INTERNAL OBSTRUCTIONS

As we get closer to training camp major, some interesting questions are coming into view.  I’m of a mind that we are extremely unlikely to see three scoring lines (although three offensive pairs might be possible) and increasingly wonder if a veteran checking line may make an appearance (haven’t had one of those in years). Todd McLellan is clearly a thoughtful guy who is going to take time to evaluate the talent available to him and adjust his style to suit them.

NAIL

Which brings us to what might be an interesting training camp battle between Leon Draisaitl and Nail Yakupov. If the German stays at C, then Nail’s future as 2R is clear (with some threats but no major one on the horizon). Leon added to the mix? Different story.

  • Todd McLellan: “I look at Leon Draisiatl, and in my opinion Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid are going to be #1 and #2 centremen in our organization for a long, long time, they’re that talented and that good. Not that Leon isn’t… But career-wise, he might love to be on one of their wings and playing in the top six rather than maybe being that third-line centre. I think it’s really unfair to peg him there, but we have to look at it from that perspective. [The defensive] responsibilities as a winger are somewhat less, his boardwork is quite good, and one of the things that impressed me the most about Leon is his ability to play on his backhand. Joe Thornton has incredible eyes and makes incredible passes on his backhand. For a young man like Leon, he did the exact same thing at our summer development camp, which is something I wasn’t aware of.” Source

That struck me as curious when I first read Bruce McCurdy’s account of the Oilers Now interview and I think it might offer us some insight into McLellan’s thinking. If Leon could fill the 2R role, it might allow McLellan to roll a dedicated checking line and a ‘utility’ fourth line very similar to what we might have seen during the Craig MacTavish era:

  1. Pouliot—Nuge—Eberle/Draisaitl
  2. Hall—McDavid—Draisaitl/Eberle
  3. Hendricks—Letestu—Korpiskoski
  4. Yakupov—Lander—Purcell

If that happens, if Draisaitl>Yakupov in McLellan’s mind and the team runs a checking line, then I think moving Nail now makes more sense. If you’re not going to put him in a position to succeed, and that means one of Nuge or McDavid as the de facto center, then send him away.

Yakupov gives McLellan the option of having two real shooters in his top six (Hall and Yakupov) plus the opportunity to mix and match the roster (which falls in line with McLellan’s own past—placing his best offensive players in pairs in order to spread out the group and make defending them more difficult). What about this:

  1. Pouliot—Nuge—Eberle
  2. Hall—McDavid—Yakupov
  3. Korpikoski—Letestu—Purcell
  4. Hendricks—Lander—Pakarinen/Klinkhammer/Pitlick

The offense is more spread out, the good checkers (I count Nuge, Letestu, Hendricks, Lander and Korpikoski) are also spread out and it’s going to be difficult to check all of these men. Offense too thin? Maybe. The other problem is Luke Gazdic, who is going to get a chance to play. I’d rather see this:

  1. Pouliot—Nuge—Eberle
  2. Hall—McDavid—Yakupov
  3. Hendricks—Letestu—Purcell
  4. Gazdic—Lander—Korpikoski

The 4line has some good checkers who can penalty kill and not upset the rotation, plus Lander and Korpikoski can easily move up (Lander may end up ahead of Letestu in terms of TOI). There are only two scoring lines but you could flip Purcell and Korpikoski and turn the 3line into a checking unit.

LEON

Leon is damn near my favorite prospect in the entire system but I can’t find a way to put him on the roster. The smart play here is sending Draisaitl to Bakersfield, play the hell out of Purcell and Nail, and trade the UFA as soon as the value hits something attractive enough to be useful. Call up Leon, put him on the wing and let Nail/Leon fight it out for last spot on the magic bus.

That’s how I see this going.

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  1. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Totally off topic, and admittedly I just tweeted about this, but I was looking through ESPN’s predictions on my fantasy hockey league, and I came across this GEM:

    Jiri Hudler

    33G, 48 Assists, 168 Shots
    and only 5 of the goals are on the PP.

