Game Three AHL 2018-19: Condors at Barracuda

How often does the leading scorer of the Oilers’ top minor league affiliate win an NHL career after his success? Answer: Not too damned often. The truth is AHL kids who are good don’t play a full season there, it’s on to the show like a bat out of hell.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Practice lines in Boston, anger in Edmonton and Kailer Yamamoto remains on the No. 2 line.
  • New Jonathan Willis: At 34, is Kyle Brodziak just too old to help the Oilers?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Why Todd McLellan’s name keeps showing up on those ‘first coach fired in 2018-19’ lists
  • New James Mirtle: Sizing up the NHL 2018-19 by age, height and age (Oilers content)
  • Black Dog: Edmonton’s future is bright, but there are all kinds of questions in the present.
  • Lowetide: Evan Bouchard survives first game.
  • Lowetide: Ryan McLeod takes demotion in stride, while a Condo of Condors impress on opening weekend.
  • Jonathan Willis: On AHL opening night, Caleb Jones and friends make it clear they want NHL jobs.
  • Lowetide: Orange, white and blue October: In 1979, the Oilers rocked the NHL.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: After the death of his father, Sweden trip holds special significance for Adam Larsson, and one of his opponents.
  • Scott Wheeler: How the eye test fails to properly evaluate Evan Bouchard.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Why the Nuge-McDavid-Rattie line has been so successful.
  • Lowetide: The 2018-19 Oilers are in a period of transition.
  • Jonathan Willis: How worried should the Oilers be about the preseason struggles of Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl?

YEAR BY YEAR

Here are the leaders in points by year, and the men from those teams who either beat them or joined them in the NHL. I list players only once, so they might have qualified in seasons where they aren’t listed.

  • 79-80 Mike Toal 76gp, 31-45-76 for the Houston Apollos of the Central League. He played in three NHL games, but Mark Messier (1756), Charlie Huddy (1017), Tom Roulston (195), Jim Corsi (26), Mike Forbes (18), Kari Makkonen (9), Alex Tidey (5), Ron Areshenkoff (4) bested him. Roy Sommer (3) and Bryon Baltimore (2) either tied or were close.
  • 80-81 Tom Roulston 69gp, 63-44-107 for the Wichita Wind of the Central League. He played in 195 games, but Andy Moog (713) and Walt Poddubny (468) bested him.
  • 81-82 Walt Poddubny 60gp, 35-46-81 for the Wichita Wind of the Central League. He played in 468 games, no one close but Marc Habscheid played 345.
  • 82-83 Ray Cote 80gp, 28-63-91 for the Moncton Alpines. He played 15 NHL games, fewer than Steve Smith (804), Pat Conacher (499), John Blum (250), Joe McDonnell (43), Serge Boisvert (29). Mike Zanier, who is my guest today, was on this team and played in three NHL games for the Oilers.
  • 83-84 Ray Cote 66gp, 26-36-62 for the Moncton Alpines. He played 15 games, Larry Melnyk trumped him with 357 from this point to the end of his career.
  • 84-85 Ray Cote 79gp, 36-43-79 for the Nova Scotia Oilers. He played 15 games, Raimo Summanen (149), Steve Graves (33), Gord Sherven (28), Ken Berry (27) and Jim Playfair beat him out. At this point, the NHL Oilers were an all-star team, so it’s a little unfair to look back on these names in this way.
  • 85-86 Bruce Boudreau 65gp, 30-36-66 for the Nova Scotia Oilers. Boudreau played 131 games, but they were all in the past (save 7 with Chicago). Esa Tikkanen (877), Marty McSorley (874), Jeff Beukeboom (804), Billy Carroll (52), Darryl Reaugh (26), John Miner (14) all played a little or a lot.
  • 86-87 Bruce Boudreau 78gp, 35-47-82 for the Nova Scotia Oilers. Kelly Buchberger (1182), Normand Lacombe (225), Jim Wiemer (222), Alfie Turcotte (27), Selmar Odelein (14), Don Biggs (11), Tom McMurchy (9) all played more NHL games.
  • 87-88 Mark Lamb 69gp, 27-61-88 Nova Scotia Oilers. Lamb played in 380 NHL games, but Shaun Van Allen (794) and Chris Joseph (510) played in more.
  • 88-89 Mark Lamb 54gp, 33-49-82 Cape Breton Oilers. Lamb played in 380 NHL games, Alan May (393) just eclipsed him.
  • 89-90 John Leblanc 77gp, 54-34-88 Cape Breton Oilers. Leblanc had 38 NHL games left in his career, shy of Norm MacIver (397).
  • 90-91 Shaun Van Allen 76gp, 25-75-100 for Cape Breton Oilers. He played in 794 games, making him the leading scorer and GP leader. Shjon Podein (699) came pretty damned close.
  • 91-92 Shaun Van Allen 77gp, 29-84-113 for Cape Breton Oilers. His 794 games were shy of Martin Rucinsky (961) and Scott Thornton (908).
  • 92-93 Dan Currie 75gp, 57-41-98 for Cape Breton Oilers. He had just 10 games left in his career, so several men would pass him: Kirk Maltby (1072), Steven Rice (315), Francois Leroux (242), Peter White (220), Roman Oksiuta (153), Vladimir Vujtek (108), Ian Herbers (65), Bill McDougall (26).
  • 93-94 Peter White 45gp, 21-49-70 Cape Breton Oilers. White played in 220 NHL games, fewer than Dean McAmmond (991), Tyler Wright (613), Louie Debrusk (376 games left), Fred Brathwaite (254).
  • 94-95 Peter White 65gp, 36-69-105 Cape Breton Oilers. White’s 220 games were fewer than Todd Marchant (1191), Miro Satan (1050), Greg DeVries (878), David Vyborny (543), David Oliver (233).
  • 95-96 Rem Murray 79gp, 31-59-90 Cape Breton Oilers. Murray played in 560 NHL games, Ryan Smyth (1267) played nine games for the 95-96 Cape Breton club.
  • 96-97 Ralph Intranuovo 68gp, 36-40-76 Hamilton Bulldogs. Intranuovo in just 8 more games, so there’s a pretty large list of men who played more: Georges Laraque (695), Sean Brown (436), Mats Lindgren (387), Bryan Muir (274), Scott Ferguson (218), Steve Kelly (149), Steve Passmore (93), Dennis Bonvie (82), Jason Bonsignore (58), Joe Hulbig (55).
  • 97-98 Jeff Daw 79gp, 28-35-63 for Hamilton Bulldogs. Daw played in one NHL game, so the list is long: Boyd Devereaux (627), Dan Lacouture (337), Ladislav Benysek (161), Mike Watt (157), Craig Millar (113), Scott Fraser (57), Doug Friedman (18), Bill Bowler (9), Peter Sarno 7.
  • 98-99 Chris Ferraro 72gp, 35-41-76 Hamilton Bulldogs. Ferraro had just 14 games left in his NHL career. Jim Dowd (583), Tim Thomas (426), Todd Rierden (183), Brad Norton (124) all played more.
  • 99-00 Daniel Cleary 58gp, 22-52-74 Hamilton Bulldogs. Cleary played in 897 games, trumping all but Jason Chimera (1107).
  • 00-01 Paul Healey 79gp, 39-32-71 Hamilton Bulldogs. He would go on to play 71 NHL games, fewer than Shawn Horcoff (1008), Fernando Pisani (462), Alex Henry (177), Brian Swanson (70) and Alain Nasreddine (59).
  • 01-02 Jason Chimera 77gp, 26-51-77 Hamilton Bulldogs. He played 1107 games.
  • 02-03 Jarret Stoll 76gp, 21-33-54 Hamilton Bulldogs. He played 872 games.
  • 03-04 Jamie Wright 78gp, 25-30-55 Toronto Roadrunners. He didn’t play in any more NHL games, so the list is long: Marc-Andre Bergeron (485), Brad Winchester (390), Jeff Woywitka (278), Tony Salmelainen (70), Mathieu Roy (66), Jani Rita (53), Bobby Allen (50), Steve Valiquette (40), Mike Morrison (29), Mike Bishai (14), Peter Sarno (7), Dan Smith (5) and Doug Lynch (2).
  • 04-05 Tony Salmelainen 76gp, 22-24-46 Edmonton Roadrunner. Salmelainen played 70 NHL games, exceeded by Kyle Brodziak (848), Toby Petersen (317), Jeff Deslauriers (62), Martin St. Pierre (39).
  • 05-06 Marc Pouliot 65gp, 15-30-45 Hamilton Bulldogs. He played in 192 NHL games, more than everyone but Matt Greene (615), Zack Stortini (257), Ty Conklin (216).
  • 06-07 Kyle Brodziak 62gp, 24-32-56 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Brodziak has played in 848 games, the highest total among Oilers prospects in this season. Tom Gilbert had a solid career, 655 games.
  • 07-08 Rob Schremp 45gp, 11-32-45 Springfield Falcons. He played in 114 games, shy of the following: Devan Dubnyk (425), Jean-Francois Jacques (166), Theo Peckham (160), Troy Bodie (159), Colin McDonald (148).
  • 08-09 Ryan Potulny 70gp, 38-24-62 Springfield Falcons. Potulny would play in 82 more games, fewer than Taylor Chorney (166), Gilbert Brule (143), Tim Sestito (101), Liam Reddox (99).
  • 09-10 Charles Linglet 75gp, 19-55-74 Springfield Falcons. He played just five games, the list who played more: Ryan O’Marra (33), Alex Plante (10), Bryan Lerg (8).
  • 10-11 Alexandre Giroux 70gp, 32-46-78 Oklahoma City Barons. He played 17 more games, several played more: Jeff Petry (529), Chris VandeVelde (278), Mark Arcobello (139), Linus Omark (79), Teemu Hartikainen (52).
  • 11-12 Ryan Keller 71gp, 21-28-49 Oklahoma City Barons. He played in zero games, so all of these names were more successful: Magnus Paajarvi (310), Anton Lander (215), Tyler Pitlick (141), Phil Cornet (2), Curtis Hamilton (1).
  • 12-13 Mark Arcobello 74gp, 22-46-68 Oklahoma City Barons. He played in 139 games. Martin Marincin (178), Brandon Davidson (152) and Taylor Fedun (46) have played in more.
  • 13-14 Anton Lander 46gp, 18-34-52 Oklahoma City Barons. He played in 215 NHL games, Oscar Klefbom (256) has played in more.
  • 14-15 Andrew Miller 67gp, 27-33-60 Oklahoma City Barons. He played in 15 games. Iiro Pakarinen (134), Jujhar Khaira (95), Jordan Oesterle (81), Brad Hunt (75), Laurent Brossoit (28) have all played in more.
  • 15-16 Matt Ford 64gp, 27-24-51 Bakersfield Condors. Ford never played in an NHL game. Those who have: Leon Draisaitl (270), Darnell Nurse (198), Anton Slepyshev (102), Griffin Reinhart (29), Dillon Simpson (3).
  • 16-17 Anton Lander 42gp, 25-30-55 Bakersfield Condors. Lander played 215 NHL games, no one is close but Jesse Puljujarvi (94) will eventually exceed that number.
  • 17-18 Josh Currie 68gp, 20-26-46 Bakersfield Condors. He played in zero NHL games but did get an NHL contract. Ethan Bear (18) and Ty Rattie (14) were among those who will post solid GP numbers as the years roll along.

