Leon the Lion

by Lowetide

The big man intercepts the cross ice pass deep in his own zone, cradles it for just a moment, and then begins the drive north. He’s big and quick and has electric skill, so the defenders yield middle ground and gather for battle at the walls of the city. Three times last night, Paul Bunyan picked up his axe and dashed the opponent. On a night when the Edmonton Oilers needed two points, the big man got three. Leon Draisaitl is back, and this is a different team. You make a difference, big man, and a nod and a wink to that giant paddle you call a hockey stick. MY GOODNESS we missed you.

PIKE’S PEAK, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2015: 3-6-0, goal differential -6
  • Oilers in October 2016: 7-2-0, goal differential +10
  • Oilers in October 2017: 3-5-1, goal differential -8

They needed it. Connor McDavid was beginning to look at teammates in a ‘cross-eyed and painful‘ manner, much the same as Bobby Orr terrorized teammates many decades ago. This team isn’t out of the woods, the PK is a flashing “Eat at Joe’s” welcome sign and it must be fixed. That said, it’s a win and another on Saturday night means the club merely missed reasonable by three points. The Oilers are still within reach of playoffs, miles to go ’til morning.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OCTOBER

  • At home to: Calgary (Expected: 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver  (Expected: 1-0-0) (Actual: 0-1-0)
  • At home to: Winnipeg, Ottawa, Carolina (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual: 0-3-0)
  • On the road to: Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 1-1-1)
  • At home to: Dallas, Washington (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 5-3-2, 12 points in 10 games 
  • Current results: 3-5-1, 7 points after nine games

A win on Saturday would allow this team to overcome (somewhat) a disastrous start to the season. I also think we’re probably going to see more .500 months for this team, there’s too much to overcome. Failing Andrej Sekera returning soon and a stunning turnaround for the penalty killers, it’s unwise to bet on this team winning more than they’ll lose over the next 30 days. Edmonton is three points behind Dallas for the final playoff spot, with a game in hand. Last night was huge.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Four points on the night for the blue, it’s been a slow start for the group. The late goal by Matt Benning was massive.
  • Klefbom-Larsson went 12-20 together, 7-16 in nine minutes against the Radulov-Benn-Seguin line. That trio is amazing, credit to the Swedes for keeping them off the scoresheet at even strength on the evening. Klefbom is banged up as per Todd McLellan via Jason Gregor. McLellan is riding this pair, because he has to do it. Larsson was stout on the PK, his positioning is excellent and others, even veterans, may want to study the video.
  • Nurse-Gryba were 17-9, were on the ice for the first GA (Nurse played it well to my eye, Nuge/Gryba late getting back or didn’t feel Benn coming up the middle). Nurse’s headman passes are becoming a larger part of the offense and keeping this duo from defending for longer periods. Nurse was 10-4 against Shore-Janmark, 3-5 against Spezza, 10-2 against Radulov. Nurse is coming on, also played four solid minutes with Benning and 2:34 with Kris Russell.
  • Russell-Benning went 20-4, including 12-4 with Nuge. The goal by Benning was a monster, Edmonton badly needed the win. Benning was 14-0 Corsi for 5×5 against the Faksa line, Russell 15-2.  Russell was very poor on the PK, also in photo thrice. It makes no sense to give him PP and PK time, that’s going to have to be addressed. Benning appears to be back to previous levels, wonderful passer and transporter.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 28 of 32, he was excellent at 5×5 (16-17) and the whole team was poor on the PK.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Maroon-McDavid-Draisaitl gobbled up five of the team’s 14 points on the night. McDavid’s goal was welcome, as it represented a first-period lead, something the Oilers haven’t enjoyed much this season. Short lived, but enjoyable all the same. Went 14-15 against the Benn-Seguin wrecking crew, 1-0 in GF. I know we’re all in love with the idea of LD as 2C but I don’t think it happens for some time.
  • Lucic-Nuge-Strome all put points on the board and that’s news. Nuge-Strome were 2-0 together on-ice 5×5, Strome is a good passer. Lucic was in the middle of things, making fine passes and chipped in on the big RNH goal in the third period. Some luck involved but the trio was moving the puck and (imo) earned some good fortune. Went 6-6 against Spezza and 10-4 against Faksa.
  • Caggiula-Letestu-Kassian went 8-1 after Letestu moved down from the Nuge line (9-5). ML took a costly and unusual penalty miles from his own net but I liked his game overall. Kassian has more jump now, his game hit a plateau for awhile. Caggiula damned near scored but also took a bad penalty. I like the line.
  • Jokinen-Khaira-Slepyshev had a good game too, seven shots on goal and some intelligent play. Jokinen was quiet in the offensive zone but made some good decisions with the puck elsewhere. Khaira had four shots after having none for the season, he made a weird play late that could cost him another start. JJ wheeled back into his zone for no reason, got caught and yada yada yada Darnell ended up in the penalty box. Slepyshev was effective and has earned a trip up the depth chart that doesn’t appear to be coming. He needs to score badly in order to get noticed.
  • Natural Stat Trick and NHL.com.

