THE 50

We are now in that strange area between the end of the 2016-17 season and the beginning of the new hockey year. It’s kind of like that moment in time when the jet you’re on is in limbo between being in the air and arriving back on land. We’re braced, we’re hopeful, we’re not quite at the point where we can stand up and grab our luggage in order to head through customs.

This is a perfect time to re-visit the expiring 50-man list, and look forward to players who have been added to the fall 50-man (there are a few men in limbo on that flight with us).

2016-17 50-MAN REMNANTS AND CARRY OVERS

  1. G Cam Talbot, $4.167 times 2 (UFA 2019). An outstanding season and finally stability in a vital position. Talbot was either the MVP or runner-up this season.
  2. G Laurent Brossoit, $750,000 times 1 (RFA 2018, arb eligible). I think we’re at a point where the Oilers will probably give him a shot to win the backup job without bringing in an outside goalie to push him. Probably Brossoit’s job until the deadline.
  3. G Jonas Gustavsson (UFA 2019). He was poor in the NHL and uninspired in the AHL and he has signed in Sweden for next season. It was not a successful bet.
  4. G Nick Ellis, $925,000 times 1 (RFA 2018). He gives the pro depth chart some impressive (if unproven) depth for the first time since Dubnyk-Deslauriers.
  5. G Eetu Laurikainen  (RFA 2017). He disappeared mid-winter and we haven’t heard a blasted thing about him.
  6. **G Shane Starrett, $817,500 times 2 (RFA 2019)**. New addition for 2017-18, his resume from Air Force looks excellent. A .925SP there is not quite what Nick Ellis posted in his final year in college (.936) but Starrett has been more consistent during his career.
  7. LD Oscar Klefbom, $4.167M times 6 (UFA 2023). He blossomed in all areas this season, and his contract now lookis like a truly impressive value moving forward. He played over 22 minutes a night and posted 12 goals and 38 points.
  8. LD Andrej Sekera, $5.5M times 4 (UFA 2021). He played 21:29 per night this season, delivering 35 points and quality play. Sekera’s importance to the team was obvious during his absence in the final days of the season.
  9. LD Darnell Nurse, $863,333 times 1 (RFA 2018). Natural talent has Oilers fans divided on where he’ll land on the depth chart in the coming months. Third pair makes sense next season, perhaps he can push up after playing 200 NHL games. If Nurse plays third pairing through the negotiation of his second contract, that may bode well for negotiation on the Edmonton side.
  10. LD Griffin Reinhart, (RFA 2018). Reinhart made $863,333 base this season, but the cap bonus was a drag on his recallability. I think he is a lock for expansion Las Vegas, but if he makes it through a reasonable one-way contract and 7D in Edmonton is almost certain.
  11. LD Andrew Ference (UFA 2018). His contract satisfied, Mr. Ference is free to roam the earth as a normal human being. Some of us will remember his work with the Boston Bruins 2010-11 fondly.
  12. LD Jordan Oesterle (UFA 2017). He made $585,000 this past season and will get a big raise from the team signing him. Will it be Edmonton? I’m not certain, but will guess the organization would like to bring him back in for another year.
  13. LD Dillon Simpson, (RFA 2017). He has a reasonable NHL salary ($836,667) and should be an easy signing despite arbitration rights. Simpson played his first NHL games this season and is probably a callup option for next year.
  14. LD Ben Betker, $683,333 (RFA 2018). Massive human with reasonable mobility, these kinds of players are hard to track. We’ll know progress next summer when the club will need to re-sign him. He has played in 54 ECHL and 44 AHL games in his first two pro seasons, so we’re probably looking at the very end of the signed LHD pro depth chart.
  15. LD David Musil (RFA 2017). He was ‘loaned’ to the Coyotes organization during the season, that is code for sail on. Musil should be able to find a solid job in pro hockey but the NHL dream is going to need some help.
  16. LD Mark Fraser (UFA 2017). Impossible to know if he returns on an AHL/NHL deal, but it is safe to suggest the Oilers will have someone in this role.
  17. **LD Ziyat Paigin, $858,750 times 2 (RFA 2019)**. Big Russian is signed for the next two seasons and we’ll see how he looks in Bakersfield over an entire season. In early games, he looks less mobile than hoped but that could be adjustment to different  ice and situation.
  18. **LD Caleb Jones, $705,000 times 3 (RFA 2020)**. Jones is a fascinating prospect, his foot speed alone is going to allow him to shred the AHL depth chart in a quick hurry. We’ll see how long it takes to knock on the NHL door, but a cup of coffee before the end of 2017-18 is completely reasonable as an estimate.