This year Brad Malone (2, 1-3-4) is the early leading scorer, but will no doubt get passed by any number of these kids who will get substantial power-play time. I know this is long and rambling but the exercise does have a point, actually two:

  • Most of the future NHLers are in the big leagues enough during entry deals to take them out of contention for big scoring numbers. They don’t lead their teams in scoring because their career trajectories have them exceeding the league.
  • Players who both lead their teams in scoring and go on to long NHL careers (Shaun Van Allen, Daniel Cleary, Jason Chimera, Jarret Stoll, Kyle Brodziak) inevitably had things they needed to improve on in the minors before emerging as useful big league players. In Stoll’s case that might be a stretch.

I have always believed NHL teams are going to bring specific player types from their AHL teams:

  • Goalies who can rise through the organization with the AHL as the last stop (Devan Dubnyk).
  • Defensemen who grind their weaknesses into strengths and find a way to do the difficult work of defending (Brandon Davidson)
  • Forwards with enough offense to move the needle at the highest levels (Jason Chimera, Fernando Pisani) but need a place to develop their skills, grind their own weaknesses from their game (as is the case with blue), and to learn how to survive while figuring out a way to score enough in the NHL to survive.
  • Mike Walton, Rob Schremp types who have offensive value but something in their game (discipline, discipline) holding them back.

So, the question for us, dear reader, is how far along is Ethan Bear? Caleb Jones? William Lagesson? Which family of forwards does Cooper Marody belong to? Tyler Benson?

NUGE?

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins injuries and illnesses are an annual event for Oilers fans, he played 82 games in 2016-17 but missed 20 a year ago and 27 games in 2015-16. He often gets the flu around this time of year and has endured all manner of issues through his NHL seasons. We’ll find out this morning if he’s well enough to go in the second game of the season tomorrow, and if not then expect a shuffle and for Drake Caggiula to draw in.

Which brings me to an interesting question: Who is the first forward recalled? It depends on who is injured of course, but I think Cooper Marody has to be near the top of the ‘skill forward’ list.

