OILERS NO. 1 PROSPECT (winter 2016) JESSE PULJUJARVI

For the second entry draft in a row, the Edmonton Oilers received a major gift from the hockey Gods. From all we know and read (before and after), Jesse Puljujarvi should be celebrating goals in Columbus and making his general manager look good with fine two-way play. Alas, it was not to be, and the Oilers benefited from a mysterious draft day move. Music!

Each draft evening, I have a bit of a tradition. I prepare the 5pm (or thereabouts) post for the first-round selection of the Edmonton Oilers. I wrote the Connor McDavid item days before the actual selection in 2015, and wrote the Matt Tkachuk post during the afternoon of June 24, 2016. The post (never published) discussed the young man’s skill and rugged style, with a special segment on edgy play—and a note acknowledging foot speed as a concern.

I had it prepared by 4pm local time, a full hour to sip my beer (that’s a lie: Who sips beer?) and enjoy the moment. How long did I have to write the Jesse Puljujarvi post? About five damned minutes!

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PREVIOUSLY NO. 1 ON THE WINTER LIST

  • December 2006: L Viacheslav Trukhno
  • December 2007: C Sam Gagner
  • December 2008: C Riley Nash
  • December 2009: L Magnus Paajarvi
  • December 2010: L Taylor Hall
  • December 2011: C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  • December 2012: R Nail Yakupov
  • December 2013: D Darnell Nurse
  • December 2014: C Leon Draisaitl
  • December 2015: C Connor McDavid

The top spot on the winter list has included some of the best young talent in the game today, peaking a year ago when young Connor McDavid ranked No. 1 in the Prospect Top 20. The list is heavy on centers and wingers, just one defender in the group—I wonder if we see that change one year from now. As you will see, there are a number of defensemen stacked and racked inside this year’s top 10, and perhaps we will see a defenseman taken first round at the entry draft in 2017. Jesse Puljujarvi is a substantial addition to a brilliant list of No. 1 ranked prospects over the last several years.

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WHAT THEY SAID ON DRAFT DAY

  • Corey Pronman: He’s an unbelievable skater for a 6-foot-4 player, having a great top gear and a really fluid stride. He’s not that physically aggressive, but he closes on guys so well that he pressures and wins battles effectively. Puljujarvi shows a high-skill level, a plus shot and high-end hockey IQ. He is constantly around the puck and setting up his teammates.
  • Red Line Report: Big horse looks and plays like a Mats Sundin clone. Has the four S’s: size, skills, skating, shot. Has all the tools to be a dominant power forward who combines top-notch skills with brute force. Terrific size/strength and is impossible to move off the puck — uses wide stance and is hard on his stick. Comes alive whenever the puck is nearby. Wants to make plays. Dynamic skater accelerates in a few strides and has excellent speed. Uses long reach and soft hands to beat “D” off the rush. Dangerous every shift.  Source
  • The Black Book: This very talented Finn brings to the game a rare blend of power, skills and commitment. He is quick for a big kid and is an impressive skater who uses his speed to impact the play in different ways. He can be very effective on the forecheck, leaving defensemen little time to escape pressure.
  • Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst: Puljujarvi is an extremely dangerous player who can be used in any situation, and being 6’3 doesn’t hinder his ability to adapt to a variety of situations; he can play on the power play, kill penalties, take a man out with a hit or cleanly stickhandle in very tight spaces. He owns an excellent shot, only it’s slightly less accurate than the sharpshooting Laine. Puljujarvi’s at his best when he’s got the puck in full flight, but that doesn’t mean he’s rendered useless during the slogging matches. He’s really mature and has a genuine “die hard” mentality. Even more impressive is that he rarely, if ever, gets complacent. Source
  • Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting. “He’s a powerful skater with good speed and balance. He has outstanding hockey sense and reads the play well. He’s a good playmaker with strong puck-handling skills. He can take advantage of 1-on-1 situations with his long reach.” Source

