DRAFT POST (2017) NO. 3: CALLING OUT FOR MIDDLE STREET

On the day Edmonton drafted Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the depth chart at center received a gigantic shot in the arm. The 2006 team boasted strong two-way depth (Shawn Horcoff, Michael Peca, Jarret Stoll, Marty Reasoner before the deadline), but from summer 2006 through spring 2011 the team’s quality and depth eroded badly.

Since 2011, the Oilers have run luck (McDavid lottery) plus good scouting (Leon Draisaitl) to their advantage. Now the team counts three substantial-to-glorious talents at the top of the depth chart in what can only be called an embarrassment of riches.

So then, why draft more centers? Easy answer. Todd McLellan ran two centers on one or more of his four San Jose lines routinely and it’s likely we’ll see it in Edmonton in due time. Imagine a top 6F with Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl on one line and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins plus Sam Bennett on another. That’s where we are heading and this year’s draft may reflect that goal.

2017 TOP CENTERS

  1. RC Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). A complete talent but not an elite one.
  2. LC Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). A more dynamic offensive player than Patrick.
  3. LC Casey Mittelstadt, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Speed and skill, NHLE.
  4. RC Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). Complete skill set (NHLE: 30).
  5. RC Gabriel Vilardi, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). Creative C with size, NHLE (33).
  6. RC Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound Attack (OHL).  Skill and creativity, a little one dimensional.
  7. RC Robert Thomas, London Knights (OHL). Speedy forward, creative.
  8. LC Lias Andersson, Linkoping (SHL). Throwback 2-way C, aggressive, quick. 5.11, 200.
  9. RC Martin Necas, Brno (Czech). High speed skill W, just 5.11.
  10. LC Michael Rasmussem, Tri-City Americans (WHL). Big C, physical, good skater.
  11. LC Alexei Lipanov, Dyanmo Balashikha (VHL). Impressive 2-way resume.
  12. LC Ryan Poehling, St. Cloude State (NCAA). Big skill C with an offensive reputation.
  13. LC Joshua Norris, USNDTP (USHL). Two-way C showing good offense.
  14. RC Ivan Lodnia, Erie Otters (OHL). Small skill C, great skater.
  15. RC Morgan Geekie, Tri-City Americans (WHL). C w/2-way rep and emerging offense.
  16. RC Scott Reedy, USNDTP (USHL). Center with speed, range of skills, dynamic.
  17. LC Mason Shaw, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small skill C, terrific skills.
  18. LC Jaret-Anderson Dolan, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). Small, very quick skater and plus skill.
  19. RC Joni Ikonen, Frolunda (Swe SuperElite). Small skill center with good speed.
  20. LC Evan Barratt, USNDTP (USHL). Small finesse center with substantial skills.
  21. LC Jake Leschyshyn, Regina Pats (WHL). Quality two-way C.
  22. LC Shane Bowers, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL). Impressive two-way C, plus skill.
  23. LC Jesper Boqvist, Brynas (SHL). Average size, good speed and skill.
  24. LC Morgan Frost, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). Smart, skilled, and emerging.
  25. RC Alexander Chmelevski, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Impressive skills, outststanding TP game.
  26. LC Marcus Davidsson, Djurgardens (SHL). Two-way center has some offense, nice range of skills.
  27. RC Jack Studnicka, Oshawa Generals (OHL). Range of skills, quality offense. No buzz.
  28. LC Kevin Hancock, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Draft re-entry having a fine offensive season.
  29. RC Nathan Schnarr, Guelph Storm (OHL). Big center with speed, a little shy offensively.
  30. LC Jordy Bellerive, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). Undersized, nifty and aggressive F with skill.
  31. RC Fabian Zetterlund, Farjestad (SuperElite). Smart C, great shot, he is skilled.
  32. LC Antoine Morand, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL). Very small, very skilled.
  33. RC Tyler Steenbergen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL). 1998 born, too much skill to pass on.
  34. LC Austen Keating, Ottawa 67s (OHL). Offensive center, more consistent this season.
  35. LC Ben Jones, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL). I think he might be a sleeper. Playmaker.
  36. LC Ivan Chekhovich, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL). Undersized skill forward, point-per-game.
  37. LC Igor Svyrev, Magnitogorsk (MHL). Skill center, impressive offense.
  38. RC Greg Meireles, Kitchener Rangers (OHL). Smaller forward, speedy, responsible.
  39. RC Kyle Olson, Tri-City Americans (OHL). Small and skilled, rising.
  40. RC Emil Bemstrom, Leksands (SuperElite). Small, fast winger with skill.
  41. LC Brayden Burke, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). Lots of skill, undersized and 20.
  42. RC Pavel Shen, Marmonty Yugry (MHL). Small, skilled, August 1999.
  43. LC Skyler McKenzie, Portland Winterhawks (WHL). Small F (5.07), very skilled.
  44. LC Paul Washe, Fargo Force (USHL). Two-way C, a little shy offensively.
  45. LC Jacob Peterson, Frolunda (SuperElit). Two-way C under the radar.
  46. RC Maxime Fortier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). He is 5.10, very skilled.
  47. RC Liam Hawel, Guelph Storm (OHL). Giant (6.05, 179) C improved offense after trade.
  48. LC Bryce Misley, Oakville Blades (OJHL). Skill C with good size. Good speed. Sleeper?
  49. LC Jesse Koskenkorva, Karpat (Jr. Sm-Liiga). Two-way forward with speed, some offense.
  50. LC Nick Campoli, North York Rangers (OJHL). Good skater, buzzsaw, some skill.

