2018-19 Preseason Game Two: Oilers at Canucks

Saw. Him. Good. I used to read Baseball America religiously, and that publication would often interview scouts or run scouting reports. Old timey guys, I mean 90 year old men with faces of leather, would talk in unusual, scouting terms. The one I liked, taken from a Cardinals scout, was “saw him good” as he followed the exceptionally talented Dmitri Young all around America. Last night, I saw Evan Bouchard good, and there were others. It wasn’t a complete NHL roster to be sure, but the goaltender (David Rittich) was in the NHL a year ago and the rosters appeared to be balanced. Plenty of good stories for the road team.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: RE 18-19: A case for the defence.
  • New Lowetide: Oilers sign Nurse to a two-year deal.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Can Tobias Rieder be the perfect complement to Leon Draisaitl?
  • The Athletic Cross Canada Tour Will hit Edmonton!
  • New Corey Pronman: Ranking NHL teams by their U23 core.
  • New Lowetide: How do you replace a lost draft summer?
  • 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.

LAST NIGHT GAME NOTES

They won! Woot! Most of the kids who have NHL trajectories played well and a couple of the veterans did enough to receive some kind words. It was a ‘quarter moon in a ten-cent town’ kind of night but beggars can’t be choosers. NHL.com and NaturalStatTrick provided the information below.

GOALIES

  1. No. 19 G Mikko Koskinen. Stopped 16 of 19 shots, .842 and 4.50. I’m not speechless much, but that performance is not easily described. The big goalie signing let many pucks through, I’m not sure he caught anything clean and he most certainly did not settle down. He’ll be better next time. One more like this one and Al Montoya is back in the NHL mix.
  2. No. 40 G Shane Starrett. Won the game, stopped five of six, .833 and 3.00. Looked calm compared to Koskinen, got beat on a weird goal (of course) but made some nice stops.

DEFENSE

  1. RD Evan Bouchard. 1-0-1, +3 24:31. Three shots, five shot attempts, one takeaway. I was very impressed in all areas. His goal was the results of heady play, a quick release and good instincts. He made several quality outlet passes, slowed the play often with calm feet. Went 8-7 Corsi for 5-on-5 with Ryan Stanton, a mostly effective pairing (some wobble from both men down low). Corsi for 5-on-5: 50 percent. 
  2. RD Ethan Bear. 1-0-1, E 21:45. Two shots, three shot attempts, two blocked shots. His power-play goal was terrific, wonder if he gets a chance to play 5-on-4 this week. I thought he was calm, made good passes and cut down on defensive miscues from rookie camp. Went 4-7 with Gravel and 4-1 with a goal in a small time frame with Bouchard.  Corsi for 5-on-5: 50 percent.
  3. RD Logan Day. 0-0-0 R 20:18. Two shots, five shot attempts, one giveaway and one takeaway. He’s a revelation in this camp, mobile and fearless. I don’t know what the hell they’re going to do with him, because if Day keeps playing this well someone will offer an NHL deal. Went 12-15 with Lagesson.  Corsi for 5-on-5: 47.22 percent. 
  4. LD Kevin Gravel. 0-2-2, +1 17:57. One shot, five shot attempts, two hits and two takeaways. He was excellent, including a wonderfully defended sortie against Flames winger Spencer Foo (who had him beat). An effective flick of the wrist and problem solves. Nice. Played with two main partners (4-7 5-on-5 per 60 in 7:12 with Bear, the duo 0-2 in 5-on-5 goal differential; 2-6 in 4:39 with Bouchard, the duo 1-0 in 5-on-5 goal differential). I think he was solid on a tough night in a tough town.  Corsi for 5-on-5: 36.36
  5. LD Ryan Stanton. 0-0-0, +2 17:30. One shot, two shot attempts, one hit and three blocked shots. I was less impressed with his decision making, he looked slower than the other lefties playing defense last night. Went 8-7 with Bouchard, 1-0 in GD. Bouchard was on the ice with him for the third Dube goal, Stanton made a very poor decision by leaving his position and turning things into a breakaway. He’s a veteran, that was a rookie play.  Corsi for 5-on-5: 50 percent. 
  6. LD William Lagesson. 0-0-0, -2 15:20. Three shot attempts, one hit, one giveaway. Mobile defender passed the puck well, although he lacks the creativity of Bouchard and Bear. He’s a better defender though and that has value. Went 12-15 on the third pairing with Logan Day, I liked his game. Corsi for 5-on-5: 43.33