CONDORS ROSTER

These aren’t lines and pairings, just an estimated depth chart. Starrett and Bear are the new adds, Dylan Wells and Jeromy Beaudry no longer on the roster. There are now two forwards (Marody, Benson) and three defensemen (Bear, Jones and Lagesson) for Oilers fans to follow closely in California at this time.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we continue the “NHL season without the Oilers” with a varied look at the wide world of sports. TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. Back from Newfoundland with thousands of photographs and memories, we’ll chat hockey drafts and Oilers losing games we get to stare at for a week.
  • Mike Zanier, former Oilers goalie and Swedish hockey analyst. We’ll chat Joel Persson, Filip Berglund and reaction to the Oilers game in Sweden against New Jersey Devils.
  • Jon Campbell, Sports Analyst at OddsShark.com. We’ve been looking for someone to drop by the show and talk sporting odds and gaining an edge, Jon Campbell is a home-run guest. Can’t wait to talk to him about Notre Dame football!

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. Pescador says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I have nothing better to do at 3 o’clock in the afternoon than to treat my body like its an amusement park.

    That’s fine but it doesn’t ALWAYS need to be the Zipper

  2. flyfish1168 says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I have nothing better to do at 3 o’clock in the afternoon than to treat my body like its an amusement park.

    I want you to go see a
    physiatrist

  3. Pescador says:

    Ari: Glamour magazine anyone?

    Nah,
    Sears catalogue, underwear section

  4. pts2pndr says:

    Flyfish 1168

    There are two times when a married man is master of his domain

    1. When his wife gives him permission to say so and

    2. When his wife is not at home and there is no possible way she will find out that
    He has claimed he is!

  5. stephen sheps says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    stephen sheps,

    It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

    I have now reached my designated ‘writing dram’ time.

    In honour of Woodguy v2.0, I thought about having Irish whiskey, but in the end I opted for Scotch. Bunnahabhain 12 in fact, one of my favourite unpeated entry-level single malts.

    As to the poster who was asking about Irish the other night, I concur with Woodguy’s Redbreast 12 suggestion, but since that poster claimed to be more of a scotch person, I’d suggest getting the cask strength version, since it will actually give you a far richer experience than the standard bottle. Either that or just about anything that Teeling makes, particularly from the ‘revival’ or ‘brabazon’ lines. The lone exception is their single grain whiskey. If you’re not used to grain whiskey as opposed to malt whiskey, you’ll be confused and disappointed.

  6. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m still confused why I have to move on from talking about a management decision that happened over the last couple of days that is completely relevant to a question posted by Lowetide in the initial entry.

    Each and every day, I read about Taylor Hall, Matt Barzal, Jordan Eberle, etc.

    I disagree that Brad Malone is a fine call-up and would love to know what that’s based on.

    A. It’s only relevant if you squint your eyes.
    B. No one said you ‘have’ to move on, I said please.
    C. Those are actual NHL players.
    D. It was based on pulling your leg.
    E. Lighten up.

  7. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar: As per Todd’s verbal, what he’s trying to “fix” is the bottom two lines getting absolutely caved all game long, in particular the 4th line.I don’t think its as much about splitting up that 3rd line but given the other line a bit of a change in order for it to, hopefully, be successful at transitioning the puck.

    If the 4th line can’t play, just sit them: roll 3 good lines and use the 4th for PK.

  8. jtblack says:

    stephen sheps,

    on the Whisky note. Wendal clark; Lanny McDonald and Larry Robinson are endorsing their own special blends. So says Elliot on 31 thoughts

  9. Professor Q says:

    jtblack:
    stephen sheps,

    on the Whisky note.Wendal clark; Lanny McDonald and Larry Robinson are endorsing their own special blends.So says Elliot on 31 thoughts

    They can’t let Gretzky have all the fun.

  10. stephen sheps says:

    jtblack,

    interesting. I wonder which distilleries are making these endorsed blends? Sadly it’s very rare for a celebrity’s product to be any good. The only exception that comes to mind is Casamigos Tequila, which was the brand George Clooney launched. That stuff is ridiculously good. We’ll see if it stays good now that Diageo spent a billion dollars to acquire it. If Diageo’s whisk(e)y portfolio is any indication, I don’t have high hopes.

  11. Pescador says:

    GMB3:
    If one line outscores the opposition (this is how games are won, by scoring more goals than the other team), while the other three lines get outscored, is it that first lines fault we don’t make the playoffs?

    Asking for a friend.

    You might be on to something here,
    Lines 2-3 & 4 get outscored by a 39% goal share, this is a given
    All we need is for the first line to have a 82% goal share or better.
    It’s simple math really, Moar wins now please

  12. Professor Q says:

    stephen sheps:
    jtblack,

    interesting. I wonder which distilleries are making these endorsed blends? Sadly it’s very rare for a celebrity’s product to be any good. The only exception that comes to mind is Casamigos Tequila, which was the brand George Clooney launched. That stuff is ridiculously good. We’ll see if it stays good now that Diageo spent a billion dollars to acquire it. If Diageo’s whisk(e)y portfolio is any indication, I don’t have high hopes.

    Gretzky’s wine and whiskies are very good. Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka has been a phenomenon (due to popularity/prestige; can’t say I’m a vodka fan either way). Those are just off the top of my head.

  13. deardylan says:

    Alternative Scene from Batman: Dark Knight

    Rieder-Strome-Kassian-Caggiula-Khaira-Puljujärvi are invited to meet the coach in a private mens billiards club in Boston yesterday.

    Todd: [to the 2 bottom lines]

    Now, boys your TOI is small, but [grabs a cue stick] there’s a lot of potential for aggressive expansion.

    So, which of our fine gentlemen would like to stay on our team?

    Oh!

    There’s only one line open right now, that is the 4th line.

    So we’re gonna shorten the bench and have tryouts.

    [breaks the stick in two, throws the pointy end on the floor in between two of the lines]

    …Make it fast”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCXbib9MahE

  14. stephen sheps says:

    Professor Q: Gretzky’s wine and whiskies are very good. Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka has been a phenomenon. Those are just off the rope of my head.

    I’m not much of a vodka man so I couldn’t say about Akroyd’s product, but I’m not so into the great one’s whiskies. His wine is ok though. To be honest, there are very few Canadian whiskies I truly get excited about. I find most to be thin and very one-note relative to their American, Scottish, Irish and even Taiwanese and Indian brethren.

