2018-19 Preseason Game Seven: Flames at Oilers

Blame it on Larry Mavety. I believe he was in the hockey preview magazines every fall, as an NHL hopeful for one team or another. In modern times, you’d get quite a bit of information on a depth defenseman like Mavety (“prospect-stats.com has him No. 5 in the AHL in even-strength points and No. 2 in power-play points among blue”) but back then it was something like “Larry Mavety is also available” and that’s all she wrote.

I love watching prospects find their way to the NHL, especially the opening night roster. Evan Bouchard, Kailer Yamamoto and Ethan Bear will all sail far beyond Larry Mavety (who didn’t make the NHL but emerged as a solid player in the WHA) and their journey begins now. It’s hockey’s annual renewal, young men arriving and finding their place. It is a wonderful circle of life.

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton is going to bring it all season long. Proud to be part of a lineup that is ready to cover the coming year. Outstanding coverage from a large group, including Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis, Lowetide, Minnia Feng and Pat McLean. If you haven’t subscribed yet, now’s your chance. Special offer is here, less than $4 a month!

  • New Lowetide: Is this the year an Edmonton Oilers player wins the Calder Trophy?
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Evan Bouchard enlists former figure skater to help improve a weakness in his game.
  • New Jonathan Willis: Mikko Koskinen temporarily triumphs over Al Montoya, but the real battle for the backup role has just started
  • New Eric Duhatschek: Milan Lucic has made changes to try and get his swagger, and scoring touch, back.
  • Jonathan Willis: What does the preseason performance of Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto mean for the Oilers?
  • Lowetide: Impressive Cooper Marody preseason could lead to NHL recall.
  • Lowetide: Oilers farm system beginning to resemble the real thing
  • 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?

STILL OILERS

The roster is mostly set but there are some questions entering the final North American game of preseason (this afternoon’s contest). Jakub Jerabek was on the Certain list, partly because of his contract, but he hasn’t been good enough and that may mean Jason Garrison gets a contract. It’s also possible the team carries eight blue, and that Kailer Yamamoto heads to Bakersfield. Don’t forget about waivers. One thing I believe we can put into the 99.9% sure category:

I think that gives Bouchard the edge over Bear, and that makes sense because the 9-game run for Bouchard would give Bear a chance to gain a little more experience in the AHL. I have been surprised by Bear’s solid defensive play (the offense is assumed) and there’s a sliver of a chance they keep both, but in this moment it’s important to remember seasons past when we weren’t having this conversation due to lack of depth. These are better days.

WAIVERS

  • G Zane McIntyre, Boston Bruins. I doubt it happens, but Chiarelli drafted him for the Bruins in 2010. Posted a .914 save percentage in the AHL last season, he was 2, 2.38 .894 during preseason.
  • L Nicolas Kerdiles, Anaheim Ducks. Has 22 goals in his last 76 games (over two seasons) and his scouting report contains some power forward elements.
  • L Dennis Everberg, Winnipeg Jets. Big winger who has decent speed (and like Kerdiles) some power-forward bullet points. Don’t know if he can score but he fits the Chiarelli template.
  • LC Brendan Gaunce, Vancouver Canucks. Former first-round selection, has size and two-way ability. Skating is an issue.
  • LC Peter Holland, New York Rangers. He’s found a way to hang around the NHL since 2011-12, and one suspects he’ll spend time in the league again this season. Has a nice range of skills, Edmonton could use him I believe as an extra forward.

CURRENT CONDORS

  • Rookie pro players to watch are Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody, William Lagesson, Stuart Skinner. That’s your future in terms of new arrivals.
  • Recall options include Caleb Jones, Kevin Gravel, Keegan Lowe, Al Montoya, Josh Currie, Brad Malone, Joe Gambardella and Patrick Russell.

This is a player I would love to see Edmonton acquire in the coming days. Inexpensive contract, solid offensive ability, plug and play. I imagine Toronto will find a way to keep him, they always do, but Leivo is a good hockey player who needs 500 at-bats. Edmonton has the opportunity.

KOSKINEN NMC

Jason Gregor broke news on his show yesterday, Peter Chiarelli telling him Mikko Koskinen has a no movement along with $2.5 million on his one-year deal. I don’t really care about a NMC on a one-year deal, and the money is dear but the general manager was in search of a potential replacement for Cam Talbot beginning 2019-20 (Talbot may price himself out of Edmonton’s market, much like Curtis Joseph 20 years ago).

As an idea, I have no quarrel, but do wonder about the ability of this team to assess talent at the pro level. Is Mikko Koskinen (.937 save percentage last season) a better NHL goalie than Anders Nilsson (.936 in the same league the year before he played for Edmonton)?

I think offering a $2.5 million, one-year, no movement contract to a future No. 1 goalie is a fine idea, but the Oilers own past makes me wonder if they made the right choice. They got it right 2006 deadline with Dwayne Roloson, Mathieu Garon had a solid year, Nikolai Khabibulin couldn’t stay healthy. Ben Scrivens had his moments, Anders Nilsson okay, Jonas Gistavsson a misstep, Al Montoya not good enough.

