New Sensation

Kailer Yamamoto’s brilliant goal was the best ‘first goal in a career’ since Jordan Eberle’s screamer in 2010. Hard to believe that’s an eight-year gap, but time passes quickly in the second division. The Edmonton Oilers wake up this morning 3-2-0, within a whisper of a playoff spot, and looking like a team that can outscore its mistakes. They haven’t had a ‘perfect game’ as we saw in Game 1 2017-18, but maybe that’s a good thing. The Oilers are in it, every night is a battle, with foot soldiers dropping like flies. This is a team, ladies and men. The troops appear worthy of the battles ahead.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s race against time.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Hopkins: Asking McDavid to take on Bergeron line at home shows what Oilers are missing.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Hopkins: Remembering Ron Chipperfield’s brief and hellish time as captain of the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Eric Duhatschek: Oilers finally getting a goal without Connor McDavid’s help and Edmonton captain couldn’t be happier.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Grant Fuhr talks about his journey, drug use and the state of goaltending.
  • Lowetide: Math offers a surprising option for Leon Draisaitl’s struggling No. 2 line
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Patience preached as Jesse Puljujarvi attempts to carve out his spot in the Oilers lineup.
  • Corey Pronman: Around the farm. Prospects having early success (Oilers item).
  • Lowetide: College and AHL prospect update.
  • Lowetide: Panic storm on the horizon as Oilers remain a one-man show
  • Justin Bourne: How hockey has changed for the better and allowed its young stars to shine.
  • Lowetide: Joel Persson’s early season performance in the SHL.
  • Lowetide: Practice lines in Boston, anger in Edmonton and Kailer Yamamoto remains on the No. 2 line.
  • Jonathan Willis: At 34, is Kyle Brodziak just too old to help the Oilers?
  • Jonathan Willis: Why Todd McLellan’s name keeps showing up on those ‘first coach fired in 2018-19’ lists.

I used to post these every morning but there wasn’t much point last year. Welcome back, morning standings, it’s nice to have you as part of the morning mail. The Oilers are just outside the playoffs but have two games in hand on San Jose and a single game on Chicago. What’s more, the Canucks and the Flames are easily within reach. We have ourselves a good old fashioned playoff race!

And you can say “it’s early, calm your tits” but you know in your heart this Oilers team has been dead in the water by end October many, many times. Breathe deep, that cool fall air, imagine the possibilities. You’ve earned the right to dream.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Klefbom-Bouchard went 6-5 in 6:12, 2-2 shots and no goals. I like Bouchard’s calm feet and passing, plus he jumps into the play intelligently. Miles to go defensively, and that should come as no surprise.
  • Nurse-Russell went 9-10 in 14:12, 4-6 shots and 0-0 goals. Nurse saved two goals from the paint, sure as hell. Remember that old line I use? Single events can have enormous impact while also being single events? Yes. That’s the one.
  • Nurse-Bouchard were 6-4 in four minutes and gave up both goals. I don’t think we’ll see this pairing together much this year, but you can see why there’s some appeal matching them. Speed merchant and a creative blue with tremendous passing skill. Maybe next year.
  • Klefbom-Larsson were 9-17 in 12:45, 4-6 shots and no goals. Klefbom played a hard game last night, he was strong on the puck and focused. That’s my favorite Oscar. Larsson’s skating in glue right now, has to be his back.
  • Matt Benning didn’t play much at all, he’s out for Saturday.
  • Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak were 16:11 in 14:37, 1-0 goals and 8-3 shots. They were 13-11 against McDavid (no goals), 15-5 in 9:16 against Larsson, 12-6 in 8:19 against Klefbom.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 27 of 29, .931. I thought it was easily his best game of the season. I’d start him Saturday, too.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Lucic-Strome-Yamamoto went 9-6 in 9:45 (Lucic) and 12-5 in 9:22 with a goal (Yamamoto). What a fabulous goal by the rookie, my that was fun to watch. I know there are many Oilers fans who don’t believe he’s going to succeed, but that goal showed how elusive, fast and skilled he is, even in the NHL. Lucic and Strome also played well, but they have to score from this spot in the batting order.
  • Nuge-McDavid-Rattie went 18-21 in 17:37 (Nuge), 7-4 in 6:09 (Rattie) and 5-8 in 5:24 (Draisaitl). All of the offense happened on the power play and in 4-on-4 overtime, but the line was dangerous and of course posted four points on the night (if you include Leon’s goal). Rattie is hurt, apparently will miss the Saturday game.
  • Khaira-Brodziak-Kassian were 3-6 in 6:21. This line hasn’t shown a lot of chem, not quite certain where it will land. Do not trade Khaira! He’s been quiet this season but so have a lot of players on this team.
  • Rieder-Draisaitl-Puljujarvi went 3-14 in 7:34, a goal went in but Leon was on the ice with Nuge and Rieder. Each of the primary linemates did something that raised an eyebrow, including a ghastly early pass into the Oilers’ slot by JP, a galling penalty against Rieder and some missed assignments by Draisaitl. As well, the trio got fed in possession. This is a thing folks, Leon’s line is always a mess.

OILERS IN OCTOBER

  • Oilers in October 20151-4-0, goal differential -5
  • Oilers in October 2016: 4-1-0, goal differential +4
  • Oilers in October 2017: 1-4-0, goal differential -8
  • Oilers in October 2018: 3-2-0, goal differential -3

This year’s model is beginning to show some resemblance with the playoff team, but we can’t trust it yet because goal differential. This is going to be a more interesting winter in Edmonton than a year ago, I think we can say that for sure.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OCTOBER

  • On the road to: Sweden to play NJD (Expected: 0-0-1) (Actual: 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Boston, NYR, Winnipeg (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 2-1-0)
  • At home to: Boston, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Washington (Expected 1-3-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Nashville, Chicago (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Minnesota (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 3-6-2, 8 points in 11 games 
  • Current results: 3-2-0, 6 points after five games

The Oilers are miles ahead of my projection, and they were reasonable. This is what we might call a fast start, and if I were to revise the prediction (I won’t) then something like 11 points in 11 games would probably be a solid reset.

