G70 2017-18: Sharks at Oilers

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers played a solid game in Calgary last night but fell short in a tight 1-0 affair. The Zack Kassian goal looked like it should have counted but in a season where the hockey Gods have given so little it’s hardly worth noting. Connor McDavid and Cam Talbot were this team’s best players and the wingers might want to wake the hell up because opportunities may not extend into the fall.

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HELPLESS, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • March 2016: 4-2-0, goal differential +1 (8 points)
  • March 2017: 4-1-1, goal differential +10 (9 points)
  • March 2018: 3-3-0, goal differential 0 (6 points)
  • March 12, 2016: Arizona 4, Edmonton 0 (Source)
  • March 18, 2017: Edmonton 2, Vancouver 0 (Source)

The Oilers get back at it against the Sharks tonight, a chance to grab another victory against a Pacific Division rival. My main thought on last night? This team needs wingers. Schnell!

AFTER 69, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 26-36-7, goal differential -45 (59 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 36-24-9, goal differential +24 (81 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 30-35-4, goal differential -32 (64 points)
  • March 10, 2016: Edmonton 2, Minnesota 1 (Source)
  • March 16, 2017: Edmonton 7, Boston 4 (Source)

When Connor McDavid is on the ice this team can look so very good, but it’s the rest of the group that gives it all back and more. Last night at 5×5, the team was 23-15 (60.53) Corsi for, without him on the ice Edmonton went 22-38, 36.7 percent. These numbers are seared into the minds of ownership, fans and coaching staff. We may never pass this way again, the club should be better next year. That said, Peter Chiarelli has boxed himself in something fierce.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Nashville, NY Rangers, Arizona, NY Islanders, Minnesota (Expected 2-3-0) (Actual 3-2-0)
  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • 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: 3-3-0, 6 points in six games

My tracking of the Oilers is on pace for the month, I have a rough 10 days ahead before things get a little better toward month’s end. I thought the club played well last night and exposed the weaknesses of the team. Interested in your take.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Russell-Bear went 19-15 in 17:25 (that’s a lot of playing time), 11-2 with McDavid and 8-13 without him. Were 2-4 in HDSC’s, went 12-2 against Bennett-Backlund-Frolik (again, because of McDavid and some hard matching by Calgary). It was a tight game, this pairing played a lot and survived. Continue to be impressed by Bear, although he got walked by Backlund early.
  • Sekera-Benning were 10-14 in 10:36, this is a very small time on ice total for Sekera. He’s working his way back but lacks the consistency and flair we’ve come to know. Hopefully he has it back in the fall. Were 8-3 against Brouwer-Shore-Hathaway.
  • Nurse-Larsson forgot about the back door and that was enough in a one-goal game. Went 11-17 in 14:39, just 7-9 with McDavid. Went 6-7 against the Bennett-Backlund-Frolik trio.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 31 of 32, .969. He is showing very well down the stretch.
  • Natural Stat Trick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Nuge-McDavid-Aberg went 18-10 (RNH) and 11-7 (Aberg). HDSC’s were 5-1 and it’s a crying shame the line didn’t cash because it was earned. My goodness McDavid is fabulous. The Aberg experiment may not lost much longer. Just saying. McDavid was 17-10 against the Bennett-Backlund-Frolik line, who were key on the evening.
  • Lucic-Draisaitl-Cammalleri were 9-13 (Lucic) and 4-11 (Cammalleri). This line was the culprit on the GA, but were also not terribly inspired throughout the game. Leon is a wonderful player, that wasn’t a strong game from him (faceoffs aside). He didn’t have a separation gear. Line went 6-13 against the Gaudreau-Monahan-Ferland line, had no answer.
  • Caggiula-Khaira-Kassian went 6-12 (Caggiula) and 4-10 (Kassian). Kassian scored, that should have been a counter, Caggiula took a silly penalty and was generally unimpressive.
  • Slepyshev-Strome-Puljujarvi were 7-10 in 5:49, this line got the shiv when it came time to tighten the bench. I don’t agree with that call, like at all. JP played pretty well by my eye, Slepys was quieter but had one great look. Oilers need to play these kids.

