G70 2015-16: OILERS AT WILD

In a very real way, defense has always been a hurdle for the Edmonton Oilers. Their NHL roster in the moments after the draft included Wayne Gretzky, Bengt Gustafsson, Blair MacDonald, Stan Weir and other forwards destined to have NHL scoring success. Defense? It was a scramble, as Jim Matheson wrote on June 14, 1979:

oilers smiling

In a world gone mad with offense, the calm feet of Lee Fogolin made sense then, but does it make sense in today’s game? Does Mark Fayne have a future with the Oilers? Eric Gryba? The value of pure defensemen has been greatly reduced, and we are seeing the defensive defenseman follow the enforcer into extinction. What will that mean? If we are talking about Oilers future, it is wise to look for solutions among blue who are reflected in this quote:

  • Darryl Sutter: “The big thing in today’s game is you have to be able forecheck and backcheck, and you have to have the puck. You can’t give the puck up. We don’t play in our zone, so there’s not much defending.  I’ve coached in three decades now and this stuff where they said Marian had to play in Jacques’s system is a bunch of bull-crap. The game’s changed. They think there’s defending in today’s game. Nah, it’s how much you have the puck. Teams that play around in their own zone think they’re defending but they’re generally getting scored on or taking face-offs and they need a goalie to stand on his head if that’s the way they play.”

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CHRONICLE, 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: 4-8-2
  • Oilers in March 2015: 5-6-3
  • Oilers in March 2016: 3-2-0
  • Oilers after 69 in 2014-15: 18-39-12, 48 points (-77 GD)
  • Oilers after 69 in 2015-16: 26-36-7, 59 points (-37 GD)

The Oilers won in G70 after a terrible run through late February and early March. Final score 4-1, and the team would be competitive through season’s end. Edmonton has not been able to post a .500 month since December, and a loss tonight will push them down to .500 leading into a weekend contest against the Coyotes.

OILERS DEFENSE (CURRENT) OVER SEASON

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON
I have taken out all of the injured and traded guys, because honestly it looks cluttered with 14 names and six aisles. It is impossible to cobble together a solid six from these guys, but I would suggest:

  • Sekera—Fayne
  • Oesterle—Pardy
  • Nurse—Clendening

If Nurse is suspended, or Pardy is injured, then Nikitin and Reinhart would draw in. The Wild are a tough team to watch anyway, but this Oilers defense may make tonight unwatchable—plan your evening accordingly.

injured oil

I am cool with running Andrej Sekera and Darnell Nurse from the group above next season, and very comfortable with Oscar Klefbom and Brandon Davidson from the injured group for 2016-17. Are you prepared to go to war with those four men?

  • Oscar Klefbom—
  • Andrej Sekera—
  • Darnell Nurse—Brandon Davidson

Is there anyone else?

  1. Adam Clendening (10, 0-2-2). His underlying defensive numbers are fine (Corsi, Rel, HDSCA/60) but he is not a grand skater. I don’t think he will stay.
  2. Adam Pardy (5, 0-2-2). I am sure the Oilers like his size and ability to compete in tough defensive areas, don’t know that he offers enough range to be considered for a regular top 6D.
  3. Eric Gryba (53, 1-5-6). A lot of what we can say about Pardy applies to Gryba, although I think Pardy may be a better skater.
  4. Griffin Reinhart (16, 0-1-1). He would have to play very well to force his way onto next year’s lineup, and that is without the lingering threat of that cap bonus. Likely confined to the minors again next season, save for cups of coffee.
  5. Jordan Oesterle (4, 0-1-1). He is a lefty and an adventure defensively, but the speed, the speed, the speed. If you watch Oesterle tonight in full flight, imagine him as a more mature player and what he might do on a power play with the McDavids. There might be a player here.

THE OUTSIDERS

I have been looking around the NHL for players who might fit the Oilers needs. This is not a comprehensive list—I included Sami Vatanen because he might be available, excluded Hampus Lindholm because he is unlikely to be available, Zdeno Chara because he is almost as old as me, and Kevin Shattenkirk because I really wonder if he would sign with Edmonton—and here they are in order of my preference.

