RE 16-17 JESSE PULJUJARVI: POWDERFINGER

by Lowetide

Jesse Puljujarvi is about to leave the back country of Finland, the wide open bandy places, and come to the big city. Armed with bountiful natural hockey gifts, the widest smile on the planet and a suitcase full of dreams, he arrives in a city where lottery picks meet enormous pressure, starting day one. Godspeed, young man. (Powderfinger)

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RE 16-17: 65GP, 14-14-28 .431

  1. How did you arrive at his RE? I used Aleksander Barkov as a template, and then added a little because Edmonton will give him a push.
  2. Truly, you have a dizzying intellect. Great movie.
  3. It seems low. Well, I have him in the minors for about 20 games, and I do think he will play up and down the depth chart. This is a bit of a sticky wicket you know.
  4. Why? Once again, the Oilers are up in the air in some of their skill spots. I am left dividing up the skill minutes between about five guys for three spots.
  5. Who gets the short end? If you have to ask the question…
  6. Dammit! I know. Maybe they will trade him, or pull a Gerry Odrowski.
  7. Who will JP play with? I think the ideal spot is 3line with center Leon Draisaitl and LW Patrick Maroon. I think the Oilers will push him up to a Pouliot—Nuge line and he will also get power-play time.
  8. What about McDavid? Eventually, but I think the Oilers will use Eberle (for the most part) in that spot for the coming season. That is an area (RW for Lucic-McDavid) I could see Yakupov getting at times.
  9. Tell me about his season. I think he probably impresses during training camp—they always do, with that Oiler push—but at some point we see him spend time in Bakersfield. I do think he will dominate down there and be back, where the pucks go in at a rapid enough rate to stay in the mix.
  10. How far back is he from Matthews and Laine? Corey Pronman: Jesse Puljujarvi is a fantastic prospect, one of the best under-18 players to ever don the Finland jersey. His 16- and 17-year-old performances at the IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) are among the all-time greats. He’s big, skilled, fast and advanced in his play. He’s just not at the same level as Matthews and Laine. I can’t think of one attribute he’s substantially better at than Matthews, except for possibly his physical play; he’s quicker than Laine and a little better defensively. They have him beat in every other area, either marginally or notably. Source
  11. Still, amazing. Peter Chiarelli fell ass over tea kettle into Connor McDavid and Jesse Puljujarvi year over year upon arrival. He should be able to parlay that good fortune into at least one Stanley Cup. Seriously.
  12. We talk often about pairs as opposed to lines. Who might he pair well with? Ideally, you would like to see JP and McDavid have a long run of success. They are similar in age (McDavid is 16 months older) and the Oilers have six or more years with this possible tandem. Music.
  13. What about Nuge? The two-way acumen Pronman described is interesting and we may get there. Nuge would be an excellent mentor to JP, but I would prefer to keep the rookie away from the tough minutes.
  14. Where would you like him in the Vollman sledgehammer? Great question. Lower right, soft parade with a zone start push. Put him in the best possible position to succeed.
  15. What kind of player will he be? Comparisons to Mats Sundin have bubbled up, I will need to see him for a time. He is big, strong, sturdy, still, quick, but how smart is he? Could he be a center? Will the language issue cost him a year? That sometimes happens you know. You usually need a very good brain to play center. We need to get to know Puljujarvi, and that begins this fall.
  16. How many rookies play more than 25 games for the Oilers this year? Not many.
  17. How many do you have in your RE series? I have three men playing more than 20 games who could be classified as rookies.
  18. I thought you would have a post on the imminent Keith Gretzky signing today. I will talk about it on the Lowdown, with Scott Burnside, Jon Willis and Kirk Luedeke—who is very familiar with the subject matter.
  19. Why would they hire Gretzky, Bob Green is doing a great job. Gretzky is apparently being brought in as assistant general manager, so his job will entail much more than amateur scouting. That said, another set of eyes is a good idea and the Bruins did choose some fine talent (Pastrnak, others) during Gretzky’s time as scouting director. No matter what happens in trade and free agency, the key to Stanley comes from the entry draft—that is a universal truth since its inception in 1969 (the first real universal entry draft).
  20. Is this RE reflective of how you would like to see JP spend 2016-17? No. I would like to see him dominate the AHL (or Sm-Liiga) for at least half a season—making sure he can hit the ground running.
  21. Edmonton needs him in the NHL. The Oilers could play Yakupov in his spot—or sign Radim Vrbata today and create a roadblock, but they won’t because lottery picks make the team out of training camp.
  22. Can he win the Calder Trophy? Yes. I would say Puljujarvi has an excellent chance to play 60+ games on this team and could get substantial power-play time. I have found a reasonable line in the sand, but he could blossom on a feature line. It is possible.
  23. Why this song? It is about a young man who is in over his head. I think Puljujarvi has the physical gifts to make the grade, but worry about the maturity and the change in culture. There is going to be a lot coming at him, suspect the Oilers will get him with Pakarinen or another Finn to help with the transition.
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GCW_69