Lucic was never a strong 5×4 player, although last year he spiked to 7.15 5×4 per 60 scoring. Lucic, at his best, was over 2.00/60 at 5×5 and he managed it six times before arriving in Edmonton. People talk about the fact his wheels won’t turn but the big concern for me is the number of passes he doesn’t grab, or possibly see. What the hell is going on here?

The move with Aberg is as 4R, allowing Edmonton to trade Zack Kassian and save $1.3 million toward the cap. It’s time to remove him from the McDavid line and run Puljujarvi or Slepyshev.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show, with a fluid guest list. Scheduled to appear, TSN1260 beginning at 10:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. McCurdy’s take on last night’s game and looking forward to his evening.
  • Andy McNamara, TSN4Downs. Eagles are signing people but have no money, what gives? Plus, Patrioits are bleeding! Huzzah!
  • Dan Rusanowsky, Sharks play-by-play. San Jose is in a good spot but have to keep on winning. We’ll talk about the key players for the Sharks stretch run.

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

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who

It was only 1 game, and it may be a deployment issue, but right now this team is struggling to find enoigh wingers to ice 1 scoring line, nevermind 2. You can’t even see unicorns from here.
Looks to me like this team needs 2 top 6 wingers for next year. We have plenty of canidates but so far they all look like bottom sixers to me.
How does this team acquire some quality wingers with little cap space and very few tradeable assets?

ArmchairGM

Draisaitl plays best with speed – I think the last few games have proved this without a doubt. Therefore, the line combo above is a mistake by McLellan. Personally I’d like to see Slepyshev on his left and either Kassian or Puljujarvi on his right for the remainder of the year. Based on HC’s preference for “pairs”, would this work?

Nugent-Hopkins – McDavid – Cammalleri
Slepyshev – Draisaitl – Kassian
Lucic – Strome – Puljujarvi
Aberg – Khaira – Pakarinen / Caggiula

Maybe WG or someone else smarter than me could come up with WOWY’s to see if there’s any justification for these lines.

frjohnk

Is Aberg a poor mans Caggs?

I think McDavid should be MVP again. Without him, Oilers are probably battling Yotes for 31st overall.

I know that Lucic has 0 points in 2 months on the PP and many are wondering why he is on the 1PP and last minute on the ice, but if one looks at who is on the bench,and it’s no screaming hell. Maybe Khaira, but there just isn’t someone who sticks out.

Psyche

Listening to Dustin, Eric, and Ryan discuss Lucic on the PP 1st unit as LT cited above. It’s curious to see the coaches roll him out there with the lack of results. Instead of fixing one problem (finding the right player for that roll on PP1) they create two or more. Tunnel vision has set in and blind spots are being created on a weekly basis.

On even strength I saw the Oilers good last night (based on my current expectations of the group). The Flames had spurts but owe the win mostly to Smith’s brilliance in net. For having a high profile top 4 on D there wasn’t much that stood out.

I really enjoy Nuge and McDavid on the same line. Both are high IQ players who can skate well and possess above average puck control. Give Sleppy some games with them on the right side. I’d run Puljujarvi on Draisaitl’s right side for the next stretch. My preference is Cammy instead of Lucic on his left side, but we know that won’t happen. Strome with JJ and Pontus for the 3rd, could be a good buzz line on the forecheck. Kassian, Caggiula, and Cammy can play 5 min a night on the 4th line. Double shift McDavid at C once in awhile with them.

ArmchairGM

frjohnk:
Is Aberg a poor mans Caggs?

I think McDavid should be MVP again. Without him, Oilers are probably battling Yotes for 31st overall.

I know that Lucic has 0 points in 2 months on the PP and many are wondering why he is on the 1PP and last minute on the ice, but if one looks at who is on the bench,and it’s no screaming hell. Maybe Khaira, but there just isn’t someone who sticks out.

