THE HOCKEY NEWS!

by Lowetide

If I spent a year trying to describe the excitement I felt when the Rexall Drugstore would call to tell me of the arrival of July’s edition of The Hockey News, it would still not grasp the moment. Mrs. Stenmark (she had a daughter I had a crush on, but so did every other young male in town) would call, my Mom would leave the message by the phone and I would drop by home during my paper route. I would check all during July, making sure it didn’t have to wait overnight. I would read every story on every page, and then do it again. I would read the transactions, mull over the major items (Derek Sanderson a Ranger???) and figure out a way to screw the Canadiens. God I loved those days. The July THN would have all the transactions, the GM comments and maybe a line from the coach about how he would use his new star player—plus the draft, featuring a picture of Clarence Campbell with the first overall pick. Campbell couldn’t pick a one of them out of a police lineup, but a few short years later someone had to pick Campbell out of one.

MILAN LUCIC SIGNS

Travis Yost is one of my favorite writers, so when he focuses on the Oilers it is an enjoyable experience. Yost knows the value of Connor McDavid (no extra points for that) and the Nuge—and I believe a lot of people miss that second one. Yost wrote an article yesterday on net-front presence, and found Lucic to be very poor in his metric (rebounds-per-60) which may come as a big surprise to you. I have seen Lucic for much of his career and he really is an odd duck. Lucic is a very good passer, and can score off the rush—something none of the almost-Lucic’s can boast. He does not shoot a lot—really, he doesn’t, but he can pile up the assists in a way that makes him unique among big wingers. You will have to watch him for awhile to really see his game. He is great on the forecheck, a steamroller on entries and puck battles, and a high percentage (not volume) shooter.

EVEN-STRENGTH ASSISTS, LW IN 2015-16

  1. Jussi Jokinen 34
  2. Johnny Gaudreau 33
  3. Jamie Benn 32
  4. Artemi Panarin 31
  5. Taylor Hall 31
  6. Jonathan Huberdeau 30
  7. Milan Lucic 29

Among LWs, Lucic is tied for No. 14 in even-strength goals (18) and No. 52 in shots on goal (124) with the final total being all situations. In the time I have watched Milan Lucic—which is his entire career—I can tell you that expecting 200 shots in a year will end in disappointment. Perhaps it would help if I put Lucic in per 82gp structure:

  • 20-30-50, 136 shots

Lucic helps in possession, and he will surprise you with his passing. He is extremely able in physical battles and being aggressive. He will not score 20 goals on 200 shots, and you will be surprised at his ability to score off the rush. Milan Lucic is a truly unique NHL player. I think he will play Wayne Cashman to McDavid, retrieving pucks and getting into position to receive one. His goals total is likely to increase, but check that assist total at the end of the season. Lucic is a lot more than a man who can block out the sun.

BOB GREEN VERSUS BOB MCKENZIE

mckenzie 2016 draftWell, that is a little loud and I apologize. Interesting to see that the Oilers list and the McKenzie rankings lined up pretty well—and I am a big fan of Benson over Hajek at No. 32 overall. The first three players Edmonton drafted are bona fide prospects taken around the expected area and none of them have a fatal flaw (Niemelainen can skate). Can’t wait to watch these young men  in draft +1. Benson’s health is the big worry, that’s for sure.

PRE-SEASON/WORLD CUP

The Oilers first pre-season games (it is a doubleheader against Calgary) will take place on Monday, September 26. The World Cup of Hockey will be in full bloom, with another week (closes October 1) to go. A bunch of Oilers management and coaching staff will be at the World Cup, while at the same time things will be happening in a very important pre-season back home. Does anyone else think this is a concern? No? Bueller?

FORENSICS

Dallas Eakins, Stu MacGregor, Morey Gare, Brad Davis, Kent Hawley and Billy Moores were all let go as the forensics found culprits and sent them away. Now that the draft is done and the decisions have been made, will there be others to go? If the Oilers do have some people to let go, expect the announcement on a Friday in summer.