    Not only are they predicting an 81 point season for Mr. Hudler, he’s going to do it almost entirely at even strength, with a 19.6% shooting percentage.

    Lowetide, you should teach a class on reasonable expectations. Seriously.

  2. Lowetide says:

    1. Find a blog that has frequent visits from mathy people who can’t ignore a problem once it is embedded.
    2. Make several basic mistakes and a couple of obscure ones.
    3. Endure several hundred posts offering “advice” on improvement.
    4. Break down and figure out things like TOI and PP TOI just in case one of these people asks.
    5. Post findings.
    6. Wait.

    🙂

  3. blainer says:

    I kinda agree with Stauffer..

    Drai on the left wing.. although He would be better on the right with that backhand..

    Drai Nuge Ebs

    Hall CMD Purcell

    Poo Lander Yak

    Yak will have very responsible defensive players covering for him.. That line could also pot a few before Yak gets traded..

  4. Zelepukin says:

    I would love to see the international third line of:

    Yaks – Lander – Drai

    surprise people with their offense. The problem is that I hate Purcell on the 2nd line. I’d much rather have Yaks there so he can turn the corner this year.

  5. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Zelepukin,

    I don’t mind Purcell on the second line.

    I understand he’s slow, but it’s not like it will take him 10 seconds to get into the zone to catch up. He’s not THAT slow.

    The reality is you don’t really want 3 forwards in deep on the rush, so he just becomes the defacto hanger-backer. Plus, it’s likely Schultz is roaming around beyond the goal line too, so somebody had better hang back. Why not the veteran with the rusty wheels?

  6. Snowman says:

    Purcell with Hall and CMD makes no sense. He can’t keep up. He’s not good at puck pursuit or puck retrieval. He has some skill but he’s not a shooter.

    I really don’t like Purcell in that spot. I’d rather Drai or Yak or Miller or Lander or or or… He’s not a good fit for that spot other than he’s a veteran.

  7. Kris11 says:

    Drai-RNH-Purcell
    Hall-CMD-Ebs
    Poo-Lander-Yak

  8. RexLibris says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!:
    Totally off topic, and admittedly I just tweeted about this, but I was looking through ESPN’s predictions on my fantasy hockey league, and I came across this GEM:

    Jiri Hudler

    33G, 48 Assists, 168 Shots
    and only 5 of the goals are on the PP.

    Not only are they predicting an 81 point season for Mr. Hudler, he’s going to do it almost entirely at even strength, with a 19.6% shooting percentage.

    Lowetide, you should teach a class on reasonable expectations.Seriously.

    That’s absurdity.

    Hudler is likely going to be playing with Gaudreau and Monahan again this season.

    Does anyone think that, away from home ice, opposing coaches are going to let that trio get 3rd pairing defensemen or defensively-incompetent forwards?

    Hudler had an outstanding season last year, but 81 pts is insane. I’ve got him pegged for 55 pts based on a regression of his sh% and facing tougher competition and that is more points than any but two of his seasons, last year (76) and 2008-2009 (57).

    If he scores 81 I hope Treliving re-signs him to Patrick Kane money and term.

  9. slopitch says:

    The lineup I see at the end of the year could be much different. Think Yak2 can fill the role of utility forward? 6″5 230.

    Drai-Nuge-Ebs
    Hall-CMD-Yak2
    Poo-Lander-Yak

    The Oilers need a 25 year old Ryan Smyth to play with those 2. Go to corner win puck, go to net. I actually think Purcell will have an ok year too.

