HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

by Lowetide

If you have been reading this blog for a long time, you will know it is not in my personality to give up on a young prospect. Did you know that Jason Chimera didn’t really establish himself until age 23? Fernando Pisani? 26. Tyler Pitlick turns 25 in November, and while I am not comparing him to either man, I still hold out hope for the player. Lonely spot, mind, but that’s okay, even more lonely over at the Marc Pouliot marching and chowder society.

THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT, EDMONTON

All numbers below are Corsi 5×5 percentage.

  • R Tyler Pitlick 1-1-2 in 12:51. He made a strange defensive play in the first period but recovered with a goal and two points later in the game. Looked good in possession (73 percent). McLellan: “He had a helluva game. Pitlick penalty-killed, was stick-strong. He bullied his way along the boards, kept plays alive, killed plays in the D zone, managed the game well. I thought he played a power game, in both zones.” Source
  • R Kris Versteeg 1-0-1 in 16:52. He was one of the guys I really wanted to see, because if he can skate (he can) then he makes the club (imo) and if he can bring that kind of effort every night then he is an Oiler. 50 percent in possession. I think it is absolutely reasonable to project him onto the opening night roster.
  • R Iiro Pakarinen 1-0-1 in 14:24. In my mind, he is a bubble player at this point, but he showed up in a lot of good spots visually—and scored a goal. I think we can assume he will either make the team or be a late cut. 50 percent in possession.
  • R Jordan Eberle 0-0-0 in 17:44. He played a lot and didn’t score, but this line dominated in possession. 91 percent Corsi for percentage, the entire line was dominant. They didn’t cash but the puck was headed in a good direction all night.
  • L Milan Lucic 0-0-0 in 17:13. Crazy possession, two takeaways, three shots. I liked his game, and cannot wait to see him with any of the three tenors. 91.67 in possession, excellent passer.
  • C Drake Caggiula 0-0-0 in 18:28. I thought he was outstanding (he was on a feature line, of course) and his 4 SOG reflected involvement. I am pretty sure Versteeg is on his way to a job, and Caggiula is building a resume in that direction (or an early callup). 91 percent in possession.
  • R Jesse Puljujarvi 0-0-0 in 14:31. He played a lot and looked like he was trying to do it all himself. Needs to use his linemates more and this is a good reminder that 20 games in the AHL is not a bad idea. 58 percent Corsi (all of this is 5×5).
  • R Taylor Beck 0-1-1 in 14:49. He was quite noticeable on that Khaira-Pitlick line, I think all three men did a good job of showcasing their skills, Beck may get some NHL time this year. 73 percent Corsi.
  • L Mitch Moroz 0-1-1 in 8:18. A pulse! He was physical, got a couple of shots and had a 50 percent Corsi for (these are even strength, courtesy naturalstattrick).
  • C Jujhar Khaira 0-0-0 in 13:22. I really liked his game, 65 percent in the dot, one takeaway, three hits, two shots on goal and he played in all three disciplines. Part of that effective AHL line, showed good speed and puck skills. 74 percent Corsi.
  • C Ryan Vesce 1-0-1 in 15:02. Veteran got a dandy push and scored a nice PP goal (tip of a Matt Benning shot). I didn’t get a good feel for his speed, but he has skill. 50 percent in possession.
  • C Kyle Platzer 0-1-1 in 11:36. He was 50 percent in possession, he got plenty of PK time. I really hope the Oilers let this kid play in Bakersfield all year.
  • RD Adam Larsson 0-1-1 in 24:08. He had a couple of wacky plays (lost his stick on an early goal) but he recovers like a demon and got a lot done. Two takeaways, shot on goal, two hits and for me it was a solid debut. 71 percent in possession. I thought he was very good overall.
  • LD Oscar Klefbom 0-1-1 in 22:11. He showed that terrific speed several times during the game, and my goodness he can close a gap. The ice surface seems smaller with Oscar out there. Four shots and a takeaway, 70 percent in possession.
  • RD Matt Benning 0-1-1 in 21:36. He had two shots and a block, and I felt he was confident with the puck. We need to remember the level of competition but a solid effort. 60 percent Corsi.
  • LD Markus Niemelainen 0-0-0 in 17:53. He was 70 percent in possession and has good wheels. I did not notice him a lot good or bad, suggesting it was a solid night.
  • RD Mark Fayne 0-0-0 in 15:41. One shot on goal, two blocks and he seemed more mobile than a year ago. He does play off at the blue line though, I think McLellan likes his blue to stand up in those situations. 75 percent in 5×5 possession.
  • LD Ben Betker 0-0-0 in 13:21. Rookie was solid in a limited role, he had one takeaway, blocked a shot and had three shots on goal. I have to say he looked good. 73 percent Corsi.
  • G Cam Talbot. He won the game, but had an .846 SP. First goal was not on him, second one I think you could have hoped for a stop.
  • G Eetu Laurikainen. Two stops, quiet period.
  • Corsi numbers here.
  • Oilers were 60 percent overall in EV corsi, so anything above that was a pretty good night.
  • I will try to re-watch the Calgary game and post a report today. I am reading all manner of good and bad on Darnell Nurse, want to have a long look for myself.

