JOE THE LION

No matter the AAV or the length of his next contract, the Edmonton Oilers are going to need big production from Leon Draisaitl. One of the things we’re all wondering about (aside from the cap number) is what the big forward can do with a line of his own. Can you push the river, Leon?

DRAISAITL 2015-16 WOWY TAYLOR HALL

  • At 5×5, Leon Draisaitl scored 2.32/60 alongside Taylor Hall in 2015-16.
  • At 5×5, Leon Draisaitl scored 1.13/60 without Taylor Hall in 2015-16.
  • Source

This is a little unfair, Draisaitl played just 160 minutes without Hall during the 2015-16 season. Draisaitl and Hall had real chem, although a long cool run later in the season caved their overall totals together. Still, a very successful first full season for LD.

DRAISAITL 2016-17 WOWY CONNOR MCDAVID

  • At 5×5, Leon scored 2.23/60 alongside Connor McDavid in 2016-17.
  • At 5×5, Leon scored 1.79/60 without Connor McDavid in 2016-17.
  • Source

Crazy as it looks, Draisaitl had slightly better offensive numbers with Hall in 2015-16 than with 97 this past season. Why does this matter? Doesn’t really, but in doing the RE for the coming season I’m trying to handicap Leon’s minutes. If we give him the same number of power-play and PK points as a year ago, and run him solo center, what is the general area of reasonable for Leon sans McDavid in 2017-18?

  • Draisaitl 5×5: 82, 13-22-35
  • Draisaitl PP: 82, 10-17-27
  • Draisaitl PK: 82, 0-0-0
  • Draisaitl: 82, 23-39-62

That’s fine production for a 2line C (would have ranked No. 15 among C’s a year ago) and if he can win the possession battle with (say) Milan Lucic and Anton Slepyshev, Edmonton should consider that a raging success. Question: Is that good enough for $8 million times eight years? Or do you stick him with McDavid and push for 85 points?

Bigger question: If you run McDavid and Leon together, and Nuge has a successful year on the 2line, is there a way  to move heaven and hell in the NHL to keep RNH past 2017-18?

50-MAN LIST

  • There is room for two more contracts, but I think the Oilers might be done.
  • The Jokinen signing gives clarity and structure to the forward group.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi would have to play poorly in pre-season in order to avoid a feature role.
  • There are two spots in the top 9F for three youngsters: Puljujarvi, Anton Slepyshev and Drake Caggiula. JP is going to get an enormous push, who wins the other job?
  • Slepyshev and Caggiula can be sent down. I don’t think that will be a factor, but if push comes to shove, something to keep in mind.
  • I have Jujhar Khaira on the roster as forward No. 13, for me the battle for the final spot comes down to Pakarinen versus Malone versus going with 8D (speeds has been mentioning that possibility on twitter).
  • My dark horse F for opening night? Joe Gambardella. Forechecks like a demon, creates offense from those exchanges 150 feet from his net. Ryan Lambert raved about just this thing, we talked about it when he signed.
  • The signing of Auvitu had a similar impact to Jokinen’s signing on the defense. Ideally, he passes Ryan Stanton, Mark Fayne and Eric Gryba on the depth chart and becomes an everyday player. His outlet passes alone could add to the offense and on this roster he is a lock for some power-play time.
  • We’ll chat about pairings as the summer rolls, but for me keeping Klefbom with Larsson has so much appeal. You need a pairing to count on.

Photo by Rob Ferguson

PETRY, CHORNEY AND WILD

Do you remember our long conversations about these three college defenders back in the day? Cody Wild may well have been the most talented offensively, but too much chaos without the puck limited his progress. Taylor Chorney was too small to play a feature role and arrived in Edmonton during a time of addling, so took the long route to the NHL  (now at 141 games). Jeff Petry was the winning lottery number of the trio, he blossomed into a solid NHL player (now at 445 games).

I wrote about four new hires for the AHL team (Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, Ziyat Paigin, Ryan Mantha) over at ON last night, this is going to be a very interesting follow for the coming year. There aren’t going to be enough at-bats for all four men, meaning someone is going to sit and possibly see time in the ECHL (Wichita!).

NHLE’S (DEFENSE)

These defensemen are going to have lots of time to make the adjustment to AHL play, makes me wonder which of them will push for NHL time first. No hurry, which makes the current experiment far different than the college trio of years ago.

His spike in goal-scoring in the AHL is an underrated portion of the Oilers season (prospects division). From Boxing Day forward, he went 43gp, 18-13-31. Moved to wing from defense and kick-started his career.

In looking at Laleggia’s progression, I’m reminded of just how difficult it can be to track college men. Each spring I do a “Farm Workers” post and mention this area of procurement:

  • Exceptions are college menPlaying 4 NCAA seasons means turning pro at 22, meaning a “late start” for some quality prospectsCondors 2016-17Yeah, this remains for sure. Drake Caggiula skipped the AHL so far, and Matt Benning played just two AHL games. Nick Ellis is also in this conversation, and I think Jordan Oesterle will have an NHL career, although I doubt it will be with the Oilers. Joey Laleggia is also in this category, with the added delay of playing a different position. Source

College players are such a different group, they deserve their own category. Rob Vollman has done some impressive work on NHLE’s, but one of the main areas of innovation was applying different numbers for various NCAA divisions. Playing in the NCHC is far different than playing in another division. Which brings us back to Gambardella.

NHLE’S (FORWARDS)

I don’t know that Joe Gambardella takes training camp by storm and  pushes his way into the conversation, but the things we track with math are speaking volumes about this player. Drake Caggiula’s NHLE (44) a year ago isn’t far removed from Gambardella’s season run through the Vollman NHLE.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

The wide world of sports this morning at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Luke Wileman, TSN. The emerging story that is the Canadian men’s soccer team.
  • Dave Dawson, Onside CFL Fantasy. We’ll talk about value players and who you should choose at quarterback this week.
  • Rob Vollman, ESPN and NHL.com. Rob tweeted out yesterday “you could pay McDavid in the $20M/yr range (if it were permitted by the CBA), and it still projects to a positive value contract” and we’ll talk about that and Leon’s contract.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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110 Responses to "JOE THE LION"

  1. nvan97 says:

    Lowetide: Oesterle signed with Chicago so he’s definitely not going to have a career with the Oilers.

  2. Lowetide says:

    nvan97:
    Lowetide: Oesterle signed with Chicago so he’s definitely not going to have a career with the Oilers.

    That was me quoting from a spring article.

  3. frjohnk says:

    Drai scored 1.43 pts per 60 with Lucic last year. They had a GF60 of 2.01.

    Sleppy scored 7 goals in 53 NHL games last year ( this is including playoffs)

    Lucic will have to be better than last year at 5 on 5 as McDavid, Drai and RNH all did better without him.Sleppy “looks” like a good player and maybe he translates those “looks” into more scoring.

    As a line in the playoffs these three got their heads caved in when looking at shot attempts, shots, scoring chances and shot attempts from the slot ( all %’s where in the high 20’s, low 30’s, small sample size < 40 minutes) they were even in goal share though.

    Maybe these 3 can be a decent line, but I think McClellan ends up having McDavid, RNH and Draisaitl all in the top 6 and we see RNH and Draisaitl together.

    That will give us 2 lines to push the river.

  4. jtblack says:

    Without a River Pusher; Leon improved from 1.13 to 1.79 and again even more in the playoffs (small sample).

    I love how you have the lines set up. IMO the Oilers need Leon as an effective 2C if they want to win the cup.

    RNH has not shown an ability to be a good enough 2C on a cup winning team. He can play against Elites but rarely wins the possession or scoring battle. If he somehow changes that this year, it’s a blessing for TMac and PC. RNH is still a good NHL Centre, I just don’t think he will be elite or live up to his #1 Draft status.

    Lineup looks great overall.

  5. Jaxon says:

    FYI, Vollman’s May, 2017 update has OHL at .306 or .31 if rounded, which puts Mantha’s NHLe at 22.7, further closing the gap between Bear, Jones, and Mantha.

  6. nvan97 says:

    Lowetide: That was me quoting from a spring article.

    Yep, I see that now. Whoops.

  7. Jaxon says:

    I could see the forwards shake out like this:
    Maroon / McDavid / Strome
    Lucic / Nugent-Hopkins / Draisaitl
    Caggiula / Jokinen / Puljujarvi
    Slepyshev / Letestu / Kassian
    Malone / Pakarinen

  8. Woogie63 says:

    Number 3 draft picks 2012-15 (Names removed)
    can you pick the most likely to push the river?

    2012 – 336 NHL games; 204 points
    2013 – 164 NHL games; 95 points
    2014 – 191 NHL games; 137 points
    2015 – 7 NHL games; 1 point

  9. TO10801 says:

    I could see the team running different line when at home vs. on the road. At Home you go:
    19-97-29
    27-93-42
    Jokinen-Strome-JP
    Caggiula-Letestu-Kassian

    THen on the road:
    19-97-Strome
    27-29-42
    Jokinen-93-JP
    Caggiula-Letestu-Kassian

    Can run the Stome/JP line against soft competition, and then have 3 lines with strong NHL c’s on the road.

  10. jtblack says:

    “Is that good enough for $8 million times eight years?” – I think 25G / 65 P with 50% of his 5×5 time away from McD would be great ….

    Leon should still be on PP1. Anything below 65 Points and $8 mil looks steep … The league is littered with $6 Mil + players who are nowhere near 65+ points.

  11. Jaxon says:

    Lots of qualifiers (PP time) and more recent history (usage aside) that somewhat disputes Paigin’s numbers from his time in Sochi, but we shouldn’t forget that he achieved an NHLe of 15 goals and 30 assists (45 pts!)in the 2nd hardest league in the world as a 20 year old, 6’6″ D. Bear just turned 20. That’s really something for a player who was drafted for his defensive ability. He checks off some boxes (size, aggression, hard slap shot, PP). I’d be surprised if he made the club opening night, but he may be an injury call up that sticks. Or, if they put Russell on the right side again to make room.