bendelson: Fine.Pirri is AN answer.I do not believe he is a good answer – at all.

With Pirri you are adding… one-dimensional offensive depth?PP depth? Yet another player that requires sheltering?

Personally, I’d prefer they address 200-ft game depth and most definitely PK depth when looking to add to the bottom 6.You know… areas of weakness.

Versteeg would have been a better fit. 35-40 point guy with good possession numbers. I would also take Hudler. But the Oilers DO NOT make draft picks earn their jobs.

Signing Pirri would at least create competition for Yak. That’s a good thing, no?

GCW_69

Bank Shot:
Here’s hoping for ZERO NHL games in 16/17 for the young Fin.

Do the right thing Oilers.

If we are going to hope for something, let’s hope for JP dominating the AHL for fifty games forcing a call up, upon which he plays well.

But I will settle for hoping he is in the AHL until he dominates, even if that means spending the year down in Bakersfield.

Bank Shot

stevezie: Oh if you want to get a rw capable of keeping him down that’s a different story!

I’m just saying that if he makes the team and it’s not even close you’re kind of stuck. So If you want him down you can either hope he sucks in camp or get three better rws.

Right now we have one for sure and two maybes.

I’d bet a lot of money he sees NHL action.

Who wouldn’t? This is the Oilers we are talking about.

Puljujarvi will see lots of NHL action whether he’s ready or not!

Water Fire

Jethro Tull: This is not a bad thing.It implies good things are happening for him to be in close and allowed to shoot on the goal.

Agreed, but it means thinking he’s a PP shooter is likely misguided.

Use Yak and IP . Yak can do things more than they let him, but like a child he gets punished for not doing what needs to be done. Players that listen get the chances. That must be some kind of ego that leads these young men astray once they achieve their dream of making it.

To me it just seems easier to cooperate

AsiaOil

Howson leaving is good – another mgmt failure out of the picture. You don’t hope people lose their jobs, but this is business and failure is punished (or should be) and everyone knows that going in. Sentimentality is a big reason why so many unqualified people were hired and never fired in the Oilers org and it cost them dearly.

MacT is the last one who needs to leave (Lowe is Katz’s BOTB souvenir and is never leaving). How many years was his GM contract? I thought 5 but may very well be wrong. If so then I’d expect him to go next summer when it runs out. Got to pay him anyway so I guess Chia thinks you might as well get something out of it. MacT can scout and I have no complaints about the scouting/drafting since Chia took over.

OF17

bendelson: Fine.Pirri is AN answer.I do not believe he is a good answer – at all.

With Pirri you are adding… one-dimensional offensive depth?PP depth? Yet another player that requires sheltering?

Personally, I’d prefer they address 200-ft game depth and most definitely PK depth when looking to add to the bottom 6.You know… areas of weakness.

Alright, so who do you add? Who else is out there that makes the team better while costing barely anything? Vrbata is, but if you’re against Pirri, you’re probably against him. We can speculate as to whether or not guys like Wingels are available, but in the meantime, I can’t see how a team without Pirri is better than a team with him, and given that he’s a UFA on August 2nd, it’s not at all a stretch to think we could get him if we seriously pursued him. Not taking an improvement because it’s not as good of an improvement as you’d like isn’t a great way to build a team.

Water Fire

Jkj

DRFNsuperstar: It has been reported that Eberle has been working on his one timer this summer, maybe he has built up the necessary strength to be the top of the circle on the offside half wall…but I doubt. Eberle has always been a placement shooter as opposed to a power shooter, for this reason he probably ends up playing the bumper/ strongside corner. If they don’t sign a veteran like Vrbata I fear that half wall job is going to get Puljujärvi 70 games in the NHL this season.

