2018-19 Preseason Game One: Oilers at Flames

All of the writers of rhyme stayed at the baseball diamond, so hockey’s wonderful poetry remains frozen on ice. We are in the debt of those who chronicled the game’s history with the plodding care of a Pierre Berton tome, but there are times, like today, when we long for an inspired passage that might rise to something more, something great, something that would launch this moment into lore. There isn’t a grand explanation about why tonight’s game is so important, why grown adults are more animated today than they were yesterday, but it is there all the same. Welcome back, hockey. We missed you more than ever.

THE ATHLETIC!

One week from today! Next Monday, September 24 you are invited to a party at The Rec Room (south side). The Athletic Edmonton group would love to meet you, chat about the new Darnell Nurse contract (should be signed by then) and the team in general. You can register (we need to know how many are coming, just like your Mom at Christmas) in the link below.

The Athletic made some big additions last week, including Daniel Nugent-Bowman joining the Edmonton staff. Daniel, Jonathan Willis, Minnia Feng, Pat McLean and me will deliver prose all winter long and there will be tons via the national desk from Tyler Dellow, Corey Pronman and Dom Luszczysyn. Special offer is here, less than $4 a month!

  • New Lowetide: Oilers sign Nurse to a two-year deal.
  • The Athletic Cross Canada Tour Will hit Edmonton!
  • New Lowetide: How do you replace a lost draft summer?
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Even with more goaltending depth the Oilers are counting on return to form from Cam Talbot.
  • Lowetide: RE 18-19: Ryan Strome and the Oilers long journey to competent third and fourth lines
  • Lowetide: RE 18-19: Leon Draisaitl and the pursuit of a second outscoring line in ’18-19
  • Lowetide: RE 18-19 Can the McDavid line lead the 2018-19 Oilers to the playoffs?
  • Jonathan Willis: If the Oilers fail in 2018-19, it will probably be the same reason they failed in 2017-18.
  • Jonathan Willis: If the Oilers improve in ’18-19, they’ll do it on the back of special teams
  • Eric Duhatschek: Connor McDavid knows what ails the Oilers and how to improve it.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Ethan Bear is providing inspiration for Indigenous youth through his hockey camp.

LINES

  1. Tyler Benson—Ryan McLeod—Kailer Yamamoto
  2. Patrick Russell—Brad Malone—Alex Chiasson
  3. Joe Gambardella—Josh Currie—Pontus Aberg
  4. Evan PoleiTyler Vesel—Cameron Hebig/Luke Esposito

It’s basically an advanced rookie roster, designed to match with the very inexperienced group the Calgary Flames will be icing tonight. I’m especially interesting in seeing that top line tonight.

  1. Kevin Gravel—Ethan Bear
  2. Ryan Stanton—Evan Bouchard
  3. William Lagesson—Logan Day

This is most of the group I wanted to see tonight, a little disappointed Caleb Jones isn’t listed but that might be due to his having climbed up the depth chart. Lots to look forward to from this group.

AND NOW, THIS

It’s maybe 1986. I’m the afternoon drive announcer at 126 CFRN (The Good Sports!) and a pretty good Top-40 broadcaster. Cynthia Charles (about 50 times the talent I was, and that’s being kind to me) was my co-host and we had a good show. At 5:45pm, John Short would drop in to do a ‘crossover promo’ for his show, much like Dave Jamieson does now on the Lowdown each weekday.

As part of my job, I was the ‘vocal talent’ who had to be available for a few hours a day to read commercials for radio and television. One day, this would be have been during the NHL season, I was asked to read the tag for a “Shipley Photo” commercial. It was going to be fun, because the first 25 seconds were to be read by Oilers winger Jari Kurri, and I’d do the ‘tag’ (Shipley Photo and then the address, followed by “tell them Jari sent you”).

Kurri had a difficult time reading his part of the commercial, even though he tried for an hour. It was in a language that wasn’t his own and written to be read rapidly. We flipped the script eventually, me reading the heart of the spot and Kurri saying “tell them Jari sent you” because it was never going to work as written. Later that day, we drove over the writer with a Buick; it was the right thing to do.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR

Edmonton had a split-squad home and home for opening night to preseason a year ago, I’m going to re-publish all of my notes for you (available here) as a conversation starter.

GOALIES

  1. No. 33 Cam Talbot. Stopped all 11 shots on a quiet night, although he did have one brilliant stanza in which the Oilers gave the puck away and he just kept stopping the damned thing from going in the net.
  2. No. 1, Laurent Brossoit. Had a .923 save percentage and looked good.
  3. No. 32 Eddie Pasquale. Stopped 12 of 14, he acquitted himself well overall.
  4. No. 34, Nick Ellis. Had an .850 save percentage.

LEFT DEFENSE

  1. No. 77, LD Oscar Klefbom. 0-1-1, +2, 27:02. Played a monster amount (this is crazy) and had a major impact. Three shots, three blocks, major special teams minutes. Absurd TOI. Klefbom looks a bit similar to Serge Savard with the puck on his stick, strong and mobile and winding his way up the ice. He’s a confident veteran now.
  2. No. 82, LD Caleb Jones. 0-1-1 +2, 21:19. Led all Edmonton game defenders in total ice time and played well all night. Four shot attempts, one takeaway and looked solid for the most part. Turned the puck over a couple of times and you have to expect that from young people.
  3. No. 25 LD Darnell Nurse. 0-1-1, 18:10. He was the combination of skill and chaos we have come to expect. Skated well, didn’t make enough good decisions with the puck to be projected into a two-way role. That said, he was the best Edmonton defenseman in the capital last night, despite some giveaways. Nurse can transport the puck with aplomb and defended pretty well, the major item being failure to clear the puck out during a marathon PK shift.
  4. No. 79, LD Dillon Simpson. 0-0-0 -1, 18:04. Played the third most minutes among the Calgary group. Three minutes on the PK. Three shot attempts, delivered his usual quiet, effective game.
  5. No. 47, LD Keegan Lowe. 0-0-0, 17:29. One hit, one block and over four minutes on the penalty kill. He was listed as third pair but played enough to rank second pair on the evening. I was curious about where he was slotted (third pair) and remain perplexed about why he didn’t play more last night. You run the hell out of your top pairing and don’t get a long look at your bubble men? This makes no sense to me.
  6. No. 89 LD William Lagesson. 0-0-0 -1, 16:31. He didn’t play a lot but was effective in limited usage. Lagesson got sent out after the game but showed well during camp. I had him No. 16 on my Winter Top 20last December, he is exactly the player type (defensive defender) who gets underrated without viewings. I like him.
  7. No. 81, LD Yohann Auvitu, 1-0-1, -1, 15:54. He was noticeable in the time I saw him, very mobile and he’s confident with the puck. I’m curious why he didn’t play more. Injury? I think he has an excellent chance to make the opening night roster.
  8. No. 92, LD Ziyat Paigin. 0-0-0, 11:48. His playing time was a surprise, I wonder if his early game performance dictated sheltering him the rest of the way. Paigin is going to take some time to figure out positioning on the smaller surface, he doesn’t drive his mark to the outside very well.

