The Oilers have interest in German winger Frederik Tiffels, reports Postmedia’s Kurt Leavins. Edmonton is looking to shore up their winger depth with cost-effective options and as a particularly quick skater, he’d fit in well with the style that they’re trying to play.
The 24-year-old has a fair amount of experience in North America already. A fifth-round pick of Pittsburgh back in 2015, Tiffels spent two seasons in the USHL before playing three years with Western Michigan before turning pro. However, things didn’t go well once he signed. He spent the bulk of his first season at the ECHL level and wanted to return to Germany after that, resulting in Pittsburgh terminating the final year of his contract last August.
Tiffels played quite well in an injury-shortened season with Kolner Haie of the DEL in 2018-19, recording 22 points in just 27 games while adding nine more in 11 postseason contests. He also made a positive impression at the recently-concluded World Championships, chipping in with two goals and two assists in eight contests for Germany, who was eliminated by the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.
It’s worth noting that Tiffels has two more seasons left on his contract overseas which could complicate things. It’s unknown if his deal has an NHL out clause or whether or not his team would willingly let him out of his contract early. Either way, Edmonton has already made one international signing on the wing in Joakim Nygard last week and it appears they’re not done trying to add via that route just yet.