Game 56 2018-19: Oilers at Penguins

by Lowetide

The first time the NHL Oilers played against the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was a bloodbath in Pennsylvania. Edmonton won 5-2 (nine points for the Callighen-Gretzky-MacDonald line). If you look at the summary linked, you’ll see an actual mountain of penalties in the second period. I reached out to Cam Connor, whose name is spread liberally throughout the game’s penalty notations.

  • Cam Connor: “In the middle of the second period, Gretzky came over the Penguins blue line and walked defenseman Kim Clackson. I knew what Clackson was going to do, because he always slashed the oncoming forward on that play. Clackson whacked Gretzky on the side of the head, and Wayne went down. Dave Semenko, who could beat Clackson, went right after him. Pat Hughes and I ended up pairing off. Semenko told me he and Clackson fought five times during the melee. At the end of the fight, the linesman began splitting them up, and Semenko turned his head for an instant. In that moment, Clackson came over the top of the linesman and landed a punch on Semenko’s left eye.”

I believe this video is from that night. Based on the video, Mr. Connor did a helluva lot more than “pair off” but it looked like an incredible game. 🙂

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of the group. Outstanding offer is here.

  • New Jonathan Willis: Taking stock of Oilers positives as they enter the final third of a dismal 2018-19 season.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Keith Gretzky on the Oilers trade deadline plan, Andrej Sekera’s return and Jesse Puljujarvi’s season
  • New Lowetide: Oilers’ potential roster upheaval might set a record for summer activity
  • New Jonathan Willis: Teams should beware of these players at the 2019 NHL trade deadline.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Will he stay or will he go? Possible trade destination for Cam Talbot.
  • Lowetide: Comparing Oilers prospects Tyler Benson and Kailer Yamamoto
  • Lowetide: Is Ken Hitchcock helping Jesse Puljujarvi find his way as an NHL player?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What Connor McDavid’s evolving leadership qualities mean to the Oilers.
  • Lowetide: It’s time for Oilers owner Daryl Katz to stand and deliver a winning organization.
  • Lowetide: Setting the Oilers’ expected keeper list for the next GM
  • Lowetide: Entry deal AHL forwards give the Oilers an excellent trade pool.
  • Lowetide: If fast is the new big, how do the Edmonton Oilers get there in a hurry?
  • Jonathan Willis: Analyzing how well Peter Chiarelli and Keith Gretzky restocked the Oilers with their draft work
  • Lowetide: Finding a path to the playoffs may involve reckless use of future assets by the Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: An Oilers blueprint for the 2019 NHL free agency period
  • Corey Pronman: 2019 NHL Draft midseason rankings
  • Jonathan Willis: An Oilers blueprint for the 2019 NHL trade deadline.
  • Lowetide: Edmonton’s 2019 entry draft plans may change with new GM but needs are clear
  • Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects, Winter 2018

OILERS AFTER 56

  • Oilers in 2015: 22-29-5, 49 points; goal differential -27
  • Oilers in 2016: 29-19-8, 66 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in 2017: 23-29-4, 50 points; goal differential -33
  • Oilers in 2018: 24-26-5, 53 points; goal differential -20

I don’t think the playoffs or 90 points are realistic at this point, but 82 (point-per-game) is within reach. Edmonton has reached 82 points just once since 2009, that was the 103-point season in 2016-17.

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 2-4-0, four points; goal differential -14
  • Oilers in February 2017: 3-3-0, six points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in February 2018: 1-4-1, three points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in February 2019: 1-2-2, four points; goal differential -7

WHAT TO EXPECT IN FEBRUARY

  • On the road to: Philadelphia, Montreal (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-2)
  • At home to: Chicago (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Islanders (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Arizona, NY Islanders, Anaheim (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Nashville, Toronto, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 1-2-2, four points in five games

This is the point in the month where I thought the Oilers would go on a bit of a roll. I thought Klefbom and Sekera would be back, and also thought the team would have added a scorer. Good for them, staying the course is the right call. My prediction for the month as a whole is well within range.

CURRENT ROSTER

Andrej Sekera plays tonight for the Condors and based on reports he’s very close to being NHL-ready. In Daniel Nugent-Bowman’s interview with interim general manager Keith Gretzky (a must read) he says “it won’t be pretty” but they can get under the cap. Koskinen starts, he needs to be November Mikko. Folks, I don’t think they make it, but improving on last year remains a noble goal.

