Letting the Days Go By (Let the Water Hold Me Down)

The Oilers were gunned down 4-0 at even strength in the first period last night, allowing fans to free their minds and think about the bigger picture, about the good things emerging in real time. Among the positives: Caleb Jones is taking more icetime and handling it well; the power play seems to have some impressive new wrinkles and the team had tremendous push back after the game was out of reach. You’d rather have the two points, but there were some positives.

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  • New Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s free-agent success in 2018 may dictate Oilers big money moves in the summer of 2019.
  • Lowetide: Total recall—Who should be next on the Bakersfield-to-Edmonton shuttle?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers’ Rattie still figuring out how to play for new-old coach Ken Hitchcock.
  • Lowetide: No. 8 prospect Winter 2018: Kirill Maksimov.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Condors coach Jay Woodcroft has a lifetime of hockey knowledge to share and the notebooks to prove it.
  • Jonathan Willis: The Ryan Spooner for Ryan Strome trade has yet to pay dividends for the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Lowetide: Ken Hitchcock, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and finding that elusive perfect fit on the Oilers No. 2 line.
  • Jonathan Willis: Milan Lucic should not be an everyday player for the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 7 prospect Winter 2018: Caleb Jones
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 6 Prospect winter 2018: Cooper Marody
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 5 Prospect winter 2018: Ethan Bear.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 4 Prospect winter 2018: Ryan McLeod.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 3 Prospect winter 2018: Tyler Benson.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect winter 2018: Kailer Yamamoto.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect winter 2018: Evan Bouchard.

OILERS AFTER 37

  • Oilers in 2015: 15-19-3, 33 points; goal differential -18
  • Oilers in 2016: 19-12-6, 44 points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in 2017: 17-18-2, 36 points; goal differential -6
  • Oilers in 2018: 18-16-3, 39 points; goal differential -3

It was a disappointing night, the game got out of hand late in the first period and Mikko Koskinen is now struggling. I’ve been arguing the Oilers should keep their powder dry, suspect that’s an easier argument to win this morning. And yet…..these are the Oilers.

If the team continues on this route, it would finish the season 40-36-6, 86 points. It would be an 8-point improvement year-over-year, while still qualifying as a disappointment.

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 6-4-2, 14 points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in December 2016: 6-2-4, 16 points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in December 2017: 7-4-1, 15 points; goal differential +8
  • Oilers in December 2018: 6-5-1, 13 points; goal differential +2

The Oilers have given much of it back now, the Hitchcock era that started so well now 9-6-2. Thing is, the coach is still making sense and the defense will get healthy. As I’ve been saying for some time now, this team won’t be good enough to chase down contenders from behind. They don’t have the horses. These four losses in a row over Christmas will cost them. The only question is how much? Stay tuned.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DECEMBER

  • At home to: Vegas (Expected 0-1-0) Actual (1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Dallas, St. Louis (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • At home to: Minnesota, Calgary (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • On the road to: Colorado,Winnipeg(Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-0-1)
  • At home to: Philadelphia (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • At home to: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, San Jose, Winnipeg (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-3-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 6-5-1, 13 points in 12 games