THE RE SERIES BEGINS MONDAY

I have 35 RE’s that will roll out in the next month or so, in two styles (RE and TC Hopefuls). The first one rolls off the assembly line on Monday morning (unless something breaks) and I have narrowed the musical field to: Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, CANCON and whatever you suggest that I take a liking too.

PETER CHIARELLI’S SUMMER

  • Traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson
  • Signed free agent Milan Lucic
  • Signed free agent Jonas Gustavsson
  • Signed free agent Mark Fraser
  • Signed free agent Taylor Beck
  • Signed first-round pick Jesse Puljujarvi

In a way, it was a franchise-altering summer, but in another way it feels incomplete. If the Oilers are looking for a goalie in November, would you be surprised? And the Mark Fraser and Taylor Beck additions seem to miss the mark—although the summer is not yet complete and things can change.

OILERS PROJECTED ROSTER 2016-17

PROJECTED LINEUP JUL 13

I think this is going to be the lineup, with Mark Fraser and Anton Lander possibly being vulnerable. I also think Griffin Reinhart could come in and outplay several other defensemen and still get sent down—that bonus is not helping. I wonder if agents and players would push to alter the rule in the next CBA? Any rule that impedes player progress should be altered, in my opinion.

One other thing: No puck mover and PP QB yet, wonder if McLellan and Woodcroft are cobbling together PP lineups with a forward playing on defense. Nuge? Eberle?

NHLE’S

  1. L Drake Cagguila 22-22-44
  2. R Patrick Russell 17-17-34
  3. L Jere Sallinen 10-15-25
  4. R Tyler Pitlick 7-15-22
  5. C Jujhar Khaira 8-13-21
  6. R Anton Slepyshev 10-7-17
  7. C Bogdan Yakimov 5-11-15
  8. C Kyle Platzer 5-9-14
  9. R Greg Chase 2-12-14

Among the forwards not listed in my assumed lineup, the NHLE’s offer us some clues about possible callups. If Drake Caggiula can post some crooked numbers in Bakersfield, we could see him during the 2016-17 campaign. Patrick Russell is interesting, but his scouting report flags him for not speeding, and with this roster that is going to be a real challenge. Jere Sallinen and Tyler Pitlick have pro experience and could get a push via injury and I think Jujhar Khaira likely has a better chance than that to make this team. If Edmonton chooses Khaira over Lander, I would not be massively surprised. No real indication about the Russians, beyond they have enough talent and Slepyshev combines size and speed but the numbers didn’t come year 1 in North America.

OILERS 50-MAN LIST

50-man

I like the increased balance on this roster, and there has been a slight (SLIGHT!) improvement in the Leftorium. I don’t really know the gap between Taylor Hall and Milan Lucic, nor the gap between Adam Larsson and Jason Demers—only that it has been a painful summer. Maybe it will be followed by a 40-win winter, it does look as though the Oilers will have two pairings who can play.

https://twitter.com/generalfanager/status/753907736669282304

Crickets on David Musil, perhaps we hear something today. I honestly wonder what Musil and his agent might be thinking at this time. If he comes back to the organization, what then? My guess is something gets done, Musil goes to Bakersfield and works hard to either get a chance with Edmonton—or possibly a break in expansion. I had Tom Lynn on the Lowdown yesterday, and he was all about telling his players to have the best possible season in 2016-17. Although getting to free agency next summer is ideal, suspect agents are a big part of trades these days (finding a good landing spot for their client). Musil might be such a player.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. The Open, CFL Week 4 and the Blue Jays chances.
  • Sunil Agnihotri, Copper & Blue plus The SuperFan. What is the gap between Hall and Lucic? Plus figuring out this summer.
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Hall versus Larsson a few weeks on: Do we feel the same? Plus, Eskimos on a roll.
  • Dean Millard, TSN1260. The Open.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Friday!

