WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU?

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers of Todd McLellan finally passed the 2014-15 Eakins-MacTavish-Nelson train, in G73. There is nothing to brag about, but it is a hurdle cleared. We can talk about injury, about disappointment, about wayward power plays, but the team has in fact improved season over season. The goal differential has been improved (halved), the Bettman games under .500 have gone from 20 to 10. The actual won-loss has improved from -33 to -17, season over season (with nine games to go). It isn’t much, but it is something.

WHEN DOES THIS END? 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: 5-4-0
  • Oilers after 73 in 2014-15: 20-40-13, 53 points (-76 GD)
  • Oilers after 73 in 2015-16: 28-38-7, 63 points (-39 GD)

Edmonton posted 62 points a year ago, going 24-44-14. From here to the end of the season, Todd Nelson brought them in 4-4-1. If Todd McLellan can do the same—and that is a heavy task with all the injuries to the blue—the club would finish 32-42-8, 72 points. That would be the highest total since Tom Renney’s final year. The Oilers are not tanking, as has been suggested online, as they are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

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  • Sekera—Fayne continues their solid run, I honestly didn’t notice Fayne that much and the TOI reflects it. Sekera had an assist, three shots on goal and was minus two. Fayne was minus one, had two blocks and I like him a ton without the puck on his stick. Fayne, probably due to his previous experience in New Jersey, does very little of the outlet passing. This pairing has found something that works, hope we see them together next year (we won’t).
  • Oesterle—Reinhart had a solid evening, I paid special attention to them (like them both as a fan, no idea if they will have productive careers. Both have issues). Each man moved the puck well to my eye, although gaining possession in open-ice scrums was an adventure for both players. Reinhart was plus one with six hits, Oesterle had two assists, was plus two, played 23 minutes and battled extremely well. If they are the first callups next season, Edmonton should have nine or ten competent blue to start the year. Reinhart took a vicious slash in the third, and he played the kind of physical game the Oilers would no doubt like to see every night.
  • Nurse—Clendening were chaos incorporated. Absolutely fed at even strength (Nurse was 3-4 against Stastny, 1-6 against Backes), Nurse had the only high-danger scoring chance among defense, was minus one, had a block, a giveaway, takeaway and played a lot (18:07, No. 3 among blue) compared to Clendening (11:41). Clendening was not good in possession, but did have some success in moving the puck, and he damn near set up Hall in the third on a dandy jump into the play. Definitely the third pairing to my eye, I wonder if we see Nurse—Reinhart at some point.

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  • Todd McLellan: “I think Griff has been pretty solid since he’s been back. I think he’s played well since he’s been back here. We see him being more aggressive, more assertive, making good outlet passes. I also think he has a real good partner right now. That partner is helping him out a lot. They’re a good pair.” Source

CENTER, LAST NIGHT

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  • Mark Letestu had what might have been his best game with the Oilers. 2-1-3, plus 2, 41 percent in the faceoff circle and he skated miles. On his first goal it took a minute to register. Righty scoring and it wasn’t Eberle? Good for him, glad he had that night at home.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a fantastic night to my eye, 47 percent possession with Korpikoski and Yakupov—while playing against Captain Backes and his flying elbows. What a tit that guy is, hope the Oilers sign him. Two goals, four shots, 50 percent faceoffs. Yes! I assume Chiarelli missed the entire thing while scouting a USHL game.
  • Leon Draisaitl had a tough night, taking two early penalties (one was a bad call, which was a theme on the evening). Scored a lovely goal, his 18th on the season, and was the only Oiler to go -3 on the evening.
  • Connor McDavid was astounding last night, this is a game I will remember a long time. Two assists, four shots, three takeaways and, despite being 27 percent on the dot, I thought he was brilliant. Man he can anticipate, steal pucks, wheel, just a stunning hockey player.

