Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored goal No. 100 in his NHL career this week, moving into the Oilers’ all-time Top 20 in the category. For a franchise with such a short history, the career categories are breathtaking.
GOALS, EDMONTON OILERS, CAREER
- Wayne Gretzky 583
- Jari Kurri 474
- Glenn Anderson 417
- Mark Messier 392
- Ryan Smyth 296
- Paul Coffey 209
- Craig Simpson 185
- Esa Tikkanen 178
- Jordan Eberle 165
- Shawn Horcoff 162
- Doug Weight 157
- Craig MacTavish 155
- Ales Hemsky 142
- Todd Marchant 136
- Taylor Hall 132
- Dave Hunter 119
- Petr Klima 119
- Ethan Moreau 112
- Sam Gagner 101
- Jason Arnott 100
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 100
That’s a helluva list, if Nuge can hang around another seven years he’ll be the ninth man to score 200 in an Oilers uniform.
PIKES PEAK, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers in November 2015: 1-0-0, goal differential +2
- Oilers in November 2016: 0-0-1, goal differential -1
- Oilers in November 2017: 0-1-0, goal differential -1
AFTER 11, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 4-7-0, goal differential -6
- Oilers 16-17: 7-3-1, goal differential +7
- Oilers 17-18: 3-7-1, goal differential -12
Game 12 in 2015-16 was a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames (goal with nine seconds left by Michael Frolik). Game 12 last season was a 4-3 shootout win over the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. It’s interesting to see the theme for these seasons had already been established, with G12 results adding further evidence to die cast.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NOVEMBER
- At home to: Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Detroit (Expected: 2-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
- On the road to: NYI, New Jersey, NYR, Washington (Expected: 1-2-1) (Actual: 0-0-0)
- At home to: Vegas, St. Louis (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual: 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Dallas, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Boston (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- At home to: Arizona, Toronto (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 7-7-2, 16 points in 16 games
- Current results: 0-1-0, zero points in one game
I have tonight as a win for the home team, although Rogers Place seems to like road warriors based on what we’ve seen so far this year. The Oilers scoring (GF-GA) by discipline: 5×5 (17-19), even-strength (19-22), power play (5-1) and penalty kill (0-13). Overall scoring: 24-36. Culprit? I’ll go special teams. (Source)
- Elliotte Friedman: One other thing about Puljujarvi: He might also be Chiarelli’s most enticing trade chip. That’s a big, big decision and, unless the Oilers are absolutely convinced it won’t work for Puljujarvi in Edmonton, you’ve got to think the player gets another NHL shot first. Source
In Friedman’s 31 Thoughts, his main point about JP involved callup, but this wrinkle is interesting. The selection of Jesse Puljujarvi came at a point where Edmonton was discussing trade with Montreal, and that deal would probably have come to fruition if Columbus had chosen Puljujarvi. I have suggested, and believe, Chiarelli made the Hall-Larsson deal partly because Puljujarvi was available. The organization, and most hockey scouts, felt the big Finn was going to be a bona fide scorer. He is one of the reasons the Taylor Hall was dealt, Edmonton probably feeling they had a player who could quickly advance to 15-20 goals per season. These months later, we remain in wait mode. Jesse Puljujarvi picked up an assist last night in Bakersfield, now 9gp, 1-4-5 (NHLE: 24). I remember hearing stories about the Oilers being enamored with Mikhael Sergachev at that time, and that may be Chiarelli’s biggest regret from the 2016 draft.
Overwhelming support for firing Peter Chiarelli across the universe based on my twitter timeline and this blog’s comments. I don’t see it happening. Edmonton posted a 103-point season in 2016-17, that’s going to give the general manager a lot of rope. Pressure arrives next fall (2018), giving the general manager the rest of this season and next summer to find solutions. What’s the low marker for this season? 82 points? Let’s say it’s 82 points. I don’t think 82 points this season gets Chiarelli fired. Seriously. Todd McLellan is a little more vulnerable and the assistant coaches are really vulnerable, especially if the special teams don’t recover. This is my opinion.
