PS G8 2016-17: CANUCKS AT OILERS

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers finally delivered on what we all thought was a reasonable plan of attack: Add another defenseman. The surprise of the transaction? Kris Russell is the answer. We were looking for a more offensive defender, who clearly wasn’t there. My current pick for trigger man on the power play? Jesse Puljujarvi.

GOALIES

  1. Cam Talbot, 29. Sleep when your kids sleep. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. Jonas Gustavsson, 31. He played well Thursday. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.

LEFT DEFENSE

  1. LD Oscar Klefbom, 23. He was fabulous Thursday night, ridiculous skater and he is far more prepared than his actual NHL experience implies.   Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. LD Andrej Sekera, 30. He was splendid Thursday night, I think he will flourish on the second pairing. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  3. LD Brandon Davidson, 24. Appears to have avoided injury in British Columbia, a major opportunity for him to cement his status as an Oiler for years to come. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  4. LD Kris Russell, 29. Signed for one year and $3.1 million, I think he is a reasonable option for third pairing, left side. The Leftorium continues to be a thing, and I do think we will see five of the seven defenders opening night being portsiders. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  5. LD Darnell Nurse, 21. Hasn’t played this week, expect he will see action tonight.  Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.

RIGHT DEFENSE

  1. RD Adam Larsson, 23. His last two games have been outstanding to my eye, and the Klefbom—Larsson pairing may develop into a very good top pairing. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. RD Mark Fayne, 29. I rate him as being in real trouble now, if not to make the roster, to hang around for much longer. Chances of Making the Oilers: 70%.
  3. RD Eric Gryba, 28. I think he had a real chance until the Russell signing. Chances of Making the Oilers: 30%.
  4. RD Matt Benning, 23. If he continues to play as he has the last two games, it won’t be long until he is in Edmonton for the long term. Chances of Making the Oilers: 30%.

CENTER

  1. C Connor McDavid, 19. Touched by God. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 23. I think he is a key player for this team, in all three disciplines. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  3. C-R Leon Draisaitl, 20. I think he plays a lot on RW this season, but will leave him at C—at least until we see the Oilers pick up a 3C. Watch for that before opening night, and if it doesn’t happen the organization may run Drake Caggiula when he is healthy. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  4. C Mark Letestu, 31. He is a good 4C and Edmonton can use him. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  5. C-L Drake Caggiula, 22. Injury clouds things, but I think he earned the job when he is healthy. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  6. C Anton Lander, 25. I would look for a waiver center, possibly right handed. Chances of Making the Oilers: 40%.

LEFT WING

  1. L Milan Lucic, 28. The big man needs to have more of an impact. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. L Benoit Pouliot, 29. Sublime forechecker, throwback winger. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  3. L Patrick Maroon, 28. Splendid training camp, could move up. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  4. R Tyler Pitlick, 24. Wins the Hendricks job. Chances of Making the Oilers: 90%.
  5. R Anton Slepyshev, 22. So close, my guess he is final cut. Chances of Making the Oilers: 50%.

RIGHT WING

  1. R Jordan Eberle, 26. Lots of expectations, he has a strong scoring resume. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  2. R Zack Kassian, 25. I see him as a 4line option who can move up the depth chart. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  3. R Kris Versteeg, 30. The only thing left is the contract. Chances of Making the Oilers: 100%.
  4. R Jesse Puljujarvi, 18. He is big (6.04, 203), fast and skilled—and appears to be learning on the job. I like the way he marked his man Thursday and his willingness to use his size to win battles. I have no idea what his rookie season looks like, but believe most of it will be in Edmonton. Chances of Making the Oilers: 90%.

INJURED

  1. L Matt Hendricks, 35. Tough break for the veteran winger, sounds like weeks instead of days. Chances of Making the Oilers: nil.
  2. R Iiro Pakarinen, 24. Injury did not look good, out for some time. Chances of Making the Oilers: nil.
  3. LD Andrew Ference—LTIR. Chances of Making the Oilers: nil.

