A real straight shooter

by Lowetide

One of the great things about tracking prospects this season is the increased statistical coverage. We’re still hundreds of thousands of years from tracking CHL time on ice (how would you do that, anyway?) but the shots totals are now available across most of the prospect landscape. It’s more than we had a year ago (at least in the WHL) and gives us an extra view of these young players.

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OILERS FORWARDS, 5X5 PER 60 2017-18

  1. Jesse Puljujarvi 11.5
  2. Kailer Yamamoto 11.02
  3. Connor McDavid 8.9
  4. Patrick Maroon 8.61
  5. Mike Cammalleri 8.22
  6. Anton Slepyshev 8.00
  7. Zack Kassian 7.17
  8. Leon Draisaitl 7.01
  9. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 6.82
  10. Drake Caggiula. 6.65
  11. Ryan Strome 6.61
  12. Milan Lucic 6.31
  13. Jujhar Khaira 6.10
  14. Mark Letestu 4.74
  15. Iiro Pakarinen 4.74
  16. Source

CHL SHOTS, 2017-18

  1. Cameron Hebig 238 in 48 (4.96)
  2. Tyler Benson 141 in 36 (3.92)
  3. Kirill Maksimov 158 in 41 (3.85)
  4. Ostap Safin 157 in 42 (3.74)
  5. Kailer Yamamoto 55 in 21 (2.62)

Yamamoto had a strong shot total per 60 in his nine NHL games but his WHL number this year is low. As we have nothing to compare (WHL didn’t have shot totals a year ago), this is us. What’s more, despite a strong surge offensively in January, his shot rate per game remains well below the others:

  • Yamamoto through end of December: 32 in 13 (2.46)
  • Yamamoto in January: 23 in 8 (2.88)

We’re still finding out about Kailer Yamamoto and what he can do, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of player he becomes at the NHL level. He’s far from a volume shooter based on what we know at this time.

Other Forward Prospects in the System

  1. Aidan Muir 58 in 19 (3.05) (NCAA)
  2. Ty Rattie 118 in 42 (2.81) (AHL)
  3. Tyler Vesel 67 in 26 (2.58) (NCAA)
  4. Joey Laleggia 86 in 42 (2.05) (AHL)
  5. Graham McPhee 48 in 26 (1.85) (NCAA)
  6. Patrick Russell 75 in 42 (1.79) (AHL)
  7. Aapeli Rasanen 32 in 21 (1.52) (NCAA)
  8. Joe Gambardella 25 in 25 (1.00) (AHL)

We’re looking across leagues here and ages, but it’s an interesting group all the same. I don’t think it’s too severe to suggest Ty Rattie is the most offensively capable forward on this list. It’s also true that a man like Graham McPhee is not yet 20 and he has 11 goals in the NCAA so far this year.

Who are the candidates for Connor McDavid’s shooter? There is only one. Jesse Puljujarvi. That’s a fact.

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Wilde

OriginalPouzar: I keep reading alot about Jesse’s one-time but I swear I’ve seen him get a one-time off like 3 times this year.I think many fans are replaying the bomb of a one-time goal from the top of the circles in their heads (fair enough, I don’t think an Oiler has scored a goal like that since Jason Arnott). Other than that, I can think of a couple quick one-timers from the high slot that he bombed high/wide.

Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s likely go the best one-timer of all our forwards (Cammalleri excepted), I just don’t think he’s been able to use it as often as the verbal – again, something that will come with development.

Yeah when he first came up and was 14% shooting on a 28 goal pace, I had my doubts about it. 14% is good, and can be sustainable by some players but he plays like a volume guy. When you have someone taking the shot on the play 11 times per 60 you’re gonna see some shots that are iffy.

He acually scores majority of his goals going to the net, off memory.

OriginalPouzar

Wilde: I think Jesse still has some of the Bambi effect, but he’s fooling a lot of people on his puckhandling ability.

It’s just, given his reach and penchant for takeaways, the conditions under which he’s receiving the puck are situations where I don’t think many players are even able to get their stick on the puck in the first place. The reason he appears to be having a tough time handling it is because he’s just made a takeaway or pass reception with the outer, outer edges of his (monster) reach.