INJURIES

Ty Rattie and Matt Benning were both hurt early in last night’s game (it was a nasty bit of business for much of the evening). Replacing Rattie likely means a combination of players on the No. 1 line, with Leon, Rieder and Yamamoto possible. I would also mention Ryan Strome as a possibility, wrote about it this week. Cameron Hebig, Tyler Benson and Cooper Marody are performing well in Bakersfield but it’s too soon by plenty to consider any of them on a recall. If there is a recall, I suspect it will be Brad Malone and the lines might end up looking like this on Saturday night:

  • Nuge—McDavid—Yamamoto
  • Lucic—Draisaitl—Rieder
  • Khaira—Strome—Puljujarvi
  • Caggiula—Malone—Kassian

My guess is the coaching staff will prefer to move players up and then fill in on the fourth line (Brodziak is struggling and the fourth line is getting very little done). We’ll see. On defense, based on what I’ve read, and the needs of the team, we might see a surprise recall.

  • Klefbom—Larsson
  • Nurse—Russell
  • Garrison—Bouchard

That’s the current group, with Benning injured and we can guess the team will put him on IR and recall someone just to be safe. Candidates include Kevin Gravel (he outplayed Garrison to my eye), Ethan Bear (he’s barely played this season, if they recall him it should be to place him right in the lineup) and Caleb Jones. In the case of Jones, the reports from California have him making a big step forward and we saw a little of that in preseason. Perhaps he gets the call.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun morning with a different Friday feel (Steve Lansky is working tonight’s CFL game for TSN). Scheduled to appear, beginning at 10 this morning on TSN1260:

  • Jeff Krushell, Krush Performance. We appear to be on a collision course with a Dodgers-Red Sox world series. The two organizations did meet in the 1916 WS, when the Dodgers were known as the Brooklyn Robins. We’ll chat.
  • Matthew Iwanyk, TSN1260. Huge game for the Eskimos, Oilers on a winning streak and the power of the word loyalty.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Goalie concussions, Oilers win three in a row, the Leafs lost!

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Friday, bitches!

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jets have assigned Kristian Vesalainen to AHL – chosen a couple spots after Yamamoto and a player some wanted to draft over Kailer. I’ll be interested in comparing the career paths of these two players.

  2. Paddy Morans Jockstrap says:

    My lineup for tomorrow….

    Nuge/McDavid/Kassian
    Prefer Rattie obviously but Kass played here a bit last night and he would be fine short term.

    Lucic/Strome/Yamomoto
    The new 2nd line until Drai gets his junk together. This line is balanced and all three looked good last night. We need complementary scoring and this line seems to be able to produce.

    Rieder/Drai/Puljujarvi
    The new 3rd line as Drai has been so unreliable. Instead of breaking up lines that actually work (McDavid/Strome) the coach should just reduce Draiʻs responsibility for now. Worrying trend.

    Khaira/Brodziak/Chiasson
    Break even is all thatʻs needed.

    Larsson Klef – obvious
    Nurse Russel – obvious
    Gravel Bouchard – very protected minutes

    Time to make a move on one of Carolinaʻs RHD

    Koskinen – got to play him sometimes
    Talbot – give him a rest

  3. pts2pndr says:

    godot10: I think Bouchard needs to be sent back to junior, and he probably needs one year in the AHL, and then he will be ready.Playing minimal protected minutes in the NHL is not the way to learn how to play defense.One has to play in allcritical situations and normal minutes in lower leagues to develop.

    I agree that he will probably go back To OHL.I see no problem in having him up with the Oilers for nine games. He gets to play and observe first hand what it it takes to play D in the NHL. Last year he ripped the OHL and given that there is no option for the AHL how do you see what they are doing as detrimental to his developement! If they keep him past the nine games and only play him sporadicaly you will have a valid point about his needing to play!

  4. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    godot10: The new definition of thriving.5 games, 0 goals, 0 points.

    Strome 5v5 this year:

    63.6% CF%
    50.0 GF%

    He is thriving.

    You’re smart enough not to just count points when figuring out what a player is doing.

  5. pts2pndr says:

    Paddy Morans Jockstrap:
    My lineup for tomorrow….

    Nuge/McDavid/Kassian
    Prefer Rattie obviously but Kass played here a bit last night and he would be fine short term.

    Lucic/Strome/Yamomoto
    The new 2nd line until Drai gets his junk together. This line is balanced and all three looked good last night. We need complementary scoring and this line seems to be able to produce.

    Rieder/Drai/Puljujarvi
    The new 3rd line as Drai has been so unreliable. Instead of breaking up lines that actually work (McDavid/Strome) the coach should just reduce Draiʻs responsibility for now. Worrying trend.

    Khaira/Brodziak/Chiasson
    Break even is all thatʻs needed.

    Larsson Klef – obvious
    Nurse Russel – obvious
    GravelBouchard – very protected minutes

    Time to make a move on one of Carolinaʻs RHD

    Koskinen – got to play him sometimes
    Talbot – give him a rest

    I like your lines but I might switch Khaira and Rieder. What would you be willing to give up to get said D from Carolina assuming they were to make a deal?

  6. Scungilli Slushy says:

    There’s please of comments about Euro players and young players needing time and breaking out early 20’s.

    I was going to say Drai was in that group but checked his age and he’s turning 23 shortly.

    Big contracts for other than elite players are wrong headed.

    PC and so many teams get railroaded based on playoffs, hot streaks and usage. Maybe Dubas is part of a change with how he’s handling Nylander. Everyone wants the star pay, but few are worth it, most players can’t sustain league top points over a career.

    If Leon is unwell sit him. His play isn’t helping and it must be hard on his confidence.

    Connor and anybody
    Nuge
    Strome
    Brodziak/Khaira

    Maybe do this anyway and put Leon with Connor if he isn’t hurt and make more effective lines

  7. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Wilde,

    – it’s okay to take Nuge off the 1line even though 97 wanted consistency, because Rattie’s injury forces a change either way

    In 241 5v5 minutes together 93 and 97 have SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE GOALS!!!!!!

    70%!!!

    I don’t break that up for love nor money until the PDO pony kicks them in the ass.

    Things is, they might be *actual value* at 65%

    Don’t fuck with that.

