Peter Chiarelli has been on the job for a year, and there have been a lot of roster changes. Aside from the draft, PC has been moving assets in and sending them out at an impressive pace. Sometimes it is difficult to keep track, so let’s review so we can remind ourselves of the carnage.
GONE BABY GONE
- G Ben Scrivens (sent out and then dealt)
- G Tyler Bunz (RFA not renewed)
- G Frans Tuohimaa (RFA not renewed)
- D Nikita Nikitin (Contract expired)
- D Justin Schultz (Dealt at the deadline)
- D Martin Marincin (RFA dealt at the draft)
- D Keith Aulie (RFA did not renew)
- D Martin Gernat (Dealt at the deadline)
- C Boyd Gordon (Traded for Lauri Korpikoski last summer)
- C Travis Ewanyk (Traded for Eric Gryba at the draft)
- C Kellen Lain (RFA did not renew)
- L Matt Fraser (RFA did not renew)
- L Curtis Hamilton (RFA did not renew)
- R Teddy Purcell (Traded at the deadline)
- R Andrew Miller (RFA signed, then kind of loaned, I think he is gone)
In 12 months, Chiarelli offloaded a tidy 30 percent of the roster he inherited. If I had to choose three players he should have kept, I would use one selection on Martin Marincin and pass on the other two (although Teddy Purcell had value, it was right to deal a rental at the deadline).
THE SURVIVORS OF YEAR ONE
- G Laurent Brossoit (Signed and part of the future, NHL or AHL)
- D Oscar Klefbom (If he is healthy, a big part of the solution. Big new contract)
- D Brandon Davidson (Outstanding year, plus a two-year value deal)
- D Mark Fayne (I think he could be gone this spring)
- D Darnell Nurse (Had an uneven season, but survived)
- D Andrew Ference (LTIR likely, he could be bought out if he agrees)
- D Brad Hunt (I think he may be gone this time)
- D Jordan Oesterle (Had a terrific year, a real uptick in performance)
- D Dillon Simpson (Continues his improvement year over year)
- D David Musil (Most reports have him as the best Bakersfield defender this year)
- D Joey Laleggia (Had no problem posting offense in the AHL, needs to progress)
- D Ben Betker (Big man had a good season in the ECHL)
- C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (He did not have a good year, slight chance of trade)
- C Leon Draisaitl (A glorious season. Seriously)
- C Anton Lander (I don’t believe what I just saw)
- C Bogdan Yakimov (I thought he would get NHL time, he got KHL time)
- C Jujhar Khaira (Spiked this season, could have a real future)
- C Kyle Platzer (Showed well, but needs to progress again this coming season)
- L Taylor Hall (82 games played, sublime talent)
- L Benoit Pouliot (A rugged winger with skill, injuries a worry)
- L Matt Hendricks (Had another good year)
- L Luke Gazdic (Sitting here in limbo, waiting for the dice to roll)
- L Ryan Hamilton (Suspect he will not return)
- L Mitch Moroz (Small progress)
- L Kale Kessy (Healthy this year, but less impressive)
- R Jordan Eberle (Injury hurt early, still managed 25 goals)
- R Nail Yakupov (Someone should serve time over his handling)
- R Rob Klinkhammer (Lost his NHL job)
- R Iiro Pakarinen (Had a very good year after an injury start)
- R Tyler Pitlick (RFA, signed and then played well when healthy, no NHL time)
- R Greg Chase (ECHL most of the time, scored well—somewhat unique among prospects)
Edmonton kept 31 men from the list Chiarelli inherited, but there are a lot of players who are clearly outsiders based on usage. I will guess Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference, Brad Hunt, Luke Gazdic, Ryan Hamilton, Rob Klinkhammer, Kale Kessy and Tyler Pitlick are not on the roster by fall (Ference LTIR).
ADDED SINCE PC ARRIVAL
- G Cam Talbot. No. 1 next season.
- G Nick Ellis: I believe he will see a lot of action in Bakersfield.
- G Eetu Laurikainen, AHL backup, he is signed for next year.
- D Andrej Sekera, top 4D, important part of the team.
- D Griffin Reinhart, may spend another year in the minors. Could be dealt.
- D Caleb Jones. The second player signed from the 2015 draft.
- C Connor McDavid, Giant.
- C Mark Letestu, checking NHL C.
- L Patrick Maroon, big winger has been exceptional since arrival.
- L Lauri Korpikoski, Oilers should try to offload him this summer.
- L Jere Sallinen, you can never have too many Finns.
- L Braden Christoffer, rugged winger, matriculating.
- R Zack Kassian, probably part of the future in a top 9F role.
- R Anton Slepyshev, talented winger should push for NHL time.
This doesn’t include the unsigned draft picks. Anyone from this list you believe to me a mistake? If I were given three picks, I would use all of them on Lauri Korpikoski. I am probably in the minority here, but I like the additions overall, and would list Talbot, Sekera, McDavid, Maroon and Kassian as good arrows. No extra credit for McDavid, but he is part of the new procurement.
