G65 2015-16: OILERS AT SABRES

Peter Chiarelli’s Oilers—like his Bruins—are going to be bigger, meaner and have fewer spots in the batting order devoted to skill. Beginning tonight, Edmonton could duplicate Pat Quinn’s dream (a giant on every line) from fall 2009. Will it work? It looks like 2016 is going to be a lot about what to put next to Pouliot—McDavid, Hall—Draisaitl and Nuge—Eberle. Tonight’s lineup? Where to begin.

SHARKNADO TWO: YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1
  • Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-5-2
  • Oilers in February 2015: 5-6-1
  • Oilers in February 2016: 3-8-2
  • Oilers after 64 in 2014-15: 18-36-10, 46 points (-69 GD)
  • Oilers after 64 in 2015-16: 23-34-7, 53 points (-36 GD)

In G65 last season, the Oilers grabbed a point against the Chicago Blackhawks before losing 2-1 in the shootout. Ben Scrivens stopped 38 shots, Corey Crawford stopped 46. Tonight is a winnable game, and for this year’s Oilers, the final 18 games should be about pushing the river. They could reach 70 points—that seems an aggressive total—but a win tonight should ensure the club eventually passes last season’s total of 62 points. By the way, Todd Nelson’s crew went 6-8-4 from here on in—if Todd McLellan’s crew can match it, they will finish 29-42-11 and capture 69 points. Lots of comments one can make about that total, we will see how close this team can get to 70.

DEFENSE, 2015-16

oilers blue nov 30

  • Brandon Davidson is coming alive offensively after looking after his own end of the net, I wonder if we see more power-play chances for him down the stretch. A homegrown rocket would be an enormous addition to this group—and he has scored twice (the first one a terrific shot) with the man advantage.
  • Oscar Klefbom will return sometime this month, we all missed the Swede in a big way. I think the Oilers will be spending the summer looking for a partner for him on the top pairing. I view Travis Hamonic as (probably) best available, your mileage may vary.
  • Andrej Sekera has performed admirably this season, hope we see him on a second-pairing next season with Mark Fayne or better. A puck mover like Sami Vatanen would be perfect.
  • Darnell Nurse was sent down and called up yesterday, he will play the rest of the season as an Oiler. I spent trade deadline talking to Matt Kassian, he suggested (as we have discussed) that time in the AHL—playing easier opposition—probably benefits this player. Edmonton will no doubt send him down for the playoffs, should Bakersfield make the second season.

CENTERS, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

  • Leon Draisaitl is 54, 16-28-44 in his first full NHL season, is over 2.50/60 at 5×5 and his possession numbers are excellent. I know Taylor Hall is on the L-line, but credit to this young man on a fantastic season.
  • Mark Letestu is 64, 7-9-16 in his first Oilers season and his lack of 5×5 offense is one of many reasons this team is once again among the lowest scoring teams in the league (2.01/60 at 5×5, ranking in a tie for No. 20 in the NHL). The Oilers have asked him to play higher in the order, but he has not delivered. Suspect he will be around next season in a 4C role and Letestu will need to be better.
  • Connor McDavid is 27, 10-19-29 and ranks No. 7 among Oilers scorers despite missing more than half the season (so far). His scoring line is ridiculous, his possession stats sublime, and this is just the beginning.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scores lowest in the new metric I am posting (high-danger scoring chances against per-60 minutes), but we have to remember he plays difficult opposition and that is a factor. Like Klefbom, RNH should be back this month.

