SHOCKING BLUE

The Edmonton Oilers have called up Jordan Oesterle (again), on the heels of the Griffin Reinhart recall on Monday. The reasons? Multiple. Edmonton may be planning for Darnell Nurse being unavailable (NHL Player Safety would like a chat) or it could be Adam Pardy:

The recall of Oesterle gives us a chance to remind ourselves about the turnover we have seen at the position this year. Does anyone remember the last game Andrew Ference played? Niki Nikitin? Okay, strike that.

  1. Andrej Sekera 68, 6-18-24
  2. Oscar Klefbom 30, 4-8-12
  3. Brandon Davidson 51, 4-7-11
  4. Justin Schultz 45, 3-7-10
  5. Darnell Nurse 59, 2-6-8
  6. Eric Gryba 53, 1-5-6
  7. Mark Fayne 56, 2-3-5
  8. Adam Clendening 10, 0-2-2
  9. Adam Pardy 5, 0-2-2
  10. Griffin Reinhart 16, 0-1-1
  11. Nikita Nikitin 9, 0-1-1
  12. Jordan Oesterle 4, 0-1-1
  13. Brad Hunt 7, 0-0-0
  14. Andrew Ference 6, 0-0-0

That’s a lot of blue. Oesterle is a useful player at the AHL level, and may have an NHL future. He is certainly fast enough, and despite chaos in his game, Edmonton has chosen him for recall over some other candidates considered better defensively.

  • Overall 43, 3-20-23
  • Evens 43, 1-15-16
  • Power Play 43, 1-5-6
  • Penalty Kill 43, 1-0-1

Those are pretty good even-strength numbers (Jeff Petry was 4-7-11 in his 41 games in 2010-11) and as mentioned Oesterle is a fabulous skater—Edmonton’s defense is slow currently with Nurse, could be a real drag without him. He was impressive in his NHL debut last year.

  • Andrew Ference: “He was really, really good. He had great composure, fantastic skating ability, he was so calm. I remember my first game, I didn’t want to touch the puck and he’s handling and skating up the ice really well and making great plays. It was very impressive.” Source

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David Musil photo by Mark Williams

WHO’S LEFT?

The Condors don’t have a lot to send north if the defense crunch continues in Edmonton:

  • D David Musil. If the Oilers are not recalling Musil this season, my guess is that it is a lot about foot speed. Scott Zerr, who is a frequent guest on the Lowdown, has been consistent in his praise of Frank’s boy defensively. If you are looking for clues about future plans, this period of not being recalled is your answer.
  • D Brad Hunt. Chaos blue has played in the NHL this season, suspect the organization will move on from him.
  • D Joey Laleggia. Unlikely recall, as this is his rookie pro season. He will likely take over from Hunt as the primary power-play quarterback in Bakersfield next season, and we might see him in the NHL during the 2016-17 season if things go well. Zerr insists he is miles better as a forward.
  • D Dillon Simpson. Steady defender doesn’t get a lot of mention, seems to be learning his lessons and making slow progress. I wrote about him recently.

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45 Responses to "SHOCKING BLUE"

  1. Klima's_Bucket says:

    LT,
    A number of weeks ago you posted some 20 year old AHL scoring stats.
    Is there a site that posts these stats sortable by age?
    Or are you manually looking these guys up??

  2. stener says:

    Speaking of shocking blue, those Gulls uniforms are atrocious

  3. Lowetide says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    LT,
    A number of weeks ago you posted some 20 year old AHL scoring stats.
    Is there a site that posts these stats sortable by age?
    Or are you manually looking these guys up??

    I do them manually, but there is a site iirc, cant remember what one. I will try to find it.

  4. Mr DeBakey says:

    Neither Frank’s boy, nor Craig’s boy are able to assist the Oilers win games at this time.
    Stay tuned for developments.

  5. Centre of attention says:

    LT, do you think Todd was critisizing McDavid last night with his comments?

    Quote: “Some guys were just waiting for new line mates, not taking responsibility for their own game”

    I bet he’s talking about 97. You would be in tough to get him to admit it, though.

    Next quote “Others were slowing people down and needed to be moved down”

    He’s most likely talking about Korpikoski.

    My question is which is it? Was McDavid not trying hard enough with line mates he didn’t like? Or was Korpikoski slowing him down too much? Seems like contradiction is something this organization struggles with even more so with the new management.

  6. Kepler62 says:

    So when do we get to see some more about the 2016 draft?

    If the Oilers trade Eberle for Hamonic, do they pick Patrik Laine?

