RE 14-15 LEON DRAISAITL: PLEASE CALL HOME

Leon Draisaitl wasn’t ready, and the band played on. Approaching 20, there’s still no hurry, but one assumes the young German doesn’t feel that way. That’s a good thing.

RE 14-15: 66GP, 12-22-34 .515

ACTUAL 14-15: 37GP, 2-7-9 .243

LEON DRAISAITL BOXCARS leon draisaitl boxcarsLEON DRAISAITL FANCY STATSdraisaitl fancy

  1. Leon Draisaitl wasn’t ready? No. He’s a wonderful prospect and there are some good things in those numbers but he wasn’t ready for the NHL.
  2. What do you like about those numbers? 37.
  3. Games? Why? The young man never gave up, he just kept trying to get better. He didn’t flag or waiver he just kept on pushing. That’s a tell. Leon Draisaitl scored 2 assists the night he was sent down. He has character, he’s not going anywhere.
  4. Unless they trade him! I can’t see it, honestly. Oilers still need that big pivot up the middle and Leon has that and can use his size effectively. Chiarelli likes him.
  5. What did he say? PC: “I really like the player. Big, strong, heavy on the puck. He makes plays from both sides of his stick, and protects the puck. I love that about him. His speed is good and getting to speed is an area he’ll find.” Source.
  6. What do they do with him? Develop him. Leon can learn on the farm and if he’s good enough to make the team at center or the wing then Edmonton should keep him.
  7. Getting McDavid means Leon is going to play a lesser role. There’s a prominent role for Leon on the Oilers, although it may be on the wing and may not involve as much PP time. Connor McDavid, should he end up in Edmonton, is going to impact a lot of players’ playing time.
  8. What can Leon do that makes him unique in this lineup? Chiarelli covered a lot of it, but the thing about Draisaitl is that he’s a sublime passer. He sees the play but he can also execute the play. It’s a big damn deal because execution is required if a prospect is going to be gifted a skill role with other outstanding players.
  9. Where might he fit? If he’s an LW, I’d think he would play on a 3line with maybe Lander/Roy and Yakupov. I think Yak could finish a lot of those cherry passes from Draisaitl.
  10. What about center? That’s a tougher answer, because that means McDavid is probably on the wing and Leon’s wingers might be Hall/Yakupov or Pouliot/Eberle. I don’t see McDavid/Purcell. Either way, if he makes the team Leon Draisaitl is going to be walking in high cotton.
  11. Who was he effective with this past season? He played best with Yakupov and Purcell, they were his most common linemates.
  12. Well, giddyup! Run that trio! Unlikely they would get the same ZS push this season, suspect the new coach will need more production from the group that is given 78% ZS’s.
  13. When does Leon finish his junior career? Kelowna won last night and advance to the finals, so he’s got some track left to go. Who knows, maybe he’ll join McDavid and Marco Roy at the Memorial Cup.
  14. All he needs is better speed and Leon will be golden. He’s fast on the straightaways, suspect when people talk about his speed they’re talking first step and overall quickness. Big men rarely get full credit for their speed because it doesn’t look fast, but Leon can go. I like Chiarelli’s words, ‘getting to speed is an area he’ll find’ because it’s more descriptive than ‘first-step quickness’ will ever be. He’s an 18-wheeler, gearing up takes a stretch of highway.
  15. What if the new coach hates him? Impossible.
  16. No, his speed will be a big issue. You seriously have no idea what you’re talking about here. A coach is going to see what Leon can do, and his size, and figure out a way to maximize that player. Chiarelli spoke to Todd McLellan yesterday at the WHC’s (source: Terry Jones’ twitter) and a guy like McLellan will see value there, at EVs and absolutely on the power play.
  17. Ideally, who would Leon play with? Anyone who shoots three times or more in one game, on average.
  18. How many Oilers did that? Hall did, or damn close. Yakupov had 191 shots in 81 games.
  19. What about OKC? Iiro Pakarinen, 3.2.
  20. Can Leon Draisaitl carve out his own role with such elite competition at center? Yes, in fact I think this might work out very well. McDavid will (in short order) become the elite offensive player, Nuge is likely to fill a two-way role and Leon may center the soft parade line and become one of the best 3C’s in recent memory. Edmonton needs to give him quality linemates but he’s a substantial talent.
  21. WAIT A MINUTE! THREE SCORING LINES? Literally no way to avoid it now. The trick for Edmonton will be finding six wingers who can cash, that’s what the Penguins have been unable to do for some time.
  22. How do the Oilers get them? Draft, college and Euro free-agent signings. Hell, Pakarinen could be one of them, it’s not out of the question.
  23. Ideally, and I guess realistically, who do you see as being the top six wingers in two or three years? Hall—Timo Meier, Pouliot—Eberle and Slepyshev—Yakupov.
  24. Does Leon make the team opening night? I think they’ll come in with a plan to send him out but the German wil have worked like a warrior all summer and make it impossible.
  25. Why this song? It’s an obscure gem and a beautiful song. It’s about things not working out and longing for it to be as it was. The line ‘Guess I saw it comin’ day by day, but couldn’t stand the failure’ is especially fitting. I think Leon was probably afraid of getting sent out every day he was here during the first half of the season, and his performance during those days, in that light, was impressive. The pressure drop was likely severe but Leon managed it and kept reaching for a better day.
  26. You skipped over Nikitin. Artistic license. Niki tomorrow.