 

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Fog of Warts,

Chasing Princess Peach on Rainbow Road!

G Money

OK, dammit, I’m trying to reply to Vishcosity, and the site is eating every post!!

Will try in the next thread (after I retrieve my oldest child from the Rec centre).

G Money

McSorley33: But I am not sure G will get quicker.

That said, I’m pretty quick already. Not great for top end speed, but acceleration and all-directions mobility are excellent.

Of course, at the current time, demonstrations of these characteristics are followed shortly by demonstrations of how to take care of an inflamed knee and/or achilles.

freedomisamyth

I was worried about the World Cup schedule as well until I looked at the actual schedule. The first pre-season game is after the likely end of tournament for most of our players. Highly doubt the under-24 team makes the semi-finals and their last game is Sept 21, so McDavid, Nuge, Chia and Mclellan should all be back with the team far before the first pre-season game (and the first game is usually mostly scrubs on both teams anyways). Team europe’s last game is the same day. Team Europe has a decent chance to make the semi-finals, so Drai and Sekera may be a little late getting back to the team, but as long as Europe doesn’t make the finals, they should still be good to play in the second Pre-season game.

rickithebear

D that are above league average top 90
SA/60
HSCA/60
PKGA

Lindholm ANA
Manson ANA
Despres ANA
Pesce CAR
Prout CBJ
Jokipakka CGY
Campbell CHI
Smith DET
Davidson EDM
Klefbom EDM
Larsson EDM
Martinez LAK
Muzzin LAK
Spurgeon MIN
Petry MTL
A. Greene NJD
Ekholm NSH
Ellis NSH
Josi NSH
Dehaan NYI
Dumoulin PIT
Burns SJS
Dillon SJS
Schlemko SJS
Gunnarson STL
Shattenkirk STL
Parayko STL
Garrison TMP
Stralman TMP
Alzner WSH
Carlson WSH
Niskanen WSH
M. Weber UFA
J-M Liles UFA
M. Carle UFA

Water Fire

Best of the weekend friends, I’m off for what looks to be a soggy camping trip with my tribe of hooligans at a beautiful and remote BC mountain lake.

vishcosity

Regarding time machines, we just got back from a week on a northern california (mendo) farm. For anyone interested in a view of the future, check this link. Its a green house with a retractable roof for light deprivation. The brown thing is a swamp cooler and on the right are chardonnay grapes that didn’t get ripped out for this project.

Anyway, G I can’t find your email address. For everyone else, scroll away.

1. If you divide DFF by 38, it would read 1.00 for average, .90 is sub par, 1.30 is elite…I just think it would be easier, at least for me.

2. I’m suggesting you build a formula because I want to play around with it. While you keep the formulas private, I cannot modulate them and thus cannot find my own regressions. I’d love to change the relative weights of the shot multipliers and see if other patterns form. for instance, instead of making a slap shot 2x, I’d like to try a logarithmic regression from some high probability origin, and similarly, if there was a corsi event within .5 seconds of a backhand (rebound) then I want to consider that as a wiley veteran’s shot/pass and see if it changes the data.

3. Regarding zone starts, I remember that study, its been shared before, and again I think they’re just tracking zone starts wrong. I don’t know how to fix it, but to me its clear that when Getslaf’s line just jumped over the boards, Lindholm has the puck behind his net, TMc taps a shoulder for the next line up, it’s probably Hendricks and not Yak. That to me is a hard zone start and if he turns it into an ozone high danger chance, I think that is a giant event, as yet, not considered by your metric.

I can barely program hypertext and I apparently skipped class during Lotus 123. I can’t program scripts but could probably figure out to make a quadratic equation to include 2D integrals and get to use the computer whenever the lady is having a nap.

Gret99zky: RE the RE: There is a higher probability Nana Mouskouri is chosen for the RE series than a band the younger crowd listens to or suggested. But I guess that’s where the onion meets the belt.

