BENNING STREET

by Lowetide

At the 2012 NHL draft, Peter Chiarelli and his Boston Bruins scouting staff chose Matt Benning in the sixth round. These many days later, Benning is deciding which team to sign with, and as you know, Edmonton has a real shot. Benning has progressed pretty well since his draft day, and despite what some will tell you this represents a very attractive match between team and player.

MATT BENNING, POTENTIAL NEW DEFENSEMAN

  • Shoots Right
  • 6.0, 203
  • Boxcars: 41, 6-13-19
  • Team Rank: No. 2 scorer among defenders on Northeastern team
  • NHL equivalency: 82, 4-10-14
  • 2010-11 AJHL Champion Spruce Grove Saints
  • 2012-13 Clark Cup Champion Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • 2015-16 NCAA Hockey East Champion Northeastern University Huskies

In today’s crazy busy world (quick: What did you have for breakfast last Thursday morning?) it pays to make things simple in order to keep the attention of the reader (and my brain). Here are the Oilers draft picks in 2012, with the Bruins picks slotted in order—and as a special bonus—each player’s NHLE this past season.

OILERS 2012 DRAFT WITH 2016 NHLE

  • No. 1 Nail Yakupov (Actual 60, 8-15-23)
  • No. 32 Mitch Moroz (NHLE 9.6)
  • No. 63 Jujhar Khaira (NHLE 21.2)
  • No. 91 Daniil Zharkov (Injured did not play)
  • No. 93 Erik Gustafsson (Actual 41, 0-14-14)
  • No. 123 Joey Laleggia (NHLE 16.5)
  • No. 153 John McCarron (NHLE 11.0)

BRUINS 2012 DRAFT WITH 2016 NHLE

  • No. 24 Malcolm Subban (AHL SP .911)
  • No. 85 Matt Grzelcyk (NHLE 25.8)
  • No. 131 Seth Griffith (NHLE 52.0)
  • No. 145 Cody Payne (Injured did not play)
  • No. 175 Matthew Benning (NHLE: 14.1)
  • No. 205 Colton Hargrove (NHLE: 17.5)

If the Oilers get Benning—and they have a chance—how many prospects are clearly better than he is on the Oilers list? Yakupov? Yes. I think the Russian—even now—will have a more valuable future. After that? I think Khaira and Gustafsson have to be considered as superior based on being farther along. That could change, but I am comfortable saying that Benning would be behind those three men.

Bruins? I would argue that Subban, Grzelcyk and Griffith (who had a silly AHL season, someone give him an NHL job) are probably more substantial prospects. What about you? Love to hear your answer in the comments section.

WHERE WOULD BENNING RANK ON THE OILERS PRO DEPTH CHART?

  1. LD Oscar Klefbom—RD Adam Larsson
  2. LD Andrej Sekera—RD Mark Fayne
  3. LD Darnell Nurse—LD Brandon Davidson
  4. LD Griffin Reinhart—LD Jordan Oesterle
  5. LD David Musil—LD Dillon Simpson
  6. LD Mark Fraser—RD Matt Benning
  7. LD Joey Laleggia—RD Frank Simonelli
  8. LD Ben BetkerLD Michael Tam
  9. LD Andrew FerenceLTIR.

Benning’s offense is best expressed (again) by NHLE, so here are the numbers among prospects who are likely to spend significant time in the AHL this year:

  1. LD Jordan Oesterle 21.9
  2. RD Matt Benning 14.1
  3. LD Dillon Simpson 13.5
  4. LD Griffin Reinhart 12.8
  5. LD Colton Waltz 10.2
  6. LD David Musil 8.1
  7. LD Ben Betker 6.2
  8. LD Frank Simonelli 5.5
  9. LD Mark Fraser 4.4

Benning’s offensive resume appears to be on par with Dillon Simpson and he does appear to be a player who we could include in the group who might handle a two-way role. Combine that with his scouting report and it will be interesting to see where he lands.

  • Kirk Luedeke, The Scouting Post: Although he has just average height, Benning is a punishing hitter who moves around the ice initiating contact.  He’s got the vision and a soft touch on the puck to be effective in the transition game, and he also showed some improved power on his point shot this season for the Huskies. He’s not a flashy or dynamic offensive presence, but he chips in with key production, as he did in helping the Dubuque Fighting Saints to the USHL’s 2013 league championship. Benning is positionally savvy with a willingness to do the dirty work and like his dad, Brian, might be one of those players who goes on to fashion a solid if unspectacular NHL career because of his versatility and smarts. Source

 

 

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G Money

Bruce McCurdy,

Heh heh … I typed it because it was important and I added it post facto, but your version is much better!