One of the things Peter Chiarelli has been doing since arrival is building up prospects in the system. I think you’ll agree the goalie pipeline (Nick Ellis, Dylan Wells, Stuart Skinner) has improved markedly and the defense is stocked very well. Best representation is the gang of four blue in Bakersfield (Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, Ziyat Paigin and Ryan Mantha), we may see some results at the NHL level in the next year or so.

The forwards have been a tougher hill to climb. Grabbing Connor McDavid No. 1 overall in 2015 changed the franchise but Chiarelli’s forward choices after that (Jesse Puljujarvi, Tyler Benson, Graham McPhee, Aapeli Rasanen, Kailer Yamamoto, Ostap Safin, Kirill Maksimov, Skyler Brind’Amour) are decidedly a mixed bag. Jesse Puljujarvi looks like he’ll be a quality NHL player, perhaps shy offensively compared to expectations on draft day. Kailer Yamamoto has tremendous skills but appears to be a year away.

Tyler Benson was a quality prospect on his draft day but hasn’t played enough to maintain his status as a blue-chip future. He’ll play his first game of the WHL season tonight, the hope is the young man will be able to complete the season schedule, perhaps get a job on the WJ team. If he’s healthy, the boxcars should shine.

TERRY JONES

They’re celebrating the big man over at Post Media today, here’s one of his articles looking back on an amazing career. The relationship between media and fans has changed over the years, gone are the days when a columnist owned eyeballs and had the universal viewpoint simply due to access. Credit to Jones he’s been able to negotiate the rapids through all kinds of change and he’s still here. I know many of you will gloss over this paragraph, or write something nasty in the comments section. But, someday people your age will look back on a long career with pride and my guess is you’ll acknowledge that moment while also contemplating your own accomplishments. It has been a wonderful experience to read Terry Jones, Jim Matheson, Joanne Ireland, Cam Cole, John Short, Robin Brownlee and others over the years. I enjoyed my reading experience immensely, and considered every paragraph time well spent. Congratulations Terry Jones, hope you enjoy a rum and Coke (or two) today.

EARLY NHLE’S

Edmonton’s 2016 draft, forwards division, is showing well. Kailer Yamamoto made the big club and has three points in seven games (NHLE: 35.1 points), and the others in the group show early promise. Here are some NHLE’s from early days across the prospect group:

  1. Tyler Vesel 42.3
  2. Kirill Maksimov 27.06
  3. Graham McPhee 24.92
  4. Ostap Safin 21.87
  5. Jesse Puljujarvi 17.38
  6. Aidan Muir 15.11
  7. Skyler Brind’Amour 7.32
  8. Aapeli Rasanen 6.2

I’ll look at the defensemen tomorrow (including Ethan Bear, 34.7) and of course it goes without saying this is miles too early to make sweeping statements. I think the most talented offensive forward in the system is Kailer Yamamoto.

