Capital Punishment

The Edmonton Oilers survived a Washington Capitals onslaught in the second half of the first period, got a goal from their rookie blue and then rode solid play from Cam Talbot and good checking to a 4-1 win over the Stanley Cup champions.

We’ve established this is an interesting NHL team, without talking about the club as a strong playoff contender. I think that’s fair, even today. As each game passes, this team is both building their own story and distancing themselves from the past that is represented by the 2017-18 season. This week represents a big step.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi gets scratched, so what’s next for Edmonton’s lottery winger?
  • New Tyler Dellow: Oilers treading water despite tough schedule, but still struggle to score without Connor McDavid.
  • Jonathan Willis: Connor McDavid finds another gear, but Oilers still lack scoring on the wing.
  • Cat Silverman: How Laurent Brossoit found his way back to NHL form.
  • Lowetide: Todd McLellan finds a suitable spot in the order for Milan Lucic.
  • Jonathan Willis: Four reasons why the Oilers should return Evan Bouchard to junior.
  • Lowetide: Drake Caggiula might be hearing footsteps as the Oilers look for offence to replace injured Ty Rattie.
  • Lowetide: Kirill Maksimov is tearing up the OHL, three Condors fly high.
  • Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s race against time.
  • Daniel Nugent-HopkinsAsking 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.
  • 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

OILERS IN OCTOBER

  • Oilers in October 2015: 3-5-0, goal differential -5
  • Oilers in October 2016: 7-1-0, goal differential +12
  • Oilers in October 2017: 2-5-1, goal differential -9
  • Oilers in October 2018: 4-3-1, goal differential -4

This year’s model is now clear of the 2015 and 2017 editions and the goal differential corrected smartly as well. As you’ll see in a moment, Edmonton has waltzed through the teeth of a tough schedule and come out smelling like a rose (well, they smell okay) on the other side.

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 2-1-1)
  • 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: 4-3-1, 9 points after eight games

The Oilers have now surpassed my original expectations for all of October, and there are three games left in the month. You’d like to see them push through and it’s possible, as Edmonton is now 4-1-1 in its last six games. I didn’t expect this start and credit where due, this is impressive.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Klefbom-Larsson were splendid together, going 22-20 in 17:13, 16-9 shots and 1-0 goals. Rocking chair duo, went 10-12 without McDavid (and that’s good!). Went 15-9 against Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-SmithPelly. The goal should be finding a pairing this good for the second set. 5-2 in HDSC.
  • Gravel-Bouchard played a little more, going 5-10 in 5:39, 2-2 shots, 0-1 goals. Were 5-6 without McDavid, 0-4 with him. The world she is crazy. Bouchard was 8-7 against Vrana-Eller-Connolly, also played a little with Klefbom and Nurse in a ‘shapes of things to come’ episode.
  • Nurse-Russell continue to defend too much. Were 8-18 in 14:25, 3-10 shots, no goals, 1-4 in HDSC. The pair can defend but would do well to get the puck out under control. Yawney seems to be having an impact on Larsson’s passing, perhaps we’ll see it elsewhere. Were 7-7 against Stephenson-Backstrom-Oshie.
  • Cam Talbot had his best game of the year, stopping 31 of 32, .969. Quality.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Nuge-McDavid-Yamamoto were 16-13 in 12:43, 9-5 shots, 4-1 HDSC and no goals. The goal against McDavid 5-on-5 came when 97 was playing with Lucic and Caggiula. Went 5-9 against Orlov-Niskanen pairing and 8-9 head-to-head with the Ovechkin trio. Nuge had his best game in some time, that SHG is all the reasons I’ve loved his game since he was in junior. Yamamoto’s arrival on the line has coincided with a dip in even strength scoring, whatever Rattie provided the trio seems to be missing currently.
  • Khaira-Brodziak-Marody went 11-9 in 7:25, 7-3 shots and no goals. The recovery game over game for the No. 4 line made me wonder if we were seeing the Second Coming. I suspect we’ll see this group again on the weekend. Got a steady diet of the Eller line, going 6-7 in 4:22.
  • Lucic-Strome-Caggiula were 10-12 in 10:22, 4-5 shots and no goals. The line had some nice looks but can’t cash for love nor money. Lucic was point blank a couple of times and Strome did that pass instead of shoot dealy he seems to have every few weeks. Went 8-7 against Orpik-Djoos, I like this line but would like to see the Finn back soon.
  • Rieder-Draisaitl-Chiasson were 8-17 in 13:19, 5-10 shots, 1-0 goals and 2-3 in HDSC. Leon’s coming alive now, he might find the range this weekend. Draisaitl brought what he can and Rieder is having an offensive impact in this nice run lately. Chiasson is on an impressive scoring streak and is extremely unlikely to give up the spot in the lineup in the immediate future.

EVAN BOUCHARD

He’s averaging 10:10 a night at 5-on-5, drawing as many penalties as he’s taking, has a good takeaway/giveaway ration (2.53/1.69) and scored his first goal last night. He has a good ratio (53.79 Corsi for 5-on-5 in possession) and plus shot metrics at 5-on-5.

I think he’s going to stay. The Oilers are the most likely team in the league to retain a teenager, and Bouchard appears to be a quick learner. I think it would be better to send him back, but the OHL is a league he dominated a year ago and he has played over 175 games in the league.

Bouchard was a little fortunate with the injuries to Matt Benning and Ethan Bear, but it’s fairly clear Edmonton’s coaching and management are comfortable with the teenage blue in the every day lineup.

THE NUGE

A fabulous game by Edmonton’s 2011 No. 1 overall selection, who is one of the established veterans on the team. His strong work on the penalty-kill earned him the GWG on a spectacular individual effort, and his effective checking was on display throughout the game.

Nuge’s personality and style has made it easy to overlook him as a player over the years, the Oilers have had some powerful talents and personalities. I’m enjoying what seems to be increased offensive focus after a long period devoted to being the responsible one on a line.

Today, the Nuge is on a trajectory that would see him score 113 points in 2018-19. The mind boggles. If he can avoid the flu and injury, we’re looking at an enormous career spike, age 25.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

It’s Friday! Oilers won, Stampeders are going to help the Eskimos out, we’re locked and loaded for a fun show. At 10 this morning, scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. We’ll chat Oilers, brand new Jays manager, World Series, CFL mic games.
  • Scott Mitchell, TSN. Blue Jays have a new manager, bet you didn’t think they would go this way.
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. EE need some help and then a strong game plan against the Blue Bombers next week. Can they do it? How deep will the cuts go if the Eskimos miss the playoffs?

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

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  1. Munny says:

    New Improved Darkness,

    I’ve missed your longer expositions of late as you seem to have been caught in a web of brevity. This was another monstrous beauty… so thank you.

    However, “mole rat” sounds suspiciously like a Fallout 4 reference, lol. And while Fallout has power armour akin to Stark’s, I cannot find a single Shelob to save my soul.

