PS G3 2016-17: OILERS AT CANUCKS

The exhibition season gets underway for real tonight, as Todd McLellan and his coaching staff begin the process of identifying the best 23-man roster for opening night in October. I have been pegging the chances of each player through summer, but the first days of TC give us perhaps a few new contenders for available jobs.

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GOALIES

  1. Cam Talbot, 29. He is going to get more work than Ginger Baker in Toad. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. Jonas Gustavsson, 31. Strong start to training camp in Calgary, I think the backup job will be decided in training camp and the Swede could lose it. Chances of Making the Oilers: 60%.
  3. Laurent Brossoit, 23. Also looked good in Calgary, organization believes in him and I think there was some thought in the organization that he was NHL-ready mid-season 15-16. Chances of Making the Oilers: 40%.

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LEFT DEFENSE

  1. LD Oscar Klefbom, 23. That 2011 draft gave this team two gems, I would love to see both men play all 82 games. Klefbom has the potential to impact the season in a big way.  Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. LD Andrej Sekera, 30. Strong play at WCOH reminds us of how well he can play. If the Oilers can use him as second pair anchor, that is a very nice top 4D. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  3. LD Brandon Davidson, 24. He played almost 23 minutes the other night, a terrific sign for the Oilers. A massive season for him, can he repeat the brilliance of 2015-16? Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  4. LD Darnell Nurse, 21. Played a ton on Monday, had poor possession stats but grew raves from the press box. That is about what happened last season. Can he improve his possession numbers this season? Chances of Making the Oilers: 90%.
  5. LD Jordan Oesterle, 24. Fast defender with offensive bent made some defensive adjustments in the NHL a year ago. Still miles to go, he could make this team. Chances of Making the Oilers: 35%.
  6. LD Griffin Reinhart, 22. He is a PC acquisition and should get a push at some point during the year. Important to find out about him before the expansion draft—some believe his NHL role is already established. Chances of Making the Oilers: 25%.
  7. LD David Musil, 23. He has one big advantage—because he requires waivers, Edmonton may keep him if the club values him in a big way. Did not receive an early push (Davidson appeared in four games last TC) but we are still in early days. Chances of Making the Oilers: 15%.
  8. LD Mark Fraser, 29. He could see NHL time, unlikely to break camp with the big team. Chances of Making the Oilers: 1%.
  9. LD Dillon Simpson, 23. Remains a long shot for an NHL career, but his steady progress makes Simpson an interesting prospect. No chance.
  10. LD Andrew Ference—LTIR. No chance.
  11. LD Joey Laleggia—A big season in Bakersfield could get him a cup of coffee. No chance.
  12. LD Ben Betker—End of the roster in terms of LD, he is a giant stay-at-home blue. No chance.

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RIGHT DEFENSE

  1. RD Adam Larsson, 23. Steady first outing with Klefbom, despite losing his stick on a GA. I think we need 40 games to get a feel for his style and effectiveness. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. RD Mark Fayne, 29. Oilers badly need him to be an effective defender. From the Terry Harper family of blue liners, had a difficult transition to the Todd McLellan Oilers. Chances of Making the Oilers: 90%.
  3. RD Eric Gryba, 28. He is an effective defender, but not a good puck mover. I think he is fine as a 6-7D and would consider his signing a recognition of the need for further defensive depth. Chances of Making the Oilers: 29%.
  4. RD Matt Benning, 23. He has a lot of things going for him and a strong training camp might get him in the conversation. Chances of Making the Oilers: 15%.

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CENTER

  1. C Connor McDavid, 19. Cannot wait to see him play live again, the young man is worth the price of admission all by his lonesome. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 23. It does my heart good to see people acknowledge his considerable gifts after his strong play at WCOH. He is a fine player. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  3. C-R Leon Draisaitl, 20. He could play a utility (C-R) role but the team sets up currently with Leon as the soft minutes pivot. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  4. C Mark Letestu, 31. Underrated 4C, mostly because he had to play too high on the depth chart one year ago. Call it Horcoff syndrome. I think he could still get PP minutes this year, at least until JP is established. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  5. C Anton Lander, 25. Early in camp, it is clear Edmonton is looking for a substantial option at center, Lander is in a spot of bother as camp opens. He is a player with range, needs to show it at camp—something most incumbents are not required to do. Chances of Making the Oilers: 55%.
  6. C Jujhar Khaira, 22. Looked impressive in his first game, showing good speed and some offensive ability. I think he is close. Chances of Making the Oilers: 30%.
  7. C-L Drake Caggiula, 22. He got a big push in game 1 of the pre-season and I think there is an increased chance he makes the big team. Chances of Making the Oilers: 30%.
  8. F Jere Sallinen, 25. He played well in the Calgary game, showing some range and offensive acumen. Remains a long shot at this point in time. Chances of Making the Oilers: 2%.
  9. RC Ryan Vesce, 34. He was a rather late add and I don’t think he makes the team, but Vesce checks off a lot of boxes: RHC, good in the dot, excellent shot, terrific power-play resume. Chances of Making the Oilers: 1%.
  10. RC Kyle Platzer—He has showed well again this TC. No chance.
  11. LC Josh Currie—The fact he is still in camp is a good arrow. No chance.

