OILERS AT FLAMES, G50 2014-15

Don’t look now but there are signs of chemistry between Justin Schultz and Oscar Klefbom, they may end up being a pairing next season. Coach Nelson may feel he can run that pairing with a veteran duo (Ference/Fayne or Nikitin/Fayne) and then a third pairing that might be Darnell Nurse/Nikitin. I know, I know, they could always trade for Shea Weber but failing another Pronger deal, it seems to me spending money on a free agent this summer would be lunacy.

dylan strome

LOWETIDE TOP 30 PLAYERS IN THE 2015 DRAFT

  1. (1)C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL) Brock Otten: Everyone knows about his offensive talents (elite speed and vision), his overall game has improved.
  2. (2)C Jack Eichel, Boston U (NCAA) Scout: “But off the rush, I would say Eichel’s is better. That’s where he can be the most dangerous.”
  3. (4)D Noah Hanifin, Boston College (NCAA) Scout: “World-class wheels, elite offensive skills and can run a power play.
  4. (5)C Dylan Strome, Erie Otters (OHL) Brock Otten: Strome is the prototypical 2015 NHL centerman. Big, strong, and skilled.
  5. (3)R Mitch Marner, London Knights (OHL) Brock Otten:  His play with London has been absolutely exceptional the last few months.
  6. (6) D Oliver Kylington, Farjestad (SHL) Goran Stubb, Central Scouting: “He’s a mobile, good, two-way defenseman with excellent skating ability. He loves to join the rush and plays a solid positional game in the defensive zone; he makes a good first pass.”
  7. (7) D Zach Werenski, Michigan (NCAA). He makes good decisions with the puck as well as reading plays defensively. He skates well, is collected with puck, and able to make solid outlet passes.
  8. (9) D Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Cody Nickolet: He’s smart, he skates well, he moves the puck hard and accurately and he can play in any situation you put him in. Think of a guy like Mark Giordano.
  9. (8) R Mikko Rantanen, TPS Turku (SML). Rantanen is a combination of elite-level hockey sense, silky smooth hands, and nimble skating. EP
  10. (10) C Nick Merkley, Kelowna (WHL). Cody Nickolet: Merkley brings a number of attributes to the table including a second-to-none playmaking skillset among WHL draft-eligibles. Along with that he has a smooth but powerful skating stride and the ability to slow the game down.
  11. (11) L Evgeni Svechnikov, Cape Breton (QMJHL). Incredibly skilled offensive winger. Has a remarkably accurate shot to go along with some magic hands.EP
  12. (12) D Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) Intelligent defenceman that plays high-percentage hockey and is a catalyst for positive plays in all three zones. EP
  13. (17) C Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Cody Nickolet: Barzal has 4 assists tonight and it’s only in the 2nd. Has generated plenty of chances since his return, teammates finishing tonight.
  14. (13) C Anthony Beauvillier, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL). A dynamic scoring center with good hockey sense. Not very large in stature, but makes up for it in speed, skill, and cunning. EP
  15. (14) C Pavel Zacha, Sarnia Sting (OHL) Brock Otten: With his size, speed, and desire to involve himself physically, he impacts the game in so many different ways.
  16. (20) R Timo Meier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). A physically dominant winger with the ability to play in a skill or character role. EP
  17. (19) R Daniel Sprong, Charlettown Islanders (QMJHL) A prolific scoring winger who possesses an elite-level skillset: has dynamic skating ability, is a creative passer, and has incredible puckhandling ability.EP
  18. (22) C Travis Konecny, Ottawa 67’s (OHL). Brock Otten: a solid two-way forward who competes hard without the puck. Konecny’s speed is his best asset, as he’s able to transition quickly.
  19. (15) L Lawson Crouse, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Brock Otten: His two-way game is incredibly polished and he makes so many plays (whether it be a good pass, a forced turnover, a check to separate his man from the puck) that don’t make it on the score sheet.
  20. (16) C Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars (WHL) Cody Nickolet: Harkins is the smartest WHL player in the draft from a hockey sense perspective, displaying great positioning and work ethic, projecting as a guy who can fill a wide array of roles at the next level.
  21. (18) C Filip Chlapik, Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL). Tall, lean playmaker with a lot of skill.
  22. (23) L Jake Debrusk, Swift Current (WHL). Cody Nickolet: has a good frame, has power to his skating game, shows creative puck distribution skill while also possessing a goal-scorers mentality.
  23. (24) D Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (OHL) Brock Otten: Whether it be in transition, or on the power play, Vande Sompel’s head for the game in the offensive end is on display.
  24. (26) R Jens Looke, Brynas (SHL). Skilled winger, solid at WJ’s.
  25. (27) D Jakub Zboril, Saint John Seadogs (QMJHL). Puck-moving defenseman with plenty of jump. EP
  26. (21) R Nikita Korostelev, Sarnia Sting (OHL). Brock Otten: If he were to improve his speed, he could be scary good. He’s got a terrific shot and massive goal scoring potential at the next level.
  27. (28) C Jeremy Bracco, USND (USHL). Undersized scorer. 
  28. (29) C Kyle Connor, Youngstown (USHL). Skill center ranked high on BM’s list.
  29. (NR) R Roope Hintz, Ilves (SML) A highly intelligent Finn who can play the role of scorer or playmaker; has killer instincts and a keen eye for scoring opportunities. Very high hockey-IQ and has incredible awareness on the ice. EP.
  30. (NR) R Brock Boeser, Waterloo (USHL). A dynamic offensive winger and natural goal scorer. Has great instincts and is able to quickly get into position for premium scoring chances.