  19. **LD William Lagesson, $741,667 times 3 (RFA 2020)**. He has been loaned to his Swedish team for the coming season, I think that’s probably a lot about the league of lefties in the system. He is a strong shutdown defender, has been effective in all areas.
  20. RD Adam Larsson, $4.1667M times 4 (UFA 2021). Impressive season saw him play over 20 minutes a night against some of the NHL’s best. He’s beyond rugged and borderline filthy, suspect PC adds more of the same this summer.
  21. RD (L) Kris Russell (UFA 2017). If you read the tea leaves here, the possibility of signing Russell seems stronger now than it was on Valentine’s Day. The Oilers can be read (there are reporters who foreshadow these things) and I’m guessing this could happen between the expansion draft and free agency.
  22. RD Matt Benning $925,000 times 1 (RFA 2018). Absolute watershed signing, Benning gave this team quality and depth at a position where the was very little (even with the addition of Larsson). PC gets a lot of criticism, this signing was a home run.
  23. RD Eric Gryba (UFA 2017). He played for $950,000 and I expect he would return again if the opportunity arose. His main (current) competition is probably Griffin Reinhart, followed by Jordan Oesterle. If both of those men move on, Gryba’s return is very possible.
  24. RD Mark Fayne $2,675,000 times 1 (UFA 2018). A buyout candidate for sure, but sending him back to the minors again may also make sense. Edmonton has better depth on blue, but they aren’t so deep that Fayne’s talents can be disregarded. Who knows, maybe he builds his value back by the trade deadline 2018.
  25. **RD Ethan Bear, $721,667 times 3 (RFA 2020)**. He is still playing (WHL finals) and has enjoyed strong progression during his junior career. The best thing for him is an extended period in Bakersfield, perhaps a year or more. As a RHD with good offensive instincts and a powerful shot, one wonders if we see him in Edmonton sooner.
  26. **RD Ryan Mantha, $870,000 times 3 (RFA 2020)**. He enters pro hockey with a team that needs his skill set badly. Big shot, offensive mindset, good size. He’ll need to pass some other youngsters on the way to the NHL but this is a good place for him to start his pro career.
  27. LC Connor McDavid, $925,000 times 1 (RFA 2018). McDavid’s bonus money ($2.85M) should be factored in right away, he’s going to reach all goals if he plays the full season. He is the most valuable single asset in the NHL, there is no doubt about it. We should find out in the next four months what that next contract looks like.
  28. LC Leon Draisaitl (RFA 2017). Huge season by the 2014 first-round pick and the Oilers are going to pay him beginning in the fall. Edmonton may decide to slow play with a bridge deal, not sure that’s going to be any kind of bargain. People are now mentioning the Tarasenko contract as a comparable, I think this (the LD contract) will have a monster impact on decisions that come afterward.
  29. LC Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, $6M times 4 (UFA 2021). He may be at a crossroads, although coach McLellan clearly likes what he brings. The difficulty here is that offense is required with this kind of contract, and Nuge managed just 32 even-strength points. At some point, his contract is going to be an issue, might be this summer.
  30. RC Mark Letestu, $1.8M times 1 (UFA 2018). He has certainly covered the contract, and fills a difficult role very well. There is a chance he is lost in the expansion draft, but logic dictates the club will pull him back and protect their RH PP option.
  31. LC David Desharnais (UFA 2017). Deadline acquisition made $2.8M this past season. He  is likely looking at a pay cut and I suspect he will not be signed by Edmonton. Less productive than Derek Roy in similar circumstances a few years ago, DD nevertheless scored a huge goal in the San Jose series and will be rememebered for it.
  32. LC Jujhar Khaira (RFA 2017). Big forward is obvious replacement for Matt Hendricks (and that saves a million on the cap) but my guess is he will be an expansion target. Made $875,000 this past season and could be an inexpensive plug-and-play this coming year.
  33. LC Anton Lander (RFA 2017). Rumors had him heading to the KHL but I haven’t seen confirmation yet. Lander’s NHL salary was $987,500 last season, he has an interesting range of skills. Hope we see him in the NHL down the line.
  34. **LC  Joe Gambardella, $725,000 times 2 (RFA 2019)**. A spring college signing, Gambardella comes with a pretty nice resume and should not be discounted when we discuss the possible 2017-18 NHL roster.
  35. RC Kyle Platzer, $735,000 times 1 (RFA 2018). He ran in place during his second pro season, part of that may have been due to lack of playing time. Platzer’s 2017-18 season is a big one, he needs to push his way into the lineup more often.