RIGHT DEFENSE

  1. No. 6, RD Adam Larsson. 0-1-1 +2, 26:28. Played an insane amount, over 10 minutes on special teams and that’s crazy for preseason. Two shots, one block. He got beaten late by Dillon Dube but looked calm, cool and collected otherwise in the portion of the game I saw.
  2. No. 74 RD Ethan Bear. 0-0-0 +2, 18:40. I was impressed by his  play. Three shot attempts, one blocked shot, he didn’t have any mobility issues to my eye. He is a fine passer, didn’t get a chance to use his shot at all but distributed the puck well.
  3. No. 62 RD Eric Gryba. 0-0-0 16:46. He looked slow and chased at times, but also displayed veteran presence. Two takeaways, three blocked shots, I would say he helped his goal of becoming the 6D out of camp.
  4. No. 5 RD Mark Fayne 0-0-0, -1 14:53. Three blocked shots, lots of PK time, I like his calm, veteran feet and look forward to seeing him shine in Bakersfield. Some rumblings among msm that he’s in better shape and has a chance to make the big club but I don’t think Todd McLellan trusts his boots.

CENTERS

  1. No. 29, C Leon Draisaitl. 0-1-1 +2, 18:56. He was the best player in the Calgary game. One shot, three takeaways, he was strong on the puck and looked quick to me. He’s a bull with skill, played with some real edge last night. Leon’s a prick, I mean that as a compliment.
  2. No. 93, C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. 1-0-1, 17:54. His goal was a fluke but it counted. Over seven minutes on the power play, that unit wasn’t as tight as you would like. He was 56 percent in the dot, skated miles and was on the good side of the puck often.
  3. No. 55, C Mark Letestu. 2-0-2, 17:31. He scored twice by doing what he did all last season, hanging around in the good spots and offering a quality target. Letestu was 57 percent in the dot, had a takeaway and a blocked shot, and performed extremely well.
  4. No. 97 C Connor McDavid. 0-2-2, 17:03. He was 60 percent in the faceoff circle, had several brilliant moments and defended well (he was down low all night in coverage). He’s perfect.
  5. No. 22, C Chris Kelly. 0-0-0 14:49. Two shots, one takeaway and five minutes on the penalty kill. I didn’t see much of him. He was only 41 percent (nine of 22) on the dot.
  6. No. 24, C Brad Malone. 0-0-0 12:51. One shot, 60 percent on the dot (three of five), one blocked shot and over three minutes on the PK. He seems destined for Bakersfield.
  7. No. 28, C Grayson Downing. 0-0-0, 11:20. Had some good looks and covered pretty well, I’d like to see him get another game. Only 2-7 in the faceoff dot. He was one of his team’s top forwards in even-strength ice time (the skill was on the power play), managing three shot attempts and a takeaway.
  8. No. 45, C Joe Gambardella. 0-0-0, 10:31. One shot, one takeaway, he took two penalties on a night when looking at someone funny got you a trip to the box. He got limited time but had good moments. I would like him to be more involved in the game, he has enough speed to insert himself often. Probably just getting a lay of the land.

LEFT WINGERS

  1. No. 84, L Joey Laleggia. 0-0-0, +1, 16:37. He skates well, didn’t get a lot of good looks on the evening but should get a few more games. A solid night, two blocked shots. I hope he gets another game.
  2. No. 19, L Patrick Maroon. 1-2-3, 16:10. Maroon has a sixth sense around the net, he scores a lot of what they used to call ‘garbage’ goals. They stopped calling them garbage goals around the time of Steve Shutt, and good that they did. Maroon was quality, as usual.
  3. No. 27, L Milan Lucic. 0-1-1 +2, 16:00. He looked quicker and under control, although there were a couple of errant passes. Two shots, lots of 5×4 time. He was good.
  4. No. 16, L Jujhar Khaira. 1-0-1 15:31. He scored a goal, had multiple chances and continues a strong run early in training camp that began on day one. Khaira is a bubble player who is waiver eligible, and helping his cause. Saw time on PP and PK.
  5. No. 15, L Mitch Callahan. 0-0-0, -1 15:06. He played three minutes each on both special teams, showing his range. Uphill to make the big team, but showing an ability to help in multiple ways.
  6. No. 46, L Ryan Hamilton. 0-0-0, 14:26. He was noticeable along the wall, played more than expected (probably because of the score).
  7. No. 52, R Patrick Russell. 0-0-0, 12:26. I thought he had some good moments, he is a bigger winger and kept the puck heading in a good direction during 4line minutes. Led the team’s forwards in EV ice time, 10:18.
  8. No. 41, L Evan Polei. 0-0-0, 7:43It’s a big compliment to him getting a game in, he had a shot on goal and played his gritty style. I think he could get an NHL contract in the next 12 months.