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2016-17

  • Jesse Puljujarvi’s introduction to Oilers nation was a halting interview with Jeff Marek in the moments after the draft. Unfair for the player (and Marek) and of course he was unable to play in the Orientation Camp due to recovery from surgery.
  • The Young Stars tournament gave us a chance to look at JP the player, and here is what I wrote about his game against Vancouver: R Jesse Puljujarvi2-1-3, +3 and five shots. Jesus, Mary and Joseph that second goal was thrilling. He seemed sleepy early, but there was a play in the first period where JP got a pass with some open road and showed off his skating ability—it was fantastic. First goal was kind of a whiff, but goal-scorers tend to find a way. An electric debut. Source
  • And the Golden Bears performance:  Jesse Puljujarvi is such a dynamic player (two assists last night, six shots) at this level (while also being 18) it is easy to suggest he can play in the NHL this season. I don’t believe that is necessarily true, but based on the Oilers own past and this young man’s unique skill set, I feel there is a growing sense that JP has an NHL job to lose this fall. The moment he scores on the PP (The Alvkarleby Assassin!) it may seal the deal. I do think 20 games in the AHL wouldn’t go a-miss, but feel like a man who has fallen in the well and is waiting for Lassie. It is over, in my opinion. Puljujarvi could be as high as 2R but more likely 3R opening night. Source

FALL PROGRESS

  • Todd McLellan, September 27: “He has some work to do. Let’s cut to the chase and be honest, we’d like to think he can pull through and play on our team, but he has some work to do based on tonight’s game. He has a lot of talent, he has to learn timing and space at the NHL level, how to use his body and how to stay in plays. There were a couple times he had the puck and looked dangerous, but he needs to have it a lot more and the people around him have to help him.” Source
  • Todd McLellan, October 27: “I think he took a step forward on consecutive nights (the Heritage Classic game and against the Capitals). Watching two games was a good thing for him because he had to work on his body a bit. He trained and looks stronger, and he’s rested. Source
  • Todd McLellan, November 3: He’s getting better every night, he’s fitting in more and more, feeling comfortable about playing in any situation. I think there’s been real growth in his game, and we’re happy for him. Source

JESSE PULJUJARVI, 2016-17

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.21
  • 5×4 points per 60: 3.72
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 53.61
  • Corsi for 5×5 % REL: 4.6
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 24 shots/4.2
  • Boxcars: 10, 1-2-3
  • (All numbers via Corsica.Hockey, NaturalStatTrick and Hockey-Reference)

Puljujarvi has a lot of nice things in this line, including 2.4 shots per game (about 200 per season, and remember he isn’t playing 18 minutes a night) plus a solid Corsi number. These are early days for him, he is averaging 11:33 a night (9:59 at evens, 1:34 on the power play). He was injured November 5, that could derail or postpone his progress, but he certainly looks like part of the solution. The lingering voice running counter to the great arrows? How much will this mannish boy score?

I am tempted to call him a member of the Mika Zibanejad family, except JP is two inches taller and more of a bull in a china shop. There are similarities, and it is another center used as a comp. Puljujarvi is currently injured, but it has not inhibited his ability to enjoy pizza. This guy will own the whole damn town by the time he is through.

THE FUTURE

Puljujarvi projects as the future No. 1 RW and Jordan Eberle’s eventual replacement on the Connor McDavid line. That could happen later this year—there has been clear progress—but that soft parade line with Leon Draisaitl has served him well. The early returns on Puljujarvi are not as brilliant as those for Patrik Laine, but the range of this young man’s skills is outstanding. I can see him emerging as a complete player, and the idea of JP playing center—mentioned before the draft—makes sense based on his abilities.

