OILERS V JETS (ROOKIES G3)

It’s getaway day for the Oilers kids, they’re at Rexall Wednesday night to play the Golden Bears. Today? It’s the thundering Jets of Winnipeg, a strong crew who may turn history on its ear in the coming decade and make Edmontonians weep like an “Opposite George” version of the 80s. Could be a quieter game today though, this game could see no McDavid, maybe no Nurse, maybe no Leon.

ROOKIE TOURNAMENT SCORING

  1. LW Josh Winquist 2GP, 3-1-4
  2. C Leon Draisaitl 2GP, 2-2-4
  3. LW Braden Christoffer 2GP, 2-1-3
  4. C Kyle Platzer 2GP, 1-2-3
  5. D Joey Laleggia 2GP, 1-2-3
  6. C Connor McDavid 1GP, 1-1-2
  7. LW Connor Rankin 2GP, 2-0-2
  8. RW Greg Chase 2GP, 0-2-2
  9. RW Cole Sanford 2GP, 0-2-2
  10. D Darnell Nurse 2GP, 1-0-1
  11. RW Anton Slepyshev 2GP, 1-0-1
  12. LW Mitchell Moroz 1GP, 0-1-1
  13. D Loik Leveille 1GP, 0-1-1
  14. LW Rihards Bukarts 2GP, 0-0-0
  15. D Ben Betker 2GP, 0-0-0
  16. D Colton Waltz 2GP, 0-0-0
  17. C Alexis Loiseau 1GP, 0-0-0
  18. C Cole Linaker 1GP, 0-0-0
  19. C Marco Roy 1GP, 0-0-0
  20. C Tyler Soy 1GP, 0-0-0
  21. D Kevin Davis 1GP, 0-0-0
  22. D Caleb Jones 1GP, 0-0-0
  23. D Ethan Bear 1GP, 0-0-0
  24. G Eetu Laurikainen 1GP, 0.00 17 shots, 17 saves
  25. G Jordan Papirny 1GP, 3.00 .912
  26. G Keven Bouchard 1Gp, 4.48 .867

The three big stars (McDavid, Leon, Nurse) have shown themselves to be out-of-this-world good and several other kids are impressing enough to get further attention in main camp. Based on merit, I’m hopeful Eetu Laurikainen, Josh Winquist, Braden Christoffer, Kyle Platzer, Joey Laleggia, Greg Chase and Anton Slepyshev see more action during main camp. That’s a lot of quality from the “he’s not a first round pick” section of the supermarket.

TRAINING CAMP 2015, OILERS FOR CERTAIN

  1. G Cam Talbot: New GM acquired him for significant treasure and he’s a bona fide option.
  2. D Andrej Sekera: Effective two-way defender, he’s not Superman but is a good bet to help.
  3. D Oscar Klefbom: Baby you’re about to be a rich man. Great expectations, looks good to cover bet.
  4. D Mark Fayne: Shutdown defender has had effective seasons, needs a legit partner.
  5. D Nikita Nikitin: Oilers are counting on last season being mostly about injury.
  6. D Justin Schultz: Puck mover should be in same role as a year ago.
  7. D Andrew Ference: GM plans to bat him lower in the order.
  8. D Eric Gryba: He’s a good defender, I was hoping Oil would be doing less of it.
  9. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: More eyes on him this year, suspect he’ll be more famous. We already know he’s very good.
  10. C Connor McDavid: I don’t know. Pick words. Fabunormous future.
  11. C Anton Lander: Massive opportunity, I think he’ll have a good year.
  12. C Mark Letestu: Two-way C who could play a top 9 role.
  13. L Taylor Hall: If he plays 82 games, the PHWA is going to have to hire more people who don’t know the rules.
  14. L Benoit Pouliot: He played with Chris Kelly on a checking-style line with the Bruins in 11-12, perhaps we’ll see it again this season if Leon makes it. Oilers probably keep him on one of the top two lines though.
  15. L Lauri Korpikoski: Checking option with some offensive ability. It’ll be interesting to see who they play him with and in what role.
  16. L Matt Hendricks: He could have played for Chiarelli’s Bruins teams, I suspect he will be part of McLellan’s PK solution. Can he play some on a skill line? I’m guessing no.
  17. R Jordan Eberle: If this blog doesn’t trade him before the season, count on 60 points.
  18. R Teddy Purcell: Based on Chiarelli’s verbal, I wonder if he makes it to Christmas on this roster.
  19. R Nail Yakupov: PC’s talk about ‘heavy’ players reminded me that Yakupov has that gear. You know, along with the shooter’s mentality and positioning issues.

TRAINING CAMP 2015, UNCERTAIN OILERS

  1. G Ben Scrivens: Regressing to the meat never had so much fun. We hope.
  2. G Anders Nilsson: Complete wild card going into camp.
  3. D Griffin Reinhart: Has a good chance to make the team. Chiarelli loves him, that Memorial Cup performance was indeed sublime. Let’s remember the gap from there to the NHL and set our expectations accordingly.
  4. D Darnell Nurse: A perfect fit option who may be the first player to go through Edmonton’s newly founded ‘slow play the prospect’ policy. I cannot disagree with the idea in theory but Nurse may make it damn difficult to send him away.
  5. D Brandon Davidson: Numbers appear to add up to Bakersfield, but if the plan is to offload veteran D during the season, perhaps Chiarelli keeps him in the NHL as an extra for a time.
  6. C Leon Draisaitl: Has substantial momentum entering camp. Lordy, he looked good. Chiarelli mentioned his puck protection abilities, and like Nurse, that’s a perfect fit for the current roster needs.
  7. L Anton Slepyshev: Elevated from the distant bells based on PC’s chat with McKenzie.
  8. L Luke Gazdic: I think he makes the team, but 8D and 3G possible could make things tight.
  9. R Rob Klinkhammer: He’s fast and hits like a truck. Needs more goals in his arsenal.
  10. R Tyler Pitlick: If he’s healthy, Pitlick is in the conversation.
  11. R Iiro Pakarinen: Gritty performer has a chance.
  12. R Andrew Miller: Speedy winger has more skill than most of the hopefuls.

