Anton Slepysev: Winning

by Lowetide

In any given NHL game, there are 60 minutes given out by the coach for each position. There are five skaters on the ice, so the potential (no penalties) of 300 skating minutes in a regulation NHL game. Last night, the Oilers gave about 57 minutes to youngsters auditioning. Update: Anton Slepyshev is winning.

THE ATHLETIC!

Great offer! Includes a free 7-day trial so you can try The Athletic on for size free and see if they enjoy the in-depth, ad-free coverage on the site. If you don’t feel it’s worth the $4.49/month, cancel anytime during trial before getting charged. Offer is here.

LITTLE PEGGY MARCH, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • March 2016: 1-0-0, goal differential +1 (2 points)
  • March 2017: 1-0-0, goal differential +1 (2 points)
  • March 2018: 0-1-0, goal differential -2 (0 points)

Oilers had a lead and then were tied and then lost the game while auditioning youth. I am here to tell you it’s the right thing to do. I may not agree with the deployment (Jesse Puljujarvi is the only one that matters) but cannot push back against the idea of giving these kids a chance to show what they can do at the NHL level.

AFTER 64, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 23-34-7, goal differential -45 (53 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 34-22-8, goal differential +17 (76 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 27-33-4, goal differential -34 (58 points)

One of the things I’m looking forward to is just how quickly the 16-17 team goes from 75 points to 100. Man, that was fun. This year’s team needs to go on a run and the schedule maker has some possibilities ahead but the real fun was last year’s hockey team. Need to get back to that.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Nashville, NY Rangers, Arizona, NY Islanders, Minnesota (Expected 2-3-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Columbus (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver, Calgary (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 6-7-3, 15 points in 16 games
  • Current results: 0-1-0, 0 points in one game

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Klefbom-Benning went 11-13, 1-0 in 15:07 on the night. I like the pairing, mobile and good passers. Kind of a modern prototype. I still think Klefbom needs Larsson and vice versa. Went 13-6 against Forsberg-Johansen-Hartman which I count as the No. 1 line. A good night, save for the Watson goal (he got beat clean).
  • Sekera-Bear went 11-13 in 10:27, 0-2 GF. Bear was -3 but the only goal that was really on him was the second one, just before the end of the period. Sekera sent a horrible pass in the range of Strome on the first goal, he had all kinds of better choices. The veteran isn’t right. Still, Bear made numerous rookie mistakes and is clearly going to need more time, but it was nice to see him get an NHL look. Went 4-9 against Hartnell-Bonino-Jarnkrok.
  • Nurse-Russell were 15-30, 0-2GF in 17:28. Lordy. Were 10-9 and 0-1 GF against the Johansen line, 4-11 against Arvidsson-Watson. Outlet passes were poor for both men to my eye, unusual for Nurse. Nurse had two HDSC, I believe both came on the same shift. Russell looked slower than usual, might have been an optical illusion.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 37 of 41, .902. I thought he was once again solid.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Caggiula-Khaira-Pakarinen were an effective unit, going 11-10 in 9:30. Pontus Aberg-Khaira were 6-0 in 1:46 and that’s a story to follow. Khaira was 10-3 in 2:55 against Johansen, which is incredible. Quiet offensively but the line had the puck going in a good direction. Pakarinen had the quietest six-shot game I have ever seen.
  • Cammalleri-Draisaitl-Aberg went 12-10 in 12:12, good line with lots of positives despite not scoring. Line was 6-4 in scoring chances and of course Leon scoring a screamer of a goal. The man is impossible to overcome when he’s on. He had trouble against Nashville but that defense are stern. Rangers won’t be able to handle him Saturday.
  • Puljujarvi-Strome-Kassian went 12-16 (JP) and 9-12 (Kassian) while posting 0-1 GF. I thought Puljujarvi had some moments last night, didn’t cash but he was involved quite a bit. Strome had some promising moments as well but did not look good on the first Nashville goal.
  • Lucic-McDavid-Slepyshev were 15-26 (Lucic) and 13-24 (Slepyshev). High event line was 1-2 on the evening at 5×5, McDavid’s goal was crazy from start to finish. Slepyshev did some things, he can make a pass when he’s of a mind to do so. Lucic kept getting set up and drilling it into the crest, he’s in a deep slump for sure. This will be wildly unpopular but that was the best game by Lucic in a long time.