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  1. Lowetide says:

    At 10, the Lowdown starts rocking on TSN 1260:

    10:05 Scott Burnside, ESPN. Playoffs plus McLellan/Chiarelli chat.
    10:25 Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. McLellan, Chiarelli’s top job.
    10:40 Brian King, NonStopSportsPicks. NFL draft.
    11:00 Dennis King, Oilogosphere Icon. Prust, Oil, NBA
    11:25 Bob Weeks, Score Golf. Big weekend for PGA

    10-1260 text, @Lowetide twitter. Gotta go, I’ll be on the round table at 9 with Dusty and Will, Matt Iwanyk is the feature guest and I’m there too!

  2. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Best offensive 3C since Jordan Staal? Perhaps less goals but could be (and I think he will be for sure) a better playmaker.

  3. mattwatt says:

    No radio today Lowetide?

    Asking for a friend…..

  4. mattwatt says:

    Lowetide,

    Just after I send my message, the other shoe drops…..

  5. leadfarmer says:

    I think he will end up getting a lot of powerplay time if he spends time learning the Ryan Smyth trade. None of the other high draft picks stand in the hard areas in front of the net. That’s why guys like Purcell and Lander get PP time

  6. Yeti says:

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”:
    Best offensive 3C since Jordan Staal?

    Or best offensive 3C since Ryan Nugent Hopkins?

  7. Cahoon says:

    Great post, love the song, and the description for why it fits Leon.
    I think Leon makes the team as a flex winger, as he can play both LW and RW because that backhand pass is so sublime.

    I want what’s best for him, but I am cheering for him to kill it this year in the bigs to shut all the Flames fans raving about Bennett up.

  8. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Yeti: Or best offensive 3C since Ryan Nugent Hopkins?

    Hahahahahahaha.

  9. gd says:

    A great thing about having Chia in charge, is he doesn’t have to care about the Leon vs Bennett debate.

    For Chia, Leon is an extremely valuable asset, who has unique skillset for the team’s elite forwards. As long as Leon doesn’t get overpaid on his second contract they are a long way from worrying about any C related issues. They have RNH on a value contract for six more years, so they have until 2020 before they have to make the decision like Pitt did with Staal. Quite frankly if they can parlay either Leon or RNH into the same return that Pittsburgh got in six years that is pretty good asset management.

  10. NYCOIL "Taking Photos" says:

    Cahoon,

    Bennett was the number one ranked prospect. I don’t think Leon will match him offensively and the beauty is he doesn’t have to. He brings the size down the middle with McDavid-Nuge-Leon. I like that better than McDavid-Nuge-bennett.

