Can you feel it? Years and years of collecting lottery picks, of having GMs ask themselves questions and answer them in real time (‘do I think we can solve all of the problems this summer?’ ‘Yes, I think I can!’), of taking defensemen to arbitration to earn a buyout window and then not using it. Honestly, it is exhausting.
Today, now, Peter Chiarelli has chosen to go to war with advisors Craig MacTavish, Scott Howson and others from the previous administration. He has his brother in the OHL (a very important league this spring) but there are a lot of names in there who were part of the bad times.
Frank Seravalli (our guest each Thursday on the Lowdown) put out a list of assets in play for the summer—with Edmonton receiving a starring role:
- No. 1 asset—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- No. 4 asset—Oilers No. 4 overall selection
- No. 12 asset—Jordan Eberle
- No. 18 asset—Nail Yakupov
All of these trade options have been discussed at length, but having Nuge at No. 1 is a further confirmation of what we have discussed throughout the winter and spring. As I wrote just the other day, Ryan Rishaug, Mark Spector and others didn’t pull this idea out of nowhere—Seravalli is the latest in a long line of connected media to mention him. As you know, I remain convinced the Nuge is more valuable to the Oilers as an Oiler, but that may not be the view of Peter Chiarelli. Who goes? I will guess RNH and Nail. Who comes in? I will guess a RHD and a draft pick.
One thing you can be sure of: If the Oilers trade Nuge they are also adding a veteran center. I will guess Tyler Bozak.
The Oilers did not retain the rights to Daniil Zharkov, who they would have had to sign by yesterday as well.
— Brennan Klak (@nhlupdate) June 2, 2016
Along with Keven Bouchard not being signed, the Oilers continue to cull the herd. I will post the 50-man list tomorrow morning, but wanted to post what I believe to be the actual prospect list (fewer than 50 NHL games) at this time.
- C Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (45, 16-32-48).
- D Ziyat Paigin, Kazan Ak Bars and Sochi HC (45, 9-19-28).
- L Drake Cagguila, North Dakota (39, 25-26-51)
- C Jujhar Khaira, Edmonton Oilers (15, 0-2-2) and Bakersfield Condors (49, 10-17-27).
- W Anton Slepyshev, Edmonton Oilers (11, 0-1-1) and Bakersfield Condors (49, 13-8-21).
- G Laurent Brossoit, Edmonton Oilers (5, 3.61 .873) and Bakersfield Condors (31, 2.66 .920).
- D Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oilers (29, 0-1-1) and Bakersfield Condors (30, 2-8-10).
- RD Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds (69, 19-46-65).
- C Bogdan Yakimov, Bakersfield Condors (36, 5-10-15) and Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik (11, 3-1-4).
- D Caleb Jones, Portland Winterhawks (72, 10-45-55).
- LD Jordan Oesterle, Edmonton Oilers (17, 0-5-5) and Bakersfield Condors (44, 4-21-25).
- L Josh Winquist, Bakersfield Condors (35, 8-22-30).
- D Dillon Simpson, Bakersfield Condors (57, 4-16-20)
- C Kyle Platzer, Bakersfield Condors (48, 6-11-17).
- L Jere Salinen, Jokerit (50, 8-11-19)
- D William Lagesson, UMass-Amherst (27, 2-5-7).
- D Joey Laleggia, Bakersfield Condors (63, 8-19-27).
- G Nick Ellis, Providence (36, 1.80 .936)
- R Greg Chase, Bakersfield Condors (19, 1-6-7) and Norfolk Admirals (43, 18-19-37).
- RD John Marino, Tri-City Storm (56, 5-25-30).
- R Tyler Pitlick, Bakersfield Condors (37, 7-14-21)
- R Patrick Russell, St. Cloud State (41, 20-21-41)
- C Marco Roy, Bakersfield Condors (42, 8-12-20).
- D David Musil, Bakersfield Condors (67, 3-11-14)
- W Joey Benik, St. Cloud State (41, 23-25-48)
- L Mitch Moroz, Bakersfield Condors (40, 5-5-10)
- F Tyler Vesel, Nebraska-Omaha (35, 6-12-18)
- L Kale Kessy, Bakersfield Condors (56, 7-5-12)
- C Alexis Loiseau, Bakersfield Condors (12, 1-2-3) and Norfolk Admirals (54, 14-26-40)
- G Eetu Laurikainen, Bakersfield Condors (18, 3.42 .907)
- D Ben Betker, Bakersfield Condors (14, 0-2-2) and Norfolk Admirals (49, 3-14-17)
- G Zach Nagelvoort, Michigan (11, 2.99 .893)
- G Miroslav Svoboda, HC Sumperk (21, 3.05 .924)
- L Evan Campbell, U Mass-Lowell (28, 5-7-12)
- L Braden Christoffer, Bakersfield Condors (33, 1-4-5)
- L Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (35, 2-6-8)
- D Colton Waltz, Saskatoon Blades (65, 5-25-30)
Trading draft picks? Hell adding draft picks might be a better plan, although the Oilers need to have most of their cannons pointed at the NHL roster this summer.
Combine wrap: Tkachuk to sit out testing; Bikes await; Bleackley's chances; Cliff Pu of London; Quirky ? of the day. https://t.co/L46zdgTyZB
— Mike Morreale (@mikemorrealeNHL) June 2, 2016
NHL combine is underway, lots of stories to come over the next few days. One area I will be looking at: draft re-entries and pure NHLE as it relates to ranking. Some items tomorrow morning on this, including the idea of drafting by straight up points, and identifying gaps in quality.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) June 2, 2016
If you are going to hire someone from outside the organization, Nashville seems like a good place to shop. I wonder if they can smuggle a goalie or two as well?