    That said, Corby/Wisers are starting to make some nice things. Wisers 35 and the Dissertation whiskey were both excellent, as was the 2017 edition of the Lot 40 Cask strength. I’m hoping that eventually we’ll see a Canadian made single malt that rivals the stuff made in Europe and Asia. It’s not like there’s a shortage of barley, especially in Alberta. In fact if this academia thing fails, that’s really what I’d like to do…

  15. pts2pndr says:

    Woodguy v2.0:

    Tyler Hupka
    ‏ @thupka1982
    31m31 minutes ago


    “Manny (Viveiros) is NOT the lead (coach) on the poweplay at this time.”

    – @Bob_Stauffer on @OilersNow a moment ago.

    Well that’s just great.

    GM hires a guy specifically for a job and the coach doesn’t give it to him.

    Because Oilers

    Coach management disconnect! The more things change the more they stay the same!

  16. pts2pndr says:

    ArmchairGM: If the 4th line can’t play, just sit them: roll 3 good lines and use the 4th for PK.

    ArmchairGM: If the 4th line can’t play, just sit them: roll 3 good lines and use the 4th for PK.

    Critical thinking and logic!🤔

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Love my AHL TV Condors subscription – game 3 starting soon.

  18. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Looking forward to updates on the prospects, and thoughts on the bussesridden/60 growth of the rookie HC as the season rolls along.

  19. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    stephen sheps,

    Bunnahabhain 12, you say. I’ll have to add that to my list.

    What are your thoughts on Auchentoshan? I like most of their offerings as a cost-effective dram to sip more regularly and leave the special bottles, like Tobermory, for instance, for occasions.

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Love my AHL TV Condors subscription – game 3 starting soon.

    Nope, Jones still playing the right side – interesting.

  21. Bank Shot says:

    stephen sheps:
    jtblack,

    interesting. I wonder which distilleries are making these endorsed blends? Sadly it’s very rare for a celebrity’s product to be any good. The only exception that comes to mind is Casamigos Tequila, which was the brand George Clooney launched. That stuff is ridiculously good. We’ll see if it stays good now that Diageo spent a billion dollars to acquire it. If Diageo’s whisk(e)y portfolio is any indication, I don’t have high hopes.

    Celebrities alcohols arent very good for whom?

    I’ve seen quite a bit of evidence that people can enjoy alcohols based on their perception of (cost/exclusivity/prestige) rather than the actual flavor itself.

    You can see videos where professional chefs can’t identify simple ingredients by taste when blindfolded.

    Gordon Ramsay gave a wine expert a blind taste test of a 5000 pound bottle of wine and the guy pegged it as a 5 pound bottle.

    Drinking expensive alcohol is fun for sure. That’s about where a colonial barbarian like myself leaves it.

  22. flyfish1168 says:

    I realize us and NJD have played the least games. But I still wonder which NHL team will be the last team to win their 1st game.

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’ve been told that special teams are largely coaching dependent so the 4PP goals and 2SH goal in game 1 really have got the bussesridden/60 off to a great start.

  24. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Nope, Jones still playing the right side – interesting.

    They could have not bought out Gryba, and not signed Lowe, and have him play the left side.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Malone with a horrible cross ice pass that came close to going the other way for a breakaway – wow, that was bad.

    Anyways, it was bumbled but the puck did go in to the defensive zone and an ugly/scramble goal goes in. 1-0 SJ.

    Malone and Joe G. had looked good prior to that in the offensive zone.

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: They could have not bought out Gryba, and not signed Lowe, and have him play the left side.

    I think they want him on the right side or else they’d play Gravel on that side (who has NHL experience doing so).

  27. Richard Roma says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Malone with a horrible cross ice pass that came close to going the other way for a breakaway – wow, that was bad.

    Anyways, it was bumbled but the puck did go in to the defensive zone and an ugly/scramble goal goes in.1-0 SJ.

    Malone and Joe G. had looked good prior to that in the offensive zone.

    Who do you dislike more as a hockey player, Malone or Justin Faulk?

    Asking for a friend.

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Malone, Marody, Vessel, Jones, Benson as PP1.

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bear, Hebig, Polei, Jog G., Currie as PP2

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    PP2 more effective than PP1 but no goals.

  31. Professor Q says:

    Bank Shot: Celebrities alcohols arent very good for whom?

    I’ve seen quite a bit of evidence that people can enjoy alcohols based on their perception of (cost/exclusivity/prestige) rather than the actual flavor itself.

    You can see videos where professional chefs can’t identify simple ingredients by taste when blindfolded.

    Gordon Ramsay gave a wine expert a blind taste test of a 5000 pound bottle of wine and the guy pegged it as a 5 pound bottle.

    Drinking expensive alcohol is fun for sure. That’s about where a colonial barbarian like myself leaves it.

    Maybe the wine expert was really very strong and didn’t have good perception on relative mass?

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    Polie ties the game up – Curie throws one in front from the side-wall and Polei with a deflection (not sure he meant too). Gust with the second assist.

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    Top line of Benson, Marody, Vessel looking good in the offensive zone.

    Jones 5 shot attempts already I think.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Polei 2/3 of the way to a Gordie Howe – spirited bout – a draw.

  35. Richard Roma says:

    Bank Shot: Celebrities alcohols arent very good for whom?

    I’ve seen quite a bit of evidence that people can enjoy alcohols based on their perception of (cost/exclusivity/prestige) rather than the actual flavor itself.

    You can see videos where professional chefs can’t identify simple ingredients by taste when blindfolded.

    Gordon Ramsay gave a wine expert a blind taste test of a 5000 pound bottle of wine and the guy pegged it as a 5 pound bottle.

    Drinking expensive alcohol is fun for sure. That’s about where a colonial barbarian like myself leaves it.

    Well, it’s sort of like the old J curve theory, except once you hit the baseline of the y axis, the curve is rather flat.

    Spend too little on a bottle of alcohol and the product’s going to be shite.

    Eventually, when you spend a sufficient amount, you get something drinkable. You then spend exponentially more for a slight improvement.

    To think of it in terms of cars, you go from a Hyundai Elentra to a BMW 3 series and the jump is huge.

    Once you’re at the 3 series level, you spend a fortune to get incrementally smaller improvements in the quality of a sedan.

  36. ArmchairGM says:

    Professor Q: Gretzky’s wine and whiskies are very good. Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka has been a phenomenon. Those are just off the rope of my head.

    Ha! Just wait until you taste my cognac!

  37. Lowetide says:

    Man I like Polei as a player.

  38. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar: Malone and Joe G. had looked good prior to that in the offensive zone.

    Heresy!

  39. Richard Roma says:

    Richard Roma,

    Another analogy.

    Here’s a secret. Drink a Glenfiddich 12 and you’ll experience all the fun you’ll ever have with a whiskey (for about 60 bucks a bottle). After that, you can spend as much as you like more, but you’ll never acuualize any additional value.

  40. stephen sheps says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    stephen sheps,

    Bunnahabhain 12, you say.I’ll have to add that to my list.

