THE FIFTH ROUND (2016 EDITION)

by Lowetide

Fifth-round picks have a 14.9% chance of turning into NHL players (expressed as ‘playing 100 games’) and this is the real lottery area. The one fifth-round success since the turn of the century was overager Jussi Markkanen.

I’m hopeful we can have a rational conversation about the Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round 2008-16. No grand statements on either side, no claims of victory, just an honest assessment of the way things are, the good and bad arrows, and a discussion in regard to useful players coming out of this area of the draft. In order to do this, we absolutely have to agree on some things:

  • We can’t judge a drafted player weeks after his selection.
  • We can count arrows, and they are a good indicator.
  • We cannot expect all of the picks to succeed, that isn’t reasonable.
  • We have come to some kind of conclusion about a line in the sand and agree to it (the Cullen grades)

OILERS FIFTH ROUND PICKS 2008-2016

  • 2008: Phil Cornet (Kevin Lowe) (Stu MacGregor)
  • 2009: Olivier Roy (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
  • 2010: Tyler Bunz (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
  • 2011: Martin Gernat (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
  • 2012: Joey Laleggia (Steve Tambellini) (Stu MacGregor)
  • 2013: Evan Campbell (Craig MacTavish) (Stu MacGregor)
  • 2014: Liam Coughlin (Craig MacTavish) (Stu MacGregor)
  • 2015: Ethan Bear (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
  • 2016: Dylan Wells (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)
  • 2016: Graham McPhee (Peter Chiarelli) (Bob Green)

The fifth round is an abandoned drive-in for the Oilers, not much shaking since 2008. The most promising players are either recently drafted or in their entry-level deal—there are no players in this group who look like a threat to play 82 NHL games in the coming year.

2015 SUMMER (NHL GAMES PLAYED)

  1. Phil Cornet 2
  2. Tyler Bunz 1

ARROWS

  • Productive in Europe/AHL: Phil Cornet
  • “It’s Over” arrows: Olivier Roy, Tyler Bunz, Martin Gernat, Liam Coughlin
  • Bad arrows: Evan Campbell
  • Lukewarm arrows: Joey Laleggia
  • Good arrows:
  • Very good arrows: Ethan Bear
  • New arrows: Dylan Wells, Graham McPhee

ONE BY ONE

  • L Phil Cornet: Close to 300 AHL games before he headed for Norway last fall. A productive season in the ice and snow won him a job in Finland for the coming year. Per 82 AHL games, he went 19-22-41—that is a tweener for sure, but a decent fifth-round selection.
  • G Olivier Roy: He played in Slovenia and is off to Austria for the coming year. Roy peaked in the AHL, where he played 44 games.
  • G Tyler Bunz: Played only eight AHL games during his entry-level deal. He made it to the NHL for one game, and did not play this past season. Had some injury issues and at least one moment that is still genuinely scary to read.
  • D Martin Gernat: Played 138 games in the AHL before heading back home, he will play with Sparta Praha in the Czech league (so it isn’t home, as he is Slovak). He was a fine junior, and posted a strong AHL rookie season. I hope he finds success with the Atlantic crossing.
  • D Joey Laleggia: He had a decent rookie season at the pro level, finishing No. 12 among rookie defenders (63gp, 8-19-27). That is cheating a little, he played forward for a little while. Laleggia has all kinds of hurdles—Oesterle looks like a better player across the board, the Leftorium is crushing, but all he can do is perform—and he did, as a rookie pro.
  • L Evan Campbell: Enjoyed a strong season in the NCAA age 21 (34GP, 12-15-27) but did not follow it up at 22 (28gp, 5-7-12). His final college season begins this fall and he will be 24 when he hangs up the skates in the spring. A strong senior year could help his hockey career.
  • C Liam Coughlin: Finally got to play college hockey, and he wasn’t bad at all. Went 35gp, 3-9-12 with Vermont and has a chance to move up the depth chart in 2016-17.
  • D Ethan Bear: Enjoyed a strong offensive season in the WHL, including a terrific year on the power play. Went 69gp, 19-46-65 and then added 22 more points in 18 playoff contests. He has work to do—mobility, reading the play—but he is a good passer and has a terrific shot.
  • G Dylan Wells: He had a poor year but is generally regarded in the industry as a good prospect. Cannot wait to see if he posts a .920 or an .870 SP this coming season.
  • L Graham McPhee: Pronman likes him, that is a good arrow.
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hunter1909