  2. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Jethro Tull: My wife surprised me on vacation in Oregon this year. Jack White in Portland. We got an air BnB around the corner from Rev. Nat’s cidery. Which in turn was in walking/staggering distance of the veteran’s Arena.

    Solid show. Watch for Jack wondering around chatting to fans on the floor before the show.

    It was my wife’s first concert at the age of 29 with 8yrs experience. We drove back to the coast after the concert, fot in at 1am. She was up at 7am for for a run race on the beach where the Goonies was filmed, (she placed 3rd, winning a bunch of beer tickets for Pelican brewing) then back to Portland with our son to catch Panic! At the Disco.

    What a woman Mrs. Tull is.

    Jaxon: Dylan Demelo was there for the signing this summer and he’s off to a great start (stabilizing top pair with youngster Chabot) signed at $900k for 2 years.I’d still be watching out for Justin Holl (2yrs x $675k) being placed on waivers when Nylander finally signs in Toronto.

    I heard you loud & clear this summer, regarding DD, you need to get in the ear of KG or something.

    The players I mention are on AHL contracts, so are essentially Free Agents. It is rarely done, but then again, so are PTO signings….

  3. €√¥£€^$ says:

    SkatinginSand:
    Ivan,

    It was not a too many men call, it was a bench delay of game. Of course, the broadcast crew did absolutely nothing to correct their mistake or explain the actual call.

    Thanks for clarifying, I did not know.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Samorukov not playing for Guelph tonight. Not sure why.

  5. Jethro Tull says:

    tileguy:

    You must begin your education. Tonight’s assignment: White Blood Cells album by the White Stripes.

    I will give you another assignment tomorrow.

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Evan Bouchard plays a vital role on the Oilers.He keeps Jason Garrison off the ice.No word yet on when or if Matt Benning is ready to return.Until that happens, Bouchard stays.When is Ethan Bear 100% NHL-ready?How do we know if he’s better than Bouchard now?Bouchard still has two games remaining of his 9-Game trial.Chances are good Bouchard plays both weekend games.

    Benning has been skating and practicing since at least Wednesday.

    I think he is likely ready this weekend and, if so, would believe Bouchard gets at least one game off.

    Ethan Bear may be more NHL ready or he may not but, in my opinion, when Benning is ready, Bouchard goes to junior and Bear stays in the AHL until he is required due to injury.

    Both of them could definitely use development time in a non-NHL league.

    Bear has also only played two games this year as he missed last Saturday’s Condor’s game with an upper body injury and the Condors are in a terrible stretch of 4 games in 21 days. He may be back tomorrow but Wednesday is more likely I think.

  7. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: Bouchard has been gifted the 3rd pairing RD spot for the foreseeable future.Why would Berglund and Persson bother crossing the Atlantic, and sign a contract, or a new contract?

    The choice for both of them is Bakerfield only or the Swedish Elite League.I think they will choose Sweden.

    Keeping Bouchard beyond nine games, screws up any appearance of fair and equal treatment and opportunity for the right D prospects.

    The thing is, Benning and Bear are better options for this season anyway.

    Berglund has already stated his intent to sign this off-season and come over the North America. His goal is to play in the NHL.

    Joel Persson will be off his ELC and very well could negotiate a one-way contract – perhaps he has no issue making $1M in Bakersfield.

    Why did William Lagesson come back over – he was blocked by a plethora of left shot D.

    I expect to see both these players in camp next season.

  8. GMB3 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Berglund has already stated his intent to sign this off-season and come over the North America.His goal is to play in the NHL.

    Joel Persson will be off his ELC and very well could negotiate a one-way contract – perhaps he has no issue making $1M in Bakersfield.

    Why did William Lagesson come back over – he was blocked by a plethora of left shot D.

    I expect to see both these players in camp next season.

    Bouchard has hardly gotten any ice time. JP was in the press box last night. McLellan is coaching for his job, he hasn’t shown the propensity to ride his prospects if they aren’t the ready. If berglund or Persson are one of the top 3 RHD they will get a shot, this I am fairly sure of.

  9. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar: Berglund has already stated his intent to sign this off-season and come over the North America.His goal is to play in the NHL.

    Joel Persson will be off his ELC and very well could negotiate a one-way contract – perhaps he has no issue making $1M in Bakersfield.

    Why did William Lagesson come back over – he was blocked by a plethora of left shot D.

    I expect to see both these players in camp next season.

    Why did Persson’s contract not slide?

  10. HenryDrix says:

    Alex Chiasson. What a goal!

  11. pts2pndr says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Evan Bouchard plays a vital role on the Oilers.He keeps Jason Garrison off the ice.No word yet on when or if Matt Benning is ready to return.Until that happens, Bouchard stays.When is Ethan Bear 100% NHL-ready?How do we know if he’s better than Bouchard now?Bouchard still has two games remaining of his 9-Game trial.Chances are good Bouchard plays both weekend games.

    Small sample size but imo Bear was better than Bouchard thru camp and preseason. He appeared to move the puck quicker and had seemed to have improved his skating. With Benning healthy the D should be ample until Sekera returns. It would still be prudent imo for the team to acquire another right shot D. Benning is starting to become prone to concussions and may be helped by additional time off!
    Aquisition depending on cost and cap hit!

  12. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ivan:
    Haven’t seen a lot of comments today on the play of Gravel. To my eye, he carried himself well, albeit in limited minutes (10:20).
    He seems to be pretty mobile, and didn’t show too much panic, in my view. I really do think he’ll be a superior option to Garrison on the third pairing.

    There is zero doubt (in my mind) that he’s a better option than Garrison.

    Lets not forget that, before getting sick, Gravel had pretty much established himself as an every day guy on LA’s blueline.

    I think he can handle some more 5 X 5 minutes and hope to see that when paired with Benning who can handle normal 3rd pairing minutes.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    Professor Q: Why did Persson’s contract not slide?

    Only applies if you have a “signing age” of 18 or 19.

  14. pts2pndr says:

    OriginalPouzar: Berglund has already stated his intent to sign this off-season and come over the North America.His goal is to play in the NHL.

    Joel Persson will be off his ELC and very well could negotiate a one-way contract – perhaps he has no issue making $1M in Bakersfield.

    Why did William Lagesson come back over – he was blocked by a plethora of left shot D.

    I expect to see both these players in camp next season.

    Gravel and Lagesson have played right side and Jones is also getting time in the AHL on the right side. All things being equal with just a little time we should be fine on the right side. The worry for me is Larsson’s back issues. The pipeline for D is starting to look very good moving forward!

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    pts2pndr: Small sample size but imo Bear was better than Bouchard thru camp and preseason. He appeared to move the puck quicker and had seemed to have improved his skating. With Benning healthy the D should be ample until Sekera returns. It would still be prudent imo for the team to acquire another right shot D. Benning is starting to become prone to concussions and may be helped by additional time off!
    Aquisition depending on cost and cap hit!

    I agree that Bear was “better” than Bouchard during camp and exhibition. I put “better” in quotes because, although they do have similar type games, they do have different skill sets. Bear was much better on the PP and Bouchard was better at the very high end stretch pass for example.