  12. jtblack says:

    TO10801,

    “I could see the team running different line when at home vs. on the road.” – Agree for sure. TMac will move them around all year, but this make sense. Tough to matchup … That’s why it is critical Leon can be effective 2C; As LT stated; at 63 points at 2C he would be Top 15 in the LEague. If the Oilers can run SuperNova @ 1C and Leon as a Top 15 @ 2C; its cup contention time !!!

  13. John Chambers says:

    jtblack,

    RNH saw a lot of Benoit Pouliot and an unproductive Jordan Eberle as his linemates last season. He still scored decently well.

    If TMAC eventually runs Maroon – McDavid – Puljujarvi, RNH could rebound significantly if he had Lucic and Draisaitl as his regular wingers. Give him some guys who can cycle and score and he could hit 55-60 points.

    RNH should be a useful part of a championship team (skates like a demon), even at $6M.

  14. Yeti says:

    RE: RNH. If you had to negotiate with him now about an extension, what do you think the Oil would offer and what might he accept in terms of pay and term? Would he have grounds to look for a raise?

  15. Pouzar says:

    I know, lines/schmines, but the most plugged in Oiler media guy had RNH on McDavid’s RW and repeatedly has stated Strome prefers to play C.

  16. vinotintazo says:

    Not sure why people have Caggiula on the 4rth line, I think He will be either top 6 RW or play 3LW if Jokinnen plays 4LW.

    he must have hit 10 posts from RW haha, I really like him as a shooter.

    Something like
    19-97-36
    27-29-18
    Jokinen-93-98
    42-55-44

    and if Leon plays 1RW then RNH will be 2C with strome 3C.

  17. Richard S.S. says:

    If Leon Draisaitl can be an $8.0 Million Center, the Oilers are set for years. If Leon can only be an $8.0 Million RW/LW with McDavid, he needs to be much better than RNH as a Center. If he cannot do that something must be done because the Oilers can only keep the best #2 Center, not both. They cannot be spending $14.0 Million on a secondary position.

  18. vinotintazo says:

    that slavin kid….getting paid 5.3×7

  19. McNuge93 says:

    Wow, a projected opening lineup with no rookies. That’s progress. I’m assuming Pulujarvi and Slepy no longer qualify as rookies and Broissoit being a backup doesn’t count.

  20. misfit says:

    It’s easy to look at Draisaitl’s age and think that he’s likely to improve on his 77 point season, but the league is full of very good players who never surpassed (or even matched) their 2/3 year production (Crosby/Malkin/Ovechkin among others). This past season could very well end up a career high for Leon.

    So if he signs a big ticket long term deal, how many sub-77 point years outside the NHL’s top 10 scorers until he becomes the guy who “got his big payday and coasted”, or Dustin Penner “lazy big man”, or “just a product of McDavid”? My guess is McLellan gets the blame first, but the pitchforks will come out for Draisaitl too before long.

  21. misfit says:

    Strome may prefer C to W, but I still think you’re doing the team a disservice by putting him at C and moving Nuge to the W. Stauffer has his reasons, I’m sure, but I still think that his lineups would be a very bad idea.

  22. Chachi says:

    frjohnk: As a line in the playoffs these three got their heads caved in when looking at shot attempts, shots, scoring chances and shot attempts from the slot ( all %’s where in the high 20’s, low 30’s, small sample size < 40 minutes) they were even in goal share though.

    As you mention, small sample size. I feel like when bringing up percentages for these stats we should also provide the raw for and against totals so that we can give the proper context to go along with statements like “got their heads caved in”.

  23. jtblack says:

    John Chambers,

    i do hope that is the case. I think they have a real shot to win the cup with RnH on the team because it gives them tremendous flexibility and that is with an RNH that can score 55 points

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

    misfit,

    If you’re quoting those three as hitting their peak in reference to Leon shouldn’t you compare their after peak success to Leon’s potential? If he goes on to win three Stanley’s a couple of Hearts, an Art Ross or a few Rocket Richard’s as those three have managed to do while consistently being a PPG or 0.5 GPG kinda guy that $8 million will be a steal of a deal.

    If you’re suggesting Leon has peaked and the drop off will be significant I’ll point to guys like Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn who, while not blowing the doors off their career highs (Kane aside) manage to sustain high production numbers for years.

    Point being: Angst over Leon’s next deal is understandable, I was on board with considering a trade if the ask was $9.5+ for 8 years, but 8×8 seems like a reasonable bet for a 21 year old coming off the back to back years he’s had on a team that is on the upswing.

  25. jtblack says:

    misfit,

    I’m willing to bet that McDavid goes higher than 100 points multiple times in his career and I think draisaitl will also have many seasons above 70 points. The Oilers power play over the next decade is going to be deadly and will allow these guys to pad their stats

  26. godot10 says:

    frjohnk:

    As a line in the playoffs these three got their heads caved in when looking at shot attempts, shots, scoring chances and shot attempts from the slot ( all %’s where in the high 20’s, low 30’s, small sample size < 40 minutes) they were even in goal share though.

    Most of that time was against Getzlaf and that mobile puck-moving Anaheim defense, with Russell playing D behind them half the time (or more). Context.

    That is NOT going to be par for the course during the regular season.

    i.e. those were all tough minutes.

  27. Professor Q says:

    Woogie63:
    Number 3 draft picks 2012-15 (Names removed)
    can you pick the most likely to push the river?

    2012 – 336 NHL games; 204 points
    2013 – 164 NHL games; 95 points
    2014 – 191 NHL games; 137 points
    2015 – 7 NHL games; 1 point

    Although it’s going to be very interesting to see 2012 play with 2013, regardless if 2014 is the best of the bunch.

  28. Wolfie says:

    I really like the idea of Nuge being moved to 1RW. Free him up from the defensive responsibilities… He was a PP witch from that side and I think he shoots enough and has good vision to work effectively on McDavid or even Drai’s wing.

    I feel like Nuge has been bogged down by being forced to check the opposition’s best. He’s a better skater than Eberle. Wins more battles than Ebs and has a conscience defensively. Maybe he’s the Kurri to McDavid’s Gretzky….

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jaxon:
    FYI, Vollman’s May, 2017 update has OHL at .306 or .31 if rounded, which puts Mantha’s NHLe at 22.7, further closing the gap between Bear, Jones, and Mantha.

    Does this take in to account his over-age status?

    The extra year at that age is pretty material.

    I’m willing to slow-develop this huge d-man and give him lots of time – as we all know, d-men take time and larger d-men seem to take even more time.

    Lets see after a couple years of minor league development where this kid is.

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jaxon:
    I could see the forwards shake out like this:
    Maroon / McDavid / Strome
    Lucic / Nugent-Hopkins / Draisaitl
    Caggiula / Jokinen / Puljujarvi
    Slepyshev / Letestu / Kassian
    Malone / Pakarinen

    I actually really like those lines except that 3rd line doesn’t really have a center – JJ can win draws but he’s a winger and, notwithstanding Coach Todd played Drake at C for party of last year, he’s also a winger (and was in college).

    I prefer Strome as a winger as he’s not a great center but at least he “is” a center and i think he would need to play 3C if Drai and Nuge are on a line (which I would like to see).

  31. vinotintazo says:

    What I’ve learned from Tmac is he likes to load up the top two lines. so last year he was fine using caggiula or Desharnais as a 3C.

    I think this year that would be Strome on that 3C.

  32. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Stauffer suggested these as lines:

    Maroon-McDavid-RNH
    Lucic-Leon-Slepyshev
    Caggiula-Strome-Puljujarvi
    Jokinen-Letesu-Kassian
    Khaira-Pakarinen

    Source

    When I talked to him about it I mentioned (and he agreed) that the weakest part of McDavid’s game was Dzone coverage.

    RNH as RW could also play F1 in the dzone freeing McDavid up to play higher in the dzone and making him available for jail break passes more often.

    I like to see that to start to see if it works.

    McDavid’s overall GF/60 was 3.53 and GA/60 was 2.15 last year.

    If having RNH play F1 in the dzone and he (RNH) rediscovers his offence I could see McDavid getting up to GF/60 of 3.85+ and drop the GA/60 below 2.00

    3.85 GF/60 was McDavid’s GF/60 away from Lucic last year btw……

    The biggest weapon on the team is McDavid’s speed.

    Might as well work the lines to exploit it to its full potential.

  33. Chachi says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Stauffer suggested these as lines:

    Maroon-McDavid-RNH
    Lucic-Leon-Slepyshev
    Caggiula-Strome-Puljujarvi
    Jokinen-Letesu-Kassian
    Khaira-Pakarinen

    Source

    When I talked to him about it I mentioned (and he agreed) that the weakest part of McDavid’s game was Dzone coverage.

    RNH as RW could also play F1 in the dzone freeing McDavid up to play higher in the dzone and making him available for jail break passes more often.

    I like to see that to start to see if it works.

    McDavid’s overall GF/60 was 3.53 and GA/60 was 2.15 last year.

    If having RNH play F1 in the dzone and he (RNH) rediscovers his offence I could see McDavid getting up to GF/60 of 3.85+ and drop the GA/60 below 2.00

    3.85 GF/60 was McDavid’s GF/60 away from Lucic last year btw……

    The biggest weapon on the team is McDavid’s speed.

    Might as well work the lines to exploit it to its full potential.

    This makes a lot of sense to me. Also, if the Oilers need to trade Nuge after this season it would be the first time in maybe forever that they actually deployed a player in a way that might increase the value of that player by pumping up his numbers before a trade.