    It’s a big reason why they’re winning.

  8. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Nuge is the second best forward on the team, maybe splitting him and Connor is the thing now instead of splitting Connor Drai, like Crosby Malkin. Not that Nuge is Malkin.

  9. pts2pndr says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    I think if I complimented Klefbom on his play mid-game, I would’ve jinxed him and he would’ve blown some coverage. He was rock solid last night IMO.

    I think his shoulder repair has given him a lift in his defensive play as it allows him to be moe physical in moving players off the puck! He has the talent to be a very good D if he can stay healthy!

  10. pts2pndr says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Wilde,

    – it’s okay to take Nuge off the 1line even though 97 wanted consistency, because Rattie’s injury forces a change either way

    In 241 5v5 minutes together 93 and 97 have SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE GOALS!!!!!!

    70%!!!

    I don’t break that up for love nor money until the PDO pony kicks them in the ass.

    Things is, they might be *actual value* at 65%

    Don’t fuck with that.

    It’s a big reason why they’re winning.

    Never fix what isn’t broken! Better analogy would be killing the goose that layed the golden eggs!

  11. Doug McLachlan says:

    Regarding the lines, I would expect Rattie to be back. He hasn’t been put on IR and was actually back on the bench for a bit to give it a go. He doesn’t want to give up his spot.

    So keep with:

    Nuge – McDavid – Rattie

    Like what we saw from the third line, so keep rolling with it:

    Lucic – Strome – Yamomoto

    What to do with Drai? Yesterday was a mess but did like what we saw in Winnipeg so, assuming that Caggs is also back, you return to the well yet again with:

    Caggs – Drai – Puljujarvi

    Not sure why the 4th line is a mess but not sure that Brodziak is up to speed yet so I would roll with:

    Reider – Khaira – Kassian

    I think a shout out to Yawney for keeping the d-corps patched together last night. Good work to bend but not break when Benning went down and went down early.

    Klefbom – Larsson
    Nurse – Russell
    Gravel – Bouchard

    I would ride Talbot again – he’s been really good lately and fatigue shouldn’t be setting in by game 6. Koskinen will get his chance, go with the hot hand for now.

  12. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Pescador: Just 1?
    Our whipping boy depth leads the league,
    it’s not close

    As someone who follows a lot of teams what we see here is standard for hockey markets.

  13. theDjdj says:

    How ridiculous is it to trade Kassian + a second to Ottawa for Duchene for cover at 2C. And if Draisaitl isn’t a long term option there look at moving Draisaitl for a defenseman.

  14. Doug McLachlan says:

    Question for the group regarding JP’s errant pass up the middle in the first.

    Who was he passing to? Did Drai turn to the boards instead of going up the middle? Was he baited into thinking he had a clear lane much like McDavid baited Marchand in OT (God that was a thing of beauty)?

    Didn’t record the game so can’t go check the video evidence to figure out what Jesse thought he was doing there.

  15. silasbengtsson says:

    I’ll preface what I’m about to ask by saying that in no way am I trying to run Draisaitl out of town. I love the player when he’s going and don’t hate him even when he isn’t.

    Now, with that clear, would anyone here agree to a trade sending Draisaitl to the Nucks that brought us Bo Horvat and some other tangible assets?

    I have a difficult time thinking of a more perfect fit across every dimension at 2C behind Connor. Great faceoff guy, strong two-way game, a serious HD threat (in that he drives the HD areas), good offense and a reasonable cap hit.

    Been curious to get the thoughts of some other Oilers fans on this idea.

  16. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Larsson ‘s Oiler incarnation is different than how he was and why he was drafted where he was.

    He spoke about playing a heavy game because the oilers needed it. After his first Oiler back flare up I commented about how he was playing noticing his body position and him straining his back pushing players, not being in what I think is good body position.

    Maybe he had previous back issues, I wonder if he doesn’t have good technique because he never played that type of game in his career as far as I know.

    He is not that big a player, tall but not really much heavier than Petry. I wish he’d still play defensively sound and focus more on being a Pietrangelo type, effective but not Tryckla to hit a lot- Larsson will not have the offense but the point remains. He’s of no use hurt all the time or limiting his career with a chronic injury.

    He has more skill than he uses and is a good point shooter, gets it through and it’s effective. Sure still angle guys out but play hockey first and leave the hard play mostly to a guy like Nurse who is huge and will get bigger. Or learn better body position and technique so he reduces the strain he puts on his body.

    Most players get hurt , this is different because it’s becoming a regular issue. And Larsson can’t afford to lose any pace with an achy back

    The thing I hear about Larsson is that he’s mean.

    He hurts people because he can.

    Jason Smith was like that but much meaner.

    Jason Smith wasn’t big either, but he was mean.

    If Lawson can be mean AND make the good first pass when he takes the puck away vs the other’s team best…..that’s a good player.

  17. theDjdj says:

    Woodguy v2.0: The thing I hear about Larsson is that he’s mean.

    He hurts people because he can.

    Jason Smith was like that but much meaner.

    Jason Smith wasn’t big either, but he was mean.

    If Lawson can be mean AND make the good first pass when he takes the puck away vs the other’s team best…..that’s a good player.

    Larsson reminds me of a standover man. Violent not because he dislikes you or enjoys it; violent because that’s what the role requires. There’s a business-like quality to how he metes out pain

  18. Wilde says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Wilde,

    – it’s okay to take Nuge off the 1line even though 97 wanted consistency, because Rattie’s injury forces a change either way

    In 241 5v5 minutes together 93 and 97 have SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE GOALS!!!!!!

    70%!!!

    I don’t break that up for love nor money until the PDO pony kicks them in the ass.

    Things is, they might be *actual value* at 65%

    Don’t fuck with that.

    It’s a big reason why they’re winning.

    We might be looking at sub-40% off GF/GA in a larger timeshare though

  19. Professor Q says:

    silasbengtsson:
    I’ll preface what I’m about to ask by saying that in no way am I trying to run Draisaitl out of town. I love the player when he’s going and don’t hate him even when he isn’t.

    Now, with that clear, would anyone here agree to a trade sending Draisaitl to the Nucks that brought us Bo Horvat and some other tangible assets?

