PETER CHIARELLI’S STATE OF THE UNION, PART 1

by Lowetide

Bob McKenzie sat down with Peter Chiarelli yesterday and the conversation was an outstanding look into the GM’s thinking at this time.

ON MCDAVID’S OFFENSE

“Let’s say 20 and 40 (points)” when asked about season-ending totals. Chiarelli is slow-playing his generational talent, that’s okay by me. I think .9 points-per-game is a reasonable line in the sand putting him between 70-75 points if he plays all the games. If he doesn’t make that total, I don’t believe Oilers fans should be disappointed, mostly because the Oilers are not a good team. We don’t know how much his line will have the puck and we don’t know how much they’ll be getting scored on.

ON A HEAVY GAME AND FIGHTING

  • Chiarelli: “Even when I was in Boston it wasn’t about putting fighters in the lineup, it was about your team approach, your team toughness, your collective mentality. And that can apply to us, also. Having said that, there are teams in our conference and our division that play a certain style. You don’t have to fight fire with fire, but you have to be able to push back.”

It sounds like we’ll see a team that has plenty of skill but also toughness sprinkled into the lineup. I think that “rugged” forwards like Benoit Pouliot, Matt Hendricks (NHL), Mitchell Moroz, Jujhar Khaira, Kale Kessy and Greg Chase (AHL) will play more prominent roles on their respective teams. Defensively, Eric Gryba, Griffin Reinhart and Darnell Nurse will help set the tone on their NHL and or AHL clubs.

REACTION TO MCDAVID HIT

  • Chiarelli: “The response was much better. Again, it’s not about chasing someone who delivers a clean check, it’s about responding in kind. I did like the physicality, I did like how Darnell approached others players and we had a couple of other players who did as well. That’s what I’m talking about in terms of push back.” 

I think the Oilers are already a different team under Chiarelli. The Canucks (and other teams) have challenged the Oilers for years WITHOUT the kind of push back we saw Friday night. I really like the idea of having that push back coming from actual players and am hopeful we don’t see a 4line that features Slap Shot! rejects. I don’t think we will.

ON WHAT THE ROSTER LACKS

  • Chiarelli: “I see a lot of promise at certain levels and certain areas. I see a lack of heaviness and am trying to think of ways to make that better.”

I suspect that is going to be a theme. For instance, if the Oilers hadn’t won the draft lottery, I suspect there was a non-zero chance they traded back to get the big winger Lawson Crouse. The Oilers are going to acquire a big complementary winger for the Hall—McDavid line imo, sooner than later.

ABOUT MOVING THE SKILL OFF A SPECIFIC LINE

  • Chiarelli: “Yeah, we’ve talked about stretching it to the third line, we’ve got some interesting matchups. Connor and Taylor had something going on later in the summer at one of those summer camps, so there’s certain things you remember when you’re putting these lines together. Yakupov is a guy who can move up and down depending on how things are doing.”

Three scoring lines are possible because Edmonton has three outstanding centers (Nuge, McDavid, Leon) but I think that’s probably a year or even two away. The fact they’re talking about Leon on the wing tells me that one of Lander or Letestu is going to get some offense on his wing (I’m not sure who plays 3C). Interesting options for the coach and GM.

LEON AND DARNELL MAKING THE BIG TEAM

  • Chiarelli: “We have to see how they do. They are two fine prospects, with size and skill you just don’t find anywhere. I still really believe size matters in this league. We’ll see. We’re going to try Leon on the wing and we’re going to try him, he protects the puck so well, we’ll try him at both (wing and center). Darnell is so strong, he defends so well. He’s an energetic player, we have to teach him you don’t have to do six things, if you do three very well, you can do the other three later. He’s got some stuff to learn but there’s a lot to like there.”

My favorite quote in the group. This is a GM hedging his bets but he’s also thinking long term and for someone like Darnell he’ll be more productive upon arrival. Very encouraging words.

WILD CARD PLAYER

  • Chiarelli: “The one player I might characterize as a wild card player is (Anton) Slepyshev. I saw him a bit his draft year and he scored 15 goals in the KHL last year. He’s 218 pounds. He’s a big strong kid who can play both sides, terrific shot. You saw last night, there were some periods where he was getting used to the smaller ice surface. He’s 6.01 and a half, 218 can shoot the puck and can skate so you do the math.”

