PS G5 2015-16: OILERS V WILD

The Edmonton Oilers are 4-0 in pre-season but more importantly they’re finding out about the bubble players. Many had good games last night, meaning Todd McLellan and Peter Chiarelli are going to have some tough decisions—and that’s a good thing. Exhibition games are a testing ground and I think the Oilers are probably happy with Brandon Davidson, Rob Klinkhammer, Andrew Miller and Anton Slepyshev (among the bubble players), with Ben Scrivens also showing well.

OILERS DEFENSE LAST NIGHT

OILERS SEP 25 DEFENSESekera, Fayne and Nikitin are the veterans, so their numbers, while interesting, aren’t really the big part of the conversation. Nikitin absolutely looked better by eye than these numbers suggest.

The three men trying to survive the Sunday cuts are the big part of this graph, now, here. Davidson looked good by eye and by math, Hunt didn’t impress me live but a sawoff with that ZS is pretty damn good. David Musil didn’t play well in his pre-season debut, may not get another chance with cutdown day tomorrow. He, like Nikitin, looked better visually than the numbers claim.

Could Brandon Davidson make this team? I have him on the outside but he played well. This is a seasoned minor league player now and for the Oilers a very inexpensive contract. If this was next season, with Nikitin away and Ference (probably) bought out, I think Davidson makes this team as the No. 7.

EVEN STRENGTH TOI

  1. Sekera 14:25
  2. Fayne 14:04
  3. Hunt 13:40
  4. Davidson 12:50
  5. Nikitin 12:29
  6. Musil 12:14

(SELECTED) OILERS FORWARDS LAST NIGHT

  • Taylor Hall: I think Todd McLellan had a pretty good take. “First I think Taylor Hall is tremendous, one of the top players in the world right now, and a very important part of our hockey club. I’m learning now after the world championships and more and more that Taylor is a very emotional young man. And that’s a good thing. We like that. So now we just need to contain that emotion, and use it at the right time.”
  • Rob Klinkhammer: He did himself a major favor with the 1-1-2. Skated miles and miles in Winnipeg and for me it’s going to be hard to keep him off the roster. I don’t think it means Gazdic is off the roster either, suggesting 14F and that means 7D. Huh. Good performances makes these damn decisions tougher.
  • Tyler Pitlick: A tough night, he didn’t stand out enough on a night when others did. Had a solid possession number (57% CF 5×5) but a 75% ZS. Several players had better evenings and I think he might get sent down tomorrow.
  • Luke Gazdic: This McLellan fellow is an interesting cat. Gazdic’s ZStarts (0) meant he was starting every shift in his own zone, something he would do on the checking line of 2014-15. His possession number (41%) is pretty good considering and as I reviewed the numbers was reminded of something Darcy McLeod mentioned on the Lowdown yesterday. The Letestu line is taking the tough ZS’s, the Gordon minutes. IF the team plans on using Gazdic, he would have to be in the 4line rotation with wingers like Korpikoski, Hendricks and possibly Klinkhammer. 14F? Maybe.
  • Leon Draisaitl: He was playing in a tough spot last night, difficult opposition and severe ZS’s (33%) compared to what he’s seen before at this level. His Corsi (44%) isn’t terrible and his linemate (Hall) was having a poor game. I know many commented last night that he seemed invisible but for me he hung in there on a tough night. 59% on the dot.
  • Anton Slepyshev: Looked good even before the goal. He has size and speed and at some point this guy is going to push an established player out of the way. A year from now? Don’t know. Nice shot, Mr. Slepyshev.
  • Anton Lander: Fantastic night. A Horcoff night, and I mean that in the best possible way.
  • Jujhar Khaira: I don’t think he got noticed much (I didn’t) but, like Gazdic, he has a ZS of 0 and 41% possession. He’s a big guy and played a physical game. I think he’ll get sent down tomorrow but he had a good game.
  • Andrew Miller: Way back in the summer, I looked at Miller during the RE period and we talked about his speed. I think he’s walked Pitlick and pushing Klinkhammer and Gazdic. I don’t think he makes the team BUT he could fill the 5C role so there’s a chance. Interesting weeks ahead.

BEN SCRIVENS

I thought he had a good game. The third goal was perhaps a little iffy but he made some big saves and was under a lot of pressure at times during the game. Edmonton’s performance collapsed a little compared to their previous outings this season but Scrivens (imo) did not. I have no idea if he makes the Oilers this year, tough to kick him out after last night’s performance. Rebound control and positioning are an issue and perhaps Nilsson takes his job—I guess that’s something we could say, Scrivens has not sealed off Nilsson yet.

TODAY’S POSSIBLE LINEUP

The Oilers played a mixed bag team last night (frankly they had no business winning that game, their best player took a powder) and today we can probably have a good lash at the actual lineup by running out last night’s observers. Here are the A and B lists, with those players who did not play last night underlined:

A LIST

  • Hall—McDavid—Draisaitl
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Eberle
  • Korpikoski—Lander—Yakupov
  • Klinkhammer—Letestu—Hendricks
  • Gazdic—Miller—Pitlick
  • Sekera—Fayne
  • Klefbom—Schultz
  • Reinhart—Nikitin
  • Ference—Gryba
  • Talbot—Nilsson—Scrivens
  • Teddy Purcell (injured)

Six A list forwards should play today and five A defensemen could, although McLellan may want to have another look at some of the B men. Nilsson to get the start.

