Moving Day

Today we could see any number of breaking stories involving the Oilers. Players sent down, players waived, players picked up on waivers, trades, Ryan McLeod’s contract announcement. It will be a strong news week as the club gets down to the serious business of finalizing its 23-man roster (with an additional goalie). Let the good times roll!

Last night in Winnipeg, the third and fourth lines, along with the Nurse-Benning pairing, fought against a fairly complete Jets team. I was impressed through 30 minutes and then things began to fall apart. Results don’t matter in preseason but you want to see who plays well in difficult situations. We learned a lot last night, many impressive showings in some areas while cracks are forming in others.

THE ATHLETIC!

I’ve been writing for The Athletic since December last year and have enjoyed every day of it. It’s the one-year anniversary tonight, at The Rec Room (south side) between 6pm and 10pm. You don’t have to come for the entire four hours, but please drop in if you can and I’ll introduce you around to the various peoples, even tell you about the balance photo. It’s been a pure pleasure for me to be part of the group and our coverage will be even greater this coming season.

The Athletic Edmonton lineup will be there, including Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis. Eric Duhatschek will attend! I’ll be there rolling my eyes, making smartass remarks and mocking Jon. If you haven’t subscribed yet, now’s your chance. Special offer is here, less than $4 a month!

  • The Athletic hits Edmonton tonight!
  • New Lowetide: Oilers farm system beginning to resemble the real thing
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A pair of Ryans: Oilers McLeod, Strome strengthen families’ bond as teammates.
  • Lowetide: After more Oilers’ cuts, roster decisions coming into focus.
  • Tyler Dellow: Is Connor McDavid good enough to make a power play with five left shots work?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Former Oiler Dave Manson on coaching, nicknames and his raspy voice.
  • New Lowetide: RE 18-19: Cam Talbot is key to Oilers success in 2018-19
  • Lowetide: RE 18-19: A case for the defence.
  • 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?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Challenge accepted: Young RW’s showcase skill in Oilers preseason game.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Assessing the aftermath from Darnell Nurse’s deal with the Oilers.
  • New Jonathan Willis: Pleasant and unpleasant surprises from Tuesday’s training camp cuts.
  • New Lowetide: Oilers sign Nurse to a two-year deal.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Can Tobias Rieder be the perfect complement to Leon Draisaitl?

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Garrison-Bear went 17-6 in 13:52, 10-2 shots and 0-1 GF. I know, I know, it was a weird game. Went 10-2 against Perreault-Little-Laine and were dominant against Myers-Byfuglien who were very poor (15-2 against that pairing alone). Garrison was good, but mobility is what I notice no matter what he’s doing with the puck, I think it’s a deal breaker. Bear looked quite good, fast and good decisions plus the power-play marker. He made a very poor pass on the 5-on-4 that Caggiula had no chance to do anything with, ended up in the back of the net. Bear is close to NHL-ready, in my opinion, closer than I thought he was going to be this fall.
  • Gravel-Jerabek were 24-17 in 14:46, 14-9 shots at 0-1 GF. Pairing went 10-8 against the Little line, these two are both looking at NHL time this season. Gravel pinched on the fifth goal, Jerabek didn’t play it well at all. Jerabek’s contract tells us he is going to make the team but will need to be much better the rest of preseason. Gravel has had the better camp of the two, Jerabek’s issue is there is no one thing he does so well that keeping him is necessary.
  • Nurse-Benning were 11-11 in 16:49, 8-3 in shots, 1-0 GF. Both men did great things with and without the puck, I’m more convinced than ever this should be the second pairing. Nurse’s drive down low for the second Yamamoto goal was impressive but he was also terrific at the other end. Benning’s decision-making is excellent. Very impressed with both men.
  • Mikko Koskinen stopped 12 of 14, .857 at 5-on-5. I’d have to go back and look but my notes say the goalie wasn’t the culprit on any of the goals. At some point, it won’t matter, he is going to have to make more than nine stops for every 10 shots, but at least he was more settled in this game and did flash a good glove a couple of times. If Montoya has a good outing this week, suspect we have some kind of backup goalie soap opera leading up to opening night.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Khaira-Strome-Puljujarvi went 19-8 in 11:25, 13-5 in shots and no goals either way. Puljujarvi was a ramrod, my goodness he has a run going this preseason. Khaira was strong as always and at this point I’m wondering if the club should just drop Leon Draisaitl between these two wingers and call that the No. 2 line. Strome is good, but vanilla. Edmonton needs a No. 3 center who can do something very well, even if it is penalty killing or winning faceoffs. Strome’s range of skill is good, what does he do exceptionally well? It’s going to cost him someday on this roster, especially as youngsters begin to push at his position.
  • Caggiula-Brodziak-Kassian went 14-7 in 11:16 (Kassian) and 8-5 in 9:28 (Caggiula). The line did well, Caggiula made more plays last night than he did in any games I can recall. Brodziak was solid defensively, shy on offense but that’s the fourth line’s job. A strong early shift set the tone for the duo. Kassian’s penalty was the only aberration to my mind.
  • Yamamoto-McLeod-Rieder went 16-12 in 12:22, 9-4 shots and 1-1 goals. Yamamoto had a fabulous night, he’s such a smart player and creates all kinds of opportunities. I don’t know that he makes the team, but do believe he’s going to be a successful NHL player when he arrives. McLeod is going to get sent out, but he has outplayed some veterans. He is the best teenaged center without the puck in Oilers’ camp since Nuge (we don’t invoke McDavid when discussing mortals), and I cannot give a higher compliment defensively to a center. Rieder had three takeaways but also took the wrong turn at Albuquerque a couple of times. Yamamoto on left wing makes one wonder about the team’s thought process at this point in time.
  • Malone-Marody-Aberg went 5-7 in 9:36, 2-2 in shots and 0-1 goals. Aberg was the most dynamic player on the line (had a breakaway) but he needed to do more. He’s also not completely trustworthy without the puck. I think the die is cast, hope I’m wrong. Malone was poor, Marody imo is very close to NHL-ready.
  • Natural Stat Trick and NHL.com.

