PS G6 2017-18: HURRICANES AT OILERS

Dillon Simpson is in a training camp battle for an NHL job and he gets to play tonight. That means he has his destiny in his hands, but will need to hold serve. There are four defenders (Simpson, Mark Fayne, Yohann Auvitu, Ryan Stanton) applying for one job (7D) and first recall option. Auvitu probably plays Wednesday, Stanton is apparently banged up so we’ll see (easy to IR players if unready and then decide later) how this week rolls out. For Simpson (and Fayne) tonight is a big damned game.

OILERS PROJECTED LINEUP

  • The Oilers did as I expected, running all four RW’s who are in the running for available jobs. The one RW job that is set, Zack Kassian, will join three of the four names above (and don’t forget Anton Slepyshev!) in the lineup opening night.
  • Dillon Simpson, Mark Fayne, Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi are the bubble players I see, your mileage may vary.

RYAN STROME

  • Todd McLellan on Strome’s day: “I’d rather do that now than do it two or three games into the year and have him confused or wondering what or why. We sat with him today and went through some video clips and we expect him to respond and be better. We’re still trying to figure him out as he’s trying to figure us out. But we’re going to push him to be the player that we believe he is and hopefully it pays off for him and for us.” Source

Strome has an outstanding opportunity this season, either on the McDavid line or on another. I think there is a train of thought that suggests Strome’s struggles with the Islanders may have two authors (player and team) but the second chance is here. Important to take advantage and I don’t see this current news item as anything but a stepping stone to finding his way.

CUTS

We may see some cuts tomorrow, but I think Kailer Yamamoto gets another game after this one (possibly Wednesday). If Edmonton sends Simpson and Fayne down tomorrow, we may also see Brad Malone, Patrick Russell and Ty Rattie sent to Bakersfield. I think Chris Kelly may make it to the weekend. The Oilers may also wait until after the Wednesday game to make cuts.

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  1. Centre of attention says:

    Best powerplay of the night. Both units with point blank chances, a few of them could have and should have been goals.

  2. The Prototype JDî says:

    Munny: Is it Markkanen or Conklin on the bench?

    Depends if the date today is even or odd.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ugh, JP with a weak battle on the wall in the PP.

    The man needs to come back with a performance in Wed or I’ll be in the JP to Bakersfield train.

  4. Munny says:

    Excellent shift from Khaira

  5. Gret99zky says:

    Caggiula has jinxed himself with his new number.

    It’s the only explanation.

  6. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Ugh, JP with a weak battle on the wall in the PP.

    The man needs to come back with a performance in Wed or I’ll be in the JP to Bakersfield train.

    Even with a good Wednesday, I think more prep time would be good for him.

  7. The Prototype JDî says:

    The Oilers have been out-worked, out-hustled, and out-housed.

  8. OriginalPouzar says:

    I don’t agree when commentators talk about a guy like McDavid being too “unselfish” when he makes a bad pass in a situation where he could have shot. That’s not being unselfish, that’s just bad decsion-making and/or bad execution on the pass.

  9. GMB3 says:

    Munny:
    Excellent shift from Khaira

    He can do the hockey.

    I’d honestly be interested to see how he would do in the Maroon role with McDavid

  10. Munny says:

    The Prototype JDî,

    Thoroughly outed… Thank Gord they have KY.

  11. Centre of attention says:

    That controlled entry by Benning was A1, and of course the play dies on Caggulias stick.

  12. OriginalPouzar says:

    And now Kailer gets a shift with McDavid and Maroon, makes a very nice pass to McDavid for a quick break and they have an effective cycle shift for 25 seconds.

    Hmmmmm….

  13. David says:

    The thing about Yamamoto is the usual excuse “being zoomed by McDavid” doesn’t apply. It’s been Yamamoto creating the magic on that line tonight.

  14. The Prototype JDî says:

    Rob Brown talking about needing utility wood as he gets older. I’m not touching that one.

  15. Munny says:

    I guess the refs have decided they’ve already done their part.

  16. The Prototype JDî says:

    Munny,

    Dinner reservations always Trump 4 goal leads.

  17. Munny says:

    The Prototype JDî:
    Rob Brown talking about needing utility wood as he gets older. I’m not touching that one.

    Well, probably wouldn’t help much if you did…

    🙂

  18. oscarmike says:

    Yamamoto starts the game on the 4th line and ends the game on the 1st line showing that despite his size and age he is NHL ready. Since he is earning a spot the Oilers are not rushing him into the line-up.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Not a fun night but probably a timely ass kicking.

  20. The Prototype JDî says:

    Munny,

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  21. treevojo says:

    Munny: Well, probably wouldn’t help much if you did…

    I heard JDI has wonderful hands.

  22. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Not a fun night but probably a timely ass kicking.

    positives:

    Yamamoto, Simpson….*crickets chirping*

  23. Munny says:

    I quickly clicked over to Ched Listen Live and thought I caught Bob saying Stanton has been nursing an injury the past while.

  24. treevojo says:

    Man this right wing battle is going to be fun to watch going into the season.

    Once sleppy gets healthy there are going to be a couple disappointed players.

    For my money Caggulia has done the least to impress.

  25. GMB3 says:

    Centre of attention: positives:

    Yamamoto, Simpson….*crickets chirping*

    Really? Simpson had some brutal giveaways in our own end I thought

  26. treevojo says:

    Yamamoto at this point is going to have to literally shit on the ice in his next game to not get a couple starts up with the big club in the regular season.