B LIST

  • G: Laurent Brossoit, Eetu Laurikainen
  • D: Brandon Davidson, Darnell Nurse, Brad Hunt, Jordan Oesterle, David Musil, Joey Laleggia, Dillon Simpson, Martin  Gernat
  • C: Bogdan Yakimov, Jujhar Khaira, Kyle Platzer, Phil McRae
  • L: Anton Slepyshev, Ryan Hamilton, Mitchell Moroz, Kale Kessy, Josh Winquist, Braden Christoffer
  • R: Iiro Pakarinen, Greg Chase, Matt Ford

Several of these men are injured (I count Dillon Simpson, Martin Gernat, Mitch Moroz, Iiro Pakarinen but there could be others). I hope we see Darnell Nurse, Joey Laleggia, Bogdan Yakimov, Kyle Platzer and Greg Chase but that’s asking a lot—McLellan may want another look at some of the men who played last night.

TRADES AND WAIVERS

I think men like Nikita Nikitin, Ben Scrivens and Rob Klinkhammer may be in the trade mix in the next 10 days. If we cut the roster as fine as we can (while including all of the men who are still in contention) it looks like this:

  • Goal (3): Cam Talbot (No. 1) and Ben Scrivens/Anders Nilsson fighting for the other job.
  • Defense (10): Andrej Sekera, Mark Fayne, Oscar Klefbom, Justin Schultz and then six guys for three or four jobs: Andrew Ference (who would have to wave in order to be dealt), Nikita Nikitin, Eric Gryba, Griffin Reinhart, Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson. Something has to give.
  • Center (5): Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid, Anton Lander, Mark Letestu, Andrew Miller.
  • Left Wing (5): Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot, Lauri Korpikoski, Rob Klinkhammer, Luke Gazdic
  • Right Wing (6): Jordan Eberle, Teddy Purcell, Nail Yakupov, Matt Hendricks, Leon Draisaitl, Tyler Pitlick

That’s 29 men, six need to be cut. Edmonton can’t avoid sending some pretty interesting names out. It’s going to be fun, suspect we see a trade. Waiver wire players this morning are Andre Benoit, Corey Tropp and Jeremy Morin and there will be more to come. I don’t think Tyler Pitlick has done enough to stay, beyond that the competition appears to be in full sail for Oilers men.

 

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  1. Unwashed Oilfan says:

    Seriously, is it “Wanna be a cameraman” night in Toontown? Lucky to see the puck carrier half of the time.

  2. Younger Oil says:

    How was that not a hook on Slepyshev

  3. Lowetide says:

    Connor McDavid is whatever comes after dreamy.

  4. Oil2Oilers says:

    By calling it Dash-30 does it make it a more reliable stat than plus-minus?

  5. Pouzar says:

    G Money:
    Pouzar,

    No I haven’t, will have to look it up.

    For a bit of a dick, Rogan is surprisingly knowledgeable.

    He has a lot of knowledge for sure. His guests are all over the map.

  6. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Lowetide,

    Other-worldly?

  7. geowal says:

    Big Budweiser fans in the stands apparently.

  8. khildahl says:

    geowal,

    In Saskatchewan? Shouldn’t they be drinking Pilsner?

  9. Lowetide says:

    MOAR WINZ PLEEZ:
    Lowetide,

    Other-worldly?

    Boy is he.

  10. geowal says:

    Should, buddy looked bought off. Had a Bud hat, banner, the whole deal. Was on screen seemed like 30 seconds dancing to John Denver. Go figure.

  11. speeds says:

    RexLibris: No, I think they move him.

    Re-signing him makes no sense when you are graduating Nurse, Reinhart and Klefbom.

    Consider – moving Nikitin, Gryba and Ference while adding Nurse and Reinhart means you are looking at a post-deadlion defense corps of Klefbom, Sekera, Fayne, Nurse, Reinhart, Schultz, Davidson.

    That’s a season-ending blueline I think many of us would find acceptable.

    I don’t find that to be a terrible plan, depending how things progress, but I’m interested to see what Chiarelli does with his 7-14F and 5-7D.

  12. Unwashed Oilfan says:

    So LT, can we expect a “Sail on Mankato Maverick” following this game? I’m thinking his game worn jersey today will be a collectors item.

  13. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    They only drink vi-co

  14. Tire Fire says:

    And beep!

  15. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    & wear bunny hugs

  16. G Money says:

    Man, I’ve got both games going, and it sure as hell is difficult switching between a 70″ HD feed and a potato cam.

  17. oliveoilers says:

    geowal:
    Should, buddy looked bought off. Had a Bud hat, banner, the whole deal.Was on screen seemed like 30 seconds dancing to John Denver.Go figure.

    Duffman can never die, only the actors who portray him! Oh, Yeah!

  18. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    That was beautiful

  19. TeeVee says:

    Looks like Sleppy is our shooter.

  20. Younger Oil says:

    Slepyshev might put Yakupov on the trading block.

  21. Centre of attention says:

    Slepyshev from McDavid and Draisaitl. Not surprised 😀

  22. Lowetide says:

    That goal was insane.

  23. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Younger Oil,

    I was just thinking the same thing

  24. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Sleepy is our trigger man!

  25. oliveoilers says:

    Anyone have a youtube feed of the game?

  26. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Younger Oil,

    Or… Another scoring threat?

  27. geowal says:

    Nothing like showing adds for the “Saskatchewan” Rush on the jumbotron thingy during this game…

  28. Derek says:

    Nilsson gonna steal Scrivens’ job. Slepyshev gonna take Teddy’s.

