Eight Days a Week

The entire ‘rebuild’ process came about because the Oilers (and its fans) were sick of finishing 8-10 each spring. Either the team would miss the playoffs, draft No. 14, or make the playoffs and watch the Stars (of Dallas) align. What the Oilers now need is a group of players who look a lot like MacT’s best teams: Smyth, Moreau, Grier, Marchant, Murray. Tough, skilled and willing to bring the work boots. How do they get there from here?

THE ATHLETIC!

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!Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The pressure’s squarely on Bob Nicholson to make right GM hire for Oilers.

  • New Lowetide: The Oilers possible summer trade pieces, and which longtime players might be saying goodbye.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ten prospects likely to be available when the Oilers make their first-round pick.
  • New Corey Pronman: The Athletic’s 2019 NHL Mock Draft (lottery edition): Devils get the No. 1 pick.
  • New Jonathan Willis: Bob Nicholson mostly says the right things, but stalls on making changes to the Oilers.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers Report Cards: Few passing grades remain in season full of failure.
  • Lowetide: How winning the draft lottery and drafting Jack Hughes could transform the Oilers.
  • Lowetide: The Oilers have a trio of Condors blue pushing and all three are tracking well. How does this group compare to the Petry, Chorney, Wild college men from a decade ago?
  • 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.
  • 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.

TOP 10 MOCK

  1. New Jersey Devils: LC Jack Hughes, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Team that scored just 222 goals (10 fewer than Edmonton) races to the podium to grab the best prospect in the draft.
  2. New York Rangers: R Kappo Kakko, Turku (Sm-Liiga). Big winger gets the big stage. Rangers moving up hurts the Oilers, as they were the one team that would be a lock to take the Russian.
  3. Chicago Blackhawks: LD Bowen Byram, Vancouver Giants (WHL). In the last two drafts, ‘Hawks have chosen Henri Jokiharju and Adam Boqvist (both RHD). Byram would give the team a trio of blue that will one day rock the west every night. Lordy.
  4. Colorado Avalanche: RC Kirby Dach, Saskatoon Blades (WHL). This has to be a disappointing spot for the Avs, but Dach is a terrific consolation prize. I’m guessing the Oilers will make an effort to trade up into this area.
  5. Los Angeles Kings: R Vasili Podkolzin, St. Petersburg (MHL). The Kings aren’t regular Russian shoppers, but Podkolzin’s range of skills and physical maturity should have appeal for an organization that needs to fast track.
  6. Detroit Red Wings: LC Alex Turcotte, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Fits the Red Wings template and had an impressive healthy run late in the season. In seven March games, he went 5-12-17 with 24 shots.
  7. Buffalo Sabres: R Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge (WHL). It might look impossible, but if the Russian goes top five then someone is moving down to this spot. I don’t think there’s the width of a quarter between Dach and Cozens.
  8. Edmonton Oilers: LC Peyton Krebs, Kootenay (WHL). I think he’ll be a LW when all is said and done. Exceptional skill (he played on a hideous team), he has quick feet and great hands. Had five points in five games (2-3-5) at the Hlinka-Gretzky. He isn’t NHL-ready.
  9. Anaheim Ducks: LC Trevor Zegras, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Small forward who is elusive and highly skilled.
  10. Vancouver Canucks: L Matthew Boldy, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Bigger winger with skill, he’s strong on the puck and can score goals.