TRAINING CAMP 2015, THE DISTANT BELLS

  1. G Laurent Brossoit: His one NHL game was a brilliant performance against Todd McLellan’s Sharks. A big season for the young man.
  2. G Eetu Laurikainen: Splendid performance Friday turned some heads, we’ll see how things roll in main camp.
  3. G Keven Bouchard: I don’t think he’ll get much (if any) camp time.
  4. G Jordan Papirny: I’d say he passed Bouchard on the depth chart but the Oilers haven’t signed either of them. I do think Papirny is a better prospect.
  5. D Brad Hunt: Demoted on my list because it’s pretty clear Edmonton has 10 names in a fight for NHL jobs and Hunt never gets mentioned. Candidate for “AHL trade” if Laleggia or Oesterle show signs of being PP demons in Bakersfield.
  6. D David Musil: He’s blocked by Davidson and the expensive blue who bat lower in the order than they should, so this season is an AHL year. He’s waiver eligible a year from now and I do think the Oilers value him. Musil can be nasty, that has added appeal for this organization (is my bet).
  7. D Jordan Oesterle: Wheels! I think he might end up being an NHL defenseman some day, although the competition for Edmonton’s seven slots is pretty damn tough from now on.
  8. D Dillon Simpson: He progressed last year but hasn’t impacted to the point where we could project him into the NHL. That should come this season, as Simpson plays the thinking man’s game.
  9. D Martin Gernat: Lost in the supermarket last season, never got out of the organizational doghouse (one imagines Gernat and Marincin eating lavish breakfasts in front of Eakins or making signs extolling the virtues of lard). Here’s hoping he can get back on track as a prospect.
  10. D Joey Laleggia: Impressive Okanagan performance should buy him a little extra time in main camp. Love his wheels, passing and brain. Effective young prospect with the puck.
  11. D Ben Betker: Tall tree has some skating ability and fits the “New Originals” Oilers in that he can play a physical style. May have to start his career in the ECHL.
  12. D Caleb Jones: Mobile young defender, I like the way he gets the puck up and out. Good passer. I don’t think the scouting reports we read did a good job talking about his puck handling, or maybe I just saw him good.
  13. D Ethan Bear: His one game was a physical tilt, and Bear joined the party and made life miserable for the Canucks. I like his range of skills, hope he plays today.
  14. D Loik Leveille: He’s a very noticeable player and that’s a good thing. He ranges far and wide, they’ll have to fix it before he turns pro, but there’s a lot to like. I hope the Oilers sign him.
  15. D Colton Waltz: Showed up in a good way in his second game. He’s a guy who might get an AHL deal one year from now.
  16. D Kevin Davis: I haven’t noticed him so far.
  17. C Bogdan Yakimov: Huge Russian has the town excited with showings at the pre-pre Pearn, it’s going to be fun to see how much traction he can get during a TC devoted to The One.
  18. C Jujhar Khaira: Big man who has an edge? Yes please. Khaira should get more of a feature role in Bakersfield this season and must show offensively.
  19. C Kyle Platzer:  The new Brodziak once again earned a lot of kudos based on plays made in Penticton. He capitalized on that a year ago and received some extra attention. There’s a player here.
  20. C Alexis Loiseau: Skilled center didn’t show a tremendous amount (he was fine, but didn’t stand out) so I hope he gets another turn today.
  21. C Marco Roy:  Similar to Loiseau, Roy did some nice things but had an ‘also in photo’ game. Will need to impress some more and even then will be among the first cuts in camp.
  22. C Tyler Soy: Looked a little tentative to my eye and is not well suited to working on the wing. I don’t think he’ll get much (if any) time in camp.
  23. C Cole Linaker: As with Soy, tough crowd to stand out in this tournament.
  24. L Ryan Hamilton: Mentor to the kids for another season. Tough climbing any higher.
  25. L Kale Kessy: Massive opportunity for rugged winger.
  26. L Mitch Moroz: Injured his hand at the Young Stars, I bet I know the punch that did it.
  27. L Connor Rankin: Impressed with all around ability. Bet he gets a longer look.
  28. L Braden Christoffer: The emerging star of the Penticton tournament. Impressive weekend.
  29. L Josh Winquist: I love his game. Smart hockey players are not plentiful. Seriously.
  30. R Greg Chase: Got a major push in two Penticton games, showed well but didn’t dominate. Injured and unlikely to play today.
  31. R Cole Sanford: Impressed with his puck skills, he’s pretty damn small. Oilers can’t afford any more of these players but he looks like a good one.
  32. R Rihards Bukarts: Impressed with energy and grit, not so much with the puck although he has had chances. If the Oilers signed him, I’d be quite happy.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Monday! We hit the ground running with great guests and lots of Oilers talk. 10 this morning, TSN1260 and scheduled to appear:

  • Blake Yuill. Our man in Penticton has been giving us a bird’s eye view on the Oilers Young Stars. We’ll speak about Nurse, McDavid and Leon, plus some of the pleasant surprises.
  • Andrew Bucholtz, 55-Yard Line. Eskimos finally delivered a major blow to the Stampeders and suddenly first place is possible.
  • Sunil Agnihotri, Copper and Blue plus The SuperFan. We’ll discuss Peter Chiarelli’s epic interview with Bob McKenzie and some of the more interesting items brought to light.
  • Bob Weeks, TSN. The Evian Masters has a young champion and who should be the Golfer of the Year?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. We’re back!

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168 Responses to "OILERS V JETS (ROOKIES G3)"

  1. John Chambers says:

    I think the NHL Jets get felled by goaltending again, and they find themselves out of the playoff picture in an intensely competitive division, and end up trading away Ladd and Buff for players in the age group of the Scheifele – Ehlers cluster.

  2. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Hmmm, afternoon game. Can we make 300 comments happen?

    What’s the over/under on comments before everyone starts trading a certain winger again?

    Can’t wait! Hope McChristoffer can get us yelling throughout our respective offices.

    John Chambers,

    I haven’t followed the Jets’ off-season too closely. Are they rolling Pavelec again this year? If so, oh my. He might be the most consistently bad starter in the NHL.

  3. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    hi LTers, long time lurker here. l love love/hate your even keeled approach LT. I’m an oil fan going back to when they started (Bruins before that, hated Montreal… Although I didn’t know real hatred until the Islanders of the 80’s). I really enjoy this blog; it is so refreshing to ba able to see oiler/hockey/sports discussions without the juvenile idiocy that seems to permeate the rest of the web.

    Stay Classy

  4. Pouzar says:

    John Chambers:
    I think the NHL Jets get felled by goaltending again, and they find themselves out of the playoff picture in an intensely competitive division, and end up trading away Ladd and Buff for players in the age group of the Scheifele – Ehlers cluster.

    Gotta be a matter of “when” they trade Buff now. No way with their internal Cap they sign Ladd and Buff. They have been talking to Ladd’s agents fairly often but not so much with Buff’s.

  5. rickithebear says:

    Male rights of passage.
    – first pocket knife from gramps
    – Eating what you caught, shot with dad
    – first kiss
    – first drink
    – first ……….
    – getting your learners
    – your first car
    – free from home to roam
    – first child
    – first house
    – getting to be the caught, shot dad.
    – helping with school, food………
    – the modern addition. Drinking golytle or peglyte after 50.

    Tra la la boom de yeah!
    Colonoscopy today!

  6. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    8-2 v. Canucks
    6-3 v. Flames
    Out scoring opponents 14-2 so far… Predictions for today’s score?

    4-3 for the good guys

  7. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    MOAR WINZ PLEEZ:
    8-2 v. Canucks
    6-3 v. Flames
    Out scoring opponents 14-2 so far… Predictions for today’s score?

    4-3 for the good guys

    I don’t know.

    The Jets have arguably the best goalie in the tournament, and a very good crop of forward prospects, but their D has looked brutal.

    For that reason, primarily, they haven’t won yet.

    As Oilers fans we know a thing or two about watching a talented forward group underperform because their D is getting slaughtered.

    There is a decent chance our speed and skill keeps them pinned in their own zone long enough to light them up like a Christmas tree.