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

  • Taylor Hall is such a talented player, he is 64, 20-34-54 this season. A dry spell over a couple of weeks has him off the point-per-game pace, but a strong run before season’s end could see him approach 1/1 again.
  • Nail Yakupov is 42, 5-10-15 this season, most of those totals came in October when 10 was playing with McDavid. The injury to Benoit Pouliot—a terrible turn—may give this youngster a chance to save his season. The numbers above are honestly not bad, and his contract is reasonable. Hell folks, I am not smart enough to know if he will ever be a good player without the puck and the good lord doesn’t tell me the future. I do know Edmonton lost a substantial player on the weekend, and Todd McLellan has very few options for replacement. Could Yakupov find a slot on a line with a legit center? We wait.
  • Benoit Pouliot is 55, 14-22-36 this season. I think his season is over, damn shame because those boxcars could have rolled up toward 20-30-50 and that would have been an outstanding year. Anyway, he is rock solid, and if you don’t agree, bike racks at 3:30.
  • Zack Kassian is 18, 3-3-6 and represents a part of Oilers-future. Big, skilled and furious, Kassian is effective when playing near the edge, and with Patrick Maroon added yesterday the roster becomes more populated with this player-type. Where do they play? My guess is 3line and 4line, we will see where these men slot in beginning tonight.
  • Jordan Eberle is the johnny cash, he is 51, 20-18-38 so far this season and occupies the coveted position as Connor McDavid’s scoring winger. What a spot! Who plays with these two men tonight? Kassian? Maroon? Yakupov? Hall? The mind races for the answer, but Todd McLellan has the only vote that counts.
  • Patrick Maroon—from St. Louis, Missouri—is 56, 4-9-13 and may slot right into the lineup this evening (Pouliot’s absence gives the roster an air of mystery). He will see a feature role I expect, if not tonight then soon. Has a 0.87/60 at 5×5 this year, but he was 1.79 a year ago.

chiarelli draft capture

CHIARELLI’S TRADES

  1. Traded Picks No. 16 (C Mathew Barzal) and No. 33 (C Mitchell Stephens) for D Griffin Reinhart. Chiarelli did not win this trade.
  2. Traded Picks No. 57 (D Jonas Siegenthaler), No. 79 (Sergey Zborovskiy) and No. 184 (G Adam Huska) for G Cam Talbot and No. 209 (Ziyat Paigin) overall. Talbot started fast, struggled for a time and then recovered. Signed to an extension, Chiarelli appears to have solved the goalie issue. A win.
  3. Traded D Martin Marincin for Pick No. 107 (F Christian Wolanin) and Brad Ross; Traded Pick No. 107 and F Travis Ewanyk for D Eric Gryba. Martin Marincin remains an effective, if low-event, defender. Gryba is a role player, had a good year. I lean toward Marincin.
  4. Traded C Boyd Gordon for F Lauri Korpikoski. A loss for Chiarelli.
  5. Traded the rights to F Liam Coughlin for G Anders Nilsson. A win the moment the trade was made, Nilsson had a short but interesting Oilers career.
  6. Traded Ben Scrivens for R Zack Kassian. A win, textbook trade.
  7. Traded Phil Larsen to Vancouver for 2017 fifth-round selection. No winner really, but he did get some value from a lost item. A nod, a wink, but not a win.
  8. Traded Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh for a third-round selection. A win, but an organizational failure. As a fan, it is tiresome to see so many kids get wrecked by the local team.
  9. Traded Teddy Purcell to Florida for a third-round pick. If this trade happened Monday, would Edmonton have received more? I am not sure about the deal, to be honest. We will call it a draw for now, I may value the player too much.
  10. Traded Anders Nilsson to St. Louis for Niklas Lundstrom and a fifth-round selection. A win, don’t see a reason to wait on making the call.
  11. Traded Martin Gernat and a fourth-round pick to Anaheim for L Patrick Maroon. Also an instant win, even the dollars are fine. Maroon has a good chance with this team. I always liked Gernat, hope he does well in a new organization. This was a lost season due to the injury, suspect he has more to give.

CHIARELLI’S RECORD

  1. Positive (so far) Talbot, Nilsson, Kassian, Maroon, Schultz.
  2. Negative (so far) Reinhart, Korpikoski, Gryba.
  3. The rest are neutral, or too soon to know.
  4. Important to note all of these are ”so far” and are will be evaluated for some time. Interesting question: When should you make a call on a trade? I say two years, unless there is a draft pick involved, and then five. One thing I think we should establish: No matter how Justin Schultz tracks from here, the Oilers had to get out of that relationship. Sometimes a second opinion is required. I wish him well.

