STAND BACK!

by Lowetide

In all of the excitement of a playoff spring, it’s easy to forget the Edmonton Oilers added some interesting pieces to their arsenal during this period. The big names for next season are still to come, but some of these hires may end up hanging around for the good times.

  • February 1, 2017: Acquired R Henrik Samuelsson. Acquired in the Mitchell Moroz deal, he is RFA and they basically shut him down five games into his Bakersfield career. This is a former first-round pick, it will be interesting to see if the organization commits to him by re-signing him for 2017-18. Is there still a player here?
  • March, 1, 2017: Signed RD Ryan Mantha. A giant defenseman who was drafted by the NY Rangers in 2014. After two seasons, New York passed on signing him. He blossomed (65, 17-41-58) with the Niagara Ice Dogs and he’ll get a full AHL season in 2017-18. Important not to overreact to a 20-year old dominating junior, but if reports of improved development (foot speed) are true, the 6.05, 225 defender could be a real find. Ranked here based on potential and possible offensive contributions.
  • March 29, 2017: Signed LC Joe Gambardella is a fascinating addition for the Oilers. He is an aggressive forechecker and turns that skill into offense off turnovers. With an NHLE of 82, 13-25-38, I wonder if he pushes for NHL employment sometime in 2017-18.
  • April 6, 2017: Signed LD William Lagesson. Shutdown defender had another solid year in college. He signed with the Oilers, who promptly loaned the Swede to Djurgardens IF in Sweden. The key item for a DD is speed and Lagesson is fast and mobile. He can play defense and we will probably see him fall of 2018 (Bakersfield).
  • April 12, 2017: Signed LD Ziyat Paigin. After his watershed 2015-16 season, expectations were raised for Paigin. It’s important to remember a lot of his offense comes from power-play time (he has a terrific shot) and that appears to have dried up in 2016-17. Went 17gp, 1-3-4 while battling injury and handling during his KHL season. Signed with the Oilers and finished 5gp, 0-0-0 in Bakersfield.
  • April 12, 2017: Signed G Shane Starrett. The Oilers newest goalie has an impressive track record. In his two NCAA seasons, he posted .924 and .925 save percentages, suggesting this is in fact his quality of play. At 22, he is a solid pro prospect. He’s tall and thin (6.05, 180) and I can’t tell you if he is a better prospect than Nick Ellis or Laurent Brossoit or Dylan Wells. I can say all four men have something to recommend them.
  • May 17, 2017: Signed G Dylan Wells. Year over year save percentage progress (.871 to .916) was amazing and his playoff performance (.930) added to the strength of his season. Oilers signed him this week, we should look for another strong (final) junior season in 2017-18.
  • May 22, 2017: Signed R Iiro Pakarinen. Signing was made necessary by expansion draft rules, but the coach values him. Lost an entire season to injury, he’ll be in the mix for employment this fall and may need to learn What is at will employment when it coes to his role. We can hope he sticks around, as he has a plus shot, may have lost his NHL job to the flood of kids (Puljujarvi, Slepyshev, Caggiula) who found ice time in his absence.

Who in that group will have the most productive NHL career? Or has Iiro Pakarinen already played more NHL games than these other fellows? Paigin is such an interesting player, as is Gambardella. Dylan Wells will have to repeat his solid year, but I would include him in the conversation for sure.

