CALLED TO THE SHOW

The Edmonton Oilers called up Jujhar Khaira and Laurent Brossoit from Bakersfield today, with Anton Lander plus Jonas Gustavsson going the other way. One day, when I am rich enough to write books, I am going to take a transaction day like this one and write stories surrounding them. It’s like that song by the Guess Who (Orly) about planes going up and down. Jujhar Khaira gets to call his Dad tonight, and that must be cool. Jonas Gustavsson and Anton Lander have to uproot their lives and move on down the line, for a time or a long time, or forever. The humanity in a transaction line is compelling.

THE DISTANT BELLS, CALLUPS AND DREAMERS

Every summer I put together the RE list, and the real challenge is finding the fringe types and callups. The recall of JJ Khaira today (and Brossoit, who was also in my RE) means there are just three names from my list to be recalled (for me to have nailed it). Iiro Pakarinen (injured), Joey Laleggia (position change) and Jere Sallinen (remains a distant bell) are the ones I picked, and we live with our inability to read the future.

Surprise performances so far, based on my RE, are Anton Slepyshev, Tyler Pitlick, Drake Caggiula and Anton Lander. Jesse Puljujarvi’s story is not yet written, and Nail Yakupov continues his journey in another town. Let’s have a look at the two new players.

KHAIRA

Khaira’s offensive progression in the AHL is obvious, and his shots per game during the entry-level contract also reflects it.

  • 2014-15: 73 shots in 51 games (1.43 shots per game)
  • 2015-16: 96 shots in 49 games (1.96 shots per game)
  • 2016-17: 60 shots in 24 games (2.5 shots per game)

His points-per-game progression (.196, .551, .750) in the AHL suggests we are looking at a player who is NHL-ready in this area. The other elements of his game have been there for awhile, so this is a player who could be here for years—or lost in the expansion draft this summer. In the fall, I ranked Khaira No. 9 on the Oilers Top 20, and posted the following:

  • Khaira could be a value contract for years in Edmonton, and is under control for many years to come. His surge offensively last season (and early this) is even more encouraging, as Edmonton needs secondary scoring on the depth lines. We are not certain that he will be a center or winger, and we don’t know if he will play much or at all this year in the NHL. He is right on the edge of beginning his NHL career but remains in the minors, and the Oilers drafted and developed him. Those are two facts are breaking news. Source

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BROSSOIT

I ranked Brossoit No. 12 on the Winter Top 20, and one of the reasons was his consistency in the AHL:

  • Age 20 (2013-14) 10GP, 3.99 .876
  • Age 21 (2014-15) 53GP, 2.56 .918
  • Age 22 (2015-16) 31GP, 2.66 .920
  • Age 23 (2016-17) 9GP, 2.59 .920 (at that time)

Since then, his save percentage has blown up (21gp, 2.67 .908) while his goals-against average has barely budged. He got crushed a couple of nights around Christmas, if you take those three games out (Dec. 20, 21 and 26) his save percentage for the year is .922 (if my ciphering is correct).

You will read about this being a poor move, but for me this is about right. Laurent Brossoit is not an elite prospect, but he is a good one and has shown consistency over several AHL seasons. When I wrote his RE this fall, I said:

  • My suspicion is that the Edmonton Oilers like Laurent Brossoit as their backup goalie in 2017-18, and that the club may consider calling him up at some point this season. Edmonton has not chosen a goalie inside the top 100 overall in any of the seasons since Brossoit was acquired, and other goalie prospects in the system have their starts scheduled around down time for him. Unless I have badly misread the situation, Nick Ellis is the first potential rival for the No. 1 goalie spot since Brossoit became an Oiler. They like LB, and I bet you money at least one manager is wondering why he isn’t the backup this season. I wonder a little, too. Source

I will give you my opinion on the Lander demotion tomorrow morning, 8:30.

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46 Responses to "CALLED TO THE SHOW"

  1. New Improved Darkness says:

    Ask Google calculator: 1 ft / 1 beard second

    60 960 000

    You know you’ve been waiting a loooong time for your shot, when the number contains “96”.

