OULU SPEEDWAY

by Lowetide

Oulu, Finland is a city of about 200,000—it is the biggest city in northern Finland. The average high during July is 21, warmest temp 33—meaning Edmonton should be about right for Jesse Puljujuarvi. He plays his hockey in Oulu, and the town team does well—champions many times, recently in 2014 and 2015. Jesse was born in Älvkarleby, Sweden—a town of 1,650 people. I imagine Jesse’s lack of words and big smile come from growing up in a small town a lot like the ones on the Canadian prairies. The Edmonton Oilers didn’t get this youngster for his verbal, and his actions on the ice speak volumes about his hockey ability.

Many legends begin humbly. As a child, young Henry Aaron would hit counter to Edmond Hoyle, with his left hand (Hank hit right) above his right. Why? Mr. Aaron always said no one told him different, and I expect that is exactly how it happened. The result was a terribly strained trip through the strike zone, and if anyone had given a damn they would have helped the kid. There, in that sad little story, lies the legend of Hank Aaron’s strong wrists, his lightning quick bat, and the best home run man planet Earth ever saw. You can look it up.

Jesse Puljujarvi, a young man from a town smaller than I grew up in (well, damn close), played a game called Bandy as a child. Bandy looks like a combination of hockey, speed skating and backwards cattle herding. If you click that link, I guarantee you will giggle a little, but the game is compelling. I bet a youngster who played bandy a lot would develop great strength in his legs, and probably an insane lung capacity, should the good lord gift him with the frame and genetics.

I was never gifted genetically but any fool can see the beginnings of legends, and we may have one here.

Andrew was kind enough to extend permission on the cover photo, and if you visit his twitter, there are a bunch of photos from Jasper and the Orientation camp activities. If you attended, please chime in with observations and that invite extends for the entire week.

Tonight, I want to look at the top 20 prospects (just published one week ago) and their probable destination for 2016-17. I wrote this article under the heading Destination Unknown a year ago.