The problem is you develop a past. We owe Mikko Koskinen his 500 at-bats and we are about to see about him.

written by

The author didn‘t add any Information to his profile yet.
Related Posts

356 Responses to "2018-19 Preseason Game Seven: Flames at Oilers"

« Older Comments
  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Great keep at the line by Kharia, down to Kailer and Tkachuk deflects it in to his own net.

    Kailer gets the goal which may save his job (although that was a flukey one).

  2. deardylan says:

    Tkachuk Terrific Thanks
    #PujuDraftBonus

  3. Pescador says:

    Moto!

  4. deardylan says:

    “You can hire Hunter for your next party” – heard on 630 Ched
    Can’t believe they treat Hunter like that.
    Hope they are flying him to Germany first class.

  5. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    deardylan,

    Net proceeds go to the Oilers’ community charity. So they’re giving Hunter a chance to earn his keep, it would seem.

  6. Side says:

    At least the Oilers are getting a lot of PK practice…

  7. Younger Oil says:

    To my eye Larsson, Nurse, and Reider have stopped playing.

    Edit: Nurse is back! Just a stinger from a blocked shot.

    Edit 2: Reider back too.

  8. Fraktal says:

    I swear, the Oilers get penalized more when they wear their orange jerseys…

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    I was just going to post before Bog and Jack mentioned it but Jarabek is looking pretty good today.

    Extra ice with Larsson hurt and he’s making good use of it.

  10. Pescador says:

    Bob throws in his usual;
    ” so & so is having a tough night in the face off circle”

  11. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Draisaitl with the Gordie Howe hello behind the net there, very nice to see… especially against Tkachuck.

  12. Wilde says:

    This Flames powerplay has been absolutely and utterly pathetic. I’d be upset.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pescador:
    Bob throws in his usual;
    ” so & so is having a tough night in the face off circle”

    He said those exact words a few games ago with respect to Khaira who ended up 7 for 10 – 70%.

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    I have concern about Adam Larsson and his not playing.

    With the team on an international flight after the game, I doubt we hear anything until tomorrow.

  15. deardylan says:

    If no one guesses Oilers pts total for Hunters Deathmarchcan we all chip in to hire Hunter to fly to Russia to cheer on Yak. #LowetideCommunityCharity

  16. Lowetide says:

    Numbers on Yamamoto interesting, he was 3-10 wit Leon-Lucic, then scored while with Khaira-Caggiula (2-0 Corsi).

    OTOH, Leon-Lucic 3-10 with Yamamoto, 1-2 with Aberg. ML and LD are 4-13 together.

  17. pts2pndr says:

    Melvis: Now that I’ve installed new filters and assessed a horrendous weekly wine expenditure – I’m not touching that with any kind of a pole;-)

    Tnx, I needed that! Wisdom and humour a great mix!

  18. Pescador says:

    deardylan:
    “You can hire Hunter for your next party” – heard on 630 Ched
    Can’t believe they treat Hunter like that.
    Hope they are flying him to Germany first class.

    Animals ride with the luggage

  19. pts2pndr says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I have concern about Adam Larsson and his not playing.

    With the team on an international flight after the game, I doubt we hear anything until tomorrow.

    He is working on his German gets the rest of the game off!

  20. London Jon says:

    Don’t love stauffer on colour.

  21. London Jon says:

    Can’t see many children’s party bookings for Hunter

    Not many parents out ther that hate their children

  22. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I have concern about Adam Larsson and his not playing.

    With the team on an international flight after the game, I doubt we hear anything until tomorrow.

    Looking like Bear and Bouchard going to Germany

  23. Lowetide says:

    Larsson left, didn’t return. Is that correct?

  24. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    pts2pndr,

    Scheiße

  25. deardylan says:

    Fly Adam and Hunter straight to Sweden to test out the ice (absolut on the rocks)

  26. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    London Jon,

    Beats Drew Remedial every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nope, no Larsson in the third – sigh.

  28. Wilde says:

    Lowetide:
    Larsson left, didn’t return. Is that correct?

    Correct.

  29. Dustylegnd says:

    Lowetide:
    Numbers on Yamamoto interesting, he was 3-10 wit Leon-Lucic, then scored while with Khaira-Caggiula (2-0 Corsi).

    OTOH, Leon-Lucic 3-10 with Yamamoto, 1-2 with Aberg. ML and LD are 4-13 together.

    Magic Johnson made everyone around him better….everything goes better with Coke ™ ….Lucic not so much

    How long is Todd forced to keep up the facade ……forcing Lucic into the top 6 thus producing awful Corsi….its hard to watch

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    Caggulia has been effective today and I thought he was pretty decent last game as well.

    If they keep him on the fourth line/bottom six, he can be effective.

  31. deardylan says:

    4th line looking good. Caggs driving 4th gear. He is driving the line so hard the GPS is saying stop in 200ft and let me out.

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sounds like Larsson took a shot off the foot at some point – no idea if its an issue or just precautionary.

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    Caggulia scores on an ugly one – or maybe it went in off Yamamoto.