    With that said, I say Bear was “better” mainly because he was making less high event mistakes as camp and exhibition went on and was more “solid” in the last few games.

    Bouchard has not played a game, exhibition or regular, where he hasn’t made a few very high event mistakes.

    I would like to get Bear some nice development time – he’s only played two games this year – so, hopefully there are no more material injuries to the back-end for a bit and we can run Gravel/Bouchard as that third pairing for a good stretch.

  16. Richard S.S. says:

    Ethan Bear must be very near to NHL-ready before Bouchard goes down, if he goes down. Once Bouchard is down, he is legally ineligible to return until the Junior Season is over. Then pray to Whomever that no Oiler D gets hurt or becomes less than great.

  17. fishman says:

    The concern this summer was a 2 RD (among others!) Nothing was done to fill that hole. Russell has played remarkably well to start the season at 2 RD but I think most of us could agree he would look terrific at 3 LD. Benning has not shown he can handle 2 RD and is starting to develop a history of concussion issues. Playing physical is a big part of his game. If he can’t play that way don’t see him as a 2 RD any time soon. So we also have Bear, Bouchard (next year?) perhaps Gravel that can likely fill in at 3 RD. We still have no one on the radar to fill the 2 RD slot. Bear/ Bouchard may eventually be that guy but that could be 2 yrs away! Now what happens if Larsson is hurt??? Chia we have a damn problem!

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Ethan Bear must be very near to NHL-ready before Bouchard goes down, if he goes down. Once Bouchard is down, he is legally ineligible to return until the Junior Season is over. Then pray to Whomever that no Oiler D gets hurt or becomes less than great.

    Benning will be the one replacing Bouchard and Bear is probably more NHL ready than Bouchard, based on age, pro experience, NHL experience and training camp/exhibition.

    When Benning is activated, someone needs to be removed from the roster. I’d be fine if they kept Bouchard and waived Garrison and sent him down (he won’t get claimed) as long as they Bouchard doesn’t play 3 more games.

    I’m fine if he plays those 3 games over a 2-3 week stretch – then its time to go.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Matt Cairns with a goal and an assist in the game for Cornell so far tonight.

  20. OmJo says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Bouchard seems to be one of those defense that knows how to get the puck to the net no matter what that takes – big shot, little slapper, quick flick, whatever – can any other dman on the team do that? I’m not seeing any.

    Sounds like Schultz in his first NHL season.

  21. OmJo says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Ethan Bear must be very near to NHL-ready before Bouchard goes down, if he goes down. Once Bouchard is down, he is legally ineligible to return until the Junior Season is over. Then pray to Whomever that no Oiler D gets hurt or becomes less than great.

    I disagree.

    If you must play a young, inexperienced defenceman in the NHL, and you have to choose between a 19 year old who was just drafted and can only play 7-8 minutes a game, or a 21 year old with 18 games of prior NHL experience and about half a season in the AHL, who can play full 3rd pair minutes – you should go with the 21 year old.

    There are many implications with keeping Bouchard past 9 games, not just for the players development but also for the organization as a whole with another expansion draft on the horizon.

    If Chiarelli did his job this summer we wouldn’t even need to be having this conversation, but he was too busy signing 7D to fill the 2RD/3RD spot.

  22. OmJo says:

    If the CFL BoA was as nasty as the NHL BoA, the Stamps would probably lose tonight on purpose just to screw over the Eskimos.

  23. Gerta Rauss says:

    commonfan29:
    Koskinen shuts out Nashville on Saturday afternoon, crediting the extra coaching time he got during his long layoff in post-game interviews.

    JP eventually returns to the line-up and tears things up, crediting the opportunity to watch a few from above as giving him exactly the new perspective he needed to find his game.

    In the playoffs, Caggiula scores the series clinching goal in every round as the Oil claim a 6th Stanley. The 4 goals are his only points of the playoffs. He is awarded the Conn Smyth.

    Days after the parade, TMac is awarded the Jack Adams.

    5 LHS powerplays become standard across the league.

    Does Mr Spock have a goatee in this universe..?

    I think he does

  24. flyfish1168 says:

    Is Bear available for tomorrow nights game versus Stockton?

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan McLeod held off the scoresheet in a 5-3 loss (had an assist at one point but it was taken away) – also, -1 and 11 for 22 on the draw.

    Yale with a 3-0 win – no points for Phil Kemp but 3 shots on net.

    Hayden Hawkey stocks all 18 shots for yet another shutout.

    Olivier Rodrigue stops 28 of 29 in a 3-1 win – wait, check that, he gives up a goal with 3 seconds left – stops 28 of 30 in a 3-2 win

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Matt Cairns with a goal and an assist in the game for Cornell so far tonight.

    Good stuff – thanks.

    I actually know next to nothing about this prospect as I don’t really consider him a real prospect – where does he generally ranks? A tier below the distant bells like McPhee, Rasanen, Kemp? Maybe a tier ahead of Dudek?

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo: Sounds like Schultz in his first NHL season.

    I noted last night, on a different platform, that Justin S. was heavily criticized for his wristers from the point and Bouchard praised last night.

    Of note: Justin S. was 22 in his first NHL season.

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo: I disagree.

    If you must play a young, inexperienced defenceman in the NHL, and you have to choose between a 19 year old who was just drafted and can only play 7-8 minutes a game, or a 21 year old with 18 games of prior NHL experience and about half a season in the AHL, who can play full 3rd pair minutes – you should go with the 21 year old.

    There are many implications with keeping Bouchard past 9 games, not just for the players development but also for the organization as a whole with another expansion draft on the horizon.

    If Chiarelli did his job this summer we wouldn’t even need to be having this conversation, but he was too busy signing 7D to fill the 2RD/3RD spot.

    I agree with most of this post except one point – we actually have no idea if Bear can play full third pairing minutes with any level of success. Remember, he got caved during his 18 games last year and we also know that exhibition cannot really tell us much. He looked more polished in exhibition but Puljujarvi looked like a top 6 forward about to “pop”.

    He very well may need to be sheltered just like Bouchard

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish1168:
    Is Bear available for tomorrow nights game versus Stockton?

    We don’t know yet but, from verbal from Ryan Holt and Jay Woodcroft over the last week, he may not quite be ready but he is getting close.

  30. Richard Roma says:

    fishman:
    The concern this summer was a 2 RD (among others!) Nothing was done to fill that hole. Russell has played remarkably well to start the season at 2 RD but I think most of us could agree he would look terrific at 3 LD. Benning has not shown he can handle 2 RD and is starting to develop a history of concussion issues. Playing physical is a big part of his game. If he can’t play that way don’t see him as a 2 RD any time soon. So we also have Bear, Bouchard (next year?) perhaps Gravel that can likely fill in at 3 RD. We still have no one on the radar to fill the2 RD slot. Bear/ Bouchard may eventually be that guy but that could be 2 yrs away! Now what happens if Larsson is hurt??? Chia we have a damn problem!

