55 15 17 4 8 12 22
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 20 24 44 35 8 22 6 8 14 14
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 14 21 35 29 -13
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 7 4 11 24 4 11 1 5 6 12
2011-12 Florida Panthers NHL 71 23 31 54 49 4 7 3 2 5 8
2012-13 Florida Panthers NHL 10 2 2 4 8 -8
2013-14 Florida Panthers NHL 18 2 5 7 9 -9
2013-14 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 63 10 19 29 27 9 15 1 2 3 4
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 14 20 34 35 11 12 1 1 2 6
2015-16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 63 11 22 33 36 -6
2015-16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 4 1 5 9 6 5 1 1 2 0
NHL Totals 550 131 182 313 322 89 17 27 44 66

Scott Allen

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Scott Allen is a 6’3″, 198-pound left winger who scored 13 goals and 17 assists in 30 games with the Norfolk Admirals last year in the ECHL. Allen is an Edmonton native who also played with the Spruce Grove Saints in junior. 

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 U. of Alaska-Anchorage WCHA 28 3 6 9 23  
2012-13 U. of Alaska-Anchorage WCHA 36 12 7 19 33  
2013-14 U. of Alaska-Anchorage WCHA 33 17 14 31 8  
2014-15 U. of Alaska-Anchorage WCHA 32 8 8 16 40 -14
2014-15 Colorado Eagles ECHL 9 0 1 1 2 -2
2015-16 Missouri Mavericks ECHL 5 2 2 4 9 2
2015-16 Norfolk Admirals ECHL 37 13 17 30 14 0

Josh Currie

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Josh Currie is a 5’11”, 187-pound right winger who tallied 12 points in 13 games in the ECHL last year with the Norfolk Admirals. He then moved up to Bakersfield and put up 24 points in 53 games. He is 23 years old and played four seasons in the QMJHL. One of those seasons, he put up 104 points in 68 games.

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2013-14 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 70 15 16 31 41 -21
2014-15 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 71 14 28 42 49 -20
2015-16 Norfolk Admirals ECHL 13 6 6 12 8 -3
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 53 10 14 24 49 8

Ryan Hamilton

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Hamilton is a 6’2″, 219-pound left winger who after a long stint in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ system, played with Bakersfield the last three seasons. Ryan, a 31-year-old, has played 30 NHL games between the Leafs and Oilers and has 5 points.

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 Houston Aeros AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Houston Aeros AHL 62 7 9 16 36 -8
2007-08 Houston Aeros AHL 72 20 19 39 38 13 2 1 0 1 0
2008-09 Houston Aeros AHL 29 8 4 12 24 -13
2008-09 Toronto Marlies AHL 36 7 6 13 33 2 6 1 2 3 4
2009-10 Toronto Marlies AHL 47 16 9 25 37 -3
2010-11 Toronto Marlies AHL 45 16 12 28 21 5
2011-12 Toronto Marlies AHL 74 25 26 51 36 5 17 2 3 5 6
2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 1 2 -1
2012-13 Toronto Marlies AHL 56 30 18 48 31 3 4 1 1 2 0
2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 0 2 2 0 1 2 0 1 1 0
2013-14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 30 7 9 16 26 -1
2013-14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
2014-15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 43 18 19 37 15 9 10 5 0 5 2
2014-15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 16 1 1 2 6 -8
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 60 20 13 33 41 -10
NHL Totals 30 1 4 5 8 2 0 1 1 0

Frankie Simonelli 

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Simonelli is a 23-year-old, right-handed defenceman who played the past two seasons with the Providence Bruins in the AHL. He’s put up 11 points in 57 AHL games and has 32 penalty minutes. Simonelli is 5’11”, weighs 201-pounds, and has played four years of college hockey at the University of Wisconsin.

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2010-11 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 39 2 9 11 16  
2011-12 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 37 5 14 19 30  
2012-13 U. of Wisconsin WCHA 42 3 9 12 44  
2013-14 U. of Wisconsin Big-10 37 6 13 19 38  
2013-14 Providence Bruins AHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1 3 0 1 1 2
2014-15 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 19 1 9 10 12 11 24 3 7 10 10
2014-15 Providence Bruins AHL 36 2 6 8 16 5
2015-16 Providence Bruins AHL 21 1 2 3 16 0

Ryan Vesce

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Ryan Vesce is a 5’7″, 168-pound centre who has played 219 games in the KHL, scoring 170 points. Vesce is 34 years old and has played 19 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, putting up 5 total points. 

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2004-05 Rogle BK Swe-1 43 20 25 45 51 14
2005-06 Springfield Falcons AHL 80 18 49 67 50 -25
2006-07 Binghamton Senators AHL 80 16 35 51 51 -26
2007-08 HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga 56 26 18 44 42 11
2008-09 Worcester Sharks AHL 67 24 47 71 28 4 12 3 7 10 22
2008-09 San Jose Sharks NHL 10 0 0 0 4 -2
2009-10 Worcester Sharks AHL 35 14 16 30 20 3 6 3 1 4 0
2009-10 San Jose Sharks NHL 9 3 2 5 0 -1
2010-11 Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo KHL 51 25 23 48 18 -7
2011-12 Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo KHL 18 4 6 10 8 -1
2012-13 Skelleftea AIK SEL 22 2 4 6 12 2
2012-13 Blues SM-liiga 14 2 4 6 10 -10
2013-14 Zagreb Medvescak KHL KHL 54 15 20 35 18 5 4 0 1 1 2
2014-15 Minsk Dynamo KHL 56 17 27 44 32 -9 5 1 2 3 2
2015-16 Minsk Dynamo KHL 40 18 15 33 12 -7
NHL Totals 19 3 2 5 4

My Take

I like the idea of the Oilers signing many PTO’s this summer. After the “year of the injuries” last season, and the improper development of our prospects from the last few years, I feel like you can never have enough guys trying out. For example, say we sign Versteeg, Gryba, and/or Kris Russell. This would give the opportunity to have Puljujarvi, Reinhart, and Nurse to potentially begin the year in Bakersfield, not forcing them into the NHL. (although at the rate Puljujarvi is lighting up the rookie camp it’s hard to not see him making the team). PTO’s may increase depth in the organization, and gives a team like Edmonton a chance to sign veteran guys looking for a contract, while their prospects get some needed development time.

Nothing has been confirmed, but Mike Richards name has also been brought up a lot this September. Richards would be an interesting addition as a fourth line centre. Peter Chiarelli has revealed that they’ve offered many other players PTO’s, however, no names have been disclosed.