  34. Todd Macallan says:

    That goal was all Bouchard, what a 1 man breakout that was.

  35. Lowetide says:

    Very nice play by Bouchard there defensively.

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto banged it in.

    He also made a nice dish to lead Caggulia in the neutral zone.

    He likely just made the team…..

  37. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Liking these outlet passes by Bouchard more and more.

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    Its interesting that Yamamoto came alive when he was moved off the 2nd line to play with Caggulia and Kharia.

    Is that a function of not playing with a “don’t give a shit” Leon or Lucic or a function of fitting in with Khaira and Caggulia who have been two of the better forwards today?

  39. deardylan says:

    Pescador: Animals ride with the luggage

    😹😹😹

  40. London Jon says:

    Wow, Was Bouchard ever good there. Slick exit and then a great feed to get the move going.

    He’s in the lineup opening night for sure

  41. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dustylegnd: Magic Johnson made everyone around him better….everything goes better with Coke ™ ….Lucic not so much

    How long is Todd forced to keep up the facade ……forcing Lucic into the top 6 thus producing awful Corsi….its hard to watch

    Lucic has been a positive Corsi player in both his seasons as an Oiler…..

  42. deardylan says:

    McDavid and 4th line scoring goals. Everything else is gravy. 🎟

  43. pts2pndr says:

    Andy Dufresne: Like you, I will relentlesly harass LAMES fans as I pass them the next sandbag in the flood prep bucket line.

    One of my most memorable OILERS experiences was on a Downhill Riders bus trip to Whitefish Montana. 4 bus loads of Lames and me and my buddy. To thier credit they played the game on the radio win or lose. Ahhhhh….the glory days!

    sorry for late reply but boss of 46 years calls I have developed a sense of when to do as requested! It is a survival response! I believe that the Flames and Oilers made each other better and for a decade were 2 of the top three teams in the NHL.

  44. deardylan says:

    Dustylegnd: Magic Johnson made everyone around him better….everything goes better with Coke ™ ….Lucic not so much

    No problem I recommend we put Lucic on Caggs line and they will smash the lames into coca leafs. Magic!

  45. London Jon says:

    Big fan of Khaira. Brings it every game

  46. Hwahl says:

    Larsson better not be injured

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    After an iffy first period, Cam Talbot has been excellent. Good stuff.

  48. Dustylegnd says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Thanks for the correction….6 mill well spent…he is dominant in every aspect

  49. Lowetide says:

    Fantastic save by Talbot.

  50. pts2pndr says:

    London Jon:
    Big fan of Khaira. Brings it every game

    He is very underrated IMO!

  51. London Jon says:

    Hwahl:
    Larsson better not be injured

    Second only to mcdavid in oh shitness if he’s injured

  52. London Jon says:

    London Jon,

    London Jon: Second only to mcdavid in oh shitness if he’s injured

    Hmmm, maybe third behind talbot given backup situation

  53. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    I will never tire of watching McDavid make other players pylons.

  54. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Dustylegnd:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Thanks for the correction….6 mill well spent…he is dominant in every aspect

    Agreed … love those positive Corsi players. Let’s get another just like him. We can put that one on the first line with Connor. No fair Leon having all the positive Corsi guys.

  55. Pescador says:

    Yammo with the EN hatty,
    Calling it now

  56. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    So what actually happened to knock Larsson out of the game anyway??

  57. Dustylegnd says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan,

    Players that can score goals are over rated

  58. Wilde says:

    That was awful by Nurse

  59. deardylan says:

    Hope Tkachuk is 1 of the 3 stars. He played great for Oilers.

  60. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Dustylegnd: Lucic has been a positive Corsi player in both his seasons as an Oiler…..

    Useless Factoids for $100, Alex.

    Which player has been a positive Corsi player in both his seasons as an Oiler…..

    Who is “Milan Lucic”.

    Correct.

    Useless Factoids for $200, Alex.

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    If Khaira can play 3C, it would allow us to move Strome to 2RW and keep Rieder in the bottom 6 where he should be.

    Can’t imagine it happening but:

    Nuge/McDavid/Rattie
    Lucic/Leon/Strome
    Yamamoto/Khaira/Puljujarvi
    Rieder/Brodziak/Kassian (Caggulia).

    Lets not forget, in 100 minutes last year, Drai and Strome had fantastic numbers together.

    I imagine we see something like this if healthy:

    Nuge/McDavid/Rattie
    Lucic/Leon/Rieder
    Khaira/Strome/Puljujarvi
    Caggulia/Brodziak/Yamamoto (Kassian).

  62. McSorley33 says:

    Well, Talbot should sleep well on the plane…..

  63. OriginalPouzar says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Agreed … love those positive Corsi players. Let’s get another just like him. We can put that one on the first line with Connor. No fair Leon having all the positive Corsi guys.

    I’m not the one that singled out Lucic as being a corsi drag – he’s many things but not a corsi drag.

  64. pts2pndr says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    London Jon,

    Beats Drew Remedial every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

    Jawol!😉

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    So what actually happened to knock Larsson out of the game anyway??