RIGHT WINGERS

  1. No. 98 R Jesse Puljujarvi. 0-0-0, +1, 16:52. He had two shots, six shot attempts but what I noticed was his two takeaways and effective play without the puck. He had a couple of awkward shots on the power play, and looked frustrated and then less effective in the offensive area. I know he’s going to be a fine player, just a matter of where he lands on the depth chart. I think he’s a two-way winger, ladies.
  2. No. 18, R Ryan Strome. 1-1-2, 16:06. Five shots on goal, that’s exactly what the Oilers need from him. He had plenty of chances, I think you’d have to give him a passing grade on the evening. He did have a giveaway and you’d like to see more pressure 5×5 for his line but these are early days.
  3. No. 56, R Kailer Yamamoto. 1-1-2, 15:45. He had two shots, one takeaway and a productive evening. Yamamoto has a lot of skill, something Edmonton needs at his position. He’ll likely get another game. I have been saying since mid-summer the danger with this player is that he eclipses the other hopefuls because of superior skill. We have miles to go, but one of the things Peter Chiarelli has to be thinking about today is the gathering storm around JP and Yamamoto. How can he send the kid down when he shows this kind of skill? What does that do to Puljujarvi, who struggled? Bah.
  4. No. 44, R Zack Kassian. 0-0-0, 15:40. He was up to his usual last night, skated well, had a mini-breakaway and got some special teams time. Led the team (along with Laleggia) with three hits and had one takeaway.
  5. No. 91, R Drake Caggiula. 2-0-2, +1 15:18. He continued his positive march toward a role as an NHL regular on a skill line. Popped two goals and played a lot on both special teams. This is the game I hoped for Jesse Puljujarvi. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Needs to play a little more safe in the neutral zone.
  6. No. 8, R Ty Rattie. 0-0-0, -1 13:05. He saw plenty of power-play time (everyone did, it seems) but couldn’t cash. I didn’t see a lot of the Calgary game, but he battled in the offensive zone along the way and kept the puck moving.
  7. No. 26, R Iiro Pakarinen. 0-1-1, 13:04. He played a lot more than I thought he might, coach McLellan clearly likes what he brings. He played nine minutes at evens, more than most of the skill players.
  8. No. 72, R Greg Chase. 0-0-0, 10:04. He was solid on the forecheck, took care of the puck for the most part and worked hard in the part of the game I saw him.

CERTAIN OILERS

  • Barring trade or injury, this group of 18 (plus Darnell Nurse) should be flying to Europe in a few weeks.
  • By Wednesday morning, we should be able to start talking about a far smaller group of hopefuls still in camp.
  • Vulnerable to trade? Zack Kassian is one, the presence of Alex Chiasson makes him expendable.

UNCERTAIN OILERS

  • Pontus Aberg and Alex Chiasson have been receiving much of the early attention, Edmonton needs wingers.
  • The absence of Nurse brings all of the defenders into the mix, I’m very close to adding Caleb Jones to this list as well.
  • The chances of Edmonton starting the season with three goalies is strong. I believe Matty mentioned the league allows it for the Sweden game, but there’s a chance the club runs three until they know exactly what they have in Koskinen.

THE DISTANT BELLS

  • Three names sent on their way yesterday, Olivier Rodrigue was a recent draft pick and no surprise.
  • Kirill Maksimov had a disappointing camp, perhaps expectations for this player were too high. That said, reading too much into the last 10 days would be foolish. He remains a solid NHL prospect.
  • Dmitri Samorukov is in the same position, he was a day late and a dollar short on many sorties and that’s going to need some work. It shouldn’t diminish your overall view of the player, we’ll see him back here again next year.
  • Ryan McLeod hanging around is a positive arrow for the speedster, Bob has mentioned he thinks the young center might get a couple of games in preseason. Music!
  • Tyler Benson has shown well so far, his game tonight or tomorrow will be the first time the Oilers have had a look at him as a pro pushing for the NHL. I know they like him a lot, wonder if he survives the first cuts.
  • Most of these names are likely to be reassigned by Thursday.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

We’re back and this is the week where things get interesting. We’ll watch the waiver wire and talk about the season to come. At 10 this morning, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • James Mirtle, The Athletic. We begin our tour of the Atlantic Division with the Maple Leafs, a team poised to push for Stanley. Is this the best Toronto team since Pat Quinn’s crew at the turn of the century? The Pat Burns Leafs? Or is this team the best since Roger Neilson’s group?
  • Derek Taylor, TSN. Mr. Details on the CFL drops by and talks about a fascinating CFL weekend. The Eskimos got a break, can they take advantage? And does Johnny Football get the start for Montreal against Winnipeg on Friday?
  • Jason Gregor, TSN1260’s The Jason Gregor Show. Camp surprises, Nurse deal, preview of tonight’s preseason lid-lifter.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. Lowetide says:

    Dube scored.

  2. Oil2Oilers says:

    And it starts like always

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Koskinen channeling his inner Talbot letting in a goal on the first shot.

  4. Munny says:

    So Oilers TV is actually Flames TV.

    #thebigleagues

  5. Jaxon says:

    every damn year. the audio on these exhibition games is crap.

  6. Jaxon says:

    Watching from Toronto, so I’m not sure what regional restrictions they have on this, even though they said it was only available in Sask, Alta, and NWT.

  7. jtblack says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Koskinen channeling his inner Talbot letting in a goal on the first shot.

    LMAO!!

    oh boy

  8. Munny says:

    I feel like Polei was fighting up a weight class there. Survived a blizzard of lefts and then scored some of his own.

  9. Jaxon says:

    So does this lineup mean that tomorrow night we see Marody and/or Upshall as 13th & 14th forwards and 1 or 2 of Jones, Lowe and Garrison as 7th and maybe 8th D? With Montoya backing up Talbot?

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bouchard ties the game on a feed from Benson

  11. Lowetide says:

    Polei and Sabourin in a fight, I would score it even, Flames broadcasters had it advantage Sabourin.

  12. Regretzky says:

    Can anyone get stupid oilerstv to work? Same thing on oil and flames site; a link to the live game that does nothing when I click on it.

  13. Lowetide says:

    Evan Bouchard scored nice feed by Benson.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Regretzky:
    Can anyone get stupid oilerstv to work? Same thing on oil and flames site; a link to the live game that does nothing when I click on it.

    https://www.nhl.com/oilers/video/live-edm-vs-cgy/t-277437406/c-42256703

  15. Richard S.S. says:

    IF
    A word not many on this site bother to think through.
    Players become injured, even those who don’t make a lot of money.
    Sometimes the best available replacement is signing a PTO or two or three.
    There can be a need to exceed the Cap to fill the Roster.
    Darnell Nurse might have to be designated Andrej Sekera’s replacement.
    IF

  16. Munny says:

    Bouch joins the rush and snaps one top right.

  17. Jaxon says:

    Loved that play. Trying to not get too excited as this is only slightly better hockey players than the all-rookie games.

  18. Lowetide says:

    Really good play by Gravel, Foo had him beat but the blue used his stick effectively. Impressive.

  19. OriginalPouzar says:

    FYI – seems some of you are behind – feed on Oilers twitter is ahead of OilersTV

  20. Gerta Rauss says:

    Jaxon:
    Watching from Toronto, so I’m not sure what regional restrictions they have on this, even though they said it was only available in Sask, Alta, and NWT.

    it’s working in BC…hooray…!