  36. RC Henrik Samuelsson (RFA 2017). Oilers traded for him and didn’t seem to like his preparedness/conditioning. That’s kind of a big deal in the organization, so I’m going to say it is unlikely we see him in the fall. Unless he’s lifts tractors all summer.
  37.  LC Bogdan Yakimov, (RFA 2017). Yakimov is an intriguing talent, but he didn’t exactly set the Russian woods on fire. I think the Oilers pass on bringing him back.
  38. RC Zach Pochiro, (RFA 2017). Interesting because he is a RHC, but I think the Oilers will prefer to have an extra slot on the 50-man. He showed well in his time with the organization.
  39. LC Jere Sallinen, (RFA 2017). He simply didn’t bring enough offense. Has arbitration rights but doubt it gets to that point.
  40. L Milan Lucic, $6M times 6 (UFA 2023). Big man scored 50 points, 25 on the power play and 25 at even strength. He has always been a solid 5×5 performer, we’ll see if he can recover. Either way, he’s here for the long haul.
  41. L Patrick Maroon, $1.5M times 1 (UFA 2018). He scored 27 goals while making less than $2M for the season. Crazy value. Maroon has one more year on his deal, I suspect we’ll see some contract talk at some point. He won’t get the big money but he’s earned some consideration.
  42. L Benoit Pouliot, $4M times 2 (UFA 2019). A buyout option, it will be a difficult contract to get out from under. I keep hoping the organization bites the bullet, brings him back and sees if they can get that offense started again. No chance this happens. He is g-o-n-e.
  43. L Matt Hendricks (UFA 2017). Matt Hendricks played 214 games with the Oilers and was a solid checker for the team. I’ll miss watching his all out effort. Age is a mean thing.
  44. L Drake Caggiula, $925,000 times 1 (RFA 2018). He finished 28, 6-5-11 (including playoffs), that works out to 32 points over 82 games. Is that enough for him to earn a job on one of the skill lines? We’ll see. Encouraging end to the season.
  45. L Joey Laleggia, (RFA 2017). He’s going to get a chance here, scoring a goal every two games in the AHL has to mean something. No idea of role, and suspect he starts in Bakersfield again, but NHL time seems certain for defender-turned-winger.
  46. L Tyler Benson (slide rule). Oilers are in a tough spot with this player. The Vancouver Giants don’t seem poised for a strong WHL season and yet Benson will play (if he can) on that roster. His junior career has been derailed by injury, we hope for the best.
  47. L Braden Christoffer, $650,000 times 1 (RFA 2018). Christoffer was signed out of a strong rookie and training camp, and the worry was always how much offense he could bring. Has performed well in the ECHL, and must prove himself at the AHL level in order to have a future in the organization.
  48. R Jordan Eberle, $6M times 2 (UFA 2019). Much maligned winger scored 20 goals last season, that stands out among Oilers RW’s. Many Oilers fans feel he will be dealt this summer, we have to factor in possible return. It may benefit the Oilers to offload elsewhere and make certain Jesse Puljujarvi can score enough to stay on a skill line.
  49. R Zack Kassian (RFA 2017). He made $1.5M last season and played very well in his role. I think we may see a two-year deal in the $2.0-2.2M range, and maybe more playing time on a skill line. Could he hit 30 points?
  50. R Anton Slepyshev, $925,000 times 1 (UFA 2018). He played very well down the stretch and into the playoffs, that bodes well for him heading into his contract year. Scored three times in 12 playoff games, looked good on Leon’s line.
  51. R Iiro Pakarinen, (RFA 2017). Injured much of the season, could not get untracked and lost his job to Slepyshev. NHL contract was $725,000 last season, he has utility (can play either wing) and is in the mix.
  52. R Tyler Pitlick (UFA 2017). Eight goals in less than half a season grabs attention, but his injury issues are always a worry. He can sign anywhere, but the fact TP hung around the team during his rehab suggests there may be a connection. I hope we see him again.
  53. R Jesse Puljujarvi, $925,000 times 2 (RFA 2019). Outstanding blue-chip prospect had a strange and unsatisfying year. I expect he’ll be inserted into the lineup from opening night and get all kinds of opportunities to show offense. Still some concern about how much of it he brings, one of the reasons we’ll watch training camp very closely.
  54. R Justin Fontaine, (UFA 2017). I like the idea of bringing him back, partly because you need NHL plug-and-play types and partly because he should be able to mentor the kids.
  55. R Patrick Russell, $925,000 times 1 (RFA 2018). Russell was the one college man who didn’t deliver big numbers in his first year pro. I’m not sure what he is, beyond a little slow for the NHL game, but there’s one more year to suss him out.
  56. R Greg Chase, $715,000 times 1 (RFA 2018). Chase has shown flashes during his pro career, and we hope he can put it all together. Big season ahead, he and Platzer and running along very similar lines.

