THE 30 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT

by Lowetide

The World Juniors introduced us to five ridiculous talents (and more) this Christmas and it is once again time to start discussing the draft. It is safe to do so, because the Oilers are in a playoff race and identifying where they will draft is a moving target. Let’s have our first look at 2016.

  1. C Auston Matthews, Zurich Lions (Swiss-A): NHLE is 82, 21-16-37 based on Rob Vollman’s latest numbers and there can be little doubt that he is the best available. Franchise center. All numbers in NHLE for this post use the Vollman.
  2. D Jacob Chychrun, Sarnia Sting (OHL): NHLE is 82, 4-15-19, his offense is not progressing but he remains a complete prospect. Brock Otten has a great take on Chychrun and other OHL kids here.
  3. R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (Sm-Liiga): A massive WJs will put him top of the table in terms of players who could go No. 2 overall, but there is plenty of competition. Big man with big skill.
  4. L Matthew Tkachuk, London Knights (OHL): His NHLE is 82, 13-40-53 (!!!) and he did a lot of good things at the WJs. I didn’t change my rankings (through the top 9) from the pre-WJs, but he is the one guy who might have done more to earn a move up in the small sample size tournament of teenagers.
  5. W Patrik Laine, Tappara (Sm-Liiga): Another player who had a fantastic WJs, I liked him a lot before the event. What I cannot tell you is who among the Finn wingers is better—my early ranking is based on what I have read and not especially informed.
  6. R Alexander Nylander, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): High skill, seems a carbon copy of his brother in many ways, with a wrinkle or two. NHLE is 82, 17-32-49. Has a terrific release.
  7. R Julien Gauthier, Val D’Or Foreurs (QMJHL): NHLE is 82, 21-5-26 which is Sandy Koufax level. He is a monster 6.04, 224 and runs over people for fun. Did not get a lot of traction from WJs, but I don’t think it will matter. Appears to have good speed for his size.
  8. R Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL): I can’t keep him off the list despite his 5.07 stature. Why? His NHLE is 82, 29-20-49 and he hasn’t skipped a beat despite losing Connor McDavid as his center (!!!!). Smiper.
  9. D Mikhail Sergachev, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): Brock Otten’s words on him are tantalizing and I do think the offensive side is genuinely promising (NHLE: 82, 7-11-18). Looking back on last season, the early defensemen on my list tended to drift downward (my list favors complete skill sets, and then offense). Suspect Sergachev (and Chychrun) have sustain.
  10. D Olli Juolevi, London Knights (OHL): The only change from my last list comes at No. 10 (I don’t think it is a good idea to changing things in the days surrounding the WJs). NHLE is 82, 4-18-22 and I was struck by his puck skills and speed. Fantastic talent. By the way, my last top 10 before this one is here.
  11. C Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL): I have only read about him but he appears to be one of those really good Q centers. Has size, skill, speed and two-way acumen. I will probably love the player if all that holds true, his NHLE (82, 14-17-31) he might be a little shy offensively compared to some others in this range.
  12. D Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen (WHL): NHLE is 82, 8-13-21 and a smart blueliner who has surged two years in a row now (a very good sign). Listed at 6.01, 170 and that may hurt him but RLR has him No. 4 on their December list.
  13. C Michael McLeod, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): He is 6.02, 187 and EP suggests he is an emerging Power Center with great skating. If all of that and his NHLE (82, 11-19-30) are true, I have him undervalued here.
  14. D Dante Fabbro, Penticton Vees (BCJHL): Kirk Luedeke describes him as ‘smooth’ and possessing two-way ability. Very difficult to project these players, and the established rankers are all over the place on him. We know the Oilers traditionally value the BCJHL.