CENTERS

  1. LC Ryan McLeod. 0-2-2, +1 22:21. Oh my! Two takeaways, 6-10 on the dot and two incredible assists. I can’t remember the last second-round pick who was squeezing out sparks in his first training camp like this guy. You have to think he’s going to get at least one more game. Goodness what an early run.  Went 10-12 with Benson and 8-13 with Yamamoto, line was 2-1 in goal differential. Corsi for 5-on-5: 47.06 percent. 
  2. RC Josh Currie. 0-0-0, E 16:01. Two shots, four shot attempts, two hits, 46 percent on 13 faceoffs. The truth is I didn’t notice him much, sorry to say. He was in a good spot on turnovers in the offensive zone a couple of times but couldn’t make anything rhyme. Went 12-10 on a line with Joe Gambardella and Pontis Aberg, 1-2 in goal differential. Corsi for 5-on-5: 50 percent. 
  3. LC Brad Malone. 0-0-0, +2 11:52. Two shots, four shot attempts, two hits, one giveaway, 55 percent on 11 faceoffs. He was what you might expect, solid in a two-way role but not much shaking offensively. Spent 17 minutes in the penalty box.  Went 8-9 with Russell and Chiasson, 1-1 in goal differential. Corsi for 5-on-5: 40.91 percent. 
  4. RC Tyler Vesel. 0-0-0, E 10:17. One shot, one blocked shot, 45 percent in 11 faceoffs. Led all centers with 1:40 on the penalty kill, that’s likely to be a major role for him in Bakersfield. Went 4-5 with Hebig and Polei on a line that had some moments but couldn’t cash.  Corsi for 5-on-5: 38.46 

LEFT WING

  1. L Tyler Benson. 0-2-2, +1 17:56. Two shots, two blocked shots. Did you see the passes? Music! Benson was noticeable all night with the puck on his stick and battled hard to get it back when not having possession. One of three forwards (McLeod, Yamamoto) who played over four power-play minutes.  Went 10-12 with McLeod and 8-12 with Yamamoto, they were impressive all night. Benson is a game rooster on both sides of the puck. Corsi for 5-on-5: 45.83 percent.
  2. L Joe Gambardella. 0-1-1, -1 14:10. Two shots, six shot attempts and one takeaway. He played in all disciplines, best moment came on a hard-working sortie where he simply beat the defenseman to the puck and wouldn’t give up on the opportunity. Lovely skill assist on the Aberg goal. He was 12-10 with Currie and Aberg. Corsi for 5-on-5: 55.56 percent, led all Oilers in this category.
  3. L Patrick Russell. 2-0-2, +1 13:00. Three shots, four shot attempts, two hits, one blocked shot. His first goal came on a dynamite feed from Chiasson, the second a Dave Lumley EN from Laredo. He forechecked well, he has some nice things. Went 10-10 with Malone and Chiasson.  Corsi for 5-on-5: 52.38. 
  4. L Evan Polei. 0-0-0, E 8:48. One fight, two shot attempts, one hit and two blocked shots. He was physical and showed good speed. I’m impressed. Rang one off the post, he was involved throughout the game. Impressive effort, went 4-5 with Vesel and Hebig. Corsi for 5-on-5: 33.33 percent, the lowest total for an Oilers player on the night.

RIGHT WING

  1. R Alex Chiasson. 0-2-2, +2 19:00. Two shots, three shot attempts, one hit, he also had a blocked shot. His pass to Russell was an impressive skill play. I’m not sure the Oilers will sign him, seems the die is cast for Scottie Upshall to make the team, but Chiasson is going to get a contract from someone I expect. Went 10-10 with Russell and 7-9 with Malone. Corsi for 5-on-5: 46.43 percent.
  2. R Pontus Aberg. 1-0-1, E 17:49. Two shots, one giveaway and one takeaway, 3:57 on the power play. He scored in garbage time (it was a nice goal) but needed to be more involved. The fact he was even in this game is a tell in terms of his possible landing spot at the end of camp. I like him more than the Oilers do. Went 14-10 with Gambardella, 12-10 with Currie. Corsi for 5-on-5: 54.55 percent.
  3. R Kailer Yamamoto. 2-1-3, +1 17:39. Three shots, seven shot attempts. One hit, one takeaway, one giveaway.He was exactly as we remember him from a year ago, dangerous with the puck on his stick and opportunistic. Great stealth back checker, he’s a turnover machine. It takes zero imagination to know why the Oilers like him. Impressive player. Went 8-13 with McLeod, 8-12 with Benson. If I had a vote, he would have been player of the game.  Corsi for 5-on-5: 36.36 percent.
  4. R Cameron Hebig. 0-0-0, E 9:46. One giveaway, one takeaway, one blocked shot. I can’t say much about him, 4-5 with Vesel and Polei, both of whom were more noticeable. Corsi for 5-on-5: 42.86 percent.