Chiarelli’s pointing out Slepyshev is very good news for the Russian and for Oilers fans. The GM isn’t satisfied with what I think you’ll agree is a fine stable of wingers and he’s looking to add, from within. That 2013 draft is looking better each fall.

The interview is here and is a must listen. I’ll have more about it at 5 pm or earlier. My takeaways:

  • As one would expect, this is going to be a fluid roster and we should expect movement.
  • I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we see Nurse and Leon in Bakersfield opening night.
  • Todd McLellan’s input remains a mystery and that alone should keep us from making any sweeping statements.
  • Peter Chiarelli is aggressive. Trust me on that, he made trades in Boston at any point during the season or off-season.

A fabulous interview by Mr. McKenzie.

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Surly

oliveoilers:
Oh Rasmus, what were you thinking?Channeling your inner Viking?Big E for Effort.

Maybe he heard the gates of Valhalla had been opened for him. Did he yell “Witness Me” before the fight started??!!??

BONVIE

I’m glad to see the smartest guys that post are in full support of Jordan Eberle, this guy to me is a winner and a clutch goal scorer, and the most consistent scorer we have had on this team. Why would you trade this type of player when we’re about to finally play these important meaningful games that makes Jordan Eberle who he is “mr clutch”.

Bruce McCurdy

Lowetide: Eberle’s miles from his past due date and the Oilers don’t yet have a replacement pushing him. It may be an issue someday but trading a defenseman with big cabbage is far more likely.

When Joey Mullen was the age that Jordan Eberle is today, he’d played one NHL game. Lots of blacktop to come for Ebs.

Bruce McCurdy

Sorry, just feeling exasperated with this thread.

Bruce McCurdy

AsiaOil:
godot10,

Agree but that’s arguing the wrong point. Eberle is a very good player – but he’s a poor fit going forward with smaller centers like RNH & CMD. If RNH & Drai are your top 2 then maybe is works lomgterm with him in the lineup – but not with RNH and CMD. It’s about team mix not individual players and stats – winning in the NHL is not a video game or roto league. You don’t shop Eberle – but if someone calls and wants to overpay – you certainly listen.

Yeah maybe somebody will offer TWO bags of pucks instead of just the one

godot10

AsiaOil:
godot10,

Agree but that’s arguing the wrong point. Eberle is a very good player – but he’s a poor fit going forward with smaller centers like RNH & CMD. If RNH & Drai are your top 2 then maybe is works lomgterm with him in the lineup – but not with RNH and CMD. It’s about team mix not individual players and stats – winning in the NHL is not a video game or roto league. You don’t shop Eberle – but if someone calls and wants to overpay – you certainly listen.

Nugent-Hopkin and McDavid are NOT smaller centres anymore. Nugent-Hopkins was light, he is now nearly average weight, and over six feet. McDavid is bigger than Hall already, and over 200 lbs.

AsiaOil

godot10,

Agree but that’s arguing the wrong point. Eberle is a very good player – but he’s a poor fit going forward with smaller centers like RNH & CMD. If RNH & Drai are your top 2 then maybe is works lomgterm with him in the lineup – but not with RNH and CMD. It’s about team mix not individual players and stats – winning in the NHL is not a video game or roto league. You don’t shop Eberle – but if someone calls and wants to overpay – you certainly listen.

godot10

Water Fire:
I think you’re right, but after that presser I can’t see Eberle or Schultz staying. There are too many skilled physical players in the system not that far off and neither is that prolific. Eberle is 15th P/60 right wing last year, career .8 PPG. Playing with the centres he has I don’t see that as particularly special although it isn’t bad. Kane is .98 PPG and the Hawks have not had a stable 2C until this summer.

Patrick Kane is $10.5 million per year.

Eberle is $6 million per year.

Eberle is far better value for money than Patrick Kane. Let’s see how the Blackhawks do having to pay Kane that much money.

Perry and Keseel are $8 million.

Eberle is fantastic value for money for the rest of this contract.

Water Fire

Water Fire:
I think you’re right, but after that presser I can’t see Eberle or Schultz staying. There are too many skilled physical players in the system not that far off and neither is that prolific. Eberle is 15th P/60 right wing last year, career .8 PPG. Playing with the centres he has I don’t see that as particularly special although it isn’t bad. Kane is .98 PPG and the Hawks have not had a stable 2C until this summer.

