OILERS V CANUCKS (ROOKIES G1)

If there were no hockey for the north, we’d all be crazy—and even then I’m not absolutely certain the great game saved us completely. In a city that gives us (possibly) 10 true weekends of summer, there appears to be an extremely nice one straight ahead. Riddle me this dear neighbour: Where will you be tonight at 8:30? In front of a computer watching 18-year-old kids play hockey? Me too!

TONIGHT’S LINEUP!

  • Mitch Moroz—Connor McDavid—Greg Chase: Word is Edmonton wanted McDavid to have linemates with some pro experience. I think it’s pretty obvious the Oilers are going to have McDavid surrounded by physical wingers and defensemen and I publicly endorse this idea.
  • Anton Slepyshev—Leon Draisaitl—Josh Winquist: I was hoping to see Winquist get a game with real skill and here it is G1. Leon has two really nice wingers here, this line could be the one that harpoons the opposition (although I’m not sure we’ll see line matching).
  • Connor Rankin—Kyle Platzer—Cole Sanford: A small, subtle item here but as we’ve discussed in the past Platzer stays in the middle and Chase moves to wing. Sanford is getting some hype ahead of camp, Rankin is an interesting player too. A guess? Sanford could get a little push up the depth chart at some point in this tournament.
  • Braden Christoffer—Alexis Loiseau—Rihards Bukarts: Some workers here, Christoffer and Bukarts can make life miserable and Loiseau is highly skilled (I’d like to see him play a bigger role in one of the other games). Even at the rookie tournament, my oh my the depth at center is new and wonderful.
  • Darnell Nurse—Joey Laleggia: This is a pairing we might see in main camp, I thought they would be split up. Perhaps the Oilers want Nurse to curtail sorties? Either way, this is the class of the group in terms of defensive duos.
  • Ben Betker—Ethan Bear: Both men are intriguing and if you haven’t seen Betker before look way up. Bear’s reputation suggests we’ll see a nice headman pass or two and some booming shots from the point.
  • Caleb Jones—Loik Leveille: This is an interesting duo for two reasons: There isn’t much experience and there may be some chaos (Leveille is known to go a’roaming) and both have excellent shots from the point.
  • Eetu Laurikainen: The most experienced of the Penticton men, don’t know if he’ll play the whole game and haven’t seen the backup named yet. Keven Bouchard is listed as backup.

The Canucks roster is from the Caveman Penal League, so they’ve placed a giant or an agitator (or both) on each line or pairing. Jason Gregor is the source of the roster and his post is here.

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LAST YEAR’S LINEUP

  • Moroz—Draisaitl—Chase
  • Tkachev—Yakimov—Houck
  • Kessy—Khaira—Holmberg
  • Jones—Roy—Jones
  • Winquist—Ewanyk—Krushelnyski
  • Nurse—Gernat
  • Boland—Musil
  • Simpson—Oesterle
  • Craig—Ludwig
  • Betker
  • Brossoit, Tuohimma, Rimmer, Bouchard

From last year’s group, Leon Draisaitl ended up playing 37 NHL games, Jordan Oesterle (6), David Musil (4), Darnell Nurse (2), Bogdan Yakimov (1), Laurent Brossoit 1 NHL game.

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TWO YEARS AGO

  • Roy-Miller-Kessy
  • Abney-Ewanyk-Houck
  • Baddock-Schaber-Bickie
  • Khaira-Chase-Fyten
  • Nurse-Klefbom
  • Gernat-Musil
  • Davidson-Leach
  • Marincin-Betker
  • Tyler Bunz

From the group two years ago, we’ve seen Martin Marincin (85 NHL games), Oscar Klefbom (77), Brandon Davidson (12), Andrew Miller (9), David Musil (4), Darnell Nurse (2), and Tyler Bunz play 1 NHL game. This year? McDavid, Nurse, Draisaitl, probably more. The system is delivering but this year is special. A child shall lead them all.

I’ll post starting lineups when I get them, I’ll also post the final boxscore as I did a year ago.

SOME LIGHT READING

  • An excellent read from Jason Gregor setting the tone for rookie camp, with terrific quotes from Oilers Senior Director of Player Development, Rick Carriere on Anton Sleoyshev, Ethan Bear and others.
  • Oilers and Flames odds of winning the Stanley Cup are 33/1.
  • A nice thumbnail sketch of the Oilers rookie roster (save Laurent Brossoit, he’s not at the tournament this year).

I’ll post updates through the night, this will be fun!

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  1. Centre of attention says:

    McDavid can’t buy a goal. I’m not even mad, though. Great showing by the Oil prospects so far as a group.

  2. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Lowetide:
    McDavid close again. He’s a little snakebit tonight.

