OILERS AT SHARKS, G51 2014-15

The Edmonton Oilers are taking stock for next year and for me that begins with the top line. Keeping Nuge, Hall and Eberle may not be possible but if they ever get a power play worth the price of admission that line could score 90 goals in a season. I’d keep them all. Is it possible? How many dead contracts can you lose between now and summer?

THE BAD CONTRACTS!

  1. Niki Nikitin, $4.5M this and next season. I can’t remember a more disastrous free agent signing by the Edmonton Oilers, and MAN there are candidates. Nikitin has been a disaster from the start, made worse by the club playing him when he was clearly less than 100%. I don’t think you can trade him now, maybe next year at the deadline. I don’t think the Oilers buy him out but that’s what I’d do.
  2. Justin Schultz, $3.675M, RFA and on the way to a pay day. I’m beginning to think Edmonton may ask for some money back based on the season. Schultz is showing some signs of recovery but he isn’t a lock for the future in Edmonton imo.
  3. Andrew Ference, $3.25M and UFA in summer 2017. We’ve heard rumblings of a trade, that would be a brilliant result. I don’t think that happens, but a buyout this summer should be considered. Ference is a captain so I doubt it happens.

OILERS FORWARDS IN A BOX

PLAYER BOXCARS CORSI FOR % OZ STARTS 5X5 PER 60 5×4 PER 60
ANTON LANDER 13, 1-6-7 46.2 45.9 2.30 5.33
DEREK ROY 14, 3-5-8 49.8 62.9 1.97 2.89
TAYLOR HALL 41, 11-18-29 51.1 58.4 1.93 2.69
BENOIT POULIOT 32, 11-6-17 50.7 57.7 1.89 2.56
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 48, 12-18-30 51.3 60.1 1.83 1.84
JORDAN EBERLE 49, 13-18-31 52.0 62.1 1.66 3.68
MATT HENDRICKS 45, 6-6-12 45.8 17.5 1.48 0.00
MATT FRASER 13, 3-4-7 48.4 50.0 1.44 4.81
TEDDY PURCELL 50, 6-15-21 51.3 57.2 1.38 3.71
ROB KLINKHAMMER 11, 0-1-1 50.6 42.2 0.94 0.00
BOYD GORDON 45, 6-4-10 43.1 18.2 0.92 2.37
NAIL YAKUPOV 50, 5-7-12 45.8 64.9 0.89 1.78
LUKE GAZDIC 17, 0-1-1 45.9 64.1 0.55 0.00

Man this is some kind of list now. Consider:

  • Anton Lander, who literally could not get arrested in the past, is leading the Oilers in 5×5 and 5×4 scoring. God I hope Paajarvi (and Krueger) read the dailies.
  • Derek Roy has been productive (some of these numbers are all season) but lordy he was a gas in Calgary. He blew a shoe or something Saturday night.
  • Taylor Hall isn’t having a great season but that 5×4 number is impossible.
  • Benoit Pouliot is a really nice hockey player.
  • Nuge! Love his game, where did that PP witchcraft go?
  • Eberle gets a lot of guff but he’s still going to score 20 in an off-season.
  • Matt Hendricks is having a very good year. Full stop.
  • Matt Fraser needs to be more consistent but he appears to be a first shot scorer.
  • Teddy Purcell has been fading in 5×5 scoring but has one of the best 5×4 numbers. His speed is an issue for next season.
  • Rob Klinkhammer is a fun player to watch. Hits like a Mack truck.
  • Boyd Gordon is probably the MVP. Again.
  • Nail Yakupov is having a painful season.
  • Luke Gazdic got a point!