As for Schultz, unless something goes wrong it seems PC sees the top 4 as Sekera, Klefbom, Nurse and Reinhart and soon it seems. Schultz is too expensive and doesn’t score enough to carry as a specialist on the third pairing IMO. Fayne is also too expensive for 5/6, I think they’ll both move fairly soon, Schultz first.

This was in response to Swedish, new post up.

verdad2.0

JD¡™ David O’Connor’s Reel,

Kiss off the season , unless Chiarelli actually tries to fundamentally re-invent this roster.

Pouzar

SwedishPoster:
Ok, that was a terribly constructed post, I’m on my phone. My point is that I don’t see how anyone is interpreting his interview as a cue to trading Eberle when he says it’s unlikely he’ll trade his skill forward to particular player types. It just doesn’t make sense.

For the record, I said I “think” Chia wasn’t long for Eberle before the interview.
Just sayin.

Water Fire

I think you’re right, but after that presser I can’t see Eberle or Schultz staying. There are too many skilled physical players in the system not that far off and neither is that prolific. Eberle is 15th P/60 right wing last year, career .8 PPG. Playing with the centres he has I don’t see that as particularly special although it isn’t bad. Kane is .98 PPG and the Hawks have not had a stable 2C until this summer.

As for Schultz, unless something goes wrong it seems PC sees the top 4 as Sekera, Klefbom, Nurse and Reinhart and soon it seems. Schultz is too expensive and doesn’t score enough to carry as a specialist on the third pairing IMO. Fayne is also too expensive for 5/6, I think they’ll both move fairly soon, Schultz first.

JD_Wry

verdad2.0:
verdad2.0,
Kiss off, that is.

Please do.

striatic

There is only one #1D contract in the NHL worth trading Hall’s for, and that deal isn’t happening.

frjohnk

Fuck it!

Trade everybody who isn’t at least 2nd generation gorilla.

Rebilled

It’s tough not to watch Nurse destroy that guy over and over and

verdad2.0

verdad2.0,
Kiss off, that is.

RexLibris

oliveoilers: Much like Donald Trump’s presidential campaign!

But with less intellectual integrity.

verdad2.0

GMs are paid to make things happen.
Chiarelli is a MacTavish lap dog, apparently.

The NSF black hole proves the point.

SwedishPoster

verdad2.0,

We’re not winning the Stanley Cup during McDavids first two seasons, no matter what trades Chia makes. At least if we keep the trades realistic.

Jethro Tull

Just watched the Nurse murder the patient from last night.

Oh Rasmus, what were you thinking? Channeling your inner Viking? Big E for Effort.

SwedishPoster

Ok, that was a terribly constructed post, I’m on my phone. My point is that I don’t see how anyone is interpreting his interview as a cue to trading Eberle when he says it’s unlikely he’ll trade his skill forward to particular player types. It just doesn’t make sense.

kinger_OIL

– Wow – just read the thread: Did it get high-jacked by what back in the day, I would use a different word for the “mentally challenged”?

– That’s a 5 minute thread read I can’t get back

– We had 62 points last year: we are a joke of a franchise, and we’ve got a thread about trading away one of our only elite players?

– Of all the things that were said in that Chia interview (who by the way, like all good GM’s is lying to Bob for the most part on virtually everything of substance as it pertains to his roster): Eberle: really?

verdad2.0

SwedishPoster,

So kiss of the upcoming season, a waste two years of MacDavid?
He has to make it happen?

Simple question – do the Oilers trade Eberle straight up for Backes?
Instant testosterone.

Discuss

SwedishPoster

So Chiarelli does a 30 minute interview where he on a direct question whether he’s looking to trade one of his young, skilled, but somewhat similar, talents for a player type more lacking and his answer is pretty much no due to how hard it is to aquire top talent and the fact the league has changed in the sense thatfwer player for player trades are made and more teams are locking up their talent longterm so it’s more about internal development than anything. This is being interpreted as him looking to tradeaway Eberle? I don’t get it. My read was that it’s highly unlikely for him to make any big trades this season and instead they’d be looking if they can instill that heavy game in the current group. And add the size he’s coveting from within, with guys like Slepy, Drai, I’m sure he loves the idea of having Yakimov in the lineup.

