Jesse Joensuu impressed everyone on Tuesday night with his skill, grit and effort. It’s a timely arrival for the 2006 draft pick (he was taken 15 spots behind Jeff Petry) and he could be a gift from the hockey Gods for this edition of the Edmonton Oilers.
Joensuu impressed everyone watching the game, most especially the head coach.
- Eakins: “I liked his game. Bad on me, I should have got him on the ice more. That’s the first thing I said when I came in here (after the 5-4 loss). He played a hard, hard game for us. He was physical, he went to the net, he made plays with the puck.”
- Eakins: “He feels that ice in front of the net is his and nobody else’s. Dustin is a big man and for Jesse to push him back is a great sign. I just think Jesse was around the net. Pushing Byfuglien back a few feet was impressive, though. He’s a big man.”
It’s a big deal, because the Oilers need someone on the portside to play behind David Perron and Ryan Smyth until (and if) Taylor Hall returns there. After game one, I’m also thinking we’ll see a shuffle in the deck that moves Perron or Joensuu up and Smyth down.
POSSIBLE LINEUP FOR SATURDAY
- Ference-J Schultz
- N Schultz-Belov
They could also move Yakupov to LW, but I’d like to see the big Finn up on that ridiculous line and see what might happen. Despite not getting a goal, I thought the 2line was a chance machine and suspect they’ll leave it alone.
THE STRANGE BEN EAGER BUSINESS
Don’t know what it means, probably just easing the cap number for a few days, or maybe they really do want to drop a contract. I’m fine either way, but as always hope for some mind boggling 3-for-1 deal that puts this roster closer to balance (and I’ll even post the photo!).
When I spoke to Corey Graham yesterday, he mentioned Moroz was going to get a push on the Lazar-Samuelsson line. Moroz played at least some of the game there, and scored three goals (now 5, 6-1-7 for the season) and has 5 goals in his last two games. The Oil Kings may be struggling, but Moroz could be hitting his stride.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy day on the show, 10am on TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Kirk Luedeke from Redline Report and the New England Hockey Journal. We’ll talk Bruins season, that tough new division they’re in, and Jarome’s quest for the Stanley.
- Pepper from Pepper and Dylan on Virgin 1049. Pepper is an Buffalo Bills fan, and with his club 2-2 he’ll be
confident and upbeatrealistic and expecting trouble.
- Harrison Mooney from Puck Daddy and the Vancouver Sun. We’ll ask him about the Canucks and their coming season, this feels like a bit of a transition year what with the Sedins about to lead the league in shot blocking.
- Ryan Batty from Copper and Blue. Batty has a realistic view on things and brings humor to road building. I never really know what we’re going to talk about, but would guess beer, women and traffic circles.
10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on twitter and we’re going to open up the phones and texts a day after Oilers Nation reacted to a game one loss and see if the group has settled down (and have adopted Corsi as the one and true religion).