Game 38 2018-19: Sharks at Oilers

by Lowetide

The Oilers first NHL four-game losing streak came October 24-30, 1979. Goaltending was a major issue in losses against the Rangers (10-2), Atlanta (7-3), Washington (6-4), St. Louis (2-1). In those four games, Eddie Mio’s save percentage was .867 (stopped 91 of 105 shots), Dave Dryden’s .727 (stopped 24 of 33 shots). The team won the fifth game, 7-5 over the Islanders on November 2, 1979. Wayne Gretzky went 2-1-3, assisting on the eventual winner by Blair MacDonald late in the second period. In some ways, this 2018-19 team reminds me of that ragtag bunch, stunning generational talent at the top, some key pieces, quality on the rise, combined with also-rans, never-weres and distant bells up and down the line. They made the playoffs.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: In a ‘Hail Mary’ roster shuffle, Oilers recall Kailer Yamamoto, waive Valentin Zykov and place Alex Chiasson on IR.
  • 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.
  • 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: No. 8 prospect Winter 2018: Kirill Maksimov.
  • 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 38

  • Oilers in 2015: 15-20-3, 33 points; goal differential -21
  • Oilers in 2016: 19-12-7, 45 points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in 2017: 17-18-3, 37 points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in 2018: 18-16-3, 39 points; goal differential -3

The losing streak brought this year’s team back to the 2017 crew, who as you might remember had a helluva time after Christmas after going 17-17-3 leading up to the break. A win tonight would place the 2018 McDavids on a pace to deliver 82, 41-37-6, 88 points. That represents a 10-point improvement year-over-year.

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 6-5-2, 14 points; goal differential -10
  • Oilers in December 2016: 7-2-4, 18 points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in December 2017: 7-5-1, 15 points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in December 2018: 6-5-1, 13 points; goal differential +2

After a hot start, the team has fallen back to earth and is now tracking a little below the two non-playoff clubs. Ken Hitchcock is 9-6-2, 20 points. It’s possible Hitch reaches Game 20 with a record close to Todd McLellan’s 9-10-1, 19 points.

OILERS IN 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

I had the St. Louis and Vancouver games as wins, the San Jose game as another loss (OT with the Jets). I think the two-point gap between my projection and the Oilers record may still be there at the end of the mond. How much faith do you have in this team right now? Does the activation of Kris Russell help that faith? We’re looking at a major chapter in this season, right here, right now. Five losses in a row is an actual elevator shaft.

THE CURRENT OILERS

  • This is the lineup Daniel Nugent-Bowman posted on twitter yesterday during practice with Kris Russell thrown in.
  • The forwards number is 5-on-5 scoring per 60, with McDavid, Draisaitl, Nuge, Khaira and Chiasson all performing well.
  • The defensemen are shots-for percentage at 5-on-5.

HIS JUDGEMENT COMETH AND THAT RIGHT SOON!

  • Ken Hitchcock: “Some of the guys that have been around awhile have a terrific opportunity, and they ought to take advantage, because there’s going to be other younger guys that’ll take their spot.”

Hitchcock broke up the identity line in recent days, that’s an indication (in my opinion) we’re heading toward an eyebrow raising healthy scratch over the next few days (should things continue). So far in his time with the Oilers, Hitch’s healthy scratches so far:

  • Chris Wideman 12
  • Jason Garrison 11
  • Ty Rattie 6
  • Valentin Zykov 5
  • Patrick Russell 3
  • Cooper Marody 3
  • Jujhar Khaira 2 (suspension)
  • Drake Caggiula 2 (illness)
  • Tobias Rieder (injury)
  • Matt Benning
  • Kevin Gravel
  • Ryan Spooner
  • Connor McDavid (illness)
  • Caleb Jones
  • Ryan Spooner

I noted some of the missed games that weren’t healthy scratches, may have missed one or two. I don’t see a real surprise on this list, but if Milan Lucic gets a healthy scratch, well that’s news.