    Not just snakebit. A tad tentative since the early Virtanen hits. Just a little off timing wise. He will get past this.

    Nurse on the other hand is a man amongst boys.

  3. oilswell says:

    Seeing Christoffer pretty good in this game for another (tiny) Moroz.

  4. G Money says:

    If McDavid doesn’t score soon on one of the chances he’s constantly creating, I’m gonna have to declare him another 1OV pick ruined by the Oilers.

  5. G Money says:

    Also: I had no idea Colborne was such a skilled player.

  6. RexLibris says:

    Nurse!

  7. RPG says:

    Hello Nurse

  8. T0ML says:

    ATTA BOY NURSE!

  9. Centre of attention says:

    Nurse with the Boomer, McDavid is on the board. Lordy that brought a tear to my eye,

  10. dustrock says:

    Booyakasha

  11. Ice Sage says:

    Darned it!

  12. Ice Sage says:

    Centre of attention:
    Nurse with the Boomer, McDavid is on the board. Lordy that brought a tear to my eye,

    Get used to it 😉

  13. Centre of attention says:

    Can I say that was Nurses best Chris Pronger impression? LOL. what a shot.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Nurse (McDavid). Starting to wonder about that McDavid guy, guess we’ll give him another period.

  15. Cahoon says:

    Nurse from MacDavid. I’m excited to be hearing announcing things of the like from those two for a decade or more 🙂

  16. RexLibris says:

    So far the “go ahead, we’ll burn you on the PP” stratagem seems to be working.

  17. Oil2Oilers says:

    42 seems to be on the ice when a lot of good things happening. Strong and not afraid of the dirty areas. His only flaw to my eyes is he needs to spend a little time with Pelliter working on quick turns.

  18. jake70 says:

    Like Nurse’s decision to wrist it in there instead of the big shot on that particular sequence.

  19. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Nurse (McDavid). Starting to wonder about that McDavid guy, guess we’ll give him another period.

    He can play 4th line.

    Behind Nuge.

  20. LadiesloveSmid says:

    G Money:
    Also: I had no idea Colborne was such a skilled player.

    been missing those comments like crazy!!

    *rolls eyes*

  21. Ice Sage says:

    Fun night so far but man are the Canuck prospects (except Virtanen and sometimes little SUbban) terrible.

  22. dustrock says:

    Seen Platzer pretty good tonight.

  23. Ice Sage says:

    jake70:
    Like Nurse’s decision to wrist it in there instead of the big shot on that particular sequence.

    Jultzian, it was

  24. Centre of attention says:

    Bleh. Lazy 3 on 1. Oilers are letting off the gas.

  25. Cahoon says:

    I was afraid of that as soon as they put Keven in lol

  26. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    I was writing this before my phone died. Nurse may be the most important prospect in this organization. And then he scores.

    Yes, it is just one night. And McDavid will have his chance. But still. My opinion for now. Not the best prospect maybe but the most important to the Oilers.

  27. dustrock says:

    Looked offside to me. Bad play by Bear after a real nice play by Bear

  28. RPG says:

    That was terrible sequence from Bear. Yuck

  29. frjohnk says:

    dustrock:
    Looked offside to me. Bad play by Bear after a real nice play by Bear

    that’s what I thought

  30. Centre of attention says:

    Bouchard should had that. Yeah, it was a 3 on 1 but the guy just shot. Clean look at it. Booooochard.

  31. jake70 says:

    Ice Sage: Jultzian, it was

    Yeah, was waiting for someone to say that. I just recall Nurse letting those big cannon shots go in teh world juniors and hitting a lot of glass.

  32. Younger Oil says:

    I figured out the problem with Bouchard.

    He gets “Bou”ed by the crowd so much he thinks they are chanting his name so he figures he’s doing well and doesn’t change his game.

  33. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Moroz, Chase, and Nurse all hounding Virtanen. Love it.

    Nurse talks the talk and walks the walk

  34. geowal says:

    hooray for youtube

  35. RexLibris says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    I was writing this before my phone died. Nurse may be the most important prospect in this organization. And then he scores.

    Yes, it is just one night. And McDavid will have his chance. But still. My opinion for now. Not the best prospect maybe but the most important to the Oilers.

    Exactly.

    Trading for those guys is usually very expensive.

    Signing one in free-agency almost never happens.

    Drafting one?

    We have to accept that MacTavish knew what he was talking about when he lauded Nurse pre-draft.

  36. RexLibris says:

    Does the Oilers’ press guy’s parents know he’s up past his bedtime?

  37. G Money says:

    Virtanen seems good at hitting but not that good at hockeying.

