PS G5 2017-18: JETS AT OILERS

by Lowetide

Things are beginning to get serious now, as the junior and AHL players are mostly through their games and the NHLers slide in to replace them. There are 14 men in today’s lineup likely to represent Edmonton opening night 2017-18.

TONIGHT’S ROSTER

  • Patrick Maroon (1gp, 1-2-3)—Connor McDavid (1gp, 0-2-2)—Ryan Strome (1gp, 1-1-2)
  • Jussi Jokinen (1gp, 1-2-3)—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2gp, 1-3-4)—Jesse Puljujarvi (1gp, 0-0-0)
  • Jujhar Khaira (2gp, 2-0-2)—Mark Letestu (2gp, 3-1-4)—Zack Kassian (2gp, 0-1-1)
  • Brad Malone (3gp, 0-0-0)—Chris Kelly (3gp, 0-1-1)—Patrick Russell (3gp, 0-0-0)
  • Kris Russell (1gp, 0-0-0)—Matt Benning (1gp, 0-0-0)
  • Darnell Nurse (1gp, 0-0-0)—Eric Gryba (2gp, 0-0-0)
  • Dillon Simpson (1gp, 0-0-0)—Caleb Jones (1gp, 0-1-1)
  • Cam Talbot (1gp, 0.00 1.000)

There aren’t many bubble players in this lineup, three of the four lines look like opening night editions, plus the top two pairings and starting goaltender. Among the remaining five, I’d say Chris Kelly has the best chance at making it to opening night. Brad Malone, Patrick Russell, Dillon Simpson and Caleb Jones appear destined for Bakersfield but there is some distance to travel before opening night.

JOSH LEIVO

I wrote about Josh Leivo as an option for the Oilers this morning, he might hit the waiver wire in the next 10 days. Toronto has a tremendous group of forwards and something has to give, I’ve been tracking this player for some time. Although there’s not an obvious spot for Leivo on the roster, there are things to consider:

  • Kailer Yamamoto may spend the season in junior, meaning he is unavailable to Edmonton.
  • Anton Slepyshev hasn’t played yet and may not be ready for the start of the season.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi may require some time in Bakersfield.

I think it’s fair to say that Ryan Strome, Drake Caggiula and Zack Kassian have made this team full stop as regulars, with Iiro Pakarinen as an extra forward. Adding Leivo gives Edmonton an inexpensive offensive winger who can play either wing and has an impressive (if limited) resume. There is much we don’t know but adding Leivo would increase the depth and balance on this roster. If the team needs to move him later in the year, that doesn’t diminish his value when he’s on the roster.

210 comments
0

You may also like

0 0 votes
Article Rating
210 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
OriginalPouzar

Maksimov highlights:

https://t.co/tr3lUWmJe9

Safin fight:

https://t.co/RbDI96JsJl

OriginalPouzar

Safin got in a fight last night.

OriginalPouzar

Lowetide:
#Oilers assign Downing, Jones, Laleggia & Mantha to @Condors, place Callahan & Lowe on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

Great camp for Caleb Jones.

I hope we don’t see him again this year because of health but he’s got an NHL futur.

OriginalPouzar

Lowetide:
#Oilers assign Downing, Jones, Laleggia & Mantha to @Condors, place Callahan & Lowe on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

I go to bed and I miss the big news.

OriginalPouzar

who: Yeah I know but I’m not sure they have the horses to pick up the slack until Sekera is back. They have a lot of depth but they are all the 7D type. The best talents down the depth chart are just starting their pro careers.

I don’t disagree and Gryba playing every day (without another injury) is far from ideal.

I think Auvitu will play quite a bit – I’m very concerned that moves Russell over the right side. He is clearly better on the left side and, if on the right side, should get third pairing ES minutes.

Another injury to the top 4 prior to Reggie coming back would be devestating.

Munny

Rattie, Russell, Malone, Moto still hanging in there, as is Fayne,

Munny

Lowetide:
#Oilers assign Downing, Jones, Laleggia & Mantha to @Condors, place Callahan & Lowe on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

Not the last we will see of Jones.

Good camp for the other three… Downing may have been the biggest surprise out of that tier of prospects.

GMB3

who:
We will hear from Jones again. Maybe not this year but I can see him playing top 4 minutes for the oilers down the road.

Speaks volumes about the growth of this team because 4 years ago jones would be playing top 4 minutes by merit and that is sad

who

We will hear from Jones again. Maybe not this year but I can see him playing top 4 minutes for the oilers down the road.

who

OriginalPouzar:
Gryba is the 7D – we just have an injury.

Yeah I know but I’m not sure they have the horses to pick up the slack until Sekera is back. They have a lot of depth but they are all the 7D type. The best talents down the depth chart are just starting their pro careers.

who

Been reading all the negative press on this blog about JP. He wasn’t as good as his boxcars tonight but the talent is undeniable. He will get more comfortable with regular playing time. That combination of size and speed is special. Plus he seems more than willing to shoot the puck. Sweet touch pass to Macdavid.
The posters suggesting we trade him because his value will never be higher need to give their head a shake.

OriginalPouzar

Gryba is the 7D – we just have an injury.

who

First game I’ve seen this year. Look like they have plenty of firepower up front but not sure about the defense. I like Gryba but I like him a lot more as a 7D.

OriginalPouzar

dessert1111:
Right now I have the defense call up list as Stanton, Lowe, Simpson then Jones. I think they’ll go down to 9 D tomorrow, keeping Stanton and Lowe for now.

Malone had some moments of chasing and penalties that suggest he was struggling, but it’s hard to cut someone who scored twice. He’s not fast but he looks faster than Lander was.

I think Strome is losing his grip on first line. We might see “Hammers” there next time.