    I also think Bennett was the perfect fit for The Flames. Kind of a win win as it turned out.

    Just like Nurse and Monahan. Yes, Monahan would have been nice to have but now that McDavid fell in our laps it’s better for the team to have the strong D prospect.

  11. Bar_Qu says:

    gd,

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”,

    Leon, as a big, big man, will be a more helpful tool in the toolkit when the playoffs come round. As we have witnessed this year, the NHL has no interest in protecting players or letting skill run in the playoffs and allowed the bad ol’ days of clutch and grab to rule the day. Leon will be better suited to that type of play than Bennett, though Bennett will find a way and likely surpass him in the regular season. I am satisfied with how the Oil ended up with this talent and the role he will fill for them down the road.

  12. Heinz 57 says:

    Artistic license.

    Beautiful. That’s my own worst habit.

    I’ve had an NN item on my TODO list that should have been handled first thing on Monday—a week ago—and here’s a second Monday already where “artistic license” is still on my case, but I think we’ve advanced since last Monday from denial to bargaining.

    It’s like you’re born to be a farmer. You love livestock. You love the outdoors. You love hard physical labour. You don’t mind the hours. You don’t mind the chores. You don’t mind hardly ever having a day off. You don’t mind the noise. You don’t mind the smell. You don’t even mind the manure.

    But you hate flies.

    Whenever you can forget about the flies, you’re the happiest cattleman who ever lived. But then when some task makes you actually notice the flies, suddenly you find yourself suffering a bad case of artistic license, for which there is no known cure.

    For example, you have to mix the feed, but you’ve got a new supplement today, and you’re going to actually have to read the side of the feed bag to get the ratio right, and that means putting on your reading glasses, and that means suddenly being forced to remember that the loathsome creatures prancing their diabolical wide-stance slaloms to nowhere between your sweaty arm-hairs have creepy veins in their transparent wings and horrific close-quarter bristles everywhere else (and you do know all too vividly where they’ve been), and then for the rest of the day every annoying bzzzzzz ZZZ zz ZZZZZZ zzz recalls this specific brush-like image to mind.

    Looks like the cattle won’t be getting the new, advanced feed mix until sometime next week, maybe some day where you conveniently awaken on the wrong side of the bed, and you just run the table for a day entering into all things loathsome.

  13. Hammers says:

    Any thought to playing Leon on the wing with McDavid and Yak although I did like Lander with Hall Yak that few games. Coaches will be staying up thinking of line combos my other question is does Mc need a big winger especially his first year. With what we have they have to go with 3 potential scoring lines . The forwards we have both on the Oil and the farm give a coach lots of options . Reality is still D and goal .

  14. wheatnoil says:

    Nuge, McDavid, Drai… so many sublime, creative set-up men. It should be a dream for a one-shot scorer. Maybe one with immense draft pedigree and raw skill. Even if you could get one who has struggled a bit through his ELC but is just starting to turn it around.

    My dear Nail, find the open lane in the offensive zone, wait for the puck, lather, rinse, repeat.

  15. Snowman says:

    I think Leon is the key to keeping the Mcdavid years rolling after his ELC is over. I suspect (unless he hits it out of the park) he may be a value contract because of his role behind Nuge and CMD in his second deal. It’ll be interesting to see how these three young centers have their contracts play out in coming years.

    God what a trio.

  16. Washingtron says:

    Hadn’t occurred to me till now (read: way too late) but the front office saga two weeks ago was one of the few times a PC was selected over a Mac.

  17. Ice Sage says:

    Washingtron:
    Hadn’t occurred to me till now (read: way too late) but the front office saga two weeks ago was one of the few times a PC was selected over a Mac.

    With that gem, we may have reached Peak Lowetide.

    Well done, sir.

  18. Traktor says:

    Jack Eichel has looked pretty damn good so far in the worlds. It’s crazy to think mcdavid is that much better.