2019 OILERS MOCK

  • No. 8 overall— LC Peyton Krebs, Kootenay (WHL). I think he’s a better fit for this organization than the USHL kids above. Krebs can play center or wing, is creative, anticipates well and can skate. He’s quick and that works will all three Oilers centers. He’s the pick if the seven go as above. Pretty sure. Good shooter too.
  • No. 38 overall—LC Blake Murray, Sudbury Wolves (OHL). He’s a big center with size and scored 30 goals this season. Good speed, forechecker, not much of a downside.
  • No. 89 overall— LD Artemi Knyazev, Chicoutimi (QMJHL). ISS description is intriguing: two-way defenceman … excellent skater … strong puck-mover … makes a good first pass … stands up at the blue-line … confidence in his mobility.
  • No. 100 overall —R Alex Beaucage, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL). At pick No. 100, I start looking for outliers and Beaucage might me one. Great wrister, fine passer, he’s a sniper. Speed is average. He’s 6.02, 192. Either a sleeper or draft and follow.
  • No. 163 overall—L Michal Mrazek, Rogle (Swedish SuperElite). Big winger with skill and a plus shot. Good skater.
  • No. 193 overall— R Yaroslav Likhachyov, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). Skill winger with great hands, speed average.

Matty writes an article that I believe aligns with a certain sector of the fan base. Bob Nicholson may feel this way as well, but for a big part of Oilersnation an outsider is key. I don’t think Nicholson has the torque (a combination of power and goodwill) to name Gretzky general manager.

Keith Gretzky’s big selling point (in my opinion) is improvement in the prospect base and the pipeline to pro. The heart of the order isn’t here yet, but this fall the Condors might look like this:

  • The strength of this group is on defense, and that should allow the team to trade from strength to address weakness.
  • The forward group is generally disregarded, but I think Benson, Marody and Yamamoto should be considered legit NHL prospects. Outliers that might play 100 NHL games in support roles include Gambardella and Currie.
  • The goalies are all matriculating, difficult to pick the winner from here.

For me, that’s the top argument for Keith Gretzky, but it’s one dimension of a general manager. The Oilers can keep Gretzky in that role and have him build on it. Here’s the Condors team as it looked on the day of Gretzky’s arrival (2016-17):

The current group is better, but names like Benson, Jones, Bear and Lagesson were drafted before his arrival.

I think Gretzky as AGM with someone like Ken Holland might work, but I don’t think many fans (certainly readers of this blog) would agree with my opinion on it.

Nicholson is going to have to hire a Gillis or McCrimmon, and those men may not come here unless there’s a liberal flattening of the current front office. Rock, meet hard place.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning and we cover the wide world of sports in two hours, beginning at 10. TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Kent Wilson, The Athletic. Flames in the playoffs! We’ll preview the series.
  • Scott Wheeler, The Athletic. The 2019 draft and Maple Leafs playoffs.
  • Kris Abbott, OddsShark. We’ll chat The Masters and NHL playoffs.

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  1. leadfarmer says:

    Playoff ghost Eberle with a goal

  2. Rebillled says:

    leadfarmer,

    He can’t score in the playoffs after being in them once.

  3. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Watching the lightning game. It feels strange watching a hockey team consistently complete passes.

  4. Todd Macallan says:

    The Isles going further in the playoffs than the Leafs after Tavares leaving would make me smile.

  5. jake70 says:

    leadfarmer:
    Playoff ghost Eberle with a goal

    Didn’t take him long did it…..cry or laugh I don’t know.

  6. Rebillled says:

    jake70,

    Barzal and Ebs are the first Conn Smythe co-winners this year.

  7. jake70 says:

    Rebillled:
    jake70,

    Barzal and Ebs are the first Conn Smythe co-winners this year.

    Shut up man ….shut up. (kidding)

  8. knighttown says:

    Professor Q: When both of those writers repeatedly rate Edmonton players and prospects lower than they should be, like, much lower, and don’t give nearly enough credit, while giving reasonings that even blind people can see through if they actually watched the prospects, then that’s certainly a conclusion one has to come to.

    When Pronman ranked Bouchard like 25th in current NHL prospects, and gave the reasoning that he just hasn’t sustained the offence from last year nor was lighting the OHL up at the time, Bouchard had come back from his Edmonton stint and had scored in like 18 straight Knights games, most of which were wins (they had won quite a bit in a row, all since his return).

    He also had like 28 points in 22 games or something ridiculous like that (leading in Ps and PPG, with fewer games played). His logic didn’t hold up and he didn’t like The Athletic commenters pointing that out to him. It is not the first time he’s been like this with Edmonton players.