Bruce McCurdy: Yakupov was benched on national TV & then benched again for his first ever game against Ovechkin (Oilers had played only in the West his rookie year). It was a humiliating couple of moments for a proud young man. Eakins likely considered it tough love, but I considered (& consider) it a particularly horrendous example of terrible personnel management. Two weeks into his own rookie season, Eakins was well on the way to losing one of his prime young players.

More reason not to lose Yakupov for foolish returns.

For anyone who still hasn’t bought the Lowe+MacT+Eakins collectively destroyed the Glen Sather Dynasty narrative…

Bruce McCurdy

Jethro Tull: I fear you have subscribed to a narrative that ‘Eakins ruined Yak’.But what if Yak ruined Yak?If a player is not doing what he is asked to by the coaches, what do you do?We have no way of knowing what Yak was doing in practice.

We preach ‘accountability’ here.Except when it’s against a player we like.

Thought exercise:Say Taylor Hall is not doing what the coaches are telling him, but he has 6pts in 5 games, but still he resolutely refuses to toe the line.You’re the coach.Do you ride the hot hand and let your authority be called into question, or try and re-assert yourself?

Yeah, I clearly said Eakins is 100% at fault, eh. You continue to misread what I write.

For the record, I have been one of Yakupov’s strongest critics around here. Which is different from being a hater.

Eakins dropped the ball on this player right off the hop. That doesn’t exonerate him, I’m just suggesting it was probably a factor.

Pouzar

Woodguy: Yeah, the Yak and Ebs splits tell us its better to play Yak there than Ebs:

Oiler’s GF/60 with:
McD+Ebs 3.79
McD + Yak 3.80

GA/60 McD + Ebs 3.29
GA/60 McD + Yak 3.21

Total Goal Share:
McD + Ebs 53.5%
McD + Yak 54.25%

While Ebs gets more of the goals with McD, the Oilers don’t get more goals.

Leave Yak there and play Ebs with RNH as Ebs can score there and Yak hasn’t been able to at all.

Me likey.

Pou-Healthy Nuge (stop fucking trading him people) – Eberle were a thing for a while.

Jethro Tull

Bruce McCurdy: You misread what I wrote. Yakupov was press boxed Before the bedshitting & remained press boxed After the bed shitting.If I recall Eakins came back with the exact same lineup in Washington that shit the bed in Toronto. And Yakupov was benched on national TV & then benched again for his first ever game against Ovechkin (Oilers had played only in the West his rookie year). It was a humiliating couple of moments for a proud young man. Eakins likely considered it tough love, but I considered (& consider) it a particularly horrendous example of terrible personnel management. Two weeks into his own rookie season, Eakins was well on the way to losing one of his prime young players.

I fear you have subscribed to a narrative that ‘Eakins ruined Yak’. But what if Yak ruined Yak? If a player is not doing what he is asked to by the coaches, what do you do? We have no way of knowing what Yak was doing in practice.

We preach ‘accountability’ here. Except when it’s against a player we like.

Thought exercise: Say Taylor Hall is not doing what the coaches are telling him, but he has 6pts in 5 games, but still he resolutely refuses to toe the line. You’re the coach. Do you ride the hot hand and let your authority be called into question, or try and re-assert yourself?

Bruce McCurdy

Jethro Tull: If we benched players after shitting the bed on national TV, nobody would be playing.But Eakins wishes us nothing but the best.

