In the late summer of 2016, Travis Yost made an appearance on the Lowdown. After an especially awful food take, Yost said “the thing about this Oilers team is they have McDavid and that combined with goaltending might get you into the playoffs.” It happened just that way. Too simplistic of course, but if these Edmonton Oilers stay healthy and they can duplicate Talbot’s performance of two years ago, music will once again fill the streets of good old our town.
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- New Lowetide: Oilers still preferred CHL and older prospects in 2018 draft.
- New Jonathan Willis: How will Oilers manage rich collection of goalie prospects?
- Lowetide: Is Evan Bouchard NHL-ready?
- Craig Custance: Free Agency
- Lowetide: Oilers are finally over walkabout draft picks.
- Corey Pronman: NHL draft grades.
- Scott Wheeler: Ryan McLeod (excellent article) to the Oilers
- New Jonathan Willis: Oilers second-round pick (mentions McLeod)
- Lowetide: Evan Bouchard a perfect fit for need, will the Oilers fast-track him?
- Jonathan Willis: Oil will get a crack at another high-end prospect in round two
- Corey Pronman: Pick by pick breakdown of round one
- Lowetide: Low budget free agents can deliver Oilers big bang
- Lowetide: The maturation of Daryl Katz, or heading down a dangerous road?
- Lowetide: Oilers top 10 prospects in front of the 2018 draft.
- Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers scouting directors: A history.
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Sounds like the Oilers and Talbot camp are going to hold off any negotiations on an extension until after the start of the season. Important year for him, and the team.
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) June 27, 2018
I’m not certain Talbot will be on the team next summer. If he has a strong season the next contract Talbot signs will be too rich for the Oilers. If he struggles, Edmonton moves on like a bullet leaves a gun (thanks, Tom Waits).
- Cam Talbot Pre All-Star: 39gp, 3.14 .901
- Cam Talbot Post All-Star: 28gp, 2.88 .916
Beginning on March 1, through the end of the season, Talbot had a .920 save percentage. I believe it’s prudent for Peter Chiarelli to hold back on signing Talbot now, but also believe it likely means he’ll be in another city this time next year.
DT: EDM – Grade A-: The Oilers got 3 good ones & a long term project with the 4th. Bouchard is a lock to patrol that blueline for years while McLeod will push the pace when he gets there. Rodrique gave them the best goaltender in the draft & Kesselring might be worth waiting for.
— NA Central Scouting (@MarkSeidel) June 27, 2018
Although Mark Seidel’s grade is higher than others, this is the kind of verbal Edmonton’s scouts are seeing in the week after the draft. As I read more on Kesselring, the more intriguing he gets. You don’t have to be famous on draft day, just 10 years after. I count the 2017 and 2018 drafts as good arrows and the 2016 edition is trending well save for portions of the third round. The pipeline is more substantial.
PROJECTED PARED ROSTER
- Check my math, but we’re looking at adding three forwards and one defenseman for about $4 million. Why? You need some room and Jesse Puljujarvi’s bonus, while unlikely, could stretch out to $3.425 million at the max.
- I can see the Oilers running with fewer than 23 roster players this season.
- You could go 12-6-2 at home, maybe add a rover for the road trips. I’m not kidding. This is tight. I think we’ll see a trade, because otherwise it’s madness.
- Bob Stauffer tweeted about Jason Chimera yesterday, that’s the kind of option the Oilers will be looking at for 12F-14F. I hope they have room for Austin Czarnik.
- I think Kailer Yamamoto has an excellent chance to make this team.
- It feels like the Oilers have something in their back pocket, a Lucic plus 2019 first-round pick for
- Corey Pronman: McLeod gains the zone as well as anyone due to his speed, skill and size. Too often though, once inside the zone, he can be passive, not looking to make quick plays to net and preferring to be stationary. (The Athletic)
- Scott Wheeler: He knew the Oilers might be an option after a strong combine interview, when he said they “just clicked.” (The Athletic)
- Red Line Report: Skating is the major strength of his game. Smooth, powerful stride and a deceptive change of gear he uses to beat defenders. Too many nights seemed content to take a back seat and play a secondary role.
- McKeens: Our scouts believe that Ryan had more skill in his game now than Michael did in his draft year.
- International Scouting Services: Offensively, can be forced to outside too often. A safe, checking forward at the NHL level with upside to play on a scoring line.
- HockeyProspect.com: McLeod is a playmaking centre with strong skating abilities. Ryan utilizes his fluid skating abilities and good speed to create offensively.
CHIARELLI’S BACK PAGES
One of the areas we should look at for possible value contracts in the free-agent market is Boston’s procurement list during the Chiarelli years. He would have knowledge of them, and vice versa, perhaps there is a fit. Here are a few names.
- RC Austin Czarnik. I wrote about him in April at The Athletic, that may be important because if he does sign there may be media trumpeting his name as someone they uncovered. I don’t care who gets credit but don’t want to be accused of not giving credit. If anyone in the Edmonton media wrote about him before April 6 (article above), please let me know.
- LC Joe Colborne. Injuries have impacted his career, but Colborne (now 28) may be able to help at pivot. He remains 6.05, has some skill and can play any forward position.
- L Ryan Spooner, NY Rangers. He’s RFA and there might be some interest if a Milan to Manhattan trade is in the works. He’s skilled but marginal for the money.
- LC Alexander Khokhlachev. After a big season in the KHL, thought there might be some interest in coming back over the pond. Note: Signed extension late April not an option.
- R Seth Griffith. Undersized skill winger who got into 21 games with Buffalo last season. He is not a burner, so may be shy of NHL ability.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun morning, beautiful day ahead and plenty of things to discuss. A splendid group of guests, starting at 10 on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. Bruce visited the first two days of orientation camp, we’ll chat about who stood out.
- Andy McNamara, TSN1050. We’ll chat CFL, Ricky Ray and I’ll probably bring up the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Jonah Birenbaum, The Score. Jays audition summer, trade scenarios in mlb, balance of power.
I can be reached at 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!