    I hate Mike Smith

  21. Munny says:

    Good shift from Chiasson.

  22. Yakupov me says:

    Maybe it’s just me but it seems strange to see an Oiler D scoring off the rush coming down that side of the ice.

  23. Jaxon says:

    Benson and Bouchard seem to have each other dialed in. Hi hockey IQ / pro vision/awareness?

  24. jtblack says:

    Havent seen any games but Bouchard seems to be good in the O!

  25. Munny says:

    Koskinen might be a roamer.

  26. Munny says:

    Loubardias and Gilbert Gottfried are related, right?

  27. Lowetide says:

    Nice effort by Gambardella there, getting a shot on goal, might have drawn a penalty. He did not.

  28. ArmchairGM says:

    I got this game on the Oilers site but it’s a Calgary feed. 🙁

  29. Gerta Rauss says:

    Munny:
    Loubardias and Gilbert Gottfried are related, right?

    lol

  30. Jaxon says:

    Bear springs Gambardella with a nice pass.

  31. Munny says:

    Nice fight through the check by Gambardella

  32. Gerta Rauss says:

    Richard S.S.,

    Do you have a hard time making new friends Rich..?

    Can I call you Rich..?

  33. Hockey Project says:

    Yikes. Bouchard can definitely pass the puck.

  34. kgo says:

    Bouchard’s offense is a godsend….

    Gravel looks like Corey Cross.

  35. Munny says:

    Stay alert, forwards, when Boosh is on the ice.

  36. Munny says:

    Not one of those was a penalty

  37. Yakupov me says:

    Refs have got they’re regular season routine dialed in already.

  38. Jaxon says:

    I was kind of hoping to see Marody centering Benson and Yamamoto as a preview of the top AHL line, but don’t mind McLeod getting a view here before he goes down as I don’t think he’ll be around as long. Also, maybe this is a sign that they see Marody as a possible 1st call-up who has the ability to play C or wing and want to see what he can do against NHLers.

  39. Munny says:

    Good read by Kosky there. PP comin.

  40. GMB3 says:

    Munny:
    Koskinen might be a roamer.

    Reminds me of Jonas Gustavsson. Plenty of “heart in my throat” moments

  41. Hockey Project says:

    Shows you what I know. I thought the doughnut was under cup #2.

  42. Jaxon says:

    Look out, McLeod and Benson PKing, to soon be joined by Yamamoto on the PP

  43. Jaxon says:

    Damn that’s a deadly PP group
    Benson-McLeod-Yamamoto
    Bouchard-Bear

  44. GMB3 says:

    I enjoy the skill levels of Benson, McLeod, and Yammamoto. Why did we spend so many years drafting “stick optional” guys in the second and third rounds?

  45. Suntory Hanzo says:

    “And Falk bodyslams him to the ice…” lol

  46. Munny says:

    That hit on Polei could’ve been called. Nice to see an immediate response.

  47. Jaxon says:

    Not much of a fighter but a great move by Malone to stick up for his teammate.

  48. Jaxon says:

    Bouchard is getting a ton of icetime

  49. Lowetide says:

    Yamamoto scored. He’s no good.

  50. Munny says:

    YAmo!

  51. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    No finish that kid

  52. Munny says:

    The stand up at the blue line might have been the most impressive part of that goal.

  53. Richard S.S. says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    Yes you, may. And I never have, having out lived many.

  54. GMB3 says:

    Bouchard seems to spend a lot of his time very upright while defending in his own zone. Doesn’t seem to really be able to use his advanced size yet.

  55. Pescador says:

    You Moto boatin S.O.B

  56. theDjdj says:

    How you all streaming? Really struggling to get the oilers website to go

  57. Pescador says:

    Lowetide:
    Yamamoto scored. He’s no good.

    Wasted pick

  58. Lowetide says:

    Polei hits the post, fabulous pass by McLeod.

  59. Hockey Project says:

    theDjdj:
    How you all streaming? Really struggling to get the oilers website to go

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VapjoeBGsjA

  60. Munny says:

    Polei is having an eventful period

  61. GMB3 says:

    KY is a great example of a player who always keeps his feet moving. High motor, lots of compete, bit of a coach-dad wet dream out there

  62. theDjdj says:

    Hockey Project,

    Prince among men

  63. Surgeons Knot says:

    theDjdj,

    Oilers twitter feed has a live stream that is working really well. Yamo just made an incredible play standing up someone at the blue line, going flying, getting up, grabbing the puck on a breakaway and burying it. Great heart, great hustle and great finish.
    Bouch making some nifty passes.
    Very interesting to watch after so much time without hockey.

  64. Suntory Hanzo says:

    theDjdj,

    https://showtimes.ninja/static/nhl/oilers.html

    reddit nhl streams is my go to. Replace NHL with any other league and you get every sporting event.

  65. David says:

    theDjdj:
    How you all streaming? Really struggling to get the oilers website to go

    I couldn’t get the oilers website to work but the oilers twitter works.

  66. Hockey Project says:

    theDjdj:
    Hockey Project,

    Prince among men

    As the panhandler here in Victoria said to me (when I told him I didn’t have any change), “That’s ok, I’m on venmo.”

  67. Jaxon says:

    Day seems pretty involved in some good plays early on. Had to look up who #90 was.

  68. jtblack says:

    Jaxon:
    Damn that’s a deadly PP group
    Benson-McLeod-Yamamoto
    Bouchard-Bear

    When the Oilers hoist the Cup, these guys will be the 2nd wave. We finally have Legit prospects bubbling under …..

  69. Lowetide says:

    2-1 Edmonton after one, I’ve been impressed by Evan Bouchard most of all. A very calm player, intelligent and creative.

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    For anyone that complained about Talbot being on his knees too much, probably shouldn’t look forward to watching Koskinen.

  71. Ryan says:

    Mcleod looks like a left shot Puljujarvi sort of.

  72. Munny says:

    Lowetide:
    2-1 Edmonton after one, I’ve been impressed by Evan Bouchard most of all. A very calm player, intelligent and creative.

    He actually has deceptive speed. Can change gears.

  73. VOR says:

    leadfarmer: Could you please comment on the driving habits of Mozambique?
    It seems like cars have one purpose there.To murder somebody

    I know nothing about Mozambique but one of the human factors at the heart of driving safety or the lack thereof is culture.