There will be trades. But my guess is that the really big ones won’t happen until the spring and summer of 2017.

Jethro Tull

RexLibris: With pugnacity, testosterone and truculence.

Much like Donald Trump’s presidential campaign!

RexLibris

oliveoilers:
Hey Rex,

How FlamesNation taking the pounding?

With pugnacity, testosterone and truculence.

Jethro Tull

Where’s WG with the Sutter quote again?

LOL, if ANY skill player on ANY team is playing ‘Strong D’ for any sustain period of time, your team has big problems.

verdad2.0

Positive that this interviewed is being construed as a precursor to trading Eberle.
Of course, Hall is the man to trade, if the Oilers actually want to deal with fundamental issue.
Which again for the umpteenth time this summer is lack of a competent defense, and within that an actual #1 defenseman.
Until that is addressed , expect failure.
But it is somewhat heartening that Chiarelli has discerned that selfishness and softness are endemic elements of the Oilers. Has the will to flush them out?
Given that we still have Schultz we should expect little of Chiarelli in order to salvage this season.

Also, to keep MacTavish is incomprehensible and indefensible.
We are a laughing stock because of him and Lowe.
Yet, both collect page checks? Why?

striatic

AsiaOil: exactly who out of that group will “push back”?

Then isn’t the answer to replace Pouliot and Purcell, not Eberle?

Jethro Tull

jfry: For all of eberle’s amazing qualities, can we please not overlook his defensive ones? he’s not a strong defensive player. i think that’s a fair statement

Have any of you actually looked at his stats before posting things like this?

Hemsky-ing a player is becoming a thing.

*Hemsky-ing definition: To demonise or under-value a player based on perception of one’s own senses (seen him do it, everybody knows, etc.), despite irrefutable evidence (analytical numbers) to the contrary, often using quasi-truths and half quotes taken, sometimes deliberately, out of context.

See: Hemsky Fly By, First Off The Ice, Soft Player, Doesn’t Engage Physically

sliderule

Under Tod I saw Eberle back checking and marking his man .

I saw Hall simplifying his game and avoiding turnovers.

It was a rather amazing transformation that Tod achieved in such a short time.

I think Chia will give Ebs /Hall a fair amount more rope under Mclellan’s tutelage before he thinks of trading them.

Competent NHL coaches do make a difference.

AsiaOil

oliveoilers,

It’s not about Eberle being a bad player – he’s a great player – it’s about winning. The VAN game was a good example of what Chia calls “push-back. The wingers on McD’s line pushed back hard in response to Vitanen’s challenge and the team whose game went to hell was VAN. A top 6 of McD, Nuge, Ebs, Hall, Pou and Purcell will get rolled for their lunch money every damn morning – and exactly who out of that group will “push back”?

Eberle is who he is and he’s great at what he does – but he’s the wrong player going forward with RNH and CMD at center. Taylor Hall also has to grow up and man up going forward and Yak has to get his act together. If that happens you can trade Eberle for a damn nice return and picking up a tougher 2nd line RW is not that hard.

jfry

one thing still remains true, you can’t talk about eberle without people saying crazy things and comparing him to players he is not (ovie, kane, gretzky, etc). wow.

i think there are two important things that have to be said out of this conversation, one of which bag of pucks was trying to bring up before playoff and stanley and trade talk came about:

1) eberle is not a strong defensive player. often is the first one out of his zone. and is certainly not a player you say, “wow, i can’t believe how he turned on the jets to break up that 2 on 1.” we’ve all watched him for many years now and i think it’s very fair to say that he is average, to below average when it comes to anything on his end of the ice. he’s not samwise bad, but frankly he’s not a lot better. (please don’t bite my head off for suggesting this — it’s been an undercurrent around here for years). eberle’s springing-the-zone/60 is absolutely elite. it’s also one of the long standing issues we’ve had as a team, because he’s not the only one. samwise would, hall DOES, etc. For all of eberle’s amazing qualities, can we please not overlook his defensive woes? he’s not a strong defensive player. i think that’s a fair statement.