ETHAN BEAR

Lots to like by my eye, he passed well and didn’t lose confidence despite some struggles. More capable skater than the scouting reports have suggested, hope we get to see him again soon. I don’t think Andrej Sekera is right, so having him as Bear’s partner was a mistake.

RE 17-18 PRIME CLUSTER

There are 99 goals projected over 82 games. How close is the prime cluster to reaching expectations?

  • RNH is 46gp, 16-15-31 .674. He is three points ahead of my prediction and five goals ahead of my projections. Nuge was enjoying a quality season before his injury.
  • Oscar Klefbom is 60gp, 3-14-17 .283. He is 17 points off my projection and that’s a very large number. He has been hurt and when he isn’t doing that he’s playing hurt. Nine goals from par.
  • Ryan Strome is 64gp, 12-18-30 .469. He is four points behind projection and minus four in goals. A reminder I had Strome spending 30 percent of his season with McDavid, so these numbers are solid.
  • Anton Slepyshev is 34gp, 5-5-10 .294. He trails projection by two points and is on pace for goals this year.
  • Matt Benning went 59gp, 4-11-15 .254. That’s six points below par for this point in the season, one goal behind projection.
  • Zack Kassian is 62gp, 7-9-16 .258. He trails the points race by five and goals by two.
  • Drake Caggiula is 50gp, 8-6-14 .280. He trails points by two and goals by one.
  • Adam Larsson is 47gp, 3-5-8 .170. He trails points by three, has one more goal than expected.
  • Jujhar Khaira is 51gp, 10-8-18 .353. He is ahead on points by 12, goals by seven!
  • Laurent Brossoit is 13gp, 3.22 .886. He is off his GA projections by seven goals.

Those 99 goals in 82 games projects to 77 goals in 64 games. This group has scored 68 goals, meaning they trail my projections by 16 goals (when including Brossoit’s work). A reminder, the McDavid cluster (we covered it yesterday) trails their projections by just two goals. The prime cluster is having a tough time meeting expectations. Tomorrow: The veteran group. Stand back!

ANTON SLEPYSHEV

Is winning. It took forever for him to get healthy and by then he was shrapnel in a long and disappointing season. At some point, probably due to lack of alternatives, the decision was made to give him a push. Three games now with McDavid and the results are beginning to show. Here is God’s flashlight this morning (5×5 points-per-60 by forwards):

  1. Connor McDavid 3.00
  2. Leon Draisaitl 2.57
  3. Mike Cammalleri 2.12
  4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.80
  5. Jujhar Khaira 1.66
  6. Ryan Strome 1.64
  7. Anton Slepyshev 1.52
  8. Milan Lucic 1.52
  9. Anton Slepyshev 1.52

The 1.52 total represents a lot of recent success (he was trailing by a lot most of the season). If the Oilers get Slepyshev and Puljujarvi rolling now through season’s end that would be a helluva useful final leg of 2017-18.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A great show on the way! Scheduled to appear, TSN1260, beginning at 10:

  • Olympic Gold Medalist Sebastien Toutant! What an Olympics!
  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Academy awards, who wins Stanley?
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. What can the Oilers get from the final 18 games?
  • Kevin Radomski, Edmonton Oil Kings. Suits up with Don Cherry!

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

139 comments
0

You may also like

0 0 vote
Article Rating
139 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
OmJo

OriginalPouzar:
From an interview I recall Slepy being pretty commuted to the NHL – this was a few years ago I think.