PULJUJARVI

  • Todd McLellan: “We may as well cut to the chase, Jesse has some work to do. We’d like to think he can pull through and play on our team but based off tonight’s game—while he has lots of talent, he has to learn time and space at the NHL level. A couple of times he looked dangerous but he has to have the puck a lot more.” Source

The good thing for the Oilers is this: Puljujarvi (as was the case with Mikko Rantanen a year ago) can spend the season in the AHL and have a much better chance next season. This is one game, so we can’t make any sweeping statements, but good to have that backup plan in Bakersfield.

https://twitter.com/CurlettNate/status/780775058654437376

I imagine we will see a few cuts later today and we will talk about them (plus the Calgary game from last night at five this afternoon. Simonelli didn’t get any game action at all, wonder if he spends more of this season in Norfolk than Bakersfield.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show, beginning at 10 this morning on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Oilers Nation. Camp is underway, will the Oilers sign Versteeg? And what is fair value for Trouba?
  • Jeff Krushell, Krush Performance. Jays! Why are the benches clearing?
  • Andrew Stoeten, Blue Jays Nation. Toronto should close this down by Friday.
  • Jeff Hauser, Radio Hauser. NFL weekend, I will try to talk less about the Eagles.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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Kaptain Vikarious

First “ear” and second “ear” fans

Bruce Wayne: The lower bowls may be different with the sound as well.I foresee a backlash in the future, I was hearing a lot of talk about how the Oilers don’t care about these fans.

Good thing the city spent so much money.

godot10

kinger_OIL: – There’s an inherent contradiction in this:Silicon Valley is the opposite of equality.They have generated so much innovation and companies that have literally changed the world, created great wealth, innovation and employment.

– You might be “in” as an employee for one of these world beater companies as you say, but Silicon Valley is the ne plus ultra of extreme competition that rewards success.

– Equality in Silicon Valley would kill that what makes Silicon Valley great: smart people trying to solve a problem in an innovative way, break traditional business models, disrupt the status-quo and get crazy rich if they succeed.Equality?Thats crazy talk in Silicon Valley

– The companies that make it aren’t started by those racist class ridden cesspool group you cite.They are formed by exceptional, bright, ambitious mercenaries on a mission.Then they over-pay the clowns you speak of.

This is not really the place to debate this. But I would argue that Silicon Valley is well past it “Best Before Date”. The “emperor” now mostly has no clothes.

stevezie

godot10: Like MacT hiring the dementor.

Plus, this is how old boys’ clubs form.

One has to beware of one internal biases, and ask the question, am I only hiring this person because of an internal bias.

Sometimes on should hire the person you are most willing to hang out with, but sometimes one should hire the person who makes you a bit uncomfortable.

I agree with all of this, but I’ll add that it is sort of unavoidable. It makes a lot of sense to have an environment that employees enjoy showing up to and gathering people who work together well. Humans are pretty much always going to have a natural bias toward people they know or at least can easily relate to. There’s nothing evil about it.

