The #Edmonton Oilers nabbed a player in free agency on Monday, one that might not be that bad of a pick-up. Calling #Yohann Auvitu, the player Edmonton signed, a diamond in the rough in NHL free agency might go a little too far. However, Edmonton might have found some kind of less-precious metal in the rough as there is reason to be optimistic about what Auvitu can do.

Auvitu didn't do bad with New Jersey

Auvitu, a defenseman, is 27 years old and he doesn't have a lot of #NHL experience. Last season he was with the New Jersey Devils. In 25 games. He had 2 goals, 2 assists, and went +1 for plus/minus. The points-per-game production certainly doesn't jump out, however, the last statistic does jump out a bit.

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Keeping in mind that Auvitu is a defenseman without any known offensive punch, the Edmonton Oilers can only really be thinking about a player that adds to defensive depth in signing him.

Auvitu going +1 with New Jersey might hint at some ability. The Devils were the last-place team in the Eastern Conference last season. On goal differential, they went -61 and the plus/minus of their players generally took a beating as a result. Auvitu was one of only six players for New Jersey last season that ended up on the good side of the plus/minus stat. Plus/minus is a tricky stat and it reflects heavily on linemates and goaltending saves. However, that Auvitu was positive on a team that was outscored by a ton is interesting. He was able to keep his head above water despite being surrounded by players that couldn't.

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Auvitu's career prior to NHL

Auvitu also spent some time in liiga in recent seasons, the Finish elite league for ice hockey. He was in the league in 2015/16, the same season that Jesse Puljujarvi was last in that league. Puljujarvi, as a forward, had 22 points in 50 games. Meanwhile, Auvitu had 21 points in 48 games which is practically the same scoring ratio. When you factor in that Auvitu is a defenseman there's another clue that this is a player capable of playing big minutes in the NHL. Puljujarvi is certainly the better prospect, due to age differences but Auvitu looks like a depth player that can help out in the NHL right now.

Signings always have to be evaluated in terms of the cost. Auvitu is inked to a one-year deal worth the minimum $650,000. This is a player that can log enough minutes, potentially without hurting the team, that can keep the top-line players fresh. Accordingly, this was a good signing at the league minimum price. The Oilers, at first glance, got the best of this signing.