    Belov has looked pretty good too. Nelson would’ve found a player there IMO.

  19. wheatnoil says:

    Traktor:
    Jack Eichel has looked pretty damn good so far in the worlds. It’s crazy to think mcdavid is that much better.

    Belov has looked pretty good too. Nelson would’ve found a player there IMO.

    I really think there was a player there. He did reasonably well with Jultz, if I remember correctly.

  20. rickithebear says:

    Sublime passers: with 30G potential
    LW Hall
    RW Eberle
    C RNH
    C Mcdavid

    Potentail 30G scorers
    LW Pouliot
    C Yakimov
    LW Slepyshev
    RW Yakupov

    Potential 20G 40A players
    C Lander
    ? Draisatl

    Hall – Lander – XXX
    Pouliot-RNH- Eberle
    Purcell-Mcdavid-Yakupov
    Hendricks-Gordon-XXX
    Slepyshev-Yakimov-XXX

  21. godot10 says:

    I think one should play McDavid with two established vets as a rookie. Hall and get somebody like Shane Doan, Justin Williams, Chris Stewart, Drew Stafford.

    Too bad the dementor stalled the development of Yakupov for two years. In an ideal world, he would be ready to be the RW with McDavid and Hall.

  22. Yeti says:

    NYCOIL “Taking Photos”: He brings the size down the middle with McDavid-Nuge-Leon. I like that better than McDavid-Nuge-bennett.

    Yes, although if you eyed up a 1D, the McDavid-Nuge-Bennet combo would allow you to trade a bluechipper from a major position of strength.

  23. Ca$h-Money! says:

    Totally and completely off topic question:

    Does anyone know what happened in the France vs. Swiss game yesterday? Antoine Roussel had 30Pims, another guy on France had 25, and there wasn’t much corresponding on the other side.

    How do you get that many penalty minutes? Did he flat out murder a guy?

  24. frjohnk says:

    If the oilers are looking for a top pairing d man in a trade, Draisaitl will be near the top of the list for what other teams would looking at coming their way.

    Not suggesting we trade him, but he has number 1 center potential who will have tremendous value in the next few years money wise. Cap strapped teams high in the D prospect area but short in the center prospect area would love a player like Draisaitl.

    Again, not suggesting this is the guy we trade to help fix the backend but I do see someone up front getting traded for a D man.

  25. leadfarmer says:

    frjohnk,

    Teams aren’t going to be asking for the 16th pick for their top pairing dman. They are going to be asking for Nurse or Draisatl, a player that will be able to contribute soon. That’s why I think next years d corps is going to be a patch job.

  26. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Ca$h-Money!:
    Totally and completely off topic question:

    Does anyone know what happened in the France vs. Swiss game yesterday?Antoine Roussel had 30Pims, another guy on France had 25, and there wasn’t much corresponding on the other side.

    How do you get that many penalty minutes?Did he flat out murder a guy?

    Roussel received an Abuse of officials

  27. Rocknrolla says:

    Ca$h-Money!:
    Totally and completely off topic question:

    Does anyone know what happened in the France vs. Swiss game yesterday?Antoine Roussel had 30Pims, another guy on France had 25, and there wasn’t much corresponding on the other side.

    How do you get that many penalty minutes?Did he flat out murder a guy?

    Take a look here under game actions, shows all the pims.

    http://www.iihfworlds2015.com/en/games/2015-05-03/FRA-vs-SUI/#game-actions-tab

    Looks like some game misconducts and umsportsmanlikes. They count as 20, and 10 mins.

  28. Ducey says:

    Traktor:
    Jack Eichel has looked pretty damn good so far in the worlds. It’s crazy to think mcdavid is that much better.

    Belov has looked pretty good too. Nelson would’ve found a player there IMO.

    Maybe. But its more likely that Belov does better on the big ice where the game is slower.

  29. Ca$h-Money! says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Roussel received an Abuse of officials

    Figured. That guy may very well be the Worst.