I think the Oilers will pass Arizona and Carolina eventually, Buffalo will win the lottery and the draft will go like this:

  1. Buffalo—Connor McDavid
  2. Arizona—Jack Eichel
  3. Carolina—Noah Hanifin
  4. Edmonton—Dylan Strome

I’m fine with that, especially if the Oilers can grab a pile of luck at No. 23 (Beauvillier or Meier) and No. 32 (Debrusk or Vande Sompel). This draft could sustain Edmonton through 2030 if they get it right. Get it right!

marincin common

NIKITA IS THE OTHER SIDE OF ANY GIVEN LINE IN TIME

Niki Nikitin’s best hockey of the season came right before the injury that looked like (and looks like) a season ender. As for replacements, my guess is Brandon Davidson and my hope is Martin Marincin but for tonight Keith Aulie draws in. The Oilers will recall someone, probably today. MacT gets stubborn on guys, Marincin may be headed out ala Theo Peckham.

BEAT CALGARY

There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run and the Calgary Flames lost consistently to the Edmonton Oilers. October 3, 20o1 and Marc Savard scored the only goal for an up and coming Flames outfit and lordy it’s been reversed since that day. If you look at the rosters there’s no screaming hell the other way but Calgary found a way. Todd Nelson can do himself an enormous favor by becoming known as the guy who turned around that damn Oilers—Flames rivalry. Starting tonight, please and thank you!

JUNIOR JUNIOR

  • Leon Draisaitl is now 10gp, 5-10-15 in junior.
  • Zach Nagelvoort has his SP up to .910 after some fine goalering last and this weekend.
  • Tyler Vesel appears to be an actual prospect.
  • Greg Chase is enjoying his time with the Victoria Royals.
  • Curtis Hamilton is playing the best hockey of his pro career and I’d love to see him recalled. Those two-way types have value. He’s about the same age now as Fernando Pisani was when entering pro hockey. I’m not saying he’s Pisani but he’s used his last chance Texaco pretty well this season. Is what I’m saying.

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  1. jp says:

    Pouzar:
    Nice neutral zone steal and pass by Moroz. Then he covers the point on a MM pinch. Nice shift all around there.

    Looks like Moroz, Khaira and Ewanyk on a line together. Is it Khaira or Ewanyk playing C?

  2. Pouzar says:

    jp: Looks like Moroz, Khaira and Ewanyk on a line together. Is it Khaira or Ewanyk playing C?

    Khaira

  3. leadfarmer says:

    hunter1909,

    Just in time for rebuild number 5.

  4. dawgtoy says:

    No Glen X…that’s terrible 🙁

  5. Pouzar says:

    Brossoit very efficient in his movements. Me like

  6. jp says:

    Pouzar: Khaira

    Cool, I figured it was probably Ewanyk. Thanks.

  7. Pouzar says:

    Trade him.

  8. Ben says:

    Fighting is dumb.

  9. dawgtoy says:

    Goaltending is such a wonderful thing.

  10. Lowetide says:

    Nice start, Eberle with a goal and Scrivens with some good stops.

  11. russ99 says:

    It would really be nice to have two more NHL players on the roster than to have two nonsensical fights,

  12. jp says:

    Ben:
    Fighting is dumb.

    I don`t mind a good fight when it`s somewhat spontaneous. But agreed that what we just witnessed is pretty pointless.

  13. Lowetide says:

    MArco Roy 1-1-2 41gp, 20-16-36 on the year.

  14. Ben says:

    jp: I don`t mind a good fight when it`s somewhat spontaneous. But agreed that what we just witnessed is pretty pointless.

    Meh. They should just stop the game and have a quick monster truck rally instead.

  15. Lowetide says:

    1-1-2 for Platzer 46gp, 21-37-58 on the year. Big season.

  16. Lowetide says:

    1-1-2 for Draisaitl 11gp, 7-10-17 1.54 ppg. He was 1.64 ppg last season, so basically he’s where he was a year ago. I’m seeing a lot of people express disappointment in LD, don’t see it.

  17. Lowetide says:

    John McCarron scored his first goal of the year tonight for Cornell.