OILERS AT THE 2017 DRAFT

  • First Round: No. 22 overall
  • Third Round: No. 82 overall (FROM ST. LOUIS—this is payment for Nail Yakupov)
  • Third Round: No. 84 overall
  • Fourth Round: No. 115 overall
  • Fifth Round: No. 126 overall (FROM Vancouver—this is payment for Phil Larsen)
  • Fifth Round: No. 146 overall
  • Sixth Round: No. 177 overall
  • Seventh Round: No. 208 overall

MOST LIKELY

Based on their own past (Chiarelli and before), I think Michael Rasmussen would be the most likely choice by Edmonton at No. 22. He is 6.06, 215, and scored 32 goals for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. He has a reputation for being a good two-way player and has a fine shot. Foot speed is fine but lacks the brilliance already on Edmonton’s roster. I bet they consider trading up to get him if Rasmussen is still available around No. 18 overall.

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  1. Rondo says:

    Tri-City Americans’ coach Mike Williamson took some time after his team was eliminated from the WHL playoffs to discuss his five most coveted NHL draft-eligible prospects.

    Michael Rasmussen – “I think the sky’s the limit. Character and work and focus and determination are off the charts. He’s got a 6-5 body and he skates extremely well..he’s a powerful skater and he’s got the good shot and better hands than people realize. He’s got a really good nose for the net…he’s learned to go to the net he’s around there all the time. He’s got great eye-hand coordination with his stick…he can get his stick all over pucks. He showed a big improvement on his little in-tight plays.

    https://recrutes.ca/young-americans-their-coachs-take/

  2. D says:

    Nice for the Oilers to be drafting from an “embarrassment of riches position” rather than the alternative. During the time when the Oilers are Stanley Cup contenders, I hope management is planning for the next “dip” in 8 to 10 years to not be so precipitous as compared to what happened in the 1990s due to poor drafting in the late 1980s.

  3. Centre of attention says:

    Not quite on the topic of the thread but I have some thoughts I’d like to share with the group.

    I’ve been looking threw old video after the Oilers got elimnated, and I have to say after all the shit we gave him Woodcroft had a pretty good powerplay set up looking back. The inconsistency at the beginning of the year was mainly due to Eberle getting a chance at first and completely fumbling it. The 1-3-1 though is absolutely perfect. And looking at the numbers league wide, hard to argue with anything north of 8 goals / hour.

