ALL MY OIL KINGS!

As it stands now, the Edmonton Oil Kings 2010-14 have not exactly set the pro hockey world on fire. Curtis Lazar, Mark Pysyk, Griffin Reinhart, Laurent Brossoit, Henrik Samuelsson, Mitchell Moroz and many more have stopped short of making an NHL impact. It is fairly stark considering how famous these teams became leading up to the 2014 Memorial Cup victory. Here are the current NHL games played for Oil Kings grads:

  1. Curtis Lazar 143
  2. Mark Pysyk 125
  3. Tomas Vincour 95
  4. Griffin Reinhart 37
  5. Laurent Brossoit 6
  6. David Musil 4
  7. Henrik Samuelsson 3
  8. Keegan Lowe 2

Definitely an Oilers theme there, and that doesn’t include Mitchell Moroz, Travis Ewanyk and various other draft picks who ended up in one of the Oil organizations (or both). Could you stand another?

MARK PYSYK!

pysyk

Whenever I am looked for a quick and dirty (stop it) way of assessing NHL defenders, I go to Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and run the CF% RelTM chart for 500+ minutes. Pysyk, a year ago, had a fine number and hung around in a good good range. Where was he playing those minutes? Let’s head for the Sledgehammer.

VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER

pysyk-vollman

There we are, Pysyk performing well in the soft minutes portion of the Vollman. If a player is getting those minutes, you would like to see some good numbers are Pysyk does very well in the possession stats. His offense at even strength (0.61 5×5 points-per-60) is no screaming hell—a little better than Brandon Davidson managed a year ago.

I was talking to Darcy McLeod today and Pysyk came up as a possible acquisition. He was traded to Florida earlier this summer (I wrote about acquiring him here, he was traded a week later) and we are here. Question: If the acquisition cost for Pysyk (Panthers gave up Dmitri Kulikov to get him) isn’t excruciating, are you interested?

  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Andrej Sekera—Mark Fayne
  • Brandon Davidson/Darnell Nurse—Mark Pysyk

Now. The ask might be a LHD, and the follow up question is this: Would you trade one of the LHD listed here in a bigger deal for Pysyk? If so, which one? What about Reinhart? (What about Reinhart)?

BERGLUND, SHL

berglund capture 1

Filip Berglund got into some SHL action in Sweden yesterday, and we received an update from our friend Swedish Poster:

  • After sitting out the first two games Filip Berglund got his first few minutes of the season when Skellefteå won 3-2 tonight. He was the 7th D and only got 7:30ish of TOI so he didn’t have time to put much of a mark on the game.
  • I wouldn’t worry too much about his early lack of ice time. This is usually the road for young D in the SHL, especially more offensively gifted ones. They have to earn their trust over the vets and really take the chance when given, and Skellefteå do have a solid group of vets on and they won’t be easy to leapfrog.
  • If he still struggles with ice time in 1-2 months they usually loan them to an Allsvenskan team if they feel he needs more regular ice time. It’s not a bad route at all.
  • A lot of the time the player is much improved and gets much more ice time as the year rolls along in either allsvenskan or the SHL. I’m personally encouraged that he gets an early taste., despite only one injured D (former NHL tweener Kyle Cumiskey btw).

As always, thanks so much to Swedish Poster. I will have some information on tomorrow morning’s post on some of the junior and Euro kids, but it is worth nothing that Dylan Wells had a nice debut.

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98 Responses to "ALL MY OIL KINGS!"

  1. flyfish1168 says:

    I wonder what it would have taken to get Pysyk from the Sabres. Sure it would not have been 16th and 33rd pick.

  2. Ducey says:

    I’d be happy to add Pysyk. Always had calm feet. Reminds me of Davidson.

    Trade Reinhart for him! We saw all we ever will need to see in that first exhibition game! Horrible!

    In fact, trade Connor too. He struck out in the World Cup and that game. Trade him while he still has some value for gords sake.

    Time to start building the Caggiula Cluster.

  3. JDï™ says:

    Ducey: Time to start building the Caggiula Cluster.

    And fire Woodguy! Not to be confused with firewood guy.

  4. Lowetide says:

    JDï™: And fire Woodguy! Not to be confused with firewood guy.

    Fire woodguy would be a great name for a porn star. Or not, but it is interesting.

  5. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide,

    Dick Buckle. A great name for a bad porn star.

  6. davepobrien says:

    Ducey,

    This guy gets it

  7. Halfwise says:

    JDï™:
    Lowetide,

    Dick Buckle. A great name for a bad porn star.