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32 Responses to "THE 50"

  1. jasontheschoolteacher says:

    Thanks for another great year Lowetide!!! I appreciate all of your work and I truly can’t wait twice a day to read your stuff!!! Cheers!!!

  2. JDI Хоккей says:

    His contract satisfied, Mr. Ference is free to roam the earth as a normal human being. Some of us will remember him flipping off the Bell Center, fondly.

    Fixed.

  3. Bank Shot says:

    I hope the Oilers can snag Justin Williams (Or similar) for McDavid’s Right Wing next season.

    I know Draisaitl looks good on the wing, but perhaps its better for Mcdavid in the long term to take more faceoffs, and be the guy down low in the zone more often.

    McDavid was 73rd in faceoffs this season. I know he’s poor at them, but more reps is going to help I think.

  4. Bank Shot says:

    You have to think the Oilers can lose Fayne this season by retaining some salary no? Someone will take a shot at a potential third pairing guy if the OIlers retain up to 50%.

    $1.75 million. Will anyone bite on that?

  5. N64 says:

    RC Mark Letestu… logic dictates the club will pull him back and protect their RH PP option.

    LC Jujhar Khaira…my guess is he will be an expansion target.

    Interesting choice. If they want to go that way they need to pick up another vet F to expose.

  6. Lowetide says:

    N64:
    RC Mark Letestu… logic dictates the club will pull him back and protect their RH PP option.

    LC Jujhar Khaira…my guess is he will be an expansion target.

    Interesting choice. If they want to go that way they need to pick up another vet F to expose.

    They can just sign Iiro Pakarinen.

  7. Scungilli Slushy says:

    I’d be surprised if the Kunigets even know who Khaira is. He’s not exactly a high profile player and was unknown to most at the draft. Letestu or Reinhardt will go unless a deal is made.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    I’d be surprised if the Kunigets even know who Khaira is. He’s not exactly a high profile player and was unknown to most at the draft. Letestu or Reinhardt will go unless a deal is made.