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KRIS RUSSELL 15-16

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.57
  • 5×4 points per 60: 3.27 (in 92 minutes)
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 45.3
  • Qual Comp: second pair
  • Qual Team: 3rd pair
  • Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -9.2
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 70 shots/5.7%
  • Boxcars: 62GP, 4-15-19
  • Information via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com, behindthenet.ca and hockey-reference.

Russell is most famous for being the world’s most successful shot blocker, and that is cool save for the fact it means you never have the puck. He should be more famous for his icetime—23:05 a night last year—and for his lack of penalties (he received Byng votes last season). He is not a good possession defenseman—across the board numbers look poor—and I do think the Oilers are foolish to add a lefty to the Leftorium, especially with the latest studies showing a six percent fall in possession due to offhandedness.

That said, it is a one-year deal and Russell is a veteran NHL defenseman. If we run a depth chart today, it looks wonky, but injuries will take care of someone sooner or later, and we may see a LHD for RHD trade at some point during the year. I am somewhat indifferent about the signing—Edmonton needed a puck-moving righty —and am genuinely curious about how the pairings will go. I don’t think Russell gets here unless Fayne has lost another step, and that may offer us some insight into the next step. As a general rule, I encourage the idea of hiring actual NHL players, so this signing—while unusual for the reasons stated—probably has a good chance to help the team at some point during the year. Should fetch a nice package at the deadline, too, if it comes to that.

OPENING NIGHT ROSTER (A GUESS)

  • Milan Lucic—Connor McDavid—Jordan Eberle
  • Benoit Pouliot—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Leon Draisaitl
  • Patrick Maroon—??????—Jesse Puljujarvi
  • Tyler Pitlick—Mark Letestu—Zack Kassian
  • Extras: Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Kris Russell—Andrej Sekera
  • Darnell Nurse—Brandon Davidson
  • Extra: Mark Fayne
  • Cam Talbot (Jonas Gustavsson)

I think the Oilers find a RHC between now and opening night. I think Jesse Puljujarvi makes the team now, likely on a 3line that gets shuffled a lot. Slepyshev and Caggiula are the bubble guys, but for me both men are ahead of Anton Lander at this time.

The lefty-righty issue is a real problem, and the Russell signing pushes that to the forefront. Maybe this move is the first step in a trade (Brandon Davidson for Mark Pysyk?) or the Mark Fayne erosion may have picked up steam over the summer. That said, I do not think the signing of Russell fixes the defense enough to warrant the investment. The one year aspect of the deal mostly solves that concern, but I bet Mark Fayne ends up playing more with Sekera than Russell this season. I would have signed Gryba.

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JESSE PULJUJARVI

Lost in the Yakupov trade news is the fact Jesse Puljujarvi has a roster spot (unless I have missed the mark) and should be here for the entire season. I watched him Thursday night and he can mark his man well, fights for the puck and is willing to engage physically—all three things important elements for a Peter Chiarelli team. My RE had JP playing 65 games and going 14-14-28—and that seems reasonable, although I suspect he is going to get more power-play time than was estimated this summer.

Puljujarvi’s physical play and willingness to fight for the puck are both elements the Oilers value highly. I think the Finn will get some looks on the McDavid line eventually, because as good as Jordan Eberle is as a shooter, a bigger man with skill who can retrieve pucks fits the Chiarelli template better.

LANDER

I think the injury to Kris Versteeg—combined with the Yakupov trade—means Leon will play a lot at RW this season—until JP is ready to take over. What does that mean for Anton Lander? Ladies, I don’t think he will be on the trip. Suspect Peter Chiarelli will pursue a 3C, likely a righty but at this point that player may not be available. Ideally, he would be a Pisani, someone with experience who could mentor Puljujarvi, Slepyshev and others as they slide on to his line. What is this player’s name? Bet we know by Wednesday.

THE RETURN FOR NAIL

I am shocked that people are shocked by the return for Nail. There has been a fairly consistent thread from msm about value (I believe a third-round pick was discussed around the draft) and the actual trade turned out to be in the range predicted. Edmonton made no real effort to increase his value, there was a sense (based on what we read) that the team wanted to move on from him, and when you force a trade the value is never there. We have seen the Oilers do this deal many times this century, surprised we can still be surprised by the return.

