This is Ty Rattie sending an area pass that will eventually end up in the back of the Coyotes’ net. It’s a skill play, but doesn’t have a massive degree of difficulty for an NHL veteran. Everything Connor McDavid did in the sequence after the pass was more difficult. Fair? Now. How many forwards on the current roster can make that Rattie pass?
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- New Lowetide: Edmonton’s offseason prospect procurement could be outstanding. Will they arrive in time to save the Oilers?
- Lowetide: Gauging the Edmonton Oilers’ needs and tendencies for the 2019 NHL Draft
- Jonathan Willis: Forecasting Oilers junior prospects based on their statistical performance
- Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects, Winter 2018
- Jonathan Willis: Analysing the risk of heaping heavy minutes on Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
- Lowetide: Oilers midseason report card, brought to you by the letter ‘F’
- Jonathan Willis: Unlikely scorer Jujhar Khaira has forced his way up the Oilers’ lineup on merit.
- Black Dog Pat: There’s no in-season balancing for the Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: From 2 to 98, Oilers share the stories behind their jersey numbers.
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 10 prospect Winter 2018: Dylan Wells.
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 9 prospect Winter 2018: Joel Persson.
- Lowetide: Oilers 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 46
- Oilers in 2015: 18-23-5, 41 points; goal differential -24
- Oilers in 2016: 24-15-7, 55 points; goal differential +6
- Oilers in 2017: 19-23-3, 41 points; goal differential -26
- Oilers in 2018: 21-21-3, 45 points; goal differential -12
The current group is probably getting squeezed by the hockey Gods compared to the non-playoff teams (they should have more points) but there’s not really an argument about things being fair. The Oilers are closer to the playoffs than they should be based on all evidence available.
OILERS IN JANUARY
- Oilers in January 2016: 3-2-2, eight points; goal differential -2
- Oilers in January 2017: 4-3-0, eight points; goal differential -2
- Oilers in January 2018: 3-4-0, six points; goal differential -10
- Oilers in January 2019: 3-3-0, six points; goal differential -5
We talked about surviving until Klefbom returned, this week is a big one. The January goal differential is sliding up and there are tough teams on the schedule.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JANUARY
- On the road to: Arizona, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose (Expected 2-2-0) (Actual 2-2-0)
- At home to: Florida, Arizona, Buffalo (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 1-1-0)
- On the road to: Vancouver (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- At home to: Calgary, Carolina, Detroit (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 4-5-2, 10 points in 11 games
- Current results: 3-3-0, six points in six games
Buffalo, Vancouver, Calgary. I have this week 0-3-0. Seriously. I did predicted before McDavid was unable to appear at the skills event. This could get ugly in a hurry, or this team could show us something we may not be able to see. It is time to stand and deliver.
Connor McDavid took a stick to the jaw on Saturday, and had the flu yesterday. One hopes (well, prays) he’s playing tonight, but part of me wonders if the best thing for this time might be playing and winning a game without him. One problem with that idea: I don’t think they can.
THE 20 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2019 DRAFT
- (1) LC Jack Hughes, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). A brilliant offensive player, cerebral, quick and highly skilled. Some in the scouting industry believe he is so far above anyone there’s not a conversation about No. 1 this year.
- (2) R Kaapo Kakko, Turkku (Sm-Liiga). A big power forward with tons of talent who is emerging in real time. He’s 6.02, 190 already, quick hands and creative. Also protects the puck well.
- (5) R Vasili Podkolzin, St. Petersburg (MHL). Smart player with tons of offensive ability, but also possesses good two-way instinct and plays with an edge.
- (3) R Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge (WHL). Size, skill and he can skate. Range of skills, accurate shooter. He’s being undervalued on some lists.
- (4) RC Kirby Dach, Saskatoon (WHL).A dynamic player with size and tremendous skill, has speed, wingspan and an excellent release. Injuries have him falling a little but there’s a lot to like.
- (6) L Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton (OHL). He’s a fantastic scoring prospect. Good not great skater.
- (7) LC Trevor Zegras, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Undersized and highly skilled, elusive and aggressive with very good speed.
- (8) L Jakob Pelletier, Moncton (QMJHL). Undersized skill winger with two-way ability.
- (9) LC Peyton Krebs, Kootenay (WHL).Skill forward who can score, he has quick feet and good hands. Simon Boisvert likes him for the Oilers.
- (10) LC Ryan Suzuki, Barrie (OHL). Great vision, skill, tremendous passer. If he were faster, he’d be top five.
- (11) R Cole Caufield, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). He’s small, fast and a ridiculous scorer. Quick release, accurate.
- (12) LD Bowen Byram, Vancouver (WHL). Explosive speed is his top attribute but he’s also excellent with the puck and owns a heavy shot. Likely the first defenseman off the draft board.
- (13) LC Alex Turcotte, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). A strong two-way reputation, he is skilled and an excellent skater. Injuries a worry.
- (14) LD Cam York, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). The latest impact puck mover out of the USHL, great speed, passing and creativity.
- (15) L Matthew Boldy, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Bigger winger with skill, he’s strong on the puck and can score goals.
- (16) RC Raphael Lavoie, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Big center with a long reach, and a plus shot. He’s also an excellent skater.
- (17) LD Thomas Harley, Mississauga (OHL). Good size, speed and he’s posting impressive numbers. Spiking as we speak.
- (18) LC Alex Newhook, Victoria (BCHL).Terrific scorer with playmaking skilled and dogged determination on the backcheck. High end potential.
- (19) LD Matthew Robertson, Edmonton (WHL). Big two-way defenseman with good speed and some offense. He’s an excellent passer.
- (NR) LC Connor McMichael, London Knights (OHL). Interesting player, he seems to have come out of nowhere a little. He’s an intelligent two-way center who has spiked offensively this year. Speed described as lacking a quick first step.
- (NR) LW Nils Hoglander, Rogle (SHL). He’s an undersized skill winger, good skater, December 2000. 30, 5-3-8 in the SHL.
- (NR) RD Victor Soderstrom, Brynas (SHL). Impressive offensive defenseman with speed and skill. He isn’t a trainwreck defensively either.
I don’t think there’s any doubt he gets bought out this summer, but it’s vital he delivers something this winter. Seriously. Spooner was a reasonably competent complementary winger at one time. Oilers need that. RFN.
Both Khaira and McDavid (along with Klefbom, Petrovic, Sekera and Yamamoto) have to be considered at least questionable. Stay close to your information today, we should know by noon who can play.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
We are back! At 10 this morning the hiatus ends and I’ll return to my important work of breaking down the English language into mush. We have guests! Scheduled to appear:
- John Kryk, NFL columnist, Postmedia & Toronto Sun. A big weekend in the NFL and the final four (Rams, Saints, Patriots, Chiefs) is set. Is this the Patriots year again?
- John Horn, Commentator, Reporter, Producer with ESPN, WTA, MLB Network, TSN. Australian Open is underway, a boatload of Canadians play tomorrow.
- Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Oilers v. Sabres and what the trade deadline might look like.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!