POSSIBLE LINEUP TONIGHT (WILL CHANGE)

  • Jujhar Khaira—Ryan Strome—Jesse Puljujarvi
  • Drake Caggiula—Kyle Brodziak—Zack Kassian
  • Ostap Safin—Cooper Marody—Ty Rattie
  • Tyler Benson—Ryan McLeod—Kailer Yamamoto
  • Jason Garrison—Matt Benning
  • Caleb Jones—Kris Russell
  • Keegan Lowe—Jakob Jerabek
  • Cam Talbot (Al Montoya)

THE NURSE SIGNING

I wrote about Nurse signing yesterday at The Athletic, so won’t go too much into his addition here. It’s clearly a big damned deal and sets the roster up in a substantial way. Edmonton is allowed to carry an extra player (goalie), so a good guess for the 24-man roster is this:

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Connor McDavid—Ty Rattie
  • Milan Lucic—Leon Draisaitl—Tobias Rieder
  • Jujhar Khaira—Ryan Strome—Jesse Puljujarvi
  • Drake Caggiula—Kyle Brodziak—Zack Kassian
  • Scottie Upshall
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Darnell Nurse—Matt Benning
  • Jakub Jerabek—Kris Russell
  • Kevin Gravel—Evan Bouchard
  • Cam Talbot (Mikko Koskinen) (Al Montoya)
  • Andrej Sekera (LTIR)

PROJECTED CAP NUMBER FOR OPENING NIGHT

Edmonton can make it under the wire, I do think we might see Scottie Upshall and Evan Bouchard on this roster (with Pontus Aberg and Kevin Gravel on the outside) but the money works either way.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. The Nurse signing, the impressive showing by Edmonton’s most recent draft picks, and Mikko Koskinen.
  • Marc Dumont, The Athletic. Exciting start to the preseason for Montreal last night, top draft pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a terrific goal. In what is likely to be a long season for the Habs, how invested are fans in this rebuild?
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. NHL preseason underway, Scott’s projections for player scoring, CFL weekend to come.

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

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Talbot stops Sven B. on a partial breakaway.

  2. Gerta Rauss says:

    Who took the original wrist shot…?..#89..?..was that Benson…

    edit backed up the PVR*#49 Benson

  3. Munny says:

    Another powerplay. Nice. The other one was too short to get a read from.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice slap shot by Jesse off the PP rush forcing a save.

  5. jzed says:

    Zone entries without you know who a little tougher

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Awwww, man, Benson didn’t see Jesse there – would have been a huge one-timer.

  7. Munny says:

    *swears*

  8. jp says:

    Pretty nice goal by the bad guys.

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sven B. finally gets one by Talbot.

    Keegan Lowe not having a great game – he should be re-assigned along with Marody, Safin and a few others tomorrow.

  10. jzed says:

    Safin with the unfortunate poster shot, needs more swarm seasoning

  11. OriginalPouzar says:

    Puljujarvi looks real good out there.

  12. Munny says:

    One thing I will say about young Caleb is that he can make quick decisions while manning the offensive blue line.

  13. jp says:

    Puljujarvi is looking strong, fast, crisp.

    Glimpses of the bull in the china shop potential that shift.

  14. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:

    Keegan Lowe not having a great game – he should be re-assigned along with Marody, Safin and a few others tomorrow.

    Yeah looking very much like a 9/10 D this evening.

  15. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar: Given the game is on SN, it won’t be streamed by the Oilers (or Canucks) – I’m sure there are some less than legal streams out there though.

    Thanks, I sprung for Rogers NHL Live. Watching a legit stream on NHL.com now.

  16. jzed says:

    The pressure game is generating more turn overs in neutral and offensive zone, need more strength in D zone to win more initial puck battles

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Safin’s most noticeable shift there finished off with a nice little shot that had a chance.

    Rattie has made some nifty plays – that was a nice give and go with Marody.

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jaxon: Thanks, I sprung for Rogers NHL Live. Watching a legit stream on NHL.com now.