WORKING UP A SWEAT

I used to work in sales, and the weekly pressure can be enormous. You need leads, which turn into prospects, which turn into rapport, which turn into proposals and then sales. You work hard with the client to ensure success and then, if things break right, that client becomes a regular customer.

Radio sales, at least when I was in that part of the industry, involved a Monday morning meeting where the boss would go around the table and ask how much money you planned to book that week. I dreaded it. If you didn’t have anything that week, you looked bad. If you said nothing two weeks in a row, cold stare. Three weeks? Make something up!

No one likes to be singled out in a negative way, but I will say the number one lesson I learned from sales is the value of fear. I had a sales manager who would say “I’m not happy until there’s sweat running down the crack of your ass” and my goodness he was good at that one thing.

The Oilers are in the middle of a losing streak. Fans are miserable. Rest assured fear of a HS is on the minds of several Edmonton Oilers at this time.

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GordieHoweHatTrick

GMB3: The system was incredible goaltending stealing them games. That was reiterated time and again on this blog during the dead cat bounce they got from hitch

The goaltending was part of it for sure!
BUT there seemed to be much better defensive coverage and zone defense
Now it is back to a fire drill…

GordieHoweHatTrick

Gerta Rauss: Rest assured fear of a HS is on the minds of several Edmonton Oilers at this time.

It was from LT’s intro…
“ Rest assured fear of a HS is on the minds of several Edmonton Oilers at this time.”
Figure it out now with a clearer mind…
Healthy scratch
Thx!

rickithebear

Taylor hall is one of the 10 best forwards in the game when he is on the ice.

When he is not on the ice he is replaced by a #13 to 17 fwd.
Our teams win % is around .250

Halls on ice performance is not an issue.

You are payed to consistently play well to make the team competitive.

We needed a 110+ pt season pace in the 63-64 games per season he averaged.

His games played was a major performance issue.

Early years here on the blog, I did not recognize this.

Just like most on here did not believe in repeatability of shooting % 10 years ago.

rickithebear

Sean tierney is well aware he does not use the most critical shot chart for score potential.
One of the few Binary variable datas in hockey.
Puck, goalie, net elevation = ball, bat, home plate.

Baseball is a series of binary result actions
Almost all other sports are multi variable including another batted sport cricket

Hockey’s binary chart
Goal potential
Zero% – closed
Greater than zero% – open

I miss our strong closed shot density defensive play from Larsson & Russell

godot10

OmJo:

But hey, at least the Oilers CEO isn’t bitching at journalists to write hit pieces on McDavid and Drasiaitl. Too soon?

You can only do that once. Oilers management bad-mouthed Hall through the media.blaming him for the Oilers losing. Nobody would believe them if they tried it again with McDavid. And with Hall winning the Conn Smythe.

€√¥£€^$

Lowetide: Awesome moment and thanks for sharing it. Kids are amazing, you never know what’s going to inspire them.

Thus my inspiration.

I remember being that age when Oilers & Gretzky had me and have never let me go (or Vice Versa). Eddie Mio inspired me to want to be a goalie, but my family had no money (or time) to put a kid in hockey, plus I was (am) a horrible skater.

But that age is one where I remember well and I hope, even with the odds being stacked pretty high against it, that it provides him some kind of spark of interest. If he does congact me, within the next 10 yrs I will be sure to check in :).

drglen

This cult of hockey podcast is the like best morning coffee radio ever. The nice thing is that it feels like you are hanging with these guys at Tim Hortons, talking about the game. Great job lads!

drglen

YKOil,

Yamo… probably is a useful trading piece. Does he become top 6? 50/50 or maybe 40/60 … , but I think he helps make a deal happen, and you don’t lose your future.

drglen

Scungilli Slushy: I agree with this. There are three or four forwards on the farm that are more talented than the current roster and are ready or will be next season. Slow play is best but Holland said that happened because of the roster and it would have been different under different circumstances including having a bigger team if they could have drafted higher.

I’d rather watch Benson Gambardella Marody Yamamoto lose and grow , make mistakes and blow coverage than what is suppose the vet support do that.