  10. rickithebear says:

    Puck retrieval ->Takeaways/gm
    TK/GV ratio tells you elite players pocession wise
    Must be noted EVTOI would give you a /60 value.
    #1 M. Stone 1.225TK/gm TK /GV ratio 2.280
    #2 O’rielly 1.195/gm 3.769
    #3 Tavares 1.146/gm .862
    #4 Backlund 1.115TK/gm TK/GV 1.381
    #6 Monohan 1.000 TK/gm 1.558
    #8 Datsyuk .937 2.034
    #13 Gaudreau .838 TK/gm
    #14 Hossa .829 2.267
    #15 Bozak .829 2.957
    #33 RNH .711 1.256
    #38 Pouliot .699 1.111
    #45 Hall .660 .625
    #82 Purcell .561 1.314
    #92 Reider .556 3.636 this player is Ryan O’rielly sick!
    #95 Hudler .551 1.344
    #155 Eberle .457 .507 most 2 giveaways for every one takeaway
    #169 Hendricks .437 2.067
    #182 yakupov .420 .618
    #215 Letestu .389 3.000
    #227 Draisatl .378 .875
    #230 Korpikoski .377 1.733
    #295 Gordon .309 1.105
    #362 Fraser .217 .813
    #366 Lander .211 .444

    The best TK/gv Ratios possession.
    #1 Beagle 5.000
    #2 Huala 3.800
    #3 O’rielly 3.769
    #4 Reider 3.636
    #5 Hornist 3.444
    #6 Bergenheim 3.400
    #7 Kennedy 3.333
    #8 Holland 3.190
    #9 Statsny 3.111
    #10 Letestu 3.000
    #63 Hendricks 2.067
    #106 Korpikoski 1.733
    #184 Purcell 1.314
    #198 RNH 1.256

    If I was to pick any young forward with high EVG potential; strong PK trending; Possession retrieval .
    We could sure use a player like Reider.

    Bergenheim has low SH% but retrieval numbers suited for defending our Zone. Right there with Letestu and Hendricks.

    guys that need real work.
    of the 400 fwds.
    #370 Hall .625
    #371 yakupov .618
    #392 Eberle .507
    #397 Lander .439

    when you look at our players TK/GV numbers without Eakins or healthy m
    we get a better idea of the player.
    RNH .710 1.336
    Hall .649 .816
    Eberle .636 1.033
    Pullout .419 1.455
    Lander .269 .952

  11. G Money says:

    rickithebear: TK/GV ratio tells you elite players pocession wise

    Ooooh, fun! Let me try:

    Hits/sh% ratio tells you which player’s wife or girlfriend is hottest!

  12. Snowman says:

    rickithebear,

    What a crazy split between the Eakins numbers. Really speaks to how poor his system was in my opinion. More Giveaways and less takeaways across the board is a systems issue.

  13. Магия 10 says:

    Before Lowetide reluctantly trades away Smid Yak for the 23rd time this off season let’s take a look at how Young Willis assesses the impact:

    “If Draisaitl is pushed to left wing (logically, given that he’s a left shot) it means that the Oilers’ left wing depth chart suddenly features Benoit Pouliot in the No. 3 hole. That’s a pretty massive boost to the third line, and it means that whichever of Purcell or Yakupov ends up in that slot most of the time can count on having two quality linemates”.

    Unicorns!

  14. kinger_OIL says:

    Really poorly edited, and I think Roberts is somewhat of a charlatan, but some interesting stuff:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/how-a-fitness-guru-helped-transform-hockey-prodigy-connor-mcdavid/article26297428/

  15. Hammers says:

    Like the idea of pairs but the wingers not centres then coaches can get opposing teams thinking as to what centre to check or do they match up top C or wingers . This way it could be RNH , Lander or McD playing with say Hall ,Ebs , or Leon , Pouliot , Yak , Purcell or whatever wing combos you want . Keep them guessing all the time

  16. Kmart99 says:

    G Money,

    TK/GV could tell us something useful about players if those two numbers weren’t so obviously the worst tracked numbers in the NHL.

    If you intercept an opposing team’s pass, that is a giveaway by them but sometimes not a take away by the other team.

    Or if you knock someone over and walk away with the puck some places you’ll get credited with the takeaway, others not
    .. Until more clear parameters are created, GV and TK nbrs are useless.

  17. Lowetide says:

    Franson to Buffalo as per Bob McKenzie. Also small deal Stefan Elliott from COL to AZ for Brandon Gormley.