Insider Trading has the Oiler trying to deal Brandon Manning and Alex Petrovic, with no takers at this time. Frank Seravalli suggested both being placed on waivers is a possible solution, Oilers fans reacted online with derision. Now? It might be the likely plan. What a waste of assets.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning, we’ll cover a lot of bases between 10 and noon, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. Oilers buyers or sellers?
  • Matthew Scianitti, TSN. A wild day in CFL free agency.
  • Jon Campbell, OddsShark. NHL playoff odds, NFL odds early days and the Alliance.
  • Corey Pronman, The Athletic. His mid-season rankings feature two “special” players and four “elite” players. We’ll talk about this year’s draft.
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Bank Shot

Dustylegnd:
OriginalPouzar,

Nobody is saying you cant get excited about Benson….feel free….get excited about the fact that we made some late round picks that are actually performing well in the AHL…have at er

What I am saying is that Benson was a sub optimal draft pick….the Oil drafted him based on his record breaking Bantam AAA season playing in a very weak North division (I will note, he broke Rattie’s ABHL AAA record)

Benson was injured the majority of his WHL career…..drafting him that high was gross speculation by the Oilers

neither you or I know how either prospect will ultimately turn out….but I do know in today’s NHL if you are a non plus skater……it is one more obstacle to overcome in a series of endless obstacles

Based on WHL and AHL stats….to suggest that Dube isn’t an excellent play maker is not accurate….I will also note Dube was often injured during his WHL career as well

Dube is so overrated because he had a good preseason.

He’s the worst.

Flames fans had Baerstchi pegged as the next Hossa so I’d take their hype machine with a grain of salt. Hah.

Jethro Tull

godot10: Someone has been suggesting Nugent-Hopkins and Rieder for McDavid, two speedy defensively aware wingers.People have forgotten that Gretzky let Kurri and Tikkanen do most of the defensive work on the line.

One’s a Hall of Famer and the other one should be, but fair comparison……not. Maybe if Nuge starts tearing it up, he might be mentioned in the same context as Kurri and Tikkanen. Maybe.

Dustylegnd

OriginalPouzar,

Nobody is saying you cant get excited about Benson….feel free….get excited about the fact that we made some late round picks that are actually performing well in the AHL…have at er

What I am saying is that Benson was a sub optimal draft pick….the Oil drafted him based on his record breaking Bantam AAA season playing in a very weak North division (I will note, he broke Rattie’s ABHL AAA record)

Benson was injured the majority of his WHL career…..drafting him that high was gross speculation by the Oilers

neither you or I know how either prospect will ultimately turn out….but I do know in today’s NHL if you are a non plus skater……it is one more obstacle to overcome in a series of endless obstacles

Based on WHL and AHL stats….to suggest that Dube isn’t an excellent play maker is not accurate….I will also note Dube was often injured during his WHL career as well

OriginalPouzar

I’m going to stop short of anointing Dillon Dube the vastly superior player who will have a materially higher impact in the NHL based off him being a better skater and slightly better AHL stats. These are both very highly skilled rookie pro prospects and we don’t know how it will turn out. Yes, Tyler Benson is high skill – considered for exceptional status in to the WHL.

I can imagine how much farther ahead of Dube Benson would likely be if he didn’t miss the better part of two full development seasons…..

Not even sure why I’m responding to this – I’m not sure why I can’t get excited about Tyler Benson’s progress, the season he is having and his future without reference to Dillon Dube.

russ99

godot10,

The problem is every time RNH is on wing with Connor, he gets caught too far up ice and is frequently the last forward back. Plus RNH seems to be our only player who can still put up points with weak wingers. He’s more effective at both ends of the ice at center.

The only way I see that working is RNH at center and Connor at wing.

Dustylegnd

OriginalPouzar:
Dube and Benson are completely different type of players.

Dube is a quicker/faster offence first type player whereas Benson is the more high hockey IQ, high skill responsible puck distributor.

The fact that Dube is PPG in the AHL is totally irrelevant to what Benson’s career as a pro will look like and his potential impact as an Oiler.

Hmmmm, maybe Treliving rushed Dube by having him in the NHL for half a year?