  30. Factotum says:

    I was at the Rockets-Winterhawks game last night and focused specifically on Leon. Here are my observations:

    He doesn’t have the quickest feet, but he’s a very good skater with long strides and I saw plenty of speed. He was matched against Nic Petan for most of the game and didn’t look slow at all. In fact, it was Portland that changed it up and put Paul Bittner on Leon instead in the second half of the third period.

    Faceoffs were a strength.

    Didn’t play much of a physical game, but I don’t think I saw anyone take the puck from him all night. He uses his size to great advantage when protecting the puck. He was the best player on either team at gaining a controlled zone entry.

    As others have noted, he sees the game very well. Confident in his puck possession, he slows the game down and looks for the best play in the offensive zone. Kelowna seemingly had at least one decent shot attempt on every shift, usually generated off the rush.

    He definitely thinks pass first. It’s interesting that Kelowna has him lined up with Nick Merkley, who also has a playmaker’s mindset. Both players need a finisher. Justin Kirkland did better with them than Riley Stadel, but it seemed that a number of chances went uncashed.

    Leon has terrific hands and several times he released a pass so quickly that he caught a teammate by surprise.

    I don’t know how many shots on goal he ended up getting credit for, but a surprising amount were taken on the backhand. His one assist was the result of a rebound off a backhand shot.

    I was certain he scored Kelowna’s 5th goal after charging to the net for a nifty top-shelf deflection, but it turned out that the puck went off the Portland defender’s stick instead.

    General observations about the game:

    Pretty wide-open for the most part. Two fast-skating clubs. Kelowna with more height and a better forechecking game. A couple of Portland’s defenders turned the puck over repeatedly under pressure. Portland surrendered the middle of the ice far too easily. Adam Henry, though, had a terrific game for the home side.

    The best player on the ice for either team was Tyson Baillie; he and Dillon Dube gave the Winterhawks fits all night.

    Nic Petan and Chase De Leo were notably despondent after the game. Both guys played their hearts out. Petan was in his 88th playoff game for the Winterhawks.

    Portland is a fun place to watch a game. The fans are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The 8000-plus were in full throat when the home team went up 3-0, and in spite of being disappointed in the end, many stayed after the game to salute their team as their 4-year run as Western Conference champions came to an end.

    I’m not worried about Leon Draisaitl. I don’t think he’s quite fully-baked just yet, and will need the right linemates early on to thrive at the next level, but he’s a wonderful player, of a type the Oilers have needed for quite some time.

  31. Alpine says:

    LT, I’ve noticed you got Timo Meier in there as a future Oilers winger, so I’m assuming you think he could fall into our laps at #16? If the choice is between Meier and say, Jeremy Roy, who would you prefer? Roy looks terrific, big numbers and a RH shot really stick out to me.

  32. Lowetide says:

    Alpine:
    LT, I’ve noticed you got Timo Meier in there as a future Oilers winger, so I’m assuming you think he could fall into our laps at #16? If the choice is between Meier and say, Jeremy Roy, who would you prefer? Roy looks terrific, big numbers and a RH shot really stick out to me.

    Yes, I do believe that Meier could fall to No. 16 and also believe Edmonton will draft him if he’s there.

  33. T0ML says:

    Ebs from hall opens up the scoring against CZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. OrangeandBlue says:

    I think Draisaitl should be considered more than safe as an Oiler. Dealing him wouldn’t help the team in the longrun because then we’d eventually be searching for a forward with size and skill that could play both center and wing. I don’t think they’re looking to move him, but it annoys me that some other sites have him listed as a piece to be moved. The only regret I have about this player is that a year of his ELC was burned off.

  35. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: Yes, I do believe that Meier could fall to No. 16 and also believe Edmonton will draft him if he’s there.

    McDavid and Meier on day one of the draft and I’d be over the moon.

  36. Rondo says:

    LT,

    Who is the 4th best defensemen in this draft?