  18. Rake 2.0 says:

    Kruger to coach team Europe at World Cup of hockey.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=778514

    Really surprised this wasn’t discussed today.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Rake 2.0:
    Kruger to coach team Europe at World Cup of hockey.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=778514

    Really surprised this wasn’t discussed today.

    I think there was an exchange in the previous thread. I’m happy for Ralph, hope he wins gold. well, silver.

  20. John Chambers says:

    Lowetide:
    Franson to Buffalo as per Bob McKenzie. Also small deal Stefan Elliott from COL to AZ for Brandon Gormley.

    Wow, low dollar figure on Franson $3.3M x 2.

    The Sabres will be greatly improved but they’re nowhere near the playoffs and bad goaltending could still have them land in lottery territory.

    A real mixed bag of trades and deals for Tim Murray – some bad like Lehners, and overpaid for Kane, but he’ll have insulated Eichel and Reinhart in a way Hall, Nuge, and Eberle would be envious of.

  21. John Chambers says:

    Buffalo’s D now looks respectable with:

    Ristolainen – Bogosian
    Gorges – Franson
    Pysyk – Weber

    Again, their season rests entirely on whether Lehner is a #1.

  22. Rake 2.0 says:

    Lowetide,

    Maybe bronze. Nurse could possibly be on team North America since it will be players under 23 and Chia will be selecting the roster. Do you know if McDavid would be eligible for team Canada? Or do all players under 23 play for team North America?

  23. Lowetide says:

    One thing I hoped we would talk about is the best fit C for Yakupov. He’s 2.5 years into his career, I’d always hoped he would get the Horcoff. Lander might eventually be that type but it’s pretty soon to project him into that kind of role.

    Or do you just run him with McDavid and Hall?

  24. Lowetide says:

    Rake 2.0:
    Lowetide,

    Maybe bronze. Nurse could possibly be on team North America since it will be players under 23 and Chia will be selecting the roster. Do you know if McDavid would be eligible for team Canada? Or do all players under 23 play for team North America?

    I think all under 23 for NA Young stars. It’s kind of a weird format

  25. godot10 says:

    Draisaitl on LW, Lander, and Yakupov

  26. Rake 2.0 says:

    I found it strange as well. Should be entertaining. I would prefer to see McDavid representing Canada instead of the North American young stars though.

  27. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    One thing I hoped we would talk about is the best fit C for Yakupov. He’s 2.5 years into his career, I’d always hoped he would get the Horcoff. Lander might eventually be that type but it’s pretty soon to project him into that kind of role.

    Or do you just run him with McDavid and Hall?

    A defensively competent veteran center who can feed him the puck and play a strong two-way game.

    Sounds like Nugent-Hopkins and it is both sad and delightful (depending on the topic at hand) that he fits that category.

    I believe it has been discussed and decided that Yakupov cannot play with Nugent-Hopkins because they have shown poorly together.

    Draisaitl seemed the on-paper choice as a good fit, passer meets shooter, and there are suggestions that Draisaitl has the defensive acumen (albeit in a potential state at this time) to be that center.

    McDavid cannot be that player this year unless his defensive game develops at a pace beyond ken.

    Lander does appear to be the only remaining reasonable candidate outside of Letestu for that role and one wonders what that means for a winger to follow his center to that player’s natural spot on the roster, ie: 3rd or 4th line.

    I think McLellan test drives Yakupov in all weather conditions this camp to see what his strengths and weaknesses are and who best fits. If a companion cannot be found, they will likely give him 3rd line minutes, lots of powerplay time, and he will be moved along around Christmas for Purcell’s eventual replacement (a young, rock solid depth winger who can handle the forecheck, PK and win possession battles, ie: a Pisani). We will mourn his departure, wish him well, and move on.

    If a fit can be found, the Oilers will have an internal candidate in either Yakupov or Draisaitl to replace Pouliot on the LW as the veteran could be pushed down the lineup or moved for a fairly attractive defensive asset.