  34. misfit says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    misfit,

    If you’re quoting those three as hitting their peak in reference to Leon shouldn’t you compare their after peak success to Leon’s potential? If he goes on to win three Stanley’s a couple of Hearts, an Art Ross or a few Rocket Richard’s as those three have managed to do while consistently being a PPG or 0.5 GPG kinda guy that $8 million will be a steal of a deal.

    If you’re suggesting Leon has peaked and the drop off will be significant I’ll point to guys like Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn who, while not blowing the doors off their career highs (Kane aside) manage to sustain high production numbers for years.

    Point being: Angst over Leon’s next deal is understandable, I was on board with considering a trade if the ask was $9.5+ for 8 years, but 8×8 seems like a reasonable bet for a 21 year old coming off the back to back years he’s had on a team that is on the upswing.

    Comparing Leon to Crosby/Ovechkim/Malkin in any way is foolish. He’s definitely not in that tier. The only reason I brought them up is to show that even the best don’t always improve on their early success.

    And I hoped that by saying “the league is full of very good players who never surpassed their 2/3 year production” would show that less production didn’t mean lesser player. I was strictly talking about points and the likelihood of him repeating them.

    The point of my post was what happens to him if he doesn’t reproduce his 16/17 season? How will he be received if he not only doesn’t repeat, but doesn’t repeat while making north of $8M a season for the better part of a decade?

    PDO north of 100, career high SH% (not a great indicator when you’re talking about year 3, but 16.9% is high no matter how you slice it), no injuries, played most of his ES time with McDavid and almost all of his PP time as well (who also had no injuries). A lot of his points came on a powerplay that had a lot of career bests on it. McDavid was on the ice for the lion’s share of Draisaitl’s PP time. That shouldn’t change, nor should all the good that comes along with that. Letestu, however, had 11 powerplay goals. He’s never had more than 14 total (or 5 on the PP) in a season. How likely is that to repeat? And if he’s replaced by Strome or Puljujarvi, can we honestly expect them to do the same year in and year out? Klefbom’s 16 PPP was a little north of his previous career high of 3. Is that a guarantee to repeat?

    Some of those things will happen again in Draisaitl’s career. Some will not, and it’s very unlikely all of them are likely to break for him at the same time. He’s anything but a finished product, and I fully expect him to get better as a player, but this year was something of a perfect storm of health, bounces, and opportunity.

  35. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    godot10: Most of that time was against Getzlaf and that mobile puck-moving Anaheim defense, with Russell playing D behind them half the time (or more).Context.

    That is NOT going to be par for the course during the regular season.

    i.e. those were all tough minutes.

    You’re right about the playoffs.

    As a trio 27-29-42 played 31:45 together in the playoffs with 34.8% (!!) CF% and 75% (!!) GF% . (Obv a big heater)

    27:04 of that was vs Getzlaf.

    27 playing as well 5v5 as he has in his career instead of the dreck we saw last year is key to the top 2 lines working next year.

    I think Drai can run a line if he has some help, but last year Lucic was anything but help except for a the last 6 weeks when 27-93-14 started to put up north of 50% CF % and GF% but couldn’t score in the playoffs.

    27-93-14 went a quality 53.5% CF together in the playoffs vs the best but only got 20% GF% with a freaking 920 (!!) PDO. 2.27%SH and .897 SV%.

    Man.

  36. Yeti says:

    Chachi: This makes a lot of sense to me. Also, if the Oilers need to trade Nuge after this season it would be the first time in maybe forever that they actually deployed a player in a way that might increase the value of that player by pumping up his numbers before a trade.

    On the flip side, boosting his points by playing him with McD will raise his price if they intend to extend him.

  37. Chachi says:

    Yeti: On the flip side, boosting his points by playing him with McD will raise his price if they intend to extend him.

    I would rather have this problem.

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pouzar:
    I know, lines/schmines, but the most plugged in Oiler media guy had RNH on McDavid’s RW and repeatedly has stated Strome prefers to play C.

    Wasn’t that Staufer’s personal opinion on what he’d like to see (as opposed to what he believes Coach Todd will set)?

    With that said, Chiarelli has been express that he sees Stome as a center (notwithstanding he hasn’t performed well in many “center attributes” such as faceoffs, PK, etc.). With that being said, Chia has also been on record as saying:

    1) he expects Griff to make the team (2 summers ago); and

    2) he wants to improve the defence (not long before he re-signs Russell and locks in the defence for the next few years).

  39. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Draisaitl 5×5: 82, 13-22-35
    Draisaitl PP: 82, 10-17-27
    Draisaitl PK: 82, 0-0-0
    Draisaitl: 82, 23-39-62

    Dammit LT!

    I’m working on a Draisaitl thing and that’s really close to what I came up with too.

  40. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Chachi: This makes a lot of sense to me. Also, if the Oilers need to trade Nuge after this season it would be the first time in maybe forever that they actually deployed a player in a way that might increase the value of that player by pumping up his numbers before a trade.

    Win win as it were.

    If Lucic doesn’t have a better season I don’t doubt that they might put some feelers out to BOS or LAK or VAN to gauge the market and keep RNH.

  41. John Chambers says:

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the team’s 3rd best forward. Full stop.

    The coach trusts him in every situation; he has accepted a secondary scoring role to handle the top defensive responsibilities and free up 97.

    He would be on 28 or 29 other teams’ top power play units, and would play 20 mins a night at centre for all 31 NHL teams.

    We have this player signed at a reasonable $6M for four more years. What a bargain.

    As a UFA I’m convinced he’d get $7 – $7.5 (Ryan O’Reilly money + inflation).

    If you played him alongside McD for a large chunk of the season as WG suggests, including powerplay, he scores 70 points easily.

  42. Chachi says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Win win as it were.

    If Lucic doesn’t have a better season I don’t doubt that they might put some feelers out to BOS or LAK or VAN to gauge the market and keep RNH.

    Makes sense to me.

  43. OmJo says:

    The more I think about Nuge being McDavids LW, the more I like it too.

    RNH might be one of the few F’s on the team who can keep up with McDavid speed wise. And I [personally] think he has a very under-rated shot. Playing with McDavid (pass-first, though I hope he starts to shoot more this season) with his hockey sense, I think we’ll see Nuge get close to 25-30G in a full, healthy season.

  44. Pouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar: Wasn’t that Staufer’s personal opinion on what he’d like to see (as opposed to what he believes Coach Todd will set)?

    Not too sure but he did tweet out his line combos as per Woodguy above.

  45. OmJo says:

    If the Oilers commit to McDavid-Nuge for the entire season, do you try to get Draisaitl to sign a bridge contract? If you give him 9.5×1 and his Sh% goes back to normal, can you offer him less for his next deal?

  46. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Does this assume Lucic would waive his NMC?

  47. Seismic Source says:

    If Slepyshev doesn’t get burried early on the 3rd and 4th lines he’s going to have a shot at working his way up to that cherry starboard McDavid spot. That spot is his for the taking and he will never have a greater opportunity than this year. The only road blocks are Leon and I have a feeling he only goes back to RW if nobody grabs the horns. I don’t see RNH shooting enough, and I doubt the young Fin has the head for it yet.

    I wonder if we even called Vegas about James Neal. The guy would have been perfect.

  48. misfit says:

    OmJo:
    If the Oilers commit to McDavid-Nuge for the entire season, do you try to get Draisaitl to sign a bridge contract? If you give him 9.5×1 and his Sh% goes back to normal, can you offer him less for his next deal?

    He’d have to be qualified at 100% of his base salary as long as it’s over $1,000,000, but the key there is base salary. They could do a one-year deal at $4.5M with a $5M signing bonus and only have to qualify him at $4.5M next year (for example).

    Either way, I still don’t see a one year deal for Leon happening.

  49. VOR says:

    misfit,

    Because I would like to take some of the heat out of the debate over true value of contracts for RFAs (particularly Leon Draisaitl)I started looking at comparable players through the history of the NHL.

    What I have concluded is you can’t judge the value of a player solely in terms of box cars or even awards.

    In the course of this research I have seen many players who easily covered an eight year bet in terms of boxcars (some even have the awards to prove it) who wouldn’t have been in my opinion good value at all. I have seen others who didn’t look like smart bets at all who turned out to be worth their weight in gold. In no small part because of some special quality or qualities that simply lifted them above their peers and made their box cars irrelevant.

    Consider as a case in point a third year NHL player, 21, whose career progression had gone 33 points, 63 points, 88 points (adjusted for the era less dominant than Leon in terms of box cars). Though in fairness the player in question scored fifty goals in the year he turned 21. Up to here he had 13 points in 17 playoff games.

    For the time and place there was no way of accurately predicting his future performance. Though I think every one on this blog of a certain age would tell you by that third season he was flashing warning signs that he might be something very special indeed. But again, we weren’t basing it solely on his box cars.

    Let me prove that. Even though I am sure many of you recognize the numbers I bet not one of you can, off the top of your head, no cheating, say how much he scored in the next eight years, or even over the course of the rest of his career. We don’t judge this guy by his numbers. Nope, we just all remember that when Mark Messier wanted it he was an unstoppable force and that is a skill without price.

    Back to the data. Do lots of third year 21 year old players flop in subsequent years. Not really, I can with fair confidence tell you that the typical 21 year old is a very good bet to improve. I am through thirty years of hockeydb data and so far about 80% of players are better statistically over the next eight years (22-29) than they were when they were 21.. However, really great 21 year old players (Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin are all examples of this) sometimes put up such stunning numbers they would actually be hard pressed to duplicate them and then they appear to flop. Though I don’t think anyone thinks of these three guys as flops.

    By the way the data is less kind to players who have 70-99 points than to players with 69 or fewer points. So in other words the more the player scores at 21 the less the chance that level of play is going to be predictive of the next 8 years. I don’t have enough data yet to have it be significant in the statistical tests I am running but it appears a player with 70-99 points will be better over the next 8 years roughly 56.8% of the time. The average player has 4.3 seasons that are better and 3.7 seasons that are worse. Though there are outliers both ways. Jaromir Jagr (94 points) for example is 8 for 8 out performing is ppg from 21 8 consecutive times.