Before he met TMac probably

Professor Q

OriginalPouzar:
From an interview I recall Slepy being pretty commuted to the NHL – this was a few years ago I think.

I say this all the time when people fear him going back. He has said he’s committed to the NHL and knew the AHL was the best place for development as opppsed to the KHL. He had focus, so to speak. As opposed to how Yakimov became?

Yikes. Maybe all his Yo-Yoing actually might have caused the same disturbance in the focus…

OriginalPouzar

From an interview I recall Slepy being pretty commuted to the NHL – this was a few years ago I think.

JimmyV1965

OriginalPouzar:
There are some rumblings that Slepyshev’s KHL team is trying to bring him back for next year (source: Beerleagueheros).

He needs to be qualified at $875K and could probably make more in the KHL.

First things, offer him a one way deal so he gets paid full NHL money no matter what.

I think 2 years X $1.5M or so should be able to keep him.

Shit!! Frickin KHL

OriginalPouzar

There are some rumblings that Slepyshev’s KHL team is trying to bring him back for next year (source: Beerleagueheros).

He needs to be qualified at $875K and could probably make more in the KHL.

First things, offer him a one way deal so he gets paid full NHL money no matter what.

I think 2 years X $1.5M or so should be able to keep him.

OriginalPouzar

Harpers Hair: And any of this makes a difference, how?

think its fairly obvious but I will explain nonetheless.

While I hope for the Oilers to win every game they play, I see no issue with hoping for the teams around them in the standings to also win. No sure thing on anything, but nothing wrong with having 7% greater odds.

Hoping the flames miss the playoffs.

OriginalPouzar

OmJo:
We don’t have a top pairing Dman or a top line winger (minus C Draisaitl ofc)?

Correct, however, I see much more potential for that top line winger in our system that I do for a 1/2 right shot D.

OriginalPouzar

Old Timer:
OriginalPouzar,

What really concerns me is that many posters are demanding top six wingers when the real problem is still in the D corps.

At this point in time I seriously question whether the Oilers have 1, much less 2, top pairing D men. Until the Oilers really solidify their defense by adding a RD that can either QB the power play or one that has a real bomb from the point, then this team will never reach the potential it has with McDavid and Draisaitl.

It may be that the only way they can acquire a #1RHD is to draft one or even two this spring. Strategically, this would be a good move as no other position is of greater value as a hockey asset than a top pairing RHD man. These players simply don’t get traded except for a king’s ransom.

I’m not really concerned about the d-man for the PP – my concern is the d-man for the ability to transition the puck out of our own zone with speed and efficiency and the overall balance of our defensive group (not just leftie/rightie but players being asked to play minutes above their pay-grade).

JimmyV1965

RonnieB:
JimmyV1965,

Actually, Russell’s 1-year contract was $3.1 million which was $500,000 more than any previous AAV in his career. In another endorsement of Chia’s negotiating skill, ( sarcasm alert ) this contract was signed after Russell was an unemployed UFA for more than 3 months.

Sorry. You’re right. But a one year deal was fine in my books.

JimmyV1965

Old Timer:
OriginalPouzar,

What really concerns me is that many posters are demanding top six wingers when the real problem is still in the D corps.

At this point in time I seriously question whether the Oilers have 1, much less 2, top pairing D men. Until the Oilers really solidify their defense by adding a RD that can either QB the power play or one that has a real bomb from the point, then this team will never reach the potential it has with McDavid and Draisaitl.

It may be that the only way they can acquire a #1RHD is to draft one or even two this spring. Strategically, this would be a good move as no other position is of greater value as a hockey asset than a top pairing RHD man. These players simply don’t get traded except for a king’s ransom.

I’m not buying this. The Oil had a great PP last year without a RHD bomb from the point. This PP is fixable with the players we have. How many teams in the league can put out guys like McDavid and Drai?

IMO the poor PP is on the coaching. The guys stand around and pass the puck around the perimeter. I don’t care who’s playing on the point, you won’t have a good PP with that happening.

