Doctor My Eyes

by Lowetide

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.

YESTERDAY’S LINES

  • 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).

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.

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)

  1. Mark Letestu 15.38
  2. Connor McDavid 13.74
  3. Kailer Yamamoto 13.6
  4. Leon Draisaitl 13.49
  5. Jussi Jokinen 9.47
  6. Drake Caggiula 9.43
  7. Ryan Strome 7.27
  8. Patrick Maroon 6.68
  9. Zack Kassian 6.4
  10. Iiro Pakarinen 5.56
  11. Anton Slepyshev 5.51
  12. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 4.62
  13. Milan Lucic 4.5
  14. Jujhar Khaira 0.0
  15. Source

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.

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.

CAP ROOM

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!

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Woodguy v2.0

The Concept JDî,

Chachi,

Well that’s close enough to quorum for me.

Chachi

Woodguy v2.0: aaaaand now that I read the thread I see its been posted.

I blame Chachi

Me too!

JD_Wry

Woodguy v2.0: I blame Chachi

Works for me.

Woodguy v2.0

Woodguy v2.0: twitter link to a screen shot: https://twitter.com/nmcmeckan/status/918923465289211904

aaaaand now that I read the thread I see its been posted.

I blame Chachi

Woodguy v2.0

The Concept JDî:
A twitterer is saying that Trouba hit Drai with a high hit, leading to this injury.

Anyone remember that? I scanned the game log on nhl.com and that event didn’t register.

twitter link to a screen shot: https://twitter.com/nmcmeckan/status/918923465289211904

pts2pndr

It would appear that the “oiler fans lions ” are hungry almost in a feeding frenzy so to speak! To change the focus I would humbly submit the following for your thoughts.
To play in the NHL today an individual requires the three skills with a value rating for which I will use 1 thru 3 with 1 being below average NHL level 2 being NHL level and 3 being above NHL level to Elite. I will go so far as to say that 9 would indicate a player such as Connor or Sid. To become an NHL player requires a minimum score of six which would equate to a fourth line or short term NHL player.
The Three skills/talents are
1. Hockey IQ
2 . Skating
3. Size

By my limited research while there are outliers this appears to be a reasonable formula.
I will further submit that by this formula, Yamamoto would score a six which equates to a fourth line or short term NHL player. While everyone notes his 5 goals in pre season no one mentions his five minors for hooking! His hooking penalties are due lack of skating speed not due to effort! His skating is NHL level but it has to be better than that to make up for his lack of size, even allowing for above average Hockey IQ.

dustrock

jimmers2:
Trouba left his feet, eh?Just a little…

Why wouldn’t they ask the NHL to suspend him?

Chachi

Cameron:
HT Joe,

Unless it is McDavid who gets injured I have trouble seeing the Oilers posting below 90 points.

However, if Rocketboots does pull up lame, there isn’t a floor to how far they could fall.

I wish no harm to any Flames player this year. I hope they all play the full 82 game schedule. Best of luck to the Flames this year.

JD_Wry

jimmers2: Just a little…

Devorski was hired to coach the Jets on the new interpretation of the rules. I wonder if it went something like, “Forget the slash, but headshots and slewfooting are going to go pretty much uncalled, as the refs stare at the sticks.”

Between that Nucks game and the Jets game, this tough Oiler team seems to have been taken advantage of.

Professor Q

I had missed the game, but yeah.

Trouba is a repeat offender and known for high hits (this one seemed obvious, but not to the refs). The commentators even say that it’s a good hit because it had lots of pop and was “way up high”. Which seems counterintuitive but maybe it’s the NHL’s narrative now…

The worst part was Draisaitl slowly getting off the ice. Now he has an injured eye and a concussion. Bad break indeed.

jimmers2

Trouba left his feet, eh? Just a little…

frjohnk

The Concept JDî:
Well this doesn’t look good:

comment image

Damn. That sucks.

Fantastic opportunity for someone to play on McDavids wing and make a mark.

I wonder if the Oilers are down in the 3rd period, will McClellan stack the first line by placing RNH with McDavid and Maroon.

JD_Wry

Well this doesn’t look good:

comment image

JD_Wry

Cameron: Killer

But nobody remembers Leeman’s nickname: Pumper.