TOP GOALIES, 2017 DRAFT

  1. Jake Oettinger, Boston University (NCAA). 35gp, 2.11 .927. 6.04, 205.
  2. Mike DiPietro, Windsor Spitfires (OHL). 51gp, 2.35 .917. 6.00, 200.
  3. Olle Eriksson Ek, Farjestads (SuperElite). 30gp, 2.16 .924. 6.02, 187.
  4. Keith Petruzzeli, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL). 35gp, 2.40 .918. 6.05, 180.
  5. Daniil Tarasov, Ufa (MHL). 9gp 2.55 .918. 6.04, 181.
  6. Maxim Zhukov, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). 31gp, 2.25 .913. 6.02, 187.
  7. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, HPK (Jr. Sm-Liiga). 35gp, 1.78 .917. 6.04, 196.
  8. Alexander Samoilov, Armiya Moskva (MHL). 33gp, 1.84 .928. 6.02, 179.
  9. Matt Villalta, SSM Greyhounds (OHL). 33gp, 2.41 .918. 6.02, 165.
  10. Kirill Ustimenko, St. Petersburg (MHL). 27gp, 1.74 .938. 6.03, 179.
  11. Jiri Patera, HC Ceske (Czech U20). 38gp, 2.61 .933. 6.02, 209.
  12. Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). 60gp, 3.26 .905. 6.03, 205.
  13. Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL). 50gp, 3.69 .895. 6.03, 172.
  14. Lassi Lehtinen, Luuko (Jr. Sm-Liiga). 36gp, 1.91 .936. 5.11, 161.
  15. Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers (WHL). 31gp, 2.74 .922. 6.01, 192.
  16. Tomas Vomacka, Corpus Christi (NAHL). 41gp, 2.43 .923. 6.03, 165.
  17. Alex D’Orio, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL). 28gp, 2.40 .903. 6.03, 204.
  18. Adam Ahman, HV71 (SuperElite). 34gp, 2.30 .927. 6.00, 163.
  19. Dayton Rasmussen, Chicago Steel (USHL). 10gp, 2.31 .915. 6.02, 203.
  20. Jeremy Swayman, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) 32gp, 2.90 .914. 6.02, 187. 6.02, 183.
  21. Jordan Hollett, Regina Pats (WHL). 19gp, 2.83 .901. 6.04, 194.
  22. Cayden Primeau, Lincoln Stars (USHL). 30gp, 3.16 .895. 6.03, 181.

I had Dylan Wells last on my list one year ago, so a voodoo reminder on goalies in general and this list specifically. I still have a couple of draft items (Euro overage, touch list) to go, but those things should get wrapped up this week.

CHIARELLI’S ADDITIONS

I think the big trade of summer is likely with Vegas, and will further guess it will be No. 22 overall for Alex Petrovic (plus the Golden Knights take Benoit Pouliot). I think the club also signs Kris Russell, Nick Bonino and Spencer Foo.

  1. Negotiate the expansion draft rapids without giving up a valuable piece of the future. (Benoit Pouliot)
  2. Find a way to trade Benoit Pouliot off the roster. (Vegas)
  3. Find a second pairing D with two-way acumen. (Alex Petrovic)
  4. Find a stopgap measure to replace Andrej Sekera’s minutes until he returns. (Kris Russell)
  5. Find a C-R who can help the offense and cover off where Leon isn’t at the time and to replace Jordan Eberle if he’s dealt. (Nick Bonino, Spencer Foo)
  6. Make enough cap room to get everyone in under the number with enough room to spare for the trade deadline. (Pouliot off the roster eases some of the crunch).

PROJECTED 2017-18 ROSTER

  • I don’t think Bonino leaves Pittsburgh, but we’ll see how it goes.
  • I like Alex Petrovic, but suspect there are others who would fit the bill and be available to the Golden Knights.
  • I moved Pouliot out because the money didn’t work, but honestly would rather keep him.
  • When Leon moves over to center, the roster makes a little more sense.
  • I know I have Lucic and Eberle with Nuge, and yes they had a tough time, but there were also periods where it worked. Until Puljujarvi can take on those minutes suspect we’ll see something like this every night.
  • I don’t like trading No. 22 overall, but if the Oilers are going to keep Eberle that’s the next most valuable item (assuming Nuge and Puljujarvi stay).

Aha! Finally! Thanks, Patricia!