  8. Jordan says:

    rickithebear:

    Tra la la boom de yeah!
    Colonoscopy today!

    Best of luck Rikki.

    Also, how the hell are you so up beat about it?

  9. rickithebear says:

    Jordan: Best of luck Rikki.

    Also, how the hell are you so up beat about it?

    Wife and kids!
    It is just as much for them as me!

  10. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    rickithebear,

    On this blog we have established a concensus that you are, in fact, an actual bear (wearing a white dress shirt and tie, no pants). I have two comments.

    1. Brave doctor
    2. No pants is, in this case, quite handy.

    Best of luck with that Ricki, we’re all “rooting” for you.

  11. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!,

    no McDavid… 🙁

  12. John Chambers says:

    Pouzar,

    TheGreatMcMutato,

    The Jets have a promising young cluster but I would consider them weak up the middle, desperately need scoring touch (Ehlers can’t mature fast enough), and they would happily sete for league-average goaltending.

    I think expectations after their playoff is that they might compete for the division, but like the Oilers of the late 90’s they’re closer to missing altogether. In their division I have STL, Chi, Min, Dal, and NSH ahead of them.

  13. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Best to get it done before hibernation season. Good on you, Ricki.

  14. Ducey says:

    rickithebear:
    Male rights of passage.

    – getting to be the caught, shot dad.

    Tra la la boom de yeah!

    Your family traditions appear to be a little different than most of ours Ricki.

    Do your kids just shoot you the one time or is it a Festivus type annual thing?

  15. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    John Chambers,

    The thing about the Jets is that, after 4+ years of Pavelec, they seemed to be beginning to clue into the fact that he’s a bad goalie… not just an average one but actually a bad one.

    And then he put a few good games together to close out the season and they seem to be right back behind him.

    So long as they are OK with Pavelec in net they will not advance past mediocre.

  16. PhrankLee says:

    rickithebear: Tra la la boom de yeah!
    Colonoscopy today!

    I had mine yesterday.

    That’s why I walk this way.

  17. dustrock says:

    I thought at first that the Jets might be the hardest matchup but maybe not. Something is also lost with McDavid not playing, I think teams would gear up more to try to limit the saviour’s impact.

    You’d think they would rest Draisaitl and Nurse if they’re playing Wednesday as well as preseason, but maybe they want to see how they do on a condensed, NHL-like schedule.

  18. rich says:

    rickithebear: Tra la la boom de yeah!
    Colonoscopy today!
      (Quote

    Good for your Ricki. My wife scheduled mine for my 50th 3 years ago. Glad she made me do it, docs removed several pre-cancerous polyps.

    Never put these off.

    Am going for a follow-up in 3 weeks and have never been more glad to see a doc.

    Ready for main camp to open. Blue line is crowded, going to be interested to see how it all plays out.

  19. Braden88 says:

    “The three big stars (McDavid, Leon, Nurse) have shown themselves to be out-of-this-world good”

    I don’t personally think Nurse has been all that impressive. He certainly showed himself to be an athletic and skilled player, but in these 2 games his game was Chaos.

    I agree with the comments of Chiarelli and Rishaug. Chiarellie stated that Nurse can do 6 things well, but he might need to try and focus on 3 things and do those really well to start. I think Nurse failed that task in this tournament so far.

    Rishaug mentioned in the morning mandate on TSN1260 that coming in he wanted to see Nurse show restraint. He knows he can skate laps around everyone on the ice, but he wanted to see Nurse hold back and just shut down the defensive zone. I think Nurse failed this task as well (and Rishaug mentioned this as well this morning).

    2 games is nothing, and i hope Nurse is only showing a level of play based on the competition. Moving forward he is capable of elevating is game and i hope he does. If not, this is a great example of why Nurse could use the AHL to get the wrinkles out of his game.

  20. Drew says:

    Braden88:
    “The three big stars (McDavid, Leon, Nurse) have shown themselves to be out-of-this-world good”

    I don’t personally think Nurse has been all that impressive. He certainly showed himself to be an athletic and skilled player, but in these 2 games his game was Chaos.

    I agree with the comments of Chiarelli and Rishaug. Chiarellie stated that Nurse can do 6 things well, but he might need to try and focus on 3 things and do those really well to start. I think Nurse failed that task in this tournament so far.

    Rishaug mentioned in the morning mandate on TSN1260 that coming in he wanted to see Nurse show restraint. He knows he can skate laps around everyone on the ice, but he wanted to see Nurse hold back and just shut down the defensive zone. I think Nurse failed this task as well (and Rishaug mentioned this as well this morning).

    2 games is nothing, and i hope Nurse is only showing a level of play based on the competition. Moving forward he is capable of elevating is game and i hope he does. If not, this is a great example of why Nurse could use the AHL to get the wrinkles out of his game.

    Having seen him “shut things down” in the World Juniors I believe we will see him much more focused and in control.

  21. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Drew,

    Agreed.

    The reality of this tournament is that every player on the ice is trying to do too much to get noticed. On top of that, the team has had, what, like 2 practices together? No one really knows what anyone else is going to do.

    It happens every year, it’s impossible for a DMan to look amazing defensively. It practically never happens.

    We know Darnell can think the game. We’ve heard it from Dubas, we’ve seen it at the WJC. On top of that we know he just keeps getting bigger, he’s nasty, and he’s blazing fast.

    I’m sold on the guy, and I think people who are questioning his play based on the last two games are going to be proven wrong.

  22. Pouzar says:

    http://www.tsn.ca/crosby-no-1-in-the-top-300-projected-scorers-1.360216

    Connor: 70 pts in 78 games
    Hall: 64 pts in 70 games
    Ebs: 64 pts in 81 games

    EDIT: Drai and Colbourne rounding out the Top 300 with 28 pts each. You can’t make this sh!t up.

  23. Bag of Pucks says:

    The fact that Connor only played in one of these games makes me feel a lot better about missing Penticton this year. Disappointing I’m sure for the faithful in attendance.

    Ehlers v McDavid will be track meet worth watching for many years to come.

    “R Jordan Eberle: If this blog doesn’t trade him before the season, count on 60 points.”

    This made me laugh. My random speculation that Chia’s predilection for size/ a heavy stick may put players like Eberle under the microscope certainly took on a life of its own. We went from ‘he may be at risk’ into my alleged advocacy of trading him immediately in a nano-second.

    I tell you, if you want things to escalate quickly, the Interwebs is the place to get shite done!

    And when Jordan is finally done with hockey, he should definitely consider public office. The gap-toothed lad from Saskabush has an approval rating that is off the charts. 90% of getting elected is being likeable and it would appear Ebs has that quality in spades.

  24. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Best wishes to you, Ricki.

    By my math the Oilers have already “won” this tournament.

    Oilers 2-0
    Flames 1-1
    Canucks 1-1
    Jets 0-2

    Even with a loss to the Jets the Oil will finish 2-1 and tied with the winner of the Flames-Canucks game, both of whom the Oilers already beat (traditionally, the “tie-breaker”).