As for the verbal tirades in the comments section, I believe free exchange of ideas is the reason this blog has had success. If a poster has vitriol to deliver about the general manager, then it will stand. We do not tolerate abusive behavior and I will be more mindful of that in the coming days, as it seems browbeating is once again raising its ugly head in pursuit of a goal. Rest assured, if you want to comment on the GM, and can avoid being abusive, your post will stand. If you become abusive, your post will be deleted and you’ll spend some time in purgatory. No exceptions.
As for you, dear reader, where you get your information and who you pay attention to is completely your decision. This blog has always tried to pursue a balanced view and will continue to do so in these times of issue framing. We will acknowledge the poor trades made by Peter Chiarelli, and they have had tremendous impact on the team—now and long into the future. We’ll also acknowledge the good acquisitions, including Cam Talbot, Andrej Sekera,Patrick Maroon, Zack Kassian and Matt Benning. It is up to you to decide what information you hold as valuable, what source of information suits you best. I encourage you to find a balanced view on these things and to draw your own conclusions. Only the addled blindly follow, and that applies to all sides of the discussion.
If I may linger a moment longer, I sincerely hope you enjoy your experience. I think there are those who find joy in building up rage in others, although to what end is beyond me. You do not have to endure things that make you uncomfortable or put you in a bad place after reading. If the comments section of this blog does that to you, I would encourage you to refrain from reading until this current losing streak subsides. We’re all human, and a 15-minute wade into the negative can sometimes put us in a bad place for hours afterward, impacting those humans around us who depend on our reasoned thinking. Let’s remember this is supposed to be fun, ladies and men. Thanks.
WHO’S UNDER THE MICROSCOPE?
- Things can change, but based on usage, verbal and the obvious, I think Anton Slepyshev is in his last chance Texaco period.
- Drake Caggiula’s a player whose employment has never been in doubt but he’s going to need to deliver at least some offense to stay.
- Kailer Yamamoto has an enormous future with this team. Tonight might be his last NHL game of the season, but he’s going to be a starter very soon—likely opening night 2018-19.
- Jussi Jokinen’s status is as extra man but that could change. It’s a long season and the veteran is very useful. He might be an answer on special teams.
- Milan Lucic is having the puck die on his stick too much, and not putting the puck in good places. When he’s at his best the big man is physical, adept at passing and a good player in the offensive zone. He’s been inconsistent since he got here, could be headed for 3L soon.
- Kris Russell is playing three fewer minutes a night year over year. Either he’s playing hurt—haven’t read a thing—or Todd McLellan is finding better alternatives. If your $4 million free agent is playing 18 minutes a night when the team is scrambling for defense, that’s a mighty poor arrow.
Ty Rattie delivered a hat-trick for the Bakersfield Condors last night, putting himself in the conversation for recall. I think Brad Malone or Jesse Puljujarvi are more likely but you never know.
News story about the Oilers honoring the 1984-85 Oilers (here) and it reminds me about something we should have been talking about earlier. Are you surprised this team was chosen? Which of the 1980’s Oilers teams do you consider the best? I am pleased with the choice because it includes Paul Coffey, who was certainly one of the best players on planet earth in the 1980s. I’m not sure it would be my choice for best Oilers team ever, but the people have spoken. What is your opinion?
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
We are drunk with great guests, first Friday of winter (based on weather conditions and forecast). 10 this morning, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Is the 1984-85 Oilers team the best ever? Should we lower expectations for this year’s team based on early performance?
- Paul Sir, The Basketball Show. Raptors playing well, 76ers 4-4!
- Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Eskimos big weekend, Hall at Ford Hall.
- Paul Almeida, SSE. Oilers need a win. Will it come tonight?
10-1260 text, @Lowetide twitter. See you on the radio!