  15. L Max Jones, London Knights (OHL): Big man (6.02, 201) is posting strong numbers (NHLE: 82, 14-13-27) but is on a superb junior that so I have nicked him a little. That said, he has spiked with others away at the WJs.
  16. L Tyson Jost, Penticton Vees (BCJHL). A fun player based on reports, he is scoring well in Tier 2 but we don’t know how that will translate. EP has described him as a crafty goal-scorer and he has spiked season over season. On his way to UND. Intriguing.
  17. L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (WHL): Has a pro skill set, including speed, grit and offensive ability. The boxcars arrived late this year, due to recovery from surgery. He started the year 10gp, 2-4-6, but is 18, 6-14-20 since. He is not a big man (6.0, 196), but Cody Nickolet compared him (in style) to Taylor Hall. Move those boxcars, young man!
  18. G Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips (WHL): Goalies are difficult to track beyond save percentage, and this young man has a .925SP on a team with a backup who has an .875 SP. I am probably wrong, but the numbers suggest he is worth a mid-first.
  19. L Dillon Dube, Kelowna Rockets (WHL): Undersized WHL scorer who has enjoyed a strong season so far, he has been more involved in the offense this year. NHLE is 82, 11-15-26 and he is spotted here because of superior foot speed.
  20. C Clayton Keller, USNDTP (USHL): Jeff Cox of SBNation’s College hockey department has a great description here. Undersized, very skilled, average speed. Looks like there is substantial offensive potential.
  21. R Taylor Raddysh, Erie Otters (OHL). Another big winger (6.02, 198) whose NHLE (82, 10-24-34) runs hot compared to his ranking. His resume suggests puck skills and playmaking, with the downside being speed.
  22. C Luke Kenin, Wisconsin (NCAA): He is 6.0, 196 and has a range of skills. Kirk Luedeke offers a description of a player who can get to the NHL several different ways. Can skate, can shoot, numbers are good at a substantial level. What’s not to like? NHLE is 82, 10-10-20.
  23. C-R Nathan Bastian, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL): At 6.04, 207 he possesses both good (and improving) speed and some offensive touch (NHLE: 82, 9-18-27). I am always aware of players who improve when placed on an offensive line (who is zooming who?) but this appears to be a good player (Otten’s blog is great for this kind of specific description and I have borrowed heavily throughout this piece).
  24. D Cam Dineen, North Bay Battalion (OHL): Undersized at 6.0, 180 he lacks experience defensively but that emerged as one of the best offensive defensemen in the OHL. Mobile, great passer.
  25. C-L Kieffer Bellows, USNDTP (USHL). A nice offensive forward with good size (6.01, 194) and a scorer’s touch. David Hahn of HF has a nice article, points to skating having improved and that is something to watch.
  26. C Rasmus Asplund, Farjestads (SHL). His is 6.0, 180 and quality two-way forward. Offense suggests he is going to have enough to play in a top 6F role if he continues to develop, the descriptions of his speed and attention to detail are compelling.
  27. C German Rubstov, Team Russia (MHL). He is 6.01, 174 and got famous in a hurry at the Hlinka. Described as a two-way forward, if he is shy anywhere it is offense.
  28. D Samuel Girard, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL). Just 5.09 and 165, he is a brilliant offensive defender (82, 3-22-25) and has first-round talent. He is a great passer and aggressive in all areas, and by description would appear to be a version of Marc-Andre Bergeron.
  29. C Logan Brown, Windsor Spitfires (OHL): He is 6.06, 215 and has impressive offensive skills. A playmaker, the questions revolve around foot speed.
  30. C Sam Steel, Regina Pats (WHL). Very good skater and elusive offensive player, I would have him higher (like him) but the NHLE (82, 7-15-22) suggests this is fair.