On my phone didn’t see this and I agree

Jethro Tull

Water Fire: This is the reason Eberle scores from the paint a lot. He would not score if he wasn’t in close nearly as much IMO

This is not a bad thing. It implies good things are happening for him to be in close and allowed to shoot on the goal.

Water Fire

npanciroli:
There is one other reason I think he plays the whole year in Edmonton and puts up 40 ish points that I don’t see people talking about often.

He can play the Ovie spot on the PP as a RHS. From limited YouTube viewings, it looks like he can hammer it as well.

No one else on the team can do that unless Eberle is truly working on his one-timer this offseason.

This is true. A lot of younger players don’t seem to have much of a slap shot these days. If you want fo score from distance regularly its mandatory.

Eberle is a goal scorer, but not a shooter. He has a weaker shot and relies on accuracy timing and angles. To illustrate, Kessel is a shooter, Toffoli, of course Ovi, guys whose shots go in if they are on target because of velocity.

This is the reason Eberle scores from the paint a lot. He would not score if he wasn’t in close nearly as much IMO

bendelson

OF17: If the question is how to add legit NHL depth for close to no cost, how is Pirri not an answer? Or rather, how is that not a question we should always be asking?

Fine. Pirri is AN answer. I do not believe he is a good answer – at all.

With Pirri you are adding… one-dimensional offensive depth? PP depth? Yet another player that requires sheltering?

Personally, I’d prefer they address 200-ft game depth and most definitely PK depth when looking to add to the bottom 6. You know… areas of weakness.

stevezie

Bank Shot: Well by leaving the roster spot open you kind of ensure that “noone” is better than him.

Oh if you want to get a rw capable of keeping him down that’s a different story!

I’m just saying that if he makes the team and it’s not even close you’re kind of stuck. So If you want him down you can either hope he sucks in camp or get three better rws.

Right now we have one for sure and two maybes.

I’d bet a lot of money he sees NHL action.

theres oil in virginia

russ99: Well, Howson is gone, so that helps. Wish MacT was going with him, but Katz probably won’t let that happen. At the very least he needs to be out of hockey ops.Maybe next summer…

Maybe that’s the case (Katz not letting it happen), but for the 17th time, Chiarelli said he convinced MacT to stay on after Chiarelli took over and MacT was upset and wanted to leave. Chiarelli said he wouldn’t have taken the job unless he had full control. Seems pretty clear to me.

Ducey

stevezie:
Ducey,

Because at that price you can’t lose. If he stinks send him down and no cap hit. He’d be better than Letestu on the pp and Could maybe make JP making the team less than automatic. Not advocating for it, just saying at 650k you really just can’t lose.

bendelson:
Question:If Gagner was a bad idea (I agree he was), then what makes Pirri a good idea?
Neither player is a Chiarelli ‘type’.Neither player plays a 200
Ft game and it appears he will not improve a 3rd line made from spare parts…
I just don’t understand the interest in Pirri.

I think you lose anytime you sign a player that can’t help. Letestu > Gagner. They score about the same (Letestu had 25 points last year), one stays healthy, can PK, is a superb faceoff guy and is a true center. He can defend. He is well suited for the 4th line. The other is well, what is he good at? Shootouts? He had 3 points on the PP in 100 minutes, so its not the PP. Plus the Oilers have plenty of options there.

As for Pirri vs Gagner. Pirri has 160 NHL games, and never really got a good shot to establish himself. He is 25 and might have some upside. Gagner has 600+ NHL games, and is 27 (in a week). I think we know what he is.

I’d probably take Hudler for a year over either of them, and I have never liked Hudler.

LOObird

digger50:
I like where they are going with Bakersfield. Developing players plus adding some veterans. Truly building the Oilers includes Bakersfield and that winning culture we keep talking about has to include Bakersfield. Yes, the up and comers need time on ice, but they also need to earn it in a team with structure and values that mirror the big club.

I don’t agree with you here. I think ice time for your young players is the most important part of the minor leagues. Winning doesn’t do jack shit if you’ve got career minor leaguers playing all of the key roles on the team.

OF17

bendelson:
Thanks for the input guys…

Let me just say that if Pirri is the answer, I believe the Oilers may want to re-think the question.

If the question is how to add legit NHL depth for close to no cost, how is Pirri not an answer? Or rather, how is that not a question we should always be asking?