    If you prefer a goal differential tie-breaker then it’s not quite locked up, but:

    Oilers +9
    Flames -1
    Canucks -3
    Jets -5

    In other news, who cares? But hey, if you’re going to play in a tournament, you might as well try to win it. That said, if you’re going to play in a game, you might as well win That. So, Young Oilers, your task today is to beat the Jets and leave no doubt as to who was the class of Penticton 2015.

  25. cadooo says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!:
    Drew,

    Agreed.

    The reality of this tournament is that every player on the ice is trying to do too much to get noticed.On top of that, the team has had, what, like 2 practices together?No one really knows what anyone else is going to do.

    It happens every year, it’s impossible for a DMan to look amazing defensively.It practically never happens.

    We know Darnell can think the game.We’ve heard it from Dubas, we’ve seen it at the WJC.On top of that we know he just keeps getting bigger, he’s nasty, and he’s blazing fast.

    I’m sold on the guy, and I think people who are questioning his play based on the last two games are going to be proven wrong.

    This!

    Same thing happened last year and every year. Darnell stepped up his game and played well last year in camp and games against NHL players.

    RNH didn’t impress me that much during the tournament his year. The next time I saw him live he scored a hat trick vs the Canucks. People including MSM judging a player solely on this tournament are not seeing a complete picture.

  26. kinger_OIL says:

    – Braden – that’s totally how I see Nurse as well so far, but we are clearly in a tiny minority here. Yes he does things that most of our current D don’t do, and that excites the fans.

    – His Gap control and coverage, however, not so great. I don’t think we can afford another chaos D to start the season.

    – He needs to show he can shut down first, and then out his other tools

    – Tough to get a gauge on D when you win games by a touchdown

    – As an aside – who here plays Fantasy Football? 4 on my team didn’t make it through the week: Dez Bryant with broken foot, DeShaun Jackson hamstring, Delanie Walker in a hand cast, and my LB concussed, sucks to be out of contention after week 1 (kind of like the OIL last decade): can’t wait for NHL hockey!

  27. Drew says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    After what we the fans have gone through… I am trumpeting this result loud and proud

  28. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    When Chia mentioned Nurse doing too much, I assumed he was talking about the 6 punches he landed on Andersson, implying that he should have let up after 3.

    I guess I read that wrong.

  29. Ivan says:

    Ricki- I’ve just had my 23rd ‘scope a few weeks ago. Relax, it’s not that bad, and if you want, you can watch the camera live and on location!
    Way Late Comments Alert!
    My best Oiler buddy and I were in Penticton to watch the Canucks game, (probably the only McSaviour appearance, too, whew!). A few things we noticed:
    -McDavid has a literal warp drive. Seriously. This is going to be fun, folks.
    -Eetu the goalie is a player. Made several stops with huge traffic in front ( the only thing most of the baby ‘nusks could do is stand in front of him), great puck tracking and cool, cool, cool. Great find.
    -Platzer could maybe be the ‘Pisani” LT keeps asking the Gords for. Very heady, quick player, great on the draw, ahead of quite a few plays. A beauty.
    -Moroz’s upper limit is not very high. Seems to add little to any non-scuffle play.
    -Colton Waltz played a surprisingly calm, strong and effective game, to our eyes. Might be a defensive d-man there.
    -Nurse. Jeez. Gap-closer beyond compare, and snarly. Yep, he’s real.
    -Loik Levielle is very wide. Wow. Also seems pretty good at the hockey. Worth an Condor slot, in our view.
    -Braden Cristoffer- Looked pretty damn good, big body, good skater, great release.
    -Anton Slepyshev- Was really engaged with his teammates during stoppages, so his English must be somewhat passable at least. He has a lot of tools, and seemed to be in decent position all night. Quick, too.
    -Drai- on one sortie, he carried the puck towards the middle entering the Van zone, and skated RIGHT TOWARDS the defender, protecting the puck, and basically swatting the D-man away. Lordy.
    All in all, a fun night, and lots of hope on the way!
    GDT: I’m sure the Jets will play Comrie, and Bill’s boy has got some pretty good numbers the last while. I’m sure not seeing a gunfight out there this morning!

  30. LadiesloveSmid says:

    rickithebear:
    Male rights of passage.

    – first ……….
    – getting your learners

    Strange order. Must have been a spry young man Ricki! Before 14!

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

    rickithebear: Tra la la boom de yeah!
    Colonoscopy today!

    First one is always the worst, emotionally. You’re scared that you’re going to hate it, but equally worried that you’re going to like it.

  32. kinger_OIL says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Strange order. Must have been a spry young man Ricki! Before 14!

    Ricki was no doubt a well-hung bear of a player in his youth: Ladieslove: “Don’t hate the playah, hate the game”

  33. pocession charge says:

    Bag of Pucks:

    And when Jordan is finally done with hockey, he should definitely consider public office. The gap-toothed lad from Saskabush has an approval rating that is off the charts. 90% of getting elected is being likeable and it would appear Ebs has that quality in spades.

    He’s from Regina, not Saskatoon. Us Saskatchewanians refer to Saskatoon as ‘Saskabush’ not the entire province. Just a quick public service announcement for you hurtin’ Albertans.

  34. Woogie63 says:

    No McDavid today is the talk in the arena and not in a good way.

  35. RexLibris says:

    Roger Millions
    ✔ ‎@RogMillions
    With #Flame vets Douglas Murray is back on PTO. All skating this am except Paul Byron . FYI Dougie Hamilton skating with Ladislav Smid

    The Flames’ equivalent of “more cowbell”.

  36. Bag of Pucks says:

    pocession charge: He’s from Regina, not Saskatoon.Us Saskatchewanians refer to Saskatoon as ‘Saskabush’ not the entire province.Just a quick public service announcement for you hurtin’ Albertans.

    Good to know. When I’m given new knowledge, it seems only fair to reciprocate.

    FYI – Us Albertans snicker every time we hear the name of your capital city cos it rhymes with a lady’s body part. Mulva?

    Just a heads up to those suffering from Angina in Regina.

  37. pocession charge says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!:
    Drew,

    We know Darnell can think the game.We’ve heard it from Dubas, we’ve seen it at the WJC.On top of that we know he just keeps getting bigger, he’s nasty, and he’s blazing fast.

    I’m sold on the guy, and I think people who are questioning his play based on the last two games are going to be proven wrong.

    I agree with your assessment. I think a lot of people are nitpicking his play instead of looking at the big picture. He is clearly NHL calibre and likely better than most of the defencemen on the Oilers roster right now. His ability to get puck possession and skate it out of the defensive zone is something that the big club is desperate for. He’ll likely get sent to Bakersfield because of the current logjam of veteran D contracts, but if this team was picked solely on ability then he’s a shoe-in.

  38. Snowman says:

    The big concern for Nurse in my mind is that he jumps into the play a little too often or will skate a puck through everyone and then be caught down low.

    He can clearly shut down in the defensive end. No EVGA at WJC. Tremendous OHL Playoffs.

    His gap control is just fine. He’s wonderful at it to my eye.

    If he can pick and choose when he jumps in the offensive end he’ll be fine. He has too many other things going for him that nobody else on the team brings.

  39. dustrock says:

    Draisaitl is playing after all.