Miles to go, but this is a start. Today’s post has nothing to do with Edmonton’s standing, but I do want to talk about the draft on the radio show and this is a nice stepping off point (from the WJs). Coverage will increase as the daylight grows longer and of course I want to have enough information by the deadline in order to know the value of second and third-round picks (does not look like they have extreme value at this time). Thanks for reading!

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Bruce McCurdy

shawnmullin:
Not to put any cold water on Hart or anything but Everett plays a very, very defensive style especially under Kevin Constantine. They have by far the lowest goals against in the league. I’m not saying that to suggest Hart is anything but excellent… I’ve only seen him once but he gets universal praise from people I talk to… only to put things in context. I would think on any other team his numbers would take somewhat of a hit.

Everett Silvertips are junior’s version of New Jersey Devils … on steroids.

Ca$h-McMoney!

So the thread is going to be replaced in 3 minutes, but,

shawnmullin,

Astute point. Everett is the ultimate defense first club. Compare them to Lethbridge:

Lethbridge: 166gf, 120 ga, (27-12-0)
Everett: 100gf, 79ga, (22-12-2)

Not to say Hart is bad, but rather that it is super hard to judge given that his team basically only plays defense.

Pouzar

theres oil in virginia,

Now yer scratching me where I itch…..thx!

shawnmullin

Not to put any cold water on Hart or anything but Everett plays a very, very defensive style especially under Kevin Constantine. They have by far the lowest goals against in the league. I’m not saying that to suggest Hart is anything but excellent… I’ve only seen him once but he gets universal praise from people I talk to… only to put things in context. I would think on any other team his numbers would take somewhat of a hit.

Ca$h-McMoney!

Lowetide: I have a very hard time slotting any tier 2 league player this high, because none of the things I use (NHLE, comparables, scouting reports from trusted sources, boxcars) applies to the BCJHL. VERY rare for a defender to come out of there, and very difficult to project.

Agreed.

That said I’m fine drafting out of the tier 2 leagues in the back half of the draft, only because the CHL is so heavily scouted that logic dictates that it’s less likely to yield a diamond in the rough. Khaira was a touch early, but I liked the idea behind the pick and still like the player. Marino has upside, we will see how that goes.

But round 1 or 2? That’s tough.

Professor Q

flyfish1168: If we all believe goalies are voodoos we need to do something to the oppositions goalie.

http://668d3eaa831be4d52f0d515f.ingoalmagazine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Goalie-Voodoo.jpg

Or hire David Bowie as a Voodoo and Hoodoo Dance Magic Consultant?

theres oil in virginia

Pouzar:
RexLibris,

…been on a Middle East crisis kick throughout the holidays.
Yes……….i need help.

That’s funny (not haha funny), me too.

Try this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d%27état

Quote from the article:
As a condition for restoring the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, in 1954 the U.S. required removal of the AIOC’s monopoly; five American petroleum companies, Royal Dutch Shell, and the Compagnie Française des Pétroles, were to draw Iran’s petroleum after the successful coup d’état—Operation Ajax.

The AIOC is essentially BP today. Royal Dutch Shell was heavily tied to the Morgans and Rothschilds. Yes, those Morgans and Rothschilds.

Also this:

http://www.mintpressnews.com/daesh-the-enemy-the-us-cant-defeat-without-losing-billions/212210/

Ever wonder where ISIS gets funding to operate? Interesting how Israel buys oil (indirectly) from ISIS.

Finally this:

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/12/tyler-durden/isis-al-qaeda-cia/

The USDOJ documents shown in that article demonstrate the ridiculous nature of what goes on in and around Washington DC.

flyfish1168

frjohnk: A prime example of goalie voodoo

If we all believe goalies are voodoos we need to do something to the oppositions goalie.

http://668d3eaa831be4d52f0d515f.ingoalmagazine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Goalie-Voodoo.jpg

Seismic Source

ASkoreyko,

In all fairness to him, my post was in response to his latest blog, not the other way around. I think being the lone Ying to a nation of Yangs can take its toll on a guy. He does have a track record of being accurate, and that drives me crazy more than anything. He called Schultz, we need to give him that. I enjoy his insight, and my original post was never meant to be disparaging in any way. I actually hope it gets him more traffic.

I made a bet with him on his last article. I sure hope I win.