Bank Shot

stevezie:
Ducey,

Those who think JP shouldn’t see the NHL no matter what this year would do well to imagine what they’d feel like if they clearly earned a job only to have a wealthy organisation say, “Sorry, we think it’s best for your development that we pay you several million dollars less.”
You’re not exactly wrong, but you better bet that kind of decisionwon’t go over well or be easily forgotten.
If you want to keep him down you need someone better ahead of him.

Well by leaving the roster spot open you kind of ensure that “noone” is better than him. It’s an old chestnut that hasn’t worked well at all for the Oilers over the last ten years, and it’ll be blind luck if it works out for them this season.

We know JP won’t be as good as Eberle, so he isn’t getting the prime ice regardless.

Will JP be as good as Yak his first season? Maybe. It’s probably a long shot, even with the low bar.

Would he be good enough to play on the third or fourth line? Probably offensively. Wouldn’t doubt it, if JP needs to be heavily sheltered though, and that’s not good for the team.

Its pretty good odds that JP won;t be any better than a replacement level forward at 18. Lets go with realistic expectations and be surprised if he surpasses them rather than the other way around.

A year in the AHL never hurt anyone.

bendelson

Thanks for the input guys…

Let me just say that if Pirri is the answer, I believe the Oilers may want to re-think the question.

Centre of attention

stevezie:
Centre of attention,

Very true, though I believe Gagner has better advanced stats.

I fear Pirri blocks Yak, but on the other hand Yak really should be able to compete with Brandon Pirri at this point.

Pirri would be applying for 3rd line center I think. Yak and Pirri could end up on the same line, if you think about it haha.

I think they would bring in a Pirri type if Benoit Pouliot gets hurt early in the season.

stevezie

Centre of attention,

Very true, though I believe Gagner has better advanced stats.

I fear Pirri blocks Yak, but on the other hand Yak really should be able to compete with Brandon Pirri at this point.

Ducey

I am not excited about Gretzky coming on. That 2015 first round was strange.

BOS took Zboril, Debrusk and Senyshyn with the 13-15 picks (all had so so draft +1s, kind of ran in place) and then left Barzal and Kyle Connor to go with the next 2. In fact, if they would have taken Barzal, Reinhart would not be an Oiler.

This year they took McAvoy. Probably a decent pick.

Hopefully he stays out of Green’s hair, er, scalp.

russ99

Lowetide: For a player like Puljujarvi, there is very little we can do in this regard. With veterans, I use the Vollman because it gives us a gauge (an imperfect one) of the last year. I do not, and have not, project players into the future defensively.

I wonder what you would like to see? I look forward to your reply.

Agreed, there’s not much good data on the kid yet. Learning the North American two-way game may take him awhile too.

The RE for Pouliot was a better example, he’s know as somewhat of a two-way player, so it would be interesting to see analysis of the other side of the ice instead of mostly about offense.

It’s tricky since the Sledgehammer is team relative, and the Oilers were a tire fire at times last year. In general, defensive metrics for forwards are a bit hard to come by as well.

Maybe more info on any PK usage, and a look into how they handled tougher comps would be helpful, especially as we get down to the bottom six guys, where we might see some more weeding out this season.

Centre of attention

stevezie,

Pirri has also played center successfully on some pretty good teams (Chicago, Florida). He can actually score some goals too, putting up 20 goals just the other season where as Gagner’s production has declined dramatically.

Klima's_Bucket

bendelson,

Pirri is very similar in many regards to Yak.
Both have great shots but Pirri seems to be better at hitting the net particularly on the PP.
Brandon Pirri also has played some centre, and is deadly in the shootout.
Both players struggle with possession and the ability to defend.

He’s a buy low option. Unless he has some crazy contract demands that I highly doubt.

digger50

I like where they are going with Bakersfield. Developing players plus adding some veterans. Truly building the Oilers includes Bakersfield and that winning culture we keep talking about has to include Bakersfield. Yes, the up and comers need time on ice, but they also need to earn it in a team with structure and values that mirror the big club.

stevezie

bendelson: Question: If Gagner was a bad idea (I agree he was), then what makes Pirri a good idea?

Lowetide: no one will go mad it it doesn’t work out.

That’s a bingo. (You’re both right! Aren’t you relieved I think so?)

I get the interest, if the price is low. There seems to be a thought around here that fourth liners don’t matter. Of course they matter, just not very much. Still, improve at every opportunity. This team gives you a lot of those.