For cuts, I’d guess Mantha, Fayne, Jones, Simpson, Russell, Laleggia, Rattie, Callahan.

I agree with most of this – may switch Simpson and Lowe and Fayne needs to go in there somewhere even though he was awful yesterday.

Rattie may survive to get one more game.

dessert1111

Sleeper pick to spend some time on Connor’s wing this year: Khaira. Plays a similar game to Maroon and more defensive upside. Maybe if there’s an injury or heck they try a line of lefties.

OriginalPouzar

SVR:
OriginalPouzar,

How did Strome and RNH look? Didnt hit the scoresheet at all

The Nuge/Jokinen line was kind of just going through the motions for much of the game which is fine.

dessert1111

Right now I have the defense call up list as Stanton, Lowe, Simpson then Jones. I think they’ll go down to 9 D tomorrow, keeping Stanton and Lowe for now.

Malone had some moments of chasing and penalties that suggest he was struggling, but it’s hard to cut someone who scored twice. He’s not fast but he looks faster than Lander was.

I think Strome is losing his grip on first line. We might see “Hammers” there next time.

For cuts, I’d guess Mantha, Fayne, Jones, Simpson, Russell, Laleggia, Rattie, Callahan.

SVR

OriginalPouzar,

OriginalPouzar: Yes, to start the third.

How did Strome and RNH look? Didnt hit the scoresheet at all

OriginalPouzar

Kind of an odd game – the boys were kind of half assing it for most of the night. I think they go a talking to in the second intermission.

Puljijarvi – Quiet through the fist couple periods but, with all the penalties, didn’t really get a chance. Put with McDavid to start the third and he sets him up with a beauty touch pass for a goal and then roofs a PP goal minutes later and follows up with a second PP goal – great stuff. Some nice shifts in the third on the top line.

Malone – He was pretty good tonight – outplayed Russell for sure and scored a few goals. May have earned himself another game and passed Rattie as the first cal-up option.

Jones – Great game tonight. A great skater and very calm with puck and he makes good decision. Really like his game. Don’t know if he’ll play in the NHL this year but he has a define NHL career ahead of him. Phenomenal draft pick.

Russell – Kris is a much better player on the left side – better moving the puck and better in the offensive zone – I liked his game tonight.

The rest of the veterans were kind of going through the motions – little disappointed in Strome as he should be looking to prove himself.

Nurse struggled in the fist part of the game but I thought he was much better in the third period. He is not good on the PP.

Kelly start off not bad but disappeared

Talbot was Talbot.

Crazy Pedestrian

unca miltie: What do you think?

He do good… he do REAL good…

Pescador

Oil2Oilers:
drinking for joy not sorrow helps.

Helps with my Alcoholism

Lucinius

Well, I hope this pre-season success continues into the regular season. So far the team is looking good. Some definite issues, but.. it feels so much better going into a season after a good year than a shitty one.

russ99

Jesse learned a good lesson today, go to the net and good
things happen.

Hope his is the break he needs. Really don’t want to see what happens if he has to go back to Bakersfield.

unca miltie

Crazy Pedestrian:
I’m my mind, Jesse Puljujarvi has one more period to show that he belongs on the team. He had been fairly invisible this preseason. Please jp… please… do… something…

What do you think?

OriginalPouzar

Did Malone earn himself another game and freedom from the cuts tomorrow?

OriginalPouzar

That was a good third period.

Thank goodness Jesse, thank goodness.

Kailer, its your turn…..

Oil2Oilers

It is hard adjusting to the idea the Oiler are now a good team in the NHL. But drinking for joy not sorrow helps.

Abbeef

Bakersfield should be a lot better this year. Malone is looking good, Russell looks better and Laleggia first full year as a forward. The defence are going to be better with Lowe, Stanton and the rookies will get better and better as the year goes. Nice to see the depth is a lot better than I would have guessed before the season.

OriginalPouzar

SVR:
Have JP and Strome switched lines?

Yes, to start the third.

DevilsLettuce

Pool party with the backcheck and the goal, Nuge just lost his young Finn lol

JD_Wry

Crazy Pedestrian,

Yep. Nice speed.

Zelepukin

Crazy Pedestrian:
That russel guy (the forward) is pretty good… dang our depth players are better than I thought they were…

Ya Russell and Malone are solid. Our bottom 6 depth is insane.

SVR

Have JP and Strome switched lines?

Crazy Pedestrian

JEEBUS HOLY MAMA!!! JP Staying with McDavid me thinks..
Now What of Strome?

Munny

Well that needed to happen.

jzed

Watch them feed him the rest of the game

OriginalPouzar

JP scores again.

Crazy Pedestrian

That russel guy (the forward) is pretty good… dang our depth players are better than I thought they were…

Rondo

Jesse P gets motivated when he plays with McDavid.

Zelepukin

I’m really liking Simpson and Jone’s game. I’d have them both above Gryba at this point. Both can separate the man from the puck but have the big upside on Gryba in foot speed and passing.

jzed

Connor and Patty working it out

kgo

23 man roster might have to be 15/7/1…talbot to play all 82

jzed

Nice for the non vets

Boil-in-the-Oil

Yay! So very happy for the young man. Maybe the confidence is rising after all. Nice.

Boil-in-the-Oil

Lowetide: He needed a spark and maybe that goal was it. You never know with kids. He certainly looked excited.

Certainly “shuts my mouth” … for the moment at least. Connor finishes when he gets open. Hope you’re right and the kid starts to develop some confidence. It’s all about confidence.

Oil2Oilers

A very wise man once said “all youth sometimes need a lucky break” or something like that

jzed

Few slashes going uncalled already

Crazy Pedestrian

HELL YEAH!!! He must have heard me screaming for him to do something!!!
He’s definately doing something!!!