  18. jp says:

    Wow, that 1st line looking good!

  19. Pouzar says:

    Jordan Eberle f^ckers.

  20. Gordies Elbow says:

    Lowetide:
    1-1-2 for Draisaitl 11gp, 7-10-17 1.54 ppg. He was 1.64 ppg last season, so basically he’s where he was a year ago. I’m seeing a lot of people express disappointment in LD, don’t see it.

    Factor in new team and new system, and I can’t understand why anyone would be disappointed in LD.

    He’s a very strong prospect – happy he’s on a team that looks like it could go far. A Chenowyth cup would be good. Memorial cup ring? So much better…

  21. Ray says:

    Lowetide:
    1-1-2 for Draisaitl 11gp, 7-10-17 1.54 ppg. He was 1.64 ppg last season, so basically he’s where he was a year ago. I’m seeing a lot of people express disappointment in LD, don’t see it.

    I seem to remember the estimated TO I for Drai last year was really high. Have you seen TOI for his time with Kelowna yet? I’d guess that P/60 show progress as he isn’t being relied on for all the offense this year in Junior

  22. sliderule says:

    Two no panic wrist shots finding the open holes.

    You have way more time than you think in the slot.

  23. Ice Sage says:

    Taylor who?

    Nice to see the goaltending come around

  24. leadfarmer says:

    I like that top line better with Pouliot than Hall. It would be nice to put Hall on the second line with a good two way center as Hall will draw the tough match ups.

  25. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    These HNIC commentators are the worst. Can’t stand them. I wish we had an alternative feed.

  26. Ben says:

    Passive aggressive Oilers MSM just coming out of their post-Eakins pastry comas, I see.

  27. jp says:

    Lowetide:
    John McCarron scored his first goal of the year tonight for Cornell.

    Boy oh boy has he ever had a tough year. It looked like he was growing his offense and could approach a PPG this year, but no.

  28. hags9k says:

    I’m having fun watching an Oiler game!!!!!!!!!

    Somebody pinch me.

  29. Gordies Elbow says:

    Ben:
    Passive aggressive Oilers MSM just coming out of their post-Eakins pastry comas, I see.

    And the award winner, for the best post of the year, is….

    🙂

  30. Ben says:

    Gordies Elbow: And the award winner, for the best post of the year, is….

    No truth to the rumour that Terry Jones kept calling him Dallas Atkins.

  31. gogliano says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”:
    These HNIC commentators are the worst. Can’t stand them. I wish we had an alternative feed.

    My wish has always been to have the option of having the sound minus any commentary. Some of these commentator teams can really ruin a game.

  32. Gordies Elbow says:

    Ben,

    Stop it, you’re killin’ me…

    🙂

  33. oliveoilers says:

    Eberle lazily hanging around the slot on that goal of his. Back checking was bad on it too. Trade him. Lazy, lazy goal followed by a lazy, lazy walk in in Hiller and 2 flame d-men.

  34. Lowetide says:

    jp: Boy oh boy has he ever had a tough year. It looked like he was growing his offense and could approach a PPG this year, but no.

    He really has. I think it may cost him a contract.

  35. oliveoilers says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”:
    These HNIC commentators are the worst. Can’t stand them. I wish we had an alternative feed.

    Tomato plant’s night off?

  36. Hazwasted says:

    Nice road period keep it going for two more!

  37. Pouzar says:

    I guess people only post RE: Eberle when he f^cks up.

  38. oliveoilers says:

    Freidman: The last bastion of common sense on HNIC, though I fear his mighty defences are being slowly eroded by the asinine fecklessness of the others, as surely as a trickle of water someday becomes a vast canyon. It is inevitable.

  39. hunter1909 says:

    gogliano: My wish has always been to have the option of having the sound minus any commentary.Some of these commentator teams can really ruin a game.

    French tv works for me.

  40. Kitchener says:

    Ron > Strombo

  41. Ryan says:

    Woodguy: Here’s a link to the interview: http://t.co/SzbZaHvgp9

    Also a fun quote:

    McGuire, Liam @LiamRMcGuire·48m 48 minutes ago
    Dallas Eakins on @TSNAnalytics: Oilers received an email from EDM media saying will anybody talk about the hiring of a “prick” [IE Dellow].

    Here’s a link to the full quote:

    https://twitter.com/LiamRMcGuire/status/561645360465330176

    Thin thinned, entitled, idiotic EDM Sports MSM FTW!

    My money is on Spector.

    I couldn’t believe when the Oilers hired Dellow… I had been banging on the Oilers need to hire a smart but arrogant prick like Dellow for years. I was shocked when it actually happened.

    Dellow’s awesome and I really like the guy, but he still really is a prick lol.

    Dellow’s the perfect guy for the “are you sure you really want to do that?” role….

