Landslide

Ken Holland does a few things that increase the talent pool available to his teams. Aside from using draft and development, aside from signing college free agents, Holland created a welcoming environment for the aged during his time as Detroit Red Wings general manager. His last Stanley team boasted two men 40+ (Dom Hasek, Chris Chelios) and 11 men in their 30’s, including seven 34+. Holland isn’t down on the aged.

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 OFFER IS HERE!

  • New Lowetide: What will Ken Holland see in Evan Bouchard?
  • New Lowetide: Does Oilers’ signing of Joakim Nygard signal a measured approach to summer 2019?
  • Lowetide: Dave Tippett’s roster deployment in Arizona and what it might mean for the Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: Why Ken Holland’s worst years in Detroit tell us the most about how he’ll fare in Edmonton
  • Jonathan Willis: Three offseason scenarios and how each one would affect the Oilers salary cap
  • Lowetide: Examining the Oilers’ goaltending options in free agency.
  • Lowetide: Ken Holland’s Oilers could go the high octane procurement route but will need a driver
  • Lowetide: How much can Connor Brown help the Oilers?
  • Lowetide: Dmitri Samorukov is off to the Memorial Cup and is the Oilers’ fastest rising prospect
  • Jonathan Willis: Craig MacTavish leaves the Oilers, signalling the first major front office change under Ken Holland
  • Lowetide: What kind of coach should Ken Holland hire for the Oilers?
  • Jonathan Willis: Every Oilers AHL prospect, rated by how close they are to the NHL
  • Jonathan Willis: A resurgent Andrej Sekera gives the Oilers much-needed defensive options
  • Lowetide: Is Joe Gambardella destined to become the Oilers’ next Fernando Pisani?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Protector, supporter, confidant: Connor McDavid’s mom, Kelly, is his off-ice rock through good times and bad
  • Lowetide: An offseason plan for Ken Holland to remodel the Oilers roster.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland steadfast that buck stops with him as new Oilers GM.
  • Lowetide: How will Ken Holland proceed in Year 1 as Oilers general manager?
  • Jonathan Willis: What does the arrival of Ken Holland mean for the Oilers coaching search?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Prioritizing the roster issues that await Ken Holland in Edmonton.
  • Lowetide: Ken Holland’s procurement list for his rumored move to Edmonton will include front-office personnel
  • Jonathan Willis: A Milan Lucic trade is at the top of the to-do list for the Oilers’ next GM.

The older free agents

Many of the older free agents aren’t heading to Edmonton this winter. Joe Thornton plays guitar for the Beach Boys, Matt Cullen may say yes to Pittsburgh or Carolina, no to the rest. Here are a few possibilities.

G Mike Smith. This is a possibility in my opinion, especially if Dave Tippett becomes coach. Smith’s regular season even strength SP (.907) was poor but his playoff SP in the same discipline was .938 in five games. I’m not endorsing it but it could happen.

G Curtis McElhinney. Although he’s 36 and has posted a journeyman’s career, sometimes goalies go on runs of several years later on. He was rock solid in goal in 2018-19.

RC Jason Spezza. There are many things about his season that scream downbeat, including 1.03/60 5-on-5 scoring plus the coaches in Dallas preferred all of the other centers against elite competition. However, he can still make plays (4.10/60 at 5-on-4) and won’t cost a lot.

R Thomas Vanek. He was slow at 30, it’s gotten worse now that he’s 35. I don’t think you could employ Vanek and (say) Sam Gagner on the same team, but Vanek’s scoring ability (and PP acumen) make him an interesting target. Former DRW.

LC Valtteri Filppula. Another aged former DRW, Filppula is a center and PK’s. He posted 1.93/60 at 5-on-5 this past season. He’s an interesting option.

RD Anton Stralman. He played 37.3 percent of his minutes against elites last season, had a 47.40 DFF. If the Oilers traded Kris Russell and used Stralman as No. 2 RHD, that’s an interesting bet.

L Gustav Nyquist. In many ways, he would be the ideal free-agent signing for this team. Nyquist scored 2.1/60 at 5-on-5 and delivered 60 points. No idea if he’d sign but Nyquist would be an encouraging bet.

NHL COMBINE 2019

Since 2010, 40 of the 70 Oilers draft picks attended the NHL combine (coming up this week). In fact, using only the first three picks of each draft, 25 of 27 picks ’10-’18 were at the combine (Leon Draisaitl was the only attendee in 2014). If you’re wondering about the Oilers in the first 100 selections at the 2019 draft, pay close attention to the combine list (it is here).

Looking through the names, there are a few curios. I have Ronnie Attard at No. 20 on my USHL list, No. 85 overall. He is ranked No. 76 Central, putting him about No. 110 if you include all lists (my estimation). He is 20 and has a monster shot. Headed for Western Michigan.

There isn’t much out there on LHD Roman Bychkov beyond McKeens saying he is a smart defender with top-4D potential. Nothing about his boxcars implies he’s value on a top 100 pick but you never know. He did score a goal at the Hlinka-Gretzky.

Who isn’t on the list? Blake Murray and Maxim Cajkovic will be inside my final top 40 but do not appear. That isn’t unusual: My 2018 final list had Samuel Fagemo and Linus Nyman inside the top 35, neither man was drafted.

Kurt Leavins from the Cult of Hockey was first on the story and it appears Frederik Tiffels is on the Oilers’ radar. He’s a very good skater (that’s a theme so far this spring in procurement) and plays a responsible game. Can he deliver enough offense? That’s the question. I’m liking these targets currently. Here are his numbers (with NHLE) over the last three seasons:

2016-17: Western Michigan (NCHC) 37, 9-12-21 (NHLE: 20)

2017-18: Wheeling (ECHL) 44, 16-17-33 (NHLE: 10)

2018-19: Cologne (DEL) 27, 6-16-22 (NHLE: 19.7)

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

What an incredible weekend! We’ll chat all about it at 10 this morning, TSN1260. We get rolling at 10:20 with Gilbert McGregor from DAZN, as we put the Raptors win on Saturday night into context. Guy Flaming from the Pipeline Show follows with his opinion on the Memorial Cup and the 2019 draft. Jason Gregor will chat Raptors, Eskimos and Dave Tippett at 11:05. Text 10-1260 and tweet @Lowetide. It’ll be a blast!

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  1. godot10 says:

    //L Gustav Nyquist. In many ways, he would be the ideal free-agent signing for this team. Nyquist scored 2.1/60 at 5-on-5 and delivered 60 points. No idea if he’d sign but Nyquist would be an encouraging bet.//

    Louie Ericksson 2.0

    Man, stop signing 30-year olds to retirement contracts. Please. Have we learned nothing?