I hope Nail Yakupov scores 15 goals by Christmas, then scores 20 more before scoring 17 in the playoffs and potting the Stanley Cup winner. Seriously. You grab this chance young man, and you ride it until it drops.

 

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Pouzar

Bruce McCurdy: Ok. I wasn’t sure if you were using “proves” to support your personal take, thanks for clarifying.

This nerd wants to watch some games before drawing conclusions.

Yeah my original post was poorly written. thx!

Bruce McCurdy

Pouzar: That people have preconceived notions on the player and they won’t change regardless of his play going forward?
Yeah I am very much serious.

Ok. I wasn’t sure if you were using “proves” to support your personal take, thanks for clarifying.

This nerd wants to watch some games before drawing conclusions.

Jethro Tull

theres oil in virginia,

I’m a sucker for punishment. My daughter’s 12 going on 16, planned for my first son, thought we were done, then had a wonderful surprise.

Thrice I’ve been the fool. Not sure who should be ashamed now.

Still, they like hockey….

Pouzar

Bruce McCurdy: Not sure if serious.

That people have preconceived notions on the player and they won’t change regardless of his play going forward?
Yeah I am very much serious.

theres oil in virginia

Jethro Tull:
theres oil in virginia,

You guys have just made getting up with my four and two year old boys at 530am totally worth it.

Fudge you, Bookji!

Am I doing it right?

A four and a two year old! You know what they say: “Fool me once, shame on you…”

One child has just about killed me. 🙂

Bruce McCurdy

Pouzar: Some have drawn their conclusions Bruce. The game tonight proves it.

Not sure if serious.

Frank the dog

oilersfan: what the hell are fayne and nurse doing on the PK while Sekera and Russell are on the bench? and what the hell is slepyshev doing on the PK?

It’s a preseason game. They were seeing how they fared.

Frank the dog

Stelio Kontos:
If you are judging players off anything less than a season’s worth of advanced stats. You are anti-math. The preseason stats mean sfa.

I’d suggest that it means quite a lot for players under evaluation though. I’m sure the Oil keeps stats on those players that are hopefully quite meaningful in the selection process. But from a fan perspective, you are quite correct.

Jethro Tull

theres oil in virginia,

You guys have just made getting up with my four and two year old boys at 530am totally worth it.

Fudge you, Bookji!

Am I doing it right?

theres oil in virginia

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Woodguy: *insert paragraph*

In regards to the wall-o’-text.

There was more than a question mark, but I actually wrote the code so it just CR’d down a line and kept the question mark. D’oh!

Woodguy

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In regards to the wall-o’-text.

Jethro Tull

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JD_Wry
stevezie

böök¡je: Honestly and sincerely, I hope it was the most miserable birthday of your life.

I’m going to start wishing that for people.

john

theres oil in virginia: Where do you rank Klefbom-Larrson compared to first-pairs around the league?Top half?

Ah man, I missed the game tonight but I’ve caught up via the comments.. i cannot wait for Wednesday! And it’s a funny feeling, cuz the past few years I’ve foolishly believed in like a resurgent Denis grebeshkov instead of a powerhouse combo like klef and larsson..
they must be a top 12 pairing.. squeee!!

--hudson--

Those quotes are about two years old, from before Sochi olympics.

Blackwolf:
Check out @PunjabiOil’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/PunjabiOil/status/784775606021988352?s=09

Wow

oilfan17

Das Zuke:
Finally, I know it is early, and most will not agree with thisthoughtbutI am thinking Lucic is too slow for McDavid both in skating and in handling his sublime passes. I would really like to see how either Pouliot or even Maroon (who slimmed down in the off season and is now faster) looked with McDavid . Both of these men can also provide a degree of physicality to that line and more finesse with the puck than Lucic ( i.e. Pouliot’s goal tonight was a beauty …I do not see Lucic potting that goal with the same opportunity)

Just for the sake of clarity, the ‘sublime pass’ that Pouliot received for his goal came from Drai.

Pouzar

Bruce McCurdy: I’m not anti-math at all. I’m just not one to accept absolute statements based on “math” alone. I share the concern addressed elsewhere in the thread about Corsi having its limitations. In a best case scenario we have numbers AND the eye test both, & to shit all over a brand new Oiler without giving him the courtesy of watching a few games is not right IMO. So I spoke up.