If Gretzky can find experienced help great, if not clear the unproductive out , pray Lucic can go south, and play the talent. It can’t be worse and might be better.

I agree with this…. once things are out of reach and Hail Mary time, I’d much rather watch the kids en mass… lose and grow as you say… they might even win some games but it wouldn’t mattter really because the whole dynamic and expectation would have changed.

Zykov really bothers me though… he’s only 23 .. but I gather you can’t just put someone claimed on waivers to the farm.. because they can get reclaimed on the way.

Professor Q

JimmyV1965: Isn’t this what we have always done? The Ducks sent Comtois down even though he had 7 pts in 10 games. Their roster isn’t exactly strong either. The Oilers would never do that.

The Oilers sent down Bouchard, and the Senators kept up Tkachuk.

€√¥£€^$

I planned my trip well, I managed to miss watching most of the debacle that is the Edmonton Oilers. I am not back in Canada until late on the 1st.

Yesterday while visiting a relative, they joked that I am in danger of getting arrested here in China, as a 4th Canadian was apparently arrested, but this was drug-related and the previous one was a teacher on an expired work Visa. I am good til 2025, so no worries there. As for drugs, I might touch ibuprofin once a month or 2, lol. My response to him was to point at my orange Oiler’s cap and said a Chinese prison would be easy for me as I have been subject to torture by my team for over a decade.

Speaking of my orange cap, I bought it during a 2 for 1 deal at Lidz 2 years ago, even though I’ve never really liked the orange jersey (my favourites are the Mcfarland jersey and the 79-80 blue jersey).

Today while eating breakfast at the local mall (I had already seen the results of the SJ game via this blog) a young boy was staring quite intently at me (this is not unusual, I get a lot of double-takes, but kids don’t normally stare so long, but often 60+’s will). So I greeted him and I asked my spouse to translate for me. I gave him my Oilers cap and she wrote some info about the team & Connor McDavid and also gave him the address of the home we are building in Calgary. I told him when he learns to speak English well to come & visit me in Canada and I will take him to a hockey game. He is 10, so we will see if this has planted a seed of fandom with a child with no exposure or knowledge of ice hockey in Putian, Fujian, China.

If anything, I am sure the experience made his day & perhaps this act will please the hockey gods, lol.

€√¥£€^$

YKOil: Lucic was close to being traded sometime within the last year, apparently the deal couldn’t be closed because a value couldn’t be established.

For that alone PC should be fired – when you have a chance to dump a negative asset you do it.

Reminds me of the non-Hamilton trade, the FIRST big fail, when you have a hole at RD and need a guy who can fill it and that guy comes without the loss of other assets (i.e. trade) then you pay the price.You just do.No Hamilton becomes Yes Reinhart becomes YES Hall for Larsson… the first big fail was Hamilton.

Would I trade the future 1st?Maybe a future first.Maybe a past 1st.Maybe both.Would have to consider it.

Say Carolina stepped up and said, lets structure a deal around Talbot (or Koskinen even), Lucic, Yamamoto and a pick for Darling (we aren’t on the NT list or he has accepted the trade), Pu, a later(+?) picks and a little salary retention.Maybe that looks like this:

Talbot, Lucic, Yamamoto, 2022 2nd and $500K a year
FOR
Darling, Pu, Maenalanen and a 2022 4th

It’s a horrible trade, but one I would have to think on given where Lucic’s game is and his Cap hit.

The way I see Lucic moved is something like Lucic w/$750,000 retained + a 2nd to Arizona for Hossa + a player like Kempe & then Lucic being flipped with about $2 M retained to either Pit or Bos for a player with an approximate $3 M contract and a 3rd rounder (in consideration of salary retained).

YKOil

Chelios is a Dinosaur:
Q: If you could get someone to take Lucic with the 1st overall for next year is that a thing?

