OILERS RECALL BRANDON DAVIDSON

In one way, this is 8 kinds of awesome. Brandon Davidson, 2010 depth pick (162nd overall) is the first recall from the 2010 draft (Taylor Hall went right to the majors), passing 6 guys who were drafted before him. On the other hand, it’s bad because someone might be hurt. The two Schultz’s plus Petry and Belov were at practice this morning, meaning that Ladislav Smid, Andrew Ference and Denis Grebeshkov didn’t hit the ice. Dallas Eakins said it was a maintenance day for Smid and Ference, so we may not see any lineup changes but something happened to require the Davidson recall.

So far this season, Davidson is 2, 0-0-0 -2 in OKC.

Davidson photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.

 

 

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  1. Yukio says:

    Thoughts on the kid line reuniting?

  2. Racki says:

    Please don’t be Smid or Ference, if there is an injury…

    Not that I wish injury upon any other D, but the Oilers can’t afford to lose those 2.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Yukio: I’m fine with it, suspect Yakupov is going to get the bum’s rush again tomorrow night but that’s something he’s going to have to force.

    Racki: Nick Schultz hasn’t been a world beater, otherwise I suspect you’re correct.

  4. Professor Q says:

    Could it be related to your trade idea? Or maybe just be an attempt to energise the lineup by a wee change, or a similar idea?

  5. Lowetide says:

    Professor Q:
    Could it be related to your trade idea? Or maybe just be an attempt to energise the lineup by a wee change, or a similar idea?

    ALWAYS be aware of the possibility of a 3-for-1 trade!!!! I was caught off guard on the Pronger acquisition but have been very aware 24-7 since then!!!!

  6. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    According to the timeline of the TC.

    Larsen should have been the first D called up, no? he was last sent down.

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=20831

    after him, shouldn’t it be Fedun

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=20667

    If they wanted a LD, then it should go Klef, Marincin and Brad Hunt

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=683608

    Finally we get to Davidson

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=683111

    I mean… I’m a big fan. big fan of the kid. but this decision is all kinds of strange for all kinds of reasons.

    Eakins/MacT have been extraordinarily active with the waiver and recalls, etc. Very curious.

    EDIT: crap just remembered that Larsen and Fedun are RD… don’t hang me boys…

  7. dessert1111 says:

    This is pretty bizarre to me. How has he managed to pass all the people who were sent down after him in camp in just games? I thought it’d be fedun, especially with anecdotal reports that he’s playing well. If it’s a left handed thing I believe fedun can play his offside. I’d love to hear the reasoning.

    But good for Davidson. He has come a long way. I don’t think he’s quite at NHL level yet though, IMO.

  8. Lowetide says:

    dessert1111:
    This is pretty bizarre to me. How has he managed to pass all the people who were sent down after him in camp in just games? I thought it’d be fedun, especially with anecdotal reports that he’s playing well. If it’s a left handed thing I believe fedun can play his offside. I’d love to hear the reasoning.

    But good for Davidson. He has come a long way. I don’t think he’s quite at NHL level yet though, IMO.

    LEft side defender, he has been playing in the top 4D since late last season. I think the other left side guy they might have recalled was Marincin, but if Smid/Ference is hurt Davidson likely the better man. Nick Schultz moves up and then Davidson plays third pair.

    the real worry imo is that BOTH Smid and Ference are hurt.

  9. Lucinius says:

    Smid can’t get hurt.

    Its not allowed.

  10. Manitoba Oilers says:

    IMO Davidson is here to show the team what compete means since he did beat cancer and without a doubt has worked harder than anyone.

  11. Captain Smarmy says:

    Love Davidson. I haven’t watched a minute of Oilers hockey this year but I’m going to the Pittsburgh game in January. That would make me a second tier fan according to six rings.

  12. Bank Shot says:

    They will probably have Davidson playing wing on the Hall line.

  13. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Unfucking real…

    I just had a very happy moment to myself (I won’t get more graphic) and the collective EDM media just lost their whipping boy:

    From 10:00 on

    http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=453374&catid=4

  14. kooler says:

    Throw him on wing. He has some speed…he’s a bit MPS I imagine. R

  15. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    You have to get detailed with it. Like if I said ‘work hard’… “what does that mean?” like you’ve got to show instances of what the compete level should be.