    If Vegas doesn’t know who Khaira is, McPhee should be fired on the spot.

  9. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Great post LT!

    – I’d want Russell over Griff if I was an expansion team. I need D who are ready now and Russell is not even 30 I don’t think.

    – And if he’s smart he tells Oil he wants Griff and He gets something to select Russell

  10. N64 says:

    Lowetide: They can just sign Iiro Pakarinen.

    Yes. This year he did get double the 7 he needed to reach 70 over 2 years.

  11. N64 says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – Great post LT!

    – I’d want Russell over Griff if I was an expansion team. I need D who are ready now and Russell is not even 30 I don’t think.

    – And if he’s smart he tells Oil he wants Griff and He gets something to select Russell

    Chia said this winter a Russell signing would be after the draft.
    if Russell signs before the draft he could end up in Vegas

  12. jfry says:

    looks pretty thin on wing if we get rid of pouliot and eberle. with current rosters as you have them, all of a sudden we have joey legs, khaira, and pakarinen starting in the show. obviously, there will be some new players coming in, but that’s slim.

    wing has definitely become the area pete needs to focus on. we have nothing bubbling under.

    also, lt. if i could suggest a topic for the summer. i think it would be really interesting to go back and look at how some of the summer deals the past few years worked out for players that this blog “math’d good” …off the top of my head i’d say the blog thought pouliot and fayne were strong (maybe overpaid) gets. talbot was scouted positively etc. might be interesting to see what metrics we were using then and how our analysis might have changed in the last couple of years seeing our players in the flesh but also having so many new measures. there were also players that the blog pushed for that ended up other places — might be interesting to loop back to them as well. anyways. just a thought.

    as always, thanks for the great blog.

  13. Jethro Tull says:

    LT, posted on the previous thread that out of 270 ( by my count) guys to play D for the Oilers, only 26 have played more than 200 games for the organization.

    I do not know if this is league average, but definitely indicates how D are developed.

  14. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    N64: Chia said this winter a Russell signing would be after the draft.
    if Russell signs before the draft he could end up in Vegas

    – Vegas can pick him at the draft (assuming Russell agrees. ). They would be able to give him more money and term. If they sign Russell that’s their pick from the Oil and Griff stays.

    – That’s what I’d do. russel >> griff. I’d pick Russell over letetsu as well. How many top4 D that played well in playoffs are going to be available?

    – I know the analytics on him prove challenging but he’s best player on our team not protected and he’s not old

  15. N64 says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – Vegas can pick him at the draft (assuming Russell agrees. ). They would be able to give him more money and term. If they sign Russell that’s their pick from the Oil and Griff stays.

    A sweetener from Chia IF Vegas can sign Russell is unlikely. Chia wants Russell. Why would Chia pay to be outbid?

  16. Bank Shot says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – Vegas can pick him at the draft (assuming Russell agrees. ). They would be able to give him more money and term. If they sign Russell that’s their pick from the Oil and Griff stays.

    – That’s what I’d do. russel >> griff.I’d pick Russell over letetsu as well. How many top4 D that played well in playoffs are going to be available?

    – I know the analytics on him prove challenging but he’s best player on our team not protected and he’s not old

    Russell is arguably the third best defenceman of the UFA market after Shattenkirk and Alzner.

    Not a lot there this season.

    Not a lot available for Vegas to draft for defensemen either. When you look at the mocks they end up with a lot of meh defenders.

    It will be interesting to see what happens at the expansion draft.

    Hopefully the Oilers can capitalize and pick up a decent third line forward on the cheap.

  17. stush18 says:

    LT, thanks for this place. More than ever, I think you led us through a strange year, and even though I post less, I still read every day.

    Anyways. I have a million ideas for next year already, it I think I’m going to wait until the expansion lottery to see how things play out. I suspect chia will trade a d prospect (jones) to grab a skilled winger from vegas.