You would need to simultaneously get JP and Kailer back on the farm and hope they both become legitimate to make up for the lost prospect, but that Lucic money needs to be better spent. At this point its 6 million you aren’t paying 2 NHLers (2+ if you consider Milan to have negative on ice value).

I think this team needs prospects.I get it. But I think this team needs to get ride of Milan Lucic’s contract more. We aren’t offloading 97 or 29. So how do we do it? What the plan? Whats the sacrifice?

Lucic was close to being traded sometime within the last year, apparently the deal couldn’t be closed because a value couldn’t be established.

For that alone PC should be fired – when you have a chance to dump a negative asset you do it.

Reminds me of the non-Hamilton trade, the FIRST big fail, when you have a hole at RD and need a guy who can fill it and that guy comes without the loss of other assets (i.e. trade) then you pay the price. You just do. No Hamilton becomes Yes Reinhart becomes YES Hall for Larsson… the first big fail was Hamilton.

Would I trade the future 1st? Maybe a future first. Maybe a past 1st. Maybe both. Would have to consider it.

Say Carolina stepped up and said, lets structure a deal around Talbot (or Koskinen even), Lucic, Yamamoto and a pick for Darling (we aren’t on the NT list or he has accepted the trade), Pu, a later(+?) picks and a little salary retention. Maybe that looks like this:

Talbot, Lucic, Yamamoto, 2022 2nd and $500K a year
FOR
Darling, Pu, Maenalanen and a 2022 4th

It’s a horrible trade, but one I would have to think on given where Lucic’s game is and his Cap hit.

106 and 106

OP’s on holiday, he’s not gone folks.

Chelios is a Dinosaur

Q: If you could get someone to take Lucic with the 1st overall for next year is that a thing?

You would need to simultaneously get JP and Kailer back on the farm and hope they both become legitimate to make up for the lost prospect, but that Lucic money needs to be better spent. At this point its 6 million you aren’t paying 2 NHLers (2+ if you consider Milan to have negative on ice value).

I think this team needs prospects.I get it. But I think this team needs to get ride of Milan Lucic’s contract more. We aren’t offloading 97 or 29. So how do we do it? What the plan? Whats the sacrifice?

Wilde

I think Milan whiffing on the 2-on-1 and going offside inexplicably may be his ‘Eberle giveaway’.

And the healthy scratching of Lucic may be the same omen for the man who signed him.

Peter Chiarelli will be relieved of his duties (not necessarily fired) and Scott Howson will step up as interim GM (Hitchcock connection – he’s been granted some media attention recently from the Oilers brass and their apparatus, plus past experience as GM) and a second Nicholson audit will take place along with a “search for new GM candidates commencing immediately” that consists of Nicholson going line-by-line on his Hockey Canada phonebook.

It’s not my preference, but it’s most likely by my estimation, though there’s a ton of moving pieces to get it all right in one guess.

YKOil

Glovjuice: Ya’all catching on to how terrible that trade was. And, literally hours before a coaching change. Can’t make this stuff up.

That is the part that kills me. I know GM’s and coaches all want ‘their guys’ but f*(k, if you are going to changes coaches – or are so close that the way the wind blows one day will make your mind up for you – then don’t make stupid moves.

I swear, good GM’s see Chia coming from miles away.

Rube Foster

HT Joe: I don’t think they can afford to ice Lucic next year either if he still isn’t performing.

Joe, I believe we’ve progressed well pass the “if he still isn’t performing” stage with Lucic. How long are we supposed to wait for Milan to wake up from his slumber?

The jury has returned the verdict and the verdict reads – Our $6 Million power forward played in every single game, the majority of that time with Connor, Leon or Nuge, he was gifted a ton of power play minutes and he scored 2 goals in all of 2018.

Lucic is an offensive black hole. Period. I take no joy in pointing out the obvious.

I agree with your premise, Lucic has performed at below “replacement level player” rates for the past two seasons. Which begs the question, how can the Oilers be a competive team moving forward with Looch in the line-up every day and taking up so much cap space?