IMO a RHD is our biggest need, but someone who plays solid in their own end and move the puck efficiently out of our dzone. We don’t need a PP QB.

RonnieB

JimmyV1965,

Actually, Russell’s 1-year contract was $3.1 million which was $500,000 more than any previous AAV in his career. In another endorsement of Chia’s negotiating skill, ( sarcasm alert ) this contract was signed after Russell was an unemployed UFA for more than 3 months.

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

godot10: What really concerns me is that many posters are demanding top six wingers and defensemen when the real problem is the coach.

Nathan McKinnon and a bunch of nobodies, particularly on defense, and a career AHL coach are going to make the playoffs.

If TMac is not shown the door at the end of this season, your point will become painfully obvious to even the most ardent coaching staff supporters when next season we once again start slow out of the gate and end up missing the playoffs.

At that point Chia is probably fired but of course Todd will be retained. Any idea how the top 10 picks are stacking up for the 2019 draft?

I am just coming to the realization that we could very easily go the entire length of the McDavid contract without once being in a SCF, let alone winning one. Ownership and organizational management seem to really be that inept.

What kind of fucked up reality is that anyway?

Fire the coach!

JimmyV1965

OriginalPouzar: Of course they are going to try for the quick fix and will try and fill all the holes this off-season.

Read all the posts on here (and every other social media forum), the fanase has no patience and are demanding competitiveness next year – they have no leash for a 2-3 year plan from this point.

From many accounts, management is looking for at least one if not two top 6 wingers this off-season plus a right shot D, etc.

How in the world they plan on doing this is beyond me.

I don’t see a successful path forward with a focus on top 6 winger acquisition this spring/summer, however, it seems that is indeed the focus of current management.

Ya think they would learn by now. What high-priced free agent has ever helped this team? Sekera is the best and he’s been bad in two of three years. Although he gets a pass from me this season.

They’re best free agent signing was Russell at $1 mill for one year. Maybe, just maybe you should focus on something like that.

So what’s the alternative? Trading draft picks or one of our few young prospects for older players? I don’t see that working long term either. That leaves us with trading RNH or Klef. I can just imagine how that will turn out.

Chia should be scouting the NCAA and CHL, looking for hidden gems. Or Europe or the KHL. We have McDavid, Drai and RNH. Keep your powder dry, develop your picks and try to find some cheap, complementary players.

godot10

Old Timer:
OriginalPouzar,

What really concerns me is that many posters are demanding top six wingers when the real problem is still in the D corps.

What really concerns me is that many posters are demanding top six wingers and defensemen when the real problem is the coach.

Nathan McKinnon and a bunch of nobodies, particularly on defense, and a career AHL coach are going to make the playoffs.

godot10

Munny:
I’m actually hoping that Nuge isn’t the L1 solution.

He’s not the greatest shot (he’s okay but not great) and relying on him to be the corner dig guy is a waste of his talents.

I’d rather see Drai at R1 than Nuge at L1.

McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins will score off the rush like all other great players and duos in NHL history. No need to dig the puck out of the corner when you have it on your stick, and have another really good player to play give-and-go with.

Melvis

Ryan: My personal pet peeve is not that so many do not understand the difference between “affect” and “effect,” rather that so many lack the ability to discern “soporific” from “saprophytic.”

And here I always thought “saprophytic” described an outworn cock sock. Thank you for that.

Harpers Hair

OriginalPouzar:
The out of town scoreboard continues to look glorous tonight:

– As we know, the Habs got two points.

– COL is crushing the Wild

– Rangers are up by two in Calgary with about 14 min to go

– Canucks have a 1-0 lead on NSH half way though.

– Sens are up a goal on VGS half way through

– ANA and CBJ are tied at 1 half way though.

And any of this makes a difference, how?

