Game 47 2018-19: Oilers at Canucks

by Lowetide

There are four forwards who are over 1.50 points-per-60 at 5-on-5 since Ken Hitchcock arrived in Edmonton. One of them is Jujhar Khaira. The addition of Colby Cave via waivers may allow Khaira to rejoin the line (with Nuge and Jesse Puljujarvi) that seemed to have substantial chem a few weeks ago. The Cave addition received a surprising amount of negative reaction, for me it’s exactly the kind of deal fans should be pleased the Oilers are pursuing. This isn’t a Stanley Cup team. The Oilers aren’t one final piece from locking in as a strong contender. Miles away.

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OILERS AFTER 47

  • Oilers in 2015: 19-23-5, 43 points; goal differential -22
  • Oilers in 2016: 25-15-7, 57 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in 2017: 21-23-3, 45 points; goal differential -24
  • Oilers in 2018: 22-21-3, 47 points; goal differential -7

The 2018 McDavid Oilers remain unique in this set of four, boasting the second best goal differential and point total, while still standing (as of this morning) just outside the playoffs.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-2-2, 10 points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2017: 5-3-0, 10 points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2018: 4-4-0, eight points; goal differential -8
  • Oilers in January 2019: 4-3-0, eight points; goal differential 0

January each season tracks in a similar way, at least through the middle of the month. These games had little importance in 2016, and the club was rolling in 2017. This year is somewhat unique, in that the period in Oilers history we’re living through now involves games that matter every night. In January. Over the last dozen years, that’s rare.

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 2-1-0)
  • 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: 4-3-0, eight points in seven games

I have tonight as a loss, the Oilers haven’t played well this season against the Canucks (two losses, 4-8 goals) and the Canucks defend McDavid in all three zones. We’ll see if things change. Sometimes another team has your number and it’s difficult to find a way around it. In the last game, the Canucks blew the doors off with four goals in the first period, including two in the last couple of minutes in the period.

OILERS FORWARDS 5-ON-5 PTS/60 SINCE HITCHCOCK ARRIVED

There are 372 NHL forwards who have played 139 or more 5-on-5 minutes since Ken Hitchcock was hired. That’s the number of forwards who dress for the 31 teams in total for a game (31×12=372). We’re always talking about No. 1 centers and third line players, where do the current Oilers rank? Here we go:

This is all via Natural Stat Trick. There’s no real benefit from this exercise, but if someone says “Nuge is a third line center” you can go about your business secure in the knowledge they’re a nut job. Colby Cave is right where Kyle Brodziak lives (0.81).

CURRENT 50-MAN

All of these waiver pickups and trades are adding to the 50-man list for next season. What does that mean? The RFA’s on this list are going to get squeezed. Edmonton will likely sign Ryan McLeod in the coming days, along with Filip Berglund, Hayden Hawkey and others possibly turning pro. What does that mean for the RFA’s (asterisks)? Edmonton needs more room, ideally they find more by the end of the deadline by sending some of these contracts out.

COLBY CAVE

I had Cave ranked No. 81 in 2014, liked his underlying numbers and a scouting report that suggested a range of skills (I had Ondrej Kase No. 60 btw). I hope it allows Khaira to move over and play LW, but Cave is a No. 4 center, that’s Brodziak’s job. I think we could see another center in town by the deadline.

GOALIES

Oilers moved Stuart Skinner to Bakersfield and Dylan Wells to Wichita (people train runs through Stubbville, though) yesterday, a small shuffle but important to each man’s development. Shane Starrett has taken over the starting role for the Condors recently, Wells was in that role not so long ago. Al Montoya is a distant bell now, hasn’t played since the end of November.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning on the show, starts at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. The game tonight, the trade deadline to come and young Puljujarvi’s future.
  • Jon Campbell, OddsShark. We’ll talk NFL weekend, McDavid Art Ross and the crazy race for the final spot in the Western Conference of the NHL.
  • Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press. The Roughriders have no head coach and it’s damned near February.

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

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flyfish1168

After Monday nights game. I’m really looking forward to tonight’s game. Let’s cheer for more secondary scoring

frjohnk

The table of Points/60 since Hitch came is telling us the same thing we knew when TMac was here.