I actually laughed out loud. Classic.

Water Fire

And also Dan Hicks,to give the young bucks some musikal ejumukation.

Edit: bucks and does that is

Water Fire

I can see nobody is ‘man’ enough to admit they liked my Air Supply plug, so I toss in the ring Roger Whitaker, for next time.

McSorley33

godot10,

Griffin Reinhart isn’t slow or soft physically.
********************************************
Respectfully, GR has slow feet at the NHL level.

I love the kid. D take longer to ripen…for sure. But I am not sure G will get quicker. I would love to be proven wrong.

I thought he played exremely well with Oesterle. But make no mistake he needed to have a high end skater with him.

This will likely limit GR’s ceiling.

Obviously, he has a ton of tools though…

kinger_OIL

godot10:
Griffin Reinhart isn’t slow or soft physically.At the start of last season, he was slow in his decision making, or lacked assertiveness in his decision-making, which made him look slow and soft.He was trying too hard not to make a mistake.instead of just playing.

His second stint at the end of the season was much better.

Nurse is the exact opposite of Reinhart.He was overly assertive, which meant it looked like he was running around like a chicken with his head cut off.

Reinhart has to channel a bit of Nurse.And Nurse has to channel a bit of Reinhart and the Oilers will have too really good defensemen.

– I have no clue if this assessement is correct, but I really like the story!

Chachi

godot10: If Lowetide does Simon, I hope he uses the original artists, and not Simon’s uncredited interpretation of them.

Paul Simon is right up there with Jimmy Page in using the work of others uncredited.

#culturalplagiarists

El Condor Pasa the royalties to those Peruvian pan flute virtuousos, right? Its not Scarborough fair that he profited off of olde-timey literature right? Cecilia in court Paul!

godot10

Griffin Reinhart isn’t slow or soft physically. At the start of last season, he was slow in his decision making, or lacked assertiveness in his decision-making, which made him look slow and soft. He was trying too hard not to make a mistake. instead of just playing.

His second stint at the end of the season was much better.

Nurse is the exact opposite of Reinhart. He was overly assertive, which meant it looked like he was running around like a chicken with his head cut off.

Reinhart has to channel a bit of Nurse. And Nurse has to channel a bit of Reinhart and the Oilers will have too really good defensemen.

Soup Fascist

Bruce McCurdy: Serious question, how could a hypothetical question involving a time machine be a serious question?

How do we know you are not asking this question from the future, Bruce?

2nd question, did the Cubs win the World Series in 2016?

rickithebear

Top 60:
Comp
HSCA D
SA/60
PKGA/60

2007 NHL Draft
#5 Alzner

2008 NHL Draft
#2 Doughty
#32 Josi

2009 NHL draft
#12 De Haan

2011 NHL Draft:
#4 Larsson SWE
#10 Brodin
#19 Klefbom
#160 Manson

#2012 NHl Draft
#6 Lindholm
—————————————————-
Top 90 comp
Top 60
HSCA D
SA/60 D
Top 60 PKGA

2008 Draft
#27 Carlson
#32 Voynov

2009 Draft
#11 Ellis

2010 NHl Draft
#162 Davidson

there are 12 current from the 2007 to 2015 draft.

Would love to snag ALzner a UFA next year.

Woogie63

If GR is good enough to make the team and help them win, there are lots of levers for PC to pull to get a thoroughbred into the line-up.

Letestu, Hendricks or Pouliot trades come to mind. Nurse to the farm is another

godot10

Aron_S:
Just wanted to throw my two cents in: if it’s between Cash and Simon, my vote is for Simon.

Both are excellent, but I feel like Simon nails the LT feel from the RE series.

If Lowetide does Simon, I hope he uses the original artists, and not Simon’s uncredited interpretation of them.

Paul Simon is right up there with Jimmy Page in using the work of others uncredited.