    I didn’t think Rogers Live showed preseason games – there you go.

    I should log in as I also have a membership for watching when I’m out of the Oilers viewing region and so my poor parents can watch when in Scottsdale.

  19. Munny says:

    Shinny mode.

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    Talbot continues to look sharp – all season please.

  21. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar: I didn’t think Rogers Live showed preseason games – there you go.

    I should log in as I also have a membership for watching when I’m out of the Oilers viewing region and so my poor parents can watch when in Scottsdale.

    Yeah, I don’t have cable so streaming is my only option for games all year, so I thought I might as well bite the bullet today.

  22. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Talbot continues to look sharp – all season please.

    Yes he is tracking the puck very well.

    Oh no the hope is creeping back!

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    Keegan Lowe caught there – he continues to have a poor game.

    Does he get a 2nd game?

  24. Bank Shot says:

    That Keegan Lowe. Special player. Glad I had faith in him this whole time.

  25. jzed says:

    The D will be thinned by tomorrow morning

  26. Lowetide says:

    Marody really coming on this period, that whole line has joined the Strome line at 5-on-5 and are pushing.

  27. Pescador says:

    Jaxon: Thanks, I sprung for Rogers NHL Live. Watching a legit stream on NHL.com now.

    You will no longer be thought of as a streaming backdoor pirate
    congratulations!

  28. Derek says:

    I can’t wait to see Larsson flatten Petterson. 🙂

  29. Munny says:

    Another scintillating save

  30. Lowetide says:

    Garrison is a veteran, he has to get that puck out. As was the case with Stanton last night, the veteran bubble blue who are trying to make this team on defense are having issues.

  31. Bank Shot says:

    Caggiula made a nice play to break up the rush on the PK.

    Did Yamamoto regularly PK in juniors?

    Russell is the only Oilers D that looks competent tonight. The rest are turnstiles.

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hell of an outlet pass there by Jarabek on the backhand.

    Jesse causing turnovers in the offensive zone.

  33. geowal says:

    Lowetide:
    Garrison is a veteran, he has to get that puck out. As was the case with Stanton last night, the veteran bubble blue who are trying to make this team on defense are having issues.

    Two eights don’t make a six?

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    That’s three times now that Garrett has talked about the Jones not having the speed of a Canuck player – i’m not sure Garrett knows anything about Caleb Jones.

  35. Younger Oil says:

    Petterson is the best skater on the ice, and it’s not close.

    He’s going to be a thorn in our side for years to come.

    On the Oilers side, Talbot, Puljujarvi, and Khaira have looked great.

    Yamamoto has impressed as well, but I think Rattie is similar enough to him that we can comfortably send him to the AHL.

    I think Upshall could push Caggiula out of the lineup if he shows chemistry with Brodziak.

  36. geowal says:

    Oh my, what a post

  37. Melvis says:

    The one- two- one PK setup.

  38. Munny says:

    Pujo might be the best Oiler thus far tonight.

    Looks smarter.

  39. jzed says:

    Canucks can’t seem to beat Martin Jones…….

  40. geowal says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    That’s three times now that Garrett has talked about the Jones not having the speed of a Canuck player – i’m not sure Garrett knows anything about Caleb Jones.

    He just called Talbot Martin Jones. So…we could be generous and say he’s in preseason form.
    Or not.

  41. Younger Oil says:

    If Montoya can get the win, that alone might be enough to get him the backup job.

  42. Jaxon says:

    Younger Oil: I think Upshall could push Caggiula out of the lineup if he shows chemistry with Brodziak.

    Not sure anyone can push Caggiula out of a job. I’d like to see it, but it doesn’t seem Chiarelli and TMac do. They seem pretty high on Cags.

  43. Derek says:

    My goodness there are a lot of condom advertisements on this Vancouver feed for a fanbase that acts like its never been laid.

  44. Bank Shot says:

    Jaxon: Not sure anyone can push Caggiula out of a job. I’d like to see it, but it doesn’t seem Chiarelli and TMac do. They seem pretty high on Cags.

    What did you think of that chance he created on the PK after breaking it up at the blueline?

  45. digger50 says:

    Lots of things to like tonight but penalty kill is not one of them.

    What we are seeing; this passive, whispy, stick waving thing will not be good enough.

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bank Shot:
    Caggiula made a nice play to break up the rush on the PK.

    Did Yamamoto regularly PK in juniors?