You misread what I wrote. Yakupov was press boxed Before the bed shitting & remained press boxed After the bed shitting. If I recall Eakins came back with the exact same lineup in Washington that shit the bed in Toronto. And Yakupov was benched on national TV & then benched again for his first ever game against Ovechkin (Oilers had played only in the West his rookie year). It was a humiliating couple of moments for a proud young man. Eakins likely considered it tough love, but I considered (& consider) it a particularly horrendous example of terrible personnel management. Two weeks into his own rookie season, Eakins was well on the way to losing one of his prime young players.

Woodguy

spoiler:
The curious thing about Yak’s time with McDeus is that he was the give and go passer.If he could learn to sometimes drive and shoot as Ds cheat to McD then we might have a mini-Forsberg on our hands… in the Ozone, I mean.When they played together, Sakic cruising through the slot and Forsberg exploiting the wing were so tough to stop.

I’m curious.I’d try it for a few games and see where it went. Teams are so much more aware of McD now then they were when he and Yak attacked, I wonder what might happen.Ebs is good enough to play with anyone over the other guys’ blue line.

Yeah, the Yak and Ebs splits tell us its better to play Yak there than Ebs:

Oiler’s GF/60 with:
McD+Ebs 3.79
McD + Yak 3.80

GA/60 McD + Ebs 3.29
GA/60 McD + Yak 3.21

Total Goal Share:
McD + Ebs 53.5%
McD + Yak 54.25%

While Ebs gets more of the goals with McD, the Oilers don’t get more goals.

Leave Yak there and play Ebs with RNH as Ebs can score there and Yak hasn’t been able to at all.

who

I think if Chia could have got something for Yak he would be gone already The cold, hard truth is that he has virtually no trade value. If Yak has a decent camp he will get top nine minutes with a quality center, probably for no more than 20 games ( 40 at the most), and if he doesn’t produce he will be traded for a 3rd rounder or released.
On the subject of quality centers I have one question. Why would any team move one of its best centers to wing? Especially when they have no other in house options to replace him. I’m sorry but Letestu and Lander are not 3rd line center options. The Oilers have plenty of skill wingers to fill three scoring lines, why not take advantage of it.

Jethro Tull

kinger_OIL: – The World’s was great, but he’d be about the 15th goalie invited to a team Canada try-out

Kinger, you have to realise that due to hockey being Canada’s favourite sport, with so many people playing it, that there are some excellent players who never make it to Team Canada. Whilst it’s a good indication of overall skill, it’s so ambiguous as to be ignored. For instance, i wouldn’t be surprised if Taylor Hall retired being the best player to never represent Canada at the Olympics or new World Cup.

Woodguy

kinger_OIL: – I didn’t say Talbot wasn’t good last year.

– With a .918 SV% and a GAA top-30ish, Talbot was just OK.That’s not a slight, but he isn’t an elite goaler, and relying on him to become one is fine.That’s why I’d like see another better back-up than the Monster.I hope Talbot has another level as well, but he’s been fine

– The World’s was great, but he’d be about the 15th goalie invited to a team Canada try-out

I agree that until Talbot has a full starters year without a big downswing he’s a question mark.

Wheat n’Oil and Gmoney’s research suggests that all new starters go through a dip and then right the ship.

That’s exactly what Talbot did this year with his early season dip and strong finish (1 shit game tanked Apr), but until we see a full year of it, I agree that a strong back up is needed.

Here’s Talbot’s splits that show the dip:

Month GP SV%
OCT -10- 0.897
NOV- 3- 0.864
DEC -7- 0.934
JAN -9- 0.932
FEB -13- 0.914
MAR -11- 0.935
APR -3- 0.889

flyfish1168

Jethro Tull: Obviously the problem isn’t Letestu

Mark is no doubt part of the problem 😉

Jethro Tull

flyfish1168:
Interesting read from Staples.
http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey/nail-yakupov-edmonton-oilers

He points out how many points Hall, RNH, Draitaitl, Purcell and Eberle got playing with Letestu. answer is zero.