I hope we don’t need it, but if we do, it’s going to save us Oiler fans a lot of typing in case of … well … ALSO.

Yeti,

Hey man, I bought the machine because it was called an ANOVA. Imagine my disappointment when I found out it wasn’t for analysis of variance, but merely for cooking!

russ99

I’d feel a lot better about Chiarelli’s moves if I didn’t know that MacTavish is whispering into his ear.

Like right now, he’s probably whispering “Horcoff” and “Gryba”,

JD_Wry

Pouzar,

General Fanager Verified account
‏@generalfanager

Per @reporterchris

To FLA:
2018 ARI 2
Better of 2017 ARI 3/DET 3

To ARI:
David Bolland (3 yrs @ $5.5M)
Lawson Crouse (3 yrs @ $894,166)

Pouzar

Wow!

“Florida and Arizona are working on a deal that would send Dave Bolland to the Coyotes.

The report comes from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Trading Bolland won’t be easy because of his expensive contract and limited contributions over the last few seasons. To shed Bolland’s contract, the Panthers are apparently going to include top prospect Lawson Crouse, who was the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Bolland has three years remaining on his contract at an AAV of $5.5 million. A lower-body injury limited him to 25 games last season.”

Yeti

G Money:

The result was … OK.I peppered / himalayan salt / steak spice before putting in the bag, let it do its medium rare thing (while I was pulling facts about wingers!) for an hour or so, then I slammed it onto a ripping hot pan with oil to get the nice char on the outside.

By “OK”, I mean it was not bad for steak, which is of course better than most foods.

Nothing to rave about, but the cooker won’t be packed in the back of the cabinet either!

Typical, gut-reaction, ‘saw it bad’ type analysis that belongs on HF, not on blog like this. Have you even heard of advanced stats?

Bruce McCurdy

G Money: ALSO! I believe Manny (creator of corsica) is adding high/medium/low danger shots as well, so he’ll have a direct analogue to the WOI data. Though in general I prefer the weighted xGF/DFF to the H/M/L approach, but being able to look just at high danger shots does have some value for sure.

The scary thing is I can follow all those abbreviations and acronyms except the puzzling ALSO at the beginning. Another Losing Season for Oilers, maybe? I know these stats have predictive powers but that’s taking it to the next level. 😐

VincenzosOil

Woodguy: NO!!

BECAUSE BENNING IS RELATED TO BENNING AND CHIA DRAFTED HIM THAT MEANS HE’S GARBAGE AND I CAN’T BELIEVE THE OILERS WOULD WANT HIM ACTUALLY I BELIEVE THEY WOULD BECAUSE THEY’RE AWFUL I HAVE NO IDEA HOW SHALLOW THE OILER POOL OFRHD PROSPECTS ARE ACTUALLY I DO BUT I DON’T CARE BECAUSE BENNING IS BENNING AND IF CHAI DRAFTED HIM HE’S SHITE AND OMG THEYRE GONNA MISS THE PLAYOFFS AGAIN AND FUCK THEM FOR TRADING HALL EVERYTHING BENNING I MEAN CHIARELLI DOES IS SHIT THIS IS SHIT THE PLAYER IS SHIT WHY DON’T THEY SIGN SOME NON-NHLER WHO HAS GOOD CORSI IN 8 FUCKING GAME IN THE MOST PROTECTED MINUTES CREATED BY MAN OR MACHINE LIKERUNBLAD WHO NEVER DID ANYTHING BUT IS A REAL ANOMALY IN HIS SMALL SAMPLE THAT IS MORE PROTECTED THAN PANDA BEARS WHY DOES CHIARELLI HAVE TO SUCK AND LIKE GRITENSITY PLAYERS LIKE BENNING EVEN THOUGH BENNING HAS NICE OFFENCE BUT FUCKIT I’M NOT MENTIONING IT BECAUSE IT HARSHES MY NARRATIVE BENNING SUCKS CHIARELLI SUCK THIS SUCKS YOU SUCK FUCK THE OILERS THEY HAVE SHITE MANAGEMENT.

Had to remark on this deliciously sarcastic post. Captures the brain-dead, somewhat justified responses after 10 years of Oiler suck.