Ryan

Melvis:
JD_Wry,

Unfortunately, the Woodguy 3.0, (Bubinga encased) – dropped the sentence containing hypocrisy, pots and kettles, and personal annoyance when engaged in the bitching.

My personal pet peeve is not that so many do not understand the difference between “affect” and “effect,” rather that so many lack the ability to discern “soporific” from “saprophytic.”

Ryan

OriginalPouzar: Of course they are going to try for the quick fix and will try and fill all the holes this off-season.

Read all the posts on here (and every other social media forum), the fanase has no patience and are demanding competitiveness next year – they have no leash for a 2-3 year plan from this point.

From many accounts, management is looking for at least one if not two top 6 wingers this off-season plus a right shot D, etc.

How in the world they plan on doing this is beyond me.

I don’t see a successful path forward with a focus on top 6 winger acquisition this spring/summer, however, it seems that is indeed the focus of current management.

For the Cadillac’s and gas money’s spent.

OmJo

We don’t have a top pairing Dman or a top line winger (minus C Draisaitl ofc)?

wintoon

OriginalPouzar,

What really concerns me is that many posters are demanding top six wingers when the real problem is still in the D corps.

At this point in time I seriously question whether the Oilers have 1, much less 2, top pairing D men. Until the Oilers really solidify their defense by adding a RD that can either QB the power play or one that has a real bomb from the point, then this team will never reach the potential it has with McDavid and Draisaitl.

It may be that the only way they can acquire a #1RHD is to draft one or even two this spring. Strategically, this would be a good move as no other position is of greater value as a hockey asset than a top pairing RHD man. These players simply don’t get traded except for a king’s ransom.

flyfish1168

Phlegm loss brings almost as much joy as an Oiler win. 🙂

Melvis

JD_Wry,

Oops. I forgot. Active verbs rule.

OriginalPouzar

The out of town scoreboard continues to look glorous tonight:

– As we know, the Habs got two points.

– COL is crushing the Wild

– Rangers are up by two in Calgary with about 14 min to go

– Canucks have a 1-0 lead on NSH half way though.

– Sens are up a goal on VGS half way through

– ANA and CBJ are tied at 1 half way though.

JD_Wry

Melvis: bitching

Just don’t wenge too much.

OriginalPouzar

Yamamoto with a first period assist.

Bobcaygeon

Wow…….Can Lundqvist still goalie or what!

OriginalPouzar

JimmyV1965: I just hope they don’t go for the quick fix. You think they would have figured this out by now, but it’s the Oilers. If they’re hell bent on spending money, invest even more in scouting and development.

As a fan, I’m prepared for incremental growth over the next three years. I just hope mngt can do the same.

Of course they are going to try for the quick fix and will try and fill all the holes this off-season.

Read all the posts on here (and every other social media forum), the fanase has no patience and are demanding competitiveness next year – they have no leash for a 2-3 year plan from this point.

From many accounts, management is looking for at least one if not two top 6 wingers this off-season plus a right shot D, etc.

How in the world they plan on doing this is beyond me.

I don’t see a successful path forward with a focus on top 6 winger acquisition this spring/summer, however, it seems that is indeed the focus of current management.

Melvis

JD_Wry,

Unfortunately, the Woodguy 3.0, (Bubinga encased) – dropped the sentence containing hypocrisy, pots and kettles, and personal annoyance when engaged in the bitching.

JimmyV1965

OriginalPouzar:
Whichever one works to keep management from going down the wrong path of trying to acquire the “shooter for McDavid” and commit material cap with term.

The Oilers cannot afford to commit material cap to any more wingers, not under our current structure which includes the Lucic contract.The team will need to rely on young players outperforming their ELC cap hits in the top 6 – unfortunately, there may not be a prospect ready for next season and a one-year stop gap type acquisition would be the best path forward.

I just hope they don’t go for the quick fix. You think they would have figured this out by now, but it’s the Oilers. If they’re hell bent on spending money, invest even more in scouting and development.