Obviously the problem isn’t Letestu 😉

kinger_OIL

Bomber14: Areyou saying talbot wasn’t good last year? Huh….his 2nd half and gold at the world’s would say otherwise.

– I didn’t say Talbot wasn’t good last year.

– With a .918 SV% and a GAA top-30ish, Talbot was just OK. That’s not a slight, but he isn’t an elite goaler, and relying on him to become one is fine. That’s why I’d like see another better back-up than the Monster. I hope Talbot has another level as well, but he’s been fine

– The World’s was great, but he’d be about the 15th goalie invited to a team Canada try-out

flyfish1168

Interesting read from Staples.
http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey/nail-yakupov-edmonton-oilers

He points out how many points Hall, RNH, Draitaitl, Purcell and Eberle got playing with Letestu. answer is zero.

Jethro Tull

Bruce McCurdy: benched him three games into his sophomore year and left him benched the next game even after the Oilers had royally shit the bed on national TV.

If we benched players after shitting the bed on national TV, nobody would be playing. But Eakins wishes us nothing but the best.

OF17

Lowetide: By next summer, Puljujarvi will be able to handle the truth and Yakupov will be in Las Vegas.

Yeah, I think that’s the play here. Use Yak in an offensive role, allow him to push Puljujarvi down to the soft minutes 3rd line (or AHL if need be), and then if he explodes, trade him before the expansion draft for something useful. If he does something about what we expect, let Vegas take him and have a recent 1st overall pick to provide promise.

4 forwards: Lucic, Eberle, Nuge, Draisaitl
4 defense: Klefbom, Larsson, Sekera, Davidson

And then you hope like hell Yakupov is more appealing to Vegas than Maroon and Pouliot would be.

spoiler

The curious thing about Yak’s time with McDeus is that he was the give and go passer. If he could learn to sometimes drive and shoot as Ds cheat to McD then we might have a mini-Forsberg on our hands… in the Ozone, I mean. When they played together, Sakic cruising through the slot and Forsberg exploiting the wing were so tough to stop.

I’m curious. I’d try it for a few games and see where it went. Teams are so much more aware of McD now then they were when he and Yak attacked, I wonder what might happen. Ebs is good enough to play with anyone over the other guys’ blue line.

spoiler

Bomber14,

You still have to look at it. Due diligence and all that. Part of the endless cycle is selling assets low and devalued. It’s not like Yak failed alongside McDavid at the beginning of last year. Andit means you might have a stronger 3rd line that can win its matchup.

There’s lots of ways to skin the cat, not saying the Oil will choose this route, but its not hopping on the crazy train either.

"Steve Smith"

You know, I realize that there’s no inherent connection between the ability to spell a player’s name and the ability to say anything of insight about that player, but I find that they almost always go together just the same.

(The obvious exception is Woodguy on “Justin Shultz”.)

Bomber14

Bomber14,

re. The hall for larsson trade. Chiarelli clearly is not afraid to trade anybody. Prime example.

Bomber14

Bruce McCurdy,

Exactly Bruce. The Oilershave been afraid to trade anyone for fear that they will produce somewhere else. But isn’t that the chance you take in any trade? As long as you feel you make your team better, you should make the trade. And trading yak, especially after he expressedhe wants a trade should definitely be done before the season starts. Until yak himself comes out and denies the request, I say trade him. Addition by subtraction imo

BONVIE

Lowetide: You still don’t trade him for nothing. Yakupov is not a player you should trade for a third-round pick. Bring him back, play him and increase his value. At the very least he is a player who can be exposed in the expansion draft.

As we miss the playoffs again by blowing the first part of the season so we can try to get Yakapov’s value up to a 2nd round draft pick? I sure hope they are working hard on improving that bottom 6 that was the worst bottom 6 I can recall us having in a very long time last year, we need players on that 3rd and 4th line that will work hard at both ends of the rink.