  37. frjohnk says:

    Factotum:
    I was at the Rockets-Winterhawks game last night and focused specifically on Leon.Here are my observations:

    He doesn’t have the quickest feet, but he’s a very good skater with long strides and I saw plenty of speed.He was matched against Nic Petan for most of the game and didn’t look slow at all.In fact, it was Portland that changed it up and put Paul Bittner on Leon instead in the second half of the third period.

    Faceoffs were a strength.

    Didn’t play much of a physical game, but I don’t think I saw anyone take the puck from him all night.He uses his size to great advantage when protecting the puck.He was the best player on either team at gaining a controlled zone entry.

    As others have noted, he sees the game very well.Confident in his puck possession, he slows the game down and looks for the best play in the offensive zone.Kelowna seemingly had at least one decent shot attempt on every shift, usually generated off the rush.

    He definitely thinks pass first.It’s interesting that Kelowna has him lined up with Nick Merkley, who also has a playmaker’s mindset.Both players need a finisher.Justin Kirkland did better with them than Riley Stadel, but it seemed that a number of chances went uncashed.

    Leon has terrific hands and several times he released a pass so quickly that he caught a teammate by surprise.

    I don’t knowhow many shots on goal he ended up getting credit for, but a surprising amount were taken on the backhand.His one assist was the result of a rebound off a backhand shot.

    I was certain he scored Kelowna’s 5th goal after charging to the net for a nifty top-shelf deflection, but it turned out that the puck went off the Portland defender’s stick instead.

    General observations about the game:

    Pretty wide-open for the most part.Two fast-skating clubs.Kelowna with more height and a better forechecking game.A couple of Portland’s defenders turned the puck over repeatedly under pressure.Portland surrendered the middle of the ice far too easily.Adam Henry, though, had a terrific game for the home side.

    The best player on the ice for either team was Tyson Baillie; he and Dillon Dube gave the Winterhawks fits all night.

    Nic Petan and Chase De Leo were notably despondent after the game. Both guys played their hearts out.Petan was in his 88th playoff game for the Winterhawks.

    Portland is a fun place to watch a game.The fans are enthusiastic and knowledgeable.The 8000-plus were in full throat when the home team went up 3-0, and in spite of being disappointed in the end, many stayed after the game to salute their team as their 4-year run as Western Conference champions came to an end.

    I’m not worried about Leon Draisaitl.I don’t think he’s quite fully-baked just yet, and will need the right linemates early on to thrive at the next level, but he’s a wonderful player, of a type the Oilers have needed for quite some time.

    Thanks. Good report

  38. stevezie says:

    ‘Guess I saw it comin’ day by day, but couldn’t stand the failure’

    Yep.

  39. Cahoon says:

    Lowetide,

    I don’t think Meier gets past the Stars, I just don’t see them passing him up.

  40. Lowetide says:

    Rondo:
    LT,

    Who is the 4th best defensemenin this draft?

    Jeremy Roy by my reckoning.

  41. Rondo says:

    Cahoon,

    Perhaps Dallas really needs D-men

  42. Cahoon says:

    Rondo,

    Perhaps.

  43. spoiler says:

    Interesting that after that 2nd Czech goal, T-Mac came straight back with Hall, Ebs and Duchene.

  44. spoiler says:

    And Toffoli gives us the lead back.

    Edit: This goal has been amended to Couturier (Toffoli).

  45. Pouzar says:

    PP Goal – Tyler SEGUIN (Taylor HALL, Tyson BARRIE)

    If Hall can set up a stiff like Seguin, imagine what he could do with CM???

  46. spoiler says:

    Crosby with a PP marker from Giroux, almost as weird as Seguin from Hall… strange non-icing call on the play.

  47. striatic says:

    The music they play during these games is great.

    So is the atmosphere generally.

    Sounds like a fun game to be at. Czechs in effect. Want to meet some Czech hockey fans now.

  48. russ99 says:

    Get Lander two 2-way checking forwards and worry about where Leon fits in when he’s ready for the show.