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LEFT WING

  1. L Milan Lucic, 28. His first game as an Oiler was uneventful, but you can see the impact he can have on the offensive game. Much attention paid to his style, plenty of substance with this player. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. L Benoit Pouliot, 29. He didn’t play opening night of pre-season, so one expects he will get the call tonight. An important player on this team, very effective. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  3. L Patrick Maroon, 28. Faster and quicker this camp, he has a chance to carve out a nice spot on this roster during 2016-17. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  4. L Matt Hendricks, 35. Role players who survive in the NHL until 35 are damned hard workers who have sacrificed. Hendricks is such a player. Chances of Making the Oilers: 85%.
  5. R Anton Slepyshev, 22. Showed well in the Calgary game (scoring a goal) and the coach says good things about him. After that, it is up to him and the increasingly difficult depth chart. Chances of Making the Oilers: 11%.
  6. R Taylor Beck, 25. Productive in game one, he has good offensive instincts but we don’t know much about his checking game yet. Chances of Making the Oilers: 7%.
  7. L Mitch Moroz—Turned some heads opening night, first good sign in some time. Hope he keeps it up. No chance.
  8. L Braden Christoffer—Got into a fight in Calgary, rugged winger headed for the minors. No chance.
  9. L Ryan Hamilton—He is still in camp, a good sign for any AHLer at this point.
  10. L Tyler Benson—Healthy enough for full practice, could he play tonight? Seems a stretch.

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RIGHT WING

  1. R Jordan Eberle, 26. Seems destined to play on the McDavid line, where he could score 35 goals in my opinion. He had an injury last year, still scored 25. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. R Zack Kassian, 25. A sure starter opening night, the only question is what line he plays on. He can make plays with the puck, it will be interesting to see where he lands. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  3. R Nail Yakupov, 22. He had reasonable possession numbers in Calgary (considering the opponent and situation), I hope he gets a push on a strong line this week. Chances of Making the Oilers: 90%.
  4. R Kris Versteeg, 30. He was terrific in his first game, and that accounts for the spike in his chances. He can play a utility forward role, and is willing to do it. An extremely valuable addition via PTO, Edmonton did not get this in the before time (pre-McDavid). Chances of Making the Oilers: 70%.
  5. R Iiro Pakarinen, 24. Utility forward for the Oilers a year ago, his chances of making the team took a hit with the addition of Versteeg. Chances of Making the Oilers: 50%.
  6. R Jesse Puljujarvi, 18. He is big (6.04, 203), fast and skilled—and impressed at rookie camp while not getting much done in G1 of the pre-season. Probably wise to get him out there soon with a chance to redeem himself. Chances of Making the Oilers: 60%.
  7. R Tyler Pitlick, 24. Impressive opener slightly increases his chances of making the team, that pass to Versteeg was pretty damn sweet. Chances of Making the Oilers: 10%.
  8. R Patrick Russell, 23. A real long shot—new pro, speed a concern—but he has size and is physical. No chance.
  9. R Greg Chase—A quiet rookie camp and a quiet opening night. He seems to be less sure of himself at this camp, needs to get that swagger back—and to stop taking penalties. No chance.

PROJECTED ROSTER FOR TONIGHT (MY GUESS)

  • Pouliot—RNH—Puljujarvi
  • Maroon—Caggiula—Yakupov
  • Pitlick—Khaira—Slepyshev
  • Versteeg—Lander—Pakarinen
  • Nurse—Davidson
  • Reinhart—Gryba
  • Musil—Simpson
  • Brossoit, Gustavsson

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun show on the way, with a hockey focus. 10 this morning, TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. A look at tonight’s game, some of the early battles, and Bruce’s top five NHL players of all-time.
  • J.D. Burke, Canucks Army. Vancouver isn’t getting a lot of respect this fall, but any team with the piss-cutter Sedins should be feared.
  • Don Landry, CFL.ca. Where is this blasted season heading? Eskimos crossover could be beneficial!

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. J-Bo says:

    Hunter, please sign me up for the overly optimistic 92 points. Thanks 🙂

  2. Side says:

    Hunter:

    98 points.

  3. Oil2Oilers says:

    I just got in and turned on the TV in time to watch a Canucks TV intermission, Fuck You Rogers.

    The Roman is making a push to make the team according to the box scores.

  4. Kitchener says:

    Davidson looks like he’s picking up precisely where he left off. I haven’t seen anything this preseason yet that indicates a regression for #88. Hallelujah.

  5. Younger Oil says:

    Just thought of this, sorry if it has already been suggested:

    Is a Yakupov (and a middling pick/prospect) for Reider trade feasible?

    Both left shooting RW, similar age, both frustrated with their clubs.

    Arizona like youth, and probably like the idea of bringing in a former #1 OV.

    Probably a low probability of happening due to Reider’s history with the Oil, but I would love to see it.

    Would be a nice little German connection on the third line too.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Has anyone tracked the defensive pairings? I have Nurse-Davidson, Simpson-Reinhart and Laleggia-Musil but that cannot be right because Laleggia is 10-2 and Musil is 5-3 in even Corsi.

  7. Ice Sage says:

    Chachi:
    Is Caggiula’s potential upside a poor man’s Joe Pavelski?

    I’d hope his upside is a deviant Roman Emperor
    or is that downside?

  8. frjohnk says:

    Wow. Canucks fans have to watch that during the intermission?

    Those “analysts” are terrible.