Dube is a far far far superior skater and dishin magician….a very very high level passer/play maker who can also play center…Benson has nothing on him hockey IQ wise…and Dube can kill penalties and had chemistry with Drai in Junior…makes perfect sense we passed on him

Also…just a slightly tougher team to make and stick with than Edmonton

ArmchairGM

hunter1909:
Oilers’ looking like they’re throwing the season for the coveted 2nd last place lottery spot:

Oilers 53 points
LAKings 51
Anaheim 51
Detroit 51
Taylor Hall 50
Ottawa look like a McDavidless Oilers, they lead the field with 47

OBC like Hitler in the Bunker right now – scheming to acquire a top 3 draft pick to save the Reich.

Don’t look now, but those Ducks won last night putting them into a tie with the Oilers. Game in hand for us.

The Kings and Red Wings are 2 points back but they’ve been playing better recently: 5-3-2 and 5-5-0 in the past 10 vs 2-6-2 for the Oilers. Even the Sens (6 points back) have gained 2 points on us in the past 10, going 4-6-0.

At this rate we’ll be challenging Ottawa for last place before long.

drglen

so, that’s about it then.

OriginalPouzar

Dube and Benson are completely different type of players.

Dube is a quicker/faster offence first type player whereas Benson is the more high hockey IQ, high skill responsible puck distributor.

The fact that Dube is PPG in the AHL is totally irrelevant to what Benson’s career as a pro will look like and his potential impact as an Oiler.

Hmmmm, maybe Treliving rushed Dube by having him in the NHL for half a year?

OriginalPouzar

In is interview yesterday with Gregor and Struds, Keith Gretzky said they’d chat after the Condors’ game and decide if they were going to apply for the two game extension on Sekera and, if they did, they would essentially get told either way right away.

Should find out today. If they don’t apply or do apply and its rejected, we may see some waivers today in order to assign a player tomorrow to activate Reggie for Friday.

Would be very excited to see him play in the NHL on Wed.

Ryan

Wilde: he wanted a centre

What’s interesting about JP are two things—one that whole situation in his first year where he played 28 NHL games. It made no logical sense based upon his nhl readiness.

Some speculated that giving him guaranteed games was the price you pay Pete to get him to sign his ELC.

There are also unconfirmed rumors that his agent didn’t want him playing in the AHL this year.

Both unconfirmed, but if true he played some role in his own development failure.

Ryan

godot10: I was willing to give Hainsey that contract for the last two years.I haven’t decided who the next Hainsey is.He was clearly a better option than Russell.He had played the toughest minutes in winning the Stanley Cup with Dumoulin.

There were alternatives to Russell, and they were discussed at the time.But we are basically stuck with Russell for all four years, and he is the obstacle to fixing the defense, so it really doesn’t matter what the options are.

Iirc, the Jets signed Kulikov at the same time we extended Russell. While he’s no world beater and the cap was over 4 m, his contract was for two years not four.

Wilde

Scungilli Slushy: I think what Kerko knew is that he has a very ‘long’ game. He is not a stop start player in his element, and perhaps that is why they passed, because the long swooping long lines of attack game is a big ice game.

he wanted a centre

Dustylegnd

JimmyV1965: Dube sucks. Drake Batherson has 16 goals and 44 pts in 37 games. And he was drafted in the 4th round!! Did I do that right?

No you didn’t do it right…. Dube and Benson played with and against each other from the age of 13…Dube out performing Benson all through Jr and playing on all the Team Canada teams from U-16 through U-20 Gold…. he was Drais winger as a 16 year old in Kelowna during the memorial cup run….. why draft a plus plus skating winger that had chemistry with Drai???

Batherson wasn’t even the same draft year anyways….. he went in 2017….. but hey props for scouring the AHL scoring race to find a guy with better ppg…playing on the east side of the AHL…..

wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Oilers could find somebody in the 4 the round that could lead their AHL team in scoring ????

Batherson has 1/4 of his points in 4 games (11 points in his last 4 games) so I guess he is on a bit of a PDO HEATER as well

Did I do that right????

Professor Q

godot10: McDavid and Draisaitl play two many minutes, which is the coaches fault, and they end up getting caught conserving energy on defense.

Babcock blurted this out two years ago.Free advice.But McLellan and Hitch don’t listen.