We have 3 top 6 forwards and the rest are bottom 6/AHL forwards.

For the whole year so far the team with McDavid, RNH and Draisaitl on the bench ( our bottom 6 ) have a GF% of 32.6% and they are now scoring at a rate of 1.13 GF/60.

An average 4th line scores at a rate of 1.8 GF/60 and has a GF% of 43%

LadiesloveSmid

Up front looks so bleak after the top 3 Fs. With tight cap space, EDM’s gotta be jumping on skilled players in the doghouse of their clubs. They could probably add Burakovsky and Ho-Sang and potentially change the landscape of their 2nd line for the foreseeable future but instead they add 4th pairing D.

Best thing for the oilers is to lose the next 10 games so Chiarelli gets canned.

Melman

Headed to game tonight – woot woot. Oil seem to lose on the coast, but hoping tonight is start of #heater. It would be wonderful if Pete was right all this time 🙂

OriginalPouzar

The boys hit the road for a 1 game road trip.

No Petersson tonight – disappointing that we don’t get to see a great talent play but points in the standings are more important and this team continues to have trouble with the Canucks team.

In to the second half of the season and it seems the Canucks are in the same tier of suck as the Oilers (and Ducks, Stars, Wild, etc.) not a tier below as anticipated. The Oilers can do wonders for their wild card chances and really hurt Vancouver’s chances with a win.

Koskinen starts – uneven start to last game but really played well for most of it – another heater?

Yamamoto looks to be back – many think he could/should be to Bakersfied but juding by practice yesterday, he’ll be in the lineup, likely starting beside Nuge – Rattie looks to be the odd man out.

Someone needs to come off the roster to make room for Kailer – Jones (would be egregious), Gravel (would need to re-clear waivers again, egregious), Manning (should be the choice but I doubt it), Rattie, Spooner.

I think Rattie may get exposed – this is not the right choice in my mind but he was poor against BUF, made a number of mistakes and the coach seems to have a short leash with him – go Oilers!

who

I must be one of the few people on here that doesn’t mind Khaira at center. Big man, skates pretty well, and most importantly, doesn’t panic with the puck. He may lose it sometimes, by trying to make a play, but he shows a lot more composure with it than most Oiler forwards.
I don’t see Cave replacing him anytime at 3C, but we’ll wait and see.

Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR

Montoya hasn’t played since the end of November? We traded a 4th round pick for him at this time last year. I know 4th rounders aren’t exactly sure bets, but we shouldn’t be throwing them away either. Another of many terrible asset management strategies.

It’s hard to know what to cheer for. A 4 game winning streak might mean we are trading at least a 2019 first round pick for something to help us get into the 8th seed. A 4 game losing streak might mean we see Chia fired before he can trade the pick.

Oilersfanning is hard!

flyfish1168

OriginalPouzar:
The boys hit the road for a 1 game road trip.

No Petersson tonight – disappointing that we don’t get to see a great talent play but points in the standings are more important and this team continues to have trouble with the Canucks team.

In to the second half of the season and it seems the Canucks are in the same tier of suck as the Oilers (and Ducks, Stars, Wild, etc.) not a tier below as anticipated. The Oilers can do wonders for their wild card chances and really hurt Vancouver’s chances with a win.

Koskinen starts – uneven start to last game but really played well for most of it – another heater?

Yamamoto looks to be back – many think he could/should be to Bakersfied but juding by practice yesterday, he’ll be in the lineup, likely starting beside Nuge – Rattie looks to be the odd man out.

Someone needs to come off the roster to make room for Kailer – Jones (would be egregious), Gravel (would need to re-clear waivers again, egregious), Manning (should be the choice but I doubt it), Rattie, Spooner.

I think Rattie may get exposed – this is not the right choice in my mind but he was poor against BUF, made a number of mistakes and the coach seems to have a short leash with him – go Oilers!

Has there been word on Cave if he is in the lineup?

russ99

Would really love to see us finally solve Vancouver tonight.

These next two games are pretty big in the standings, but huge for the fans.