TONIGHT’S ROSTER

  • Goal: Cam Talbot, Laurent Brossoit
  • Defense: Andrej Sekera, Mark Fayne, Brandon Davidson, Darnell Nurse, Adam Clendening, Nikita Nikitin, Adam Pardy.
  • Center: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Mark Letestu, Anton Lander
  • Left Wing: Taylor Hall, Patrick Maroon, Lauri Korpikoski, Luke Gazdic
  • Right Wing: Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Zack Kassian, Matt Hendricks, Iiro Pakarinen, Adam Cracknell

I believe that is the roster, kind of choked Jordan Oesterle and Jujhar Khaira are back in the minors but the Oilers have to be about development in another lost year. I think it is fair to suggest that sending down Darnell Nurse and keeping Oesterle would be more helpful to winning tonight, your mileage may vary. This is how I would handle the lineup card tonight:

  • Kassian—McDavid—Eberle
  • Hall—Leon—Yakupov
  • Maroon—Letestu—Hendricks
  • Korpikoski—Lander—Pakarinen
  • Sekera—Fayne
  • Davidson—Clendening
  • Nurse—Nikitin
  • Talbot

Things I considered: Putting Lander on LW with McDavid; moving Yakupov to LW with McDavid; running Hall—McDavid—Eberle and Kassian—Lander—Yakupov. I also think it at least possible that Todd McLelland uses 7D tonight.

2016-17 OILERS (A QUICK LOOK)

  • Goal: I think there is a very good chance Edmonton will run with Cam Talbot ($4.167 million cap next season) and Laurent Brossoit ($750,000). Chiarelli can always add an AHL starter who can push Brossoit for the backup job, while also accepting a demotion. Cap: $4.917 million.
  • Defense: Andrej Sekera ($5.5 million) will be back, not as certain on Mark Fayne ($3.625 million) but he is on the roster and they could not trade him yesterday. Darnell Nurse ($1.713 million) and Brandon Davidson ($1.425 million) will line up LH side behind Oscar Klefbom ($4.167 million). I don’t know who the final two spots will go to, simply no way to even guess. Let’s leave it at five, acknowledge that two additions are coming and move on to the forwards. Cap: $16.43 million, with two defensemen to add.
  • Center: Connor McDavid ($3.775 million—I am including bonus money), Leon Draisaitl ($3.4 million) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6.0 million) lead the way. Mark Letestu ($1.8 million) and Anton Lander ($988,000) are also on the books. I do believe Edmonton will make a move around this position, but am increasingly convinced it will be as 4C upgrade. Cap: $15.963 million.
  • Left Wing: Taylor Hall ($6 million), Benoit Pouliot ($4 million), Patrick Maroon ($1.5 million) and Lauri Korpikoski ($2.5 million) represent a fairly substantial group, both in cap hit and in potential production. I think we might see these exact four in fall. Cap: $14 million.
  • Right Wing: Jordan Eberle ($6 million), Nail Yakupov ($2.5 million), Zack Kassian ($2.5 million-estimate) and Matt Hendricks ($1.8 million) are the likely set at this point, but I expect we will see a major overhaul of this position. More in the coming days. Cap: $12.8 million.
  • That’s 20 players (missing two substantial blue and a part-time winger) for $64,111,000. Cap for 2016-17 is not yet known, but last season it was $71.4 million. Assuming that is the case, and my numbers are correct (that is a moving target, if you notice a mistake please pass along), the Oilers have some options.
  • I believe Mark Fayne, Anton Lander, Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov are especially vulnerable on this roster.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

The Lowdown is back after the trade deadline yesterday (enjoyed being part of the roundtable with Dave Jamieson, Dean Millard and Matt Kassian, plus a cast of hundreds). 10 this morning, TSN 1260, a lot to chat about:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. A manic trade deadline for many, can anyone catch Washington in the east and Chicago in the west?
  • Jonathan Willis, Cult of Hockey and Oilers Nation. Peter Chiarelli signed Brandon Davidson to a short-term deal and added big men at the deadline. How did he do?
  • Sunil Agnihotri, Copper and Blue and The SuperFan. Chiarelli is trying to add bigger wingers with skill on the cheap. Is Maroon as good a bet as Kassian? Plus the Davidson contract.

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

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  1. square_wheels says:

    The GORDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Lowetide says:

    Connor McDavid is so fucking good.

  3. Dr. Taboggan says:

    McDavid is a golden god!

  4. jake70 says:

    Lol, right off the Eichel miss……97 shows him how to do it.

  5. frjohnk says:

    Eichel should get an assist on McDavids goal.

  6. JDï™ says:

    Lehner. So sorry about that.

  7. AsiaOil says:

    Meet the new core – not the same as the old core.

  8. Dr. Taboggan says:

    The Edmonton McDavids!