  2. norm_klassen says:

    TSN says the oilers are in a buying position at the trade deadline. But i think drafting younger player’s wold be better in the long run.

    I dont think the oilers are thinking short term even if they have the longest playoff drought

  3. N64 says:

    New Improved Darkness:
    Ask Google calculator: 1 ft / 1 beard second

    60 960 000

    You know you’ve been waiting a loooong time for your shot, when the number contains “96”.

    That number looks half familiar. Or more precisely half that number looks familiar. Dedarkened:

    2 ft / 1 cm

    60.960000

    So they used 5 nm for a beard second. Intel still can’t fab that.

  4. Lowetide says:

    norm_klassen:
    TSN says the oilers are in a buying position at the trade deadline. But i think drafting younger player’s wold be better in the long run.

    I dont think the oilers are thinking short term even if they have the longest playoff drought

    I think Chiarelli is still building, so agree they are going to have most of their draft picks. Depending on the deadline adds, I could see dealing the first for two seconds.

  5. norm_klassen says:

    Lowetide,

    Thats smart get a pipeline of talent coming back! Not like 2007 when they traded two seconds for a first that didn’t want to play here.

  6. Centre of attention says:

    “The Oilers are believed to have recently put in waiver claims on both Ty Rattie and Matt Nieto”
    via: http://www.tsn.ca/tradecentre-primer-examining-canada-s-nhl-teams-1.648332

    I definitely think Peter wants to add a winger. Later on they say that Edmonton is still hunting for Schultz’s replacement too, a RHD who can help on the power play. (Seravalli mentions Benning may fill this roll)

  7. fifthcartel says:

    Centre of attention,

    This is pretty encouraging. Both are somewhat skilled and not huge players.

  8. stevezie says:

    Lander’s ahl stats this year continue to inspire faith, against all experience.

  9. square_wheels says:

    stevezie,

    the one aspect of Landers game that doesnt get recognized enough is his ability to piss the other team off

  10. Pretendergast says:

    Lander demoted because Jesse can understand/play with him better?

  11. Bag of Pucks says:

    Taylor Hall saying all the right things coming back. Keeping it classy San Diego.

  12. stevezie says:

    square_wheels,

    He’s a master of a lot of little things, it’s the big things he ha problems with.

    He seems to be real good at those big things at the ahl level- almost a goal a game this year. I’d bet on him long term.

    Not sure which season or team, though.

  13. dustrock says:

    Pretendergast:
    Lander demoted because Jesse can understand/play with him better?

    Do Lander and Puljujarvi share a language in common?

    Otherwise this continues to be an evaluation year. They want to make a decision I think between Lander and Khaira for next season.

    Caligula obviously promised he’d play in the bigs unless there was a huge problem. Still not sure why they couldn’t put him on wing but oh well.

  14. Bag of Pucks says:

    Now that we’re 5 years out, does Schiefele go #1OV in a 2011 redraft?

  15. Picturesque says:

    dustrock: Do Lander and Puljujarvi share a language in common?

    Otherwise this continues to be an evaluation year.They want to make a decisionI think between Lander and Khaira for next season.

    Caligula obviously promised he’d play in the bigs unless there was a huge problem. Still not sure why they couldn’t put him on wing but oh well.

    I’m only guessing here, but I do remember that Jesse was born in Sweden, so it’s possible his roots there also includes learning the language (that Lander speaks).

  16. Professor Q says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Now that we’re 5 years out, does Schiefele go #1OV in a 2011 redraft?

    No.

  17. Centre of attention says:

    Well if San Jose is going to run away with the division I hope they pound the piss out of the Flames tonight.

    It would be a damn shame if oh, say one of those Brent Burns slap-shots sailed up and beaned Giordano somewhere tender wouldn’t it? Heh.

  18. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention: pound the piss out of the Flames

    They’re off to a good start. They made a mistake on the lineup card, and had a defender (Mueller?) listed as ineligible so they’ll play the game with 5. They also have a rookie defenseman in the lineup.

    https://streamable.com/g7ahw

    Stream: http://www.gentistream.com/hd4.php

  19. Centre of attention says:

    JDï™,

    Thanks, good sir!

