Yesterday, the Edmonton Oilers made a significant trade that will (probably) impact the pro depth chart in the fall. We’ll continue to monitor the current team, and the major storylines (McDavid Art Ross, Leon Draisaitl 80 points, Jesse Puljujarvi 15 goals, et cetera). However, it’s also time to look forward to the summer, and what may come.
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- New Lowetide: What are the Oilers getting in Cooper Marody?
- Lowetide: Cam Talbot and the Oilers are headed to a second contract.
- Lowetide: Ty Rattie gets a chance.
- Jonathan Willis: The Oilers and trading the Nuge.
- Lowetide: The Oilers and college free agents.
- Lowetide: How the Oilers can win summer without breaking the bank.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the Republic of Finland
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Sweden.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the QMJHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers and the WHL.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers draft history and the OHL
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the NCAA.
GOD ONLY KNOWS, YEAR OVER YEAR
- March 2016: 6-4-0, goal differential 0 (12 points)
- March 2017: 7-2-1, goal differential +16 (15 points)
- March 2018: 5-4-1, goal differential +2 (11 points)
- March 20, 2016: Colorado 3, Edmonton 2 (Source)
- March 25, 2017: Edmonton 4, Colorado 1 (Source)
Oilers have now passed Chicago (now No. 24) and there are a few more teams who are vulnerable even this late in the year. Edmonton could pass the Islanders, Rangers and even Carolina, conceivably finishing No. 21 overall. That hurts the draft number, though.
AFTER 73, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 28-38-7, goal differential -47 (63 points)
- Oilers 16-17: 39-25-9, goal differential +30 (87 points)
- Oilers 17-18: 32-36-5, goal differential -30 (69 points)
- March 18, 2016: Edmonton 2, Vancouver 0 (Source)
- March 23, 2017: Edmonton 7, Colorado 3 (Source)
A win tonight gets Edmonton to 71 points, exceeding the final number for 2015-16. The club would still be 32 points behind the final tally of one year ago. It would be nice to see that goal differential tighten some more.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH
- At home to: Nashville, NY Rangers, Arizona, NY Islanders, Minnesota (Expected 2-3-0) (Actual 3-2-0)
- On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
- At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-1)
- On the road to: Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-1) (Actual 2-1-0)
- At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Columbus (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Vancouver, Calgary (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 6-7-3, 15 points in 16 games
- Current results: 5-4-1, 11 points in 10 games
The home stand to come is likely to poke a hole in this month, but the stronger play of Cam Talbot and Connor McDavid pushing should mean some success. Tonight’s game is going to be emotional, the Sens have played Edmonton very well in those circumstances. That said, the story surrounding this game is so incredibly sad that none of this matters at all. Absolutely devastated for the Karlsson family.
If the Oilers sign Marody, he’s going to be a feature player in Bakersfield next fall.
This is a list of signed prospects, NHL men likely to spend time in Bakersfield and the RFA’s. I don’t expect we’ll see Ben Betker and Kyle Platzer return, not certain about the other gents. Marody is listed as a center so I put him there, could easily end up at right-wing. No matter what we think of the quality of these men, there are far more forward prospects in the conversation than one year ago. And most of the newcomers boast skill as a main asset.
Also in there, Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin (2nd-round pick) has told the team that he's not signing, so Florida looking to move him: https://t.co/ZjIq8H2Y1I
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) March 21, 2018
I had Adam Mascherin No. 22 on my final list and he’s performed well since draft day. Whatever the issues facing player and team, the Oilers would be wise to consider grabbing this young man via the trade route (depending on price).
NHL EQUIVALENCIES (FORWARDS)
- Put in the NHLE context, pretty clear the Oilers are trying to add skill to the pro pipeline right bleeding now.
- Kailer Yamamoto is a strong candidate to play in the NHL all next season, in my opinion. If he does go to Bakersfield, Yamamoto will be among the most skilled men to play in the uniform (Leon, Puljujarvi).
- Cooper Marody is clearly a skill forward and he is enjoying a strong junior season with Michigan. Mono and ineligibility issues impacted his first two seasons, possibly obscuring his true offensive ability.
- Cameron Hebig is another impressive young player, don’t know where he’ll play next season but there is talent there.
- Kirill Maksimov closed strong, Oilers have a fantastic prospect here. They signed him a week ago, if you like prospects, he’s the one you should be excited about (past Yamamoto).
- Bogdan Yakimov has lost his bat. Ordinarily when you see a player like him (he was a legit prospect) there’s a time on ice issue that explains the low scoring totals. Yakimov played 14:46 a game, scoring just 8-3-11 in 56 games during the KHL season. Wildly disappointing.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy Thursday on the show, as we gear up for tonight’s game versus the Senators and talk about the GM meetings. Scheduled to appear, TSN1260 beginning at 10:
- Paul Beirne, President of the CPL. He’ll be in the city this weekend doing his due diligence for the potential addition of a CPL franchise in Edmonton — beginning play in Spring 2019. There’s a town hall tonight and we’ll preview some of the topics.
- Rob Vollman, ESPN and NHL.com. Rob has a new stat! Plus Rocket Richard race and previewing some of the possible playoff matchups.
- Frank Seravalli, TSN. NHL general managers are changing the rules again!
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!