  1. RD Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders. Madness that they would make him available, I remain convinced he won’t move over the summer unless the Islanders are badly overpaid. He is enjoying a solid year.
  2. RD Jason Demers, Dallas Stars. The more I look at his numbers and performances, the more I like Demers as the top option. I am comfortable saying Hamonic is still No. 1 choice, but getting Demers might be part of a substantial summer. I wonder if the Oilers trade for his rights ala Nikita Nikitin, and then sign him? Dallas has some cap issues.
  3. RD Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets. His possession numbers are good in a season where many are talking about disappointment. If you look at him away from Mark Stuart, there is a strong story to tell.
  4. RD Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks. He is a puck-moving defender who has been a good possession player at evens. If he is available, likely due to cap concerns and prospects pushing—no real negatives for his being available beyond there are other youngsters making him replaceable because dollars.
  5. RD Dougie Hamilton, Calgary Flames. Hamilton is now an expensive defenseman (cap hit $5.75 million) and is not having a stellar year. He was more effective with and without Zdeno Chara in Boston, and I think he might be a valuable acquisition depending on price.
  6. RD Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota Wild. Unlikely to be available, but if the Wild can’t solve problems another way this would be an excellent addition. Struggled some this year, solid over the past two seasons.
  7. RD Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks. The rumors about Seabrook were pretty strong before he signed with the Hawks last summer, maybe Edmonton makes a pitch this summer. Chicago could use the cap relief and maybe he waives his NMC. His possession numbers are fine if he stays away from Trevor vanRiemsdyk.
  8. LD Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild. His performance this season is poor, but as we know young players do not develop in a straight line. If the price is right? His contract is very dear.
  9. RD Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche. He is a fantastic offensive defenseman with mondo chaos wowys, can’t decide but the entire team is a trainwreck so who’s zooming who? Still, the Oilers would take him in a heartbeat, I’m sure.
  10. RD Zach Bogosian, Buffalo Sabres. He is not having a strong season in Buffalo and has struggled in possession for several seasons. He does not bring a lot of offense and is making over $5 million. He would be a last option for me.

FORWARDS (TOP SIX)

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These are the regulars (sans Purcell, who has a point in 2gp for the Panthers) sorted by High-Danger scoring chance for per 60 (via War on Ice). A fun group, suspect someone or two is heading out of town but this is the heart of the order for 2016-17. Basically two lines worth of 2.00/60 at 5×5 in a down year. If the power play could piss a drop? No telling. Those McDavid numbers are whatever is beyond ‘top drawer’ and I cannot wait for him to play 82 games next year.

FORWARDS (BOTTOM SIX)

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Zack Kassian isn’t far from top 6Fs and I expect he will play with skill next season. The rest of this group is in a bunch save Pakarinen who plays way too much if this is his actual number. Interesting the 5×5 numbers are all piss poor save Kassian (and his no screaming hell). I would guess the Oilers get less 5×5 offense out of their 3line than most NHL teams.

PART-TIMERS AND NEW HIRES

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Patrick Maroon had a helluva start to his Oilers career, Khaira had a nice little run and we wonder about names like Cracknell and Slepyshev. Chances are we will see a new bunch in this group a year from now.

It is important to remember that Kassian (and Maroon) are complementary players, and that means inconsistency and back down the depth chart. Maroon or Kassian over Korpikoski is just good business, but if Hall, Pouliot, Eberle and Draisaitl are on the wing next season, the two big guys should be on the lesser lines. Where does this put Yakupov? Down, down in the coal mine.

McDavid and Hall have played 42 minutes together all year (very small sample size) but have a possession number around 60 and McDavid is 1-1-2. Interesting line for sure, maybe they hang for awhile with Nuge coming back. If they want to keep McDavid and Hall together, I might try:

  • Hall—McDavid—Eberle
  • Maroon—Nuge—Leon

I am still interested in seeing Nuge and Leon together for 10 games, they were fabulous earlier in the year. As for tonight, suspect it is wise to enter the game talking about defensemen for next year and old rock and roll, with the game on in the background as it was when I was a child playing Monopoly and listening to the adults laugh louder as the beer did its job. One day, in the future, a visit to Minnesota will mean a Wild night is calling. Not today, ladies and men. Not today.

