If you observe a team long enough, you can actually see things developing. The Oilers, as a for instance, may well be trying to trade their captain today while also offloading yesterday’s goalie, as Peter Chiarelli plays the role of Michael Corleone and settles all family business. Holy hell there’s a bunch of men on waivers—and a pile more heading to hockey’s garbage barge at 10 our time this morning. Managers says the darndest things on days like today. Here’s one from last year:

  • MacT: “I think Tyler is at a position right now that we wish he would have been at a year or a year and a half ago.” Source

I mean Jesus. Don Cherry used to tell the story of applying for a job playing in the AHL, and the manager said “if you were your brother, I’d hire you.” Lordy. That’s some tough dialogue.


last year's roster

This was last year, Martin Marincin was in the minors with his Charles Atlas Body Building kit and the Oilers couldn’t figure out who to send down so there were eight defensemen.



Eberle makes it 25 but he’ll go on the IR. We should be fair and list all of the possible trades/demotions and why they might have appeal:

  • Brandon Davidson waivers. It’s a quick, easy move and even though it risks losing him this is the day to do it because there could be three teams worth of players on the wire.
  • Griffin Reinhart. It gives the Oilers a chance to watch GR develop a little more in the minors and as we’ve talked there are some cap bonus issues that would be burned off with time in the AHL.
  • Andrew Ference. This would require Ference to agree to a move and Edmonton would have to swallow (likely) half the contract and add a painful sweetener but that’s probably their top option. The problem is finding a dance partner.
  • Anton Slepyshev could be sent down, it’s probably the most logical move of the bunch.
  • Leon Draisaitl could be sent down, there are some bonus opportunities that could burn just like GR.
  • Matt Hendricks hurt his hand, could go on IR.
  • Luke Gazdic waivers.
  • Rob Klinkhammer waivers.


A few times over the last while someone has asked “what does the next defender look like?” in terms of style. I think Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan see this defense as needing a big time problem solver on blue and that man has to be able to outlet the puck.

I don’t know his name—we’ll call him Young Dan Boyle—but when he arrives I think Edmonton’s defensive woes will be (mostly) contained.

  • Sekera—Young Dan Boyle
  • Klefbom—Schultz
  • Nurse—Reinhart
  • Gryba

Boyle in San Jose acted like the offensive pendulum, giving structure and balance to the breakouts while also being an able defender. That’s the guy and he needs to be right-handed.


  1. C 51 Lander, Anton 6 5 1 6
  2. C 93 Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan 6 2 4 6
  3. LW 67 Pouliot, Benoit 6 2 3 5
  4. C 97 *McDavid, Connor 5 0 5 5
  5. D 19 Schultz, Justin 6 2 2 4
  6. RW 10 Yakupov, Nail 6 2 2 4
  7. LW 42 *Slepyshev, Anton 7 2 2 4
  8. C 29 Draisaitl, Leon 6 1 3 4
  9. LW 12 Klinkhammer, Rob 5 2 1 3
  10. LW 28 Korpikoski, Lauri 5 1 2 3
  11. C 23 Hendricks, Matt 5 1 2 3
  12. D 86 Nikitin, Nikita 4 0 3 3
  13. D 2 Sekera, Andrej 5 0 3 3 3
  14. RW 58 Miller, Andrew 3 1 1 2
  15. D 77 Klefbom, Oscar 3 1 1 2
  16. RW 14 Eberle, Jordan 4 1 1 2
  17. RW 16 Purcell, Teddy 3 0 2 2
  18. D 5 Fayne, Mark 4 0 2 2
  19. LW 4 Hall, Taylor 5 1 0 1
  20. C 55 Letestu, Mark 6 1 0 1
  21. LW 48 Hamilton, Ryan 1 0 1 1
  22. D 85 *Musil, David 1 0 1 1
  23. D 82 *Oesterle, Jordan 2 0 1 1
  24. D 62 Gryba, Eric 5 0 1 1
  25. RW 36 Ford, Matthew 1 0 0 0
  26. C 72 *Chase, Gregory 1 0 0 0
  27. LW 37 *Winquist, Josh 1 0 0 0
  28. D 24 Hunt, Brad 1 0 0 0
  29. LW 61 *Christoffer, Braden 1 0 0 0
  30. LW 54 *Khaira, Jujhar 2 0 0 0
  31. C 52 *McRae, Philip 2 0 0 0
  32. D 84 *Laleggia, Joey 2 0 0 0
  33. C 41 *Yakimov, Bogdan 2 0 0 0
  34. D 21 Ference, Andrew 3 0 0 0
  35. RW 15 Pitlick, Tyler 3 0 0 0
  36. D 25 *Nurse, Darnell 3 0 0 0
  37. LW 20 Gazdic, Luke 4 0 0 0
  38. D 88 *Davidson, Brandon 4 0 0 0
  39. D 8 *Reinhart, Griffin 5 0 0 0
  40. 39*Nilsson, Anders 3 120 0.00 100.0
  41. 30 Scrivens, Ben 3 122 1.97 92.9
  42. 33 Talbot, Cam 4 211 3.13 89.2
  43. *Brossoit, Laurent 1 29 2.07  88.9

The thing that strikes me is the quality of the rookies on this list. Edmonton may pull McDavid, Slepyshev, Reinhart, Davidson and Nilsson to the show this fall, but there’s still plenty of underlying talent. Darnell Nurse and Bogdan Yakimov are inside my top five overall prospects and should have quality NHL careers rolling out for some time. I wish Pakarinen had gotten a chance to show what he could do, opportunity missed for the young man.