    My biggest fear now is that the Oilers aren’t getting as much mileage out of Dellow as they should be.

    Dellow’s problem is that he’s a know-it-all who really does know-it-all… Worse yet, he knows it… Lol

  42. hags9k says:

    Eberle is a beauty. Oilersnation is impossible sometimes.

  43. flyfish1168 says:

    Jordan fan here. He is our number 1 RW. If and wen we get a true offensive or a good #1 d man he will will flourish.

  44. jp says:

    Lowetide: He really has. I think it may cost him a contract.

    Yeah, they may offer him the AHL/ECHL option like the Jones brothers, but he’s not making a good case for being on the 50 man list.

  45. jake70 says:

    hags9k:
    Eberle is a beauty.Oilersnation is impossible sometimes.

    It’s just that the Oilers have finished , in the last few years….. 28th, 24th, 29th, 30th, with Ebs and others in the line up……everyone is getting scrutinized in this context.

  46. Lowetide says:

    This is the best Edmonton has played Calgary in some time in my opinion. A solid half game, let’s see if they can close.

  47. Ice Sage says:

    leadfarmer: I like that top line better with Pouliot than Hall. It would be nice to put Hall on the second line with a good two way center as Hall will draw the tough match ups.

    I think you’re onto something, Leadfarmer – Hall needs to ‘lead’ a line and have a C and RW who read him, feed him and play high while he charges. Lander and Drai (on RW) might work…

    Does anything bad happen when Klefbom is on the ice?

  48. jp says:

    Why is Gazdic still in the lineup? They’re not really going to keep him on the roster all of next year too, are they?

  49. Snowman says:

    These cbc clowns have got to be the worst in game commentators ive ever heard.

  50. Ice Sage says:

    hags9k: Eberle is a beauty. Oilersnation is impossible sometimes.

    He is at another level tonite! Jordan Hockey

  51. Kitchener says:

    Eberle on fire tonight. Trading him would make me consider cheering for the Jets.

  52. jake70 says:

    Mike Johnson loves the Oilers still it seems.

  53. Kitchener says:

    Is Mike Johnson still talking?

  54. Ice Sage says:

    Kitchener: Eberle on fire tonight. Trading him would make me consider cheering for the Jets.

    Especially if he were traded to the Jets… Trouba, pls

  55. leadfarmer says:

    I don’t watch hockey night in Canada much living in the states but is the color guys job to spend the broadcast bashing the away team, cause that’s what it seems like

  56. gogliano says:

    Classic Pouliout game so far though that penalty could have been a little closer to the Flames net.

  57. leadfarmer says:

    Ice Sage,

    Well Nuge and Eberle need someone to do some of the dirty work for them like go to the net and dig the puck out and Pouliot is better at it. When Hall is on the ice they tend to defer the puck in the ozone to Hall instead of attacking themselves. The “kid line” was cute for a while but time to move on. Find a big center for Hall or at least a good two way center.

  58. Ben says:

    The demotion of Ron MacLean has left this whole HNIC package feeling weightless and cheap.

  59. leadfarmer says:

    I think the color guy spends the whole game screaming “Oilers you suck” when his microphone is off and explaining why they suck when the Microphone is on.

  60. Ice Sage says:

    Ben: The demotion of Ron MacLean has left this whole HNIC package feeling weightless and cheap.

    Yes, that’s what’s wrong – without Ron the Don, it’s just a buncha punks babbling. Somebody needs to grow a Madden pair and provide moderation. I’d volunteer all of your tax dollars for Ferraro in this role.

  61. delooper says:

    leadfarmer:
    I think the color guy spends the whole game screaming “Oilers you suck” when his microphone is off and explaining why they suck when the Microphone is on.

    Once a narrative is digested, the common human being has a difficult time realizing the narrative doesn’t quite fit the facts. Facts are always secondary to the story.

  62. G Money says:

    Update from game: Ebs and Scrivens looking good, otherwise these are two really bad teams going at it.

  63. Ice Sage says:

    G Money: Update from game: Ebs and Scrivens looking good, otherwise these are two really bad teams going at it.

    but… but… we’re in awe of the next Patrick Kane, right? #witness

  64. magisterrex says:

    Wow, this game is really showcasing how bad this team is at what they do.

    The game is almost unwatchable with the audio on, and the intermissions are excruciating.

    CBC has really gone downhill.

  65. Numenius says:

    Klef may be the best thing ever to happen to Schultz.

    CF+- 5×5

    1. Klef 9
    2. Pouliot 7
    3. Schultz 5

  66. oliveoilers says:

    Numenius:
    Klef may be the best thing ever to happen to Schultz.

    CF+- 5×5

    1. Klef 9
    2. Pouliot 7
    3. Schultz 5

    Not the phone call from Gretz?

  67. Kitchener says:

    Numenius:
    Klef may be the best thing ever to happen to Schultz.