  • Taylor Hall: “You have to read the game. You have to play hockey. You try to take advantage of everyone’s skill set. With Connor, you want to use his speed. If you can get the puck to him in open ice then that’s perfect. We can carry it in, but if you can’t then you want to lay it in and let Zack go to work, let his big body protect pucks, get in on the forecheck and get pucks back for us. That’s what happens when you play with different guys, you learn how to just play to their skill sets.” Source

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. A very busy day, scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. Darnell Nurse, who on blue do you keep, are there two ‘perfect fit’ defensemen available this summer?
  • Andrew Bucholtz, 55-Yard Line. CFL combines this week and the big one this weekend. An interesting draft ahead, with some NFL-calibre talent at the top (which could mean danger).
  • Kirk Luedeke, Red Line Report. How is that Dougie Hamilton trade going? Plus, we will discuss prospects, specifically a fellow named Riley Tufte.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. The Flyers are an interesting team down the stretch and draft options for Canadian teams.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

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  1. BONVIE says:

    Good solid effort again from the boys. Very sound defensively!

  2. Ice Sage says:

    BONVIE:
    Good solid effort again from the boys. Very sound defensively!

    I wouldn’t go that far but no Nurse makes for some pretty steady play. Sekera was really good to my eye.
    As Woodguy said, needed Cam-Bot to steal this W and he came thru – impressive.

  3. frjohnk says:

    Nice win.

  4. rich says:

    Nice to get a road win in Minnesota. Liked the battle level.

    Not a perfect game, but Talbot in net is turning games like this that would have been losses the last couple of years to wins.

  5. Southern Oil says:

    This might have been mentioned already, haven’t been paying attention to the comments tonight. But did anyone else see Eberle good tonight? I haven’t seen that much fire in his belly on the back check and in the Dzone I think ever. Nice to see.

  6. BONVIE says:

    square_wheels:
    This team is missing 4 NHL D.

    4.

    We jut beat a very good team, with Fayne/Sekera as our only legit D pair. This team might struggle against Anaheim, LA and SJ……but with a healthy Davi, Klef and an NHL UFA like Demers…..I can foresee a playoff sniff.

    People on here overhype our depleted D, we won this game by playing 60 minutes the right way. If Edmonton gave this effort for 82 games they would make the playoffs. Anyways i like Pardy and Rheinhart and I would take either of those two over Fayne any day.

  7. MrEd says:

    Nice sentiment by Jack at the end of the radio broadcast.
    CMD won it.

    No problem with the Nurse suspension. He earned it.
    Atta boy.

  8. square_wheels says:

    BONVIE,

    Effort was a huge factor, but 82g’s need depth at all positions. All I’m saying is if we fix the D, this team is middling, which is a big deal.

  9. frjohnk says:

    Southern Oil:
    This might have been mentioned already, haven’t been paying attention to the comments tonight.But did anyone else see Eberle good tonight?I haven’t seen that much fire in his belly on the back check and in the Dzone I think ever.Nice to see.

    Pumping up his soft trade value 🙂

    Yeah, he played really well.

    The Maroon, Drai, and EBERLE line had some nice chemistry.

  10. rich says:

    Southern Oil:
    This might have been mentioned already, haven’t been paying attention to the comments tonight.But did anyone else see Eberle good tonight?I haven’t seen that much fire in his belly on the back check and in the Dzone I think ever.Nice to see.

    There was a sequence in the 3rd period where I thought he did a really nice job along the boards. Ebs looked good tonight overall.

  11. Really? says:

    I must give full credit to Eberle for his effort tonight. He really was effective in both the offensive and defensive zones.

    As for his amigo Taylor Hall, he was a turnover machine who made lousy passes and choices all night long. As usual the play died on his stick far too frequently. He is a master of taking useless shots from the perimeter. He doesn’t even shoot into the goalies pads to try to generate a rebound. He doesn’t seem to understand that if he gets the puck to McDavid as he is moving through the neutral zone, then he has a great chance of getting he puck back with an opportunity to score. Unfortunately his hockey IQ matches his jersey number.

