Apr 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) handles the puck as Carolina Hurricanes center Andrei Loktionov (8) chases during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Carolina won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins Rumors: Edmonton Oilers Expected To Pursue Deryk Engelland

Even though the Stanley Cup playoffs have yet to conclude and we have yet to crown a champion, for teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, eyes have been on the offseason for quite some time now.

Without a general manager in place at the moment, that means other clubs will begin showing interest in current Penguins free agents long before a plan for the Pens is even in place.

One of those guys happens to be defenseman Deryk Engelland as the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson wrote that the Oilers “are almost certainly looking at” the Pittsburgh veteran. (H/T Oilers Nation)

Engelland is 32 and not coming off a very good season.

OilersNation.com broke down the Corsi percentage of the defensemen who have played decent time with Engelland since he first broke into the NHL in 2009:

Player Minutes With Without Difference
Brooks Orpik 601 45.6 50.0 -4.4
Matt Niskanen 601 51.6 53.4 -1.8
Alex Goligoski 406 47.5 52.5 -5.0
Paul Martin 343 51.3 53.7 -2.4
Kris Letang 290 50.1 54.3 -4.2
Simon Despres 269 51.2 54.0 -2.8
Mark Eaton 148 42.0 46.1 -4.1
Robert Bortuzzo 145 42.1 47.5 -5.4
Ben Lovejoy 132 48.1 50.6 -2.5
Rob Scuderi 110 42.6 49.8 -7.2
Zbynek Michalek 109 46.3 50.3 -4.0
Olli Maatta 92 43.4 51.1 -7.7

That doesn’t paint a pretty picture as everyone has ended up worse while playing with Engelland.

Engelland is a decent depth piece for a team looking for a physical third-pairing type of player, but that shouldn’t be the Pens as allowing Engelland to walk won’t hurt them much with the overall depth of young defensemen currently in the system.

It goes without saying that Engelland would draw some interest around the league this summer but it is quite odd seeing him linked to a team already.

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