2) with a new CEO, manager, and coach, i think it’s a little foolish for all of us to be talking about “the core”. There have been players here for several years that are signed to long term contracts. Those teams have done horribly. I think we should be very careful about anointing people as “core” because of the past. Eberle and hall could retire here, which is great. But even this blog is talking about two separate clusters that divides the “core” around the nuge draft.

k, you can all go back to your regularly scheduled eberle love-in! 🙂

Bag of Pucks

AsiaOil:
Bag of Pucks,

Thanks BoP – the Jays are a great recent example of how adding a couple of key guys with the right skills and attitude can completely change a talented but under-performing group. Gotta give to get and you can’t fall in love with players. Even though Eberle is a damn nice player – his game will be a problematic fit with the two finesse, skill centers. RW depth is a problem though and Yak getting his junk together would make this a much easier problem.

Exactly. It’s about team not individuals. Building a versatile roster that can play any style of game thrown at it.

Untouchable players on a cellar dweller? Curious. There is one untouchable and he played his first game for us Friday night.

LadiesloveSmid

oliveoilers,

they could use a RW version of Pouliot in the 3RW slot playing with Lander/Drai or sliding up the lineup. Trading Eberle for that kind of player is asinine. Yakupov is running on potential and has hardly carried the 3rd line offensive load. Edmonton needs 1 more Eberle, not 1 less.

AsiaOil

Bag of Pucks,

Thanks BoP – the Jays are a great recent example of how adding a couple of key guys with the right skills and attitude can completely change a talented but under-performing group. Gotta give to get and you can’t fall in love with players. Even though Eberle is a damn nice player – his game will be a problematic fit with the two finesse, skill centers. RW depth is a problem though and Yak getting his junk together would make this a much easier problem.

Jethro Tull

Ughhhh……It’s like pissing in the wind with some on here.

A guy plays from day one against the very best D the league has to offer, consistently putting up points on par with the league’s best wingers (see my previous posts ref. Pat Kane), is extremely durable, playing with an injury for half of last season and still producing, and yet he’s ‘Soft’. Because he doesn’t try check guys into the next week every shift. Because he’s never won a cup. And Jake Fucking Virtenan was seen by some as having a good game the other night because he plays a ‘Hard’ game.

I’ll let some of you into a secret: Jake Virtenan had an absolutely terrible game the other night.

He represented the Canucks skill. He was their best player and all offense should have gone through him. Only he was more interested in laying the smack down on some poor sod and playing the agitator. That’s what your 3rd/4th bit part players are for. Not your number one prospect. I would have been pissed if I was a Canucks fan seeing that display, as the Oilers said “Thanks Jake” and proceeded to kick the shit out of them without worrying about the Canucks offense. But hey! We got Jake Virtenan, right? Did you see that hit on McDavid?

And yet Virtenan is exactly the type of player that you would happily trade one of the top RW in the game for, because of ‘soft’.

No-one says that Ebs leans on players and strips the puck a la Drai. Nobody says he crushes opponents and them fights them if they don’t like it a la Lucic. But playing on the 1st line and putting up the numbers he has on a truly shitty team? That’s tough.

Bag of Pucks

AsiaOil:
When can’t discuss Eberle (a very good offensive player but lacking size and physicality) without talking about the context of the other top 6 players.

Chia said this directly when talking about the centers and mentioning that Nuge and McD are great but are both smaller, more finesse players than preferred. Add Eberle to that group along with Taylor Hall who is far less “imposing” than he should be – and you have what we have – a talented but soft top 6. The centers are untouchable so the heaviness will need to be supplied by the wingers. Hall can up that part of his game and Pou is fine – but RW cannot be home to another couple of soft players if you expect to win tough games late in the year and on the road – just can’t – and there is a reason teams like St Louis just laughed at the Oilers when they tried to compete in days past.

So this isn’t really about Eberle – it’s about mix – and Eberle the player has some mix issues that may see him traded. Ebs would be untouchable on a bigger tougher top 6 than could afford and protect a softer scorer. If Yak can get his act together (since he does have the physical game which Eberle has shown no ability to play) then Ebs could be traded and you pick up another 2nd line tough RW which is not impossible.

Great post

wheatnoil

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AsiaOil

You can’t discuss Eberle (a very good offensive player but lacking size and physicality) without talking about the context of the other top 6 players.