And that’s the same way with his shooting. Most of our team can’t one time unless it’s absolutely in their wheelhouse, whereas Drai and Jesse can get a better shot off with less to work with. You see it and might say ‘that’s not a great shot’, but the reality is most guys can’t get that quality of a shot off when the pass is all the way to their front or back skate.

I keep reading alot about Jesse’s one-time but I swear I’ve seen him get a one-time off like 3 times this year. I think many fans are replaying the bomb of a one-time goal from the top of the circles in their heads (fair enough, I don’t think an Oiler has scored a goal like that since Jason Arnott). Other than that, I can think of a couple quick one-timers from the high slot that he bombed high/wide.

Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s likely go the best one-timer of all our forwards (Cammalleri excepted), I just don’t think he’s been able to use it as often as the verbal – again, something that will come with development.

flyfish1168

OriginalPouzar:
will always look for the flames to finish 2 points out of the playoffs, every year, no matter how the Oilers are doing and I will continue to post about it as I see fit – in particular in a year where they have zero picks in the first three rounds

I apologize if this interferes with the Brazal highlights.

You and I are on the same page. If we can’t make it why not cheer for something that gives us happiness. There is nothing wrong with cheering for your hated team to fail, it’s part of sports. Best for them to win the lottery. Love to see them stuck in Hell. They have the uni to go with it already.

Wilde

OriginalPouzar: I don’t see Jesse as ever being a great puck distributor/transitioner – that’s OK though, as a “power forward” that doesn’t need to be his game.I don’t believe John Leclair and Keith Tkachuk were adept at rushing the puck up the ice.What Jesse needs to be able to do is make the right play at the blue line and in the neutral zone to get the puck to the right people to move it up the ice – I believe he has the hockey smarts to do so.

He absolutely shoots from questionable angles but (1) I’d rather him overshoot than constantly give up shooting opportunities – we could use a few more “shoot first” mentalities on this team and (2) I would think this would improve with development, age and maturity.

The game will eventually slow down for Jesse and I think he’s going to be a material offensive player.

I think Jesse still has some of the Bambi effect, but he’s fooling a lot of people on his puckhandling ability.

It’s just, given his reach and penchant for takeaways, the conditions under which he’s receiving the puck are situations where I don’t think many players are even able to get their stick on the puck in the first place. The reason he appears to be having a tough time handling it is because he’s just made a takeaway or pass reception with the outer, outer edges of his (monster) reach.

And that’s the same way with his shooting. Most of our team can’t one time unless it’s absolutely in their wheelhouse, whereas Drai and Jesse can get a better shot off with less to work with. You see it and might say ‘that’s not a great shot’, but the reality is most guys can’t get that quality of a shot off when the pass is all the way to their front or back skate.

OriginalPouzar

GMB3: I honestly question his puckhandling at times. Sometimes he’s sublime with the puck and other times he’s not so smooth. Shoots from questionable areas and struggles to get his shot off. I honestly don’t know if that’s learning the game at this level still or what, but part of me feels like he is the type of player who dominated the lower levels because of his size advantage paired with great skating ability

As you said, he’s still young, but I understand the hesitation around his offense.

Barkov is an interesting comparable because I remember a lot of the verbal surrounding him after his second season in the NHL was critical of his offensive ceiling while praising his defensive play for a player of his age. Some similarities with our own Finnish manchild

I don’t see Jesse as ever being a great puck distributor/transitioner – that’s OK though, as a “power forward” that doesn’t need to be his game. I don’t believe John Leclair and Keith Tkachuk were adept at rushing the puck up the ice. What Jesse needs to be able to do is make the right play at the blue line and in the neutral zone to get the puck to the right people to move it up the ice – I believe he has the hockey smarts to do so.

He absolutely shoots from questionable angles but (1) I’d rather him overshoot than constantly give up shooting opportunities – we could use a few more “shoot first” mentalities on this team and (2) I would think this would improve with development, age and maturity.

The game will eventually slow down for Jesse and I think he’s going to be a material offensive player.

