The Edmonton Oilers signed another player to a PTO contract yesterday, this time long shot defenseman Jason Garrison. Does the multiple non-roster invite ever work? Yes! Let me tell you the story.
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- New Lowetide: Where will Tobias Rieder land on the Oilers depth chart?
- Lowetide: No. 1 prospect—Evan Bouchard.
- Lowetide: No. 2 prospect—Kailer Yamamoto.
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- Lowetide: No. 3 prospect—Ethan Bear
- Lowetide: No. 4 prospect—Ryan McLeod
- Lowetide: No. 5 prospect—Cooper Marody.
- Lowetide: No. 6 prospect—Kirill Maksimov.
- Lowetide: No. 7 prospect—Tyler Benson.
- Jonathan Willis: No. 8 prospect—Caleb Jones.
- Lowetide: No. 9 prospect—Filip Berglund.
- Jonathan Willis: No. 10 prospect—Dmitri Samorukov.
- Lowetide: No. 11 prospect—Stuart Skinner’s net worth.
- Jonathan Willis: No. 12 prospect—Joel Persson.
- Lowetide: No. 13 prospect—Ostap Safin
- Jonathan Willis: No. 14 prospect—Olivier Rodrigue
- Lowetide: No. 15 prospect—William Lagesson
- Jonathan Willis: No. 16 prospect—Cameron Hebig
- Lowetide: No. 17 prospect—Graham McPhee
- Jonathan Willis: No. 18 prospect—Ryan Mantha
- Lowetide: No. 19 prospect—John Marino
- Jonathan Willis: No. 20 prospect—Tyler Vesel
- Lowetide: Top 20 prospects: Forwards outside the top 20
- Jonathan Willis: Are Hayden Hawkey and Phil Kemp underrated gems?
- Lowetide: Oilers sign Scottie Upshall to PTO, expand options
THE 1987 MONTREAL EXPOS
One of my all-time favourite teams, they had so little pitching the club decided to invite every broken down arm in Christendom. Joaquin Andujar, Bill Campbell, Ubaldo Heredia, Bob McClure, Dennis Martinez, Pascual Perez, Lary Sorensen, Dave Tomlin, the Expos brought them all to training camp and gave everyone a shot. You know what? Martinez became the ace of the staff, Pascual Perez was brilliant down the stretch and McClure found a home in the bullpen. The rejects went 27-10 (I’m not kidding) and the Expos won 91 games. It happened just this way.
If Todd McLellan found Mark Fayne and Eric Gryba wanting in terms of foot speed, he’s going to get frustrated quickly by sundial Garrison. It’s a curious move, I had a fleeting thought that it might be an effort to send a message to the Nurse camp, but Garrison had issues with the boots three years ago. A nice opportunity for the player to showcase his skills but Keegan Lowe has a better chance to make the Oilers this fall.
My estimates have the McDavid line (Yamamoto replacing Rattie mid-season, so using Yamamoto’s numbers but not Rattie’s for this conversation) coming in around 85 goals. Last season the Maroon-McDavid-Draisaitl trio scored 80 goals. The key will be the No. 2 line. By the way, the estimates (and the measure from last year) are the names and all goals scored. I have Nuge and McDavid scoring new career highs.
My estimates have the No. 2 line morphing into Rieder-Draisaitl-Puljujarvi by mid-season, and the goal total coming in around 55. Last season’s No. 2 line (Lucic-Nuge-Puljujarvi) scored 46.
- Oilers defense scored 32 goals a year ago, 35 in 2016-17. I have them in the same range this year, Oscar Klefbom leading the way.
- Pontus Aberg and Kailer Yamamoto are the main players on this list among forwards.
- The five defensemen listed here will be working for two or three jobs. Evan Bouchard is a strong option for opening night, suspect that means the organization will carry eight defensemen early in the year.
- As Mikko Koskinen’s hold on the backup job increases, that may mean Al Montoya is dealt or sent to Bakersfield. Edmonton could use him as insurance and mentor in the AHL.
THE DISTANT BELLS
- Tyler Benson has a clear path to the NHL. He’ll have to impress in Bakersfield but there’s a job waiting when he’s ready.
- Jason Garrison played in the NHL and AHL last season, just a few games with the Vegas Golden Knights and the rest with the Chicago Wolves. His 5-on-5 goal differential in the minors (38-34) trailed Jake Bischoff (63-46) and Griffin Reinhart (38-28) among regulars.
50-MAN SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
Which one is better?
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A full boat this morning, beginning at 10 on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Is there another PTO on the way? Can Upshall or Garrison make the team?
- Bob Baum, Associated Press. How many wins for the Arizona Cardinals.
- Paul Andrew Esden Jr, The Score 1260. New York Jets! What are they about this year?
- Jeff Paulus, FC Edmonton coach. We’ll get a progress update on the team and the latest news.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!