WELCOME TO EDMONTON: FIX EVERYTHING

The Edmonton Oilers will have a new director of the powerplay in Craig Ramsay. A team that once routinely scored more than 80 power-play goals in a season scored 46 and was mid-pack in 2013-14. This team has outstanding talent and should be better with the man advantage, but a lack of creativity going back 10 years or more mean Edmonton is subpar in this category.

I think better times are ahead.

THIS YEAR’S WEAPONS W/LAST SEASON’S 5X4/60 (BTN)

PLAYER 5X4/60
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 4.85
JORDAN EBERLE 4.72
TAYLOR HALL 4.29
DAVID PERRON 3.71
TEDDY PURCELL 3.34
BENOIT POULIOT 3.10
NAIL YAKUPOV 2.63
JUSTIN SCHULTZ 2.23
NIKITA NIKITIN 0.00

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doesn’t get a lot of good ink, but he’s still a kid and (as Tyler Dellow coined the phrase) a witch on the power play. Add his linemates Eberle and Hall to the mix, and Ramsay probably has his 1PP trio up front. Among the players he can add to the group:

  • Justin Schultz, who can move the puck well but lacks a monster shot from the blue line. His ‘seeing eye’ wrister was the rage in his rookie season but far less effective in year two.
  • Nail Yakupov, who has a hammer from the point—the best on the team in my opinion—but lacks the discipline Edmonton’s coaching staff would like to see on the blue line.
  • David Perron, a slick puck mover whose penchant for scoring goals from wonky angles became one of the fun things about the 2013-14 Oilers.
  • Teddy Purcell, who has had some outstanding offensive seasons and can pass the puck, shoot and be creative with the man advantage.
  • Benoit Pouliot, who can be that tower in front of the net to screen the bombs as they arrive from the point.

My years watching the great Oiler teams taught me that power play teams who keep their feet moving and have more than one signature setup are far more successful than the Oilers ‘bring out the giant catapult’ one-trick pony we’ve seen since forever. This is an insane group of young talent, and you can tell they are as blood thirsty for goals as Wayne, Jari, Mess, Andy and Coff were 30 years ago.

So Craig Ramsay, it goes like this: Welcome to Edmonton. Fix everything! Defense first, then the power play. And have it done by October!

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17 Responses to "WELCOME TO EDMONTON: FIX EVERYTHING"

  1. Hammers says:

    Amen to that LT . I think if anyone can do it , it will be Ramsay

  2. spoiler says:

    RIP Carol Vadnais. 68 is too young. That ’72 Bruins cup team is just about my earliest memory watching hockey. And of course you were part of the biggest trade of its day. Hope you’re playing shinny on the Big Pond in the Sky, Gords willing.

  3. Genjutsu says:

    I think that’s your list up above for unit 1 and 2 with Leon/Arco//Lander coming in as well.

    The real weakness will be face offs but I think Nuge will improve in a dramatic way here. That extra possession at the start of the PP should translate to his 5X4/60 balloon up towards rookie levels.

  4. Manitoba Oilers says:

    #1 Hall Ebs Nuge Schultz Arcobello(Pouliot)

    #2 Yak Perron Nikitin Draisaitl Purcell

  5. RexLibris says:

    Manitoba Oilers:
    #1 Hall Ebs Nuge Schultz Arcobello(Pouliot)

    #2 Yak Perron Nikitin Draisaitl Purcell

    Not bad.

    Still not as good as Gretzky, Kurri + three cardboard standees. That group was lethal.

  6. RexLibris says:

    LT

    You don’t think Draisaitl gets any powerplay time?

    Obviously working off the assumption that he makes the team, but that aside, I can see the Oilers trying him on the 2nd unit with Yakupov and one of Purcell or Pouliot (or maybe even both) as Manitoba mentions above.

  7. Lowetide says:

    RexLibris:
    LT

    You don’t think Draisaitl gets any powerplay time?

