PS G5 2017-18: JETS AT OILERS

Things are beginning to get serious now, as the junior and AHL players are mostly through their games and the NHLers slide in to replace them. There are 14 men in today’s lineup likely to represent Edmonton opening night 2017-18.

TONIGHT’S ROSTER

  • Patrick Maroon (1gp, 1-2-3)—Connor McDavid (1gp, 0-2-2)—Ryan Strome (1gp, 1-1-2)
  • Jussi Jokinen (1gp, 1-2-3)—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2gp, 1-3-4)—Jesse Puljujarvi (1gp, 0-0-0)
  • Jujhar Khaira (2gp, 2-0-2)—Mark Letestu (2gp, 3-1-4)—Zack Kassian (2gp, 0-1-1)
  • Brad Malone (3gp, 0-0-0)—Chris Kelly (3gp, 0-1-1)—Patrick Russell (3gp, 0-0-0)
  • Kris Russell (1gp, 0-0-0)—Matt Benning (1gp, 0-0-0)
  • Darnell Nurse (1gp, 0-0-0)—Eric Gryba (2gp, 0-0-0)
  • Dillon Simpson (1gp, 0-0-0)—Caleb Jones (1gp, 0-1-1)
  • Cam Talbot (1gp, 0.00 1.000)

There aren’t many bubble players in this lineup, three of the four lines look like opening night editions, plus the top two pairings and starting goaltender. Among the remaining five, I’d say Chris Kelly has the best chance at making it to opening night. Brad Malone, Patrick Russell, Dillon Simpson and Caleb Jones appear destined for Bakersfield but there is some distance to travel before opening night.

JOSH LEIVO

I wrote about Josh Leivo as an option for the Oilers this morning, he might hit the waiver wire in the next 10 days. Toronto has a tremendous group of forwards and something has to give, I’ve been tracking this player for some time. Although there’s not an obvious spot for Leivo on the roster, there are things to consider:

  • Kailer Yamamoto may spend the season in junior, meaning he is unavailable to Edmonton.
  • Anton Slepyshev hasn’t played yet and may not be ready for the start of the season.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi may require some time in Bakersfield.

I think it’s fair to say that Ryan Strome, Drake Caggiula and Zack Kassian have made this team full stop as regulars, with Iiro Pakarinen as an extra forward. Adding Leivo gives Edmonton an inexpensive offensive winger who can play either wing and has an impressive (if limited) resume. There is much we don’t know but adding Leivo would increase the depth and balance on this roster. If the team needs to move him later in the year, that doesn’t diminish his value when he’s on the roster.

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  1. Lowetide says:

    #Oilers assign Downing, Jones, Laleggia & Mantha to @Condors, place Callahan & Lowe on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

  2. who says:

    We will hear from Jones again. Maybe not this year but I can see him playing top 4 minutes for the oilers down the road.

  3. GMB3 says:

    who:
    We will hear from Jones again. Maybe not this year but I can see him playing top 4 minutes for the oilers down the road.

    Speaks volumes about the growth of this team because 4 years ago jones would be playing top 4 minutes by merit and that is sad

  4. Munny says:

    Lowetide:
    #Oilers assign Downing, Jones, Laleggia & Mantha to @Condors, place Callahan & Lowe on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

    Not the last we will see of Jones.

    Good camp for the other three… Downing may have been the biggest surprise out of that tier of prospects.

  5. Munny says:

    Rattie, Russell, Malone, Moto still hanging in there, as is Fayne,

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    who: Yeah I know but I’m not sure they have the horses to pick up the slack until Sekera is back. They have a lot of depth but they are all the 7D type. The best talents down the depth chart are just starting their pro careers.

    I don’t disagree and Gryba playing every day (without another injury) is far from ideal.

    I think Auvitu will play quite a bit – I’m very concerned that moves Russell over the right side. He is clearly better on the left side and, if on the right side, should get third pairing ES minutes.

    Another injury to the top 4 prior to Reggie coming back would be devestating.

  7. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    #Oilers assign Downing, Jones, Laleggia & Mantha to @Condors, place Callahan & Lowe on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

    I go to bed and I miss the big news.

  8. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    #Oilers assign Downing, Jones, Laleggia & Mantha to @Condors, place Callahan & Lowe on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

    Great camp for Caleb Jones.

    I hope we don’t see him again this year because of health but he’s got an NHL futur.

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Safin got in a fight last night.

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    Maksimov highlights:

    https://t.co/tr3lUWmJe9

    Safin fight:

    https://t.co/RbDI96JsJl

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