    I have a difficult time thinking of a more perfect fit across every dimension at 2C behind Connor. Great faceoff guy, strong two-way game, a serious HD threat (in that he drives the HD areas), good offense and a reasonable cap hit.

    Been curious to get the thoughts of some other Oilers fans on this idea.

    Yes.

    However. There are caveats to consider.

    Draisaitl is indeed a large, heavy, skilled player, with a lot of upside.

    As much as I love Horvat, and as much as he brings a different element to the table (and is still heavy/thick), he is quite a lot smaller than Draisaitl. Better cap hit for sure, though.

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    No Safin again tonight – sigh.

    Rasanen is in for Boston College – missed last game.

  21. Wilde says:

    As in, 97/93 go +2.00 GF/60 in 22 minutes 5v5 in the game, and the rest of the Oilers go -2.00 GF/60 for 26

  22. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Strome 5v5 this year:

    63.6% CF%
    50.0 GF%

    He is thriving.

    You’re smart enough not to just count points when figuring out what a player is doing.

    Strome is a perfect example of how meaningless Corsi is in evaluating some players. Need Corsi conversion metric. Cause Corsi while nice doesn’t put points on the board. Strome consistently undershoots his Corsi.

  23. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    franksterra:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    I shallcall him ‘Stovetop’

    We’ll accept Stovetop.

    The best part is people will read “Stovetop” and no idea who it is.

    Its like Imhotep but different.

  24. leadfarmer says:

    theDjdj: Larsson reminds me of a standover man. Violent not because he dislikes you or enjoys it; violent because that’s what the role requires. There’s a business-like quality to how he metes out pain

    There was a metric that someone came up with looking at the toughest player in the league. I can’t remember where I saw that but it combined a variety of different statistics and Larsson came out as the toughest SOB in the league

  25. Gerta Rauss says:

    bendelson,

    thanks for the kind words B

    I’m a 4th line energy guy on this blog-don’t get a lot of ice time but try to get the puck heading north when I do

  26. who says:

    theDjdj:
    How ridiculous is it to trade Kassian + a second to Ottawa for Duchene for cover at 2C. And if Draisaitl isn’t a long term option there look at moving Draisaitl for a defenseman.

    Pretty ridiculous for Ottawa.
    If you could get them to make that deal I would make you GM.

  27. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    pts2pndr: Never fix what isn’t broken! Better analogy would be killing the goose that layed the golden eggs!

    Exactly.

  28. theDjdj says:

    who: Pretty ridiculous for Ottawa.
    If you could get them to make that deal I would make you GM.

    Maybe conditional first if he re-signs. He walks at the end of this year anyway

  29. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    theDjdj: Larsson reminds me of a standover man. Violent not because he dislikes you or enjoys it; violent because that’s what the role requires. There’s a business-like quality to how he metes out pain

    Adam Larsson looks at the pain he inflicts with dispassion.

    He used to look at the pain he inflicts with some sympathy but Lou put him in The Room and it disappeared.

  30. Paulie says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Adam Larsson looks at the pain he inflicts with dispassion.

    He used to look at the pain he inflicts with some sympathy but Lou put him in The Room and it disappeared.

    Like the terminator. “Fuck you asshole” but it’s nuthin personal.

  31. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Wilde: We might be looking at sub-40% off GF/GA in a larger timeshare though

    Its a long way from here to there.

    Small samples and all.

    Non-McDavid Oilers are not this bad.

    If McDavid racks up 80%GF vs the best in the NHL as a matter of course I’m good with that.

  32. theDjdj says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Adam Larsson looks at the pain he inflicts with dispassion.

    He used to look at the pain he inflicts with some sympathy but Lou put him in The Room and it disappeared.

    A dispassionate killer. Like a shark.

  33. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide,

    New Sensation

    If this is an Inxs reference its a good one.

    When I heard this song I bought the album (cassette tape for my car) and every album after and before.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoEPrbdfmT4&list=PLJNbijG2M7OyqkkMI_gVKTEK48XdtjPXK

    If its a Lou Reed reference its a good one too.

    I don’t like guilt be it stoned or stupid
    drunk and disorderly I ain’t no cupid
    Two years ago today I was arrested on Christmas Eve

    That album was new when I discovered Lou Reed.

  34. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer: Strome is a perfect example of how meaningless Corsi is in evaluating some players.Need Corsi conversion metric.Cause Corsi while nice doesn’t put points on the board. Strome consistently undershoots his Corsi.

    Corsi isn’t a stat that covers all, it’s part of the picture. Strome’s possession numbers are excellent against lesser competition and that has value. What the Oilers are hoping is that young Jesse can start pushing under those circumstances. If not, they can move him up with 97, and he did score there, but it brings an inexperienced hand to the top line.

    Corsi informs, but it doesn’t inform everything.

  35. Alpine says:

    I know zone starts aren’t really super indicative of much these days. But i wonder why Todd has guys like Draisaitl (42% OZS) and Yamamoto (32% !!) starting in the Dzone so much.

    It makes sense not to waste OZ time and Face-offs on non-McDavid lines. But at the same time, I wonder if McDavid can handle more defensive usage considering how opponents would likely have to worrying about defending him off the rush more in that scenario.

    By eye, I’ve found that Drai and the Dzone do not go well this year. I think we might have to shelter him more to get him back to normal at ES.

  36. jm363561 says:

    godot10: The new definition of thriving.5 games, 0 goals, 0 points.

    If you can’t acknowledge the very fine work of Strome over the last couple of games then its pretty obvious that you are blinded by dislike for a player……

    =====
    Nope. I like Strome and his “fine work” yields great Corsi (and PKs) but, inarguably, very little in the way of GF. You can debate the tone, but Godot’s point is perfectly fair. I have said it before, Strome is a perfect 4C.

  37. OriginalPouzar says:

    Here is hoping that Benning isn’t out too long. He was starting to find his game a bit back on the 3rd pairing where he has generally seen success. My main reason is, with him out, it makes it difficult to slow play Bouchard’s 9 games (which I think the organization was hoping to do and one of the reasons he sat against the Jets).