    Brandon Tanev is 27. There is a much better and cheaper bet.

  2. Woogie63 says:

    Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

    Trade for Miles Wood

    Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

  3. LadiesloveSmid says:

    I like Connolly, Ferland, Donskoi, Panik.

    At the right price/term, I’d have time for Nyquist/Johansson/Dzingel.

    Johansson’s injuries the past 2 seasons are a worry. Nyquist is 30 when the season starts and should command some term. Dzingel will get more than he’s worth IMO, should settle in at 35-40P.

  4. Alpine says:

    Woogie63:
    Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

    Trade for Miles Wood

    Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

    Ferland’s contract probably won’t be so subtle.

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    One thing about the much older guys like Vanek, Fillupula, Spezza (and Datsyuk) is the ability to do a performance bonus contract (all those guys are 35 plus).

    It may take guaranteed money in order to get them to come to Edmonton but the option is there to provide a little extra cap flexibility.

    I mentioned Spezza the other day as a potential for 3C and asked if his skill-set was OK for the 3C role – the answer I got was negative.

    Filppula is a very interesting thought…..

    I’m afraid of Nyquist now as I’ve realized his age and that his next contract is going to be his retirement contract and all in this 30s – I think there is buyer beware there.

  6. Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR says:

    A good analytics dept. would go a long way towards identifying potential under-the-radar targets that provide depth and don’t break the bank. It would at least increase the odds on some of the bets.

  7. McNuge93 says:

    Woogie63:
    Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

    Trade for Miles Wood

    Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

    Not sure about Ferland. He had a poor year especially the second half and playoff. His style of play may mean injuries start to take a toll.

  8. Reja says:

    godot10:
    //L Gustav Nyquist. In many ways, he would be the ideal free-agent signing for this team. Nyquist scored 2.1/60 at 5-on-5 and delivered 60 points. No idea if he’d sign but Nyquist would be an encouraging bet.//

    Louie Ericksson 2.0

    Man, stop signing 30-year olds to retirement contracts.Please.Have we learned nothing?

    Brandon Tanev is 27.There is a much better and cheaper bet.

    Would love to get Josh Anderson from the Jackets 25 years old signed one more year at 1.85. Big strong and fast shoot first winger that potted 27 last year easily scores 35 plus with Leon and Mcdavid. what’s it take to get a aspiring winger that’s on the cheap for now?

  9. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 2nd 2016-17
    2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15
    3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 7th 2017-18
    4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
    – 5th 2017-18
    5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
    – 7th 2018-19
    2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

    IMPORTANT UPDATE!! These Standings are no longer unofficial! They’re now VOID!!

    New Standings being prepared for future update.

    the DeathMarch Team

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    Spector is reporting the Tippet announcement will be tomorrow.

  11. Ben says:

    I like the Richard Panik idea. The Oilers haven’t had Dick Panik since the big gonorrhea outbreak at The Ranch in 2011.

  12. jtblack says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 2nd 2016-17
    2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15
    3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 7th 2017-18
    4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
    – 5th 2017-18
    5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
    – 7th 2018-19
    2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

    Common Fan. What is going to happen in 2019-2020?

  13. Nit64 says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 2nd 2016-17
    2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15
    3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 7th 2017-18
    4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
    – 5th 2017-18
    5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
    – 7th 2018-19
    2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

    Hunter, Perhaps you missed the answer to your question. HT Joe should be 2nd star.

    hunter1909: Did you used to be Heat Treater Joe? Before HT Joe?

    HT Joe:
    hunter1909,

    Yes, I just shortened the name at some point. I live in Edmonton.

  14. YKOil says:

    Cap Friendly says Tiffels last contract was terminated but I haven’t seen anything that explicitly says he is an UFA; what is his status?

  15. Psyche says:

    Maybe, Mr. Holland’s Opus includes a trio of St. Petersburg SKA forwards:

    Player GP-G-A-PTS
    Nikita Gusev 62-17-65-82
    Pavel Datysuk 54-12-30-42
    Nail Yakupov 47-23-10-33

    A point getter, a former Red Wing, and a beloved (and controversial) former Oiler. Music to my ears!

  16. RyMosh4 says:

    I love the idea of Filppula. Could be a great C for Jesse.

  17. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 2nd 2016-17
    2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15
    3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 7th 2017-18
    4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
    – 5th 2017-18
    5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
    – 7th 2018-19
    2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

    Wahoo
    https://cdn3.volusion.com/gnvdh.kdfvm/v/vspfiles/photos/33BST-4191-2.jpg

  18. Nit64 says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ unofficial Top Five Superstars of the Game:
    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 2nd 2016-17
    2 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15
    3 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 7th 2017-18
    4 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15
    – 5th 2017-18
    5 Romulus Apotheosis – 4th 2017-18
    – 7th 2018-19
    2019 copyright(c) deathMarch

    Hunter, This was the first full season Death March with a tiebreaker. If there were no tiebreaks for the other years your five stars should look like this:

    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 1st 2016-17 (tie)
    2 Heater Treat Joe aka HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 2nd 2015/16 (tie)
    – 7th 2017-18
    3 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15 (tie)
    4 Romulus Apotheosis – 2nd 2017-18 (tie)
    – 7th 2018-19
    5 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15 (tie)
    – 5th 2017-18 (tie)

  19. hunter1909 says:

    HunterDeathMarch Emergency Update!!

    HT Joe is the New Superstar DeathMarch™ Player!

    With a sparkling 3 Top Ten finishes HT Joe’s the Current Hunter1909 DeathMarch Superstar Player

    1 HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 3rd 2015-16
    – 7th 2017-18
    2
    3
    4
    5 Same order as before.

    Thank You for Your cooperation!

  20. hunter1909 says:

    Nit64: Hunter, This was the first full season Death March with a tiebreaker. If there were no tiebreaks for the other years your five stars should look like this:

    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 1st 2016-17 (tie)
    2 Heater Treat Joe aka HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 2nd 2015/16 (tie)
    – 7th 2017-18
    3 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15 (tie)
    4 Romulus Apotheosis – 2nd 2017-18 (tie)
    – 7th 2018-19
    5 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15 (tie)
    – 5th 2017-18 (tie)

    Nit64: Hunter, This was the first full season Death March with a tiebreaker. If there were no tiebreaks for the other years your five stars should look like this:

    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 1st 2016-17 (tie)
    2 Heater Treat Joe aka HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 2nd 2015/16 (tie)
    – 7th 2017-18
    3 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15 (tie)
    4 Romulus Apotheosis – 2nd 2017-18 (tie)
    – 7th 2018-19
    5 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15 (tie)
    – 5th 2017-18 (tie)

    You might be onto something. Just saw the list, and it read like Commonfan14 was in 2nd place. Will “look into it” lol

  21. Nit64 says:

    hunter1909: Please check the last post.