    Why do you hate Hunt?

  68. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide:
    This is the best Edmonton has played Calgary in some time in my opinion. A solid half game, let’s see if they can close.

    Lowetide, Jinxing us!

    : p

  69. VanOil says:

    Seth Myers opening monologue at the NFL awards was good enough for me to miss the Calgary goal.

  70. jp says:

    Well that didn’t take long. Damn.

  71. dawgtoy says:

    FFS!

  72. Kitchener says:

    These Oilers are in desperate need of a 25 year old Nurse.

  73. VanOil says:

    Kitchener:
    These Oilers are in desperate need of a 25 year old Nurse.

    Don’t we all

  74. Ice Sage says:

    Kitchener: These Oilers are in desperate need of a 25 year old Nurse.

    Who isn’t?
    Wa wa wee wah.!!!!
    .. oh that Nurse…

    edit – props to my westcoast colleague, we be thinking the same, must be the dispensaries

  75. godot10 says:

    TheCaptainAndrewFerence running around in his own end like a headless chicken, trying to do somebody else’s job, and thus, not covering his man, the open man.

    Do your effing job!

  76. leadfarmer says:

    Who didn’t see that coming. It’s really sad how Calgary is outplaying them.

  77. SK Oiler Fan says:

    F off Scribbles. Off to Europe you go. I know the D sucks, but fk I’m sick of every decent shot going in. Once in a while you need your G to save your bacon. I’d pay money to know what his off season consisted of.

  78. jp says:

    Lol. Apparently Yakupov and Roy are being held “accountable” because Lander and Fraser have been “bumped up” to play with Purcell. Not cause Purcell is subbing for Gazdic on the Lander line. That’s some serious insight right there.

    Edit: Sigh

  79. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Fin garbage call in calgary. Dive

  80. rich says:

    Same old same old.

  81. Ice Sage says:

    Nelson is seeing that this crew is not capable of playing ‘shut-down’ hockey for more than a few minutes. Lots of time left, but why try?

  82. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    SK Oiler Fan,

    Yeah – he should have really been looking for his own defender to deflect that in with a skate, what with a Flame on the far side of the crease and all…

  83. flyfish1168 says:

    Marincin for Aulie not soon enough

  84. russ99 says:

    Aulie is useless. Marincin now, please!

  85. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Auston Matthews ’16,

    Talking about the previous goal. Thank you

  86. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    That Monahan is a very nice player. Dang!

  87. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Auston Matthews ’16,

    Talking about the previous goal. Thank you

    Well hey – try to keep up with the tour.

  88. hags9k says:

    Ouch! ok thanks I’m awake now.

    Clearly NN pulled Aulie aside and explained just exactly what was “expected” of him.

  89. jp says:

    Auston Matthews ’16:
    That Monahan is a very nice player. Dang!

    He’s clutch too…

  90. leadfarmer says:

    russ99,

    Yes it’s Aulies fault that this is a fairly one sided game despite the score. Other than the two goals they spent the night pinned in their zone. One day we will be mediocre enough to beat the other mediocre team in Alberta.

  91. McSorley33 says:

    Some people still not fully grasping how bad this oiler team is….

  92. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    Eberle = Ironman, but for an entirely different reason.

  93. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Auston Matthews ’16,

    When you collapse as fast as the Oilers collapse it’s easy to get all of the fuck ups blended into one. I’m done with scribbles. Call up Bachman.
    God they’re awful. Shultz erased that plus 3 game in a hurry. Said this before, but They’ll never win with him plating 15 min or more

  94. Ice Sage says:

    Well, that’s a collapse

  95. hunter1909 says:

    Hate to see this comeback, but I’ve got an eye on the standings and Oilers don’t need to win this.

  96. Dee Dee says:

    Listening to the Flames crowd chanting Oilers Suck, is a Franchise low for me.

    Hurts even more cause it’s true.

  97. hunter1909 says:

    McSorley33:
    Some people still not fully grasping how bad this oiler team is….

    I think they’re playing a good game. Just can’t close. Better players are coming!

  98. hunter1909 says:

    leadfarmer: One day we will be mediocre enough to beat the other mediocre team in Alberta.

    Exactly.

  99. oliveoilers says:

    Well, good night all. Been a slice.

  100. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Chuck Norris folks. Mac T thinks he’s a number 1. He’s an AHL all star, nothing more.

  101. leadfarmer says:

    SK Oiler Fan,

    So when Petry leaves this will even get worse. We might be picking 1st next year. Nashville is what happens when you have many really good defensemen, Calgary is what happens when you have two really good defensemen, Edmonton is what happens when you have no really good defensemen. Until they learn to build from the defense out we will be counting rebuilds.

  102. hunter1909 says:

    leadfarmer: Until they learn to build from the defense out we will be counting rebuilds.

    Nurse is going to be a monster.

