2017 PLAYOFFS GAME 6: OILERS AT SHARKS

by Lowetide

I decided late in the regular season to let the playoffs wash over me. It’s been a long time, I was a man in my 40s in 2006, the grey on my temples barely noticeable (but working hard). Now? Grey has taken both temples and moved troops to every quadrant, to the point where grey hair (which is akin to copper wire) is there to greet me morning, noon and night. I don’t give a damn about grey hair, or aging really (although it would be nice to hang around to see how the kids turn out, and to spend more time with Mrs. Lowetide). I do care about the things I love, and one of them is the grace, length and beauty of a hockey season. I am enjoying the spring like a long lost friend, and in many ways that’s how it feels.

PLAYOFF NUMBERS

  • There are some strong performances listed above, I’d point out Cam Talbot, Oscar Klefbom, Zack Kassian plus centers Connor McDavid and Mark Letestu as posting worthy series.
  • Funnily enough, my nominees for player of the series are Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. It’s been a funny series.
  • Why RNH?  In the words of Craig MacTavish, it’s not just about what you deliver, it’s also about what you leave.
  • The second line has been outstanding for the Oilers. NaturalStatTrick has RNH at 56 percent Corsi for 5×5 against Joe Thornton.
  • McDavid’s Corsi against Vlasic ( 56.39) and that matchup is stapled into this series. McDavid has played against Vlasic for 61 5×5 minutes and 14 minutes away from him. McDavid’s Fenwick for in those 14 minutes away from Vlasic is 57 percent. Too small a sample size, but McDavid against Burns should be a goal for the coach (70.59 for McDavid).
  • Source

1991-92, PLUS 1992 PLAYOFFS

The 1991-92 season was rife with pain and disappointment.

  • Charlie Huddy was lost in the expansion draft in May.
  • Jari Kurri was dealt in May, to Philadelphia. Philadelphia traded him to Los Angeles, same day.
  • Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr went in September.
  • Then came Mark Messier’s trade, something we knew was coming (there had been some contract haggling the summer before). In August 1991 Messier went public with a trade request and after that you’re never going to get full value. Messier said he was not convinced the Oilers were committed to winning, and he wanted out. Source

Opening night, you needed a damned program and that’s for sure. Edmonton had good forwards (Vincent Damphousse, Joe Murphy, Craig Simpson, Esa Tikkanen) but no one to push the river, not like Messier. Defensively, the Oilers were a rugged bunch bordering on filthy. Dave Manson and Luke Richardson played major roles, with Kevin Lowe still hanging around to provide veteran leadership. Billy Ranford was the goalie. We traveled to Mexico that winter, I didn’t check the scores for any of the 14 days we were there. I remember thinking they might as well trade Esa, Lowe, Ranford and Simpson, and they basically did over the coming months. It was a mess.

The Oilers did win some playoff games with this congregation, and I liked Joe Murphy and Martin Gelinas (and others) among the youths. Edmonton beat LAK in six games, then Vancouver in six (Ranford was stellar in that series iirc) before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in a Campbell Conference sweep. Source

TONIGHT

The Oilers are 1-1-0 on the road during this series, winning a tight-checking affair and getting blown out 7-0. I think the Oilers win tonight if the two teams are tied after two, and the biggest test is likely to be in the first 10 minutes of the game. Stay out of the penalty box!!!!

ETHAN BEAR

Scored a great goal (it was the winner) last night. Highlights are here.

COMPLETE NHLE

  • There’s a lot here and we will drill down over the coming weeks. As is the case with the parent team, you can see Peter Chiarelli building up the middle (G, D, C).
  • I think we’ll see four graduates (Jesse Puljujarvi, Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepyshev, Griffin Reinhart) to the 2017-18 club.
  • Joey Laleggia and Joe Gambardella are the most interesting forwards behind the three mentioned above (JP, JJ, Slepy), at least in the short term.
  • The best long-term forward prospect? Tyler Benson, but injuries are a concern. I’m also intrigued by Graham McPhee and Aapeli Rasanen.
  • The Oilers have been spending a lot of time, money and draft picks on defensemen and it is reflected here. I think Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear and Ziyat Paigin are legit NHL prospects and Ryan Mantha could join them as a bona fide future option.
  • Filip Berglund had a fine season on less than 10 minutes a night. I pumped his number here, as he was the only player in this group who played low minutes (Paigin was around 14).
  • Who is the best goalie prospect in the system? The fact we have more than one candidate is breaking news. I am intrigued by all of them.