It’s an interesting group and maybe one of these players ends up in Edmonton. Now the money is always massive so it would mean a Steve Austin heading out of town. Hull’s list is interesting, I would add David Krejci (personal favorite), Zdeno Chara, Artem Anisimov and Niklas Hjalmarsson may be of interest to Peter Chiarelli. Never underestimate PC’s love of the ancients.

 

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Kinger_Oil.redux

– Great post LT! It’s go time!: Winner gets a LT contribution and “2017 GM Armchair of the year” and respect: I am going to post my predictions today as well. We’ve got 30-40 entries so far:

1) Which Oil player will Vegas select?:
2) Who is our first pick in the Entry Draft?
3) Does Ebs get moved? (bonus if you pick for who)
4) Does RNH get moved (bonus if you pick for who)
5) Who is our back-up G on game 1?
6) Total $ amount/years for Russell (0 is an answer)
7) Total $ amount/years of McDavid’s contract?
8) Total $ amount/years of Drai’s contract?
9) Which 2 D dress with Larsson/Klef/Nurse/Benning on game 1?
10) Biggest off-season F acquired in terms of salary?:
11) Is Jessie playing in NHL game 1?
12) How many roster trades does Chia make?

Please send back in following format:

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misfit

I’d love to see us make a move for Chara. He’s got one year left so he slides into the Sekera spot without a huge commitment down the road, adds invaluable leadership and a dynamite point shot for the powerplay. He’s lost a step, but I think he’s still a very useful player. It would also make me a whole lot more comfortable with bringing Russell back if I knew we had another legit top 4 guy to play him with. I really don’t want to see Nurse-Russel as our day one 2nd pair.

Cost is always the big issue, but if we can make it work without giving up something dire.

N64

misfit: I’d love to see us make a move for Chara. He’s got one year left so he slides into the Sekera Ference spot without a huge commitment down the road

FTFY

misfit

N64: FTFY

He’s only missed 9 games in the last 2 seasons combined and has 66 points to go with his +30. He also played the hardest minutes with a rookie partner this year.

I’d say he’s been very good.

N64

misfit: He’s only missed 9 games in the last 2 seasons combined and has 66 points to go with his +30.He also played the hardest minutes with a rookie partner this year.

I’d say he’s been very good.

Exactly. We’ll get a year out of him and then he can do community events.

Pouzar

Lotta speculation on Spurgeon being odd man out in Minny.

wintoon

Kinger_Oil.redux,

1. Letestu
2. Brannstrom
3. yes – Barrie
4. no
5. Brossoit
6. 3X$4 million
7. 7X$10 million
8. 7X$6 million
9. Barrie, Russell
10. Barrie
11. yes
12. 3

misfit

Yeah, I think Spurgeon would be a worthwile pre-draft target even when you account for the player you’d be losing in the ED as well as the trade cost to get him out of Minny. He’d be an outstanding target from the Knights post-draft, but I don’t see the Wild letting it get that far.

I think a lot of moves are going to be made, and Vegas might not get anywhere near the talent on D that it would appear they’re destined to the way things stand now.

leadfarmer

Pouzar:
Lotta speculation on Spurgeon being odd man out in Minny.

I think speculation is drunk

Professor Q

Whatever happens, I feel it will be completely unexpected.

We’re in Spanish Inquisition territory. I love it.

Kepler62

Do you think it’s possible we see Nurse move into that Russell spot on the 2nd pair (and no Russell signing) and Reinhart on the 3rd Pair? (Or alternatively sign Russell but no “Petrovic” trade)

Klefbom – Larsson

Nurse – “Petrovich”/Russell

Reinhart – Benning

#7 Gryba

Touch on it next post?

Also, I really like the idea of trading the 22nd pick for Vegas to take Pouliot and get a Dman back… maybe have a later pick coming back too but I really think that’d be a worthwhile trade. Only worry is stocking the Oilers prospect cupboards with higher-end talent becomes more difficult.

Professor Q

Mr. Lowetide.