GOALER

  • Nick Ellis: “This year I’m trying to learn how to stay grounded with the highs and lows. It’s a long season, there’s going to be highs and going to be lows. You just kind of have to stay even-keeled, come to work every day and try to have as much fun as possible.” Source

Another bona fide NHL goalie to the pile is most welcome, even if it’s only as another trade asset heading out. If Ellis matriculates well, maybe he gets a look later in the year and emerges as an actual option. Peter Chiarelli is going to be shopping for savings down every aisle in the coming summers, an inexpensive starting goalie would be a dream outcome. Not saying it’s Ellis but he’s a fine prospect.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Friday on my mind and a fun, happy show at 10 this morning, TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. Oilers, Leafs, World Series! Plus Christmas shopping in October.
  • Paul Sir, The Basketball Show. NBA weekend and a show preview.
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Should Kailer Yamamoto head back to Spokane or has he earned more games?
  • Paul Almeida, SSE. We’ll look at the weekend for the Oilers and discuss the importance of strength up the middle.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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Tesla's Hair

Dr. Drai always knew he was always a lion and became one. He is a LEOn!

What about those Lions who might not have the confidence and never find their lion within in the NHL? I am thinking of one Lion who seems to be acting like a sheep in Bakersfield.

Here is a Lion story from Supercoach. Get a cup of coffee it is a deep yarn with many implications for many parents, coaches and even armchair GMs out there.

LEO the LION

Once upon a time, there was a baby lion who was born into the world alone and afraid. A family of sheep found him in their home in the green grassy valley at the bottom of the mountains one day, and because he was so beautiful and because they were so kind, they decided to raise him as one of their own. It was his sister, who had a highly developed sense of irony, who suggested they name him ‘Leo’.

So they taught Leo the baby lion how to walk as a sheep, and talk as a sheep, and taught him all the ways of sheep, and they loved him with all of their hearts. They taught him to fear what all sheep fear, and that whatever he did he must stay away from the mountains, for lions lived up there, and no sheep who had ever gone up the mountain had ever returned.

Eventually, Leo became so good at acting like a sheep that even his own family forgot that he was really a lion. Sure, occasionally some of the other sheep teased him for his unusual size and his bushy haircut. But Leo did what he could to fit in, and he made good friends, and eventually he became a good, productive member of the sheep community.

The years passed uneventfully until one day an old lion from the mountains came down into the green, grassy valley in search of food. Leo was the first to sense his presence, and as soon as he yelled “Lion!” all the sheep began to run in panicked circles. In the midst of the chaos, the old lion noticed Leo.

“Hey, you!”, roared the hungry lion.

“M…m…me?” whimpered Leo, terrified but at the same time fascinated by this magnificent old creature.

“What are you doing here with all these sheep?” the old lion demanded.

“They’re my family,” said Leo proudly.

At this, the old lion laughed. “Then who are you, young one?”

“I’m Leo, and I’m a sheep”, Leo bleeted.

Suddenly, the old lion’s face turned fierce. “Come with me!” he roared.

Leo didn’t want to go with the old lion but he thought that by doing so, he might save his fellow sheep. So with a last look back at his herd, he followed the old lion off into the mountains.

They walked for many miles until at last, high up in the mountains, they came upon a beautiful crystal clear lake filled with smooth, blue water. The old lion beckoned for Leo to come to the edge of the lake. By this time, Leo was exhausted – not so much from the climb, which he found surprisingly easy, but from the constant fear that at any moment, the old lion would eat him. So with a final reluctant ‘baaa’, Leo made his way to the edge of the lake and looked where the old lion’s paw was pointing.