CONDORS ROSTER TODAY

There will be more to come, but let’s concentrate on the 31 names who will be in Condors’ camp today and their futures.

  1. G Shane Starrett. Edmonton doesn’t have Nick Ellis on the roster (retirement) so Starrett is the most experienced hand in camp among goalies. He played 38 games with Wichita Thunder (ECHL) posting a .912 save percentage, good for No. 15 among qualified goalies.
  2. G Stuart Skinner. Part of me is hoping Jay Woodcroft will give the two new pro goalies a real shot at the starting job in Bakersfield. It goes against the Oilers’ grain going all the way back to Steve Passmore but I prefer playing prospects a lot in their entry deals. Skinner is a famous goalie courtesy a fabulous run with WHL champion Swift Current Broncos in the spring.
  3. G Dylan Wells. Finished his junior career with the Peterborough Petes 2017-18, now turning pro. I think many Oilers fans believe he’s well below Skinner as a prospect, but that Petes team was a wayward group for much of Wells’ time there. I think it wise to observe these two men as they play for the same team and not pre-judge either man.
  4. LD Caleb Jones. Entering his second pro season, his training camp and preseason suggest we can look for a step forward this year. Jones is the fastest defenseman in the system and there might be an NHL job for him as early as next fall if he continues to develop. Oilers’ fans should be paying special attention to him this winter.
  5. LD William Lagesson. This is my kind of player, the shutdown defender with good speed and mobility. He lacks the creativity with the puck someone like Bear or Bouchard possess, but Lagesson can make plays and move the puck well. He could see some NHL action this season and we’ll look for him to quickly establish himself as a top 4D option in Bakersfield. The last of three NHL contracts on the current roster among defenders, the rest are either AHL deals or tryouts.
  6. LD Ryan Stanton. Veteran will play a major role in Bakersfield, as he did a year ago (46, 2-6-8) when healthy. Edmonton might have called him up last year save for injury, we’ll see if the opportunity knocks again in 2018-19.
  7. RD Logan Day. He scored 10, 2-0-2 after signing an AHL deal with Bakersfield, and for me he’s the most interesting minor-league contract in this group. He was splendid in rookie camp, clearly has creativity with the puck on his stick.
  8. LD Jake Kulevich. Another AHL signing, he played for the Manitoba Moose one year ago (33, 0-3-3) so could see some Bakersfield time. He’s a shutdown type, 6.03, 210, stays out of the penalty box.
  9. LD Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin. My sincere hope for him this season is we find, as a group, some way to shorten his name. Secondarily, it will be good to see if he can step beyond his ECHL debut (68, 2-17-19) one year ago.
  10. LD Jared Wilson. He is fresh out of college (RPI) and appeared a step slow in rookie camp. That doesn’t mean anything, but it’s likely he’ll see more time in the ECHL than AHL this season.
  11. RD Justin Lemcke. I followed his junior career a little, Wichita did a nice job getting his name on a contract. Scored nine goals (exactly) in three different OHL seasons. He is on a tryout with Bakersfield.
  12. RD Jeremy Beaudry. He’s an offensive defender who played for Wichita last season (69, 13-24-37) and will probably be there this season, too.
  13. LD Keoni Texeira. A solid junior career with the Portland Winterhawks, he has enough speed and skill to be intriguing at the pro level. Tryout.
  14. LD Dylan Labbe. Don’t have much on him, fourth-round pick from 2013 (Minnesota Wild) peaked out at the AHL level and has been in the ECHL for a time. Tryout.
  15. RC Josh Currie. Armed with an NHL contract and the ability to play up and down the lineup, Currie is a valuable player for new coach Jay Woodcroft. He has passed 20 goals each of the last two seasons and will be counted on to mentor some young wingers.