    I think he took a shot off the foot.

    Could be nothing………

    I hope we get something before they get on that flight for Europe – easy my anxiousness on the matter.

  66. McSorley33 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    You have Strome in there twice

  67. Oz says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Oh OP you make it all about you😎

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    Coach on Larsson:

    “His back tightened up on him a bit in the first and we shut him down immediately…….especially with the long flight coming up. He should be OK”

  69. Todd Macallan says:

    “Back tightened up, shut him down with all the upcoming travel, should be fine.” T Mac re: Larsson. PHEW.

  70. blainer says:

    McSorley33:
    OriginalPouzar,

    You have Strome in there twice

    Be better if it was mcDavid

    I do like those lines with one strome though

  71. pts2pndr says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think he took a shot off the foot.

    Could be nothing………

    I hope we get something before they get on that flight for Europe – easy my anxiousness on the matter.

    Or push you over the edge depending on the news! Carefull what you wish for OP!😉

  72. Todd Macallan says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Great minds….

  73. Bos8 says:

    Larsson, back issues again, not good. Second worst scenario.

  74. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    If Khaira can play 3C, it would allow us to move Strome to 2RW and keep Rieder in the bottom 6 where he should be.

    Can’t imagine it happening but:

    Nuge/McDavid/Rattie
    Lucic/Leon/Strome
    Yamamoto/Khaira/Puljujarvi
    Rieder/Brodziak/Kassian (Caggulia).

    Lets not forget, in 100 minutes last year, Drai and Strome had fantastic numbers together.

    I imagine we see something like this if healthy:

    Nuge/McDavid/Rattie
    Lucic/Leon/Strome
    Khira/Strome/Puljujarvi
    Rieder/Brodziak/Yamamoto (Caggulia).

    Yamamoto/Khaira/Puljujarvi could be a great 3rd line assuming they get the soft minutes, but I worry about them all being so young and inexperienced. Prefer the Khira/Strome/Puljujarvi option this year.

  75. pts2pndr says:

    Wilde:
    That was awful by Nurse

    Call the doctor! Doctor who?

  76. McNuge93 says:

    Bos8,

    McL said it tightened up and precautionary to take him out and should be fine.

  77. McSorley33 says:

    Not really impressed with Chiasson. But for that matter Kassian has not done much either.

    I suspect Kassian gets the nod as 4 RW.

    Didn’t see a lot of chem with Yams and Drai and Lucic.

    I don’t know where Yamamoto fits but he has been one of the better wingers in camp….

  78. Andy Dufresne says:

    How many LTIR dollars will Chia spend on Wednesday?

  79. Wilde says:

    I’m eating crow on Bouchard, to be honest.

  80. OriginalPouzar says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    How many LTIR dollars will Chia spend on Wednesday?

    Hopefully zero.

  81. Dustylegnd says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I was referring specifically to his numbers in the game that just happened….he gets worse from here…..you know I know it and LT knows it….

    I sincerely appreciate your endless optimism…I am a realist….this deal was gawd awful…I said it at the time…I will say it again…he is terrible and gets worse every year for the next 5

    Lucia’s contact is crippling……it results in bridge deals for Nurse and there is a strong possibility we can’t resign Talbot if he performs….and then we have a real problem Houston

    #unforgivable

  82. workaroundaccount says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Its interesting that Yamamoto came alive when he was moved off the 2nd line to play with Caggulia and Kharia.

    Is that a function of not playing with a “don’t give a shit” Leon or Lucic or a function of fitting in with Khaira and Caggulia who have been two of the better forwards today?

    My guess would be weaker competition.

  83. Andy Dufresne says:

    Wilde:
    That 5-on-3 and the one prior by Calgary was embarrassingly bad.

    I know you don’t get to practice for it much, but…

    Was it all lefties?

  84. deardylan says:

    Thinking outside the rink…is there anyway we can put McDavid on two lines at 5on5 and lower our cap hit? Put the young guys on powerplay 1 and 2 to build confidence. Can a pitcher also play a daily DH hitting role? Is it against the rules?

  85. jtblack says:

    Larsson Oh Oh.

    Missed the game. Guessing Edm just wanted to get out unscathed.

    Can’t wait for season Opener!

  86. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Hunter,

    If you’re out there, put me down for 86 points and 12 goals for the Yak Attack.

    Also, who won last year? Feel like I was close, I was for sure the first guy to come in sub 90. Of course then I went and didn’t log in the last half of the season so didn’t see who actually won.

  87. Oil2Oilers says:

    I leave the preseason with this line up in mind;

    RNH-McDavid-Rattie
    Rieder-Draisaitl-Puljujarvi
    Lucic-Strome-Yamamoto
    Kharia-Brodziak-Kassian

    Yamamoto plays well with Lucic, Puljujarvi does not. Rieder will hopefully be better on his natural side.

  88. --hudson-- says:

    No news on the PTOs? I thought Oilers didn’t want to lead those guys on. No news sounds like they’re getting contracts.

  89. N64 says:

    deardylan: . Can a pitcher also play a daily DH hitting role? Is it against the rules?

    a few ways for a pitcher to bat in games with the DH rule.