  7. Max Powers says:

    Had such high hopes for Simpson… Hopefully he can go full Davidson next year.

    And Nurse vs Simmonds would be a dandy, I’m thinking. The kid is establishing himself as a force around the league. Someone you hate to play against.

    It’s amazing how much tougher the oilers got in just a couple weeks.

  8. MrEd says:

    Our D is such a mess. How do we clean it up? Wait for the Lottery balls to drop and then go from there i think.

    1- Too many options.
    2- Eberle goes.
    3- Hall is on the table
    4- RNH become available next year.
    5- Klef or Nurse.

  9. hunter1909 says:

    Death March Management: Tanking team brings up random players to see which ones stick to the proverbial Half Wall.

  10. hunter1909 says:

    Let’s hope they draft that top rated defence prospect.

    Chychrun.

  11. square_wheels says:

    Kepler62,

    Yes. Or they entice someone like St Louis to flip picks and add a signed Shattenkirk. I suspect Chia will have several enticing deals in the que pending draft order and Free Agent rumblings.

    I would love to see a vet signed to reasonable $$$ or a bold blockbuster that gives us balance in the top 9 to compete vs teams we actually have to beat out west.

  12. supernova says:

    spam alert

    I posted my first article on Oilers rig.

    never thought it would be about fighting but it goes with this post somewhat.

    http://www.theoilersrig.com/2016/03/12818/

  13. Clay says:

    What’s Sebastien Bisaillion up to these days?

  14. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Lowetide,

    That would be much appreciated.

  15. hunter1909 says:

    supernova,

    Nurse has the potential to be one of the MVP’s of the entire NHL. Many Lowetide readers don’t seem to get this. They cannot wait to trade him asap, for a top 4 defender with “experience”

    Nurse likes to beat people up. That Shark got on his nerves, so Nurse had to do his thing, and beat the living crap out of him. It’s merely Nurse acting according to his nature.

    Why are you advocating his getting suspended? What possible good can this have for the Oilers? Don’t the rest of the league already despise the OIlers enough? Must the fans also prostrate themselves?

  16. The Trade Guy says:

    Oh man I’d never watch the Oilers play the Sharks (and I didn’t) but that Nurse beat down is about as cool as Cam Neely killing Samuelsson.

    Polak’s an asshole. He can use a filling in.

    My fave is he looks up with a “What the hell dude?” and Nurse mouths “F you!”

    Money. Walk tall boys.

  17. MrEd says:

    The Trade Guy,

    Bang on. Nurse settled a yap with an accrued history last night. Polak was gifted a wake up call.

  18. MrEd says:

    Refing can’t deal with Polaks type of ass hattery.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Lowetide,

    That would be much appreciated.

    I am not certain it is up to date

    http://www.ahl.prospect-stats.com/ES.html

  20. MrEd says:

    Nurse is a force. Too bad he’s playing so much. Too bad he’s not still in school. It does neither him or our team any good.

  21. MrEd says:

    In sum? i trust Darnell Nurse.

  22. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide,

    Regarding your Nurse title previously

    I’m surprised nobody filled in the following line “and that right soon”.

    Obviously implied by the headline and brilliantly so.

    Nurse is our own Deuteronomy. Fire and brimstone and damnation for those who trespass against us.

  23. RexLibris says:

    supernova:
    spam alert

    I posted my first article on Oilers rig.

    never thought it would be about fighting but it goes with this post somewhat.

    http://www.theoilersrig.com/2016/03/12818/

    Good read.

    I tend to agree.

    What Nurse did was required because of years of inaction by both the team and the league, but now the league needs to step up.

  24. MrEd says:

    The game(s) he’ll miss are a badge.
    Full Johnny Cash.

  25. Gordies Elbow says:

    supernova:
    http://www.theoilersrig.com/2016/03/12818/

    Excellent post – thanks for posting this. Really good read, and nice to see more insightful postings.

  26. Centre of attention says:

    I think everyone here and even the coach agree Nurse should be in the AHL.

    If the injury-voodoo doll wizardry bullsh*t didn’t happen Nurse probably would be in the AHL.

    I guess in LT’s words “We wait.”

    Anyways I’m trying not to be too depressing but on a scale of 1-10 how bad are the Wild going to pound the Oilers tomorrow? I’m contemplating even watching it. I’ve watched every game this season, even if it had to be a recording. They have really gotten it together under Torchetti and they always destroy the Oil in home games. I’ll probably catch the highlights.