    Just my guess.

  28. TheOrangeDesk says:

    If I was selected for the under 23 team I would reject the offer %100. Why risk injury right before the season starts for a team that means nothing to you?

  29. rickithebear says:

    G Money: Ooooh, fun!Let me try:

    Hits/sh% ratio tells you which player’s wife or girlfriend is hottest!

    You go in the corner and com out with the puck take away.

    You try to shoot at the net. it does not go in d picks up the puck.
    that is reflected in Block; Miss; or Save.
    Possession change but not a retrieval.

    Standard flow of play.
    D breaks up an entry play other forward picks it up not a retrieval.
    but is reflected in entry to corsi ratio.

    Takeaway/giveaway.
    player to player possession change.

    Takeaway good!
    Giveaway bad!

    Players with a good possession and puck pressure rep have good TK/GV ratios.
    Is it exact no. but reflective yes.
    Oh come on Gmoney.

    PS we have to accept all numbers.
    Otherwise most are useless.
    including +/-

    what is important.

    do we not all get the idea.
    PC thinks bowmanish offensive pairs with a retrieval forward.

    Hall-Mcdavid-XXX
    Pouliot-RNH-Eberle 2.58 EVP/60
    XXX-Lander-Purcell 2.08 EVP/60

    Letestu FO%
    Hendricks
    Korpikoski

  30. Магия 10 says:

    Lowetide: I think all under 23 for NA Young stars. It’s kind of a weird format

    Under 24:

    “must be 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016”

  31. rickithebear says:

    Ristolainen (19.22) – Bogosian (15.90)
    Gorges(19.77)– Franson (18.07)
    Pysyk (16.81) – Weber (18.68)

    Lehner
    last 2 years .8312

  32. Lowetide says:

    Магия 10: Under 24:

    “must be 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016”

    Still strange.

  33. JD¡™ David O'Connor's Reel says:

    Lowetide: I’m happy for Ralph, hope he wins gold. well, silver.

    Maybe bronze?

    Canada = Gold

    NA Yutes = Silver

    I don’t really think they’ll win silver, but I guy can McDream.

  34. rickithebear says:

    XXX-Fayne (12.43)
    Sekera (12.05) -Nikitin (13.00)
    Gryba (14.80) – XXX

    Talbot
    last 2 years .8616

  35. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Weird deal. I thought people were saying Gormley had turned the corner and wasn’t a bust. So why move him then?

  36. Connor says:

    I know you claim to not hate Yak but IMO the media needs to take it easy on him. His progression thus far is similar to Tarasenko who suffered far less scrutiny.

    I think the Oilers can role three scoring-ish lines this year and for the life of me I do not understand why everyone is so gung ho on Hall playing with McDavid. They are both puck hogs (with good reason) and they make average players better but likely are being under-utilized if on the same line since they have a similar skill set… but since everyone thinks Hall and McDavid together is the best scenario:

    Pouliot-RNH-Eberle
    Hall-McDavid-Purcell (until traded)
    Draisaitl-Lander-Yak
    Hendricks-Letestu-Korpikoski

    I think someone else posted this which I agree is the best option for what the Oilers organization is hinting at IE Hall with McDavid, Draisaitl on wing, veterans with McDavid.

    With the Oilers talent, they can easily role three scoring lines with pairing the talent and adding a complimentary winger to each line. The pairs I think would be most effective in terms of different/complimentary skill sets are:

    (Pouliot)-RNH-Eberle
    (?)-McDavid-Yak
    Hall-Draisaitl-(?)

    Plenty of good forwards in the system to fills those questions marks in the near future IMO 🙂

  37. Spoils says:

    look the fact is we can’t develop a defenceman in time for the Hall cluster (unless we magically draft an Ekblad like guy). Nurse is still 2 years out from being in the top pair…

    the other fact is our D just is NOT good enough.

    we need to trade.

    can’t we get OEL or Jones for Yak + our top picks in 2016 and 2017 or some package like that?

    i don’t want to trade LD or yak or ebs or hall etc. but the D needs to be better.