  9. The Trade Guy says:

    Got damn do I love Connor McDavid. The excellence of execution.

  10. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    Eat it Eichel!!!

  11. square_wheels says:

    Was he going right over to that hot chick in the white shirt ?

  12. 99266in87 says:

    So eichel bails and spin o ramas backhand, Jesus blew by and drive the net and wins.

  13. LadiesloveSmid says:

    We really are not worthy. WOW!

  14. russ99 says:

    That McDavid kid is something else..

  15. JDï™ says:

    Just wow. That was sumpin.

  16. MrEd says:

    russ99,

    Talbot made the save on Eichel. Lehner missed on our attempt.
    Yes.

  17. Soup Fascist says:

    Con-nor’s bet-ter !!

    Con-nor’s bet-ter !!

  18. LadiesloveSmid says:

    McDavid and Talbot won that game singlehandedly (OK, statistically and Eberle’s A was good)

  19. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Wow. What a sequence. Anyone feel a bit like what happened to Buffalo was what usually happens to the Oilers? I mean, that was a heck of a rush by Eichel, and then McDavid picks up the puck and rocket skates and game over. Both tremendous young players that will cause nightmares for defensemen for a decade+. McDavid just a bit better on the finish tonight than Jack.

  20. Ice Sage says:

    Hmmmm. Maybe Oiler draft crew made the right call

  21. khildahl says:

    4 seconds from the defensive hash marks to the offensive net.

    Jesus Christ.

  22. G Money says:

    Couldn’t ask for a better storyline…

  23. square_wheels says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    Don’t go supporting Ebs, he’s somewhat goat-ish tonight.

    And why is Evanka dressed like Charlie Brown ? Damn you Sportsnet, I want Carly Shoulders !

  24. JDï™ says:

    G Money:
    Couldn’t ask for a better storyline…

    Except that McDavid ruined overtime for us!

  25. The Trade Guy says:

    HAIL EICHEL FOR I AM CONNOR MCDAVID LOOK UPON MY CALDER AND DESPAIR

  26. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    I must say that Jack Michaels is such a great announcer to listen to. So much better than the TV guys.

  27. Jaxon says:

    I wonder if that is some kind of weird record. Longest time between 2 goals in 1 regular season game? 3:48 + 59:38 = 63:26 between 2 goals by one player in 1 regular season game?

  28. Professor Q says:

    It makes it better that Eichel was really uncomfortable about McDavid before the game, and had to try to, as they say these days, “throw shade”, or try to divert the issue and McDavid’s importance.

    Then the first goal and now the game winner.

  29. G Money says:

    Weird fact: both regulation goals were 11 foot backhands.— Oilers Nerd Alert (@OilersNerdAlert) 2 March 2016

  30. Soup Fascist says:

    G Money:

    How far out was McDavid’s backhand winner?

  31. Alsker says:

    Lowetide:
    Connor McDavid is so fucking good.

    Can’t think of a damn thing to add to this statement to make it better or more true!!!!

  32. Aron_S says:

    Hey folks, my Shaw cable box decided it needed a reboot tonight so I only caught the first 15 minutes of the 1st and the PP and GWG in OT.

    How did Pardy and Cracknell look? Saw Pardy save a goal in the first which must’ve felt good.

    Also how did Yak look back on 97’s line?

  33. Ice Sage says:

    Professor Q:
    It makes it better that Eichel was really uncomfortable about McDavid before the game, and had to try to, as they say these days, “throw shade”, or try to divert the issue and McDavid’s importance.

    Then the first goal and now the game winner.

    to be fair, Eichel had a pretty good game – he even tied up Hall on a sure chance a minute earlier (maybe he’s regretting that LOL).
    Eichel’s bigger worry should be that he’s entering a team at the ‘Hall’ stage of rebuild – they’re shite

  34. AsiaOil says:

    McDavid is going to win rookie of the year. Media is already pumping ppg in discussions about the award. Good Canadian boy versus an older “dirty Russian” – no contest. Fact is he doesn’t need the help – he’s phenomenal – and will win it on his own merits.

  35. Oilspill says:

    Boy does it help not having schutlz. They have to earn their chances. No freebies.

  36. russ99 says:

    square_wheels:
    Was he going right over to that hot chick in the white shirt ?

    Totally. Just watched the replay in NHL.com.