SPENCER FOO

Spencer Foo may announce his decision this weekend, if he selects the Oilers his placement on the depth chart will be interesting. For next season, I think Leon Draisaitl stays at RW, meaning Jordan Eberle and Jesse Puljujarvi are the top candidates for 2R. After that, Zack Kassian would grab a spot and then it’s wide open for Anton Slepyshev, Iiro Pakarinen, Tyler Pitlick and others. I think Foo is a solid prospect, but would guess he would have a chance to make the Oilers opening night lineup. His NHLE (31) is shy of Drake Caggiula’s (44) when he graduated, but Foo could surprise and of course it depends on who he plays with when Foo gets here.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

One of the things we are seeing this spring is young men getting NHL playoff experience. It will pay off next year and in the years to come. The three young defensemen are learning on the job and if the team can use them while winning a series or two, bodes well for the future.

VALUE

In dealing Brandon Davidson for a rental, the Oilers reduced their 50-man list for summer by one and guaranteed another name will be lost in the expansion draft. Because Oilers fans (like me) are still working in the small market world or pre-cap and pre-Katz, that runs counter to team building. However, the Desharnais overtime goal also represents another important area of team building: Success. We may see the fruits of that success this weekend, should Spencer Foo decide it’s Edmonton. Connor McDavid changed everything, but having playoff success will go a long way to turning around the Oilers reputation and making Edmonton an attractive destination.

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Jethro Tull

We’re at the cliffs of insanity, people. Hope there’s someone who can pull the team up to the top.

GMB3

Great post LT. As someone who was born in 1992, I can only imagine the disappointment at the dismantling of those cup winning squads. The slow bleeding out of the best small market NHL franchise in league history. Just like baseball, it’s hard not to get romantic about it, but in a sad way. Like breaking up with a college girlfriend because you get jobs in different cities kind of way.

I truly enjoy the way you make everything about hockey and life so symbiotic, for lack of a better term (I may still be a bit loaded from last night)

frjohnk

That 92 team, made it to the 3rd round on fumes from the Dynasty. Man.

Woodguy v2.0

I think the Oilers win tonight if the two teams are tied after two, and the biggest test is likely to be in the first 10 minutes of the game. Stay out of the penalty box!!!!

Aye.

Oilers were much more disciplined last game taking only 1 minor (19 goalie interference)

With last change and lots of 5v5 time to get in rhythm the Oilers put up these corgis:

1st – 56.9%
2nd – 71.4%
3rd – 51.7%
OT1 – 79.4%
Total 63.8%

Source

Some score effects in there for sure, but they were the better team for most of that game and obliterated SJS in the overtime.

Also,

Tonight would be a good time for the corgis to hatch into goals for 27-93-14

Agreed they’ve had a very good series with SJS’s scoring power only going off in 1 game out of 5 and most of that was 5v4. (4 of 7 goals with the man advantage)

In the 7-0 blowout the 27-93-14 line was on the ice for none of the 3 5v5 goals against.

RNH has been on the ice for one 5v5 goal against in 5 games vs. Pavelski and Thornton, while winning the corgi hunt. He’s turning into a bit of a pisscutter imo.

If they Oilers stay out of the box and play their game they can come home and pack for Anaheim.

GOILERS!!!

*clap,clap*

Louis Levasseur

What has happened to Samuelsson? I liked that trade and I recall hoping he would be available early in the 2nd round. I know he has had some injuries, but is there something else going on?

Clay

Just win, baby.

Jethro Tull

frjohnk:
That 92 team, made it to the 3rd round on fumes from the Dynasty.Man.

Unfortunately, those in charge use ’92 and ’06 as vindication of some very bad decisions. “Look, we’re doing/did great! So we’re totally right in trading franchise players/signing 3rd liners to massive crippling contracts.”

Woogie63

Mike Bossy was on the NYI because he could score. Eberle is our 2RW because he can score. We need Eberle to be much more dangerous than 5-0-1-1.

Louis Levasseur

At some point today we are invariably going to hear that the Oilers are going to have to survive a Sharks’ push in the first 10 minutes. Similarly, the Sharks had to survive an Oilers’ onslaught at the beginning of game 5. That always seems to be the story line.

Why? How about if the Oilers get on their toes and at least match the Sharks’ intensity to start the game. To hell with the crowd and all that.