    (My numbers aren’t perfect, but give the general idea)

    You do know this is a bit of a running joke eh? Literally every team thinks Pronman hates their players. What exactly would be his MO here? Here’s a guy trying to carve out a career in a field that almost doesn’t exist. He exclusively writes about NHL prospects and gets paid to do so. And your theory is that some irrational hatred of the Oilers causes him to purposefully underrate how good Oilers prospects are? Why would he do this? It has zero upside (his projections don’t hurt the Oilers in any way) and has only downside (he’ll look bad and possibly get fired if he’s wrong).

    Isn’t it possible that this is the way he feels about the player (for wrong or right)?

    For example, I quite liked the Bouchard pick and was pleased he fell to 10. I really wanted Hughes but that didn’t happen. I would have been content with Wahlstrom or Dobson.

    After his NHL and Team Canada stint I had and still do have serious concerns. I found he really struggled to get to the spots he needs to get to to be successful. Call it skating or call it urgency…it doesn’t really matter…but I was spooked. Perhaps Pronman was too?

    But his blistering playoffs is a major up arrow.

    The key question someone asked earlier is who I would have taken over him then and who i would now and if I had a do over I’d still take Bouchard over Dobson, Smith or Wahlstrom.

  9. leadfarmer says:

    Eberle with a sweet feed 2-1 isles

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    Guelph looking to avoid the London sweep up 3-1 in the 2nd. Samorukov with an assist.

  11. Dr. Taboggan says:

    The Bolts are pretty amazing. I don’t think there are more than five Oilers who could crack their starting lineup.

  12. Professor Q says:

    knighttown,

    Yes, I suppose you’re right.

  13. Rebillled says:

    jake70,

    I never lie about the future. Sorry.

  14. Glovjuice says:

    JOFA: This!
    Let’s stop with the crap that the farm team is filled with prospects thanks to KG.
    How many of the ‘high end prospects’ are high end skaters? Jones, McLeod,and maybe Yamo? Will Yamo and Mcleod ever pan out?

    Yamo is NOT a high end skater. Zero separation speed. It’s Yak all over again but way smaller.

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM: No Marody? He’s got the best p/gp of any rookie, IIRC.

    Yes, his PPG is actually higher but this is a 6-person team so I guess there was another center chosen over him.

    Marody is a year old than the raw 20 year old rookie like Benson – could be a factor.

  16. OriginalPouzar says:

    Again, I didn’t realize that lack of elite speed, wait, specifically high end separation speed, is a 100% requirement for NHL success – weird that Eberle is playoff performing right now with any such attribute. Seems Ryan Strome had a good 2nd half of the year without such speeds. Chiasson scored 20 something goals without good speed.

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hoping to see Yamamoto back in the lineup for the Condors later this morning.

  18. tileguy says:

    Eberle with 2 points, fuck lord, please don’t make me eat crow.

  19. leadfarmer says:

    Glovjuice: Yamo is NOT a high end skater. Zero separation speed. It’s Yak all over again but way smaller.

    He has something else going for him though.
    That motor, while it might not be an 8 speed, has no quit
    He will be a poor mans Viktor Arvidsson

  20. knighttown says:

    Professor Q:
    knighttown,

    Yes, I suppose you’re right.

    Now I’m confused. This isn’t how “the internet” is done. You’re supposed to call me an asshole and talk over and passed me.

    I’m not sure how to play this…

  21. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Someone needs to tell Pavelski he needs to go to KHL because of his skating

    You don’t need to be fast to play fast

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bouchard with an assist on a goal 12 seconds in to the third as London pulls to within one goal.

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    Currie, Malone and Joe G. are all in the lineup tonight for the Bake – no word on Yama though which isn’t a great sign.

  24. Scungilli Slushy says:

    leadfarmer:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Someone needs to tell Pavelski he needs to go to KHL because of his skating

    You don’t need to be fast to play fast

    The thing is ‘now’ it’s harder to be a contributor if you can’t get to the play. Passenger.