    They make me miss Spector. (I actually don’t mind him)

    Love Louie and Gene

  9. Spengler says:

    I was going to say that the team looks faster but I don’t think that’s what I’m seeing. I think what I’m perceiving as speed is getting to the right places and a more consistent commitment to keeping their feet moving. It makes the team look faster.

    Well, except for Gustavsson’s glove. Sloooow….

  10. blainer says:

    Lowetide:
    Very poor shift by Reinhart, makes a strange backpass at the blue line (!!!!) and then has to haul ass back on the jailbreak. Then they get things under control and he puck over glasses it. I thought he played well until that sequence.

    GR not looking good at all. Had one decent shift to my eye and that’s it. he looks very slow out there. Either it’s a skating problem or a conditionong problem or BOTH.

    Not good arrows against sub par competition.

    On the other hand Drake is looking real good. Early days but looks like he has good speed and not afraid to go to the net.

    Versteeg also looking decent tonight.

  11. Kitchener says:

    Drake Caggulia looks fast. Fast thinking, fast hands, fast feet, fast action… For a team looking to build off Team North America’s speedy success, Drake is looking like a very attractive option.

  12. Gordies Elbow says:

    Younger Oil,

    Much less likely than a Lazar, Sproul, Murphy, or McNeill trade.

    Remember how the hockey world took the Hall-Larsson trade?

    Not looking forward to the Yakupov deal.

  13. Ice Sage says:

    Younger Oil:
    Just thought of this, sorry if it has already been suggested:

    Is a Yakupov (and a middling pick/prospect) for Reider trade feasible?

    Both left shooting RW, similar age, both frustrated with their clubs.

    Arizona like youth, and probably like the idea of bringing in a former #1 OV.

    Probably a low probability of happening due to Reider’s history with the Oil, but I would love to see it.

    Would be a nice little German connection on the third line too.

    ooooh that would burn given that Reider was an Oiler prospect. No, I think Yak will fetch more just based on #1 draft pedigree

  14. blainer says:

    Kitchener:
    Davidson looks like he’s picking up precisely where he left off.I haven’t seen anything this preseason yet that indicates a regression for #88.Hallelujah.

    Davidson is Bonafide.

  15. Spengler says:

    Lowetide,

    Davidson and Laleggia were playing together towards the end of the period. Laleggia looked to be on the right.

  16. Kitchener says:

    I don’t want to trade Yakupov, but is Caggulia taking Yakupov’s spot?

  17. Centre of attention says:

    Get Lucic off the power play.

  18. Ice Sage says:

    frjohnk:
    Wow. Canucks fans have to watch that during the intermission?

    Those “analysts” are terrible.

    They make me miss Spector. (I actually don’t mind him)

    Love Louie and Gene

    No, Canucks ‘fans’ won’t watch much for the next few years – maybe the the Sedins first game back in new unis

  19. Jaxon says:

    Centre of attention:
    Get Lucic off the power play.

    I agree. He didn’t look good on the PP last game either. And that’s twice I’ve seen him head down try to walk the blueline on the PP and just get stripped of the puck. Not exactly a heads up kind of player. I know he’s the shiny new toy, but I’m sure his game has some faults.

  20. Younger Oil says:

    I know it’s just preseason, but I’m already terrified for the last three years of Lucic’s contract.

    He is rather slow.

  21. Oil2Oilers says:

    Ice Sage: I’d hope his upside is a deviant Roman Emperor
    or is that downside?

    All LT posts will be accompanied by pictures of a young Helen Mirren

  22. Clay says:

    blainer: Davidson is Bonafide.

    He looks quite good at the top on the PP.

    He may be the answer to some questions in that area.

  23. Derek says:

    Lucic looks quite rusty.

  24. B S says:

    goddamned SN PbP guy doesn’t even call the Oilers names.

  25. Centre of attention says:

    Atta’boy Griffin. Give it to him.

    Jaxon: I agree. He didn’t look good on the PP last game either. And that’s twice I’ve seen him head down try to walk the blueline on the PP and just get stripped of the puck. Not exactly a heads up kind of player. I know he’s the shiny new toy, but I’m sure his game has some faults.

    Give him the even strength push IMO. He can make plays, but the power play is too much finesse for him.

    Not a big deal, other than the fact we are paying him 6 million so you better hope those even strength minutes are full value 🙂

  26. Pouzar says:

    Caggs is smart little ****er

    Gus sux…FREE LB!

  27. Lowetide says:

    Reinhart continues to look poor.

  28. Jaxon says:

    Centre of attention:
    Atta’boy Griffin. Give it to him.

    Give him the even strength push IMO. He can make plays, but the power play is too much finesse for him.

    Not a big deal, other than the fact we are paying him 6 million so you better hope those even strength minutes are full value

    Yup. I could actually see Pouliot playing beside McDavid at some point if Lucic doesn’t find some real chemistry to match McDavid’s speed. I think Puljujarvi may be on the other side by the end of the season too. That’ll be a fast train. Lucic-Nuge-Eberle would be a dammmn potent line too.

  29. B S says:

    couple of things on that shift:

    hell of a shift by the 4th line. Pitlick can’t seem to stay on his feet. Musil is such a smart player.

  30. Derek says:

    Musil looks like a better prospect than Reinhart. Lucic looks better suited to the cycle game of Drai or RNH. Small samples and early days, etc etc.

  31. BlueNoteNorth says:

    If Caggiula can force his way into 3C between say Maroon and Versteeg,

    then Draisailt can have top 6 minutes with Nuge …

    and Puljujarvi can spend time in the AHL.