LadiesloveSmid:
Up front looks so bleak after the top 3 Fs. With tight cap space, EDM’s gotta be jumping on skilled players in the doghouse of their clubs. They could probably add Burakovsky and Ho-Sang and potentially change the landscape of their 2nd line for the foreseeable future but instead they add 4th pairing D.

Best thing for the oilers is to lose the next 10 games so Chiarelli gets canned.

With the cap and how moves will be limited we’ll be this summer, I think we should go back to the old 2006 Cup Final team blueprint

Scoring line 1
Scoring line 2
Pisani/Moreau checking line
Kids breaking in and grinders

frjohnk

flyfish1168: Has there been word on Cave if he is in the lineup?

Yes, sounds like he will play tonight.

texmex

OriginalPouzar,

Has it been confirmed Petersson is out tonight? Green did not rule him out yesterday.

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russ99

flyfish1168,

Hitch said yes at practice yesterday. Looks like Brodziak with the checkers on the 3rd line and Cave with the kids/outcasts on the 4th.

If Kailer is going to play, maybe Jesse gets a night off. Giving him 4th line limited minutes is pretty stupid.

tileguy

My money is on Rattie getting picked up by another team if exposed on waivers.

Chelios is a Dinosaur

Not sure how this helps. Oilers need to ensure their bottom six doesnt get Caved.

Ferstt

frjohnk

Chelios is a Dinosaur:
Not sure how this helps. Oilers need to ensure their bottom six doesnt get Caved.

Ferstt

Ha ha

Réal Goudenyéu

texmex:
OriginalPouzar,

Has it been confirmed Petersson is out tonight? Green did not rule him out yesterday.

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Pettersson, who skated this morning, is now “day-to-day,” said Coach Green. He has not ruled out Petey playing against the Oilers Wednesday night

Of course he’ll play because oilers

russ99

tileguy,

Almost hoping for that, at some point you hope a player gets a chance somewhere else if he’s not going to get one here.

Poor use of assets, but hey, Oilers.

Durag

Tonight seems pretty close to a must win. It’s going to be tough enough for this team to run down MIN, COL and DAL for a wildcard spot, need to put Vancouver in the rear view and hope the Ducks continue their free-fall.

Durag

tileguy,

russ99,

Am I the only one who hasn’t really seen Rattie good this year at all? He doesn’t have size or speed, and doesn’t quite seem to process the game quickly enough at the NHL level. He seems to have a tendency to turn his back to the defender in front of him and it doesn’t look like an effective strategy.

Dicky94

russ99,

They need to play a physical game against Vancouver. Last two games they tried to skate with them.
Need big games from Lucic, Kassian and JK. Ground and pound! LETS GO OILERS!!!!

godot10

frjohnk:
The table of Points/60 since Hitch came is telling us the same thing we knew when TMac was here.

We have 3 top 6 forwards and the rest are bottom 6/AHL forwards.

For the whole yearso far the team with McDavid, RNH and Draisaitl on the bench ( our bottom 6 ) have a GF% of 32.6% and they are now scoring at a rate of 1.13 GF/60.

An average 4th line scores at a rate of 1.8 GF/60 and has a GF% of 43%

McLellan participated in running Hall, Eberle, Pouliot, Pitlick, Schultz, Broissoit, and Aberg out of town. He “built” the current bottom of the roster with Chiarelli.

Side

godot10: McLellan participated in running Hall, Eberle, Pouliot, Pitlick, Schultz, Broissoit, and Aberg out of town.He “built” the current bottom of the roster with Chiarelli.

Oh, this conversation again.

Where someone points out a bunch of those people on your list weren’t run out of town by McLellan and you ignore it and re-post it again at a later date.

Jordan

I don’t like where a lot of this team is at, and the contract situation now and moving into the future is atrocious.

I don’t trust the current management team to be smart, or make good decisions, because their hsitory is real and it’s spectacular…ly bad.

I also don’t trust those who would hire a replacement, or providing input into the process to find quality candidates or hire the best candidate.

Therefore, I want this team to win now. I don’t imagine the replacement being any better than who we have.

So, lets win, and keep winning.