    What was the tiebreakers last year? Think CF14 has two first place finishes not a 1st and a 2nd. Hard to beat a pair of Aces.

  22. Nit64 says:

    hunter1909:
    You might be onto something. Just saw the list, and it read like Commonfan14 was in 2nd place. Will “look into it” lol

    Also Rom has a 2nd not a 4th 17/18. Same issue. Moves him up a spot?

  23. hunter1909 says:

    Nit64: What was the tiebreakers last year? Think CF14 has two first place finishes not a 1st and a 2nd. Hard to beat a pair of Aces.

    When the Superstar Five are eventually Incorporated into the Brand New Unofficial Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ Top Ten…

    Ht Joe, like Secretariat the 1970’s Super Racehorse has won 3X in the top 10 upcoming rankings which will automatically supercede the 5 Superstars list. DeathMarch™ prefers to keep things simple, and List

    HT Joe with his Gretzky like 3 seasons of Top 10 Domination…or

    Commonfan14 who is the Mario with the shorter career allegedly a 2X Winner which has it’s own statistical voice.

  24. hunter1909 says:

    Nit64: Also Rom has a 2nd not a 4th 17/18. Same issue. Moves him up a spot?

    There is a Red Book, and a Black Book.

    Which Book should your cash Donation be for…

    note: This might not be resolved until tomorrow, with the way things are rapidly spiralling out of control down here at DM™ HQ right now.

  25. Nit64 says:

    hunter1909: When the Superstar Five are eventually Incorporated into the Brand New Unofficial Hunter1909 DeathMarch™ Top Ten…

    Ht Joe, like Secretariat the 1970’s Super Racehorse has won 3X in the top 10 upcoming rankings which will automatically supercede the 5 Superstars list. DeathMarch™ prefers to keep things simple, and List

    HT Joe with his Gretzky like 3 seasons of Top 10 Domination…or

    Commonfan14 who is the Mario with the shorter career allegedly a 2X Winner which has it’s own statistical voice.

    Would go with the 2 cup winner (CF) vs the 3 playoff appearances (HT).

    These guys have been like that Pens/Hawks Cups streak alternating at 1st or 2nd the last four years.

  26. Professor Q says:

    Reja: Would love to get Josh Anderson from the Jackets 25 years old signed one more year at 1.85. Big strong and fastshoot first winger that potted 27 last year easily scores 35 plus with Leon and Mcdavid. what’s it take to get a aspiring winger that’s on the cheap for now?

    Columbus probably re-signs him.

  27. Nit64 says:

    hunter1909: There is a Red Book, and a Black Book.

    Which Book should your cash Donation be for…

    note: This might not be resolved until tomorrow, with the way things are rapidly spiralling out of control down hereat DM™ HQ right now.

    The rate at which your podium medals change colour….. you clearly have a future with the IOC 😉

    You need a tiebreaker procedure at HQ. How about:

    1. # of golds
    2. # of top 10s
    3. best top 10 finish
    4. 2nd best top 10 finish etc.

  28. stephen sheps says:

    hunter1909,

    No mention of playoff winners or assists to tie breakers?

    Without the death march there would be no weekly yak. Everyone loved the weekly yak. I want validation, dammit!

    Mostly kidding. I appreciate the tabulations you’ve done and to see the death march winners history to say nothing of the gratitude for your efforts to keep us all sane throughout the darkness.

  29. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I’m pretty sure I registered “a ham sandwich” for the years prior to 17-18. Not sure if this means my cynicism has waxed or waned over the years.

  30. Darth Tu says:

    Nit64: The rate at which your podium medals change colour….. you clearly have a future with the IOC

    I await the accusations of Russian interference/PED use.

  31. Professor Q says:

    Could the Oilers’ interest in and signing of all these European players not only help with speed and skill in the bottom lines, but also help with the prospect mentoring/sheltering and the Expansion Draft?

    Apparently the Oilers have interest in two Germans, Frederick Kiffels and Marc Michaelis. Why not add in Dominic Kahun and help make Draisaitl very happy?

  32. Nit64 says:

    Darth Tu: I await the accusations of Russian interference/PED use.

    I await the blog melting down when Hunter gets the IIHF job and Bob has to stay with the Oil.

    I’d also be worried about Rosie Ruiz time travellers, but our good host can see the edit times on posts like this:

    https://lowetide.ca/2018/09/11/2018-19-rookie-camp-game-two-oilers-vs-nait-ooks-and-macewan-griffins/comment-page-1/#comment-760521

  33. slopitch says:

    Id be leary of signing anyone to over 30 deals right now. The key would be short term.

    Holland finding value in the 2000’s from older players is a classic moneyball move. Im not convinced that bet is there right now but the key is that you do it for top end talent (Thorton, Burns, Pavelski). These players tend to fade slower than others. I have no data to prove this but I think there is opportunity right now from the German leagues. The game is growing there right now and we have a player Draisatl that many young Germans would want to play with. Possible moneyball type play…

    Like the idea of Gusev.. Vegas doesnt have cap space right now. Unsure why he didnt work but Vegas sure seemed to bail quickly. Datsyuk would be able to tell Holland if he is a better player.

  34. Alpine says:

    Tiffels has a good NHLe but I’m really not sold on his previous North American experience like playing in the ECHL in 2017-18 or having some mediocre college numbers. Feels like more of a Patrick Russell signing but he could be more like Vesel or Vesey.

    Doesn’t seem like a guy who should be close to an NHL job. He’s a fine signing if you’re expecting an AHLer at first who can improve over the next couple years.

  35. Darth Tu says:

    Nit64: I await the blog melting down when Hunter gets the IIHF job and Bob has to stay with the Oil.

    I’d also be worried about Rosie Ruiz time travellers, but our good host can see the edit times on posts like this:

    https://lowetide.ca/2018/09/11/2018-19-rookie-camp-game-two-oilers-vs-nait-ooks-and-macewan-griffins/comment-page-1/#comment-760521

    Hunter for IIHF is a good shout. A better fit than Bob Nicholson to be sure!

    And going back and editing contest entries is a cheap tactic. We should all have more honor than that!