  40. wheatnoil says:

    #Oilers lines vs. WPG –> Rankin-Platzer-Sanford, Christoffer-Linaker-Bukarts, Slepyshev-Loiseau-Winquist, Roy-Soy-Draisaitl #YoungStars— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 14, 2015

    #Oilers defence pairings & goalie tandem vs. WPG –> Waltz-Bear, Jones-Davis, Betker-Leveille | Laurikainen-Bouchard #YoungStars— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 14, 2015

    Draisaitl gets a spot on the wing and as a result, gives Soy and Roy a wonderful chance to impress.

    I haven’t been as impressed with Waltz as LT has. His decision making with the puck has been poor and he seems to have trouble getting it out of the zone. That said, I thought his mobility was good at times. Betker and Leveille will be an interesting pairing to watch!

  41. Lois Lowe says:

    I’m calling this first (I think) because we are all witnessing its genesis: Marc-Antoine Platzer.

  42. Braden88 says:

    TheGreatMcMutato:
    When Chia mentioned Nurse doing too much, I assumed he was talking about the 6 punches he landed on Andersson, implying that he should have let up after 3.

    I guess I read that wrong.

    given this interpretation, i sincerely hope I in fact read it wrong

  43. Bruce McCurdy says:

    dustrock:
    Draisaitl is playing after all.

    Only 3 extra forwards and Friday’s entire first line is sitting out. Moroz-Chase both banged up, McDavid wearing bubble wrap.

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

    Lois Lowe:
    I’m calling this first (I think) because we are all witnessing its genesis: Marc-Antoine Platzer.

    I believe Chiarelli referred to him yesterday as Plaster. Too bad he isn’t the ‘hit everything in site’ type of player.

  45. Bruce McCurdy says:

    TheGreatMcMutato:
    When Chia mentioned Nurse doing too much, I assumed he was talking about the 6 punches he landed on Andersson, implying that he should have let up after 3.

    I guess I read that wrong.

    I cringe every time I see a fight at this tourney because Oilers always seem to come out the worse for wear. Both Plante & Teubert were concussed in meaningless fights at this event, while this year Moroz has a hand injury that doesn’t need Kreskin to figure out when it happened. Thankfully Nurse seems to have survived his brief, one-sided bout with his head and both hands intact.

  46. Bruce McCurdy says:

    I wonder if this means no Draisaitl on Wednesday. That would be 4 in 6 days. Barring reinforcements that didn’t make the trip to Penticton, some kids will have to do that due to the numbers, but I daresay Leon gets the night off vs. the Bears.

  47. Pouzar says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    I wonder if this means no Draisaitl on Wednesday. That would be 4 in 6 days. Barring reinforcements that didn’t make the trip to Penticton, some kids will have to do that due to the numbers, but I daresay Leon gets the night off vs. the Bears.

    Drai probably went to Fleming and said “put me in coach”.

  48. Ducey says:

    Lois Lowe:
    I’m calling this first (I think) because we are all witnessing its genesis: Marc-Antoine Platzer.

    LT only loves players with 3 names and hyphens. He loves the hyphens.

    Marc-Antoine Pouliot
    Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson
    Fernando Pis-ani

    3 names for 1 player: 3 for 1

  49. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Stauffer dissing Betker for a giveaway that actually came from Waltz. Bob goes on to say Betker’s play fell off after he didn’t engage with MacKenzie Stewart on Friday. I wonder if Betker’s play actually fell off or if Bob started seeing him bad from that moment on. (I don’t remember any incident involving Betker and Stewart myself, but sometimes the default expectation is the biggest guy needs to throw down any time things get rough.

  50. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Ugly coverage from 74-75 on the 2-0 goal. Waltz was diving from a bad position, while Bear was 20 feet from the goal scorer.

    Great shift by Draisaitl just before that.

  51. Woogie63 says:

    Oilers should send Nurse and McDavid for a walk around the concourse to mingle with the fans. I don’t see them sitting with the Oiler management.

  52. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Another brutal play by Waltz, giveaway at the offensive blueline that led to a wide-open 3-on-1 for Ehlers and company. He’s had a real tough period to put it mildly.

  53. wheatnoil says:

    Jones has some great offensive skills on the rush. Good puck-handling. However, I’ve seen him bad holding the defensive blue zone and coverage in zone.

  54. RexLibris says:

    Platzer just became a Stauffer favourite, I think.

  55. RexLibris says:

    LOISEAU!

    *maybe*

    Might have been Davis.

  56. Bruce McCurdy says:

    I’m rooting for Ethan Bear but he needs to close the saloon door.

  57. Lowetide says:

    Loiseau scores on a goofy play and Oilers defensemen need to be stapled to their own end. Hayzeus that was a loose period.

  58. Doug McLachlan says:

    This scoring right at the end of a period.

    Much prefer this when we are the ones scoring.

    Visibly better.

  59. RexLibris says:

    I know I’ve said this before, but there’s something about Draisaitl that always reminds me of Crispin Glover.

    Just minus the sadistic, creepy thing.

  60. leadfarmer says:

    So No MacDavid again today. So like I said, no reason to play him against competition that he has been beating into a bloody pulp for years, despite everyone else thinking differently on here just two days ago.

  61. RexLibris says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    I’m rooting for Ethan Bear but he needs to close the saloon door.

    Patience, Bruce.

    He’s just waiting to do it on a Jets’ face.

  62. wheatnoil says:

    Lowetide:
    Loiseau scores on a goofy play and Oilers defensemen need to be stapled to their own end. Hayzeus that was a loose period.

    Even in their own end… lots of scrambling and missed coverage in the front. Oiler forwards are collapsing down low to cover for them with limited success. Also, seems like poor gap control to prevent entries on the defensive blue line.

    That said, none of the D today have any pro experience. They’re all invites and recent draftees. Betker looks the strongest of them to my eye so far.

  63. RexLibris says:

    Heisinger makes Katz look comfortable in front of the camera.

  64. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Platzer very nice period, especially on the PK.

    The D miss LaLeggia and Nurse.

  65. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer:
    So No MacDavid again today.So like I said, no reason to play him against competition that he has been beating into a bloody pulp for years, despite everyone else thinking differently on here just two days ago.

    Yeah, no. That’s an absolutely insane example of issue framing. Go back, re-read the threads. I have no idea why people post stuff like this when it’s easily disproved.

  66. Lowetide says:

    wheatnoil:
    Jones has some great offensive skills on the rush. Good puck-handling. However, I’ve seen him bad holding the defensive blue zone and coverage in zone.

    Everyone I’ve seen today has that issue. I’m sure the support staff are making sure the coaching staff can’t find the bullets.

  67. RexLibris says:

    Oilers penalty – two minutes for tripping…over a Jets player.

  68. VI Girl says:

    Okay, I don’t want to sound like a negative nancy but I am listening to the broadcast by Gene Principe and I can’t focus on the hockey because I keep hearing him say “on the part of…” I know it’s a small thing but it can’t be good if his listeners can’t focus on the game because he keeps saying it over and over. I’ve made it a game to keep score of this just to keep my sanity. Is it just me? He’s not a good representative of the team. I really have had enough of his corny, on-air shtick too. How do you say “hayseed”. I’m sure he’s a really nice guy and all but can someone find him a job in the organization that doesn’t include a microphone. Say moving cables around off camera or getting coffee for Bucky? End rant.