And yet Babcock gets criticized himself for the same thing (and the opposite, to be fair), as well as line shuffling.

Go figure.

SwedishPoster

Scungilli Slushy: Jesse has a ton of talent, but he is a very quirky player.

I think what Kerko knew is that he has a very ‘long’ game. He is not a stop start player in his element, and perhaps that is why they passed, because the long swooping long lines of attack game is a big ice game.

IF he makes it NHL it will be as a centre where he can skate his lines out. He may become a great winger but because he’s so ‘bambi’ still he doesn’t have the strength to play that game well as he’s learning it, and might not get to his window here before he’s back in Sweden making some coin.

I read last summer they asked him to get leaner and I saw the pre-camp pic where he was so low body fat you could see arteries everywhere.

Typical Oiler try to get it right, run into brick wall. A kid that size is growing still a ton, if not taller.

Maybe hit the weights and gain strength, let the baby fat ride a year or two. Develop strength, but particularly leg strength. Work on cardio. Instead he showed up rail thin and it sure looks like it on the ice, assholes.

The NSGM if covered in rich prairie old boy, good guy manure, might push me off again. I had a gut full of this failure and deception/incompetence post Messier, for a good decade, and I’m close again.

Watching Connor highlights will be enough and when he’s traded I guess that’s it – too painful for how I am as a fan. Bleed Blue and Orange. Not enough of a fan to watch a shit show of narcissists mocking my team. Get the job done or piss off.

BTW nothing to do with the game.

I hope they close bad, grab a great young player, and Katz wakes TFU. And hires a GM with some brains and skills.

If it’s true that they wanted him to get leaner it’s another sign this org lacks competence in key areas. It sounds like completely insane advice to come from a pro club at the highest level. He’s a physically immature 20 year old, that’s just the wrong focus and could mean he broke down muscle this summer. Silly.

Ribs

Admiral Ackbar: Hughson is so useless but at least he doesn’t hate the OIlers like Randorf and Romaniuk. He’s just pro-Van or TO and his bias is very obvious. I expect it from local play-by-play but not national.

I was thinking along the same lines while listening to this game. I think Randorf has a great call for the game but he really seems to enjoy certain teams struggles a tad too much. Hughson has the best voice in hockey but his biases really hamper him. Hopefully one or both of these guys figure it out one day and learn to call the game more as an observer. It must be a very difficult task to master because there are not many that can accomplish it gracefully.

—-

Just watched the post game interviews and they seemed very revealing. Hitchcock read the game well and it’s a shame they didn’t gain any traction in the form of points from this game. Hitch clearly recognises the extra difficulty he will have convincing the players to keep playing the way they did tonight. I hope he has some buy-in.

McDavid looked defeated in his interview. He doesn’t usually look so emotional after a loss. No doubt he wanted some points against Sid this game. This guy puts a lot on himself and I hope he has the support he needs in times like this (even one person that has the same mindset as you can be a big deal). I can see him doubling down his personal efforts after a game like this, but that is only going to do so much. He needs to find a way to get more out of his teammates.

This is another one of those games where you look at the Event Summary and it tells you everything you need to know. A winnable game lost to lack of depth and skill.

Draisatll played over 24 minutes and looked sick as a dog in his interview.

Watched Nuge at the intermission and he looked to have aged 3 years overnight. I hope/think that’s a good thing!? lol

Murray played well.

godot10

OriginalPouzar:
Benson is 3rd in the AHL in assists.He is a 20 year old rookie.

The Oilers don’t have any shooters for him.

godot10

Glovjuice: Drai is a very, very lazy defensive player – it’s getting ridiculous, actually. Been saying he is lazy for a while. A few of us here are pretty much right about everything and get proven so time and time again.

McDavid and Draisaitl play two many minutes, which is the coaches fault, and they end up getting caught conserving energy on defense.

Babcock blurted this out two years ago. Free advice. But McLellan and Hitch don’t listen.

godot10

Scungilli Slushy: Get him the right help. It isn’t Drai who is just as irresponsible. I think Nuge and a winger that isn’t a boat anchor regardless if they can pop a few.