    If we can convert our third line into our shutdown line, then when the current 4th line’s contracts are up, we can run a young 4th line with Leon in mold of the the Brodziak, Glencross and Stortini line with some of our AHL grindy wingers.

    Then Draisaitl doesn’t have to be thrown into a sink or swim situation when he is ready.

  49. spoiler says:

    From the tail end of Stauffer’s show:

    Gerry Fleming: [Nurse} will meet us in Utica tomorrow. Flying out tomorrow morning, will join the team tomorrow afternoon.

    …We’re excited to have him with us.

  50. spoiler says:

    OKC will be going with same line up at forward for Game 1 vs. Utica which means Platzer will be sitting.

  51. G Money says:

    Just for fun, pull up the IIHF player stats page:

    http://www.iihfworlds2015.com/en/statistics/#players

    Pretty f*in impressive for a guy that’s been “ruined”.

  52. Diesel says:

    Washingtron:
    Hadn’t occurred to me till now (read: way too late) but the front office saga two weeks ago was one of the few times a PC was selected over a Mac.

    Hate to (possibly) break it to you but this has been all over twitter since the moment PC was installed.

  53. frjohnk says:

    G Money:
    Just for fun, pull up the IIHF player stats page:

    http://www.iihfworlds2015.com/en/statistics/#players

    Pretty f*in impressive for a guy that’s been “ruined”.

    Quick trade him before he gets injured

  54. RexLibris says:

    G Money:
    Just for fun, pull up the IIHF player stats page:

    http://www.iihfworlds2015.com/en/statistics/#players

    Pretty f*in impressive for a guy that’s been “ruined”.

    Huh, I could have sworn Tyler Seguin was playing at the worlds but I don’t see him at the top of the scoring list so I must be mistaken.

    🙂

    Of course, that 31% sh% is totally unsustainable for Hall. He’s just getting a bit of a lead right now because the opposition is so focused on shutting down Nathan McKinnon.

    I’m sure Lindy Ruff would have had Hall backchecking better this game and they’d have won 2-1 rather than a garish 6-3 result.

  55. RexLibris says:

    Shero new Devils GM, Lamoriello stays on as PoHO.

    http://www.tsn.ca/shero-named-devils-gm-lamoriello-stays-on-as-president-1.274929

    Between he and Chiarelli, I know which GM I’d rather have.

  56. spoiler says:

    G Money:
    Just for fun, pull up the IIHF player stats page:

    http://www.iihfworlds2015.com/en/statistics/#players

    Pretty f*in impressive for a guy that’s been “ruined”.

    You mean Lander at the top off the FO% list? lol.

    I knew Arcobello was playing for USA, but had no idea Matt Hendricks was too.

  57. spoiler says:

    RexLibris:
    Shero new Devils GM, Lamoriello stays on as PoHO.

    Between he and Chiarelli, I know which GM I’d rather have.

    Hey Rex, do playoff games count against burning an ELC year? If so, I’m guessing Bennett must be close.

  58. frjohnk says:

    spoiler: Hey Rex, do playoff games count against burning an ELC year?If so, I’m guessing Bennett must be close.

    Bennett has burnt a year off. Same boat as Draisaitl

  59. Diesel says:

    spoiler: Hey Rex, do playoff games count against burning an ELC year?If so, I’m guessing Bennett must be close.

    http://flamesnation.ca/2015/4/26/saying-goodbye-to-the-first-year-of-sam-bennett-s-elc-isn-t-necessarily-a-bad-thing

  60. vinotintazo says:

    spoiler: Hey Rex, do playoff games count against burning an ELC year?If so, I’m guessing Bennett must be close.

    if bennett plays next playoff game, he will burn 1 year of the ECL.

    as per twitter, Hartley confirmed he will play next game.

    I think is a waste. but just IMO.

  61. G Money says:

    RexLibris: Of course, that 31% sh% is totally unsustainable for Hall.