    What are your thoughts on Auchentoshan?I like most of their offerings as a cost-effective dram to sip more regularly and leave the special bottles, like Tobermory, for instance, for occasions.

    Auchentoshan is a weird one for me. I used to be a huge fan and the 3 wood was a semi-regular on my shelf for a while, ever since I tried it at a wonderful scotch bar in Edinburgh called the Albanach. In its price range I’d take that or the 12 over most of the standard Glens (fiddich, livet and its lowland neighbour glenkinchie). But it’s a much lighter and more floral profile than most scotch whiskies due to it’s triple distillation process, which makes it much closer to Irish than Scotch. (The Scottish standard is a double-distillation). The floral palate is pretty common for the few lowland distilleries still in operation, and Auchentoshan is the best of that region, depending on whether or not you think Glengoyne is highland or lowland – the distillery is on the border, with the stills being in the lowlands and the warehouses across the street in the highlands. Weird but true!

    Tobermory also makes nice stuff, and I rather like their peated expression Ledaig. I tend to like Island malts more than the stuff from the mainland. Tobermory, being from Mull fits that bill. I’m primarily an Islay fan but also enjoy the Campbeltown region (technically on the mainland but a peninsula).

    Bunnahabhain isn’t in the same neighbourhood as either, but in terms of price point to quality to deliciousness it can’t be beat. There are many brands that are expensive but not all that great (looking at you, Dalmore, though your marketing and branding is outstanding!) and others that really pack a lot of bang for buck. Bunna fits that bill, IMO.

    Bank Shot: Celebrities alcohols arent very good for whom?

    I’ve seen quite a bit of evidence that people can enjoy alcohols based on their perception of (cost/exclusivity/prestige) rather than the actual flavor itself.

    You can see videos where professional chefs can’t identify simple ingredients by taste when blindfolded.

    Gordon Ramsay gave a wine expert a blind taste test of a 5000 pound bottle of wine and the guy pegged it as a 5 pound bottle.

    Drinking expensive alcohol is fun for sure. That’s about where a colonial barbarian like myself leaves it.

    Fair point – lots of people get a lot of enjoyment from the idea of drinking prestige. That’s why Macallan is so highly regarded. The packaging and branding screams ‘prestige brand’, despite the fact that many expressions they make are ordinary. Perception goes a long way.

    Expensive definitely doesn’t always mean good, and good doesn’t always need to be expensive.

    Ramsey’s tests are fun. I love the blindfold palate challenges he does on most of his shows. It’s always a joy to watch great chefs crap the bed.

  41. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Re: athlete booze: Two of my buddies: both athletes, make some fantastic wines actually:

    1) Bure Family Wines: They actually make some montster wines, never available anywhere other than in Napa, and Valeri and his wife have done an amazing job. It’s a testament to them that most don’t even know that Bure was a hockey player when they talk about his small wine vineyard in St-Helena!

    2) Ernie Els Stellenbosch is a wonderful South African Cab if you are into those as well

    – These two guys in particular, have a passion for wine, and are quite involved, rather than simply putting their name on plonk as an endorsement (I’m looking at you Mike Weir!)

  42. Ryan says:

    Richard Roma:
    Richard Roma,

    Another analogy.

    Here’s a secret. Drink a Glenfiddich 12 and you’ll experience all the fun you’ll ever have with a whiskey (for about 60 bucks a bottle). After that, you can spend as much as you like more, but you’ll never acuualize any additional value.

    Okay. At that price point, it’s hard to argue against a Glenfiddich 12.

  43. pts2pndr says:

    Lowetide:
    Man I like Polei as a player.

    He is a very hard working quality hockey player! He may become a valuable bottom six NHL player!

  44. Ryan says:

    Who was it that mentioned something about Mclellan wanting to get fired in today’s thread?

    I saw that look in his eyes last season. “Please fire me and put me out of my misery so that I can cash my $3m per year in cheques and ride off into the sunset in California.”

  45. stephen sheps says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: Stellenbosch

    One of my favourite wine regions. Can we get that here in Toronto? I’d be interested in trying his stuff.

    Ryan: Okay. At that price point, it’s hard to argue against a Glenfiddich 12.

    I’ll take the Bruichladdich Classic Laddie for 62 instead, but ymmv

  46. hags9k says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    You are buddies with Val Bure and Ernie Els!? That’s awesome, I will look for the wines.

  47. hags9k says:

    This early schedule really sucks…The competition but also this layoff. Carolina has 7 pts already! Feels like we are already craning our necks looking at the standings. Man.

  48. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    stephen sheps,

    Interesting… it would appear we both prefer the lesser peat flavours of Scotch. I too am a fan of Islay, however prefer Highlands and choose those two regions to the exception of all others. Less peat (subtle notes is fine, enhancing, even) and more toward caramel and toffee notes… I’m a sweet tooth by nature, but eat confectioneries less than a few times a year since I’ve cut the bulk of refined sugars from my diet. Suppose I’ll have to sip my sweets instead! ha

    Oban would be about as peaty as I prefer. Enjoy most of the Glenmorangie range as a safe choice (especially the Quinta Ruban), which I would offer is distinct in quality and flavour from the more mainstream Glens (though perhaps a fraction more dear to the wallet).

    Always enjoy recommendations, especially from someone who’s had the pleasure of sampling many quality offerings such as yourself.

  49. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Ryan,

    Simple.

    Auchentoshan… anything. Hard to beat the price/flavour. I have a soft spot for the Three Wood and American Oak, but their aged offerings are also very nice.

  50. Ryan says:

    stephen sheps: One of my favourite wine regions. Can we get that here in Toronto? I’d be interested in trying his stuff.

    I’ll take the Bruichladdich Classic Laddie for 62 instead, but ymmv

    I wasn’t trying to sound cool, hip or sophisticated by agreeing on the Glennfidich 12, however, I’ll try the Bruichladdich Scottish Barley.

    For whatever it’s worth, both have the same 3.5 rating from Masters of Malt.

    As for wine, I’ve been on a Valpolicella kick lately.

  51. Ryan says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Ryan,

    Simple.

    Auchentoshan… anything.Hard to beat the price/flavour.I have a soft spot for the Three Wood and American Oak, but their aged offerings are also very nice.

    Thanks!

    I’ve added that to my list. I’ll pick some up this weekend.

  52. Bos8 says:

    Ryan: I wasn’t trying to sound cool, hip or sophisticated by agreeing on the Glennfidich 12, however, I’ll try the Bruichladdich Scottish Barley.

    For whatever it’s worth, both have the same 3.5 rating from Masters of Malt.

    As for wine, I’ve been on a Valpolicella kick lately.

    The Italian wedding wine of choice. Good with pasta.

  53. Bos8 says:

    Hebig playing with Marody and Benson. Benson very nice passer.