    1. DH is optional. Club can start without a DH. But they CAN’T add one mid-game. So starter and relievers would have to HIT the whole game (or leave the game EVERY time a pinch hitter hit for the pitcher).

    2. Mid-game they can drop DH. Can’t add it back. So from there to end no DH and pitchers must hit or leave the game.

    3. A pitcher could be named DH (or sub in for the named DH). But that means they cannot pitch at all in that game.

    probably many examples of 3 with an off days pitcher pinch hitting in extra innings, but 1 and 2 have also happened:

    https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2016/6/30/12076572/madison-bumgarner-dh-giants-double-video

    https://www.tbo.com/sports/rays/lineup-mishap-sees-rays-forfeit-dh-pitcher-at-bat-88369

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/astros-run-position-players-play-without-dh-004912004.html

  90. gwdsfo says:

    Hunter,
    Mark me down for 101 points (good enough for 2nd place behind Burns+Karlsson) for the Oil and 44 goals for the Yak Attack.

  91. hunter1909 says:

    Ca$h-McMoney!:
    Hunter,

    If you’re out there, put me down for 86 points and 12 goals for the Yak Attack.

    Also, who won last year?Feel like I was close, I was for sure the first guy to come in sub 90.Of course then I went and didn’t log in the last half of the season so didn’t see who actually won.

    You can’t blame British Rail for that!

  92. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Lucic has been a positive Corsi player in both his seasons as an Oiler…..

    #McDavidEffects

  93. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Coach on Larsson:

    “His back tightened up on him a bit in the first and we shut him down immediately…….especially with the long flight coming up. He should be OK”

    The Oilers have a lot of afternoon games early in the season

  94. Abbeef says:

    What do people think of these lines:

    RNH – McDavid – Rattie
    Drai – Strome – PJ
    Yamamoto – Khaira – Rieder
    Caggiula – Brodziak – Kassian

    Aberg, Chaisson

    I might have some wings mixed up but I would like to see that second line at some point.

  95. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    I leave the preseason with this line up in mind;

    RNH-McDavid-Rattie
    Rieder-Draisaitl-Puljujarvi
    Lucic-Strome-Yamamoto
    Kharia-Brodziak-Kassian

    Yamamoto plays well with Lucic, Puljujarvi does not. Rieder will hopefully be better on his natural side.

    Yamamoto was ineffective for the most part in his 2.5 games with Lucic (and Leon). He sparked today when moved to play with Caggulia and Khaira.

    Leon’s RW has been the one position that is still very much up in the air. Jesse hasn’t been tried there as they want him as the puck carrier on that 3rd line – fair enough.

    Rieder isn’t a top 6 players, Yamamoto didn’t work at 2RW either.

    I assume it goes to Rieder for game 1 but I would prefer it to be Yamamoto even though he didn’t work there in preseason. Rieder can be a plus player if used in the bottom 6 but I don’t think he’s effective on a must-score line.

  96. Abbeef says:

    Hunter

    Mark me down for 97 points.
    And
    22 Yak goals

  97. Ryan says:

    hunter1909: You can’t blame British Rail for that!

    Hunter.

    Put me down for a Sam Gagner, 89. 20 Yaks.

  98. workaroundaccount says:

    deardylan:
    Thinking outside the rink…is there anyway we can put McDavid on two lines at 5on5 and lower our cap hit? Put the young guys on powerplay 1 and 2 to build confidence. Can a pitcher also play a daily DH hitting role?Is it against the rules?

    I still don’t understand why four lines is still a thing. My fourth line would be league minimum and just spectating. Especially with all the centers we have.

  99. Kmart99 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Kailer is top 9 or Bakersfield. Actually, make that top 6 or Bakersfield. There’s no way Kailer ends up on the fourth line.

    Line up could be:

    RNH-CMD-Rattie
    Lucic-LD-KY
    Rieder-Strome-JP
    JJKhaira-Brodziak-Kassian
    Caggiula

    JJ can move up. He’s looking like a real brightspot. JP looks like he is capable of playing top 6 as well.
    Rieder looked good on LW when he was there. All reasons for Lucic to play with more urgency. RNH is already a much better LW. Rieder and JJ could also supplant Lucic if given the opportunity.

    Either way, Im not overly concerned about the LW, RW, or C depth. I’m concerned with Lucic not performing AND being kept in the top 6 for too long, but hopefully only one of those things happens.

  100. leadfarmer says:

    hunter1909,

    How is yak still a valid tiebreaker when you can now see that he has 4 goals in 7 games. When the rest of us placed our bets there was only a few of us that had yak in the high teens to low 20s. Now all of them are

  101. Kmart99 says:

    Hunter

    Oilers 93 points
    Yak 22 goals

  102. OriginalPouzar says:

    Maksimov with a first period goal – game is early in the 2nd, tied at 1.

  103. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    hunter1909,

    You can please put me down for 94 pts and Yak @ 24 goals.
    Thanks for the added fun.