  69. RexLibris says:

    That last Jets’ sortie was eerily reminiscent of the Oilers’ last three seasons.

  70. wheatnoil says:

    Roy has been doing some nice things on the forecheck today. Saw the same in the last game.

  71. RexLibris says:

    Leveille – Penalty?! It was a commemorative puck for the fans!

  72. wheatnoil says:

    Platzer and Rankin having a great PK, not just on the counter-attack but in pressuring in the neutral zone.

  73. Lowetide says:

    Tough exchange there between Betker and Betker.

  74. RexLibris says:

    Bad series there by Betker. Suspect he wasn’t getting a lot of pass-option support as well, though.

  75. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    McScoop the News Hound has at least 3 separate accounts on this blog.

    Just look for those eating in the food court out of ‘to go’ containers.

  76. RexLibris says:

    wheatnoil:
    Platzer and Rankin having a great PK, not just on the counter-attack but in pressuring in the neutral zone.

    Reminds me of the twins last year this time.

  77. Lowetide says:

    good Christ can we get some defensemen? Ack!

  78. RexLibris says:

    Christoffer!

  79. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    There he is again. Is ‘McChristoffer’ catching on yet? I’m not giving up on that nickname anytime soon so y’all may as well get on board =)

  80. Lowetide says:

    Christoffer is going to get an AHL job if he keeps this up. Man that was nice.

  81. wheatnoil says:

    Christoffer! That man has had a hell of a tournament!

  82. Centre of attention says:

    Sign Levielle, that was a great keep.

  83. RexLibris says:

    Draisaitl getting some very lucky bounces here.

    Incredible patience.

  84. wheatnoil says:

    Bit of a broken play leading to the goal, but Leveille made a great play at the point to keep the play alive about 10 seconds earlier.

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

    This might be the dirtiest tie game I’ve seen for any Oiler team in some time.

  86. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Centre of attention:
    Sign Levielle, that was a great keep.

    If you like high risk/high reward plays, that was one for sure.

  87. Bruce McCurdy says:

    I’m seeing Loiseau good today, and so is the scoresheet. 1-1-2.

  88. Centre of attention says:

    Drai with a good rush, made the pass to the trailer on-target. Dreamy.

  89. hags9k says:

    Christoffer, what a showing!

    Leon again, wow can he dish.

  90. RexLibris says:

    I’m certain now that Draisaitl would happily wait out an entire period with the puck while his forwards skated for open ice.

  91. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Drai playing well.
    Rankin playing well.
    Slepyshev showing some speed and skill.
    Platzer having an effective game.
    Eetu solid.

    The blue? Yuck.

  92. wheatnoil says:

    That’s 3 or 4 times today that Draisaitl has found the D pinching deeper into the zone on the back-door to set them up for a chance. Jones, Bear, and Waltz… maybe Davis. If Drai stays up on the big club, Schultz may really benefit because that’s his game.

  93. RexLibris says:

    JD¡™ David O’Connor’s Reel:
    This might be the dirtiest tie game I’ve seen for any Oiler team in some time.

    Really? I’ve only watched the end of the 1st and thus far into the 2nd and I was thinking that it seems less nasty than the Canucks or Flames ones,

  94. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Josh Winquist finds the trailer in a similar manner, albeit he didn’t have to thread the needle like Drai did. One good sign of an offensive-minded player is his awareness of the trailer option.

  95. hags9k says:

    If he’s going to the wing, I’d like to see Leon with Nuge and Ebs.

    There are so many awesome line combos for this forward group this season it’s ridiculous.

  96. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    I’m seeing Loiseau good today, and so is the scoresheet. 1-1-2.

    Sorry. Yes. Forgot him. Solid game as well.

  97. Pouzar says:

    Score updates for those of us keepin the economy goin

    *ducks*

  98. wheatnoil says:

    Pouzar:
    Score updates for those of us keepin the economy goin

    *ducks*

    2-2 in the 2nd.

    Edit: And in fairness, I’m at work, but my meeting this afternoon got cancelled at the last second opening up my whole schedule. That’s how you win!

  99. RexLibris says:

    Oilers penalty – two minutes for wearing inappropriate colour scheme.

  100. Centre of attention says:

    The ref’s are a joke tonight. Why would Rankin get a penalty for getting doggy piled?

  101. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Is that like a three-strikes thing? Third time you get smushed, you get a minor? Poor Rankin =P

  102. RexLibris says:

    Great play by Christoffer. Kept his feet moving.

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

    RexLibris,

    Sorry – dirty because they dont deserve the tie, although their play has improved greatly this period.

  104. RexLibris says:

    If Hall and Yakupov are hard rock, Draisaitl is soft jazz.

  105. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Did you see what Leon did there? Fake forehand pass, use reach to move puck out wide and change the angle and have a clear lane to pass in the slot. Slick.

  106. Pouzar says:

    wheatnoil: 2-2 in the 2nd.

    Edit: And in fairness, I’m at work, but my meeting this afternoon got cancelled at the last second opening up my whole schedule. That’s how you win!

    Thx 🙂

    I am multi-tasking but can’t view

  107. Lowetide says:

    Braden Christoffer might not get out of the stadium without an NHL contract.

  108. RexLibris says:

    JD¡™ David O’Connor’s Reel:
    RexLibris,

    Sorry – dirty because they dont deserve the tie, although their play has improved greatly this period.

    Oh, yeah, sloppy and unstructured by many measures, even for a rookie tournament.

  109. TheGreatMcMutato says:

    Lowetide:
    Braden Christoffer might not get out of the stadium without an NHL contract.

    One can hope! Quick, everyone go follow him on twitter before the Oilers make him remove anything interesting: https://twitter.com/bigbsauce3

  110. RexLibris says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Pass it at Leon!

    fixed

  111. wheatnoil says:

    I don’t know how many first passes our D have made that have been picked off or knocked down in the offensive zone or before the red-line in the neutral zone. Not sure if that’s on the D or the forwards positioning on the breakout or both.

  112. dustrock says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Did you see what Leon did there? Fake forehand pass, use reach to move puck out wide and change the angle and have a clear lane to pass in the slot. Slick.

    Yeah, and if that pass is to Yakupov or Hall, it’s an automatic goal from the slot. Crazy move.

  113. vinotintazo says:

    Lowetide:
    Braden Christoffer might not get out of the stadium without an NHL contract.

    Hey LT, is there any benefit to signing him to an NHL contract?

    Gregor reported he’s already on an AHL Deal anyways.

  114. godot10 says:

    Snowman:
    The big concern for Nurse in my mind is that he jumps into the play a little too often or will skate a puck through everyone and then be caught down low.

    He can clearly shut down in the defensive end. No EVGA at WJC. Tremendous OHL Playoffs.

    His gap control is just fine. He’s wonderful at it to my eye.

    If he can pick and choose when he jumps in the offensive end he’ll be fine. He has too many other things going for him that nobody else on the team brings.