  103. godot10 says:

    Katz is cheap. With the loonie crashing, instead of firing Lowe’s bloated office full of cronies on retainer, he forces the team to run on 20 players, two of whom are Gazdic and Aulie. Hey. I can live with them being pressbox players, but when injuries hit, the pressbox cutouts should stay in the pressbox, and real players called up.

  104. Hazwasted says:

    Derek Roy is really struggling tonight, whole team steered it into the ditch after the first period. Just plain sad. They have so little experience playing with a lead then the experience they do have gives away two goals. Yakupov absolutely invisible tonight which is not a good sign.

  105. SK Oiler Fan says:

    leadfarmer,

    Its to the point where it’s obvious improvement by subtraction. Chuck and Scribbles are perfect examples. You don’t need to get any return on them. Just don’t play them and you improve.

    Nikitin same thing

  106. hunter1909 says:

    I’m entertaining the forlorn hope they pick 2nd.

  107. hunter1909 says:

    godot10:
    Katz is cheap.With the loonie crashing, instead of firing Lowe’s bloated office full of cronies on retainer, he forces the team to run on 20 players, two of whom are Gazdic and Aulie.Hey. I can live with them being pressbox players, but when injuries hit, the pressbox cutouts should stay in the pressbox, and real players called up.

    It’s not Katz. Gadzic was brought in to add muscle tonight’s “battle of Alberta”.

  108. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    Seeing Gadzooks warming the pine also warms the cockles of my heart. I missed most of this one, but I don’t see a skill void on the Flames roster to offset him.

    Good thing that Iiro the Hero and Marty Sideburns haven’t been called up.

  109. McSorley33 says:

    leadfarmer,

    Petry leaves….just more ice time for Norris.

    Probably 27 min a night when Petry leaves….

  110. Kitchener says:

    McWin.

  111. McSorley33 says:

    On the bright side, we are gaining the reputation of being a really, quick, fast team…..not just Ference and Aulie……Fraser, Purcell, Roy, ….

    Teams are taking notice.

  112. Tire Fire says:

    Ugh.

    And not even the usual narrative with Calgary’s lucky come-from-behind wins. Edmonton was full value for playing bad enough to give up the lead.

    Come on. I hate these guys, can’t the Oil beat them and make me happy??

  113. flyfish1168 says:

    When Roy has a good game Yak does too. Roy was horrible tonight

  114. SK Oiler Fan says:

    What is Scribbles doing? Just watch the replays of the goals and note his body positions. I know they were good scoring chances, but Fk there’s no goalie coach that would ever promote those positions. He’s done. No reason he should get another start. But he will!

  115. hags9k says:

    If the Oilers ever were to clear out the management, I’d cry tears of joy. This franchise needs a hard reset.

  116. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    SK Oiler Fan: What is Scribbles doing?

    He has an uncanny knack for making himself small, whenever he has to move in the crease.

  117. VanOil says:

    Normally we all want blood after a loss to the Flames, but how about we try something different and dream about what positive moves could make up for this game?

    I will start the bidding;
    Sign Petry and announce it tomorrow morning
    Call-up Iiro and Marincin
    Promote Romanuk to the Eastern Prime time commentator slot so I don’t have to listen to him
    1/2 Beers @ Rexall for the next Bungle of Alberta

    I would still be mad, but slightly less so.

  118. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Strombo is worse than the Oilers. Think they’ll pull the plug on that soon? It’s getting worse

  119. rickithebear says:

    Yakupov:
    8 + games totaling 7+1 and 1 +3 16%
    16 even games 32% of games
    26 minus games totaling minus 33 52% of games.

    Only 16 % of games he is a positive contributor at Even.

    Do you know how fucking bad that is?

  120. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I just don’t get it. Pull the chute. End it. He will not help the Oilers win anything. Looked great for 25 games last year, then hung out on the beach in CA all last summer? Just guessing, but it’s not the same G. End it! WAIVE HIM
    Auston Matthews ’16,

  121. book¡je says:

    Lowetide:
    This is the best Edmonton has played Calgary in some time in my opinion. A solid half game, let’s see if they can close.

    I’ll take “Not a chance in Hell” for $200 Alex.

  122. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    Okay – I’ll play. He puck-stopped well last season with the Oilers, and also played very well behind the LA Kings (sv % was almost .930, if I recall over 20-some games).

    Meanwhile, Doobie looked like a swiss-cheese life raft last year, and bounced around through two other teams, who didn’t like what they saw. Now suddenly this season, Doobie is great and Scrivens socks.

    There’s a lesson in there somewhere, but danged if I can tell what it is – especially when the evidence is filtered through the boob tube. If I was privy to watching games and practices live, I know I would have a good chance at a different opinion.

    And when, exactly did Strombo walk across your lawn?