    Love how Draisaitl pulled him away, “chase the puck bunnies after the game, Connor…”

    Lol!

  37. steveb12344 says:

    Jaxon:
    I wonder if that is some kind of weird record. Longest time between 2 goals in 1 regular season game? 3:48 + 59:38 = 63:26 between 2 goals by one player in 1 regular season game?

    That’s a great question!

    I’d say it’s pretty likely that it is.

  38. MrEd says:

    Kiltymcbagpipes,
    Love Jack.
    He’s going to have to stay for the good times.

  39. vinotintazo says:

    Aron_S:
    Hey folks, my Shaw cable box decided it needed a reboot tonight so I only caught the first 15 minutes of the 1st and the PP and GWG in OT.

    How did Pardy and Cracknell look? Saw Pardy save a goal in the first which must’ve felt good.

    Also how did Yak look back on 97’s line?

    Pardy looked good, slow AF, but could pass, defend, hit, dangle. Looks like a LHD Version of Gryba.

    Cracknell was meh.

    Yak ok I guess.

  40. John Chambers says:

    Tim Murray must’ve gone apeshit after the OT

  41. square_wheels says:

    russ99,

    I celebrate wins by watching Sportsnet on mute. Need to fantasize about Carly lifting me above her head and spinning me in circles.

  42. JDï™ says:

    square_wheels:
    Was he going right over to that hot chick in the white shirt ?

    Ladies night In Buffalo.

  43. pocession charge says:

    AsiaOil:
    McDavid is going to win rookie of the year. Media is already pumping ppg in discussions about the award. Good Canadian boy versus an older “dirty Russian” – no contest. Fact is he doesn’t need the help – he’s phenomenal – and will win it on his own merits.

    Won ROTM in October and February. Very likely he gets the award again in March (great start tonight). Plus, he’s the best rookie and everyone knows it. Imagine what he would have done playing an entire season with Pat Kane…120 points? More?

  44. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    AsiaOil:
    McDavid is going to win rookie of the year. Media is already pumping ppg in discussions about the award. Good Canadian boy versus an older “dirty Russian” – no contest. Fact is he doesn’t need the help – he’s phenomenal – and will win it on his own merits.

    How did that PPG argument help Canadian boy Nuge vs. Swedish guy Landeskog?
    I can See McDavid maybe finishing second in scoring to Panarin by the time the year is done. Calder? If he can get to 60 points and Panarin finishes below 70, maybe…will need a heck of a run from here.

  45. square_wheels says:

    JDï™,

    Bahahahaha that’s Ladies Night in the McMurray as well ! More neck tattoos in Deaner-ville though.

  46. pocession charge says:

    John Chambers:
    Tim Murray must’ve gone apeshit after the OT

    Probably crying in his office as we speak.

  47. Stelio Kontos says:

    How’s that for an origin story. Eichel misses, and connor goes back the other way with basically the same shot.

  48. JDï™ says:

    pocession charge: Probably crying in his office as we speak.

    With extremely dilated pupils.

  49. Really? says:

    Three observations on a good game by the Oilers and their new core.
    1. Eberle is incredibly weak defensively. Weak minded. For a guy who knows how to score and will bust his ass to do so, he sure is pathetic when his team needs him on a back check.
    2. Watched Hall closely tonight and he made some poor plays in the defensive zone, had several very dangerous give aways and took a lot of weak and ineffective perimeter shots rather than even looking to make a pass to a line mate.
    3.Overall the team played a fairly cohesive game. They appear to be evolving into a somewhat different team. They had O-zone possession tonight which made their opponent look bad and the D Corps actually played quite well. What a revelation. It was actually fun to watch the game. Finally. Not so much because we won but because we actually played decent hockey for stretches tonight.

  50. PunjabiOil says:

    pocession charge: Probably crying in his office as we speak.

    As he should.

  51. Centre of attention says:

    Sabres fans are all bashing Lehner, but IMO he wasn’t their problem. Lehner made some huge saves.

    He was the only reason this wasn’t a blow-out regulation win for the Oilers. it should of been 2-0 or 3-0 heading into the third. Buffalo fans are blinded by McRage lol.

  52. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention,

    How many games do you win with one goal through 60 minutes?