GMB3

OriginalPouzar,

I know Barkov had a significantly better draft season, but in their draft-1 years they both were .5 ppg players as 16 year olds, and we don’t really know how their usage compared with their respective Liiga teams, so the offense could be closer than we may think

GMB3

OriginalPouzar: Our host has always questioned how much offence Puljijarvi will bring, and I think that remains a valid question, however, I don’t disagree with you, he very well could break out offensively at some point in the near future. I can see him as a 30/30 guy.More prolific?

He’s still growing in to his body and lets not forget he doesn’t turn 20 until after the season is over.

I know Matthew Tkachuk is a hell of a player (gross) and has been miles ahead of Jesse to this point – I don’t think that conversation is over though.

If Jesse puts it all together, he’s got the size, speed, skill, hockey IQ, etc. to be an upper echelon player – who knows if he’ll quite get there but I”m excited to tune in every night to watch his progression.

I honestly question his puckhandling at times. Sometimes he’s sublime with the puck and other times he’s not so smooth. Shoots from questionable areas and struggles to get his shot off. I honestly don’t know if that’s learning the game at this level still or what, but part of me feels like he is the type of player who dominated the lower levels because of his size advantage paired with great skating ability

As you said, he’s still young, but I understand the hesitation around his offense.

Barkov is an interesting comparable because I remember a lot of the verbal surrounding him after his second season in the NHL was critical of his offensive ceiling, while praising his defensive play for a player of his age. Some similarities with our own Finnish manchild

OriginalPouzar

GMB3: Is this just a hypothetical or did this trade actually happen??

Our host has always questioned how much offence Puljijarvi will bring, and I think that remains a valid question, however, I don’t disagree with you, he very well could break out offensively at some point in the near future. I can see him as a 30/30 guy. More prolific?

He’s still growing in to his body and lets not forget he doesn’t turn 20 until after the season is over.

I know Matthew Tkachuk is a hell of a player (gross) and has been miles ahead of Jesse to this point – I don’t think that conversation is over though.

If Jesse puts it all together, he’s got the size, speed, skill, hockey IQ, etc. to be an upper echelon player – who knows if he’ll quite get there but I”m excited to tune in every night to watch his progression.

OriginalPouzar

GMB3: Is this just a hypothetical or did this trade actually happen??

Sorry, I thought about that after I posted.

Just a pure hypothetical.

Should Leivo not be a target of the Oilers? He’s got to be available and Leaf fans generally think he should be an every day player.

I know they need defence over forwards but I would think this player could be had.

GMB3

russ99:
Did you guys see Dellow’s PK article on the Athletic?

More ammo for my stipulation that McLellan’s focus on RNHs offense has affected the team dynamic and played a part in our disappointing season.

Didn’t you just post about scapegoating?

OriginalPouzar

Maroon for Leivo and a 2nd.

Harpers Hair: I don’t think the Flames are too concerned about draft picks.

Their pipeline is pretty much full.

Jusso Valimaki, Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington and Adam Fox on D.

Dillon Dube, Andrew Mangiapane, Adam Rucizka, Spencer Foo and D’Artagnan Joly at forward.

I’m sure they would like a high draft pick but they certainly don’t need to stock their system with a bunch of wannabes.

They’re already loaded.

The flames do have some very nice prospects – in particular in guys like Rasmus Andersson and Adam Fox.

WIth that said, many of the prospects you listed there are middling prospects that all teams, including the Oilers, have.

Spender Foo is a middling prospect.

D’Artagnan Joly is a middling prospect (a 6th round pick who is about a PPG in the Q in his draft plus 1 year – nothing overly special).

They have some nice prospects but I think your post over-values the group by including various pedestrian prospects.

GMB3

OriginalPouzar:
Maroon for Leivo and a 2nd.

Is this just a hypothetical or did this trade actually happen??

GMB3

I think there is the possibility JP explodes offensively like Barkov did. Maybe one more year around .5 ppg then a break out season. That would be huge

OriginalPouzar

Maroon for Leivo and a 2nd.

OriginalPouzar

Finally its game day!

After 3 games in 18 days, the Oilers play something like 33 in 68 – lots of hockey to watch over the last few months.