    SK Oiler Fan,

  123. TemujinBC says:

    Strudwick pulls out the ol’ bromide about the Oilers need “consistency” like the Flames have…

    But the thing is, the Oilers are consistent .

    Le Sigh.

  124. Gret99zky says:

    God I hope the Oilers trade their 2016 first round pick.

    So losses no longer become acceptable.

    Fuck the lottery. And fuck the draft.

    I want a goddamn playoff game.

  125. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    Gret99zky: God I hope the Oilers trade their 2016 first round pick.

    Ah-ite – simma don now. Jus shush, chile, dontcha be talkin no crazy talk now!

  126. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Chet Chase 2019
    Del Tevins 2020
    Metric Carson 2021
    Uwe Bob 2022

  127. VanOil says:

    Gret99zky:
    God I hope the Oilers trade their 2016 first round pick.

    So losses no longer become acceptable.

    Fuck the lottery.And fuck the draft.

    I want a goddamn playoff game.

    Agreed, but if I heard Eakins correctly today the plan, two years ago, was to maybe make the playoffs next year and be maybe able to win a series in the new building. When MacT fired him he mentioned they were behind in the plan.

  128. Gret99zky says:

    Auston Matthews ’16: Ah-ite – simma don now. Jus shush, chile, dontcha be talkin no crazy talk now!

    I will not simma.

    I’d trade all 7 draft picks in 2016 for a real top pairing NHL defenseman.

  129. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    Gret99zky: I will not simma.

    I’d trade all 7 draft picks in 2016 for a real top pairing NHL defenseman.

    With age on their side, and a good contract? Because I’m not sure that’s enough to acquire a top-pairing defender.

    Based on recent trade history, that would almost net you Ryan Murray, or rather – that would nyet you Ryan Murray. You can thank Garth Snow for that.

    Now let’s get back to looking forward to Matthews playing behind Nuge, Eichel and Drai in the new Oil Dome!

  130. VanOil says:

    Auston Matthews ’16: Now let’s get back to looking forward to Matthews playing behind Nuge, Eichel and Drai in the new Oil Dome!

    Yeah a plan, Playoffs 2020 or bust!

  131. G Money says:

    Back from game. Don’t know how it looked on TV, but that was fucking awful in person.

    The first period was two bad teams trading chances.

    The second period was two bad teams not trading chances.

    The third period was one bad team deciding that a 2-0 lead means defense (and effort) was optional, and the other bad team was not so bad that they didn’t at least stop trying to win.

    Only the Oilers can make so many single digit scorers look like Alex Fucking Ovechkin.

    HOLY FUCK I cannot tell you how awful that game was, especially the third period.

    I need eye bleach.

  132. VanOil says:

    G Money: Don’t know how it looked on TV, but that was fucking awful in person.

    HOLY FUCK I cannot tell you how awful that game was on TV as well. SN came up with the worst performance in HNIC’s storied history to wash down the horror on the ice.

  133. Gret99zky says:

    Hopefully the forensic audit reveals that tanking every year for 10 years is not a process or a formula for winning.

    And that starting a season with shitty defense, unproven goaltending, and zero center depth is tanking.

    I long for the day we can cheer for wins after November and not draft lottery percentages.

    “This team has only one look, for Christ’s sake! Blue Steel? Ferrari? Le Tigra? They’re the same team! Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”

  134. Auston Matthews '16 says:
  135. Woodguy says:

    G Money:
    Back from game.Don’t know how it looked on TV, but that was fucking awful in person.

    The first period was two bad teams trading chances.

    The second period was two bad teams not trading chances.

    The third period was one bad team deciding that a 2-0 lead means defense (and effort) was optional, and the other bad team was not so bad that they didn’t at least stop trying to win.

    Only the Oilers can make so many single digit scorers look like Alex Fucking Ovechkin.

    HOLY FUCK I cannot tell you how awful that game was, especially the third period.

    I need eye bleach.

    Excellent write up.

    Watching it on TV was very similar.

    The big difference was the HNIC crew opening cheering for Calgary and everyone involved felating Gaudreau at every opportunity.

    Johnny over handles a puck and loses it? Compare him to Pat Kane!!

    Yak streaks down the wing for a shot while his line mates change? Selfish!!!

    Double shift Purcell with Lander-Fraser in place of Gazidc? No! Its Nelson sending a message to Yak!

  136. sliderule says:

    The oilers seem to be sucking gas as soon as Flames picked up the pace.

    Is that a carryover from training camp and Eakins practices?

    The coaches have got to get Yak to engage in defensive zone.He just stands there and watches instead of getting in there and battling for puck.He can do it because in the offensive zone he has lots of battle but in the defensive zone he is frozen..There seems to be way too much thinking going on .

  137. Johnny says:

    This….

    Every skater selected by the Flames in the 2011 draft has already played in the NHL. They have 87 points in 168 games between them so far.