    I will say this… there have been… so… I mentioned Gordon, I think that’s who I mentioned earlier? The guy for me who’s been our best forward and who has demonstrated every night a passion for the game and his ability to get in on the forecheck, to protect pucks, to backtrack how we want him to, back pressure, all that, has been HEMSKY!

    And, the guy that coming in I was like “ok, where’s this guy gonna fall? is he in, is he out?” he’s been unbelievable! And I said to our group this morning, “we need more Ales Hemskys on our team right now” like that kind of passion. And, that’s what I’m looking for.

    Hallelujah!! Jesus H. Gord we have a winner!!!

  16. Lowetide says:

    Rom: lol. I did the same thing a couple of hours ago, it was SO awesome to see it.

  17. Racki says:

    Glad to hear Hemsky getting the praises, and more importantly, being deserving of them. I think it would be a fallacy to say he’s been the teams best player the last few years, but I think he’s off to a great start this year. Always hope for the best out of any player that wears the Oil drop, so it’s good to see. Hopefully he can drag some other players along with him.

    Why is it that when Hemsky gets going, the other guys drop off? Why can’t everything all come together for once?? grr. It’s just 2 games in though, and I think it’s been easier for Eberle/Nuge/Hall/etc to get going than it has for Hemsky… so it’s good Hemsky’s on his game already.

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Interesting limited defense of Smyth from Tyler

    http://www.mc79hockey.com/?p=6352

  19. Bos8 says:

    I’ll echo the above. Hemsky!

    Lord knows Hall has all kinds of talent but his performance the last two games has been, “What the hell are you doing?” It’s almost like his brain can’t keep up to his speed. Rather than slowing the game down, it’s been “I’ll just skate faster and keep the mind in neutral”. It’s like he lost the ability to read the play. He’s been like a hamster on a wheel, trying to escape.

    Who is the injured D? I keep missing it at the beginning of the scrum.

  20. wheatnoil says:

    If Davidson plays tomorrow, he will have gone from AHL rookie to cancer to surgery to chemo to ECHL to AHL to NHL all in 11 calendar months!

    If you wrote this plot, no one would believe it.

  21. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Bos8:
    I’ll echo the above.Hemsky!

    Lord knows Hall has all kinds of talent but his performance the last two games has been, “What the hell are you doing?”It’s almost like his brain can’t keep up to his speed. Rather than slowing the game down, it’s been “I’ll just skate faster and keep the mind in neutral”.It’s like he lost the ability to read the play.He’s been like a hamster on a wheel, trying to escape.

    Who is the injured D?I keep missing it at the beginning of the scrum.

    I’m sorry son, you’re going to have to go to simile jail for a short stint. We can’t allow this sort of overuse.

  22. Bar_Qu says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Lowetide,

    Frankly, Eakins won’t last long, talking about Hemsky so positively like that. He’d better watch his back.

    ;-)

  23. Lucinius says:

    Bar_Qu,

    Between praising Hemsky, getting rid of the doughnuts and the honesty.. he’s gonna be in trouble if the Oilers don’t win the cup!

  24. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    I’m guessing Eakins isn’t a devotee of advanced stats.

    Ales Hemsky:

    Corsi ON
    -46.3

    Corsi Rel
    -34.45

  25. OilFire says:

    After fitness, Eakins’ biggest quality he talked about after his hiring was his ability to figure out the best way to motivate each player. I’ve always felt Hemmer did better with positive rather than negative reinforcement, so maybe part of the comments are meant to keep him burning. If so, contradicting the anti-Hemsky MSM is a nice side effect.

  26. Lucinius says:

    Dead Cat Bounce,

    He’s also been saddled with two of the players on the team having the worst performances on the team. But that can’t be affecting his advanced stats, right? its gotta be all Hemsky’s fault.

  27. OilFire says:

    Dead Cat Bounce:
    I’m guessing Eakins isn’t a devotee of advanced stats.

    Ales Hemsky:

    Corsi ON
    -46.3

    Corsi Rel
    -34.45

    It’s rare to see someone so motivated to be so pessimistic. Perhaps after some more observation the driving force will be more obvious, not sure yet what it is.