    I was hoping to slow play the games as its fairly logical that Bear gets the call when (if) he’s send back to London and I’d like to see Bear get a real nice stretch of AHL games. Its HIGHLY annoying that the Condors play twice in two full weeks, yes, that’s it.

    Also, although I had given up on the idea, I was hoping they could stretch the 9 games out until December when we have more guidance on if the expansion draft is going to be delayed by a year.

    Its fairly clear that, although he’s improving, he is not going to materially move the needle this year and vesting a year of pro and losing his expansion draft exemption (if its delayed by a year) would be a very very bad result.

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    theDjdj:
    How ridiculous is it to trade Kassian + a second to Ottawa for Duchene for cover at 2C. And if Draisaitl isn’t a long term option there look at moving Draisaitl for a defenseman.

    1) I’m sure that Melnyk would love to save $4M this year but Ottawa isn’t going to make that deal, not this early in the year and they will get more for Duschene closer to the deadline)

    2) how are you disposing of the other $4M? Shit, with the Gravel call-up, I don’t even think we have the LTIR cushion for this move (it will be close) and we definitely don’t want to be using it in the first place let alone maxing it.

  39. leadfarmer says:

    Lowetide: Corsi isn’t a stat that covers all, it’s part of the picture. Strome’s possession numbers are excellent against lesser competition and that has value. What the Oilers are hoping is that young Jesse can start pushing under those circumstances. If not, they can move him up with 97, and he did score there, but it brings an inexperienced hand to the top line.

    Corsi informs, but it doesn’t inform everything.

    Yes but his numbers either show that he’s getting horrible goaltending like Carolinas numbers last year or he has to kill possession just to saw off the opposition. Some players have had poor Corsi but they have very high Corsi Conversion into goals.
    Unfortunately Strome needs a little more Finnish in his blood

  40. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Lowetide,

    New Sensation

    If this is an Inxs reference its a good one.

    When I heard this song I bought the album (cassette tape for my car) and every album after and before.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoEPrbdfmT4&list=PLJNbijG2M7OyqkkMI_gVKTEK48XdtjPXK

    If its a Lou Reed reference its a good one too.

    I don’t like guilt be it stoned or stupid
    drunk and disorderly I ain’t no cupid
    Two years ago today I was arrested on Christmas Eve

    That album was new when I discovered Lou Reed.

    The song that was going through my head was INXS, although I love Lou Reed a lot. Transformer is the record everyone talks about but I found this song from a Rolling Stone review and loved the guitar so much. It’s an amazing song/record

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SHCsgqZvQM

  41. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    leadfarmer: Strome is a perfect example of how meaningless Corsi is in evaluating some players.Need Corsi conversion metric.Cause Corsi while nice doesn’t put points on the board. Strome consistently undershoots his Corsi.

    My car gets 40 rods to the Hogshead and that’s the way I likes it!!

  42. OriginalPouzar says:

    Alpine:
    I know zone starts aren’t really super indicative of much these days. But i wonder why Todd has guys like Draisaitl (42% OZS) and Yamamoto (32% !!) starting in the Dzone so much.

    I’m confident that this is because Leon is our best faceoff guy.

  43. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    bendelson,

    thanks for the kind words B

    I’m a 4th line energy guy on this blog-don’t get a lot of ice time but try to get the puck heading north when I do

    Your RelTGF% is very positive.

  44. Paulie says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Lowetide,

    New Sensation

    If this is an Inxs reference its a good one.

    When I heard this song I bought the album (cassette tape for my car) and every album after and before.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoEPrbdfmT4&list=PLJNbijG2M7OyqkkMI_gVKTEK48XdtjPXK

    If its a Lou Reed reference its a good one too.

    I don’t like guilt be it stoned or stupid
    drunk and disorderly I ain’t no cupid
    Two years ago today I was arrested on Christmas Eve

    That album was new when I discovered Lou Reed.

    And a lovely bookend to the sleazy underground experimentalism of Heroin and Sister Ray-era VU

  45. Paulie says:

    Lowetide: The song that was going through my head was INXS, although I love Lou Reed a lot. Transformer is the record everyone talks about but I found this song from a Rolling Stone review and loved the guitar so much. It’s an amazing song/record

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SHCsgqZvQM

    Street Hassle and Blue Mask are lesser know Reed masterpieces that hold up on repeated listens

  46. leadfarmer says:

    Well that James Neal contract is looking like it’s going to be as bad as we thought it was going to be

  47. Wilde says:

    Lowetide: Corsi isn’t a stat that covers all, it’s part of the picture. Strome’s possession numbers are excellent against lesser competition and that has value.

    This is exactly why Strome is an asset for this team. The team needs wingers with finish, some of them are already drafted, and his spot in the lineup is the perfect place for them to play while they’re on the way in.

    He keeps the puck going the right direction, they cash the chances.

    Woodguy v2.0: Its a long way from here to there.

    Small samples and all.

    Non-McDavid Oilers are not this bad.

    If McDavid racks up 80%GF vs the best in the NHL as a matter of course I’m good with that.

    I explained it better in the next posts with rates. Lines 2-4 might legitimately clock in at around 40%. or ~-2.0 GF/60.

    Brodziak is scaring the hell outta me, the D-pairing they’ll be playing with a lot is going to have a rookie on it, it’s all pretty spooky.

    Talbot is in form, though. Very confident of that.

  48. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide: The song that was going through my head was INXS, although I love Lou Reed a lot. Transformer is the record everyone talks about but I found this song from a Rolling Stone review and loved the guitar so much. It’s an amazing song/record

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SHCsgqZvQM

    Inxs were tight.

    Coney Island Baby always made me sad.

  49. jm363561 says:

    Some great posts on Neon Leon nicely summing all the fears of those of us who hated the contract from Day1 (a typically reckless Chia gamble based on 13 play off games). The questions around Leon are not his point production, it is his +/- and GF%. Leon currently ranks 40th in points / game, and is -5. Of the other 39 players only three do not have positive +/- (two, including J Hockey, are -2, and one -1). Last season he was ranked 48 with 70 points and was -7. Only four players had worse +/- despite his significant time with Connor. Play off Leon was an absolute monster. Hope it reappears.