  29. geowal says:

    Think I’ve seen Yakupov eat the same cookie 20 times now

  30. Oil2Oilers says:

    With the rumors that Yakimov is headed to California this weekend I will not get to see Russian Bear/Sleppy-Yaks line up I was hoping for;

    Pouloit-RHN-Eberle
    Hall-McDavid-Draisaitl
    Sleppy-Yakimov-Yakupov
    Korpikski-Lander-Hendricks

  31. Woodguy says:

    Centre of attention: I think Drai will be more of a complementary player tonight. Kinda coast in the background and maybe pick up a second assist. Might see less of the puck on his stick, is all. McDavid can carry the puck for that line tonight and will probably be taking the face offs while Slepy can get in the dirty areas. So its not like Drai has a big load to carry.

    Or he could make an amazing touch pass to Slappy!

  32. Pouzar says:

    Slepy just knows how to get open in the danger areas.

  33. unca miltie says:

    Who is the Mankato Maverick? My dad grew up on a ranch near Mankato..

  34. G Money says:

    Esks lead 26-23 with a couple mins left.

  35. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy: Or he could make an amazing touch pass to Slappy!

    It was a stunning play. Serious skill there.

  36. Woodguy says:

    Derek:
    Nilsson gonna steal Scrivens’ job.Slepyshev gonna take Teddy’s.

    I agree.

    I think it might take a while to move Purcell, but now they know they can.

    Hall-McDavid-Saddle

    Slappy-Lander-Yak

    I’m down with that.

  37. MrEd says:

    Oil2Oilers,

    What’s going around?

  38. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: It was a stunning play. Serious skill there.

    Future’s pretty bright

  39. JD¡™ says:

    G Money: and a potato cam.

    Hey – that’s an HD potato! Nothing but the lastest tech in Sasktel place.

    Now if they’d only add another modem and three more hamsters to their backbone out of that arena, we’d have something.

  40. Centre of attention says:

    Slepy can also fight in traffic to get those shots off…the man knows how to use his size and will only get better.

    Would you really want to block one of those one-timers? No thanks.

  41. JamesL says:

    I was busy writing Slepyshev’s name onto my opening night roster, but then I remembered this is pre-season and we’ve seen heroics from fringe players this time of year in seasons past. Should we be curbing our enthusiasm?

  42. Centre of attention says:

    Drai caught up to his man in 3 strides and knocked him off the puck. Not slow. He’s a horse, I can see why McLellan had no problem playing him back to back.

  43. striatic says:

    I’m reluctant to anoint Slepyshev just yet. Too much history of the Oilers rushing these guys.

    The difference I suppose is size and experience playing against men in the KHL, but still. Would really rather have him clock some AHL time.

  44. Woodguy says:

    JamesL:
    I was busy writing Slepyshev’s name onto my opening night roster, but then I remembered this is pre-season and we’ve seen heroics from fringe players this time of year in seasons past. Should we be curbing our enthusiasm?

    He needs to play in the AHL enough so his instincts are “small ice” instincts.

    Could be a regular by the end of the year.

  45. Centre of attention says:

    Eb’s is letting it rip whenever he has a chance. Love it.

  46. oliveoilers says:

    Centre of attention:
    Eb’s is letting it rip whenever he has a chance. Love it.

    Still playing for Corsi, eh?

  47. Centre of attention says:

    oliveoilers,

    No, he’s shooting it because thats his job as a shooter on that line. Coaches orders.

  48. Pouzar says:

    Nice pass there by Slepy to some guy.

  49. Diesel says:

    Despite the strong showing thus far, I expect Slepy to be one of the later cuts who receives high praise on his way out.

  50. Centre of attention says:

    Joey Legs with a nice break up forcing the turn over

  51. Unwashed Oilfan says:

    unca miltie,

    Tyler Pitlick.

  52. striatic says:

    Slepyshev’s TC reminds me of Lander’s a while back, with “He’s big and has played against men” providing the excuse to rush the player compared to “He’s got a solid 2 way game and has played against men” for Lander back then.

  53. Oil2Oilers says:

    MrEd:
    Oil2Oilers,

    What’s going around?

    Matty tweeting some projected cuts

  54. striatic says:

    I miss Rod Phillips.

  55. Lowetide says:

    The thing about Slepyshev is that he gives the team more depth at a position they need it. May be a brilliant third round pick, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  56. Tire Fire says:

    oliveoilers: Still playing for Corsi, eh?

    Ebs had a quote about McLellan’s PP being all about shot rates. Of course, it’s best to judge a coach by who he is rather than what he does…

  57. The Trade Guy says:

    Saskatoon is cool and full of babes.

  58. Centre of attention says:

    I really like Nilsson. Klinkhammer looks great on the PK. Like a dog with a bone. Both players hungry for NHL work.

  59. The Trade Guy says:

    I just saw an 8 year old kid that looked like the Nuge

  60. Lowetide says:

    Seabrook signs with Hawks, eight years at $6.85M via Friedman. PC will have to trade for his franchise D.

  61. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:
  62. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Lowetide,

    They’re both playing left side tonight

  63. Oddspell says:

    Lowetide,

    Money’s not bad for a 3ish year deal. Fair money for a guy of Seabrook’s skill. By year 5 that’ll be a boat anchor.

    Great deal if Seabrook was 26.

  64. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide:
    Seabrook signs with Hawks, eight years at $6.85M via Friedman. PC will have to trade for his franchise D.

    8 years eh.

    Value first two years

    Ok next 2 years

    Then……..

    Yikes!

  65. The Trade Guy says:

    Oilers already signed their Seabrook except he’s named Klefbom.

  66. Woodguy says:

    Gryba just got walked within 10 feet when both players started from a dead stop.