  38. Wolfie says:

    I think it would be a mistake to not at least give Yak the push this year. There’s time for Draisaitl. The time is now to maximize Yak or find out for sure if he doesn’t fit. Letting Yak rot on the 3rd or 4th line would be a terrible use of assets.

  39. G Money says:

    rickithebear,

    Sigh.

    I know what takeaways and giveaways are Ricki.

    Sure, in a general conceptual sense, you can also argue that giveaways and takeaways are respectively bad and good.

    But as has been shown in many places repeatedly, it turns out that a high giveaway rate as measured by the NHL is, counter intuitively, correlated with *good* players rather than bad players. You can’t give away the puck if you don’t have it in the first place.

    So you’re already starting on shaky ground.

    To the other half, there is no work done that I have ever seen that shows whether takeaways, again as measured by the NHL, give you any useful information at all, good or bad.

    A quick look at takeaways does show some pretty decent players at the top of the list. The problem is, it also has a lot of good players in the middle of the list, and even a few good players at the bottom of the list. What really stands out is how small a number it is.

    With that as your starting point, what you don’t get to do is take these two statistics, assign one as good and one as bad without adequate supporting evidence, and then simply declare that the resulting ratio measures “elite possession players”.

    To quote a well-known bear around these parts: that is bullshit! don’t you watch the game! this is grade 5 stuff! it is garbage!

    That would be true even if kmart99’s point – that those two are highly subjective and poorly measured numbers to begin with – was false. And it isn’t.

    And no, “we do not have to accept all numbers”. That is ridiculous.

    Some measures in hockey are very well supported – like goals for instance. You just have to be careful using those as a statistic for prediction because they suffer from major sample size issues, not because they’re poorly measured, or unimportant.

    Others, like Corsi, suffer from a measure of both subjectivity and error (as Staples likes to point out, a plus or minus shot attempt for a player is only 60% likely to be true) and coarseness (Corsi measures possession indirectly, which itself measures talent indirectly).

    Thankfully, Corsi inherently comes with a massive sample size, which overcomes measurement issues quite quickly. Individual Corsi accumulates about 15x as fast as your Gv/TK ratio does.

    Some statistics like, +-, suffer from coarseness AND error AND sample size, which is why it is rightfully scorned as a statistic. (However, unlike many here, I do not discount the value of +- once adequate sample size is achieved, which likely takes one or two full seasons as a bare minimum).

    If I were a betting man, I’d bet that both takeaways and giveaways as measurements are very much like +- (coarse, subjective, low sample size) than like any of the better measurements (which have either accuracy or sample size in their favour).

    So your statistic is both unsupported AND poorly measured.

    But hey, there’s a simple way out of this conundrum. You can go ahead and prove your thesis anyway. You can – as has been done with Corsi for literally YEARS, ad nauseam (and people still disbelieve it) – run the correlations and SHOW that your statistic has value.

    That it has repeatability, and predictability in and between seasons, and produces supportable results (supportable means either making intuitive sense to a knowledgeable hockey observer, or if the results are counter-intuitive, a coherent explanation as to why the results still make sense).

    THEN you can boldy declare that your statistic measures what you claim it measures.

    And therein lies the problem Ricki, because right off the bat, you demonstrated loud and clear that your made up statistic is not giving useful results. Like your previously using EVGA to [mis]measure defensemen, the results range from odd to terrifying.

    On any planet in which Jay Beagle is the “most elite possession player in the league”, and Bergenheim, Holland, and Letestu help round out your top 10, and Hendricks is a vastly better player than RNH … I’d suggest to you that this is a planet on which hockey is not being played!

    The statistic is spitting off unsupportable results. Like EVGA before it, It’s not measuring what you claim its measuring. In fact, looking at your list, I’m not convinced it’s measuring anything at all.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if my previously floated nonsense ratio produces more supportable results than yours (for no other reason than the fact that hotness is subjective and most hockey WAGs sit crowded at the ‘hot’ end of the spectrum anyway – plus it would be WAY more fun to prove).