The net-front presence on the PP needs to be big, strong and have great hand-eye coordination to tip shots. Lucic has 2 of the 3. Khaira (or even Nurse – how’s that for thinking outside the box?) would absolutely be a better fit.

€√¥£€^$

Ugh, Cammalleri on the 1st line? Aberg a poor man’s Cagguila, what? Aberg>Cagguila

RNH-97-JP
27(because I dont see any other choice)-29-Slepy
13-18-46
Malone-16-44

25-6
2-4 (wincing as I write, need LESS Cowboy)
81 (free OV2)-74

who

ArmchairGM:
Draisaitl plays best with speed – I think the last few games have proved this without a doubt. Therefore, the line combo above is a mistake by McLellan. Personally I’d like to see Slepyshev on his left and either Kassian or Puljujarvi on his right for the remainder of the year. Based on HC’s preference for “pairs”, would this work?

Nugent-Hopkins – McDavid – Cammalleri
Slepyshev – Draisaitl – Kassian
Lucic – Strome – Puljujarvi
Aberg – Khaira – Pakarinen / Caggiula

Maybe WG or someone else smarter than me could come up with WOWY’s to see if there’s any justification for these lines.

I would flip Slepeshev and Cammaleri.
Cammaleri is a much better player on the left side. He just looks a lot more comfortable there to me. It amazes me that the coaching staff doesn’t see this.
I think Kharia looks real solid as a 4C but this team should probably be looking for a different 4C in the summer. Kharia probably needs to be playing higher up the lineup on the wing.

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Psyche,

I don’t disagree

Oilman99

Kassian needs to remember his duty, McD gets cheap shotted after getting high sticked, then Nuge gets the same in the corner in the same sequence, and Kassian who was on the ice did nothing. The season is lost,so at least send a message to the Flickers that they can’t take liberties with our stars for next year. At 8.5k Drai has to start bringing it every game,not enough hustle for a guy getting that kind of bucks. There are too many games where he doesn’t seem give a crap unless he’s playing with McD. Why this late in the season does the defence still have same brain farts in our net leaving guys wide open.

elgruntus

One more time…..Looch, Drai and Sleppy worked last spring, so… let’s not make that mistake again
Because Oilers

Réal Goudenyéu

elgruntus:
One more time…..Looch, Drai and Sleppy worked last spring, so… let’s not make that mistake again
Because Oilers

Coaches deployment is baffling.

VanIsleOil

The most disappointing part of last nights game was watching McDavid getting mugged several times with absolutely no response from anyone. This is most dynamic player on the planet and we would be in last place without him. Yet time after time this year no retribution after McDavid takes a dirty hit.

Last night Kassian just casually skated towards the scrum after Conner gets high sticked and then takes a late hit. WTF are we paying Kassian for? What message does that send to Calgary moving forward. Protect your star!!

After another questionable hit on McDavid last night, Lucic does absolutely nothing. I thought he was brought in in part to keep the peace on the ice and not let other teams take liberties with McDavid or any other Oiler.

Watching the Calgary feed last night and during the intermission, the crew remarked how they couldn’t believe there was no response to the muggings. Teams know there are no consequences. We are out of the playoffs and still Kass and Looch do nothing to protect Connor!!

This team is in disarray, no one stands up for each other anymore, it has become difficult to watch

Woodguy v2.0

When Connor McDavid is on the ice this team can look so very good, but it’s the rest of the group that gives it all back and more.

Yessir.

