We reach the final chapter of the Oilers 2017-18 season, a bitter disappointment after a very hopeful start. In the days to come, management will have to pick up the pieces and begin the process of fixing the holes where the rain comes in. The formula of 2016-17 (McDavid scores, Talbot stops, everyone else hang on) folded and with it the playoff chances of this team. It is now the challenge of management to close the gap between McDavid ON and McDavid OFF. It is surely Everest.
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HOME PLATE, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers in April 2016: 1-1-0, goal differential -1, two points
- Oilers in April 2017: 1-1-0, goal differential -1, two points
- Oilers in April 2018: 1-1-0, goal differential -2, two points
- April 9, 2016: Vancouver 4, Edmonton 3 (SO) (Source)
- April 6, 2017: Edmonton 4, San Jose 2 (Source)
AFTER 81, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 31-43-7, goal differential -49 (69 points)
- Oilers 16-17: 46-26-9, goal differential +41 (101 points)
- Oilers 17-18: 35-40-6, goal differential -33 (76 points)
- April 9, 2016: Vancouver 4, Edmonton 3 (SO) (Source)
- April 9, 2017: Edmonton 5, Vancouver 2 (Source)
The 15-16 team finished with 70 points, last season’s team 103. This year’s model will finish anywhere from 76-78 and we’ll see if that’s enough to save jobs. I suspect we’ll see some movement in the coaching staff but that’s a guess and the most important roster work will go down in June.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM APRIL
- On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
- At home to: Vegas, Vancouver (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
- Overall expected results: 1-2-0, two points in three games
- Overall actual results: 1-1-0, two points in two games
CURRENT 2018-19 50-MAN
- RFA (not on the list above): Nick Ellis, Darnell Nurse, Matt Benning, Ben Betker, Drake Caggiula, Braden Christoffer, Ryan Strome, Kyle Platzer, Anton Slepyshev, Iiro Pakarinen, Patrick Russell. (11)
- UFA (not on the list above): Laurent Brossoit, Mark Fayne, Yohann Auvitu, Keegan Lowe, Joey Laleggia, Dillon Simpson, Grayson Downing, Mike Cammalleri, Ty Rattie, Brian Ferlin. (10)
- I believe this to be correct, let me know if something is missing.
- Among RFA’s, locks to return are Darnell Nurse. I believe the Oilers will also sign Matt Benning, Drake Caggiula, Ryan Strome and Iiro Pakarinen. That’s five additional players, setting the 50-man at 34 men.
- Among UFA’s, locks to return are Ty Rattie. I believe the Oilers will also sign Keegan Lowe and Mike Cammalleri. That gets us to 37 men.
- I believe the priority is a big RH defender, that could be anyone from John Carlson to Tyson Barrie to Kris Letang to Matt Dumba. I don’t think this should be a priority, a healthy Klefbom would be a big help plus Sekera can play that position.
- Wingers with scoring ability and forwards who can penalty kill are the main need, I would add a substantial backup ala Anders Nilsson.
— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) April 7, 2018
Based on reports (Edmonton Prospect Watch, Vaughn Woodruff) Samorukov had an early ill-advised pinch and then settled in and played well. Tyler Benson had a dandy early chance (great save by the goalie) but was otherwise quiet. Josh Currie scored No. 20 on the year, Bakersfield lost 4-1 and would have to win out to make the second season.
Derek Grayson and Nick bonding and healing in hospital pic.twitter.com/DzesIoT27B
— Roy Patter (@rjpatter) April 7, 2018
I wish there was something I could say. The cruelty of this story is everywhere, from the extreme youth to the number of people lost (14) in one prairie highway accident. Humboldt is about three hours from the place I spent most of my school years, an hour past Saskatoon. It’s about ten times the size of Maidstone but remains a small place. Great fishing, bird watching, a fabulous old train station last time I was there, everyone knows everyone else and they love their hockey team. Nicest people you want to meet. If you ever have your car break down on the highway, pray you’re near Humboldt.
Now that community will be known for a stunning tragedy. I’ve been getting dm’s and texts from people who knew some of the kids involved, and everyone is shattered. Just wrecked, today. The hockey community is spread far and wide, yet is very close. I know there are neighbours of mine who have connections to that bus and I further know no one slept worth a damn last night. Some tomorrow we’ll find out what happened, but in the end that’s all details and we are left to hug the stuffing out of the survivors and all families/billets/coaches/trainers/friends involved. We lost some of our kids last night, and it’s impossible to bear. I know everyone will want to pitch in, they’re going to need blood and there’s a gofundme set up online for these families.
We’re all sitting on that patch of highway today, head in hands and wondering what on earth went wrong, why this happened. I’m not on the air today and honestly it’s a relief. I have no idea what to say.