  38. Centre of attention says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Moroz, Chase, and Nurse all hounding Virtanen. Love it.

    Nurse talks the talk and walks the walk

    Nurse NEEDS to be on the big league team, yesterday. Would you honestly be surprised if HE was the captain in the future? Lmao. Everyone talking about Hall and McDavid….then theres THIS guy…

  39. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    RexLibris: He can play 4th line.

    Behind Nuge.

    But if we don’t give Nuge the butter minutes, how can we ever expect him to break 50 points?

  40. G Money says:

    Funny, I’m using a lacrosse ball to mobilize my hip right now!

  41. Lowetide says:

    Oilers are really physical, my goodness it’s a different club from a year ago. Nurse changes everything.

  42. RexLibris says:

    Great fitness advice: sit on this and rotate.

  43. Cahoon says:

    I know we are all Oiler’s guys, but I am really seeing Subban good. Wish he was ours.

  44. Cahoon says:

    G Money:
    Funny, I’m using a lacrosse ball to mobilize my hip right now!

    LOL!

  45. RexLibris says:

    Cahoon:
    I know we are all Oiler’s guys, but I am really seeing Subban good. Wish he was ours.

    Yeah, Subban is looking very calm, skilled and tenacious.

    He looks like a good young prospect.

  46. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    RexLibris,

    Never had an issue with MacT’s drafting. Big league procurement on the other hand…

    Slepyshev nice hands. Needs more time with McDavid in my opinion.

  47. geowal says:

    RexLibris,

    The “chat” or whatever it is on the side of the youtube feed really went nuts for that tennis ball exercise. Luckily I just learned how to hide the chat.

  48. RexLibris says:

    G Money:
    Virtanen seems good at hitting but not that good at hockeying.

    As I recall, his splits in his draft year were very goal-heavy.

    That always gives me pause.

    I think he’s probably a 2nd line finisher with a lot of edge if things break right for him.

  49. RexLibris says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    RexLibris,

    Never had an issue with MacT’s drafting. Big league procurement on the other hand…

    Slepyshev nice hands. Needs more time with McDavid in my opinion.

    I’d be fine with MacTavish working UNDER Green in the amateur scouting side.

    As I’ve mentioned before, I have concerns about his tendency to rush to judgement, but he managed the 2013 draft very well.

  50. Woogie63 says:

    Slepyshev is very fast and seems at home in the tougher areas of the rink

  51. RexLibris says:

    Linden: real strong goaltending.

    Check the sv% and GAA as well as the goals given up by area relative to the league.

    Miller and Markstrom is a potential trainwreck.

  52. LadiesloveSmid says:

    RexLibris,

    think I recall a canucks army blog before the 2014 draft noting Calgary’s insane PDO that season (Chase and Virtanen had pretty notable regression) and how they should steer clear of Virtanen. I don’t know how often a top 6 forward would be P/G in their draft+1. 1P in 10 AHL games. If I were a canucks fan, I would not be keeping my hopes up for that outcome

  53. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers are really physical, my goodness it’s a different club from a year ago. Nurse changes everything.

    Would you say that Nurse is being a leader so far? He’s earning that C thats on his chest for this one game. He’s been a leader on the score board, on the ice, and I’m sure he’s talking HELLA smack in the locker room, telling his teammates that there is nothing to be afraid of.
    I know that there are other leaders on the Oilers, but this guy. Seriously.

  54. G Money says:

    RexLibris:
    Linden: real strong goaltending.

    Check the sv% and GAA as well as the goals given up by area relative to the league.

    Miller and Markstrom is a potential trainwreck.

    And I for one will truly enjoy not having the worst goaltending in the league this year!

  55. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Yaks new nickname: CookieMonster.

  56. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    EatsCookies

  57. G Money says:

    Man, Cam Talbot is a big dude.

    And the people of Edmonton sure do love them some Nail.

  58. G Money says:

    TheGreatMcMutato:
    EatsCookies

    #NiceDareThough

  59. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Löl

  60. Oil2Oilers says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    RexLibris,

    Never had an issue with MacT’s drafting. Big league procurement on the other hand…

    Slepyshev nice hands. Needs more time with McDavid in my opinion.

    I hope to see him on a line with the Yak brothers one game in the preseason. Other than not having Nuge class edge work he has impressed me so far.

  61. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention: Would you say that Nurse is being a leader so far? He’s earning that C thats on his chest for this one game. He’s been a leader on the score board, on the ice, and I’m sure he’s talking HELLA smack in the locker room, telling his teammates that there is nothing to be afraid of.
    I know that there are other leaders on the Oilers, but this guy. Seriously.