  104. Abbeef says:

    leadfarmer,

    He gave the final date right from the beginning. Some of us just chose to use the advantage. 😉

  105. Ryan says:

    Abbeef:
    leadfarmer,

    He gave the final date right from the beginning. Some of just chose to use the advantage.

    AIDA.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wVQPY4LlbJ4

  106. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kmart99:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Kailer is top 9 or Bakersfield. Actually, make that top 6 or Bakersfield.There’s no way Kailer ends up on the fourth line.

    Yamamoto was ineffective offensively in 2.66 games as 2RW with Drai.

    He had offensive success early in the pre-season again middling competition (where essentially all young higher end talent find success) and, against good competition once he was moved to play with Khaira and Caggulia, two bottom six players.

    I don’t disagree with the statement above, however, based on what we’ve seen against NHL teams, there isn’t room in the top 6 for him even though 2RW is still a question mark.

  107. Ryan says:

    Ryan: AIDA.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wVQPY4LlbJ4

    Anyway, my track record at Hunter’s contest is deplorable. However, I can rest assured knowing that first prize is not a Cadillac Eldorado.

  108. Oil2Oilers says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I am willing to concede that I based my Yamamoto-Lucic working well together comment based on ‘seen them good’ last year in the NHL.

    The basic conflict in our views is that you are not willing to give Rieder the benefit of the doubt as a top 6 player and I am not willing to give Lucic the benefit of the doubt as a top 6 player. Sadly we may both be correct.

  109. N64 says:

    Ryan: Anyway, my track record at Hunter’s contest is deplorable. However, I can rest assured knowing that first prize is not a Cadillac Eldorado.

    or a Ford Pinto.

  110. Bank Shot says:

    leadfarmer:
    hunter1909,

    How is yak still a valid tiebreaker when you can now see that he has 4 goals in 7 games.When the rest of us placed our bets there was only a few of us that had yak in the high teens to low 20s.Now all of them are

    Change your picks.

    I’ll go 16 goals for Yak.

    94 for the Oilers.

  111. Richard S.S. says:

    Oilers will have home rink advantage throughout the playoffs. Slepyshev has a better year than Yak.

  112. N64 says:

    Bank Shot: Change your picks.

    LOL

  113. A'bunadh says:

    hunter1909,

    Put me down for 94 points + 22 goals for Yak. Thanks!

  114. jm363561 says:

    ……..When the rest of us placed our bets there was only a few of us that had yak in the high teens to low 20s.Now all of them are…..
    =====
    1. Hunter, thank you so much for doing this.
    2. I don’t get the comment above about Yaks goals to date. Everyone knew they had until the puck drops in Europe to vote.
    3. My doom and gloom entry – 84 points. 18 Yakgoals.
    – Talbot OK, back up goal tending a big ?
    – PP not OK. PK OK.
    – Lucic not OK.
    – RW looking very OK.
    – 2RD, D Depth, not looking good. Hopefully an LTIR contract.
    – Impact of new coaches hmmm.

  115. N64 says:

    jm363561: 2. I don’t get the comment above about Yaks goals to date. Everyone knew they had until the puck drops in Europe to vote.

    ~ it’s only a tie breaker. everyone who picked them to miss the playoffs knows they’ll make them out of spite. everyone who picked them to make the playoffs knows they’ll miss them out of spit. so everyone knows they’ll be wrong. so tiebreakers will not arise. qed. besides hunter’s probably going to make the award a pinto and rear end it after taking the oiler’s zamboni on a joy ride ~

  116. Ryan says:

    N64: ~ it’s only a tie breaker. everyone who picked them to miss the playoffs knows they’ll make them out of spite. everyone who picked them to make the playoffs knows they’ll miss them out of spit. so everyone knows they’ll be wrong. so tiebreakers will not arise. qed. besides hunter’s probably going to make the award a pinto and rear end it ~

    I’m afraid to ask. Who won last year? What was the prize?

  117. Gerta Rauss says:

    Ryan: I’m afraid to ask. Who won last year? What was the prize?

    Yeti won last year with a guess of 69 points

    The prize is a Kia Sorento*

    https://oilersdeathmarch.com/season-201718/

    *or Hunter brings a box of wine to your home and spends the weekend on your sofa

  118. OriginalPouzar says:

    Maksimov finishes with a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win.

  119. OriginalPouzar says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Oilers will have home rink advantage throughout the playoffs.Slepyshev has a better year than Yak.

    Currently at 2G/1A in 11 games.

    I wonder if the coach doesn’t like his sideburns or if CSKA Moscow has an issue with Russians…….

  120. Ryan says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yeti won last year with a guess of 69 points

    The prize is a Kia Sorento*

    https://oilersdeathmarch.com/season-201718/

    *or Hunter brings a box of wine to your home and spends the weekend on your sofa

    Ha. Fun to look back

    15-16. I had the Oilers down for 83 points. Actual 70.

    16-17. I had 95. Actual 103.

    17-18. I had 96. Actual 78. Cost me a bottle of bunnahabhain 25.

    Conclusion: I suck. Don’t trade for Faulk.