There isn’t much left to say. Are they trying their best? Yes. Slow start and some wobbly defense and goaltending (make no mistake, the Oilers were awful at times in the first period) meant no reward. They need better health, better players, more good forwards, so they can win this game next December.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Jones-Benning were strong, going 17-4 in 14:13, 9-1 shots and no goals, 2-1 HDSC. Jones has speed, but it’s more than that, he has adjusted quickly to the pressure of the NHL. He and Benning were very good, going 10-1 in 5:33 against Goldobin-Pettersson-Boeser. They were even 2-0 in HDSC against them! (McDavid helped).
  • Gravel-Wideman were 9-7 in 8:40, 3-6 shots, 0-1 goals and 0-2 HDSC. Imagine this team with a full boat and this pairing wouldn’t play, although that’s unfair to Gravel who has been a good soldier. Went 6-2 in 5:18 against Eriksson-Horvat-Virtanen.
  • Nurse-Larsson went 19-20 in 21:58, 11-9 shots, 0-2 goals and 3-4 HDSC. Some bad luck and wobbly goaltending behind them, but both men were ineffective on available pucks and loose on coverage. This team misses Oscar Klefbom in a gigantic way. Went 6-7 in five minutes against Goldobin-Pettersson-Boeser, 0-2 goals. This pairing is getting too much share in terms of 5-on-5 minutes.
  • Mikko Koskinen struggled, stopping two of six (.333), while Cam Talbot was solid in relief, stopping all 14 shots (including four HDSC).
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Lucic-Nuge-Puljujarvi went 4-2 in 5:04 (Lucic), 9-3 in 9:58 (Puljujarvi), 10-3 in 5:19 (Spooner), 2-2 in 4:04 (Rieder), 9-2 in 3:28 (Zykov). Nuge: 3-1 shots, 0-1 goals (with Rieder and Puljujarvi) and 1-1 HDSC. The only point for the line came from the center on the power play. Line went 14-3 in 9:40 against Hutton-Gudbranson, the puck heading in a good direction. GA for this line was the the Pettersson goal. Hitchcock mentioned in the postgame he thought things got better when Lucic joined Nuge and Pulju, suspect we may see that trio on Saturday. I was hoping to see Khaira alongside Nuge and JP.
  • Zykov-Spooner-Rattie went 1-1 in 2:19, they didn’t play as a unit for long, owing to the Chiasson injury. Valentin-Spooner were 11-3 in 5:49, seemed to have some life (especially when playing with Nuge for 3:28, had 3-0 HDSC).
  • Chiasson-McDavid-Draisaitl went 18-13 in 18:07 (Draisaitl), 12-10 in 12:31 (Rattie), 8-2 in 3:18 (Pulju) and 3-1 in 3:43 (Chiasson). Went 8-10 shots, 0-1 goals and 2-6 HDSC. Line did most of their damage at 5-on-4. Went 9-8 in 12:03 against Edler-Tanev. McDavid had a tough time with Roussel, and went 0-1 in goals against him, 2-2 shots. McDavid isn’t getting the calls and physically challenging these agitators isn’t working, time for a brand new plan. The 5-on-4 success is a nice start. I thought Jesse played well with 97.
  • Lucic-Brodziak-Kassian went 14-11 in 12:49, 10-6 shots, 0-2 goals and 2-3 HDSC. Kassian is too good for this line, when he plays like he did last night. I think we’ve seen the last of this trio for a time, Hitch seemed to indicate same in the postgame.

THIS TIME ISN’T LIKE THE OTHER TIME

The four-game losing streak may have some believing this winter is similar to the last one, but I’m here to tell you it is not—at least not yet. Last year, the team twice lost 5-0 (December 31 to the Jets, January 2 to the Kings) and then topped it off with a mind-numbing loss to the Sabres on January 23. I wrote the following, next day:

  • The Edmonton Oilers can’t possibly be this bad. What a ghastly performance last night. There were times in the past, when this team, outgunned from man 1 through man 21, would at least work their collective nuts off for 60 minutes. Whatever happened to this team, enough. This team is unwatchable, incomprehensible and, incredibly, incapable, despite having the best player on the planet.

Last night, this edition of the Oilers set their collective jaws and went about doing the work of getting back into the game. I give them credit, the final two periods showed some real effort. You’d like to see the losing streak end on Saturday, suspect we might be looking at some time in January for the next win. Perhaps they’ll surprise us.