  53. Lowetide says:

    Really?:
    Three observations on a good game by the Oilers and their new core.
    1. Eberle is incredibly weak defensively. Weak minded. For a guy who knows how to score and will bust his ass to do so, he sure is pathetic when his team needs him on a back check.
    2. Watched Hall closely tonight and he made some poor plays in the defensive zone, had several very dangerous give aways and took a lot of weak and ineffective perimeter shots rather than even looking to make a pass to a line mate.
    3.Overall the team played a fairly cohesive game. They appear to be evolving into a somewhat different team. They had O-zone possession tonight which made their opponent look bad and the D Corps actually played quite well. What a revelation. It was actually fun to watch the game. Finally. Not so much because we won but because we actually played decent hockey for stretches tonight.

    Yes. Hall and Eberle are not terrific on the backcheck. Great possession players and scorers though, and you need those guys.

  54. Professor Q says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: How did that PPG argument help Canadian boy Nuge vs. Swedish guy Landeskog?
    I can See McDavid maybe finishing second in scoring to Panarin by the time the year is done. Calder? If he can get to 60 points and Panarin finishes below 70, maybe…will need a heck of a run from here.

    3 more 5 point games, here we come!

  55. Professor Q says:

    Although to be honest there are a few rookie goalies who are doing well also, and Ghost might be in contention solely due to being a defenceman.

  56. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Professor Q:
    Although to be honest there are a few rookie goalies who are doing well also, and Ghost might be in contention solely due to being a defenceman.

    Ghost is definitely in the conversation.

  57. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    Just to clarify, McDavid had a bunch of friends and family at the game went over to them immediately after scoring…

  58. JDï™ says:

    Kiltymcbagpipes,

    Ah, keep your kilt on 😉

  59. fifthcartel says:

    McDavid is the best.

  60. G Money says:

    Nerd News: I’m going to be writing analytics pieces for the blog beerleagueheroes.com! (ONA post games will continue)

  61. Gordies Elbow says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Ghost is definitely in the conversation.

    Edmonton can’t win that award. Ghost or Panera Bread has it.

    That said, it’s another voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association:

    PHWA Executive Board
    President: Scott Burnside, ESPN.com
    Executive Vice President: Mark Spector, Sportsnet.ca
    Executive Vice President: Craig Custance, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com
    Secretary: Kevin Allen, USA Today
    Treasurer: Tracey Myers, CSN Chicago

    Wow, you think they’ll ask Woodguy which wing Hall plays when picking the All-Star teams? He might make it as a right winger…

  62. SVR says:

    From bxcars, Teddy Purcell had an assist and 4 shots on goal tonight. Anyone see the game? How did he look?

  63. Ryan says:

    G Money:
    Nerd News: I’m going to be writing analytics pieces for the blog beerleagueheroes.com! (ONA post games will continue)

    Stay golden ponyboy!!

    Love the ONA post games.

  64. Stelio Kontos says:

    from sports net:

    Calder Trophy
    Artemi Panarin – 3/10
    Connor McDavid – 5/1
    Shayne Gostisbehere – 7/1
    Dylan Larkin – 7/1

    Not sure they factored in the oiler effect. I imagine the rubric changed so that offence doesn’t matter this year.

  65. AsiaOil says:

    Agree with most of that. I’ve been impressed by Hall’s maturity this year, but he’s been slipping back into some bad habits lately. One play in particular in the 2nd period where he made a dumb pass at the blue line while covering which got blocked and sent a BUF player on a potential break. Our dman covering was not one of our speedsters but Hall just lollygagged back instead of trying to support. The BUF tv crew were even going wtf watching it. He got to be better because he’s the leader and sets the tone. Maybe he doesn’t have it in him, and if so, well on to the new core.

    Really?:
    Three observations on a good game by the Oilers and their new core.
    1. Eberle is incredibly weak defensively. Weak minded. For a guy who knows how to score and will bust his ass to do so, he sure is pathetic when his team needs him on a back check.
    2. Watched Hall closely tonight and he made some poor plays in the defensive zone, had several very dangerous give aways and took a lot of weak and ineffective perimeter shots rather than even looking to make a pass to a line mate.
    3.Overall the team played a fairly cohesive game. They appear to be evolving into a somewhat different team. They had O-zone possession tonight which made their opponent look bad and the D Corps actually played quite well. What a revelation. It was actually fun to watch the game. Finally. Not so much because we won but because we actually played decent hockey for stretches tonight.

