Josh Currie signed a two-year NHL contract yesterday, it’s easily one of my favourite stories of summer. Edmonton will rely on him to play at his established level for the Condors, and Currie pushes a growing career forward in a significant way. Will he play in the NHL? Mark Arcobello was in just this spot in about 2012 and he played 139 NHL games. Currie is pushing, and fans are cheering him. Great story.
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- New Lowetide: A bridge league would benefit the Oilers (and others).
- Lowetide: The news is out: Youth shall be served.
- Lowetide: The merciful end of the Leftorium.
- Lowetide: Cap decisions of 2017 may continue to hamper 2019 decisions
- Lowetide: Creating the ideal No. 2 line for the 2018-19 Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Which RFA’s are the most attractive for offer sheets.
- Scott Burnside: Q&A with new Humboldt Broncos coach Nathan Oystrick.
- James Mirtle: Canada job postings.
- Lowetide: UFA’s still available who can help the 2018-19 Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Analyzing the Oilers 2018-19 depth chart (including additions)
- Lowetide: Bakersfield Condors could be best Oilers AHL team in ages
- Lowetide: Handicapping the race to win jobs on McDavid/Draisaitl wings
- Lowetide: Oilers grab Tobias Rieder in free agency
- Lowetide: Frugal Oilers grab Kyle Brodziak in free agency
- Jonathan Willis: How will Oilers manage rich collection of goalie prospects?
- Lowetide: Is Evan Bouchard NHL-ready?
- Lowetide: The maturation of Daryl Katz, or heading down a dangerous road?
- We’re still nowhere close to full, the Oilers are (at the outer marker) 47 contracts deep, assuming both Evan Bouchard and Ostap Safin turn pro.
- Josh Currie may not play in the NHL this coming season, or ever. The fact he landed an NHL contract is a big damned deal. Mark Arcobello got one, Charles Linglet had his contract purchased for a five-game run in April 2010. I do not recall another AHL contract getting an NHL deal this century. If you remember one, please let me know.
- Darnell Nurse is the last outstanding contract.
- This is not meant as a pure depth chart or an attempt to post lines and pairings. I am aware that Tobias Rieder can (and may well) play right wing and that Pontus Aberg is unlikely to have first lash at No. 2 right wing.
NHLE FOR SIGNED CONDORS FORWARDS
- This is Eric Rodgers terrific work I published the other day, Currie has the best EV goal differential and a solid NHLE. He’s a righty center and I think he might be the most skilled pivot ticketed for Bakersfield. He was JP’s center, maybe Currie will also fill the same role for Kailer Yamamoto.
VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER FORWARDS 2017-18
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl faced tough opposition through the season (Rattie joined 97 and Nuge late, and as you can see the possession results had some wobble), with a large group of forwards placing a combination of second and third line opposition (most Oilers forwards in blue or heading that way). Zack Kassian faced the tough zone starts and the easier opposition, Jujhar Khaira between third and fourth line. Jesse Puljujarvi didn’t get a zone-start push, interesting.
The only downbeat colors are Kassian (drastic zone start), Iiro Pakarinen (fringe NHLer) and Drake Caggiula (he was a drag on his linemates). Ryan Strome was in a very sweet spot, you’d like to see more offense from the soft parade.
VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER BLUE 2017-18
Vollman has Adam Larsson in the toughest quadrant available, with Darnell Nurse not far away (and Oscar Klefbom an hour’s drive). This graph really shows how far Andrej Sekera fell in terms of usage. That’s a continent. Kris Russell’s bubble color is the same as Caggiula’s, I’d like to see Matt Benning trade places with the veteran this coming season.
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