Talks of people wanting a MLB team in Vancouver (don’t know how official talks of expansion are, but I do know the League was briefly chatting about it, even pondering a returm to Montréal!).

While I’m all for a another Canadian team, I’m assuming I wouldn’t be alone in hoping Montréal would return first, rather than Vancouver of all places (mind you I’m still upset over the Grizzlies leaving)?

Jaxon

If, at some point in the next year or so, one or all of Pouliot / Nugent-Hopkins / Eberle will be traded, I would target these players (based on values like shot volume, scoring, TOI, speed):

1st Line players who are fast, shoot a lot, and are young enough to fit with the new core for a long time:
LW Evander Kane (25, BUF 1YR), C Boone Jenner (23, CBJ 1YR RFA), RW Brendan Gallagher (25, MTL 4YR)

1st or 2nd Line UFA veteran players who shoot a lot and would be great on short-term deals:
LW Patrick Marleau, C Martin Hanzal, RW Patrick Eaves
Hanzal (30) is young enough to sign for a few years if necessary, Eaves (33) maybe for 2, Marleau (37) should be 1 year at a time at this stage.

3rd Liners with plenty of speed to keep up to McDavid when they want to try them up the lineup, who shoot a lot and score, or at least score some on 3rd line:
LW Magnus Paajarvi (26, STL RFA), C Andreas Athanasiou (22, DET RFA), RW Michael Grabner (29, NYR 1YR)

Other 3rd liners who have valuable utilities:
CR Derek Ryan (30, UFA) is great on faceoffs & has some scoring touch similar to Letestu but should be cheaper
RC Sam Gagner (27, UFA) is a PP specialist and scores well and shoots a lot on 3rd RW
RW Brett Ritchie (23, DAL RFA) shoots a lot and has some ‘grit’ with potential to get better

Unproven RW youngsters who shoot a lot and may blossom with the right opportunity and shouldn’t cost much at all:
Nicolas Baptiste (21 BUF), Stefan Noesen (24 NJD), Andrej Nestrasil (26, RFA CAR *not so young*), Justin Bailey (21 BUF).

What would these players cost in assets or cash? Would the UFAs or future UFAs sign with Edmonton?

nvan97

Lowetide: Hmm.. My initial reaction was negative, but MAN flying out on a Friday afternoon for a weekend set has appeal!

I don’t mind an afternoon on the couch watching a game but I’m not a huge baseball fan. However, I LOVE live baseball. It’s such a great way to spend an afternoon. Only ever been to an MLB game in San Francisco (which is maybe the best ball park out there) but always enjoy a lazy afternoon at Telus Field. Went to lots of games there to watch the Trappers as a child and I would definitely like to go to Vancouver to watch an MLB game.

jtblack

Lineup above does not move the needle for me .. Maybe slightly improved but not much …

I hope PC does not move #22. The Pens just won the cup B2B in Croz year 11 & year 12 … The whole Win now notion is blown out of proportion … The window is the next 15 years … certainly the next 8 (assuming McDs contract is that long) …

Doughty or Spurgeon would both be great … The cost of Doughty would be insane ..#22, JP and Nurse … something like that at a minimum ..

jonrmcleod

The Oilers have the second best odds to win the Cup next year.

Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli
1m
#Pens open in #Vegas to three-peat as Cup champs. #Oilers in next pack at 12/1.

jtblack

Never underestimate PC’s love of the ancients…………..

I am OK with an ancient but only for 1 or 2 years .. no locking in an ancient and then watching the on ice product that is obviously “past due” ….

Did PC grab a lot of ancients in Boston? I know he snagged Recchi one year …

jtblack

Lowetide,

If you grab an ancient for a 1 year test drive that’s one thing … if you overpay dearly for a player that is a shell of his past, then it’s a major error … and Generally any ancient that is still good, either has a huge cap hit or the team will want young assets back …

The Oilers are close to being a true contender .. the Chess game PC plays in the next 6 weeks will really determine if the Oilers can finish Top #6 in the League or if they fall back / barely make playoffs ..

and from all of your posts, there are clearly numerous ways this can go … Fingers crossed !!!!!!!