    Which is ok if you’re Pavelski, Eberle, Drai and you have hockey brains and an top notch finishing ability.

    Those would be the exception not the rule.

    Especially if a later pick. You have to go with the best odds. Not doing that has been baaad for the team in the past.

    To me shorter players and lighter guys need elite skating typically. Not in each case but typically. It’s ok to take 2nd and later round chances on talent with issues like Debrincat, but not first.

    Kailers biggest issue right now is remaining healthy enough to trend forward. I believe he has the mentality to get where he wants to go in some fashion

  25. Gerta Rauss says:

    knighttown: Now I’m confused.This isn’t how “the internet” is done.You’re supposed to call me an asshole and talk over and passed me.

    I’m not sure how to play this…

    LoL

  26. Gerta Rauss says:

    wow…CBJ comes all the way back from 3-0 to win game 1

  27. ArmchairGM says:

    Cullen still has the goods. What is he, 42?

  28. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    wow…CBJ comes all the way back from 3-0 to win game 1

    TB on the way to the greatest choke in history?

    Also I see Pittsburgh is getting away with literally everything penalty wise.

    Must be nice to get those non calls all the time.

  29. Pescador says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Watching the lightning game. It feels strange watching a hockey team consistently complete passes.

    I wonder if TB is on K.Russell no trade list?
    Let’s see how many points Kucherov gets with those sweet high glass “outlet ” passes

  30. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Lol penguins getting another sweet call from the refs

  31. leadfarmer says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Looks like a trip

  32. Pretendergast says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    quick hand pass from crosby in the netfront conveniently missed

  33. YKOil says:

    Re: Yamo

    I would heartily advise him to learn how to penalty kill. His future is 3rd line energy guy. Embrace it and be employed a long time, the alternative is Europe. imo

  34. Lowetide says:

    I’m a fan of Eberle and he’s had a fine game, but goodness he loses a lot of battles.

  35. Ice Sage says:

    and… Jultz!

  36. leadfarmer says:

    This is a heck of a game between isles and pens

  37. YKOil says:

    Wondering what a Nurse / Myers pairing would look like.

    Tall. Quite tall.

  38. Gerta Rauss says:

    Ice Sage:
    and… Jultz!

    on a 1 timer no less….he used to double clutch and send the wrister on to the net…wow

  39. Jaxon says:

    Oilers Early Post-Lottery Mock Draft Results:
    NHL.com Kimelman: Peyton Krebs (C)
    NHL.com Morreale: Victor Soderstrom (RD)
    NHL.com Lepage: Trevor Zegras (C)
    TSN Craig Button: Alex Turcotte (C)
    The Athletic’s Roundtable w/ Pronman: Trevor Zegras (C)
    MyNHLDraft.com: Peyton Krebs (C)
    Sportsnet: Kirby Dach (C)
    McKeen’s Hockey: Matthew Boldy (LW)
    DraftSite: Philip Broberg (LD)
    Steve Kournianos The Draft Analyst: Peyton Krebs (C)
    Simon Vacca on Fansided: Bowen Byram (LD)

    Krebs: 3
    Zegras: 2
    6 players with 1 occurrence.

    Personally, I’d like to see them go for Kaliyev, Lavoie, or Pelletier (assuming Cozens is long gone). Shoot-first snipers to benefit from the elite level of passers on the Oilers in McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins, and even Benson and MArody coming up are more passers than shooters. Kaliyev, Lavoie and Pelletier have shown elite levels of goal scoring and are in pretty heady company historically. Not sure about Caufield. His size worries me (should I be letting go of that bias?) and with the way the development team works down in the states, I’m not sure who is zooming who when that team is so loaded. Krebs and Dach would be pretty amazing, too, though. As would Byram, but I doubt he’s still there.