 DESTINATION UNKNOWN 2016

  1. (1) C Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (45, 16-32-48). Destination 2016-17: NHL from the start of course, he qualifies for this list on a technicality. Much to be decided in training camp, although wingers likely to be Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle. If healthy, does 90 points sound likely?
  2. (NR) R Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (50, 13-15-28). Destination 2016-17: I think he plays most or all of the season in the NHL. The small worry is the cap, as Puljujarvi (when he signs) will need to fit under a cap that includes several additions. Could he score 20 goals as an NHL rookie?
  3. (15) LD Ziyat Paigin, Kazan Ak Bars and Sochi HC (45, 9-19-28). Destination 2016-17: Sounds like Russia for one more year, his contract was purchased (probably) by Kazak Ak Bars—a place he struggled early a year ago. Among the things we might watch for? A return to the KHL All-Star game, an honor he earned this past season.
  4. (NR) L Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants (30, 9-19-28). Destination 2016-17: A healthy season in the WHL is the expectation. Benson has shown he can play at that level, and this year he could dominate. Vancouver has been a bit of a tire fire in recent seasons, we might see a trade at some point if things go south.
  5. (NR) L Drake Cagguila, North Dakota (39, 25-26-51). Destination 2016-17: At least half a season in the AHL, but there is a good chance he sees NHL time. The great thing about Caggiula is that his signing addressed a major need—prospects who can score at a rate that might allow them to contribute at the NHL when recalled—and along with Puljujarvi he is an exciting option on the wing this year.  
  6. (9) RD Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds (69, 19-46-65). Destination 2016-17: Another impact year with Seattle. Bear got his contract and now he can set his sights on finishing off his junior career with another strong campaign. He did everything right in 2015-16, and I wonder if both Bear and Jones spend time in Bakersfield after their 2016-17 junior seasons end.
  7. (13) LD Caleb Jones, Portland Winterhawks (72, 10-45-55). Destination 2016-17: Another year in the WHL, building on a very strong year. Genuinely excited to see his progress, Jones true ability was obscured by the scouting reports. He has a chance to enter pro hockey in 2017 as a bona fide NHL prospect if he can repeat the offense. As you may recall, he was given high marks for his speed, size and coverage before draft day.
  8. (12) C Jujhar Khaira, Edmonton Oilers (15, 0-2-2) and Bakersfield Condors (49, 10-17-27). Destination 2016-17: AHL/NHL shuttle, as many as 40 games in the big league. Khaira was inserted into the lineup last season and did not look out of place—that has been a rare item over the last many years. I like his size and speed, scoring will be the issue but there is a player here.
  9. (NR) RD Filip Berglund, Skelleftea AIK (43, 19-22-41) (SuperElite). Destination 2016-17: Berglund will play in either the SuperElite (he is eligible again this year) or the SHL. The Skelleftea SHL team finished first last season and went to the finals, looks like a veteran group. Either way, he spiked a year ago and will want to build on that performance.
  10. (5) LD Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oilers (29, 0-1-1) and Bakersfield Condors (30, 2-8-10)Destination 2016-17: Bakersfield unless he is traded. Reinhart has two big issues: The Leftorium and his bonus number. Edmonton has to account for McDavid, Draisaitl and (when he is signed) Puljujarvi and their hits. If he came to camp and was brilliant, maybe it makes a difference—but I can’t make the math work and the Oilers love Darnell Nurse. A very tough spot for him.
  11. (NR) RC Aapeli Rasanen, Tappara U20 (50, 19-19-38) (Jr. Sm-Liiga). Destination 2016-17: Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL for the coming year. He had a splendid year—including a quality U18 WJ performance—and should thrive in the USHL this year. Encouraged by this player’s resume.
  12. (6) G Laurent Brossoit, Edmonton Oilers (5, 3.61 .873) and Bakersfield Condors (31, 2.66 .920). Destination 2016-17: NHL for half the season. His camp has to be encouraged by the UFA selection of Jonas Gustavsson, and I think he will spend a lot of time in the NHL this year.
  13. (23) LD Jordan Oesterle, Edmonton Oilers (17, 0-5-5) and Bakersfield Condors (44, 4-21-25). Destination 2016-17: NHL for as many as 50 games. Oesterle has an excellent chance at this point. Edmonton does not have their third pairing set (Nurse-Davidson?) and there are injuries to men like Klefbom and Davidson that may come into play this fall. Mobile, puck mover, he could spend a lot of time in Edmonton this winter.
  14. (NR) LD Markus Niemelainen, Saginaw Spirit (65, 1-26-27). Destination 2016-17: A strong year in the OHL, perhaps a spike in offense. His numbers don’t pop out at you, but this is a player who posted 26 assists on a team with a popgun offense. In his draft year, Niemelainen ranked No. 2 among Saginaw D in points.
  15. (4) R Anton Slepyshev, Edmonton Oilers (11, 0-1-1) and Bakersfield Condors (49, 13-8-21). Destination 2016-17: Bakersfield, with a cup of coffee possible. I still like Slepyshev as a prospect, he has size and speed—but the points did not compile. He will need to have a strong year, and my guess is that the first W recalls go to Caggiula and or Puljujarvi.
  16. (NR) L Graham McPhee, U.S. National Development Team (20, 5-0-5). Destination 2016-17: Boston College as a freshman. He is an interesting prospect, two-way winger with skill. New college recruits often see little action, that will be his first test.
  17. (18) LD Dillon Simpson, Bakersfield Condors (57, 4-16-20). Destination 2016-17: AHL for a third season, maybe a cup of coffee. He was drafted in 2011, but this will be the final year of his entry-level deal. Made progress at every step, but the Leftorium is daunting.
  18. (NR) LD Matthew Cairns, Georgetown Raiders (46, 9-24-33) (OJHL). Destination 2016-17: Starring for Muskegon of the USHL. Cairns is off to Cornell, but not until the fall of 2017. Big defender (6.02, 202) is a two-way type and an excellent athlete. (Muskegon confirm).
  19. (17) LD Joey Laleggia, Bakersfield Condors (63, 8-19-27). Destination 2016-17: PP QB and racking up points in Bakersfield. Laleggia needs to make hay, and with Brad Hunt no longer in the organization and Oesterle possibly on the NHL shuttle, there could be a major opportunity for him to shine. Edmonton needs a PP QB, so the time is now.
  20. (20) RD John Marino, Tri-City Storm (56, 5-25-30). Destination 2016-17: Freshman year at Harvard. Marino leaves the USHL after a promising one year stay. It is difficult to know about these USA high school kids, but once they post crooked numbers in the USHL you can be reasonably sure of at least some offense.