This, and the fact Pete has never back filled the Sekera hole the past two years has proved to be an insurmountable burden this team has not been able to overcome. Sekera’s injuries are plain old bad luck, Lucic being gifted big minutes with our best players and his enormous amount of power play time the past 82 games is a purely a self inflicted wound.

BONE207

There was a lot of talk about a Shakespearean tragedy. The Midsummer night’s dream turned into the Midwinter afternoon nightmare.
This team has a poor roster & minor leaguers who aren’t ready. We can’t do much unless we wait for injuries to heal or trade away good prospects. Goaltending can steal a few games. Outside of that, more pain to start 2019. Personally this is going to go 1 of 2 ways. I take up weed & booze consumption or I reduce hockey & give-a-shit/60 intake. Gord…help me now

HT Joe

Scungilli Slushy: They can’t afford to ice players next year than demonstrably cant do the job, Luc excepted

I don’t think they can afford to ice Lucic next year either if he still isn’t performing.

Scungilli Slushy

JimmyV1965: Isn’t this what we have always done? The Ducks sent Comtois down even though he had 7 pts in 10 games. Their roster isn’t exactly strong either. The Oilers would never do that.

Often with top picks . I’d rather watch Benson developing than Caggiula failing, for example , or Marody than Spooner . As long as the coach is teaching and not blaming them it could work out well for them and the team. They can’t afford to ice players next year than demonstrably cant do the job, Luc excepted

BONE207

Pescador: Thanks Boner,
Right back atcha,
What’d you get me from Costco?

They had a maple syrup special on. Got some so the Date & I could roll out the poly in the tv room. Should have an extra bottle…?

JimmyV1965

Scungilli Slushy: I agree with this. There are three or four forwards on the farm that are more talented than the current roster and are ready or will be next season. Slow play is best but Holland said that happened because of the roster and it would have been different under different circumstances including having a bigger team if they could have drafted higher.

I’d rather watch Benson Gambardella Marody Yamamoto lose and grow , make mistakes and blow coverage than what is suppose the vet support do that.

If Gretzky can find experienced help great, if not clear the unproductive out , pray Lucic can go south, and play the talent. It can’t be worse and might be better.

Isn’t this what we have always done? The Ducks sent Comtois down even though he had 7 pts in 10 games. Their roster isn’t exactly strong either. The Oilers would never do that.

OmJo

Both Chiarelli and MacTavish have made rookie mistakes during their time as GM of the Edmonton Oilers. Only one of them was a rookie GM at the time.

MacTavish had years of experience as an assistant coach before getting a HC job. That didn’t happen with his GMing gig. He had less than a full year in a management position before replacing Tambellini.

MacTavish shouldn’t have been given a general manager job, period. He wasn’t ready. I’m noticing a trend throughout the Edmonton Oilers organization of giving people jobs they aren’t ready for.

But hey, at least the Oilers CEO isn’t bitching at journalists to write hit pieces on McDavid and Drasiaitl. Too soon?

GMB3

Réal Goudenyéu: Agreed. They are not playing/able to execute the system that was keeping them in games and winning.

The system was incredible goaltending stealing them games. That was reiterated time and again on this blog during the dead cat bounce they got from hitch

Scungilli Slushy

russ99: Are you kidding?

Did you forget the Gagner contract debacle, the horrid FAs we’d overpay when they’d sign with us, the Schultz comments, the Petry debacle, the coaching carousel, the Eakins hiring, the co-coach where he’d glare at the players behind the bench?

MacTavish may have been a good coach but he was a horrid GM and continues to be a horrid assistant GM.

We should build around the McDavid core, 22 and under, trade/dump everyone else. We still have one of the best young rosters in the league, and when the youngest roster in the league gets a bit older with the proper support, we’ll be a good hockey team.

Look at Winnipeg. We’re missing the quality veteran support. If we had half of what they have we’d be a shoo-in playoff team.

I agree with this. There are three or four forwards on the farm that are more talented than the current roster and are ready or will be next season. Slow play is best but Holland said that happened because of the roster and it would have been different under different circumstances including having a bigger team if they could have drafted higher.