  16. L Tyler Benson. He turns pro healthy and coming off a solid training camp, suspect Benson would have taken that after some dark days in junior due to injury. I believe the Oilers are going to turn over some of their left wingers a year from now, if Benson flourishes in Bakersfield he could be in the NHL 2019-20.
  17. L Joe Gambardella. He’s a small p Pisani for me, I like his checking game and believe he may have more offense in him than implied one year ago. He has a chance imo.
  18. R Patrick Russell. He can play in all situations and is a sturdy winger. If he had a little more speed, I think he would have an NHL career. A useful player at the AHL level.
  19. RC Tyler Vesel. Another college checker, his issue (like Gambardella) surrounds offense and foot speed. I think Vesel has the fundamentals down, can he find a way to score goals in pro hockey?
  20. L Nolan Vesey. Lacks top end skill for this level but he’s a rugged player and that is going to get him playing time in the AHL. Broken record about college offense, all of these young guys like Vesel, Vesey and Gambardella could be shy but it’s not a bad idea to audition several at a time.
  21. R Cameron Hebig. A strong WHL season got him an NHL free-agent contract but he was pedestrian in training camp and I wonder if he can win a job on one of Bakersfield’s skill lines. It might take him some time to adjust to this level.
  22. LC Colin Larkin. He’s a good skater, can penalty kill and I think that’s what he’ll thrive on in the AHL. Will Acton would be a comparable. That said, we haven’t seen any signs of offense.
  23. R Mitch Callahan. He enters AHL camp on the outskirts of the roster after a very disappointing 2017-18 season in Bakersfield. Career crossroads possible.
  24. R Evan Polei. I’m a fan of his skill and if he can figure out a way to get to more plays, then I think he’s going to make some money in this game. I wonder if he’s thought of hiring a power skating instructor? He has plus skills.
  25. R John McFarland. Not sure what to expect, he was once a highly touted prospect.
  26. L Braden Christoffer. Now on an AHL deal, he’ll likely battle guys like Vesey and Van Stralen for playing time on the bottom 6F. He could see ECHL time.
  27. R Ryan Van Stralen. AHL deal, he comes from the Canadian college ranks (Carleton) and scored at a point per game clip with Wichita. Showed some things in rookie camp.
  28. LC Luke Esposito. He has been hanging around the organization for a few summers, has some talent and it wouldn’t shock me if he got a minor-league contract. Tryout.
  29. R Ralph Cuddemi. Scoring winger popped 31 for Wichita a year ago. Tryout.
  30. R Colin Jacobs. Fourth-round pick by Buffalo, he has played most of his pro hockey in the ECHL. Tryout.
  31. R Matt Berry. Skill winger has had ECHL success. Tryout.

Safin has been in limbo since getting optioned out and it’s definitely time for him to be playing hockey (Kirill Maksimov scored twice in his first game yesterday). Will update as available.

WAIVERS!

God I love waivers season. I didn’t have time yesterday and won’t today, but would ordinarily write a piece on the waiver eligible players who can be picked up today. The list is here, and names like Michael Bunting (wrote about him here), Tobias Lindberg and others are worth contemplating. My hope is the Oilers hold out for a hero (Josh Leivo) later this week.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260, we’ll roll out a fabulous group of guests and have a great time. Scheduled to appear:

  • Murat Ates, The Athletic Winnipeg. We’ll talk Jets and expectations, drill down on the Myers-Byfuglien pairing from last night and discuss some of those impressive Jets prospects who are knocking at the door.
  • Ryan Holt, Bakersfield Condors PBP. We’ll chat about this camp, playoff expectations and the improved quality and depth of this year’s roster.
  • Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Since Jason dumped the Dolphins, they’re unbeaten! Coincidence? Also, Eskimos lose a big weekend game and the Oilers cuts (may have occurred by 11:05).