    This data base is small and a little weird in that I am only looking at players who lasted at least 11 years in the NHL. I haven’t factored in the risk of injury which is non-trivial. Nor have I yet looked at the effect of the cap era on this data or league scoring trends. Nor have I finished exploring the issue of being zoomed – though I can tell you that the trend is that being zoomed at 21 has little effect on whether you out perform the boxcars from that season over your next eight seasons.

    I am purely offering my opinion but I think that Draisaitl and his 77 points is probably a coin flip to cover an $8 million dollar contract based on boxcars alone. And probably a losing bet when we factor in the risk of injury.

    I am however betting he is better than even odds to be value for money.That is because so far (again hard to find a big enough data set to say anything with certainty) a remarkably high percentage (69%) of players who broke in with a point a game in the playoffs, over 10 or more games go on to be as good or better over the course of their playoff careers. So the smart money bet is if the Oilers are good enough to make the playoffs, once they are there Draisaitl will be a key part of multiple Stanley Cups.

    I didn’t mean to compare Leon Draisaitl to the great Jean Beliveau yesterday. I was merely using Beliveau as an example of my central contention that zooming is not particularly relevant to predicting Draisaitl’s future (by the way if any of you have ideas for young players who were zoomed I’d love to build them into the analysis).

    Yesterday I almost used this guy to make the point about zooming.

    20 years old –
    regular season 75 32 43 75
    playoffs 9 5 7 12

    21 years old –
    regular season 71 32 54 86
    playoffs 5 2 5 7

    If Beliveau isn’t the most zoomed player of all time this guy almost certainly is. Would you have signed him for the next 8 years at big bucks? I hope so.

    The guy zooming him is Wayne Gretzky and that is the first two seasons of the amazing Jar Kurri.

    The big take away is this: despite common consensus you can’t zoom a pig’s ear. To date, all the data I have examined is telling a very consistent story. You can’t stick just anybody on Connor McDavid’s wing and expect to get a Leon Draisaitl.

    So:

    You need Draisaitl to give Connor a zoomable talent to play with.
    You need Draisaitl for the playoffs.
    You have to take the bet on the next eight regular seasons, knowing you will probably lose, in order to get the first two.

  50. Thinker says:

    I don’t like the trajectory of Daisaitl based on how the MSM and the idiots who call into radio shows react to players. Eberle had one down year at only 6m, and was almost burned alive. His 76pt season may be an equivalent for Draisaitl’s last season. We’ve seen a lot of negativity on lucic, and penner got more hate than he ever deserved. He’s still young, but his defensive game is still weak, and if he were to put up say 60 pts next year, while making 8mil, he will probably be ridden hard. I guess you never know who the media will target. Fayne sort of came out of nowhere a couple years ago, and Petry never did anything wrong. I don’t really think the MSM is running guys out of town, but I can’t remember a scapegoat who wasn’t banished fairly soon. Draisaitl is not in the class of Malkin, even though that is the comparison being made. He will likely be just shy of Kopitar.

  51. OmJo says:

    misfit,

    Good to know, thanks for clearing that up.

    And yeah, I don’t see any reason for him to take a 1-year deal, especially at almost 50% than what he’d make via offer sheet.

  52. deankb says:

    Chachi,

    YEAH THAT!

    You are so correct…

  53. Jaxon says:

    I can’t seem to post any comments on Oilersnation. Anyone else having a problem with that? Maybe I’ve been banned for some strange reason. After I post a comment and it doesn’t show up, I try posting it again and it tells me, “Oops, It looks like you’ve already posted that.” But it still doesn’t show up. Refresh doesn’t help. Different browser doesn’t help. Any thoughts? Solutions? I’ve sent a message to admin, but no response.

  54. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    Does this assume Lucic would waive his NMC?

    There’s a whole lot of maybes between here and there but yes, which is why I mentioned BOS and LAK as he’s played there before and wanted to re-sign with LAK but they didn’t offer him enough. VAN because its his hometown, but that’s not a lock.

  55. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar: Does this take in to account his over-age status?

    The extra year at that age is pretty material.

    I’m willing to slow-develop this huge d-man and give him lots of time – as we all know, d-men take time and larger d-men seem to take even more time.

    Lets see after a couple years of minor league development where this kid is.

    No, it doesn’t, so you are correct that it probably doesn’t place them as close as their NHLes do. Yes, I think he’s far from the first call up at this stage.If Bear gets the call at some point, he’ll see plenty of time in Bakersfield. There’s plenty of upside with a 21 yr old 6’5″, 225lbs D with some solid offense.

    I’m surprised they didn’t pick up former Oil King captain, local 21 yr old RHD Aaron Irving, who had similar offense this year.

  56. anjinsan says:

    Oh LT — Button says green light Puljujarvi. He says don’t worry, Puljujarvi will rise to his occasion. He’s got the goods. But you just have to let the young athlete figure it out with good mentorship. I sincerely believe he will be better on the whole than Hall.

    Looking back on ’15, not having Barzal/Connor + Carlo is just painful and incompetent. There is no other way to cast it. Time has told. And one more thing — Eberle for Gudbranson a year earlier instead of Hall for Larsson would have been even more powerful for the Oilers. Yabba-dabba-do!

  57. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    VOR,

    The big take away is this: despite common consensus you can’t zoom a pig’s ear. To date, all the data I have examined is telling a very consistent story. You can’t stick just anybody on Connor McDavid’s wing and expect to get a Leon Draisaitl.
    So:
    You need Draisaitl to give Connor a zoomable talent to play with.
    You need Draisaitl for the playoffs.
    You have to take the bet on the next eight regular seasons, knowing you will probably lose, in order to get the first two.

    I’m going to disagree with that Vor.

    Blair MacDonald was tied for 10th in NHL scoring the year he played with Gretzky.

    That’s pretty much a pig’s ear.

    WHA 78/79 – 0.89 pts/gm (some with Gretzky)
    NHL 79/80 – 1.18 pts/gm with Gretzky
    NHL 80/81 – 0.90 pt/gm (most games with Oilers
    NHL 81/81 – 0.56 pt/gm with Vancouver

    Textbook zoom.

    Rob Brown is another one.

    20 year old year scored 1.69 pts/gm playing next to Lemieux.
    21 year old year 1.00pts/gm

    The other 395 games in his NHL career was at 0.62 pts/gm

    Kevin Stevens well over 1pt/gm with Mario, barely 0.5/gm without Mario

    Sheary going from 0.22pts/gm to 0.87 pts/gm with Crosby

    Zooming happens all the time.

    Addendum: The players I mentioned weren’t awful and maybe that’s what you meant by “a pig’s ear”, but the zoom does happen.

    Here’s one I forgot:

    220 NHL games with 34 goals = 0.154 goals/gm
    81 NHL games with McDavid 27 goals = 0.333 goals per game.

    Maroonzoom.

  58. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar: I actually really like those lines except that 3rd line doesn’t really have a center – JJ can win draws but he’s a winger and, notwithstanding Coach Todd played Drake at C for party of last year, he’s also a winger (and was in college).
    I prefer Strome as a winger as he’s not a great center but at least he “is” a center and i think he would need to play 3C if Drai and Nuge are on a line (which I would like to see).

    Agreed, I paused at JJ and Caggiula. Can Caggiula play C? Doubtful, but maybe.

    Maroon / McDavid / Strome
    Lucic / Draisaitl / Slepyshev
    Jokinen / Nugent-Hopkins / Puljujarvi
    Caggiula / Letestu / Kassian
    Malone / Pakarinen

    The left side isn’t looking so strong and is going to get old very quickly. Pouliot is gone. Lucic is already looking pretty slow and aimless out there. This may be Maroon’s last season (does he bolt for St Louis as a UFA next summer?). Slepyshev plays both sides but he is far from proven still. Nuge? He may be gone next summer, too. Jokinen is a 1 year deal. Maybe LaLeggia’s final 43 games show his true potential (NHLe of 20 goals).

    Man, I hope Benson stays healthy and shows why he was once considered for exceptional status. Benson would have been tied for only the 3rd player to be granted the honour after Tavares (2005) and Ekblad (2011), and along with McDavid (2012).

  59. Richard S.S. says:

    Don’t forget, any move this year has major implications for next year.

  60. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo:
    If the Oilers commit to McDavid-Nuge for the entire season, do you try to get Draisaitl to sign a bridge contract? If you give him 9.5×1 and his Sh% goes back to normal, can you offer him less for his next deal?

    We’d have to give him a qualifying offer at that salary in order to keep his rights

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    Seismic Source:
    If Slepyshev doesn’t get burried early on the 3rd and 4th lines he’s going to have a shot at working his way up to that cherry starboard McDavid spot. That spot is his for the taking and he will never have a greater opportunity than this year. The only road blocks are Leon and I have a feeling he only goes back to RW if nobody grabs the horns. I don’t see RNH shooting enough, and I doubt the young Fin has the head for it yet.

    I wonder if we even called Vegas about James Neal. The guy would have been perfect.

    Nuge was 3rd on the team in shots last year with 200.

  62. Professor Q says:

    Just listening to Lowdown. The Nuge at Connor’s wing has been a thing all year, not just now, and even yes you, Lowetide, have expressed interest in trying it out (not your vehement against it stance as of late, haha, although mentioning that it doesn’t use all of skills, yes, and it doesn’t; but it does use his smarts and speed).

    I think it would interesting to try it out. You can always put him at centre again, and do the change up with a variety of players. The plug and play could add versatility to the entire fromt of the team.

    Obviously pure-scoring quick wingers would take MOST of that time. But what about certain PP and PK times with McDavid? Or other times?