Cahoon

LT, how do you feel about Dante Fabbro? Every scouting report I see says nothing but good things about him, and he is RHD,

Dixs35

I would like us to draft jost for no other reason than he’s one of my buddies kid and free tix are always nice. Besides that chychrun is the guy I want and I think if his offence doesn’t pick up he’ll fall a little.

OF17

The only way the top of this draft would’ve been better for the Oilers is if it were filled with RHD. Puljujarvi, Laine, Tkachuk, and Gauthier are all big wingers with skill that would complement McDavid-Draisaitl-Nuge quite nicely. Not a bad year to make improvements but still draft top 7-8.

dangilitis

ASkoreyko: He certainly helped a lot of posters here hone their skills researching and forming excellent rebuttals to his moving goal posts (I know WG had some epic battles with him), so for that I am grateful. I just think it started to take on a life of its own at some point.

Speaking of moving goal posts, he claims that he was right about Hall as Draisaitl’s production tails off and his unsustainable “shooting percentage falls off a cliff.” Hilarious and predictable coming from a man who (a) likely has not watched Draisaitl and Hall’s play beyond his cherry-picked numbers, and (b) predicted in May that Calgary’s 1st line production would only improve this year, despite “completely reasonable” shooting percentages of 14.4, 16.3, and 19.6 from the 3 forwards last year.

Wow, I cannot believe I just visited his site. It is a bit like a car accident you are enticed to stare at.
Never again!

dangilitis

RexLibris: Flames drew an astonishing % of their points from D last season, somewhere in the top four or five teams in the league, iirc.

It was bound to happen again given the roster and the way Hartley deploys them. It may not be sustainable, but they will spike here and there.

Look at it this way, maybe they make the playoffs and then have to fight their way out of the Pacific or face a Central Division foe, either way, I don’t like their chances. Maybe they just miss the playoffs in which case they have a very, very slim chance of selecting Matthews, Puljujarvi, etc.

Yup, the Flames are getting points in a division so bad right now it could boast two or even three top-ten draft selecting teams this June, but having looked at the roster carefully and tracking them this year I can say that the team is improving moderately and showing signs of a return to mediocrity.

Gaudreau, Bennett, Monahan and Brodie are going to float this team for a while now.

Gaudreau looks like the kind of player who’ll find his name on a Cup at some point, I’m just not certain it’ll be with the Flames.

They still have a lot of holes there and if they stick with Hartley, which another run to the post-season will almost certainly guarantee, then you can bet they’ll continue to spin their wheels for awhile longer.

One can only hope – one point out of 3rd place in the Pacific would be perfect, but any playoff hockey in Calgary is just infuriating to endure as a transplanted Edmontonian in Calgary. After this year’s playoffs, moving to Winnipeg where I can easily stomach it if the Jets ever make it 5 of the 6 Western Conference NHL juggernauts

hunter1909

Hunter1909’s Proof that Life Ain’t Fair:

Zack Kassian gets to rehab with a view to joining the 2016 Oilers. Sam Gagner, recently banished by Philadelphia prepares himself to become an AHL player.

RexLibris

Pouzar: Cheers. 2007.

Will be interesting to see how close his predictions came to fruition.
I have a library card here in da Peg and I am willing to bet they have it.
I could use a freebie book after spending over $100 on my 2 Xmas reads.

thx again

I forgot you were in Winnipeg.

I’d be sincerely interested in your take on the public library there. That’s one of the systems in Canada I don’t hear much from.

RexLibris

dangilitis:
OK, I am officially concerned about the Flames making the playoffs.
3-1 and 4-0 victories, with 0 points from Gaudreau, Monahan, Hudler or Bennett compared to 9 pts from the back end.

http://www.tsn.ca/projecting-the-nhl-all-star-rosters-1.418260
Seravalli says coin flip between OEL and Gio, meaning he has chosen to neglect the time when Brodie was out and GIo was shit.

As an aside, shooting percentage of Monahan is currently at 13.6% (16.2 last yr), Gaudreau at 13.9% (14.4), Hudler at 9.6% (19.6).