    Ryan Rishaug reiterated today that the Oilers were frantically searching for a 2RD prior to the draft. He said when Bouchard fell to ten, they drafted him and completely stopped looking.

    Rishaug was critical of this decision, but it does tell you everything you need to know.

    The Oilers see Bouchard as a fairy imminent solution to the hole at 2RD.

  31. Jethro Tull says:

    OriginalPouzar: I noted last night, on a different platform, that Justin S. was heavily criticized for his wristers from the point and Bouchard praised last night.

    Of note: Justin S. was 22 in his first NHL season.

    Also of note: Justin Schultz was an NCAA free agent.

    Also also of note: Justin didn’t flourish until heavily sheltered on the Pens 3rd pairing. He basically wasn’t even asked to defend in a traditional sense.

    Also also also of note: Evan Bouchard has got exactly one more wrister through a crowd and in the goal than Justin Schultz did as an Oiler.

    I actually met Justin’s billet parents. A super nice young man super afraid of disappointing people is how they described him.

  32. Jethro Tull says:

    OriginalPouzar: We don’t know yet but, from verbal from Ryan Holt and Jay Woodcroft over the last week, he may not quite be ready but he is getting close.

    “Where’s that sausage?”

    “5 minutes, Turkish.”

    “It was 5 minutes 10 minutes ago.”

  33. Westchester Oil says:

    Saw the end of the Carolina-San Jose game. Sharks were outshot 41-23 and lucky to get a point before losing in a shootout. Limited sample size but the Canes look much improved this year. Foegele looks like much more of a player than what I would have guessed based on what he did before getting to The Show. I didn’t buy the Sharks hype before the season started and I’m not buying it now. They can be had by the Oilers.

  34. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Jethro Tull: “Where’s that sausage?”

    “5 minutes,Turkish.”

    “It was 5 minutes 10 minutes ago.”

    Before Zee Germans get here.

  35. Richard S.S. says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Be prepared to start praying.

  36. godot10 says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Ethan Bear must be very near to NHL-ready before Bouchard goes down, if he goes down. Once Bouchard is down, he is legally ineligible to return until the Junior Season is over. Then pray to Whomever that no Oiler D gets hurt or becomes less than great.

    Bouchard can be safely sent down when Benning is back, which is close to “now”.

  37. godot10 says:

    Lowetide:
    Matt Cairns with a goal and an assist in the game for Cornell so far tonight.

    Back from the dead.

  38. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar: Good stuff – thanks.

    I actually know next to nothing about this prospect as I don’t really consider him a real prospect – where does he generally ranks? A tier below the distant bells like McPhee, Rasanen, Kemp?Maybe a tier ahead of Dudek?

    He’s a very difficult prospect to suss out. In his draft year, Cairns was among the best prospects in tier two Canadian juniors.

    Black Book: Matthew is a big defenseman with a good frame. His skating has experienced some improvements but his first few steps are still a little choppy. Simple has been the key for Cairns. He does a good job playing his man one on one letting the play come to him and attacking at the right time.

    He couldn’t crack a USHL roster in year one after the draft, so ended up in the BCHL. Had a tough time getting into the lineup for Cornell a year ago (10 games) but maybe things will be different. He is a lower level prospect at this time.

  39. Richard Roma says:

    OriginalPouzar: Benning will be the one replacing Bouchard and Bear is probably more NHL ready than Bouchard, based on age, pro experience, NHL experience and training camp/exhibition.

    When Benning is activated, someone needs to be removed from the roster. I’d be fine if they kept Bouchard and waived Garrison and sent him down (he won’t get claimed) as long as they Bouchard doesn’t play 3 more games.

    I’m fine if he plays those 3 games over a 2-3 week stretch – then its time to go.

    Good thing we said no to Faulk.

    This guy can’t defend his way out of a paper bag.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOC9MXCXiko

  40. Richard Roma says:

    Jethro Tull: Also of note: Justin Schultz was an NCAA free agent.

    Also also of note: Justin didn’t flourish until heavily sheltered on the Pens 3rd pairing. He basically wasn’t even asked to defend in a traditional sense.

    Also also also of note: Evan Bouchard has got exactly one more wrister through a crowd and in the goal than Justin Schultz did as an Oiler.

    I actually met Justin’s billet parents. A super nice young man super afraid of disappointing people is how they described him.

    The Pens know how to play to a player’s strength.

    Even when Rutherford traded for the corpse of Douglas Murray, they realized he could defend, but not skate.

    Instead of wasting the player or embarrassing him, they stopped asking Murray to play man to man d and switched to a modified zone d where he protected the crease.

  41. Richard Roma says:

    godot10: Bouchard can be safely sent down when Benning is back, which is close to “now”.

    Listening to Stauffer and Rishaug recently, I think there’s a decent chance he stays though the Oilers do track GF% so possibly not.

  42. OriginalPouzar says:

    Richard Roma: Ryan Rishaug reiterated today that the Oilers were frantically searching for a 2RD prior to the draft. He said when Bouchard fell to ten, they drafted him and completely stopped looking.

    Rishaug was critical of this decision, but it does tell you everything you need to know.

    The Oilers see Bouchard as a fairy imminent solution to the hole at 2RD.

    While what you say Rishaug said may be true, that isn’t quite what Chiarelli stated.

    I remember the interview with Chiarelli vividly and the phrase he used was “pressure was off” but also expressed that they were still looking to improve the blue line.

    Chiarelli did not say that they stopped looking completely.

    Also, lets not forget that this was prior to Sekera’s injury – while we weren’t sure exactly what Reggie was going to look like to start with, we had 4 top 4D – granted, three being left shots – plus Russell.

    Spending material assets to acquire a 2RD when we had 4 top 4D (3 lefties) plus Bear, Bouchard, Berglund, Persson, Kemp all in the system is not a no-brainer.

    This is posted by someone that believed all summer long that 2RD was the main hole on the team.

  43. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar: While what you say Rishaug said may be true, that isn’t quite what Chiarelli stated.

    I remember the interview with Chiarelli vividly and the phrase he used was “pressure was off” but also expressed that they were still looking to improve the blue line.

    Chiarelli did not say that they stopped looking completely.

    Sekera was still “healthy” back then.

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Also also also of note: Evan Bouchard has got exactly one more wrister through a crowd and in the goal than Justin Schultz did as an Oiler.

    Schultz definitely got that shot through a number of times early on.

  45. workaroundaccount says:

    Rishaug doesn’t even know the score at half.

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide: He’s a very difficult prospect to suss out. In his draft year, Cairns was among the best prospects in tier two Canadian juniors.

    Black Book: Matthew is a big defenseman with a good frame. His skating has experienced some improvements but his first few steps are still a little choppy. Simple has been the key for Cairns. He does a good job playing his man one on one letting the play come to him and attacking at the right time.

