The Edmonton Oilers began the process of making over their roster for the 2014-15 season yesterday, adding two players who should be regulars next season for the team. Ben Scrivens is the do-over on the deadline deal for Ben Bishop (that never happened), and Matt Hendricks is a player rumored to be on the Oilers shopping list last spring. So, they’ve added two pieces to the depth chart we talked about 24 hours ago.
PROJECTED 2014-15 LINEUP (13 of 23)
- G: Ben Scrivens
- D: Jeff Petry, Martin Marincin, Andrew Ference, Justin Schultz
- C: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Boyd Gordon, Matt Hendricks
- L: Taylor Hall, David Perron, Luke Gazdic
- R: Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov
I also said this yesterday: Craig MacTavish is going to blow this thing up, or at least as much as he can in the modern era. A few conclusions we can draw:
- Dallas Eakins likes truculence.
- Dallas Eakins likes former Marlies.
- Craig MacTavish’s vision may have some elements of possession in them, but the Oilers version of possession may have elements of the Kings/Bruins in it. Dump and chase, forecheck, that kind of thing.
- The Oilers are going to spend most of their bullets “up the middle” this summer, as they should.
- We should expect them to pursue free agents like Joni Pitkanen, Kyle Quincey and Matt Niskanen.
- There’s a chance Darnell Nurse makes this team in the fall.
- I think the Oilers may well be interested in Cam Ward. The rumor cam from Darren Dreger, and tsn was right about Ference, Clarkson and Hendricks last spring and summer. If they do plan to trade for Ward, and Eberle is the ask, there must be something else coming back because that’s not close to level in my opinion. I know there are Oiler fans who don’t hold Eberle at a high value (mostly due to contract), but I imagine the reaction would be universal and extremely negative if such a trade were struck between the two teams. Perhaps something could be worked around Ward and Justin Faulk?
One of the funnier parts of the Scrivens deal is his wife, who spent 3 years in Toronto and 4 in NY state before going home to Los Angeles and the warm weather. The tweet above shows that she’s a good sport and supportive, but it may also be a good idea for the Oilers to sign her husband before the trade deadline.
Buffalo is three points behind with three games behind, and they are playing much better under Ted Nolan. The Oilers could be in the basement by the weekend. I’m pleased with the Scrivens addition, and am hopeful Hendricks can help with the penalty kill, but the Oilers are in a bad way and will likely be sending away players for picks and prospects from now to the deadline.
First overall is something we should discuss.
- Minnesota has beaten Edmonton 41 times, the most W’s against any team the Wild has faced since expansion.
- Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Josh Harding and Jared Spurgeon are out.
- This info and more are here, from excellent reporter Mike Russo.
Matty has an article up this morning, and there’s a worry over 83′s foot. Gazdic’s shot hit him flush and the swelling is apparently pretty bad, we should know more by Saturday in Winnipeg. Matty also mentions the possibility of signing Hemsky, which we have discussed many times in the past. A wonderful result, if it comes to pass.
OILERS REMAINING PICKS
This site is brilliant for tracking draft picks and where they landed. Currently, Edmonton’s selections are:
- 2nd overall
- 116th overall (Mike Brown)
- 122nd overall
- 151st overall (Omark)
- 152nd overall
- 182nd overall
The deadline deals should add a few picks in the 40-100 range, I also think it’s possible the Oilers trade down a couple of spots and add a player or a pick. One thing in this area: Aaron Ekblad didn’t skate like a Dallas Eakins defenseman last night, I didn’t notice that at the WJ’s but against the other CHL kids I thought he was average. I know, not a scout, saw him bad, etc. Still, that’s the first down arrow I’ve seen so thought I’d mention.
Saw him good? Lots of players posted impressive games, Sam Reinhart did a lot to help himself and I think Draisaitl looked good too.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy show today, trades will do that to you. We’ll talk Oilers, NFL and more!
- James Mirtle, Globe and Mail. We’ll talk about Ben Scrivens and the Eakins mafia growing in Oiler Nation.
- Emilie Wiener from the legendary Hockey Wilderness. We’ll talk about the good old days when Edmonton and Minnesota played each other 40 times a year and Jacques Lemaire ruined fun. We’ll also talk about the impact of the Parise/Koivu injuries.
- Jacob Dearlove will talk Denver Broncos as we get nearer the AFC championship game.
- Andrea Carroll Papirny, The Brain Care Center. We’ll talk about brain injuries and the importance of making certain you’re properly protected before hitting the slopes/field/ice. Andrea will also tell us about a major event in Jasper this January in support of the cause.
We also have some other guests being lined up, so things are fluid this morning. @Lowetide_ on twitter and 10-1260 via text. Hope you tune in!