  36. Yeti says:

    Nit64: Hunter,Perhaps you missed the answer to your question. HT Joe should be 2nd star.

    Interesting to note that my commitment to the number 69 got me into second place on the all time list. I’m not sure if that says more about the Oilers or about me? True to form, I did predict that Yak would score 69 goals so may not have done too well on the tie-breaker…

  37. Pescador says:

    Ben:
    I like the Richard Panik idea. The Oilers haven’t had Dick Panik since the big gonorrhea outbreak at The Ranch in 2011.

    They scored a ton that year

  38. Nit64 says:

    Darth Tu: Hunter for IIHF is a good shout.A better fit than Bob Nicholson to be sure!

    And going back and editing contest entries is a cheap tactic. We should all have more honor than that!

    Said the Boston Marathon before 1980. 😉

  39. Pescador says:

    Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR:
    A good analytics dept. would go a long way towards identifying potential under-the-radar targets that provide depth and don’t break the bank.It would at least increase the odds on some of the bets.

    Department?
    They could seriously just pay 1 guy to read this blog(some posters, not all) & the Athletic & get the run down on almost any potential player acquisition pro or junior.
    That would be a massive improvement over MacT, Howson & Dwayne Sutter of years past.
    Credit to this fine site & others like it

  40. Pescador says:

    Yeti: Interesting to note that my commitment to the number 69 got me into second place on the all time list. I’m not sure if that says more about the Oilers or about me? True to form, I did predict that Yak would score 69 goals so may not have done too well on the tie-breaker…

    You always hoped for 69 but sadly it never came to fruition

  41. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Woogie63:
    Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

    Trade for Miles Wood

    Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

    Miles Wood skating on the McDavid line would be pure joy to watch.

  42. hunter1909 says:

    Yeti: Interesting to note that my commitment to the number 69 got me into second place on the all time list. I’m not sure if that says more about the Oilers or about me? True to form, I did predict that Yak would score 69 goals so may not have done too well on the tie-breaker…

    You might not be in 2nd Place. HT Joe has emerged with 3X Top 10 finishes. Right now, the place is in turmoil; in fact it’s like the night Titanic sank.

  43. hunter1909 says:

    Will be publishing a Top Ten either Today like has been originally planned or tomorrow in case I haven’t the chance to find the drunk who compiles this crap.

  44. hunter1909 says:

    Yeti: Interesting to note that my commitment to the number 69 got me into second place on the all time list. I’m not sure if that says more about the Oilers or about me? True to form, I did predict that Yak would score 69 goals so may not have done too well on the tie-breaker…

    Thanks for taking the Mickey, Yeti. This gives DeathMarch all the reason it needs to drop your 2 top 10(New amended list with 10 2X or better finishers in only 5 seasons of DeathMarch into 3rd place. You have managed a top 3 place among the hundreds and hundreds of players over the last 5 seasons.

    Note: Original Tiebreakers rule.

    Therefore: Who was the most accurate between the top 2 players currently duking it out for the top prize?

    ps: Don’t worry Yeti. You are also being considered for a prize, subject to the city you reside in.

  45. hunter1909 says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Miles Wood skating on the McDavid line would be pure joy to watch.

    I’d rather prefer myself to see Miles Davis skating on that line.

  46. Pescador says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Miles Wood skating on the McDavid line would be pure joy to watch.

    Woogie63:
    Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

    Trade for Miles Wood

    Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

    Love that Wood guy

  47. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    hunter1909: I’d rather prefer myself to see Miles Davis skating on that line.

    I don’t know … if we are going with a Davis, I would prefer Al or Sammy for the entertainment factor, assuming of course they were still with us.

  48. leadfarmer says:

    Pescador: You always hoped for 69 but sadly it never came to fruition

    You hoped for 69 but you 6 yourself like always

  49. Bag of Pucks says:

    hunter1909: I’d rather prefer myself to see Miles Davis skating on that line.

    You could call it the Kind of Blue line.

  50. jp says:

    Alpine:
    Tiffels has a good NHLe but I’m really not sold on his previous North American experience like playing in the ECHL in 2017-18 or having some mediocre college numbers. Feels like more of a Patrick Russell signing but he could be more like Vesel or Vesey.

    Doesn’t seem like a guy who should be close to an NHL job. He’s a fine signing if you’re expecting an AHLer at first who can improve over the next couple years.

    Yeah you’re not going to find too many impact free agents from European leagues these days (aside maybe from the KHL). That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try though. And there’s nothing wrong with adding depth players from wherever you can find them either. Agree that his numbers prior to this season look not at all encouraging.

  51. Fiveinatrailer says:

    Ben,

    Wins internet for today. Literally laughed out loud.

  52. YKOil says:

    YKOil:
    Cap Friendly says Tiffels last contract was terminated but I haven’t seen anything that explicitly says he is an UFA; what is his status?

    Still wondering about this. If Tiffels is still a Penguins prospect then what is the acquisition cost?

    I ask because there is always the trade of a 7th round pick, or a flip of questioned prospects, BUT there is also the chance that more is in play. My interest is piqued.

  53. Victoria Oil says:

    Ben:
    I like the Richard Panik idea. The Oilers haven’t had Dick Panik since the big gonorrhea outbreak at The Ranch in 2011.

    Too funny.

  54. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    hunter1909,

    – It would be funny to figure out who was the “worst” We can imagine some being allin for a few years, predicting 100+ points, then getting ticked off, so on the playoff year they predict really low, then they hop back on bandwagon and go over 100 again, then thinking last year would be different…

  55. jp says:

    Filppula could be interesting as a 3C option and Puljujarvi mentor. His possession and goals numbers have been atrocious for years though (with a lot of luck in the goal numbers this season). This season’s GF% aside he’s basically been negative relative to team in every metric since 2013-14.

    On the European free agent theme, a couple of KHL players who could conceivably be of interest.

    Darren Dietz. Canadian, but just played in the D1A World Championships for Kazakhstan. 25, RD, 6’1″, 200. Just lead KHL defenders in scoring. 8th in the league in +/-. Lead his team in both categories as well. Known as a puck mover, but never managed to put up any points in his AHL years. Seems like he may have turned a corner.

    Mikhail Grigorenko. Turned 25 a couple of weeks ago. 10th in KHL scoring and 7th in +/-. Lead CSKA to the Gagarin cup and topped the playoffs in goals and points. Huge talent, looks like he may have found his way. He might be a nice bet for the Oilers 3C hole (with room to grow) if he were willing.