Professor Q

jtblack:
Lineup above does not move the needle for me .. Maybe slightly improved but not much …

I hope PC does not move #22.The Pens just won the cup B2B in Croz year 11 & year 12 … The whole Win now notion is blown out of proportion … The window is the next 15 years … certainly the next 8 (assuming McDs contract is that long) …

Doughty or Spurgeon would both be great … The cost of Doughty would be insane ..#22, JP and Nurse … something like that at a minimum ..

Exactly. People fearing that the world will end once McDavid’s ELC ends are simply over-worrying. The McDavid Cup window is as long as McDavid is an Oiler. And, well, Draisaitl helps too.

Just, knock in a wooden stick, managing the rest of the team needs to follow suit. Preferably like the Penguins have, rather than L. A.

jtblack

GOALIES: the majority of the kids listed are all 6’2″ or taller …. the days of the little, quick goalie are behind us … Skinner plays on our junior team, so I have a soft spot for him …

Professor Q

Lowetide: Yes, and Kaberle and others, including Jagr and Jarome.

Recchi too, correct? He’s the oldest player to score in a Stanley Cup Finals thanks to Chia.

Acumen

Lowetide:
Wildest trade idea? Doughty from LAK.

Where is the Doughty talk coming from? I’ve seen it mentioned on here a couple times but not sure what kicked it off.

Until Parayko blew me away last year, Doughty was my favorite player in the league since he made it in. He would be the dream addition and I would give both my arms and my left leg for him.

jtblack

Acumen,

Doughty moving right now would be the same as Coffey moving in his prime … Coffey still had lots left to give … Doughty is 27. I cannot see him being available …

Professor Q

Acumen: Where is the Doughty talk coming from? I’ve seen it mentioned on here a couple times but not sure what kicked it off.

Until Parayko blew me away last year, Doughty was my favorite player in the league since he made it in. He would be the dream addition and I would give both my arms and my left leg for him.

I think back in April when Doughty turned his tune on the Oilers and started praising them instead of hating, L. A. being in Financial Cap Hell, Stauffer Speculating©, and various other rumours.

jtblack

Professor Q,

Well, if this is even a possibility it instantly would catapult Edmonton into True Cup Contenders … If we sign Doughty, his cap hit is $7 mil, don’t sign russell (saves $3 mil) … move an Austin out for futures that we most likely lost in the Doughty trade … could work .. chance of happening. 1%

Jaxon

Someone mentioned in the comments a few days ago that “Bob” had hinted that a RHD UFA in a couple years that makes between $6-7M may be interested in signing with Edmonton when they become a UFA. Does anyone know which “Bob” (Stauffer? MacKenzie)? And does anyone know where? Podcast? Article? On TV? Radio? Interview? Anyone have a link? It’s interesting as there are only 2 players who fit that criteria: Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson. Either would put this team over the top. They’d also cost an arm and a leg (unless they would take a discount in search of a cup or another cup). Anyone know the source?

gadot10

misfit:
I’d love to see us make a move for Chara.He’s got one year left so he slides into the Sekera spot without a huge commitment down the road, adds invaluable leadership and a dynamite point shot for the powerplay.He’s lost a step, but I think he’s still a very useful player.It would also make me a whole lot more comfortable with bringing Russell back if I knew we had another legit top 4 guy to play him with.I really don’t want to see Nurse-Russel as our day one 2nd pair.

Cost is always the big issue, but if we can make it work without giving up something dire.

Sekera and Chara also played extremely well together at the World Cup with Sekera playing RD.

Ribs

Well, Lombardi is gone…So maybe the Oilers wouldn’t get killed in a Doughty deal…

Wikipedia tells me Dwayne Roloson is Rob Blake’s best friend. The more you know……

gadot10

Pouzar:
Lotta speculation on Spurgeon being odd man out in Minny.