    He couldn’t crack a USHL roster in year one after the draft, so ended up in the BCHL. Had a tough time getting into the lineup for Cornell a year ago (10 games) but maybe things will be different. He is a lower level prospect at this time.

    Thanks.

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    Richard Roma: Good thing we said no to Faulk.

    This guy can’t defend his way out of a paper bag.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOC9MXCXiko

    Who is “we”?

    I said no to Justin Faulk (and I remain a no).

    Chiarelli is the one that gets the vote – did he say no?

  48. Richard Roma says:

    OriginalPouzar: While what you say Rishaug said may be true, that isn’t quite what Chiarelli stated.

    I remember the interview with Chiarelli vividly and the phrase he used was “pressure was off” but also expressed that they were still looking to improve the blue line.

    Chiarelli did not say that they stopped looking completely.

    The prosecution rests. Are you a lawyer or something :p

    Okay, he said something to the effect that they stopped looking after Bouchard fell to 10th…then stated that they did nothing to address improving the blue line today which was in his opinion a problem because it needed improvement especially after Sekera was injured.

    That’s all inadmissible heresay, but the best of my recollection from listening to Oilers now today.

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: Sekera was still “healthy” back then.

    I actually edited the post (prior to yours) to make mention of the same.

  50. Richard Roma says:

    OriginalPouzar: Who is “we”?

    I said no to Justin Faulk (and I remain a no).

    Chiarelli is the one that gets the vote – did he say no?

    Well, it’s not “we” the royal plural as I can assure you that I am not royalty.

    I meant, “we” as in “you specifically“ along with the consensus opinion here.

    As for Chiarelli, the problem is that you can see him coming from a mile away … the last time he traded for a 2RD, it cost us Taylor Hall, so perhaps it’s better he did in fact keep his powder dry.

  51. jp says:

    Jethro Tull: You must begin your education. Tonight’s assignment: White Blood Cells album by the White Stripes.

    I will give you another assignment tomorrow.

    That’s a very very good album.

    To be honest I don’t know much of his/their other work. Maybe I should.

    In any case, thanks for the reminder.

  52. Pescador says:

    New Improved Darkness:
    We just moved +11 in season GD v. relative to the Flames in one night.

    That’s a shit-kicking on the Big Board for all time (at least since the last time we lined up Mission Impossible down the double yellow line).

    ****

    On the Penguins game tape, the puck-guzzling home-town goal posts sounded like carillon bells ringing in a Klondike Bar Down.

    ****

    The sharp dings were so sustained, that even Scent of a Woman was overheard muttering to his squeeze, “man, another puck with freaking eyes for the inside pipe”.

    Not much scent of a woman in Calgary last night, I dare say.

    More like the sound of a Yeti bloodbath under a midwinter arctic cold-front going to ground on the frozen saltine-cracker ice flats of dim and frigid Europaean moonscape.

    ****

    Scent Hound: “Man, what is that thing, a frozen rubber disk, or an out-of-control Iron Spider taking his first test flight inside a pipe-organ machine shop?”

    Woman’s voice: “What’s an iron spider?”

    Scent Hound: “Iron Man + Spider Man = Iron Spider. Work it out, babe.”

    Woman’s cooing voice: “Oh, I get it—that’s a lot of palm thrusters to learn to control for a tiny, spider mind.”

    Scent Hound: “Plus—and I bet you didn’t know this—spiders hear with their feet through little hairs called ‘trichobothria’—these are so sensitive to vibration they can detect the fluttering flup of moth wings at twenty paces.”

    (Moths who are fluttering toward pheromones released from miles away, which should keep Scent Hound humble, even though it doesn’t, really.)

    Woman’s cooing voice: “Ooooh—but not while they’re thrusting hard—I bet when Iron Spider is thrusting hard, his hairy feet vibrate so much he can barely hear a train coming.”

    No immediate response from Scent Hound, whose exquisite receptor just caught scent of a woman that would stun a bull moose in mating season.

    ****

    Note to aspiring Foley artists.

    A Yeti “bloodbath” on Europa is not exactly a “bath” in the Roman sense.

    For onething, a Yeti “Yadar” O’Reilly with sharp toe hairs can scoop up all the ruby-red slipper shards before they subside into the crystalline hard pack (the largest pieces hold their heat just long enough to make for an urgent problem, especially the icicle spurts that land like Dairy Queen lawn darts, pointy side down—but they do give themselves away for some while with a crackling sound—a cracking sound kind of like a hot, well-toasted loaf hearth bread freshly deposited on the cooling rack—if you arrive on the scene promptly and plant your ear-feet in exactly the right place).

    (Just where did you think Yadar’s ears would evolve on an airless, frozen moon?)

    Mostly, however, the shards are small, and blood is scattered more than spilled, little of it sinking irretrievably; thus, few winged or clipped Europaean Yeti’s actually bleed out for long in any significant way on the icy battlefield.

    This is not to say that getting shot is not a PITA.

    Momentary frostbite of the suddenly exposed and unprotected fleshy declivity, however, can cost the unfortunate Yeti ten or twelve layers of thermal skin, and he-or-she will end up in the infirmary consuming disposable heat packs like Manute Bol—as he once did for an entire week—after he napped like a Lapland baby in a fully detached Finnish sauna until loooong after all the embers faded.

    Nursing any kind of substantial Yeti divot of the thermal body armor, it’s disposable heat-pack city—you’re simply bleeding body heat—at least until that cozy, third undercoat grows back, if not yet every internal layer of thermal mesodermis.

    ****

    Not to worry too much, as boisterous as they become unobserved, they’re only playing Yeti paint ball to keep themselves limber.

    ****

    Note on “he-or-she”.

    Europaean Yeti gender depends on the time of the month, the precise recent pattern of moon-on-moon eclipses, and other maddening Jovean epicycles.

    What with lent, the sacrificial feast, the Great Meditation, and the Mecca pilgrimage all sometimes landing on the same hour, it’s amazing to think that any Europaean Yeti rugrats have been born anywhere, ever.

    ****

    As you may have noticed, Europaean Yetis are not your soft European Yetis from planet earth.

    Though they are soft in their own way.

    Turns out, tribbles were first bred on a cold Klingon moon as Klingon foot warmers, for Klingons who are so fuzzy themselves, that they refer—in their mellifluous, arctic dialect—to the local Marsupial Snow Ewoks as “flap-bellied almost-naked mole rats” (this is one word with many short syllables, as is common in arctic climes in galaxies everywhere; polar Klingon being a particularly fine exemplar of the Finnish–Sindarin–Harmonium language tree).

    So. Imagine all the pink, hairless inner thighs of 100,000 burrowing Ewoks industriously rubbing their hind legs together like crickets to keep their frigid moon(s) warm.

    More dander than a asteroid Australia for crazy cat ladies possessed of mail-order self-injection CRISPR kits.

    On the flip side, there’s nary a nearly diaphanous formal Klingon kilt in all of known space that isn’t woven out of combed Ewok thigh wool—highest coefficient of moon-warming known to man, or to sharp-shooting tushy-tuxen from down under (with down under—or even to manly Klingon warmbirds.