  40. Wilde says:

    Jaxon: (should I be letting go of that bias?)

    yes

  41. Jaxon says:

    Lavoie’s 13 goals in 11 games going into the 3rd round of playoffs (they won their series tonight) is special. Since 2004-05 (Crosby’s draft year), these are the top under-19-year-old goal scorers in the Q playoffs:
    ’08 – Paul Byron – 19GP – 21G (draft+1)
    ’07 – Brad Marchand – 20GP – 16G (draft+1)
    ’11 – Jonathan Huberdeau – 19GP – 16G (draft season)
    ’16 – Anthony Beauvillier – 21GP – 15G (draft+1)
    ’05 – Sidney Crosby – 13GP – 14G (draft season)
    ’19 – Raphael Lavoie – 10GP – 13G
    ’14 – Jonathan Drouin – 16GP – 13G (draft+1)
    ’12 – Nathan MacKinnon – 17GP – 13G (draft-1)
    ’11 – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – 24GP – 13G (draft season)

    Even if he slows down a bit there is a good chance he ends up 2nd on this list. Everyone on that list has scored at least 19 goals in a season.

    EDIT: I was filtering by age and realized it included draft+1 seasons. I’ve indicated draft+1, Draft, and draft-1 (MacKinnon). Now the list looks more like this for draft or draft-1 players:

    ’11 – Jonathan Huberdeau – 19GP – 16G (draft season)
    ’05 – Sidney Crosby – 13GP – 14G (draft season)
    ’19 – Raphael Lavoie – 10GP – 13G
    ’12 – Nathan MacKinnon – 17GP – 13G (draft-1)
    ’11 – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – 24GP – 13G (draft season)

  42. Ice Sage says:

    Maroon, Schultz, Eberle, Perron… who said the Oilers didn’t develop good playoff players????

  43. Jaxon says:

    Wilde: yes

    I was ready to let go, but Yamamoto has me a bit nervous along with a few others like Petan, Mascherin and Mangiapane.

  44. geowal says:

    Ice Sage:
    Maroon, Schultz, Eberle, Perron… who said the Oilers didn’t develop goodplayoff players????

    That bum Eberle already has 2 points. 2017was all part of his strategy to get traded.

  45. JOFA says:

    Happy for the Isles. Great fans. Wow! Great game😊

  46. JOFA says:

    That was an amazing start to the playoffs. Love the first round. Go Isles!

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto not in the lineup still. Geez.

    Condors up 2-1 in the 2nd – Gust from Jones and Russell and Currie from Lowe and Marody.

  48. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Yamamoto not in the lineup still. Geez.

    Condors up 2-1 in the 2nd – Gust from Jones and Russell and Currie from Lowe and Marody.

    Are you watching? Just curious the lines and pairings, if you know.

    Edit: Benson-Marody-Currie are apparently together again

  49. Glovjuice says:

    Scungilli Slushy: The thing is ‘now’ it’s harder to be a contributor if you can’t get to the play. Passenger.

    Which is ok if you’re Pavelski, Eberle, Drai and you have hockey brains and an top notch finishing ability.

    Those would be the exception not the rule.

    Especially if a later pick. You have to go with the best odds. Not doing that has been baaad for the team in the past.

    To me shorter players and lighter guys need elite skating typically. Not in each case but typically. It’s ok to take 2nd and later round chances on talent with issues like Debrincat, but not first.

    Kailers biggest issue right now is remaining healthy enough to trend forward. I believe he has the mentality to get where he wants to go in some fashion

    This is a much better and articulate response than I would have posted. So, as the cool kids say…This. It will be proven right.

  50. Ryan says:

    Nice goal by Pavelski

  51. Ryan says:

    Ryan:
    Nice goal by Pavelski

    Pretty sure if Drew Remenda was doing color for this game, he’d tell stories about Pavelski spending 20 minutes after every practice tipping pucks in off his face.