    Yes. I think he’s just naturally inclined to involve himself, I’m just not used to seeing it!! 🙂 Gryba and Reinhart and Nurse (when the kids eventually arrive) is going to give this team a different look. But Nurse goes toward the battle. It’s going to take some time to adjust!

  62. Kitchener says:

    Slepy’s been good away from the puck.

  63. RexLibris says:

    RANKIN!

    What a shot!

  64. Ice Sage says:

    C.Rankin’ it in!

  65. Centre of attention says:

    Annnnnnd Rankin gets his revenge!

  66. G Money says:

    CONNOR! … Rankin?

  67. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    GOAL CONNOR!!!!!!!

    … rankin

  68. Lowetide says:

    The Oilers have lots of skill people I’ve never seen. Connor Rankin scored. Nice.

  69. oliveoilers says:

    Rankin!

  70. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Haha beat to the punch by our resident Mr. Money 😉

  71. Centre of attention says:

    Virtanen WISHES he could wrap that like McDavid lol.

  72. RexLibris says:

    Bouchard nearly copied Draisaitl…except passing it into his own net.

  73. Centre of attention says:

    …..ok

  74. Younger Oil says:

    Holy crap Bouchard is a bad goalie

  75. RexLibris says:

    Betker let himself get interfered with there.

    He needs to position himself better in that situation so he can cut to the net more directly.

  76. oliveoilers says:

    More than a few picks and screens out there….

  77. RexLibris says:

    Ha.

    Moroz was literally waiting for Virtanen to do something so he could put him in a headlock.

    He needs to keep his damned gloves on. He won’t play another game at this rate.

  78. Centre of attention says:

    Bouchard made up for that leaky one. Nice save bud.

  79. RexLibris says:

    Is it strange that I’m disappointed that Waltz doesn’t look like Christoph Waltz?

  80. RexLibris says:

    Hell of a PK.

    Christoffer again.

  81. BONVIE says:

    Don’t really know anything about this Christopher kid but he’s looking really good especially considering he’s getting his chance off the fourth line. He’s doing something good every shift!

  82. RexLibris says:

    SLEPYSHEV!

  83. Centre of attention says:

    SLEPYYYYYY!!! WOZER what a shot!

  84. G Money says:

    THE BIG SLAPPY FROM SLAPPY!

  85. geowal says:

    Slappy!

  86. Younger Oil says:

    Slepyshot?

    Never change Gene.

  87. Jaxon says:

    LaLeggia to Slepyshev! Beautiful!

  88. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Great pass from Joey Leggs

    Nice release from Sleppy

  89. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    JoeyLeggs with a nice play.

  90. Ice Sage says:

    Sleppy. Wow.
    Loving Drai’s quiet intense leadership out there.

  91. Centre of attention says:

    LaLeggia can also play defense, #goodstick

  92. RexLibris says:

    MCDAVID!

  93. oliveoilers says:

    McDavid!

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooottttttttttttttt!

  94. Centre of attention says:

    LOL Connor McDavid….not the goal I expected but a goal none the less.

  95. RexLibris says:

    7-2.

    Man that feels good against the Canucks.

  96. Kitchener says:

    Man, what a way to start the season as a fan.

  97. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Brick hands. Lucky bounce.

    Errt, I mean Wooooooooooot!

  98. Jaxon says:

    I’d love to hear what Slepyshev and McDavid are joking about on the bench. It was my understanding that Slepyshev doesn’t know a lot of English.

  99. Younger Oil says:

    Witt looks just like Justin Schultz.

  100. RexLibris says:

    Still more than half a period remaining.

    This could get very interesting if the Canucks decide to “even” the score by alternate means.

  101. Centre of attention says:

    Connor talking to Slepy on the bench saying “Yeah, your goal was prettier” I can almost read there lips hahaha. Slepy’s english is pretty decent actually from what I’ve heard, him and Connor are laughing it up on the bench now. Awesome. Just Awesome.

  102. G Money says:

    Vancouver headlines tomorrow:

    “Cheap-shotting Jr Oilers narrowly eke out 9-2 win over skilled Jr Canuck team”

  103. Pajamah says:

    Oilers really beating the crap out of the Canuck prospects.

    I would be a little worried if I were a Dys fan and this were my future

  104. Jaxon says:

    Bukarts with another great shift. Some slick moves tonight and some great work in the corners too.

  105. RexLibris says:

    Jaxon:
    I’d love to hear what Slepyshev and McDavid are joking about on the bench. It was my understanding that Slepyshev doesn’t know a lot of English.

    McDavid learned Russian last week. It was a practice optional day.

  106. Jaxon says:

    I hope we see a Slepyshev – McDavid – Bukarts line at some point this weekend.