    Go Sharks Go! *spits*

  20. Professor Q says:

    JDï™,

    How does that even happen?

  21. oscarmike says:

    Oilers line up in a few years

    Maroon-Mcdavid-Drai
    Drake-Nuge-Puljujarvi
    Lucic-Benson-Pitlick

    Klef-Larsson
    Nurse-Benning
    Jones-Bear.
    Sekera

  22. Centre of attention says:

    Ughhhhh

    Sharks playing their back up and of course he looks human.

  23. Centre of attention says:

    oscarmike,

    Benson is a LW.

  24. oscarmike says:

    Centre of attention,

    This is the Oilers where wingers play center and center plays wing. Lol

  25. JDï™ says:

    Professor Q:
    JDï™,

    How does that even happen?

    I think that somebody else took the warmup to see if they could go, and they couldn’t so a sub was made. Coaches forgot to change the card.

  26. Centre of attention says:

    oscarmike:
    Centre of attention,

    This is the Oilers where wingers play center and center plays wing. Lol

    Touche’

  27. JDï™ says:

    Some good things in Gregor’s latest piece at ON. Chief among them:

    Davidson skated with Larsson, while Oscar Klefbom was with Matt Benning and Andrej Sekera and Kris Russell were reunited. It looks like those will be the pairs tomorrow night versus New Jersey.

    Davey talks about being ill lately, and indicates he might be a little ticked at the cheap shot that put him out of the lineup.

  28. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention: Go Sharks Go! *spits*

    Looks like Ferland isn’t returning – out with the old LBI. Probably a concussion.

  29. Centre of attention says:

    JDï™: Looks like Ferland isn’t returning – out with the old LBI. Probably a concussion.

    Well the dumb stupid Flames won. Because of course they did.

  30. Gret99zky says:

    Centre of attention: Well the dumb stupid Flames won. Because of course they did.

    They are so going to pass us. Because of course they will.

  31. Centre of attention says:

    Gret99zky,

    They are going to trade Wideman for Trouba and laugh in our faces, aren’t they? Because of course they will.

    I mean we are dying for RW depth and Versteeg literally walked out of Oilers training camp into a Flames sweater.

    You can’t make this shit up.

  32. treevojo says:

    Centre of attention: Well the dumb stupid Flames won. Because of course they did.

    You have it all wrong.

    We should be happy with that result.

    We want to win the pacific.

    I don’t worry about Calgary.

  33. Gret99zky says:

    treevojo: You have it all wrong.

    We should be happy with that result.

    We want to win the pacific.

    I don’t worry about Calgary.

    Hmmm.

    Last 20 games:

    Oilers 9-6-5
    Flames 13-6-1

  34. treevojo says:

    Gret99zky: Hmmm.

    Last 20 games:

    Oilers9-6-5
    Flames13-6-1

    Worrying about a team catching you instead of passing the teams ahead of you is loser talk.

    Edm vs cgy.

    2-0

    12-7

    Fuck the the flames.

    I will worry about them when they beat us head to head.

  35. Georges says:

    – CBJ waiving McElhinney suggests the new Torts may still have a little bit of the old Torts’ rashness. McElhinney was playing better than the defense in front of him. That’s what you want from your goaltender. One bad outing and he’s finished. More pressure on Bobrovsky’s groin.

    – The crazy thing about Gus is not how bad he was, it was how good our defense was in front of him, much better than it usually is in front of Talbot. Maybe it was score effects, maybe being deathly afraid of allowing a shot sharpens everyone’s coverage and awareness. We allowed almost 3 fewer high danger chances against Gus than against Talbot. Because Gus let everything in, it looked like our defense was crap. It was actually pretty good.

    – I wish JJ and Slep lots of luck. Forwards trying to break into the league on limited playing time are basically prey for established players. The new guys can play like they hope that nothing bad happens or that something good happens. Go for the latter. You’re not likely to stick but that’s the only way you’ll stick.