Woodguy v2.0

Western Conference Playoff Standings using Points Percentage expressed as points over/under fake Bettman .500

Pacific
CGY 17
SJS 15
VGK 11

Central
WPG 16
NSH 12
COL 4

Wildcard
MIN 3
DAL 3

Out of Playoffs
EDM 1
STL 0
VAN 0
ANA 0
ARI -2
CHI -7
LAK -7

Relevant games tonight:

COL at OTT (COL -170)
BUF at CGY (CGY -225)
SJS at ARI (SJS -150)
EDM at VAN (VAN -120)

Not sure if that line reflects the probability that Pettersson plays tonight.

Side

Speaking of Aberg, it’s interesting to see he was healthy scratched by Anaheim for 4 games straight.

He has 19 points in 37 games and they’re not playing him during a 11 game (12 if you include the game he was scratched) losing streak.

How I would love to be an insider or a fly on the wall sometimes.

Craig Zonit

Melman,

Amen, hope they bring the heat. Enjoy the game, I’ll be there too in my Smyth jersey that mysteriously still fits everywhere but the arms. This thing must have been a tent for me as a yute.

Munny

Chelios is a Dinosaur:
Not sure how this helps. Oilers need to ensure their bottom six doesnt get Caved.

Ferstt

You’re a bad seed, Chelios. Lol.

Oilman99

Durag:
tileguy,

russ99,

Am I the only one who hasn’t really seen Rattie good this year at all? He doesn’t have size or speed, and doesn’t quite seem to process the game quickly enough at the NHL level. He seems to have a tendency to turn his back to the defender in front of him and it doesn’t look like an effective strategy.

Did you not see the pass he gave to McD the other night? The guy has high end skills if given more than five minutes to play with players of equal skill. His skating has improved since being acquired by the Oilers. He goes to the net, which most other forwards on this team seem to never do,and he has a quick release.

tileguy

Durag:
tileguy,

russ99,

Am I the only one who hasn’t really seen Rattie good this year at all? He doesn’t have size or speed, and doesn’t quite seem to process the game quickly enough at the NHL level. He seems to have a tendency to turn his back to the defender in front of him and it doesn’t look like an effective strategy.

I saw him good at the end of last year, I saw him good in preseason reportedly in his best shape ever, I saw him hurt and then kicked to the curbside by Hitchcock after giving him chances of 10 minutes here, 7 minutes there. The impatience this team shows has hurt a player that has shown real chemistry on a value contract capable of working with 97. Just another example of “because oilers”

Woogie63

Hitch is going to the HoF, but here is some unsolicited advise.

If you need secondary scoring;

The PP2 needs to +45 seconds of every PP

When other team ices the puck after an extended shift, you don’t have to send 97 over the boards

Have your Dman carry the puck past the top of the circles before the first pass (shorter pass)

Bring up Bear to play 3rd pair – 83, 26, 5 , 15 will play 12 minutes a night and not get 10-15 points for the season

If you want to be faster:

Chiasson is a 3/4 liner, he plays 12 minutes a night like a NHLer and the rest minutes like a 13 forward

Driasaitl – plays fast for 17 minutes a night, and button hooks at the half wall after that

JP, KY, Spooner – Should get 2 minutes more a night

Pass north more often

Nailer Yakumoto

Odds on Genes Cave pun making me slap my knee?

High.

Woodguy v2.0

Here’s the same list LT posted up top, except this time I’d added either “Pete” or “Was here” next to the player to show how EDM acquired the player.

I have McDavid as “Was here” as the pick was in hand and the die was cast while MacT was still GM.