Flames drew an astonishing % of their points from D last season, somewhere in the top four or five teams in the league, iirc.

It was bound to happen again given the roster and the way Hartley deploys them. It may not be sustainable, but they will spike here and there.

Look at it this way, maybe they make the playoffs and then have to fight their way out of the Pacific or face a Central Division foe, either way, I don’t like their chances. Maybe they just miss the playoffs in which case they have a very, very slim chance of selecting Matthews, Puljujarvi, etc.

Yup, the Flames are getting points in a division so bad right now it could boast two or even three top-ten draft selecting teams this June, but having looked at the roster carefully and tracking them this year I can say that the team is improving moderately and showing signs of a return to mediocrity.

Gaudreau, Bennett, Monahan and Brodie are going to float this team for a while now.

Gaudreau looks like the kind of player who’ll find his name on a Cup at some point, I’m just not certain it’ll be with the Flames.

They still have a lot of holes there and if they stick with Hartley, which another run to the post-season will almost certainly guarantee, then you can bet they’ll continue to spin their wheels for awhile longer.

Bruce McCurdy

Soup Fascist:
Bruce McCurdy,

Clague is playing behind Provorov and Erkamps and I suspect not getting a lot of sugar time. Watching the kid in Bantam and Midget I had little doubt he could run a WHL powerplay as a 14 year old. The kid is not a monster size-wise but a great skater with very good vision.I loved watching him play in Bantam / Midget though have not seen him in WHL much.

The Wheatie that is a monster is Nolan Patrick. Huge kid who is Brandon’s best player and not eligible until 2017 draft. Crazy good and size. I would be shocked if he is not on Canada’s WJC next year.

Oh yeah, Patrick is the real deal. I got an eyeful of him in the playoffs the past two (!) years. Still a year off though, & surely to Gord the Oilers won’t be in his neighbourhood.

Surely?

ASkoreyko

Lowetide: I miss him, to be honest. I know he is gone and it is for the best, but the reminded me of a character in my son’s Lego Island video game. The Brickster. Everything would be going fine and then the Brickster would get out. Chaos! RUIN!. You know, calamity can be good for you.

He certainly helped a lot of posters here hone their skills researching and forming excellent rebuttals to his moving goal posts (I know WG had some epic battles with him), so for that I am grateful. I just think it started to take on a life of its own at some point.

dangilitis

Professor Q: I think he would fit nicely.

Although Edmonton will indeed be berated by hockey fans and the media for picking another forward high.

Fuck em all. Cheap skilled forwards like Jesse would mean a forward becomes expendable, but in the form of a trade to bring in a D now. Any D we draft can’t integrate into the club for years and that’s definitely a slower fix for what ails the team. D prospects far exceed our F pool, as LT pointed out, and we should be able to find 3rd and 4th line wingers past the 1st round.

dangilitis

OK, I am officially concerned about the Flames making the playoffs.
3-1 and 4-0 victories, with 0 points from Gaudreau, Monahan, Hudler or Bennett compared to 9 pts from the back end.

http://www.tsn.ca/projecting-the-nhl-all-star-rosters-1.418260
Seravalli says coin flip between OEL and Gio, meaning he has chosen to neglect the time when Brodie was out and GIo was shit.

As an aside, shooting percentage of Monahan is currently at 13.6% (16.2 last yr), Gaudreau at 13.9% (14.4), Hudler at 9.6% (19.6).

Professor Q

dangilitis:
Jesse Puljujarvi

We had the right idea with picking Paajarvi, but obviously he needs more J’s and less A’s. After all, you can always buy a vowel.

I think he would fit nicely.

Although Edmonton will indeed be berated by hockey fans and the media for picking another forward high.

StevieG_8

razor:
Watching Lightning Flames game. I’m amazed how mobile Flames D is in the offensive zone, esp. Gio and Brodie. I can’t even fathom how good the Oilers would be if we had that D.