    For those wondering, the top 5 powerplays in the league via Goals/hour

    1.Buffalo 8.71
    2.Toronto 8.14
    3.Tampa 8.03
    4.Edmonton 8.02
    5.Pittsburgh 8.00

    I don’t think a powerplay quarterback should be a front burner issue for the Oilers any time soon. The trick is getting your forwards to shoot and get them to shoot close to the net. Woodcrofts system allows exactly that and the handedness matters a bit less when the 3 lefty’s kind of close in and form a triangle to the goalies glove side, and can touch pass it around while Letestu sneaks in behind coverage. If the one defender turns around to defend Tes, suddenly Drai is wide open for a forehand re-direct in front from Connor who also has the option of feeding it back against the grain to Klefbom for the hammer.

    That little triangle they form can also be used to create a quick lefty-to-lefty on his off hand for a one timer type scenario, because they can rotate and cycle against coverage. Handedness be damned.

    Very interesting way of compensating for a lack of Brent Burns. Turns out they don’t need him.

    Tyler Dellow actually did some good work over at Mirtles website, The Athletic. Talks about some of that “forcing point shots is no longer a great way to run a powerplay” stuff in way better detail and across the whole league. Kind of shines a light on why the Preds powerplay is hot garbage despite having 2 of the most lethal point shots in the game w/ Ellis and Subban. Maeks you think.

  4. Centre of attention says:

    So reading Elliotes 30 thoughts (http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/30-thoughts-future-hold-dubas-leafs/) I really get the sense that Eberle could be a target of the Blue Jackets. Elliote brings up specifically that Jarmo pays close attention to shooting %, and that he knows it regresses to the norm over time.

    Like c’mon. That’s not even a reach by me to draw that conclusion, is it? They obviously don’t mind using smaller skill guys, employing Calvert, Atkinson, Gagner, etc.

    If they want Ebs its Savard or no deal IMO. Murray isn’t enough. Not for me, at least.

  5. Glass says:

    Centre of attention,

    Is Savard a 2nd pairing D, and does Eberle get you Savard? Don’t know the Blue Jackets too well.

  6. Centre of attention says:

    Glass:
    Centre of attention,

    Is Savard a 2nd pairing D, and does Eberle get you Savard? Don’t know the Blue Jackets too well.

    Savard is a 2nd pair RHD with some decent underlying numbers. Good at evens, which is what we need.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention:

    I don’t think a powerplay quarterback should be a front burner issue for the Oilers any time soon.

    Agreed. Overpay for those guys and they don’t help you as much as they should in the heart of the game. If the Oilers develop one? Totally different deal (until they also get paid).

  8. leadfarmer says:

    Centre of attention:
    Not quite on the topic of the thread but I have some thoughts I’d like to share with the group.

    I’ve been looking threw old video after the Oilers got elimnated, and I have to say after all the shit we gave him Woodcroft had a pretty good powerplay set up looking back. The inconsistency at the beginning of the year was mainly due to Eberle getting a chance at first and completely fumbling it. The 1-3-1 though is absolutely perfect. And looking at the numbers league wide, hard to argue with anything north of 8 goals / hour.

    For those wondering, the top 5 powerplays in the league via Goals/hour

    1.Buffalo 8.71
    2.Toronto 8.14
    3.Tampa 8.03
    4.Edmonton 8.02
    5.Pittsburgh 8.00

    I don’t think a powerplay quarterback should be a front burner issue for the Oilers any time soon. The trick is getting your forwards to shoot and get them to shoot close to the net. Woodcrofts system allows exactly that and the handedness matters a bit less when the 3 lefty’s kind of close in and form a triangle to the goalies glove side, and can touch pass it around while Letestu sneaks in behind coverage. If the one defender turns around to defend Tes, suddenly Drai is wide open for aforehand re-direct in front from Connor who also has the option of feeding it back against the grain to Klefbom for the hammer.