HOW SAUSAGE GETS MADE

It takes forever and there are false positives all over hell’s half acre. That’s what happens when you’re looking for a decade solution to a current problem. Here are the scoring totals for Edmonton’s young wingers October-December 1995:

  1. Todd Marchant 39, 7-6-13
  2. Miro Satan 26, 5-6-11
  3. Marius Czerkawski 29, 3-5-8
  4. Kirk Maltby 39, 2-6-8
  5. Dean McAmmond 11, 3-2-5
  6. Ryan Smyth 23, 1-2-3
  7. Jason Bonsignore 20, 0-2-2
  8. Tyler Wright 20, 1-0-1
  9. Dennis Bonvie 8, 0-0-0

That’s a lot of talent trying to find its way into regular duty in the NHL, I count eight men who enjoyed NHL careers plus a helluva go-cart driver. Not bad. It didn’t look so promising on December 31, 1995.

HOW SAUSAGE GETS MADE, 2018

  1. Jujhar Khaira 33, 2-11-13
  2. Drake Caggiula 28, 7-3-10
  3. Jesse Puljujarvi 26, 3-2-5
  4. Ty Rattie 21, 2-2-4
  5. Kailer Yamamoto 12, 1-1-2
  6. Cooper Marody 6, 0-0-0
  7. Patrick Russell 6, 0-0-0
  8. Valentin Zykov 5, 0-0-0

It’s easy to watch a game like last night and come away thinking Jesse Puljujarvi should be traded today. It’s folly. He may not work out, he may emerge with holes in his game (I still don’t know how many goals per 82 games he’ll score, the current number is 11) or he may be a modern power forward for 15 years. You can’t Satan him now, it’s too damned dangerous. I encourage you to look at some of the numbers from 1995, some of those players had been knocking on the door for 2+ seasons, and then revisit the current names. There’s a reason ‘how sausage is made‘ doesn’t get a lot of views, but it’s still damned important.

It’s vital that we understand that every offensive opportunity Jesse Puljujarvi experiences, every sortie Caleb Jones defends, is getting each man closer to his destination. It’s easy to be critical, hell the year Ryan Smyth scored two goals no one could have predicted he would pop 39 the following year. Kids will surprise you. Take it from a parent.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A short week ends with a terrific group of guests, it’ll be wildly entertaining if the host doesn’t screw it up. At 10, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. World Juniors, Oilers, Lansky’s rocking new year!
  • Kris Abbott, OddsShark.com NFL and College bowl games.
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Is it coaching or personnel when it comes to the Edmonton Oilers?

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

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  1. Glovjuice says:

    My Gawd. Is The Kick Inside by Kate Bush ever perfect. What a genius.

  2. BONE207 says:

    Bag of Pucks: So if we don’t have the same amount of intel that Chiarelli does, how can we counsel to keep his powder dry as being ‘the right call here?’ Given we’re not privy to the opportunities that cross his desk, it seems like hubris to limit the org in this way based on our own limited intel and clear bias towards the players for which we’re most familiar.

    If Chiarelli has an opportunity to win a trade today and improve the club tomorrow, why is that not a right call?

    I suspect the honest answer is something along the lines of A) I don’t trust this GM to make a trade, and B) I don’t want him doing anything that would improve his job security.

    So you’re saying we shouldn’t be putting up the Jumbotron at Rogers? Oh oh…

  3. Glovjuice says:

    OmJo: Kevin Lowe has been the best GM we’ve had since… Kevin Lowe.

    *ducks*

    I agree. That 06 run was/might be the golden age for many fans. Even ONE run like that creates a lifetime of memories. Underrated how an experience like that adds value to lives (well, for fans of a team, anyway).

  4. Bag of Pucks says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Bag of Pucks,

    Burnt by drafting one too many smallish players, the Oil addressed an area of need to draft a C with size and in the process correctly identified the player with the better 5 tool package and thus higher ceiling.

    EDM’s draft record forever was drafting size over skill.

    Like ever year from 1998 to 2017

    Jordan Eberle – 2008
    RNH (not short but definitely skinny) – 2011
    Nail Yakupov – 2012
    Kailer Yamamoto- 2017

  5. Glovjuice says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Bag of Pucks,

    Hall. Seguin. Lindholm. Sometimes these prospects benefit greatly from a change of venue. Added motivation perhaps?

    Hall was as good in EDM as he’s been in NJD except for a 5v4 heater last year.