HT Joe

Cameron: However, if Rocketboots does pull up lame, there isn’t a floor to how far they could fall.

That’s because the basement isn’t a numbered floor…

Cameron

HT Joe: It’s great to finally hear a hockey nickname not derived from a player’s actual name.

Calgary has had a few that come to mind;

Al ‘Chopper’ MacInnis
‘Boring’ Sean Monahan
Matt ‘Byng’ Tkachuk
Doug ‘Killer’ Gilmour

None of which is as good as Pat ‘Little ball of hate’ Verbeek though, that is still the king

Professor Q

Cameron:
HT Joe,

Unless it is McDavid who gets injured I have trouble seeing the Oilers posting below 90 points.

However, if Rocketboots does pull up lame, there isn’t a floor to how far they could fall.

Well imagine if they all go down and we’re icing an AHL like up?

I’m not sure us fans could Bear it all at that point.

Cameron

HT Joe,

Unless it is McDavid who gets injured I have trouble seeing the Oilers posting below 90 points.

However, if Rocketboots does pull up lame, there isn’t a floor to how far they could fall.

HT Joe

BTW Cameron, you’re obviously an optimist. My entry into Hunter’s Death March was 88 points (I fear that the injury to Sekera and significant faith placed on Russel, Benning and Nurse was going to really hurt the Oilers this year)

HT Joe

Cameron:
HT Joe,

In Cgy we call him ‘Byng’

It’s great to finally hear a hockey nickname not derived from a player’s actual name. 🙂

jtblack

Pouzar,

Beautiful!

JD_Wry

digger50: Sounds like it got him right in the eye, not around the eye.

Side: Trouba’s elbow is on the side of Drai’s face.

Above his shoulder anyway.

So two infractions, and no call on either. At least he wasn’t slashed on the hands.

Professor Q

Side: :42 of the video looks like Trouba’s elbow is on the side of Drai’s face. It wasn’t an “OH SHIT” hit, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the hit that gave Drai his ailments.

Ouch. Looked like a headshot to me. Or at least that was the initial point of contact.

Even worse to hear the commentators praising it as an awesome hit.

Cameron

HT Joe,

In Cgy we call him ‘Byng’

Side

The Concept JDî: Bruce has a clip of that hit in his CoH piece today, and it really doesn’t look that bad, and it doesn’t look like he suffered any injury around the eye either.

:42 of the video looks like Trouba’s elbow is on the side of Drai’s face. It wasn’t an “OH SHIT” hit, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the hit that gave Drai his ailments.

digger50

oilfan17: He took a high stick early in the Oilers third period power play. You can see him flinch. No call on the play.

Yup, I remember that. He flinched, touched his face with glove on, kept going. Sounds like it got him right in the eye, not around the eye.

JD_Wry

Side: Trouba hit Drai

Bruce has a clip of that hit in his CoH piece today, and it really doesn’t look that bad, and it doesn’t look like he suffered any injury around the eye either.

JD_Wry

Found this nugget the other day when looking at the ’79 draft:


Boston GM Harry Sinden intended to select defenceman Keith Brown, but Brown was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks immediately prior to Boston’s selection. Panicking, the Bruins settled on Bourque, allegedly against their better judgment.[1]

Bourque was D-man of the year in the Q for both his pre-draft seasons, while all I can find on Brown was that he was known for his competitiveness.

Wow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Bourque

Pouzar

Woodguy v2.0: Yes, please tag @Bob_Stauffer and mentioned my need for steak please.

Thank you in advance.

A reference to SSAC gets you free steak for life.

HT Joe

HT Joe,

And I DO like the nickname “Tkacooke” … well done!

HT Joe

The Concept JDî:
2016 scouting lists that had Tkacooke ahead of JP:

I guess I’m using hindsight… similar to everyone who is saying Yakupov shouldn’t have been picked 1st overall in 2012… 🙂

Woodguy v2.0

The Concept JDî: I’ll be listening. I’m currently out with soreness in the neck – day to day.

Do we need to start a steak campaign for you on Twitter?

Yes, please tag @Bob_Stauffer and mentioned my need for steak please.

Thank you in advance.