 OILERS BLUE IN A BOX

PLAYER BOXCARS CORSI FOR % OZ STARTS 5X5 PER 60 EV TOI
OSCAR KLEFBOM 28, 1-4-5 50.2 50.2 0.63 18:29
JEFF PETRY 49, 4-7-11 50.4 42.9 0.42 18:22
JUSTIN SCHULTZ 49, 3-16-19 50.4 61.6 0.92 18:22
ANDREW FERENCE 47, 2-6-8 47.1 40.1 0.52 17:51
NIKITA NIKITIN 34, 3-5-8 48.5 52.0 0.57 15:43
MARK FAYNE 50, 1-5-6 47.0 45.2 0.33 15:15
KEITH AULIE 14, 0-0-0 49.1 45.2 0.00 11:58
  •  Jeff Petry has a terrible ZS and still hits 50% possession. His TOI has increased all season, too.
  • Oscar Klefbom is finding his way. Another 30 games should help, he’s top four now and next year.
  • Justin Schultz has improved to my eye but there’s no way you keep him over Petry.
  • Andrew Ference is not a popular man but has the toughest zone starts on the roster and has a reasonable Corsi (this is 5×5).
  • Mark Fayne doesn’t play as much as I thought he would and doesn’t get the punishing ZS’s either. Curious handling.

TOP TEN 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.

I think we have the top five surrounded and are now just working on the order. Bob McKenzie lists Marner as a RW and he played that position at the Prospects game. That might be enough to make a difference in the Strome/Marner race. I slotted Hanifin back at No. 3 after a revealing conversation with Kirk Luedeke on the Lowdown. Hanifin just turned 18 and is playing NCAA, meaning there are 23 year olds (and older!) lining up against him. It’s a significant item.

SUPERSTITION AIN’T THE WAY

A few people have asked me to express an opinion on this, so here goes. There are three things I want to address:

  • The war is over. These skirmishes these days are like gunshots from troops who don’t know the war is over yet. I’ve said this before but there is media in town that pays attention to advanced stats and media that does not pay attention. The lines have been drawn and we’ll see who wins. As in all things, ratings (in this case eyeballs) will impact the reality of one business or another and we’ll see change. If the Cult of Hockey doesn’t bring eyeballs to the EJ site I’m a monkey’s uncle. If I’m a major newspaper in Edmonton, I would want to get my own CofH UNLESS I believe it’s a fad or passing fancy. We’ll see. The NHL’s new adoption of fancy stats suggests the war is over and now it’s time to get the snipers out of the trees. NOTHING that gets argued online, on air, on the streets, has real value now. The nerds won.
  • I know Tyler Dellow pretty well, or as well as you can know someone without meeting them (the internet is a funny place) face to face. I had my quarrels with Tyler, back at HF, and he was very patient and helped me through the process of learning. I use hyperbole in my arguments (you may have noticed) and there had to be times when the math folks rolled their eyes but we got through. I’m not going to defend Tyler’s online verbal, he doesn’t need it and there are probably thousands of tweets I’ve never read. I can say that in discussing hockey (and other) topics over a decade he has been patient and supportive to me. The worst thing he ever did to me is challenge my long established beliefs and view of the game. I don’t think that reaches the status of ‘prick’ but your mileage may vary.
  • I know the media pretty well too, although can’t say we’ve had long discussions about anything. I can say all of the people you’ll read in the newspaper today worked their butts off getting where they are and that is one tough business. I think the writers (correctly) view bloggers and fancy stats folks as a threat, someone who could/will take their jobs. Travis Yost got a job at TSN analytics and he was writing for Hockeybuzz when we first met along the trail. The stuff Yost writes has terrific value for a large audience but no traditional journalist in Edmonton could write anything he produces, and the only MSM sources (imo) for that information are Cult of Hockey and the Lowdown. The very fact I’ve parlayed this blog into a radio show is a reflection of the thirst for knowledge in this area. The media is focused (at some level) on calling Dellow a prick, but media folks you should see the next wave: They’re coming for your job. If you believe fancy stats have no value, reconsider because an enormous percentage of your audience is ahead of you. If you feel you should get to know these things and their value, call or email. I’ll walk you through what I know and if I can’t answer it I’ll find someone who can. This isn’t a matter of your lack of intelligence, this is a matter of you being stubborn. There is no middle ground on this, and in the words of the great Stevie Wonder, when you believe in things you don’t understand, you suffer. No one is saying ‘don’t watch the games’  and no one is saying ‘the story line doesn’t matter’ but the whisper has grown to a scream on this one point: Hockey fans demand context to add to what they’re viewing. They demand substance to the storyline and they do not care who got off the ice last at practice. Seriously. Your audience demands the full view, and you have to supply it. Or keep doing what you’re doing and everything will take care of itself.