  56. Yeti says:

    Pescador: You always hoped for 69 but sadly it never came to fruition

    There may not have been too much glorious 69 action, but the Oilers have been remarkably inventive in finding ways to fuck themselves over the past decade.

  57. Yeti says:

    hunter1909: ps: Don’t worry Yeti. You are also being considered for a prize, subject to the city you reside in.

    I require no such thing. Besides, Fedex no longer ship to 1 Big Mountain Cave, Annapurna Massif, Greater Himalayan Range, Nepal… This may be because I ate the last two delivery guys.

  58. gimme shelter says:

    If you want elderly free agents why leave the room. Just put Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Lowe back on skates and problem is solved. Why go to the far reaches of the NHL when they are right here.
    PC#2 has a reputation in Detroit of signing the elderly to longterm contracts. + 35’s

  59. Rebillled says:

    Ben,

    That gonorrhea outbreak wasn’t that big. Class 3 tops.

  60. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    gimme shelter,

    – I’m not sure if this was part of LT’s point, but his observation is intriguing. Whenever there is “consensus” there are opportunities.

    – If the league is all about young, and fast and skill: the over 30’s are going to be all painted by the same brush.

    – Consequently, while everyone goes and chases “young fast and skill” and bids up this entire asset class, the over 30 “old and no good” will have less value to the consensus. So a good GM and scouting staff therefore has an opportunity to sort through this neglected asset class that has been dismissed, and potentially find mis-priced bargains: players who can still compete, and are fast and skilled enough, but great dollar value for what they bring.

    – So taking advantage of this bias to creat opportunities

    – Now maybe Holly just over pays vets, and this is bad, and I totally misread LT’s point. But the idea identifying vets who still have game, not over pay them, goes against trend:

  61. ArmchairGM says:

    RyMosh4:
    I love the idea of Filppula.Could be a great C for Jesse.

    Agreed. I’d be on board with a 1 year contract.

  62. Jordan says:

    Yeti: I require no such thing. Besides, Fedex no longer ship to 1 Big Mountain Cave, Annapurna Massif, Greater Himalayan Range, Nepal… This may be because I ate the last two delivery guys.

    FedEx hasn’t been able to deliver to Nepal since the Chinese Occupation of Tibet. The Chinese won’t let their planes land for fear they’ve been contaminated with Huawei-resistant thoughts. If the monks there ever learn how to project those thoughts onto the world as a whole, the entire Chinese data collection system will be useless.

    I’m now much more curious to find out who/what you’ve been eating, because they weren’t from FedEx.

    (edited 1 time for geography and humour)

  63. Ben says:

    Rebillled:
    Ben,

    That gonorrhea outbreak wasn’t that big. Class 3 tops.

    It certainly had nothing on the nefarious Poti strain of 2002.

  64. razor says:

    Lots of Holland connections in LT’s senior UFA list. Fippula seems like a decent target for 3C (Although we said the same about Jokinen -another aging Finn to help Jesse). Also like the idea of a Russell trade Stralman signing to button down the right side until the kids are ready.

  65. jp says:

    Filppula, a Fin, 3C, good on faceoffs, still some offense.

    It all sounds good, but on a slightly closer look Filppula is kinda scary.

    Team CF% SF% GF% SCF%
    14-15 TB 53.0 53.8 56.754.4
    15-16 TB 52.2 51.3 54.2 52.6
    16-17 TB 51.3 49.9 49.1 51.3
    16-17 PHI 51.1 51.0 45.2 49.7
    17-18 PHI 49.7 51.1 52.0 48.5
    18-19 NYI 47.9 48.6 56.1 49.4

    Filppula CF% SF% GF% SCF%
    14-15 TB 50.5 50.1 44.8 50.0
    15-16 TB 51.1 51.3 45.0 50.6
    16-17 TB 49.7 49.7 47.1 46.3 (59 games)
    16-17 PHI 45.6 46.1 38.1 47.2 (20 games)
    17-18 PHI 44.5 46.5 42.3 43.0
    18-19 NYI 44.1 45.4 60.7 43.7

    He’s underperformed his team in basically every metric for 5 years now. I dunno.

  66. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10:
    //L Gustav Nyquist. In many ways, he would be the ideal free-agent signing for this team. Nyquist scored 2.1/60 at 5-on-5 and delivered 60 points. No idea if he’d sign but Nyquist would be an encouraging bet.//

    Louie Ericksson 2.0

    Man, stop signing 30-year olds to retirement contracts.Please.Have we learned nothing?

    Brandon Tanev is 27.There is a much better and cheaper bet.

    Nyquist is likely about the level of top 6 forward that they may be able to “afford” cap wise this up and coming season, and he would be a good fit for the team, however, I agree completely – when I noticed his age a couple days ago, my heart sank a bit as I am totally against paying players for their 30s for big money, in particular offensive minded forwards who are likely well past their offensive primes already.

    Sure a one year contract to a Dasyuk or Filppula as a stop gap but nothing with term.

    I’m worried about Holland and Nyquist.

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    Woogie63:
    Sign UFA Micheal Ferland

    Trade for Miles Wood

    Are the subtle moves needed to address the winger issues on this team.

    Has he come down off his “reported” asking price of $5M plus (reported by more than one pre-deadline)?

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    McNuge93: Not sure about Ferland. He had a poor year especially the second half and playoff. His style of play may mean injuries start to take a toll.

    and he’s not really that good and I don’t imagine he will provide value for this next contract (given previously reported demands).

  69. Jordan says:

    OriginalPouzar: Nyquist is likely about the level of top 6 forward that they may be able to “afford” cap wise this up and coming season, and he would be a good fit for the team, however, I agree completely – when I noticed his age a couple days ago, my heart sank a bit as I am totally against paying players for their 30s for big money, in particular offensive minded forwards who are likely well past their offensive primes already.

    Sure a one year contract to a Dasyuk or Filppula as a stop gap but nothing with term.

    I’m worried about Holland and Nyquist.

    I had Nyquist in my fantasy pool this year so I’ve followed him quite carefully.

    He’s got average wheels, a good head, and skill to take and make a pass. Shot’s better than NHL average. He didn’t play consistently on any one line in Detroit, fluctuating between lines 1-3 depending on how he and the team were performing. He produced more moving over to SJ, playing with better players and on a deeper team.

    He’s a strong complementary player on a skill line. Think Nuge, but a winger. He’d be a killer with Leon and CMD. If they idea is to get the best players you can, I’d take him for 1 year and see how he does, and sell him on that idea. Does he think he can get 80 pts on Leon and Connor’s wing? If he does, he should sign with us for 1 year and earn more next year in FA.