OF17

Woodguy v2.0,

Agreed on Nuge. He’s been a bit of a pisscutter since his second year, but he’s really turned it up in the playoffs. I’d hate playing against him. Anytime you go to do something, there’s a stick in the way, and he’s got better edges than you. When he gets a puck, it’s hard to take it away with his stickwork, and he’ll make you look silly when passing. Whatever’s happening, Nuge is a pain in the ass. I love it. Just wait till he starts cashing those chances.

Jethro Tull

Woogie63:
Mike Bossy was on the NYI because he could score.Eberle is our 2RW because he can score.We need Eberle to be much more dangerous than 5-0-1-1.

Bossy scored 1162 pts in 752 NHL games and won the Conn Smythe. And had 160 pts in 120 playoff games.

Do you think your comparison fair?

N64

Jethro Tull:
We’re at the cliffs of insanity, people. Hope there’s someone who can pull the team up to the top.

Sounds like a job for Major Lift. Play that funky chord.

Dustylegnd

Woogie63,

Very true observation re Bossy and scoring, it is great Ebbs is finally evolving as more than 1 dimensional, but tell it to the judge man, same goes for Nuge, put the biscuit in the basket or we lose this series….there is no way Kass should be the marginal scorer on this team, not when we have 18 mill on the 2nd line

Chris

Nuge and Ebs have been getting chances, unfortunately they just haven’t been going in. Jones has been having a really strong series and that has been keeping the point totals down for everyone. Full credit to him in that he is making the Oilers earn every single goal that they score. But I’ve really liked how at points that line has been buzzing in there, shooting and pressing. At times they have been holding the zone and its resembled the Sedins from five years ago. One of these nights they’re going to pot two or three goals for us.

Surly

Louis Levasseur:
What has happened to Samuelsson?I liked that trade and I recall hoping he would be available early in the 2nd round.I know he has had some injuries, but is there something else going on?

Good question…this local paper has them on their ‘out’ list in Bakersfield…wasn’t able to find much else on the google machine.

http://www.bakersfield.com/sports/condors-will-need-to-restock-for-next-season/article_2e3b93fd-8520-50f9-a3c2-eaf5529eb9da.html

Dustylegnd

Jethro Tull,

Sure Bossy was the premier scorer of his generation and nobody did it better, however that was his sole purpose on those Islander teams, Gillies, Bourne, Nystrom et el filled the other roles…in a perfect scenario Eberle is filling the roll of Boss, earning his money scoring clutch goals….would love to see him pot the GWG tonight

Bryan

frjohnk:
That 92 team, made it to the 3rd round on fumes from the Dynasty.Man.

I remember having this exact feeling watching that playoff run. It was like the sweaters had just a little bit of magic left in them no matter who was wearing them.

Frank the dog

Hey LT,
“I think the Oilers win tonight if the Sharks are tired after two…..”
Fixed that for you.

Hit, hit, hit and hit again. Anything that moves. Did anyone else notice in G5 that while one goalie was standing between the pipes prior to OT, the other was down on one knee?

Professor Q

Jethro Tull: Bossy scored 1162 pts in 752 NHL games and won the Conn Smythe. And had 160 pts in 120 playoff games.

Do you think your comparison fair?

Trottier’s better than Gretzky…

Soup Fascist

Professor Q: Trottier’s better than Gretzky…

… at singing.

frjohnk

Professor Q: Trottier’s better than Gretzky…

Get out of here Stan

Yakupov me

Off topic but does anyone see similarities between the Hall hit on Clutterbuck and the Kadri hit last night?

Dustylegnd

Yakupov me,

Sure and it has no place in the game….those hits wreck careers

Scungilli Slushy

For me also Nuge has been the overall best player as well. He has not only dominated his match up, he has improved each game.

It would be a kick in the junk to pick him as the sacrificial Austin unless a significant player was coming back. The Oilers have trained him and he’s a kid still, the best of Nuge is coming next season and there will be 10 more with those wheels.

I’d rather they use him as a winger if ‘there can only be two good centres’, allowing McL a lot of options and injury insurance.

Oilers Rule!!

Oilin4

That forward minor league depth chart makes my stomach feel a little bit the same way the pro defense chart made it feel 3 years ago.

Nyeoseok

Yes, McDavis absolutely increases the desirability of Edmonton for agents. But I wonder if McLellan also does. When Caggiula decided on the Oilers, do you think they suggested he might get a chance to play on McDavid’s wing? I can’t imagine there were promises, but the possibility must have been in the air, and it’s happened to some extent.

