The Edmonton Oilers 2017-18 will be remembered as a team that simply had no sustain. After a strong game in Detroit, the club came out flat in Buffalo and were a limp noodle against the Sabres. The 103-point Oilers of last season ran Connor McDavid, Cam Talbot, good health and luck to a wonderful result. This season is a hockey disaster and impossible to endure.
- Todd McLellan: “Our guys have the want to do it, but can we get it done at the pace we’re executing. We have to make things happen a lot faster, in my opinion, defensively and offensively”.
The special Lowetide offer is here.
- New Lowetide: Oilers No. 9 Prospect Winter 2017: Jujhar Khaira
- New Lowetide: Fresh Farm Produce
- Dom Luszczyszyn: How much have Peter Chiarelli’s trades cost the Oilers?
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect Winter 2017: Kailer Yamamoto
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect Winter 2017: Jesse Puljujarvi
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 3 Prospect Winter 2017: Ethan Bear
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 4 Prospect Winter 2017: Caleb Jones
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 5 Prospect Winter 2017: Tyler Benson
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 6 Prospect Winter 2017: Kirill Maksimov
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 7 Prospect Winter 2017: Ostap Safin
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 8 Prospect Winter 2017: Filip Berglund
- Lowetide: Nadir’s Raiders
- Lowetide: Sail on, Ziyat Paigin
- Lowetide: Analyzing the Mike Cammalleri trade.
- Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s trades.
- Special Offer
McLellan, when asked about the play of Leon Draisaitl: “Ask me tomorrow”.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 25, 2017
SLOOP JOHN B, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2, goal differential -9
- Oilers in November 2016: 5-7-1, goal differential 0
- Oilers in November 2017: 5-7-1, goal differential -6
The Oilers are basically running in place year over year during November, nothing much to choose from (save goal differential, last season’s team was much better). We’ve run through the first 10, then the first 20, then U.S. Thanksgiving and all indicators read the same. This is us.
AFTER 23, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 7-14-2, goal differential -13
- Oilers 16-17: 12-9-2, goal differential +9
- Oilers 17-18: 8-13-2, goal differential -16
Incredibly, this season remains superior to Todd McLellan’s first Oilers team, by a very small margin. This team badly needs more skill and can’t afford to lose any of it, witness Oscar Klefboms absence last evening.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NOVEMBER
- At home to:
Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Detroit (Expected: 2-1-0) (Actual 1-2-0)
- On the road to:
NYI, New Jersey, NYR, Washington(Expected: 1-2-1) (Actual: 2-1-1)
- At home to:
Vegas, St. Louis(Expected 1-1-0) (Actual: 1-1-0)
- On the road to:
Dallas, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Boston (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 1-3-0)
- At home to: Arizona, Toronto (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 7-7-2, 16 points in 16 games
- Current results: 5-7-1, 11 points in 13 games
All you can ask for in life is clarity and this is black and white. This year’s Edmonton Oilers are going to be under .500 for their first two months of the season and the playoffs will be very close to out of sight. A bitter pill, but there’s no way to sugarcoat or misunderstand. Clarity.
DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT
- Nurse-Larsson went 18-14 together, but only 6-11 against Kane-Eichel-Pominville.
- Russell-Benning went 12-15 together and 0-1 GF. Were 9-9 with the McDavid line and 5-8 against Pouliot-O’Reilly-Reinhart.
- Auvitu-Gryba went 7-10 together and 0-1 GF. Spent 4:43 with McDavid (6-6), and 5-3 against Pouliot-O’Reilly-Reinhart.
- Laurent Brossoit played well to my eye, stopping 28 of 30, .933. I think he should have had the Eichel goal but made at least two showstoppers.
- NHL.com and NaturalStatTrick.
FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT
- Khaira-Strome-Puljujarvi were 12-6 together and 1-0 GF. Went 3-1 against Girgensons-Larsson-Criscuolo. I had never heard of Criscuolo until he took the penalty.
- Maroon-Nuge-Draisaitl went 9-7 and 0-1 GF together. Went 4-5 against Pouliot-O’Reilly-Reinhart, that O’Reilly is a load.
- Lucic-McDavid-Caggiula went 10-21 and then Cammalleri replaced Caggiula and the line went 6-0. Something to keep in mind for Sunday. Went 7-6 against O’Reilly line and McDavid went 16-20 against Ristolainen in what appeared to be a hard match. I wonder if it was a showcase?
- Cammalleri-Letestu-Kassian went 4-6 together and 1-1 with Drake Caggiula. Not a lot happened.
Had a texter, seriously suggest the #Oilers trade McDavid within the next year and start over. 👀
— Dean Millard (@DuckMillard) November 25, 2017
I’ve received dm’s and texts saying the same or similar. I think it’s a combination of overwhelming frustration and a human need to think of solutions. Sometimes, with those two things meet inside us, all the good neurons leave the brain and party in the bile being released inside. It makes one look like an ass and exposes one as a bit of a dullard, truth to tell. We’re on to Uphams Corner.
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT
Plenty of rage for Oilers fans today and frustration for Todd McLellan (Leon quote, possible shot across the bow to PC re speed). What do they need? Well folks, you can actually see it from here.
- A fully formed Jesse Puljujarvi, whatever he becomes.
- A 20-year old Kailer Yamamoto, with the experience that comes with the two years to come.
- A healthy and capable Tyler Benson, scoring enough to stay in the top 9F.
- At least one astute low-cost acquisition (Josh Leivo).
Some of this has nothing to do with Peter Chiarelli, he didn’t trade the 2014 second-rounder and the Oilers were at the mercy of that insane rule that forced them to give up draft picks to San Jose and Boston for management procurement. That said, trading so many draft picks in 2015 accomplished two things:
- Fast-tracked the team to immediate contention
- Created a tremendous void (especially at forward) in matriculating talent
There are ways out of this problem, and one of them is signing Patrick Maroon and trading RNH for a pair of young, emerging forwards. Edmonton needs more talent at forward, it has to be good and it has to be inexpensive. I think trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a noxious idea but we all know it’s the next chip to bet. We may be less than three months away from the Nuge in a new town.