Player Total Points/60 Acquired
Connor McDavid – 3.24 – Was Here
Leon Draisaitl – 2.61 – Was Here
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 2.46 – Was Here
Jujhar Khaira – 1.59 – Was Here
Alex Chiasson – 1.33 – Pete
Zack Kassian – 1.28 – Pete
Ty Rattie – 1.25 – Pete
Jesse Puljujarvi – 1.25 – Pete
Milan Lucic – 1.18 – Pete
Drake Caggiula – 1.14 – Pete
Ryan Spooner – 0.93 – Pete
Kyle Brodziak 0.83 Pete
Tobias Rieder 0.72 Pete

Here’s a couple of forwards he moved out during the same time period as above:

Taylor Hall – 3.94 – Was Here
Jordan Eberle – 1.53 – Was Here
Tyler Pitlick – 1.11 – Was Here

And finally some players just for fun:

Matthew Barzal – 2.17 – Available at 16 in 2015
Kyle Connor – 1.54 – Available at 16 in 2015
Sebastian Aho – 1.77 – Available at 33 in 2015

Joel Erkisson Ek – 1.14 – Who Pete liked at 16 in 2015 as per Stauffer

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Nailer Yakumoto:
Odds on Genes Cave pun making me slap my knee?

High.

I’m more interested to see if he will dress up as a cave man for the pun.

Sometimes I wonder if his closet is filled with a bunch of gag outfits he’s stocking up on, outfits which he has purchased after scouting the league for players who could be traded to Edmonton and have a punworthy name.

Chelios is a Dinosaur

Gene’s Cave puns will need to be spun positively unlike my amazing post (see above).

An impossible ask. Nothing good comes from Caves except Batman, which has also been rendered in a negative light in the Oilers’ comtext.

Genes got some work to do.

Todd Macallan

Great reference LT, Planes, Trains is an all time classic. I love when they’re driving the wrong way on the highway and buddy tries to warn them.

“oh he’s drunk, how does he know where we’re going?”

dustrock

Puljujarvi being outscored by grinders Khaira & Kassian. Poor Jesse.

Re Cave LT – it’s a fine small move but the only diamond in the rough Chia has really found was Maroon.

Otherwise it’s been waiver wire salad bar and 7th d-men.

Not to mention the optics of Chia grabbing a mediocre AHLer from Boston who was signed a week before Chia was fired and that after Rishaug gives us the “full court press” message.

Just so funny.
Hope Cave shows well, a good chance for him.

Also if Rettie is going to be in the lineup, he should be with McDavid or not play at all. Think he’s a good complement to skill but can’t stir the drink by himself.

who

Durag:
tileguy,

russ99,

Am I the only one who hasn’t really seen Rattie good this year at all? He doesn’t have size or speed, and doesn’t quite seem to process the game quickly enough at the NHL level. He seems to have a tendency to turn his back to the defender in front of him and it doesn’t look like an effective strategy.

I like him.
Yes, he has average size and speed. But he processes the game well, especially offensively.
Good hands and decent shot. He can make some plays, which should put him in the top 9 on this team. But Hitch doesn’t seem to care for him.

Woodguy v2.0

Chelios is a Dinosaur,

Nothing good comes from Caves except Batman

I loved Captain Caveman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD36ZhpHPpE

texmex

This should appease the masses today. Petro for Pysyk?

“In addition to Bogdan Kiselevich, Florida appears willing to move right-hand-shot defender Mark Pysyk. He’s got one year left at $2.73 million, although his actual salary is $800,000 higher. Bonus: His parents were excellent guests on Hometown Hockey in Sherwood Park, Alta, earlier this month”.

Jethro Tull

Munny: You’re a bad seed, Chelios. Lol.

His brother is Nick?

Jethro Tull

*Boston accent* It’s, ah, Kar-vey. He’s wicked good.

Chelios is a Dinosaur

Woodguy v2.0,

I forgot Kevin Lowe wore the C that one year. I’d prefer to look ahead.

#noredwine
#nocavemen

Sierra

frjohnk:
The table of Points/60 since Hitch came is telling us the same thing we knew when TMac was here.

We have 3 top 6 forwards and the rest are bottom 6/AHL forwards.

For the whole yearso far the team with McDavid, RNH and Draisaitl on the bench ( our bottom 6 ) have a GF% of 32.6% and they are now scoring at a rate of 1.13 GF/60.

An average 4th line scores at a rate of 1.8 GF/60 and has a GF% of 43%

It’s so ugly but so hard to stop looking.