To that end:

-EDM’s overall 5v5 Goal Share overall is 47.8%
-Its 57.3% when McDavid is on the ice.
-Its 41.6% when McDavid is not on the ice.
-Here are all the Forwards’ 5v5 GF% when not with McDavid:

All data from naturalstattrick.com

Player GF% Without McDavid
Iiro Pakarinen 60.0
Patrick Maroon 53.9
Pontus Aberg 50.0
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 46.9
Ryan Strome 46.4
Jujhar Khaira 44.2
Jesse Puljujarvi 43.8
Leon Draisaitl 42.9
Milan Lucic 42.6
Anton Slepyshev 40.0
Zack Kassian 37.2
Mike Cammalleri 35.1
Drake Caggiula 33.3
Mark Letestu 32.5
Kailer Yamamoto 0.0

Here are all the Dmen’s 5v5 GF% when not with McDavid
Zeros mean that EDM has not scored with the player on the ice away from McDavid 5v5.

GF% Without McDavid
Yohann Auvitu 55.6
Eric Gryba 47.6
Darnell Nurse 47.1
Matthew Benning 46.7
Kris Russell 41.5
Adam Larsson 40.0
Brandon Davidson 37.5
Oscar Klefbom 33.3
Andrej Sekera 0.0
Ethan Bear 0.0

I am of the opinion that the lack of Actual Top 4 Dmen is the biggest culprit this year. Lack of forwards who know how to score (either shoot or clean up garbage) is 2nd. Talbot is probably 3rd. There are others, but its the main one.

Last year 77,6, 2 all were “Actual Top 4”,Benning did a very good job in his rookie year, and Russell rode the PDO pony (with Sekera) to glory. So they have 3 + 2 *almosts*

This year 77 and 6 were never right after a week or so, no 2, 4’s PDO magic didn’t reappear, 83 started slow and *just* got back to where he was last year and 25 took a huge leap forward.

So ~ 1-ish Top 4 guys by results all year.

I firmly belive 77 and 6 can come back to form although 77 seems plagued. I’m not sure is ever 2 again, we’ll have to see, 4 isn’t an Actual Top 4 guy, but an ok 4/5 with the right partner and *maybe* Benning progress next year.

Like a rising tide raises all boats, a lack of Top 4 Dmen makes all boats sink.

Even 97 was 5% GF better last year……

That said, there are some really expensive names below the 45% “replacement level cut off”

Fire South Edmonton Common.

GOILERS!!

*clap,clap*

All that being said, there are some very highly paid names

ArmchairGM

who: I would flip Slepeshev and Cammaleri.
Cammaleri is a much better player on the left side. He just looks a lot more comfortable there to me. It amazes me that the coaching staff doesn’t see this.

The trouble is, I see Slepyshev much more comfortable on the left side. It’s the only place he’s had any success in his career. I hate how this coach plays guys out of position and then blames the player for lack of results.

Here’s a thought: ever notice how McDavid likes to swoop back into the d zone, take a pass on his forehand as he’s turning left and then race up the right boards with the puck? Why not play him on RW while Nuge covers C? Then you can have both Cammalleri and Slepyshev on the left side.

vinotintazo

Tight game yesterday, where Smith stole it for them. The nuge, and strome save were the difference.

Talbot was great.
McDavid a nightmare for the flames.

I don’t get the complains on Kassian, he was involved just didn’t go ape shit down by 1 goal and didn’t want to negate the PP.

Lucic on the PP (Net front) is ok, the problem is he’s not doing it well, but we have no one better with Maroon gone.

We had a few 2 on 1s just could not finish.

Dicky94

Oilman99,

This is what happens when you get too comfortable. Oilers should have signed him to another 1 year contract. He has nothing to play for now and is starting to play like he did a few years ago. Just coasting around. As for Lucic, it is time to bench him for a couple games. I think you give him another year to see if he can get it together and if he doesn’t, this could get really ugly.

who

ArmchairGM: The trouble is, I see Slepyshev much more comfortable on the left side. It’s the only place he’s had any success in his career. I hate how this coach plays guys out of position and then blames the player for lack of results.

Here’s a thought: ever notice how McDavid likes to swoop back into the d zone, take a pass on his forehand as he’s turning left and then race up the right boards with the puck? Why not play him on RW while Nuge covers C? Then you can have both Cammalleri and Slepyshev on the left side.