INDIVIDUAL HIGH-DANGER SCORING CHANCES

  • Two: Connor McDavid
  • One: Taylor Hall, Iiro Pakarinen, Jordan Eberle, Darnell Nurse

WINGERS, LAST NIGHT

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  • Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov played with the Nuge, and although they didn’t play a lot—this was the No. 3 line—the results were positive. Korpikoski didn’t hit the scoresheet, but didn’t bleed out either in possession. Yakupov had two assists—a major offensive this year for the Russian—and was a going concern all night. He is such an unusual player, drives opponents to distraction. He had one play (I believe against Pietrangelo) where he looked like a flying Wallenda, gained his balance awkwardly, and skated away while the defenseman tried not to kill himself when disconnecting from NY. It was a hilarious moment.
  • Taylor Hall and Iiro Pakarinen battled the Stastny line along with Leon, and it was an inconsistent evening. Hall had a goal, three shots and two giveaways—about perfect in terms of reflecting overall effectiveness. Had a giant chance when Clendening couldn’t shovel the pass to him for an easy marker (or what would have been). Pakarinen is a game rooster, not enough skill to play this high but I bet you $100 McLellan loves him. Had an assist and now has 10 points on the year.
  • Matt Hendricks and Zack Kassian had interesting evenings. Hendricks got an assist in nine minutes work (EN goal, very unselfish) and about five minutes earlier almost got killed by a damned fool. Also made a ghastly giveaway that was not in character. Kassian made a dandy inside move in the waning moments of the game and almost cashed, it was a beauty. Real skill play. Other than that, he interrupted some plays and was a physical player all night.
  • Patrick Maroon and Jordan Eberle lost the possession battle with Connor McDavid but it was an exciting evening all the same. Maroon played well with the puck, and had a really strong assist on the Nuge’s first goal (PP). Got another assist on 93’s second goal of the night (also PP). Eberle had some nice moments but was kept off the scoresheet—incredible, looking back on the game. He drove into the offensive goal several times, made good decisions in the offensive zone and was overall effective. Unfair that he didn’t get a point.

NAILING DOWN THE DEADLINE

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  • Elliotte Friedman: Sounds like a few other teams tried to test the Oilers’ patience with Nail Yakupov at the deadline. They found Chiarelli has a price in mind and wasn’t willing to go beneath it. There were rumours about the Montreal Canadiens’ interest, but it doesn’t appear as if the Canadiens were too interested. Source

Encouraging on some level, we knew he was somewhat in play and I do think the Oilers will deal him in summer. I think the better play is to have him come back for the final $2.5 million season and pump those numbers. If Edmonton is convinced he is not a long term answer, and I do believe we are here, then doing the Sam Pollock (pump value) is the right thing to do. There are teams in the NHL with very few signed forwards for next year, Edmonton’s round peg will no doubt find a home and then find his way.

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  • Elliotte Friedman: If the Los Angeles Kings can’t sign Milan Lucic, we’ve all assumed the Vancouver Canucks will make a major run. Nick Kypreos threw out the Edmonton Oilers has a chaser, too. A lot of history between Lucic and Peter Chiarelli. Source

We have talked about Lucic to Edmonton a lot on this blog, because it makes perfect sense if you have read Peter Chiarelli’s verbal from day one. It also makes sense if the Oilers plan to trade one of their $6 million dollar men for a less expensive defender (ala Eberle for Hamonic). If you send away Eberle and Nikita Nikitin, and add Lucic and Hamonic, well that is a pretty good day. We wait.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun show today, make sure to chime in with questions and comments. TSN1260, beginning at 10:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. Darcy did fantastic work a year ago in sussing out goalies, has he done it again with RH blue? We will chat with him this morning.
  • Corey Graham, Oil Kings PBP. The OK had a tough weekend, but they are closer to getting into the playoffs as the season winds down. Corey will explain this morning.
  • Tom Lynn, Veritas Hockey. NHL players may have close to 50 new jobs with the next expansion, and that will impact decisions starting this summer. Are Euro players better off coming back to North America to showcase their skills for new clubs—even if it means AHL time?
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Expansion, draft lottery, the cap implications on rosters and possible trades—specifically in regard to the Oilers and their summer.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

 

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Moncton Mounties

I’m a long time reader, first time poster, thanks everyone for the posts, makes the day at work better.