A much better version of Russell, and he actually shoots right.

gadot10

Kepler62:
Do you think it’s possible we see Nurse move into that Russell spot on the 2nd pair (and no Russell signing) and Reinhart on the 3rd Pair? (Or alternatively sign Russell but no “Petrovic” trade)

Klefbom – Larsson

Nurse – “Petrovich”/Russell

Reinhart – Benning

#7 Gryba

Touch on it next post?

Also, I really like the idea of trading the 22nd pick for Vegas to take Pouliot and get a Dman back… maybe have a later pick coming back too but I really think that’d be a worthwhile trade.Only worry is stocking the Oilers prospect cupboards with higher-end talent becomes more difficult.

Nurse Larsson
Klefbom Benning
Reinhart Petrovic/Spurgeion/etc

Acumen

Jaxon:
Someone mentioned in the comments a few days ago that “Bob” had hinted that a RHD UFA in a couple years that makes between $6-7M may be interested in signing with Edmonton when they become a UFA. Does anyone know which “Bob” (Stauffer? MacKenzie)? And does anyone know where? Podcast? Article? On TV? Radio? Interview? Anyone have a link? It’s interesting as there are only 2 players who fit that criteria: Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson. Either would put this team over the top. They’d also cost an arm and a leg (unless they would take a discount in search of a cup or another cup). Anyone know the source?

Hm.

That level of cryptic-specific speculation must be Stauffer, but that could just as easily be Dion Phaneuf or Zdeno Chara, no? If it is one of the big tickets, I’d guess it’s probably Karlsson based on the fact that, conference finals or no, he plays in an offence killing system and has had a bit of a row with ownership over the last year, and I bet he envisions making sweet magic on the ice with Connor.

Anyways, that kind of speculation sounds like a potential free agent acquisition down the road rather than a trade, doesn’t it? Because there is exactly zero reason for Ottawa or LA to trade those guys before their contracts end.

I’ll keep on holding out hope for a Faulk trade, or Chia using the flat cap to poach Parayko 🙂

Kinger_Oil.redux

gadot10: Sekera and Chara also played extremely well together at the World Cup with Sekera playing RD.

– Boston will not do any favours for Chia… Plus he’s only a $4MM cap hit this year: cheap

– Next year though, I can see Chara signing him as a FA for 2 years…

LMHF#1

Would a Doughty move be predicated on an LA rebuild or just to unload salary? Unhappy Doughty?

1st and JP to start, then Hopkins?

I’m having a hard time conceptualizing this – much as I’d like to see him here.

There are a bunch of Oilers fans who would hate him though. He only really cranks it up when he needs to. I’m fine with this because he’s one of the best players in the world half-assing it – but some aren’t.

Ducey

TSN has a new update on Foo. Sounds like the Oilers are still firmly in the mix

misfit

Doughty is a tough idea to wrap your head around for sure. We have tradeable assets, and as one of the league’s very best defensemen, he’ll be worth the king’s ransom (pun mostly intended) he’d command. But what does the team look like afterward? Why would the Kings trade such a valuable asset to a division rival when they could surely get full value from a team out east?

It’s a wild thought, but not one that I ever see materializing.

Professor Q

Acumen,

Chara and Phaneuf are not RHD, nor in the price range.

rickithebear

you must remember that the HD shot rate of a team establishes the Mean Save % a goalie is performing around. (Mean save% +/- .XXX save%

The worst teams in the league can have a mean as low as .902 save%
avg team will have .916 save%
the best in league can have a mean as high as .930 Save%
Dmens influence on GA is .930 – .902 = .028

.028 +/- .003 captures 122/124 Goalies that started 26+ games over the last 3 seasons.

we know
Avg HDSH60 (10.5) X Avg HD goalie Save% (.825) = 1.8375 GA
Avg LDSH60 (19.5) X Avg LD Goalie Save% (.965) = .6825 GA
(30 – (1.8375 + .6825))/30 = .916 Save%

you can look at a goalies HD save% and LD save%
and
establish a golaies expected +/- performance based on avg HD (10.5) and LD (19.5) shot rates.
it will be (goalies resulting Save% – .916) = +/- XXX Save%

you will see most goalies Affect at 17.5% or less of .028

this is reflected in EVGA.