    And you just know how much Klingon warriors love their warmbirds.

    ****

    One time me and some friends went out to the bush in the mountains and dropped acid.
    Somehow we found a cows skull with horns and of course we propped it up high in the fire.
    I cannot even describe the stories that it told us for the next 2 hours before it melted.
    We named it Barry,
    true story

  53. Pescador says:

    “Not much scent of a woman in Calgary last night, I dare say.
    More like the sound of a Yeti bloodbath under a midwinter arctic cold-front going to ground on the frozen saltine-cracker ice flats of dim and frigid Europaean moonscape. ”

    New Improved Darkness,

    you sir, are a wizard

  54. Richard Roma says:

    Pescador,

    Grebeshkov?

  55. Pescador says:

    Richard Roma: Good thing we said no to Faulk.

    This guy can’t defend his way out of a paper bag.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOC9MXCXiko

    Ironically a paper bag (filled w/ pucks) is about the extent most of us were willing to trade for Faulk in the summer

  56. Pescador says:

    Richard Roma:
    Pescador,

    Grebeshkov?

    No,
    The skull was from a cow, not a goat

  57. OriginalPouzar says:

    How does one propose we fit Justin Faulk under the cap?

    They aren’t taking Milan Lucic back for him nor Drake Caggulia and Kris Russell.

    No matter the trade, it would add material cap – this could be fit in this year under our LTIR cushion – they we are totally effed when Sekera is activated and, even if somehow he isnt activated this year, we still need to fit him in next year plus Sekera plus goalies, etc.

    Not to mention the combination of young roster players (Jesse), draft picks and prospects for a soon to be UFA that will want a significant raise

    Yup, still a no for me.

  58. Yeti says:

    New Improved Darkness: As you may have noticed, Europaean Yetis are not your soft European Yetis from planet earth.
    Though they are soft in their own way.

    I officially endorse this post.

  59. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    What makes you guys think that Faulk is even available

  60. GMB3 says:

    Jethro Tull: Also of note: Justin Schultz was an NCAA free agent.

    Also also of note: Justin didn’t flourish until heavily sheltered on the Pens 3rd pairing. He basically wasn’t even asked to defend in a traditional sense.

    Also also also of note: Evan Bouchard has got exactly one more wrister through a crowd and in the goal than Justin Schultz did as an Oiler.

    I actually met Justin’s billet parents. A super nice young man super afraid of disappointing people is how they described him.

    Justin Schultz averaged what, 37 points per 82 as an Oiler? What are you even talking about? You clearly don’t watch the games, you definitely don’t look at any stats, but yes I can’t wait for another tirade about Chiarelli letting his powder get wet or some shit.

    😑😑😑

  61. GMB3 says:

    Schultz also had 2 goals and 5 points in his first 5 games as an Oiler… but fuck hey revisionist history is what really matters

  62. N64 says:

    If anyone’s missing it… Top of 13 lead off walk comes in on an error. Bottom of 13 ditto. Lucky 13th. On to the 14th.

  63. N64 says:

    And first World Series game into the 15th.

  64. Wilde says:

    If they’re going to keep up Bouchard, I’d love to see this pair of tweaks made:

    1) Swap 77 and 75 on the powerplay

    2) use the lost PP TOI/GP from Klefbom there to give Bouchard some shifts with Klefbom at even-strength

    Klefbom is playing fucking amazing at 5v5, better than I ever remember he’s played, which is either because it’s true or because last year felt like a long time.

    I think you have to take advantage of that and they’re the two best passers on the team, could help create offense in the bottom-6 minutes.

    (I’m against keeping Bouchard up but if you do, this tactic is worth a try)

  65. N64 says:

    Still tied after 16
    And beyond the 17th

  66. frjohnk says:

    N64:
    Still tied after 16
    And beyond the 17th

    Bottom of 18th.

    I’m going to bed whether or not Dodgers score.

    Also said that bottom of 16th.

    Incredible game.

  67. frjohnk says:

    Wow what a game.

  68. Wilde says:

    Mikko Rantanen is absolutely disgusting. I’m not sure he’s that much worse than MacKinnon himself.

  69. Wilde says:

    (and got outscored by a younger Puljujarvi pre-North-American hockey)

    (also I keep reading Avs fans comments about how they can’t believe how good their big, clumsy, falling-down mispositioned Finn became so quickly)

    (also also Rantanen has played 80% of his time with MacKinnon since entering the NHL and 100% of the time in the top-six and PP1)

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looking forward to a solid game from Koskinen this afternoon.

    Hoping that Benning is activated from the IR – if not today then tomorrow. Would love to give Bouchard one of these two days off.

    Condors finally back in action tonight after a full week off – their second game in two weeks. Hoping Bear is good to go, although I think its unlikely.

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer: Condors finally back in action tonight after a full week off – their second game in two weeks. Hoping Bear is good to go, although I think its unlikely.

    I’m not sure if you were asking me directly but I’ve never professed that he is or that he would waive his NTC to come to Edmonton. I only provide my opinion in response to those that would like to acquire him.

  72. Wilde says:

    A player I’m keeping my eye on is Lukas Wernblom, undrafted 2000 birthday.

    July, to be exact, and he hit the threshold last year for a team ran by yours truly to have spent a 6th/7th round pick on him.

    That threshold being that he needed to hang around point-per-game rate in the SuperElit (Highest U20 Swedish league) in a year where the player is 17 years old. Being that he turned 18 this past July, he fits.

    He’s now playing in HockeyAllsvenskan (commonly just Allsvenskan) which is the league attached to the SHL in a promotion/relegation system. He has 7 pts in 12 games there, the highest mark of any U19 player – just a tad better than DAL 2018 3rd round pick, Oscar Back.

    By Emmanuel Perry’s intra-season NHLe factor, the league has a 0.28 translation factor, compared to the CHL’s ~0.15. It’s a league that more teams are paying attention to now, but still yields more than is taken by NHL organisations each year.

    (Pittsburgh has appeared to steal Fillip Hallander from the league, whose team also included Jacob Olofsson, and is promoted to the SHL now with Hallander scoring 7 points in 11 games. These two have the highest adjusted P/GP outside the NHL from the 2018 draft class right now.)

    Future considerations 2017 had Wernblom described thus:

    “Loves to battle and is present in after whistle scrums, Wernblom is also gifted with the puck and displayed quick skating, accelerated quick ”

    There are a few players who should be picked up immediately IMO, you can’t wait until they actually score in the SHL like Nashville did in 2014. Teams are paying attention more now.

    Another guy is Samuel Fagemo, promoted by LT during the 2018 draft. He had a similar scoring rate in the SuperElit last year, and has subsequently torched the same league this fall and now has 4 pts in his first 8 SHL games this year. Speedy goalscorer.

    I’m all about stocking the AHL/ECHL teams, but an additional facet here is that it’s better to leave these guys in Europe, and this way you can stagger the arrival times of your prospects to your pro teams, so as to never have an extremely lean year at a position like Bakersfield forwards last year, or have an overwhelming year where you’re asking your coaching staffs to break in seven rookies.