To his amazement, he saw not a sheep, but the reflection of a strong young lion. In that moment, he knew who he really was and let out a mighty roar that shook the mountains all the way down to the green, grassy valley…

After the shock of discovering his true identity, Leo realized that he was hungry – really hungry. And grass just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Fortunately, Leo knew where he could get food, and plenty of it.

But when he got back to the valley to where his old herd was still grazing, he stopped in shock. For what he saw was not a herd of sheep, but a pride of lions, each one grazing and bleating and acting for all the world like sheep. It was his own mother who saw him first, and though Leo could see that she herself was a beautiful lioness, she cowered in fear, not recognizing him and bleating “Lion!” at the top of her lungs.

“Mother!”, he roared, but the sound just made the sheep/lioness run even faster amongst the increasingly agitated herd.

Finally, Leo noticed that his sister was looking at him with a faint hint of recognition, and he knew what he must do. He put on his fiercest face, and he roared at her “Come with me!”

And though she was afraid, she followed him on the long journey up to the clear blue lake in the mountains…

GMB3

hunter1909:
I believe the secret ingredient for the Oilers is their toughness; Lucic is the team leader in the regard and therefore is worth a lot of cap space.

Whining about him not playing like Gordie freaking Howe is silly.

Someone got into the whiskey pretty early today

hunter1909

The Oilers will easily make the playoffs. These opening 10 games are merely a glitch.

Great teams learn how to play hockey in the playoffs(Kings, Hawks, Penguins)…

Washington/St Louis are perennial paper tigers. They fold when the pressure gets turned up.

Oilers have winning traditions. For example, Wayne Gretzky isn’t on the payroll because he needs the money(see Lowe/MacT for clarification).

Oilers dispatched San Jose with ease. Anaheim will never win more than 2 games against Edmonton in the playoffs for a very long time. Can they progress further? (MacDavid+Draisaitl+++)…they’re going to be just fine.

hunter1909

I believe the secret ingredient for the Oilers is their toughness; Lucic is the team leader in the regard and therefore is worth a lot of cap space.

Whining about him not playing like Gordie freaking Howe is silly.

hunter1909

Yamamoto was a terrible choice to go into the season playing 1st line with McDavid.

Scratch Yamamoto and the team improves.

It’s not rocket science.

hunter1909

I remember comparing Draisaitl to Jean Beliveau with the roar of Lowetidean silence which followed what at the time seemed to be an outrageous prediction.

Both: Big, great carrying or distributing the puck, deceptively tough(I mean Tim Horton level tough), dominant every time they’re on the ice.

Wouldn’t it be great if Taylor Hall chooses Edmonton to return to win a cup?

OriginalPouzar

They are at 49 – will be 48 when Yamamoto is assigned to junior.

Snowman

Lewis Grant,

I don’t Garrison is an upgrade on anybody on our roster and Sekera is already skating in full equipment so I doubly don’t think he’s worth wasting our last contract spot on. Pretty sure the Oilers are at 49 contracts.

Halfwise

Woodguy v2.0: I bet I could buy multiple prides for $450K

My pride is NOT for sale. Period.

It can, however, be rented.

DevilsLettuce

Islanders pp is 2 for 33 or 35.. and have given up 5 shorties with Ebs on the first unit with Tavares. Lol

OriginalPouzar

SwedishPoster,

Thanks for the info.

OriginalPouzar

Lewis Grant:
Is Garrison not worth a shot?He’s on an expiring contract.

With Sekera out, we could run
Klef-Lar
Nurse-Russell
Garrison-Benning/Gryba

That way we don’t always have to have both a struggling Benning and an inconsistent Gryba (or Auvitu) in the lineup.

I realize we need an RD much more than an LD.But Garrison only costs money.

I hope there are better options out there, but who are they?

I don’t think Jason Garrison fits on the roster and Sekera could be back within the next month.

Lewis Grant

Snowman: Lewis Grant,
Dillon Simpson comes to mind.