Klefbom and Nurse will be our version I hope.

Pouzar

RexLibris: Read Dyer’s The Mess They Made.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/385827.The_Mess_They_Made
It is an older book so a touch out of date, but it is an excellent source that should help to illuminate, as much as anyone can in that region, the period roughly from about the end of the Shah in Iran to the short space of time following the conclusion of the war and the “Mission Accomplished” message.

Cheers. 2007.

Will be interesting to see how close his predictions came to fruition.
I have a library card here in da Peg and I am willing to bet they have it.
I could use a freebie book after spending over $100 on my 2 Xmas reads.

thx again

Professor Q

geowal:
C Sam Steel, Regina Pats (WHL).

Now that is a name. Isn’t that also a comic character, or an old legend Mountie or something?

There’s John Steele, who seems to have been an early Captain America storyesque WWI soldier (kept in stasis by the Nazis under a human enhancement programme and reactivated in WWII, and fought alongside Captain America). Later a rival to Steve Rogers (stronger snd faster than Steve, has unbreakable skin like Luke Cage, and slowed aging like Wolverine).

As well as a decorated Canadian soldier and NWMP officer in Major General Sir Sam Steele (Klondike Gold Rush).

I’ll let myself out now because I’m probably making a fool out of myself in one way or another…

Quinlan

It’ll be fun to see who moves up. There’s always a few.

That said, after the 2nd round things are going to get wacky.

ASkoreyko

Seismic Source:
Off topic, but just returned from reading DSF’s site. Its killing him that Hall is playing so well.

This made me look up his blog, he seems to have really taken to a model made popular by the far right in the US and Ezra Levant. I get the feeling he is trying to figure out a clever way to call LT the ‘Lowestream’ media or something similar.

He must have an alert setup here since he has already managed to write and entire blog post in rebuttal to your post above in what looks like under an hour.

If that doesn’t seem a little paranoid to you then I don’t know what will.

dangilitis

Jesse Puljujarvi

We had the right idea with picking Paajarvi, but obviously he needs more J’s and less A’s. After all, you can always buy a vowel.

RexLibris

Pouzar:
RexLibris,

Thx Rex…will check it out…been on a Middle East crisis kick throughout the holidays.
Yes……….i need help.

Read Dyer’s The Mess They Made.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/385827.The_Mess_They_Made

It is an older book so a touch out of date, but it is an excellent source that should help to illuminate, as much as anyone can in that region, the period roughly from about the end of the Shah in Iran to the short space of time following the conclusion of the war and the “Mission Accomplished” message.

If you have a library card I know the Edmonton Public has copies.

Dyer has also recently come out with one discussing the rough history of Islamic State. I haven’t read it yet, though from early reports I’m not sure I agree with all of his conclusions, but his perspective is always worth taking in.

If you really want to get a handle on the Middle East history, I’d argue there’s no better place to start than Karen Armstrong. She writes history of religions, specifically the Abrahamic traditions, and she has several that cover Islamic history which, when taken in conjunction with a basic knowledge of political history and an understanding of how nations tend to make decisions (poorly) based on past priorities rather than emerging ones, gives one a very instructive view of the region and helps to understand why the Western nations so often misunderstand or misinterpret the situations there.

http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Armstrong/e/B000AQ72VE

If you’re really interested contact me on twitter and I’d be happy to recommend specific titles.

From one junkie to another, you are in for a hell of a ride!

Pouzar

RexLibris,

Thx Rex…will check it out…been on a Middle East crisis kick throughout the holidays.
Yes……….i need help.

RexLibris

hunter1909: Good call. India v Pakistan promises to be another localized nuclear war.

Funny all this N Korea talk. Got me re-reading some stuff on General Douglas MacArthur that haven’t seen in years.

India has Modi, who is all kinds of scary and has a very unpleasant political background, to say the least.