  12. Centre of attention says:

    Really?:

    As for his amigo Taylor Hall, he was a turnover machine who made lousy passes and choices all night long. As usual the play died on his stick far too frequently. He is a master of taking useless shots from the perimeter. He doesn’t even shoot into the goalies pads to try to generate a rebound.He doesn’t seem to understand that if he gets the puck to McDavid as he is moving through the neutral zone, then he has a great chance of getting he puck back with an opportunity to score. Unfortunately his hockey IQ matches his jersey number.

    Really?

  13. Chachi says:

    Really?:
    I must give full credit to Eberle for his effort tonight. He really was effective in both the offensive and defensive zones.

    As for his amigo Taylor Hall, he was a turnover machine who made lousy passes and choices all night long. As usual the play died on his stick far too frequently. He is a master of taking useless shots from the perimeter. He doesn’t even shoot into the goalies pads to try to generate a rebound.He doesn’t seem to understand that if he gets the puck to McDavid as he is moving through the neutral zone, then he has a great chance of getting he puck back with an opportunity to score. Unfortunately his hockey IQ matches his jersey number.

    This is one of my favourite parody accounts! Hilarious!

  14. Gerta Rauss says:

    McLaren post game audio

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=54406

    on Hendricks

    I don’t know the answer to that. Unfortunatley he only played 3 shifts which, had we known we could have had a healthy Anton in there, and Anton would have helped us in the face off circle…a noble attempt by Hendo to play, and play in front of his family here at home, but when it’s all said and done we’d like that healthy body

  15. jonrmcleod says:

    Nice to get a win in Minnesota! Plus they did it with a D corps that included 2 AHLers and 2 waiver pickups.

  16. Gerta Rauss says:

    Nice win by the boys tonight

    A good result for a good effort

  17. Death By Misadventure says:

    Wow. The Oilers beat the Wild in Minnesota. The times they are a changing.

  18. Colieo87 says:

    Bahaha assoon as we will one game everyone on the fence. No statinablilty from this team all season. Muck chemistry an head into the off season means nothing cause TC start with new personal. No depth just a rush from ahl call up players. I only seen games strung together three times this season. Sad.

  19. Henry says:

    There were some positives from this game. Mainly it is looking more and more like Talbot is a goalie the team that can save them from a breakdown consistently. Very encouraging.

    McDavid is looking like he has gained 15 lbs and 2 inches in the past few weeks to go with his speed.

    With four scrubs on defense and plenty of throwaway shifts in the neutral zone and off zone, this was a pretty satisfying win for the ability to recover.

  20. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention: Really?

    Haha.

  21. fifthcartel says:

    McDavid and Hall have a 60%CF when playing together. Hmmm..

  22. AsiaOil says:

    That’s nice that Eberle decided to try play a complete game. Good for him. But he’s now being out-scored by Lauri F’ing Korpikoski over the past 14 games playing with the best we have (only 2 goals over 14 games while being stapled to CMD’s hip). Sorry to be less than impressed but a little backchecking should not be considered “notable” for a $6 million veteran top line player. Hope he keeps up the defensive effort and he remembers how to score as I want his trade value as high as possible.

  23. thurmtim says:

    Just a little stats fun… I was curious what the overall odds were of a team picking 1st, 2,nd, or 3rd – allowing for all scenarios of possible winners and came up with this chart.:

    FINISH PICK 1ST PICK ODDS 2ND PICK ODDS TOP 2 PICK ODDS 3RD PICK ODDS TOP 3 ODDS
    30 1 20.0000% 17.49% 37.49% 15.81% 53.30%
    29 2 13.5000% 13.07% 26.57% 12.53% 39.10%
    28 3 11.5000% 11.43% 22.93% 11.21% 34.14%
    27 4 9.5000% 9.68% 19.18% 9.71% 28.90%
    26 5 8.5000% 8.77% 17.27% 8.90% 26.17%
    25 6 7.5000% 7.82% 15.32% 8.04% 23.36%
    24 7 6.5000% 6.86% 13.36% 7.13% 20.49%
    23 8 6.0000% 6.36% 12.36% 6.66% 19.02%
    22 9 5.0000% 5.36% 10.36% 5.68% 16.03%
    21 10 3.5000% 3.81% 7.31% 4.11% 11.42%
    20 11 3.0000% 3.28% 6.28% 3.56% 9.84%
    19 12 2.5000% 2.75% 5.25% 3.00% 8.25%
    18 13 2.0000% 2.21% 4.21% 2.43% 6.63%
    17 14 1.0000% 1.11% 2.11% 1.24% 3.35%

    Second round odds are weighted by the possibility of any other team winning the first pick , the 3rd round odds are based on any permutation of winners for the first 2 rounds.