SCOUTING VAN-MINN

MacT (and either Lowe or Sammy, or both) were at the Vancouver-Minnesota game last night and I wonder who they were looking at? Here are a few guesses:

  • D Matt Dumba: Didn’t play much, unlikely as he must be a big part OF Minnesota’s future.
  • C Kyle Brodziak: It’s possible the Oilers want another veteran hand but unlikely a deal would take place at the deadline.
  • D Nate Prosser: Big righty blue with some range of skills, perhaps in exchange for Petry? Could be.
  • C Erik Haula: He can play all three forward positions and has some skill.
  • D Luca Sbisa: An interesting option, he would not be my choice.
  • D Frank Corrado: Righty blue who can move the puck.
  • F Shawn Matthias: Bigger body can play center or wing.
  • L Ronalds Kenins: Some skill, not a lot of potential as a top six forward.

Thoughts?

JOHANSSON

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A wicked show to begin the week. TSN1260 at 10 this morning:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. Busy weekend, Ovechkin ripping it up and the playoff race in the west is wild.
  • Derek, Fear the Fin. Know thy enemy!
  • Dennis King, Oilogosphere Icon. Super Bowl craziness and oh, those Oilers.
  • Matt Fenwick, Battle of Alberta. The legend! We talk about how life has changed now that he’s a celebrity!

10-1260 text and @Lowetide_ on twitter.

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  1. Lowetide says:

    Sharks are one of my favorite teams and I can’t recall too many games between these two clubs that lacked entertainment.

  2. VanOil says:

    G Money: SkyreachNet

    Might animate as a Finnish Goalie and rule the world.

  3. book¡je says:

    VanOil:
    Who is Petry trying to impress tonight? Whoever it is I figure it is working.

    29 GMs?

  4. G Money says:

    The goalies are ON FIRE.

  5. book¡je says:

    Yak!!!

  6. G Money says:

    Ant vs Yak.

    Ant wins.

    Burns burns Fasth.

  7. book¡je says:

    RNH!!!

  8. Lowetide says:

    Nuge baby!

  9. book¡je says:

    Fasth!!!

  10. G Money says:

    C’mon Nugey!

    Nugey Nugey Nugey!

    NUGEY!!!!

  11. book¡je says:

    Fraser!!!

  12. Kitchener says:

    Nuge!

  13. book¡je says:

    Fasth!!

  14. book¡je says:

    Hendrix!!!

  15. VanOil says:

    Can Scrivens take a shot like in Soccer? Oilers will run out of players soon.

  16. book¡je says:

    Fasth!!!!

  17. G Money says:

    Fasth freaks faker.

    Fraser goes ferrous.

    Fasth hurts Hertl.

  18. book¡je says:

    Schultz!!!

  19. G Money says:

    Hendricks hurls.

    Goodrow bad.

    C’MON JULTZ.

  20. book¡je says:

    Fasth!!!.

  21. book¡je says:

    Lander!!!

  22. G Money says:

    Fasth makes poetry on Tennyson.

  23. G Money says:

    Lander grounded.

  24. book¡je says:

    FAsth!!!!!

  25. JamesL says:

    ROUND TEN: FIGHT!!!

  26. JamesL says:

    Klefbom??? Are you kidding me?

  27. book¡je says:

    Klefbomb!!!

  28. G Money says:

    Kennedy assassinated by Fasth.

  29. G Money says:

    Klef bombs out.

  30. book¡je says:

    Fasth!!!!!!

  31. G Money says:

    Shepherd is sheepish.

  32. book¡je says:

    Gordon!!!

  33. G Money says:

    Gord done.

  34. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’m tired

  35. book¡je says:

    Fasth!!!!!!!

  36. JamesL says:

    Niem-NAH.

  37. book¡je says:

    Petry!!!!

  38. G Money says:

    Fasth neater than Nieto.

    Petry can’t dish.

  39. book¡je says:

    Fasth!!!!!!!!!!

  40. G Money says:

    Irwin? Ir LOST!

  41. JamesL says:

    Naw-rwin.

  42. G Money says:

    Fuck, this is getting hard.

    Klink – HAMMERS IT!

  43. JamesL says:

    COLONEL KLINK!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Halfwise says:

    This is going to help Fasth’s shootout save percentage.

  45. book¡je says:

    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!
    Kinkhammer!!!

  46. hags9k says:

    Tommy just sold half a million brake pads!!