I wanted to throw a name out there for the Oilers RW if they move any wingers and need to backfill: Bud Holloway (Montreal). He’s rugged, puts up numbers, might come cheap after his season playing for the Ice Caps and a 10 minute cup of coffee with the big team. He’s UFA and a western kid so he may soothe anyone who insists on a Canadian birth certificate to have the requisite fire to play. (looking at you Don Cherry)

After 4 years of reading this blog, I broke my silence to shill for this guy. I should get my head examined. Keep up the good work LT and all the posters who make this place worth visiting.

jonrmcleod

***SPAM ALERT***

We interrupt this comment section to bring you a link to my latest post: “Can Chiarelli Make the Oilers Great Again?” A few thoughts about next season.

http://www.theoilersrig.com/2016/03/can-peter-chiarelli-make-oilers-great/

slopitch

Any chance you can post the times of the guests? I have a busy morning but want to hear the chat with Darcy. Perhaps I can adjust my coffee break 🙂

Woodguy

Every male near my age (and some not near my age I’m sure) feel head of heels in love with Susanna Hoffs when they first saw the Walk like an Egyptian video.

Good memory.

OilClog

Stamkos, Hamonic, Demers.

Dream big.

6 goals, none from Eberle.

Never would win a Nuge trade, but winning a Eberle trade is at least breakevenable.. Yes that’s a word today.

Jethro Tull

It sure is fun watching McDavid turn those Dmen inside out. Their legs are going like Bambi’s on the icy pond. Shame that Caramel says he’s going to suck next year, or something. 😉

The wife said it reminded her of when she taught a brash young British soldier how to two-step for the first time, many years ago. Me being tall and gangly, coupled to a complete lack of natural rhythm, was just underlines the analogy.

McDavid should buy a fresh jock and give it to the guy he just undressed every game.

As I’ve said before, the light at the end of the tunnel is, in fact, McDavid’s after-burner skates.

dustrock

Nice to see the PP cash and even better, look dynamic against one of the top PK teams in the league and a team that for years has had its way with us.

Thought Talbot was pretty sharp considering 4 were scored on him.

sumaclab

I like Jordan Osterle. A player is there. He moves the puck well. Skates well and has some nice offensive instincts. Paired with a bigger dman like Gryba or Rheinhart makes sense. I have to say Lowetide that we need to stop slathering at the mouth at the thought of what ifs. Like What if we had Hamonic. Or What if we had Demers. Its a mistake to look past the good work that we are seeing from young men like Davidson and Osterle. WE as a group have been so underwhelmed by our development system that we have failed to see the positives in several players that have come through our system and go ne onto have success elsewhere. Cogliano for example. Chris Vande Velde. Petry.
It seems we have a tendancy to undervalue what we have in our organization.
Player development as we know is not a straight line. Example. Rheinhart. We need to stop placing expectations that are out of line with reality.
The fan base expects 20 year olds to perform at 27 year old levels. My goodness RNH gets hammered and he is only 22. LD only 20. McDavid 19. Our top 3 centermen have less than 400 games experience between them.
I think 2 things Chiarelli is obligated to do to before he makes any moves this summer. A full evaluation must done of all the Oilers prospects in the system and how moving forward they fit into the big picture. And secondly he needs to be absolutely certain that before he trades any of our top 6 forwards that he is certain that the player he is getting back fits the type of game the Oilers play and the type of game we play in the Western Conference.

82

Quick question, with the possibility of an expansion draft on the horizon does it change the likelihood of the Oilers 1st ’16 being traded? The pick likely results in an impact player that could slot right into the roster, but they wouldn’t require protecting. The difference between one of the old core and the 1st, could be the difference between leaving a borderline top 6 forward (Maroon or similar) at risk in the expansion draft.

Woogie63

Teams with top 30 scoring centres (NHL.com)

3 – LAK
2- Buff, Phil, Col, Dal, Bos, Pitt, Wash, SJS
1 – 11 teams (including Oilers)

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With a healthy Nuge/McDavid and Driasaitl this will be an obvious area of significant improvement

leadfarmer

Nurse is really in an interesting spot right now. If he doesn’t take a big step forward next season and Chia does what I think is the bare minimum for success this offseason, which is sign Demers and trade for Hamonic, then I think there is a pretty good chance Nurse doesn’t make this team at the start of next season. Don’t believe me? Who does he beat out?
Kbomb Demers
Davidson Hamonic
Sekera Fayne

And even if the above doesn’t happen or Fayne gets traded he still has to beat the internal competition for the spot.