Of course this can easily lead to groupthink and/or institutionalised prejudice. You have got to be aware of not only the kind of person you want to hire, but the kind of team you want to build. You also have to be brutally honest with yourself as to whether your friend is actually qualified for the job you are trying to get for him or her.

Your criticisms of Silicon Valley are valid but not entirely on point. Low-wage foreign labour has nothing to do with what we’re talking about. You other criticisms go back to my earlier point- they are ignoring better qualified people.

This is the problem with our Old Boys’ Club- it’s clear a bunch of these guys aren’t qualified for their jobs. Repeating myself, hiring is a crapshoot, so be ready to fire when you make an (inevitable) mistake. Old Boys’ Clubs aren’t. Detroit has a long tradition of promoting internally and it works well for them.

I’d even say your opinion of Eakins is exactly what you are criticising. Here’s a guy who had a lot of success before (and some after) the Oilers, but you don’t like him so you have declared him evil and incompetent. There’s evidence against both those things, but you ignore it because you just don’t like him.

See? It’s kind of unavoidable. We have to be vigilant and ruthless with ourselves to avoid seeing our natural prejudices toward people we like as inherent truths. I totally agree with you that it is useful to seek out people and perspectives that unsettle you.

delooper

I don’t like the announcer named Samsung.

kinger_OIL

godot10: Society can’t really progress towards equality if you choose ONLY the people you are most willing to hang out with.

That is why Silicon Valley is a racist misogynist ageist class ridden cesspool, for example.If you are a white male who went to one of the right tenor so universities you are in.If you are anybody else you are out.And to get the work done, they bring in foreigners on bargain basement wages on H1B visas.

– There’s an inherent contradiction in this: Silicon Valley is the opposite of equality. They have generated so much innovation and companies that have literally changed the world, created great wealth, innovation and employment.

– You might be “in” as an employee for one of these world beater companies as you say, but Silicon Valley is the ne plus ultra of extreme competition that rewards success.

– Equality in Silicon Valley would kill that what makes Silicon Valley great: smart people trying to solve a problem in an innovative way, break traditional business models, disrupt the status-quo and get crazy rich if they succeed. Equality? Thats crazy talk in Silicon Valley

– The companies that make it aren’t started by those racist class ridden cesspool group you cite. They are formed by exceptional, bright, ambitious mercenaries on a mission. Then they over-pay the clowns you speak of.

godot10

stevezie: Not exactly.

Ah yes, tie breakers. I suppose interviews are good for those. I think (and research backs me) that the main thing they tell you is who is good at interviewing, but if you have a group of qualified people, pick the person you’re most willing to hang out with.

Like MacT hiring the dementor.

Plus, this is how old boys’ clubs form.

One has to beware of one internal biases, and ask the question, am I only hiring this person because of an internal bias.

Sometimes on should hire the person you are most willing to hang out with, but sometimes one should hire the person who makes you a bit uncomfortable.

geowal

russ99,

Thanks!

godot10

stevezie: Not exactly.

Ah yes, tie breakers. I suppose interviews are good for those. I think (and research backs me) that the main thing they tell you is who is good at interviewing, but if you have a group of qualified people, pick the person you’re most willing to hang out with.

Society can’t really progress towards equality if you choose ONLY the people you are most willing to hang out with.

That is why Silicon Valley is a racist misogynist ageist class ridden cesspool, for example. If you are a white male who went to one of the right ten or so universities you are in. If you are anybody else you are out. And to get the work done, they bring in foreigners on bargain basement wages on H1B visas.

delooper

I’m gonna fight ’em off
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
They’re gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back
And I’m talkin’ to myself at night
Because I can’t forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette

And the message comin’ from my eyes says, “Leave it alone.”

kinger_OIL

stevezie,

Steve says: “Camp is useful for giving coaches an in-person viewing, but two weeks will never tell you more than two years of history”

– This exactly. Except remember when the OBC was mesmerized I think 3 years ago by some small russian dude who no one heard of and he light it up for what 2 games in pre-season, so they were going to offer him a contract, only to find out he wasn’t eligible or something like that

– Then he went back didn’t get drafted the next year in the QJHML: man were we bush…

– Training camp is rarely about “earning a spot”, because there is nothing predictive about a players performance in a compressed camp schedule and how they do in the season.