Who knows where in the line-up Foo would play if he came here. My point is that if you were a free agent looking at Edmonton, you’d have to be aware that both Maroon and Caggiula have been given prime minutes despite their good not excellent pedigrees. That speaks to a true meritocracy that I have to think would sound appealing to incoming players.

smellyglove

From Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight:

Connor McDavid Is Off To A Legendary Start (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/connor-mcdavid-is-off-to-a-legendary-start/)

Worth a read

smellyglove

Nyeoseok,

ESPN did a survey of NHL players recently and Edmonton still ranked in the bottom three of desirable destinations. FWIW.

Oilin4

We are not deep enough at forward to trade any of the Steve Austin’s. If you trade RNH, what do you do if McD or Drai go down even for 10 games? That could bury the season.

If you trade Ebs, Kassian is your 2 RW, and poolparty your 3 RW. What if Drai goes down? Pitlick in the top 6? Kassian 1RW?

Short-sighted to trade these guys.

Bryan

Scungilli Slushy:
For me also Nuge has been the overall best player as well. He has not only dominated his match up, he has improved each game.

It would be a kick in the junk to pick him as the sacrificial Austin unless a significant player was coming back. The Oilers have trained him and he’s a kid still, the best of Nuge is coming next season and there will be 10 more with those wheels.

I’d rather they use him as a winger if ‘there can only be two good centres’, allowing McL a lot of options and injury insurance.

Oilers Rule!!

Totally agree about Nuge. I was at the game Thursday and he was wonderful to watch. Also I don’t know about the players but my body couldn’t stand up to a long playoff run if I saw all the games live. Two days later I am still recovering from the noise and the alcohol. Amazing atmosphere though!

Melvis

At this stage, there are several truths I can barely handle.

1.The strict dietary discipline of playoff hockey – mostly consisting of greasy takeout and long pulls straight from the bottle.

2. Anything resembling zen like detachment or acquiescence in the face of adversity. I now find myself obsessively pacing in-between games as well.

So let’s get it over with.

GOILERS!!!

Oh yeah. Another thing. Shawshank was on last night. It’s infrequent compared to anything else that airs four hundred times a year. A good sign.

Soup Fascist

smellyglove:
Nyeoseok,

ESPN did a survey of NHL players recently and Edmonton still ranked in the bottom three of desirable destinations. FWIW.

The most recent ESPN article I have found in that regard is from February 2015. A couple of wee changes have occurred since then. Is there a more recent article from ESPN that I missed?

frjohnk

Oilin4:
That forward minor league depth chart makes my stomach feel a little bit the same way the pro defense chart made it feel 3 years ago.

JP is the only one who is a good bet to play top 6 in the NHL.

And if we stretch it to top 9, maybe Sleppy but is it for the Oilers?

A couple of other possibilities ( Khaira, Benson) but huge question marks and this group rounds out one of the worst forward prospect groups in the NHL.

The good thing is that the NHL team up front is young, skilled and set for the next few years with only a few holes. Give Chia enough time and I bet he can fix the forward prospect group like he did with the D prospect group.

McSorley33

Jumbo Joe is pushing 40 on a wounded knee. He did not play in game 1.

In 2015, Jumbo scored 82 points.

This year he is down to 50 points.

I appreciate RNH outshooting Jumbo…bit we need a 2C to score.

Mac T also said something to the effect that you have to be a vague threat to score.

I just listened to a Chicago reporter explain what Ryan Johansen did to Jonathan Toews in round 1.

Ryan put up 6 points in the first round.

I want RNH to generate a modicum amount of offence, while not facing Vlasic and Braun.

RNH is 24. This should be his prime.

RNH has 0.

Just score baby.

dustrock

Was happy making the playoffs. Beating last year’s Conference Champaignons would be an unlooked for gift.

I have zero expectations after that.

Honestly, even if the Oilers end up losing in 7, the series was worth it just for Game 5.

Most I’ve enjoyed a hockey game in years.

Ivan

frjohnk: Get out of here Satan

FTFY

leadfarmer

Beat the sharks and this season will have exceeded all expectations. If the sharks lose this may be their last hoorah as legitimate contenders.

How does Burns get nominated for the Norris when he is so sheltered

frjohnk

Oilin4:
We are not deep enough at forward to trade any of the Steve Austin’s. If you trade RNH, what do you do if McD or Drai go down even for 10 games? That could bury the season.