  47. AZOIL says:

    Keep the updates coming! I had to turn it off. Was waking the baby and a sleeping wife!

  48. Gerta Rauss says:

    Klink!!!

  49. G Money says:

    Thank gord, not sure I could have come up with any more.

  50. Younger Oil says:

    Klink doesn’t stink!

  51. JamesL says:

    “Send in an Alberta boy” — oh goddmanit, sportsnet.

  52. Halfwise says:

    Nice reaction by Lander on Fasth as they skated off.

  53. VanOil says:

    The boys better be allowed a beer on the plane after that one.

  54. AZOIL says:

    Did we win?

  55. Kitchener says:

    Klink just stepped closer to the core.

  56. book¡je says:

    Hey G – What did the Monte Carlo simulation predict for a round 13 overtime 5-4 with Klinkhammer scoring?

  57. G Money says:

    A classic ROUND 13 win.

  58. G Money says:

    book¡je:
    Hey G – What did the Monte Carlo simulation predict for a round 13 overtime 5-4 with Klinkhammer scoring?

    1.2% – on the nose! (compared to 1% for the Sharks, so I’m pretty sure SkyreachNet will take the credit)

  59. Lowetide says:

    The chances of Klinkhammer getting a contract from EDM? 450%

  60. Lowetide says:

    Before Nelson 7-22-7
    After Nelson 7-6-3

    Is that right?

  61. PunjabiOil says:

    Oilers outshot the Sharks 40-37.

    There is progress under Nelson, and I’m beginning to believe it’s something tangible.

    Now if only he can get the personnel.

  62. Halfwise says:

    I watched this on the ATDHE stream, Sharks feed. Good enough quality that I could actually see the puck (after I cleaned my monitor…) and the ads were easy to dismiss. I haven’t found the Oilers worth paying for this year.

    Nelson has stopped the bleeding, at least.

  63. oilersfan says:

    Two games in a row the oilers gave up three or more goals in the third period.

    Cant they learn how to play the neutral zone trap when they are up by two?

  64. book¡je says:

    Lowetide:
    Before Nelson 7-22-7
    After Nelson 7-6-3

    Is that right?

    In a moral sense?

  65. dangilitis says:

    PunjabiOil:
    Oilers outshot the Sharks 40-37.

    There is progress under Nelson, and I’m beginning to believe it’s something tangible.

    Now if only he can get the personnel.

    Its not so much the personnel. Calgary is making lemonade out of lemons, if not for 1 Norris defenceman. Even when Edm squeaked in with Pronger, they had a much deeper team than Cgy.

    Its coaching to the strengths of your personnel. Try and find me a stat for that.
    But it’s true, it can’t all be Roy’s arrival and switching Perron for Klnk and a healthy Pouliot.

    Lander, Yak, Schultz are all playing way better under Nelson. I don’t know if this is just the “new coach” effect, but Nelson has done great work in OKC, there’s hsitory, and Eakins,while having similar history, never made it work for a second in the NHL.

  66. dangilitis says:

    Lowetide says:
    February 2, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Enjoyable game. Sharks can put five in during the final 20 but there’s a team here, swear to God. Goaler is good again, he seems to be taking over the No. 1 spot.

    This

    Jonathan Willis says:
    February 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Viktor Fasth is quietly having the kind of night we haven’t seen much of in the Edmonton crease this year.

    And this.

    I am not superstitious, but jinx much?

  67. Lucinius says:

    Lowetide:
    Before Nelson 7-22-7
    After Nelson 7-6-3

    Is that right?

    Oilers are;

    7-19-5 under Eakins (-39 goal differential, averaged 2.1 goals for, 3.39 goals against)
    0-3-2 under MacT/Nelson (-9 goal differential, averaged 2.2 goals for, 4.0 goals against)
    7-6-2 under Nelson (-1 goal differential, averaging 2.93 goals for, 3 goals against)

    Small sample sizes and all, but Nelson has got this team playing more enjoyable hockey and, by my eyes, better hockey than Eakins ever did.

    Also, and again the small sample size warning — but it is hilarious all the same; Lander is 14, 1-7-8 and 0.57 pts/game, which is fourth highest on the team, after Hall (0.71 pts/game), Eberle (0.66 pts/game) and RNH (0.63 pts/game). For the record, Draisatl was 36, 2-7-9 (0.25 pts/game).

