Among Tabernac Saturdays, this one has several extra cruel points. Playing provincial rivals in their barn, while knowing the game result has no impact on either team’s future. At 11 tonight, Edmonton goes home, a miserable season reaching its merciful end. Calgary? Playoffs start next week. It is, all told, a rueful Tabernac Saturday.
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, the republic of Finland and the 2019 draft.
- New Lowetide: Will the new GM continue the Oilers aggressive pursuit of college free agents?
- New Jonathan Willis: Connor McDavid’s frustration should be seen by the Oilers as a warning of possible disaster.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers have another problem to solve: Lifting the cloud over a clearly frustrated Connor McDavid
- 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 82
- Oilers in 2015: 31-43-8, 70 points; goal differential -38
- Oilers in 2016: 47-26-9, 103 points; goal differential +36
- Oilers in 2017: 36-40-6, 78 points; goal differential -38
- Oilers in 2018: 34-38-9, 77 points; goal differential -33
OILERS IN APRIL
- Oilers in April 2016: 1-1-2, four points; goal differential -1
- Oilers in April 2017: 2-2-0, four points; goal differential 0
- Oilers in April 2018: 3-1-0, six points; goal differential -2
- Oilers in April 2019: 0-3-0, zero points; goal differential -7
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 0-1-0)
- 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: 0-3-0, zero points in 3 games
- Leon scoring 50 would be good for the soul.
- Tobias Rieder scoring tonight would be a nice bonus.
- Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal join Edmonton on the outside.
- Much of Canada will hate watch Calgary, Toronto and build resentment toward Winnipeg. Hey, I’m just telling the truth.
- Josh Currie got sent back to Bakersfield. I’m thinking of running playoff GDT’s. Thoughts?
- For some reason, the Connor McDavid comments are still lingering. It might have something to do with media, who keep bringing it up day after day. So, allow me to bring it up today.
- Connor McDavid didn’t come to Edmonton to fail. He committed to eight years after previously committing to three. That’s 11 years! Longer than many marriages. Calm your tits.
I went another round with a reader on Kaliyev yesterday. It wasn’t an angry exchange, more a curio. I think Kaliyev is miscast as a one dimensional power play option, a perimeter player who is lucky to get his points (Steve Shutt had the same rep btw).
Kaliyev is a talented 5-on-5 player. In fact, according to prospect-stats.com, he is a close second in the OHL (U18, over 20 games) with a 0.70 primary points-per-game total. He leads draft eligible players in the category.