The Edmonton Oilers have the No. 6 spot in the 2019 draft before the lottery. I spoke to Corey Pronman this week about this year’s draft, he has exactly six men ranked either “special” or “elite” in 2019. Never forget this is still a building team, undergoing a foreverbuild reminiscent of the “Year of Hell” episodes of Star Trek Voyageur. Aptly named episodes, truth to tell.
Tonight in Raleigh, Connor McDavid will make another Herculean attempt to push a giant boulder straight up a hill. The Edmonton Oilers next general manager should watch these games, the ones being played now. Despite all the troubles on the roster, this team boasts the world’s best hockey player, a rocket man with the heart of a lion. That’s a very nice place to start.
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: Inside the success of the Bakersfield Condors, and what it means for Edmonton
- Lowetide: The Oilers sure have a lot of problems, but there is a simple solution.
- Jonathan Willis: Taking stock of Oilers positives as they enter the final third of a dismal 2018-19 season.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Keith Gretzky on the Oilers trade deadline plan, Andrej Sekera’s return and Jesse Puljujarvi’s season
- Lowetide: Oilers’ potential roster upheaval might set a record for summer activity
- 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?
- Lowetide: It’s time for Oilers owner Daryl Katz to stand and deliver a winning organization.
- Lowetide: Entry deal AHL forwards give the Oilers an excellent trade pool.
- 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 57
- Oilers in 2015: 22-29-6, 50 points; goal differential -27
- Oilers in 2016: 30-19-8, 68 points; goal differential +10
- Oilers in 2017: 23-30-4, 50 points; goal differential -34
- Oilers in 2018: 24-27-5, 53 points; goal differential -21
All four teams are now over 50 points, the playoff team is almost at 70 points. Todd McLellan (9-10-1) and Ken Hitchcock (15-17-4) were unable to bring this club closer to the 2016-17 crew, but I maintain (and have all year) they didn’t have the horses.
OILERS IN FEBRUARY
- Oilers in February 2016: 2-5-0, four points; goal differential -16
- Oilers in February 2017: 4-3-0, eight points; goal differential +1
- Oilers in February 2018: 1-5-1, three points; goal differential -4
- Oilers in February 2019: 1-3-2, four points; goal differential -8
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 0-1-0)
- 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: 1-3-2, four points in six games
OILERS 2019 DRAFT PICKS
- No. 6 overall
- No. 37 overall
- No. 64 overall (originally belonged to NJD, Oilers acquired it for Patrick Maroon and sent it to Philadelphia for Cooper Marody)
- No. 68 overall (dealt to Florida for Alex Petrovic)
- No. 89 overall (acquired from NY Islanders for Brandon Davidson)
- No. 99 overall
- No. 130 overall (traded to Montreal for the rights to Hayden Hawkey)
- No. 161 overall
- No. 192 overall
LOWETIDE TOP 50 FOR 2019
- (1) C Jack Hughes, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
- (2) R Kaapo Kakko, Turkku (Sm-Liiga).
- (3) R Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge (WHL).
- (4) RC Kirby Dach, Saskatoon (WHL).
- (7) LC Trevor Zegras, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
- (5) R Vasili Podkolzin, St. Petersburg (MHL).
- (9) LC Peyton Krebs, Kootenay (WHL).
- (8) L Jakob Pelletier, Moncton (QMJHL).
- (6) L Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton (OHL).
- (13) LC Alex Turcotte, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
- (12) LD Bowen Byram, Vancouver (WHL).
- (10) LC Ryan Suzuki, Barrie (OHL).
- (11) R Cole Caufield, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
- (15) L Matthew Boldy, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
- (18) LC Alex Newhook, Victoria (BCHL).
- (14) LD Cam York, U.S. National Development Team (USHL).
- (16) RC Raphael Lavoie, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL).
- (17) LD Thomas Harley, Mississauga (OHL).
- (19) LD Matthew Robertson, Edmonton (WHL).