THE 2016 DRAFT

  • Jesse Puljujarvi—No. 4 overall. Edmonton has enjoyed two lucky moments in consecutive drafts, and getting Puljujarvi was an enormous stroke of luck. We do not know the totality of his offense, so there is reason to be measured in our enthusiasm. Still, if he can become a 25-goal scorer along with all of the other skills, Edmonton will have another impact player. No. 1 prospect.
  • Tyler Benson—No. 32 overall. Injury made him unable to showcase his talent during training camp, but once back with the Vancouver Giants (WHL) he established himself as a bona fide talent. Benson also has a range of skills, and his offense (14gp, 8-9-17) is improving in draft+1 season. Ranked inside Top 20.
  • Markus Niemelainen—No. 63 overall. Niemelainen is a big (6.05, 200 on draft day) defenseman with speed and raw skills. He has two-way ability but that has not shown itself in Saginaw (OHL) where he has just one point in 13 games this season. Ranked inside Top 20.
  • Matthew Cairns—No. 84 overall. He is another defenseman who has much development ahead, but in this case there appears to be an offensive payoff clearly visible. Now 10gp, 0-2-2 with the Fargo Force, playing time has been an early issue in his new league. He is big and has a nice range of skills.
  • Filip Berglund—No. 91 overall. He is the most interesting defenseman in the group, owing to both range of skills and the fact he is already playing in a pro league (SHL, 12gp, 0-1-1). Has enough finesse to be considered a puck mover, he has good vision and is an excellent passer. A very nice skill set. Ranked inside Top 20. 
  • Dylan Wells—No. 123 overall. Well. There is a temptation to trumpet progress (.926SP this year is a spike of 55 points year over year) but it is simply too soon. Can he manage to bear up under the pressure of playing for a poor team (they appear to be genuinely awful)? He has good size and is athletic, and is clearly playing with confidence. Ranked inside Top 20.
  • Graham McPhee, No. 149 overall. Intriguing selection (Corey Pronman liked him) and I wonder if he is (like Niemelainen and Cairns) something of a draft and follow. His early Boston College numbers (11gp, 0-4-4) are solid, but so much of college hockey numbers depend on playing time. Kind of a mystery at this point. Candidate for Top 20.
  • Aapeli Rasanen, No. 153 overall.  As is the case with Wells, we must resist overreacting to a strong start (USHL numbers—10gp, 3-8-11). A true center, he is an excellent passer who can finish, plays in all disciplines and is a fine face-off man. An impressive group of skills for so late in the draft, he is described as having average foot speed. Inside the Top 20.
  • Vincent Desharnais, No. 183 overall. Steve Kournianos (via the Lowdown): Very big, skates awkward but makes good first pass. Not physical, no way on the PP. Best thing he does is stand people up, use long stick to jar puck loose during board play. Doesn’t have Paigin’s shot/skill.

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  1. mujidog says:

    Very happy that Jesse Puljujarvi is an Oiler. So versatile. Has the potential to become a very interesting player. I think about Hossa: not so much in terms of what he will become (Hossa’s a frigging future HOF’er after all), but moreso in terms of being a player who excels at many things.

    Also HAPPY that he fell to us and forced us to NOT draft Sergachev/Dubious/Tkachuk/Juolevi/etc. It’s fun to geek out and track prospects as they develop, but I’m glad we won’t have to deal with “Should we have drafted Juolevi instead of Sergachev?” type pieces for the next 5 years. Even if Puljujarvi doesn’t reach his potential, drafting him was the RIGHT thing to do. This will not be debated.

  2. Lowetide says:

    mujidog:
    Very happy that Jesse Puljujarvi is an Oiler. So versatile. Has the potential to become a very interesting player. I think about Hossa: not so much in terms of what he will become (Hossa’s a frigging future HOF’er after all), but moreso in terms of being a player who excels at many things.

    Also HAPPY that he fell to us and forced us to NOT draft Sergachev/Dubious/Tkachuk/Juolevi/etc. It’s fun to geek out and track prospects as they develop, but I’m glad we won’t have to deal with “Should we have drafted Juolevi instead of Sergachev?” type pieces for the next 5 years. Even if Puljujarvi doesn’t reach his potential, drafting him was the RIGHT thing to do. This will not be debated.

    You make a great point. I was in trouble either way, as after the draft various rumors had Edmonton taking Sergachev.

  3. mujidog says:

    Lowetide,

    Definitely sounds like they had decided on Sergachev, tried to trade down a few spots, and then decided to stand pat for whatever reason (couldn’t make a trade or found out about Puljujarvi).