    I am liking this a lot.

  32. LadiesloveSmid says:

    ooo 430+ comments

  33. Ryan says:

    Derek:
    Musil looks like a better prospect than Reinhart.Lucic looks better suited to the cycle game of Drai or RNH.Small samples and early days, etc etc.

    Same thoughts. Looch has been a turnover machine.

    Musil has looked better than Turnstile to my eye.

  34. Younger Oil says:

    Lowetide:
    Reinhart continues to look poor.

    Reinhart might translate loosely to “Dead Horse” at this point, but Good Gord does that trade still sting.

  35. Pretendergast says:

    The Canucks straight up scored, looks like even the refs need some games here

  36. Centre of attention says:

    The Canucks deserve a goal.

  37. delooper says:

    Yeah, should be 3-2 for Vancouver. Weird missed-call.

  38. Jaxon says:

    Damn, Gustafsson actually let in a 3rd bad goal, but nobody knew it.

  39. delooper says:

    Jaxon,

    You’d think they would have noticed when they fished the puck out of the back of the net?

  40. Ryan says:

    Younger Oil: Reinhart might translate loosely to “Dead Horse” at this point, but Good Gord does that trade still sting.

    It would be so Oilers to spend a 16 and 33 for Reinhart then lose Musil to waivers.

  41. Jaxon says:

    .750 SV% so far, haha. Do I have to warn everyone about small sample size?

  42. Chachi says:

    Ice Sage: I’d hope his upside is a deviant Roman Emperor
    or is that downside?

    Depends on which side of the vomitorium you happen to be on.

  43. Centre of attention says:

    Cagguila just got elbowed big time. He probably should go to the quiet room.

    If I was a concussion spotter I would pull him from the game. But I am not a concussion spotter.

  44. Younger Oil says:

    Ryan: It would be so Oilers to spend a 16 and 33 for Reinhart then lose Musil to waivers.

    And then have Reinhart taken in the expansion draft when 16 and 33 would have been protected.

  45. Rebilled says:

    Um, they’re trying to fuck up our 2 goal scorer.

  46. Chachi says:

    Centre of attention:
    Cagguila just got elbowed big time. He probably should go to the quiet room.

    If I was a concussion spotter I would pull him from the game. But I am not a concussion spotter.

    Yup

  47. Jaxon says:

    Who is gonna tune this Labate character? He’s pissing me off. Will it be Lucic, Maroon or Nurse? Somebody should.

  48. B S says:

    I really want the oilers to win by a single goal now. Canucks fans would burst the veins in their forehead over a preseason game.

  49. Halfwise says:

    Caggiula eats an elbow from LaBate.

  50. Bling says:

    Lucic, on his last shift, made a breakout pass to nowhere, then tried to inside out someone at his own blue line while standing still. Hopefully that’s just rust.

  51. Younger Oil says:

    Maybe the problem with the NHL and concussions is that a blatant dangerous elbow to the head is only a two minute penalty.

  52. delooper says:

    Eberle showing some lack of hustle.

  53. Diesel says:

    Versteeg makes a lot of “cagey” plays as Louie DeBrusk would say.

  54. Pretendergast says:

    There is no pace to this powerplay, cant imagine Todd told anyone other than Connor to mail it in

  55. Gordies Elbow says:

    Wow, Eberle and Lucic look really bad on this powerplay.

  56. Kitchener says:

    450 comments in the 2nd. Tonight is the night Lowetide.ca wakes up from summer slumber.

    Along with Hunter1909’s annual event, I’m inviting a round of quick introductions so the 2016-17 commenters know who each other are. Nothing wordy or profound, just a quick self-selected frame to help each other know who We are heading into 2016-17. I’ll propose a twit 140 character limit.

    Here’s mine: “Right brain – left brain hybrid. Loves Ricki #s, saw ’em good, big data, LT songs, long arc stories, the human element, and Oxford commas.”

    Who are you?

  57. Centre of attention says:

    This power play is several different shades of awful

  58. LMHF#1 says:

    Slepyshev steps in off the wing like a 20 goal man.

  59. B S says:

    lots of passing to no one the last couple of shifts by the oilers.

  60. delooper says:

    Oilers look pretty complacent.

  61. LMHF#1 says:

    Bling: standing

    I doubt he’s making much of an effort right now.

  62. Bling says:

    Loving Drake’s game.

    Quick hands and feet and plenty enough hockey IQ.

  63. Drew says:

    Halfwise:
    Caggiula eats an elbow from LaBate.

    was a chicken winghope he is OK

  64. Ryan says:

    Younger Oil: And then have Reinhart taken in the expansion draft when 16 and 33 would have been protected.

    I vociferously ridiculed that trade before I knew of the expansion draft–actually real time as it occurred.

    If the Oilers ever need to hire a guy to ask them if they’re sure they want to do that, I’m their guy.

  65. Derek says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much and Eberle, Lucic and company. Vets always look like shit the first few games of the pre-season no matter what the coach has told them. Guys like Caggiula and Mcdavid look far sharper than anyone else on the ice because they’ve been skating and playing pucks in game situations for a month by now.

  66. Centre of attention says:

    Bling:
    Loving Drake’s game.

    Quick hands and feet and plenty enough hockey IQ.

    He’s lucky that Hockey IQ isn’t leaking out his ear. He took a clean elbow to the face.