  50. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Paulie: And a lovely bookend to the sleazy underground experimentalism of Heroin and Sister Ray-era VU

    “Eve kissed Able, that’s how he got murdered by Cain
    Abraham gave up his son, to keep his wife away
    And even the Lord Almighty
    speaking from the trenches to the pits
    spoke for all of mankind, when he said

    Take the Porsche, take the kids
    take the stocks, baby, take the rugs
    Take those roses from my poor heart wilting
    but, please, please, hey, please, leave me my red joystick”

  51. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Inxs were tight.

    Coney Island Baby always made me sad.

    I love melancholy, highly underrated. If you listen to Neil Young’s “I Believe in You” and then Lou Reed “Coney Island Baby” and have had enough to drink, and maybe if it’s rainy and cool, then you almost reach the point where Gordon Lightfoot would begin to write a song. 🙂

  52. bendelson says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    bendelson,

    thanks for the kind words B

    I’m a 4th line energy guy on this blog-don’t get a lot of ice time but try to get the puck heading north when I do

    Don’t fret about the lack of response agreeing with me Gerta…
    Keep in mind, very few around here actually read my posts!

    If you’re a 4th line energy guy….
    I guess that makes me the veteran undersized ECHL player with bad boots, still plugging away dreaming about that never to be realized call-up to the show.

    Woot!

  53. Lowetide says:

    bendelson: Don’t fret about the lack of response agreeing with me Gerta…
    Keep in mind, very few around here actually read my posts!

    If you’re a 4th line energy guy….
    I guess that makes me the veteran undersized ECHL player with bad boots, still plugging away dreaming about that never to be realized call-up to the show.

    Woot!

    I read the comments and always read old friends who post. Always. I love to see familiar names and know everyone is still okay. 🙂

  54. bendelson says:

    Lowetide: I read the comments and always read old friends who post. Always. I love to see familiar names and know everyone is still okay.

    I know LT. I was just falling back on an old shtick and having some fun.

    Woot?

  55. Lowetide says:

    bendelson: I know LT.I was just falling back on an old shtick and having some fun.

    Woot?

    Lol. I have to admit to being a little shocked by the 3-2-0 record. Braced for an early winter, too. Perhaps this trick knee is lying. 🙂

  56. Kmart99 says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Adam Larsson looks at the pain he inflicts with dispassion.

    He used to look at the pain he inflicts with some sympathy but Lou put him in The Room and it disappeared.

    Werner Herzog’s description of the grizzly bear fits nicely when thinking of Adam Larsson.

    “What haunts me, is that in all the faces of all the bears, I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature. To me, there is no such thing as a secret world of the bears. And this blank stare speaks only of a half-bored interest in food. I believe the common denominator of the universe is not harmony, but chaos, hostility, and murder.”

    Or maybe that’s a litte over the top.

  57. Wilde says:

    Not enough data yet, but I think the Condors should be trying carry-ins more.

    The American League is full of young D-men learning gap control, and old D-Men who never did.

  58. Richard S.S. says:

    Leon Draisaitl, in hindsight, should have been signed the year before he actually signed. That would save the Oilers $4.0 – $4.5 Million in a future cap hit. But that didn’t happen because no one including Draisaitl was sure of how good he could be, or could he even do the job.

    The Oilers put Draisaitl with McDavid to see if he could play/develop there. They underestimated how good Connor McDavid is, which cost them money, $2.0 – $2.5 Million. Was the 2016/17 Season and Playoffs a “breakout year” for Leon or was it his “career year”? That’s costing them even more money, another $2.0 – $2.5 Million.

    When does Leon become what the Oilers need him to be. I’m not sure at all. Of one thing I am really sure of now. Everyone is still underestimating how good Connor McDavid is or will ever be.

  59. Kmart99 says:

    Wilde:
    Not enough data yet, but I think the Condors should be trying carry-ins more.

    The American League is full of young D-men learning gap control, and old D-Men who never did.

    Any team worth their salt is always trying to maximize the rate of carry-ins vs dump-ins. This (I believe) is the case for every team. If you’re dumping the puck in, it should be only to either keep the opposition honest, giving you more chances to carry it in, or because you absolutely have no choice.

    I’m not sure what the Condors numbers are, but I’d imagine finding ways to carry the puck in more, would be a priority.

  60. Paulie says:

    Woodguy v2.0: “Eve kissed Able, that’s how he got murdered by Cain
    Abraham gave up his son, to keep his wife away
    And even the Lord Almighty
    speaking from the trenches to the pits
    spoke for all of mankind, when he said

    Take the Porsche, take the kids
    take the stocks, baby, take the rugs
    Take those roses from my poor heart wilting
    but, please, please, hey, please, leave me my red joystick”

    Some more beautiful Reed melancholy from the 3rd VU album:

    Thought of you as my mountaintop
    Thought of you as my peak
    Thought of you as everything I’ve had
    but couldn’t keep
    I’ve had but couldn’t keep

  61. Jaxon says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Maybe put Nuge with Leon?

    They need a call up for Saturday to cover for Rattie.

    Maybe try Benson on LW with 97 and move 93 to 29?

    Its radical, but surgery is pretty invasive.

    I, for one, would love to see this. And if not Benson, then put Khaira with McDavid and Yamamoto.

    Khaira / McDavid / Yamamoto
    Nugent-Hopkins / Draisaitl / Puljujarvi
    Lucic / Strome / Rieder
    Caggiula / Brodziak / Chiasson or Kassian

    Or

    Benson / McDavid / Yamamoto
    Nugent-Hopkins / Draisaitl / Puljujarvi
    Khaira / Strome / Rieder
    Lucic / Brodziak / Chiasson or Kassian

    I like the first one, but I like the second one better although the Benson lineup makes the first line a bit heavy on playmakers rather than snipers. Actually, that’s kind of Edmonton’s issue overall, right now. More playmakers than snipers throughout the lineup.

  62. Paulie says:

    Paulie,

    You know, if management can’t get Connor the support he needs to take a run at Lord Stanley and he leaves before too long, we could rip Lou off with this song:

    Thought of you as our mountaintop
    Thought of you as our peak
    Thought of you as everything we’ve had
    but couldn’t keep
    We’ve had but couldn’t keep

    Oiler Fans’ Blues

  63. Richard S.S. says:

    Matthew Benning was deemed injured enough to go on the IR. They’re bringing up Kevin Gravel so they have a spare/option close. Ty Rattie appears a “game time” decision. They have two spares/options close if he can’t go. We’ll find out more when the Team knows.