    It shouldn’t matter, but even the thought that we were prepared to take at no.4 the player who ended up at no.9 stresses me out! 🙂

  4. OilClog says:

    if you were to move him to the middle, would 29 become 2C, with 93 becoming 1RW.. 97 and 93 seem like the dream match to me.

    who’s his wings? don’t think 27 wants to play that roll, 67 has been used in the toughs, so 19 and 15?

    whatever they do, how do any of the before weekend injury list replace 51, let alone 15.

  5. Centre of attention says:

    mujidog:
    Lowetide,

    Definitely sounds like they had decided on Sergachev, tried to trade down a few spots, and then decided to stand pat for whatever reason (couldn’t make a trade or found out about Puljujarvi).

    It shouldn’t matter, but even the thought that we were prepared to take at no.4 the player who ended up at no.9 stresses me out!

    Peter hinted that he found out who Columbus was picking when talking with other GM’s about trading down. When he knew Columbus was grabbing Dubois, he decided to stand pat.

    That’s the official rumor, at least. And Peter kind of said something similar in his post draft availability.

  6. Centre of attention says:

    https://twitter.com/TheStanchion/status/795787536207515648

    So they managed to capture 5 Canucks, including the goalie “also in photo”.

    Did the Oilers ever have a moment like this? This surely rivals the nadir’s nadir of the last 10 Oiler years. Usually it was just “Smid back door” or “Schultz, OFFICE!”. It’s really hard to get 5 guys (including the goalie) completely removed from the play. Usually at least 1 guy is making a legitimate attempt.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention:
    https://twitter.com/TheStanchion/status/795787536207515648

    So they managed to capture 5 Canucks, including the goalie “also in photo”.

    Did the Oilers ever have a moment like this? This surely rivals the nadir’s nadir of the last 10 Oiler years. Usually it was just “Smid back door” or “Schultz, OFFICE!”. It’s really hard to get 5 guys (including the goalie) completely removed from the play. Usually at least 1 guy is making a legitimate attempt.

    Kind of looks like the Temptations

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqB50JG2aIE

  8. Professor Q says:

    I know it’s old now, but I still can’t believe how many people are defending Kadri’s hit as perfectly clean and not even close to being a headshot.

  9. Professor Q says:

    Regarding Puljujärvi, I really hope he recovers quickly from this Charley horse and can keep improving. Loving what I’m seeing so far.

    I know Young McDavid wanted Jagr and Lucic as his prototypical wingers, but I think Maroon and Hossa (Puljujärvi) can do the trick!

  10. jp says:

    Professor Q:
    I know it’s old now, but I still can’t believe how many people are defending Kadri’s hit as perfectly clean and not even close to being a headshot.

    But it was a headshot. Weird.

    It’s like the American election.

  11. Lowetide says:

    Professor Q:
    I know it’s old now, but I still can’t believe how many people are defending Kadri’s hit as perfectly clean and not even close to being a headshot.

    Looked like a clear head shot.

  12. Chachi says:

    Lowetide: Kind of looks like the Temptations

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqB50JG2aIE

    I like the way the Canucks do the things they do these days.

  13. Lowetide says:

    Chachi: I like the way the Canucks do the things they do these days.

    Haha! I Wish it would rain on them—oh wait, it already has!

  14. Jethro Tull says:

    Centre of attention:
    https://twitter.com/TheStanchion/status/795787536207515648

    So they managed to capture 5 Canucks, including the goalie “also in photo”.

    Did the Oilers ever have a moment like this? This surely rivals the nadir’s nadir of the last 10 Oiler years. Usually it was just “Smid back door” or “Schultz, OFFICE!”. It’s really hard to get 5 guys (including the goalie) completely removed from the play. Usually at least 1 guy is making a legitimate attempt.

    No wonder they suck. Their ‘flying V’ is terrible. Mr. Ducksworth will not be happy.

  15. Ducey says:

    Remember way back when we used to start focusing on prospects because the Oilers were already out of it?