  63. Lowetide says:

    anjinsan:
    Oh LT — Button says green light Puljujarvi.He says don’t worry, Puljujarvi will rise to his occasion.He’s got the goods.But you just have to let the young athlete figure it out with good mentorship.I sincerely believe he will be better on the whole than Hall.

    The question I have about Puljujarvi is goal scoring. I’ve never questioned his ability to be a quality two-way player, in fact, I think he’s close to being that now. Goals. That’s my question.

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

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Makes sense that TMac would want to give CmD-Nuge a whirl. I watched as much Erie hockey as I could during McDavid’s draft year and this was how Knoblauch ran Strome and CmD. Strome would play F1 down low in the dzone and CmD would take LW (or F2 I dunno how the descriptors work these days) where the play would be to spring CmD and let his wheel’s do the work. If you go back and look at his draft year highlight videos its pretty obvious especially in the playoffs.

    It would also be a different look for teams defensively. Kane blew up a few years ago when Panarin was able to provide a new outlook as Kane worked his magic. Having Nuge feeding outlet passes to CmD as he’s in stride up the wing is the kind of stuff that dmen have nightmare’s about.

    The flexibility that is starting to emerge on this roster could be mind blowing. Hopefully that Leon fella can drive his own line…

    misfit,

    Excellent post! And generally I agree with your rationalization on the stats. I’m borderline giddy about this team these days and I was hoping you’d go a bit further with your analysis. My own bias is that for once this team will take a step forward next season rather than running in place or stepping back. Lots of folks (not necessarily you) seem to think that relying on internal development vs going out and trading for/signing big names is the most surefire way to build a winner. I vehemently disagree and point to Chicago and Pittsburgh as to why I feel that development is the best way forward. As always we wait.

  65. Lowetide says:

    Professor Q:
    Just listening to Lowdown. The Nuge at Connor’s wing has been a thing all year, not just now, and even yes you, Lowetide, have expressed interest in trying it out (not your vehement against it stance as of late, haha, although mentioning that it doesn’t use all of skills, yes, and it doesn’t; but it does use his smarts and speed).

    I think it would interesting to try it out. You can always put him at centre again, and do the change up with a variety of players. The plug and play could add versatility to the entire fromt of the team.

    Obviously pure-scoring quick wingers would take MOST of that time. But what about certain PP and PK times with McDavid? Or other times?

    If it helps the Oilers win, and keep Nuge, I’m all for it. I just don’t think it’s a natural fit with what Nuge does well.

  66. OF17 says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Stauffer suggested these as lines:

    Maroon-McDavid-RNH
    Lucic-Leon-Slepyshev
    Caggiula-Strome-Puljujarvi
    Jokinen-Letesu-Kassian
    Khaira-Pakarinen

    Source

    When I talked to him about it I mentioned (and he agreed) that the weakest part of McDavid’s game was Dzone coverage.

    RNH as RW could also play F1 in the dzone freeing McDavid up to play higher in the dzone and making him available for jail break passes more often.

    I like to see that to start to see if it works.

    McDavid’s overall GF/60 was 3.53 and GA/60 was 2.15 last year.

    If having RNH play F1 in the dzone and he (RNH) rediscovers his offence I could see McDavid getting up to GF/60 of 3.85+ and drop the GA/60 below 2.00

    3.85 GF/60 was McDavid’s GF/60 away from Lucic last year btw……

    The biggest weapon on the team is McDavid’s speed.

    Might as well work the lines to exploit it to its full potential.

    Plus, Draisaitl is the only guy on the team I’d rather have than Nuge with the puck on his stick trying to spring McDavid. Keep McDavid-Draisaitl for the PP, since Drai works well down low, but 19-97-93 at 5v5 would be very interesting.

  67. misfit says:

    VOR,

    I enjoyed reading that, but since you posted it as a reply to me, I get the sense that you misunderstood what my point was.

    My point wasn’t on the merits of Draisaitl the player, but more along the lines of what Thinker posted almost immediately after you did. I’m worried about what the response from the masses (media, fans, and people inside the org alike) will be if (when) he doesn’t finish top 10 in scoring or finishes with less than 60 points.

    Right now, Draisaitl as a player is less than his point totals suggest. He could very well be much more than his point totals suggest a year from now, but is that the story that will be told? If Horcoff/Torres/Stoll/Gagner/Eberle/etc.etc.etc. are any indication, no.

  68. John Chambers says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    The MaroonZoom is apt.

    That said, a 6’3″ 230 banger and board boss with soft mittens is a pretty nice compliment for McDavid. Maroon’s beatdown of Brandon Manning was one of my top-5 moments from last season, and IMO was a catalyst for the team making the leap beyond a middle-of-the-pack club to the upper echelon.

    I’m okay if the Oilers give Maroon an extension in the $3-$4M range for 3-4 seasons. It’s like Chris Kunitz’ contract where everyone acknowledges it’s a fair price for a player performing in a dream situation.

    If some idiot GM wants to give Patty $25M / 5 for the zoom, then they’ll have to try and Bickell their way out of it eventually.

  69. John Chambers says:

    Lowetide: The question I have about Puljujarvi is goal scoring. I’ve never questioned his ability to be a quality two-way player, in fact, I think he’s close to being that now. Goals. That’s my question.

    You’re going to underrate him in your RE.

    There’s not other choice, really, as the player has no basis to project performance, but he’s going to go full Pastrnak in a hurry.

    Impossible to nail down a performance trajectory for JP in ’17-’18. My guess is 22-26-48

  70. misfit says:

    Patrick Maroon the almost 30 goal scorer is definitely a result of McDavid, but Patrick Maroon the good hockey player isn’t.

    I was shocked when the Ducks traded him for a nothing prospect and a late pick, and completely floored when I found out they retained salary on the deal too.

    I remember thinking about him as an ideal middle 6 winger and wished we could find a player like him (but not him because he’d obviously never be available).

    I’m glad we have him, and would like to see him extend his contract, but he’s definitely from the Bryan Bickell branch of the hockey player tree. Just because he can play on the 1st line, it doesn’t mean he’s a 1st liner. It DEFINITELY doesn’t mean he should be paid like one.

  71. texmex says:

    John Chambers,

    I just watched the Philadelphia feed of the maroon manning scrap. Called maroon a homer!!! lol. The philly broadcast team is almost as bad as Boston.

  72. Lowetide says:

    John Chambers: You’re going to underrate him in your RE.

    There’s not other choice, really, as the player has no basis to project performance, but he’s going to go full Pastrnak in a hurry.

    Impossible to nail down a performance trajectory for JP in ’17-’18. My guess is 22-26-48

    Haha! Love it. This is exactly where I am right now, and it’s damned impossible really. The kid is going to make my RE look foolish unless I fade him only halfway. Even then I could miss him by 15 goals.

  73. Visually better says:

    Daily I want Wayne Simmonds post. Does anyone here there is any possibility Philadelphia would ever trade him?

    Would Maroon (cost effective replacement) plus a first, a 2nd and Caleb jones do it?

    Would they have any reason to want to trade him? hell if i know

  74. Lowetide says:

    Visually better:
    Daily I want Wayne Simmonds post. Does anyone here there is any possibility Philadelphia would ever trade him?

    Would Maroon (cost effective replacement) plus a first, a 2nd and Caleb jones do it?

    Would they have any reason to want to trade him? hell if i know

    I think about it all the time. They would be impatient billionaires to trade him. Alas, Ed Snider is dead.

  75. russ99 says:

    John Chambers:
    jtblack,

    RNH saw a lot of Benoit Pouliot and an unproductive Jordan Eberle as his linemates last season. He still scored decently well.

    If TMAC eventually runs Maroon – McDavid – Puljujarvi, RNH could rebound significantly if he had Lucic and Draisaitl as his regular wingers. Give him some guys who can cycle and score and he could hit 55-60 points.

    RNH should be a useful part of a championship team (skates like a demon), even at $6M.

    This was due to RNHs play as well. His scoring was down, he was timid with the puck, stayed behind the circles and ineffective and often lost the puck on the cycle, especially in the playoffs,

    The weak winger excuse doesn’t work, RNH’s preferred rush game is a poor fit in this system with this player group.

    Unless he changes his game and shows up 20 lbs heavier/stronger and willing to get to the tough areas, he’ll be gone at the deadline.

    Right now we can’t pencil him in the top 6, we have to see what player comes back at camp.

    I’m going with:
    Maroon- McDavid – Strome
    Lucic – Draisaitl – Slepyshev
    Jokinen – RNH – Kassian
    Caggiula – Letestu – Puljujarvi

  76. krakman says:

    russ99,

    Is the system also a bad fit for Lucic?

  77. Richard S.S. says:

    McDavid (12.5), Draisaitl (8.0), Nugent-Hopkins (6.0), Lucic (6.0), Puljujarvi (3.425), Kassian (1.95), Khaira (.65), Klefbom (4.167), Larsson (4.166), Sekera (5.5), Russell (4.0), Gryba (.900), Talbot (4.1676) and the Pouliot Buyout (1.333) are the only contracts (13 Players) signed for next year at a cost of about $62.758.

    With only $12.242 to sign 10 more players means:
    1) Ryan Strome (2.5), Drake Caggiula (.925), Anton Slepyshev (.925), Laurent Brossoit (.75), Darnell Nurse (.864) and Matthew Benning (.925) cannot be re-signed unless they’ll take no raises.
    2) 10 Players would earn an average of $1.22 Million. Even paying 7-9 players just $1.0 Million, the Oilers are unlikely to keep more than one RFA.

    Trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins next offseason for just picks only leaves $18.242 to sign 11 Players. Even then the Oilers can’t keep them all. Despite what I’d like, the Cap would need to rise $7.5 Million next year to do it all.

    EDIT: Made the change, thank you.

  78. meanashell11 says:

    Richard S.S.,

    Adam Larsson???

  79. Visually better says:

    Lowetide: I think about it all the time. They would be impatient billionaires to trade him. Alas, Ed Snider is dead.

    Just so hard to make a read on philly’s short term plan.

    Giroux and voracek are making a boat load of money and probably put pressure on MGMT to be In a sort of win now mode, however with good drafting and lots of prospects they could be an up and coming team if they tore it down. Provorov, sanheim, konecny all in the past couples years.. and I’ve read they had a really solid draft in June with Patrick obviously and Ratcliffe, frost etc..

    Very hard to say what they are aiming to do but I would be willing to give a ransom for Wayne simmonds and is under 4 million a year contract.

  80. Richard S.S. says:

    This year however, things can still happen. For each game Sekera misses on LTIR, how much overall Cap Relief does he provide? There still about $2.0 Million of Cap space in unearnable Bonuses. So something else might happen. Only Chiarelli knows how much he has and when he wants to spend it.

  81. Thinker says:

    I’d be surprised if Lucic and Sekera weren’t shopped next summer. I don’t think Chiarelli would keep them over Nuge, but I’m not positive.

  82. John Chambers says:

    russ99,

    Agree to disagree.

    McLellan obviously values RNH. Leans on him a ton. Chiarelli gave him a resounding vote of confidence at the year-end presser.

    Obviously everyone wants more offense out of the guy, but everything else he does (aside from faceoffs, perhaps) is Bergeron-like.

  83. hags9k says:

    They would be crazy not to find room for Nuge long term.

    Guys are always injured.

    The 3 centers and the 3 sasquatches. That’s the forward core I would try and keep.

  84. NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) says:

    vinotintazo:
    that slavin kid….getting paid 5.3×7

    Amazing deal by Carolina. Echoes of the Ryan McDonagh deal. Slavin should fire his agent.

  85. John Chambers says:

    Patrice Bergeron in ’08-’09 went 64 8-31-39 in the reg season and 11 0-5-5 in the playoffs, with Boston bowing out in round 2.

    I’m sure people at the time said – “his 70+ point seasons were after the lockout, and he’s not a guy you can really commit to as a top centre, etc etc”.

    I don’t expect RNH to follow Bergeron’s trajectory entirely, but good players DO have down years, but you watch the guy skate with the puck and it’s obvious his skill level is well below McDavid, a notch below Draisaitl, and ahead of everyone else on the team.

  86. VOR says:

    Woodguy,

    I think I made it pretty clear my database was made up of guys who played 11 years in the NHL. Blair McDonald doesn’t qualify.

    I hope it was clear that I am interested in seeing what happens over the next 8 years to players who were zoomed in their early careers. Call it the Draisaitl Question. McDonald offers up no useful information to help us in answering this question.

    I stand by my position – zooming provides no predictive value over the population of players I was looking at – 11 years in the NHL, zoomed or not at either 21, third or fourth year in NHL, or both.

    That isn’t that there aren’t examples (I would have used Kevin Stevens who just made my analysis cut off of max age 25) that indicate that taking the superstar zoomer away leaves a player not worth as much money – though God the years Stevens and Lemieux played together are something to behold. Just that the predictive value of their zoom status remains zero.

    There are two reasons for this:

    a) second bananas are good for first bananas stats and because first bananas have enormous say into how their teams are run second bananas tend to keep getting reunited with first bananas.

    b) zooming is a remarkably uneven phenomenon.

    Consider Draisaitl and Maroon.

    Draisaitl explodes – we say it is down to McDavid
    Maroon explodes in goals scored we say it is down to McDavid

    It is surely just as sound to say look how poorly Maroon played in relation to his established ability that must be because he is stuck with McDavid.

    You all know he played worse than in 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 don’t you?

    In 2014-2015 he had 34 points in 1014.55 and in 2017-2017 he had 42 in 1355.45. Converted to raw 60 minute play (not allowing for power play etc.) Maroon with McDavid was 1.86 points per 60 player. In 2014-2015 he had 2.01 points per 60 minutes played.

    So Maroon’s point improvement is more than explained by his total minutes on the ice. No zooming there. Quite the opposite. Though I would say it sure looks like he was zoomed in terms of goals. I will say it again. Zooming is not a consistent phenomenon.

    In fact, if McDavid was suppressing Draisaitl’s point production as much as he was Maroon’s then Leon is probably an 83 point player without McDavid the boat anchor.

    I am just being silly but I hope everybody will remember zooming is not predictive, zooming is not consistent. If you still don’t believe me do the exercise I just did with Maroon except do it with Chris Kunitz.

    You will find Crosby zooms him some years more than others. Then there is the fact that adjusted for time on ice and Kunitz has years he is below his own established ability while playing with Sidney Crosby. Zooming, just not a consistent thing.

    We need to drop it from our conversation about Leon Draisaitl – unless one of you can explain how McDavid drove Maroon’s point production down and Draisaitl’s up.

  87. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    OF17: Plus, Draisaitl is the only guy on the team I’d rather have than Nuge with the puck on his stick trying to spring McDavid. Keep McDavid-Draisaitl for the PP, since Drai works well down low, but 19-97-93 at 5v5 would be very interesting.

    Agreed.

    29-97 ran the 4th best PP in the NHL last year.

    Don’t mess with it.

  88. Rake 2.0 says:

    russ99,

    So you’re trading the teams best defensive center at the deadline for picks when we’re trying to win the cup?

  89. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    VOR,

    You all know he played worse than in 2013-2014 or 2014-2015 don’t you?
    In 2014-2015 he had 34 points in 1014.55 and in 2017-2017 he had 42 in 1355.45. Converted to raw 60 minute play (not allowing for power play etc.) Maroon with McDavid was 1.86 points per 60 player. In 2014-2015 he had 2.01 points per 60 minutes played.

    You must have messed up a calculation somewhere Vor I don’t get 1.86 for Maroon with McDavid anywhere.

    Maroon with McDavid in 16/17 was 27 points in 730 minutes = 2.21pts/60 (all 5v5)

    Maroon with McDavid in 15/16 was 7 points in 134 minutes = 3.13 pts/60 (all 5v5)

    Total Maroon with McDavid both years 34 points in 864 minutes = 2.36/60

    Total Maroon career without McDavid 64 points in 2247 minutes = 1.71/60

    Maroon broken down per year:

    2012-13 Anaheim 1.53
    2013-14 Anaheim 2.37
    2014-15 Anaheim 1.79
    2015-16 Edmonton 1.41
    2016-17 Edmonton 1.82

    Great year in 13/14. Running a 1031 PDO will do that for you.

    I agree that a player has to have some kind of skill to play well with McDavid, Crosby, Lemiuex or Gretzky. No argument.

    To suggest that playing with these players doesn’t boost (or zoom) their totals isn’t right and there are many players who show this.

  90. oilfan17 says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    VOR,

    Zooming happens all the time.

    Addendum: The players I mentioned weren’t awful and maybe that’s what you meant by “a pig’s ear”, but the zoom does happen.

    Why couldn’t McDavid zoom Lucic, Eberle or any of the other wingers they tried over the last 2 years? (these players were not awful either)

    Because chemistry is a thing and it flows both ways.

  91. N64 says:

    Rake 2.0:
    russ99,

    So you’re trading the teams best defensive center at the deadline for picks when we’re trying to win the cup?

    When coach was asked after the Sharks series why he lost the line matching battle, he gloated that he actually *preferred* the matchup the Sharks wanted.

    Perhaps coach and Russ99 are talking about Nuges in parallel universes. A nasty Nuge slipped out of a transporter somewhere and delivered the coach’s plan.

    Oiler fans sometimes deserve what they ask for.

  92. OmJo says:

    oilfan17,

    Going off memory, didn’t Lucic get most of his 5v5 offense while playing with McDavid early on in the season? Then slowly the duo started to fall apart and Lucic got replaced with Maroon.

  93. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Here’s another misconception about Drai.

    “The Oilers scored more when he was with McDavid than when Eberle was with McDavid”

    On the surface this is true, but as it turns out, its an artifact of TOI with Lucic vs Maroon

    Check this out: (all last year 5v5)

    19-97-14 scored 3.87 GF/60
    19-97-29 scored 3.57 GF/60

    27-97-14 scored 2.58 GF/60
    27-97-29 scored 2.41 GF/60

    Crazy eh?

    If “he scored well with McDavid” is an argument for Drai, then you have to concede “but not as well as Eberle when you control for LW”

    Hardly a ringing endorsement for $8MM+ when it was decided that $6MM was too much for Eberle.

    I’m not sure anyone is making that argument here, but its a common one on twitter and elsewhere.

    Here’s the TOI of each of the above trios which shows why 14’s overall GF/60 wasn’t as good as 29’s with 97

    19-97-14 scored 3.87 – 139min
    19-97-29 scored 3.57 – 538 min

    27-97-14 scored 2.58 – 232min
    27-97-29 scored 2.41 – 74min

  94. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    oilfan17: Why couldn’t McDavid zoom Lucic,Eberle or any of the other wingers they tried over the last 2 years? (these players were not awful either)

    Because chemistry is a thing and it flows both ways.

    My next post shows he actually had more chemistry with Eberle.

    I’m not trying to shit talk Drai.

    I like him a lot and he being capable of driving a 2nd line vs tough comp is key to the Oilers success and I cheer vehemently for the Oilers.

    I’m just trying to temper expectations.

  95. Georges says:

    WG:

    Great to have you back.

  96. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Georges:
    WG:

    Great to have you back.

    Thanks Georges.

  97. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    OmJo:
    oilfan17,

    Going off memory, didn’t Lucic get most of his 5v5 offense while playing with McDavid early on in the season? Then slowly the duo started to fall apart and Lucic got replaced with Maroon.

    Lucic with McDavid – 11pts in 452 min = 1.46/60
    Lucic with RNH – 8pts in 431 min = 1.11/60

    Lucic with Drai at C – I can’t separate out individual points with no McDavid on the ice, but you can get Oiler goals. They Oilers scored 4 goals in 134 minutes with those two together and no McDavid

    Lucic with Drai at C (no McDavid) 1.78 GF/60
    Lucic with McDavid at C 2.92 GF/60
    Lucic with RNH at C 1.95 GF/60

  98. Jaxon says:

    Lowetide: I think about it all the time. They would be impatient billionaires to trade him. Alas, Ed Snider is dead.

    The one I think about often is Maroon plus for Evander Kane. Even with his perceived problems, a sniper with his kind of speed could be deadly with McDavid. His next contract will be huge too, though. They’d really have to dump some salary as on Nuge plus Lucic (which would be impossible with his NMC).

  99. VOR says:

    Woodguy,

    By your own math Maroon in 2013-2014 sets an established level of ability/possibility and over two years with McDavid he hasn’t risen to that same level. Minimally McDavid hasn’t proven he can zoom Maroon more than luck can do to Maroon all on its own. Sort of makes my point. If he isn’t zooming Maroon why is he zooming Draisaitl?

    I never said zooming wasn’t a real thing. I never said players don’t do worse without the guy who zoomed them. I said whether a young player is zoomed or not isn’t predictive of what they do over the next eight years. In other words I am putting forth the proposition that zooming has no predictive power in forecasting the player Leon Draisaitl will be over the next 8 years.

    I went on to say I believe it is not predictive because of a) human nature – the best players want their best line mates and while there are coaches who have succeeded in overcoming this prejudice the great have for the good it is uncommon and b) zooming is not a consistent phenomenon. Simple experiment, try defining zooming. Or look at the difference in impact playing with McDavid has on Maroon and on Draisaitl’s production.

    You haven’t come close to proving me wrong about zooming’s lack of predictive power nor about the consistency issues that bedevil any thought of using it in a rational discussion of a player’s long term career prospects. You haven’t even tried to present counter evidence.

  100. oilfan17 says:

    OmJo:
    oilfan17,

    Going off memory, didn’t Lucic get most of his 5v5 offense while playing with McDavid early on in the season? Then slowly the duo started to fall apart and Lucic got replaced with Maroon.

    Just looking quickly at the game summaries, even strength points for Lucic:
    October 6 pts in 8 games
    November 5 pts in 15 games
    December 2 pts in 14 games

    Power play points aren’t included.

    There were a lot of different line combinations during those 3 months but Lucic was pretty much always on McDavid’s line until January.

    Looks like the zooming effect dried up over time.

  101. jm363561 says:

    Good morning from Hua Hin, Thailand – golf trip. Just an amazing thread. Amazing.

    Off to practice my putting!

  102. Jaxon says:

    It will be interesting to watch Vancouver and Buffalo this year to see if they are in a playoff spot and if Evander Kane and Erik Gudbranson indicate that they’ll re-sign. If not, they would be amazing rentals for a playoff push. They’d also be great fits if the Oilers can then sign them ahead of free agency. They’d cost a pretty penny, though and the Oilers would have to dump even more salary than they already have to.

  103. Jaxon says:

    Trade fits to save money and add an integral piece to the puzzle: Boone Jenner, Brendan Gallagher, Radko Gudas.

  104. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    VOR,

    By your own math Maroon in 2013-2014 sets an established level of ability/possibility and over two years with McDavid he hasn’t risen to that same level. Minimally McDavid hasn’t proven he can zoom Maroon more than luck can do to Maroon all on its own. Sort of makes my point. If he isn’t zooming Maroon why is he zooming Draisaitl?

    I mentioned Maroon’s 1031 PDO that year in my post. While that’s a possibility, its not ability. I assume that when I’m conversing with you showing a 1031 PDO speaks for itself and what it represents.

    Its clear that he’s zooming Maroon and I showed that in my 2nd post.

    Maroon is a career 1.71 pts/60 guy without McDavid. That’s a nice number and a nice player.

    Maroon is 2.36/60 with McDavid.

    Over a 82 game season that’s a difference of ~13 points.

    I never said zooming wasn’t a real thing. I never said players don’t do worse without the guy who zoomed them. I said whether a young player is zoomed or not isn’t predictive of what they do over the next eight years. In other words I am putting forth the proposition that zooming has no predictive power in forecasting the player Leon Draisaitl will be over the next 8 years.

    I can buy that for certain players. I hope Leon is among them.

    I went on to say I believe it is not predictive because of a) human nature – the best players want their best line mates and while there are coaches who have succeeded in overcoming this prejudice the great have for the good it is uncommon and b) zooming is not a consistent phenomenon. Simple experiment, try defining zooming. Or look at the difference in impact playing with McDavid has on Maroon and on Draisaitl’s production.

    I agree that zooming is not a constant. Coaches do play their best together so there is always some degree of it going on for everyone.

    Hall zoomed RNH”s numbers, but Eberle was pretty consistent away from Hall.

    As for Maroon and Drai, I showed Maroon is a 0.65pts/60 difference, which is quite large.

    Look at each of Leon’s seasons:

    16/17
    With McDavid 2.24 pts/60
    Without McDavid 1.80 pts/60

    15/16
    With Hall 2.32pts/60
    Without Hall 1.13/60

    14/15
    1.06 pts/60

    We can see the growth in Leon’s game and I have no doubt that he can achieve over 2 pts/60 away from McDavid next year if he gets decent wingers.

    You haven’t come close to proving me wrong about zooming’s lack of predictive power nor about the consistency issues that bedevil any thought of using it in a rational discussion of a player’s long term career prospects. You haven’t even tried to present counter evidence.

    I didn’t really address that because I don’t really know.

    In my original post I only quoted this part as this was the only part I addressed:

    The big take away is this: despite common consensus you can’t zoom a pig’s ear. To date, all the data I have examined is telling a very consistent story. You can’t stick just anybody on Connor McDavid’s wing and expect to get a Leon Draisaitl.
    So:
    You need Draisaitl to give Connor a zoomable talent to play with.
    You need Draisaitl for the playoffs.
    You have to take the bet on the next eight regular seasons, knowing you will probably lose, in order to get the first two.

    I focused on the “pig’s ear” part because there is a laundry list of players who have career years with the Gretzky, Lemiuex, Crosby and now McDavids.

    Rob Brown played 11 years. He should have shown up in your database. Great junior player. Killed it with Lemiuex. Not much after.

    John Cullen should show up too although since he came to the NHL via NCAA he started later.

  105. who says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    VOR,

    The big take away is this: despite common consensus you can’t zoom a pig’s ear. To date, all the data I have examined is telling a very consistent story. You can’t stick just anybody on Connor McDavid’s wing and expect to get a Leon Draisaitl.
    So:
    You need Draisaitl to give Connor a zoomable talent to play with.
    You need Draisaitl for the playoffs.
    You have to take the bet on the next eight regular seasons, knowing you will probably lose, in order to get the first two.

    I’m going to disagree with that Vor.

    Blair MacDonald was tied for 10th in NHL scoring the year he played with Gretzky.

    That’s pretty much a pig’s ear.

    WHA 78/79 – 0.89 pts/gm (some with Gretzky)
    NHL 79/80 – 1.18 pts/gm with Gretzky
    NHL 80/81 – 0.90 pt/gm (most games with Oilers
    NHL 81/81 – 0.56 pt/gm with Vancouver

    Textbook zoom.

    Rob Brown is another one.

    20 year old year scored 1.69 pts/gm playing next to Lemieux.
    21 year old year 1.00pts/gm

    The other 395 games in his NHL career was at 0.62 pts/gm

    Kevin Stevens well over 1pt/gm with Mario, barely 0.5/gm without Mario

    Sheary going from 0.22pts/gm to 0.87 pts/gm with Crosby

    Zooming happens all the time.

    Addendum: The players I mentioned weren’t awful and maybe that’s what you meant by “a pig’s ear”, but the zoom does happen.

    Here’s one I forgot:

    220 NHL games with 34 goals = 0.154 goals/gm
    81 NHL games with McDavid 27 goals = 0.333 goals per game.

    Maroonzoom.

    This is why it is dangerous to just use stats to try and predict a players future performance. I really don’t remember much about Blair MacDonald but I do remember Rob Brown. Comparing him to Drai is quite a reach.
    Rob Brown was a subpar skater with a good pair of hands, who was smart enough to go stand beside the net and wait for Mario to feed him. Maroon would be a good comparable.
    Drai is a totally different animal with a much bigger skill set. Watching a few oiler games this past year should visually confirm this for any serious hockey fan.
    I don’t know how to predict what his numbers will be for the next 10 years but this is a special player with a very unique skill set. I don’t think signing him for 8 x 8 is a very big risk.

  106. VOR says:

    Woodguy,

    Actually examining Lemieux’s ability to zoom people is a great way to see the points I am trying to make.

    The list of guys who played with Lemieux either as a key part of PP1 or as his regular wingers is long indeed:

    Warren Young – a fine career minor league player who was tough as nails Young apparently could really shoot the puck. Shooting thirty percent he scored 40 goals with Lemieux – didn’t qualify for my database because of age and short career but definitely zoomed. Pigs ears can’t shoot 30%.

    Doug Shedden – a center who for two years played on PP1 and some wing with Lemieux. He had a 67 point season before Lemieux and 66 points in 67 games after and his best season with Mario zooming him was 67 points, Not a pig’s ear.

    Terry Rutkowski – pugnacious little prick. Playing with Lemieux seemed to have no impact on his performance. Not a pig’s ear.

    Randy Cunneyworth – another tough guy that Mario lifted to career heights. In four years together Cunneyworth had 45, 53, 74, and 44 points. Injury reduced his foot speed and his defence suffered and Pittsburgh traded him away. The one year is far beyond anything he will ever do again but as a third and fourth liner he will have 36 points twice for Ottawa and adjusted for minutes played that comes to right around 55 points during his minutes in Pittsburgh. So one zoomed year and the closest so far to a pig’s ear.