    Not good.

  67. oliveoilers says:

    Lowetide:
    Seabrook signs with Hawks, eight years at $6.85M via Friedman. PC will have to trade for his franchise D.

    Bullet dodged.

    I think the ‘Hawks are stretching their strategy of having 4 vets earn 50% of the cap and the rest made up of AHLers.

  68. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy: Oilers already signed their Seabrook except he’s named Klefbom.

    Was that Ference who turned it over? Lordy.

  69. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Forwards are coming down much lower than last year. A lot more box protection from the wingers as well, giving up the boards and protecting the middle.

    Ricki will be pleased

  70. striatic says:

    Lowetide:
    Seabrook signs with Hawks, eight years at $6.85M via Friedman. PC will have to trade for his franchise D.

    He could try to sign Byfuglien next summer.

    Oh right, he needs a franchise *defenceman*.

    He could also try to sign Weber next summer.

    Oh wait, it’s *Mike* Weber who is UFA then.

  71. Jonathan Willis says:

    I don’t know if there’s a single bubble D who improved his standing in the first two periods.

    Ference and Gryba shouldn’t look this vulnerable against this roster. Laleggia is Chaos, Inc. Nurse is probably the best of that quartet and his play would probably be good enough to defend a job but I don’t think it’s been good enough to steal a job.

  72. Little Poteet says:

    Report from the lower bowl. Mclellan must be coaching for really aggressive defensemen. Every sustained possession the far side d man is pulling a Schultz and going back door laleggia, nurse, ference, gryba, Shultz have all been below the face off dot. Interesting tactics

  73. Lowetide says:

    Jonathan Willis:
    I don’t know if there’s a single bubble D who improved his standing in the first two periods.

    Ference and Gryba shouldn’t look this vulnerable against this roster. Laleggia is Chaos, Inc. Nurse is probably the best of that quartet and his play would probably be good enough to defend a job but I don’t think it’s been good enough to steal a job.

    In a case as you’ve presented (and I agree) the edge always goes to the veteran. Nurse for me looks good but maybe not in the right areas, at least not often enough. I don’t think he’s far away. For me, this camp has shown the Oilers top four (Sekera, Fayne, Klefbom, Schultz) has no reason to worry about 5-6-7 (I’ll guess Reinhart-Nikitin-Ference).

    Patience. We need some more.

  74. speeds says:

    Lowetide:
    Seabrook signs with Hawks, eight years at $6.85M via Friedman. PC will have to trade for his franchise D.

    We’ll see what exactly Chiarelli wants to do, I don’t think he HAS to trade for a franchise D, and I don’t like that deal for CHI.

  75. Lowetide says:

    speeds: We’ll see what exactly Chiarelli wants to do, I don’t think he HAS to trade for a franchise D, and I don’t like that deal for CHI.

    Too long for sure.

  76. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: Was that Ference who turned it over? Lordy.

    Yup.

    I’m now going to have nightmares of a Gryba-Ference 3rd pair.

    Was hopeful on Gryba, but not seeing him good in 2 viewings.

    Much slower feet than Nikitin

  77. Woodguy says:

    Little Poteet:
    Report from the lower bowl. Mclellan must be coaching for really aggressive defensemen. Every sustained possession the far side d man is pulling a Schultz and going back doorlaleggia, nurse, ference, gryba, Shultz have all been below the face off dot. Interesting tactics

    Thanks for that.

    I’ll try to watch for it.

  78. jfry says:

    speeds,

    deals like this are affirmation that Chicago absolutely believes that they can continue to generate players from within the system. they’ve drafted well, but what’s really been impressive is that they seem to be a location players want to go. They’ve done very well with high profile NCAA and European free agents in the last couple of years +.

    Imagine adding Panarin, Van Reimsdyk, etc as prospects. They’ve basically added 2 equivalents of Sleppy every year. It’s impressive.

  79. oliveoilers says:

    Woodguy: Much slower feet than Nikitin

    I’m not watching the game and haven’t seen Gryba play, but Shirley, this is hyperbole?

    Slower than a very slow thing is very slow indeed.

  80. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: In a case as you’ve presented (and I agree) the edge always goes to the veteran. Nurse for me looks good but maybe not in the right areas, at least not often enough. I don’t think he’s far away. For me, this camp has shown the Oilers top four (Sekera, Fayne, Klefbom, Schultz) has no reason to worry about 5-6-7 (I’ll guess Reinhart-Nikitin-Ference).

    Patience. We need some more.

    I think I’m ok with Reinhart as #5.

    That means we just need a #6 and that’s progress.

    Of course 1RD and 2RD are suspect for their ability to play that far up the roster.

    Need a 3 for 1.

  81. Woodguy says:

    oliveoilers: I’m not watching the game and haven’t seen Gryba play, but Shirley, this is hyperbole?

    Slower than a very slow thing is very slow indeed.

    Gryba is slower than a slow bag of slow things.

  82. Jonathan Willis says:

    Woodguy: Yup.

    I’m now going to have nightmares of a Gryba-Ference 3rd pair.

    Was hopeful on Gryba, but not seeing him good in 2 viewings.

    Much slower feet than Nikitin

    If I’m drawing up the roster today, it runs like this:

    Sekera-Fayne
    Klefbom-Schultz
    Reinhart-Nikitin

    I know Nikitin’s not particularly well-liked, but the options stink and I think Nurse is ticketed for a month or two in the AHL.

    I’m not terribly opposed to the idea of Nurse-Reinhart as the third pairing but I can’t imagine Todd McLellan wants to ice a rookie pairing, particularly on the PK.