  74. theDjdj says:

    Lowetide:
    2-1 Edmonton after one, I’ve been impressed by Evan Bouchard most of all. A very calm player, intelligent and creative.

    I like his skating. His skating has a calmness to it too that seems to add to that poise.

  75. theDjdj says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    For anyone that complained about Talbot being on his knees too much, probably shouldn’t look forward to watching Koskinen.

    I feel like Koskinen has to be on his knees the guy breaks bread with Ents

  76. Soup Fascist says:

    Munny: He actually has deceptive speed. Can change gears.

    I also have deceptive speed. I am slower than I look.

  77. Munny says:

    Soup Fascist: I also have deceptive speed. I am slower than I look.

    Ha!

  78. Lowetide says:

    2-1 Edmonton after One

    Shots: 11-6 Calgary
    Corsi for 5×5: 13-9 Caglary (59-41 percent).

  79. Woogie63 says:

    Lagesson has calm feet and hands… get him a lower number

  80. Ryan says:

    Lowetide:
    2-1 Edmonton after one, I’ve been impressed by Evan Bouchard most of all. A very calm player, intelligent and creative.

    Agreed.

    Only thing I worry about is whether or not Edmonton can embrace a finesse defenseman?

    Edmonton Oilers fans love a Sutton, Fistric, Gryba, Gator, or even Nurse.

    A Petry, Schultz, Gilbert… not so much.

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ugly goal by the flames (Dube again).

    Terrible by Koskinen.

  82. Lowetide says:

    Dube scores again. 2-2.

  83. Munny says:

    Natch

  84. GMB3 says:

    I’ve seen Talbot let that one in against the flames before

  85. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    you could buy two Al Montoyas with that money

  86. Rebillled says:

    Not a good goal at all.

    Already terrified.

  87. Munny says:

    Doug Hicks is taller than I remember. Shoots about the same.

  88. Munny says:

    Hattie.

  89. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dube with a clear cut breakaway and completes the hattrick.

    Bouchard caught at the blueline.

  90. Soup Fascist says:

    1st shot 1st goal both periods.

    Dude is DEFINITELY an Oiler.

    Somewhere Howie Meeker is shrieking, “Jimmy Crickets, what is that goalie doing on his knees? Looking for nickels?? Golly Gee Whiz!! You just can’t do that.

    I miss Howie.

  91. Lowetide says:

    Dube again, 3-2 Calgary. Some tough luck there for Bouchard, and it was a breakaway. Koskinen.

  92. Professor Q says:

    Well this was a fun time to tune in.

  93. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Stanton-Bouchard Koskinen

    swiss cheese

  94. Richard S.S. says:

    Do Oilers Goalies always snooze the first minute of each period?

  95. fishman says:

    Montoya’s stock rising!

  96. Munny says:

    When roamer roams, be nice if he’d pass it to our guys.

  97. Soup Fascist says:

    Pretty sure that actually is Patrick Maroon in goal for the Oilers.

    Al Montoya should not find an apartment in Bakersfield just yet.

  98. Rebillled says:

    Richard S.S.,

    First shot. Usually of the game. The trend started last year and is really settling in.

  99. Munny says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Stanton-Bouchard Koskinen

    swiss cheese

    Not sure what Stanton was thinking there.

  100. flyfish1168 says:

    Dube is a stud out there

  101. Bling says:

    Koskinen looks a little unsure of himself when playing the puck.

  102. Derek says:

    That 2.5 mill goes away if Koskinen runs back across the pond right? Right?

  103. tapper says:

    They can’t even break out. I get it, it’s hard when you’re playing the 5 man stand-around as your D-zone coverage. It’s really hard to get those boots moving from pylon mode. Flames on the other hand breaking out with ease. One team can chip with the right weight. The other, not so much. And Flames out-manning the Oil on every puck. Man this is so awful it’s funny.

  104. Lowetide says:

    Koskinen is unusual.

  105. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wow, Koskinen continues to look bad – another shot gets through him but trickles wide.

    As harsh as I have been on the Koskinen contract, I won’t put much in to this game, his first back in North America – his style at least tonight, does not exude confidence. Similar to Talbot, he’s been sliding around on his knees all game – that might be a confidence thing, not sure.

  106. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bear with back to back poor plays on the PP (poor cross-blueline pass and then really poor drop at the blueline to put the team offside).

  107. godot10 says:

    Derek:
    That 2.5 mill goes away if Koskinen runs back across the pond right? Right?

    Who runs away from $2.5 million dollars?

    Dollars are getting harder to come by in emerging markets and in Russia with all the sanctions.

  108. jm363561 says:

    Half an eye on work, one and a half on the blog. Thanks for all the updates.

  109. fishman says:

    Glad to see I am not the only one seeing it this way! WTF? Ya know it is pre-season with rookie squads

    tapper:
    They can’t even break out. I get it, it’s hard when you’re playing the 5 man stand-around as your D-zone coverage. It’s really hard to get those boots moving from pylon mode. Flames on the other hand breaking out with ease. One team can chip with the right weight. The other, not so much. And Flames out-manning the Oil on every puck. Man this is so awful it’s funny.

  110. Richard S.S. says:

    flyfish1168,

    Is he available? Can the Oilers acquire him?

  111. Lowetide says:

    I can’t believe how many pucks don’t stop with the Oilers goalie. He’s uncanny. He needs to be canny pretty fucking soon!

  112. Bank Shot says:

    Does the Oilers AHL squad always get manhandled so badly?

    Its amazing they managed to find such a group of boardhanded forwards that also lack grit.

  113. Jaxon says:

    I wish they’d learn how to match the volume between the in-stands “entertainment” mics and the play-by-play/colour commentary mics. Or put a compressor on them. I turn it up enough to hear the play-by-play and then the crowd guys blow my speakers and wake up my kid.

  114. flyfish1168 says:

    Richard S.S.:
    flyfish1168,

    Is he available? Can the Oilers acquire him?

    We drafted Benson at 32 versus Dube at 56. Benson has looked good but not as good as Dube.

  115. Derek says:

    godot10: Who runs away from $2.5 million dollars?

    Dollars are getting harder to come by in emerging markets and in Russia with all the sanctions.

    Maybe he’ll do Pete a solid similar to the one Pete did for Gryba.

  116. barmstrong says:

    Jaxon,

    While I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about. Are you sure it’s the the volume on the Oiler’s suck that is waking up your kid?