    That little triangle they form can also be used to create a quick lefty-to-lefty on his off hand for a one timer type scenario, because they can rotateand cycleagainst coverage. Handedness be damned.

    Very interesting way of compensating for a lack of Brent Burns. Turns out they don’t need him.

    Tyler Dellow actually did some good work over at Mirtles website, The Athletic. Talks about some of that “forcing point shots is no longer a great way to run a powerplay” stuff in way better detail and across the whole league. Kind of shines a light on why the Preds powerplay is hot garbage despite having 2 of the most lethal point shots in the game w/ Ellis and Subban. Maeks you think.

    Doesn’t have to be a pp qb but we still struggle with zone exits so it needs to be someone that can move the puck and since Sekera is out for a decent chunk of the year, that defenseman will be a pp qb by default

  9. Centre of attention says:

    Yes. To clarify, im saying you dont need that powerplay specialist dman. But a solid guy at evens like Savard is exactly what the doctor ordered. Hamonic too. Good comment on zone exits.

    A puck mover, not the hammer if that makes any sense. The guy at the point in this instance does more distribution than shootin’.

  10. Professor Q says:

    Centre of attention:
    Yes. To clarify, im saying you dont need that powerplay specialist dman. But a solid guy at evens like Savard is exactly what the doctor ordered. Hamonic too. Good comment on zone exits.

    A puck mover, not the hammer if that makes any sense. The guy at the point in this instance does more distribution than shootin’.

    Plus, with a name like Savard, it’d be perfect for making Hockey Memories!

  11. Pescador says:

    leadfarmer,

    No necessito, Oscar & Matty B. got the QB on the PP covered, C?

  12. Pescador says:

    David Savard is signed for 4 more years @ 4.25 cap hit.
    Fairly consistent points wise over the last 3 seasons 23-25-36. Nothing to fancy there, not terrible either.
    Went +33 last year, for what that’s worth.
    Nothing I could find on his skating/passing, although to be fair I didn’t look. 😀
    Wonder how he would fair along side Kris’s Russell.
    That contract isn’t bad but that is a rather long commitment.
    On the plus side he is only 26, why would they move him, do they have someone pushing?

  13. Centre of attention says:

    Pescador,

    The way Elliotte made it sound, they could have a D-man available. Obviously the first name out there will be Ryan Murray. But if I’m Chia I push for Savard.

    Once Sekera gets healthy,

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Sekera-Savard
    Nurse-Benning

    looks pretty solid too me. And like you say the contract isn’t a killer for what he brings. In this case, i don’t sign Russel. We need that money (4ish million) to plug his hole after he leaves, not sign another guy in addition to him. Jmo.

  14. rickithebear says:

    Lowetide: Agreed. Overpay for those guys and they don’t help you as much as they should in the heart of the game. If the Oilers develop one? Totally different deal (until they also get paid).

    Klefbom
    #3D PPGF60
    #17D PPP60

    Give him and sekera all pp minutes.

  15. Centre of attention says:

    rickithebear: Klefbom
    #3D PPGF60
    #17D PPP60

    Give him and sekera all pp minutes.

    I agree. Benning looked decent in his time there too.

  16. rickithebear says:

    Centre of attention:
    Pescador,

    The way Elliotte made it sound, they could have a D-man available. Obviously the first name out there will be Ryan Murray. But if I’m Chia I push for Savard.

    Once Sekeragets healthy,

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Sekera-Savard
    Nurse-Benning

    looks pretty solid too me. And like you say the contract isn’t a killer for what he brings. In this case, i don’t sign Russel. We need that money (4ish million) to plug his hole after he leaves, not sign another guy in addition to him. Jmo.

    There is only one D man who brings any offensive value at even.
    Burns.
    But he is a rover not a dman.