    Nah fuck it. I’m thinking something like this for next year

    Cags-mcdavid-ebs
    Lucic-drai-slepy
    Maroon-NUGE-JP
    JJ-letestu-kass

    Klefbom-larsson
    Sekera-xxx
    Nurse-benning
    Reinhart-gryba

    Find someone to take all of pouliots salary, and we are golden.

    Loved lucic-drai-slepy. They dominate the cycle game. I like cags with mcdavid more than maroon, and maroon might be one of my new favourite players.

  18. season not played says:

    Congratulations to the Oilers for an exciting season.

    On to new business I guess.

    They have a lot of forwards they can shuffle around and it looks to me like it would be a good idea to reallocate Eberle and RNH’s 12 millski.

    RNH + Bear to Minnesota for Dumba + Joel Eriksson Ek

    Leave Eberle unprotected as bait so you can keep the guys you think will actually help you win in the playoffs, whether it be in the starting line-up or a depth role. Addition by subtraction.

    Helps the Wilds blueline issues with expansion but not so great for their forward numbers. Too bad a Staal or the like wasn’t coming off this year.

    Ask Maroon, Pouliot or Lucic to play the right side, one of those vets should be able to handle it.

  19. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Lowetide: If Vegas doesn’t know who Khaira is, McPhee should be fired on the spot.

    How do you type ‘ You’re fired’ with a Trump accent?

  20. Chachi says:

    Scungilli Slushy: How do you type ‘ You’re fired’ with a Trump accent?

    Easy. 🙂

  21. Diablo says:

    Lots of chatter today about Washington – could they actually be considering trading Ovie? If so, I wonder what kind of package it would take to get him? Probably have to start with RNH, and young D and our 1st rounder? Would it be worth it? Would they do Lucic instead of RNH?

    You’d have to think that Ovie just wants to get out of Crosby’s conference – what better landing spot than next to McDavid?

    Man I think this is going to be a fun off-season.

  22. Iztok Turk says:

    Overheard this eve at a downtown Madison Wisconsin bar:

    Guy 1: “Well, the Caps are out, I guess Pittsburgh is taking in”
    Guy 2: “Well I’m genuinely sorry the Oilers we’re eliminated – they were fun to watch. Wanted them to win it all”

    It was both striking and shocking to hear those words from a couple of American sports fans in the heart of Wisconsin USA.

    McDavid and Co. are starting to get noticed.

  23. wchay says:

    season not played,

    I know that people are frustrated with Eberle. We ALL are. Zero goals is zero goals. BUT… he wasn’t a trainwreck (other than that one shift of course…). And he has an NHL track record as a 20 goal scorer… consistently. That has VALUE. No way we expose him and let him go for nothing. If you are Chia and you really do want him gone…. you trade him. Even if you could only get a 4th rd pick (and you’d definitely get more for a guy with multiple 20 goal seasons), you’d surely take that rather than exposing him for nothing.

    Playoffs are over. We’re all a bit frustrated with Ebs, but let’s be logical here in evaluating our options. GIving Ebs away for nothing makes no sense at all, unless you believe you could trade Griff for more than you could get for Ebs (aka: you don’t want to lose Griff in the expansion draft, so you expose Ebs). If you believe that… I guess we just agree to disagree.

  24. GMB3 says:

    I would bet good money that Draisaitl sees some regression and we see more production from RNH in the upcoming season.

    That 17% shooting percentage from Drai is likely to go down, and if he spends more time away from McDavid I expect more of a 55-65 point season

  25. Professor Q says:

    GMB3:
    I would bet good money that Draisaitl sees some regression and we see more production from RNH in the upcoming season.

    That 17% shooting percentage from Drai is likely to go down, and if he spends more time away from McDavid I expect more of a 55-65 point season

    Regression for Draisaitl would mean being even better, if playoffs and improvement are incouded in the calculation.

    Like, I love how “17%” is “unsustainable” now (he’s increased every year; 4 to 14 to 17; there’s not much data to go on).

