Everything I’m about to write about Josh Currie is going to remind me of Mark Arcobello. Allow me to reach back over the years and quote something posted on this blog years ago (about Arcobello) that applies to Currie and all similar players:
- November 2013: If overcoming obstacles was the sole value of a hockey player, he’d be Gretzky. Mark Arcobello began his pro career by signing an AHL contract—that’s not a strong arrow for a productive NHL future—and spent his early days playing on the lowest rung of the NHL entertainment platform, the ECHL. Since then, he’s climbed a mighty mountain to the NHL—and continues to climb.
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 Lowetide: How can the Oilers successfully sell the new regime to a fan base that is openly angry?
- New Jonathan Willis: Oilers trade deadline primer: Focus should be on moves that make life easier for the next GM
- Lowetide: Cam Talbot’s Oilers career a disappointment save one beautiful spring.
- Jonathan Willis: Edmonton’s trade for Sam Gagner is a gamble well worth making.
- 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 59
- Oilers in 2015: 22-31-6, 50 points; goal differential -30
- Oilers in 2016: 32-19-8, 72 points; goal differential +14
- Oilers in 2017: 24-31-4, 52 points; goal differential -34
- Oilers in 2018: 24-29-5, 53 points; goal differential -25
In a season where momentum is acting like a drunken sailor, the current Oilers could go 1-7-2 in the next 10 or 7-2-1 in the next 10. Incredibly, this year’s group remains the second best among the four.
OILERS IN FEBRUARY
- Oilers in February 2016: 2-7-0, four points; goal differential -18
- Oilers in February 2017: 5-4-0, 10 points; goal differential 0
- Oilers in February 2018: 2-6-1, five points; goal differential -4
- Oilers in February 2019: 1-5-2, four points; goal differential -12
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 0-3-0)
- 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: 1-5-2, four points in eight games
KEITH GRETZKY’S MOVES
It took a few days but the Oilers under Keith Gretzky found a way to get Andrej Sekera on the roster and possibly add a useful offensive piece. For the record, in case you were on Guam for the last 10 days, here are the transactions of note.
- January 29: Signed D Joel Persson to a one-year deal.
- January 31: Recalled C Brad Malone from Bakersfield.
- February 4: D Andrej Sekera begins conditioning stint.
- February 9: D Matt Benning placed on injured reserve.
- February 15: G Cam Talbot traded for G Anthony Stolarz.
- February 16: F Ryan Spooner traded for F Sam Gagner.
- February 17: D Andrej Sekera recalled from conditioning stint.
- February 18: D Brandon Manning waived.
- February 18: C Josh Currie recalled from Bakersfield.
- February 18: L Jujhar Khaira placed on injured reserve.
- February 18: R Jesse Puljujarvi placed on injured reserve.
This is a mess. That’s a fact. If you’re Connor McDavid, it has to be beyond frustrating to see this team bleed out this way. Honestly. Even if Ryan Strome and Drake Caggiula remained there would have been a little more offense. Crazy.
OILERS ASSETS OUT
This is my original list from Valentine’s Day, I’ll just cross off the names as they are sent away (and add players sent away who weren’t on the list).
G Cam Talbot.
- RD Matt Benning. He has one more year after this one, $1.9 million AAV. He’s averaging just 14:46 per game this year (down from 17:17) but he’s a righty and should draw interest.
- R Zack Kassian. Also on the books for another year (at $1.9 million). His recent performances should mean greater interest.
- R Jesse Puljujarvi. I hate the idea, and a true contender won’t have interest. That said, JP is a player other NHL teams may take a chance on. Don’t expect a massive return.
- R Alex Chiasson. Not sure they’ll deal him but Chiasson’s trade value might be the best in this group. He has scored 17 goals and 27 points, and has posted some offense despite the goal drought.
- L Kevin Gravel. He doesn’t cost much and he’s good. Absolutely the kind of player who has deadline value.
- LD Kris Russell. Uncertain he’d waive, but this player type is exactly the sort who has extra value at the deadline.
- L Tobias Rieder. He has good speed and can PK, someone will have interest.
- R Alex Petrovic. At the deadline we might see late interest.
- L Jujhar Khaira. I’m including him only because a team like Boston might overpay for a perceived need.
L Ryan Spooner.I didn’t think they could get anything for him.
WILL BRANDON MANNING CLEAR?
I’d bet Woodguy’s house on it.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy show and a big day, we get started at 10 on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. Oilers at the deadline and the way forward.
- Luke Lapinski, 98.7 Arizona Sports. We’ll preview a huge game for both teams tonight.
- Scott Wheeler, The Athletic. Scott’s mid-season draft rankings for the 2019 crop is out and it’s a fabulous read.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!