    Dick Pound could have been a contender.

  8. ykjoe says:

    Hunter

    Thinking 86, for Steve Smith’s goal

  9. Lowetide says:

    Halfwise: Dick Pound could have been a contender.

    Dick Pound, in HAMMERING AWAY

  10. Mantis says:

    Hunter – put me down for 89 points for the Oil this season please. I think we will see another D pick up sometime this season and am going to play the optimist again.

  11. fifthcartel says:

    If Florida is heavy on analytics I wonder how’d they feel about G.Reinhart. I’m guessing not well.

  12. YEG FOLK says:

    Hunter – 88 points is the best I can do. Thanks for organizing this.

  13. flyfish1168 says:

    fifthcartel:
    If Florida is heavy on analytics I wonder how’d they feel about G.Reinhart. I’m guessing not well.

    I wonder G.R. for Mark what it would cost. To be honest it’s probably best not even go there.

  14. fifthcartel says:

    flyfish1168,

    Not sure, but Florida does seem to have an excess of RHD with Ekblad, Demers, Petrovic, and Pysyk.

    I think Thomas Drance or someone said they’re not moving anyone (obvious Canucks Army connection) but I highly doubt an organization thats taken up analytics religiously are going to have a R-R pairing.

  15. HT Joe says:

    I can’t imagine how this place would blow up if Chia ended up trading Yak & Griff for Reider…

  16. "Steve Smith" says:

    ykjoe:
    Hunter

    Thinking 86, for Steve Smith’s goal

    …and people wonder why I don’t hang around here much.

  17. Lowetide says:

    “Steve Smith”: …and people wonder why I don’t hang around here much.

    I felt awful for that guy. That was a tough thing for a young player to get over. I will admit to having a tear in my eye 12 months later when he carried Stanley.

  18. 719 says:

    @Hunter put me down for 79 points. TY

  19. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide: I felt awful for that guy. That was a tough thing for a young player to get over. I will admit to having a tear in my eye 12 months later when he carried Stanley.

    I just recently rewatched that game.

    I don’t think Gretzky came off the ice in the third. Calgary just buttoned everything down.

  20. JDï™ says:

    Leon and Tobias showing some chemistry, and not the baking soda volcano kind.

  21. Ryan says:

    Any chance Kruger can win the Jack Adams?

  22. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909’s Oilers Death March is back for the 2016-17 season!

    Here’s how you play: Pick the exact number of points you think the Oilers will have at the end of the season.

    Then, after the usual training camp hypejobs stop and the real NHL starts, Oilers usually lose 2-3 defencemen and spent the rest of the season chasing/debating the lottery. What better way to enjoy those pointless, meaningless games than The Hunter1909 Official Oilers Death March(TM)?

    Last year had well over 200 players. Prizes being sorted as this message gets posted for last season’s winners who will be notified at a later date.

    Contest Entry: Open until puck drop on opening night. Think of a giant guillotine blade – once the first puck drops it’s all over.

  23. Ducey says:

    Ryan:
    Any chance Kruger can win the Jack Adams?

    Do the Hockey Writers vote for it? If so, yes. They might even give it to him twice.

  24. Klima's_Bucket says:

    As I watch this game, I can’t help but ask myself how much better Canada would be doing if only they would have put Rob Zamuner on this team.

  25. stush18 says:

    Ducey,

    Yup trade looch for a seventh round pick, mcdavid for trouba, and send JP, draisaitl, nurse, and klefbom for subban.

    Oh and force Arizona to trade us OEL.

    Terminate reinhart contract. He beats up mimes.

    Pitlick though. Everyone always knew pitlick had this in him.

  26. Klima's_Bucket says:

    stush18: Pitlick though. Everyone always knew pitlick had this in him.

    Oh God, what ailment has Pitlick been diagnosed with now??

  27. dessert1111 says:

    Hunter, I’ll take 100 points please

  28. JDï™ says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Oh God, what ailment has Pitlick been diagnosed with now??

    Dropsy? Bursitis? Walking pneumonia?

  29. hags9k says:

    hunter1909,

    I’ll say 42 wins, and 9 Garys for 93 pts.

  30. Ryan says:

    dessert1111:
    Hunter, I’ll take 100 points please

    Can I have two rounds of whatever this guy’s drinking? 🙂

  31. voxwah says:

    I wonder what Pysyks CrazyEyes/60 rating is??