    Russell is the only Oilers D that looks competent tonight. The rest are turnstiles.

    I couldn’t find SH TOI/Game but he had 3G and 2A SH so my guess is yes.

    Benning has been solid tonight and efficient moving the puck.

  47. Bank Shot says:

    digger50:
    Lots of things to like tonight but penalty kill is not one of them.

    What we are seeing; this passive, whispy, stick waving thing will not be good enough.

    Well they are basically rolling the lines on the PK. Yamamoto has been out there. McLeod was out there.

    I wouldn’t read too much into it tonight.

  48. OriginalPouzar says:

    digger50:
    Lots of things to like tonight but penalty kill is not one of them.

    What we are seeing; this passive, whispy, stick waving thing will not be good enough.

    I know the PP did some drills the other day but coach has said that, essentially, they won’t be able to really start working on special teams until after the first couple of games.

  49. Lowetide says:

    geowal: Two eights don’t make a six?

    Not even a seven, unfortunately.

  50. digger50 says:

    Bank Shot: Well they are basically rolling the lines on the PK. Yamamoto has been out there. McLeod was out there.

    I wouldn’t read too much into it tonight.

    They have been practicing steady. Although the people may change, I believe we are watching the system.

  51. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Derek:
    My goodness there are a lot of condom advertisements on this Vancouver feed for a fanbase that acts like its never been laid.

    You can lead a horse to water but …

  52. who says:

    Through 2 periods loving JP, Khaira and Talbot. Most of the forwards look good. Best I’ve seen Safin, even if he lost his man on the goal.
    Russell has been the best dman. He just wins more battles. He is an actual NHL dman, no matter what the Corsi crowd says. Lowe and Garrison have been bad. Jones and Jerebak have been meh.

  53. Richard S.S. says:

    8+8=16
    1+6=7.
    yes it does.

  54. Leroy Draisdale says:

    Wow, the Canuck’s broadcast crew is painful to watch and listen to.

  55. Lowetide says:

    Two lines are getting smoked.

    McLeod line is 2-8 5-on-5 Corsi
    Brodziak line is 1-8 5-on-5 Corsi

    The other two lines

    Strome line is 6-7
    Marody line is 7-4.

    Montoya in for the third.

  56. Oil2Oilers says:

    Are those Rugby style fitness trackers in the lower back of the sweaters?

  57. JimmyV1965 says:

    JP looking good. Talbot our of this world. WooHoo!!! Rough night for Jones and Safin. Thinking they go down shortly. What’s really scary is this is mostly the staring lineup for the Canucks. I think I only count three guys not likely on opening night roster.

  58. Richard S.S. says:

    Oilers will carry 4 Goalies for a while yet and at least 10 D, too much preseason still to play. Probably keep 6 Centers and 6 for each Wing, possible 1 or 2 more. Figuring out the first callups is important too.

  59. Lowetide says:

    Caleb Jones scored.

  60. Munny says:

    The slow guy scores. To Garrett’s chagrin.

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice forecheck by Puljijarvi to cause the turnover and lead to the Jones goal – nice little dish by Strome.

  62. Someone says:

    who:
    Through 2 periods loving JP,Khaira andTalbot. Most of the forwards look good. Best I’ve seen Safin, even if he lost his man on the goal.
    Russell has been the best dman. He just wins more battles. He is an actual NHL dman, no matter what the Corsi crowd says. Lowe and Garrison have been bad. Jones and Jerebak have been meh.

    I think most would agree, it’s the contract that gets him so much hate.

  63. Lowetide says:

    Zack Kassian would be more valuable to his team if he didn’t do that kind of thing.

  64. jzed says:

    Zack is back, not in a good way, too much trade talk

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    Unnecessary PIM by Kassian leads to a PP goal as the canucks pull back to within one.

  66. theDjdj says:

    Lowetide:
    Zack Kassian would be more valuable to his team if he didn’t do that kind of thing.

    Weren’t one of the highest penalized teams last year? With our PK history we really can’t afford undisciplined play.

  67. jzed says:

    Yawney will need to work on the power forward down low situation a bit

  68. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Oilers implode incoming?

  69. jzed says:

    Oh oh , TMac with an exasperated look, Ratty Ratty …..

  70. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Calling everything.

    Garrison cannot defend

  71. rickithebear says:

    Forward passing to the dman moving to front of net as that forward moves to cover the point is a robot SOE.
    If the dman misses the shot he is already turning to cover the counter.

