I remember Teddy Purcell in the early days of his NHL career, he was part of a large group of forwards who hit the California coast in 2008 or so. Purcell didn’t have much pedigree and was battling a large group of players from Wayne Simmonds to Brad Richardson for playing time. I always cheer for the Purcell-types, there’s not much promised beyond an invite. Whatever happens now, Teddy Purcell made it. That’s something to respect.
RE 14-15: 80GP, 11-28-39 .488
ACTUAL 14-15: 82gp, 12-22-34 .414
- THIS is erosion! Purcell turns 30 in September and he’s closer to the end than the middle, but he was far from being the worst option available to either coach.
- He didn’t score much at even strength. He was the No. 6 forward at even strength and he made a lot of veteran plays. I know he’s not going to make the all-star team and he’ll be gone when they’re good, but this isn’t a player who deserves a thrashing. He gave us what he had and I know for a fact he was among the 10 best forwards on this team. The Oilers weren’t a good 5×5 team, Purcell didn’t push the river but he delivered an appropriate amount based on playing time and linemates. He isn’t that far from his previous season, when he was performing for a much better team.
- Purcell is the first guy I get rid of this summer. Making you a dullard.
- Nice. You can’t win with slow forwards. You can’t win with rookie forwards or no damn good forwards either. Purcell is a useful player, it’s a damn shame he’s being wasted on a lost team but these things happen.
- Well, he was okay at least okay 5×4. He was No. 3 on the power play. Clever bugger, has been since he arrived in the NHL. I love good passers, and Purcell is more than that. He’s also very patient, hangs on to the puck forever even when he knows there’s going to be a price. In fact, I don’t remember the last Oilers forward who took as many hits to make a play as Purcell. Unselfish player, maybe to a fault.
- Meaning he should shoot more? Yes, I think so. Sublime passer though, so that’s a good option.
- Sam Gagner had a better year. Gagner was better 5×5 (1.41) but less effective (2.84) with the man advantage.
- Will they buy him out? No. Edmonton would need to have six superior skill wingers to flush him, and they do not have that many.
- They have four, maybe more. Hall, Eberle, Pouliot and you’re thinking Yakupov but I’m going to tell you that’s not true (yet) in many areas of the game. Purcell is going to be one of the top six wingers on this team next season on merit.
- What about Fraser, Pakarinen, Pitlick and Miller? What ABOUT Fraser, Pakarinen, Pitlick and Miller?
- One of those guys will pass Purcell soon. Well, if they do it should be in mid-season and you can always move Purcell to the pressbox. I didn’t see anything this year from any of them that makes buying out Purcell a reasonable option. It’s like the conversation we had about a center for Hall’s line—maybe it is Leon but let’s have some bloody cover in case that isn’t the answer.
- Purcell provides cover? Well, he’s an established NHL player. Let’s make sure one of these kids can beat him out before we flush the veteran.
- Who do you like among the wingers outside the NHL? In order. Among offensive wingers. Pakarinen, Slepyshev, Fraser, Miller, Pitlick.
- Interesting order. I put Pakarinen there because he ripped up the AHL first try, we haven’t seen that (yet) from Slepyshev. Fraser is mind boggling in the AHL (90 goals in 179 games) but hasn’t been able to provide consistent offense in the NHL so far. Miller looked fast and skilled, I like him, but we’re miles from counting on him. Tyler Pitlick isn’t an offensive winger, despite a pretty good shot.
- Who did he play well with? Purcell scored well with Derek Roy and (very well) with Anton Lander as his centers, although he wasn’t with Lander much this season. David Perron and Purcell were effective, which makes sense.
- Who were his most common linemates at 5×5? Nail Yakupov (408 minutes), Derek Roy (393 minutes), RNH (225 minutes) and David Perron (191 minutes).
- That’s top quality. Well, no. I love Nail but he’s an adventure at this point, so Purcell (as the veteran on the line) was employed as the guy who was going to do a cleanup on aisle 3 a lot. Roy was a good linemate but there was no real chem with Nuge. Perron was a good fit, no doubt.
- Purcell is too slow to keep up to the kids. Speed is an issue for Purcell, it’s the thing that will send him to Europe in his early 30’s (the hands remain terrific). At the end of his contract (2016 summer) I suspect he’ll get one more NHL deal at a lesser amount, maybe two years.
- Not from the Oilers, surely. Edmonton should have someone ready by then, be it Leon or Marner or Dylan Strome. I’m not confident the current group above offers a guaranteed solution but would suggest Pakarinen and a signed Slepyshev might be the strongest options.
- Why this song? It’s a brilliant song, great guitars and the band is outstanding. It’s a funny lyric and the guy in the song is similar to Purcell—one way out and he can’t go that way.
- What do you mean? Guys who have Purcell’s experience and future shouldn’t be grinding it out with the No. 28 team. He can do some things, even in a support role, but finds himself not in Tampa helping the power play, but rather in Edmonton holding on to an NHL job.
- So, there’s only one way out but he can’t take it? Yes. Because playing a game for the No. 28 team is better than not being in the game at all. Sooner or later, the man will come flying through the door and that’s all she wrote.