  28. Kris11 says:

    Dear Oilers,

    Trade for a C who can fill in for Gagner for a while and then be an excellent 4C when all are healthy.

    Yours Truly,
    Common Sense

  29. Kris11 says:

    Even Corsi is not very useful for evaluations or predictions in 2 game samples with no context.

  30. godot10 says:

    So Eakins is blaming Hall for all the minuses, given that he is praising Hemsky, and has Smyth practicing on the 2nd power play unit rather than Yakupov.

    Not much of a mea culpa yet from Eakins for the silly experiment yet. Not his fault either.

  31. Kris11 says:

    IIRC, 10 game samples for Corsi are pretty good, though always with context.

    Hall being bad at C is damaging in two ways. 1. You ice a poor C to go against other team’s elite players. 2. You lose one of the best LW’s in the west.

    The good news is that Gordon might bring just enough offense to be a passable 2C and maybe Arco maybe won’t get killed in super soft minutes.

  32. RMGS says:

    Bar_Qu:
    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Lowetide,

    Frankly, Eakins won’t last long, talking about Hemsky so positively like that. He’d better watch his back.

    This would be funnier if it were less true. With Coach Eakins’ wry approach to the Edmonton sports media, singing the praises of their favourite body language infidel may be worse than the doughnut ban. Without a few wins asap, I expect the first “hall of fame” column questioning the coach to be published soon.

  33. stevezie says:

    After watching the Eakins press conference one thing is at last undeniable: Dallas Eaking bares a striking physical resemblance to me, Stevezie.
    Fact 2: Last week I did a VO2 max test and made the mid 50s, which is good for a 31 year-old.
    Inescapable conclusion: Dallas Eakins is my long lost father. So stop insulting him.

    godot10,

    Why is the experiment silly? I agree with you that Hall is better at lw. I agreed with you that was the case before this was tried, but nothing you’ve said slightly contradicts the following:
    1)C is the most important position, 2)Hall is our best player, 3) Hall has qualities that make for a good C, 4) Injuries dictated we try somebody there.
    Inescapable conclusion 2: We would have been silly not to try Hall there,

    Kris11,

    So what you want is someone with enough scoring that it’s not a joke he can play on the 2nd, but not so good it’s weird that you put him on the 4th.
    You’ve just described Marc Arcobello.

  34. Woodguy says:

    I find it interesting that so many people are thinking the sky is falling.

    Many of these same people preached patience, etc. when I bitched how bad the team an management were for the last 4 years.

    Now that I think the team is finally good, many of these people are losing their shit over a 0-2-0 start.

    This team is pretty good.

    4-93-14
    57-27-83

    Those two lines can do all the heavy lifting.

    When 89 is healthy, the “soft seconds line” will be:

    6-89-64

    You can swap 6 and 57 as you see fit.

    That’s ridiculous for a secondary scoring line. Ridiculous.

    The D is still a a work in progress, but the next 4 call ups aren’t much of a drop off and Grebs hasn’t played yet.

    Belov will calm down and figure it out too.

    Goaltending is really the only question and I’m not sure the pad and stick thing isn’t bugging DD (or if he’s short sighted. Seriously. He might be short sighted), but I fall back on his history and have plenty of time for him, and for once a good backup is here.

    This team is miles better than any iced since 2006 and people are losing are their shit.

    The comedy never ends does it?

  35. fifthcartel says:

    I’m expecting Hall to slaughter the lambs back at his old cabin at LW on Monday.

  36. Bos8 says:

    All of the above.

  37. Woodguy says:

    Kris11:
    Dear Oilers,

    Trade for a C who can fill in for Gagner for a while and then be an excellent 4C when all are healthy.

    Yours Truly,
    Common Sense

    Arcobello is probably better than anything you can trade for.

  38. stevezie says:

    Woodguy,

    He already knows; I told him.

  39. godot10 says:

    stevezie:

    godot10,

    Why is the experiment silly? I agree with you that Hall is better at lw. I agreed with you that was the case before this was tried, but nothing you’ve said slightly contradicts the following:
    1)C is the most important position, 2)Hall is our best player, 3) Hall has qualities that make for a good C, 4) Injuries dictated we try somebody there.
    Inescapable conclusion 2: We would have been silly not to try Hall there,

    I disagree vehemently with (3). Hall is a terrible candidate to make a good centre the way NHL hockey is played today.