    A rover does not do that correctly.
    Usually leading to outman in front of our net.
    A real bad SOE.

  72. jzed says:

    Checked by Sam Gagner, something wrong with that phrase

  73. OriginalPouzar says:

    Poor decision by Khaira at the blueline protecting a lead in the third period.

  74. Oil2Oilers says:

    Khaira’s penalty killing is going to keep him in this league for many years.

  75. Ribs says:

    So do they sign Garrison to Bakersfield after this game, or just release him?

  76. jzed says:

    Jerabek has had no favours done to him with Keegan alongside

  77. Pescador says:

    Derek:
    My goodness there are a lot of condom advertisements on this Vancouver feed for a fanbase that acts like its never been laid.

    they act that way because they all have herpes,
    filthy sailors

  78. geowal says:

    Jerabek has decent boots

  79. OriginalPouzar says:

    At the end of a fantastic shift a poor decision by Strome at the blueline – great backcheck by Jarebeck to defuse the rush.

  80. Leroy Draisdale says:

    Pescador,

    Had a good chuckle at that. Thanks!

  81. Bank Shot says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    At the end of a fantastic shift a poor decision by Strome at the blueline – great backcheck by Jarebeck to defuse the rush.

    In fairness to Strome that was kind of a pass in no mans land by Puljujarvi.

  82. OriginalPouzar says:

    Have we seen much (any) of McLeod and Benson in the third?

  83. jzed says:

    All of top 6 D should each have a personal trainer and doctor following them around all year, we cannot afford any injuries, at all.

  84. JimmyV1965 says:

    Bank Shot:
    Caggiula made a nice play to break up the rush on the PK.

    Did Yamamoto regularly PK in juniors?

    Russell is the only Oilers D that looks competent tonight. The rest are turnstiles.

    I think Benning has been good. Couple wobbly moments for Jerabek, but I think he’s been good. Lowe, Jones and Garrison have all been bad.

  85. BONE207 says:

    I find it hard to comment on the game when I don’t know half the players & numbers. Good to see hockey though…😆

  86. Pescador says:

    jzed:
    Jerabek has had no favours done to him with Keegan alongside

    quick, somebody please post the pre-season WOWY’s
    kidding aside Lowe having a rough time with these Canuck ringers

  87. Bank Shot says:

    Mcleod was just on. Haven’t seen Benson in awhile.

  88. Munny says:

    Jerabek sold the farm on that pinch north of Strome.

  89. Lowetide says:

    Very nice goal by Rattie.

  90. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wow – nice play by Rattie.

  91. Pescador says:

    Ratts!

  92. geowal says:

    Attaboy Rattie!

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pescador: quick, somebody please post the pre-season WOWY’s
    kidding aside Lowe having a rough time with these Canuck ringers

    Actually, I think natural stat has preseason numbers……

  94. Ribs says:

    I wish Benning was four inches taller. Lots of heart in that guy.

  95. jzed says:

    Pool party is a big man

  96. Lowetide says:

    Benson just got a shift there.

  97. OriginalPouzar says:

    There is Benson on his regular line – whoooof, I was thinking the worse when we seemingly hadn’t seen him in a while.

  98. BONE207 says:

    Everytime I see that big Finn, it makes me laugh. Someone creative could use his likeness for a complete set of emojis. (puljarvis)

  99. Pescador says:

    Ribs:
    I wish Benning was four inches taller. Lots of heart in that guy.

    He holds his own more often then not

  100. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar: Actually, I think natural stat has preseason numbers……

    Thanks I’ll pass

  101. BONE207 says:

    Pescador: He holds his own more often then not

    That’s me with beer

  102. Ribs says:

    Rattie skating hard to the open spots this game. That’s what we need to see if he wants to continue on with the McDavid line.

  103. Ribs says:

    Jerkbag. Heheheheh

  104. Hamez says:

    I’m seeing Kassian bad. Always chasing.

  105. Munny says:

    7 PKs and I don’t recall Lowe getting a shift on any. If he can’t be trusted to PK at this level…

    I mean, is he supposed to be an offensive defenseman?

    /rhetorical

  106. OriginalPouzar says:

    Keegan Lowe almost sets up the tying goal for the canucks……

  107. Abbeef says:

    Early but Montoya has been much better than Koskinen in there respective opening looks. I’m thinking the backup position isn’t as sure as was suspected by many.

  108. Munny says:

    Good work there by Rattie.