You look at the standard curve range of EVGA going back
– 1yr 170 Dmen 1.52 – 3.07 (1.55) with 2.23 median
-2 years 190 Dmen 1.66 – 2.78 (1.12) with 2.21 median
-3 years 187 Dmen 1.72 – 2.76 ( 1.04) with 2.20 Median
– 4 years 185 Dmen 1.73 – 2.78 ( 1.05) with 2.21 Median
– 5years 182 Dmen 1.68 – 2.72 (1.04) with 2.21 Median

Dmen’s EVGA is a quick test of Perfmance.

16-17
#8 Alzner 1.65
#13 D Russell 1.69
#14 D Sekera 1.70
#19 Savard 1.82
#30 Spurgeon 1.92
#48 TVR 2.05
#53 Beaulieu 2.08
#56 D Benning 2.07
#59 B. Smith 2.10
#84 De Haan 2.22
#108 Larsson 2.32
# 129 Klefbom 2.43
# 137 Nurse 2.51
#168 Chara 2.71

15-16 to 16-17
#1-3 Alzner 1.66
#13 Larsson 1.82
#40 Davidson 2.02
#45 Spurgeon 2.04
#48 B. Smith 2.06
#57 Savard 2.09
#63 Sekera 2.11
#84 Gryba 2.19
#86 Beaulieu 2.20
#106 Russell 2.28
#129 Chara 2.39
#153 Klefbom 2.50
#167 Hamonic 2.69
#173 J. Faulk 2.73
#175 Nurse 2.76

14-15 to 16-17
#3 Alzner 1.72
#14 Larsson 1.81
#41 Beaulieu 1.99
#55 B. Smith 2.06
#58 Spurgeon 2.07
#84 Sekera 2.17
#102 Gryba 2.22
#128 Russell 2.29
#140 Chara 2.32
#180 Fayne 2.65
Bottom 3 Klefbom and Nurse

wintoon

If Doughty were available he would be a fantastic addition. I don’t get the impression he only cranks it up when he has to. I get the feeling he paces himself because of the minutes he plays and is affected by the style of play that the Kings have.

He is a top defender, has some offensive chops and has a real mean streak that was evident every time he played against Taylor Hall.

Acumen

Professor Q,

Missed he RHD thing but they’re definitely in the price range, 6.5 and 7 respectively if I’m not mistaken.

Point taken though, I suppose it must be one of those other two driving the speculation.

zatch

Me and the fellas were arguing about what we’d change if we could take over the NHL (or else make our own league). Here’s what I came up with. Interested on peoples thoughts?

Scrap Trapezoid
Scrap Over-the-glass penalty
Rule book otherwise to be called more tightly
Offside must have had tangible result to wave off goal
Increase net size OR significantly reduce pad size (7 GPG is target)
Fighting is Auto-ejection
32 teams
Two conferences of 16
Teams seeded 1-8 in conference for playoffs
Season is one home and one away vs each team (62 games)
Scrap Draft
Partnership with CHL as is dissolved
Teams may sign players at 16
Min age for NHL players 18
Soft Cap with Luxury Tax
No Max on salaries of any kind
Rookie/RFA/UFA contract restrictions scrapped
League moves to NFL style Revenue Sharing
Trades only allowed in certain in-year windows
Teams have: Home, Away, Alt and Throwback jerseys in year
International Play breaks

Guys thought it was pretty radical.

jtblack

If there are no real trades, we just have to dream of Doughty … but no way that’s happening ..