    I just want you to think about that for a second, as Oilers fans, really soak it in. The next time you talk about moving up or down by 2 slots in the draft, as if that has any bearing on your franchise’ success, just remember what you’re competing with.

    The Flames also have FIVE additional recent 1st rounders that they still have yet to add to the lineup.

    The current crop of young NHLers, like Gaudreau, Monahan, Bouma, Jooris, Ortio, etc, they are just the tip of the iceberg.

    The next 10 years of the Battle of Alberta will be no kinder to the Oilers than the last 10 have been.

  138. Woodguy says:

    Johnny,

    Yes, I’m eagerly waiting for Janakowski, who’s barely breaking .80pts/gm as a 20 year old in the NCAA to come the NHL and dominate.

  139. Cameron says:

    Woodguy:
    Johnny,

    Yes, I’m eagerly waiting for Janakowski, who’s barely breaking .80pts/gm as a 20 year old in the NCAA to come the NHL and dominate.

    Of the five he is easily the least interesting.

  140. Woodguy says:

    Cameron: Of the five he is easily the least interesting.

    Yeah?

    Tell it to a Flames blog.

  141. Woodguy says:

    Johnny,

    The Flames also have FIVE additional recent 1st rounders that they still have yet to add to the lineup.

    I only count 4.

    Janakowski, Poirier, Kilmchuck, Bennett.

    Who am I missing?

  142. Johnny says:

    Woodguy,

    Tell me WOODGUY, who are you eagerly awaiting for from the Oilers system to come in and dominate?

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/team-rankings/fall-team-rankings-2014-15/page/1

    I’ll let Hockeysfuture do the research for me….Prospect team rankings; Flames #2, Oilers #25.

    For those of you (everybody on this site) that doesn’t think every other team has a Nurse/Draisaitl/Marincin/Yakimov type prospect coming through their system, you have your head in the clouds.

    EVERYBODY DRAFTS PLAYERS! Unfortunately almost every other team does it better than the Oilers.

    They are going to be in the running for Austin Mathews.

    Sell high on Taylor Hall (for D/C/G) before we are getting cents on the dollar. I will bet my left nut we are trading him for SFA as his contract comes to a close and we still suck. Book it.

  143. Johnny says:

    I would guess Baertcshi, since he hasn’t established himself. I would rank Sven around the same level prospect as Yakupov.

  144. Lowetide says:

    Johnny:
    Woodguy,

    Tell me WOODGUY, who are you eagerly awaiting for from the Oilers system to come in and dominate?

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/team-rankings/fall-team-rankings-2014-15/page/1

    I’ll let Hockeysfuture do the research for me….Prospect team rankings; Flames #2, Oilers #25.

    For those of you (everybody on this site) that doesn’t think every other team has a Nurse/Draisaitl/Marincin/Yakimov type prospect coming through their system, you have your head in the clouds.

    EVERYBODY DRAFTS PLAYERS!Unfortunately almost every other team does it better than the Oilers.

    They are going to be in the running for Austin Mathews.

    Sell high on Taylor Hall (for D/C/G) before we are getting cents on the dollar.I will bet my left nut we are trading him for SFA as his contract comes to a close and we still suck.Book it.

    Geez, Johnny. That’s pretty dark. Calgary HAS improved at the draft after really decades of suck. Good on them. I think burying the Oilers 2011 draft is insane, especially considering Nuge and Klefbom were part of it.

  145. Woodguy says:

    Johnny:
    Woodguy,

    Tell me WOODGUY, who are you eagerly awaiting for from the Oilers system to come in and dominate?

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/team-rankings/fall-team-rankings-2014-15/page/1

    I’ll let Hockeysfuture do the research for me….Prospect team rankings; Flames #2, Oilers #25.

    For those of you (everybody on this site) that doesn’t think every other team has a Nurse/Draisaitl/Marincin/Yakimov type prospect coming through their system, you have your head in the clouds.

    EVERYBODY DRAFTS PLAYERS!Unfortunately almost every other team does it better than the Oilers.

    They are going to be in the running for Austin Mathews.

    Sell high on Taylor Hall (for D/C/G) before we are getting cents on the dollar.I will bet my left nut we are trading him for SFA as his contract comes to a close and we still suck.Book it.

    I’m an acronym now?

    Glad you like your team.

    Go tell someone who cares.

  146. Johnny says:

    Woodguy,

    Keep thinking the Oilers are going to turn the corner….we just need Nurse to take Petry’s spot in the lineup, Marincin to sub-in for Nikitin, Draisaitl to come back a year older, and Yakimov to stop being caught going through the neutral zone by AHLers.

    And never mind HockeysFuture….I don’t think they take into consideration Corsi.

  147. vinotintazo says:

    Since when are annoying flames fans allowed here?

  148. Woodguy says:

    vinotintazo,

    Keep thinking the Oilers are going to turn the corner

    You must be new.

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