    I don’t understand why he is still in the game.

  67. Drew says:

    Ryan: I vociferously ridiculed that trade before I knew of the expansion draft–actually real time as it occurred.

    If the Oilers ever need to hire a guy to ask them if they’re sure they want to do that, I’m their guy.

    i am sure Dellow asked those type of questions

  68. nafnikufesin says:

    Hunter, 81 points, thanks. Hope to be proven terribly wrong, but unless Talbot is good for 70+ games, we’re an injury away from a lottery spot.

  69. Bling says:

    Hunter, 88 points.

  70. Younger Oil says:

    Way to wave that stick, Griffin.

  71. LMHF#1 says:

    Cut Gustavsson.

  72. B S says:

    Younger Oil,

    3 on 1, only guy who got back in time. I’m not gonna lay that on Reinhardt.

  73. Jaxon says:

    That was a terrible pinch gamble. Was that Davidson or Simpson?

  74. Gordies Elbow says:

    Wow, powerplay is in mid-season form.

  75. B S says:

    Jaxon,

    Simpson I think.

  76. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Khaira is a big strong boy, he’s gotta be hoping Letestu has extended time out of the lineup

  77. Bling says:

    Nice job by Khaira taking that pass in the skates and getting a shot off.

  78. Ryan says:

    Drew: i am sure Dellow asked those type of questions

    I actually nominated Dellow here at this very blog before they hired him.

    While Dellow has a better hockey mind than I do, I have a day job, so’d come cheap.

  79. Gerta Rauss says:

    ahahahahaha….

  80. Soup Fascist says:

    Two things – when Looch is engaged he doesn’t lose a lot of puck battles.

    Also, am I supposed to know what Durex rings are for?

    There appear to be a lot of commercials in that regard.

  81. Lowetide says:

    Early days, folks. Early days. EV TOI by D so far

    Davidson 11:02
    Nurse 9:48
    Reinhart 9:06
    Simpson 8:30
    Laleggia 8:29
    Musil 7:39

  82. Gordies Elbow says:

    Grif!

  83. Kitchener says:

    McDavid…

    Once he gets linemates who expect the unexpected?

    Look out opposition PDO.

  84. LMHF#1 says:

    Drew: i am sure Dellow asked those type of questions

    Why would they listen to him even if he did?

    The flaw there was the broader group of “hockey minds” (using the term loosely) remaining in place and it strongly appears Chiarelli took them as being at least moderately competent. Should read this board.

  85. delooper says:

    Nice shot, GR. Wasn’t a very nice play, but it worked!

  86. B S says:

    Reinhardt dragging all game, then a nice pinch and a goal in one shift.

  87. westcoastjos says:

    I don’t comment often, just kind of read, but when it comes to goalies…

    Gustavsson is playing so poorly. Technically speaking, he is sloppy, and just basics, seems sloppy. The only good thing might be his glove side sometimes. Yikes. His core must be out of shape? Looks really bad when he comes across like he is standing up instead of sliding across low? I hope they don’t use him primarily for the backup or we won’t be winning any games when he is in net. At least Brossoit looks relatively calm.

  88. Drew says:

    Reinhardt nice pinch then a shot and goal

    damn a nickle short i see

  89. Centre of attention says:

    There ya go Griffin.

    Don’t listen to the haters.

  90. Bob Arctor says:

    Hunter: I’ll take 79 points. Goalie situation is going to suffer with incoming twins.

  91. Jaxon says:

    Liking Caggiula, Slepyshev and LaLeggia tonight. TMac is giving LaLeggia a lot of at bats at evens and on PP. Good to see. Slepyshev has some good jump and is playing a physical game.

  92. Lowetide says:

    Such a nice display of stops and starts by McDavid. My goodness he could be a great Keon.

  93. Little Poteet says:

    Soup Fascist,

    They are so you can be a hero, obviously

  94. Ray says:

    Kitchener:
    450 comments in the 2nd.Tonight is the night Lowetide.ca wakes up from summer slumber.

    Along with Hunter1909’s annual event, I’m inviting a round of quick introductions so the 2016-17 commenters know who each other are.Nothing wordy or profound, just a quick self-selected frame to help each other know who We are heading into 2016-17.I’ll propose a twit 140 character limit.

    Here’s mine: “Right brain – left brain hybrid. Loves Ricki #s, saw ’em good, big data, LT songs, long arc stories, the human element, and Oxford commas.”

    Who are you?

    I’m Batman!

  95. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Lowetide:
    Early days, folks. Early days. EV TOI by D so far

    Davidson 11:02
    Nurse 9:48
    Reinhart 9:06
    Simpson 8:30
    Laleggia 8:29
    Musil 7:39

    haven’t noticed Nurse a lot tonight, in a good way

  96. Soup Fascist says:

    Little Poteet:
    Soup Fascist,

    They are so you can be a hero, obviously

    So they aren’t big unappetizing life savers?

  97. Pretendergast says:

    Kitchener:
    Who are you?

    I really wanna know!

  98. Bling says:

    I thought Laleggia made a bit of a weak play at the end of the period there. Canucks rush, LaLeggia recovers the puck with time, and elects to banks it of the glass, and the Canucks retained possession.

  99. Ryan says:

    Lowetide:
    Such a nice display of stops and starts by McDavid. My goodness he could be a great Keon.

    While I have always loved how you’ve likened Nuge to Dave Keon, but I’m in my early 40’s and I have no recollection of Keon.