    Paul martin is a fucking defensive god single handedly covering the hd area for him and the rover!

  17. godot10 says:

    The compensation for a 5 year $7.5 million per season offer sheet to Draisaitl is one first, one second, and one third, according to the table in the newest 30 Thoughts.

  18. rickithebear says:

    LT:

    Of all the analytic organization measures we have seen since 05-06.

    Your pennat measure is the most important.

    You eliminated that loser mentality of playoffs as a success.
    28 losers each year.

    There are 4 levels of org success each year

    1. Cup and conf champ
    2. Conf champ
    ————————– 2 championship teams a year.
    3. Miss the playoffs, make the owner zero money, fans have hope with the lottery
    4. Make playoffs, make the owner money, no champ, no lottery.

    LT: I have never truly thanked you for helping me grow as an itillectual fan.

    Though math modeling and distributed data computing in my head is way easier than these post grad big data classes.

  19. Professor Q says:

    rickithebear: There is only one D man who brings any offensive value at even.
    Burns.
    But he is a rover not a dman.

    Paul martin is a fucking defensive god single handedly covering the hd area for him and the rover!

    Not the best Prime Minister, however.

  20. Pescador says:

    Centre of attention:
    Pescador,

    The way Elliotte made it sound, they could have a D-man available. Obviously the first name out there will be Ryan Murray. But if I’m Chia I push for Savard.

    Once Sekeragets healthy,

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Sekera-Savard
    Nurse-Benning

    looks pretty solid too me. And like you say the contract isn’t a killer for what he brings. In this case, i don’t sign Russel. We need that money (4ish million) to plug his hole after he leaves, not sign another guy in addition to him. Jmo.

    Right, but who plays with the newly acquired Savard while Sekera’s is in rehab? Not to mention the month after his return that it will take to get into game shape. I would rather sign Russell and hold on to that depth, call it inevitable injury insurance. Would be ideal if he could be signed for 1 year. Not at all likely. We can fit them all under the cap if we flush some Pou.
    I’m not into any temporary promotions of 7-8 dmen. Just win now baby.

  21. rickithebear says:

    Centre of attention:
    Not quite on the topic of the thread but I have some thoughts I’d like to share with the group.

    I’ve been looking threw old video after the Oilers got elimnated, and I have to say after all the shit we gave him Woodcroft had a pretty good powerplay set up looking back. The inconsistency at the beginning of the year was mainly due to Eberle getting a chance at first and completely fumbling it. The 1-3-1 though is absolutely perfect. And looking at the numbers league wide, hard to argue with anything north of 8 goals / hour.

    For those wondering, the top 5 powerplays in the league via Goals/hour

    1.Buffalo 8.71
    2.Toronto 8.14
    3.Tampa 8.03
    4.Edmonton 8.02
    5.Pittsburgh 8.00

    I don’t think a powerplay quarterback should be a front burner issue for the Oilers any time soon. The trick is getting your forwards to shoot and get them to shoot close to the net. Woodcrofts system allows exactly that and the handedness matters a bit less when the 3 lefty’s kind of close in and form a triangle to the goalies glove side, and can touch pass it around while Letestu sneaks in behind coverage. If the one defender turns around to defend Tes, suddenly Drai is wide open for aforehand re-direct in front from Connor who also has the option of feeding it back against the grain to Klefbom for the hammer.

    That little triangle they form can also be used to create a quick lefty-to-lefty on his off hand for a one timer type scenario, because they can rotateand cycleagainst coverage. Handedness be damned.

    Very interesting way of compensating for a lack of Brent Burns. Turns out they don’t need him.

    Tyler Dellow actually did some good work over at Mirtles website, The Athletic. Talks about some of that “forcing point shots is no longer a great way to run a powerplay” stuff in way better detail and across the whole league. Kind of shines a light on why the Preds powerplay is hot garbage despite having 2 of the most lethal point shots in the game w/ Ellis and Subban. Maeks you think.