    This is known.

    Seguin’s 5v5 GF% in his last two years in BOS were:

    11/12 62.8%
    12/13 72.0%

    He was the goods when Pete traded him too.

    “Change of scenery” is just a trope used to make people feel better about terrible trades in many cases.

    2 of the 5 worst trades in the last 10 years.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Bag of Pucks: So if we don’t have the same amount of intel that Chiarelli does, how can we counsel to keep his powder dry as being ‘the right call here?’ Given we’re not privy to the opportunities that cross his desk, it seems like hubris to limit the org in this way based on our own limited intel and clear bias towards the players for which we’re most familiar.

    If Chiarelli has an opportunity to win a trade today and improve the club tomorrow, why is that not a right call?

    I suspect the honest answer is something along the lines of A) I don’t trust this GM to make a trade, and B) I don’t want him doing anything that would improve his job security.

    Why on earth would I want Chiarelli to do nothing to improve his job security? Seriously, Bag of Pucks, that’s a little outside normal in terms of issue framing.

  7. Bag of Pucks says:

    Lowetide: Why on earth would I want Chiarelli to do nothing to improve his job security? Seriously, Bag of Pucks, that’s a little outside normal in terms of issue framing.

    Fair enough. Cast the final speculation aside then. Why is it then the right call to keep ‘the powder dry in light of the additional context’ I’ve added today?

    The JP trendline aside, logic would seem to dictate that keeping your powder dry is the right call until it’s not. If the right opportunity presents itself, why should the GM cling to status quo?

    Treliving made a hockey trade with CAR that thus far has improved his team’s fortunes. With the right dance partner, I’d like Chiarelli to at least entertain the possibility of doing the same.

  8. Glovjuice says:

    Pescador: Drafting Yak didn’t help, price paid for Rienhart,
    Downgrading Hall to Larsson is a huge reason why the Oil can’t score.
    Turning Eberle into Spooner is another.
    How have the Leafs shot themselves in the foot since committing to the rebuild?

    No moves as bad as ANY of these you make note of here. So, the answer is they haven’t.

  9. Lowetide says:

    Bag of Pucks: Fair enough. Cast the final speculation aside then. Why is it then the right call to keep ‘the powder dry in light of the additional context’ I’ve added today?

    I would say the same no matter the GM. Edmonton isn’t in a position to win the Stanley Cup, so any rental would be shortsighted. Framing it as ‘you hate Chiarelli’ is an attempt to divide. Fair warning: I won’t tolerate it.

  10. Glovjuice says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    I think one of the biggest cognitive biases GMs (and fans for that matter) propagate is overrating their own players and prospects. This issue is compounded by the fact that GMs are very fearful of giving up on prospects too soon as A) the optics are bad when you do and the players excels in his environment (ie Hall wins the Hart), & B) dumping a dormant stock early runs counter to the image of the prudent patient manager. It’s interesting how these fears are propagated as well as there was zero evidence that Hall was trending into Hart calibre territory and the player himself now admits he’d tuned out the coaches in Edmonton, but win the trophy he does and suddenly every GM grasps their own players just a little tighter for fear of losing the trade and the very public embarrassment that goes with same.

    As a result, we see Reinhart two years removed from his draft and we quickly conclude the trend line indicates a prospect not worth acquiring. But when this disappointing trendline is applied to our own prospects, ala Puljujarvi, we foolishly counsel continued patience while the asset value continues to rapidly plummet. The amount of denial required to maintain this bias is pretty substantial especially as the likes of Laine, Dubois and Keller all matriculate.

    What this bias inevitably creates is ‘powder dry’ inertia. Trades can never be ‘won’ because of this internal overvaluing of assets so you sit on your hands and do nothing.

    But right now, Puljujarvi is Griffin Reinhart. He may pull out of it or he may not. But the key mantra in asset management is to maximize your wins and minimize your losses. Selling Yakupov low on Puljujarvi is not a mistake this team can afford to make. And based on his post draft seasons, he’s not looking a strong contender to hit his projected draft ceiling. The good ones typically find their way quickly and betting on the outlier is very very risky.