  109. OriginalPouzar says:

    NIce work by Rattie.

  110. Munny says:

    Talbot and Pujo are my two stars.

  111. Bank Shot says:

    JimmyV1965: I think Benning has been good. Couple wobbly moments for Jerabek, but I think he’s been good.Lowe, Jones and Garrison have all been bad.

    I think both Benning and Jerabek have had good and bad moments. They are well clear of Jones and Lowe for sure.

  112. rickithebear says:

    IT is so beautiful watching a single dman like Garrison cover the HD area like the HD dman he is.
    Especially in the 1-1-1 system jones asks him to play all the time.
    Running a 1-1-1 is a Tmac and Eakins thing.

    See what happens when his d partner skates back and excludes a forward.
    Strips, stops in HD area.
    Man can he defend in a 2-1 system.
    Robot system

    You,want SOE that yeild the highest % of success rates.
    Rovers like Klefbom, Nurse, Bear, Jones are winnng SOE nightmares.

  113. JimmyV1965 says:

    Rattie had a really good game tonight. Same with Marody. Safin was a huge drag on that line.

  114. Abbeef says:

    My standouts

    Good
    Talbot
    PJ
    Rattie
    Montoya
    Khaira

    Bad
    Lowe
    Garrison
    Safin (did he even play?)

  115. theDjdj says:

    rickithebear:
    IT is so beautiful watching a single dman like Garrison cover the HD area like the HD dman he is.
    Especially in the 1-1-1 system jones asks him to play all the time.
    Running a 1-1-1 is a Tmac and Eakins thing.

    See what happens when his d partner skates back and excludes a forward.
    Strips, stops in HD area.
    Man can he defend in a 2-1 system.
    Robot system

    You,want SOE that yeild the highest % of success rates.
    Rovers like Klefbom, Nurse, Bear, Jones are winnng SOE nightmares.

    What’s an SOE?

  116. Bank Shot says:

    theDjdj: What’s an SOE?

    Standard Operating Ephesus.

  117. BONE207 says:

    theDjdj: What’s an SOE?

    Silly oilers of Edmonton

  118. Abbeef says:

    rickithebear,

    Interesting take. I just noticed that he didn’t have the feet to keep up to the play when defending the rush, or the hands to do something when he got the puck.

  119. Nailer Yakumoto says:

    In other news, Tavares has already won the Cup for the Leafs, setting a new NHL record in the process!

  120. Bank Shot says:

    With McLeod’s skating, size and skillset he seems like a good bet to have an NHL career in some capacity if he listens to his coaches.

  121. who says:

    Canucks seem to have a bunch of decent looking young forwards. Why would they block these guys by signing a guy like Roussel?

  122. Pescador says:

    Abbeef:
    My standouts

    Good
    Talbot
    PJ
    Rattie
    Montoya
    Khaira

    Bad
    Lowe
    Garrison
    Safin (did he even play?)

    I liked Yammo’s game, he will succeed in the AHL.
    1 more year & he will be ready for primetime

  123. JimmyV1965 says:

    For the most part I really liked the Strome line. I wonder if this is the type of competition they will face in the regular season? The Canucks had very close to their full lineup out there.

    JP is an incredibly skilled player. He’s fast, strong, good with the puck in close, has a good shot and good edge work. I’m still not sure how he thinks the game. Seems to gravitate towards traffic almost. It’s like he’s on the cusp, but just missing something. Loved his game though. One of the best forwards tonight.

  124. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Anyone else think it was odd that Gagner and Kassian got their jerseys mixed up like that and ended up playing on the wrong teams tonight? Both of those guys must have gotten concussed pretty bad. Crazy universe we live in.

  125. flea says:

    Watched most of the game. I liked Brodziak from what I saw. Gets to the puck. Cagguila is a good player but I think he’s too small for the style of game he’s trying to play. Kassian was ok but not great. Pujo was great, I liked the whole Strome line.

    On the canucks, Petterson looked great. They have some nice pieces on that team to develop.

  126. Bank Shot says:

    JimmyV1965:
    For the most part I really liked the Strome line. I wonder if this is the type of competition they will face in the regular season? The Canucks had very close to their full lineup out there.

    JP is an incredibly skilled player. He’s fast, strong, good with the puck in close, has a good shot and good edge work. I’m still not sure how he thinks the game. Seems to gravitate towards traffic almost. It’s like he’s on the cusp, but just missing something. Loved his game though. One of the best forwards tonight.