Someone has been suggesting Nugent-Hopkins and Rieder for McDavid, two speedy defensively aware wingers. People have forgotten that Gretzky let Kurri and Tikkanen do most of the defensive work on the line.

jtblack

JimmyV1965: I really like Benson, but I think Jones has an even better chance of being an impact player. I think Bear has a huge upside, but a fairly decent downside as well.

neither will be more than a bump in the road

godot10

Bank Shot: Ottawa will be good before the Oilers. They can draft.

Colorado has their pick.

JimmyV1965

jtblack: This represents our 1st –prospect outside Round 1 that can be Impact

Petry – traded
JJ – love but not Impact

Benson.– Skill

WE WAIT

I really like Benson, but I think Jones has an even better chance of being an impact player. I think Bear has a huge upside, but a fairly decent downside as well.

jtblack

godot10: I was willing to give Hainsey that contract for the last two years.I haven’t decided who the next Hainsey is.He was clearly a better option than Russell.He had played the toughest minutes in winning the Stanley Cup with Dumoulin.

There were alternatives to Russell, and they were discussed at the time.But we are basically stuck with Russell for all four years, and he is the obstacle to fixing the defense, so it really doesn’t matter what the options are.

+1

jtblack

OriginalPouzar:
Benson is 3rd in the AHL in assists.He is a 20 year old rookie.

This represents our 1st – prospect outside Round 1 that can be Impact

Petry – traded
JJ – love but not Impact

Benson. – Skill

WE WAIT

godot10

who: Are you willing to give Hainsey 3 million for the next 2 years?
Do you think he will be better than Russell for the next 2 years?
Do you have a trade for Russell with 1 million retained this summer?

I was willing to give Hainsey that contract for the last two years. I haven’t decided who the next Hainsey is. He was clearly a better option than Russell. He had played the toughest minutes in winning the Stanley Cup with Dumoulin.

There were alternatives to Russell, and they were discussed at the time. But we are basically stuck with Russell for all four years, and he is the obstacle to fixing the defense, so it really doesn’t matter what the options are.

YKOil

Drai is not the issue with this team. Not even within a days drive of being the issue.

Sierra

JimmyV1965: Dube sucks. Drake Batherson has 16 goals and 44 pts in 37 games. And he was drafted in the 4th round!! Did I do that right?

Lol, awesome.

jzed

Saw ‘highlights ‘ thought 1st Pitt goal was mislabelled as SH because Oil were watching Pitt skate around while they stood in a box formation. Then saw we had 5 and they had 4. Desperate hockey indeed! Go Condors !

JimmyV1965

Dustylegnd: Dillon Dube is better ….he skates better …..shoots better and thinks the game better

Benson Drafted #32 over all…GP 46 ….Goals ….8 ……assists 30…..Points….38….

DubeDrafted # 56 over all GP 21….Goals ….7….assists 14….Points….21…. Goals per game better…..points per game better….skating …infinitely better…..Captain Team Canada U-20 Gold

Dube, same age but younger…..same draft year but lower

Everybody who knew anything about the 98 birth year knew this with a certainty of one

Why????????

Because Oilers

Dube sucks. Drake Batherson has 16 goals and 44 pts in 37 games. And he was drafted in the 4th round!! Did I do that right?

Bulging Twine

Glovjuice: In the last 7 years the Oilers have 1st and 3rd overall busts.

It’s gotta be development not drafting. Everyone in the league almost had those guys where they were picked. There are serious development issues here. Add in Paajarvi and the Oilers don’t do well with European high end talent that hasn’t played Junior in N.A.

JimmyV1965

Dustylegnd: 100% agree…if you outscore everyone when you are on the ice……I don’t GAF if your “defensive awareness is less than 100″…..DRAI and McJesus and Nuge ARE NOT THE PROBLEM THEY ARE THE SOLUTION

Like most 22 year olds, he lacks some defensive awareness. The price you pay for playing him 22 minutes a night is some eye-popping gaffes. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I guarantee McLean ain’t talking about his breakdowns if he’s on a good team that wins more than it loses. No one gives two shits about this stuff if the team was winning.

Dustylegnd

OriginalPouzar:
Benson is 3rd in the AHL in assists.He is a 20 year old rookie.

Dillon Dube is better ….he skates better …..shoots better and thinks the game better

Benson Drafted #32 over all…GP 46 ….Goals ….8 ……assists 30…..Points….38….