  36. Georges says:

    Gret99zky: Hmmm.

    Last 20 games:

    Oilers9-6-5
    Flames13-6-1

    Whenever you compare records, look at the middle number. Those are the games in which the team didn’t get a point. If the numbers are the same, then, usually, teams aren’t that far apart on points earned. In this case, Calgary’s impressive looking record pulled them 4 points closer to the Oilers. The Flames are an OK team. So is practically everyone else in the West. Including us. Almost everyone’s got a shot. If we knew how it’s going to turn out, we wouldn’t watch.

  37. Gret99zky says:

    If the Devils win tonight and lose to the Flames Friday.

    And the Flames win the battle of Alberta on Tabernac Saturday…well, worry might seep in.

    But, at the heart of it, TreeVJ’s right, “Fuck the Flames!”

    Edit: Oh, and the Canucks.

  38. Gino says:

    Georges,

    Good comment’s

  39. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    The fawning over Versteeg is showing eery similarities to the Marincin love from years past. Don’t quite get it myself but whatever

    Georges,

    Excellent post! I had a similar comment re: Columbus on yesterday’s morning thread, really curious to see if Columbus can stay somewhat hot now that the run is over or if they regress to the meat in one fell swoop.

  40. Aitch says:

    LT, When you mention Lander as a surprise, do you mean in a good or bad way? Personally, I find it hard to look at his projected points as a good surprise on the day he was sent down, especially with such a small number to work with. One lucky point (or lack thereof) can drastically change a projection.

    Right now, Lander looks like the perfect player to move out at the deadline to a team that is mailing it in. You know he can play at the NHL level and not bleed points. And teams would’ve seen him have a decent run offensively in the past when put into a position to succeed (both with Todd Nelson’s Oilers and with Team Sweden at the worlds).

  41. frjohnk says:

    SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!: The fawning over Versteeg is showing eery similarities to the Marincin love from years past. Don’t quite get it myself but whatever

    I think its more of a whatever we do, the Flames get it done/better/easier

    We need a Dman, Flames need a Dman.
    We offer a package of magic beans for a young Dman, Flames offer a similar ( if not lesser) package of magic beans for same Dman and win the bid.

    We have weak RW depth, the Flames have weak RW depth,
    we invite Kris Versteeg to a PTO, Flames end up scooping him up.

    18 points in 32 games in pretty decent. Versteeg would have been a solid option for the mid six and a nice stop gap for JP this year.

  42. Professor Q says:

    How did Tkatchuk manage to only get an interference penalty on that stick play with Burns?

    Oilers player gets called for “Holding the Stick”…when that was the very definition of such a penalty.

  43. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    frjohnk,

    I think thats true to a point

    1) How’s that unbelievable goalie signing working out for Calgary this year?
    2) How about that really high draft pick centre that has barf less points that EBERLE of all people, never mind that Bennett kid who’s on the same path as RNH it seems, I bet he never cracks 50 points

    Calgary stole Hamilton, I agree wholeheartedly here but its really tough to give them praise when it was more Neely deciding that Chia revenge was more important.

    I don’t hold any specific grudge, nor do I give any praise whatsoever to Cowtown. They are a young team, with some holes around the roster, a few underperforming apples and one or two big contracts that will act as anchors.

  44. frjohnk says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    1.They are extremely lucky they signed Johnson as backup and he is doing a fantastic job. Elliott is doing a great reenactment of Scrivens. (Trade draft pick then sign and goalie face plants)
    Imagine if they signed Gus and we got Johnson?

    2. I always thought Monahan was boosted by playing with two very good Dmen , Gaudreau and a high shooting %. He has not had a good season. I see him as a 1/2 center.

    Draisaitl has passed him like a house on the side of the road.

  45. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    frjohnk,

    I like it when we agree!

  46. oscarmike says:

    How does anyone expect Pete to get fair trade
    value trading Nuge or Eberle when the Oilers
    have to drop salary to sign Drai and Mcd?

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