    Lander has arrived!

    Hah.

    Finally; Nelson refuses to let this team dip below 0.500 pts %! Back up to 0.533 pts %. Nelson cannot be stopped, merely contained. Oilers now on pace for 59 points for the season (were on pace for ~51 when Eakins was fired and ~48 when MacT went back upstairs).

  68. spoiler says:

    Jonathan Willis:
    Todd Nelson loves that play. Tough angle, play the pass off the goalie’s pads. He talked about it all the time.

    Toews did pretty much the same thing–but twice–to us the other night so Nelson has plenty of video evidence to back himself up.

  69. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Woodguy: Zorg was a better hockey player.

    Fact.

  70. Bruce McCurdy says:

    hunter1909: Interesting you say this. Reminds me of another stats-centric bunch from the 1960’s – the American Armed forces…who were always able to “prove” they were winning the Vietnam War.

    Hunter was on a roll tonight. Epic stuff.

  71. Bruce McCurdy says:

    spoiler: Toews did pretty much the same thing–but twice–to us the other night so Nelson has plenty of video evidence to back himself up.

    Small correction, one was Toews, other was Hossa, both times Saad cashed the inevitable rebound.

  72. leadfarmer says:

    We should probably just pull the goalie for the 3rd period from now on if we have the lead.

  73. PhrankLee says:

    Ahhh.. we have our 4th line local boy turned folk hero arc going.

    The Calgary game forced me to notice Klinkhammer had better hands than I thought.

    Now all we have to do now is try to influence the nickname game. NHL nicknames have become pathetic.

    Nothing more than adding an s or sy. That’s not a nick name.

    That’s a speech impediment.

    All the creativity of a well, hockey team consisting of 20-somethings.. ha ha.

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

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Burning the midnight “oil” so to speak, Bruce?

    I just wanted to pass along kudos for knowing to use Nordic instead of Scandinavian in your CoH player grades. Klefbom 8! Wow. Very nice.

    On Schultz. I’ve been focused on him under Nelson. He still has this walkabout tendency where he makes an ill-advised pinch or pass and gets caught out, or the occasional blind backhand brain fart in his own zone up the boards, but if Nelson can cut that out of his game, that’s going to be the biggest item of the Nelson era for me.

    Schultz, Yak, Lander in order of importance. Fix those guys, add a Hanifin or Strome, then go get Thornton and/or Burns after San Jose either misses the playoffs or has an early exit and turn north (or Hjalmarsson and Sharp–or whatever, but you get the idea).

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

    By the way, has anyone (Jon Willis, Bruce McCurdy, etc.) had a chance to speak to Craig Ramsay at all? Ask if he’s doing anything differently with Nelson than with Eakins?

    He was tasked with fixing the special teams and helping the D, right? The D mostly looks a lot more composed under Nelson (still some brain farts). The PP still isnt’ great although at times looks more dangerous, especially the new unit with Lander and Yak. PP1 still looks stagnant at times.

    But I’m curious why Schultz is looking a lot better under Nelson than Eakins. Is it all Klefbom? Ramsay’s supposed to have been working with him all along to make him better.

  76. leadfarmer says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”,

    Bruce won’t sleep until the Oilers make the playoffs. He is really tired.

  77. Pouzar says:

    Wow…went to bed after 2nd period and woke up to the comments here.
    Very entertaining.

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

    PhrankLee:
    Ahhh.. we have our 4th line local boy turned folk hero arc going.

    The Calgary game forced me to notice Klinkhammer had better hands than I thought.

    Now all we have to do now is try to influence the nickname game. NHL nicknames have become pathetic.

    Nothing more than adding an s or sy. That’s not a nick name.

    That’s a speech impediment.

    All the creativity of a well, hockey team consisting of 20-somethings.. ha ha.

    The KlinkHammer of Thor is a player and 7 thunderous hits, too.
    We have 2/3 of a 4th line from the Gords. Hendricks-Gord-Thor

    All I can think of with Hendricks is Christina, and gin, in that order, but mixing the two sounds great.