  100. Oil2Oilers says:

    Khaira takes Hendricks job by Xmas, Bookje it.

    Hendricks has been way better an Oiler than I expected him to be when he was acquired. But, can he fight father time?

  101. Centre of attention says:

    Cagguila rocking an 80% CF threw 2 periods.

  102. Lowetide says:

    28-22 56 percent Corsi after two, Caggiula and Laleggia are at 80 percent. Laleggia is having a whale of a game.

  103. LMHF#1 says:

    westcoastjos:
    I don’t comment often, just kind of read, but when it comes to goalies…

    Gustavsson is playing so poorly. Technically speaking, he is sloppy, and just basics, seems sloppy. The only good thing might be his glove side sometimes. Yikes. His core must be out of shape? Looks really bad when he comes across like he is standing up instead of sliding across low? I hope they don’t use him primarily for the backup or we won’t be winning any games when he is in net. At least Brossoit looks relatively calm.

    Yep. 100%. Cut him now.

  104. Spengler says:

    Kitchener,

    I’ll bite Kitchener:

    “Local boy, long time resident of Taipei, now returned. Lonng suffering lover the Oilers and Reds of Merseyside (some suffering worse than others). Lurker for years, recent poster (signed up so I could read comments once they paginate, figured I’d use the login for more than just reading). Recent twitterer, breaker of 140 character limits.”

  105. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    Such a nice display of stops and starts by McDavid. My goodness he could be a great Keon.

    I have been reliably told by a respected authority that the Oilers already have a Dave Keon.

  106. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    28-22 56 percent Corsi after two, Caggiula and Laleggia are at 80 percent. Laleggia is having a whale of a game.

    LaLeggia reminds me of Oesterle, but with better hands.

    Davidson has played well on the right side tonight, would you agree LT?

  107. BlueNoteNorth says:

    Gustavsson has been channelling Ben “Bear Rug” Scrivens.

    Lordy.

  108. Ryan says:

    Kitchener:
    450 comments in the 2nd.Tonight is the night Lowetide.ca wakes up from summer slumber.

    Along with Hunter1909’s annual event, I’m inviting a round of quick introductions so the 2016-17 commenters know who each other are.Nothing wordy or profound, just a quick self-selected frame to help each other know who We are heading into 2016-17.I’ll propose a twit 140 character limit.

    Here’s mine: “Right brain – left brain hybrid. Loves Ricki #s, saw ’em good, big data, LT songs, long arc stories, the human element, and Oxford commas.”

    Who are you?

    I am whoever you say I am. If I wasn’t why would I say I am?

  109. Ducey says:

    Not sure you can take a lot from this game. Very early. The only guy on EDM who looks like he is clearly overmatched is Leggs. Small, iffy edges, some poor decisions.

    On the positive Maroon and the Drake look good. Nurse too. I saw Simpson good a few times too.

  110. Bling says:

    Centre of attention,

    Caggiula has been awesome.

  111. delooper says:

    I’m in my mid-40’s. I’ve seen some Keon clips. He’s basically a really good “do everything” centre. A Kopitar with less size.

  112. Zelepukin says:

    BlueNoteNorth:
    Gustavsson has been channelling Ben “Bear Rug” Scrivens.

    Lordy.

    Gusty gonna Gust?

  113. Soup Fascist says:

    A few times since Free Agent day I have been tempted to question, why is everyone so wound up about signing Gustafsson?

    Now I know.

  114. Pouzar says:

    Centre of attention: LaLeggia reminds me of Oesterle, but with better hands.

    Yeah umm no.

  115. Centre of attention says:

    Bling:
    Centre of attention,

    Caggiula has been awesome.

    Hopefully that Elbow doesn’t make him not-awesome in the long run.

    I worry about the kids health, a small guy in this division lives a tough life. Ask Nuge.

  116. Ryan says:

    Soup Fascist:
    A few times since Free Agent day I have been tempted to question, why is everyone so wound up about signing Gustafsson?

    Now I know.

    I read the first few words of your post and my initial thoughts were that you were trolling, lol.

    Sieve.

  117. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar: Yeah umm no.

    Both players are speedy, but I give LaLeggia the edge in skill. Oesterle has the edge in flat out speed though.

    What do you think? Both Smallish NCAA defenders.

  118. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention: LaLeggia reminds me of Oesterle, but with better hands.

    Davidson has played well on the right side tonight, would you agree LT?

    Yes. I believe that is where he is headed. That pairing is 50 percent (Nurse-Davidson) and playing quite a bit, 88 will be 21-22 minutes tonight.

  119. Ryan says:

    Ryan: I actually nominated Dellow here at this very blog before they hired him.

    While Dellow has a better hockey mind than I do, I have a day job, so’d come cheap.

    When I say ‘cheap,’ please read ‘free’ if anyone from the Oilers reads this thread.

  120. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide: Yes. I believe that is where he is headed. That pairing is 50 percent (Nurse-Davidson) and playing quite a bit, 88 will be 21-22 minutes tonight.

    Agree, I bet Davidson beats out Fayne for second pairing minutes eventually. Maybe not right away, but it’s only a matter of time before Davidson flat out forces the coaches hand with this kind of play.

  121. Evilas says:

    Hunter, put me down 103 pets.

    Typical preseason game, calm down folks. The rusty vets will only get better, there are a few more games and practices left for them to work out da kinks.