    Which is why I always though the experiment was a bad idea, and why I always thought it would fail miserably.

  40. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy made a couple of strong points here imo. First, Arcobello has been solid to very good in the first two games–you can say look at the linemates but he’s keeping time–and when you look at the numbers there are some nice things there.

    The Oilers LOOKED like they were running around with their hair on fire but the facts are that the Hall line was a nightmare, the care wasn’t there defensively and DD struggled.

    They need to settle down, and so do we.

  41. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    Lucinius:
    Dead Cat Bounce,

    He’s also been saddled with two of the players on the team having the worst performances on the team. But that can’t be affecting his advanced stats, right? its gotta be all Hemsky’s fault.

    They are also “saddled” with him.

  42. bookje says:

    Woodguy,

    I remain very optimistic. I think part of what you’re seeing here is fear. In the past there was more time to get it wrong. If MacT and Eakins turn out to be the wrong guys to make this successful, then we are looking at losing some guys and starting over.

  43. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    Lowetide:
    Woodguy made a couple of strong points here imo. First, Arcobello has been solid to very good in the first two games–you can say look at the linemates but he’s keeping time–and when you look at the numbers there are some nice things there.

    The Oilers LOOKED like they were running around with their hair on fire but the facts are that the Hall line was a nightmare, the care wasn’t there defensively and DD struggled.

    They need to settle down, and so do we.

    Worth noting that Arcobello has a Corsi ON of +35.95 and a Corsi Rel of +51.8.

    While it is still very early, he’s far from the problem thus far.

  44. tcho says:

    Woodguy,

    Thank you for the sanity.

    They had a crappy game against Vancouver. It happens. They played fairly well against Winnipeg, and lost a game that math suggests they should have won.

    Small sample size, folks. 2 games is really no basis to judge much of anything. Let’s see how the first 10-12 games shakes out (for players & team), and even then we’ll probably just start to see trends.

  45. spoiler says:

    Lowetide: Woodguy made a couple of strong points here imo. First, Arcobello has been solid to very good in the first two games–you can say look at the linemates but he’s keeping time–and when you look at the numbers there are some nice things there. The Oilers LOOKED like they were running around with their hair on fire but the facts are that the Hall line was a nightmare, the care wasn’t there defensively and DD struggled. They need to settle down, and so do we.

    I thought I had brought some calm and perspective to the discussion in an earlier thread, but apparently not.

    Sadly, I have just watched the Flames skate the Canucks to a tie. OT to come.

    How? By try. Which strangely we didn’t have last night.

  46. spoiler says:

    Wow, helluva play by Bieksa

  47. gcw_rocks says:

    What have the Oilers done in the last 7 years to deserve either patience or the benefit of the doubt at this point?

  48. spoiler says:

    Well after watching that Flames-Canucks game it is pretty obvious that the Oil made the Nucks look far better than they really are. The Oil were as horrible as we have ever seen them last night, There has to be a reason, whether it is the flu or whatever. We know this team is not as bad as they played last night.

  49. Lois Lowe says:

    I fail to see how Corsi numbers over two games this season tell anything meaningful.

  50. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    Lois Lowe:
    I fail to see how Corsi numbers over two games this season tell anything meaningful.

    They tell you how a player performed in two games.

  51. Lowetide says:

    Lois Lowe:
    I fail to see how Corsi numbers over two games this season tell anything meaningful.

    They don’t. It is however interesting to see what’s happening when lines are on the ice and in the case of Hall’s line there is some genuine chaos by eye and by number. The Oilers as a team are exactly 50% Corsi after two games btw.

  52. spoiler says:

    Lois Lowe: I fail to see how Corsi numbers over two games this season tell anything meaningful.

    Every mathematician in the world agrees with you.

  53. Zipdot says:

    Dead Cat Bounce: They tell you how a player performed in two games.

    Goals, assists, points, and +/- tell you how a player performed in two games, my mans…

  54. jp says:

    blockquote cite=”comment-256246″>

    Woodguy:

    This team is pretty good.