  16. Lowetide says:

    Ducey:
    Remember way back when we used to start focusing on prospects because the Oilers were already out of it?

    The first time I wrote about the 2016 draft last year? November 8, 2015, a year from tomorrow
    http://lowetide.ca/2015/11/08/g15-2015-16-oilers-at-blackhawks/

  17. Todd Macallan says:

    Wonder if any Canuck blogs will be discussing the draft tomorrow?

  18. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide,

    CANUCKS TWITTER: HERE COMES THE BOOM! TRYAMKIN FTW!
    CANUCKS TWITTER: 7-2 islanders

  19. Chachi says:

    Lowetide: Haha! I Wish it would rain on them—oh wait, it already has!

    Ha! They ain’t too proud to beg for an umbrella are they?

  20. Lowetide says:

    I am worried Vancouver may not be able to come back against the Islanders here.

  21. Lowetide says:

    Chachi: Ha! They ain’t too proud to beg for an umbrella are they?

    There was a rumor their papa was a rolling stone, you know.

  22. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide: The first time I wrote about the 2016 draft last year? November 8, 2015, a year from tomorrow
    http://lowetide.ca/2015/11/08/g15-2015-16-oilers-at-blackhawks/

    Man, you and WoodGuy spent like half that thread defending Talbot.

    My, how times change. 🙂

  23. Todd Macallan says:

    (I Know) I’m Losing You – by the Temptations, and also by the Canucks

  24. Chachi says:

    Lowetide: There was a rumor their papa was a rolling stone,you know.

    That was just their imagination running away from them, like this season is.

  25. Aron_S says:

    LT, on a quiet night in the NHL, I thought I’d pass along that I’ve been trying to heed your advice about enjoying the Great Turn North. Thanks for trying to get those of us who’ve been conditioned to losing (and holding our sphincters every time the team has a lead going into the third period) to loosen up and enjoy the game.

    For too long, I’ve had to find other things to enjoy about the Oilers (Draisatl and Hall’s chem last year, Nuge’s development before that, cheering for prospects, etc.), but I no longer find myself beat down by the losing. I used to reach for the remote on the PVR’d games every time the Oilers would give up a lead to their opponent because they almost never came back and I had better things to do. And now? I’ve finally been able to relax a little bit. The Buffalo loss was so much like last year, but on this road trip they’ve been in every game and at least had a chance to win. In conjunction with your kick in the pants to your readers and listeners to enjoy this time of the year, I wanted to give you credit for helping push me over the edge of optimism.

    I mention this because of the talk of how last year you’d already made your first draft post on November 8th, and I almost miss a post like that, but if it comes at the expense of the Oilers winning, I’ll take the Oilers winning any day.

    I keep asking friends and family what their line in the sand is for enjoying the games and trusting the Oilers won’t let the season get away from them, and the common refrain is “If they can avoid injury” and “40 games.” I’m setting the bar at 20 games or end of November myself, but this road trip is making me a believer.

    And with all of that, they’ll probably lose 4-1 to the Penguins tomorrow. Goilers!

  26. Jethro Tull says:

    OMG, color commentator on the WHL – Russia game sounds like Peter Griffin.

  27. flyfish1168 says:

    Centre of attention:
    https://twitter.com/TheStanchion/status/795787536207515648

    So they managed to capture 5 Canucks, including the goalie “also in photo”.

    Did the Oilers ever have a moment like this? This surely rivals the nadir’s nadir of the last 10 Oiler years. Usually it was just “Smid back door” or “Schultz, OFFICE!”. It’s really hard to get 5 guys (including the goalie) completely removed from the play. Usually at least 1 guy is making a legitimate attempt.

    I like to see this on the phlegms to

  28. Lowetide says:

    Aron_S: Great post. And the good thing about tomorrow night’s game is that it is not life and death. Oilers bought themselves some breathing room. Arizona has none left, that was us in previous years.

  29. russ99 says:

    Got my orange alternate #4 Kris Russell jersey today and I ironed on the Rogers Place inaugural season patch.