– But there is a lot of value to an organization in having all their players there. It’s a process

Frank the dog

stevezie: Not exactly.

At the beginning of training camp Brandon Davidson had 12 NHL games and almost 200 in the A. The Oilers had a pretty good idea of who he was- which was probably why he made the team. I remember him as good in camp, but not amazing. It was not his camp that inspired the Oilers to keep him, it was the entirety of his resume.

Camp is useful for giving coaches an in-person viewing, but two weeks will never tell you more than two years of history. Like if Bradon Christoffer shows up and looks like an NHLer, you move him up your list of “minor leaguers to watch”, you don’t cut Versteeg to make room for him.

Davidson was already real close, camp just put him over the top. Camp should just change perception on you by a couple of degrees, let’s not go six to midnight on anyone here.

Jethro Tull,

Ah yes, tie breakers. I suppose interviews are good for those. I think (and research backs me) that the main thing they tell you is who is good at interviewing, but if you have a group of qualified people, pick the person you’re most willing to hang out with.

And be quick to realise and admit a mistake. I was recently told (pure anecdotal) that the key part of management is hiring (total crapshoot in my experience), but firing.

Don’t take my business advice.

Anyway, yeah camp can move you a few ticks, but a few ticks only. Tull kicks ass.

After hiring there is probation of course, even if not official. I hired a person once, amazing interview, within a couple of weeks I realized I had hired a skilled interviewee gossiper and troublemaker. She was so skilled at that, she outlasted everyone around her and is still there as far as I know. .

godot10

re: Rogers Place

1) The two big escalators from the main concourse (100 level) to the upper concourse (200 level) have difficulty moving up when heavily loaded. They have to pace the loading…i.e. leave a stair or two of gap between people.
2) Learn where the elevators are in the 4 corners. There are at least 8 of them (two in each corner)
3) And for those of you who are fit, the stairs in the “exits” (again in the 4 corners) are not bad for going between the main and upper concourses.
4) Super first tier ticket holders should learn where their premium elevators are. I can’t really help you there.
5) One would think the building flow will improve as people figure the building out.

I wish I was rich. Those Loge level seats must be fantastic.

stevezie

Ducey: Wasn’t Davidson auditioning last year?

Not exactly.

At the beginning of training camp Brandon Davidson had 12 NHL games and almost 200 in the A. The Oilers had a pretty good idea of who he was- which was probably why he made the team. I remember him as good in camp, but not amazing. It was not his camp that inspired the Oilers to keep him, it was the entirety of his resume.

Camp is useful for giving coaches an in-person viewing, but two weeks will never tell you more than two years of history. Like if Bradon Christoffer shows up and looks like an NHLer, you move him up your list of “minor leaguers to watch”, you don’t cut Versteeg to make room for him.

Davidson was already real close, camp just put him over the top. Camp should just change perception on you by a couple of degrees, let’s not go six to midnight on anyone here.

Jethro Tull,

Ah yes, tie breakers. I suppose interviews are good for those. I think (and research backs me) that the main thing they tell you is who is good at interviewing, but if you have a group of qualified people, pick the person you’re most willing to hang out with.

And be quick to realise and admit a mistake. I was recently told (pure anecdotal) that the key part of management is hiring (total crapshoot in my experience), but firing.

Don’t take my business advice.

Anyway, yeah camp can move you a few ticks, but a few ticks only. Tull kicks ass.

Oilspill

So you’d give up B and C level players to scoop an A. Brilliant I wonder if Chia’s thought about that?

dustrock:
What level of acquisition cost would you be comfortable with to grab Trouba?The thing is, with he, Klefbom and Larsson, you’ve got some core D guys for the next decade.That is a luxury TBH.