Pakistan is worrisome not because of Kashmir and India but because they have the missile range to strike anywhere from Greece to Japan and have been described many times as being one bullet away from being governed by an extremist militia. It is a highly unstable country beneath the veneer of modernity.

Okay, that’s all the geopolitical talk I’ll allow myself here tonight. Pinky-swear.

If anyone is interested though I highly recommend anything Gwynne Dyer has written on the Middle East, Subcontinent (Pakistan included) or North Korea, as well there is a fantastic book called Kashmir: the Case For Freedom edited by the excellent author Tariq Ali which helps to illustrate one of the many extremely complex issues of that region and the primary players involved (spoiler alert: there are no good guys).

Here’s the book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13372892-kashmir

And a related article by Ali on the subject from 2010: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v32/n14/tariq-ali/not-crushed-merely-ignored

Okay, seriously now, not going to go any further. *slaps wrist*

I will resign myself to discussing the petty provincial trivialities of internecine tribal conflict here at home: Flames suck, go Oilers!

fifthcartel

RexLibris,

I think the Lucic trade was actually pretty good considering he’s likely going to get a contract that’s going to hurt. The Jones trade after was really good.

It all depends where that pick lands. If they finish outside the playoffs and gift Boston Matthews/Puljujarvi/Laine, or if they finish higher and Boston gets Michael McLeod or Olli Juolevi. If it’s the former, that’s just awful for San Jose but that’s the gamble they took.

Kmart99

fifthcartel:
Interesting numbers for last summer’s goalie targets

Neuvirth 18 gp – .934
Jones 31 gp . 910
Talbot 21 gp .910
Lack 15 gp – .892
Lehner 1gp – .917 (injured all year)

Jones started out on fire but has cooled down since then. Boston owns their first round pick too, currently at 6th overall but still very very early.

I really wanted Neuvirth or Crawford during the summer. Happy we got Talbot, but there were some nbrs that suggested Neuvirth was way underrated.

Also. I still think Crawford is the most underrated goalie in the league

hunter1909

RexLibris: One thing I can’t wait to do when I get back to work (holidays right now have me separated from my spreadsheets…

You obviously live to work. Why even bother taking holidays?

On the other hand, I’m looking forward to a week at the seashore next June/July.

RexLibris

fifthcartel:
Lowetide,

Very true. Him and Jones have basically gone in opposite directions.

I’ll be very interested to see where they both land given how they were among the top available goaltenders.

I’m glad they didn’t spend the 16th, or even this years pick god forbid, on Jones.

San Jose might be giving up a lottery pick for him and with the top 3 selections being included in it now that could be a very dangerous trade, especially for a franchise that could use a high draft pick pretty badly.

Wow.

I hadn’t realized that Boston had negotiated a 1st rounder for Jones.

At the time i would’ve thought that was a good deal but fair for both sides.

The way the Sharks are going this year though…ouch.

I still think Sweeney was an idiot for selling Hamilton off like that, but if he essentially recoups two 1st round picks for Lucic (to get Jones in the 1st place) that is a pretty nice example of asset appreciation.

hunter1909

RexLibris: I lose more sleep worrying about Pakistan than I do Iran, North Korea or Russia, to name a few.

Good call. India v Pakistan promises to be another localized nuclear war.

Funny all this N Korea talk. Got me re-reading some stuff on General Douglas MacArthur that haven’t seen in years.

RexLibris

Lowetide:
Talbot’s .910 misses all kinds of nuance. HOW he arrived there tells an enormous story and the arrows are strong. He needs to build on it, but his .910 and Jones .910 are not the same.

One thing I can’t wait to do when I get back to work (holidays right now have me separated from my spreadsheets…yeah, that sounds really pathetic) is plug in the new numbers from the games since Christmas.

I’ve been tracking sv% for the teams and goalies and I’m really curious to see Talbot’s updated since his recent run (watch him play and get burned against TB now that I’ve said that).

The most interesting thing in this is that I picked several categories to track and then plugged in the numbers and the Canucks are trending down in every single one save Markstrom’s sv%.