    If Chiarelli can turn this prospect/suspect into an actual Top 6 contributor or Top 4 RHD, he should do so ASAP.

    agreed.

  11. Glovjuice says:

    Bag of Pucks: I suspect you’ll get your wish precisely because of the bias I’ve cited. Chiarelli, and the fanbase, are more worried about the potential downside of selling Puljujarvi too soon than they are enticed by the potential upside of selling him before it’s too late.

    Would you trade him to Philly for Patrick straight up?

    </blockquot
    Yikes

  12. Glovjuice says:

    Dicky94:
    Rube Foster,

    Peter should have been fired the same day as Todd.If Katz and the rest of the organization can’t see what Chia has done to this team then prepare yourself for more of the same. He should not be in control of this team anymore. I’m glad the MSM are finally starting to pile on him.He needs to go ASAP because this is going to take a couple of years to dig out of. Not sure if some fans or players can wait much longer.

    Thank you, Dicky. Keep it coming.

  13. Wilde says:

    Where are we on the Yamamoto call-up?

    I think it’s bad.

  14. Numenius says:

    Primetime,

    knighttown,

    Oh, I’m sorry, I see what was meant now. My bad. Thanks for the clarification!

  15. Glovjuice says:

    drglen: No, he hired a stanley cup winner and the director of hockey canada.That’s hardly reckless or ‘not caring’.I’d like to see Chiarelli survive to see the fruits of the drafting and scouting, at which time we’ll praise Katz for putting the right people in place and letting them do their job.

    but.. first they have to wina game.

    We’ve seen the fruits of trading heart winners, two picks in the best draft ever etc. No more needed.

  16. Pescador says:

    Wilde:
    Where are we on the Yamamoto call-up?

    I think it’s bad.

    Ha, it’s bad for 2 reasons
    Yammo’s development,
    Oilers forward prospect depth is not good

  17. drglen says:

    actually called up? or we are considering he should be called up?

  18. drglen says:

    Admiral Ackbar,

    the cult of hockey video podcast from today’s journal. Staples eyes.. they be exasperated re Milan.

  19. Pescador says:

    drglen:
    Admiral Ackbar,

    the cult of hockey video podcast from today’s journal. Staples eyes.. they be exasperated re Milan.

    Hungry Eyes?

  20. Wilde says:

    He’s (Yamamoto) has been called up.

    I think it’s premature; if it’s about scoring they should consider that Yamamoto has not established himself as a strong 5v5 option in that area yet in the AHL.

    I would call up Gambardella, play him with Brodziak and Kassian and sit Milan.

    Something like…

    Spooner – McDavid – Puljujarvi

    Rieder – Nuge – Draisaitl

    Gambardella – Brodziak – Kassian

    Caggiula – Khaira – Rattie

    Khaira and Spooner should be flipped but the HC doesn’t trust Spooner between the dots.

  21. 106 and 106 says:

    Oz,

    Totally folks. Hockeying should be fun.

    If the Edmonton Oilers are causing you too much stress this 4 game losing streak, take a few days off and come back.

  22. pts2pndr says:

    BONE207: Well if you are including beer prices, you have to include inadequate bathrooms.
    I’d include cheerleaders as well. Huh…

    Lack of bathrooms necessitated the beer prices!😉

  23. drglen says:

    Wilde:
    He’s (Yamamoto) has been called up.

    I think it’s premature; if it’s about scoring they should consider that Yamamoto has not established himself as a strong 5v5 option in that area yet in the AHL.

    I would call up Gambardella, play him with Brodziak and Kassian and sit Milan.

    Something like…

    Spooner – McDavid – Puljujarvi

    Rieder – Nuge – Draisaitl

    Gambardella – Brodziak – Kassian

    Caggiula – Khaira – Rattie

    Khaira and Spooner should be flipped but the HC doesn’t trust Spooner between the dots.