Sierra

russ99:

With the cap and how moves will be limited we’ll be this summer, I think we should go back to the old 2006 Cup Final team blueprint

Scoring line 1
Scoring line 2
Pisani/Moreau checking line
Kids breaking in and grinders

I’ve seen this posted many times, but is there any evidence that this model still works? 2006 was a long time ago and the game, coaching and preparedness has changed.

I thought a pretty constant point of view on this blog is that the NHL isn’t a development league, yet you want a full line of development type players?

HT Joe

frjohnk: We have 3 top 6 forwards and the rest are bottom 6/AHL forwards.

Man, and Chiarelli inhereted a forward core of Hall, Eberle, RNH, McDavid (a given), and Drai.

In hindsight, if Chia had simply traded away all of the 1st and 2nd round picks for 2016, 2017 and 2018 to shore up the blueline, but kept the forward core together, wouldn’t it have been a given that the defense would have been at LEAST as good as it currently is, while still having strong forward depth?

Its scenarios like this that make me think maybe trading away the 2019 1st (for a reasonable return with term) isn’t the worst way to move the team forward.

HT Joe

texmex: This should appease the masses today. Petro for Pysyk?

How about Manning for Pysk? haha

OriginalPouzar

Anxious to hear what the roster adjustment is going to be today (assuming Yamamoto is activated and not assigned to the Bake himself).

jtblack

Woodguy v2.0,

“Player Total Points/60 Acquired
Connor McDavid – 3.24 – Was Here
Leon Draisaitl – 2.61 – Was Here
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 2.46 – Was Here
Jujhar Khaira – 1.59 – Was Here
Alex Chiasson – 1.33 – Pete
Zack Kassian – 1.28 – Pete
Ty Rattie – 1.25 – Pete
Jesse Puljujarvi – 1.25 – Pete
Milan Lucic – 1.18 – Pete
Drake Caggiula – 1.14 – Pete
Ryan Spooner – 0.93 – Pete
Kyle Brodziak 0.83 Pete
Tobias Rieder 0.72 Pete”

Let’s not forget. It’s not like Pete only brought in FA’s or had limited resources to add to the “Was Here” pile.

He’s sent out:

Taylor Hall
Jordan Eberle
#16 – 2015
#33 – 2015

plus other picks for various players.

He has Talbot and Larsson to show for all of the outs … But clearly your data shows Pete has not been able to bring in any kind of player to help in the Top 6. And with 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 drafts under his belt, he hasn’t (yet) been able to draft one either. JP & KY are still unknown on where they will land.

This is us.

jtblack

OriginalPouzar:
Anxious to hear what the roster adjustment is going to be today (assuming Yamamoto is activated and not assigned to the Bake himself).

I hope Yammy plays 1 RW tonight.

Woodguy v2.0

Freidman’s 31 thought are up:

Interesting EDM stuff: https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/31-thoughts-buyers-sellers-emerging-ahead-nhl-trade-deadline/

3. That said, the Oilers will also scour the market for young, preferably quick attackers who are either on long-term deals or have time before unrestricted free agency. Their first-round pick is definitely in play. Jesse Puljujarvi? As Tuesday developed, there was pushback on his availability. There are some in the organization who want to win now and recognize he has value in the market; there are others who see a player needing patience to develop. The Oilers were interested in Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen at one point, but the Canucks chose to take their time and that’s paying off. It is not easy to tell who will win this argument. What is clear, however, is that the mandate from ownership is to make the playoffs. Edmonton’s also let it be known Ryan Spooner is available. He was acquired on Nov. 16, four days before Ken Hitchcock was hired. Unfortunately, those two are a bad match.

4. The list is longer, but Boston, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Vancouver are among those interested in Micheal Ferland.

I hope the ‘let Jesse develop people win.

I know his future isn’t a slam dunk but he’s so young.

Naslund scored 11 points in 71 games for PIT when he was 20

I wonder if they regret moving him out for Alek Stojanov when Naslund was 23?

I know not every high pick that starts slow gets better later.

For ever Naslund there are 10 Todd Warriner’s but man I just *know* when Jesse isn’t a baby giraffee out there anymore he’ll be a load to handle with skills to boot.

You know, just the exact player most teams crave.

Problem is that you don’t know if that’s coming when he’s 21, 23, or 25.