  21. (25) R Tyler Pitlick, Bakersfield Condors (37, 7-14-21). Destination 2016-17: Bakersfield with an NHL recall possible. Too many players have passed Pitlick on the depth chart for him to enter the year as a priority, but he has some things that make him worth considering. Some guys look like NHL players and never get there (Jani Rita was one, Marc Pouliot another) for an extended period. Pitlick is such a player, and I do believe a lot of what is required for him to make it is luck.
  22. (16) LD William Lagesson, UMass-Amherst (27, 2-5-7). Destination 2016-17: Another year in shutdown role at UMass-Amherst. He was worth watching the WJs for, strong defender with substantial defensive skills. Edmonton has kids like this by the mittful, no idea how they get all of them to pro without clogging the system. He might be one of the better ones, though, speed, size and defensive acumen never go out of style.
  23. (NR) R Patrick Russell, St. Cloud State (41, 20-21-41). Destination 2016-17: Scoring role in Bakersfield, early or late. I don’t know enough about his footspeed to guarantee 20 goals, but he has good hands and some other elements that should give us some hope about him. Intriguing player, could pass some draft picks during the next 12 months.
  24. (11) C Bogdan Yakimov, Bakersfield Condors (36, 5-10-15) and Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik (11, 3-1-4). Destination 2016-17: Impossible to project. The Oilers have traditionally been an unforgiving bunch when players bolt mid-season, but it is also true he is a giant and plays center. If Yakimov is in North America, I bet he plays most or all of his time in California.
  25. (14) RC Kyle Platzer, Bakersfield Condors (48, 6-11-17). Destination 2016-17: Everyday bat in the AHL lineup. Two-way C entered pro hockey after a strong final season in junior, and then didn’t play a whole bunch based on estimates (13+ minutes according to Prospect-Stats). He needs to play, that is absolutely a fact.
  26. (19) R Greg Chase, Bakersfield Condors (19, 1-6-7) and Norfolk Admirals (43, 18-19-37). Destination 2016-17: AHL regular. Chase was forced down to the ECHL in year one, and the Condors should have several college kids and AHL vets to give plenty of competition. He is better than some of these guys based on junior numbers, but is giving up a couple of years on a guy like Patrick Russell. He needs a good year.
  27. (NR) L Jere Sallinen, Jokerit (50, 8-11-19). Destination 2016-17: Bakersfield all year. NHLE is 10-15-25, so I don’t see him catching Caggiula or Puljujarvi for the offensive chance—and Khaira plus others have the jump on him for the checking jobs. However, I probably said the same damn thing about Lennart Petrell.
  28. (NR) G Nick Ellis, Providence (36, 1.80 .936). Destination 2016-17: AHL starter or backup. Impossible to know, but Ellis had great college numbers and I think he could end up grabbing the starting role at some point in the AHL season. He would need Brossoit to get the recall, play better than Gustavsson and be better than Laurikainen. That isn’t a difficult game plan.
  29. (21) D David Musil, Bakersfield Condors (67, 3-11-14). Destination 2016-17: NHL 7D, AHL top pairing, or sail on Dukla Jihlava. It would be cool to know what Todd McLellan thinks of him. The fine work by ricki and WG shows that there is more than one way to evaluate D, and maybe this chap has some of that high danger magic. Such a big hill for all of these lefties to climb.
  30. (32) G Miroslav Svoboda, Havirov (8, 4.51 .867) and HC Sumperk (21, 3.05 .924). Destination 2016-17: Another season with HC Sumperk. It is the most difficult thing to follow as a fan—a distant bell goalie in a bus league that includes the Brno to Vitkovice run. We hope and we wait.
  31. (40) C Marco Roy, Bakersfield Condors (42, 8-12-20). Destination 2016-17: No contract yet. Along with men like Josh Winquist and Alexis Loiseau, Roy will have to wait until the dust clears to find a landing spot.
  32. (NR) G Dylan Wells, Peterborough Petes (27, 4.59 .871) (OHL). Destination 2016-17: A massive recovery season with the Petes. I have paid attention to over 40 drafts, it is extremely rare—especially in modern times—to have such a drastic disconnect between scouting reports and performance. Something fractured his season, let’s hope it is fixed.
  33. (35) G Zach Nagelvoort, Michigan (11, 2.99 .893). Destination 2016-17: Starting goalie, Michigan. Nagelvoort was the starter during periods of time in his three seasons with the Wolverines. Steve Racine is done with his college career and Nagelvoort should be the starter. He has struggled for the last two seasons.
  34. (NR) RD Vincent DeSharnais, Providence College (19, 1-1-2) (Hockey East). Destination 2016-17: Regular, Providence College. Steve Kournianos was on the Lowdown last week and gave me the impression Desharnais would have a tough time moving up the depth chart. Providence has a strong recruitment crop coming in, so we will see if this young man can increase playing time. This will be his sophomore campaign.
  35. (NR) W Joey Benik, St. Cloud State (41, 23-25-48). Destination 2016-17: Battling for playing time in Bakersfield and Norfolk. He is 5.10, 175 and a pretty solid college scorer.
  36. (27) L Mitch Moroz, Bakersfield Condors (40, 5-5-10). Destination 2016-17: AHL regular, unless the Oilers keep adding competition. The Oilers signed Taylor Beck this afternoon to a two-way deal, and he can play either wing. He is a big man, not overly physical but could cost Moroz playing time he badly needs.
  37. (22) G Eetu Laurikainen, Bakersfield Condors (18, 3.42 .907). Destination 2016-17: AHL backup. He struggled at times with AHL-level opposition, so this year could see him in Bakersfield, Norfolk or Finland.
  38. (28) F Tyler Vesel, Nebraska-Omaha (35, 6-12-18). Destination 2016-17: More playing time in  junior college season. He went backwards last season, but could see a push in playing time this year. I think he is probably the best of the depth 2014 Oilers picks, but that may not mean he gets a pro contract.
  39. (31) D Ben Betker, Bakersfield Condors (14, 0-2-2) and Norfolk Admirals (49, 3-14-17). Destination 2016-17: I expect he will once again play between Norfolk and Bakersfield, perhaps with more AHL time than a year ago.
  40. (39) L Evan Campbell, U Mass-Lowell (28, 5-7-12). Destination 2016-17: Final year of college, no idea if he will play a bigger role.
  41. (34) L Braden Christoffer, Bakersfield Condors (33, 1-4-5) and Norfolk Admirals (24, 13-5-18). Destination 2016-17: AHL-ECHL shuttle. The jump to the AHL was too much, but he found the range in the ECHL. I think he will see action in both cities this year.
  42. (37) L Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (35, 2-6-8). Destination 2016-17: More success in junior season. As a freshman, Muir posted 15 points, went the wrong way in year two. He is still big and strong, perhaps he can recover.
  43. (NR) LD Colton Waltz, Brandon Wheat Kings (34, 2-14-16) and Saskatoon Blades (31, 3-11-14). Destination 2016-17: Norfolk. Waltz is on an AHL deal and is at the back of the Leftorium bus. Lordy.
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magneto

