1GP, 2.00 .961. THAT is a stunning line any time, but for an NHL debut? Get outta here. Laurent Brossoit stepped into the best league in the world and stoned a good offensive team for most of the night. His mates showed feet of clay and the win went out the door on the patented banana-peel play we’ve seen so many times.
Le sigh, but let’s not lose the big story.
Oh man, I REALLY hope Don Cherry tries to say "Laurent Brossoit" on Saturday night.
— Marc Majeau (@MarcMajeau) April 10, 2015
Heh. The thing about goalies is this: You never know. The one thing we learned last night—Brossoit isn’t going to wither—has value for the organization heading into next season. No, they can’t rely on him as a starter, but the club can include him in the group of four (two NHL and two AHL) goalies who could help the big club next year. I suspect he’ll be the AHL starter (with Scrivens as the NHL backup) and the additions (Antti Niemi and Matt O’Connor) will all have decent to good pedigree.
"LB was outstanding. I'm happy for him with the way he played, but disappointed he didn't get the support in front of him." – Coach Nelson
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 10, 2015
Nothing more to say because Nelson said it all.
- Antti Niemi $4.5M (est)
- Ben Scrivens $2.3M
- Laurent Brossoit $.925M
- Matt O’Connor $.900M (est)
Does that look about right? I’m not certain it’ll take $4.5M but it could be more (takes two to tango). If the cap is $70M, this depth chart devoting $6.9M of the total is about 10%. Very dear.
NOAH HANIFIN VERSUS RYAN WHITNEY?
Noah Hanifin draft capsule: "He’s a gifted offensive player, but what makes him so special is his transition game." pic.twitter.com/cJuCn6ghlv
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) April 8, 2015
I saw Hanifin very good in his last game, brilliant thread-the-needle pass of significant length being the highlight. I don’t know that he’s the third best name in the draft but I don’t know that he isn’t, either. His skill set appears to be a perfect fit for the Oilers but one question I do have is how the Oilers feel about him. Jim Matheson is very connected and his recent comments on the subject may be a tell:
- Matty: Several people who know say Boston College’s Noah Hanifin has a great deal of Jay Bouwmeester in him, but others wonder if he could be closer to Ryan Whitney, who went to Boston University and was picked fifth overall by Pittsburgh in 2002, the same year that Bouwmeester went No. 3 to Florida. Source
When Tambellini was GM, Oilers leaks dried up and this kind of thing went dark. Now, nuggets and bread crumbs are back and we see things like this one. Now, in truth Ryan Whitney was a helluva amateur player, but if you’re going to frame an issue in a negative way, telling Oilers nation that Hanifin reminds you of Ryan Whitney is a good way to do it. Why? Whitney cost Lubo and had significant injury problems, which takes away from the fact he was an excellent NHL prospect. When comparisons like those above are made, I always march right back to the beginning and look at what was being said about a player before his draft. Here’s the bottom line on Whitney before his draft:
- Red Line Report: May have most dynamic upside of any d-man. Source
- Red Line Report: He has phenomenal physical tools. He’s 6-4, 197 with a lean, live body and easily the best passing skills of any defenseman in the bunch. But he’s not real physical, his competitiveness is a question mark, and he just doesn’t make decisions quick enough in his own zone, leading to some bad giveaways. Source
Does that sound like Noah Hanifin? I don’t think it does, beyond the passing ability and size. I haven’t read about lack of competitiveness, I haven’t read about slow decision-making. It’s very important that we keep these comparisons in perspective. I’ll have an updated top 60 for the 2015 draft tomorrow morning.
HAS NELSON DONE ENOUGH?
I’d hire him for next season with the idea of continued development for some of these youngsters. If the 2015-16 sees Anton Lander, Martin Marincin and (say) Tyler Pitlick added to the actual NHL group, and Leon plus Darnell come along mid-season or later? That’s a solid investment on a season that will no doubt be outside the playoffs because of roster weakness in important places.
If Todd McLellan comes in, the focus will no doubt change from development to winning and I don’t think Scotty Bowman could get turn this crazy bird around in a season. The McLellan way is also likely tied to big game hunting at G and D (Niemi and Mike Green, as examples) and as I mentioned yesterday it’s a bad road to go for this team (they don’t have access to the best free agents and overpay for the middle ones).
I don’t think Nelson gets the job. It’ll go to a more experienced coach.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy Friday as we gear up for the weekend. 10 this morning, TSN 1260, scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. We’ll talk about the NHL playoffs and the draft.
- Sunil Agnihotri, The SuperFan. Brossoit’s debut, the OKC Barons, the summer and the draft.
- Alex Thomas, Oilers Rig. Frozen Four, Oilers season, draft.
- Paul Almeida, SSE. We’ll talk about the summer and the draft.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Friday, bitches!