I’m glad to see Nuge get some easier lifting and rock it.

Ducey

The fancies were not kind to Leon and Patrick “Whata” Maroon but they looked good. Leon seems to have found his legs again and is so strong on the puck. Maroon looked a little like goodDustinPenner (that’s a word today too).

Matheson pointed out that Yak had his first assist since November….

I really like Oesterle. They are developing some D in the minors who have low panic levels. Lord Denning still panics too much.

Reinhart isn’t quite ready yet, but you can see its coming.

And not to sound like Drew Remenda (I often mute the TV when he goes into lecture mode) but a big shot from the point would sure help the PP. We saw that last night.

I enjoyed that game last night!

HiddenDarts

Helluva game last night. I don’t think I’ve ever used so much profanity watching one game! Seriously, the lost 5-2 lead was just a giant amount of stress. If they would have lost, you can bet this blog would have been on fire with the “trade everybody” rhetoric.

Still, goals are fun. Powerplay goals are a stranger we need to see more of. This is the kind of game the NHL should be pushing for – crazy scoring, end to end action, physicality.

Instead, we get the Coach’s Challenge model of NHL hockey. Boo! And boo to the refs as well. What a absolute joke. Just how anti-Oiler are these people?

OilClog

leadfarmer:
Nurse is really in an interesting spot right now.If he doesn’t take a big step forward next season and Chia does what I think is the bare minimum for success this offseason, which is sign Demers and trade for Hamonic, then I think there is a pretty good chance Nurse doesn’t make this team at the start of next season.Don’t believe me?Who does he beat out?
KbombDemers
Davidson Hamonic
SekeraFayne

And even if the above doesn’t happen or Fayne gets traded he still has to beat the internal competition for the spot.

I’m glad to see Nuge get some easier lifting and rock it.

Fayne will not play ahead of Nurse next season, nor will Sekera be on the 3rd pair.

Klef/Hamonic
Sekera/Demers
Davidson/GrybaorPardy/Osterle/Nurse/Reinhart

HT Joe

OilClog:
Stamkos, Hamonic, Demers.

Dream big.

6 goals, none from Eberle.

Never would win a Nuge trade, but winning a Eberle trade is at least breakevenable.. Yes that’s a word today.

I’m dreaming bigger! Stamkos, Hamonic, Demers… and Matthews!
(Suck it Maple Leafs!)

And to top it off, the Oilers are on pace for 71 points (my sour guess for Hunter’s Death March Challenge). After 10 years of the Oilers losing, the chance to (tie for a) win Hunter’s Death March seems like the closest thing to winning that I can associate with this team. I’m far too excited.

DRFNsuperstar

Maroon and Kassian are perfect 3rd line wingers. But neither can keep up with Connor, he needs a fast big bodied winger who can cash…thank god we have one in Pouliot! Chia better not trade him this summer, I miss him like most of you missed Nuge.

I’m not sure how everyone else took it, but Tmac made it sound like a right winger is leaving this summer. He said Nuge would definitely be centering Hall and Drai.

Jethro Tull

OilClog: 6 goals, none from Eberle.

Would you care to elaborate on this comment.

Eberle scored against Preds and Nuge didn’t. So yesterday, we should have traded Nuge and not Ebs?

SudburyOil

OilClog: Fayne will not play ahead of Nurse next season, nor will Sekera be on the 3rd pair.

Klef/Hamonic
Sekera/Demers
Davidson/GrybaorPardy/Osterle/Nurse/Reinhart

This would be ideal. A solid top 6 D and depth to cover for injuries. Also gives Nurse and Reinhart motivational development time in OKC, something beneficial for both.

GCW_69

The bar should be the pace of Nelson’s oilers – 72 points. TMac is now trending to 75 points, so improvement. That’s good. Given the difference in goaltending, it looks like very little improvement elsewhere. That’s bad.