    Years ago i said there were only 5 viable D point options on pp.
    Based on shooting %.
    This was a given based on any org with half a brain moving to 4 forward units

    I believe puritans on here screamed witch some 8 years ago.

  22. Professor Q says:

    rickithebear,

    I wonder…how did Detroit’s system of point shot backboard rebounds pair up with other PP styles? It seems that was all the rage in the ’00s until Lodstrom retired, but only they seemed to pull it off effectively.

    Or so the narrarive went.

  23. rickithebear says:

    The last year getting my ego scratched by, scouts, agents, and NCAA coaches teling me They have changed thier approach.
    Is what i dreamed of achieving.

    Hockey org money cannot compete with current career.
    Only thing that has me considering a change is the discussions of royality potential from academic texts.

  24. Pescador says:

    rickithebear:
    The last year getting my ego scratched by, scouts, agents, and NCAA coaches teling me They have changed thier approach.
    Is what i dreamed of achieving.

    Hockey org money cannot compete with current career.
    Only thing that has me considering a change is the discussions ofroyality potential from academic texts.

    Ever thought about checking that ego?
    Try the door

  25. rickithebear says:

    Professor Q:
    rickithebear,

    I wonder…how did Detroit’s system of point shot backboard rebounds pair up with other PP styles? It seems that was all the rage in the ’00s until Lodstrom retired, but only they seemed to pull it off effectively.

    Or so the narrarive went.

    Part of open and closed hole theory seeded and matched to alan ryders 06 shot definitions.
    Tip being defined as a shot.

    A tip or deflection is a secondary phase of a shot.
    Becoming a new Corsi x,y.
    And
    Shot relative to open and cosed.

    Iam a big believer in going back, redefining the own goal.
    Taking them away from player offensive tally.

  26. rickithebear says:

    Pescador: Ever thought about checking that ego?
    Try the door

    For 8-10 years i had my ego kicked on this site by posters incapable of getting it.

    Come talk to me in 200 years when the karmic tole will have another 200 years to be even.

    PS:
    I had the head of one analytics academic department laugh and say.
    What happens when people realize 80 % of what is believed has no value!

    Though i have had fotball/Soccer people tell me some dynamic positioning has important value.

    Woodguy had a couple years of hate!

    Try 8 years!

  27. jtblack says:

    rickithebear,

    One thing I think we have to consider is that every player who played PP#1 had great numbers due to McD. Lucic, Letestu, Draisatl, Klefbom, etc … all great PP numbers.

    Klefbom and Sekera basically had the same 5×5 offense as Adam Larsson.

    I think if we get a true PP RHD, their numbers would be the highest in the League when you factor in the McD effect.

  28. jtblack says:

    Rasmussen. This seems like an excellent player. He can skate and has the size. Glowing review on work ethic. Rasmussen only played 50 games. His numbers pr prorated are:

    46G 34 A for 80 pts.
    So who are your Top 3 players you think the Oilers will grab at #22 –

    Lind
    Rasmussen
    Thomas

  29. anjinsan says:

    May we say ‘Hail Peter the Great’ as heartily we could/should have said ‘Hail Sather!’!

    But, first, Chiarelli must do a Reinhart for two strong first round graders to receive his laurel.

  30. leadfarmer says:

    rickithebear: For 8-10 years i had my ego kicked on this site by posters incapable of getting it.

    Come talk to me in 200 years when the karmic tole will have another 200 years to be even.

    PS:
    I had the head of one analytics academic department laugh and say.
    What happens when people realize 80 % of what is believed has no value!

    Though i have had fotball/Soccer people tell me some dynamic positioning has important value.

    Woodguy had a couple years of hate!

    Try 8 years!

    Please post a link to those quotes from 8 years ago cause I’m betting they don’t exist.

  31. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer: Please post a link to those quotes from 8 years ago cause I’m betting they don’t exist.