As a fan, I’m prepared for incremental growth over the next three years. I just hope mngt can do the same.

OriginalPouzar

Whichever one works to keep management from going down the wrong path of trying to acquire the “shooter for McDavid” and commit material cap with term.

The Oilers cannot afford to commit material cap to any more wingers, not under our current structure which includes the Lucic contract. The team will need to rely on young players outperforming their ELC cap hits in the top 6 – unfortunately, there may not be a prospect ready for next season and a one-year stop gap type acquisition would be the best path forward.

Munny

I’m actually hoping that Nuge isn’t the L1 solution.

He’s not the greatest shot (he’s okay but not great) and relying on him to be the corner dig guy is a waste of his talents.

I’d rather see Drai at R1 than Nuge at L1.

OriginalPouzar

Safin with no points and 2 shots on net in a loss.

Samorukov serving the first game of a two game suspension for a slew foot.

JD_Wry

Melvis: Then a skim through the thread containing a lot of half assed subjective bitching about what else? Rich men’s toys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NskSnQIPBBM

OriginalPouzar

Maksimov with a first period goal – he just keeps on scoring.

thehop

OriginalPouzar: It was Sekera with the bad pass in to Strome’s skates, was it not?

Ya a frickin grenade into his skates because he didn’t want to take the hit that was headed his way.

I hope he heals up soon.

The Oilers cannot afford a Sekera at anything less than 100%.

Andy Dufresne

leadfarmer:
You guys crack me up

Talbot plays pretty much every game except for a short injury stretch.“I don’t think his job is secure” is the chorus line.

I think his job is very secure.I’d be more worried that he wants to leave so he doesn’t have to play behind this team.
No goalie is going to play well behind so many defensive gaffes

If youre refering to me….I wasnt talking about Talbots job security….I was talking about Chias job security……if youre not refering to my comment……that is all….carry on…

Bank Shot

I think we should all appreciate Todd McLellan’s cunning stratagem in regards to Mcdavid.

By playing McDavid with Lucic who will never score another goal in the national hockey league, Todd has forced McDavid to give up on recording assists.

I mean, just 2-3 games ago McDavid looked off Lucic on a two on one and decided to score instead. That might have been the first time he didn’t pass on a two on one in his career.

In his last 15 games, McDavid has scored 14 goals, and only recorded 9 assists. If this kind of play keeps up, McDavid will handily win the Rocket Richard next season and we will have Todd and Milan to thank for this amazing feat.

OriginalPouzar

Wolfpack:
I agree with playing the youngsters and determining what we’ve got the rest of the way.

Just a quick comment on that first goal against, I could see it coming as soon as Strome made the pass. It was way too hard and in Sekera’s skates – I am not sure the blame is on him on that one. D-men make that pass off the boards behind the net all the time, forwards not so much. It was a recipe for disaster as soon as Strome got the puck in that spot and didn’t turn up ice. A hard forechecking team like the Preds live off opportunities like that.

It was Sekera with the bad pass in to Strome’s skates, was it not?

OriginalPouzar

I forgot to mention earlier that Caleb Jones finally returned to the Condors lineup for this morning’s Game.

Wolfpack

I agree with playing the youngsters and determining what we’ve got the rest of the way.

Just a quick comment on that first goal against, I could see it coming as soon as Strome made the pass. It was way too hard and in Sekera’s skates – I am not sure the blame is on him on that one. D-men make that pass off the boards behind the net all the time, forwards not so much. It was a recipe for disaster as soon as Strome got the puck in that spot and didn’t turn up ice. A hard forechecking team like the Preds live off opportunities like that.

OmJo

Gayfish: I think we can do something similar with the defence.

Klefbom-Marincin
Nurse- Fraser
Sekera- Strudwick
Russel- Gernat

Am I the only who laughed at have 8 LD in the lineup?