Trade for Trouba cannot involve:

Drai
RNH
Eberle
Puljujarvi
Klefbom

I would probably live with a trade involving any other 2 players (I didn’t list McDavid, Lucic and Larsson for obvious reasons).

theres oil in virginia

Pouzar: I’ve got nuthin…gotta be careful, he is the best counter puncher in the bizz

So, yer sayin yer mother wears knickerbockers…

🙂

Visually better

Anyone able to find the lines for the “AHL Squad”?? Can’t seem to find them

Jethro Tull

Atc-Nate: How deep in 6 digits? I could do something else if the job was right! Then YOU could say I’m a good guy!!

You’re in! Hold this bag with a $ on it and watch for the cops while I just go into this bank…..

Kiltymcbagpipes

kinger_OIL:
Kiltymcbagpipes,

– I’m going to that game, in Toronto vs Oil!My Brother-In-Law has season tickets:It’s my once annual visit to that awful arena, where I have to endure those awful Leaf Fans! (well went to hockey cup, that was different)

Nice buddy. You on twitter? If so, what’s your handle if LT doesn’t mind? Be nice to hook up with Oiler fans there I’ll buy ya beer. I despise Leaf fans.

godot10

John Chambers: Trading JP for Trouba would certainly make the team immediately better. I’m sure Winnipeg would even take back Fayne to fill a spot at RD and balance dollars.

The Oilers can’t trade Fayne because they need him to meet the requirements for exposing a defensemen in the expansion draft. If one trades Fayne, then one has to expose one of Larsson, Klefbom, or Davidson, because Reinhart will almost certainly not have enough NHL games to meet the requirement.

Ducey

stevezie:
When I was a child I thought as a child and thought training camp was an important part of picking the team. Now I see anyone good enough to be an NHL player will still look like one on the farm*.

It’s not an audition, it’s a meet’n greet. Cut fast and build chemistry.

*2015 Draisatlis such an outlier he’s better off ignored.

Wasn’t Davidson auditioning last year?

Atc-Nate

Jethro Tull: I like to think of training camp as an amalgamation of meet ‘n’ greet, cup of coffee and earning a spot.

The top 9 F are virtually set, as are the top 4 D, with only Versteeg making itinteresting, but the coaches want to know who can play up the line.Who’s looks good for first call-up?

It’s mainly for the tweeners that the management don’t get to see as much.Sure, there’s the scouting reports, but with a lot of these guys putting up similar numbers, how to differentiate?

I’m on the hiring committee for a new position where I work.Every applicant’s resume is virtually the same, with very similar qualifications and experience.Have to have some way to differentiate, right?Interviews it is.I know some people are better than others, but it’s really the only way.

Unless of course, you’re happy to give a 6 figure job to someone you’ve never met, even if Steve from Accounting says he’s a good guy……

How deep in 6 digits? I could do something else if the job was right! Then YOU could say I’m a good guy!! 🙂

Jethro Tull

stevezie:
When I was a child I thought as a child and thought training camp was an important part of picking the team. Now I see anyone good enough to be an NHL player will still look like one on the farm*.

It’s not an audition, it’s a meet’n greet. Cut fast and build chemistry.

*2015 Draisatlis such an outlier he’s better off ignored.

I like to think of training camp as an amalgamation of meet ‘n’ greet, cup of coffee and earning a spot.

The top 9 F are virtually set, as are the top 4 D, with only Versteeg making it interesting, but the coaches want to know who can play up the line. Who’s looks good for first call-up?

It’s mainly for the tweeners that the management don’t get to see as much. Sure, there’s the scouting reports, but with a lot of these guys putting up similar numbers, how to differentiate?

I’m on the hiring committee for a new position where I work. Every applicant’s resume is virtually the same, with very similar qualifications and experience. Have to have some way to differentiate, right? Interviews it is. I know some people are better than others, but it’s really the only way.

Unless of course, you’re happy to give a 6 figure job to someone you’ve never met, even if Steve from Accounting says he’s a good guy……

stevezie

When I was a child I thought as a child and thought training camp was an important part of picking the team. Now I see anyone good enough to be an NHL player will still look like one on the farm*.