    4-93-14
    57-27-83

    Those two lines can do all the heavy lifting.

    When 89 is healthy, the “soft seconds line” will be:

    6-89-64

    You can swap 6 and 57 as you see fit.

    That’s ridiculous for a secondary scoring line.Ridiculous.

    And those heavy lifting lines even bring a little offense. :)

  55. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    Zipdot: Goals, assists, points, and +/- tell you how a player performed in two games, my mans…

    Blasphemy!

    (of course I agree with you)

  56. Ribs says:

    Zipdot: Goals, assists, points, and +/- tell you how a player performed in two games, my mans…

    How much better does J.Schultz’s game look with 2G’s instead of crossbars?

  57. denny33 says:

    gcw_rocks,

    No kidding….years

    Dallas Eakins:

    This is a heavy league and I don’t care what system you play … if you’re not going to battle and compete like every shift is your last one in this league, you won’t win in his league,” said Eakins. “Sometimes you can sit a couple of guys on the bench, but I have to send five guys out there to play. It was a tough one for me to flex my muscles in the game today. I can talk and coddle and kick and scream, but it has to come within the dressing room.”

    I wonder how many people truly understand what he means……

    Hall back at centre and RNH return….but can our top talent compete in heavy hockey?

    Glad there are so many optimists……New Jersey with no Parise, no Kovalcheck

    That is a gimme, right?

    Just need to juggle the lines….

  58. denny33 says:

    spoiler,

    EXACTLY….

    The contrast in effort is startling….the ‘compete’ factor is very evident from the flames.

  59. spoiler says:

    denny33: spoiler, EXACTLY….The contrast in effort is startling….the ‘compete’ factor is very evident from the flames.

    Who knows what the reason was. But the Oil are a better team than we saw last night. Maybe they’re pushing the boundaries with the new coach, maybe they were sick, maybe they haven’t found their identity and lost their confidence, maybe they were one night idiots, who knows… but we have seen them compete way harder in the past than we saw last night.

    I want to verify that it’s a real issue and not a one-off before I hit the panic button.

  60. Bushed says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Eakins sticking up for Hemsky and sticking it to the MSM is absolute gold.

    It’s fun to see Eakins keeping the MSM on its toes…

    Can we please keep this guy for more than a year? (Hemsky too?)

  61. Colonel Obvious says:

    I mostly agree with Woodguy. The forwards should be fine with RNH coming back and Arcobello keeping his head above water. The D, on the other hand, depends upon J Schultz and Belov being players. So far not so very good.

    I wish the problem on Saturday night was compete. That could be easily solved. They couldn’t string passes together, gave up turnovers at every step, and appeared disorganized and confused. That’s what is concerning.

  62. Ribs says:

    I just want so say, for as much as I point put Arcobella’s skating issue (comes to complete stop when he stops moving his legs), he does seem to know where to go and has done an admiriable job so far. I’ll cheer for the guy even if I know it’s a fruitless endeavour. Go Jones!! i mean Arcobello!!!

  63. Hammers says:

    Colonel Obvious:
    I mostly agree with Woodguy.The forwards should be fine with RNH coming back and Arcobello keeping his head above water. The D, on the other hand, depends upon JSchultz and Belov being players.So far not so very good.

    I wish the problem on Saturday night was compete.That could be easily solved.They couldn’t string passes together, gave up turnovers at every step, and appeared disorganized and confused.That’s what is concerning.

    Being disorganized is THE PROBLEM . Seen junior teams more in sinc . Eakins needs to light some fires win or loose Monday.

  64. MrDooman says:

    In case it wasn’t mentioned. Rnh is centering Hall and Eberle against NJ as per an article ok NHL.com
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/m_news.htm?id=685761

  65. Andropod says:

    denny33,

    Here is the lineup for tonight’s game, courtesy of LT:
    •Nuge-Hall-Eberle
    •Gordon-Perron-Yakupov
    •Arcobello-Smyth-Hemsky
    •Acton-Gazdic-Brown
    •Smid-Petry
    •Ference-Schultz
    •N Schultz-Belov

    The full blog is here:
    http://lowetide.ca/blog/2013/10/the-verdict-is-in-port-side.html

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