Maybe…..

I guess the question is, how much time do we want to give to guys who are developing? If we were currently, say, 7-2 rather than 3-5-1, I’d be more comfortable with the risk of giving time to Simpson.

Garrison’s value would also be affected by the length of Sekera’s absence, which still seems a bit undetermined.

Woodguy v2.0

leadfarmer: Wait .What kind of wood do you deal in?

Whatever I can sell.

SwedishPoster

OriginalPouzar: That’s new on Lagesson – do you know what happened?

Berglund has been out for, what, a week-10 days now? I thought he was a couple of weeks top but it sounds like any time line from the organization is essentially meaningless.

I haven’t been able to find anything, it just says that he’s day to day, I had no clue he was injured. Latest I heard on Berglund was this week and then likely back on the ice but as mentioned it’s hopeless with Skellefteå. It should be minor things for both, I’ll get back when I have more info.

OmJo

John Chambers:
Don’t look now, but Ryan Strome’s 5×5 GF/60 with McDavid is through the roof.

Extrapolating it over 15 mins / game for the rest of the season has Ryan finishing the year with over 300 points.

So that’s why the Oilers refuse to play him with McDavid. I bet the owners held a secret meeting and unanimously voted that if the Oilers play McDavid with Strome for 15 minutes or more per game we forfeit the franchise to Seattle and McDavid to Toronto.

And for every minute that they are on the ice together the refs can call 3 bad penalties on our players, or excuse 3 blatant penalties from the opposing team.

Tough league.

Woodguy v2.0

bendelson: It pays to be awesome Darcy!

Speaking of awesome, just a reminder you still have a couple of bottles of fine whiskey collecting dustin your ‘Bendelson’s House Collection’.

Now that hockey is back those will have to get drunk.

Pretty sure I owe you a 24 as well.

Let’s dial that in when I get back from vacation in mid-Nov.

Snowman

Lewis Grant,

Dillon Simpson comes to mind.

Lewis Grant

Is Garrison not worth a shot? He’s on an expiring contract.

With Sekera out, we could run
Klef-Lar
Nurse-Russell
Garrison-Benning/Gryba

That way we don’t always have to have both a struggling Benning and an inconsistent Gryba (or Auvitu) in the lineup.

I realize we need an RD much more than an LD. But Garrison only costs money.

I hope there are better options out there, but who are they?

dtk

PunjabiOil:
Congrats to Terry Jones.Hell of a career.

I second that. Growing up I used to devour the Journal’s sports section every day. In the WHA days and their early days in the NHL, the vast majority of Oiler games weren’t televised and many didn’t even have t.v. highlights, so the writing of Jones et. al was a major source of information about the team. He also used to give a lot of details about what it was like to meet and hang out with legendary athletes and go to events like the Olympics, Grey Cups, and Super Bowls, which you can see in his anecdote about meeting Joe DiMaggio in the article linked to by our host. I think that his real strength wasn’t in analyzing the X’s and O’s of the game, but rather it was in telling stories about being a sports fan.

Chachi

OriginalPouzar: At the same time, the Ducks didn’t have to play the Oil without Drai, Drake and Sekera.

True OP, true.

OriginalPouzar

Chachi: Of course, the Oilers won’t play the Ducks until January when all or most of their injured players should be back.

At the same time, the Ducks didn’t have to play the Oil without Drai, Drake and Sekera.

OriginalPouzar

SwedishPoster:
Both Lagesson and Berglund out with injuries when their respective teams face off today. Lagesson is day to day. Berglund should be day to day too but his team is always hopeless with timelines for injuries, their team doctor is extremely cautious with letting players back.

That’s new on Lagesson – do you know what happened?

Berglund has been out for, what, a week-10 days now? I thought he was a couple of weeks top but it sounds like any time line from the organization is essentially meaningless.

thelongdark

The kings are a mirage – the opposite of the oilers up till this point.