The breaks didn’t come at a great time for the Oil as they’ve been playing pretty well (Buffalo game notwithstanding) and have won 4 of their last 5.

Talbot is sick and highly doubtful so Montoya likely to get the start.

Nuge is sill out and Larsson is dealing with a personal issue.

I’m looking forward to seeing another game with Strome and Khaira as centers – I really am looking to see if these two can be consistent as centers for the rest of the season.

I wonder if Strome will get material time on the PK again?

Go Oilers!

OriginalPouzar

A couple assists for Benson last night.

JD_Wry

Harpers Hair: There is more than one way to skin a cat.

But some are more enjoyable than others.

Harpers Hair

Material pocession: You can never have enough young top end talent coming through the pipeline.Especially with expansion on the horizon.The guys you listed are decent but not necessarily ‘can’t miss’.This draft will sting them a bit going forward.

Could be.

But you also have to have room for those players to develop.

I also didn’t mention some of their late round picks like Matthew Phillips who has 80 points! in 50 games for the Victoria Royals of the WHL.

The Flames have knocked it out of the park in drafting recently and can certainly add to their prospect pool with free agent signings like Foo.

There is more than one way to skin a cat.

Material Elvis

Harpers Hair: I don’t think the Flames are too concerned about draft picks.

Their pipeline is pretty much full.

Jusso Valimaki, Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington and Adam Fox on D.

Dillon Dube, Andrew Mangiapane, Adam Rucizka, Spencer Foo and D’Artagnan Joly at forward.

I’m sure they would like a high draft pick but they certainly don’t need to stock their system with a bunch of wannabes.

They’re already loaded.

You can never have enough young top end talent coming through the pipeline. Especially with expansion on the horizon. The guys you listed are decent but not necessarily ‘can’t miss’. This draft will sting them a bit going forward.

Harpers Hair

OriginalPouzar:
will always look for the flames to finish 2 points out of the playoffs, every year, no matter how the Oilers are doing and I will continue to post about it as I see fit – in particular in a year where they have zero picks in the first three rounds

I apologize if this interferes with the Brazal highlights.

I don’t think the Flames are too concerned about draft picks.

Their pipeline is pretty much full.

Jusso Valimaki, Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington and Adam Fox on D.

Dillon Dube, Andrew Mangiapane, Adam Rucizka, Spencer Foo and D’Artagnan Joly at forward.

I’m sure they would like a high draft pick but they certainly don’t need to stock their system with a bunch of wannabes.

They’re already loaded.

Jaxon

Lowetide:
Oilers trade Edward Pasquale to Tampa Bay for futures.

I predict more Tampa Bay to come. This means they’re on the phone and talking and making room/adjustments. Next ball to drop will be Letestu and/or Slepyshev to Tampa for some dead weight contract and a prospect of note.

JD_Wry

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): dusting

The next time we’re slashing about, looking a ‘fuck that guy’ guy, he should be that guy. Give Bendleson a break.

Sighduck

Georges,

What a poor showing by Canadian teams…

Sighduck

Completely off topic but wow has Nolan Patrick been a let down in his first season. 11 points in 41 for what was at one point a consensus #1 really highlights some interesting early returns from that draft

So how do we buy low on Nic Petan? He needs to play on a skill line, not going to get a chance in the Peg.

Wouldn’t think they’d want Maroon.

JD_Wry: That other fucking guy was -3.

He was busy dusting off the puck so didn’t get the 4th.

JD_Wry

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): He was -4

That other fucking guy was -3.

Georges

Here’s a look at the number of playoff series wins for teams in the 3 years prior to their Cup win:

COL, 0, 2, 2
DET, 1, 1, 0
NJD, 4, 3, 0
TBL, 0, 0, 1
CAR, 3, 0, 0
ANA, 3, 0, 2
DET, 1, 0, 2
PIT, 0, 0, 3
CHI, 0, 0, 2
BOS, 0, 1, 1
LAK, 0, 0, 0
CHI, 4, 0, 0
LAK, 0, 4, 2
CHI, 0, 4, 2
PIT, 2, 1, 0
PIT, 1, 0, 4

The Kings came out of nowhere. The Hawks and the Penguins arrived quickly as well.

