Leon Draisaitl’s eye injury began the week as a curio and ends it as a full-fledged worry. Todd McLellan talked about things yesterday.
- McLellan: “The swelling has come down in the eye and he has a bit of vision in it. But it wasn’t safe to put him on the ice (Thursday) and it’s not something we’re going to fool around with until he’s 100 per cent ready to come back.” Source
At a guess, we’re probably looking at LD missing the Saturday game just to be safe and then we’ll see him back as a regular next week. Still, it’s a worry, hope to see him on the ice today.
- Patrick Maroon—Connor McDavid—Kailer Yamamoto
- Milan Lucic—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Zack Kassian
- Jussi Jokinen—Ryan Strome—Anton Slepyshev
- Jujhar Khaira—Mark Letestu—Iiro Pakarinen
- Chris Kelly
- Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
- Darnell Nurse—Kris Russell
- Yohann Auvitu—Eric Gryba
- Matt Benning
- Cam Talbot (Laurent Brossoit)
When Ryan Rishaug tweeted out the lines, I felt it was a stopgap group until Leon returned (today) to practice. Now? Not so much. If LD and Drake Caggiula can’t skate today, this group may be what we’re looking at for Saturday night (sans Chris Kelly).
— Mark I Williams M.D. (@CameraGuyBakoCA) October 13, 2017
Joey Laleggia picked up two points last night, among prominent prospects that was probably the top performance. Jesse Puljujarvi picked up an assist (2gp, 0-2-2) and Ryan Mantha grabbed two helpers as well. Patrick Russell, who lasted a long time in preseason before getting sent out, scored a goal and had eight shots (11 now on the season). Ethan Bear had an assist and is 2gp, 1-1-2 on the year. Dave Gust, a small, skilled college man making his pro debut, scored twice. Dillon Simpson had an assist and was +2 on the night, Keegan Lowe had no boxcars but was +3. The Russell goal was the winner and came shorthanded, but the boxscore has five Condors skaters on the ice at the time. I don’t understand. Next game tomorrow versus Tucson.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) October 13, 2017
Sometimes I wonder why Jesse Puljujarvi remains in the minors, he looks good in a lot of areas even at the NHL level. Corey Pronman’s capture above tells us there’s still some road to go for the giant Finn.
OILERS 5×5 SHOTS PER 60 (FORWARDS)
- Mark Letestu 15.38
- Connor McDavid 13.74
- Kailer Yamamoto 13.6
- Leon Draisaitl 13.49
- Jussi Jokinen 9.47
- Drake Caggiula 9.43
- Ryan Strome 7.27
- Patrick Maroon 6.68
- Zack Kassian 6.4
- Iiro Pakarinen 5.56
- Anton Slepyshev 5.51
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 4.62
- Milan Lucic 4.5
- Jujhar Khaira 0.0
Two things of note here: Connor McDavid is turning into his own shooter (way up from 8.74 shots per 60 5×5 a year ago), and Kailer Yamamoto’s shots per 60 are excellent. Now, small sample size and he’s making rookie mistakes without the puck, but that’s an excellent number at the beginning of his NHL career.
Filip Berglund also had a strong game today. Played a season high 21:15 was +3, had 2 hits, 2 shots in an 8-2 beat down of Brynäs.
— EDM Prospect Watch (@EDProspectWatch) October 12, 2017
That 2016 third round was an interesting sequence for the Edmonton Oilers. The club chose Markus Niemelainen at No. 63 overall, he was ranked in that range by many sources (I had him No. 108). Niemelainen had a subpar OHL season and is now in Finland and injured. Next up came defender Matt Cairns at No. 84 overall, he couldn’t find regular work in the USHL and had to catch on in the BCHL. I didn’t rank Cairns but sometimes an organization sees a gem in a secondary league and catch lightning in a bottle. Cairns hasn’t shown anything yet, and even though we wait five years, it’s disappointing he didn’t get regular work in the U.S. league.
Filip Berglund was chosen No. 91 overall (I had him No. 61) and his arrows have been heading in a good direction since draft day. Miles to go but when we get to the Winter Top 20 these three men—chosen in the same round—are going to have a massive gap in ranking. Sometimes these things make themselves obvious in a quick hurry.
I keep reading the Oilers have $8 million in cap room and very little worry in terms of cap bonus, but that simply isn’t true. Using Capfriendly, we see the cap hit for bonus could be over $5 million, and NHL teams have to account for that at the beginning of the year. That bonus number doesn’t include Jesse Puljujarvi, who may stay in Bakersfield until those cap issues burn off.
CURRENT OILERS ROSTER
As I see it, the Oilers aren’t close enough to the ceiling to make an LTIR move on Sekera beneficial. They also have to account for all possible bonuses at this time (McDavid, Nurse, Caggiula, Slepyshev, Benning, Yamamoto). I think the Oilers have less than $3.5 million in cap room at this time. Why then are people tweeting that the Oilers have $6-8 million in space? What am I missing, please and thanks. I understand crapping on Peter Chiarelli has become a popular sport, but it seems fair to at least have the facts to back things up, no? Or have we gone past that requirement?
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we grab a ticket to ride into the weekend, TSN1260! Scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Oilers, MLB, television.
- Frank Seravalli, TSN. Oilers haven’t won since Frank left town!
- Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Point Counter Point surrounds what to do with 1R and 2RHD.
- Paul Almeida, SSE. A preview of the big Saturday game and the Leon worry.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!