  52. Jaxon says:

    A similar exercise for Arthur Kaliyev’s regular season goal total of 51. It puts him in some pretty special company in the O since the 2005 draft season eligible players:

    ’07 – John Tavares – 67GP – 72G (draft-2!!!)
    ’07 – Patrick Kane – 58GP – 62G
    ’08 – Steve Stamkos – 61GP – 58G
    ’09 – John Tavares – 56GP – 58G
    ’16 – Alex Debrincat – 60GP – 51G
    ’19 – Arthur Kaliyev – 67GP – 51G
    ’15 – Alex Debrincat – 68GP – 51G (draft-1)
    ’10 – Jeff Skinner – 64GP – 50G

    ’15 – Connor McDavid – 47GP – 44G
    ’10 – Taylor Hall – 57GP – 40G

    Those numbers should be hard to ignore no matter how divisive he is. His coaches say he has great character and is very coachable.

    From Pronman’s articale about how divisive Kaliyev is with scouts:
    “Arthur is one of the most dynamic players I’ve coached in the OHL in my six years here. I coached Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat. In my opinion, Arthur is just as good a player as either of those two,” said Vince Laise, the acting coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

    Laise was formerly an assistant coach with Erie.

    “Arthur has the ability to find the back of the net just as those two did at the same age,” Laise said. “They differ in play styles but all achieve what NHL organizations look for. Arthur is more than just a power play producer, his underlying value is his ability to produce at even strength and his playmaking. He’s been as coachable as they come and a pleasure to work with.”

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    Currie now has three goals in the 2nd period. All of them assisted by Marody and two assisted by Benson.

    With the three added to the lineup, the offensive depth is back and this team is real tough to defend. Can’t wait until Yamamoto is back in the offence and then, next year, with Maksimov, Safin and McLeod added to the forward group (likely losing one or two forwards to the NHL though).

    Jones, Lagesson and Bear likely to see NHL time next year but Bouchard and Samorukov added.

    Real prospects. Real talent.

    Love it.

  54. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: Are you watching? Just curious the lines and pairings, if you know.

    Edit: Benson-Marody-Currie are apparently together again

    Nope – I’m on a bullet train somewhere between Tokyo and Kyoto.

  55. JimmyV1965 says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    The Bolts are pretty amazing. I don’t think there are more than five Oilers who could crack their starting lineup.

    That really says it all. Our team is that bad. Although I do think Larsson could make it to. He would look better on a structured team IMO.

  56. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar: Nope – I’m on a bullet train somewhere between Tokyo and Kyoto.

    Right. Hope you’re enjoying the trip!

  57. OriginalPouzar says:

    Thanks buddy. So far so good (except for the weather). Tokyo is one crazy city.

  58. Philosophil says:

    oilersfan,

    Solid insight and reasoning on turcotte v Krebs. Picking 8 is just on the fringe of potential first line talent. Any thoughts on Lavoie, given jaxons breakdown in this thread ?

  59. London Jon says:

    who:
    I don’t have a problem with Keith as GM if he is the best man for the job. I’m just not sure that Bob is qualified to make that decision.
    In my mind they should leave Bob on the business side. Let him manage the building and the ice district.
    Ideally they would have a hockey guy overseeing the hockey ops.
    Maybe a Ken Holland type mentoring Keith for a few years would work. I dunno.
    That’s the problem with whoever they hire. None of us really know much about the candidates. A lot of damage gets done in a short period of time if it’s the wrong guy. Chia made the Reinhart trade a month into the job. It is still probably his worst move. No way to avoid that one unless someone higher up has to approve every move.

    Just keep Keith as AGM for now – exactly where he was and seemingly doing a good job.

    Don’t Peter Principle him yet.

    Is he saying make me GM or I leave? I doubt it.

    Is her anywhere near the top of any other teams list of GM candidates? I doubt it.

    Fresh blood is needed to clean house and eliminate the source and stench of all this failure.

    Nicholson should be made to fire all or the main culprits and then Katz should fire him. Replace with new POHO that hires new GM and everyone else.

    We waited far too long to fire PC when it was clear he wasn’t competent. And look at the extra damage he was allowed to do. We can’t let Nicholson do the same.

  60. London Jon says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Yamamoto not in the lineup still. Geez.

    Condors up 2-1 in the 2nd – Gust from Jones and Russell and Currie from Lowe and Marody.