    Lol. Who am I kidding. McDavid is worth the price of watching poor Oesterle play top 4 against a legitimate playoff team. I’ll drink until its entertaining.

  27. Магия 10 says:

    RexLibris:
    Lowetide,

    Regarding your Nurse title previously

    I’m surprised nobody filled in the following line “and that right soon”.

    Obviously implied by the headline and brilliantly so.

    Nurse is our own Deuteronomy. Fire and brimstone and damnation for those who trespass against us.

    None of this hurts Nurse with Chia’s coming judgment:

    He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
    He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat;
    Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant, my feet!

  28. Oilspill says:

    Loved Nurses fight with Lucic. This was ghetto and it’s needs to be taken out of the game with a precident suspension. A couple minutes left up by 3..why would he fight.

  29. DBO says:

    For once we have guys not just slowly and softly face rubbing guys, but taking it on themselves so that they send a message. I know I’m maybe a knuckle dragged from Fort Mac, but It’s about damn time this group showed some spirit and take no shit attitude . You have to know Chia and Mclellan love it. Cause with McJesus you gotta believe they are sending a do not mess with him message. Nurse, Maroon and Kassian are not Gazdic. One of them is probably on the ice with McDavid at all times, and they can play . And add Lucic and I think all the smaller guys walk a little taller, and with that level of crazy and mean in our lineup, suddenly Edmonton is not an easy game. Mix those beasts with the skill we have and it will be a different look and feel to this team.

  30. godot10 says:

    Centre of attention:
    I think everyone here and even the coach agree Nurse should be in the AHL.

    You are wrong. Everyone does NOT agree.

  31. godot10 says:

    Oilspill:
    Loved Nurses fight with Lucic. This was ghetto and it’s needs to be taken out of the game with a precident suspension. A couple minutes left up by 3..why would he fight.

    Polak entered Nurse’s space, and Nurse did what Pronger or Chara would have done. Nurse did not go after Polak. Polak was skating from the penalty box to the bench, and decided to skate into Nurse’s personal space.

    If you’ve been sneaky dirty against an Oiler player, that is no longer a wise thing to do.

  32. DBO says:

    godot10: Polak entered Nurse’s space, and Nurse did what Pronger or Chara would have done.Nurse did not go after Polak.Polak was skating from the penalty box to the bench, and decided to skate into Nurse’s personal space.

    If you’ve been sneaky dirty against an Oiler player, that is no longer a wise thing to do.

    This, all day this. About time.

  33. dustrock says:

    hunter1909:
    supernova,

    Nurse has the potential to be one of the MVP’s of the entire NHL. Many Lowetide readers don’t seem to get this. They cannot wait to trade him asap, for a top 4 defender with “experience”

    Nurse likes to beat people up. That Shark got on his nerves, so Nurse had to do his thing, and beat the living crap out of him. It’s merely Nurse acting according to his nature.

    Why are you advocating his getting suspended? What possible good can this have for the Oilers? Don’t the rest of the league already despise the OIlers enough? Must the fans also prostrate themselves?

    MVP of the NHL? Surely you exaggerate.

  34. Lowetide says:

    RexLibris:
    Lowetide,

    Regarding your Nurse title previously

    I’m surprised nobody filled in the following line “and that right soon”.

    Obviously implied by the headline and brilliantly so.

    Nurse is our own Deuteronomy. Fire and brimstone and damnation for those who trespass against us.

    God I love that movie.

  35. MrEd says:

    Oilspill,

    Because.

  36. Yeti says:

    godot10: Polak entered Nurse’s space, and Nurse did what Pronger or Chara would have done.

    Entered Nurse’s space? Seriously? If that was the criteria then any player could start punching the living shit out of any other as they skate past. The idea that Polak was somehow an aggressor or infringing on Nurse is a real distortion of what happened here. Nurse simply grabbed him and pummeled him before Polak even got his gloves off. This was ‘retribution’ for a non-event. Nurse deserves to be punished. If this act was ‘great for the team’ so be it. But lets not put lipstick on a pig. Regrettably it’s closer to the Bertuzzi incident than some kind of fair fight and we’d be pissed as hell if it was the other way around.

  37. meanashell11 says:

    Yeti: Entered Nurse’s space? Seriously? If that was the criteria then any player could start punching the living shit out of any other as they skate past. The idea that Polak was somehow an aggressor or infringing on Nurse is a real distortion of what happened here. Nurse simply grabbed him and pummeled him before Polak even got his gloves off. This was ‘retribution’ for a non-event. Nurse deserves to be punished. If this act was ‘great for the team’ so be it. But lets not put lipstick on a pig. Regrettably it’s closer to the Bertuzzi incident than some kind of fair fight and we’d be pissed as hell if it was the other way around.