I’d have been fine with league minimum Gagner, I’d be fine with million dollar Pirri, I’d be fine with some other cheap but more defensive vet. Just get better.

Centre of attention

Lowetide: Buchberger had a good rep in the AHL when he coaches there, if he is like a roving instructor that might be a good spot. THese titles are somewhat vague, though.

Yeah I agree, he’s a good teacher and I hope he has a hand in that part. His management skills are where things get fuzzy.

russ99

Well, Howson is gone, so that helps. Wish MacT was going with him, but Katz probably won’t let that happen. At the very least he needs to be out of hockey ops.Maybe next summer…

Bucky’s promotion is interesting, Bill Scott did a great job with the OKC Barons, so it will be interesting to see if Bucky can transition into that role. Bucky was a solid pro, so maybe that can also rub off on the kids.

Not sure if I like Sutter’s promotion, some bad juju coming out of the scouting department the last few years, but at least he’s no Morey Gare. Plus his title may put him directly under MacTavish, which could lessen his voice in the room, if Chiarelli puts more weight into info coming from his hired scouts.

stevezie

Ducey,

Because at that price you can’t lose. If he stinks send him down and no cap hit. He’d be better than Letestu on the pp and Could maybe make JP making the team less than automatic. Not advocating for it, just saying at 650k you really just can’t lose.

Bank Shot:
Here’s hoping for ZERO NHL games in 16/17 for the young Fin.

Do the right thing Oilers.

Those who think JP shouldn’t see the NHL no matter what this year would do well to imagine what they’d feel like if they clearly earned a job only to have a wealthy organisation say, “Sorry, we think it’s best for your development that we pay you several million dollars less.”
You’re not exactly wrong, but you better bet that kind of decisionwon’t go over well or be easily forgotten.
If you want to keep him down you need someone better ahead of him.

bendelson

Question: If Gagner was a bad idea (I agree he was), then what makes Pirri a good idea?
Neither player is a Chiarelli ‘type’. Neither player plays a 200
Ft game and it appears he will not improve a 3rd line made from spare parts…
I just don’t understand the interest in Pirri.

Centre of attention

Lowetide: Bob Green is scouting director. My GUESS is he answers to Gretzky, but that is a guess.

Whats your take on the Buchberger addition?

So far I like all the changes. Hard to poke holes in most of them, that’s for sure.

Centre of attention

OF17: I highly doubt it. The decision on Puljujarvi will be made by Chiarelli and McLellan, no one else. My guess is that Buchberger will be spending a lot of time going back and forth from Bakersfield, Edmonton, and junior teams with Oilers prospects giving them pointers on very specific elements of their games, kind of like what Adam Oates does. I’d bet a large part of that job with younger players is instilling pro-style habits off the ice.

I’m sure the VP of Player development will have a say in the development of players, including where they play.

Of course the final decision is in Peter Chiarelli’s hands, with the head coaches input as well.

From Oilers website: “Buchberger works closely with Assistant General Manager Bill Scott and Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Craig MacTavish to oversee the Oilers American Hockey League and ECHL affiliate rosters.”

So he most definitely has a say in who plays where in the AHL/ECHL

Ducey

Centre of attention: Is Bob Green still with the team?

Kelly Buchberger is an interesting addition. VP of Player Development. So pretty much the guy who decides where Puljujarvi plays this year.

Whats Buchbergers resume look like? (management wise)

I thought Bucky was essentially doing this the last few years.

He wouldn’t decide where players play; his job is to work with them to make sure they have fitness plans, to work on skills, etc. to make sure they transition to pro, all that kind of stuff.

OF17

Centre of attention: Is Bob Green still with the team?

Kelly Buchberger is an interesting addition. VP of Player Development. So pretty much the guy who decides where Puljujarvi plays this year.

Whats Buchbergers resume look like? (management wise)

I highly doubt it. The decision on Puljujarvi will be made by Chiarelli and McLellan, no one else. My guess is that Buchberger will be spending a lot of time going back and forth from Bakersfield, Edmonton, and junior teams with Oilers prospects giving them pointers on very specific elements of their games, kind of like what Adam Oates does. I’d bet a large part of that job with younger players is instilling pro-style habits off the ice.

Centre of attention

Lowetide:
Howson gone. We all knew it, now confirmed. Who isJustin Mahe? New Dellow.

Is Bob Green still with the team?