  121. flyfish1168 says:

    After watching today’s game, Yamamoto should make the team and play as a bottom 6 players to start. He PK well and can be the puck carrier on either line. He has the speed to make up for the lack of speed from Brodziak or Strome. Why are we trying to make him the shooter? Much better at being the puck carrier. JMHO

  122. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Maksimov finishes with a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win.

    Samorukov held off the scoresheet in a 6-5 Guelph win (-1).

    Rodrigue stop 19 of 22 but that 22nd shot turned out to be the winner.

  123. Pescador says:

    Bos8:
    Larsson, back issues again, not good.Second worst scenario.

    Nothing like a 9 hour flight to help loosen up the ol back muscles
    ffs

  124. Jethro Tull says:

    Pescador: Nothing like a 9 hour flight to help loosen up the ol back muscles
    ffs

    I wonder if they have to pay extra for Lucic as baggage?

  125. OriginalPouzar says:

    From various pictures on social media, I think they took everyone to Europe – Bouchard, Yamamoto, Bear and Chiasson were all seen on or getting on the plane.

    No official airing of Jarabek or Garrison but I don’t imagine Jarabek was left behind.

    I think the banged up players have added some roster uncertainty.

    They don’t need to declare their roster until 3pm on Wed.

  126. Pescador says:

    Jethro Tull: I wonder if they have to pay extra for Lucic as baggage?

    HIYOOH!!

  127. PaperBagDiscarded says:

    Jethro Tull,

    Straight up murder right here.

  128. Bos8 says:

    Pescador: Nothing like a 9 hour flight to help loosen up the ol back muscles
    ffs

    He’s lucky if he’s ambulatory. Frankfurt has good massagists, the American legacy.

    Tour the cathedral in Cologne, a few bier at the stube and he’ll be right as rain.

  129. Bank Shot says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    From various pictures on social media, I think they took everyone to Europe – Bouchard, Yamamoto, Bear and Chiasson were all seen on or getting on the plane.

    No official airing of Jarabek or Garrison but I don’t imagine Jarabek was left behind.

    I think the banged up players have added some roster uncertainty.

    They don’t need to declare their roster until 3pm on Wed.

    Do guys like Bear, Yamamoto and Bouchard even need to be on the roster?

    Can you keep guys that don’t need to clear waivers around the team and “recall” them when needed?

    I believe you can waiver players and not assign them and they don’t count towards the active roster. Wonder if you can do something similar with players that aren’t waiver eligible.

    A guy like Garrison could be kept around the team indefinitely I imagine. He doesn’t have a contract. He’s just a guy hanging out. hah.

  130. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    N64: or a Ford Pinto.

    Wait, would a Pinto be for the winner or for last place? It’s not clear…

  131. slopitch says:

    Was at the game today, I think the idea to give Bouchard a 9 game trial is the right play. Looked fine today against a decent Flames linuep. Moved the puck well and i didn’t notice him defensively (in a good way) like you would early in Nurses career.

    I think JJ has improved and Drai was fine today. People will complain about his corsi but the overall game looked good. He broke up a lot of plays, was physical and moved his feet better.

  132. Bos8 says:

    Cologne is in the middle of Oktoberfest. And then on to the blonde sights of Gothenburg.

    One could miss the flight back by a few days, just sayin

  133. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bank Shot: Do guys like Bear, Yamamoto and Bouchard even need to be on the roster?

    Can you keep guys that don’t need to clear waivers around the team and “recall” them when needed?

    I believe you can waiver players and not assign them and they don’t count towards the active roster. Wonder if you can do something similar with players that aren’t waiver eligible.

    A guy like Garrison could be kept around the team indefinitely I imagine. He doesn’t have a contract. He’s just a guy hanging out. hah.

    They don’t have to declare the roster until October 23 at 3pm.

    Until then, they could have brought the entire training camp with them.

    At that point in time, they need to be down to 23 – anyone not on that 23 will need to be re-assigned (and those that require waivers will need to be put on waivers the day before).

    With the uncertainty around Russell, Rattie and Larsson (his back thing just happened), the are likely being cautious bringing over a larger group than they originally anticipated.

  134. godot10 says:

    Jethro Tull: I wonder if they have to pay extra for Lucic as baggage?

    Can the Germans sink the Lucictania?

  135. jp says:

    Wilde:
    I’m eating crow on Bouchard, to be honest.

    Is that a bad thing?

  136. hunter1909 says:

    Bos8:
    Cologne is in the middle of Oktoberfest.And then on to the blonde sights of Gothenburg.

    One could miss the flight back by a few days, just sayin

    MacT would drop Leon from the team, to challenge him.

  137. jp says:

    hunter1909: MacT would drop Leon from the team, to challenge him.

    He sure as hell would never have gotten the 8X8.5M deal.

  138. Richard S.S. says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    From various pictures on social media, I think they took everyone to Europe – Bouchard, Yamamoto, Bear and Chiasson were all seen on or getting on the plane.

    No official airing of Jarabek or Garrison but I don’t imagine Jarabek was left behind.

    I think the banged up players have added some roster uncertainty.