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon! (I’m also on the round table today).

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  1. Oz says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    WG I like this line up, with one change swap 27 and 16.
    ML played his way off the 2nd line last season in my opinion, so starting him on the 3rd may put him in a position to succeed. Also add that he can be used on the 1st PP as net front presence.
    JJ can provide physical protection equally well for KY, and that is important as you pointed out.
    Would you consider Nurse on the 2nd PP as a net front presence?
    I have Strome at Center …. even watching the games they confuse me😎

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    kgo:
    Expansion in 21/22?I read today that the Arena renovations were approved and should be complete in time for 20/21….where did you hear otherwise?

    https://www.nhl.com/news/seattle-approves-nhl-expansion-group-building/c-300374068

    The Seattle Arena Co. is expected to spend $700 million on the arena, which will seat between 17,000 and 19,000 people.
    December is the earliest the NHL Board of Governors will vote on potential expansion, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said earlier this month.
    “We would have the vote in person,” Daly said referring to the annual December meeting.

    The potential ownership group looking to bring an NHL expansion team to Seattle, led by Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and private equity CEO David Bonderman, is hoping to be ready to begin play in the 2020-21 season as the NHL’s 32nd team, but Daly said it’s more realistic to target the 2021-22 season. The expansion fee would be $650 million, up from the $500 million the Vegas Golden Knights paid to enter the NHL last season.

  3. Oz says:

    I too am enjoying the variety of posts tonight. Was raised in Australia so the history presented has been vetted through my wife. At one point I suggested she log on as “Missus Oz”’, but that went over like wet balloon … who’day thunk!!

  4. rickithebear says:

    No Gravel “………………..K

    Let’s play more Rovers!…………”……K

  5. JimmyV1965 says:

    godot10: Learn by not doing.There isn’t much practice time in the NHL.One gets far more reps in junior and the world junior.

    The NHL is NOT a development league.

    The Oilers are already betting the season on Ty Rattie, Jesse Puljujarvi, and Matt Benning.Add a nineteen year old savior.

    There are really no useful lessons in a nine game trial.

    Isn’t that what the Blues did with Pietrangelo? Didn’t hurt him. The argument would be that going back to junior isn’t great for his development either. I actually have no idea what’s best for him because I don’t see him up close every day.

  6. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: but Daly said it’s more realistic to target the 2021-22 season

    The two tells are that Seattle said no to the owner request to start the tear down before NHL approval and the NHL is saying the approval will not be before December.

    The ownership group is gonna tells the season ticket folks they’re still trying for 2020-21, but it does appear that the NHL has decided otherwise.

  7. OilSlickster says:

    oh man im so glad Safin was traded to my mooseheads. i believe i chimed in for this to happen a week ago 😉

  8. London Jon says:

    I think it’s been a very good pre-season so far and that’s making me very excited about the game in Sweden.

    Of course it’s early days but for me it’s up arrows almost across the board.

    Talbot has looked sharp, although that’s v premature to say
    The first line is showing chemistry and Rattie might just work there all year
    Lucic has looked ok
    Nurse is looking like he will take another material step up this year
    Yamamoto looks sharp again and has another year of dev under his belt
    Bear looks like he’s a taken a step up, Jones an even bigger step
    Jesse I’m very excited about as he looks like this may be his breakout year. Laine finding his feet so quickly didn’t do him (or expectations of him) any favours, but I think he arrives this winter
    Benson was healthy and impressed
    McLeod looks like he might have been an absolute steal at his draft ranking, let alone his actual draft spot. He will arrive next year as a 3C + I believe and could be a strong 2C long term
    Caggiula has been dropped to the 4th line, at least
    Marody looked better than I expected

    And down arrows? Not many…

    Rieder has been a bit disappointing
    So has Chiasson
    Koskinen might be a £2.5m disaster (but Montoya will be fine-ish as the backup)
    For some reason I had high hopes for Aberg. Seems I was wrong

    Far more to be positive and optimistic about right now than pessimistic! Please let it last!!!

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    N64: The two tells are thatSeattle said no to the owner request to start the tear down before NHL approval and the NHL is saying the approval will not be before December.

    The ownership group is gonna tells the season ticket folks they’re still trying for 2020-21, but it does appear that the NHL has decided otherwise.