  40. G Money says:

    New lottery method be damned, in case there’s any doubt as to whether the ‘Yotes are planning to tank again this year:

    Maloney said the #Coyotes will have D Keith Aulie & Corey Potter in camp on PTOs. Doesn't expect any others.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) September 10, 2015

  41. JD¡™ David O'Connor's Reel says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Weird deal. I thought people were saying Gormley had turned the corner and wasn’t a bust. So why move him then?

    According to some, you merely have to want a defender from Arizona and they have to trade him. It’s in the CBA or something.

  42. JD¡™ David O'Connor's Reel says:

    G Money: And no, “we do not have to accept all numbers”. That is ridiculous.

    I’ve never liked 5. Always pissed me off that it looks like an S sometime5.

  43. RexLibris says:

    G Money:
    New lottery method be damned, in case there’s any doubt as to whether the ‘Yotes are planning to tank again this year:

    Maloney has decided, if he can’t beat the Oilers at the draft lottery using his own sub-standard players, then he’ll simply emulate the roster to the best of his ability until he does win it.

    Next up, Kurtis Foster, Dustin Penner, and Nikholai Khabibulin. If he fires Tippett and brings in Eakins, you’ll know he’s working off the Oilers’ script.

    He just needs to hire Tambellini as his “special advisor” and send him to the draft lottery to push him over the top.

  44. JD¡™ David O'Connor's Reel says:

    G Money,

    RexLibris,

    Why are you guys still up? Did you get laid off too?

  45. G Money says:

    JD¡™ David O’Connor’s Reel: Why are you guys still up? Did you get laid off too?

    Trying not to. Working on two make-or-break RFQs.

    But if I do have to wind the company down, you can bet I’ll be up EVEN LATER!

    RexLibris,

    I thought we concluded the real magic was in someone’s tie? Was it Katz? Waiting for the news story on a mysterious break in at his house …

  46. G Money says:

    JD¡™ David O’Connor’s Reel: Why are you guys still up? Did you get laid off too?

    Energy services is such a goddamn fun sector.

    I’m looking at moving back into the technology world.

    Major drawback: less time on Lowetide.ca.

  47. SwedishPoster says:

    Was looking through the interviews on the Oilers website, all questions on McDavid ofcourse, Luke Gazdic is a real good interview, surprisingly eloquant, since TV in Canada seems to love hiring old fighters I’m sure he can have a career in media after his hockey days are over.
    Also, I’m obviously not the first one to notice, but Letestu looks so much like Elijah Wood. “HOBBITSES!”

    This is obviously the honeymoon of hockey season where all you get are reports on how good all players off season training has gone and how they are in the shape of their lives, I’m sure once camp starts rolling around we’ll get word on the guys who’s had nagging injuries, but so far it’s been very few reports if any on players having any health issues at all, you usually hear somehing so that’s encouraging. Heres to hoping they all come in like men possessed to start the year. The excitement is really starting to build and I’m going to enjoy it at least until we’re out of the playoff hunt in November.

    From all reports McDavids name should probably be spelled Ambitious,

  48. book¡je says:

    I just read the World Cup of Hockey info. The NHL continues its long tradition of totally screwing up the international game.

  49. book¡je says:

    G Money: Ooooh, fun!Let me try:

    Hits/sh% ratio tells you which player’s wife or girlfriend is hottest!

    You should run this stat, I’m curious now.

  50. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide: Or do you just run him with McDavid and Hall?

    Out of the gate that’s what I would do. It’s a long season let’s see what they have together.
    I see no reason to break up the Poo-Nuge-Ebs line either.

  51. hunter1909 says:

    Re Nail:

    I have just come to the realization that he’s the highest IQ player on the team not named Disraitl.

    Connor McDavid’s going to take over this team from the opening of training camp. He’s another incredibly high IQ hockey player.