    There is more depth in the organization than I’ve seen in over a decade, I am hopeful that when the injuries hit, this depth will enable them to weather the storm. Pitlick, JJ, Sleppy, Caguila, Salinen all looking very good, Musil is effective and not very noticeable (that is a good thing). Versteeg (so far) is looking like one of the top 12 to start the season. Letestu, Hendricks and Landers’ spots are in jeopardy in the early days.

    The monster is only scary to his own dmen…..

  122. Ryan says:

    lead foot Reinhart

  123. Pouzar says:

    Centre of attention: Both players are speedy, but I give LaLeggia the edge in skill. Oesterle has the edge in flat out speed though.

    What do you think?

    No way am I giving the edge in skill to Leggs. Oesterle had 2 less pts than Leggs in 19 less gms. I think Oesterle is a way better passer and skater(especially edge work/mobility). Remember that Leggs played a lot of wing last year. too That wasn’t an up arrow for me. Like both guys but I think Oesterle may be the better bet right now.

  124. Lowetide says:

    Really nice shift by the Pitlick Khaira Beck line.

  125. delooper says:

    Nice shift by the Pitlick line.

  126. ChiliChunk says:

    hunter1909:
    I think I’ll officially enter the Hunter1909 2016-17 Death March right now…

    Total expected points ; 102

    80 pts

  127. striatic says:

    Pitlick looks like a completely new player. So confident.

  128. Pouzar says:

    If Sekera is kickin it old school on RD then I’d go Davy-Sekera on 2nd pair. I want Nurse no where near top 4. Can we develop a guy for once?

  129. Soup Fascist says:

    Pouzar:
    If Sekera is kickin it old school on RD then I’d go Davy-Sekera on 2nd pair. I want Nurse no where near top 4. Can we develop a guy for once?

    Problem is who is going to move the puck out if you go Fayne Nurse in 3rd pairing?

    The words tire fire are taken to a whole other level.

  130. Younger Oil says:

    Coverage in front of the net when the puck is below the goal line has been nonexistent more than a few times tonight.

  131. Younger Oil says:

    And people are just flying by Reinhart, looks like he is trying to turn in a vat of chilled molasses.

  132. geowal says:

    Man that’s twice in 30 seconds Reinhart getting beat on the rush, don’t let him anywhere near RD, he does not make that turn well.

  133. Kmart99 says:

    Scouting report: Go wide on Reinhart

  134. Pastor of Disaster says:

    Hunter, can I get in on the fun with 84 points? And hope I’m dreadfully short?

  135. Drew says:

    Ryan: While I have always loved how you’ve likened Nuge to Dave Keon, but I’m in my early 40’s and I have no recollection of Keon.

    Keon was a like a dog on a bone when on the puck carrier ultimate two way guy.

  136. Ryan says:

    Younger Oil:
    Coverage in front of the net when the puck is below the goal line has been nonexistent more than a few times tonight.

    Dorsett beat Reinhart wide..

  137. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Reinhart got walked twice by somebody named Dow-woo and then walked by the blazing fast Derek Dorsett in the same shift.
    Lord have mercy.

  138. Drew says:

    Monster looks better this period

  139. Kmart99 says:

    Lucic isn’t trying.

  140. geowal says:

    Drew:
    Monster looks better this period

    It’s not a monster in goal..

  141. geowal says:

    Klima's_Bucket:
    Reinhart got walked twice by somebody named Dow-woo and then walked by the blazing fast Derek Dorsett in the same shift.
    Lord have mercy.

    Has he been right side all night? Late to the party here, willing to cut a little slack for that, but he looks awkward there.

  142. Kmart99 says:

    Nurse looks like he’s taken a step forward. Must’ve stolen that step from Griff.

  143. Jaxon says:

    Drew:
    Monster looks better this period

    He does look better when he is Ellis.

  144. Drew says:

    geowal: It’s not a monster in goal..

    crappers, have been off surfing the interwebs

  145. hags9k says:

    Caggiula has looked good even without the goals. Some nice smart plays, nice quick passing. He’s quick. I wonder if he will get a look on the wing. So many possibilities for this forward group.

    It looks more and more like it will take a serious hot stretch early (like RFN) for Nail to find a chair when the music stops.

  146. Lowetide says:

    Really liking Pitlick tonight, that is two games in a row now.

  147. Little Poteet says:

    These pbp guys are brutal. Totally disinterested in the game. Almost feel bad for the nucks fans

  148. Ryan says:

    Jaxon: He does look better when he is Ellis.

    I have more confidence in Ellis than the monster, lol.

  149. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Reinhart sets up behind his net. And waits.
    Then steps out and fires a pass to nobody.
    Well, nobody on the Oilers.
    Lord, have mercy.

  150. delooper says:

    Nice little plays by Versteeg. He’s likely made the team.

  151. Drew says:

    Drake can play

  152. Yak Efron says:

    Groan…

  153. Little Poteet says:

    Oh boy

  154. LadiesloveSmid says:

    well Versteeg plays LW!!

    welcome to the team Pulju

  155. Lowetide says:

    Maroon looks hurt.

  156. Ryan says:

    Drew: crappers, have been off surfing the interwebs

    I agree with you that Ellis looks better lol.

  157. Younger Oil says:

    Pitlick also could make a run at the #3LW spot if Maroon is injured.

  158. Soup Fascist says:

    Cagguila is good at the hockey.