  117. Soup Fascist says:

    Did Barry Fraser scout Koskinen out of the KHL from Mexico?

    Honestly how could you watch this guy’s form and think “yeah, he looks like an NHL goaltender”?

    Someone said it above but from what I can see he is a worse version of Gustafson. That boggles the mind.

  118. Munny says:

    Best shift of the period, but it’s a low bar.

  119. Bling says:

    Yamamoto is relentless on loose pucks.

  120. Bling says:

    lol Koskinen came out and flubbed on shooting it out of harms way.

    Hooooooooo boy.

  121. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish1168: We drafted Benson at 32 versus Dube at 56. Benson has looked good but not as good as Dube.

    Yes, he has, against rookies and non-NHLers.

    That doesn’t mean that his game will translate to the NHL the same way that Benson’s will. Of course, Dube is the more dynamic offensive player right now but I think Benson’s overall game is more translatable to the NHL.

    I’m not saying Dube’s game won’t translate but that there are often things players can do in junior and these types of games that cannot be done in the NHL.

  122. Lowetide says:

    Lagesson wins a fight against Lomberg. Impressive.

  123. Munny says:

    Don’t know if this is Lagesson’s first tilt, but he looked like he knew what he was doing.

    #pickonthelittleguy

  124. OriginalPouzar says:

    Shocking to me the stock posters are putting in an extended rookie camp game.

    Its next to meaningless – even moreso than the split squad games of the past.

    Are people concerned about the play of Evan Polei and equivalent?

    Benson, Yamamoto, Bouchard, etc. have looked good and that’s what matters, if anything.

  125. barmstrong says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Nope… just Koskinen.

  126. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bear blasts one home on the PP.

  127. Munny says:

    Our Seattle ThunderBear!

  128. OriginalPouzar says:

    barmstrong:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Nope… just Koskinen.

    Yes, he would be the one concern, however, given its his first game in North American in, what, 7 years, I’ll give him a bit of a break……

  129. Soup Fascist says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Shocking to me the stock posters are putting in an extended rookie camp game.

    Its next to meaningless – even moreso than the split squad games of the past.

    Are people concerned about the play of Evan Polei and equivalent?

    I am VERY concerned about the play of our $2.5 MM backup. Talbot needs to play 72 games based on what I can see.

  130. Munny says:

    Bling:
    Yamamoto is relentless on loose pucks.

    Even not-loose pucks. Tenacious forechecker.

  131. Munny says:

    Right now Koskinen is out-playing the Flames netminder, for whatever that’s worth.

  132. fishman says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Edm vs Calgary is always serious! (right??)

  133. Rich M says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yes, he would be the one concern, however, given its his first game in North American in, what, 7 years, I’ll give him a bit of a break……

    Being fair is no fun. We should leap to conclusions right away…

    He’s going to need to be a lot better next time out though.

  134. Woogie63 says:

    96 for the Flames is Ryan Sproul is this the same guy that was in the DRW system?

  135. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    I can’t believe how many pucks don’t stop with the Oilers goalie. He’s uncanny. He needs to be canny pretty fucking soon!

    Not sure if we will ever see canny, but cunning in signing for 2.5 Million with trampoline pads

  136. OriginalPouzar says:

    No surprise but I’m liking Lageson’s game. Just a solid game defending and getting the puck out. A nice beat down in the fight is a plus.

  137. Lowetide says:

    After 2: 3-3 tie (2-1 CGY in that second period)

    Shots: 19-13 Calgary (8-7 in the second Calgary)
    Corsi for 5-on-5: 31-23 Calgary (57.41 percent), 17-15 (55 percent in the second)

    Liked Bouchard again, Benson, Bear, McLeod. I thought Stanton made a very poor decision on the third Dube goal, he needs to stay in the middle and hope a winger can join him. Koskinen is uncomfortable.

  138. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Shocking to me the stock posters are putting in an extended rookie camp game.

    Its next to meaningless – even moreso than the split squad games of the past.

    Are people concerned about the play of Evan Polei and equivalent?

    Benson, Yamamoto, Bouchard, etc. have looked good and that’s what matters, if anything.

    People enjoy what they wish. No harm in that.

  139. Pescador says:

    barmstrong:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Nope… just Koskinen.

    Poor man’s Laurent Brossoit?

  140. dessert1111 says:

    I think most of the important guys in the system are showing well, goalie aside. The first line is fun to watch, and all of Bear, Bouchard and Gravel are having good games.

    Outside the top line, the forwards look to be chasing too much to be able to stick at the next level, for the most part.

  141. dessert1111 says:

    Gravel looks fast and more skilled than I was anticipating. If he can keep it up as the competition rises, well, that would be just swell.

  142. Woogie63 says:

    Starlett in goal

  143. Bank Shot says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Are people concerned about the play of Evan Polei and equivalent?

    Benson, Yamamoto, Bouchard, etc. have looked good and that’s what matters, if anything.

    I’m kind of concerned about the managers of the the AHL squad when guys like Currie, Gambardella, Russell, Vesel, are the best they can come up with.

    Mact/Howson with their fingerprints all over an upcoming bad AHL squad.

  144. Lowetide says:

    Starrett with the stop

  145. Munny says:

    the release on that Bouchard wrister was topnotch.

  146. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yes, he has, against rookies and non-NHLers.

    That doesn’t mean that his game will translate to the NHL the same way that Benson’s will. Of course, Dube is the more dynamic offensive player right now but I think Benson’s overall game is more translatable to the NHL.

    I’m not saying Dube’s game won’t translate but that there are often things players can do in junior and these types of games that cannot be done in the NHL.

    you and I had this debate last week. I will reiterate. I am cheering for Benson. Benson has also looked good versus non – NHLers and Rookies. We agree Benson and Dube will bring slightly different tools for their respective teams. I am glad you came just short of saying Benson’s game will translate better for the NHL, But I will still tell you to take off your Oiler glasses because I don’t see how you can say Benson game is more translatable. I see Benson short on offence and more of a middle line player potential. Head to head games Dube has looked better, his vision, offensive abilities and he still responsible to backcheck. This game pace is better then-rookie camp and Dube has looked dangerous on almost every rush. Speculation among many phlegm fans Dube will be part of the main team at some point this season for sure. JMHO

  147. Munny says:

    Oh what a Malone.

  148. Soup Fascist says:

    Wasted pick.

  149. Munny says:

    Yamo with the Pisani.