  64. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan McLeod held off the scoresheet tonight and had no shots in a 3-0 win. Rare tough night in the circle winning 13 of 29 draws,

    Maksimov had two assists in a 4-3 win. 4 shots on net.

    Guelph down 5-0 in the dying minutes – Samorukov is even with four shots.

    Rodrigue with a 20 save shutout.

    Hayden Hawkeye stopped 39 of 41 in a 7-2 Providence win.

    Boston College shut out – no bacars for McPhee or Rasanen (or Dudek). Rasanen did win 8 out of 10 draws and had three shots on net.

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jaxon: I, for one, would love to see this. And if not Benson, then put Khaira with McDavid and Yamamoto.

    Khaira / McDavid / Yamamoto
    Nugent-Hopkins / Draisaitl / Puljujarvi
    Lucic / Strome / Rieder
    Caggiula / Brodziak / Chiasson or Kassian

    Or

    Benson / McDavid / Yamamoto
    Nugent-Hopkins / Draisaitl / Puljujarvi
    Khaira / Strome / Rieder
    Lucic / Brodziak / Chiasson or Kassian

    I like the first one, but I like the second one better although the Benson lineup makes the first line a bit heavy on playmakers rather than snipers. Actually, that’s kind of Edmonton’s issue overall, right now. More playmakers than snipers throughout the lineup.

    I have watched about 80% of the Condors ice this year (all except from some of the third periods) and I’ve got to say, Tyler Benson is not ready for the NHL. Don’t get me wrong, he’s doing find down there, making plays and being a contributor but he is a rookie pro that’s played 4 games this year (plus a handful at the end of last year). He has zero even strength points.

    Bringing him to the NHL hurts the NHL team and hurts the player and his development. With a solid season, he should be in the conversation for a job next September.

    1LW in the NHL? Really?

    I’m sorry but that is a VERY out there suggestion in my opinion.

  66. Wilde says:

    Guys, where do you find 6-on-5 data? I’m not good enough yet to grab it all myself yet

  67. Paddy Morans Jockstrap says:

    pts2pndr: I like your lines but I might switch Khaira and Rieder. What would you be willing to give up to get said D from Carolina assuming they were to make a deal?

    Lots of people want Faulk but I’d prefer Pesce (never get Slavin) who seems to be playing about the same minutes de Haan. Not sure about QoC but by minutes those guys seem to be playing 4th or 5th most with only van Riemsdyk playing less What would it take – more than we would like of course – but maybe they still have a grit itch they want to scratch with Lucic plus something like Bear and a #2 pick. Who knows.

  68. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar: I have watched about 80% of the Condors ice this year (all except from some of the third periods) and I’ve got to say, Tyler Benson is not ready for the NHL. Don’t get me wrong, he’s doing find down there, making plays and being a contributor but he is a rookie pro that’s played 4 games this year (plus a handful at the end of last year).He has zero even strength points.

    Bringing him to the NHL hurts the NHL team and hurts the player and his development.With a solid season, he should be in the conversation for a job next September.

    1LW in the NHL? Really?

    I’m sorry but that is a VERY out there suggestion in my opinion.

    You and I have had our differences in opinion, cough Justin Faulk cough, but I feel like we’re both loyal fans of the Oilers.

    I’m not afraid to admit when you’re right… as in this post.

  69. Westchester Oil says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Ryan McLeod held off the scoresheet tonight and had no shots in a 3-0 win.Rare tough night in the circle winning 13 of 29 draws,

    Maksimov had two assists in a 4-3 win.4 shots on net.

    Guelph down 5-0 in the dying minutes – Samorukov is even with four shots.

    Rodrigue with a 20 save shutout.

    Hayden Hawkeye stopped 39 of 41 in a 7-2 Providence win.

    Boston College shut out – no bacars for McPhee or Rasanen (or Dudek).Rasanen did win 8 out of 10 draws and had three shots on net.

    Thanks OP. The updates are much appreciated.

  70. Pescador says:

    jm363561:

    I have said it before, Strome is a perfect 4C.

    If only that luxury was available,
    I’ve often imagined what it would be like to be rich & have 7 wives

  71. Pescador says:

    Paddy Morans Jockstrap: Lots of people want Faulk but I’d prefer Pesce (never get Slavin) who seems to be playing about the same minutes de Haan. Not sure about QoC but by minutes those guys seem to be playing 4th or 5th most with only van Riemsdyk playing less What would it take– more than we would like of course – but maybe they still have a grit itch they want to scratch with Lucic plus something like Bear and a #2 pick. Who knows.

    If you’re Carolina, conversation probably starts w/ Puljujarvi

  72. Paddy Morans Jockstrap says:

    Someone mentioned the 2015 draft as being one of the sources of our problems on defense. Reinhart flaming out was a disaster, but if they had instead taken Chabot and Carlo with those two picks after McDavid, they could have had:

    Chabot
    Carlo
    Jones
    Marino
    Bear
    Paigin

    Third pair definitely would be looking better right now.

  73. Paddy Morans Jockstrap says:

    Pescador,

    Would be willing to consider…..

  74. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Nashville beat Calgary 5-3.

    Good good… Now oilers have to take advantage tomorrow…

    Let’s Go Oilers!!!

  75. GMB3 says:

    Does anyone else here wish the salary cap accounted for different tax rates around the NHL? Just was doing some digging and it is a massive difference from place to place.

  76. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rinne played the first two periods but got pulled with injury.

    We were always going to face Saros (blah) but at least he was forced in to the game tonight as well.

  77. JimmyV1965 says:

    Paddy Morans Jockstrap: Lots of people want Faulk but I’d prefer Pesce (never get Slavin) who seems to be playing about the same minutes de Haan. Not sure about QoC but by minutes those guys seem to be playing 4th or 5th most with only van Riemsdyk playing less What would it take– more than we would like of course – but maybe they still have a grit itch they want to scratch with Lucic plus something like Bear and a #2 pick. Who knows.