#culturalplagiarists

Gerta Rauss

Love the man in black and Paul Simon, but I vote for the Cancon option. It might be my only chance to get Rush, Lightfoot and Cockburn in the RE series (my perennial votes)

N64

Bag of Pucks: Btw, you’ve quoted LT’s copy with my handle here. Not sure what the intention is, but if LT says Mrs. Stenmark had a lovely daughter, I’m sure she was a total smoke-show.

Fixed.

That was Fog of Warts/DMW copy. Or is there something going on here that we don’t know about? 😉

Doug McLachlan

The thunder and lightening coming pretty fast and furious downtown – another Oiler trade about to happen? Hockey gods do not seem pleased.

LT, if you are taking RE-requests, I have to say the Hip for all the reasons cited by everyone. So many good options for iconic tracks. Two that I haven’t seen mentioned that I’m rather partial to are “My Music At Work” and “Gift Shop”. Whatever you choose, I know we will love it but the Hip do seem appropriate.

From the small sample size department, I see that Adam Larsson had the top pair placement and top TOI numbers from Sweden’s World Championship entry this year in St. Petersberg. Only 8 games but 4pts and 21 shots in 8games is not bad. He was the only NHLer to start with the team (Erik Gustafsson and Mattias Ekholm were airlifted in as Chi and Nsh were eliminated from the playoffs).

I also see that another piece fell into place in St. Louis. Jaden Schwartz for $5.4 over 5 years is a really good number for them. Poor kid got hammered in negotiations by his injury in a contract year. May have cost him a million a year.

Not sure if it is enough to let the Blues resign Shattenkirk but they may have more certainly now, if not more flexibility.

Bag of Pucks

~ Hall of Shame ~: It’s never too late for a time machine. Hypothetically.

Btw, you quoted LT’s copy with my handle on this reply. Not sure what the intention is, but if LT says Mrs. Stenmark had a lovely daughter, I’m sure she was a total smoke-show.

Bag of Pucks

~ Hall of Shame ~: Time Machines. A metaphor for blogs. Lots of big talk, but do they ever change anything?

Big talk gets a bad rap. I prefer it to small talk.

N64

Bag of Pucks: Hypothetically and theoretically.

Time Machines. A metaphor for blogs. Lots of big talk, but do they ever change anything?

Bag of Pucks

~ Hall of Shame ~: It’s never too late for a time machine. Hypothetically.

Hypothetically and theoretically.

Bag of Pucks

admiralmark: Didnt we draft for need when we chose Klefbom in the 1st round that year? Center and a D.. seems about right.

I’m sure that’s what they were thinking, but unfortunately wanting to have their cake and eat it too didn’t turn out so well.

Very aggravating draft year for me that season. All of us who wanted to drafted Larsson were overwhelmed by the contingent saying you A) can’t draft for need & B) can’t draft a D that high. It has to be a F.

So, we pass over the D and then end up trading a 1st OV for him anyway.

I’m not sure about about the RE, but a perfect song for Oilers fans is ‘Give me back my bullets!’

N64

Bag of Pucks: In my experience, all the best questions involve a time machine.

It’s never too late for a time machine. Hypothetically.

Bag of Pucks

Bruce McCurdy: Serious question, how could a hypothetical question involving a time machine be a serious question?

In my experience, all the best questions involve a time machine.

New Improved Darkness

Mrs. Stenmark (she had a daughter I had a crush on, but so did every other young male in town) would call, my Mom would leave the message by the phone and I would drop by home during my paper route.

That sentence. It’s a crab catcher. At the track, if you take the corner just slightly too fast, and you scrub—even a little—it will take you a long time to fully recover. You’re so dead.

How To Be The Fastest Motherfucker At The Go-Kart Track

First things first, we must be attentive. While we wait for our turn, it’s easy to get suckered into conversations with our buddies about GT500s, breasts, superchargers, breasts, quarter-mile times and, of course, breasts.

