Chiarelli: Lucic has shown ‘significant improvement’

Many issues plagued last year’s edition of the Edmonton Oilers, and Milan Lucic’s drop in offensive production was among them.

Headed into 2018-19, the veteran winger’s general manager sees positive signs.

Peter Chiarelli appeared on Leafs Lunch Tuesday afternoon on Toronto’s TSN 1050, and was asked how Lucic has “come into camp - physically, emotionally, mentally.”

“Physically six pounds lighter,” noted Chiarelli. “... The speed and agility testing we have four tests - I would probably say from last year to this year between 45 and 60 percent improvement. Significant improvement. You know those pro agility tests, those shuttle runs - significant improvement. You can see it on the ice.

“He’s in a good spot. All his practices have been good. He’s on the power play, he’s making plays with the high-end guys, so I’m happy where he is.

“Mentally, he’s told me he’s in a good spot.

“So that’s all I can say on him.”

Lucic has five seasons to go on the seven-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Oilers to open free agency in 2016.

Lucic has a no-move clause in each of the next three seasons, after which it transitions into a modified no-trade clause/ no-move clause.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly