BLUE MOON, WITH HEARTACHE

We have reached the point in training camp when the coach’s words should be listened to closely. He’s  the man tasked with getting this show on the road and Todd McLellan has an urge for going. He has a Stanley Cup ring, wants another one. He’s impatient for his team to get better and is going to look under every nook and cranny.

  • Todd McLellan on Chris Kelly: “We didn’t bring him here just to put him in a tryout situation, we brought him here because we believe he can still play in the league and contribute. It’s going to be an important exhibition season for him, we see him being a penalty killer, a third or fourth-line role player, with a ton of experience. Very fits and skates well.” Source

McLellan doesn’t have time to piss around here, he needs to see if Kelly can push Iiro Pakarinen or Jujhar Khaira to the end of the NHL roster. If we assume Khaira wins the 4L job, Pakarinen gets the 13F duties, that would mean Kelly is battling a skill winger (Rattie?) or a possible No. 8 defender for the final roster spot. I’m sure Kelly is aiming for a higher seeding, probably Khaira or Pakarinen’s job (or an injury could help).

  • Todd McLellan on Ryan Stanton: “It’s a great story, a local kid who has made well on his opportunity. He’s been able to play in the league, primarily as a depth defenseman, but he’s here now and he has an opportunity to play on this team. With Andrej Sekera’s injury it’s opened up that spot, that supporting spot. It’s going to be a very competitive battle for No. 7 and maybe No. 8 in our organization, from now until the opening of our season. I think it will extend beyond that, the first seven to 10 games will tell us where we are, we may make changes after that. Wide open until November.” Source

It is as we discussed during the RE series, all over the map due to the injury to Sekera. After the top five blue (Klefbom, Larsson, Russell, Benning, Nurse) there’s going to be a lot of uncertainty until Sekera returns. Eric Gryba, the obvious 7D option this coming year, may move up to the third pairing for much of the season’s first half.

RE 2017-18 (BLUE) 

McLellan’s verbal above is exactly what we talked about this summer. The Oilers don’t have a Shea Theodore or a Esa Lindell to grab the open job. I basically kicked the decision down the road, reflected in five defensemen playing between 11 and 29 games. When McLellan talks about 8D, he’s probably not thinking keeping all eight in the NHL, but if he is then my RE may reflect his current thinking. I am telling you, a late TC trade is completely possible.

CUTS LIKE A KNIFE

Late this afternoon, the Oilers sent five recent draft picks back to junior for the season. Dylan Wells, Stuart Skinner, Kirill Maksimov, Ostap Safin and Dmitri Samorukov all head back to their CHL homes and begin the 2017-18 campaign. This leaves just two junior eligible players, Kailer Yamamoto and Tyler Benson, still on the Oilers roster. All of the kids sent out today impressed during the last week and early arrows are very good for the 2017 entry draft.

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    As I said earlier, one of the best parts of Jujhar being strong early in camp is, if Khaira looks this good throughout camp, assuming no other injury, it should close the book on Kelly receiving an NHL contract which, at this point, I want no part of.

    Sure, he may still be able to kill penalties, however, from looking at his god-awful numbers from last year (advanced), he cannot handle a 4th line shift and I want the fourth line to be able to play in most/all situations.

    Khaira or Slep/Letestu/Kassian is a formidable 4th line, in particular if Letestu gets less PP minutes which should help his ES game.

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kirill Maksimov, Ostap Safin, Dmitri Samorukov, Stuart Skinner & Dylan Wells were all-assigned to their junior teams.

    My goodness, look at those four drafted this year? How can we not get excited about the extreme talent with those 3 skaters and the possiblities with Skinner?

    Maksimov and Samorukov in particular shined throughout prospects camp (and, of course, Skinner) and Safin, getting used to North America, showed flashes of brilliance sprinkled with some potential to need to work on, well, work ethic.

  3. Silver Streak says:

    has the split squad been announced yet ?….who`s going to Calgary ?

  4. Professor Q says:

    So I guess that means the split squads might be a bit more definitive and targeted, with those shining points of Penticton being sent down.

    Do we think Yamamoto gets time with Draisaitl or McDavid?

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    Silver Streak:
    has the split squad been announced yet ?….who`s going to Calgary ?

    I’m sure it won’t be announced until tomorrow.

    McLellan did say the two teams today would not equate to the split squad rosters – there will be some juggling between the squads and the lines.

    I think the SS games are great times to try a few “experiments” – For example, see how Auvitu looks with Simpson or Gryba or Nurse. For example, see how Puljijarvi or Yamamoto looks with Leon or Connor. Maybe even see how Kassian looks with Leon. See how JP or Stome look in the Letestu spot on 1PP or how Nuge looks in Drai’s spot on the PP.

    A few things that we may see through the year (except Yamo be he needs a game).

    The later pre-season games will have the actual projected lines/parings but the early games should have some experimentation.

  6. Professor Q says:

    Hat Trick for Tyler Wong. Wowza.

    Imagine if Edmonton had gotten him and/or Foo?

    I realize it’s only preseason against Vancouver but still. What skill and speed.

  7. OriginalPouzar says:

    Professor Q:
    So I guess that means the split squads might be a bit more definitive and targeted, with those shining points of Penticton being sent down.

    Do we think Yamamoto gets time with Draisaitl or McDavid?

    He didn’t get assigned to Spokane so I’m assuming he gets at least one game – might as well put him with 1C or 2C – I don’t see the point in putting him with Letestu and Joe G. for example.

  8. Westchester Oil says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Kirill Maksimov, Ostap Safin, Dmitri Samorukov, Stuart Skinner & Dylan Wells were all-assigned to their junior teams.

    My goodness, look at those four drafted this year? How can we not get excited about the extreme talent with those 3 skaters and the possiblities with Skinner?

    Maksimov and Samorukov in particular shined throughout prospects camp (and, of course, Skinner) and Safin, getting used to North America, showed flashes of brilliance sprinkled with some potential to need to work on, well, work ethic.

    ..and think about in what round each of these players were drafted and then compare that to drafting Moroz in the 2nd round.

  9. Silver Streak says:

    Silver Streak,

    why would we keep all those Flames fans in suspense ……hoping to see McD ??

  10. Georges says:

    What do the Oilers think of Nurse?

    Why, with Sekera out, is he still penciled in on the 3rd pair?

    Why aren’t they playing Nurse-Benning on 2nd pair?

  11. Professor Q says:

    Georges:
    What do the Oilers think of Nurse?

    Why, with Sekera out, is he still penciled in on the 3rd pair?

    Why aren’t they playing Nurse-Benning on 2nd pair?

    The recent narrative around him is extremely positive, both from the team and press.

    Sure, there are still a few detractors, but still.

  12. Gerta Rauss says:

    Georges:
    What do the Oilers think of Nurse?

    Why, with Sekera out, is he still penciled in on the 3rd pair?

    Why aren’t they playing Nurse-Benning on 2nd pair?

    I’ll give you 4 million guesses…:)

  13. Brantford Boy says:

    Awesome day for the 3rd line getting to know each other on the ice…

    Interesting… Jason Demers was traded by the Florida Panthers to the Arizona Coyotes for Jamie McGinn…

    Been getting some early hockey fix(s) watching some out of town action… VGK vs Canucks… Griffin Reinhart has actually played a good game, quite physical too… will Pete circle back…

  14. russ99 says:

    Maybe another blue will shake out by the end of camp.

    I think our top 6 is adequate until Sekera comes back, but there’s always D-corps injuries.

  15. russ99 says:

    Georges:
    What do the Oilers think of Nurse?

    Why, with Sekera out, is he still penciled in on the 3rd pair?

    Why aren’t they playing Nurse-Benning on 2nd pair?

    They may just do that at some point, but despite the glowing reports on Nurse’s improved strength and fitness, he has to prove it ice.

    McLellan has an idea of what he wants and it takes player performance to change that.

    He trusts Larsson, Klefbom and Russell to give him reliable defense 15-20 minutes a night, and the young guys aren’t to that level of trust yet.

  16. OriginalPouzar says:

    Georges:
    What do the Oilers think of Nurse?

    Why, with Sekera out, is he still penciled in on the 3rd pair?

    Why aren’t they playing Nurse-Benning on 2nd pair?

    I think the Oilers think very highly of Nurse but there is only one spot open on the 2nd pairing as the coach trusts Russell and will undoubtedly give him top 4 ES minutes – much better to have Russell on his natural left side so Benning gets the initial push.

  17. The Original JDî says:

    Brantford Boy: Griffin Reinhart has actually played a good game, quite physical too…

    Yep. He showed them Utica Comets a thing or two!

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    russ99:
    Maybe another blue will shake out by the end of camp.

    I think our top 6 is adequate until Sekera comes back, but there’s always D-corps injuries.

    I’m OK with the current top 6 holding the fort until Sekera is back (although don’t want Gryba playing every game – Auvitu will get in the lineup) but another injury to the top 4 is likely pretty devastating unless both Nurse and Benning are truly ready for the top 4 minutes – I’d prefer them to earn it on merit and not due to injury.

  19. OriginalPouzar says:

    Speaking of the Coyotes, they just cancelled their game tomorrow because a Sat night concert left the arena in poor condition.

    I’ve never heard of such a thing.

  20. Georges says:

    OK. Thanks, all.

    Do the Oilers think Nurse can be a 22 minutes a night defenseman? That’s effectively top pair.

    From the nhl.com data from 2005-06 on, 73% of defensemen who hit 22 minutes a night do so by their 4th season in the league or earlier. This is Nurse’s 4th season and it doesn’t look like he’ll get 22 minutes this year.

    That doesn’t mean he can’t get there; some notables reached the 22 minute mark in their 5th year: Letang, Giordano, Yandle, Girardi, Carle. Our very own Larsson got there in his 5th season, Sekera in his 8th. Russell in his 7th. Klefbom in his 4th.

    But, given the rest of our defense and their contracts, how does Nurse get those minutes next season even?

    Maybe Nurse tops out at 2nd pair, around 20 minutes a night. But, if the Oilers believed that, shouldn’t they be making room above him in the depth chart instead of, as Gerta suggests, adding a 4-year contract and pushing Benning ahead of him? I know there are handedness considerations but if you like a young player, you have a plan and a timeline. What’s the plan with Nurse?

    When I look for similar players to Nurse based on TOI/GP to this point in their career, the closest comps I can find are:

    Cam Barker
    Dalton Prout
    Korbinian Holzer

    Does that make sense?

  21. Chachi says:

    Professor Q:
    Hat Trick for Tyler Wong. Wowza.

    Imagine if Edmonton had gotten him and/or Foo?

    I realize it’s only preseason against Vancouver but still. What skill and speed.

    If they got Wong and Foo they would have had to sign Tootoo for sure. A Tootoo, Wong, Foo line would have been legendary.

  22. The Original JDî says:

    Chachi: legendary

    Nothing beats Rice – Lamb – Curry.

  23. godot10 says:

    The Chris Kelly Story or The Return of Lauri Korpikoski.

    Playing Korpikoski cost several young players their Oiler futures. I wonder how many Chris Kelly will cost.

    #TMC gotta #TMC

    I wanna be wrong, but I sorta know that I am gonna be right.

  24. godot10 says:

    russ99:
    He trusts Larsson, Klefbom and Russell to give him reliable defense 15-20 minutes a night, and the young guys aren’t to that level of trust yet.

    Russell without Sekera is NOT going to be reliable.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: Russell without Sekera is NOT going to be reliable.

    He should be better on the left side but, yes, you are correct.

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    Money in the bank would be Nurse just having a great start to the season and simply forcing himself on to the 2LD spot (as long as McLellan does the right thing and moves Russell to 3LD and not to 2RD)

  27. Chachi says:

    The Original JDî: Nothing beats Rice – Lamb – Curry.

    Tasty!

  28. Ryan says:

    Brantford Boy:
    Awesome day for the 3rd line getting to know each other on the ice…

    Interesting… Jason Demers was traded by the Florida Panthers to the Arizona Coyotes for Jamie McGinn…

    Been getting some early hockey fix(s) watching some out of town action… VGK vs Canucks… Griffin Reinhart has actually played a good game, quite physical too… will Pete circle back…

    Hell of a trade for Chayka. 12.5% of Demers salary retained in the deal.

    Chayka’s the ZZ Top of GM’s.

    Get your money for nothing and your top four dmen for free.

    Out: McGinn, Dauphin, and Murphy.

    In: Demers, Hjalmarsson, (Gogo last year as FA)

    That’s quite a balance sheet. Wait.

    In: Stepan and Raanta
    Out: 7 ov and Deangelo

    Holy hell now that’s a roster overhaul.

  29. OmJo says:

    Thread jack (apologies in advanced)…

    Is Joffrey Lupul somebody the Oilers might be interested in, for the right price, which I’m guessing after today would be a 10th round pick in the 2035 NHL entry draft?

    Probably not.

    Maroon-McDavid-Strome
    Lucic-Draisaitl-Slepyshev (when healthy)
    Lupul-Nuge-Jokinen
    Cagguila-Letestu-Kassian

    I haven’t followed Lupul in years so not sure what his game is like but he could be an inexpensive (cost wise) depth player with some real motivation coming into the season?

    Again, probably not.

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lupul hasn’t played in a long time and failed his medical this year. He’s not an option.

  31. godot10 says:

    OmJo:
    Thread jack (apologies in advanced)…

    Is Joffrey Lupul somebody the Oilers might be interested in, for the right price, which I’m guessing after today would be a 10th round pick in the 2035 NHL entry draft?

    Probably not.

    Maroon-McDavid-Strome
    Lucic-Draisaitl-Slepyshev (when healthy)
    Lupul-Nuge-Jokinen
    Cagguila-Letestu-Kassian

    I haven’t followed Lupul in years so not sure what his game is like but he could be an inexpensive (cost wise) depth player with some real motivation coming into the season?

    Again, probably not.

    Lupul is owed $5.25 million dollars this season. The Leafs CANNOT retain any salary, which is why he is on LTIR and why they say he can’t pass a physical.

    The Oilers cannot afford $5.25 million for Lupul this year, even if he wasn’t made of glass.

  32. The Original JDî says:

    Ryan: Chayka’s the ZZ Top of GM’s.

    Get your money for nothing and your top four dmen for free.

    Don’t you mean, “Give me all your lovin’?”

  33. digger50 says:

    Ryan: Hell of a trade for Chayka. 12.5% of Demers salary retained in the deal.

    Chayka’s the ZZ Top of GM’s.

    Get your money for nothing and your top four dmen for free.

    Out: McGinn, Dauphin, and Murphy.

    In: Demers, Hjalmarsson, (Gogo last year as FA)

    That’s quite a balance sheet. Wait.

    In: Stepan and Raanta
    Out: 7 ov and Deangelo

    Holy hell now that’s a roster overhaul.

    Think maybe that is Dire Straits.

    But I agree Arizona is showing just how much can get done in a summer. Though too much change is not good, I was hoping Peter brought in a legit top 4 guy back in July.

  34. OmJo says:

    godot10,

    I thought we had around $8M in cap space? Or is that without bonuses?

    OriginalPouzar,

    Yeah this is under the assumption he’s telling the truth about the Leafs “cheating” wrt LTIR contacts.

  35. digger50 says:

    Professor Q:
    Hat Trick for Tyler Wong. Wowza.

    Imagine if Edmonton had gotten him and/or Foo?

    I realize it’s only preseason against Vancouver but still. What skill and speed.

    We did get Gambardella who is rated higher than both.

    Couple years ago we got Joey Leggs who was also Hobey Baker finalist.

    I’m really happy to hear how well things are going for Laleggia.

  36. godot10 says:

    OmJo:
    godot10,

    I thought we had around $8M in cap space? Or is that without bonuses?

    OriginalPouzar,

    Yeah this is under the assumption he’s telling the truth about the Leafs “cheating” wrt LTIR contacts.

    The Oilers only have about $4 million in available cap space because one has to budget about $4 million dollars for bonuses highly likely to be achieved.

    Because of all the room that has to be allocated for expected bonuses, LTIR from Sekera’s injury really doesn’t exist.

    So the $4 million in cap space that is available is necessary for acquisitions in case of further critical injuries.

    So the Oilers CANNOT acquire like-to-haves now in case they face must-need-injury-replacements-by-trade down the line.

  37. OmJo says:

    godot10,

    Ah, thanks for clearing that up.

    Idk. Just throwing it out there. I think I’d rather have Lupul on the team than present-day Kelly. But I misunderstood the cap situation.

  38. Ryan says:

    digger50: Think maybe that is Dire Straits.

    But I agree Arizona is showing just how much can get done in a summer. Though too much change is not good, I was hoping Peter brought in a legit top 4 guy back in July.

    Well, ya. However, the “Dire Straits of GMs” does not have a very good ring to it.

    That and they were aspiring to achieve a ZZ Top type sound with that song.

  39. Thinker says:

    godot10: The Oilers only have about $4 million in available cap space because one has to budget about $4 million dollars for bonuses highly likely to be achieved.

    Because of all the room that has to be allocated for expected bonuses, LTIR from Sekera’s injury really doesn’t exist.

    So the $4 million in cap space that is available is necessary for acquisitions in case of further critical injuries.

    So the Oilers CANNOT acquire like-to-haves now in case they face must-need-injury-replacements-by-trade down the line.

    But if say nuge goes down, and you need to replace him, you get cap space back anyway. Not sure how that affects decision making now.

  40. kgo says:

    Chachi: If they got Wong and Foo they would have had to sign Tootoo for sure. A Tootoo, Wong, Foo line would have been legendary.

    Good call Julie

  41. treevojo says:

    kgo: Good call Julie

    You really sniped that one.

  42. Dustylegnd says:

    Don’t you mean Dire Straits

    The Original JDî: Don’t you mean, “Give me all your lovin’?”

    The Original JDî: Don’t you mean, “Give me all your lovin’?”

    Chachi,

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    How LTIR space is used is highly misunderstood by the general fans.

    Right up there with the difference between a one-way and two-way contract – which is meaningless with respect to waiver eligibility.

  44. Dustylegnd says:

    Fact is Wong is signed to an AHL contract, so who ever wants to sign him to an NHL contract can sign him today or tomorrow. Wong had a break through as a 20/21 year old…very similar numbers to Chad Butcher, who the Oil also has signed to an AHL contract…pick your poison, on under sized late blooming skill players…be happy with what you got….not with what you think you need

    Professor Q:
    Hat Trick for Tyler Wong. Wowza.

    Imagine if Edmonton had gotten him and/or Foo?

    I realize it’s only preseason against Vancouver but still. What skill and speed.

  45. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looking forward to finding out what the split squad lineups will look like tomorrow.

  46. Chachi says:

    treevojo: You really sniped that one.

    That’s a real drag.

  47. Professor Q says:

    Dustylegnd:
    Fact is Wong is signed to an AHL contract, so who ever wants to sign him to an NHL contract can sign him today or tomorrow.Wong had a break through as a 20/21 year old…very similar numbers to Chad Butcher, who the Oil also has signed to an AHL contract…pick your poison, on under sized late blooming skill players…be happy with what you got….not with what you think you need

    I usually share the same sentiment, as around here that’s mostly all we debate time after time (see Hall trade what ifs still going around today), and it gets old I guess or tiring.

    But I was just thinking that Edmonton was in the running for both. Had to be Calgary for Foo…which I guess adds a spite to the rivalry.

    Didn’t really know about the stipulations on the contract. Would it breach it somehow if another team signed him to an NHL deal, or would they have to pay him the Wolves’ contract over top of it?

    And yes I’m quite happy with Chia’s other college signings. Especially when the players he gets signed outperform the “top” projected players that go to other teams and were supposedly the best the NCAA had to offer.

  48. stush18 says:

    Dustylegnd,

    Yup.

    He’s helping his case for sure.

  49. Professor Q says:

    The Original JDî: Nothing beats Rice – Lamb – Curry.

    Speaking of which, did you know that Jari Kurri named one of his kids Ville? It’s close enough to Veal Curry that it gets me cracked up every time.

  50. Bank Shot says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Looking forward to finding out what the split squad lineups will look like tomorrow.

    It will look like 1st/2nd line and top pairing defense for the Oilers stay in Edmonton. Likely Yamamoto as well.

    And 3rd/4th lines and depth defense to Calgary.

    Thats the usual format.

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bank Shot: It will look like 1st/2nd line and top pairing defense for the Oilers stay in Edmonton. Likely Yamamoto as well.

    And 3rd/4th lines and depth defense to Calgary.

    Thats the usual format.

    Oh, yes, the lineup in YYC will surely be quite inferior a one of the reasons I’ve chosen not to go to the game here as I usually do. Would actually prefer to stream them both than watch the inferior, soon to be reassigned players, while being forced to be in the dome. I fear randoms are disrespecting me and think I cheer for the flames by default.

  52. Mr. D. says:

    Unless Kelly shits the bed he’s getting signed to one year. This guy is a role player(not a fancy Stat boy). He will fill the 4th line spot very well. This is a good team and he will get better and be a solid contributor. Mark it!

    OriginalPouzar:
    As I said earlier, one of the best parts of Jujhar being strong early in camp is, if Khaira looks this good throughout camp, assuming no other injury, it should close the book on Kelly receiving an NHL contract which, at this point, I want no part of.

    Sure, he may still be able to kill penalties, however, from looking at his god-awful numbers from last year (advanced), he cannot handle a 4th line shift and I want the fourth line to be able to play in most/all situations.

    Khaira or Slep/Letestu/Kassian is a formidable 4th line, in particular if Letestu gets less PP minutes which should help his ES game.

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    Disagree on Kelly. He can kill penalties but cannot take a regular 4th line shift and play effective hockey.

    My goodness would I rather have Khaira on the fourth line than Kelly.

    The only way Kelly should get signed to an NHL contract by the Pilers is if couple bottom 6 forwards get hurt prior to the season.

  54. russ99 says:

    When we’re at the cap, we need to get used to players like Kelly, who can fill a limited NHL role until younger players are ready to take over.

    There’s many reasons that older players like Kelly would be given 6-8 minutes a night, in specific situations like maintaining a lead, winning faceoffs, penalty kill, etc. Not everyone on the team needs to be a CF% superstar, and with Vegas entering the league and the talent pool diluted, it’s rare when that will happen anyway.

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    We are not at the cap right now and I believe we have younger players that are ready for the roll and will make the lineup better than Kelly – Khaira for one and Slepyshev (our current 12 forwards doesn’t include Slepy – it has Drake at 2RW and Khaira at 4LW).

    Further, I’d likely be just as apt to give someone like Brad Malone an opportunity over Kelly (until Joe G might be ready for a 4LW role with PK at some point this year).

    I don’t think Kelly brings any more than any of those tweeners. He may be able to PK but he can’t take a regular shift and play effective 4th line hockey – lets not forget about his knee injury 2 years back.

  56. Pouzar says:

    Khaira on line 4 LW. Set it. Forget it. Move on.

  57. russ99 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    We are not at the cap right now and I believe we have younger players that are ready for the roll and will make the lineup better than Kelly – Khaira for one and Slepyshev (our current 12 forwards doesn’t include Slepy – it has Drake at 2RW and Khaira at 4LW).

    Further, I’d likely be just as apt to give someone like Brad Malone an opportunity over Kelly (until Joe G might be ready for a 4LW role with PK at some point this year).

    I don’t think Kelly brings any more than any of those tweeners.He may be able to PK but he can’t take a regular shift and play effective 4th line hockey – lets not forget about his knee injury 2 years back.

    Khaira and Slepyshev already have roster spots, Kelly is in the hunt for the last roster spot, and wouldn’t have his development curve messed with by spending half the season in the press box.

    I wouldn’t bet on a career AHL player over a NHL veteran with a cup ring.

    Players like Malone, Rattie, Auvitu, etc. are longshots, the staff doesn’t know what we can get out of them and have a limited time to know if they can. Other than determining fitness level and if his skating and play has further declined with age, they know what they can get from Kelly.

    I like Joe G as well, but he may need some AHL time. He’s my first callup right now.

  58. frjohnk says:

    russ99: There’s many reasons that older players like Kelly would be given 6-8 minutes a night, in specific situations like maintaining a lead, winning faceoffs, penalty kill, etc. Not everyone on the team needs to be a CF% superstar,

    Well you are right he is not a corsi superstar.
    Not sure how getting him would help maintain a lead. With him on the ice.
    GF60 0.61
    GA60 2.38
    GF% 20.5%
    That was during 82 games. During the dark years, we didnt have a bottom 6 center who played majority of the season with numbers like that.

    With him on the ice, the Senators also got destroyed in shot attempts % from the slot, so it wasnt just goals.

    As for faceoffs, he was once good, but the last two years he has been 42% and 44.5% in the dot.

    Was healthy scratched for 17 of 19 games last playoffs after playing the whole regular season.

    Guy is done.

  59. kgo says:

    Here’s a good question leading into the season….

    How many minutes should McDavid play per game?

    If you’re up by 3 goals in the third, on a Tuesday in January in Florida, do you bench McDavid to reduce fatigue and injury risk?

    with a player like McDavid, is it even the coach’s decision? would he let himself be benched?

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