It’s not an audition, it’s a meet’n greet. Cut fast and build chemistry.

*2015 Draisatl is such an outlier he’s better off ignored.

stevezie

Lowetide,

He is a smug, arrogant twit, and a really good writer and smart hockey fella. I like reading him and was looking forward to his list. That it wasn’t a simple mistake but a genuine belief I had to double check that I wasn’t the one who has spent the last few decades confused.

Amadeus

Water Fire: I like the 3 way
Trouba to Oilers
Fowler and pick fo Jets
Yak plus to Anaheim

I can see this happening, but replace Yak with Pouliot.

Amadeus

Ca$h-McMoney!:
Amadeus,

I could see it happening if Trouba is willing to sign for $2m less than Lindholm.

I think Trouba and Lindholm would be willing to sign for $5.5 on a long term deal.

Frank the dog

Bank Shot: to

We were not short our top 3 C’s or one of our top 2 D then.

Water Fire

Amadeus:
Watch Trouba get traded for Lindholm straight up.

I like the 3 way
Trouba to Oilers
Fowler and pick fo Jets
Yak plus to Anaheim

Ca$h-McMoney!

Amadeus,

I could see it happening if Trouba is willing to sign for $2m less than Lindholm.

Bruce McCurdy

SumOil:
Bruce McCurdy,

Damn. .second season eh…my bad.

THEIR bad, was more my point. Just no excuse for it, not even “rookie mistake”.

Amadeus

Watch Trouba get traded for Lindholm straight up.

Bank Shot

Frank the dog:
When was the last time we won both Calgary split squad games short our top 3 C’s and one of our top 2 D’s? If ever?

We won them both last year.

The Oilers are always awesome at preseason.

Frank the dog

When was the last time we won both Calgary split squad games short our top 3 C’s and one of our top 2 D’s? If ever?

Jethro Tull

Lowetide:
Lambert is wicked smart. Seriously.

Smart he may be, but we as Oiler fans know a little about smart men doing dumb things, if there’s ever a concern.

Citing a tweet, then getting it wrong, then failing to admit your mistake? Not a smart move from an undoubtedly smart man.

It just means we no longer have the market cornered.

Ca$h-McMoney!

stevezie,

He’s crazy.

I read that article too. It was weird.

stevezie

Ryan Lambert wrote a long (and fine) article on potential players who could get traded straight up for Trouba. Only problem? His list was all rhD.

When it was pointed out Winnipeg wants lhD he doubled down, saying, “left hand and right shot are the same thing. are you new here?”

So am i crazy or is he crazy? He’s crazy right?

Pouzar

theres oil in virginia:
Pouzar,
JDï™,

Guys, seriously.Can you quit this stuff and start insulting other?Sheesh.

I’ve got nuthin…gotta be careful, he is the best counter puncher in the bizz

Pouzar

Visually better:
I would also love to see a line of Slepyshev Khaira Pitlick at some point.

That would be awesome and better than anything I care to see on line 4.

JD_Wry

Oilspill: Don’t care who you are against you need to win those.

Like I said, in a chaos filled split-squad game where the rosters were very unbalanced, I wasn’t worried too much about breakdowns. It was easier to pick out the things that impressed me about each player.

Agreed, those battles need to be won, but until the rosters get whittled down I’m not wasting any angst.

russ99

geowal:
So now some folks have had a chance to see some games, and I’ve seen a few comments in this regard:
I bought a bunch of tickets in one of the corners, I think section 224 (a corner), row “2”.So from what I gather is this what people are referring to with obstructed view row 2 seats?I’m gonna be dragging a bunch of us down to see the new arena and it’s quite likely the only game I’ll see this year.Wondering if it’s worth trying to weasle out of these seats and find different ones, game isn’t until December so have some time.

They are fixing some of the obstructed views. Not sure if it will be that section, though, or if it will be done by December.