Some have drawn their conclusions Bruce. The game tonight proves it.

Blackwolf
oilersfan

Re watched the goals against and the Baertschi goal on the pp was a cluster fuck started by sleppy leaving his man to switch sides so Fayne went to cover . Edler passes
Cross ice to a wide open Baertschi who gets a good shot off. Talbot can’t handle the rebound and 3 penalty killers are fighting two canucks for the loose puck. Baertschi swoops in and goes top shelf with talbot flailing around. So with Larsson and klefbom on the first PK unit what the hell are fayne and nurse doing on the PK while Sekera and Russell are on the bench? and what the hell is slepyshev doing on the PK? It was him out of position that started the sequence of pain that got the Canucks back into what looked like it would be a blowout.

I know it’s preseason but the coaches make a lot of strange decisions on player usage.

Das Zuke

Was at my first game of the season tonight and thought despite the final score I saw a much improved Oiler team for most of the game (yes the third period was not as intense).

First praise to the new arena, lots to like – better sight lines, amazing score clock, like the option of wider seats (which I am thankful I chose to purchase), better food options and wider corridors (no longer squashed like a sardine). My seats are located in the upper bowl and I was expecting to be somewhat disappointed ( heard a few negative reports that the upper bowl is so much inferior in quality and service…. not even as good as the old Rexall ) but was very pleased with what I found.

Back to the game. Many eyes were on the new guy Russell. Considering he had no pre season games, not familiar with his teammates or the arena ice, I thought he had a solid game and will help the Oilers be a better team. He by no means was perfect but his passing and hockey sense showed a lot of promise. Next to McDavid, Pouliot stood out with a real solid game closely followed by of all players Kassian (really) …I was impressed by Kassian’s intensity on most shifts, he hit, back checked, fore checked and even killed penalties (easily his best outing and displaying what the Oilers need to see from him …. I hope he can keep it up) Nuge also had a very consistent game and should have a very good year.

It has already been said, but worth repeating Nurse and Fayne together spells DEFEAT …they were the cause of the last two goals and Fayne in particular started the game okay but as it wore on became a real liability when on the ice. It makes me think they should reconsider signing Gryba for insurance as I believe Fayne’s time on this team will be short lived (definitely gone at the trade deadline if not sooner). Other than pairing up with Sekera (which seems to work ok) he does not match up well with anyone else on the defence. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint the Finnish wonderkid needs to go to Bakersfield and work on his game ( he needs to get comfortable with the smaller ice surface, faster pace of game and even the English language which can all be worked on in the AHL) Nurse was hot and cold … not too sure how much of this was due to Fayne being his partner but we can use this excuse for for now. Finally, I know it is early, and most will not agree with this thought but I am thinking Lucic is too slow for McDavid both in skating and in handling his sublime passes. I would really like to see how either Pouliot or even Maroon (who slimmed down in the off season and is now faster) looked with McDavid . Both of these men can also provide a degree of physicality to that line and more finesse with the puck than Lucic ( i.e. Pouliot’s goal tonight was a beauty …I do not see Lucic potting that goal with the same opportunity)

I am still quite optimistic that with the return of Davidson (exit Fayne), Cags for 3rd line centre (bye bye Lander) and Hendricks for the PK the Oilers will be playoff bound (excluding any significant injuries)

One more thing … while there is no official posted contest but I am predicting McDavid gets 120 points this year and wins the scoring title … any other guesses as to how many points McDavid gets?

Gayfish

If you are judging players off anything less than a season’s worth of advanced stats. You are anti-math. The preseason stats mean sfa.

böök¡je

So, that’s it for preseason – it all begins on Wednesday.

böök¡je

delooper: I knew your “Happy Birthday” comment was sarcastic!