  54. stephen sheps says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    stephen sheps,

    Interesting… it would appear we both prefer the lesser peat flavours of Scotch.I too am a fan of Islay, however prefer Highlands and choose those two regions to the exception of all others.Less peat (subtle notes is fine, enhancing, even) and more toward caramel and toffee notes… I’m a sweet tooth by nature, but eat confectioneries less than a few times a year since I’ve cut the bulk of refined sugars from my diet.Suppose I’ll have to sip my sweets instead! ha

    Oban would be about as peaty as I prefer.Enjoy most of the Glenmorangie range as a safe choice (especially the Quinta Ruban), which I would offer is distinct in quality and flavour from the more mainstream Glens (though perhaps a fraction more dear to the wallet).

    Always enjoy recommendations, especially from someone who’s had the pleasure of sampling many quality offerings such as yourself.

    Actually I’m all about the peat. Ardbeg is probably my all-time favourite distillery. But I like a lot of things including all that you’ve mentioned as well. The Quinta Ruban is very good and Oban was my gateway drug into peat land. That’s the thing about scotch – there’s so much to explore. I never seem to tire of trying new things.

  55. stephen sheps says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey,

    Ryan: For whatever it’s worth, both have the same 3.5 rating from Masters of Malt

    If you’re curious about scotch, I’ve found that the r/scotch subreddit is actually one of the best and most informed places on the internet to read about different distilleries and expressions. They have a series of recommendation posts for novice and intermediate palates as well as a ‘malt map’ that helps you pinpoint different types/flavours/regional character. I post there from time to time when I try something new and want to review it.

  56. Bos8 says:

    Gambardella fm Lageson shots 33 17 Condors. Score 2-2.

  57. Ryan says:

    Bos8: The Italian wedding wine of choice.Good with pasta.

    Ha. That’s hilarious.

    My holy grail is the pursuit of the perfect <$20 table wine.

    There’s some easy choices like Meiomi…

    Then there’s La Fiole.

    Lately, i’ve enjoyed Pasqua Valpolicella Ripasso Superioire.

  58. Melvis says:

    Pfwfft- cough cough.

    I’d swim a pondscum covered prairie slough for a shot of what ever my maternal grandmother brewed up from the still hidden in the bush behind the barn back in ’30’s – although she once made the mistake of feeding the mash to the pigs. Apparently they had a hella field day while attempting a lot of squeeling in harmony.

    Although not necessarily a pot head – or a peat head, I am looking forward to some samplers in the near future. Dark Angel, Sour Diesel, Jack Herer Auto Flower, Train Wreck, and Lambs’s Breath in the sativa line – to name a few. Then there are the indicas for the arthritic pain.

    Thus I’ll know what seed varieties end up in pots under lights. The yield from four legal plants in about a hundred days makes for about eight times yearly personal use. Thus, three growing cycles a year makes for a hell of lot of sharing.

    I mean really. Why pay gubmint taxes on this shizz. Same as it ever was…

  59. Ryan says:

    stephen sheps:
    BornInAGretzkyJersey,

    If you’re curious about scotch, I’ve found that the r/scotch subreddit is actually one of the best and most informed places on the internet to read about different distilleries and expressions. They have a series of recommendation posts for novice and intermediate palates as well as a ‘malt map’ that helps you pinpoint different types/flavours/regional character. I post there from time to time when I try something new and want to review it.

    Thanks! I’ll take a look over there.

  60. Gerta Rauss says:

    hags9k:
    This early schedule really sucks…The competition but also this layoff.Carolina has 7 pts already!Feels like we are already craning our necks looking at the standings.Man.

    I was joking with my buddies* last night that the Oilers may be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs before they play game 2..lol…

    *not Val Bure or Ernie Els

  61. Melvis says:

    stephen sheps:
    BornInAGretzkyJersey,

    If you’re curious about scotch, I’ve found that the r/scotch subreddit is actually one of the best and most informed places on the internet to read about different distilleries and expressions. They have a series of recommendation posts for novice and intermediate palates as well as a ‘malt map’ that helps you pinpoint different types/flavours/regional character. I post there from time to time when I try something new and want to review it.

    That’s good to know Stephen. I’ll be checking that out from time to time. I don’t drink much hard liquor anymore – being more of a wine drinker, but occasionally get the urge. My taste tests are at least a couple of decades old and I remember nothing about them;-).

  62. Ryan says:

    Melvis: That’s good to know Stephen. I’ll be checking that out from time to time. I don’t drink much hard liquor anymore –being more of a wine drinker, but occasionally get the urge. My taste tests are at least acouple of decades old and I remember nothing about them;-).

    Okay, you’re probably a wine snob, but what’s you favorite <$25 per bottle table red wine?

  63. Bos8 says:

    Ryan: Ha. That’s hilarious.

    My holy grail is the pursuit of the perfect <$20 table wine.

    There’s some easy choices like Meiomi…

    Then there’s La Fiole.

    Lately, i’ve enjoyed Pasqua Valpolicella Ripasso Superioire.

    I’m partial to Don David Cab Sauvignon or Malbec Argentina. About 17. For regular slurping, Chilean Black Box – 40 also Cab. That’s about 10 a bottle and no waste.

  64. geowal says:

    I’ve been too lazy to look at the schedule…surely tomorrow I’ll wake up to see a game day post…

  65. Pescador says:

    Melvis:
    Pfwfft- cough cough.

    I’d swim a pondscum covered prairie slough for a shot of what ever my maternal grandmother brewed up from the still hidden in the bush behind the barn back in ’30’s – although she once made the mistake of feeding the mash to the pigs. Apparently they had a hella field day while attempting a lot of squeeling in harmony.

    Although not necessarily a pot head –or a peat head, I am looking forward to some samplers in the near future. Dark Angel, Sour Diesel, Jack Herer Auto Flower, Train Wreck, and Lambs’s Breath in the sativa line – to name a few. Then there are the indicas for the arthritic pain.

    Thus I’ll know what seed varieties end up in pots under lights. The yield from four legal plants in about a hundred days makes for about eight times yearly personal use. Thus, three growing cycles a year makes for a hell of lot of sharing.

    I mean really. Why pay gubmint taxes on this shizz. Same as it ever was…

    haha Melvis,
    You are a funny motherfucker
    I like your style

  66. geowal says:

    stephen sheps: Actually I’m all about the peat. Ardbeg is probably my all-time favourite distillery. But I like a lot of things including all that you’ve mentioned as well. The Quinta Ruban is very good and Oban was my gateway drug into peat land. That’s the thing about scotch – there’s so much to explore. I never seem to tire of trying new things.

    If you like mild peating, I strongly recommend Springbank. Very mild, but a nice peatiness, done in house with their own setup.