I guess I don’t see Slepeshev uncomfortable on the right side, although I understand he played left wing in Russia.
Makes Tmacs deployment of the third line even more questionable when he has both wingers playing out of position.

Woodguy v2.0

elgruntus:
One more time…..Looch, Drai and Sleppy worked last spring, so… let’s not make that mistake again
Because Oilers

That trio has played exactly 10:46 together this year.

Got scored on twice with no goals for so that might be the reason McLellan didn’t go back to it. His deployment is easy to figure out when you look at goal metrics.

Also,

Here is that trio’s results during the playoffs last year:

TOI 31:40
GF 3
GA 2
GF% 60.0%

CF 24
CA 47
CF% 33.8%

SCF 10
SCA 26
SCF% 27.8%

SH% 27.3%
SV% .933
PDO 1206

I wouldn’t say that this trio “worked” in the spring.

I’d say they got seriously outplayed but the puck went in enough to hide that fact.

JimmyV1965

I would absolutely try JJ on the first line. He played one shift there last night and looked great. Made a beauty little bank pass off the boards to send McDavid into the ozone and looked dangerous. Thanks

Pouzar

1. The Millard tweet is just another of the many indictments against TMc. Fire him to the sun.

2. G is right on Aberg. Manage expectations here. If he plays 4th line its a win. We need more of him and less of some others.

JimmyV1965

Oilman99:
Kassian needs to remember his duty, McD gets cheap shotted after getting high sticked, then Nuge gets the same in the corner in the same sequence, and Kassian who was on the ice did nothing. The season is lost,so at least send a message to the Flickers that they can’t take liberties with our stars for next year. At 8.5k Drai has to start bringing it every game,not enough hustle for a guy getting that kind of bucks. There are too many games where he doesn’t seem give a crap unless he’s playing with McD. Why this late in the season does the defence still have same brain farts in our net leaving guys wide open.

At least part of Drai’s poor performance is related to his linemates. Lucic and Cammy are truly boat anchors.

Pouzar

frjohnk: Is Aberg a poor mans Caggs?

In 7 games he’s at +5.4 CF% rel.

Not too shabby in a SSS.

Fire Caggs to the sun.

OilClog

They really need to inform Lucic he’s injured and needs to go bike it out with Andrew. Since they won’t top 6 ice and pp time should of came to an end months ago, since it won’t let’s ask Leon to just skate faster, better chance he might.

Is Jesse driving his own line yet? the coach made it real clear to everyone including us that Jesse doesn’t get Connor time any more unless he can drive his own line from the left wing like that Taylor fella.

Fire the fire that doesn’t seem to be firing!

Death By Misadventure

If you want to know about the ineptitude of the Oilers powerplay this year, I came across this stat yesterday:

Until March 1 when he scored his 4th PP goal of the season, Leon had the same amount of PP goals as he had shorthanded goals. 3 each.

Death By Misadventure

Death By Misadventure:
If you want to know about the ineptitude of the Oilers powerplay this year, I came across this stat yesterday:

Until March 1 when he scored his 4th PP goal of the season, Leon had the same amount of PP goals as he had shorthanded goals. 3 each.

The crazy thing is that the Oilers PP is actually the good part of their special teams. Oi.

oilersfan

When the oilers played the rangers did Glen sather really go on after hours and say that the oilers need to stop playing mcdavid with lucic because he is a fourth line winger?

Dicky94

Pouzar,

Ya I would take him over Cags any day. He can make and take a pass and his shots hit the net. They should keep him.

OilClog

Lucic does not play the pp like Smyth did, the man in Lucic’s PP spot can easily be anyone with better handles, so literally Pouzar could play Lucic’s PP role and have as much success.

If they’re not going to put Jesse in the Eberle hole, put him in the Lucic hole, see what’s happens. Wacky inflatable arm man that comes of age and scores Finnish goals?

jtblack

I still go back to coaching. I saw numerous breakouts that consisted of this earth shattering strategy.