  73. Wilde says:

    The Mestis is the Finnish equivalent, and undrafted Krstian Tanus has 11 goals and 20 points in 13 games there.

    For reference, Jesse Ylonen was taken #35 in the 2018 draft after 27 pts in 48 games in the same league.

    He’s an August 2000 birthday, too, so his campaign this year (2018-19) and Ylonen’s last year (2017-18) are basically at equal points in age, given that Ylonen turned 18 in October 2017.

  74. Wilde says:

    Could Tanus be signed immediately? I’d sign him immediately.

  75. OmJo says:

    OriginalPouzar: I noted last night, on a different platform, that Justin S. was heavily criticized for his wristers from the point and Bouchard praised last night.

    Of note: Justin S. was 22 in his first NHL season.

    I seem to remember him being praised for his wrist shot (maybe not from the point, it was a long time ago). While I’m not saying Bouchard is the next Schultz, I do think Schultz is a good comparable of how not to handle Bouchard.

    Schultz was rushed (hindsight?) at 22 years old, coming from of a more mature league (NCAA) and with some AHL seasoning. He had major hype as the saviour of the backend, the biggest FA signing of the summer, etc. Bouchard has similar hype, but not even half the experience. I don’t want him to be Schultz’d…

  76. OmJo says:

    OriginalPouzar: I agree with most of this post except one point – we actually have no idea if Bear can play full third pairing minutes with any level of success.Remember, he got caved during his 18 games last year and we also know that exhibition cannot really tell us much.He looked more polished in exhibition but Puljujarvi looked like a top 6 forward about to “pop”.

    He very well may need to be sheltered just like Bouchard

    And if that’s the case he can go back down to the AHL and we can run Larsson, Russell, Benning down the right side until we find another RHD candidate or Benning rises to the occasion.

    Idk, I’d rather shelter a 21 year old defenceman with some experience than a 19 year old defenceman with no experience, all things considered.

  77. OmJo says:

    OriginalPouzar: I remember the interview with Chiarelli vividly and the phrase he used was “pressure was off” but also expressed that they were still looking to improve the blue line.

    Chiarelli did not say that they stopped looking completely.

    I mean, do we expect Chiarelli to say otherwise? All 31 GMs would say the same thing… That they’re looking to improve their roster.

    What Chiarelli said might contradict what Rishaug said, but what he actually did (ie, nothing to improve the defence) certainly doesn’t….

  78. OmJo says:

    OmJo:
    If the CFL BoA was as nasty as the NHL BoA, the Stamps would probably lose tonight on purpose just to screw over the Eskimos.

    Well….

  79. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    VOR

    – awesome

  80. Stagimar says:

    New Improved Darkness:
    We just moved +11 in season GD v. relative to the Flames in one night.

    That’s a shit-kicking on the Big Board for all time (at least since the last time we lined up Mission Impossible down the double yellow line).

    ****

    On the Penguins game tape, the puck-guzzling home-town goal posts sounded like carillon bells ringing in a Klondike Bar Down.

    ****

    The sharp dings were so sustained, that even Scent of a Woman was overheard muttering to his squeeze, “man, another puck with freaking eyes for the inside pipe”.

    Not much scent of a woman in Calgary last night, I dare say.

    More like the sound of a Yeti bloodbath under a midwinter arctic cold-front going to ground on the frozen saltine-cracker ice flats of dim and frigid Europaean moonscape.

    ****

    Scent Hound: “Man, what is that thing, a frozen rubber disk, or an out-of-control Iron Spider taking his first test flight inside a pipe-organ machine shop?”

    Woman’s voice: “What’s an iron spider?”

    Scent Hound: “Iron Man + Spider Man = Iron Spider. Work it out, babe.”

    Woman’s cooing voice: “Oh, I get it—that’s a lot of palm thrusters to learn to control for a tiny, spider mind.”

    Scent Hound: “Plus—and I bet you didn’t know this—spiders hear with their feet through little hairs called ‘trichobothria’—these are so sensitive to vibration they can detect the fluttering flup of moth wings at twenty paces.”

    (Moths who are fluttering toward pheromones released from miles away, which should keep Scent Hound humble, even though it doesn’t, really.)

    Woman’s cooing voice: “Ooooh—but not while they’re thrusting hard—I bet when Iron Spider is thrusting hard, his hairy feet vibrate so much he can barely hear a train coming.”

    No immediate response from Scent Hound, whose exquisite receptor just caught scent of a woman that would stun a bull moose in mating season.

    ****

    Note to aspiring Foley artists.

    A Yeti “bloodbath” on Europa is not exactly a “bath” in the Roman sense.

    For onething, a Yeti “Yadar” O’Reilly with sharp toe hairs can scoop up all the ruby-red slipper shards before they subside into the crystalline hard pack (the largest pieces hold their heat just long enough to make for an urgent problem, especially the icicle spurts that land like Dairy Queen lawn darts, pointy side down—but they do give themselves away for some while with a crackling sound—a cracking sound kind of like a hot, well-toasted loaf hearth bread freshly deposited on the cooling rack—if you arrive on the scene promptly and plant your ear-feet in exactly the right place).

    (Just where did you think Yadar’s ears would evolve on an airless, frozen moon?)

    Mostly, however, the shards are small, and blood is scattered more than spilled, little of it sinking irretrievably; thus, few winged or clipped Europaean Yeti’s actually bleed out for long in any significant way on the icy battlefield.

    This is not to say that getting shot is not a PITA.

    Momentary frostbite of the suddenly exposed and unprotected fleshy declivity, however, can cost the unfortunate Yeti ten or twelve layers of thermal skin, and he-or-she will end up in the infirmary consuming disposable heat packs like Manute Bol—as he once did for an entire week—after he napped like a Lapland baby in a fully detached Finnish sauna until loooong after all the embers faded.

    Nursing any kind of substantial Yeti divot of the thermal body armor, it’s disposable heat-pack city—you’re simply bleeding body heat—at least until that cozy, third undercoat grows back, if not yet every internal layer of thermal mesodermis.

    ****

    Not to worry too much, as boisterous as they become unobserved, they’re only playing Yeti paint ball to keep themselves limber.

    ****

    Note on “he-or-she”.

    Europaean Yeti gender depends on the time of the month, the precise recent pattern of moon-on-moon eclipses, and other maddening Jovean epicycles.

    What with lent, the sacrificial feast, the Great Meditation, and the Mecca pilgrimage all sometimes landing on the same hour, it’s amazing to think that any Europaean Yeti rugrats have been born anywhere, ever.

    ****

    As you may have noticed, Europaean Yetis are not your soft European Yetis from planet earth.

    Though they are soft in their own way.