Wait a moment, what were we talking about again?—oh, right—that sentence. The one with the breasts.

The worst thing you can do with an indoor go-kart is scrub speed. Full power, flicking the car like a demented rally driver is exciting, but it’s slow. Indoor karting is a game of momentum, where the guy that lifts slightly to avoid sliding, mixed with silky smooth steering, will be the fastest.

Here’s the problem:

Mrs. Stenmark (she had a daughter I had a crush on, but so did every other young male in town) would call—uh, oh right, we were back at “Mrs Stenmark” before we started talking about breasts—my Mom—whoa! breasts overboard!—would leave the message by the phone and I would drop by home during my paper route.

Ignoring the gratuitous trigger word (“mom”), there’s still that mental hitch as we backtrack to “Mrs Stenmark”. She’s not well anchored yet in the narrative—just those two words of address are firmly planted; we’re still digesting the biographical scrap that the dowdy old dame with the heart of gold might well have been a looker herself back in the day—and while that sinks in, there’s a little hitch as our minds reach around the breasts (18 words ago—mmmmm eighteen) and there goes narrative propulsion.

So we’re all in the tires now, but no worries, because it was a wipe-out worth having (maiboxes, yes; parking meters, not so much), and we’re hammering madly to get back onto the track—like it’s the first day of miniskirt season.

———

From the writer’s perspective, this tends to happen when the subject and predicate are a pair of taciturn, church-going Anglo-Saxons (good morning “Mrs Stenmark”—”a fine morning it is”; “good to see you “Would Call”—”I so loved your sermon last week”—”why, you’re too kind”) wind up seated at opposite ends of a long pew.

So you try seating the pew like this:

Mrs. Stenmark would call (she had a daughter I had a crush on, but so did every other young male in town), my Mom would leave the message by the phone and I would drop by home during my paper route.

Now everything is wrong.

This dodge works some of the time, but not this time. Along with all the surface problems, it draws the reader into the wrong story. If Mrs Stenmark is calling because Lowetide had a crush on her daughter, why are we digressing here into the horn-dog multitudes? Get with it pal, good or bad, you’re in the ring, on the horn, standing or swimming, stacking the blockers or flashing the leather, one way or another getting it done.

Of course, we’ve seen this story before. No doubt she’s calling to return some wayward personal effect—yet again.

This male smitten
has lost his mitten
Now slink like a sheep
and say not a peep
With a mitten to fetch
when rather you’d retch.

———

A year to explain your excitement? Mr Lowetide, your therapy shall prove very expensive. Pinch a penny would you, and try Wikipedia under “conditioned response”. Now it’s not like Rexall was the only drug store in town, was it, young man? The Stenmark semaphores semaphore became quite the annual ritual, wouldn’t you say, or can’t you recall? Hmmmm?

———

Now where were we? Oh yes, we were talking Kart.

In writing, you can scrub a bit of speed here and there, but it quickly adds up.

And there’s simply no foreseeable logic to the cost of any given verbal interlude. One interlude adds to the picture, while same words elsewhere snag on the context.

Rule # 11,345: on maintaining the minimum required cognitive distance between “breasts” and “mom”

Rule # 11,345-A: mom-distance after overt mention of breasts

Rule # 11,345-B: mom-distance with breasts merely implied

Rule # 11,345-C: mom-distance with especially awesome breasts implied

The denser you pack the Dagwood sandwich, the more risk you take on that the two plump olives and the cornichon self-assemble into the nun bun’s mischievous older brother (Lazar! dress properly! you’re scaring your sister).

———

In narrative, the really big stories rarely lack for scalloped cowlings. The roar of the engine, the lash of the sea, the implacable, unseen adversary. If you stick to business, it tells itself.

There’s a Dilbert cartoon I can’t presently find. I think it begins with Dilbert relating to Dogbert that a first date went well, because she laughed at his best story.