    It looks quite spiffy indeed. 🙂

  30. Pescador says:

    I swear the Oilers winning so far this year is just that much sweeter thanks to the struggles of Calgary & Vancouver. I’m enjoying th shit out of this season so far.
    Hey Lowetide,
    I want to apologize for my comments a week or so ago. I heard you on the Monday morning round table defending Pouliot after his early rash of Ozone penalties. I said some really stupid things about the guy you were debating with just because I didn’t agree with his perspective.
    I never stopped to think that it was a colleague of yours I was bad mouthing. I called Lt Eric an Fing idiot. The worst part is it wasn’t even him you were debating. I have felt pretty foolish about it for a few days now, it was poor form & will not happen again. Please forgive my actions.
    Not long ago you posted: ” I would like to caution you all against making sweeping statements ”
    That is crazy good advice & I thank you for it.

  31. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Aron_S: Great post. And the good thing about tomorrow night’s game is that it is not life and death. Oilers bought themselves some breathing room. Arizona has none left, that was us in previous years.

    Is this the year we finally beat Tippets mighty* Yotes in regulation?

    *Don’t they have some ridiculously favorable record against us too over the last half decade?

  32. Lowetide says:

    Pescador:
    I swear the Oilers winning so far this year is just that much sweeter thanks to the struggles of Calgary & Vancouver. I’m enjoying th shit out of this season so far.
    Hey Lowetide,
    I want to apologize for my comments a week or so ago. I heard you on the Monday morning round table defending Pouliot after his early rash of Ozone penalties. I said some really stupid things about the guy you were debating with just because I didn’t agree with his perspective.
    I never stopped to think that it was a colleague of yours I was bad mouthing. I called Lt Eric an Fing idiot. The worst part is it wasn’t even him you were debating. I have felt pretty foolish about it for a few days now, it was poor form & will not happen again.Please forgive my actions.
    Not long ago you posted: ” I would like to caution you all against making sweeping statements ”
    That is crazy good advice & I thank you for it.

    I appreciate those words, and can tell you I have been there, many times. No worries at all. I have to say it is a sign of your character that you wrote this, though. Well done, sir, you have shown the rest of us something about being a man.

  33. Centre of attention says:

    Fun fact: Cam Talbot has seen 374 shots against and made 346 saves this season. That is good for best in the NHL and over 50 more saves than the next guy on the list, Marc Andre Fleury who we happen to verse tomorrow.

    Talbot has seen 50 more shots than Fluery but allowed 2 less goals.

    The Oilers *might* have a chance, if Talbot is his usual wonderful self.

  34. Cahoon says:

    LT, when do you post about our potential targets in the 2017 draft? We gotta figure out what is available for us in the late parts of the first round! 🙂

  35. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    So, is there anyone on the Canucks roster or prospect list we may be interested in acquiring in the upcoming fire sale?

    Thoughts?

    I do so love to watch me a good Canucks crumble! Would dearly love to see a similar scale Flameout!

  36. Eastern Oil says:

    Lowetide: I appreciate those words, and can tell you I have been there, many times. No worries at all. I have to say it is a sign of your character that you wrote this, though. Well done, sir, you have shown the rest of us something about being a man.

    He showed me that if you’re going to call someone a f’ing idiot, be sure you have the right guy!

    Kidding of course, mighty big of you Pescador, well said.

  37. T0ML says:

    Off topic, but was the Hunter Death March 2015-16 winner announced???

  38. Lowetide says:

    Cahoon:
    LT, when do you post about our potential targets in the 2017 draft? We gotta figure out what is available for us in the late parts of the first round! 🙂

    Haha. Honestly, this is the first season in YEARS I haven’t thought about the draft. Pronman and Luedeke must think I hate them. 🙂

  39. N64 says:

    Lowetide: Haha. Honestly, this is the first season in YEARS I haven’t thought about the draft. Pronman and Luedeke must think I hate them.

    Oh they’re both way too busy with their Van and Cgy guest gigs to remember you this time of year.

    Without a lock on a lottery pick this year it’s back of the line for you, Pal

  40. oilersfan says:

    I wonder if the Canucks would be desperate/full rebuild enough to trade Tanev for the Oilers’ first round pick.