square_wheels:
Does anyone think Philly would dump Streit in a package with another player ?

A healthy Streit is a capable PP D and is a LH that plays RHD. Cheaper than Wideman as well.

I don’t think trading for Streit makes more sense then signing Wisnewski for just money. I doubt Wiz will get more than a year, probably the Campbell deal to get himself back from that big injury.
1 year 2 mil for the 3rd pair and PP.

Frank the dog

spoiler: Someone is “crabby” today, lol.

Have you seen any comment from LT that indicates he shares this stance?

Crabby is correct. Crabby dog.

Lobster @9:51pm: lobsters prefer swimming generalizations 2 sweeping generalizations but honestly they both suck shrimp farts

Lowetide immediately after lobster @9:55pm: Please, please, PLEASE refrain from being an asshole. Thanks, the management.

I took that as LT’s response to Lobster’s comments. I appreciate the live and let rot approach here, so np. I’ve had my coffee since.

Jaxon

I wish we had Bandy here. From reading about it last night, it became popular in Europe as a winter sport for soccer players, hence all the similar rules. It is basically, hockey but with field hockey sticks and ball, played on a iced soccer field with soccer rules. What an amazing cardio workout and so much room and great teamwork and passing. no wonder Finland makes such great goalies. If a goalie starts out playing in those nets with that equipment, hockey must seem easy.

It would be great to see a professional Bandy league here playing in CFL stadiums across the country in the winter. A little income for those stadiums in the winter months.