    I’m cheering for Griffin, but after watching a zillion Oilers prospects not make it over the last 10 years I really can’t see him working out. He’s just not good enough.

  32. texmex says:

    Canada could really use Hall tonight.

  33. Ducey says:

    stush18:
    Ducey,

    Yup trade looch for a seventh round pick, mcdavid for trouba, and send JP, draisaitl, nurse, and klefbom for subban.

    Oh and force Arizona to trade us OEL.

    Terminate reinhart contract. He beats up mimes.

    Pitlick though. Everyone always knew pitlick had this in him.

    Come on. Even before last night everyone knew you couldn’t trade Lucic for a 7th. After last night it’s a straight buyout for Milan.

  34. Ryan says:

    Price is a beauty.

  35. pocession charge says:

    texmex:
    Canada could really use Hall tonight.

    I think Marchand was a pretty good choice. He’s damn good.

  36. Little Poteet says:

    looks like Drai and Sek might be home this weekend

  37. Ducey says:

    texmex:
    Canada could really use Hall tonight.

    Doh!?

  38. Ryan says:

    pocession charge: I think Marchand was a pretty good choice.He’s damn good.

    We dem boyz.

  39. The Trade Guy says:

    Europe played its bag off. Krueger is one hell of a motivator.

  40. dessert1111 says:

    Ryan: Can I have two rounds of whatever this guy’s drinking?

    I think I guessed 106 last year and 100 the year before, one of these years I’ll look really smart

  41. hunter1909 says:

    Draisraitl looked pissed in the handshake line.

    Like Frankenstein’s Monster pissed.

  42. pocession charge says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Europe played its bag off. Krueger is one hell of a motivator.

    I wonder if MacT regrets that decision?

  43. The Trade Guy says:

    pocession charge: I wonder if MacT regrets that decision?

    lol no he sucks

  44. Frank the dog says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Europe played its bag off. Krueger is one hell of a motivator.

    I wonder how Dallas Eakins would have done with the same team.
    On the other hand, never mind.

  45. hunter1909 says:

    Confession: I had this great “Where’s Hall?” rant, also the worst Team Canada I ever saw etc.

    Right up to the second they scored to make it 1-1.

  46. leadfarmer says:

    That is one ugly trophy.

  47. Little Poteet says:

    hunter1909,

    Hope he brings that pissed attitude and hunger to Edmonton with him, we could always use more guys who give a crap

  48. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Drai and Seks really represented the oilers well, happy for them to get as far as they did and finally come home to complete the roster.

  49. Frank the dog says:

    The Trade Guy: lol no he sucks

    Probably one of the most stupid and bad things that man has ever done. Skyping out a man of this calibre to bring a shabby dementor. The nadir of the bad old oilers. I still get pissed thinking of that.

  50. Alpine says:

    hunter1909,

    Put me down for 87 points in honour of Sid the former Kid.

    I feel that’s a tad optimistic, but it’s 8-9 more wins than last season which should be possible with a better healthier defense and a full year of the McDestroyer

  51. Jethro Tull says:

    Lowetide: Dick Pound, in HAMMERING AWAY

    I work with a guy called Dick Commander.

    Honestly. I don’t have the imagination to make that up.

  52. Ryan says:

    dessert1111: I think I guessed 106 last year and 100 the year before, one of these years I’ll look really smart

    I’m in for 95 points myself.

    I consider myself to be an optimist.

    The sole reason I’m in for 95 points is simple.

    If the Oilers can’t muster 95 points this up coming season, then there’s no fucking point in me watching them play.

  53. rickithebear says:

    I just watched 4 nhl officials make blatter look lik a saint.
    That was disgraceful.
    Hopefully puttin sends friends to have a beer with them!

  54. jimmers2 says:

    I have the feeling that that ugly vase was sitting in the corner at a funeral home just yesterday.

  55. Ryan says:

    One more time lol. That’s bringing me back to partying at the drink in toronto in 2001. Good times.

  56. Pouzar says:

    HT Joe:
    I can’t imagine how this place would blow up if Chia ended up trading Yak & Griff for Reider…

    And that doesn’t get it done. How f^cked is that?
    You just blew my mind.

    *pours another glass of Tamaya*

  57. frjohnk says:

    Pouzar: And that doesn’t get it done. How f^cked is that?
    You just blew my mind.

    *pours another glass of Tamaya*

    Add Nurse

  58. Pouzar says:

    frjohnk: Add Nurse

    HOW DARE YOU!