Every.

Single.

One.

I’m really looking forward to the end-of-season to see where they finish and how they got there. It could be one of the most intriguing stories of the year.

fifthcartel

Lowetide,

Very true. Him and Jones have basically gone in opposite directions.

I’ll be very interested to see where they both land given how they were among the top available goaltenders.

I’m glad they didn’t spend the 16th, or even this years pick god forbid, on Jones.

San Jose might be giving up a lottery pick for him and with the top 3 selections being included in it now that could be a very dangerous trade, especially for a franchise that could use a high draft pick pretty badly.

RexLibris

Thing about the North Korea hysterics is this:

1. You cannot trust their news releases for reasons demonstrated above.

2. They’re military is designed almost entirely as an international blackmail force in perpetuity, rattling sabres to exact aid packages and money from the international community in exchange for “good behaviour”.

3. Were North Korea to ever conduct an attack using WMDs against the US, South Korea or Japan they would find themselves occupied almost overnight by the Chinese army in order to prevent a “Western-alliance” army sitting in occupation of a territory so close to the Chinese border.

I lose more sleep worrying about Pakistan than I do Iran, North Korea or Russia, to name a few.

Now, about hockey, the Lightning looked tonight like a team that is unfamiliar with the WC teams. They couldn’t find a way to crack Hartley’s collapse-into-a-fetal-ball defensive scheme and what Ramo saw he stopped and what he didn’t Russell blocked.

The TB defense moves well and they seem to try to set up to fire pucks from multiple angles at a high pace once they have the OZ established.

Oilers played well collapsing into the slot and denying high-slot possession against the Hurricanes, I suspect they will be challenged in having to widen that box against TB next game and whether it is Talbot or Nilsson starting, they are going to have to watch for rapid movement side-to-side.

Kmart99

If the Oilers get Sergachev… Oh boy. No complaints here.

frjohnk

flyfish1168: Karri Ramo0.9122014-15, and 0.9122015-16was placed on waiversback in October.

A prime example of goalie voodoo

flyfish1168

fifthcartel:
Interesting numbers for last summer’s goalie targets

Neuvirth 18 gp – .934
Jones 31 gp . 910
Talbot 21 gp .910
Lack 15 gp – .892
Lehner 1gp – .917 (injured all year)

Karri Ramo 0.912 2014-15, and 0.912 2015-16 was placed on waivers back in October.

RexLibris

admiralmark: Other North Korean “Claims” regarding Kim Jong II as reported by the state run media include….

Even before his birth, the future leader of North Korea was triggering miracles. Official biographers say his birth in a cabin on the slopes of Baekdu Mountain in February 1942 was foretold by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. When he was born, a new star appeared in the night sky.
* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea’s only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
* Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.
* The fledgling leader was a genius as an infant, with official North Korean biographies stating that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
* As a junior high school pupil in Pyongyang, he corrected and chastised his teachers for their incorrect interpretations of history.
Kim wrote six full operas in two years, “all of which are better than any in the history of music,” according to his official biography.

I have a Chuck Norris calendar that bears a striking similarity to the North Korean News service.

Also, if Kim wrote six operas that were all better than anything in the history of music, wouldn’t that negate all of the operas in question as, to quote Highlander, there can be only one?

fifthcartel

Interesting numbers for last summer’s goalie targets

Neuvirth 18 gp – .934
Jones 31 gp . 910
Talbot 21 gp .910
Lack 15 gp – .892
Lehner 1gp – .917 (injured all year)

Jones started out on fire but has cooled down since then. Boston owns their first round pick too, currently at 6th overall but still very very early.

hunter1909

Pouzar: It’s a hoax. If they had WMD the U.S. would be all over it.

The U.S. prefers attacking tinpot, friendless little nations. N. Korea has China to protect it.

Besides, North Korea’s already kicked the American dream in the nuts.

Pouzar

Why?????? why did I have to check the score board?