  159. striatic says:

    Lucic’s play leaves me missing Taylor Hall. Hopefully Lucic is doing some subtle, helpful things away from the puck that I’m not picking up on, but right now it seems like he’s just another player out there.

  160. Atc-Nate says:

    Pretty sure they meant Pitlick right? Pitlick hurt?

    *Sigh* NOT MAROON

  161. Ray says:

    Its only preseason, its only preseason. Its only preseason

  162. Younger Oil says:

    McDavid makes a great play, passes it to the back post where the LW should be for an easy tap in.

    Lucic too slow. Even if it’s preseason, it is very worrying.

  163. LadiesloveSmid says:

    pretty damning game for Reinhart

  164. LadiesloveSmid says:

    “Lucic was a 55P 1st liner last season but after this game I’m not so sure!”

  165. westcoastjos says:

    You guys are pretty critical of Looch. He looks okay to me for preseason and being out of form. He has had some good looks that have just missed the mark or were tipped slightly wide. McDavid has had some misses/fumbles too, tonight. They won’t be perfect 100% of the time.

    Lander had a hat trick last preseason and then we never heard from him again. Early days, friends.

  166. Pretendergast says:

    It’s preseason but if one of these guys on the team wants to put away the 6 Mcdavid chances that came up in the last minute thatd be swell.

  167. delooper says:

    Jujar has had a good game so far. Not spectacular but I’ve noticed him a bunch of times, in a positive way.

    His cousin tells me his entire extended family drove into Vancouver for the game.

  168. LadiesloveSmid says:

    I do think Pouliot will end up with McD, and Luc will do great with RNH or Drai

  169. Kmart99 says:

    Younger Oil,

    There’s plenty of other options if Milan doesn’t work. Like Maroon. Oh wait….

  170. hags9k says:

    Walk it off Maroon.

  171. Yak Efron says:

    *breathes into his paper bag*

  172. B S says:

    McDavid just pulled it out of 2nd gear for a few seconds. Beautiful.

  173. hags9k says:

    Caggiula to LW with 97. Calder trophy. Parade.

  174. Drew says:

    sigh Maroon looks like 4 – 6 with the crawl off. Fack hope just a cramp.

    4th line with Beck, JJ, and Pit looks great

  175. delooper says:

    Put Jujar with Mickey-D’s.

  176. Stelio Kontos says:

    77 pts

  177. Kmart99 says:

    Is it just me or does Pouliot have similar posture and stride to Connor. They’re basically the same player. 😉

  178. hags9k says:

    D zone penalty for Pou. Progress.

  179. Zelepukin says:

    Poo in perfect mid-season, stupid penalty form.

  180. Drew says:

    Kmart99:
    Is it just me or does Pouliot have similar posture and stride to Connor.They’re basically the same player.

    just you

  181. Gordies Elbow says:

    Pouliot mid-season form, as well. Not good.

  182. Ice Sage says:

    Thanks Pou

  183. geowal says:

    Well not faulting Ellis for that one.

  184. hags9k says:

    Kmart99,

    I agree they look very similar. Until they skate the puck through the neutral zone.

  185. Pescador says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Reinhart sets up behind his net.And waits.
    Then steps out and fires a pass to nobody.
    Well, nobody on the Oilers.
    Lord, have mercy.

    Jultz consistently got 20+mins a night with that patented beauty.
    I will not miss watching that night in night out

  186. Drew says:

    Pescador: Jultz consistently got 20+mins a night with that patented beauty.
    I will not miss watching that night in night out

    Used to like the Jultz reach, just close enough to look like he was trying but not close enough to get hurt. good times.

  187. Ice Sage says:

    Nice bank shot.

    Canucks prospects better in this game.

  188. Younger Oil says:

    Why Eberle is in front of the net instead of Lucic on a PP is beyond me.

  189. Bling says:

    When the puck goes into Lucic’s corner his first step takes ——– this long.

  190. frjohnk says:

    That’s it!!!

    I’ve had enough

    I’m done with this team.

    EDIT: Oh, it’s only the 1st preseason game?

    Ok, never mind.

  191. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Too late to re-neg my prediction, Hunter? bleh game, can’t believe that bank

  192. Pescador says:

    Yak Efron:
    *breathes into his paper bag*

    Try it with spray paint

  193. Drew says:

    Bling:
    When the puck goes into Lucic’s corner his first step takes ——–this long.

    Clearly low GAS gauge right now(give a shit)

  194. Ice Sage says:

    frjohnk:
    That’s it!!!

    I’ve had enough

    I’m done with this team.

    Yeah!
    I demand a refund!!!!!!!!

  195. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Luc’s 2nd pre-season game in oiler silks has cemented his rep, slow and doesn’t give 2 shits!

  196. Soup Fascist says:

    Are we going to wait until the regular season to run Lucic out of town?

    I was planning on setting up a torch and pitchfork kiosk. Just want to ensure I am adequately stocked.

  197. delooper says:

    There were a few bright spots in the game but the veterans were just “present” and some of the younglings weren’t very good.

  198. Drew says:

    frjohnk:
    That’s it!!!

    I’ve had enough

    I’m done with this team.

    lol

    you’re still here after all this time, you’d watch them go out on the ice and kill a live chicken…

    we all would. 🙂

  199. delooper says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    I’m fairly certain he gives more shits than that. You’re just not auditing at the right place and time.

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