The meat is beckoning.

Pouzar

LadiesloveSmid:
According to naturalstattrick, 5v5 score/venue adjusted Nurse has a 70.87% high danger CF%

https://oilersnation.com/2017/10/27/darnell-nurse-has-arrived/

“Among defenceman with 100 or more minutes at even strength, the 18.31 individual shot attempts an hour that Nurse is responsible for ranks third, behind only Brent Burns and Oskar Klefbom; the 9.63 shots an hour that make it to the goaltender ranks second.”

Cassandra

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
TSN is telling me that the Ducks will be without Fowler for 4-8 weeks…

Kings without Carter for the RoY, San Jose, Calgary looking inconsistent and Vegas and Van playing much higher up than expectations.

I see a window opening up.

Team really needs to figure out them special teams and we’ll be cooking with gas.

November is a game every second day month and there are lots of games against either middling or overachieving teams.

Very good chance to make some hay

The Pacific is not good. The only way the Oilers don’t make the playoffs is a long injury to McDavid.

Las Vegas and Vancouver aren’t going to make the playoffs. Arizona is already cooked.

Anaheim is old up front and injured at the back.
San Jose is getting old.
Calgary hasn’t looked any better than the Oilers.

The Kings look good. So that means even in the worst case scenario of only three teams from the Pacific, the Oilers only need to beat out two of Anaheim, San Jose, and Calgary. Even with the poor start the Oilers haven’t lost any ground.

bendelson

Woodguy v2.0: A gave a good lead to a customer a couple days ago and he walked a bottle of Writer’s Tears into my office about 15 minutes ago as a thank you gift.

yay!

It pays to be awesome Darcy!

Speaking of awesome, just a reminder you still have a couple of bottles of fine whiskey collecting dust in your ‘Bendelson’s House Collection’.

Chachi

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
TSN is telling me that the Ducks will be without Fowler for 4-8 weeks…

Kings without Carter for the RoY, San Jose, Calgary looking inconsistent and Vegas and Van playing much higher up than expectations.

I see a window opening up.

Team really needs to figure out them special teams and we’ll be cooking with gas.

November is a game every second day month and there are lots of games against either middling or overachieving teams.

Very good chance to make some hay

Of course, the Oilers won’t play the Ducks until January when all or most of their injured players should be back.

SwedishPoster

Both Lagesson and Berglund out with injuries when their respective teams face off today. Lagesson is day to day. Berglund should be day to day too but his team is always hopeless with timelines for injuries, their team doctor is extremely cautious with letting players back.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

TSN is telling me that the Ducks will be without Fowler for 4-8 weeks…

Kings without Carter for the RoY, San Jose, Calgary looking inconsistent and Vegas and Van playing much higher up than expectations.

I see a window opening up.

Team really needs to figure out them special teams and we’ll be cooking with gas.

November is a game every second day month and there are lots of games against either middling or overachieving teams.

Very good chance to make some hay

leadfarmer

Woodguy v2.0: I bet I could buy multiple prides for $450K

Wait . What kind of wood do you deal in?

Chachi

hankster: Don’t forget to fault Chia for that play too.Also, if Eberle played, oilers would have scored 7 instead of only 5.

My bad.

Hankster

Chachi: That was Lucic’s fault as well. He wasn’t on the ice, but that was his man. He’s responsible for the other two PP goals as well.

Don’t forget to fault Chia for that play too. Also, if Eberle played, oilers would have scored 7 instead of only 5.

OriginalPouzar

The Kelly potential is certainly a concern but I’m still of the thought that its not going to happen.

Why? Well, because our GM/POHO can’t possibly think that Chris Kelly is the answer to any problem, even the PK problem. You can’t read too much in to training camp performances but with an old guy on a PTO, you have to and, in camp, Kelly showed he’s not an NHL player any long and is not effective in the PK role.