Dmen hold puck while standing still.
Sometimes send Grenades back and forth to one another.
Wait for Centermen to jump off bench and wind up behind them.
The whole arena can this “unfolding”.
Give puck to Drai or Connor who have no options but to try and beat the entire team. Connor can do this regularily becuase he is Connor. Drai canmot do this.

The strategy is brutal. Its Minor hockey esque: “Hey best player, heres the puck, now go end to end”

Fire the coaching staff.

anjinsan

Lucic’s contract is structured as his retirement account. Another incompetence on Chiarelli’s part to not read that that was going on during negotiations. Lucic and agent saw the sun setting and locked in the golden parachute. Imagine — you can’t even waive Lucic. Whose damn assets is Chiarelli looking after!!

Pouzar

Dicky94:
Pouzar,

Ya I would take him over Cags any day. He can make and take a pass and his shots hit the net.They should keep him.

I harp on guys like Caggs and Pak a lot b/c these should be easy fixes for next year.
These guys are AHL tweeners and replacement level players shouldn’t be a big deal to find.

Death By Misadventure

OilClog,

I’m waiting for the end of season announcement that Lucic was playing with a nasty injury all year and dispite his decrepit performance, he is actually a warrior. My brain will tell me this is all just Oiler spin, but my heart will wish it was all true and that Looch is not in fact completely washed up at age 30 with 5 years and $6m against the cap.

I pray this to be true… But won’t hold my breath either.

Pouzar

Death By Misadventure: I’m waiting for the end of season announcement that Lucic was playing with a nasty injury all year and dispite his decrepit performance, he is actually a warrior.

I was thinking about this last night. It’s my only salvation.

frjohnk

Pouzar: In 7 games he’s at +5.4 CF% rel.

Not too shabby in a SSS.

Fire Caggs to the sun.

I think both are tweeners.

Caggs has scored better at the NHL level.

Want to see more of Aberg but if both these guys are making 600k each and are on 4th line next year.
Could be worse.

Funny they both get a push with McDavid but just are not even close to good enough while Sleppy would seem to be a better fit, barely gets a push.

Pouzar

frjohnk: I think both are tweeners.

Caggs has scored better at the NHL level.

Want to see more of Aberg but if both these guys are making 600k each and are on 4th line next year.
Could be worse.

Funny they both get a push with McDavid but just are not even close to good enough while Sleppy would seem to be a better fit, barely gets a push.

I think Slepy isn’t getting a push now b/c he is gonzo.

Dicky94

Death By Misadventure,

Like Cataracts or something. Easy fix.

JimmyV1965

jtblack:
I still go back to coaching. I saw numerous breakouts that consisted of this earth shattering strategy.

Dmen hold puck while standing still.
Sometimes send Grenades back and forth to one another.
Wait for Centermen to jump off bench and wind up behind them.
The whole arena can this “unfolding”.
Give puck to Drai or Connor who have no options but to try and beat the entire team.Connor can do this regularily becuase he is Connor.Drai canmot do this.

The strategy is brutal.Its Minor hockey esque: “Hey best player, heres the puck, now go end to end”

Fire the coaching staff.

I really find it hard to believe this is a coaching strategy. It’s a reflection of our dmen’s inability to make breakout pass.

russ99

Pouzar: I think Slepy isn’t getting a push now b/c he is gonzo.

Every NHL team has whiteboards of future rosters and cap hits.

With 13 games left, I’d think they’ve made decisions on the RFAs and no push with McDavid would matter.

JimmyV1965

Pouzar: I think Slepy isn’t getting a push now b/c he is gonzo.

I think Schleppy was invisible last night. The other bums on the first and second lines might not deserve to be there, but Schleppy ain’t pushing the issue.

russ99

JimmyV1965: I really find it hard to believe this is a coaching strategy.It’s a reflection of our dmen’s inability to make breakout pass.

I’d think it’s just as big a problem that our forwards aren’t in places to receive the puck and advance cleanly. Either too far up or too far back. Since early in the season, teams have had video of our breakout difficulty, you’d think we’d have found a way to beat the exit area trap by now.