  59. --hudson-- says:

    Anyone else get Miro Satan flashbacks seeing Team Europes box?

    Damn Oilers been a feeder team for a long time.

  60. Ryan says:

    Ryan: I’m in for 95 points myself.

    I consider myself to be an optimist.

    The sole reason I’m in for 95 points is simple.

    If the Oilers can’t muster 95 points this up coming season, then there’s no fucking point in me watching them play.

    That smacks of an abject ring of verisimilitude, doesn’t it?

    Boys, after a decade out of the second season, if you don’t project the Oilers to finish with a chance for making the playoffs this season, why the hell are you going to waste your valuable time watching them play?

  61. Rebilled says:

    leadfarmer,

    The World Cup trophy should look like that Canada Cup trophy they used to have.

  62. Centre of attention says:

    Ryan: That smacks of an abject ring of verisimilitude, doesn’t it?

    Boys, after a decade out of the second season, if you don’t project the Oilers to finish with a chance for making the playoffs this season, why the hell are you going to waste your valuable time watching them play?

    McDavid.

  63. Wolfie says:

    Brad Marchand is a modern day Bobby Clarke…

    Crosby is becoming legendary. He may not reach Gretzky’s records but he is as close to a game changing dominator in this era… He’s up there with the GOATS.

    Price too… Come to think about it the whole damn team.

  64. Westchester Oil says:

    Hunter – please put me down for 91 points.

    I’m living south of the border so I had to watch the game tonight on ESPN. I don’t know who called the game in Canada, but Steve Levy and Barry Melrose from ESPN were just brutal during the World Cup. It’s like listening to a couple guys yakking it up in your basement over a couple beers. Just call the f&$king game! They made Gene Principe sound like Danny Gallivan. If I had a $1 million bucks for every time they were talking while a goal was scored, I’d be Brad Marchand rich. End of rant.

  65. Wolfie says:

    Rebilled,

    They wouldn’t be able to get it through security! Seriously that trophy is a deadly weapon and it must weigh a ton!!!

    Plus it’s a Maple Leaf…. No one in the World wants to win a Maple Leaf except maybe Canadians… Lol

    The Stanley Cup on the other hand is the most beautiful trophy in sport bar none.

  66. Wolfie says:

    Is it always this hard not to get excited about this Oilers season… We’ve been burned so many times before… Is there real reason for hope this year? If not complete balance at least they have depth at multiple positions….

    Centre, Left Wing for sure and Left D… When’s the last time the Oilers had more than 1 option at any position?

  67. Water Fire says:

    Lowetide: I felt awful for that guy. That was a tough thing for a young player to get over. I will admit to having a tear in my eye 12 months later when he carried Stanley.

    Playoff ending own goal on his birthday no less. Wow.

  68. dangilitis says:

    I am going to pull a Don Cherry here, and say that in April or early May I predicted Corey Perry would join Niedermayer as the only players to have won each of the 6 major championships possible for North Americans. Only problem is that Ron McLean (e.g. myself) can’t find the post from this blog, so that we could roll the clip and I could say that I told you!

  69. Wolfie says:

    dangilitis,

    I believe you.

  70. Johnny says:

    I keep hearing from a bunch of commentators (on this blog) that Grif is overweight.

    I know some ladies that snapped photos with him at that golf tourney at Glendale, and their comment was on how lean he was.

    This is not a weight issue. He has worked hard. This is just a reeeeeeealy bad trade.

  71. Tire Fire says:

    Jethro Tull: I work with a guy called Dick Commander.

    Honestly. I don’t have the imagination to make that up.

    He tells me that he’s flattered, but would rather you chose a new nickname.

  72. Wolfie says:

    This is by far my favourite place on the interwebs… I’ll keep saying it until LT acknowledges this post!

  73. Lowetide says:

    Wolfie:
    This is by far my favourite place on the interwebs…I’ll keep saying it until LT acknowledges this post!

    Why on earth would I acknowledge this post and keep you from saying it?????

  74. Centre of attention says:

    Ryan: Here’s an ‘ouch’

    http://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2016/8/26/12459204/why-your-team-sucks-edmonton-oilers

    meh. read it before. honestly if that crap on a Leafs blog gives you an “ouch” you must be new lol.

  75. Wolfie says:

    Ok I’ll keep saying it!

  76. Genjutsu says:

    Ryan: Here’s an ‘ouch’

    http://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2016/8/26/12459204/why-your-team-sucks-edmonton-oilers

    I don’t know dude there’s been plenty you could point out about why the Oilers suck without resorting to that kind of a hack job.