It’s going to be enormous. There are more young players in camp than I’ve seen in years and in some ways this fall reminds me of the 1979 and 1980 fall rosters—folks, a lot of veterans will be wasted today. Will we see 100 names on waivers? 10am, Lowdown.


I rarely pat myself on the back, Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught never to bring attention to themselves (you can imagine how useful that’s been for a radio broadcaster—a career basically involving being a jackass to get attention!). One of the things I am proud of is the RE series, although it misses a lot and you can pluck a bad projection from any edition.

One of the things about doing the RE that sucks is I’m always first to put a line in the sand. I had a helluva time with McDavid’s projection and know many of you felt it was low. It’s interesting to see how other men who I respect have landed on McDavid’s number.

  1. Lowetide projection: 70GP, 23-39-62 .886 point-per-game (Source) July 23, 2015
  2. Scott Cullen projection: 78GP, 27-43-70 .897 (Source) September 14, 2015
  3. Brad McPherson projection: 77GP, 28-43-71 .922 (Source) October 5, 2015

I think McPherson’s is probably the most viable prediction but we’ve seen some hockey since Cullen and I made our projections. Fun stuff, if you don’t follow these gents, highly recommend doing so. McPherson (Blue Bullet) has been brilliant on this stuff for Oilers fans over a long period of time.



We’ll have the waiver wire covered like a blanket from 10am on. A strong list of guests and of course it’s on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. Waivers, best rookies, Raffi, Coyotes.
  • Jeff Hauser, SB Nation and Radio Hauser. Eagles suck, Cowboys ha ha and Giants oh boy.
  • Sunil Agnihotri, Copper & Blue. Are Hall and McDavid a perfect fit?
  • Jeff Krushell, Krush Performance. Baseball’s playoffs: A special time of year.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. TheOtherJohn says:


    as to someone calling you an asshole: it was just a lucky guess

  2. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    So was trading Kassian a douche move by Vancouver or do you think they didn’t know he was in potential trouble?

  3. Ducey says:

    TheOtherJohn: No, Treliving will just trumpet that he has a Plan and there is bound to be someone stupid enough to buy into that idea and preach patience

    Right. Because all the geniuses know CGY is set to win a championship with what they have now.

    They are going hold their position just on the cusp of the playoffs for the next 10 years, just like they always have.

  4. böök¡je says:

    What’s the record for comments again?

    We might break it come Thursday night.

  5. TheOtherJohn says:


    Oh wait, were you one of the people who preached patience for 6 bleeping years in a row here? That must be kinda embarrassing

    And Treviling, on the job for 1 year, doesn’t know what he’s doing

  6. ewarsaba says:



  7. HiddenDarts says:

    77 points. The “Tom Gilbert-effect”!

  8. russ99 says:

    Woodguy: If you look at the roster make up of the better NHL teams you often see:

    1) Power vs. Power best line
    2) The next best scoring F’s, no liabilities can play against anyone
    3) Younger offensive F’s who need sheltering from the better players
    4) Checking line of capable vets

    Not all of them follow this trend, but many of the very best do

    We’re still relatively soft and we play ton of road games vs. heavy teams.

    So instead of unicorns we’d have a better chance of winning with a 2-way line who can handle tough ZS and top comp, and put one in the net once in a while.

    That would also free up the top two lines from some of the hard sledding duties.

    McLellan doesn’t really use a “wagon” line like we did last season, and all lines need to be able to handle tougher situations. Even more reason to not shelter kids, since the shelter won’t really be there that much.

    So Korpi – Lander are a bit of a poor man’s version of that and Yak is added for a bit more offense and some structure from linemates.

    As for Yak, lets see him under a real coach for a few months before selling him low. I suspect Yak will be moving up before too long.

  9. Kitchener says:

    Hunter: 60 points for me, just like Chia’s second prediction for CMD’s point total.

    If the number is too low and it gets passed in January, great. If not and the karmic punishment for the 80s still has one more shit-storm to blow before we trade Hall + Ebs + Yak + next year’s 1st for OEL and turn the corner, at least I’ll have a secret prize to anticipate while the rest of you throw bottles through your screens.

  10. Ducey says:


    Oh wait, were you one of the people who preached patience for 6 bleeping years in a row here? That must be kinda embarrassing

    And Treviling, on the job for 1 year, doesn’t know what he’s doing

    Yeah. I am so embarassed I tried to stay positive when guys like you bitched and complained all the time. I am real embarrassed that the Oilers have a bunch of potentially great players and a bright future. Keep whining. It seems to be working for you.

  11. LOObird says:

    81 points.

  12. Diesel says:


    I’ll jump in with 99 points.

    Because Mike Grier was my favourite Oiler growing up and wore number 25. Yakupov has a special place in my heart and used to wear 64. I own both of their jerseys.

    Oh and add another 10 because that’s Yak’s new number.

    99 points. Duh!

  13. Yeti says:

    G Money: Chia has a master plan.

    Eventually, he is going to run FOUR scoring lines.


    This would make my daughter very happy. She loves mermaids. She loves unicorns. And she wishes she had a laser to zap her brother with.

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