G Money

LadiesloveSmid,

xGF is a regression based danger metric. This is what I know went into the regression:
– Fenwick based (so unblocked shots only)
– shot location
– shot type
– game state (i.e. it separates EV from PP from PK)

So other than using location rather than just distance, it is basically a slightly upgraded version of Dangerous Fenwick (they have about a 90%+ correlation).

ALSO! I believe Manny (creator of corsica) is adding high/medium/low danger shots as well, so he’ll have a direct analogue to the WOI data. Though in general I prefer the weighted xGF/DFF to the H/M/L approach, but being able to look just at high danger shots does have some value for sure.

Klima's_Bucket

Lowetide: Undercooked you can recover from.

Ha, tell that to all the prospects the Oilers have rushed.

LadiesloveSmid

G Money,

Do you know what goes in to measuring xGF? shot distance/danger?

with war on ice down, instead of looking at HDSCA numbers I’ve been looking at xGF at corsica.

OilClog

Benning would be an upgrade on Fayne ?

frjohnk

SwedishPoster: A few years back, Eakin days, I looked at Yak RW vs LW and his scoring was much higher from his RW. I had a short discussion with Woodguy about, he might remember. I never looked at corsi or dff though as the question for me was purely about efficiency and production. I had this hunch from the games that Yak scored more from his off wing. This was during Eakins and his and he didn’t like players on their off wing so it was a pretty big sample. I think Yak played more LW than RW.

Didn’t somebody have stats on Yaks zone exits as well as corsi LW vs RW around the time Eakins switched him over”. One of the reasons Eakins switched him over was because Yak was having trouble exiting the Dzone with the puck on RW.

pretty sure it was on twitter on a chart or something.

Its been so long I forget the results

or the pain from the Dementiater has made me forget.

G Money

Centre of attention,

McD’s lines > 40 mins:

McD-Ebs-Poo 147 mins, 56% CF, 59% xGF

McD-Yak-Poo 127 mins, 52% CF, 52% xGF

McD-Ebs-Maroon 120 mins, 47% CF, 53% xGF

McD-Ebs-Yak 42 mins, 51% CF, 66% xGF

I should add just for fun that Hall-McD-Ebs only had 13 mins together, but ran a supernova 65% CF and 78% xGF (I’m sure there’s some healthy score effects there, though xGF is score adjusted).

Centre of attention

SwedishPoster: A few years back, Eakin days, I looked at Yak RW vs LW and his scoring was much higher from his RW. I had a short discussion with Woodguy about, he might remember. I never looked at corsi or dff though as the question for me was purely about efficiency and production. I had this hunch from the games that Yak scored more from his off wing. This was during Eakins and his and he didn’t like players on their off wing so it was a pretty big sample. I think Yak played more LW than RW.

Thanks for the input! ,It was only a 4 game sample anyways, hard to read into. But those kind of numbers definitely pop.

Connor McDavid seems to make any line combination hum, haha,

SwedishPoster

Centre of attention: I was wondering what else you had been digging up over the last hour, you mentioned you were digging that’s why I was hassling you.

But I was mostly just hassling you for the sake of hassling you. (-;

Our RW depth could use Yak more than the LW depth IMO, but if Yak at LW means a better Yak I’m willing to try to make things work.

A few years back, Eakin days, I looked at Yak RW vs LW and his scoring was much higher from his RW. I had a short discussion with Woodguy about, he might remember. I never looked at corsi or dff though as the question for me was purely about efficiency and production. I had this hunch from the games that Yak scored more from his off wing. This was during Eakins and his and he didn’t like players on their off wing so it was a pretty big sample. I think Yak played more LW than RW.

Gordies Elbow

G Money: It was an inside round I believe (deliberately cheap cut) and probably about 1″.

It is an ANOVA, I set it for 135deg and let it run for the app-recommended time (around an hour I think).

You run for 3:30?I know the method is relatively time insensitive to extra time, does running it 3+ help, or is that because of the thickness of the cut you use?

Is tenderloin your primary recommendation?

And what is BGE / mesquite / 600 in reference to?

I have some incredibly delicious sounding marinades that Stephen Sheps sent me (he was a chef in a previous life), but I’m starting unambitiously small before I try for something more elaborate.

The thicknesss drives out the cooking time – I tend to go with Anova’s recommendations, which are really good. Low and slow is better, from my experience.