Take what you will from that, but Eakins oilers were on a fifty point pace, which is crazy bad. It’s so bad using that as part of the bar seems like seeing the bat way to low.

russ99

DRFNsuperstar:
Maroon and Kassian are perfect 3rd line wingers. But neither can keep up with Connor, he needs a fast big bodied winger who can cash…thank god we have one in Pouliot! Chia better not trade him this summer, I miss him like most of you missed Nuge.

I’m not sure how everyone else took it, but Tmac made it sound like a right winger is leaving this summer. He said Nuge would definitely be centering Hall and Drai.

The problem with Pouliot is that he’s not as good on the wall or in the crease as a Lucic or even a Maroon, and that’s the role we need out of McDavid’s big winger in McLellan’s system.

Add in the dumb penalties, and I see Chia moving him out for the Lucic-type. I don’t see Lucic signing here, though unless it’s a ridiculous overpay.

Pajamah

Woodguy:
Every male near my age (and some not near my age I’m sure) feel head of heels in love with Susanna Hoffs when they first saw the Walk like an Egyptian video.

Good memory.

In my mid 30s, her shifty eyed glance did things to my nethers as a young man, that I didn’t quite understand.

who

82:
Quick question, with the possibility of an expansion draft on the horizon does it change the likelihood of the Oilers 1st ’16 being traded? The pick likely results in an impact player that could slot right into the roster, but they wouldn’t require protecting. The difference between one of the old core and the 1st, could be the difference between leaving a borderline top 6 forward (Maroon or similar) at risk in the expansion draft.

This is a very good point.. I don’t think you can trade that pick for help now (righty dman) because that player will have to be protected next summer or the summer after. You are much better off trading an existing player for that help now if you want to protect as many assets as possible. This expansion may actually increase the value of draft picks and first year pros and further decrease the value of veteran players for the next few years.

russ99

Interesting comment my McLellan about Nuge on the Hall line…

We could go into next year with:

Hall – Nuge – Drai
(New Big) – McDavid – Eberle/Yak/Stamkos/Laine
Maroon – Letestu – Kassian/(New 2-way)
Hendricks – (new C) – Sallinen

Sekera – Hamonic
Klefbom – Demers
Davidson – Reinhart
Nurse – (new big #7 D)

Talbot
(new backup)

digger50

The rise of Davidson and now Osterle – perhaps we are undervaluing our own players? How can you not when the team is losing? Perhaps you can have a very good player(s) and still have a losing team.

I think this blog helps me understand this. I moved from the Oilers Nation complaint department over to understanding that we do have players here. Comparing how players are doing relative to their draft class really helps. (Yak, Nuge) Even strength points vs PP. (Hall vs so many others)

Just some feedback.

PhrankLee

Woodguy:
Every male near my age (and some not near my age I’m sure) feel head of heels in love with Susanna Hoffs when they first saw the Walk like an Egyptian video.

Good memory.

And Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, early Pat Benatar.

John Chambers

82:
Quick question, with the possibility of an expansion draft on the horizon does it change the likelihood of the Oilers 1st ’16 being traded? The pick likely results in an impact player that could slot right into the roster, but they wouldn’t require protecting. The difference between one of the old core and the 1st, could be the difference between leaving a borderline top 6 forward (Maroon or similar) at risk in the expansion draft.

Teams can only protect 7 F and 3 D or 8 skaters total.

For Edm we already have to protect Klef, Davy, and Nurse, so if we acquire Hamonic we either have to be prepared to let one go or protect 8 skaters.

So our top 8 becomes:
McD, Hall, Drai, Nuge, Klef, Hamonic, Nurse, and Davy. This assumes an Eberle for Hamonic trade.

This now exposes:
Pouliot, Maroon, Kassian, Yakupov, Sekara, and possibly Reinhart.

The good news is that we won’t be enduring the second half of Sekara’s contract. We should also hold onto Yak as bait.

digger50

I would like to pose a question:

Presently the Oilers are looking at 70 points. If they did not change one single player this off season, how many points do you feel the Oilers can obtain 16/17 season? Stick with the 50 man roster, but healthy, how many points are they good for?