- (20) LD Philip Broberg, AIK (Allsvenskan).
- (21) RC Philip Tomasino, Niagra (OHL).
- (22) R Bobby Brink, Sioux City (USHL).
- (23) LC Connor McMichael, London (OHL).
- (24) RD Victor Soderstrom, Brynas (SHL).
- (25) LD Ville Heinola, Lukko (Sm-Liiga).
- (26) L Nick Robertson, Peterborough (OHL).
- (27) L Nils Hoglander, Rogle (SHL).
- (28) RD Moritz Seider, Mannheim (DEL).
- (29) L Nolan Foote, Kelowna (WHL).
- (NR) R Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John (QMJHL).
- (31) RC Brett Leason, Prince Albert (WHL).
- (NR) F Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SHL).
- (NR) G Spencer Knight, US National Team (USHL).
- (NR) RD Anttoni Honka, Jyp (Sm-Liiga).
- (NR) LW Egor Afanasyev, Muskegon (USHL).
- (NR) LD Tobias Björnfot, Djurgardens (SuperElite).
- (NR) R Nathan Légaré, Baie Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL).
- (NR) RD Lassi Thomson, Kelowna (WHL).
- (NR) LC Jamieson Rees, Sarnia Sting (OHL).
- (NR) R Josh Williams, Edmonton (WHL).
- (NR) G Mads Søgaard, Medicine Hat (WHL).
- (NR) L Ethan Keppen, Flint (OHL).
- (NR) LD Liam Ross, Sudbury (OHL).
- (NR) R Albin Grewe, Djurgardens (SHL).
- (NR) G Hunter Jones, Peterborough (OHL).
- (NR) L Robert Mastrosimone, Chicago (USHL).
- (NR) L Dillon Hamaliuk, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL).
- (NR) RD Drew Helleson, US National Development Team (USHL).
- (NR) RD Billy Constantinou, Kingston (OHL).
- (NR) Patrik Puistola, Leki (Mestis).
The top 7 are fairly secure, Pelletier and Kaliyev will drop a little as I read more and more about foot speed (currently rankings are very close to straight numbers). If the Oilers draft No. 6 and the Russian is there, I believe they’ll take him. A real buzz around the player.
I spoke to Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic on the Lowdown yesterday, we chatted about possible trade targets. His article (link) that contained a Keith Gretzky interview suggested the management has a very specific player-type that might be pursued.
Corey Pronman has an article up about possible prospect trade targets for teams offloading veterans. It’s an enjoyable read, I think Eeli Tolvanen would be a fantastic get, although Edmonton doesn’t have the major trade piece to get it done.
Using my tried and true “who is playing well in his entry deal?” and applying it to the Flyers, I like Connor Bunnaman (14 goals in 36 games, age 20) as perhaps an under the radar option. Perhaps he’s available as a sweetener in a trade for Cam Talbot.
Stolarz has been more minors than majors since turning pro in 2014, his cap is less than $1 million ($761,250) and I think we can all agree that Shane Starrett is the better goalie at this point in time.
It’s go time for Keith Gretzky. This may be the only chance of his career to be the general manager, and if he can deliver quality in the Talbot deal that’s a damn fine bullet point on a resume. I wonder if he’s trying to make this into a bigger deal? Shayne Gostisbehere gets mentioned a lot, but for me Travis Sanheim or Ivan Provorov should be the targets. Of course the price would be dear. I do know the Flyers coveted Darnell Nurse at the 2013 entry draft.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy, fun morning after a crazy week. We get started at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Are the Oilers over? Plus pitchers and catchers.
- Jared Diamond, Wall Street Journal. We’re talking baseball and who will surprise.
- Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. After a wild week in CFL free agency, is the league’s power moving farther west?
- Michael Smith, Senior Web Producers and writer for Carolina Hurricanes. We’ll chat about the recent surge and what the Hurricanes might be looking for at the deadline.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!