    Ya, it seems that way.

    The one plus is that Russell won’t be a must protect with that NMC, however, anyone turning pro this year will not be exempt.

    Current roster construction (which will change) if Bouchard plays the year, we’d have to go 4-4-1:

    Klefbom, Larsson, Nurse, Bouchard

    McDavid, Drai, Nuge, Lucic

    Up for grabs, Puljujarvi, Yamamoto, Bear, Jones, Marody, Benson, Lagesson, Benning, Strome,
    Khaira

    This does assume we are re-signing Nuge (or he has been re-signed).

  10. Abbeef says:

    I think we will be rid of Lucic by then and Puljujarvi would be our 4th forward protected.

  11. godot10 says:

    JimmyV1965: Isn’t that what the Blues did with Pietrangelo? Didn’t hurt him. The argument would be that going back to junior isn’t great for his development either. I actually have no idea what’s best for him because I don’t see him up close every day.

    How do you know that it didn’t hurt Pieterangelo? The gap between Doughty and PIeterangelo is much greater at 28 than it was at 18.

  12. Ribs says:

    rickithebear:
    No Gravel “………………..K

    Let’s play more Rovers!…………”……K

    Don’t worry! Garrison is still around to save the day!

    I think I’d take Gryba over the crop of new guys they cobbled together. Meh.

  13. Professor Q says:

    OilSlickster:
    oh man im so glad Safin was traded to my mooseheads. i believe i chimed in for this to happen a week ago 😉

    It’s pretty sweet! Not to rain on your parade though but I sort of felt it would occur, and “called it” here (at least the possibility, as I do see Saint John as a good program and they could have been pulling a London Knights move with Bouchard, and through discussion with other fellow commenters), a few months/year ago. 😋

    Out of the top teams in the Q, I’d have wanted them with either them as my top choice (I do like the Mooseheads as my “team” the Q), or maybe Drummondville to play with Rodrigue.

    He’s going to do well there, even if it is by playing with Anaheim prospects.

  14. Jaxon says:

    Professor Q: It’s pretty sweet! Not to rain on your parade though but I sort of felt it would occur, and “called it” here (at least the possibility, as I do see Saint John as a good program and they could have been pulling a London Knights move with Bouchard, and through discussion with other fellow commenters), a few months/year ago.

    Out of the top teams in the Q, I’d have wanted them with either them as my top choice (I do like the Mooseheads as my “team” the Q), or maybe Drummondville to play with Rodrigue.

    He’s going to do well there, even if it is by playing with Anaheim prospects.

    One of the best things about this is that this guarantees he’s going to the Memorial Cup this season as I believe they are hosting.

  15. Jaxon says:

    I see what you’re saying, but I’m not so sure going back to junior is better for Bouchard. He needs to pay against big, fast pro forwards and he won’t get that in junior. I’m not sure he needs a league where he can dominate and where he can just be okay defensively and get by just fine. I think they should spread out his 9 games over the first 29 where he spends 2/3 of the games in the press box observing with a coach/mentor and see how he improves. If he improves to be a competent but sheltered D by game 18 after playing 9 games in a sheltered bottom pair role with Russell and with some PP time, then they may just keep him up. But they also shouldn’t make that decision without knowing if Seattle expansion is on schedule. If expansion gets pushed back a year on December 7th, then you send him down for sure so he doesn’t need to be protected. Otherwise, if he’s simply not ready you send him down in time to play on the Canadian junior team and try to take his team to the Memorial. I don’t think it’s a given that bring in the NHL hurts his development. Actually, going back to junior may hurt it more.

    I think he’d learn more about the game playing 9 and watching 20 with a mentor/coach, while travelling and training and eating with pros. He’d be watching a lot of tape and getting NHL coach’s advice. He can go back to junior and try to win a Gold and Memorial Cup and play another 40 games and dominate for his confidence. This would also give him a better idea of what it takes to play at that level for training next summer.