Dube Drafted # 56 over all GP 21….Goals ….7….assists 14….Points….21…. Goals per game better…..points per game better….skating …infinitely better…..Captain Team Canada U-20 Gold

Dube, same age but younger…..same draft year but lower

Everybody who knew anything about the 98 birth year knew this with a certainty of one

Why????????

Because Oilers

JimmyV1965

Glovjuice: Drai is a very, very lazy defensive player – it’s getting ridiculous, actually. Been saying he is lazy for a while. A few of us here are pretty much right about everything and get proven so time and time again.

I say trade him. If we trade enough world class players it’s bound to work out one of these times. Pavel Zacha would be right in our wheelhouse. He’s a sixth overall in a great draft year.

OriginalPouzar

Benson is 3rd in the AHL in assists. He is a 20 year old rookie.

Glovjuice

Scungilli Slushy: Jesse has a ton of talent, but he is a very quirky player.

I think what Kerko knew is that he has a very ‘long’ game. He is not a stop start player in his element, and perhaps that is why they passed, because the long swooping long lines of attack game is a big ice game.

IF he makes it NHL it will be as a centre where he can skate his lines out. He may become a great winger but because he’s so ‘bambi’ still he doesn’t have the strength to play that game well as he’s learning it, and might not get to his window here before he’s back in Sweden making some coin.

I read last summer they asked him to get leaner and I saw the pre-camp pic where he was so low body fat you could see arteries everywhere.

Typical Oiler try to get it right, run into brick wall. A kid that size is growing still a ton, if not taller.

Maybe hit the weights and gain strength, let the baby fat ride a year or two. Develop strength, but particularly leg strength. Work on cardio. Instead he showed up rail thin and it sure looks like it on the ice, assholes.

The NSGM if covered in rich prairie old boy, good guy manure, might push me off again. I had a gut full of this failure and deception/incompetence post Messier, for a good decade, and I’m close again.

Watching Connor highlights will be enough and when he’s traded I guess that’s it – too painful for how I am as a fan. Bleed Blue and Orange. Not enough of a fan to watch a shit show of narcissists mocking my team. Get the job done or piss off.

BTW nothing to do with the game.

I hope they close bad, grab a great young player, and Katz wakes TFU. And hires a GM with some brains and skills.

TDOD

Dustylegnd

OriginalPouzar:
Drai certainly does seem to be struggling to identify the dangerous man recently.

With that said, to the point about giving up more than he’s getting, he does lead the team in GF% at 5 on 5 at 53.93%, even better than McDavid who is 52.58% – so, he still is helping to outscore the mistakes.

His RelGF% is a massive 14plus – that is, again, higher than McDavid – the team is getting a higher percentage of goals with Drai on the ice relative to off the ice to a greater extent than McDavid – unreal.

Hopefully his defensive awareness develops because, if he can cut out the goals against, he could be a top 5-10 player in the league.

100% agree…if you outscore everyone when you are on the ice……I don’t GAF if your “defensive awareness is less than 100″…..DRAI and McJesus and Nuge ARE NOT THE PROBLEM THEY ARE THE SOLUTION

OriginalPouzar

Currie from Maroday and then Gust with the second empty netter from Sekera and that’s 13 straight!

Scungilli Slushy

Dustylegnd: JP at 4th overall….I will will take the other side of your bet amigo….he is beyond lost….no 3 step quickness…..shit release

Give Columbus credit…they didn’t fold under the pressure of the consensus

What does he have in common with Broisoitt…..Schultz, Dubnyk and Hall???????

Jesse has a ton of talent, but he is a very quirky player.

I think what Kerko knew is that he has a very ‘long’ game. He is not a stop start player in his element, and perhaps that is why they passed, because the long swooping long lines of attack game is a big ice game.

IF he makes it NHL it will be as a centre where he can skate his lines out. He may become a great winger but because he’s so ‘bambi’ still he doesn’t have the strength to play that game well as he’s learning it, and might not get to his window here before he’s back in Sweden making some coin.

I read last summer they asked him to get leaner and I saw the pre-camp pic where he was so low body fat you could see arteries everywhere.

Typical Oiler try to get it right, run into brick wall. A kid that size is growing still a ton, if not taller.

Maybe hit the weights and gain strength, let the baby fat ride a year or two. Develop strength, but particularly leg strength. Work on cardio. Instead he showed up rail thin and it sure looks like it on the ice, assholes.