  83. Jonathan Willis says:

    jfry:
    speeds,

    deals like this are affirmation that Chicago absolutely believes that they can continue to generate players from within the system.they’ve drafted well, but what’s really been impressive is that they seem to be a location players want to go. They’ve done very well with high profile NCAA and European free agents in the last couple of years +.

    Imagine adding Panarin, Van Reimsdyk, etc as prospects. They’ve basically added 2 equivalents of Sleppy every year. It’s impressive.

    I see it more as an acknowledgement that their window is now. Seabrook’s deal going bad in 4-5 years is irrelevant if their window closes at that point anyway.

  84. leadfarmer says:

    I’m guessing Seabrook doesn’t play past year 6 otherwise that contract will be awful those last few years. Chicago now has their core including solid top 3 defensemen locked up. They made sure they have a few more runs at a cup

  85. Oil2Oilers says:

    Woodguy: I think I’m ok with Reinhart as #5.

    That means we just need a #6 and that’s progress.

    Of course 1RD and 2RD are suspect for their ability to play that far up the roster.

    Need a 3 for 1.

    I prefer Reinhart as a baby sitter for Schultz. Freeing Fayne up to anchor the 3d pair and Dreamy to fly with the Stars.

  86. speeds says:

    Jonathan Willis: I see it more as an acknowledgement that their window is now. Seabrook’s deal going bad in 4-5 years is irrelevant if their window closes at that point anyway.

    Do you think it’s unlikely they just think he’ll age particularly well?

  87. Jonathan Willis says:

    speeds: Do you think it’s unlikely they just think he’ll age particularly well?

    If that’s the case, “think” isn’t the word I’d use. That would be Bickell-contract level emotional reasoning.

  88. Jonathan Willis says:

    That’s Laleggia’s third glorious giveaway to Minnesota’s objectively terrible forward group.

  89. Ryan says:

    I just started watching. The Oilers don’t update the box scores on these. Who scored?

  90. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I like the way this PP is going.

  91. Jonathan Willis says:

    On the other hand, I’ve seen so much bad Oilers hockey that I’m not even sure how I’m going to process watching McDavid play every night. What a joy he is.

  92. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Ryan,

    Slappy

  93. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Mc-Sleppy line is buzzing tonight!

  94. Jonathan Willis says:

    Ryan:
    I just started watching.The Oilers don’t update the box scores on these.Who scored?

    Slepyshev with a lovely shot from the slot. Nice rapid pass from Draisaitl as the primary assist. McDavid with the most beautiful steal on the forecheck you’re ever going to see to start the play.

  95. Lowetide says:

    That was a dominant shift by the McDavid over Russia line.

  96. Pouzar says:

    Oh Schultz

  97. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I just realize why Yakupov was so maligned by Eakins last year. It was the eating cookies at ticket deliveries that did him in.

  98. Centre of attention says:

    K-Bomb with the cannon 2-0 Oilers.

  99. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    K-Bomb!

  100. Lowetide says:

    Klefbom from Schultz and Draisaitl. Again, two lovely passes before the bomb.

  101. geowal says:

    Da bomb!

  102. Oil2Oilers says:

    McDavid is going to provide us great joy for years.

    TMac’s coaching might be just as important. I can see recognizable systems in the offensive and defensive zones. I am confident his breakouts and special teams systems will become more evident as camp moves on and we are able to watch games not filmed on a potato.

  103. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Schultz bailing out Klefbom?!?

  104. Pouzar says:

    oliveoilers: I’m not watching the game and haven’t seen Gryba play, but Shirley, this is hyperbole?

    Yeah…..VO2max doesn’t believe it either.

  105. Ryan says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Ryan,

    Slappy

    Jonathan Willis: Slepyshev with a lovely shot from the slot. Nice rapid pass from Draisaitl as the primary assist. McDavid with the most beautiful steal on the forecheck you’re ever going to see to start the play.

    Thanks guys. Sounds like that line is killing it.

  106. Lowetide says:

    Who is Cliff Klinkhammer?

  107. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Was that blur across the screen McDavid?

  108. oliveoilers says:

    Lowetide:
    Who is Cliff Klinkhammer?

    That is an AWESOME name. Exudes absolute ‘hard as nails’.

  109. Lowetide says:

    Jonathan Willis: If I’m drawing up the roster today, it runs like this:

    Sekera-Fayne
    Klefbom-Schultz
    Reinhart-Nikitin

    I know Nikitin’s not particularly well-liked, but the options stink and I think Nurse is ticketed for a month or two in the AHL.

    I’m not terribly opposed to the idea of Nurse-Reinhart as the third pairing but I can’t imagine Todd McLellan wants to ice a rookie pairing, particularly on the PK.

    I’d be fine with Nikitin as Reinhart’s partner, now that I’ve seen Reinhart at the pro level. He might be a good player to break in with for GR.

  110. Centre of attention says:

    Seen Schultz good tonight, for what its worth considering the opposition. Good confidence building games for Justin

  111. jfry says:

    this potato vision is crazy. with the audio, it sounds like Alex Jones is doing play-by-play. I keep waiting for him to go into a monologue about how Osama is still alive and 911 was an inside job.

  112. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Love watching poo-nuge-ebs cycle the puck in that corner, almost make it look effortless

  113. Centre of attention says:

    Klinkhammer deserves that ENG.

  114. Lowetide says:

    Cliff Klinkhammer scores

  115. Jonathan Willis says:

    It’s going to be really fun watching the Oilers make a decision between Klinkhammer and Gazdic if they end up keeping just 13 forwards.