    He just needs to play for the Flames next year and it totally will be!

    spoiler: I knew Arcobello was playing for USA, but had no idea Matt Hendricks was too.

    Hendricks is Captain America.

  62. spoiler says:

    G Money: too.
    Hendricks is Captain America.

    Does he get to keep the cool shield?

  63. SwedishPoster says:

    Lander and Klefbom have both looked better against Austria and Latvia though it’s hard to draw anything from games against so much weaker teams. The real test will be wednesday, Team Canada is clearly the team to beat this WHC. Looks stellar both on paper and on ice. Heavy favourites this year. Pressuring TCs D men hard will be the only way we’ll be able to hurt your boys unless Swedens goalie stands on his head.’
    Lander centers swedens top line which after a crappy first game has been dominant. Filip Forsberg looks amazing and Louie Eriksson looks like he did five years ago. Lander plays his normal smart game, finds the good areas and lets his wingers do the fancy stuff. Wins a load of draws, he’s been going down on one knee Boyd Gordon style a lot, don’t think I’ve seen him do that before, maybe pickedup some pointers from the vet. Cool if that’s the case.
    Klefbom got the nerves all cleared out and plays well as second fiddle to the stunningly good OEL. Klef left todays game in the 2nd period but is supposed to be good to go against Canada. Just something minor.
    Fun game wednesday, a little too many onesided games this tourny but the games between the better teams have all been highly entertaining if a bit sloopy.

  64. RexLibris says:

    Re: Bennett.

    I had argued that they could have framed it as playing him seven games and then sitting him to issue a challenge to the rest of the team as a way of saying “We’re not going to throw this young man into the fire, but you’d better know he’s coming next season and could take your job, so you need to step up your game”.

    The majority of the fan response then, this was during the Canucks series when the temperatures were running high, was that a year of Bennett’s ELC was worth what he would learn/accomplish during the post-season.

    I think it could be a mistake, but all in all, I don’t expect the Flames to be so inundated with high-end talent in five years that it will cost them dearly when it comes due.

  65. Alpine says:

    G Money,

    Hall’s really only had two statistical anomalies in his five year career. Last season’s Corsi count and this season’s point totals. Every other year, he’s performed to expectations or beyond for a player of his calibre in those categories.

  66. RexLibris says:

    G Money: He just needs to play for the Flames next year and it totally will be!

    Hendricks is Captain America.

    Which makes Arcobello his Bucky?

  67. Dashingsilverfox says:

    Rondo:
    Cahoon,

    Perhaps Dallas really needs D-men

    Dallas needs a veteran defenseman. (Phaneuf would work)

    They already have 3 Klefbom’s…Klingberg, Jokkipakka and Nemeth as well as a Nurse (Oleksiak).

    I wouldn’t be shocked if they traded their pick.

  68. Lynas1 says:

    If I’m PC, in my mind, the major core going forward would be RNH, CMcD (if he comes here), LD, Nurse, and OK. I’d trade Hall, Ebs, or Yak only for a major D or G return. Being a GM from my comfy armchair suits me fine.

  69. striatic says:

    Lynas1: CMcD (if he comes here)

    Yikes.

    Don’t scare people like that.

    It isn’t nice.

  70. Aitch says:

    Draisaitl is either the biggest trading chip Chiarelli has at the moment or the best 3rd line centre in hockey in a couple of years. Take that Nuge!). PC is pumping his tires already with his “heavy” talk at both the early press conference and in the recent article over at EJ. Personally, I hope he keeps Drai in the organization unless the return is a legit 1st pairing defender.

  71. Lynas1 says:

    striatic: Yikes.

    Don’t scare people like that.

    It isn’t nice.

    Sorry bud. Was more thinking if PC cashed him in for something crazy like Duncan Keith and 5 first round picks or something. Prob still wouldn’t do it myself from my armchair.

  72. Numenius says:

    RexLibris: Between he and Chiarelli

    “Between HIM and Chiarelli…”

    I’m picking on you because you’re actually a writer.

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