Some of our better breakouts during this time have been forwards staying in our zone and getting in open spaces for passes. Player and puck movement creates space, not jumping forward as soon as we have possession and leaving the D hanging with no place to pass that’s safe.

But I guess this is one of the many ways we don’t play as a 5 man unit.

The two line stretch pass from the D to launch the cherry picking forward doesn’t happen very often in today’s NHL, and McDavid’s best rushes are when he can build up speed in out zone crossing our blue line.

frjohnk

Since Christmas, which is over 40% of the season. Lucic has a 0.65 pts/60.

Maybe the Oilers should play him with McDavid or Draisaitl.

Fgary

This coach should be fired just based on the disappointment of this season…if there is any doubt or hesitation his deployment of players should be the nail in the coffin.

hunter1909

LOL at everything.

dustrock

I’ve been trying to defend McLellan this year but at this point, I honestly think some of what he’s saying and his decisions are straight up trolling Chiarelli.

Aberg on the 1st line? Sure, try it for a period. Maybe a game. Now, is this trolling Chia because he used to be able to play Maroon there?

Looch on the PP, Looch on the ice in the last 2 minutes when we need a goal.

Klefbom and Larsson apparently never ever getting to play together again.

Draisaitl stuck with Looch and Camo Larry. Made sense to pump and dumo Camo Larry, but no takers at the draft, he should be benched or doing 4th line duty.

dustrock

Looking ahead to the draft, where do you guys see the following d-men:

Ty Smith
Hughes
Bouchard
Dobson
Wilde

I’ve seen people high on all these guys for different reasons, but I’m not sure I can find a real hard target for the Oilers, they frankly could use ANY of them.

I roughly have it as: Smith & Hughes being the better skaters, and LHD shots. Fancy stats have them as scoring chance and entry machines.

Bouchard and Dobson have more size and probably more shot, and have the RHD advantage.

Wilde I don’t know too much about and I’ve seen him all over the place in the top 20.

Anyone have a favorite?

McSorley33

dustrock,

Yes. My first is Boqvist.

But if he is selected ahead of our pick – Bouchard.

Seen a couple of quotes from the Hunter brothers about Bouchard. Those guys have seen some talent come through their town in the last few years.

We need a RHD. Full Stop.

Bling

frjohnk:
Since Christmas, which is over 40% of the season. Lucic has a 0.65 pts/60.

Maybe the Oilers should play him with McDavid or Draisaitl.

I see what you did there.

Craig Zonit

All I ask for tonight is some of that sweet, sweet ELPH.

Something like a JP goal, 3 points for our Art Ross rocket boot Captain, and a 5-4 game (that goes either way).

So I’ll probably bear witness to the second of a double shutout, hockey-defying Oiler forward lines, and more smug Pavelski than I can handle.

Well, a man can dream. g’oh Oilers.

geowal

Couple observations:
-Ethan Bear sure seems to have some loyal supporters. Saw 2 Oiler Bear jerseys in the stands (on the road) already, he could be quite the story going forward.
-Leon really didn’t seem to have it
-Lucic does have these rare bursts of speed where he’s more than fast enough to contribute with a non McDavod centre. I think his conditioning is poor, or he’s just lazy the rest of the time.
-Flames fans sure are envious/in awe of McDavid. Despite this, they actually have a perception that he “gets calls” from the refs, when it’s anything but. Oh how quickly they forget the Gaudreau slashes.

McSorley33

frjohnk,

Since Christmas, which is over 40% of the season. Lucic has a 0.65 pts/60.

Maybe the Oilers should play him with McDavid or Draisaitl.
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You must be mistaken.

He was 4th in EV TOI last night….

And if my sorting is right Looch is 3rd on TOI for forwards!!

Todd – you can’t be serious?

Edit: * Never doubt my ability to make mistakes . I was wrong. Looch is 4th on EV TOI behind Maroon