I’m dead inside.

stevezie

Gayfish,

Nice

stevezie

Kinger_Oil.redux: Sleppy-McD-Pool
Sleppy-McD-Pool
Cami-Drai-Pontus
Lucic-RNH-Kailer
Jar-Strome-Kassian

Feel free to disagree with me, my finger’s a lot further off the pulse than it used to be, but to me that looks like:

Truly excellent centre depth
Really, really terrible wingers. Not even one i would feel confident in. Not One.

Sure, it’s possible that several of them either get their groove back or take a big step forward, but if we’re using LT’s idea of “reasonable expectations”, how many of those guys can you confidently predict will hit even 40 points? Any of them? I mean if that was the team I guess someone would have to play with McDavid on the pp so probably somebody would, but oof.

If we decide to be neither blue sky or doomsday ourselves and assume a third get better, a third get worse, and a third are about the same, that is a borderline playoff team- the Cs are still excellent.

And as of right now the D is still not fixed. Your optimism confuses me.

Gayfish

Kinger_Oil.redux:
Imagine next year: all of Pool, Sleppy, Jar (and by end of year Kailer) on this team:

Sleppy-McD-Pool
Cami-Drai-Pontus
Lucic-RNH-Kailer
Jar-Strome-Kassian

– Pretty easy to imagine this, and with that 4 C: pretty special.And bring in another W

I think we can do something similar with the defence.

Klefbom-Marincin
Nurse- Fraser
Sekera- Strudwick
Russel- Gernat

Kinger_Oil.redux

Imagine next year: all of Pool, Sleppy, Jar (and by end of year Kailer) on this team:

Sleppy-McD-Pool
Cami-Drai-Pontus
Lucic-RNH-Kailer
Jar-Strome-Kassian

– Pretty easy to imagine this, and with thes 4 C’s: pretty special.

– And bring in another W (non-Jagr division)

OmJo

OriginalPouzar:
Coach has Nuge “penciled in” for tomorrow – he’s expected to play.

I’m highly confident he’ll be at center – as per his verbal yesterday, the coach does consider the wing an option but will likely have him at his natural and comfortable position as he gets back in the lineup.

Could it be 1C, with McDavid and Slepyshev as wingers? Maybe we’ll see those two play with each other after all.

OmJo

–hudson–: Yes good point, I meant to include I was thinking about last season before he passed the games played threshold.It seems their plan is really short sighted and desperate.

To really project into the future, it’s the kind of planning that can result in trading away a Klefbom or Nuge (players with several years of control) for a Hoffman or OEL (older players, with little control remaining).

They didn’t even give him a conditioning stint in the AHL last season when he was finally healthy. Put him right in the 3C position.

Schultz at least got some AHL (though not for the right reasons).

Compare how Calgary handled Foo to how we’re handling Cagguila.

SwedishPoster

Interesting comment in swedish media from Pontus Åberg, Alfons in my world, on the difference between the Preds and Oilers. “It still feels odd. In Nashville they just wanted me to dump the puck in. Here they want me to do something with it, be creative.” Clearly they want him in a different role than the one he’s had. Might very well pay off.

In other news William Lagesson had two helpers last night, offense ain’t his game but still good to see, I saw parts of the game, he looks better than he did just two months ago. More agile, more comfortable with the puck, two things he needed to work. Still plays his steady, no nonsense, low risk game, zero creativity, but with a bit more finesse than before, smoother.

Filip Berglund is also playing well, his team lost last night, was even and 0 points, but the game before he was great, one of the best players on the ice and had a real nice assist to the first goal of the game. Seems like they are giving him a bit more rope to try things offensively of late, or he’s just grabbing it himself.

Kinger_Oil.redux

– Re: Talbot. Last year he got Vezina votes

– Last year, Coach got Jack Adams votes

– Last year, GM got GM of year votes

– This year none of the above are getting votes

– Next year: Does OBC trust Chia to trust Coach, to trust Goaler.

– Did last year give any counter to this year, affording this trio to be together next year?

– We will see