  27. The Prototype JDî says:

    The Canes’ weirdnames/23 is off the charts.

  28. Munny says:

    KY’s ability to time passes is very impressive. I knew about his skating, his edges, his forecheck and his reads, his ability to find open ice, but I had no idea he was so good at timing passes to find gaps and hit players in stride. That is a helluva talent.

    And might find him permanently ascended to McDeity’s trinity.

  29. Munny says:

    treevojo: I heard JDI has wonderful hands.

    He’s no Khaira.

    …Apparently.

  30. Munny says:

    I got TV for the first time in years because of the McDavid Oilers…

    After watching last night’s weak Star Trek re-entry and tonight’s even weaker Oiler effort, I’m beginning to wonder why…

  31. Munny says:

    Reporters working TMac over the KY angle. TMac agreeing he’s earned more looks.

  32. The Prototype JDî says:

    Munny: I’m beginning to wonder why…

    Strome wasn’t built in a day.

  33. Dino says:

    Like lowetide said, timely ass kicking. They were cruising through the preseason with very little challenge so this was a much needed eye opener to get the boys back to earth and point out areas they need to work on. They’ll be ready come regular season.

  34. Pescador says:

    GMB3: He can do the hockey.

    I’d honestly be interested to see how he would do in the Maroon role with McDavid

    How about we try Maroon in the Maroon role first?

  35. Munny says:

    The Prototype JDî,

    Lol!

    Ryan you are.

    After the mutiny–and assault of a superior and a friend–leading to the allegorical “lesson” that it’s better to shoot first and ask questions later, pretty sure if I watch any more, I’ll be cheering for the Klingons.

  36. Pescador says:

    The Prototype JDî: Strome wasn’t built in a day.

    This is the Munny quote

  37. Centre of attention says:

    “I don’t care who plays on our team. I need 23 guys to fill jerseys. Doesn’t matter if he’s 18 or 38, doesn’t matter what his size is. If he’s getting the job done then he can play”

    McLellan on whether Yamo’s making a case

  38. Centre of attention says:

    GMB3: Really? Simpson had some brutal giveaways in our own end I thought

    he’s also a rookie. I didn’t see anything too terrible and he got better as the game went on.

  39. Professor Q says:

    Pescador: How about we try Maroon in the Maroon role first?

    He should be Marooned on McDavid Island.

  40. Thinker says:

    Centre of attention:
    “I don’t care who plays on our team. I need 23 guys to fill jerseys. Doesn’t matter if he’s 18 or 38, doesn’t matter what his size is. If he’s getting the job done then he can play”

    McLellan on whether Yamo’s making a case

    Don’t know how the follow up question wasn’t “What if he’s 45?”

  41. Professor Q says:

    Thinker: Don’t know how the follow up question wasn’t “What if he’s 45?”

    Sign Jagr Now!

    Eventually he’ll give in to a PTO, right? Right?

    Sigh. No. He’s adamant that he’ll only sign right away. If only, though…

  42. GMB3 says:

    Pescador: How about we try Maroon in the Maroon role first?

    I was more think in the post-Maroon era

  43. Bank Shot says:

    treevojo:
    I am seeing KY with a very slick stick out there.

    His fore play is phenomenal.

    Settle down Pierre..

  44. Thinker says:

    treevojo: fore play

    I’m not familiar with the term.

  45. Pescador says:

    Thinker: I’m not familiar with the term.

    I think it’s something to do with golf

  46. Johnny says:

    Pescador: How about we try Maroon in the Maroon role first?

    It would be nice to know though. Might help with negotiations.

  47. Glass says:

    I’d rather not burn a year off Yamamoto’s elc. We already have solid wing depth with Puljujarvi, Slepyshev, Caggiula, and Khaira to name a few.

  48. OriginalPouzar says:

    So that mess is over.

    Presumably they learned their lesson that there are no easy points in this league and they aren’t so good that they can coast to victories and points in the standings.

    I wonder if that performance changes the coach’s plan for Wed night? Probably not – Rattie, Malone, Pak, etc. should get their last games.

    Puljijarvi and Caggulia should be thankful that Slepy’s ankle is opening up a roster spot – these two players are close to earning AHL salaries in Bakersfield.

    Leasons learned – moving on!

  49. russ99 says:

    Seems to me we were a little too rush happy against weaker teams and now when we face an NHL defense with forwards determined to take space away and break up passes, our cycle game was nowhere to be found.

  50. The Trade Guy says:

    Reads like some people might need to be reminded that it’s preseason, and priorities are often on things other than winning.

    Relax, and lose your minds when they lose their first regular season game.

  51. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    *** KINGER TROLL OF THE DAY:***:

    Hall worked with a new skating coach while living in Toronto full time. Along with returning to the ice earlier than usual, he wanted to improve other skating techniques to compliment his speed.

    “Turning, being stronger in corners, being stronger in battles, not falling as much, those kind of things are stuff that I worked on,” Hall said. ”

    – Hall’s fall/60 was elite…

  52. OmJo says:

    Once again looking at U20s to save the team? I thought we were passed that dark moment of history?

  53. godot10 says:

    OmJo:
    Once again looking at U20s to save the team? I thought we were passed that dark moment of history?

    U20’s and O30’s…except their O30’s (except for Sekera) are likely to be boat anchors #sameasiteverwas

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