    Problem is, it will probably be around 27-30th 🙂

  41. Melvis says:

    On any given day, anybody can beat anybody. So it is on any given Tuesday in November. That said, I’m not buying into anything called “scheduled loss”.

    If McD decides he’s got something to prove against Crosby and the current cup owners – and if 22 men follow in his wake with a fire up their respective asses for all of 60 minutes…then we’re going home with at least a Bettman point.

  42. Zelepukin says:

    Melvis:
    On any given day, anybody can beat anybody. So it is on any given Tuesday in November. That said, I’mnot buying into anything called “scheduled loss”.

    If McD decides he’s got something to prove against Crosby and the current cup owners – and if 22 men follow in his wake with a fire up their respective asses for all of 60 minutes…then we’re going home with at least a Bettman point.

    I’m looking forward to some grade A Jultzing.

  43. Confused says:

    Currently watching WHL versus Russia

    Go Tyler!

    Great to see people are more upbeat

  44. JustWatt says:

    Centre of attention: Is this the year we finally beat Tippets mighty* Yotes in regulation?

    *Don’t they have some ridiculously favorable record against us too over the last half decade?

    I sure hope so! I live in Louisville but I’m driving to Phoenix the week of American Thanksgiving to visit family on my school break, and wouldn’t you know it, the Oil are in town and my brother just secured sixth row seats. The stars have aligned so perfectly for me to this point, I hope they go “Full McCurdy”* for me and the Oil whip those bedeviled desert dogs like the lions they are!

    *shout out to our favorite star-gazing friend

  45. dangilitis says:

    Sorry for the aside

    Of goalies being let down by their teams thus far, Dubnyk/Bobrovsky (0.951/0.947 with records of 5-3-1, vs. Price at 7-0-0 with 0.952) and Howard (0.965 with 2-2-0 record) would have to top the list.

  46. Pescador says:

    JustWatt: I sure hope so! I live in Louisville but I’m driving to Phoenix the week of American Thanksgiving to visit family on my school break, and wouldn’t you know it, the Oil are in town and my brother just secured sixth row seats. The stars have aligned so perfectly for me to this point, I hope they go “Full McCurdy”* for me and the Oil whip those bedeviled desert dogs like the lions they are!

    *shout out to our favorite star-gazing friend

    You gotta be good to be lucky comes to mind.
    Enjoy the kyote beatdown & the cheap beers!

  47. LOObird says:

    This is the most positive comment thread I’ve ever read through on this blog.

    I guess winning will do that to you.

  48. GCW_69 says:

    Pierre Maguire on TSN 1050 this morning.

    Nailor asks him what it means with Leafs being tied for first in corsi for, but 28th in corsi against.

    McGuire answer, “Nothing” then hours on prolonged rant about Paille and Campbell from Bruins cup run and then about corsi not being able to measure defensive systems like bend but don’t break (which really isn’t a system, I don’t think. It’s a potential outcome, but not a system).

    Nailor then asks about Leafs averaging 34.5 shots per game.

    McGuire then rants about how valuable that stat is in the regular season because you play different teams and how that means something.

    Please let Maguire get a GM job and then Chiarelli should call him every single day.

  49. PhrankLee says:

    This isn’t the first time in 10 years we contemplate mid season deployment and not the draft.

    But it’s the only one I have been given reasons enough to believe.

    Key tonight is establish a lead and hang on. Pens are an elite closing squad. 3rd period juggernaut.

  50. Ryan says:

    GCW_69,

    Good stuff.

    Funny to think about how far reaching Tim Barnes and a few other nerdy Oilers fans influence has become.

    Reading an article in USA today and the author references team Corsi (without explaining the term completely) while also alluding to PDO.

    https://www.google.ca/amp/amp.usatoday.com/story/93426694/?client=safari

  51. khildahl says:

    GCW_69,

    Who has the most tradeable thighs?

  52. square_wheels says:

    Ryan,

    USA today always impresses me with their hockey coverage, very progressive for years now.

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