The kid is something special, isn’t he? 17 shots and five points in his last two games, and Taylor Hall looks like a man on a mission. “Chance” is having a helluva finish. He won’t make the second all-star team (Ovechkin’s still in the league) but this is a nice run.
Incredible! Among NHL players, Hall is tied for fourth in the entire NHL this season. This horrible, not very good, let’s put it out of our minds season. Insane.
NHL TOTAL POINTS LEADERS
Our man is now tied for 9th in scoring overall, and if he had those missed games back Hall might be third on this list. The shame in all of this? A brilliant season wasted on the way. It can’t happen again.
The new recruits hit the ice last night, and damned if the teenager didn’t score a late goal to send things to overtime. Greg Chase scored a very nice goal, was +2 and generally performed like he could manage at the higher level.
I’ll have more on these two later today, but it’s interesting to note that coach Nelson inserted these two guys straight into the lineup. Khaira turns 20 in August, Chase in January. Both players have skill, but you always wonder if it’s enough to perform at the next level. Early results are good, and of course this is a very small sample size.
Finally, this courtesy Pouzar in the previous thread:
- Neal @tweetneal · 1h Greg Chase & Jujhar Khaira, through one period in OKC, have added more skill than this team has seen in three weeks. #OKCBarons
- Neal @tweetneal · 1h @zacharyRjohnson Chase actually plays angles very well for a big body, love both of these guys already.
- Eric Rodgers @ericrsports · 1h Chase with two shots in the first period. Khaira 3-3 on faceoffs by my count. Three in the offensive zone, all wins.
- #OKCBaronsNeal @tweetneal · 22m Greggy Chase scores! Beats goaltender high, on the glove side. 4-4 game. #OKCBarons
- Neal @tweetneal · 22m Chase went hard through a defender on net. Lovely. #OKCBarons
- Neal @tweetneal · 20m @pand75 Seems to find himself in the right spots at right time. Very mature first pro game.
- Neal @tweetneal · 58m Me too “@ericrsports: Loving Chase’s forechecking abilities. #OKCBarons #oilers”
- Eric Rodgers @ericrsports · 2h Khaira has a magnet on the crease on the PP. Perfect positioning by him in front of Mayer. #OKCBarons #oilers
- Eric Rodgers @ericrsports · 2h Chase hops off the bench for his first shift, jumps right into the play and forces a turnover for a shot. #OKCBarons #oilers
- Eric Rodgers @ericrsports · 2h Khaira and Chase both on the second PP unit. Big chance by Chase and it rings off the crossbar. #OKCBarons #oilers
The Gagner story has been put on the back burner as the trade deadline passed, but I thought it might be worth going over possible destinations for #89. Alan Muir at SI reported that the Kings interest had cooled but Nashville was interested. That report came six weeks ago, but the Preds need help offensively. It’s a nice match for Edmonton because Nashville has picks at #7, #37, #45 and #67, along with some nice players who can be part of a deal.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
10 this morning, you’re not going to want to miss it (not even bragging). TSN 1260, scheduled to appear:
- Dennis King, Oilogosphere icon. We’ll talk Hemsky, Leafs spiral, mlb.
- Ian Esplen, Puckrant. We’ll have a closer look at the 2014 entry draft.
- Brendan Porath, SB Nation. Tiger is out of the Masters, ack! Who to cheer for/against?
- Dave Jamieson, TSN 1260. Dave is going to walk us through the CFL spring and summer, including ‘PA negotiations and recruitment.
10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. See you on the radio!