  107. Jaxon says:

    RexLibris,

    McDavid taught Stan Weir everything he knows.

  108. oilswell says:

    Jaxon:
    Bukarts with another great shift. Some slick moves tonight and some great work in the corners too.

    Is he a better skater than Curt Brackenbury? Honest question.

  109. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Hope McD plays with Soy or Slepy in another game. Chase and Moroz in rustling mode.

  110. Centre of attention says:

    Slepy-McDavid-Chase. McDavid cruising into the zone with 2 right-shot options? yes please. And chase is still there to Mess-Elbow anyone who messes around.

  111. RexLibris says:

    G Money:
    Vancouver headlines tomorrow:

    “Cheap-shotting Jr Oilers narrowly eke out 9-2 win over skilled Jr Canuck team”

    When I ranked the Prospect groups over at FN I had the Flames just behind the Oilers on account of the depth with Draisaitl, Nurse, Chase, Laleggia and so on.

    Most of the comments were along the lines of “subtract McDavid and the Oilers are easily the 3rd best, maybe 4th”.

    This is why it is so important to get an understanding of other teams’ depth.

  112. BONVIE says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Hope McD plays with Soy or Slepy in another game. Chase and Moroz in rustling mode.

    I’m interested in seeing this Christopher move up a few lines. I think adding Chase and Moroz is too much of a good thing.

  113. Younger Oil says:

    I’d give Christopher an AHL/ECHL deal, see what he can do.

  114. Jaxon says:

    Wow, Christoffer is having a great game. He did that in Development Camp too.

  115. G Money says:

    I’ll say one thing about Bouchard – he handles the puck better than Scrivens.

    EDIT: Oops, E2D2 is back in the game, isn’t he?

  116. Centre of attention says:

    Well, damn. Christopher almost did the bobby orr.

  117. Ice Sage says:

    Pajamah:
    Oilers really beating the crap out of the Canuck prospects.

    I would be a little worried if I were a Dys fan and this were my future

    They’re not worried – they have unerring faith in Trevor Linden… y’know a silver-haired alumnus is the best for the job!!!

  118. oilswell says:

    RexLibris: Most of the comments were along the lines of “subtract McDavid and the Oilers are easily the 3rd best, maybe 4th”

    No need to engage the brain when commenting on that site, I presume.

    “Yeah, but you subtract the generational talent and what do they have?”

    Subtract the top prospects from each team: McDavid, Ehlers. Bennett, ummm, let’s go Abois? Before you compare the rest, stop a minute and compare the top, eh?

  119. Pajamah says:

    Ice Sage,

    How dare you compare him to WearsGlasses.

    Oh, you mean neither is very good at their jobs and inspire next to no confidence.

    Carry on

  120. RexLibris says:

    PLATZER!

  121. Younger Oil says:

    I’ve yet to see a game Platzer plays where he doesn’t score.

  122. Lowetide says:

    Platzer does something every rookie tourney.

  123. oliveoilers says:

    Pass was laid on a Platzer for him.

  124. Loyal2theoil says:

    As LT says, Platzer always shows up at this tourney and gets noticed

  125. BONVIE says:

    It’s like in EA NHL hockey when you pepper a hot goalie, all of a sudden they start going in!,,

  126. RexLibris says:

    oilswell: No need to engage the brain when commenting on that site, I presume.

    “Yeah, but you subtract the generational talent and what do they have?”

    Subtract the top prospects from each team:McDavid, Ehlers. Bennett, ummm, let’s go Abois?Before you compare the rest, stop a minute and compare the top, eh?

    That’s human rationalization.

    Try to chip away at the argument until you feel you have the tactical advantage.

    As I often say, we are the smartest apes on the planet.

  127. Centre of attention says:

    Platzer! Off a insane fumble by the Canuck defenseman. wow.

  128. G Money says:

    oliveoilers:
    Pass was laid on a Platzer for him.

    Heh heh. The puck was taken away from Saucer and served up on a Platzer.

  129. RexLibris says:

    8-2 loss.

    For Canucks fans…that must bite.

    Thank you, you’ve been a wonderful audience. Tip your waitress.

  130. G Money says:

    G Money: “Cheap-shotting Jr Oilers narrowly eke out 9-2 win over skilled Jr Canuck team”

    DAMMIT!

    As a programmer, I hate off-by-one errors.

  131. oliveoilers says:

    G Money: Heh heh.The puck was taken away from Saucer and served up on a Platzer.

    Just channeling my inner Gene.

  132. oilswell says:

    RexLibris: Tip your waitress.

    She fell over. Not as fun as I’d hoped.