    Craig Simpson – had 51 points in his 20 year old season playing with Lemieux for stretches and on the power play. Then he was traded and exceeded this level for 6 straight seasons before those back injuries killed his career. Definitely not a pig’s ear.

    Rob Brown – great example of the weirdness of hockey. The last two years of junior he had 173 and 212 points. He goes to Pittsburgh and in 51 games he had 41 points mostly with Lemieux. Then the year Mario has 199 he jumps to 115 points. Then Mario falls to 123 points and Brown goes to 80 in 80 but Mario missed 21 of Brown’s games. Pittsburgh gets impatient and trades him to Hartford where he is nearly a point a game player. In other words it looks like 115 is zooming and 80 is probably not. Then Brown gets traded to Chicago and who knows what goes wrong but he ends up playing years in the minors racking up insane numbers before eventually returning to the NHL as a journeyman veteran presence. What I am saying is Brown had real talent not a pigs ear by any means.

    Dan Quinn – a center, played for 4 years on PP1 with Mario. When Mario had 199 points he had 94. The only year that is really out of keeping with what he did previously in Calgary and would do subsequently in Vancouver. Close to a point a game player without help. Not a pig’s ear.

    Bob Errey, that same 199 point year Errey played a lot of LW with Lemieux and ended up with 58 points. But without Lemieux he was a 20 goal scorer and 35 to 40 points. So in Lemieux’s best year he zoomed Rob Brown around 35 points and Bob Errey maybe 20 points. Errey is probably, after Warren Young, the closest to a pig’s ear of any of Lemieux’s supporting cast. And he was a good two way 15 to 20 goal a year player who got zoomed all the way to 26 goals and 58 points at the peak of Mario’s career. Not a silk purse.

    John Cullen – another center that gets some minutes with Lemieux and on power play one. It might look like he was zoomed by Mario but his best years with Pittsburgh came when Mario missed 21 games and then 56 games the next season. Great player who was a point a game away from Pittsburgh and then had his career interrupted first by a herniated disc in his neck and then by a battle of his own with cancer. Definitely not a pig’s ear.

    Kevin Stevens – had seasons of 86 and 88 without Mario. This is a guy who had 325 shots in a season. A great power forward. Sadly a massive injury in the playoffs that required his entire face to be rebuilt killed his career. Lemieux’s Kurri up to that point, his perfect other. Unequivocally not a pig’s ear.

    Joey Mullen played with Lemieux and looked great. Just not as great as he had looked without him. Another guy a long way from being a pig’s ear and one that Lemieux had no impact on.

    Rick Tocchet – playing with Lemieux he would have the last great year of his fine career. Lemieux definitely zoomed him but I don’t think any sane person would refer to Tocchet as a pig’s ear. At least not to his face.

    Jaromir Jagr – already established as a star before he got his at bats with Mario, which lead to his greatest season and one of Mario’s finest. Amazing what happens when two of the games greatest players play together. Do I need to say it, definitely not a pig’s ear.

    Petr Nedved – another established player who will have a career year with Lemieux. Again, not a pig’s ear.

    14 players – only Errey, Young, and Cunneyworth are close to being pig’s ears and Mario only managed to make one, the career tough guy with the incredible shot – Young into a real impact player.

    13 of them are real NHL players with or without Lemieux. Mario has no effect really on Shedden. None on Rutkowski. None on Cullen or Mullen. He doesn’t seem to have had much effect on Craig Simpson.

    Quinn he seems to zoom for one of the years they played on the same team.

    Rob Brown he definitely zooms, quite a lot. Over multiple years. But until things went south Brown was a way above average NHL player.

    Kevin Stevens looks like the major beneficiary of zooming until you realize this is a better than a point a game player without Lemieux. A great career largely destroyed by a freak injury that makes him look like he tanks without Lemieux.

    Tocchet and Nedved are definite zoom jobs but way above average NHL players without Mario.

    Jagr and Lemieux probably come pretty close to zooming each other.

    So there is no consistent pattern and at least 11 of the 14 are definitely not pig’s ears. Errey and Cunneyworth get zoomed but even Lemieux can’t make them into stars. Young’s two year shooting average and the number of shots suggests there was some talent there somewhere. 5 players there is no Mario effect at all. Total inconsistency of zoom. As I said. Not pig’s ears as I said.

    Hard to say how you would use these players to make any sort of prediction about how Draisaitl (or any other young RFA might do over the next eight years.)

    of the guys who fit the rough pattern I am looking for in terms of youth –

    John Cullen isn’t zoomed by Lemieux
    Doug Shedden isn’t zoomed by Lemieux
    Dan Quinn was certainly zoomed but only played with Lemieux on the power play
    Craig Simpson – apparently not zoomed or at least his best years were elsewhere
    Bob Errey – never close to the offensive player Leon is and not comparable as a result
    Petr Nedved almost fits but was all ready an established pro with many years experience and a point a game player when he got zoomed
    Jaromir Jagr – what can I say, I only wish I thought there was a universe where he is a comparable for Leon Draisaitl
    Rob Brown – and there is probably a story here but I don’t know it. A world of talent wasting away in the minors.
    Kevin Stevens – a stunning talent destroyed by a freak injury.

    Not sure what any of them tell us about Leon – he might bust like Brown – he might thrive like Stevens and lose it all to injury – he might be a good player struggling against chronic injuries like Simpson – the only three guys that really completely fit the Draisaitl profile. I don’t see any predictive power in the simple fact a guy played with Lemieux in terms of the next eight years of their career.

    Hopefully you can see this makes my case for me – inconsistent zooming by arguably the second best player the game has ever seen – zooming telling us nothing about the future – injury is predictive – zooming not predictive. Pig’s ears not the common pattern. Nobody close to that status turned into a silk purse.

  107. GMB3 says:

    N64: When coach was asked after the Sharks series why he lost the line matching battle, he gloated that he actually *preferred* the matchup the Sharks wanted.

    Perhapscoach and Russ99 are talking about Nuges in parallel universes. A nasty Nuge slipped out of a transporter somewhere and delivered the coach’s plan.

    Oiler fans sometimes deserve what they ask for.

    Russ can verify that Drake Caggiula’s stick flex is off, and that Todd Mclellan doesn’t think RNH fits into Into his system. This is who he is, and what he posts on the daily. This is who he is and what he posts everyday.

    Need that big cycle game to beat the best teams in the west! Not speed and cerebral players (it really sunk Pittsburgh in the playoffs last couple of years)

  108. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    who: This is why it is dangerous to just use stats to try and predict a players future performance. I really don’t remember much about Blair MacDonald but I do remember Rob Brown. Comparing him to Drai is quite a reach.
    Rob Brown was a subpar skater with a good pair of hands, who was smart enough to go stand beside the net and wait for Mario to feed him. Maroon would be a good comparable.
    Drai is a totally different animal with a much bigger skill set. Watching a few oiler games this past year should visually confirm this for any serious hockey fan.
    I don’t know how to predict what his numbers will be for the next 10 years but this is a special player with a very unique skill set. I don’t think signing him for 8 x 8 is a very big risk.

    Good thing I didn’t compare Drai to Brown then.

    I brought up Brown in a conversation with Vor about whether or not zooming exists.

    You also said:

    This is why it is dangerous to just use stats to try and predict a players future performance.

    What does this mean?

    That what someone does in the past has no indication of the future?

    That goals and assists are now “stats” when they are used in a way that you don’t agree with?

    Confusing statement.

    If you can’t use history to try to predict the future, what exactly do you use?

  109. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    VOR,

    Not sure what any of them tell us about Leon – he might bust like Brown – he might thrive like Stevens and lose it all to injury – he might be a good player struggling against chronic injuries like Simpson – the only three guys that really completely fit the Draisaitl profile. I don’t see any predictive power in the simple fact a guy played with Lemieux in terms of the next eight years of their career.
    Hopefully you can see this makes my case for me – inconsistent zooming by arguably the second best player the game has ever seen – zooming telling us nothing about the future – injury is predictive – zooming not predictive. Pig’s ears not the common pattern. Nobody close to that status turned into a silk purse.

    I appreciate the complete response Vor. Conversing and disagreeing with you is always fun and informative.

    I think we agree on most salient points.

    1) Zooming exists
    2) In order to be zoomed to a high end a high end skill set needs to exist

    I also agree that predicting long term is very tough.

    I also agree that Leon may equal his Hall and McDavid rates without either, but , like 99% of players, will still need good help on his wings.

    That help doesn’t exist today, so its probably best to project Leon somewhere between his 1.80 w/o 97 and 2.32 w/ 97 from last year.

    If Lucic comes in regains his BOS/LAK form and his RW takes a step up it could be good.

    If Lucic repeats his 5v5 16/17 season and no good scoring RW emerges for that line it could be bad.

    Then we also need to add in the fact that Leon won’t be playing 3rd line QoC away from 97 this year but a 1/2 QoC it adds in even more variability.

  110. who says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Good thing I didn’t compare Drai to Brown then.

    I brought up Brown in a conversation with Vor about whether or not zooming exists.

    You also said:

    This is why it is dangerous to just use stats to try and predict a players future performance.

    What does this mean?

    That what someone does in the past has no indication of the future?

    That goals and assists are now “stats” when they are used in a way that you don’t agree with?

    Confusing statement.

    If you can’t use history to try to predict the future, what exactly do you use?

    It seemed to me that you were using Mario zooming Brown as a comparable to Connor zooming Drai. That’s the way I read it.
    And yes you can use history to predict future performance but the trick is to use similar players and you still can’t account for potential injury. Comparing the zoomed stats of hockey players like Brown to Drai is kind of like comparing the prices of apples and oranges in the grocery store. They are both fruits but that is where the similarity ends.

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