I tend to get a thicker cut from my butcher (Tofield packers, great guys.) It’s like cooking a roast., though, so you have to manage the time cooking.

BGE is Big Green Egg to add flavor and char to the meat. A “Big Green Egg” is a ceramic Kamado grill. IMO, it’s better than running a torch, which I have done in the past (That said, computer geek, not a chef.) I tend to run a combo of mesquite and lump charcoal, which gives the mesquite flavor.

I’d follow Stephen Sheps, though. I’m just a Franklin BBQ groupie (best youtube videos.)

PS: Like the new system that McLellan’s bringing in, but it will stymie offense both ways. Thoughts? 🙂

G Money

Lowetide,

One of the appeals (for me) of sous vide is that in theory it is almost impossible to overcook things.

I did make a pork tenderloin before the steak, and it was genuinely good.

Usually for safety reasons I turn those things uncomfortably close to shoe leather.

Centre of attention

G Money:
Centre of attention,

Heh heh … dammit, you already solicited my opinion!

I’m still unsure about the Yak at LW option, but those results are pretty spectacular.

That’s from about 45 mins of EV time as I recall, but that’s actually quite a bit for a line (when you look at line TOI, it gets sliced down quite a bit because of player flux). That 45 mins is probably four games.

I was wondering what else you had been digging up over the last hour, you mentioned you were digging that’s why I was hassling you.

But I was mostly just hassling you for the sake of hassling you. (-;

Our RW depth could use Yak more than the LW depth IMO, but if Yak at LW means a better Yak I’m willing to try to make things work.

G Money

Centre of attention,

Heh heh … dammit, you already solicited my opinion!

I’m still unsure about the Yak at LW option, but those results are pretty spectacular.

That’s from about 45 mins of EV time as I recall, but that’s actually quite a bit for a line (when you look at line TOI, it gets sliced down quite a bit because of player flux). That 45 mins is probably four games.

G Money

Gordies Elbow: Need’s more info.

Ribeye? Weight? Time?

Personally, 1.75″ tenderloin, Anova at 131′ @ 3:30, BGE at 600′ mesquite for 90 seconds per quarter. Salt to taste.

It was an inside round I believe (deliberately cheap cut) and probably about 1″.

It is an ANOVA, I set it for 135deg and let it run for the app-recommended time (around an hour I think).

You run for 3:30? I know the method is relatively time insensitive to extra time, does running it 3+ help, or is that because of the thickness of the cut you use?

Is tenderloin your primary recommendation?

And what is BGE / mesquite / 600 in reference to?

I have some incredibly delicious sounding marinades that Stephen Sheps sent me (he was a chef in a previous life), but I’m starting unambitiously small before I try for something more elaborate.

Centre of attention

G Money,

Enough about your side job as an aeroplane reporter, or what ever Aeropress is!

Tell me facts about wingers, damnit! I’m intrigued about this Yak on LW business.

G Money

Centre of attention,
Woodguy,
Mr DeBakey,

The result was … OK. I peppered / himalayan salt / steak spice before putting in the bag, let it do its medium rare thing (while I was pulling facts about wingers!) for an hour or so, then I slammed it onto a ripping hot pan with oil to get the nice char on the outside.

By “OK”, I mean it was not bad for steak, which is of course better than most foods.

“OK” is actually pretty good because I am not a good cook, and my success comes only from my ability to effectively follow a recipe.

“OK” because I deliberately bought a cheap cut to see if sous vide could make a purse out of a pigs ear* – it couldn’t, but it was still good.

Nothing to rave about, but the cooker won’t be packed in the back of the cabinet either!

*I contrast this with the Aeropress for coffee, which can make cheap coffee surprisingly tasty.

Gerta Rauss

LadiesloveSmid: Hall/Larsson? Marincin? Moroz pick? Petry trade/challenge? Eberle’s value? Any other horse we haven’t beaten past death?

Shawn Horcoff is a first line center..!!

Klima's_Bucket

LadiesloveSmid,

That under 23 team should have a potent PP.

McDavid, Eichel, Ghost, Ekblad and someone in front of the net.

LadiesloveSmid

Klima’s_Bucket: Shall we go over the Hall/Larsson trade again?

Hall/Larsson? Marincin? Moroz pick? Petry trade/challenge? Eberle’s value? Any other horse we haven’t beaten past death?