    Obviously working off the assumption that he makes the team, but that aside, I can see the Oilers trying him on the 2nd unit with Yakupov and one of Purcell or Pouliot (or maybe even both) as Manitoba mentions above.

    I was just thinking about 1PP time to be honest. Suspect LD will get plenty of 2PP time.

  8. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: I was just thinking about 1PP time to be honest. Suspect LD will get plenty of 2PP time.

    I agree with the overall sentiment, though, that Ramsay will not have only a number of possible assets to scheme, but, perhaps more importantly, a variety of assets.

    Finding the right people for the right situation is key, and can take awhile to figure out.

  9. oliveoilers says:

    What happened last year was a study in fixing what wasn’t broken. Still, change is good, donkey, change is good. (Scottish brogue)

  10. sliderule says:

    One of the major things wrong with last years PP is that Schultz at this point isn’t smart enough to play the 1-3-1.He couldn’t retain the zone and as a result they gave up a bunch of shorties.Giving up shorties gets everyone gripping the stick too tight.
    Ramsay has always run the power play with two defenders so you will most likely see a lot of Nikitin and some of Marincin on the PP.This will help cut down on shorties and as both have hard shots it will compensate for Shultz’s lack of one.
    Better days ahead for oiler power play.

  11. frjohnk says:

    sliderule,

    Petry has a rocket. Didn’t he hit 98 mph at the skills competition? Id like to see him on the PP

  12. B S says:

    frjohnk,

    In his Junior team’s skills competition Marincin apparently broke 100mph so I think he and Nikitin may be better on the point, but yes, I think Petry’s shot is underrated by the team.

  13. Ducey says:

    The Oilers didn’t shoot near enough from the point last year.

    I hope they have 2 D back there including a shooter. Get someone in front (Pouliot, Perron, Purcell (does he go to the net?) and blast it. This is the entire PP plan of a few teams including BOS.

    It will then open up the down low play the Oilers love so much.

    Nail Yakupov, who has a hammer from the point—the best on the team in my opinion—but lacks the discipline Edmonton’s coaching staff would like to see on the blue line.

    Discipline isn’t the issue. He is totally uncomfortable back there because he knows, and knows that everyone else on the other team knows, he can’t defend a lick. There are kids in Pee Wee that can back up and defend the rush better.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Ducey:

    Discipline isn’t the issue.He is totally uncomfortable back there because he knows, and knows that everyone else on the other team knows, he can’t defend a lick.There are kids in Pee Wee that can back up and defend the rush better.

    Meh. Nail Yakupov isn’t stupid and he isn’t uncoachable. Eakins needs to teach him, not punish him.

  15. Ducey says:

    Lowetide,

    Teaching someone to play defense at an NHL level isn’t exactly easy. Yak has to work on a lot of things as a forward. Putting him a position where he isn’t going to have success is just helping to erode his confidence.

    It was pretty clear to me that other coaches were game planning to pressure Yak on the point on the PK. Until he is really good at handling that pressure, they are going to continue to attack him.

    He should be playing up front on the PP and trying to get open for a 1 timer, grabbing rebounds and controlling the puck down low.

  16. Lowetide says:

    Ducey:
    Lowetide,

    Teaching someone to play defense at an NHL level isn’t exactly easy.Yak has to work on a lot of things as a forward.Putting him a position where he isn’t going to have success is just helping to erode his confidence.

    It was pretty clear to me that other coaches were game planning to pressure Yak on the point on the PK.Until he is really good at handling that pressure, they are going to continue to attack him.

    He should be playing up front on the PP and trying to get open for a 1 timer, grabbing rebounds and controlling the puck down low.

    I don’t disagree with any of this, but Nuge and Hall are going to be the puck controllers up front, and Yakupov has the best shot. Maybe sit Eberle off the 1PP and move Yakupov in there, meaning someone like Perron plays the point with Schultz.

  17. Melman says:

    All kinds of PP options will open up if they have a shot from the point that other teams have to respect…

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