    Damn, I suck. I think I may need to mix the two in order to think more clearly. 😉

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

    Pouzar:
    Wow…went to bed after 2nd period and woke up to the comments here.
    Very entertaining.

    so you went to bed happy, woke up happy, missed the roller coaster of emotions in between. ha ha.
    It’s a results based business; we’ve moved on from Eakins’ “process.”

    ha ha ha

  80. Pouzar says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”:
    Bruce McCurdy,

    Burning the midnight “oil” so to speak, Bruce?

    I just wanted to pass along kudos for knowing to use Nordic instead of Scandinavian in your CoH player grades. Klefbom 8! Wow. Very nice.

    On Schultz. I’ve been focused on him under Nelson. He still has this walkabout tendency where he makes an ill-advised pinch or pass and gets caught out, or the occasional blind backhand brain fart in his own zone up the boards, but if Nelson can cut that out of his game, that’s going to be the biggest item of the Nelson era for me.

    Schultz, Yak, Lander in order of importance. Fix those guys, add a Hanifin or Strome, then go get Thornton and/or Burns after San Jose either misses the playoffs or has an early exit and turn north (or Hjalmarsson and Sharp–or whatever, but you get the idea).

    NYC,

    How the heck do we get enough capable d-men for next year?
    I know you have answered this but I don’t see this regime buying out NN or eating
    salary to trade Ference. UGH…..so frustrating b/c as Lowetide has said, there is a team there.

  81. Pouzar says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: so you went to bed happy, woke up happy, missed the roller coaster of emotions in between. ha ha.
    It’s a results based business; we’ve moved on from Eakins’ “process.”

    ha ha ha

    Man that game would have taken 2 years off my life and 2 hours off of my sleep…being hungover from SB Sunday I had to make the call………I think I made the right one!

  82. PhrankLee says:

    Pouzar,

    I admit to missing my first game of the year because it started ad 10 friggin 30. I’m old enough for that to be when I usually get up for my first pee.

    All I wanted to see was Yak, Purcell and Fasth play well. I am way more comfortable with the D since Nelson took over.

    Highlight showed Yak on an unbelievable play to set up Roy.

    He. Could. Go. All. The. Way.

  83. PhrankLee says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”,

    Klinkhammer of Thor is great

  84. Pouzar says:

    PhrankLee:
    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”,

    Klinkhammer of Thor is great

    Klinky-Hammer?

  85. Pouzar says:

    Bruce,

    Nice job on the Player Grades again.
    Wow. Yak, Schultz and Lander…..somebody pinch me.

    Klef? Holy Crap.

  86. PhrankLee says:

    Pouzar,

    I had a fun time looking at the wiki of NHL nicknames.

    How on earth do we go from nicknames like Shovel-Shot and Baldy to Cooch and The Douche?

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

    Pouzar: Man that game would have taken 2 years off my life and 2 hours off of my sleep…being hungover from SB Sunday I had to make the call………I think I made the right one!

    Ha ha. “You chose…wisely!”

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

    PhrankLee:
    Pouzar,

    I admit to missing my first game of the year because it started ad 10 friggin 30. I’m old enough for that to be when I usually get up for my first pee.

    All I wanted to see was Yak, Purcell and Fasth play well. I am way more comfortable with the D since Nelson took over.

    Highlight showed Yak on an unbelievable play to set up Roy.

    He. Could. Go. All. The. Way.

    That’s an impressive run considering your time zone. I’ve missed more than that for sure.

  89. Bruce McCurdy says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: The KlinkHammer of Thor is a player and 7 thunderous hits, too.
    We have 2/3 of a 4th line from the Gords. Hendricks-Gord-Thor

    All I can think of with Hendricks is Christina, and gin, in that order, but mixing the two sounds great.

    Damn, I suck. I think I may need to mix the two in order to think more clearly.

    Hendrix is a guitar Gord.

  90. Bruce McCurdy says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: I just wanted to pass along kudos for knowing to use Nordic instead of Scandinavian in your CoH player grades.

    A Finn explained it to me once. As a Newfoundlander myself, I am very well-versed with the fine distinction between the “Maritime” & “Atlantic” provinces, with “Scandinavian” & “Nordic” being very similar. If Finland is included, use the latter.

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

    Bruce McCurdy: Hendrix is a guitar Gord.

    Yes!! I was thinking about Jimi this morning as well but I couldn’t make it work. Thank you! Well done!

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