If you trade Ebs, Kassian is your 2 RW, and poolparty your 3 RW. What if Drai goes down? Pitlick in the top 6? Kassian 1RW?

Short-sighted to trade these guys.

Im not advocating to trade either of these guys, Id rather buyout Fayne and see if a deal can be made with LV with Pouliot to make salary cap room. But trading Nuge and/or EBERLE is not the worst thing that could happen to this team. If one or both of these guys are traded, a replacement will be found either in that trade or in another deal. Chia wont trade these guys for draft picks and then fill those spots from within.

Pescador

Woodguy v2.0:
I think the Oilers win tonight if the two teams are tied after two, and the biggest test is likely to be in the first 10 minutes of the game. Stay out of the penalty box!!!!

Aye.

Oilers were much more disciplined last game taking only 1 minor (19 goalie interference)

With last change and lots of 5v5 time to get in rhythmthe Oilers put up these corgis:

1st – 56.9%
2nd – 71.4%
3rd – 51.7%
OT1 – 79.4%
Total 63.8%

Source

Some score effects in there for sure, but they were the better team for most of that game and obliterated SJS in the overtime.

Also,

Tonight would be a good time for the corgis to hatch into goals for 27-93-14

Agreed they’ve had a very good series with SJS’s scoring power only going off in 1 game out of 5 and most of that was 5v4.(4 of 7 goals with the man advantage)

In the 7-0 blowout the 27-93-14 line was on the ice for none of the 3 5v5 goals against.

RNH has been on the ice for one 5v5 goal against in 5 games vs. Pavelski and Thornton, while winning the corgi hunt.He’s turning into a bit of a pisscutter imo.

If they Oilers stay out of the box and play their game they can come home and pack for Anaheim.

GOILERS!!!

*clap,clap*

To summarize:
If a pisscutter can piss a drop, we might just take the piss

Pescador

Melvis:
At this stage, there are several truths I can barely handle.

1.The strict dietary discipline of playoff hockey – mostly consistingof greasy takeout and long pullsstraight from the bottle.

So let’s get it over with.

GOILERS!!!

Oh yeah. Another thing. Shawshank was on last night. It’s infrequent compared to anything else that airs four hundred times a year. A good sign.

Quoted For Truth

Chris

In two of the games Nashville won Crawford’s save percentage was barely above .800 , even in the Oilers wins Jones’ save percentage has been stellar. Nuge like the rest of the team will score more when the other teams goalie is not standing on his head.

Georges

LT:

McDavid’s Fenwick against Vlasic (49.44) is better than the Corsi (43.61) and that matchup is stapled into this series. McDavid has played against Vlasic for 61 5×5 minutes and 14 minutes away from him. Power v. Power has value, but if this gets to a Game 7 at home, Todd McLellan would do well to find clean air for 97. Why? McDavid’s Fenwick for in those 14 minutes away from Vlasic is 57 percent. Too small a sample size, but McDavid against Burns should be a goal for the coach (70.59 for McDavid).

I think you have the for against numbers backwards.

Here’s what I get from natural stat trick:

CMD 5v5

CF 94
CA 71
CF% 57.0

So he can’t be playing 61 of 75 minutes against Vlasic at a 43.61 CF%. It has to be 56.39.

Against Vlasic (61:19 TOI)

CF 75
CA 58
CF% 56.4

Against Burns (7:46 TOI)

CF 5
CA 12
CF% 29.4

Against Dillon (9:27 TOI)

CF 15
CA 1
CF% 93.8

CMD has been winning the Corsis against Vlasic, not against Burns. He’s crushed Dillon.

Yakupov me

Dustylegnd,

Any chance the punishment will be the same? Only difference I can see is that OV was near the puck but that changes nothing….we’re not talking interference.

Woodguy v2.0

McSorley33:
Jumbo Joe is pushing 40 on a wounded knee. He did not play in game 1.

In 2015, Jumbo scored 82 points.

This year he is down to 50 points.

I appreciate RNH outshooting Jumbo…bit we need a 2C to score.

Mac T also said something to the effect that you have to be a vague threat to score.

I just listened to a Chicago reporter explain what Ryan Johansen did to Jonathan Toews in round 1.

Ryan put up 6 points in the first round.

I want RNH to generate a modicum amountofoffence, while not facing Vlasic and Braun.