    It is the coach’s job to put the reins on Nurse. It is NOT Nurse’s job to put the reins on himself, particularly in a rookie tournament.

    This is why Nurse should go to the AHL to start…so he can explore the limits of his potential, rather than play a restrained game on the 3rd pairing in the NHL.

    Ultimately, one wants to tune back Nurse, but one doesn’t want to tune him back too soon. Let him indulge in his inner Subban in Bakersfield.

  115. Bruce McCurdy says:

    vinotintazo: Hey LT, is there any benefit to signing him to an NHL contract?

    Gregor reported he’s already on an AHL Deal anyways.

    Only if one of the other teams in this tourney is offering him one. He’s been impressive in three out of three games.

  116. Snowman says:

    godot10,

    I think picking and choosing your spots is not Nurse being reined in. It’s Nurse being pointed in the right direction.

    And honestly, I think Maclellan is a perfect fit for that. He’s done a good job with other young walkabout D. Nurse can defend. He can be a threat. He just needs someone to teach him when to do which and which is more important at what time of the game.

    Could he learn that in the AHL? Maybe. I think his physical tools are too good though. I think he is physically so gifted that at lower levels he may just learn that he’s fast enough and strong enough to recover with speed alone. He won’t have to use the decision making part of his game as much because he can get away with it more.

  117. Centre of attention says:

    Yikes.

  118. Centre of attention says:

    Laurikinen is getting fidgety with all these broken plays.

  119. Lowetide says:

    vinotintazo: Hey LT, is there any benefit to signing him to an NHL contract?

    Gregor reported he’s already on an AHL Deal anyways.

    Yes. The Bakersfield Condors have him on an AHL deal but any NHL team can swoop in and sign him. Edmonton probably gets first crack but it’s possible they lose him.

  120. Jordan says:

    Now 4-2 Jets.

    3-2 on PP Goal after Betker got caught and took a Jet down behind the Oilers net

    4 -2 on a shot from Morrison that I think Eetu didn’t see.

  121. Centre of attention says:

    Eric Comrie is a fine young goalie.

  122. Centre of attention says:

    #WINquist!!!

  123. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Eetu Brute needs to take charge of that shoot-in. That was poor.

  124. Centre of attention says:

    That french guy scores! Loiseau! Sweet dangle for sure.

  125. Centre of attention says:

    That was a really dumb penalty by Betker. Not his first this tournament.

  126. wheatnoil says:

    Loiseau!

    I can’t remember a Rookie Tournament in the last few years where the non-draftees have shown this well.

  127. Centre of attention says:

    Draisaitl IS NOT SLOW. Absolutely flying on those last 2 sorties.

  128. pocession charge says:

    Missed most of the game. Damn work, damn mortgage, damn car payment, damn groceries. I’ll look forward to reading everyone’s summary of the game.

    Edit: I get to watch the OT at least. Damn Flames *spits*

  129. wheatnoil says:

    Centre of attention:
    Draisaitl IS NOT SLOW. Absolutely flying on those last 2 sorties.

    His skating stride looks ugly (to my non-expert eyes), but his straight-away speed is pretty solid once he gets going.

  130. Bruce McCurdy says:

    That’s 2-2-4 for Loiseau today. He, Winquist and Christoffer are all showing why they’ve scored AHL deals, look like smart signings in fact.

  131. Centre of attention says:

    Even at 4, going to 3 on 3 OT.

  132. Bruce McCurdy says:

    I think we’ll see plenty of Ehlers in the next 5 minutes or less.

  133. wheatnoil says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    That’s 2-2-4 for Loiseau today. He, Winquist and Christoffer are all showing why they’ve scored AHL deals, look like smart signings in fact.

    Rankin has shown some flashes all tournament too, though no points in this game.

  134. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    There are going to be a lot more goals with this format.

  135. Centre of attention says:

    Jets take it in OT. Bouncing puck and the Oilers weren’t interested.

  136. wheatnoil says:

    wheatnoil: His skating stride looks ugly (to my non-expert eyes), but his straight-away speed is pretty solid once he gets going.

    That said, he certainly looked fine skating 3-on-3, so what the hell do I know.

  137. pocession charge says:

    Centre of attention:
    Jets take it in OT. Bouncing puck and the Oilers weren’t interested.

    The coverage on that goal was non-existent. Did they go for a line change?

  138. wheatnoil says:

    Centre of attention:
    Jets take it in OT. Bouncing puck and the Oilers weren’t interested.

    Slepyshev wasn’t sure how to defend there, gave the Jet player a little more time in front to bang away at it.

  139. Bruce McCurdy says:

    As good as Laurikainen looked on Friday, he didn’t look good at all today. Very sloppy on loose pucks around the crease, cost him at least two goals including the winner.

  140. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Good:
    Loiseau
    Rankin
    Christoffer
    Leon
    Platzer
    Lindquist

    OK:
    Laurikainen
    Slepyshev

    Not great:
    Jones
    Waltz
    Bear
    Betker
    Davis

  141. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    As good as Laurikainen looked on Friday, he didn’t look good at all today. Very sloppy on loose pucks around the crease, cost him at least two goals including the winner.

    I thought he made a number of very good saves on great chances for the Jets. But his rebound control wasn’t good today. Passing grade from me but not much more than that.

  142. pocession charge says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Good:
    Loiseau
    Rankin
    Christoffer
    Leon
    Platzer
    Lindquist

    OK:
    Laurikainen
    Slippage
    Slepyshev

    Not great:
    Jones
    Waltz
    Bear
    Betker

    Bruce says to move Laurikainen into the ‘not great’ category (I like how you used not great instead of bad).

  143. striatic says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    As good as Laurikainen looked on Friday, he didn’t look good at all today. Very sloppy on loose pucks around the crease, cost him at least two goals including the winner.

    He had some flashes of ability. Certainly has some things to work on when it comes to battling for the puck close in. I thought the rest of his game was strong. Unfortunately battling for pucks in close is kinda sorta a hugely important aspect of the game.

  144. wheatnoil says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:

    Not great:
    Jones
    Waltz
    Bear
    Betker

    So… the Oilers D?

  145. TheOtherJohn says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    which is why I thought CMD could score 75 pts

  146. Woogie63 says:

    3×3 is going to chance the way people feel about Shultz. That is a lot of open ice for the gifted skaters.

  147. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Woogie63:
    3×3 is going to chance the way people feel about Shultz.That is a lot of open ice for the gifted skaters.

    TheOtherJohn:
    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    which is why I thought CMD could score 75 pts

    And why I took the over on 41pts with Pouzar for Schultz.

  148. Ducey says:

    Lowetide: Yes. The Bakersfield Condors have him on an AHL deal but any NHL team can swoop in and sign him. Edmonton probably gets first crack but it’s possible they lose him.

    The guy only put up 59 pts in 72 games last year, as a 20 yr old – and he is relatively small. He was .5 ppg in the AJHL for peat sakes.

    Maybe he is a very late bloomer but good teams don’t make decisions based on rookie tournaments. Otherwise they wind up with a Tkachev clogging up their 50 man roster.