If they change “only a couple” KEY pieces, how many points are they good for?

If they make significant changes, (7-8 players within budget and reason, not fantasy) would they improve further? (The risk being the new group needs to learn each other, gel etc…)

Klima's_Bucket

russ99: I don’t see Lucic signing here, though unless it’s a ridiculous overpay.

Or if Edmonton gets some new “sick jerseys.”

slopitch

Lowetide: 10:20 or so, usually ends up being 10:22.

Thanks!

leadfarmer

OilClog: Fayne will not play ahead of Nurse next season, nor will Sekera be on the 3rd pair.

Klef/Hamonic
Sekera/Demers
Davidson/GrybaorPardy/Osterle/Nurse/Reinhart

My point was pairings and not time on ice. The odds of you having all 6 available to play the season is nil. While Nurse is better overall then Fayne I don’t think he can play the right side better than Fayne. I still walk away from the Fayne contract if I can but I don’t think that is possible.
So I’m fine with
Klefbom. Demers
Sekera. Hamonic
Davidson Fayne

And as my previous point said if you get rid of Fayne I’m not sure if Nurse is better than the internal competition which includes Reinhart and if they choose a dman with their top 5 pick.

slopitch

digger50:
I would like to pose a question:

Presently the Oilers are looking at 70 points. If they did not change one single player this off season, how many points do you feel the Oilers can obtain 16/17 season? Stick with the 50 man roster, but healthy, how many points are they good for?

If they change “only a couple” KEY pieces, how many points are they good for?

If they make significant changes, (7-8 players within budget and reason, not fantasy) would they improve further? (The risk being the new group needs to learn each other, gel etc…)

If they get 2 dmen and Klefbom and Nuge are healthy we may see the (excuse the pun it’s a startup term) hockey stick growth.

TsuDhoNimh

That Parayko guy looked damn good last night. Didn’t he also rate highly in Woodguy’s last blog?

frjohnk

John Chambers: Teams can only protect 7 F and 3 D or 8 skaters total.

For Edm we already have to protect Klef, Davy, and Nurse, so if we acquire Hamonic we either have to be prepared to let one go or protect 8 skaters.

So our top 8 becomes:
McD, Hall, Drai, Nuge, Klef, Hamonic, Nurse, and Davy. This assumes an Eberle for Hamonic trade.

This now exposes:
Pouliot, Maroon, Kassian, Yakupov, Sekara, and possibly Reinhart.

The good news is that we won’t be enduring the second half of Sekara’s contract. We should also hold onto Yak as bait.

Still muddy on who gets protected and who doesnt but Dreger said today on 1260.

Daly gave hiim two examples on who gets protected and doesnt.
– Nylander who played 37 games last year in the AHL, was a rookie pro last year, would need to be protected if there was an expansion draft next year.

-Ehlers is a rookie pro this year, would not need to be protected if there was an expansion draft next year.

Nurse and McDavid fall under the same umbrella as Ehlers

82

John Chambers,

Thanks for the response. I beleive that first and second year pros are exempt from the draft, meaning that McDavid and Nurse don’t require protection. Nor would our 1st (ex. Laine). So my questions was if you’d look to trade one of Eberle, RNH, or Hall (for fair value of course) before the 1st, which likely adds at top 6 forward next year not requiring exp. draft protection?

rickithebear

digger50: Perhaps you can have a very good player(s) and still have a losing team.

Jesus Man.

Measuring a player by team results is blaming a player for play that they are not on for 60-70% of the time.

It is like referencing Toews as the Con Smythe winner in the 2010 cup win being a leader or winner.
The guy was a minus player at even.
Who the F……… votes a minus player the Conn Smythe.
Cup win was driven by the individual play of
Campbell
Hossa
Sharp
Seabrook
Hjarlmasson
Veersteeg
bolland
during even.
75% of the play.

rickithebear

82:
John Chambers,

Thanks for the response. I beleive that first and second year pros are exempt from the draft, meaning that McDavid and Nurse don’t require protection. Nor would our 1st (ex. Laine). So my questions was if you’d look to trade one of Eberle, RNH, or Hall (for fair value of course) before the 1st, which likely adds at top 6 forward next year not requiring exp. draft protection?