RNH is 24. This should be his prime.

RNH has 0.

Just score baby.

A few things:

Jumbo has been playing with Pavelski, who scored 68 points this year.

RNH TOI vs Pavelski is 33 minutes (4 games), TOI vs Thornton is 18:49 (2 games)

Its more one Joe than the other.

Also,

Johansen plays with Forsberg (31goals) and Arvidsson (31 goals and lead NSH in scoring w/ 61 points)

Conversely RNH plays with Lucic and Eberle, who while good are not in Forsberg’s or Arvidsson’s division points wise this year.

Also,

The Big Toew wasn’tt what he used to be this year.

I agree that I’d like more from RNH scoring wise.

The comparison to Johansen is fair, but it must be acknowledged that Johansen has the better line mates and also has a better history of scoring than Nuge.

Also,

NSH scored 2 5v5 goals in 4 games when Johansen was on the ice vs. Toews.

OilClog

Some of your are absolutely nuts

Nuge is playing perhaps his best hockey ever, his entire line is more then holding their own and pushing the advanced stats far into their favour.

Ebs has finished more hits this series then in his entire career

They’re back checking, winning board battles, and out playoffing veteran playoff performers.

Jones is the only reason for San Jose that this series isn’t finished already, the guy is playing out of his mind.

Nuge didn’t get the points last game, but he was imo far away the best Oiler in game 5.

Chachi

Yakupov me:
Dustylegnd,

Any chance the punishment will be the same? Only difference I can see is that OV was near the puck but that changes nothing….we’re not talking interference.

There’s another difference. Kadri plays for the Leafs.

frjohnk

Woodguy v2.0: A few things:

Jumbo has been playing with Pavelski, who scored 68 points this year.

RNH TOI vs Pavelski is 33 minutes (4 games), TOI vs Thornton is 18:49 (2 games)

Its more one Joe than the other.

Also,

Johansen plays with Forsberg (31goals)and Arvidsson (31 goals and lead NSH in scoring w/ 61 points)

Conversely RNH plays with Lucic and Eberle, who while good are not in Forsberg’s or Arvidsson’s division points wise this year.

Also,

The Big Toew wasn’tt what he used to be this year.

I agree that I’d like more from RNH scoring wise.

The comparison to Johansen is fair, but it must be acknowledged that Johansen has the better line mates and also has a better history of scoring than Nuge.

Also,

NSH scored 2 5v5 goals in 4 games when Johansen was on the ice vs. Toews.

If the Sharks come back and win the Series, the lack of scoring from Nuge and EBERLE will be at the top of the list of why the Oilers lost. Im sure Spector has it written already.

Scungilli Slushy

Oilin4:
We are not deep enough at forward to trade any of the Steve Austin’s. If you trade RNH, what do you do if McD or Drai go down even for 10 games? That could bury the season.

If you trade Ebs, Kassian is your 2 RW, and poolparty your 3 RW. What if Drai goes down? Pitlick in the top 6? Kassian 1RW?

Short-sighted to trade these guys.

It’s a Cap issue. A team can pay well (4M plus) about 9 skaters and 1 goalie. Good teams find helpful players at lower salaries to round out the roster. There are little windows of help when the Cap goes up, but salaries soon rise to absorb that.

It comes down to how players develop. If rookies push their way in and demand a high contract at some point an older high salary guy has to go to make room under the cap.

Right now they can handle McD and Drai getting paid. McDavid, Draisaitl, Lucic, Nuge, Eberle, Pouliot, Sekera, Larrson, Klefbom make 9 guys over 4M and Talbot.

If Connor wants 14M Pouliot or an Austin has to go, and when JP needs a raise it will likely push someone else out. When Nuge and Eberle need to be resigned if they won’t sign at a hometown discount they probably get moved.

Professor Q

frjohnk: If the Sharks come back and win the Series, the lack of scoring from Nuge and EBERLE will be at the top of the list of why the Oilers lost.Im sure Spector has it written already.

I personally have seen them push up into another gear thus far, just haven’t finished as much as their chances would suggest. But still doing well. If Edmonton cashed on all of their chances and had less bias against them I think they’d have already finished this series. Despite their faults.

And just wait until McDavid pushes up into another gear as well.

smellyglove

Soup Fascist,

Hmm, maybe I was reading an old thread or article on ESPN player survey of NHL destinations. Until I can dig it up then please disregard my initial post.