Kelly Buchberger is an interesting addition. VP of Player Development. So pretty much the guy who decides where Puljujarvi plays this year.

Whats Buchbergers resume look like? (management wise)

blainer

Ducey: Gagner had 16 points in 53 games last year. That was with 100 mins on the PP!

He is not a consistent 40 point player anymore.

In fact, he is not better than any of the internal options

Kassian had8 points in 36 games, Yak had 23 points in 60, Pak had 13 in 63.And Pak and Kassian get no PP minutes.

I am puzzled why you are puzzled.

This.

In NO way do I ever wish to see Gags back here. Been there done that. No room for soft players with this management and coach.. thank Gord.

blainer

I think the RE for this player will be close.

If we all remember Chia’s and Tmc’s words last year concerning Drai and Nurse. I remember them both saying they will be looking at those players in 10 game segments. Unfortunately injuries brought them both up very quickly.

I will not be surprised either way with JP. He may be on the opening night roster but that does not mean he will be on it after the 10th game. The same could be true if he gets sent to the A after camp. He may be recalled after his tenth or so game.

My Gut.

I think he makes the team but gets sent down within the first 20 or so games.. will also be happy and would prefer its the opposite way but will be over the moon if he playing lights out good in a sheltered role.

Jethro Tull

Bank Shot:
Here’s hoping for ZERO NHL games in 16/17 for the young Fin.

Do the right thing Oilers.

Mark Masters @MarkHMasters 1h

12 Canadian women’s soccer players making #Olympics debut; coach Herdman: “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough & it’s your time”

Wise words……

kinger_OIL

Well at least they took care of Bucky:

The Edmonton Oilers have restructured their Hockey Operations department, led by the hiring of Keith Gretzky as the club’s new Assistant General Manager. Bill Scott, who previously held the position, will transition into a new role as the Oilers Director of Salary Cap Management and Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations.

Gretzky, 49, has spent the past five years with the Boston Bruins and most recently served as Director of Amateur Scouting for the Bruins. Gretzky also served as an Amateur Scout with Boston for three years and spent time with the Arizona Coyotes scouting staff prior to joining the Bruins.

The Oilers also announced Kelly Buchberger will now serve as the club’s Vice President of Player Development, Duane Sutter has been promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel and Frank Jay and P.J. Fenton have been brought on as Amateur Scouts.

In addition, the Oilers have hired Andre Brin as Manager of Hockey Communications and Research, Shawn May has been promoted to Manager of Hockey Communications and Media Relations and Justin Mahe has been promoted to Manager of Hockey Analysis.

Former Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Howson has moved on to explore new opportunities

Bank Shot

Justin Mahe has been an administrative assistant in player development for a few years in the org. No idea what he will do though.

Frank Jay looks like a good hire. Was director of amateur scouting in Ottawa 1999-2007. Lots of good picks in those years.

PJ Fenton is Paul Fenton’s son I presume? Would be nice to one day get Paul to move over from Nashville to work with his son. 🙂

Howson was beyond terrible. Glad he is gone. Hopefully Lowe and MacT manage to fall on their swords in the next couple of years as well.

Mariusz Czerkawski

monsterbater,

I never got any feedback on this before the news broke but it will be interesting to see if my musings were correct. The Howson departure leads me to believe this to be true.

Not that its worth anything seeing as LT doesn’t have a commentor (commentator?) point and ranking system 😉

Bank Shot

Here’s hoping for ZERO NHL games in 16/17 for the young Fin.

Do the right thing Oilers.

Southern Oil

Well there you have it. Gretzky in, Howson out.

gogliano

SwedishPoster,

Yeah, given how young he is (early draft, Matthews almost has a full year on him) I think it is easy to read too much into his big frame. He has a lot to fill out and it is hard to do in an NHL or even AHL grind. Staying in Europe another year wouldn’t be a bad play for both the team and JP but I’m sure it won’t happen.

I wouldn’t mind if he got NHL time (outside of playing the heavies) but there was an agreement between him and the team that he would play 3 games on and 1 day off for the sake of long term development.

innercitysmytty

I’m in agreement with our host and everyone else suggesting that Jesse start in the A for a number of reasons. But I’m wondering if the assertion that the oilers rush players has legs on an overall basis. Does anyone know if there’s ever been a detailed study of the average length of time it takes a player to play his first full season in the nhl based on draft position accounting for F/D discrepancy? Might be interesting to compare that to the oilers timeline with players.