Might want to look at the math of 25% of cap exposed.

G Money

TsuDhoNimh:
That Parayko guy looked damn good last night.Didn’t he also rate highly in Woodguy’s last blog?

Check out where he sits on the Blues possession metrics:

http://i.imgur.com/DIr1nwR.png

(Also note that Paajarvi guy)

wintoon

DRFNsuperstar,

Would Kreider from the NYR fit this bill?

jm363561

dustrock:
Nice to see the PP cash and even better, look dynamic against one of the top PK teams in the league and a team that for years has had its way with us.
===========
Agree. Full marks to TMac for his cunning plan – one goal in the last 350 or so strategically inept power plays completely lulled the Blues into a false sense of security. He then utterly confuses them by throwing out a couple of tactically competent units. The man is a genius.

Liked Reinhart’s game.

frjohnk

digger50: Presently the Oilers are looking at 70 points. If they did not change one single player this off season, how many points do you feel the Oilers can obtain 16/17 season? Stick with the 50 man roster, but healthy, how many points are they good for?

Ive been trying to calculate this but its pretty rough.

Last week we were at the point where in the last 2 minutes, in 30 of our 45 losses we were either tied or down by 1 goal ( Im just counting the games that were tied and we ended up losing in OT and shootout)

I did some calculations last week that if the Oilers had league average injuries ( same guys get injuries but just not as long) they would have had anywhere from 4 to 9 more points depending on the calculation.

But that is just me doing witchcraft on my computer, nobody should take it for gospel. Its just a rough calculation that is very very limited.

D

How awesome would it be if the Oil kept Nail’s $2.5 Mil next year because no suitors came along, and it turns out to be his breakout year where things finally start to click for him. One can always hope (Yakupov fan here).

82

rickithebear,

With a $74mn cap and 10 -12 roster players exposed I think they get to $18.5mn pretty easily. Especially if Fayne is still here.

nelson88

No to Lucic. Maroon at 25% ish of his likely cap hit is a much smarter play.

No doubt Chia would trade RNH if he gets the absolute right deal but the man has seen the value of the Krejci’s and Bergeron’s of this world and won’t make that trade lightly.

Only caught the first period last night but really liked the chemistry Yak and RNH had going. Major boost if they can build on that.

frjohnk

Next time somebody bashes Taylor Hall, LT should make them listen to Woodguy go off on Hall haters.

And always have Woodguy drop the mic.

Hall haters got nothing.

Nothing.

frjohnk

D:
How awesome would it be if the Oil kept Nail’s $2.5 Mil next year because no suitors came along, and it turns out to be his breakout year where things finally start to click for him.One can always hope (Yakupov fan here).

If Oilers keep Yak and they run a good offensive center with Yak, I have no problem believing Yak would be a solid contributer. Ive run Yak’s 5 on 5 numbers with Gagner,Roy,McDavid( which 45% of TOI since 2012) and his points/60 is 1.98. Thats reallygood top 6 scoring.

But Im not sure he makes it to fall training camp and Im pretty sure I’ll be dissapointed in the return.

GCW_69

nelson88:
No to Lucic. Maroon at 25% ish of his likely cap hit is a much smarter play.

No doubt Chia would trade RNH if he gets the absolute right deal but the man has seen the value of the Krejci’s and Bergeron’s of this world and won’t make that trade lightly.

Only caught the first period last night but really liked the chemistry Yak and RNH had going. Major boost if they can build on that.

Lucic only makes sense now if they trade Hall for a defender. Hall is probably the only chip that brings back a legit number one.

jake70

Whiskey in the Jar – No Metallica version?? lol

bendelson

Woodguy:
Every male near my age (and some not near my age I’m sure) feel head of heels in love with Susanna Hoffs when they first saw the Walk like an Egyptian video.

Good memory.

PhrankLee: And Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, early Pat Benatar.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t add Deborah Harry to the that list, though I am moving the dial into the late 70’s/early 80’s…

Videodrome anybody?