    No slowdown or dip in performance from Benson or Marody. Great to see.

    A good, healthy, consistent season from Benson. I think he’s going to be a solid, two way, middle six winger that produces well and can move up the lineup. So good to see him playing a lot of games. Seems like he has a great attitude and is a leader.

    Marody I’m less sure of how he pans out. I’ve watched a fair few condors games but not as many as you OP and others. Does he make the Oilers next year? As a 3W or maybe even a 3C?

    Benson-Marody have chem so maybe they get, say, someone with some size and speed like Khaira on RW and that makes a productive, two way third line?

  61. Maoriduvpoojt says:

    deardylan:
    Peyton Krebs Highlight Reel, Yes some sniping going on..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLOgBIUfkk2BM-cUI3qauJS9yRkIQj5oDH&v=Xe8-SJ4t6eY

    Other End of the Ice: -77 in WHL

    Hard to project his defensive skills since his team was so bad although he did have +/- of -77 in last 3 years and was 2nd worst in terms of +/- this year with -50.

    Is his confidence still there after going through 3 seasons of +/- pain?

    Cale Fleury was -118 in just over 200 GP in 3 seasons plus his last in Kootenay where he played 17 games. After getting traded to Regina he was plus 23. Fleury, a Dman was a 3rd round draft pick.

    Brett Davis, a 6th rounder, is the only other NHL draft pick that Krebs has played with in the past 2 years. Davis was -20 in 72 GP last season and -24 in 24 GP this season. He was traded to Red Deer this year and was -1 in 41 GP.

    Only 1 goalie had a better than 90% save percentage in the past 2 years, and that was Jesse Makaj last, who went .935 in 1 GP (an OT loss). This season, he is .878 in 39 GP; this is the best save percentage on the team. He has a win/loss record of 5-22-3.

    Last season, Brady Brkin went 7-12 and .874, but was traded (or left the team and played some games with Lloydminster in the AJHL) to Spokane where he finished the season 4-2 .913. This season he went 27-11-2 and .914 and in the playoffs he is 7-1 and .930.

    So the team is basically putrid. Krebs has only played 17 games (at most) with a legitimate NHL prospect in the last 2 years. His +/- means nothing, but he might need some work in his own end.

    Whoever drafts him absolutely has to get him out of Kootenay ASAP, like Drai in PA.

  62. The Trade Guy says:

    NHL Scouts update their draft board profiles.

    Nolan Maier – BIG GAME GOALIE!

  63. The Trade Guy says:

    Maoriduvpoojt: Cale Fleury was -118 in just over 200 GP in 3 seasons plus his last in Kootenay where he played 17 games.After getting traded to Regina he was plus 23.Fleury, a Dman was a 3rd round draft pick.

    Brett Davis, a 6th rounder, is the only other NHL draft pick that Krebs has played with in the past 2 years.Davis was -20in 72 GP last season and -24 in 24 GP this season.He was traded to Red Deer this year and was -1 in 41 GP.

    Only 1 goalie had a better than 90% save percentage in the past 2 years, and that was Jesse Makaj last, who went .935 in 1 GP (an OT loss).This season, he is .878 in 39 GP; this is the best save percentage on the team.He has a win/loss record of 5-22-3.

    Last season, Brady Brkin went 7-12 and .874, but was traded (or left the team and played some games with Lloydminster in the AJHL) to Spokane where he finished the season 4-2 .913.This season he went 27-11-2 and .914 and in the playoffs he is 7-1 and .930.

    So the team is basically putrid.Krebs has only played 17 games (at most) with a legitimate NHL prospect in the last 2 years.His +/- means nothing, but he might need some work in his own end.

    Whoever drafts him absolutely has to get him out of Kootenay ASAP, like Drai in PA.

    Whoever drafts him has the job done for them since the team is moving to Winnipeg!

  64. Maoriduvpoojt says:

    The Trade Guy: Whoever drafts him has the job done for them since the team is moving to Winnipeg!

    How does changing cities make the organization instantly better?

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