I’d rather watch Benson Gambardella Marody Yamamoto lose and grow , make mistakes and blow coverage than what is suppose the vet support do that.

If Gretzky can find experienced help great, if not clear the unproductive out , pray Lucic can go south, and play the talent. It can’t be worse and might be better.

who

godot10: The main culprit on the 2nd goal against was the same as the first goal against…i.e. Caggiula.In this case he absented himself from the scene of the crime.He also lost the original puck battle by falling down.

Caggiula decided to cover air on the 2nd goal against.

He single-handedly blew this game for the Oilers.Killed any momentum and confidence with two blunders after the opening goal.

And we have him for another season.Just like Kassian.Just like Spooner.

He did lose a puck battle to allow entry but the goal scorer was Nuges man. And he was wide open.

Glovjuice

workaroundaccount:
There’s gonna be nights like this. Like it or not, we are now in year 1 of the process. This org is far away when you look at the depth of the big dogs in the league. Question is whether we have the right people in place for the rebuild, and I’m not sure we do.

REBUILD ? This is a dark-rhetorical post I hope – a new genre of post sort of thing, right ? Very funny if this is the case.

thelongdark

GordieHoweHatTrick:
Sorry, I have to ask “HS”?

A few weeks ago I was delighted to see this team play simple, yet effective, defensive structure that was sorely lacking for the past few years.
Was there a decision to switch back to man-on-man chaos? This team cannot play that system.
Regardless of the line-up and the coaching, this team fails at consistently playing hockey 101.
I don’t get it.

Agreed. They are not playing/able to execute the system that was keeping them in games and winning.

workaroundaccount

There’s gonna be nights like this. Like it or not, we are now in year 1 of the process. This org is far away when you look at the depth of the big dogs in the league. Question is whether we have the right people in place for the rebuild, and I’m not sure we do.

Glovjuice

Certainly miss OPs Condors game summary posts – a very good contribution to this blog. Much more than his shirt off posts.

Dicky94

godot10,

True. Still don’t like it though.

Glovjuice

Anyways. For those fellow Gen-Xers out there who liked Siamese Dream era Smashing Pumpkins and also dug shoegaze ala My Bloody Valentine or Lush, early Mercury Rev, or Rolleskate Skinny – and also can appreciate black metal/hardcore check out Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafheaven. Sort of old news now but a great new and fresh take on pumpkins like perfection.

godot10

Dicky94:
Don’t like to see people lose their jobs,but it’s officially time for Chia to go. Can’t believe we are here again.

Chiarelli is still going to be paid. A GM being relieved of his duties is not like one of us lowly serfs being turfed.

Gerta Rauss

GordieHoweHatTrick: Sorry, I have to ask “HS”?

I’m not sure of the context:

-hamstrings
-heart sounds
-heparan sulfate
-hernia sac
-house surgeon
-healthy scratch

Dicky94

Don’t like to see people lose their jobs, but it’s officially time for Chia to go. Can’t believe we are here again.

digger50

I do have faith in Hitch.

This man has assessed hundreds of players and dozens of teams. He should be able to sit down with Kieth Gretzky and build a list of keepers and those that need to move along.

1. Assess talent and start moving players for roster spots and cap. Milan can be moved, I’m sure he is having Edmonton nightmares. He will not block a trade. It may take creativity and opportunity to knock, but he can be moved.

2. Find the next Collage NHL ready player and head hunt him

3. Develop a criteria list of the player type needed. Wait for opportunity. Develop your list of assets out, including first round pick.

4. One of the goalies must be sacrificed

Not helping:
Spooner
Caggiula
Brodziak
Rieder
Lucic

Under assessment
Puljuarvi
Yamamoto
Marody
Benson
Rattie
Chaisson

Ehlers. McDavid. Draisaitl
Cirelli. Nuge. Rattie
Pulijarvi. Khaira Yamamoto
Chaisson Marody Kassian
Benson

Need another veteran or two, roster is very very young. Veteran fast enough to keep up, good in front of net. Even with two additions, so many question marks.