It’s not always how many goals you get but rather how many did you give up. This is where that Oilers lineup is right now line 3 Yakapov and Letetsu especially killed us.

Bruce McCurdy

Kitchener:
Regarding Yakupov, how about if we wait five years before deciding what he isn’t?Last time I checked, he’s had four seasons and enough coaches to fill a bus depot.

Previous comment notwithstanding, this is fair comment that he hasn’t had his five years yet. The remark about the number of coaches made me laugh, ruefully. The only coach Yak had for more than a season was the guy that benched him three games into his sophomore year and left him benched the next game even after the Oilers had royally shit the bed on national TV. So there are reasons that he has issues, but that in itself doesn’t resolve those issues.

Bruce McCurdy

Acumen: Dumping him now would be Miro Satan 2.0.

Hmmm. Miro Satan had 18 goals in his rookie year (62 GP), and 17 at the trade deadline in Year 2 (64 GP) when the Oilers dumped him for Craig F. Millar and Barrie F. Moore. Satan finished that season with 25 goals, the first of 10 straight seasons of 20+ goals.

Yakupov has played four seasons, scoring 17, 11, 14 and 8 goals. He’s played twice as many games (252) as Satan (126) did as an Oiler, with 1.4x as many goals. Put another way, Satan scored 23 goals per 82 as an Oiler, Yak has averaged just 16. If he had other elements to his game it would be less worrisome, but he’s pretty one-dimensional with big issues on the defensive side of the puck.

Put another “another way”, by his fourth year Satan scored 40 goals in the NHL. Yak scored 8.

There’s long been an irrational fear that the second Oilers dump Yak he will become a perennial 40-goal man and will stick the knife in with a hat trick every time he plays the Oil, but at this point the evidence is thin on the ground that he is Ever going to get it. I hope I’m wrong, but at some point it will become decision time.

Gret99zky

Doug McLachlan:
Bomber14,

Yak is flawed but has talent. If JP starts in the AHL you can zoom Yak with McDavid and see if the trade value improves.

Unpossible.

Has there ever been a successful pump & dump for the Oilers?

They fall in love with anything that “zooms”.

I have a hunch Eberle gets traded before Yak.

Bomber14

Centre of attention:
Bomber14,

Also, if I’m not mistaken Eberle is the longest serving Oiler. Drafted in 2008 and played pro before Hall was even drafted.

Do you watch the Oilers much?

Lol. Sorry I should have said “one of” the longest serving oilers. I watch every game for the record.

Centre of attention

Bomber14,

Also, if I’m not mistaken Eberle is the longest serving Oiler. Drafted in 2008 and played pro before Hall was even drafted.

Do you watch the Oilers much?

Centre of attention

Stelio Kontos: At least sit him down and have a long talk about his life choices.

“Son, did you eat 6 pounds of extra buttery popcorn before this game?”

Gayfish

Centre of attention: *infinity face palm*

At least sit him down and have a long talk about his life choices.

Centre of attention

Bomber14: Is that just like when a gm says a coaches job is safe, then the coach is fired 2 weeks later? I’m sure Chiarelli just didn’t wanna talk about the yak situation when he had more important decisions on the go….. like trading his best player and longest serving oiler.No assumptions here. Unless you are saying the yakupov trade request aND larionovs ongoing feud with the oilers organization is all fabricated nonsense?

I’m saying it’s hard to know for sure until after camp at least.

Maybe he gets traded tomorrow. Hell if I know 🙂

Centre of attention

Lowetide: RFA.

If Larry holds out for more dough it’s over. Like over over.

Bomber14

Centre of attention: I think it’s fair to say you’re making a lot of assumptions. When the General Manager of the Oilers Entertainment Group tells me Yakupov did not request a trade, you take that into consideration.