Maybe Canada could come up with full contact Bandy. Although the smoothness of the game without contact is very entertaining. Maybe a few less players on the ice? Hockey sticks? A little more body contact? Slightly smaller nets and a puck? Meet somewhere in the middle?

semi legendary rot lobster

Frank the dog,

r u sure you are not a cat

human folklore sez cat and monday do not get along

cats do like lasagna though

and like the shark fears the mighty penguin rot fears seafood lasagna

rickithebear

We got lucic cause Mact won the lottery!
Thanks MacT!

Jethro Tull

Why does efferybody heff to be mad? Relax, take chill pill.

Ice Sage

Frank the dog: This is a hockey blog. Your so-called comments are juvenile and asinine. People will ignore you on this blog until you go away, or until LT does a mercy Jill and blocks you. Just because people have pseudonyms and because others joke about their pseudonym, doesn’t mean one has to exhibit the intellect of said pseudonym.

Harsh. Inclusivity and variety liven things up for me. I agree there should be some Oiler / hockey angle behind these crustacean comments. Maybe lobster no like oil slicks then scuttle away to Erie Otter site?

Sugar Reijo

Most entertaining OIler interview I’ve seen since Smytty retired.

https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/749679039267217408

Love the reporter setting him up for the standard “tough not being on the ice with the guys” response, and Puljujarvi going, “No. It’s okay.”

You’re gonna have to learn your clichés, Jess. You’re gonna have to study them, you’re gonna have to know them. They’re your friends. Write this down: “We gotta play it one day at a time.”

spoiler

Frank the dog: This is a hockey blog. Your so-called comments are juvenile and asinine. People will ignore you on this blog until you go away, or until LT does a mercy Jill and blocks you. Just because people have pseudonyms and because others joke about their pseudonym, doesn’t mean one has to exhibit the intellect of said pseudonym.

Someone is “crabby” today, lol.

Have you seen any comment from LT that indicates he shares this stance?

I find the poster amusing, and creating, and then staying in character is a lot more difficult than you think. And what was juvenile or asinine about warning against sweeping generalizations?

Little Poteet

Frank the dog: This is a hockey blog. Your so-called comments are juvenile and asinine. People will ignore you on this blog until you go away, or until LT does a mercy Jill and blocks you. Just because people have pseudonyms and because others joke about their pseudonym, doesn’t mean one has to exhibit the intellect of said pseudonym.

I don’t mind the lobster ‘s quirkiness, as long as it remains clever. It’s a nice change of pace from the rest of the comments here, same as fog of warts. And it’s no more out of place here than investing talk, politics or anything else non hockey that gets discussed here

Frank the dog

semi legendary rot lobster:
Lowetide,

oh oh by invoking terrifying shrimp fart imagery rot has enraged lowetide

angry tides easily can smunch unwary lobster into sushi in blink of eye

thankfully lobsters cannot blink otherwise rot would have to become hermit thereby enraging crabs

This is a hockey blog. Your so-called comments are juvenile and asinine. People will ignore you on this blog until you go away, or until LT does a mercy Jill and blocks you. Just because people have pseudonyms and because others joke about their pseudonym, doesn’t mean one has to exhibit the intellect of said pseudonym.

OF17

BONVIE:
Beck seems like a solid signing to fill out our roster. He looks like he has decent speed. This is what they need a bunch of guys that can skate and are willing to work hard every shift and use their speed on the forecheck and back-check. We need depth on forward to be able to sit guys if they don’t want to work. Pirri seems like a good pick up as well.

Yeah, Beck seems like a good pickup. One of those AHL vets that actually has a legit shot of filling an NHL role. Could see him taking a 12-14F slot in camp or could see him being surprisingly good injury replacement on RW.

What should we expect from him, approximately Pakarinen? Seems about right. In which case that’s a valuable person to have in your organization.

semi legendary rot lobster

Lowetide,

oh oh by invoking terrifying shrimp fart imagery rot has enraged lowetide

angry tides easily can smunch unwary lobster into sushi in blink of eye

thankfully lobsters cannot blink otherwise rot would have to become hermit thereby enraging crabs

BONVIE

Beck seems like a solid signing to fill out our roster. He looks like he has decent speed. This is what they need a bunch of guys that can skate and are willing to work hard every shift and use their speed on the forecheck and back-check. We need depth on forward to be able to sit guys if they don’t want to work. Pirri seems like a good pick up as well.

€√¥£€^$

Lowetide,

A good read and I agree

Ducey

dustrock:
Every summer,people talk about bringing back some good ol’ boys.For a long time it was Dustin Penner.Sigh.Now we’re bringing back Gagner?