    Clearly the author wasn’t watching the World Cup. If he thinks the Lucic-McDavid-Eberle line is all we got.

    Saying Larsson only marginally upgrades the D is a bit of a reach IMO. Considering what RD would look like in his absence I think its fair to say its fairly substantial upgrade at the very least.

    I get why everyone wants to pile on the Oilers but can’t they just point to the record and say boom there it is.

    If I’m writing that article I’m bringing up Reider and how great he’s looked for team Europe, Or the Reinhardt trade, Or the Korpi trade and subsequent buyout.

    There’s so much there it doesn’t requre the use of creative licence.

  77. Wolfie says:

    I think that’s the whole point of the article… To blow it out of proportion…. I mean if you scroll down it’s a theme… So the author is doing the same thing to every team he “previews”.

  78. HT Joe says:

    Pouzar: And that doesn’t get it done. How f^cked is that?
    You just blew my mind.

    *pours another glass of Tamaya*

    You’re right… how about this then..

    Yak + Griff + the draft compensation for hiring TMac for Reider… could that have worked? 🙂

  79. HT Joe says:

    Jethro Tull: I work with a guy called Dick Commander.
    Honestly. I don’t have the imagination to make that up.

    This is amazing… it sounds like the cheap porno knock off to the 1999 box office bomb “Wing Commander”. It’s like a derisive version of a terrible movie based on a video game.

    I had a great uncle named Richard Richards, so – naturally – everyone called him “Double Dick” behind his back. But I think Dick Commander wins hands down. Thank you Jethro for sharing this. 🙂

  80. Soup Fascist says:

    Jethro Tull: I work with a guy called Dick Commander.

    Honestly. I don’t have the imagination to make that up.

    I believe Dick is an old St. Albert guy. I wonder if he and LT have crossed paths?

  81. PhrankLee says:

    hunter1909,

    I’m in for a 9 point increase from my entry for last year. A full 15 point increase from the first Hunter Sweepstakes.

    91, sir.

    Thank you.

    Best of luck to everyone.

    Fuck the Flames.

  82. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    I had a friend named Richard Horncastle. Big Oiler fan, might even read this blog, who knows (hi Richard).

    He never went by Dick though and I always thought it was a shame. DIck Horncastle would have been epic.

  83. Jethro Tull says:

    Tire Fire: He tells me that he’s flattered, but would rather you chose a new nickname.

    Don’t follow old chap.

  84. thepeetso says:

    Jethro Tull: I work with a guy called Dick Commander.

    Honestly. I don’t have the imagination to make that up.

    Scaffolder, yes?

    Unless somehow there’s two Dick Commanders.

  85. Jethro Tull says:

    Soup Fascist: I believe Dick is an old St. Albert guy. I wonder if he and LT have crossed paths?

    He’s a scaffolding contractor and a fine pool player!

  86. Jethro Tull says:

    thepeetso: Scaffolder, yes?

    Unless somehow there’s two Dick Commanders.

    Yep, that’s him.

  87. thepeetso says:

    Jethro Tull: Yep, that’s him.

    When I see him on Monday, I’ll tell him hes famous on the interwebs.

  88. Jethro Tull says:

    thepeetso: When I see him on Monday, I’ll tell him hes famous on the interwebs.

    You at the mill now?

  89. russ99 says:

    Any opportunity for Bob Green to use his Oil King “inside knowledge” to sway Chiarelli, should be slapped down, and that GP chart is pretty good proof.

    Pysyk has decent offensive possesion, but what about defensive corsi and high danger scoring chances?

    Call me old fashioned, but I prefer defensemen to be adequate defensively first, then figure out how good they are going the other way, a mistake the Oilers have repeated time and time again in the last decade.

  90. thepeetso says:

    Jethro Tull: You at the mill now?

    Ha. Yep.

    Running the panel in Fibreline.

  91. Jethro Tull says:

    thepeetso: Ha. Yep.

    Running the panel in Fibreline.

    British guy in E+I.

  92. thepeetso says:

    Jethro Tull: British guy in E+I.

    Small world . . . big internet.

  93. Jethro Tull says:

    thepeetso: Small world . . . big internet.

    Lol yep. I’ll come say Hi Monday. Keep that digester shiny side up.

  94. Bob Arctor says:

    I met a Richard Studley once upon a time….

  95. 106 and 106 says:

    hunter1909,

    81 points Hunter!

    Meaningful puck in January!

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