Is that just like when a gm says a coaches job is safe, then the coach is fired 2 weeks later? I’m sure Chiarelli just didn’t wanna talk about the yak situation when he had more important decisions on the go….. like trading his best player and longest serving oiler. No assumptions here. Unless you are saying the yakupov trade request aND larionovs ongoing feud with the oilers organization is all fabricated nonsense?

Centre of attention

Bomber14: I want to move drai to the wing because I want the best players on the top 2 lines. The Oilers aren’t the penguins.The Oilers were in 2nd last , last year. The penguins were a perennial playoff team.Easy to add to that. I’ll just be happy if the oilers have 2 scoring lines next year. Unlike you, I’m not expecting a stanley cup this year from a team that could barely stay ahead of a clearly tanking team in the leafs.

Never once did I say I was expecting a cup this year. The way I see it, you can have a damn crackin’ top 6 while having one of either Nuge or Drai as 3rd line center.

Centre of attention

Stelio Kontos:
Fire McKnight into the sun.

*infinity face palm*

Centre of attention

Bomber14: I guess a door has been left open but it’s pretty early yet to say. Lots of summer left and I have picked a lane. The lane I’m in is the one where yak requested a trade and I’m sure Chiarelli is looking for the right deal to accommodate.Yak had one good half season and has been a dud since. Lander had a real good year and a great world championships 2 years ago.Yak can’t even make a bad Russian squad at said tournament.Playing him with McDavid and HOPING he plays well is like Russian roulette imo. Easy decision to part ways with him imo

I think it’s fair to say you’re making a lot of assumptions. When the General Manager of the Oilers Entertainment Group tells me Yakupov did not request a trade, you take that into consideration.

JimmyV1965

Is Yak a UFA next year? I thought he was an RFA. What would we have to offer him for salary?

Bomber14

Centre of attention: No, you put Draisaitl third line so he can murder soft opposition and help tip the ice in the Oilers favor. Pittsburgh style.

If your third line can keep possession in the offensive zone, your first line can hop out against maybe the enemies third line and you have a good chance at scoring.

I agree with your premise that there are indeed lots of options or RW though. So why then do you want to move Drai there, when there are already plenty of options including Yak?

Do you want to move Drai there merely to shove Yak off the roster? That is short sighted IMO.

I want to move drai to the wing because I want the best players on the top 2 lines. The Oilers aren’t the penguins. The Oilers were in 2nd last , last year. The penguins were a perennial playoff team. Easy to add to that. I’ll just be happy if the oilers have 2 scoring lines next year. Unlike you, I’m not expecting a stanley cup this year from a team that could barely stay ahead of a clearly tanking team in the leafs.

Gayfish

Fire McKnight into the sun.

JimmyV1965

godot10: Yakupov is NOT going to the KHL, because he cannot earn $2.5 million US in the KHL.Also, The KHL andthe NHL have also started recognizing each other’s contracts, so he can go on his own in any case.

So the only way he can do it legally is on loan, and the Oilers are NOT going to pay Yakupov $2.5 million(less the few rubles a Russian team might pay) to play in the KHL on loan.And he would have to clear waivers.

And if the Oilers don’t qualify him at $2.5 million next year, then he is a UFA.

And if he went on loan, he would cost about $1.55 million on the cap instead of $2.5 million

Ouch!! That’s not good at all.

Bomber14

kinger_OIL: – yeah except in terms of a back-up, on a sh$t team, they needed to aim higher.

– especially when their starter wasn’t anything special last year

Are you saying talbot wasn’t good last year? Huh….his 2nd half and gold at the world’s would say otherwise.

Bomber14

Centre of attention: Hoping for a trade to bring in ANOTHER checking center who can win draws (Lander and Letestu can do that just fine) is going backwards. We need a third line center who can chip in some offense.

You then say its not a stretch for hockey players to rebound, but you write off Yak in the same breath. Slow down for a second and pick a lane.

