It goes by so damned quickly. One day you’re trying to figure out how to pronounce Dragan Umicevic and the next minute you’re wondering if Jesse Puljujarvi has played his last game as an Oiler. Get ready for a summer of sale on sail on.
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 Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers have another problem to solve: Lifting the cloud over a clearly frustrated Connor McDavid
- New Lowetide: What’s going on with Connor McDavid’s with or without you numbers?
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The four blows that set up the knockout of the Oilers from playoff contention.
- New Jonathan Willis: The Oilers’ failures of 2018-19 will cost people their careers.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Chipped teeth, playing DJ and lots of Game of Thrones: A week in the life of Darnell Nurse.
- New Lowetide: Kailer Yamamoto’s first pro season a cause for concern.
- 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: The Oilers made a rare move and shopped the QMJHL at the 2018 draft. It could happen again.
- Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers draft early, the WHL is loaded and there’s a lot of history.
- Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the OHL.
OILERS AFTER 80
- Oilers in 2015: 30-43-7, 67 points; goal differential -42
- Oilers in 2016: 45-26-9, 99 points; goal differential +32
- Oilers in 2017: 34-40-6, 74 points; goal differential -39
- Oilers in 2018: 34-37-9, 77 points; goal differential -32
OILERS IN APRIL
- Oilers in April 2016: 1-1-0, two points; goal differential -1
- Oilers in April 2017: 1-1-0, two points; goal differential -1
- Oilers in April 2018: 1-1-0, zero points; goal differential -2
- Oilers inApril2019: 0-2-0, zero points; goal differential -6
WHAT TO EXPECT IN APRIL
- On the road to: Vegas, Colorado (Expected 0-2-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
- At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Calgary (Expected: 1-0-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 1-2-1, three points in 4 games
- Current results: 0-2-0, zero points in 2 games
- No. 8 overall—RC Kirby Dach, Saskatoon Blades (WHL). Dach falling to No. 8 seems unlikely, but Button has him No. 15. Dach would be a perfect fit for the current Oilers. He’s big, fast, skilled, RHC, has impressive reach. He would need some time to mature, he would need to establish he can stay healthy, and I bet every team that talks about him wants him to shoot more.
- No. 39 overall—R Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John (QMJHL). Explosive speed and highly skilled, his rankings are all over the map. Nolan Foote is also available in this range, but I like the speedster, he can play either wing.
- No. 88 overall— F Samuel Fagemo, Frolunda (SHL). I am going to keep listing him until someone drafts him. Great shot, quick release.
- No. 101 overall —R Dmitri Sheshin, Magnitogorsk (MHL). Pure goal scorer, about the size of Yvan Cournoyer when he was 17.
- No. 163 overall— L Nando Eggenberger, Oshawa Generals (OHL). Two-way talent, enjoying a solid year in the OHL (he was eligible last season).
- No. 194 overall—L Brooklyn Kalmikov, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL). Good skater, some skill, good hands and he’s quick. May 2001
I’ve been thinking about JP lately, he was in town not long ago and it reminded me of just how many things went sideways in 2018-19. Even in a season when a franchise misses the playoffs, progress can be made.
Jesse Puljujarvi’s season was not successful. I blame the Edmonton Oilers. Why? In all three seasons of JP’s career with the team, he has spent time in both Edmonton and Bakersfield. In total, Puljujarvi went 53, 15-22-37. In the NHL, he played 139 games, 17-20-37. His 5-on-5 per 60 over the three seasons? 1.14 per 60. His 5-on-5 per 60 with Connor McDavid? 2.06, as per NTS.
You know, I’ve watched these kids come from the cities and the farms over many decades, and am always struck by the blind faith placed in hockey men during such an important development time. One thing I hope? If you have a son who is eligible to be drafted by an NHL team, know your options and find good representation. Let this be the Oilers last Puljujarvi. I am sick to death of this.
SAIL ON, TYLER DELLOW
Dammit all, anyway. This is beyond maddening.
Oilers fans should be thrilled with Connor McDavid’s recent comments and public frustration. If the captain can take Katz from “Holland and Keith Gretzky” to “Mr. Yzerman, come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs!” then he will have done all breathing Oilers fans an enormous favor. We wait.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we celebrate a beautiful day and have some very cool guests. TSN1260, scheduled to appear:
- Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. Bruce has done the ‘next morning’ summary many times on the Lowdown, not sure how much he’ll have to say about last night. Never worry, we’ll chat all things Oiler.
- Jonny Campbell, OddsShark.com. Final Four basketball, MLB early trends.
- Marshall Ferguson, TSN1150 Hamilton. The Alliance crashes, what does it mean to the CFL?
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!