We’ll get confirmation some time today but Taylor Hall could be in the lineup for Edmonton tonight. What does that mean? On a pure entertainment level, this is a big damn deal. A healthy Hall in full flight is just about the grandest damn sight an Oilers fan can see live. Now, he may not play tonight and if he does there’s no guarantee the pistons will be pumping in time but there’s a chance we see No. 4 for the Oilers.
- Hall: “It’s not like I’m coming back for Game 7 of the (Stanley) Cup final. We have 10 games left, so if I have to sit out one more game, it’s not the end of the world, but I do want to play soon.” Source
At this point, the Oilers are unlikely to improve their draft number (Buffalo and Arizona are locked and loaded now) so it can’t hurt to bring back Chance for the rest of this home stand and see if he can ignite the masses. Things have changed greatly since Hall’s injury but the sky remains grey over Rexall.
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) March 17, 2015
LOWETIDE TOP 30, 2015 DRAFT
- (1)C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL) 46GP, 43-75-118 (2.57)
- (2)C Jack Eichel, Boston U (NCAA) 35GP, 22-41-63 (1.80)
- (3)R Mitch Marner, London Knights (OHL) 63GP, 44-82-126 (2.00)
- (4)D Noah Hanifin, Boston College (NCAA) 36GP, 5-18-23 (.639)
- (5)C Dylan Strome, Erie Otters (OHL) 66GP, 40-81-121 (1.83)
- (6) D Ivan Provorov, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 59GP, 15-46-61 (1.03)
- (8) C Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) 43GP, 12-43-55 (1.28)
- (7) D Zach Werenski, Michigan (NCAA) 34GP, 9-16-25 (.735)
- (10) C Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 71GP, 20-69-89 (1.25)
- (11) R Evgeni Svechnikov, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) 54GP, 30-45-75 (1.39)
- (9) D Oliver Kylington, Farjestad (SHL). 18GP, 2-3-5 (.278)
- (14) C Anthony Beauvillier, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) 67GP, 42-52-94 (1.40)
- (12) R Mikko Rantanen, TPS Turku (SML) 56gP, 9-19-28 (.500)
- (15) R Timo Meier, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 59GP, 43-46-89 (1.51)
- (16) C Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars (WHL) 69GP, 20-59-79 (1.14)
- (17) C Kyle Connor, Youngstown (USHL). 47GP, 27-38-65 (1.38)
- (13) C Travis Konecny, Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 60GP, 29-39-68 (1.13)
- (18) L Jake Debrusk, Swift Current (WHL) 71GP, 42-36-78 (1.10)
- (20) R Daniel Sprong, Charlettown Islanders (QMJHL) 67GP, 37-48-75 (1.12)
- (23) D Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) 46GP, 5-38-43 (0.93)
- (19) C Pavel Zacha, Sarnia Sting (OHL). 37GP, 16-18-34 (0.92)
- (21) L Lawson Crouse, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) 54GP, 28-21-49 (0.91)
- (22) D Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (OHL) 58GP, 12-51-63 (1.09)
- (24) D Travis Dermott, Erie Otters (OHL) 59GP, 7-37-44 (0.75)
- (25) R Nikita Korostelev, Sarnia Sting (OHL) 54GP, 24-28-52 (0.96)
- (26) D Ryan Pilon, Brandon (WHL) 67GP, 11-41-52 (0.78)
- (NR) R Blake Speers, SSM Greyhounds (OHL) 55GP, 22-41-63 (1.15)
- (29) C Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (OHL) 67GP, 43-60-103 (1.54)
- (NR) C Filip Chlapik, Charlettrown Islanders (QMJHL) 63GP, 33-40-73 (1.16)
- (30) L Paul Bittner, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) 64GP, 33-37-70 (1.09)
The Oilers are going to have a very difficult time trading out on draft day. If they end up picking No. 3, No. 22 (Pens’ pick) and No. 33, the club could walk away with Mitch Marner, Jeremy Roy and (maybe) someone like Filip Chlapik. This draft could sustain Edmonton for a decade or longer. Godspeed, Bob Green.
As the college kids lose on the way to the Frozen Four, it’ll be important to see if Edmonton can sign players, both their own (Laleggia the priority there) and some who will or may shake free (Matt O’Connor, Mike Reilly). Later in the spring, we’ll see who among the junior kids (Marco Roy, Jackson Houck, Kyle Platzer, Ben Betker) Edmonton signs. And of course the Euro’s are hanging out there, both drafted (Slepyshev) and free agents (I bet we see a goalie and a defenseman from Europe, probably KHL but maybe SHL or SM-Liiga).
— Kyle Sporer (@SporerK) March 17, 2015
I think Todd Nelson may be saving young Marincin but you can never be sure. If he does, that’s two second-round draft picks during the Stu MacGregor draft era who look to have turned out after all (Lander and Marincin) with miles to go before the rest of the group is decided on. The Oilers attacked their own scouts in the winter during various media moments but if you look at what has happened since then, it appears the scouts were right on several players and putting them in a position to succeed has made a world of difference. Early days, we must be sure. However, Lander and Marincin had a certain pedigree and are now playing in the NHL. Could that happen for others? My bet is yes. We wait.
NAIL AND THE KIDS DEVELOPING
I’d like to know what adjustments young Nail made (aside from Derek Roy being added) to improve (or is it luck).
Yak, Klefbom, Lander, Marincin added to the established cluster (Hall, Nuge, Eberle, Schultz) from the department of youth gives the team a much stronger talent base for the future. Agree? The Oilers are going to win fewer than 25 games this season but much can be gained from a year in which Nail and several other kids straighten up and fly right. Who, aside from the kids themselves, do you credit for this?