    That’s what the Oilers should be doing with FAs – Offer them the Leon + CMD UFA bump. 1 year. If the team sucks, we’ll trade you to a team you want to go to at the deadline (but only if they can afford your cap hit, so don’t ask for the moon).

    Sign with the Oilers for 1 year – either we win, or we send you to a winner.

  70. jp says:

    Jordan,

    He’s about to turn 30 and is coming off a career year. I agree that pitch could work for some players, but Nyquist would have to turn down multiple rich offers with term. I don’t think he’s a realistic target unless the AAV and term are at least competitive. That pitch is only going to work for guys like Rieder or Eberle coming off down years, at least until the Oilers are actual cup contenders.

  71. godot10 says:

    Forward salary cap dumps from Tampa, Winnipeg, or even Toronto are much more promising than almost all UFAs except perhaps Tanev.

  72. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    godot10:
    Forward salary cap dumps from Tampa, Winnipeg, or even Toronto are much more promising than almost all UFAs except perhaps Tanev.

    Matheson of all people mentioned offer sheets for Johnson and Kapenen from TOR given that a 4MM offer is only a 2nd in return.

    If Matheson is talking low level offer sheets (not in his usual wheelhouse) then it’s probably a thing.

    This summer should be fun.

  73. Glovjuice says:

    Pescador: You always hoped for 69 but sadly it never came to fruition

    The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jordan: I had Nyquist in my fantasy pool this year so I’ve followed him quite carefully.

    He’s got average wheels, a good head, and skill to take and make a pass.Shot’s better than NHL average.He didn’t play consistently on any one line in Detroit, fluctuating between lines 1-3 depending on how he and the team were performing.He produced more moving over to SJ, playing with better players and on a deeper team.

    He’s a strong complementary player on a skill line.Think Nuge, but a winger.He’d be a killer with Leon and CMD.If they idea is to get the best players you can, I’d take him for 1 year and see how he does, and sell him on that idea.Does he think he can get 80 pts on Leon and Connor’s wing?If he does, he should sign with us for 1 year and earn more next year in FA.

    That’s what the Oilers should be doing with FAs – Offer them the Leon + CMD UFA bump.1 year.If the team sucks, we’ll trade you to a team you want to go to at the deadline (but only if they can afford your cap hit, so don’t ask for the moon).

    Sign with the Oilers for 1 year – either we win, or we send you to a winner.

    Of course I’ll take him for one year, I’ll even take him for two.

    How in the world is he going to be convinced to sign a one-year deal with the Oilers? The only thing I could imagine would be a massive overpay (i.e. $8M plus) for that one year – something the Oilers are obviously not in a position to offer.

  75. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10:
    Forward salary cap dumps from Tampa, Winnipeg, or even Toronto are much more promising than almost all UFAs except perhaps Tanev.

    Except the Oilers are a team that requires cap dumps.

    Lots of talk about taking advantage of cap hell teams but the Oilers are one of them.

    The realistic way to open up cap space this year is a Russell disposition (until I see a reasonable Lucic deal consummated, I won’t count on him leaving and Sekera should not be traded at this point unless actual value is coming back).

    Don’t you have Russell’s disposition earmarked for Perrault (and overpaid, declining bottom 6 forward)?

    Where does the cap space come from to take advantage? Remember, $2M to $2.5M is likely needed for a goalie.

  76. jp says:

    Glovjuice: The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

    It is overrated, but it seems there is also a considerable gender bias in the assessment.

  77. Lowetide says:

    Glovjuice: The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

    Jamie Benn, everyone! Try the ham, don’t forget to tip your waitress!

  78. Ice Sage says:

    Glovjuice: The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

    Yeah, the 96 is way more fun

  79. Reja says:

    Rebillled:
    Ben,

    That gonorrhea outbreak wasn’t that big. Class 3 tops.

    Gonorrhoea that’s the name wash your troubles down the drain run Peter run Peter run.

  80. HT Joe says:

    Nit64: Would go with the 2 cup winner (CF) vs the 3 playoff appearances (HT).

    These guys have been like that Pens/Hawks Cups streak alternating at 1st or 2nd the last four years.

    That seems fair for Common Fan to be the overall superstar since they actually won it all twice.

    Thanks again to Hunter and NIT64… I just caught up on most of the thread and it put a smile on my face. 🙂

  81. Rich M says:

    godot10:
    Forward salary cap dumps from Tampa, Winnipeg, or even Toronto are much more promising than almost all UFAs except perhaps Tanev.

    This is exactly it. Stop over-paying for UFA’s when you’re not in a position to add the last piece to put you over the top.

    We have some assets (LHD) that can help us in this regard.

    We wait.

  82. who says:

    OriginalPouzar: and he’s not really that good and I don’t imagine he will provide value for this next contract (given previously reported demands).

    Actually, he is a pretty damm good player.
    Although 5 million is a little high.

  83. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: and he’s not really that good and I don’t imagine he will provide value for this next contract (given previously reported demands).

    Is contract would be worth it to punch out Gio for fuking up Connor in a meaningless hockey game and meaningless hockey move.

  84. oilersfan says:

    Was Koskinen asked to play for the finnish team at the whc or not?

  85. Bag of Pucks says:

    Wow, going to be a quick series if the Blues don’t find an answer for that Bruins forecheck. They looked like a team of wolverines tonight.

    Cassidy is a helluva coach. They’re playing his system to perfection. They force you up the wall in your end and take away every cross ice passing lane in the neutral zone.

    The Blues are going to have to find a way to slow up that forecheck to let their D skate it out or headman it. Hopefully Berube can adjust.

  86. Pescador says:

    Glovjuice: The dumbest most overrated sexual position ever.

    Sure if you’re woman.
    As a man I can say that the over/under is brilliant!
    Actually I find all positions to be severely Underrated

  87. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909DeathMarch 2014-19 Superstar Top Five Update:

    Today saw HT Joe rocketing up the standings seemingly to an easy 1st place…

    Then someone pointed out that Commonfan14 in fact had 2 1sts with the other one a tie…

    1 Commonfan14 remains in 1st with 2X 1st place finishes.

    2 HT Joe climbs up but not to 1st place, in lieu of the Commonfan14 developments.

    3 Yeti continues to appear

  88. OriginalPouzar says:

    oilersfan:
    Was Koskinen asked to play for the finnish team at the whc or not?