    Turns out, tribbles were first bred on a cold Klingon moon as Klingon foot warmers, for Klingons who are so fuzzy themselves, that they refer—in their mellifluous, arctic dialect—to the local Marsupial Snow Ewoks as “flap-bellied almost-naked mole rats” (this is one word with many short syllables, as is common in arctic climes in galaxies everywhere; polar Klingon being a particularly fine exemplar of the Finnish–Sindarin–Harmonium language tree).

    So. Imagine all the pink, hairless inner thighs of 100,000 burrowing Ewoks industriously rubbing their hind legs together like crickets to keep their frigid moon(s) warm.

    More dander than a asteroid Australia for crazy cat ladies possessed of mail-order self-injection CRISPR kits.

    On the flip side, there’s nary a nearly diaphanous formal Klingon kilt in all of known space that isn’t woven out of combed Ewok thigh wool—highest coefficient of moon-warming known to man, or to sharp-shooting tushy-tuxen from down under (with down under—or even to manly Klingon warmbirds.

    And you just know how much Klingon warriors love their warmbirds.

    ****

    WTF did I just read LOL!

  81. godot10 says:

    Wilde:
    (and got outscored by a younger Puljujarvi pre-North-American hockey)

    (also I keep reading Avs fans comments about how they can’t believe how good their big, clumsy, falling-down mispositioned Finn became so quickly)

    (also also Rantanen has played 80% of his time with MacKinnon since entering the NHL and 100% of the time in the top-six and PP1)

    #CarryWaterChopWood?

    All work and no play makes Jesse a dull boy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lQ_MjU4QHw

  82. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Bank Shot: http://hockeyviz.com/game/2018020142/matchups

    Nurse and Russelas well as the Draisaitl line spent a lot of time against the Backstrom-Oshie line.

    Nurse and Russell played pretty well to my eye.

    I would put more of the blame on the forwards not being able to match up to Backstrom and Oshie.

    Draisaitl in particular made a couple of flybys in that game that ended up in extended zone time as well as ending up playing the wing often in his own end.

    He skated a few large loops at times and wasn’t in position to battle or provide an outlet for the short breakout passes the Oilers were otherwise utilizing effectively that game.

    I don’t want to dump on Draisaitl but I believe he can bring more in the Dzone.

    Rieder/Chiasson are not the same calibre as Oshie either.

    And to be fair, Backstrom is a tough matchup for anyone.

    The McDavid line and Klefsson pairing looked fairly hard matched against Ovie and Kzunetsov. They won that matchup as Mcdavid tends to do.

    While assuming McDavid is zooming people is usually a sure bet, its not entirely accurate here.

    Using Klef as the proxy for the pair we see:
    77-97
    8:04 together
    66.7% CF (12-6)

    97 away from 77
    6:35
    24% CF (4-13)

    77 away from 97
    12:00
    43% CF (13-17)

    97 got some time on almost every line (was on with 91 and 27 for the WSH goal) so this isn’t entirely fair to him, but I think its best stated as “they zoomed each other and Klef was better away” for the WSH game.

  83. Jethro Tull says:

    GMB3: Justin Schultz averaged what, 37 points per 82 as an Oiler? What are you even talking about? You clearly don’t watch the games, you definitely don’t look at any stats, but yes I can’t wait for another tirade about Chiarelli letting his powder get wet or some shit.

    😑😑😑

    Nice asshole post.

    I was saying that Schultz shouldn’t be compared to Bouchard. The last point was tongue in cheek reference to the famous Schultz muffin which had more to do with coaching than what Justin was doing. I totally get it if you can’t understand.

  84. Jethro Tull says:

    GMB3:
    Schultz also had 2 goals and 5 points in his first 5 games as an Oiler… but fuck hey revisionist history is what really matters

    Also, classy posting the last few days. Questioning people’s mental health and saying that kids are fodder for meth dealers. Yeah. I saw it before it was deleted.

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo: I seem to remember him being praised for his wrist shot (maybe not from the point, it was a long time ago). While I’m not saying Bouchard is the next Schultz, I do think Schultz is a good comparable of how not to handle Bouchard.

    Schultz was rushed (hindsight?) at 22 years old, coming from of a more mature league (NCAA) and with some AHL seasoning. He had major hype as the saviour of the backend, the biggest FA signing of the summer, etc. Bouchard has similar hype, but not even half the experience. I don’t want him to be Schultz’d…

    Yes, Schultz was praised for that wrist shot at the beginning, just like Bouchad has been praised for his shot last game. As time went on, his muffins/wristers from the point were highly and widely criticized.

    Justin S. is the perfect example of a rookie d-man not being deployed properly and hurting his development. He was asked to play tough minutes very soon in to his career on a very week defensive group. He struggled mightily in tough minutes.

    At least Bouchard has been given the opposite treatment by our coach and highly sheltered, as he should be and needs to be.

  86. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo: And if that’s the case he can go back down to the AHL and we can run Larsson, Russell, Benning down the right side until we find another RHD candidate or Benning rises to the occasion.

    Idk, I’d rather shelter a 21 year old defenceman with some experience than a 19 year old defenceman with no experience, all things considered.

    I agree completely. The only point we differ on is that I wouldn’t bring Bear up right away but would run Benning at 3RD. I would like Bear to play a good stretch of AHL games prior to his call-up. So far, due to late re-assignment, slow Condors’ schedule and his injury, he’s played 2 games.

    I would love to get him a good 20 plus games before a recall.

  87. €√¥£€^$ says:

    frjohnk: Bottom of 18th.

    I’m going to bed whether or not Dodgers score.

    Also said that bottom of 16th.

    Incredible game.

    Was binge-watching Daredevil (what a show), then decided it was bedtime. When I switched to “cable mode” the game was into the 16th inning, I told myself I would watch for 2 innings, because I knew this was historic, Wow!

    Through-out my life I have stumbled onto historic sporting moments that I have fortunate to watch in real time. Lucky me :), here’s hoping the Oilers bless me (us) as well.

  88. frjohnk says:

    €√¥£€^$: Was binge-watching Daredevil (what a show), then decided it was bedtime.When I switched to “cable mode” the game was into the 16th inning, I told myself I would watch for 2 innings,because I knew this was historic, Wow!

    Through-out my life I have stumbled onto ending up watching historic sporting moments in real time.I am pretty lucky that way.

    Yup, historic game.

    Ive caught a few over my life time as well.

  89. N64 says:

    frjohnk: Yup, historic game.

    Ive caught a few over my life time as well.

    That crazy 13 with both sides bringing lead off walks in on errors. And that losing performance by Eovaldi pitching from the 12th to the 18th. Music.

  90. N64 says:

    frjohnk: Yup, historic game.

    Ive caught a few over my life time as well.

    ~ You’re a catcher ? ~

  91. Younger Oil says:

    Koskinen has been beat clean three times, hasn’t been in the right area code to make the save, the Preds just keep missing the net.

  92. leadfarmer says:

    We need a new Lucic. Ours is broken
    At least he hits everything that moves this year

  93. leadfarmer says:

    I dont think I’ve seen a goalie spend that much time on his knees in a while. Good thing hes a giant

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