Klefbom. Larson
Nurse. Gudas
Sekera Bouchard
Benning. Jones.
Gravel. Russell
Persons. Bear.
Lagesson

One or both of Sekera or Russel must be moved along, plus there are some spare parts here.

Glovjuice

Gerta Rauss: fixed that for you

Ya’all catching on to how terrible that trade was. And, literally hours before a coaching change. Can’t make this stuff up.

GordieHoweHatTrick

Sorry, I have to ask “HS”?

A few weeks ago I was delighted to see this team play simple, yet effective, defensive structure that was sorely lacking for the past few years.
Was there a decision to switch back to man-on-man chaos? This team cannot play that system.
Regardless of the line-up and the coaching, this team fails at consistently playing hockey 101.
I don’t get it.

Gerta Rauss

godot10: I’d waive Caggiula Spooner and hope somebody claims him.

fixed that for you

godot10

Proceed with Draisaitl as a centre 5×5. This is the best option. Draisaitl doesn’t touch the puck enough playing with McDavid. They have their contracts. We are wasting the remainder of Nugent-Hopkins contract diddling

Nugent-Hopkins, McDavid, XXX
Rieder, Draisaitl, YYY (Chiasson)
ZZZ, Khaira, Puljujarvi
AAA, Brodziak, Kassian.
Pressbox: Lucic, Caggiula

I’d waive Caggiula and hope somebody claims him.

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

godot10: The norm.Played well.No production He should be in the AHL learning how to score against men.And away from the Oilers s%# show.

Yamamoto up is a Chiarelli panic move…and one not in the best interests of the team or the player.

Yamamoto playing 50 games in the AHL getting 25 goals and 60 points would remove any doubt or chance of doubt when he his a slump in the NHL.Such a slump would not affect him because he would know he belongs.

Hard to argue with any of that. I too would like to see Yamamoto play the full year in the AHL. Re-evaluate next year in training camp.

godot10

Lowetide: He didn’t play. Yamamoto jumped right into the lineup, I thought he played well.

The norm. Played well. No production He should be in the AHL learning how to score against men. And away from the Oilers s%# show.

Yamamoto up is a Chiarelli panic move…and one not in the best interests of the team or the player.

Yamamoto playing 50 games in the AHL getting 25 goals and 60 points would remove any doubt or chance of doubt when he his a slump in the NHL. Such a slump would not affect him because he would know he belongs.

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

godot10,

It was a joke.

Glovjuice

GMB3:
I just rewatched Puljujarvis draft year highlights from Finland. What happened to that guy?

The Oilers development system happened. Or was it rhetorical?

flyfish1168

Evan just took a bad hit from behind.

flyfish1168

GMB3:
I just rewatched Puljujarvis draft year highlights from Finland. What happened to that guy?

One word ” Oilers”

godot10

Dr. Taboggan:
Tmac must feel a bit better after this game.

TMc was losing with Klefbom in the lineup.

Tesla's Hair

HugThePost:
it’s so appropriate on this day that Matthew Barzel has just completed his natural hat-trick vs Toronto on HNIC

Oiler fans weep.

Shakespeare could not write this level of tragedy.

+1

From Stanley Cup to Stanley Basement to Nightmare on 104 Street
From Hitchmas to Hitching a Ride.
Just Another Episode of Oilers Soap Opera
How can you not laugh till you cry or better yet cry until you laugh!
Man another wild season
It is all leading to another epic draft (we miss superstar, we get a MVP player, and trade him, we miss a first round in Yak or JP or miss the Barzal boat so we get the first round player of all first rounds of decade

All part of the story, all part of the

Karma Police Chameleon

Next thing you know we will get all defence back and lose forwards and win the draft

It is all part of the epic heroes journey…

Right now we lost the ring to Golem, the Pacific Empire strikes back and things are looking bleak….

#AsTheWorldTurnsatTheGeneralHospitalfortheBoldandBeautiful