Here’s a look at the coaches of those teams, how many seasons they had been coaching the team when they won the Cup, and the number of years since their first year coaching.

Hartley, 3, 3
Bowman, 9, 35
Burns, 1, 15
Tortorella, 4, 5
Laviolette, 2, 5
Carlyle, 2, 2
Babcock, 3, 6
Bylsma, 1, 1
Quenneville, 2, 14
Julien, 4, 9
Sutter, 1, 20
Quenneville, 5, 17
Sutter, 3, 22
Quenneville, 7, 19
Sullivan, 1, 13
Sullivan, 2, 14

Two things to note: coaches win early in their tenure with a team.

And Q, Sutter, and Sullivan took a long time to win their first Cups.

They had also all been fired at some point before winning their first.

So, McLellan has two ways to fit in to this group of Cup-winning coaches.

Win the Cup this year, his 3rd with the Oilers.

Or get fired for the first time after his 10th year coaching and win the Cup with another team somewhere down the road.

OriginalPouzar,
This really long post makes me think you didn’t actually see today’s Barzal ‘highlights’

Here’s a clue. He was -4 with an own goal and a heinous turnover in a 5-0 loss.

OriginalPouzar

will always look for the flames to finish 2 points out of the playoffs, every year, no matter how the Oilers are doing and I will continue to post about it as I see fit – in particular in a year where they have zero picks in the first three rounds

I apologize if this interferes with the Brazal highlights.

jdrevenge1

Anyone else notice Reinhart sitting tied for first in +/- on his Wolves team?

Team is +9 he is +11. +/- is definitely a meh stat but that looks like a heartbeat to me.

Harpers Hair

OriginalPouzar:
Flames also have a low ROW compared to the teams they are fighting with, except ANA – chances are they would lose any tiebreaker.

You know the Oilers’ season is truly over when their fans start obsessing about the Flames.

Fact is, the Flames are two points out of second place in the Pacific.

They have the same games played and the same ROW as the Sharks.

They are one point back of LA who have 6 points in their last 10 games…the Flames have 14 points in their last 10 games.

While the Flames are far from a lock to make the playoffs, you would be thrilled if the Oilers were in the same position.

Now that the Canucks are finally healthy after prolonged absences from Horvat, Tanev, Sutter, and Gudbranson , I would be more worried about finishing ahead of them than pissing on the Flames who will be playing meaningful games for the rest of the season.

Georges

Playoff success is a way to measure the performance of franchises. Because there’s only one winner each season, I’ll use series victories to separate the data out a bit more.

Franchise, Series Wins (Cup Wins) – since 2000-01

PIT 21 (3)
DET 17 (2)
CHI 16 (3)
ANA 15 (1)
SJS 14
NJD 12 (1)
TBL 12 (1)
NYR 11
LAK 11 (2)
OTT 10
BOS 10 (1)
PHI 10
CAR 9 (1)
COL 9 (1)
MTL 8
VAN 7
STL 7
WSH 6
NSH 6
DAL 5
BUF 5
TOR 4
EDM 4
CGY 4
MIN 4
ARI 2
NYI 1
WPG 0
CBJ 0
FLA 0

OriginalPouzar

Flames also have a low ROW compared to the teams they are fighting with, except ANA – chances are they would lose any tiebreaker.

Doug McLachlan

flyfish1168:
Last evening I decided to watch a phlegm game just because I miss watching a hockey game. After 58 minutes and the phlegms seemingly in full control I turned it off to miss the best 2 minutes of hockey. But finding out the results this morning brought a smile that couldn’t be wiped off my face today.

I did the same thing, left the game to go walk the dog with two minutes left.

Come back to see the game over.

Took a couple of minutes to register that the Flames lost and scrambled to rewind the PVR to figure out how it happened.

5 teams passed them. Wow.

OriginalPouzar

Hebig with a goal.

flyfish1168:
Last evening I decided to watch a phlegm game just because I miss watching a hockey game. After 58 minutes and the phlegms seemingly in full control I turned it off to miss the best 2 minutes of hockey.