The NSGM if covered in rich prairie old boy, good guy manure, might push me off again. I had a gut full of this failure and deception/incompetence post Messier, for a good decade, and I’m close again.

Watching Connor highlights will be enough and when he’s traded I guess that’s it – too painful for how I am as a fan. Bleed Blue and Orange. Not enough of a fan to watch a shit show of narcissists mocking my team. Get the job done or piss off.

BTW nothing to do with the game.

I hope they close bad, grab a great young player, and Katz wakes TFU. And hires a GM with some brains and skills.

OriginalPouzar

Drai certainly does seem to be struggling to identify the dangerous man recently.

With that said, to the point about giving up more than he’s getting, he does lead the team in GF% at 5 on 5 at 53.93%, even better than McDavid who is 52.58% – so, he still is helping to outscore the mistakes.

His RelGF% is a massive 14plus – that is, again, higher than McDavid – the team is getting a higher percentage of goals with Drai on the ice relative to off the ice to a greater extent than McDavid – unreal.

Hopefully his defensive awareness develops because, if he can cut out the goals against, he could be a top 5-10 player in the league.

Sierra

hunter1909: I recall reading about the same thing re the Oilers AHL team with “future captain” Anton Lander, and others who have fallen from my memory. And Stu “The Magnificent Bastard” was going to get all kinds of great players.

Bait and switch, bait and switch…

For sure. I’ll believe it when I see it and no credit will be given until then.

Dustylegnd

Glovjuice: Drai is a very, very lazy defensive player – it’s getting ridiculous, actually. Been saying he is lazy for a while. A few of us here are pretty much right about everything and get proven so time and time again.

You are allowed to be lazy if you constantly score more goals than the other team when you are on the ice ….in all situations……..the 2nd goal…….Connor let his guy go…it is what it is…..100% FORGIVABLE….but if he really really wants to win ….he takes 3 strides…..lifts the stick and no 2-1 goal……like I said…… Best player in the world…..but with this crew has to be infallible 120% of the time….DOG help him

Glovjuice

Scungilli Slushy: Get him the right help. It isn’t Drai who is just as irresponsible. I think Nuge and a winger that isn’t a boat anchor regardless if they can pop a few.

Drai is a very, very lazy defensive player – it’s getting ridiculous, actually. Been saying he is lazy for a while. A few of us here are pretty much right about everything and get proven so time and time again.

Glovjuice

New slogan. TDOD (and it works for the next one as well, if needed – A Katz will still be owner then).

Scungilli Slushy

who:
Both goals scored by McDavids man.
There.
I said it.

Get him the right help. It isn’t Drai who is just as irresponsible. I think Nuge and a winger that isn’t a boat anchor regardless if they can pop a few.

Dustylegnd

hunter1909: I\ Stu “The Magnificent Bastard” was going to get all kinds of great players.

Bait and switch, bait and switch…

Gold Gerry….Pure Gold…..I love it

Sierra

russ99:
This is so depressing.

Good effort but against a good goalie on his game we’re toothless.

Still wanna go with kids next year or find some guys who can shoot the damn puck?

Find some guys who can shoot the damn puck, please

hunter1909

OriginalPouzar: Oilers fans are about to start reaping the benefits from the Oilers change in management 3-4 years ago and their much improved ability to draft.So many prospects drafted in the last 4 years outperforming their draft pedigree. Most still won’t make it (as the majority of draftees don’t) but there is a good chance that a good chunk will.

I recall reading about the same thing re the Oilers AHL team with “future captain” Anton Lander, and others who have fallen from my memory. And Stu “The Magnificent Bastard” was going to get all kinds of great players.

Bait and switch, bait and switch…

OriginalPouzar

Oh my, Shane Starrett with a marvelous 5-bell save to preserve the one goal lead 7 min in to the 3rd – wow.

Dustylegnd

Ryan: Two lawyers squaring off. Nice.

Forget Columbus.

The Rangers, a smart drafting org, were going to trade for our pick.

They were going to use it to select Clayton Keller.

He had 65 points last season…

I am not a lawyer …..I am a lowly commodities trader….my money and my balls go on the line every day……my life has constant Binary outcomes ….there are 0 shades of grey in my world