    They don’t need to declare their roster until 3pm on Wed.

    With a flight right away, the Oilers would take zero risk with their Players today., so uncertainty is for wusses. Looks like 26 Players caught the flight. Interesting to see what happens then.

  139. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar: Lucic has been a positive Corsi player in both his seasons as an Oiler…..

    godot10: #McDavidEffects

    Lucic had a positive CF% last year without McDavid (just barely).

    McDavid also had a better CF%, FF%, GF%, SCF% and HDCF% with Lucic than without Lucic in both 2016-17 and 2017-18.

    Makes you wonder.

  140. workaroundaccount says:

    deardylan: Hunter

    I’ll pay for Hunter if someone else picks up the tab for the blow.

    On a related not, can I rent the cheer squad for a party?

  141. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Walter Gretzkys Neighbour: Wait, would a Pinto be for the winner or for last place? It’s not clear…

    It’s for both … we cut the car right down the middle.

  142. Professor Q says:

    leadfarmer:
    hunter1909,

    How is yak still a valid tiebreaker when you can now see that he has 4 goals in 7 games.When the rest of us placed our bets there was only a few of us that had yak in the high teens to low 20s.Now all of them are

    I mean, people should have checked his most recent KHL stats then, instead of going by “ah, well, it’s a low scoring league and he sucks”. He’s also now on a better team than he was on during the lockout season.

    10 goals in 22 games.

  143. godot10 says:

    jp:
    Lucic had a positive CF% last year without McDavid (just barely).

    McDavid also had a better CF%, FF%, GF%, SCF% and HDCF% with Lucic than without Lucic in both 2016-17 and 2017-18.

    Makes you wonder.

    #CaggiulaEffects

  144. YEG FOLK says:

    Hunter,

    Put me down for 95 points.

    Will roll the dice on 16 Yak goals.

  145. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    jp:
    Lucic had a positive CF% last year without McDavid (just barely).

    McDavid also had a better CF%, FF%, GF%, SCF% and HDCF% with Lucic than without Lucic in both 2016-17 and 2017-18.

    Makes you wonder.

    Also, Lucic had a much higher WTF? last year than he did the previous year and it was already fairly high in 2016-17. That’s what makes me wonder. Fortunately we have better options on the wing this year so if Looch struggles early, a coach who isn’t thoroughly mediocre would use the option to move him down in the batting order. We wait.

  146. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Also, Lucic had a much higher WTF? last year than he did the previous year and it was already fairly high in 2016-17. That’s what makes me wonder. Fortunately we have better options on the wing this year so if Looch struggles early, a coach who isn’t thoroughly mediocre would use the option to move him down in the batting order.We wait.

    On second thought, maybe that last sentence should read “Wait …”

  147. Bos8 says:

    hunter1909: MacT would drop Leon from the team, to challenge him.

    It’s the Motos and Bears I’m worried about. Exotic scalps for the Gothen collectors.

  148. jp says:

    godot10: #CaggiulaEffects

    Haha, well Caggiula was only a drag on McDavid one of the two years.

    Also, McDavid has played just over 200 min with Caggiula, more than 850 with Lucic.

    #CaggiulaEffects are negligible, despite what some say.

  149. N64 says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: It’s for both … we cut the car right down the middle.

    which separate somewhat explosively.

  150. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m going to guess we’ll have a pretty slow couple of days with Oilers news.

    I think they took everyone left in camp to Europe – damn injuries complicating things.

    Can’t wait until Wed – I think I’m going to “work from home” and get ready for the game at 8am and the roster finalizing by 3pm.

  151. hunter1909 says:

    Bohologo: Sorry, got to note that Yakupov plays for CKA Saint Petersburg, wearing #65:
    https://www.khl.ru/stat/players/671/all/ska/
    https://www.khl.ru/players/16391/

    I like St. Pete the city, but as a ЦСКА Moscow fan, can’t stand CKA St. Pete the hockey club, even with Yakupov.The good news is that Anton Slepyshev is playing for ЦСКА Moscow, but only 3 points in 11 games so far:
    https://www.khl.ru/players/17504/

    Have you seen him play? Any change in his play?

  152. Wilde says:

    jp: Is that a bad thing?

    No. I was scared of being right about it.

    Either way early days, but he’s been better w/o the puck in the DZ than I thought he’d be by next season’s camp, let alone this one.

    He played that 2-on-1 better than half our NHL roster did on any last season, all season.

  153. marconiuse says:

    hunter1909,

    Hi Hunter,
    Put me down for 105 points and 27 Yak Attacks

    Thank you my friend!

  154. Yeti says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yeti won last year with a guess of 69 points

    That was no guess. I used a highly elaborate mathematical system to calculate that points total.

  155. Bank Shot says:

    jp: Haha, well Caggiula was only a drag on McDavid one of the two years.

    Also, McDavid has played just over 200 min with Caggiula, more than 850 with Lucic.

    #CaggiulaEffects are negligible, despite what some say.

    Nuge and Rattie drug him down quite a bit probably.

« Older Comments

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!
© Copyright - Lowetide.ca