Honestly and sincerely, I hope it was the most miserable birthday of your life.

böök¡je

Jerk:
Hello all, long time creeping, first time posting. I enjoy this site because of the diversity. I am not a fancy stats expert by any stretch, but I think there is much value in them, but I also appreciate the watch the games closely guys and value their opinions. I have in the past been, and probably still am an unapologetic Oilers fan. I was in the building when Gretzky got 50 in 39, but I was so young and barely remember it, and certainly did not appreciate it until much later in life. I have stayed away from posting because i never felt I had something overly unique to say,and I certainly have not come up with any statistical break through. One thing I have noticed lately is the anger and rhetoric from the fans that seems to be no middle ground, a split between GM supporters and detractors, and those people seem to hold their opinions despite any evidence provided by the other camp. I think that is probably human nature and par for the course, except with passionate fans comes extreme personal bias, which bends your perspective on things. With all that out of the way, I will get to the point. A buddy and I were discussing/arguing the recent Chia moves, long story short, we disagreed on key points. Towards the end of talk he told me the Russel contract was great and that he blocks the most shots and is an awesome defenseman. I wont say Russel is terrible, but I know for sure he is not awesome, and if he is awesome I don’t know what awesome means, and if that is your awesome standard, you are broken. So I guess my point is this team breaks people, it divides people, and sometimes unites people. Maybe we should all just take a step back and remember it is just a game. I probably had too much wine before I got on here…..

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Jerk

Hello all, long time creeping, first time posting. I enjoy this site because of the diversity. I am not a fancy stats expert by any stretch, but I think there is much value in them, but I also appreciate the watch the games closely guys and value their opinions. I have in the past been, and probably still am an unapologetic Oilers fan. I was in the building when Gretzky got 50 in 39, but I was so young and barely remember it, and certainly did not appreciate it until much later in life. I have stayed away from posting because i never felt I had something overly unique to say, and I certainly have not come up with any statistical break through. One thing I have noticed lately is the anger and rhetoric from the fans that seems to be no middle ground, a split between GM supporters and detractors, and those people seem to hold their opinions despite any evidence provided by the other camp. I think that is probably human nature and par for the course, except with passionate fans comes extreme personal bias, which bends your perspective on things. With all that out of the way, I will get to the point. A buddy and I were discussing/arguing the recent Chia moves, long story short, we disagreed on key points. Towards the end of talk he told me the Russel contract was great and that he blocks the most shots and is an awesome defenseman. I wont say Russel is terrible, but I know for sure he is not awesome, and if he is awesome I don’t know what awesome means, and if that is your awesome standard, you are broken. So I guess my point is this team breaks people, it divides people, and sometimes unites people. Maybe we should all just take a step back and remember it is just a game. I probably had too much wine before I got on here…..

delooper

böök¡je:
For the record, I’m seldom serious.

I knew your “Happy Birthday” comment was sarcastic!

Gordies Elbow

rickithebear:
love me some anshonn slepycoff!

You and me both, Mr. Bear.

This is a different team than we’ve seen recently.

Some players are playing for jobs. Some are playing for position on the team. Some are playing the hell out of the game, just because they can.

If McDavid missed his shot when he scored, would it have counted on a shot on net?

böök¡je

For the record, I’m seldom serious.

Bruce McCurdy: I’m not anti-math at all. I’m just not one to accept absolute statements based on “math” alone. I share the concern addressed elsewhere in the thread about Corsi having its limitations. In a best case scenario we have numbers AND the eye test both, & to shit all over a brand new Oiler without giving him the courtesy of watching a few games is not right IMO. So I spoke up.

Material Elvis

rickithebear:

Anshon slepycoff

Ok now who’s trolling?

neojanus

Puljujarvi should be sent down to speed up his game a bit. He might only need 20 games, but he will hurt the Oilers with his inability to keep up with demands of decision-making.

Fayne played his way off the team tonight. Shit on Russell if you’d like, but it was Fayne’s failure to clear that puck twice when he could have that created that disarray that eventually turned into the GWG.

Not worried about the PK. Did you see who was on the ice for that tying goal? That’ll never be the PK option in a real game. McLellan (wisely) put them out there to see how they’d manage… and they failed.

Oilers went to bed early after a dominant second period. Better now than opening night.

This is a much improved Oilers team. They will dominate periods at a time this year if they click. They still don’t have a complete 6 man defence that I’d trust, but it’s closer. The D will not be flashy, but by committee, they might be able to keep the game outside enough to give the Oilers a chance to compete every night and against physical teams.