    I’m glad there were no injuries to players with a shot at NHL this year, Nurse seemed to get a lot less ice at the end, a little surprised that McDavid put in that many minutes as it wound down.

  133. RexLibris says:

    G Money: DAMMIT!

    As a programmer, I hate off-by-one errors.

    Yeah, I was going to call you on that, but I figured you just Michael Bolton’d it (office space reference), and screwed up a decimal place.

    😉

  134. rickithebear says:

    Younger Oil: I’d give Christopher an AHL/ECHL deal, see what he can do.

    Our tryout players are better than Vancouver top prospects.

  135. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Can I get a “wooooot”?

  136. frjohnk says:

    rickithebear: Our tryout players are better than Vancouver top prospects.

    ha ha pretty much

  137. oilswell says:

    G Money: As a programmer, I hate off-by-one errors.

    Right on the F Money.

    So I heard Stan Weir can dereference NULL.

  138. Lowetide says:

    TheGreatMcMutato:
    Can I get a “wooooot”?

    Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot!

  139. Scotty LaDouche says:

    In non McDavid news, Serena Williams and the Canadian mens Bball team lost.

  140. Centre of attention says:

    Anyone got boxcars for the game? I lost track after it was 4-1 lmao. I know McDavid had a goal and an Assist, did Nurse get any assists to go with his goal?

  141. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention:
    Anyone got boxcars for the game? I lost track after it was 4-1 lmao. I know McDavid had a goal and an Assist, did Nurse get any assists to go with his goal?

    It’s posted in the original article now.

  142. RexLibris says:

    Interesting boxscore.

    8-2 and not a single player had 2 goals or 3 points.

    Depth. Balance. They are things.

  143. Lynas1 says:

    Aside from the obvious, I thought Bukarts had a good showing. Same with Christoffer, Platzer looked spry and on the ball for what I saw of him. I can’t believe how slick Leggs loomed on skates. I felt like Moroz had the play die on his stick a lot. Just some of my thoughts.

  144. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide,

    Thanks. And wow, what a game. Joey LaLeggia can in fact play defense by eye, would you agree LT?. That shiny +3 looks good beside those 2 points. He has a good stick and was able to interfere with opposition forwards and consistently break up plays. He’s also got a sweet sauce pass.

  145. RexLibris says:

    There’s a commenter over at FN who is (desperately) trying to make the argument that because McDavid got hit and *only* posted two points with one being a lucky bounce goal that he is an unimpressive player and less talented than Jake Virtanen (7 shots tonight, no points, btw).

    Tomorrow night should prove interesting.

  146. SwedishPoster says:

    Pre-season is pre-season but damn it’s great to watch the Oilers again.

    I mentioned it during the game but Chase and Moroz are great agitators and I love their bite and character but their actual hockeyplaying is very unimpressive to me. I’d like to see McDavid with some actual talent next game, he had a pretty rough game imo with a lot of sloppy plays, he always seems very calm in the middle of the mediastorm but still a bit affected by the moment perhaps.

    I liked Slepyshevs game, while far from perfect he seems like someone comfortable in his own body. Draisaitl seemed to play at 30% but was still dominant in sequences.

    The main reason for the Oilers dominance was the D group imo, not always perfect as far as positioning in their own zone goes but they still quickly won and moved the puck well up ice, everyone added some physicality as well.

    I didn’t love Nurse’s defensive positioning and gap control but his skating and physical tools are just insane. Laleggia started to heat up as the game went on, I think he should have been on the first PP.
    Betker looks like he can be a good one as well, great reach, surprisingly agile, other than a rookie mistake on the second GA he had the best positioning of all the D.
    Bear and Leveille looked pretty good for the most part with some iffy moments. Leveille played a very simple game, a little tentative even, probably a bit nervous. Waltz was solid but unspectacular.

  147. Centre of attention says:

    Lynas1:
    I felt like Moroz had the play die on his stick a lot. Just some of my thoughts.

    Agreed. He has trouble playing hockey when he’s busy trying to face-punch. Yeah, he had a point but thats just cuz he had 97 on his line.

  148. Zelepukin says:

    My saw ’em good:

    McDavid – needs wingers with speed and offensive aptitude. This was shinny hockey to him.
    Moroz – career AHLer. It feels like the org really wants him to turn into something. I don’t see it happening nor do I think it should. He is an AHL plug.
    Chase – career AHLer
    Nurse – impossible he doesn’t make the team. Incredible speed for a D-man of that size. Great at heads up plays.
    Leggs – Really wish he had some size because he is looking like a smaller Klef. Definitely a player there.
    Betker – wow he is slow.
    Drai – I will call him Dr. Deceiving. He looks slow and ineffective but he’s actually the opposite. Right down to his extra long, awkward looking curve.
    Sleppy – It took awhile for him to be noticeable. It’s got to be a big adjustment being thrown into this type of game environment so I expect Sleppy’s true ‘saw him good’ will be in full view by the end of rookie camp. Him and Yak2 could tear up the AHL this year.
    Christopher – This year’s Tkachev.
    Platzer, Bear and the rest – AHLers at best. Doubtful any get main camp invites.

