“All nemesis” week ends today, as the Oilers spend Tabernac Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. In a world rife with villains, the Ducks are beyond fiendish. If tonight’s game begins with 10 Oilers goals in the first period and no reply from Anaheim, fans will scream for 20. The Anaheim Ducks are older and faltering, the Getzlaf sneer and the Kesler snarl fading into history via injuries and maladies. Edmonton Oilers fans want the local heroes to hammer the Ducks, to humble Corey Perry and humble him again. If you think I’m kidding, you don’t know Edmonton. Only complete ruination will suffice.
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. INSANE NEW OFFER IS HERE!
- New Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the giant talent pool that is the USHL.
- Lowetide: How the Oilers can shop for a big bang on a small budget
- Jonathan Willis: How the Oilers can turn their prospect depth into the blueline of a contender.
- Lowetide: What Mark Hunter’s draft record in Toronto means for his Oilers GM candidacy.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 78
- Oilers in 2015: 30-41-7, 67 points; goal differential -36
- Oilers in 2016: 44-25-9, 97 points; goal differential +31
- Oilers in 2017: 34-38-6, 74 points; goal differential -36
- Oilers in 2018: 34-34-9, 77 points; goal differential -23
OILERS IN MARCH
- Oilers in March 2016: 7-7-0, 14 points; goal differential -2
- Oilers in March 2017: 9-3-1, 19 points; goal differential +17
- Oilers in March 2018: 7-5-2, 16 points; goal differential +4
- Oilers in March 2019: 7-4-2, 16 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 2-0-2)
- Overall expected result: 5-5-4, 14 points in 14 games
- Current results: 7-4-2, 16 points in 13 games
OILERS ALL-TIME MINOR LEAGUE SCORERS AT 20
- Miro Satan 1994-95 Cape Breton Oilers: 25, 24-16-40 (1.60)
- Daniel Cleary 1999-00 Hamilton Bulldogs: 58, 22-52-74 (1.28)
- Steven Rice 1991-92 Cape Breton Oilers: 45, 32-20-52 (1.16)
- Tyler Benson 2018-19 Bakersfield Condors: 61, 14-47-61 (1.00)
- Mike Toal 1979-80 Houston Apollos: 76, 31-45-76 (1.00)
All but one in the group had an NHL career, Toal arriving at a time when the Oilers were producing two HHOF forwards a year (incredible). I know the plan is to have Benson stay in the AHL next season, but imo you can project him, along with Cooper Marody and Caleb Jones, as NHL-ready.
Condors clinched a playoff spot last night, the first time since becoming Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in 2015. Josh Currie leads the franchise in all major categories (skaters) and will no doubt be back in California for the playoffs.
We’ll talk about this as the spring yields to summer, but the estimated time of arrival on some prospects has changed in recent months. Dmitri Samorukov appears to have shortened his NHL timeline, but must of course continue to develop. Kailer Yamamoto? Going the wrong way.
- Fall 2019: Caleb Jones, Cooper Marody, Tyler Benson, Joel Persson, Joe Gambardella, William Lagesson.
- Winter 2019: Evan Bouchard
- Fall 2020: Ethan Bear, Kailer Yamamoto, Dmitri Samorukov
The rest of the matriculating group will let us know when they’re ready to project, some of these junior forwards have to make a major leap to the AHL in the next 12 months.
JUJHAR KHAIRA STATUS
Matty has JJ Khaira likely in tonight.
John Marino’s Harvard team lost yesterday at the NCAA Men’s Hockey Championships, meaning his season is over. Marino can return to Harvard for his senior year, sign with Edmonton, or notify the team he’ll be turning pro as a free agent ala Matt Benning with the Boston Bruins (and Justin Schultz before him). If that occurs, expect the Oilers to quickly trade Marino in a “Tobias Rieder for Kale Kessy” calibre exchange. Marino is quality.