Dogbert: You know, most people are social liabilities. They only have nine good stories. Then what?

Dilbert: Have I ever told you about the time I … [forgotten bit].

Dogbert: That’s still only nine good stories.

So, errrm, we embellish. It’s not so much the story, but how you tell the story. We add scalloped cowlings.

And breasts.

———

Unfortunately, the cowlings giveth, and the cowlings taketh away. Wind tunnel, take seventeen (mmmmm, seventeen).

Instability Questions About Zumwalt Destroyer Are Nothing New

As the U.S. Navy is poised to award the first construction contracts on its new multibillion-dollar DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer, experts in and outside the Navy say the radical new hull design might be unstable.

Given just the right conditions, some say, it could even roll over.

At least eight current and former officers, naval engineers and architects and naval analysts interviewed for this article expressed concerns about the ship’s stability.

One former flag officer, asked about DDG 1000, responded by putting out his hand palm down, then flipping it over. “You mean this?” he asked.

Ken Brower, a civilian naval architect with decades of naval experience was even more blunt: “It will capsize in a following sea at the wrong speed if a wave at an appropriate wavelength hits it at an appropriate angle.”

You fiddle the words around so as not to scrub propulsion, and nothing seems to work, until you just go “fuck the quartering wave, full steam ahead, MORE kitchen sink”.

With enough kitchen sink—if you’re lucky—maybe you bounce right off the tires, and back into traffic.

———

Did I ever tell you about my perfect frame?

You bowl? Rented shoes by the hour? I never would have guessed.

Noooo, not bowling. It was Kart—my perfect frame on the Kart track.

What?!

And now they’re hooked.

N64

JDï™: Trickle down economics, v1.0!

Also some sports economics from Grampa in that ramble:

…then we’d all watch football, which in those days was called baseball…

JD_Wry

~ Hall of Shame ~: dropping coins on people…

Trickle down economics, v1.0!

N64

Chachi: Ah! Bach!

You see, bach in those days, rich men would ride around in Zeppelins, dropping coins on people…

N64

JDï™: Nurse.

The boy skates backwards just about as well as he does forwards.

And his play is upside down at points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36ykl2tJwZM

JD_Wry

~ Hall of Shame ~: Who gets the Crab Canon?

Nurse.

The boy skates backwards just about as well as he does forwards.

Chachi

JDï™:

Or how about a fugue RE series?

Ah! Bach!

admiralmark

Bag of Pucks:
Serious question, if we could do a time machine re-draft now, should we have simply drafted for need with Larsson or stuck with BPA for Nuge?

Didnt we draft for need when we chose Klefbom in the 1st round that year? Center and a D.. seems about right. 😛

N64

JDï™: Or how about a fugue RE series?

Music and Math in Harmony. Gold. Jerry. Gold.

Who gets the Crab Canon? Asking for a Lobster.

JD_Wry

Am I too late to nominate Glenn Gould?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_y6q4m0vew

Or how about a fugue RE series?

Diesel

Bruce McCurdy: the Oilers’ … man … better know WTF he is doing.

Should be fine.

lol.

Yegfoundation

Bag of Pucks,

I’ll be cheering for Taylor, poor guy is correct. However, I’m happy he got out of Edmonton.

N64
lynn

Bruce McCurdy:
Hendricks’ most common 5v5 linemates in 2015-16:

Mark Letestu — 374 mins
Lauri Korpikoski — 312 mins


Anton Lander — 124 mins
Iiro Pakarinen — 102 mins

All others <100 minutes. Safe to say, QualTeam = Dregs.

Interesting to compare the +/- of these players, especially the main two who each was on Hendricks’ line for roughly half of Hendy’s 713 minutes:

Hendricks +2, BEST among regular Oilers forwards
Letestu -21, WORST among regular Oilers forwards
Korpikoski -17, SECOND WORST among regular Oilers forwards

How can this be?