    I think the bottom two lines will likely need shelter from the top two this season.

    A guy like Ethan Moreau would have dominated this game from start to finish.

    I feel like the Oilers are lacking that player type in their bottom six.

  127. Richard S.S. says:

    2-0

  128. OriginalPouzar says:

    My question has been answered – Safin reassigned to St. John.

    Hopefully they can give him some offensive help this year.

  129. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    My question has been answered – Safin reassigned to St. John.

    Hopefully they can give him some offensive help this year.

    I really didn’t see any other option, to be honest.

  130. Professor Q says:

    Nailer Yakumoto:
    In other news, Tavares has already won the Cup for the Leafs, setting a new NHL record in the process!

    Yes, these articles have been annoying.

    Also the fact that I live quite near to Lucan so I had to deal with everyone getting ready for the game (although most were very pleasant and excited, which is always good), and now the aftermath.

  131. leadfarmer says:

    rickithebear,

    It’s like watching an oil tanker drift out to sea

  132. jp says:

    who:
    Canucks seem to have a bunch of decent looking young forwards. Why would they block these guys by signing a guy like Roussel?

    Cause they were playing against the Oilers 4/5/6/10/11/12 defensemen.

  133. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    My question has been answered – Safin reassigned to St. John.

    Hopefully they can give him some offensive help this year.

    Huh.

    Probably for the best though, he didn’t look up to speed for pro hockey to me.

  134. OriginalPouzar says:

    I thought Safin had some decent shifts in the back half of the game but I don’t disagree.

    Now, he needs to get some offensive help in St. John or traded.

    They have 2 newly drafted imports in camp so one of them needs to go.

  135. CallighenMan says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    We’ll just call you “Sheldon” from now on 🙂

  136. CallighenMan says:

    OriginalPouzar: With the change from going to gym for 4:15am from 3am, I will be getting about 5 hours and 45 minutes per night (subject to Oilers games going past 10pm).Yes, I know, even the extra sleep isn’t sufficiency and I’m not quite sure how I was able to do the 4 hours for so long as it is every day as I almost never do a full rest day (another issue on its own).I am so dedicated to my program and nutrition program but rest and recovery is, by far, my biggest issue – I don’t do it and I know its not good.

    One big difference between the two of us – I have no kids

    As far as “doing stuff” that is also an issue as I am so regimented, I don’t like to do “other stuff”.I eat the same things at the same time every day and I like it and I get stressed when I’m forced to deviate.Its got to the point where I don’t like to “do stuff” as it takes me away from my routine, even fun stuff like golf or playing sports at certain parts of the day or going to the theater, etc. I need to become more flexible but, honestly, am not willing at this point.

    Sorry everyone for the excess personal information that I’m sure you don’t care about.

    Sorry, new to this posting thing…. as for the above… we’ll just call you “Sheldon” from now on 🙂 – as what you describe is some serious OCD.

  137. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I thought Safin had some decent shifts in the back half of the game but I don’t disagree.

    Now, he needs to get some offensive help in St. John or traded.

    They have 2 newly drafted imports in camp so one of them needs to go.

    Yeah a trade does make some sense too, especially if the Sea Dogs are rebuilding.

  138. Jethro Tull says:

    who:
    Canucks seem to have a bunch of decent looking young forwards. Why would they block these guys by signing a guy like Roussel?

    I don’t know, but we follow a team that signed Brodziak and Reider, then gave PTO’s to Upshall and Chiasson.

  139. BONE207 says:

    leadfarmer:
    rickithebear,

    It’s like watching an oil tanker drift out to sea

    Is the homework eatin’ dog still hanging onto the rope?

  140. Professor Q says:

    jp: Yeah a trade does make some sense too, especially if the Sea Dogs are rebuilding.

    You think they’d have done this last year when they traded everyone else, though. Similar to the Knights and Bouchard.

  141. JimmyV1965 says:

    The game reports from Copper and Blue are fascinating. What I saw in the game is very similar to LTs report and the Cult. At Copper and Blue they had a completely different assessment. Says something about the eye test I guess.

    If there is agreement on anything it’s the Drake and Kassian. They were both awful. I’ve defended the Drake a lot in the offseason, but he was simply not good enough last night. Of course, I would never argue that we waive someone after one preseason game.

    I would save my harshest criticism for Kassian. I didn’t think he contributed to the PK at all and his 5 x 5 play was beyond pedestrian. If we can trade this guy, do it now before other teams figure it out.

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