  149. Centre of attention says:

    I think Chase was more of a scoring threat as well as a face puncher, but Moroz seemed obsessed with engaging Virtanen. Fine with me but that temper won’t work on a skill line. Chase was far from non-physical but he was also trying to play the puck lots.

  150. BONVIE says:

    Centre of attention: Agreed. He has trouble playing hockey when he’s busy trying to face-punch. Yeah, he had a point but thats just cuz he had 97 on his line.

    Yeah let’s not forget who was standing in front of the net when Nurse scored and the goalie didn’t see it. I’d like to see Moroz stay on with McDavid but a Winquist or Slepshev on the other wing ro bring a more balanced line, also I think Moroz was again in front on McDavid’s goal.

  151. Centre of attention says:

    Zelepukin:
    My saw ’em good:

    Platzer, Bear and the rest – AHLers at best. Doubtful any get main camp invites.

    You weren’t watching the same guy I was. Platzer has been an impact 2-way player in every rookie tournament so far in his career. He’s going to work his way up the depth chart, just watch him.

  152. Centre of attention says:

    BONVIE: Yeah let’s not forget who was standing in front of the net when Nurse scored and the goalie didn’t see it. I’d like to see Moroz stay on with McDavid

    I could of been standing in front of the net when Nurse-McDavid are on the ice and be a screen. Not that impressive. I think Chase should stay as the gritty guy and Slepy can be his LW. Put Moroz with Rankin because that guy keeps getting run over!

  153. BONVIE says:

    Yeah you could have been but you probably don’t have the size and strength on your skates and would have been laying on your belly out in the corner.

  154. Kmart99 says:

    Reasons why CMD’s offense will translate to a higher rate than his NHLE

    1. Players at the Major Junior level consistently have trouble handling his passes. Example: Perfect drop pass the Chase = bobbles the puck and loses it

    2. Players at the Major Junior level can’t keep up so plays that should often be 2 on 2 are just 1 on 2.

    3. Teammates having trouble getting in to good spots.

    …. These all get more than offset by the massive jump in competition coming the other way, but 72 pts in 76 gms seems completely reasonable.

    Also, did anyone else think CMD let off the gas after his first two shifts?

  155. Centre of attention says:

    Kmart99:

    Also, did anyone else think CMD let off the gas after his first two shifts?

    He was a bit nervous after that Virtanen hit, for sure. He came around after Nurse/Chase/Moroz showed the Canucks that kind of BS won’t fly.

  156. oilswell says:

    Zelepukin: Chase – career AHLer

    Seems rash but I did not see him well this game. Unfathomable number of times watching the play from the sidelines, yet not 4 feet away from the puck.

    Edit: I’d put Betker in that group also, he had an odd game.
    Edit2: Rankin impressed with his ability to get hit hard.

  157. BONVIE says:

    oilswell: Seems rash but I did not see him well this game.Unfathomable number of times watching the play from the sidelines, yet not 4 feet away from the puck.

    Edit:I’d put Betker in that group also, he had an odd game.
    Edit2:Rankin impressed with his ability to get hit hard.

    Yeah I didn’t like Chase’s game tonight but he has a lot of hockey ahead of him…I seen too much grinder on McDavid’ s wings, and not enough of read and react. I’m sure we won’t see both Chase and Moroz on the Mcdavid line.

  158. Zelepukin says:

    Centre of attention: You weren’t watching the same guy I was. Platzer has been an impact 2-way player in every rookie tournament so far in his career. He’s going to work his way up the depth chart, just watch him.

    I was and saw what appears to be his limit. An impact player in a rookie tournament. There isn’t much more there that shows he will be able to apply that to the next level of competition, at least not in the next couple years. Maybe once he is 25 or 26, with a man’s experience playing in the A, he’ll get called up.

    oilswell: Seems rash but I did not see him well this game.Unfathomable number of times watching the play from the sidelines, yet not 4 feet away from the puck.

    Edit:I’d put Betker in that group also, he had an odd game.
    Edit2:Rankin impressed with his ability to get hit hard.

    That Rankin hit was a prime example of the difference between a junior level of hockey smarts and a pro player’s awareness. The puck is in his feet, he’s along the boards and he knows the d-man is 2 metres away. Yet he is spinning around, standing straight up like he really thinks no one is going to be working their ass off to close the gap and hammer him. It was one of those plays that really showcases the difference in spatial awareness of a pro and a junior.