    Yamo called up hey… ? Well i’m just going to go get myself a cinammon latte for no particular reason, right now…. !

    Well, … why not, but a case could be made.. for calling up that whole kid line.. ( is that Benson, Marody, and Yamo..? ) I see Marody as the more urgent call right now, .. but we may yet see the trio.

    Alrighty then.. let’s get this party started. Yee Haw.. Let the kids play man. ..

    ( p.s. don’t forget to bring up BEAR..)

  24. Genjutsu says:

    I understand people are passionate about this team and frustration and piling losses are hard at any time of year. Christmas can add a lot more to this negativity and displaced aggression is a thing that rears its ugly head sometimes.

    Let’s all try and temper our anger and be grateful for the things we are blessed with.

    We have the best hockey player of a generation. Again.

    And we have the best hockey blog and the best host with the best posters.

    Thanks LT for everything.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and New Year to all.

  25. Dicky94 says:

    When does the trade freeze end?

  26. Lowetide says:

    For The Athletic: In a ‘Hail Mary’ roster shuffle, Oilers recall Kailer Yamamoto, waive Valentin Zykov and place Alex Chiasson on IR

    https://theathletic.com/738396/2018/12/28/in-a-hail-mary-roster-shuffle-oilers-recall-kailer-yamamoto-waive-valentin-zykov-and-place-alex-chiasson-on-ir/

  27. rope-a-dope says:

    It’s as if building a strong contender is some sort of impossible puzzle for the Oilers org to solve. Even with the personnel they have now, this season looks certain to be another on the bubble. Incredibly frustrating because by and large, the teams with the best forwards contend in the NHL.

    Management / decision making / strategy remains the absolute achilles heel of this team. Poor quality player assessment across trade and free agent channels has led to an overall stagnation in the quality of the player group which has been apparent in this last run of games with no depth for covering injuries and no secondary scoring.

    How do you fix it though? The cronyism of the first (failed) rebuild is mostly gone however I wonder if the by committee decision making is still there and leading to sub optimal outcomes where no true accountability is assigned. Would love to know how the hockey decisions are truly made.

  28. drglen says:

    Hail Mary indeed, earlier than I thought, but Hitch is pretty good reading tea leaves. Tomorrow will be a very interesting day, can’t wait to hear what he has to say.

  29. Gerta Rauss says:

    Glovjuice:
    My Gawd. Is The Kick Inside by Kate Bush ever perfect. What a genius.

    It’s very, very good

    Hounds of Love is better imo

  30. drglen says:

    Don’t give up, with Peter Gabriel… huh? huh?

    Ok .then, .. I think that’ another latte for me. Such a beautiful haunting song, and strangely appropriate.. for this moment. … lol

    Glass half full brothers and sisters, let’s rock n roll.

  31. Gerta Rauss says:

    drglen: Don’t give up, with Peter Gabriel… huh? huh?

    She sang the chorus in Games without Frontiers as well

  32. drglen says:

    Gerta Rauss: She sang the chorus in Games without Frontiers as well

    Yes, I forgot about that. Very interesting song and mix,

  33. Glovjuice says:

    Gerta Rauss: It’s very, very good

    Hounds of Love is better imo

    Hounds is good but not better IMO. Both awesome though.

  34. Pescador says:

    Gerta Rauss: She sang the chorus in Games without Frontiers as well

    Yes, she was so popular

  35. Pescador says:

    Genjutsu:
    I understand people are passionate about this team and frustration and piling losses are hard at any time of year. Christmas can add a lot more to this negativity and displaced aggression is a thing that rears its ugly head sometimes.

    Let’s all try and temper our anger and be grateful for the things we are blessed with.

    We have the best hockey player of a generation. Again.

    And we have the best hockey blog and the best host with the best posters.

    Thanks LT for everything.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and New Year to all.

    Well said

  36. drglen says:

    Wilde:

    I would call up Gambardella, play him with Brodziak and Kassian and sit Milan.