JD_Wry

2016 scouting lists that had Tkacooke ahead of JP:

GMB3

HT Joe: Jagr for me… hands down.
Iginla in his prime was a player I loved watching, despite the jersey…
And yes, holy hell, having Tkachuk instead of Jesse would be benefiting the Oilers right now (long term is still anyone’s guess, but short term, I don’t think anyone can reasonably argue this)

Our secondary scoring would probably be a lot more prevalent with him at this day. For all the draft day knocks on his skating, his skating ability seems to keep him in the play a lot more at the NHL level.

JD_Wry

oilfan17: high stick

I remember that, but it didn’t seem bad enough to lead to this. Possibly that and the Trouba hit?

RexLibris

Pouzar: Smid

*LT Spits*

Good pick.

Pouzar

RexLibris: Not even Steve Smith and Grant Fuhr?

I’m still partial to Steve Staios, myself.

Smid

*LT Spits*

oilfan17

jtblack:
OriginalPouzar,

He took a big open ice hit. I think it stems from that?Nobody saw him take a stick or puck to the eye; but we did see him button hook at the blueline and get laid out

He took a high stick early in the Oilers third period power play. You can see him flinch. No call on the play.

Pouzar

ashley: Ha, and harsh.

Just joking with Cameron!

Side

The Concept JDî:
A twitterer is saying that Trouba hit Drai with a high hit, leading to this injury.

Anyone remember that? I scanned the game log on nhl.com and that event didn’t register.

Oh yeah. I believe Trouba hit Drai in the open ice pretty hard which knocked Drai on his ass. There was a little replay of it and Quinn and Remenda were talking about it a bit.

RexLibris

Pouzar:
Cameron,

My List of Favorite Flames:

Not even Steve Smith and Grant Fuhr?

I’m still partial to Steve Staios, myself.

JD_Wry

A twitterer is saying that Trouba hit Drai with a high hit, leading to this injury.

Anyone remember that? I scanned the game log on nhl.com and that event didn’t register.

HT Joe

ashley: Ha, and harsh.I would take Gio, Hamilton, Brodie, Monahan, and Johnny Hockey in a heartbeat.I also wish we picked Tkachuk.He looks great and already half way to being a veteran.Some of his classmates have yet to establish themselves.

Jagr for me… hands down. 😀
Iginla in his prime was a player I loved watching, despite the jersey…
And yes, holy hell, having Tkachuk instead of Jesse would be benefiting the Oilers right now (long term is still anyone’s guess, but short term, I don’t think anyone can reasonably argue this)

ashley

Pouzar:
Cameron,

My List of Favorite Flames:

Ha, and harsh. I would take Gio, Hamilton, Brodie, Monahan, and Johnny Hockey in a heartbeat. I also wish we picked Tkachuk. He looks great and already half way to being a veteran. Some of his classmates have yet to establish themselves.

ashley

Professor Q: I thought it was to keep a D, Puljujärvi, and Talbot, with Maroon going to St. Louis?

I’m sure that was floated. I probably just remembered the idea that I liked the least.

Pouzar

Cameron,

My List of Favorite Flames:

Cameron

ashley,

Maybe weird to hear this from a Flames supporter, but I’m a longtime Nuge fan (as well as Hall, Klefbom, and Puljujarvi).

I think it will be a serious mistake for Edm to trade him, but it will make it a lot easier for me to cheer him on when it happens.

Pouzar

The Concept JDî: There’s a segment in the Eagles documentary, where one of them talks about living under Browne’s apartment in the early year. He would hear Browne’s kettle early in the morning, then the piano for a few hours, working on one part of a song, then the kettle for a break, and then the next part of the song. This continued for the entire day. It was then that the Eagles realized that song writing is hard work, and not just getting together to exchange some ideas and try to form something from that.

That was Glenn Frey. Awesome documentary.

Professor Q

ashley: From what I heard in the off season from everyone not named Chiarelli/McLellan, we are trading Nuge to keep Maroon.

I’m still holding a candle for Nuge, my favourite Austin.

I thought it was to keep a D, Puljujärvi, and Talbot, with Maroon going to St. Louis?

I personally would love to keep Nuge. Especially if he keeps improving.

OriginalPouzar

ashley: From what I heard in the off season from everyone not named Chiarelli/McLellan, we are trading Nuge to keep Maroon.

I’m still holding a candle for Nuge, my favourite Austin.

Not everyone, not me.