    I don’t believe that information was every made publicly available but, given how often he’s represented Finland internationally (World Cup, Olympics, twice at this tournament), my guess is, yes, but he decided not go – he played ALOT of hockey in the prior few months – I would posit the most he’s ever played.

  89. Pescador says:

    leadfarmer: You hoped for 69 but you 6 yourself like always

    “6”
    Well I don’t like to brag but;
    wait hard or soft cone?

  90. Jaxon says:

    jp: Darren Dietz. Canadian, but just played in the D1A World Championships for Kazakhstan. 25, RD, 6’1″, 200. Just lead KHL defenders in scoring. 8th in the league in +/-. Lead his team in both categories as well. Known as a puck mover, but never managed to put up any points in his AHL years. Seems like he may have turned a corner.

    He was one of my targets back on July 6, 2017 on Lowetide:
    “Fringe Players, reclamation projects, AHL, & WHL Players who may be cheap enough and desperate enough to sign low cap hit, multiyear deals and have enough upside and youth that a gamble may work out:
    RHD – Darren Dietz (recently KHL bound), Nick Ebert (AHL), Aaron Irving (WHL Oil King), Michael Paliotta (AHL), Clayton Kirichenko (WHL).
    Forwards:
    Alex Chiasson (RW), Jimmy Hayes (RW), Brandon Pirri (LHCW)”

    Some of the others are interesting, too, especially Ebert, who outscored Joel Persson by 2 points in the SHL in one less game and is 9 weeks younger with a pretty enticing draft year scoutng report:

    “Ebert is a defenseman with good hockey sense and a big shot. An excellent skater, he is speedy and agile, and can rush the puck up the ice.
    – Erik K. Piri, EP (2013)”

  91. hunter1909 says:

    Nit64: Hunter, This was the first full season Death March with a tiebreaker. If there were no tiebreaks for the other years your five stars should look like this:

    1 Common Fan 14 – 1st 2014-15
    – 1st 2016-17 (tie)
    2 Heater Treat Joe aka HT Joe – 1st 2018-19
    – 2nd 2015/16 (tie)
    – 7th 2017-18
    3 Yeti – 1st 2017-18
    – 5th 2014-15 (tie)
    4 Romulus Apotheosis – 2nd 2017-18 (tie)
    – 7th 2018-19
    5 Younger Oil – 3rd 2014-15 (tie)
    – 5th 2017-18 (tie)

    Wow. Thanks for the Romulus Apotheosis update!

  92. smellyglove says:

    Remember when LT used to post the babe pics?

    Times have moved on. For the better.

  93. Glovjuice says:

    smellyglove:
    Remember when LT used to post the babe pics?

    Times have moved on. For the better.

    I’m not so sure. That hurdler was hurdle worthy.

  94. Ari says:

    smellyglove,

    I was just thinking about that a couple of weeks ago, actually. Miss it, but completely understand why it has changed.

  95. Ari says:

    Russo from Minnesota reports that Zucker would have been traded (again) had it not been for Kessel’s veto. Holland’s really got to get in on that.

    Despite his recent “year,” he leads all forwards in relGF%! And it’s not even close.

  96. Nit64 says:

    hunter1909: Wow. Thanks for the Romulus Apotheosis update!

    LOL. As the last bar of the Imperial Death March played Common Fan 14 re-appeared on the top rung and the everyone else switched spots. Hunter for IOC!

  97. Nit64 says:

    GM always has the most to lose!!!

    John Shannon
    @JSportsnet
    1h1 hour ago

    With Dave Tippett being named Oilers’ coach tomorrow, that leaves the Ducks as the only team without a head coach…

    Stories swirling that Ownership favours Dallas Eakins for the job, while GM Bob Murray wants to look at all his options.

  98. Pescador says:

    godot10:
    apropos of nothing! -).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFjjO_lhf9c

    What a summer that was

  99. BONE207 says:

    Nit64: I await the blog melting down when Hunter gets the IIHF job and Bob has to stay with the Oil.

    I’d also be worried about Rosie Ruiz time travellers, but our good host can see the edit times on posts like this:

    https://lowetide.ca/2018/09/11/2018-19-rookie-camp-game-two-oilers-vs-nait-ooks-and-macewan-griffins/comment-page-1/#comment-760521

    Rosie Ruiz…she would have been quite a party back in the 80’s…90’s…00’s. She won’t stop.

    Read her Wiki page. Funny gal.

  100. Reja says:

    Ari:
    Russo from Minnesota reports that Zucker would have been traded (again) had it not been for Kessel’s veto.Holland’s really got to get in on that.

    Despite his recent “year,” he leads all forwards in relGF%!And it’s not even close.

    He can score you know the flames will be in on him again.

  101. jp says:

    Jaxon: He was one of my targets back on July 6, 2017 on Lowetide:
    “Fringe Players, reclamation projects, AHL, & WHL Players who may be cheap enough and desperate enough to sign low cap hit, multiyear deals and have enough upside and youth that a gamble may work out:
    RHD – Darren Dietz (recently KHL bound), Nick Ebert (AHL), Aaron Irving (WHL Oil King), Michael Paliotta (AHL), Clayton Kirichenko (WHL).
    Forwards:
    Alex Chiasson (RW), Jimmy Hayes (RW), Brandon Pirri (LHCW)”

    Some of the others are interesting, too, especially Ebert, who outscored Joel Persson by 2 points in the SHL in one less game and is 9 weeks younger with a pretty enticing draft year scoutng report:

    “Ebert is a defenseman with good hockey sense and a big shot. An excellent skater, he is speedy and agile, and can rush the puck up the ice.
    – Erik K. Piri, EP (2013)”

    Yeah, there’s lots of players out there. A few will make it following a non-traditional path. Ebert is likely worth a contract from someone. The Oilers did well to find a player like Logan Day as well.

  102. OriginalPouzar says:

    Presser at 11am this morning.

  103. OriginalPouzar says:

    Will be curious to see what the deal is with the assistants. Is he bringing Lamb or Playfair?

    Any of the incumbents staying? I think Yawney is as good as gone to LA but Gulutzan could stay and I hope Viverios stays.

  104. Pouzar says:

    Please no Bob at this presser. Nails on a chalkboard. #ahh

  105. Pouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar: Is he bringing Lamb or Playfair?

    My bet is both.

    EDIT: We won’t find out today according Rishaug.

  106. russ99 says:

    I’m a big fan of Filppula, and he’d fit in well with Tippett, the way forward would be a little less rocky with some lower priced NHL players to fill the gaps until the kids are ready.

