The Edmonton Oilers organization is having a long look at the state of the franchise this week, looking for answers and a path to Stanley. Talent bled is talent lost forever, with the question now all about getting quality back on the roster by September. This club is going to get a high draft pick, there will be some cap room on July 1, and there’s still a chance we see some significant trades before the end of this season. Don’t go too far from your favorite app, we could see some action soon.
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- New Lowetide: Back in Bakersfield: Laurent Brossoit.
- New Jonathan Willis: Edmonton’s horrifying penalty kill.
- Lowetide: Where does Darnell Nurse slot in for 2018-19?
- Scott Wheeler: The complete Oilers prospect ranking
- Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli needs some answers from this week’s meetings
- Corey Pronman: Top 50 NHL prospects (Oilers alert)
- Lowetide: Procurement 2018: Oilers are going to need a bigger boat
- Lowetide: Hard target search 2018 deadline
- Lowetide: Oilers and the 2018 Entry Draft
50-MAN LIST, JANUARY 17 2018
- Edmonton has a cluster of unrestricted and an entire flock of restricted free agents. We don’t know how this is going to turn out (if there’s a new GM be prepared for massive movements) but we might see this kind of depth chart before the draft and free agency.
- There are 19 rfa’s, and only three are locks to return. They are Darnell Nurse, Matt Benning, Drake Caggiula.
- There are five unrestricted players, none a lock to return. Teams tend to move on from a failed season.
- There is so little bubbling up from the minors or junior the mind boggles. Kailer Yamamoto is the only name I can list among the outsiders who will have a good chance to make the NHL team this fall. One year from now, we might see Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, Ryan Mantha, Tyler Benson pushing. Right now, it’s tumbleweeds tumbling through town at high noon.
- If I’m PC, trading for useful forward prospects in their entry-level deals is a strong option, maybe more useful than draft picks at this time. A player like Jayce Hawryluk would add to the prospect roster and give the team a more attractive recall option.
BARE BONES 50
- I think a major cull is likely, we’ll see about the defense but most of the forward group that is in free agency can safely be thrown overboard.
- The additions to the pro roster of Jones, Bear and Mantha give the defense some balance, something we haven’t seen in some time. These young men are pushing up, and names like Lagesson and Samorukov should become more prominent in the days to come.
- One name not on this list who may be signed is Stuart Skinner. The young man is ripping it up in Swift Current (3gp, .961) but doesn’t have to be signed until this time next season. The organization likes him a lot, but it’ll be very crowded if he signs.
MIKE LIUT IS DIRT MEAN!
- Elliotte Friedman: “I do think Edmonton kind of thought at the time they were getting Draisaitl for 7.5 instead of 8.5. There are rumors that there was something close at the draft for 7.5 and it just didn’t happen and they had to go to the higher number.” Source
I have read this quote a few times and my guess is the Oilers were bidding against themselves for the final stretch. We’ll never know, seems clear Mike Liut (Leon’s agent) was able to convince Peter Chiarelli of an impending offer sheet. Since they are extremely rare, I’ll assume Liut was doing something as an agent 80s goalies couldn’t do as players—beat the Oilers and do real harm. Leon Draisaitl is a wonderful player, but he is no longer a value contract. That fact will have sustain through the entire Connor McDavid era in Edmonton. Was this a negotiation or a stickup?
After a disappointing world juniors, where does Kailer Yamamoto land in our list of Top 50 NHL prospects? https://t.co/QNWfCZQiVX
— TheAthletic Edmonton (@TheAthleticEDM) January 16, 2018
Kailer Yamamoto is coming on now, playing well and posting crooked numbers offensively. He was pedestrian through much of the World Juniors but came alive late, with that trend continuing since his return. His splits are brighter since a 3gp, 2-4-6 boxcar run upon return to his team.
- First 10 games: 1-8-9
- Last 6 games: 3-6-9
- Total: 16gp, 4-14-18
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning, lots of hockey talk beginning at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Josh Lewenberg, TSN. Raptors are having a helluva year, using depth and balance.
- Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Will youth be served? And what about those Martians?
- Rob Vollman, NHL.com and ESPN. What if the Oilers traded Cam Talbot? Ryan Strome? Matt Benning? Putting value on some outside-the-box trade options. Plus Auston Matthews and Jack Johnson.
- Frank Seravalli, TSN. Trade list is heating up, adding names five at a time.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!