  67. Bos8 says:

    Marody and Benson with SO goals., one more.

    Condors win.

    Condors had Oiler disease Moar penalties than Oppo in the 3rd. Crappy officials.

  68. Ryan says:

    Bos8: I’m partial to Don David Cab Sauvignon Argentina.About 15.For regular slurping, Chilean Black Box – 40 also Cab.That’s about 10 a bottle and no waste.

    Thanks. On my list.

    I’m hoping to leverage the French Paradox to extend my longevity.

    My father didn’t make it to 60.

  69. Wilde says:

    Bos8:
    Marody and Benson with SO goals., one more.Condors win.Condors had Oiler disease Moar penalties than Oppo

    The last game vs the Barracude was 1 to 7 PP opportunities as well.

  70. GMB3 says:

    Wilde nice blog this morning. How did you get those game clips though? Record the game online or something?

  71. Bos8 says:

    Wilde: The last game vs the Barracude was 1 to 7 PP opportunities as well.

    The Comdors got a too many men on a change when they didn’t touch the puck. How does that work?

  72. Melvis says:

    Nah, I’m not a wine snob, although I’ll admit to having tasted some grand wines in the past…now way out of my price range.

    I’m looking for the same things a few others here are looking for. A decent plonk between $15 and $20 bucks. For the most part, I’m currently off the red wines. Gout seems to get inflamed, of all things. That said, generally speaking, I’ve had it with big fruit cabs and tend to favor old world Spanish and Italian. I change it up a lot and don’t keep notes, so can’t really help with specifics, but one was mentioned above.

    For around $25, once in a while, I usually go for a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. For $12 to $15, I’m partial to Chileans. Currently Cono Sur Bicicleta. Great value. And hardly fits the profile and refined palate of an oenophile.

    I had a fun evening doing some tastings with Beppi Crosarial once, the wine and spirits writer for the globe and mail. I said, this one’s redolent of Saskatoon berry. He made a note. Then said, damn I can’t use that. I’ve never tasted a Saskatoon berry.

    Check out his reviews. He’s not a snob and he knows his stuff.

  73. Melvis says:

    Ryan,

    Damn, I forgot to hit reply Ryan. The post above…

  74. Wilde says:

    GMB3:
    Wilde nice blog this morning. How did you get those game clips though? Record the game online or something?

    my video editing program came with a screen recorder

    AHLTV gives you access to vods, that’s why when it was announced I immediately said I would be doing Condors video because it’s so easy to get now

    e: and thank you

  75. Wilde says:

    Bos8: The Comdors got a too many men on a change when they didn’t touch the puck.How does that work?

    12-4 over the last two games vs SJ

    It’s also fairly uncommon to see a team that’s getting outshot get more calls than the outshooting team

  76. Bos8 says:

    Wilde: 12-4 over the last two games vs SJ

    It’s also fairly uncommon to see a team that’s getting outshot get more calls than the outshooting team

    The other one that got me was interference, when the SJ player had the puck in his skates. Heh? The 3rd period were cheapies all.

  77. GMB3 says:

    I’m not sure if this has been posted, but Miroslav Svoboda had a really solid year in the Czech league last season.

  78. GMB3 says:

    It appears he is in the ECHL in Mashvilles organization this year

  79. GMB3 says:

    Wow, with the influx of European goaltenders it is startling with how few goalies Edmonton has drafted from Europe in recent years. I believe there has been 4 drafted since Jussi Markkanen and only one has played any pro hockey in NA for the Oilers franchise.

    This could be an area that the OBC had seriously overlooked and it doesn’t appear to be any different under Chias regime. I haven’t cross referenced the #’s with many other teams yet though.

  80. OriginalPouzar says:

    Talented shootout goals by each of Marody and Benson to win it last night (and a nice quick break strike by Joe G. to tie it up).

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big day for the Oilers tonight. Oil Country needs a positive day.

    Please.

  82. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    If Jesse is starting on the 4th line against Boston either I or Todd have lost the plot completely. Full stop.

  83. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    As an aside, the Oilers should not have crossed a picket line to stay in that hotel.

    Disappointing.

  84. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Ari: Glamour magazine anyone?

    Nailed it!

  85. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Sears catalogue

  86. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Pescador: That’s fine but it doesn’t ALWAYS need to be the Zipper

    Well done.

  87. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    stephen sheps: I have now reached my designated ‘writing dram’ time.

    In honour of Woodguy v2.0, I thought about having Irish whiskey, but in the end I opted for Scotch. Bunnahabhain 12 in fact, one of my favourite unpeated entry-level single malts.

    As to the poster who was asking about Irish the other night, I concur with Woodguy’s Redbreast 12 suggestion, but since that poster claimed to be more of a scotch person, I’d suggest getting the cask strength version, since it will actually give you a far richer experience than the standard bottle. Either that or just about anything that Teeling makes, particularly from the ‘revival’ or ‘brabazon’ lines. The lone exception is their single grain whiskey. If you’re not used to grain whiskey as opposed to malt whiskey, you’ll be confused and disappointed.

    Agreed on the cask strength, but that bottle is over the $100 limit the poster set.

    How is the Bunahabhain 12?

    Re: Teeling – I tried some up their upper end bottles and though they were a bit “harsh” .

    I like my whiskey smoooooooth.

  88. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Booze and masturbation. All well and good but goddamn do we need a hockey game.

  89. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bos8:
    Hebig playing with Marody and Benson.Benson very nice passer.

    Benson is showing to have very nice puck skills – a solid puck distributor with plus vision and he is also very good at stickhandling is small spaces.

    While Hebig didn’t have a very good camp, I’ve noticed him as one of the top Condor forwards in each game. I didn’t see the third (or OT/SO) last night but its nice to see him moved up the lineup.

  90. franksterra says:

    Chelios is a Dinosaur:
    As an aside, the Oilers should not have crossed a picket line to stay in that hotel.

    Disappointing.

    Ugh. +1

  91. treevojo says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Agreed on the cask strength, but that bottle is over the $100 limit the poster set.

    How is the Bunahabhain 12?

    Re: Teeling – I tried some up their upper end bottles and though they were a bit “harsh” .

    I like my whiskey smoooooooth.

    Thanks to you and all others for the suggestions. I think I will pick up a bottle of writers tears to try out this weekend.

  92. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Bank Shot,

    Drinking expensive alcohol is fun for sure. That’s about where a colonial barbarian like myself leaves it.

    I was sitting in The Bothy whiskey bar on 124st with Bruce McCurdy, Lowetide and Mike Parkatti talking hockey and drinking some whiskey.

    Good times.

    Either I or Bruce asked the waitress for a smooth Irish and she brought us Writer’s Tears.

    It was amazing.

    We proceed to drink the rest of the bottle that they had there.