    That’s also a good idea. Woodcroft is high on Gambardella.. it seems when he’s interviewed.. Gambardella is the guy he says is going well. I think they like Russell ahead of him, but, there’s a guy who really has earned it and that line you describe might just work!

    I hope he does get called.

  37. jtblack says:

    Pescador,

    “We have the best hockey player of a generation.” – Cagguila

    Grateful !!!

  38. YKOil says:

    Would trade Pulju in the right deal. Would not trade for Nolan Patrick.

  39. jtblack says:

    YKOil:
    Would trade Pulju in the right deal.Would not trade for Nolan Patrick.

    Honest Question. Why Not?

  40. Wilde says:

    YKOil: Would not trade for Nolan Patrick.

    Yeah, it would depend on a few things.

    He definitely scares me as an asset though, for two reasons:

    1) Injuries

    2) I can’t tell how much his numbers were goosed in those D-minus-one and two years where he played on 48 and 53 win Wheat Kings squads with two 19+ year olds at 5v5 and a Provorov/Pilon powerplay.

    His 5v5 P1/60 went down significantly from 2015-16 to 2016-17, uniformly with his team and linemate strength.

    Like, that’s understandable but it does tell you it’s more prudent to judge him as the guy who went 0.61 5v5 P/GP and 2.22 P/60 as a 17 year old than the guiy who went 0.72 and 3.01 by those metrics as a 16 year old.

    Especially when there was other guys driving the bus on his line both years.

    There’s a bit of a dark cloud over his 5v5 scoring, but I imagine he’s entirely carriable and could hit 60+ pts if you have a strong enough winger(s).

    Which isn’t exactly a precise match for the Oilers unless you see Leon as a wing.

    Would cost you more than 98 though I think.

  41. gwdsfo says:

    Maybe some framing for tomorrow’s Saturday Sports Extra Show? Possible trade conjecture could focus around what ifs on Stars Players:
    1. Dallas: Oilers:
    Seguin _______
    Klingberg _______
    2. Benn _______
    3. Behn _______
    Klingberg _______

  42. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oil Country appears to be in a state of disarray – good time for this fan to be away.

    Off the boat and at the Shangri-La in Colombo for a few day – contemplating waking at 2:30am to tune in to the big game today (12.5 hour time difference).

    The wife will NOT be happy if that happens, however, truth be told that is the exact time I wake up each and every day, 7 days a week, when at home to be at the gym for 3 and, for the last 6 days have slept in until 6am on the boat.

    Go Oilers.

    If anyone cares about the the travels:

    https://twitter.com/coopsie39/status/1078489817460154368

    https://twitter.com/coopsie39/status/1078831873789431809

  43. frjohnk says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Oil Country appears to be in a state of disarray – good time for this fan to be away.

    Off the boat and at the Shangri-La in Colombo for a few day – contemplating waking at 2:30am to tune in to the big game today (12.5 hour time difference).

    The wife will NOT be happy if that happens, however, truth be told that is the exact time I wake up each and every day, 7 days a week, when at home to be at the gym for 3 and, for the last 6 days have slept in until 6am on the boat.

    Go Oilers.

    If anyone cares about the the travels:

    https://twitter.com/coopsie39/status/1078489817460154368

    https://twitter.com/coopsie39/status/1078831873789431809

    Cool stuff OP.

    safe travels.

  44. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Oil Country appears to be in a state of disarray – good time for this fan to be away.

    Off the boat and at the Shangri-La in Colombo for a few day – contemplating waking at 2:30am to tune in to the big game today (12.5 hour time difference).

    The wife will NOT be happy if that happens, however, truth be told that is the exact time I wake up each and every day, 7 days a week, when at home to be at the gym for 3 and, for the last 6 days have slept in until 6am on the boat.

    Go Oilers.

    If anyone cares about the the travels:

    https://twitter.com/coopsie39/status/1078489817460154368

    https://twitter.com/coopsie39/status/1078831873789431809

    Shirtless person levity is the required antidote for this blog’s deathmarch blues.

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