  159. Zelepukin says:

    Kmart99:
    Reasons why CMD’s offense will translate to a higher rate than his NHLE

    1. Players at the Major Junior level consistently have trouble handling his passes.Example:Perfect drop pass the Chase = bobbles the puck and loses it

    2.Players at the Major Junior level can’t keep up so plays that should often be 2 on 2 are just 1 on 2.

    3.Teammates having trouble getting in to good spots.

    …. These all get more than offset by the massive jump in competition coming the other way, but 72 pts in 76 gms seems completely reasonable.

    Also, did anyone else think CMD let off the gas after his first two shifts?

    Totally agree, but it will be interesting see how he’ll handle/adapt to the fact that he will equally be faced with smarter defense, less space and faster pressure.

  160. oilswell says:

    Zelepukin: That Rankin hit was a prime example of the difference between a junior level of hockey smarts and a pro player’s awareness.

    If that were the only time he was cranked hard I would have chalked it up to that. I counted at least three: that’s a repeatable skill.

    BONVIE: Yeah I didn’t like Chase’s game tonight but he has a lot of hockey ahead of him

    Oh for sure, it’s just one game, and a tuneup twirl around the ice at that. Still, the fact is Chase was not even a Gagner catchphrase that game, he was “also looking at picture” .

  161. Kmart99 says:

    Players that disappointed:

    Chase and Moroz. And they only disappointed me in relation to the expectations I had for them.

    Platzer, Christoffer, Bear, Laleggia, Laurikainen, and Loik all looked like stars compared to the ‘Nucks squad.

    Virtanen seemed ok, but it was a little obvious he was too focused on CMD and less focused on winning.

    Nurse, CMD, and Draisaitl all came as advertised I’d say. However, Draisaitl took a while to get going, CMD’s best shift was his first, and Nurse didn’t lay as many punishing hits as I expected.

  162. oliveoilers says:

    RexLibris:
    There’s a commenter over at FN who is (desperately) trying to make the argument that because McDavid got hit and *only* posted two points with one being a lucky bounce goal that he is an unimpressive player and less talented than Jake Virtanen (7 shots tonight, no points, btw).

    Tomorrow night should prove interesting.

    So that’s where DSF went.

  163. SwedishPoster says:

    Will be interesting to see who has the best minor league season between Christoffer and Chase btw. Similar player types as edgy guys with some skill. If last night is any indication Christoffer is the far more skilled player while Chase does the agitating better but one game is obviously not enough to draw any kind of conclusions.

  164. RexLibris says:

    oliveoilers: So that’s where DSF went.

    Ha, no. DSF could say some inflammatory things but the level of discourse from this individual isn’t that evolved.

    This is more just someone stirring the pot with whatever is ready at hand.

  165. Czar says:

    Ice Sage: They’re not worried – they have unerring faith in Trevor Linden… y’know a silver-haired alumnus is the best for the job!!!

    We had WearsGlasses and they have SellsGlasses.

    http://www.clearlycontacts.ca/thelook/wp-uploads/2014/01/trevor-linden-glasses-6.jpg

  166. RexLibris says:

    Oilers likely to draw one of the other goalies tonight against the Flames instead of Jon Gillies.

    That is good news.

    In recapping the 3-1 win last night prior to the 8-2 pearl we got to enjoy immediately afterward, the goal-scorers were Van Brabant and Lomberg with Klimchuk scoring an empty-net goal with 4-ish seconds remaining.

    The Jets’ defense is pretty solid so the Oilers are going to have to tighten up their systems and communication in the defensive end this time around if they are going to have the same success.

    The reports I read about the Flames also said that they are using the same aggressive forechecking style Hartley preaches in the NHL, so expect a lot of hitting, very little time and space and more than a few rubbing out of players along the boards.

    They’ll likely try to suffocate the Oilers and prevent them from attacking with any speed.

    It’ll be up to the OIlers to find a way to open up some gaps, move the puck very quickly and efficiently and shift the attack with speed.

    Flames are giving up the possession game in some instances to engage physically. The key to winning will be to make the most of those opportunities and try to get them on the PK or create a lot of goal-mouth chaos.

  167. Woogie63 says:

    I have more respect for Chase, Moroz (and Nurse) than this thread is giving. We were sitting right behind the Vancouver bench and it was obvious that those three guys were on the Canucks mind.

    Chase and Moroz’s were really buggers to play against.

  168. Czar says:

    Stan Weir doesn’t flush the toilet he just scares the shit out of it.

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