I saw nothing in camp to show he’s better than Brad Malone in a 4C/PK role – although I don’t really want Brad Malone on the team either (he’s fine, I guess, but he’s an AHL grinder/tweener and, if he’s on the team, the depth is simply not there).

Chachi

Pink Socks: Lucic will cost too many goals against and the coach and GM will blame RNH instead and place him on waivers when he hits 49 pts.

Sounds plausible enough.

Chachi

Woodguy v2.0: A gave a good lead to a customer a couple days ago and he walked a bottle of Writer’s Tears into my office about 15 minutes ago as a thank you gift.

yay!

As one should.

DBO

I expect in next 48 hours to see Yamamoto sent down and Kelly signed. I would rather have Malone, but coaches like vets. Kelly 4th line centre with PK, especially if they go Letestu as 3C.not what I want, but that unfortunately doesn’t matter to Chia or Todd. Jerk faces

PunjabiOil

Congrats to Terry Jones. Hell of a career.

Woogie63

The reffering in the NHL is holding back the product. I am tired of watching the best players being held, bumped after the whistle, shirt held etc. Last night, Connor could have drawn at least three more penalties. The referring is bring the product (game) down.

At the water cooler today, I am hearing Connor will need to learn how to play through this, Crosby, LaFleur and Orr all exceled with the extra clutching and grabbing … Connor is no different.

Hockey is the 6th or 7th sport in North America. If the American teams drew like the Canadian teams the cap would be over $100M, This extra $25M could/should make the product we watch and pay for better. In American and in Canada paying fans get out of their seats and cheer win Conner, Sid, Johnny, Ovi are in full flight, dazzling us.

#FreetheNHLstars

LadiesloveSmid

According to naturalstattrick, 5v5 score/venue adjusted Nurse has a 70.87% high danger CF%

Pink Socks

Chachi: I want to say this is the year he finally gets more than 50 points, but I have already been called out as an optimist today…

Lucic will cost too many goals against and the coach and GM will blame RNH instead and place him on waivers when he hits 49 pts.

Melvis

papa96: heldentenor

Actually, I think he’s a Scorpio.

Melvis

I think I’m going to park Archie Bell and the Drells for the foreseeable future.

Bag of Pucks

I would love to see this Top 9 tried.

Nuge>McDavid>Strome
Maroon>Leon>Slep
Lucic>Letestu>Kassian

Just 1 game. Is that too much to ask?

Woodguy v2.0

Chachi: You can lease mine for the weekend for a bottle of Writers’ Tears.

A gave a good lead to a customer a couple days ago and he walked a bottle of Writer’s Tears into my office about 15 minutes ago as a thank you gift.

yay!

Chachi

Woodguy v2.0: I bet I could buy multiple prides for $450K

You can lease mine for the weekend for a bottle of Writers’ Tears.

John Chambers

Don’t look now, but Ryan Strome’s 5×5 GF/60 with McDavid is through the roof.

Extrapolating it over 15 mins / game for the rest of the season has Ryan finishing the year with over 300 points.

Bag of Pucks

Jaxon: Do you define a better checker as someone who hits a lot?

No, I define it as shot suppression (i.e. marking your man, limiting the other line’s chances).

The core expectation with most HCs is that their 4L can’t give up goals. If they score, it’s a huge bonus. But the core job expectation is give the Top 9 boys a breather, hopefully wear down the opposition D with an ‘energy’ shift and don’t give up a bloody goal against.

Woodguy v2.0

frjohnk: He would bring a different viewpoint that would make many of us think, but then other times his viewpoint would make this place explode.

He’d bring a viewpoint that would make you think.

Other times he’d drink whiskey and troll while moving the goalposts and make this place explode.

Note: I had beers one afternoon with Andrew (DSF) and I like him. He still trolled here pretty hard though.

He was right about a lot of things when others, including myself, were blue-skying things a bit.

frjohnk

Pouzar: and the Jets.

Preach it brother