Hendricks with Letestu 53.3% GF%; Letestu apart 23.7%
Hendricks with Korpse 46.7% GF%; Korpse apart 28.6%

Hendricks with Lander 100% (!) GF%; Lander apart 28.0%
Hendricks with Pakarinen 66.7% GF%; Pakarinen apart 35.5%

In particular, the defensive record of all these players went to shit when not with Hendricks. Here is each players GA60 WOWY relative to Hendricks:

Letestu: 1.12 / 3.40
Korpse: 1.54 / 3.32
Lander: 0.00 / 2.53
Pakarinen: 0.59 / 2.56

Not sure I would conclude from all this that Matt Hendricks is done.

Jujhar Khaira played only 15 games with the Oilers last season. He played with RNH and Eberle, but he also played on the fourth line. Is it possible to factor him in with your analysis?

I have high hopes for Jujhar this season. He has surprised throughout his young career–from the BCHL to pro–and stops between. My guess is, by the last third of next season, Jujhar will be a versatile LWer or centre in the bottom six.

99266in87

Kiltymcbagpipes,

Like I said, I’ve related to you almost all the time. I respect your ability to debate intensely in this forum. 45 yrs in hockey, 20 years coaching. Inactive last 4 years. Chia’s name gets drawn out in the muck over the trade, but honestly, don’t underestimate the power and influence Coach has. Been there. As you would know, everything you need as a coach, you get. Pretty sure TMac was the one who OK’d the change. Silence from some is pretty loud.

Ca$h-McMoney!

Picturesque: I’d also vote for the Hip, even just to see who gets “Nautical Disaster”.

Now I was in a lifeboat designed for ten and ten only
Anything that systematic would get you hated
It’s not a deal nor a test nor a love of something fated
The selection was quick, the crew was picked in order
And those left in the water
Got kicked off our pant leg

Chiarelli.

Yakupov gets Cordelia in my book. A favorite of mine.

Bruce McCurdy

Bag of Pucks:
Serious question, if we could do a time machine re-draft now, should we have simply drafted for need with Larsson or stuck with BPA for Nuge?

Serious question, how could a hypothetical question involving a time machine be a serious question?

Bag of Pucks

Serious question, if we could do a time machine re-draft now, should we have simply drafted for need with Larsson or stuck with BPA for Nuge?

Protagonist

I hate to be “that guy” when it comes to the Hip, but they are a great Canadian band, and this may be the last RE series that you can have them do the music for while all the original members are alive. :S Tragically Hip or nothing, and fsck cancer.

Bruce McCurdy

Jaxon: Actually, I don’t think many professional scouts would consider Reinhart soft. They may say he should be more physical, but I doubt many or any would call him soft.

I remember people used to call Randy Gregg “soft”, primarily because he didn’t make it a point of trying to run an opponent through the wall once a period or so. The antipathy of some fans towards big defenders who play more of a “contain” game than a “kill ’em” game has been around longer than I have. Which is to say, a long time.

alice13

I’d love to see an RE themed on a year, that would allow you to mine all kinds of genres and artists with short (one hit wonders!) catalogs. Then we could enjoy the breadth and eclectic depth of your musical curiosity. 35 tracks by one artist always gets to feel like strip mining, where this would be more like picking blueberries at the Waterhen.

Just in case you weren’t getting enough advice already on this matter….

Bag of Pucks

Picturesque: I’d also vote for the Hip, even just to see who gets “Nautical Disaster”.

Well, ‘the screaming filled my head all day’ whenever I watched Jultz lose his pinch on the PP.

Bag of Pucks

https://www.nhl.com/news/taylor-hall-to-wear-number-9-with-devils/c-281165246

Seems appropriate, he always reminded me of Glenn Anderson a tad.

Starting his 7th season, I think Taylor will be playing for his 6th HC, correct? Poor bastard.

He might make a good coach some day. He’s certainly getting exposure to a LOT of them.