  116. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Cliff Klink with the EN

  117. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy
    Need a 3 for 1.

    Yeah, can’t see it. 🙂

  118. Pouzar says:

    Not well thought out Folin.

  119. Centre of attention says:

    Well, Gazdic gets to thump his chest a bit. Showing his game well, pulverized whoever that Minny player was.

  120. Lowetide says:

    Gazdic hobbled some guy.

  121. LoDog says:

    Haven’t watched much of the potato cam but slept looks good again.

    Agree that Chicago doesn’t care past year 5 if Tha t deal
    Window closed.

  122. Jonathan Willis says:

    Pouzar:
    Not well thought out Folin.

    I thought that was a shockingly credible performance for Folin given who the adversary was. Say whatever you want about Gazdic, that’s his wheelhouse and it really isn’t Folin’s. Can’t imagine that hurts Folin’s chances of making the cut. You know, assuming that he wasn’t injured once Gazdic got going.

  123. MOAR WINZ PLEEZ says:

    Full marks for bravery
    Pouzar,

  124. Centre of attention says:

    I wanna see Eberle score in the 3 on 3 practice, he deserves it. His line worked hard tonight, he was on the PK too and looked ok as well.

  125. geowal says:

    Shutout for Nilsson, going to be hard to ignore, even if it is against the B squad.

  126. Centre of attention says:

    Haula gets in alone and pots one against Nilsson, who’s shut out is still intact because this is practice 3 on 3 OT.

  127. Jonathan Willis says:

    I sure hope Draisaitl and Schultz skate harder on the backcheck in the untelevised practices.

  128. The Trade Guy says:

    Centre of attention:
    Haula gets in alone and pots one against Nilsson, who’s shut out is still intact because this is practice.

    It was all practice

  129. Younger Oil says:

    Schultz needs to learn you can’t coast back on 3 on 3 OT when you pinch in. I doubt he would have caught him anyways but he needs to put in the effort.

  130. Centre of attention says:

    Anyone got the crogi’s for Schultz-Klefbom pairing? They looked pretty solid tonight, even though the competition was pretty sub-par.

  131. leadfarmer says:

    I’m going to dust off my three headed goalie monster, for just in case.

  132. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    It’s not practice guys these gents are playing for roster spots and a goal against is a goal against.

  133. Rebilled says:

    Anders is the obvious choice.

    Look what Talbot did with that Swedish fella in NY.

  134. Younger Oil says:

    Do any NHL teams out there need a backup goalie? Doubt any would take Scrivens though.

  135. Ryan says:

    Younger Oil:
    Do any NHL teams out there need a backup goalie? Doubt any would take Scrivens though.

    Not going to lie, my gut feeling was/still is that Nilsson takes Scrivens’ lunch money.

  136. Centre of attention says:

    Younger Oil,

    I could see San Jose scooping up Scrivens. They seem to like ex-LA kings. Especially if Jones looks a bit shaky to start the season.

  137. Real_Hockey_Fan says:

    It is that? Time to go home?

    I was waiting for Stauffer and Michaels to face off in a game of Operation!!

    #FatFingersVersesLittleWrists

  138. Jaxon says:

    1st goal was a beauty. I love that McDavid, Slepyshev and Draisaitl all had 2 touches on that sequence. McDavid-Ference-Slepyshev-Draisaitl-McDavid-Draisaitl-Slepyshev. Poetry. Sending Slepyshev down is going to be a very tough decision and I’m sure he’ll be back up soon.

  139. Lowetide says:

    Real_Hockey_Fan:
    It is that? Time to go home?

    I was waiting for Stauffer and Michaels to face off in a game of Operation!!

    #FatFingersVersesLittleWrists

    I laughed at that, don’t know that Bob did though.

  140. MrEd says:

    5-0. The record has to start to mean something to the boys. So healthy.

  141. Wolfie says:

    The combinations up front are tantalizing. Lander is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. Seeing as he has a little more NA pro experience would anyone be opposed to seeing a Hall-Lander-Yak line?

    That would free up the kid line that played tonight to run against the soft competition.

    Poo-Nuge-Ebs
    Hall-Lander-Yak
    Slepy-McD-Drai

    The other interesting battle is for the fourth line spots. Letestu is a lock as is Hendricks… So that leaves Klink and Korp fighting over that last spot…

    I think LT is right that Gazdic will be an extra…. Not good news for the likes of Pitlick.

    Scrivens has to be hearing footsteps as well.

    There are going to be some serviceable players left off the roster.

    How PC deals with Purcell will be interesting!

  142. John Chambers says:

    Scott Darling had better become a bona fide starter because I can’t see how the Hawks will be able to afford Crawford after this season ends. Either Crawford, Anisimov, or Hjalmarsson will be unaffordable luxuries.

    I realize these guys have been the best team since the Detroit’ers, but I think Stan Bowman likes his own players just a bit too much. Absolutely no hometown discount and max term.

  143. Snowman says:

    Gazdic has not done anything that makes me think he should make the team. He’s been clearly outplayed by Klink, Miller and Slepy to my eye.

    If he makes the team it’s for punching and someone else will be cut despite being actually better at hockey.

  144. RexLibris says:

    John Chambers:
    Scott Darling had better become a bona fide starter because I can’t see how the Hawks will be able to afford Crawford after this season ends. Either Crawford, Anisimov, or Hjalmarsson will be unaffordable luxuries.