On LT’s show yesterday or monday he compared the sounds from KHL highlights to heavy drugs, and missed being able to check Paigin’s ice time today. Can’t wait for the world cup, honestly. Canada’s poor decision making on personnel makes me like U23’s odds more and more.

If they deploy their defence right, U23’s could be in contention with everyone but Sweden’s D. Parayko, Trouba, Ekblad need to play a ton I’d think. What are people’s thoughts on Rielly/Jones/Murray/Gostisbehere’s underlying numbers? Don’t know that I’m in love with any of them

Gordies Elbow

G Money:
First attempt at sous vide steak, wish me luck.

Need’s more info.

Ribeye? Weight? Time?

Personally, 1.75″ tenderloin, Anova at 131′ @ 3:30, BGE at 600′ mesquite for 90 seconds per quarter. Salt to taste.

Centre of attention

Lowetide:
G: I wonder if the offhanded group is aided by being exceptional. I think the names we would associate with being offhanded—Ovechkin, Hossa, etc—probably overcame bias partly because they were in fact exceptional. Lessers, and Nail has had to face this from time to time (iirc Eakins wanted him LW but that might have been Ralph), might be more effective offhand but just like my Grandma who got the ruler when trying to write left, these prospects may have had it ironed out of them.

No evidence of course, just free form jazzing.

Me and G were just talking in DM’s about Yak on LW. McLellan tried him there too for awhile.

According to corsica, Yak-McDavid-Eberle had 66% DFF% and 51% corsi. Absolutely deadly line.

Maybe Eakins/Ralph/McLellan are onto something with Yak at LW? Would love the groups input.

Klima's_Bucket

Mr DeBakey: Nothing kills a thread like a sous vide steak discussion.

Shall we go over the Hall/Larsson trade again?

Woodguy

Mr DeBakey:
Nothing kills a thread like a sous vide steak discussion.

I’ve never had it, but fixable mistake is on the raw side and salt is always good on raw-ish beef.

Mr DeBakey

Nothing kills a thread like a sous vide steak discussion.

Woodguy

G Money:
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Get some soy sauce just in case.

LadiesloveSmid

right handed Dillon Simpson? that would hold a lot of value to this org imo

I’m gonna teach my future kids to use those flat bladed sticks and become ambidextrous so they can fill whichever handed Dmen the oilers are missing 30 years from now

G Money

Lowetide,

I do believe this is one of those confounding factors. I will be listing the entire group of off hand winger as it’s a relatively small group in comparison.

Klima's_Bucket

G Money,

Let me know how it goes.

Centre of attention

G Money:
Fsous vide steak

Is that french for “Montreal steak spice and medium rare”? Haha.

G Money

First attempt at sous vide steak, wish me luck.

Centre of attention

Woodguy: Dmen need to get puck out – handedness helps

Forwards need to get the puck to the net – off handedness helps

For a guy like Yak who was godawful at getting the puck from the high boards in the dzone to the man/spot the puck needed to go, it was an issue, but I bet the better F’s over compensate with better shots on net from better spots.

Agreed 100%. That play at the high boards kills Yak every time. He also has a tough time sealing the boards during entries when the puck gets rimmed around. He gets it off the boards awkwardly and the opposition LW can usually poke it out of the zone leading to an offside.

digger50

Klima’s_Bucket:
OF17,

Sorry, I mean is he still one of the alternates.

I believe they ran 4 alternates last year. And cycled them through, but now Ference is LTIR and Hall has been traded.

Just wondering when Connor gets named Captain if TfCAF will be the one to lose his ‘A’

Please no.

Just let the kid play hockey.

Woodguy

G Money:
It’s an interesting enough result that I will write it up as an article, but after running the numbers on handedness for wingers:

– off hand wingers score more goals, put up more points
– their CF% and DFF% is generally higher than on hand wingers
– the better CF% and DFF% are earned by both a slight increase in attack rates as well as a slight reduction in defense rates (i.e. better on both counts), contrary to the idea of defensive problems
– as I mentioned earlier, there is a very distinct Russian bias on left wingers being right shots, and a very distinct Russian+European bias to right wingers being left shots

None of this indicates that playing a winger on his off hand is automatically a good thing, since
a. there are far fewer off hand wingers than on hand wingers, which is problematic in and off itself for comparison, and
b. the selection process for how those wingers ended up off hand (and making the resulting comparisons) has all kinds of confounding factors involved

It does say to me that:
– wingers being off hand doesn’t appear to be as big a problem as we find with defensemen
– more in depth study is warranted

Dmen need to get puck out – handedness helps

Forwards need to get the puck to the net – off handedness helps

For a guy like Yak who was godawful at getting the puck from the high boards in the dzone to the man/spot the puck needed to go, it was an issue, but I bet the better F’s over compensate with better shots on net from better spots.