    YETI
    You have no idea the trash talking that was going on at that moment and the entire game and there’s probably a history as well. Polak has a long history of being DB and it caught up with him. As for rules of engagement, for years we have been talking about the “staged” fights, it’s much better deterrent when someone goes batshit crazy. I will go with Nurse on this one.

    And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder:
    One of the four beasts saying: “Come and see.” And I saw.
    And behold, a white horse.

    There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names.
    An’ he decides who to free and who to blame.
    Everybody won’t be treated all the same.
    There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down.
    When the man comes around.

    The hairs on your arm will stand up.
    At the terror in each sip and in each sup.
    For you partake of that last offered cup,
    Or disappear into the potter’s ground.
    When the man comes around.

    Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers.
    One hundred million angels singin’.
    Multitudes are marching to the big kettle drum.
    Voices callin’, voices cryin’.
    Some are born an’ some are dyin’.
    It’s Alpha’s and Omega’s Kingdom come.

    And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
    The virgins are all trimming their wicks.
    The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
    It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

    Till Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom.
    Then the father hen will call his chickens home.
    The wise men will bow down before the throne.
    And at his feet they’ll cast their golden crown.
    When the man comes around.

    Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still.
    Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still.
    Whoever is filthy, let him be filthy still.
    Listen to the words long written down, When the man comes around.

    Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers.
    One hundred million angels singin’.
    Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettle drum.
    Voices callin’, voices cryin’.
    Some are born an’ some are dyin’.
    It’s Alpha’s and Omega’s Kingdom come.

    And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
    The virgins are all trimming their wicks.
    The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
    It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

    In measured hundredweight and penny pound.
    When the man comes around.

    And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts,
    And I looked and behold: a pale horse.
    And his name, that sat on him, was Death.
    And Hell followed with him.

    The Man Comes Around!

  38. Genjutsu says:

    This is Darnell Nurse. This is who he is. He’s mean as hell and a little crazy. Those who aren’t on board with his behavior should get comfortable with it.

    There’s going to be more of this kind of stuff around here not less.

    Darnell isn’t going anywhere. And I’m positive everyone on the team from oesterle to eberle and Chia on up loved what he did.

    Loved it.

  39. russ99 says:

    Centre of attention:
    LT, do you think Todd was critisizing McDavid last night with his comments?

    Quote: “Some guys were just waiting for new line mates, not taking responsibility for their own game”

    I bet he’s talking about 97. You would be in tough to get him to admit it, though.

    Next quote “Others were slowing people down and needed to be moved down”

    He’s most likely talking about Korpikoski.

    My question is which is it? Was McDavid not trying hard enough with line mates he didn’t like? Or was Korpikoski slowing him down too much? Seems like contradiction is something this organization struggles with even more so with the new management.

    Not sure if that’s a fair comment on McDavid.

    The Sharks were using every obstruction and stick tactic in the book on him, and the refs didn’t call jack.

    But if McLellan means he should sacrifice his skills to the cycle like everyone else, good luck with that, coach.

    Glad to see the needed attrition finally catch up with the D corps.

    We should see a much different group next year. IMO, only Sekera is truly “safe”. Nurse, Davidson and Klefbom should be there too, but who knows.

  40. Oilspill says:

    I love rough hockey! I don’t condone assault!

  41. Professor Q says:

    Genjutsu:
    This is Darnell Nurse. This is who he is. He’s mean as hell and a little crazy.Those who aren’t on board with his behavior should get comfortable with it.

    There’s going to be more of this kind of stuff around here not less.

    Darnell isn’t going anywhere. And I’m positive everyone on the team from oesterle to eberle and Chia on up loved what he did.

    Loved it.

    I really do hope he isn’t traded. It would be so Oilers of the past decade to do so, though.

  42. Professor Q says:

    Oilspill:
    I love rough hockey! I don’t condone assault!

    Agreed. Limiting that stuff (which I mean, anywhere else would get you arrested) will make the game better.

  43. mit167 says:

    What if instead of Hendricks being hit by Polak it was McDavid, Eberle or Hall. Would the fight be more justified then.

  44. mit167 says:

    Also what is the difference between that fight and what Max Domi did after Garbutt hit OEM with a questionable hit. At least Darnell didn’t skate him down and jump him from behind.

  45. Professor Q says:

    mit167,

    Or Bertuzzi him like Lucic?

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