    I think Bruce was the first to find a bottle at a local store and it twigged me to go find one too.

    It was $29!!!!!!

    I was very pleased that my new favourite was inexpensive.

    Now you’d be hard pressed to find it under $50 and I usually see it for $60.

    Still a great whiskey.

  93. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Corey Sznajder has done the zone entries for the first game.

    No sir, it’s not pretty: https://twitter.com/ShutdownLine/status/1050208635169755136?s=19

  94. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    treevojo: Thanks to you and all others for the suggestions. I think I will pick up a bottle of writers tears to try out this weekend.

    Cool.

    Let us know your thoughts.

  95. ArmchairGM says:

    Chelios is a Dinosaur:
    As an aside, the Oilers should not have crossed a picket line to stay in that hotel.

    Disappointing.

    Why not? It’s a free country, they should be free to walk wherever they want on public property.

  96. Wilde says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Corey Sznajder has done the zone entries for the first game.

    No sir, it’s not pretty: https://twitter.com/ShutdownLine/status/1050208635169755136?s=19

    It’s the way we want good pro, role players to play.

    (actually Todd addressed the exits at practice yday but I’m not sure if he just means execution/closing needs work or if he knows the structure begets it and requires adjustment – plus the entries are just as detrimental)

    ArmchairGM: Why not? It’s a free country, they should be free to walk wherever they want on public property.

    I don’t think anyone would have made the argument they couldn’t, just that they shouldn’t

  97. stephen sheps says:

    geowal: If you like mild peating, I strongly recommend Springbank. Very mild, but a nice peatiness, done in house with their own setup.

    Springbank 15 is really nice stuff. I love the weird funk you get from them. I really like their very peaty Longrow series, particularly the Red editions, which take their standard bourbon-barrel aged stuff and do a second maturation cycle in red wine barrels from various regions. I’ve only had a couple tastes of the stuff but they were both divine.

    Melvis,
    Ryan,

    It’s a great resource for sure.
    Also I concur with Melvis – Spanish wines are excellent and in terms of price point you can’t lose.

  98. stephen sheps says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Agreed on the cask strength, but that bottle is over the $100 limit the poster set.

    How is the Bunahabhain 12?

    Re: Teeling – I tried some up their upper end bottles and though they were a bit “harsh” .

    I like my whiskey smoooooooth.

    Smoooooooth, eh? Yeah fair point. Some of the Teeling I’ve tried are also a bit rough, but I tend to like that.

    Bunnahabhain 12 will definitely be in your wheelhouse though. It’s definitely in the smooth spectrum but not in the traditional way. Along with the rich toffee, oak, raisin & nutty notes you’d get from some of the better glens, because the distillery is on right on the coast (being from Islay), there’s also a hint of brine and sea salt to it. Definitely smooth though, not peated. Real easy to drink.

    Great story RE: writer’s tears

    treevojo: Thanks to you and all others for the suggestions. I think I will pick up a bottle of writers tears to try out this weekend.

    Indeed let us know what you think!

  99. russ99 says:

    Ryan: Ha. That’s hilarious.

    My holy grail is the pursuit of the perfect <$20 table wine.

    There’s some easy choices like Meiomi…

    Then there’s La Fiole.

    Lately, i’ve enjoyed Pasqua Valpolicella Ripasso Superioire.

    My cheap Italian red of choice is Monte Antico.

    Though you can’t go wrong with pretty much any Vino nobile.

    I usually get a couple bottles of good Brunello a year.

    IMO, you mix the Sangiovese with anything else, you’re asking for a way more expensive wine of lesser quality.

  100. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    stephen sheps: Smoooooooth, eh? Yeah fair point. Some of the Teeling I’ve tried are also a bit rough, but I tend to like that.

    Bunnahabhain 12 will definitely be in your wheelhouse though. It’s definitely in the smooth spectrum but not in the traditional way. Along with the rich toffee, oak, raisin & nutty notes you’d get from some of the better glens, because the distillery is on right on the coast (being from Islay), there’s also a hint of brine and sea salt to it. Definitely smooth though, not peated. Real easy to drink.

    Great story RE: writer’s tears

    Indeed let us know what you think!

    Thanks for the heads up on the Bunnahabhain 12.

    The Bunnahabhain 25 is the best scotch I’ve ever had.

    Right in my wheelhouse.

  101. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    russ99: My cheap Italian red of choice is Monte Antico.

    Though you can’t go wrong with pretty much any Vino nobile.

    I usually get a couple bottles of good Brunello a year.

    IMO, you mix the Sangiovese with anything else, you’re asking for a way more expensive wine of lesser quality.

    Iirc Canada doesn’t tax wines from South Africa or most South American countries like they do on French, Germany, Italian etc.

    Consequently you can find some great Chilean and Argentinian wines for under $20

    I think Kinger mentioned El’s wines from Stellenbosch region.

    A buddy I used to live with spent a month in South Africa and for the 2 years after he got back there were always wines from Stellenbosch around the house.

    Usually great stuff and well priced.

    I remember the name Waterford Estates, but I’m no expert on wines.

  102. Jethro Tull says:

    When I want to wind down and rest after a long day, i find you can’t go wrong with a decent Malbec.

    Don’t drink the stuff myself. It’s for Mrs. Tull.

    Here all week, but only ’til Thursday. Try the veal.

  103. Jethro Tull says:

    We’re starting to ramp up our wine production. The best this year was the 3 cherry blend – Sour, Sweet and Nanking. It gets better with age, but I don’t think it’ll last that long….

  104. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    franksterra,

    Because professional athletes can probably be described as members of the most successful labour unions on earth.

    It is not a free country.

    It is a country that is fought for and struggled over.

    The NHLPA exists not because players have skill or because owners are nice. They fought for their rights as workers based on all that was won before them.

    Yes they “can” stay there if they wish. They shouldn’t have, however.

  105. hunter1909 says:

    Check out the Boston feed. The announcers are dressed like bankers.

    The overall effect: it’s so professional it’s insane.

    PS: They’re calling the Oilers “talented” and all other kinds of nice stuff.

  106. hunter1909 says:

    Chelios is a Dinosaur:
    franksterra,

    Because professional athletes can probably be described as members of the most successful labour unions on earth.

    It is not a free country.

    It is a country that is fought for and struggled over.

    The NHLPA exists not because players have skill or because owners are nice. They fought for their rights as workers based on all that was won before them.

    Yes they “can” stay there if they wish. They shouldn’t have, however.

    I can’t wait for the next strike so I can cheer for the owners.

  107. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    hunter1909,

    So you dislike working people, or the history of struggle, or history in general, or your own material interests? Or you are an owner?

    Would help to know to make sense of the comment.

  108. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Can’t ever get an answer out of management.

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