WOULD YOU RATHER?
I will have Sunil Agnihotri from Copper & Blue plus The SuperFan on today, and plan on giving him a problem to solve. It goes like this: Would you rather see Alex Pietrangelo acquired in a major deal, with Mark Fayne occupying the second pairing (with, say, Brandon Davidson third pair)—or would you rather see two mid-level pickups like Jason Demers and Sami Vatanen?
Ziyat Paigin has been moved to U-25 Team Russia, won't play at 2016 IIHF WC in Moscow #Oilers
— AlessandroSerenRosso (@AlexSerenRosso) April 25, 2016
Long way in one season for EDM's Ziyat Paigin. Last season he was barely a KHL regular, yesterday he leads his team in TOI in a playoff game
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) February 24, 2016
He went 45, 9-19-28 with 4 power-play goals and 88 SOG this year. He played 16 minutes a night, and the KHL site has his contract expiring April 30, 2017. Can Peter Chiarelli get him to North America this summer? If he does, the smart money would be on Paigin to at least begin the year in Bakersfield, possibly play the entire year there. His NHLE (using the Roatis) is 82gp, 13-28-41. If he delivered substantial offense in Bakersfield, it wouldn’t take him long to get here. I have him ranked as the No. 2 prospect heading into the draft, suspect PC has at least thought of getting him over here.
THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART
I would very much like the Oilers to make a trade tomorrow. If Anaheim wins (Stl-Chi is a G7), there will be a clear window between rounds and NHL teams can do business during that time. Of the teams eliminated, does Edmonton match up in terms of trade with any of them? Let’s have a look.
- Minnesota Wild: Jonas Brodin has been mentioned, but I don’t see a fit. Too many questions in regard to this player. I don’t believe the world is so totally black and white that we can say Brodin will never deliver on early promise, but there is no real reason for Edmonton to take a chance on him. Jared Spurgeon would be a fantastic target, doubt he is going anywhere.
- Nashville Predators: Ryan Ellis would be a dynamite add, but why would they trade him? That question applies to damn near every perfect fit in the league. Once the Preds finally solved their center problem, all roads to Ellis were cut off in my opinion.
- Philadelphia Flyers: Radko Gudas shows up in the best bloody places imaginable this past season. No chance the Flyers deal him—their defense is just beginning to recover—but I will list him just in case Ron Hextall tries to do something crazy this summer (Holmgren is still in the building).
- St. Louis Blues: Alex Pietrangelo is signed through 2020 ($6.5 million cap hit) and the Oilers would no doubt be interested if he comes available. The Blues would/should have interest in many Edmonton forwards, with RNH being a top contender based on logic and reason. Maybe the Oilers can get Magnus Paajarvi while they are at it.
Lots of love for John Tavares today and for good reason. That is where Taylor Hall should and will be in my opinion, someday soon. A winner. Absolute winner. Hall needs soon what Tavares has now: A supporting cast. They are both brilliant players, one is finally getting some recognition. The other waits, but it is on the way. Being the best player on a losing team is kind of a drag. Ask Rick Nash.
Radulov, reportedly, may choose to skip the #IIHFWorlds in Moscow, fueling speculation of an imminent NHL comeback.
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) April 25, 2016
Before you say never, Alexander Radulov’s per 82gp boxcars are 25-30-55. I understand the idea there will be lots of competition, but does that competition include a chance to play with McDavid? Ultimate long shot, but this man is a tank with skill. Something to think about.
"Scouts give excessive weight to a player's most recent performance in predicting future performance."https://t.co/XeiPAaBEEp
— Max Giese (@MaxGiese) April 24, 2016
There is a fine line between late spikes representing real progress and small sample sizes derailing a draft. I once spent $34 in a $260 cap league on Tuffy Rhodes because he had a big opening day (we had the auction after one game had been played) but in fairness to me I was just trying to drive up the price. It is true, though. Scouts would probably be better served by ending their looks late in the regular season and disregarding playoffs, Memorial Cup, et cetera. The problem is that many of the Euro kids only get viewed at the tournaments. I believe that is why some teams have had an advantage over others these many years. If multiple viewings in league games is the industry standard for North American kids, why are tournaments good enough for the Euro teenagers? Silly, silly mistake.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
I am on the round table with Dusty and Wil at 9 this morning, so tune in if you can. At 10, Lowdown hits the trail for lottery week with a terrific lineup, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Scott Burnside, ESPN. Brooklyn trumps Manhattan and a Game 7 for the ages tonight as Hawks v Blues.
- Jeff Hauser, Radio Hauser. NFL draft looks crazy already.
- Sunil Agnihotri, Copper & Blue and The SuperFan. We look at draft/trade options and Brandon Davidson.
- Brock Otten, OHL Prospects. Drilling down on the best defensemen in this year’s draft.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.