    I think the smart play is to slow play his 9 games.
    For Example:
    Oilers Gm# – Bouchard Gm# – Date – Visiting team – Home team
    1 – 1 – October 6 – Edmonton – New Jersey
    4 – 2 – October 16 – Edmonton – Winnipeg
    7 – 3 – October 23 – Pittsburgh – Edmonton
    10 – 4 – October 28 – Edmonton – Chicago
    14 – 5 – November 5 – Edmonton – Washington
    18 – 6 – November 13 – Montreal – Edmonton
    21 – 7 – November 20 – Edmonton – San Jose
    24 – 8 – November 27 – Dallas – Edmonton
    27 – 9 – December 3 – Edmonton – Dallas
    X – X – December 7 – Board of Governors Meeting in Florida
    30 – 10? – December 9 – Calgary – Edmonton
    X – X – December 10 – WJC Camp Rosters Announced Around December 10th
    – Or back to junior to play in WJC and make a run for the Memorial Cup

  16. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    godot10: How do you know that it didn’t hurt Pieterangelo?The gap between Doughty and PIeterangelo is much greater at 28 than it was at 18.

    The gap between Pietrangelo and Doughty has been TOI with Boumeester for the last few years.

    He’s been paired with Edmundson in pre-season and I think he’ll kill it this year.

    Edmundson is pretty decent.

    Took Nurse’s spot on the 1st pair for CAN at the Worlds until Vlasic showed up and then played 2LD that pushed Nurse to 3RD.

    Not a slight on Nurse (who had a bad tourney) but props for Edmundson.

  17. defmn says:

    Jaxon:
    I see what you’re saying, but I’m not so sure going back to junior is better for Bouchard. He needs to pay against big, fast pro forwards and he won’t get that in junior. I’m not sure he needs a league where he can dominate and where he can just be okay defensively and get by just fine. I think they should spread out his 9 games over the first 29 where he spends 2/3 of the games in the press box observing with a coach/mentor and see how he improves. If he improves to be a competent but sheltered D by game 18 after playing 9 games in a sheltered bottom pair role with Russell and with some PP time, then they may just keep him up. But they also shouldn’t make that decision without knowing if Seattle expansion is on schedule. Otherwise they send him down in time to play on the Canadian junior team and try to take his team to the Memorial. I don’t think it’s a given that bring in the NHL hurts his development. Actually, going back to junior may hurt it more.

    I think he’d learn more about the game playing 9 and watching 20 with a mentor/coach, while travelling and training and eating with pros. He’d be watching a lot of tape and getting NHL coach’s advice. He can go back to juniorand try to win a Gold and Memorial Cup and play another 40 games and dominate for his confidence. This would also give him a better idea of what it takes to play at that level for training next summer.

    I think the smart play is to slow play his 9 games.
    For Example:
    Oilers Gm#–Bouchard Gm#–Date–Visiting team–Home team
    1–1–October 6–Edmonton–New Jersey
    4–2–October 16–Edmonton–Winnipeg
    7–3–October 23–Pittsburgh–Edmonton
    10–4–October 28–Edmonton–Chicago
    14–5–November 5–Edmonton–Washington
    18–6–November 13–Montreal–Edmonton
    21–7–November 20–Edmonton–San Jose
    24–8–November 27–Dallas–Edmonton
    27–9–December 3–Edmonton–Dallas
    X–X–December 7–Board of Governors Meeting in Florida
    30–10?–December 9–Calgary–Edmonton
    X–X–December 10–WJC Camp Rosters Announced Around December 10th–Or back to junior to play in WJC and make a run for the Memorial Cup

    This is pretty much what I would do as well. The advantages of having professional coaching and mentorship should not be forgotten.

    Of course this discussion goes back and forth because the best solution is not available because of the rules that do not allow him to play in the AHL or to be recalled from junior once he is sent down. I understand why those rules exist for the good of the junior leagues but they do mean that every year there are a half dozen kids whose ‘best interest’ suffers. Bouchard looks to me to be in that camp this year.

    I vote to keep him and slow play him.

  18. russ99 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Ya, it seems that way.

    The one plus is that Russell won’t be a must protect with that NMC, however, anyone turning pro this year will not be exempt.

    Current roster construction (which will change) if Bouchard plays the year, we’d have to go 4-4-1:

    Klefbom, Larsson, Nurse, Bouchard

    McDavid, Drai, Nuge, Lucic

    Up for grabs, Puljujarvi, Yamamoto, Bear, Jones, Marody, Benson, Lagesson, Benning, Strome,
    Khaira

    This does assume we are re-signing Nuge (or he has been re-signed).

    Not sure we’d have to worry about that just yet, the CBA will be reopened the season before and you can be sure players want different expansion draft rules this time around.

    Owners might too, considering the significant advantage Vegas got last year.

    Also, there could possibly be a CBA buyout window as well.

  19. JonyPro says:

    I see the game is on SNW but at 830. Is it going to be one 326 or 302. Any details would be amazing, thanks guys!

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