  150. Lowetide says:

    Yamamoto scored, ridiculous pass by McLeod.

  151. Bling says:

    Oh mama Yamamoto

  152. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beautiful breakaway goal by Yamamoto for his second of the night (and either 3rd or 4th point). He’s been every bit as good as Dube in the second half of this games.

    Another wonderful pass by McLeod who has been really good.

  153. Rich M says:

    That pass from McLeod was a beauty.

  154. Munny says:

    Lowetide: ridiculous pass by McLeod.

    Ridiculous.

  155. Jaxon says:

    Maybe McLeod should be a D. What a pass.

  156. Pescador says:

    How fast can we send him back to junior?

  157. Glass says:

    That pass by McLeod was just stupid good.

  158. Bank Shot says:

    flyfish1168: you and I had this debate last week. I will reiterate. I am cheering for Benson. Benson has also looked good versus non – NHLers and Rookies. We agree Benson and Dube will bring slightly different tools for their respective teams. I am glad you came just short of saying Benson’s game will translate better for the NHL, But I will still tell you to take off your Oiler glasses because I don’t see how you can say Benson game is more translatable. I see Benson short on offence and more of a middle line player potential. Head to head games Dube has looked better, his vision, offensive abilities and he still responsible to backcheck. This game pace is better then-rookie camp and Dube has looked dangerous on almost every rush. Speculation among many phlegm fans Dube will be part of the main team at some point this season for sure. JMHO

    Dube hasnt shown much for high end vision. He skates fast and shoots lots. He would never get a hatrick that lucky at the NHL level. It was shades of Magnus Pajaarvis preseason hatrick. 2 goals that shouldnt have made it into the net.

  159. Woogie63 says:

    Holmberg is now playing with a full cage

  160. OriginalPouzar says:

    I just heard Pontus Aberg’s name, for like the 2nd time tonight…..

  161. Jaxon says:

    I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in Dube’s hat trick. I believe he scored 1 hat trick in his whole 203 game WHL career, which shows you what kind of competition and goaltending he’s facing here.

  162. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m really liking Lagesson’s game.

  163. theDjdj says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I’m really liking Lagesson’s game.

    He’s the type of playing that will never get noticed for all the right reasons.

  164. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I just heard Pontus Aberg’s name, for like the 2nd time tonight…..

    Yeah, this game does not look great on the vets like Aberg, Chiasson, Falk, etc. They should be able to dominate here. Although the game is a bit unstructured and freewheeling so maybe that is a disadvantage for the pros who have had more structure beaten into their DNA. When their teammates aren’t where they should be it may screw up their timing/mojo. That said, I don’t think structure has ever been Aberg’s strong suit.

  165. flyfish1168 says:

    Bank Shot: Dube hasnt shown much for high end vision.He skates fast and shoots lots. He would never get a hatrick that lucky at the NHL level.It was shades of Magnus Pajaarvis preseason hatrick. 2 goals that shouldnt have made it into the net.

    LMAOS at you

  166. Bank Shot says:

    flyfish1168: LMAOS at you

    Paajarvi is out there laughing at me too I’m sure. He’s a first liner…..at the AHL level.

  167. Munny says:

    Almost over the line.

  168. Jaxon says:

    Oh so close. Day jumping into the play nicely there. I’ve liked Day’s game.

  169. Munny says:

    Flames TV having a little trouble finding Flames radio.

  170. OriginalPouzar says:

    Patrick Russel with the insurance goal on a shot from the slot – nice turnover and pass by, I think, Chiasson.

  171. Lowetide says:

    Patrick Russell scores.

  172. Material Elvis says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I just heard Pontus Aberg’s name, for like the 2nd time tonight…..

    On cue….

  173. Munny says:

    Russell finds a nice opening in the slot.

  174. Lowetide says:

    Aberg scores.

  175. Munny says:

    Fast and Furious. Aberg with one.

  176. Jaxon says:

    All of the sudden it’s a blowout.

  177. OriginalPouzar says:

    I have also liked Gravel tonight – he’s been solid and made some offensive skill plays. With that said, he should be a plus player in a game like this – he is essentially an NHLer.

  178. Soup Fascist says:

    …..aaaaand we’re back.

  179. Munny says:

    Radio crew back from smoking a huge joint.

  180. Soup Fascist says:

    Chuck Mangione showing some patience there.

  181. Richard S.S. says:

    7-4 win

  182. Material Elvis says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I’m really liking Lagesson’s game.

    Me, too. That year in Sweden really polished him. He plays a smart, tough game and has some skill. He’s a dark horse favorite for top Bakersfield D this year.

  183. OriginalPouzar says:

    Material Elvis: Me, too.That year in Sweden really polished him.He plays a smart, tough game and has some skill.He’s a dark horse favorite for top Bakersfield D this year.

    It seems to have – I remember being impressed by his skating last year but his overall game has looked very calm and poised – granted, rookie games….

  184. Jaxon says:

    A bit unstructured with some ugly goalering, but some players who impressed like McLeod, Bear, Yamamoto, Bouchard, and Benson (the skilled ones we expected/hoped to show well). I thought Day, Gravel showed well. Chiasson and Aberg didn’t seem like players who were fighting for their jobs.

  185. Jordan says:

    So, what am I taking away from this game?

    1 – Goaler is Enigma – Check

    2 – Prospects have some Talent – Check

    3 – Defense may have some holes in it – Check

    4 – The more things change… the more this feels like something I could have said any year since 2006. – Check

    5 – In Connor we trust – Check

  186. Mantis says:

    Pescador: Poor man’s Laurent Brossoit?

    At 2.5 mill, maybe a rich man’s LB…

  187. fishman says:

    Well very few players on the ice will be in the show this year. Guys we expected to play well did for the most part. Goaltending was shite. Really hoping Kosky has better game than he showed tonight?? Looking forward to seeing actual NHLers playing!

  188. €√¥£€^$ says:

    VOR: I know nothing about Mozambique but one of the human factors at the heart of driving safety or the lack thereof is culture.

    This reminds me of a conversation I had with my ex-mother-in-law, who lives in Brooks. There are a lot of Somalis who live there and it was or is common practice to not only borrow a car, but also a Driver’s license…..keep this in mind when you are driving in Brooks, or Somalia…..

  189. Material Elvis says:

    OriginalPouzar: It seems to have – I remember being impressed by his skating last year but his overall game has looked very calm and poised – granted, rookie games….

