In Game 75 of 82, in a long season that will finish outside the playoffs, Darnell Nurse sent Alex Chiasson in alone with a cherry headman pass. Music! That’s the future of the Edmonton Oilers. Now. Who is going to be part of the new tomorrow?
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- New Lowetide: Colby Cave and Joe Gambardella build late-season resumes with Edmonton.
- Lowetide: The Oilers made a rare move and shopped the QMJHL at the 2018 draft. It could happen again.
- Eric Duhatschek: Sorting through the organizational problems in Ottawa and Edmonton.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: After a year of despair, Oilers prospect Cameron Hebig grateful for latest chapter with the Condors
- Jonathan Willis: Bob Nicholson’s misguided Tobias Rieder comments reveal deeper problems within Oilers management
- Jonathan Willis: Ken Hitchcock knows why Edmonton has trouble exiting its zone, but lacks the players to fix it.
- Lowetide: Trimming cap fat and adding speed and skill will shape Oilers’ offseason.
- Jonathan Willis: Former Canucks architects Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman should be considered for any vacant NHL GM job
- Jonathan Willis: The Oilers need to drastically revamp their forward group.
- Lowetide: Identifying the risk and the right price if the Oilers were to trade Adam Larsson (to Toronto?)
- Lowetide: Oilers’ prospect Tyler Benson’s rookie AHL season a revelation.
- Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers draft early, the WHL is loaded and there’s a lot of history.
- Jonathan Willis: Analyzing how much the Oilers should be willing to spend on pending free agent Alex Chiasson.
- Jonathan Willis: Keith Gretzky is a legitimate Oilers GM candidate, but would be a hard sell in Edmonton
- Lowetide: How the Oilers can build a contender during Connor McDavid’s prime.
- Jonathan Willis: The Oilers aren’t good, but this group has more potential than teams from the decade of darkness
- Lowetide: Bob Nicholson’s search continues for the Oilers new tomorrow, but at a leisurely pace.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Leon Draisaitl has found ‘another level’ by matching offensive wizardry with sound positioning.
- Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the OHL.
OILERS AFTER 75
- Oilers in 2015: 29-39-7, 65 points; goal differential -35
- Oilers in 2016: 41-25-9, 91 points; goal differential +28
- Oilers in 2017: 34-36-5, 73 points; goal differential -29
- Oilers in 2018: 33-34-8, 74 points; goal differential -27
Oilers need five points in the final seven games to become the second best McDavid team among the four. No big deal but worth noting.
OILERS IN MARCH
- Oilers in March 2016: 6-5-0, 12 points; goal differential -2
- Oilers in March 2017: 7-3-1, 15 points; goal differential +15
- Oilers in March 2018: 6-4-1, 13 points; goal differential +8
- Oilers in March 2019: 6-4-1, 13 points; goal differential -2
WHAT TO EXPECT IN MARCH
- On the road to: Columbus, Buffalo (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 2-0-0)
- At home to: Vancouver, Toronto, NY Rangers, NJD (Expected 2-1-1) (Actual 2-2-0)
- On the road to: Arizona, Vegas, St. Louis (Expected: 0-2-1) (Actual 1-2-0)
- At home to: Columbus,Ottawa, Los Angeles, Dallas, Anaheim (Expected: 3-1-1) (Actual 1-0-1)
- Overall expected result: 5-5-4, 14 points in 14 games
- Current results: 6-4-1, 13 points in 11 games
DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT
- Sekera-Benning went 15-11 in 13:07, 4-7 shots, no goals but 5-3 HDSC. Impressive numbers from the third pairing, they were 3-2 HDSC with the Nuge line.
- Klefbom-Larsson were 13-13 in 16:13, 8-6 shots, 0-1 goals and 2-3 HDSC. The GA is on the forwards, Klefbom was down low (and Larsson was at midway) and no one covered.
- Nurse-Russell went 14-23 in 16:53, 9-4 shots, 2-0 goals and 5-2 HDSC, including 3-0 HDSC with the Cave line. That Nurse pass to Chiasson was golden. If he can do that 50 times a year the Oilers cap is screwed.
- Mikko Koskinen stopped 31 of 35, .886. I don’t blame him on the OT goal, that was a breakaway by the time it was through.
- NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.
FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT
- Draisaitl-McDavid-Kassian went 19-14 in 15:28, 8-8 shots, 1-1 goals and 5-3 HDSC. I thought all three played well, although there were five giveaways between 97 and 29. The goal was fantastic, all three men key to the play.
- Lucic-Nuge-Chiasson were 9-13 in 10:34, 4-8 shots, 1-0 goals and 4-2 HDSC. Although it was a good night for the Nuge line, it’s pretty obvious a better set of wingers (including one who can push the river) is key to a second outscoring line.
- Rieder-Cave-Gagner were 10-4 in 6:48, 4-2 shots, no goals and 3-1 HDSC. This line is getting good things done.
- Gambardella-Brodziak-Currie went 1-8 in 5:01, 1-4 shots, no goals and 0-1 HDSC.
AUGUST 15, 2019
Hayden Hawkey, JD Dudek and Vincent Desharnais all need to be signed by August 15 or become free agents. Here are the numbers:
- Hayden Hawkey: 38, 1.89 .919.
- JD Dudek: 39, 7-5-12
- Vincent Desharnais: 39, 5-7-12
Providence is going to the dance, selection show is late this afternoon. Hawkey is the key player here, Oilers gave up a fifth rounder for him. Desharnais, also a Providence player, is less likely imo to sign with Peter Chiarelli gone. Based on rumor and hearsay, that may also apply with John Marino, who is eligible for another year of college hockey.
If Hawkey is signed, he’ll no doubt be a part of a four man minor league prospect group that includes Shane Starrett (36, 2.27 .921 in Bakersfield), Dylan Wells (22, 3.04 .912 in Wichita and 9, 3.01 .902 in the AHL) and Stuart Skinner (33, 3.32 .900 in Wichita and 6, 2.99 .879 in the AHL).
Starrett as a No. 3 goalie (starter in the AHL and first recall) makes sense to me, wonder if the new general manager will feel the same way. My guess for NHL-AHL depth chart next season:
- Mikko Koskinen 1A
- Anders Nilsson or Brian Elliott 1B
- Shane Starrett
- Dylan Wells
- Stuart Skinner
- Hayden Hawkey