    I realize these guys have been the best team since the Detroit’ers, but I think Stan Bowman likes his own players just a bit too much. Absolutely no hometown discount and max term.

    Now see, if the Seabrook contract forces Bowman to make a trade, I would hope that Chiarelli makes a concerted effort to get Hjalmarsson.

  145. John Chambers says:

    Snowman,

    Agreed on Gazdic.

    Miller and definitely Klink look like they have earned a spot.

  146. John Chambers says:

    RexLibris: Now see, if the Seabrook contract forces Bowman to make a trade, I would hope that Chiarelli makes a concerted effort to get Hjalmarsson.

    It would be almost the perfect player for the Oilers to acquire but I could see a team like Chi refusing to trade with Edm because they pose too much of a threat within the conference.

    Byfuglien will also cost a ton and I could see him wanting to play somewhere other than a northern climate.

    This is why the Reinhart trade was so important, as is the development of Justin Schultz.

  147. RexLibris says:

    John Chambers: It would be almost the perfect player for the Oilers to acquire but I could see a team like Chi refusing to trade with Edm because they pose too much of a threat within the conference.

    Byfuglien will also cost a ton and I could see him wanting to play somewhere other than a northern climate.

    This is why the Reinhart trade was so important, as is the development of Justin Schultz.

    They moved Saad to Columbus and Sharp to Dallas, that’s within their own division.

    Edmonton is well outside their neighbourhood compared to those two.

  148. Woodguy says:

    Jonathan Willis: If I’m drawing up the roster today, it runs like this:

    Sekera-Fayne
    Klefbom-Schultz
    Reinhart-Nikitin

    I know Nikitin’s not particularly well-liked, but the options stink and I think Nurse is ticketed for a month or two in the AHL.

    I’m not terribly opposed to the idea of Nurse-Reinhart as the third pairing but I can’t imagine Todd McLellan wants to ice a rookie pairing, particularly on the PK.

    Agreed all points John.

    I’ve been one of the few Nikitin apologists, but I can’t see a roster with both he and Ference on it if Reinhart makes it (and he should by merit)

  149. Woodguy says:

    Younger Oil:
    Do any NHL teams out there need a backup goalie? Doubt any would take Scrivens though.

    At half salary Scrivens is a capable back up.

    Just need an injury on another team.

  150. Zelepukin says:

    We got a logjam on our hands.

    This could easily be the starting line-up:

    Poo – Nuge – Ebs
    Hall – McD – Drai
    Slep – Lando – Yaks
    Klink – Lets – Hendy

    Korp should be starting but that bottom six is becoming tough to choose from. Miller could easily fit in with the 3rd line too. Purcell is a waste in my opinion. I’d rather give the mins to Drai or Sleps.

  151. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy: Agreed all points John.

    I’ve been one of the few Nikitin apologists, but I can’t see a roster with both he and Ference on it if Reinhart makes it (and he should by merit)

    But where does Nurse fit in? 😉

  152. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy: At half salary Scrivens is a capable back up.

    Just need an injury on another team.

    The old waiver rules that had a player who was recalled twice in a period of time get picked up at 1/2 salary could come in handy in those situations.

    Gauge interest, make the move, and clear out the roster space.

    Now it requires a trade so you are usually taking back either a extremely limited draft pick or a contract on a far-off prospect.

  153. RexLibris says:

    Missed most of the Oilers game and getting caught up now.

    Draisaitl’s set up for Slepyshev – he freaking LEADS the winger with the pass. It is 15 feet, through bodies across the crease and he goddamned LEADS him.

  154. Lowetide says:

    RexLibris: But where does Nurse fit in? ?

    Bakersfield early, NHL in time for half of the year (or a little more)
    http://lowetide.ca/2015/08/17/re-15-16-darnell-nurse-please-please-please/

  155. rickithebear says:

    Woodguy: At half salary Scrivens is a capable back up.

    Just need an injury on another team.

    Scivens sent down is 1.375M cap hit. 1.45 + 1.00 + 1.375 = 3.825
    Nilsson sent down is a .075M cap hit 1.45 + 2.30 + .075 = 3.825
    Scrivens half eaten 1.15 cap hit 1.45 + 1.00 + 1.15 = 3.60

    is the .225 worth having scrivens or Nilsson as the 3rd in the AHL?

  156. jp says:

    Missed the game. Nice to see another W even if it doesn’t count for anything.

    Any idea why the Oilers can’t post even a boxscore of their home games these days?

  157. Lowetide says:

    jp:
    Missed the game. Nice to see another W even if it doesn’t count for anything.

    Any idea why the Oilers can’t post even a boxscore of their home games these days?

    The SS game in Edmonton and the Saskatoon game aren’t ‘official games’ but we should get the boxscore eventually.

  158. Barcs says:

    RexLibris: The old waiver rules that had a player who was recalled twice in a period of time get picked up at 1/2 salary could come in handy in those situations.

    Gauge interest, make the move, and clear out the roster space.

    Now it requires a trade so you are usually taking back either a extremely limited draft pick or a contract on a far-off prospect.

    Future considerations?

  159. rickithebear says:

    Jaxon: I love that McDavid, Slepyshev and Draisaitl

    Can someone tell me about this Slepyshev fellow?

  160. Lucinius says:

    speeds:
    big round of cuts:

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=780681

    None of those surprise me. Most were fairly obvious as they had failed to really show anything. Some, like Miller, showed something, but it wasn’t all positive (I haven’t been as enamoured with his preseason as others have been).

    I doubt any of those who hit the waiver wire will be claimed.