    Interesting if you finish DFL you only have a 53.3% chance of still picking in the top 3. If you finish 2nd last, you only have a 39.1% chance to do so… very illuminating, I thought. It has been a long time since I have done this sort of thing – I hope I did it right…

  24. Fog of Warts says:

    Head honcho at the office packed his espresso machine home today.

    That about says it all.

    It would have been a great gig had the Euro Wieners succeeding in bringing in all the investment originally promised. Unfortunately, it was a technology for the patch. Bad timing on my part with the repair life program.

    ———

    Here’s the problem with succinct. You can’t properly wrong-foot yourself without a running start.

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    * Tropes A to G
    * Tropes H to N
    * Tropes O to Z

    I’m too bummed out to wade through all three gonzo chapters, but I’m pretty sure I recall a trope where Buffy is watching some cheesy martial arts film on television with her friends (she’s has friends? or is that just a different show?) and she starts bitching about how you can’t do a proper Kung Fu kick from a standing start.

    Then her friends (if she has any) tell her to zip it and just enjoy the show. But no, she goes all motor-mouth physicist like when gravity in space doesn’t work as it should and ruins it for everyone. (Technically, the problem is not that gravity doesn’t work properly, but that momentum doesn’t work consistently for small occupied objects in proximity to larger inhabited objects, especially when the smaller object is of type “landing craft”. Agh! Don’t get me started.)

    She-Fu

    The tendency of fight scenes involving the Waif-Fu to also feature her doing impractical backflips, gratuitous somersaults, and gymnastic cartwheels to fight her opponents.

    Appears to be descended from “wuxia”-style martial arts action found in Hong Kong action films, though it may just be an excuse to show her body from every angle.

    Anyways, it’s pretty cool that for at least one television-moment momentum got a fair shake of the lampshade.

    ———

    succinct: (archaic) wrapped by, or as if by a girdle; closely fitting, wound or wrapped or drawn up tightly.

    concise: brief, yet including all important information.

    Hands wrapped in foil? How succinct.

    I’m sure some will find this paradoxical, but my own take on this is that many of my posts would read shorter if written longer. Many of my piggy-back ideas are written so concisely as to risk not even being noticed by the impatient reader. I actually feel bad about this, but it’s a hard problem.

    One night I was reading about Dave Brubek and syncopation (the topic might also have come up in James Wood’s The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays where he writes about Keith Moon) and I discovered that the real reason for the time signatures musicians write down is that the human ear simply refuses to not group beats together. It’s almost the acoustic version of one of those two-way optical illusions, like the rabbit–duck thing.

    If you’re trying to sneak a spare idea (or two) on board the main train of thought and have the competing thoughts pitter-patter into consciousness on more or less the same beat, it’s terribly hard (lacking the requisite talent) to slow the writing down without your spinning-plate act degenerating into a Socratic dialogue for two (or three) voices.

    ———

    The Crusader MRSI probably doesn’t count as either succinct or concise—to do what it does the first shell goes up—like a good punter—for maximum hang time, eventually followed by more or less a single explosion. It probably seems like a bit of a lob-shot lollygagger if the observer doesn’t separate the rat-tat-tat-tat-tat ripping sound announcing the boom into five closely spaced acts.

    Space all those impacts 1.66 s apart and everyone would be going “holy Mannlicher, Batman!” (but in prose, 1.66 s puts you halfway into the bleacher seats in the next sentence).

    The weird preamble by which I establish my random conceit and enter my topic sideways is the price I pay for relentlessly cooking from scratch. I will grant you that.

  25. frjohnk says:

    AsiaOil,

    Hey , there you are.

    We thought you forget about dumping on EBERLE today.

    But you fought through it and got your dump in.

    BRAVO!

  26. Professor Q says:

    fifthcartel:
    McDavid and Hall have a 60%CF when playing together. Hmmm..