    This isn’t 2012.

  26. hunter1909 says:

    wchay:
    season not played,

    I know that people are frustrated with Eberle. We ALL are. Zero goals is zero goals. BUT… he wasn’t a trainwreck (other than that one shift of course…). And he has an NHL track record as a 20 goal scorer… consistently. That has VALUE. No way we expose him and let him go for nothing. If you are Chia and you really do want him gone…. you trade him. Even if you could only get a 4th rd pick (and you’d definitely get more for a guy with multiple 20 goal seasons), you’d surely take that rather than exposing him for nothing.

    Playoffs are over. We’re all a bit frustrated with Ebs, but let’s be logical here in evaluating our options. GIving Ebs away for nothing makes no sense at all, unless you believe you could trade Griff for more than you could get for Ebs (aka: you don’t want to lose Griff in the expansion draft, so you expose Ebs). If you believe that… I guess we just agree to disagree.

    You needn’t worry.

    The man who makes the final decision took a major asset from a 29th place team, trading Taylor Hall for Larsson the solid defender who got Oilers 100 points/2nd round of playoffs.

    Eberle is similar. It’s part of the tragedy that was Lowe+MacT’s reign of insanity. A loser franchise player, like one of the 70’s LA Kings used to playing in a market where no one cares. The playoffs exposed his game horribly, like he was that useless at everything – like a 50 year old virgin on a 14 day holiday in Amsterdam.

    He’s still got value, just not at 6 million on the Oilers, where there’s no room in the top six for a non-playoff scoring winger that doesn’t fight, hit or even play decent defence. Eberle’s the Ivan Boldriev of the 21st century.

  27. GMB3 says:

    Professor Q: Regression for Draisaitl would mean being even better, if playoffs and improvement are incouded in the calculation.

    Like, I love how “17%” is “unsustainable” now (he’s increased every year; 4 to 14 to 17; there’s not much data to go on).

    This isn’t 2012.

    Do you have an quality evidence to back up your opinion?

    It’s also not 2006 where we handed out Pisani an expensive contract after a great playoff run (small samples sizes M i rite mr q?)

    Ovechkin, and Crosby are at 12 and 15% throughout their career. Seguin is an 11% career shooter. I’m sure I could find more examples of elite point producers and their shooting percentages being below 17%.

    He also played on a line with the best player in the NHL, and if he drives his own line, it’s going to be tougher to produce offense.

    But fuck me right! He’s going to regress to even more offense because of a great 13 game stint in the playoffs (lol). Small sample sizes and all that.

    Also at no point did I guarantee this… just my opinion.. not a lot of p/g players in the NHL anymore these days.

    Wasn’t there just a post about having evidence to back up your opinion???

    And congrats on being able to look at a calendar…

  28. JDI Хоккей says:

    Scungilli Slushy: How do you type ‘ You’re fired’ with a Trump accent?

    Your fried.

  29. MrEd says:

    RNH and Pitlick.
    With C coverage I still think RNH will cover his bet +++. I want him on my team.
    Pitlick was awesome to watch this year. Big goals that helped a lot early in the season. Important !!! goals!!

  30. Professor Q says:

    GMB3,

    Are you having a bad day?

  31. mit167 says:

    One thing I noticed about Pitlick is that When the Oilers had an offensive facoff left of the net they like to run a pick play with their wingers playing their off hand. Pitlick was the only winger to consistently score off that play

  32. McNuge93 says:

    Diablo:
    Lots of chatter today about Washington – could they actually be considering trading Ovie? If so, I wonder what kind of package it would take to get him? Probably have to start with RNH, and young D and our 1st rounder? Would it be worth it? Would they do Lucic instead of RNH?

    You’d have to think that Ovie just wants to get out of Crosby’s conference – what better landing spot than next to McDavid?

    Man I think this is going to be a fun off-season.

    You are kidding, right? That’s the last thing we need. A guy who is me first. McD’s our star and we don’t need anyone thinking they’re bigger than him.

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