G Money

Klima’s_Bucket,

Let’s just say I haven’t yet ruled out blaming CoA for Eakins.

Centre of attention,

This is actually a very plausible explanation for Yak’s mishaps.

Centre of attention: Didn’t Nikitin have some funky numbers too

Yes. Double Agent continues to break the fancystats, even the dangerous ones.

G Money

It’s an interesting enough result that I will write it up as an article, but after running the numbers on handedness for wingers:

– off hand wingers score more goals, put up more points
– their CF% and DFF% is generally higher than on hand wingers
– the better CF% and DFF% are earned by both a slight increase in attack rates as well as a slight reduction in defense rates (i.e. better on both counts), contrary to the idea of defensive problems
– as I mentioned earlier, there is a very distinct Russian bias on left wingers being right shots, and a very distinct Russian+European bias to right wingers being left shots

None of this indicates that playing a winger on his off hand is automatically a good thing, since
a. there are far fewer off hand wingers than on hand wingers, which is problematic in and off itself for comparison, and
b. the selection process for how those wingers ended up off hand (and making the resulting comparisons) has all kinds of confounding factors involved

It does say to me that:
– wingers being off hand doesn’t appear to be as big a problem as we find with defensemen
– more in depth study is warranted

Centre of attention

Klima’s_Bucket:
G Money,

At least you’re not blaming Eakins.
Unless, of course, you’re blaming Centre of attention for Eakins.
Then things could get interesting.

To be fair, Eakins was MacT’s hire. My blame rests squarely on MacT (Chia has to own some too) for the whole Hall situation, but I was agreeing with Godot’s assessment that Eakins had a negative effect on Hall’s development. That’s not really Eakins’s fault, he was a rookie coach given a poor roster, but there was obviously a disconnect with Taylor Hall. I’m sorry if my original comment was taken as me purely blaming Eakins. That is not what I was trying to do.

The Stauffer/Dellow comment by Godot was what I was mainly agreeing with. Eakins tried to change Halls game, it didn’t work and MacT was forced to fire his own guy and look like an idiot because of it. He partly blamed Hall for this I guarantee, leading to some lingering negativity there.

Now picture this, they get around the round table this summer and begin to discuss whether or not to trade Hall. MacT is a vice chair, so he uses his leverage to tip the scales in favor of trading Taylor because I believe that is exactly the kind of petty sh*t Craig and (previously) his buddy Kevin get up too

If you want to keep digging, MacT’s ill-advised handling of Jeff Petry also significantly contributed to Hall’s departure.

This is all of course my opinion and you should treat it as such. Obviously we don’t know what actually happened behind the scenes, so I’m only speculating.

Woodguy,

I never really understood the Runblad love. He’s definitely what I would describe as an anomaly. Didn’t Nikitin have some funky numbers too that didn’t match the eye test? Maybe I’m mistaken there.

Ryan

Woodguy,

I will say this…

History will eventually reveal the answer.

An innovative GM would have kept Hall because he’s a piss cutter.

He would have shopped Draisatl because his perceived value based on draft pedigree, Hall buoyed results, and coveted large centre status is high.

He would have also shopped Nurse because his perceived value far outweighs his actual current results. He has draft pedigree,grittensity, tools, immunity to expansion draft…

There is risk both in deals Chiapete has made, but also in those he hasn’t.

Centre of attention

G Money: If it’s any consolation, I was going to blame you anyway.

Your blame would be justified. I have been secretly attending every Oilers game that Yak plays and rubbing Bumble Bee attack pheromones all over his equipment. Then I release two colonies of bio-engineered invisible Bee’s into the rink, who instantly key in on Yak. I have a repellent around the Oilers bench area though so he doesn’t get needlessly punished there. He gets enough of a shellacking from the coach because of the bee’s anyways.

Now, this season I suddenly ran out of pheromones, hence my redacted pessimism regarding his upcoming season.

Muhahaha!

Klima's_Bucket

G Money,

At least you’re not blaming Eakins.
Unless, of course, you’re blaming Centre of attention for Eakins.
Then things could get interesting.

Bruce McCurdy

Woodguy,

Truth