    McDavid seems to have that effect on wingers, non?

  27. Hockey Buddha says:

    Talbot’s been damn impressive for the greater part of the season. He’s erased any question marks in my mind. Important piece of the puzzle right there.

  28. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909’s 2016 Oilers Death March 11.3.16 Official Update:

    Oilers currently on pace for 71 points.

    The following 3 players have predicted 71 points:

    TOML
    HeatTreaterJoe
    Jake70

  29. Bills to Pay says:

    Was very impressed with the game played by Oesterle last night. Love the way he skates and also seems to make some smart choices with the puck.

  30. T0ML says:

    Damn, i honestly didnt want to be a front runner in this race 🙁

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909’s 2016 Oilers Death March 11.3.16 Official Update:

    Oilers currently on pace for 71 points.

    The following 3 players have predicted 71 points:

    TOML
    HeatTreaterJoe
    Jake70

  31. leadfarmer says:

    The wild commentators really went after their team for losing to a team missing “four starting defensemen” plus additional key injuries. “If they miss the playoffs this is a game that will be circled on the calendar”

    They made a good comment that as good as McDavid looks he still has room to grow. Him and Eichel are two of the three worst faceoff men in the league. Hes going to have to work hard on those this summer.

  32. leadfarmer says:

    thurmtim,

    Not quite there. The winner of the number one pick’s odds get distributed amongst the remainder of the lottery teams in a ratio of the initial odds. So if the #30 team loses the top pick, their odds of winning the second lottery go slightly up ( 20% of the winners odds get alocated to them), and not down. So the odds of the #30 team picking top 3 is roughly 65% depending on who actually wins the lottery balls. The way you have them the worst teams odds go down each round if they lose, which doesn’t make sense. For example if the the #28 team wins the first lottery ball their 11.5% odds is no longer around for the next lottery ball, so everyone’s odds of winning the next ball go up and the worst teams odds go up a little more than the best teams in the lottery. So in the above scenario with the #28 team winning the first ball the #30 team for the second lottery ball gets their 20% plus 20% of the 11.5%. If the number 14 team wins the first lottery ball the #30 team gets 20% plus 20% of the 1%. Odds in each round have to add up to a 100%

  33. Sugar Reijo says:

    Hockey Buddha:
    Talbot’s been damn impressive for the greater part of the season.He’s erased any question marks in my mind.Important piece of the puzzle right there.

    Love the way he’s gotten stronger as the year’s gone on. Important piece of the puzzle moving forward. He, Davidson, Drai and of course McDavid are the most obvious silver linings to this season to me.

  34. Truth says:

    Love the way Talbot is playing.

    It seems to be much easier for the team to get a win now that old #19 is gone. They don’t have to deal with the 2-3 additional good scoring chances he would be at fault for each game.

    Hall and McDavid is a nice dream, but I can’t see it sticking. I know that Malkin and Crosby are both centers, and that is reason enough to keep them apart, but Hall and McDavid are both “Type A’s” like the two Pens. They are the two best drivers on the team. I think the team, and the two players themselves, are better off on different lines. That being said, Draisaitl, Eberle, and Maroon deserve another look.

  35. Water Fire says:

    frjohnk:
    AsiaOil,

    Hey , there you are.

    We thought you forget about dumping on EBERLE today.

    But you fought through it and got your dump in.

    BRAVO!

    I forgot to get mine in. I’m glad he’s learning that ‘maybe’ you can get away with less effort if your scoring, but if you aren’t you better be doing something helpful. Or perhaps the coach had a word and he wants to stay?

  36. russ99 says:

    Truth:

    Hall and McDavid is a nice dream, but I can’t see it sticking.I know that Malkin and Crosby are both centers, and that is reason enough to keep them apart, but Hall and McDavid are both “Type A’s” like the two Pens. They are the two best drivers on the team. I think the team, and the two players themselves, are better off on different lines.That being said, Draisaitl, Eberle, and Maroon deserve another look.

    Hall and McDavid should be a lot better together, but having two of the best puck carriers, defense shredders and net crashers in the league dump the puck in seems a colossal waste.

    Oh Dellow, where art thou?

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