    Rickithebear first posted here January 1, 2008 and began really drilling down on his work maybe 2012. I’d have to look, and maybe it wasn’t 8 years ago but he pre-dates pretty much everyone who will post here today (Leadfarmer first: March 30, 2012). I have enjoyed both posters opinions over the years.

  32. Gino says:

    Please don’t poke the BEAR !

  33. GCW_69 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Not quite on the topic of the thread but I have some thoughts I’d like to share with the group.

    I’ve been looking threw old video after the Oilers got elimnated, and I have to say after all the shit we gave him Woodcroft had a pretty good powerplay set up looking back. The inconsistency at the beginning of the year was mainly due to Eberle getting a chance at first and completely fumbling it. The 1-3-1 though is absolutely perfect. And looking at the numbers league wide, hard to argue with anything north of 8 goals / hour.

    For those wondering, the top 5 powerplays in the league via Goals/hour

    1.Buffalo 8.71
    2.Toronto 8.14
    3.Tampa 8.03
    4.Edmonton 8.02
    5.Pittsburgh 8.00

    I don’t think a powerplay quarterback should be a front burner issue for the Oilers any time soon. The trick is getting your forwards to shoot and get them to shoot close to the net. Woodcrofts system allows exactly that and the handedness matters a bit less when the 3 lefty’s kind of close in and form a triangle to the goalies glove side, and can touch pass it around while Letestu sneaks in behind coverage. If the one defender turns around to defend Tes, suddenly Drai is wide open for aforehand re-direct in front from Connor who also has the option of feeding it back against the grain to Klefbom for the hammer.

    That little triangle they form can also be used to create a quick lefty-to-lefty on his off hand for a one timer type scenario, because they can rotateand cycleagainst coverage. Handedness be damned.

    Very interesting way of compensating for a lack of Brent Burns. Turns out they don’t need him.

    Tyler Dellow actually did some good work over at Mirtles website, The Athletic. Talks about some of that “forcing point shots is no longer a great way to run a powerplay” stuff in way better detail and across the whole league. Kind of shines a light on why the Preds powerplay is hot garbage despite having 2 of the most lethal point shots in the game w/ Ellis and Subban. Maeks you think.

    I think he figured out PP1, but the second unit looked like a hot mess to me. Never seen a power play designed with no one in position to shoot before.

  34. GCW_69 says:

    Pescador: Right, but who plays with the newly acquired Savard while Sekera’s is in rehab? Not to mention the month after his return that it will take to get into game shape. I would rather sign Russell and hold on to that depth, call it inevitable injury insurance. Would be ideal if he could be signed for 1 year. Not at all likely. We can fit them all under the cap if we flush some Pou.
    I’m not into any temporary promotions of 7-8 dmen. Just win now baby.

    If they traded for Savard before the expansion draft and go four and four, they probably also get to keep Reinhart because with the lack of forwards likely available Vegas probably grabs one of Kassian, Letestu or Khaira.

    That would give them an option to run

    Klefbom Larsson
    Nurse Savard
    Reinhart Benning

    and maybe save face on the trade for Reinhart

  35. rickithebear says:

    jtblack:
    rickithebear,

    One thing I think we have to consider is that every player who played PP#1 had great numbers due to McD.Lucic, Letestu, Draisatl, Klefbom, etc … all great PP numbers.

    Klefbom and Sekera basically had the same 5×5 offense as Adam Larsson.

    I think if we get a true PP RHD, their numbers would be the highest in the League when you factor in the McD effect.

    Think of Klefbom,s shot.
    And
    How many have trumpeted the value of a hard, controlled shot.

    Those individuals changed my perspective of dmen have zero superior affect on the pp.
    To there are 3 to 5 d each year.

  36. rickithebear says:

    Gino:
    Please don’t poke the BEAR !

    The bear had a high function autistic moment.

    Not proud of it!

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