  161. Jaxon says:

    rickithebear,

    I almost took the bait…

  162. John Chambers says:

    RexLibris: They moved Saad to Columbus and Sharp to Dallas, that’s within their own division.

    Edmonton is well outside their neighbourhood compared to those two.

    True – I meant it more in terms of competition than geography.

    I think rival GMs should be right terrified of the Oilers.

    #HereComeTheOilers for real this time

  163. Jaxon says:

    I hope Minnesota picks up Pitlick to give him another chance in his hometown.

  164. Jaxon says:

    Watch Chicago or Detroit pick up Miller and come back to haunt us.

  165. Jaxon says:

    Lucinius,

    I agree. I liked some of Miller and LaLeggia’s performance but there was some chaos too. I think both will have great AHL seasons and maybe get some time up this year. Yakimov’s going to have a huge season. He finished well last season and may have some great linemates. The goaltending battle in Bakersfield is going to be a good one too.

  166. Woodguy says:

    RexLibris: They moved Saad to Columbus and Sharp to Dallas, that’s within their own division.

    Edmonton is well outside their neighbourhood compared to those two.

    Columbus is in the East.

    Dallas may have been one of few suitors for Sharp given his contract size and age.

  167. Woodguy says:

    rickithebear: Scivens sent down is 1.375M cap hit. 1.45 + 1.00 + 1.375 = 3.825
    Nilsson sent down is a .075M cap hit 1.45 + 2.30 + .075 = 3.825
    Scrivens half eaten 1.15 cap hit 1.45 + 1.00 + 1.15 = 3.60

    is the .225 worth having scrivens or Nilsson as the 3rd in the AHL?

    You want Broissoit and E2D2 to get all the reps in Cali.

  168. Lloyd B. says:

    Lucinius,

    Lets not forget we were 28th last year and that was one of our better years in the last 5. Nobody is going to be picking through our garbage. And I mean that with the utmost respect to these young men giving it their best to be pro hockey players.

  169. Mr. D. says:

    Gryba plays his position well. He’s not going to impress anyone with his skating but toughness and battling to move the puck out was very good. Nurse made way more bad plays by trying to do too much. Opening night Gryba is in without any doubt.

  170. frjohnk says:

    Was at the game today. Good seats. 12 rows behind the penalty box. Took the wife. Funniest moment is when I saw a “ few sheets to the wind“ guy ( about 55 years old) holding two beer and dancing to a song on the steps near to us before the game started. I said to the wife `look at this guy already`. He ended up sitting next to the wife. We both laughed. He was a hoot the whole game. He kept calling RNH “McDavid“ and McDavid `McDavid`. This guy will probably be telling everybody tomorrow that the Oilers played McDavid over half the game.

    My thoughts:

    McDavid- every time he had the puck, everybody in the stands ( and I’m sure on both benches) watched just a bit more intently because the kid can make something out of nothing. A pleasure to watch ( unless you are the opposing defenceman) His speed, his hands and the way he processes the game is incredible.

    Draisaitl- not sure how he does not start with the big club. His vision is incredible.

    Sleppy- big, moves well, skilled. Played well on a line with Drai and McDavid. When Chia said he could be a player that could be a wild card, Chia was bang on.

    Eberle- will always be a fan favorite in Saskatoon. Showed sweet sweet hands 15 seconds into the game as he created a scoring chance and drew a penalty. He could have scored a couple tonight.

    RNH- showed a good two way game. Is a treat to watch carry the puck.

    Pouliot- had a good game. Was more of a passenger on the RNH line, but he does have good chemistry on that line.

    Bottom 6 forwards were pretty much quiet but solid. Klinkhammer was big and fast. Hendricks is a warrior and a smart player, love him. Letestu was solid, he was a good get. Gazdic of course had a fight, but was not really noticeable. Miller and Pitlick are good skaters, that’s about it for them.

    Defence

    Klefbom- This kid is the goods. Wow. I think his offensive game

    Schultz- He made good passes, defensively played well, and was willing to take a hit to make a play. His game has improved quite a bit from last year, but its still preseason. I think part of this is because of Schutlz striving to become a better player but also because I believe McLellan is communicating to Schultz of what Schultz needs to do. Not sure how the 3 on 3 goal will make him look. Seemed like it was Draisaitl`s man, but Schultz could have given a better effort on the backcheck.

    Klefbom and Schultz play well as a duo.

    Nurse- Seemed to play a safer game relatively speaking for him. Was expecting to see him rush the puck more. I think someone may have had a talking to him. Still some chaos but Id start him with the big club. Him and Reinhart on the 3rd pairing.

    Laleggia- kid oozes skill, but also scoring chances against. Got burned a few times.

    Gryba- he is a beast of a man. Opposing forwards paid the price to get to the net. But a slow beast with limited offensive ability.

    Ference- too bad we don’t have the Ference from 10 years ago.

    Nilsson- is a huge goalie. Did not seem like Minnesota had many great scoring chances but Nilsson stopped them all.

    All in all a good game for this Oilers fan. Oilers won and I got to see many of the young stars. Thank you Oiler organization. I know in years past, the Flames did not send much of a team and same with the Oilers last year, but if the Oilers are trying to grow Oiler nation in Saskatoon, sending a roster like todays, is a great start.

    The over $400 I spent tonight ($224 on two tickets) $60 on the babysitter, $20 on 50-50, 2 beers and then supper later was well worth it.

  171. Jonathan Willis says:

    Woodguy: You want Broissoit and E2D2 to get all the reps in Cali.

    I wonder about that. I’d be partial to playing Laurikainen in the ECHL to make sure both get enough action.

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