  66. Factotum says:

    G Money:
    Nerd News: I’m going to be writing analytics pieces for the blog beerleagueheroes.com! (ONA post games will continue)

    Nice! Congrats, G.

  67. Lowetide says:

    G Money:
    Nerd News: I’m going to be writing analytics pieces for the blog beerleagueheroes.com! (ONA post games will continue)

    Would love to have you on the Lowdown to discuss these pieces you speak of.

  68. Oilspill says:

    TALL guys always look slower.if you watch him and know the game full top end speed is seldom used by dmen. What are important are the gaps on attackers, finding your support in the D zone, ability to seperate pucks from opposition and find open lanes in the offensive zone. Liked Pardy
    Like Gryba. Like Davidson. Like Nurse. Fayne so so.

    vinotintazo: Pardy looked good, slow AF, but could pass, defend, hit, dangle. Looks like a LHD Version of Gryba.

    Cracknell was meh.

    Yak ok I guess.

  69. TeeVee says:

    My hope is to finish ahead of the Leafs and Flames and still win the lottery. That will be a good summer.

  70. frjohnk says:

    G Money:
    Nerd News: I’m going to be writing analytics pieces for the blog beerleagueheroes.com! (ONA post games will continue)

    Awesome stuff G.

  71. commonfan14 says:

    Did anyone else notice Eichel skating all the way back to his net and breaking his stick on the crossbar after the OT goal?

    I think McDavid is breaking his brain.

  72. G Money says:

    Lowetide,

    When you read one you like, say the word and I’m there, Mr. Tide!

  73. 719 says:

    Connor to Jack: Now go get your shine box!

  74. Professor Q says:

    TeeVee:
    My hope is to finish ahead of the Leafs and Flames and still win the lottery. That will be a good summer.

    Imagine if Edmonton goes in a surge, remains out of the playoffs but ahead of many other teams, and STILL wins?

  75. till_horcoff_is_coach says:

    Pretendergast:
    https://www.nhl.com/sabres/video/jack-eichel-postgame-3116/t-277443402/c-42045703

    Poor Jack, I’d be salty too

    Wow, he looked more broken in that interview then players losing out in the playoffs. Poor kid – he had a good game as well but there’s a reason there was only one golden ticket.

    CONNOR.

  76. v4ance says:

    commonfan14:
    Did anyone else notice Eichel skating all the way back to his net and breaking his stick on the crossbar after the OT goal?

    I think McDavid is breaking his brain.

    I re-watched the goal and saw that too. Initially I just thought it was Eichel zipping the puck out of the net in disgust.

    Also, can someone make a .gif of the post goal McDavids’ reaction?

    I want the “I’m so excited my son just scored the winning OT goal that I’m high fiving the back of my wife’s head!” gif

  77. v4ance says:

    Igor Eronko ‏@IgorEronko

    #TeamFinland #WorldCup 16-man roster: Rask, Rinne, Lindell, Ristolainen, Vatanen, Maatta, Barkov, Donskoi, Granlund, Jokinen, Koivu (1/2)

    Fillpula, Komarov, Korpikoski, Lehtera, Teravainen #TeamFinland #WorldCup (2/2)

    Really???? Korpse made the initial cut for Team Finland?

  78. Yeti says:

    v4ance,

    Perhaps they needed a sacrificial lamb to make the other players feel really good about themselves?

  79. Professor Q says:

    Maybe he’s like Lander and has outrageously good international skills?

  80. Adam Wu says:

    This McDavid vs Eichel thing the media is drumming up is so unfair to Eichel. At least with Taylor vs Tyler the two players were close in ability, making it at least a semi-legitimate contest….

    I don’t recall anyone hounding Ryan about head-to-head with Crosby in THEIR rookie years.

    This is shades of Goku vs Vegeta, for you anime fans out there….

  81. Adam Wu says:

    v4ance:
    Igor Eronko ‏@IgorEronko

    #TeamFinland #WorldCup 16-man roster: Rask, Rinne, Lindell, Ristolainen, Vatanen, Maatta, Barkov, Donskoi, Granlund, Jokinen, Koivu (1/2)

    Fillpula, Komarov, Korpikoski, Lehtera, Teravainen #TeamFinland #WorldCup (2/2)

    Really????Korpse made the initial cut for Team Finland?