We’re not there yet, but this is a far more competitive NHL roster than we’ve seen since 2006.

Silver Streak

Lowetide,

much rather shave the 18 shots down a touch….and use those extra seconds and space to get a clear
untouched 15ft hammer through on net…..2 of those a period and we are laughing on the way home.

Bruce McCurdy

böök¡je:
I’ve been away for a while, can someone tell me the story of how Bruce became a “Saw him good” anti-math guy?

I’m not anti-math at all. I’m just not one to accept absolute statements based on “math” alone. I share the concern addressed elsewhere in the thread about Corsi having its limitations. In a best case scenario we have numbers AND the eye test both, & to shit all over a brand new Oiler without giving him the courtesy of watching a few games is not right IMO. So I spoke up.

Material Elvis

It’s the Confederation Oak Reserve if anyone is looking for Christmas ideas for their loved ones.

rickithebear

REDRIGGER: I would give anything to put eds back with nuge.

pouliot – RNH – Anshon slepycoff

would be an awesome PvP line

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I really don’t think Chia is done tweaking this roster. It will be interesting to see if they grab someone off the waiver wire in the next couple of days.

JP isn’t ready yet, he will be sent down with Lander and Fayne.

Zelepukin

Other highlights:

– No one is as fast as McD but I gotta say it’s a beauty to see those 1-2 lines roll when Nuge is flying like that.

– The McD gap effect was on full display. Almost every shift their D were being very cautious in attempting to either race him to a loose puck or trying to close the gap early.

Material Elvis

I was drinking Forty Creek Reserve whiskey tonight. It’s not cheap but maybe the best Canadian whiskey I’ve ever had. So smooth.

rickithebear

love me some anshonn slepycoff!

Picturesque

Woodguy:

The Third period looked like “Let’s get this over with without getting hurt” type play.Bleh.

True that. It looked like McDavid had less and less shifts as the 3rd period wore on… like they were double shifting Letestu. Saving energy for the beat down on Calgary.

kinger_OIL

Woodguy,

– yeah, in a normal world that is a tell. They know that combo sucks

– They didn’t set him up for success, please go to AHL with Griff and pool-party

– Whats wrong with having a few NHL ready players in the AHL?

JOFA

Agree with Zelepukin. Fayne looked terrible. He’ll be in the pb if he keeps this up. Might want to take in down a level Rick lol

Woodguy

The Third period looked like “Let’s get this over with without getting hurt” type play. Bleh.

Saw good: McDavid, Eberle, Lucic (passing, not shooting), Pouliot, Larsson, Sekera, Slepeshev

Saw bad: Nurse, Fayne, Lander, Russell, Puljujarvi

Fancies for the game:

Forwards:

MILAN LUCIC 67.57%
CONNOR MCDAVID 67.50%
JORDAN EBERLE 66.67%
LEON DRAISAITL 61.90%
BENOIT POULIOT 60%
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 57.14%
ANTON LANDER 55.56%
PATRICK MAROON 54.55%
JESSE PULJUJARVI 47.37%
ZACK KASSIAN 47.06%
ANTON SLEPYSHEV 40%
MARK LETESTU 38.46%

DMen:
DARNELL NURSE 66.67%
MARK FAYNE 64.71%
ADAM LARSSON 60.61%
ANDREJ SEKERA 60%
OSCAR KLEFBOM 51.52%
KRIS RUSSELL 44.44%

They had the best fancies, but Nurse and Fayne are not a NHL level pairing and should not be re-visited imo.

Together they don’t have half the hockey sense needed.

rickithebear

sorry bout the vent.
i will delete the angst!

russ99

pocession charge,

And McLellan is going to hammer them about letting that one slip due to sloppy panicky play.

We’ll be fine. Final cuts will be veerrry interesting.

Centre of attention

Lowetide:
Very dangerous to make sweeping statements from one game.

one pre-season game, even 😛

Material Elvis

Ryan:
Well. The last preseason game of the year is like Groundhog Day.

If you can’t beat the punching bag Canucks.

Prepare for winter and no playoffs boys.

Meh. It’s preseason and the Oilers win that game 7 times out of 10.