    Yes, context noted. But his improvement in Sweden makes me feel giddy about Berglund coming over next year.

  190. Rebillled says:

    Dear Cam Talbot,

    Hope you had a good summer and here are the keys.

  191. Pescador says:

    Mantis: At 2.5 mill, maybe a rich man’s LB…

    You’re right!
    It’s the Oilers pro scouting that is poor
    ZING

    **sobs**

  192. JimmyV1965 says:

    Wow. Koskinen really reminded me of Talbot last year. Lots of déjà vu. He allowed the first shot of the game, the first shot of the second period, he played the puck like a grenade, he allowed a goal from behind the goal line and he had a hard time tracking the puck. Geez. I hope he gets a lot better than that.

    Aberg had a meh game for someone whose career hinged on it. Gambardella looked much better than Aberg.

    It was my first time watching Bouchard. I was surprised how well he handled the puck in tight. He looked good out there for the most part.

  193. Material Elvis says:

    Jordan:
    So, what am I taking away from this game?

    1 – Goaler is Enigma – Check

    2 – Prospects have some Talent – Check

    3 – Defense may have some holes in it – Check

    4 – The more things change… the more this feels like something I could have said any year since 2006. – Check

    5 – In Connor we trust – Check

    Are you serious? The prospects are the ones driving the play out there. These are the guys pushing to be Oilers depth players. This is exactly what we want to see.

  194. Zelepukin says:

    JimmyV1965:
    Wow. Koskinen really reminded me of Talbot last year. Lots of déjà vu. He allowed the first shot of the game, the first shot of the second period, he played the puck like a grenade, he allowed a goal from behind the goal line and he had a hard time tracking the puck. Geez.I hope he gets a lot better than that.

    Their scouting report must have been, this guy is how big? In that case, statistically speaking there is a higher chance of him stopping the first shot.

  195. Munny says:

    Looks like Broissoit had a good night.

  196. Jordan says:

    Material Elvis: Are you serious?The prospects are the ones driving the play out there.These are the guys pushing to be Oilers depth players.This is exactly what we want to see.

    Yes, I am serious.

    In a game against an AHL squad, the Oilers AHL squad looked better.

    Except the Oilers NHL Backup was somewhere between questionable and horraful and the Oilers prospects produced offense for both teams by being defensively suspect. This reinforced that when the Oilers face NHL competition, there are real and significant holes in the lineup.

    That has been true for most of the last decade.

    I hope that the prospects keep pushing. I hope they go from NHL prospects to players in the next couple of years.

    But I remember that Nothing is written in stone.

    Not even Connor and Stanley.

    So I wait and hope, and remember all of the dashed hopes from the past and think this isn’t all that different. I hope the ending is different this time.

  197. CrazyCoach says:

    Hey LT et al,

    Been awhile since I have checked in. In light of the Nurse signing and once again celebrating the fact that McDavid is an Oiler for eight more years, I thought I’d share some thoughts with you from some years back. I was cleaning out my Google drive and found an assignment I’d worked on while doing my masters. It was for a class about sports agents and I had to write a hypothetical letter as an agent representing my client, WIllie Mulligan (apologies to Frank Orr). It is eerily similar to a scenario I would imagine happening in Oiler land 8 years from now. Hopefully folks in here entertain me and give it a look see. I wrote this in July of 2011.

    “As the representative agent for my client, Willie Mulligan, I would like to enter into discussions around a possible renegotiation for my client, who is a Centerman, for your team, the Edmonton Oilers, who play in the National Hockey League(NHL). My client has been with your team since you drafted him in the first round of the 2006 NHL entry draft with the 2nd overall pick. After spending the first year in the minor leagues, my client has fulfilled the requirements of an entry level contract (ELC) and subsequently resigned with the Oilers on a five year Standard Players Contract (SPC) after which time of its expiration, my client would become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) under Article 10.1(a)(i) of the current NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). At such time, Mr. Mulligan would be free to negotiate a new deal with any NHL team without compensation in return for the Oilers. With two years remaining on that contract, my client and I would like to renegotiate that deal and look at a long term contract that would compensate my client accordingly and keep him an Oiler for the remainder of his career.

    When Mr. Mulligan was drafted, he was often lauded as the best draft prospect the Oilers have seen since the days of Mark Messier and Jari Kurri (both in the Hall of Fame and multiple Stanley Cup winners). My client came to your team with hopes of making the team and an expectation that the Oilers would return to their glory years of the 1980’s. He has fulfilled his goal of making the team and has become a key component in the Oilers climb back to the top of the NHL world. Since his rookie season in the NHL, my client has far surpassed expectations of his ELC and current contract.. In 4 complete NHL seasons my client has won; Rookie of the year, scoring title three consecutive seasons, league MVP four consecutive seasons, and playoff MVP twice (in which the Oilers won the Stanley Cup both times). In six seasons playing for the Oilers, my client has become the first line center of the team, never missed a game due to injury or illness, and consistently plays in the neighborhood of 25-30 minutes per game. A comparison of other centermen’s statistics in the NHL, will show that my client can be considered the top center in the game today based on statistics such as goals, assists, and plus/minus defensive ratings. In addition to to these stats a quick review will show that no player in the 5 seasons preceding the 2006 draft, nor the 5 years after the NHL draft has performed as well as Mr. Mulligan. However, according to information obtained from the NHL Players Association (NHLPA), Mr. Mulligan is not the highest paid player in his draft year let alone at his position. In light of the extraordinary results my client has shown, we would like to renegotiate his current contract and have it amended. “

  198. JimmyV1965 says:

    Soup Fascist: I am VERY concerned about the play of our $2.5 MM backup. Talbot needs to play 72 games based on what I can see.

    Koskinen was awful, but it’s one game; his first game in North America. Probably a bit early to panic. Reminds me of a week ago when everyone was crapping on Chia because he couldn’t sign Nurse. Things can change in a week.

  199. Dee Dee says:

    Give Koskinen a little time before you tear him to shreds. First game in a faster more talented league.

    He’s going to have to make some adjustments.

    Feel free to rip him if he plays like that in an actual game that actually means something…

  200. JimmyV1965 says:

    I think it’s perfectly okay to say Dube was the best player on the ice tonight. It doesn’t mean he will have the best NHL career. However, he played very well tonight. And if he has a better career than Benson, it doesn’t mean Benson was a bad pick, even though he was selected 20 picks earlier. Perspective is always good.

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