Barf.

16 pts in 53 games last year. Taylor Beck might be better at this point.

dustrock

Doug McLachlan:
Aron_S,

I too was curious about both the Wiz and Gagner.

Not sure Chia’s vision would include Samwise but I seem to recall reading something, might have been by Woodguy, showing some very nice possession numbers.

Doug McLachlan:
Aron_S,

I too was curious about both the Wiz and Gagner.

Not sure Chia’s vision would include Samwise but I seem to recall reading something, might have been by Woodguy, showing some very nice possession numbers.

Every summer, people talk about bringing back some good ol’ boys. For a long time it was Dustin Penner. Sigh. Now we’re bringing back Gagner?

Barf.

Gay Leno

In my opinion it may be worth it to overhaul your prospect rankings in a minor way, just so as to include players who have broken the 50 games barrier. I believe players like Darnell Nurse, and Leon Draisaitl among others should still be considered prospects. Although we have received glimpses of what they may become, we are still realistically at least another couple of seasons from having a decent grasp of who they are as players. If we don’t have a strong idea of what they are as NHL players, they are still prospects in my mind, just a little more advanced.

I am curious what Tyler Benson has done to earn such a high ranking among the prospects, 4 seems just a touch high to me. I also don’t understand the rankings of Berglund and Rasanen. Both seem higher than the should be, I personally didn’t regard Rasanen as much of a prospect, and particularly not better than many players below him.

Gayfish

Familiarizing myself with Finnish mythology to try and find a nickname. If anyone needs one it’s puljujarvi. Norse mythology is wicked cool, and since the two are related, it is pretty interesting. Makes sense since we’ve already got McJesus. Problem is all Finnish seems hard to say. Not like Loki or Odin, etc.

So far I got-
Ukko – basically Thor, but seems to be an old man
Jumala – Seems to be like the christian god, or just generic word for god.
Tursas – Giant. Son of the Devil.

And my personal favourite so far
Piru – Demon. Back checks and skates like a demon, and has a wicked release. Pirujarvi – Our Demon Finn!!!

Philosophil

Lowetide:
Please, please, PLEASE refrain from being an asshole. Thanks, the management.

Not sure the context of that comment here at LT Acres, but i am totally posting the exact words on my office door at work. Might see a grievance or two, but it sets the tone nicely. So much more effective than Dilbert

Doug McLachlan

Aron_S,

I too was curious about both the Wiz and Gagner.

Not sure Chia’s vision would include Samwise but I seem to recall reading something, might have been by Woodguy, showing some very nice possession numbers.

Aron_S

Hey LT,

I feel like we haven’t heard much from you on the subject of Wisniewski being available to bring about more of the required balance at a reasonable rate.

Do you think there’s a world in which he’s a fit? Or is the injury history too much to overcome?

Edit to add: One more, thoughts on Gagner? Can you go home again if you’re Sam? Or is the history with the Oilers (and Kassian) too much to overcome. Reminds me of the second tour of duty by Comrie that turned out to be much ado about nothing, but I’d love to have another cheap RHC in the fold.

rickithebear

EVP/60 last 3 years:
1. Mcdavid 2.69 EVP/60
68. Lucic 1.92
68. Eberle 1.92; Neal; Ryan
75. Pouliot 1.90; Voracek; Iginla
81. Draisatl 1.88; Stastny
97. Maroon 1.82; Ladd
141. Kassian 1.70 S. bennett; Soderbergh; Monohan
171. RNH 1.62; Mich granlund; Stempniak
Lucic-Mcdavid – Kassian
Pouliot- Draisatl-Eberle
Maroon – RNH- JP

semi legendary rot lobster

lobsters prefer swimming generalizations 2 sweeping generalizations but honestly they both suck shrimp farts

godot10

square_wheels:
Does anyone think Philly would dump Streit in a package with another player ?

A healthy Streit is a capable PP D and is a LH that plays RHD. Cheaper than Wideman as well.

Yep…I really like Streit as a stop gap measure if nothing more permanent comes through. Only one year left on the contract.

striatic

PaperKurtRussell:
One of the many great things about my Finnish heritage, was discovering my grandmother’s music collection back in the day (cassettes and 8 tracks).The one sound that stayed with me was the Oulu Hotshots and their classic hit Säkkijärven Polka!These guys know how to party.Can’t believe I found a link on the web, but here you go for anyone interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANoUg1WAFFY&list=PL-QIdOA6HpHg8zw1-PFLSzmPTW-GMppf6&index=1

Can’t wait to have a Finn superstar back in Oil Country.Been a while.