    I was listening to Serius XM and a Carolina analyst said Slavin is their best player, better than Aho.

  78. Halfwise says:

    GMB3:
    Does anyone else here wish the salary cap accounted for different tax rates around the NHL? Just was doing some digging and it is a massive difference from place to place.

    You mean charge lower taxes and attract more talent?

    Or do you mean have ticket buyers pay more for tickets wherever they are already paying more in taxes?

    I wonder if that could ever catch on.

  79. Paddy Morans Jockstrap says:

    JimmyV1965: I was listening to Serius XM and a Carolina analyst said Slavin is their best player, better than Aho.

    Yeah he’s the goods – and going nowhere.

    Bouchard is probably 2-3 years away from being 2nd pair ready and you don’t want to waste the McDavid-Klef-Larsson contracts. I’d seriously consider dealing our #1 pick this year for a 2RD like Pesce who could bridge that gap.

  80. theDjdj says:

    GMB3:
    Does anyone else here wish the salary cap accounted for different tax rates around the NHL? Just was doing some digging and it is a massive difference from place to place.

    It will definitely come up in the next lock out

  81. OmJo says:

    Oh, Eskimos…

  82. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Looks like Eskimos are gonna miss the playoffs after all.
    In the same year they host the grey cup…
    Disgusting…
    Calgary really doesn’t have anything to play for as they are guaranteed 1st place. My guess is Winnipeg beats them next game to seal it.

    Heads are gonna roll. Eskimos will be come the next Montreal. Shit without a star quarterback. (Rielly is as good as gone)

    Btw, I’m not really a fan of any sport other than hockey, but I am an Edmonton fan and want all Edmonton teams to win, (and all Calgary teams to lose)

  83. OmJo says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    Not a huge football fan myself but the atmosphere in this city would have been incredible if the Ekimos were in the Grey Cup. That alone had me watching the end of today’s game after work.

    A damn shame.

  84. Pescador says:

    GMB3:
    Does anyone else here wish the salary cap accounted for different tax rates around the NHL? Just was doing some digging and it is a massive difference from place to place.

    This is a fantastic proposition,
    NHL loves to level the playing field & tbh there was a point where the Oilers benefited.
    Now we’re the halves except when it comes to players retaining maximum dollars of their contract

  85. Bank Shot says:

    Kmart99: Any team worth their salt is always trying to maximize the rate of carry-ins vs dump-ins.This (I believe) is the case for every team. If you’re dumping the puck in, it should be only to either keep the opposition honest, giving you more chances to carry it in, or because you absolutely have no choice.

    I’m not sure what the Condors numbers are, but I’d imagine finding ways to carry the puck in more, would be a priority.

    The problem with every team regarding carry ins vs dump ins is that you need the necessary skill to pull it off.

    When Juhjar Khaira got stuffed at the blueline attempting a carry in the other night, it went right back to the Oilers end and then resulted in an icing.

    A turn over at the opposing blueline can be a very dangerous play that hasn’t been adequately quantified in the articles I have read about the benefits of gaining the opposition blueline with possession. The couple of articles I have read focused only on the positives of gaining the offensive zone with possession.

    Turnovers causing rushes the other way are fairly common on failed carry in attempts. You can’t analyze entries without looking at the consequences. If anyone has an article that looks at the risk vs the reward I would like to read it.

  86. Ribs says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Heads are gonna roll. Eskimos will be come the next Montreal. Shit without a star quarterback. (Rielly is as good as gone)

    I think at the end of they day, Reilly stays. The CFL is so fluid with players these days that familiarity plays a huge part in signings. Eskimos have always been pretty good at retaining their core players (I realise this is a loose fitting term).

    Reilly needs receivers. centering the offence around Bryant Mitchell isn’t going to cut it in this league. Injuries have been brutal in this regard so far this year, but that’s a bad excuse. The GM and coach needed to do more. Will they figure it out before their playoff hopes are gone baby gone? Who knows. I don’t have much faith in this group at this point, but I do know that Reilly can will them into wins if he decides to with a only little bit of help.

    The CFL is a crazy league to watch. Anything can happen. Here’s hoping for the unexpected at this point. Maybe Gable gets feeling better and explodes for a few games (will need help from the coaches), maybe Reilly ditches the long ball and guts out a win or two with a grind game (I think he’s started this process already). Maybe Duke Williams shuts his mouth for a minute and secondaries forget about him a little bit. Maybe Derel Walker comes back and solves a massive multitude of issues. There is still hope 😛

  87. Bulging Twine says:

    Evan Bouchard turns 19 today.

  88. OriginalPouzar says:

    Anxious to see what the lineup looks like.

    Who starts? I think the plan was for Koskinen to get this start but, with Talbot being lights out last game, there is a solid argument to roll with him. Two full days off until the next game and then every second night. If Cam doesn’t play tonight, that’s 5 days between games which is too much for him.

    I really hope Rattie can go as I think that Coach will go with Rieder or Caggulia as 1RW if he can’t and I really don’t like either of those options. I do really like Yamamoto on the third line as that is where he played his best during exhibition and last game was his best game, however, I think he’s the best choice at 1RW if Rattie can’t go – he’s got the Hockey IQ to play there. Rieder has not fared well in any top 6 opportunity and has played his best hockey in the bottom 6 which is where he should be.

    Should be another fun one tonight. Wish it started earlier.

  89. Pescador says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Evan Bouchard turns 19 today.

    Nice,
    Playing in the Show on your 19th Bday, dream realized.
    Perfect time to pot your first goal I would say, go Evan!

  90. stephen sheps says:

    bendelson: Don’t fret about the lack of response agreeing with me Gerta…
    Keep in mind, very few around here actually read my posts!

    If you’re a 4th line energy guy….
    I guess that makes me the veteran undersized ECHL player with bad boots, still plugging away dreaming about that never to be realized call-up to the show.

    Woot!

    Jesus… if Gerta’s a 4th liner and you’re an undersized ECHL player, what the heck does that make me? Probably that old pro who’s been in Europe too long. Barely Good enough for the Swiss league, not nearly good enough for the K. Or more likely the college washout…

    Nice to see you both posting.

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