No! You didn’t!

flyfish1168

Last evening I decided to watch a phlegm game just because I miss watching a hockey game. After 58 minutes and the phlegms seemingly in full control I turned it off to miss the best 2 minutes of hockey. But finding out the results this morning brought a smile that couldn’t be wiped off my face today.

who

Wilde: If Klefbom’s year this year can be classified as suspect defensively, then every NHL season ever played by Risto has been suspect defensively.

Can’t argue with you.
Haven’t watched Risto enough to have an opinion other than to notice he looks like he can create some offense.
On the other hand I’ve only seen Klefbom play well defensively for about half a year so I’m wondering how much worse Risto could be.

Wilde

who: Yeah I agree.
Think Risto would be a much better bet than Faulk at this point.
Someone posted earlier that a Klef for Risto trade would be a huge win for the Sabres because Risto is not playing well this year and is suspect defensively. I will just assume that poster has not watched Klefbom this year.
Don’t get me wrong. I like Klefbom and love his contract. But if we don’t see last years Klefbom prettysoon that contract is not going to look like such a bargain.
I doubt very much that Buffalo makes this trade.

If Klefbom’s year this year can be classified as suspect defensively, then every NHL season ever played by Risto has been suspect defensively.

Wilde

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
Wilde,

You’d take Faulk over Risto at this point and add? Interesting. Faulk hasn’t looked good for 2 years now.

I think I would prefer Risto’s potential and that’s without factoring that Faulk would cost more.

Yeah, again sooner than I’d make a move for the Buffalo guy.

Faulk’s got his last 5 seasons straight of being a positive rel player in possession 5v5 on top of powerplay production.

Powerplay they’re both good, but however much Risto is better there is dwarfed by Faulks ability to get the puck moving the right direction 5v5 compared to him.

leadfarmer

No matter what happens to Tavares contract negotiations, we did our best to keep him there

who

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
Wilde,

You’d take Faulk over Risto at this point and add? Interesting. Faulk hasn’t looked good for 2 years now.

I think I would prefer Risto’s potential and that’s without factoring that Faulk would cost more.

Yeah I agree.
Think Risto would be a much better bet than Faulk at this point.
Someone posted earlier that a Klef for Risto trade would be a huge win for the Sabres because Risto is not playing well this year and is suspect defensively. I will just assume that poster has not watched Klefbom this year.
Don’t get me wrong. I like Klefbom and love his contract. But if we don’t see last years Klefbom pretty soon that contract is not going to look like such a bargain.
I doubt very much that Buffalo makes this trade.

JD_Wry:
Barzal with another nice goal, this time crashing the crease:

https://streamable.com/jpt63

Beauty turnover on the 4th goal against, too. #reinhart’sbetter

I do hope the Isles miss the playoffs at least, so that it feels less bad for us. That and the Flames missing would be nice.

They have spent a lot of high picks on Hamilton, Hamonic and Lazar and their D hardly looks All World.

Heard some fans starting to be upset with Monahan because he doesn’t generate his own offense and rides Gaudreau’s coattails. Sound familiar?

Oilers need to get as many picks as possible and find some way to land a puck-moving RHD not named Schultz.

Next year will be a bounce back year if so. One more top 10 pick won’t hurt so long as they get a solid player out of it.

Wilde,

You’d take Faulk over Risto at this point and add? Interesting. Faulk hasn’t looked good for 2 years now.

I think I would prefer Risto’s potential and that’s without factoring that Faulk would cost more.

digger50

russ99:
Did you guys see Dellow’s PK article on the Athletic?

More ammo for my stipulation that McLellan’s focus on RNHs offense has affected the team dynamic and played a part in our disappointing season.

Not sure I catch your meaning Russ.

Last year Nuge played a higher percentage against the toughs. His numbers suffered but it was a successful formula.

Coach has not gone back to it this year. This year Nuge numbers are up but so are the losses.

digger50

Lowetide: now

Oh my

Even Gene is wincing!

Scungilli Slushy

For me shaky goaltending and wobbly D are the reason for the poor start.

There are 12 forwards 6 D and 1 goalie. One forward outside of McDavid shouldn’t be a team sewering thing should it?