    Kinda the anti-Chiarelli. lol

  107. Pescador says:

    russ99:
    I’m a big fan of Filppula, and he’d fit in well with Tippett, the way forward would be a little less rocky with some lower priced NHL players to fill the gaps until the kids are ready.

    Kinda the anti-Chiarelli. lol

    Fillpulla, Connolly, Wood, Pirri
    All of these players would be good to great bets

  108. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – I’m just kind of meh with Tippett. I feel he’s going to be same brand of Hockey as Coach and Hitch: get into the right position, limit chances first then look at offence.

    – Hitch gave better pressers, and Tippet “nicer” to the players than Coach. It’s boring and safe and button down: and we will be better. I don’t think it was inspired, nor the result of a period of internal reflection or strategy on what the Stanley Cup Oil should look like, or reflects any trends in hockey.

    – He was the best guy on paper and wasn’t available, but once he was they got ’em

    GOILERS

  109. jp says:

    russ99:
    I’m a big fan of Filppula, and he’d fit in well with Tippett, the way forward would be a little less rocky with some lower priced NHL players to fill the gaps until the kids are ready.

    Kinda the anti-Chiarelli. lol

    I thought so too, but his results have been uniformly bad relative to team for 5 seasons now.

    Team CF% SF% GF% SCF%
    14-15 TB 53.0 53.8 56.754.4
    15-16 TB 52.2 51.3 54.2 52.6
    16-17 TB 51.3 49.9 49.1 51.3
    16-17 PHI 51.1 51.0 45.2 49.7
    17-18 PHI 49.7 51.1 52.0 48.5
    18-19 NYI 47.9 48.6 56.1 49.4

    Filppula CF% SF% GF% SCF%
    14-15 TB 50.5 50.1 44.8 50.0
    15-16 TB 51.1 51.3 45.0 50.6
    16-17 TB 49.7 49.7 47.1 46.3 (59 games)
    16-17 PHI 45.6 46.1 38.1 47.2 (20 games)
    17-18 PHI 44.5 46.5 42.3 43.0
    18-19 NYI 44.1 45.4 60.7 43.7

    He was lucky with GF/GA last season, but pretty much terrible by every other metric and in every other year.

  110. jp says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I’m just kind of meh with Tippett.I feel he’s going to be same brand of Hockey as Coach and Hitch: get into the right position, limit chances first then look at offence.

    – Hitch gave better pressers, and Tippet “nicer” to the players than Coach.It’s boring and safe and button down: and we will be better.I don’t think it was inspired, nor the result of a period of internal reflection or strategy on what the Stanley Cup Oil should look like, or reflects any trends in hockey.

    – He was the best guy on paper and wasn’t available, but once he was they got ’em

    GOILERS

    This was encouraging regarding offense:
    https://oilersnation.com/2019/05/23/nhl-offence-under-dave-tippett/

  111. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    jp: This was encouraging regarding offense:
    https://oilersnation.com/2019/05/23/nhl-offence-under-dave-tippett/

    – Yeah it’s going to be interesting what he does with CmD and Drai (and figures out how to get them to play with other players to lift them)

    – The one thing that is unique about Tippet is he’s had 2 years toe be kind of looking at the league and players and gathering intel (I presume that was his main job)

    – So perhaps that gives him more insight

  112. rickithebear says:

    Open shots are the only shots that have a chance of going in.
    If you do not exclude the closed shots.
    All shot measures are well crap.

    Mike Smith is the best HD open shot save% goalie in the league.
    Calgary is consistently one of the worst HD open shot defence in the league.

    A. stralman has been one of the best Elite HD Dmen for years.
    I stumped him before all of you knew what My HD SH Area was.
    Little own differentiating based on a Bolean 3D situational play map team, comp, zone start.

    As we see now almost 10 years later binary academic analysis is being treated like the joke it is.
    You have to have all 3 variables

    As for preventing Corsi that can actually go in.
    Russell is still one dman you want.

    Our teams problem is still the 2 open SH def nightmares Klefbom & Nurse.

    Who abandon the def of HD area. Taking our def from a standard 3-2-1
    To a 3-1-1-1

    But the GA structures really going from 2-1 to 1-1.

    A bloody nightmare.

    Nurse can be a first comp HD dman if we rain in his desire to be the rover in a 3-1 forward system.

    Only one rover in a Tippett system.

    Love when Tippett demands the NZ trap.
    One of the highest WIN% actions when it comes to preventing Z entry & ultimately GA.

    I have started to apply SOE action by position mapping to NFL sys schematics.
    Discovering that a high drive Efficiency driven by 3RB system yields the highest playoff game success @ 84% of the time.
    Is counter to current football belief. Except teams like NWE

    Just like the Off dman ( rover) Scoring like a 4 th line forward & an Open HD SH nightmare.
    Is hard to accept for most people.
    Largely due to them not differentiating between shots that have 0% chance of going in and shots that require movement by goalie to stop the puck directed in open space in net elevation.

    Sat next to a guy early in season with a real cool flames jacket at Tom Baker Cancer Center.
    Asked if it was an Org Jacket.
    As soon as Ken King started to speak, I said “ you are Ken King”

    Stated I had developed a collection of Hockey based theories.
    Like HD SH theory that his Analytics department likely used.
    He stated “ We are currently Happy with our analytics team”
    I stated “your team is built to win in reg season.”
    I stated “his team had a major flaw that was counter to my cup roster core theory.”
    My name was called to go in for bags of IV treatment.
    Stood up and looked at him.
    “ You can ask for Rickithebear in the bone marrow clinic after the playoffs if you want to win”
    Went in but came out to use a bathroom out in area.
    King was gone.

    But a guy sitting near said he turned to look at me when I first went in.

    HD open SH Defence 2-1 in HD area partnered with a forward run NZ trap is the critical driver of elite GA success.
    Which is the highest win % mechanism for Cup & Conf Championship success.
    Calgaryhas brutal open HD SH Dmen

    Started looking at prospects available in the draft who were 16 yr old July 1 2018 and add an extra year to slide rule, plus an extra year before age 27 compared to rest of players in draft.
    looking for potential 30 G scorers based on age NHLE (which I have pushed since 07-08)

    Age NHLE
    Bobby brink (.703) 33G 31A 64P
    Alex Beaucage (.715) 33G 34A 67P
    Nicholas Robertson (.747) 33G 34A 67P
    Philip Tomisino (.717) 32G 36A 68P
    Blake Murray (.701) 28G 19A 47P

    Done right we can get 2 of these plus
    Arthur Kailyev June birth (.695) 43G 43A 86P

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