PKR

This should be nominated for Puljujarvi’s goal celebration song. Catchy!

Jethro Tull

YKOil,

Forgot about Bobby Loo.

Richard S.S.

flyfish1168,

I don’t know who has access, but try here:Top 30 Draft Prospects of the Past Five Years (ESPN Insider Paywall). Sorry that’s all I know.

trueoil

First time poster. Finnish born.
About Jesse: he is not an ethnic Swede, he is an ethnic Finn who was born in Sweden to Finnish parents (quite common, as many Finns moved there for work purposes). He moved to Tornio, Finland, (pop. 22000) at the age of four with his family and later to Oulu. He did not grow up in a tiny Swedish town. He has dual Finnish-Swedish citizenship but considers himself a Finn.

I could write all night about Swedish-Finnish issues but suffice to say there are many buried grievances, at least on the Finnish side, going back hundreds of years. Finland was part of Sweden for 700 years and Swedish was the official language. Swedish-Finns were the ruling class, much like the English in New France. They looked on Finnish speakers with disdain.
Some grievances are fresher (WW2) but that’s a primer for you.

Tervetuloa JESSE! (look it up)

flyfish1168

Rondo:
LT,

Have youseen Pronman’s top 30 prospects of the last five years?

Jesse P ranks #6

I’m curious to see who is all on it. Are you able to provide the list? Was not able to find it with Google and I didn’t want to as the wife. lol

JOFA

Winquist signed by NYI is my understanding. Good St. Albert boy;)

square_wheels

Rondo,

Link handy ?

thehop

If anyone wants to experience amazing Scandinavian sports, I recommend Salibandy as well. Floor hockey with a wiffleball and stick that look like Happy Gilmores world famous putter.

When I lived in Australia it was the only way I could play a sport that felt like hockey and it was an amazing way to meet people from Sweden, Finland, Norway etc.

It’s starting to pick up here in Canada, there are pick up games around Etown if anyone is truly interested.

Easily the most intense cardio workout I have ever done as well. Especially if your bench is short and Uli from Finland decides to two hand Hank from Norway in the corner for boxing him out.

Good times

Yegswede

Bandy is the best! At least to play, it is not as exciting to watch.

Woogie63

Yikes LB at #12, the Monster as our back-up. I hope Talbot stays healthy and provides steady goaltending.

kinger_OIL

PaperKurtRussell,

– Thanks for this! I worked in Gottenberg and Stockholm had many Finnish friends: this is a hoot!

square_wheels

Does anyone think Philly would dump Streit in a package with another player ?

A healthy Streit is a capable PP D and is a LH that plays RHD. Cheaper than Wideman as well.

Pouzar

Brooke Henderson!

This is awesome stuff.

Centre of attention

Rondo:
LT,

Have youseen Pronman’s top 30 prospects of the last five years?

Jesse P ranks #6

I mean when you tie Gretz and Lindros for their respective world junior scoring numbers, you’re bound to be up there.

Pescador

Sugar Reijo: Interesting highlight package…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=7dsCwmWB_LI

This is obviously the Video that Beck’s agent sent to the Oilers brass. Howson went ape shit over it so Incognito Pete signed him just to shut him up. Deece release, nice sandpaper, RW.
I swear when I watch him play in that video, I can hear- wait for it….
Music!

Rondo

LT,

Have you seen Pronman’s top 30 prospects of the last five years?

Jesse P ranks #6

Richard S.S.

Lowetide,

Would Cap Friendly site already show him with that team? They show Beck with the Oilers already. Which comes first, a trade, an offer sheet or both?

PaperKurtRussell

One of the many great things about my Finnish heritage, was discovering my grandmother’s music collection back in the day (cassettes and 8 tracks). The one sound that stayed with me was the Oulu Hotshots and their classic hit Säkkijärven Polka! These guys know how to party. Can’t believe I found a link on the web, but here you go for anyone interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANoUg1WAFFY&list=PL-QIdOA6HpHg8zw1-PFLSzmPTW-GMppf6&index=1

Can’t wait to have a Finn superstar back in Oil Country. Been a while.

PKR