    Well, what is Finland’s team depth like? You know how the Oilers used to dress Nikita Nikitin? On some occasions he really was the 6th best option available to them at the time….

  82. Centre of attention says:

    Edmonton Sun ‏@Edmontonsun 1m1 minute ago
    McKesson to Acquire Katz Group’s Rexall Health for $3B-Canadian

    Ramifications?

  83. Unwashed Oilfan says:

    Adam Wu,

    The media is playing it up because of Eichel. He brought it on himself when he said he would be better than McDavid. Go back and search around, June 5th 2015. It was reported by many outlets, he said it himself. So, you say it, you live it. Just another pompous, arrogant ‘Murican who pouts when he can’t backup his own statements.

  84. Unwashed Oilfan says:

    Centre of attention,

    Raises all around for the OBC!!!

  85. Soup Fascist says:

    v4ance:
    Igor Eronko ‏@IgorEronko

    #TeamFinland #WorldCup 16-man roster: Rask, Rinne, Lindell, Ristolainen, Vatanen, Maatta, Barkov, Donskoi, Granlund, Jokinen, Koivu (1/2)

    Fillpula, Komarov, Korpikoski, Lehtera, Teravainen #TeamFinland #WorldCup (2/2)

    Really????Korpse made the initial cut for Team Finland?

    No. He’s not on the INITIAL roster – he is on the ACTUAL roster – barring an injury, he is a mortal lock and will be spending September running around aimlessly in the Finnish defensive zone at World Cup.

  86. russ99 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Edmonton Sun ‏@Edmontonsun1m1 minute ago
    McKesson to Acquire Katz Group’s Rexall Health for $3B-Canadian

    Ramifications?

    Doubtful, other than Mr. Katz getting ludicrously rich.

    Salaries have a cap and the Oilers operation will be much more profitable in the new building.

  87. Really? says:

    Lowetide,

    Where is Jari Kurri when you really need him?

  88. Really? says:

    AsiaOil,

    Agree wholeheartedly. It is these little episodes which I believe reveal the true character of a player. It is why I don’t believe Hall is a good candidate for the C. He is not a true team player. It is more about him and his totals. He is an awesome talent but …

  89. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    IMO, Oilers will finish higher than 4 Canadian teams (Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver) by season’s end. Book it.

  90. hankster says:

    hopefully the rexall deal doesn’t return the oilers to spend thrift days. If Katz relinquishes his control of the oilers, there is a positive that Lowe and MacT will very likely be shown the door with much fanfare of course.

  91. Little Poteet says:

    Centre of attention,

    Not many consequences for the oilers unless what Katz group does with the money in the real estate and entertainment industries goes South.
    As far as your local rexall pharmacy, they are now owned by the same people they buy their stock from, so if they get special treatment they have an advantage over every other pharmacy that also buys from McKesson, like Walmart for example

  92. monsterbater says:

    LT will probably post his morning blog just as i make this comment, per usual, but i think Chia could turn this world cup roster announcement into something.

    Well he’s already been named to the world cup, and i don’t want to lose him, but i could really use that 2nd round pick you are offering Mr. Benning (Or Sakic). So sure let’s make a deal.

  93. Water Fire says:

    Centre of attention:
    Edmonton Sun ‏@Edmontonsun1m1 minute ago
    McKesson to Acquire Katz Group’s Rexall Health for $3B-Canadian

    Ramifications?

    Katz becomes a full time entertainment producer, lots way more cooler and the parties are way better.

    Or he sees impending doom in the US, been going for the Peter Schiff click baits everywhere right now.

  94. Truth says:

    Adam Wu:
    This McDavid vs Eichel thing the media is drumming up is so unfair to Eichel. At least with Taylor vs Tyler the two players were close in ability, making it at least a semi-legitimate contest….

    I don’t recall anyone hounding Ryan about head-to-head with Crosby in THEIR rookie years.

    This is shades of Goku vs Vegeta, for you anime fans out there….

    I agree, however Eichel brought it upon himself at the combine telling all the teams he will be better than McDavid. So by that token he wants to be compared to McDavid. Eichel will be a great player in his own right. It’s just McDavid is McDavid.

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/jack-eichel-saying-at-nhl-combine-hell-be-better-than-connor-mcdavid/

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