Chia said this directly when talking about the centers and mentioning that Nuge and McD are great but are both smaller, more finesse players than preferred. Add Eberle to that group along with Taylor Hall who is far less “imposing” than he should be – and you have what we have – a talented but soft top 6. The centers are untouchable so the heaviness will need to be supplied by the wingers. Hall can up that part of his game and Pou is fine – but RW cannot be home to another couple of soft players if you expect to win tough games late in the year and on the road – just can’t – and there is a reason teams like St Louis just laughed at the Oilers when they tried to compete in days past.

So this isn’t really about Eberle – it’s about mix – and Eberle the player has some mix issues that may see him traded. Ebs would be untouchable on a bigger tougher top 6 than could afford and protect a softer scorer. If Yak can get his act together (since he does have the physical game which Eberle has shown no ability to play) then Ebs could be traded and you pick up another 2nd line tough RW which is not impossible.

G Money

wheatnoil: I believe what you’re looking for is here…
http://www.hockeyviz.com/senstats.html

Awesome, thanks! I figured someone would have it.

I may still have to ping Micah.

One of the things his more recent article mentioned is that, with the score-and-venue adjustments, adjusted Corsi outperforms adjusted Fenwick in all situations. But the coefficients in the original article are only for adjusted Fenwick, and the newer one doesn’t have them for Corsi. Very odd.

wheatnoil

McDavid out tomorrow (healthy), Moroz and Chase with minor injuries, Laurikainen starts according to Michaels, Rishaug and Matheson.

Mr. D.

My take is Gryba plays unless he shits the bed which he seldom does. As far as defensive physicality that’s his game and who knows his offense may awaken.

wheatnoil

G Money:
Ubergeek question:

I’m trying to implement my own version of ‘score adjusted Corsi’.

I do not particularly like the original Tulsky version (the adjustments he proposed never made intuitive sense to me; doesn’t mean they’re not valid, just if I can’t parse the “why” or the reasons for the “how”, I can’t trust it).

However, Micah Blake McCurdy proposed a different adjustment methodology, which makes intuitive sense to me, so I like it a whole lot more.

Unfortunately, the adjustment coefficients he calculated were posted at sensstats.com, which is now dead.

I was going to DM him on Twitter to see if he can send them to me, but before I do that, thought I’d ask if anyone here knows if they are posted somewhere else?

I believe what you’re looking for is here…
http://www.hockeyviz.com/senstats.html

JD_Wry

wheatnoil: He did employ and extend Torey Krug in Boston.

Wasn’t Krug one of the younger players in the org that Chiarelli talked about when deciding not to re-sign Ference, on ‘Behind the B’? He and Bartkowski?

wheatnoil

JD¡™ David O’Connor’s Reel: I admit, I haven’t listened to his interview yet, but both are skilled players. Of course he’s going to put emphasis on skilled players with size, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to trade Eberle for Jordan Nolan.

Oh, I agree. I’m just pointing out that this last interview really did seem to emphasize ‘size’.

If you look at his actions… sure he’s brought in some size (Gryba, Reinhart) but Letestu is not a big man and Korpikoski has skill, while Sekera isn’t huge either. Even for the ‘heavier’ acquisition of Gryba, there’s reasonable evidence that he can play adequate NHL hockey in the role given to him.

So, I’m not terribly worried or anything, but he did seem to go out of his way to emphasize that, in addition to wanting to play a heavier game, he did think size mattered quite a bit. It made me wonder, not that he’d ignore skill, but how much of a chance he’d give an under-sized skill guy. The guys he drafted weren’t overly huge, but weren’t small either. He did employ and extend Torey Krug in Boston.

Guys like Joey Legs may have a bit of an uphill battle getting on the roster based on his verbal, but we’ll see what happens if and when Laleggia earns a shot, whether he gets one or not.

LadiesloveSmid

Bag of Pucks: We’re a heartbeat away from a Hitler reference I’m sure.

Krug, Smith, Pastrnak, Seguin, Ryder all guys who were not particularly big, physical, or great in their own ends and played some feature roles in Boston. Just because Chia likes the type of player doesn’t mean he’s going to trade every one off the roster.

You can say “hey I like Landeskog as a replacement”, great. Colorado wouldn’t touch that trade off with a 40ft pole. Not sure what this player will look like, you have to imagine a drop in offence to make up for Eberle’s “one dimensionality”. Hornqvist?

The team that was just 26th in goals for shouldn’t trade their leading scorer 3 of the last 5 years.