I think its fair to say that it’s hard to know for sure until camp. So grandiose statements about whether or not players can or cannot make the grade are kind of silly at this time of year. So is wishing for trades.

We CAN count arrows though. And hearing recent verbal, the door has been left open for Yakupov, which is a positive arrow for sure. Fair?

I guess a door has been left open but it’s pretty early yet to say. Lots of summer left and I have picked a lane. The lane I’m in is the one where yak requested a trade and I’m sure Chiarelli is looking for the right deal to accommodate. Yak had one good half season and has been a dud since. Lander had a real good year and a great world championships 2 years ago. Yak can’t even make a bad Russian squad at said tournament. Playing him with McDavid and HOPING he plays well is like Russian roulette imo. Easy decision to part ways with him imo

Kitchener

Regarding Yakupov, how about if we wait five years before deciding what he isn’t? Last time I checked, he’s had four seasons and enough coaches to fill a bus depot.

kinger_OIL

Andy Dufresne:
I think Gustavsson is viewed as a low cost option that won’t be lost to Vegas,is a small enough dollar commitment to allow Brossoit the opportunity to compete for the role of backup, and will minimize the financial damage if some other more robust option has to be brought in mid season. I think there is a correlation in the NHL between your confidence in your Starter and the dollars you spend on a back-up

– yeah except in terms of a back-up, on a sh$t team, they needed to aim higher.

– especially when their starter wasn’t anything special last year

blackadder

Yakupov is a complementary player, he doesn’t drive the play but he has the talent to keep up with those that do. He also needs a lot of direction on the ice, that’s one of the reasons why he did well a couple of years ago, because he had a centre directing him. I’d like to see him with Lucic and McDavid. McDavid can get him the puck in open areas, and Lucic will tell him where he needs to be on the ice.

Acumen

I think the smart play is to keep Yakupov and put him in the absolute best position to succeed. At the very least you try the pump and dump before dumping him for spare parts.

With Lucic being McDavids number one fan and by any reasonable prognosis being brought in to look over his shoulder and cash his passes we have a top notch duo likely playing the sheltered minutes. They are looking for a RWer to ride shotgun and in limited minutes with McDavid last year, Yak shot the lights out. While I know the last couple years have done damage to his rep, it would be wise to look at his injuries last year, consider his development to this point andrre-read his draft year scouting reports. If he hits his potential, even the halfway mark, that’s an effective scorer in a top 6 role.

Besides this, we can say without question that Yakupov is an emotional guy. Firing him out the gates with the best Center of this generation and a dude who will have his back in any conflict is the type of move that makes him feel like a welcome member of the team and does wonders for his confidence.

This is not a player to discard. This is a player you try to unlock, and one that desperately wants the acceptance of a team, managemen, and city. Try at all costs to make him who he is.

Dumping him now would be Miro Satan 2.0.

Centre of attention

Bomber14: But in essence they are applying for the same job. Imo ebs is mcdavids right winger. If that’s the case, would you seriously play nuge or draisatl on the 3rd line just to give yak ANOTHERshot at top 6 duties? Especially afterhe asked for a trade? Not me. I’d rather see pakiranen on the 3rd line than yak. And even further I’d rather see puljujärvi on the 3rd line before pak. Good problem to have I guess

No, you put Draisaitl third line so he can murder soft opposition and help tip the ice in the Oilers favor. Pittsburgh style.

If your third line can keep possession in the offensive zone, your first line can hop out against maybe the enemies third line and you have a good chance at scoring.

I agree with your premise that there are indeed lots of options or RW though. So why then do you want to move Drai there, when there are already plenty of options including Yak?

Do you want to move Drai there merely to shove Yak off the roster? That is short sighted IMO.

BONVIE

Lowetide: They are not applying for the same job. This reminds me of the Schremp v. Pouliot argument a decade ago.

They are applying for 3rd and 4th line right wing.