    A Gretzky(McDavid) needs a Kurri(Yakupov).

    Prediction: Yakupov’s playing with McDavid on opening night. And every night.

    Wearsglasses and Seagull be hanged.

  52. PhrankLee says:

    Pounew Jebs.

    The Cerberus.

  53. Kmart99 says:

    I want to run Yak with Hall and CMD, but there’s a few things that scare me:

    We know Yak’s D game ain’t great.

    After looking at G Money’s nbrs from last year, Hall doesn’t seem to drive possession as well as one would expect. Maybe it was injuries, maybe it was Eakins, but maybe Hall isn’t the type of player who can carry weaker players.

    I know under Renney Hall was a possession monster and he often ‘pushed the river’ when nobody else could. So there’s hope.

    CMD’s D zone play is kind of unknown to me, and it is completely unknown at the NHL level for everyone.

    I’d like to Run Hall CMD YAK for the last two preseason games and definitely game 1 of the season in St Louis. Probably also game 1 at home. But I’d keep a very close eye on that line.

    Yak may need a defensive center like Lander to aavoid avoid so much risk.

    I also wonder if a possession player like Draisaitl doesn’t steal the 2RW job by Jan.

    We will see.

  54. Lowetide says:

    Lordy, looks like I missed a party. Great lines, I laughed out loud at “Sigh. I know what giveaways and takeaways are, Ricki.” Spit coffee.

  55. RPG says:

    Excellent article on McDavid and his off season/summer training with Gary Roberts.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/how-a-fitness-guru-helped-transform-hockey-prodigy-connor-mcdavid/article26297428/

    ‘Listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 when Edmonton’s orientation camp began on July 1, he saw his weight jump to 197 this summer in less than a month while training with Roberts. Their formal sessions concluded in the last week of August.”

    Also this is an interesting read on Klef from Andrew Berkshire

    http://sportlogiq.com/2015/09/10/oilers-may-have-defensive-stalwart-in-oscar-klefbom/

    “In fact, according to what’s been tracked so far, Klefbom is the best defenseman in the NHL at removing the puck from the opposition’s stick.”

  56. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Also this is an interesting read on Klef from Andrew Berkshire

    http://sportlogiq.com/2015/09/10/oilers-may-have-defensive-stalwart-in-oscar-klefbom/

    “In fact, according to what’s been tracked so far, Klefbom is the best defenseman in the NHL at removing the puck from the opposition’s stick.”

    That was an interesting article, but it was also noteworthy that he suggested Klefbom was a totally 1 dimensional defensive defenseman at this point. I was under the impression Klefbom’s P/60, or EVP/60, (or something) suggested he had more offence than was showing.

  57. PhrankLee says:

    I’m not down on Franson but happy he signed somewhere else.

    The Buffalo deal is reportedly done.

  58. Mr. D. says:

    Do you suggest 3rd pairing D, often shutdown types, don’t play againt top lines? Think again.

    RexLibris: That’s absurdity.

    Hudler is likely going to be playing with Gaudreau and Monahan again this season.

    Does anyone think that, away from home ice, opposing coaches are going to let that trio get 3rd pairing defensemen or defensively-incompetent forwards?

    Hudler had an outstanding season last year, but 81 pts is insane. I’ve got him pegged for 55 pts based on a regression of his sh% and facing tougher competition and that is more points than any but two of his seasons, last year (76) and 2008-2009 (57).

    If he scores 81 I hope Treliving re-signs him to Patrick Kane money and term.

  59. rickithebear says:

    Mcdavids combine measures: june 29 article.
    6’0.75″ 195lb

  60. stush18 says:

    Not sure what Phoenix is doing trading gormley.

    They traded a player that was turning a corner for a player a year older.

    Plus, he had a spot on the bottom pairing if you go by handedness.

    Now they have 3 players ahead of Elliot, unless he plays the off side.

    Totally embracing the tank.

    Hold out for one more year yotes fans!

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