    Good gamble for an AHL contract. Poor one for an NHL contract.

  149. Lowetide says:

    Ducey: The guy only put up 59 pts in 72 games last year, as a 20 yr old – and he is relatively small.He was .5 ppg in the AJHL for peat sakes.

    Maybe he is a very late bloomer but good teams don’t make decisions based on rookie tournaments.Otherwise they wind up with a Tkachev clogging up their 50 man roster.

    Good gamble for an AHL contract.Poor one for an NHL contract.

    I’m not certain anything in my post earned such a reply, but good to know you’re reading!

  150. SwedishPoster says:

    I think Caleb Jones looked pretty good, the rest of the D struggled though, in particular Bear, Waltz and Davies.

    Drai and Slepy just turns it on in stretches. Loiseau showing some life is nice. And Christoffer keeps putting the light on himself. Will be a storyline to follow into the big camp to see if he can be relevant against the big boys as well.

  151. Younger Oil says:

    NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker":

    Not great:
    Jones
    Waltz
    Bear
    Betker
    Davis

    So does this mean Leveille was the best Oilers D?

  152. SwedishPoster says:

    Younger Oil: So does this mean Leveille was the best Oilers D?

    Jones was and it wasn’t really close I don’t agree with NYC on him as I liked his game for the Most part really nice skater, Leveille second best though despite some iffy moments.

  153. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    SwedishPoster: Jones was and it wasn’t really close I don’t agree with NYC on him as I liked his game for the Most part really nice skater, Leveille second best though despite some iffy moments.

    Jones can skate. He also makes many, many mistakes. This isn’t a talent assessment but he wasn’t good tonight in taking care of his zone.

    Leveille was ok.

  154. Younger Oil says:

    SwedishPoster: Jones was and it wasn’t really close I don’t agree with NYC on him as I liked his game for the Most part really nice skater, Leveille second best though despite some iffy moments.

    Thanks! I only caught parts of the third, and thought Jones was definitely the most noticeable (which isn’t always great for a defender, but I thought he was fine in this case).

    I think Leveille was on for the last three goals against, but they weren’t due to him (except maybe the last one, but it was 3v3 being the only defender with players you have barely played with a bad goal is bound to happen). Still, the fact that he sent him out as the 2nd D is significant IMO.

    I still really hope they sign him, especially with the lack of RHD in the system. It’s essentially a free mid round draft pick.

  155. RexLibris says:

    2:30 in to the Canucks/Flames game and MacKenze Stewart and Hunter Smith fight.

    Then the Flames score 1-0.

  156. wheatnoil says:

    On Jones, I think we saw the good and bad with him today.

    He’s got more wheels than I had thought from his scouting reports. He’s up in the rush a lot and he’s got some offensive awareness as well as pretty good puck skills.

    I saw him have trouble closing the gaps on zone entries and there were plenty of missed coverages in the D-zone. He wasn’t the only one in that, but he certainly didn’t look strong. He was out of position a lot and needed the forwards to cover for him multiple times.

    That said, he’s young and a recent draftee. Young guys with no pro experience tend look a bit rougher around the edges in the D-zone at the Rookie Tournament. There’s a lack of structure to work off of and very few practices to coach them. The guys who have had a year of pro (none of those this year but in the past Marincin and others have played in this tournament despite a year in the AHL) and the older NCAA guys (like Laleggia) tend to look more controlled on the defensive side of things and the rest tend to struggle (especially the 1st years), at least based on my non-expert viewings over the years.

    So I’m not terribly worried about Jones and am heartened by the puck skills he shows. That said, I can see why NCOIL put in him in the “not great” category. I’d definitely describe him “raw defensively” and it’ll be interesting to see his progression to next year at this tournament after a year in the WHL. We’ll probably see him at this tournament in 2017 too so he’s got a long time to iron things out.

  157. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    THE MOST NOTICEABLE D TONIGHT WAS NURSE.

    Not to sound like a broken record, but these tournaments are extremely iffy for Dmen. No practice time, lines that don’t know what they’re doing, it’s a mess.

    Forwards roles are more instinctual. It’s why 18 year old forwards tend to be pretty good, but Dmen take time to master the subtleties of the position. A tournament like this amplifies the difference.

    It highlights just how good Nurse actually was when he was on the ice.

  158. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    wheatnoil:
    On Jones, I think we saw the good and bad with him today.

    He’s got more wheels than I had thought from his scouting reports. He’s up in the rush a lot and he’s got some offensive awareness as well as pretty good puck skills.

    I saw him have trouble closing the gaps on zone entries and there were plenty of missed coverages in the D-zone. He wasn’t the only one in that, but he certainly didn’t look strong. He was out of position a lot and needed the forwards to cover for him multiple times.

    That said, he’s young and a recent draftee. Young guys with no pro experience tend look a bit rougher around the edges in the D-zone at the Rookie Tournament. There’s a lack of structure to work off of and very few practices to coach them. The guys who have had a year of pro (none of those this year but in the past Marincin and others have played in this tournament despite a year in the AHL) and the older NCAA guys (like Laleggia) tend to look more controlled on the defensive side of things and the rest tend to struggle (especially the 1st years), at least based on my non-expert viewings over the years.

    So I’m not terribly worried about Jones and am heartened by the puck skills he shows. That said, I can see why NCOIL put in him in the “not great” category. I’d definitely describe him “raw defensively” and it’ll be interesting to see his progression to next year at this tournament after a year in the WHL. We’ll probably see him at this tournament in 2017 too so he’s got a long time to iron things out.

    Pretty much this. He has some skills. Moves up ice well. All kinds of trouble when he doesn’t have the puck, though. Still plenty of time for him. Just because he didn’t have a good game defensively doesn’t mean I am down on the player. In fact, was pleasantly surprised like you on his skating.

  159. RexLibris says:

    Watching some of this Flames/Canucks game and the Canucks’ defense is at about the same level as the Oilers’ D that skated today – which is to say not good.

  160. sliderule says:

    I thought Jones looked real good .

    You have to remember he played USHL last year.This was a big step.

    He skated the best of oiler D.

    He moved the puck well.

    In his own end he struggled at times but CHL playing time will correct that.

  161. Hammers says:

    I’m aware Leon played every game but for me he was our overall best player in the tournament . Thank god there was a couple of surprises .

  162. SwedishPoster says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    I never had time to answer last night. I agree that he, like the rest of the D struggled with positioning, though imo part of his issues was that his D partner was all kind of terrible, I liked that he tried to be active and proactive in a messy situation. But sure, he has things to work on both as far as strength and defensive positioning goes. Still think he did enough good to even out the bad, but I see where you’re coming from.

  163. Bruce McCurdy says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: I thought he made a number of very good saves on great chances for the Jets. But his rebound control wasn’t good today. Passing grade from me but not much more than that.

    Yeah I was a bit harsh there. He didn’t play a very “clean” game, did make some fine stops as you say. But he had one bounce in off of him, one where he kinda lost sight of the puck, and the winner where he missed the poke check and then a weak shot found a hole. It’s going to take a LOT of fine saves to make up for that many sloppy ones.

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