But people aren’t happy about it and the Oilers are listening.

kinger_OIL

Kiltymcbagpipes,

– I’m going to that game, in Toronto vs Oil! My Brother-In-Law has season tickets: It’s my once annual visit to that awful arena, where I have to endure those awful Leaf Fans! (well went to hockey cup, that was different)

Mustard Tiger

I am of the belief that the concession/washroom lines will improve once people figure the building out and learn the best spots/shortcuts etc. The building is confusing the first time you are there.

I could be wrong, but I think the leaning forward issue is improved from Rexall because the bowl at Rogers is much steeper. This also gives the illusion of more leg room because the top of the back of the seat in front of you is at your ankles, rather than your knees.

Obviously it’s not as nice in the upper bowl as the lower bowl, the tickets cost half as much! Same as it always was, why do people complain about this?

I sat in the upper bowl my only time there so far, and I was in awe of everything. The rink is beautiful. Ignore the complainers.

Visually better

I would also love to see a line of Slepyshev Khaira Pitlick at some point.

Visually better

“NHL Squad” Lines:

Lucic McDavid Eberle
Pouliot Nuge Puljujarvi
Maroon Caggiula Yakupov
Hendy Letestu Kassian
Versteeg Lander Pakarinen

Interesting that Puljujarvi and Yakupov getting a push over Versteeg after what I thought was a solid night at Rogers Place. Same goes for Pitlick, i thought both Pitlick and Versteeg had really solid efforts from my view in row 4.

Pouzar

JDï™: LB moves like a dancer in the crease – he’s really something to see live. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I don’t know, but he’s so smooth in transitions across the net that it’s a joy to watch.

There is a goalie guru (can’t remember who) who was raving about his technical abilities on Twitter (dammnit I wish I had his name)
I saw him last year and I agree, it is something to see live.

Ca$h-McMoney!

Kiltymcbagpipes,

Platzer is better than anyone expects him to be every damn year.

Oilspill

I thought the Ozone wasn’t that bad for Nurse until I realized it was on the PP. I hope the league tracks zone possessions for individual players.

Pouzar: *raises hand*

So yer view of Nurse?
I see a lot of roving and chaos still.
Thought he looked good in the offensive zone. Sneaky skills and nice mobility.

Oilspill

JDï™: Yes, still has restless leg syndrome, but he sure stands out in that level of competition, and must have played half the game too. Even after a long shift (I think it was on the PK), he’s still mobile and strong. The battles for net presence when killing penalties were all Nurse.

I’m hoping that as he gets older, he’ll be more in tune with his decisions on roaming. I could see last night being a ‘what the heck’ kind of game for him in that regard, and hope to see more caution exercised as the competition ramps up.

But that top line for the Flames spits was just dominant, as expected. For anyone thinking Nurse/Davey dropped the ball last night, I would point to the rosters and say it wasn’t as bad as that.

LB moves like a dancer in the crease – he’s really something to see live. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I don’t know, but he’s so smooth in transitions across the net that it’s a joy to watch.

Sonofa Gustavsson was surprisingly agile and athletic. But he’s expected to be dominant at this level I guess.

Yak sure can buzz and slash in the o-zone. There was one play where he just kept cutting back and forth in the corner until he lost his check, and then made a nice pass to someone behind the net. He didn’t get a lot done, it seemed, but you didn’t need to see the number on the back to know who it was. I think I also caught him covering for Roman Nurse as well.

I saw some good things from Lander in his own zone (directing the PK), but not much other than that. Looks like #70 could easily be the new Lander.

Maroon doesn’t move like he’s lighter, but we’ll give the big guy some time to get things going.

Kassian covered some ice though. He looked leaner for sure.

Other than that, it was kind of like sitting in hfboards or another forum, but instead of reading anything, you just got to hear the comments close to you. “Why aren’t McDavid and RNH playing tonight?”, “And that German kid – where is he?” Except the floor at hfboards isn’t sticky.

Oh, and that Elliot guy. He’s not going to be a lot of fun this season spits.

But they we’re bouncing off bodies in possession battles in the corners and behind the net….losing them. Don’t care who you are against you need to win those. Also their passes were for the most part inaccurate.