EDMONTON, AB - Whether he cracks the 20-goal mark or not, it's been a good season for Alex Chiasson, who signed a Professional Tryout (PTO) with the Oilers on September 10, 2018.
The winger notched 17 goals and 24 points in the 41 games before the NHL All-Star break, and although he hasn't maintained that pace after the All-Star pause - with two tallies and seven points in his last 19 matches - is still proud of what he's achieved with the Oilers this year.
"I think once you get around 15 (goals) in this League, you're having a good year," Chiasson said following Tuesday's Oilers practice. "Once you hit 20, you've done pretty well for yourself. I'm hoping to get there (laughing)."
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Chiasson's experienced an undulating career arc. The forward was chosen in the second round (38th-overall) by the Dallas Stars in the 2009 NHL Draft, signed his entry-level contract with the team then was traded to the Ottawa Senators in the summer of 2014, in a deal that involved Jason Spezza.
Since his entry-level contract expired, the Montreal, QC, product has only inked one-year contracts but achieved hockey's greatest feat when he won a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals to cap 2017-18.
"With all that has happened in my career moving around, I would argue it's quite neat for myself to be where I'm at right now with the opportunity I'm having and the amount of minutes I've been playing," Chiasson, with 31 points on the season - five back of a new career-high - said.
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"For a guy who's been on three one-year deals, two PTOs in a row and getting close to my best career this year, arguably… I'm happy with that."
The 28-year-old's previous best campaign came in '13-14 with Dallas when he tallied 13 goals and 22 assists.
"I'm not saying I'm a top-six forward but I think this year I've proved that I can play in the top-nine, I can play on the power play and help out in a top-six role," he said.