I don’t know how this well end, but will bet all of my money that Ken Holland won’t be bullied. It sounds like a young man has had enough, his agent the same, and now it’s down to getting value for a player who isn’t coming to camp. We’ve seen this movie before, doesn’t usually have a Disney end. I’ll carve management until my last breath over this, and would like to see Jesse Puljujarvi land in that Disney plot, but cannot see it from here.
Years ago, I had a terrific job offer that included a massive (for me) raise. It was not my dream job and it was not a black and white decision. I called my Dad, told him I was going to walk into my current boss’s office and tell him about the offer and tell him to match or I was going to walk.
“That’s fine,” Dad told me. “But if you are going to say that, be prepared to quit because your boss is probably going to call your bluff.” And I did, and the boss did, and it took me two years to get back on track.
Ken Holland via Reid Wilkins to Bob Stauffer: “I’m not trading anybody because they want to be traded. But if we can find something that works for everybody, I’ll look at it. If not, I’m not doing anything.”
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, here’s an incredible Offer!
- Willis and Mirtle: Are the Oilers and Maple Leafs good trading partners?
- New Lowetide: Are these Jesse Puljujarvi’s final days with the Edmonton Oilers?
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Analyzing the early Edmonton Oilers’ 2019-20 depth chart.
- New Jonathan Willis: 2018-19 NHL Awards: Finalists, projected winners and snubs
- New Lowetide: The Oilers’ conundrum in taking Philip Broberg with the No. 8 overall pick
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ranking the Oilers’ trade assets from the high-priced diamonds to those needing fresh starts
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s work week: Fixing the third and fourth lines while saving money and overhauling the penalty kill
- Jonathan Willis: How are the Oilers affected by early offseason trades and buyouts to Dion Phaneuf, Andrew MacDonald?
- Lowetide: Falling talent and other fun facts that could benefit the Oilers in the NHL Draft
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Evaluating the pros and cons of potential Oilers buyout candidates
- Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland is shopping for 20-goal scorers on a budget. What will he find?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Jay Woodcroft returning to coach AHL Condors and be reunited with Ken Holland
- Lowetide: Looking at the Oilers’ options for the No. 8 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft.
- Jonathan Willis: How many of Sam Gagner, Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira can play top-nine minutes for the Oilers?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A with Ken Holland: On the draft, buyouts, free agency and how to have a successful offseason
- Lowetide: Trading for Loui Eriksson: What makes sense for the Oilers?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The top five players the Oilers could lose in the expansion draft
- Jonathan Willis: What a trade involving Edmonton’s No. 8 pick might look like given Ken Holland’s history
- Lowetide: Hard Target Search: Finding the Oilers a centre who can penalty kill, help shape a useful third line, and serve in a mentor role
JP’S TRADE VALUE
The Carolina Hurricanes have back-to-back second-round picks, No. 36 and No. 37. Anthony DeAngelo went for the No. 37 overall pick in 2016. I’ll guess that’s a reasonable reflection of his current value, Bob McKenzie has Brayden Tracey and Egor Afanasyev in those slots.
I wouldn’t trade JP for a pick. He might score 10 goals next year, find his groove and emerge as a solid two-way winger in 2020-21. Tracey and Afanasyev are years away, JP is here, today. I don’t think it makes a lick of sense.
On the other hand, as a Dad, I hope he finds his place in the league wherever that may be. I’m sick of this happening to Oilers kids. I don’t blame Ken Holland, and he’s proceeding in the best possible way, but one hopes for a swift and satisfactory outcome. I so wish Woodcroft could have had him in Bakersfield for 35 games.
As you know, I like to wait five years after a draft to see how each prospect shines. We are three years after the 2016 draft and can count arrows. At this point, there are many. It is painfully obvious Alex DeBrincat is the best player in the group chosen 31-40 in 2016, but rage and anger obscures a nuanced conversation about how the rest of the pack is progressing. So, if we can refrain from running past sinners through the heart with a meat cleaver, let’s see how 31-40 in 2016 are progressing.
No. 31 Yegor Korshkov, Toronto. Leafs liked his size/skill package, and have been very patient with him. He finally came over this spring, and got into some AHL playoff games with the Marlies (9, 1-0-1). He projects as a possession winger and has some skill as reflected by his KHL NHLE (30.4 and 16.0 in his last two seasons). Turns 23 in August, his time is now.
No. 32 Tyler Benson, Edmonton. Injuries derailed much of his junior career, but as a rookie pro Benson showed very well. He is an outstanding passer, great touch and vision. His final 25 games of the AHL regular season saw him deliver 10-22-32 and I think he has a chance to play in the NHL at some point next year. Last two NHLE’s were 28.3 and 37.2. I had Benson No. 34.
No. 33 Rasmus Asplund, Buffalo. I had him No. 27 on draft day, his two-way ability and offensive potential intriguing. He spent two more productive years in the SHL, and came over this season and thrived in the AHL. Last two seasons NHLE: 26.6 and 21.0.
No. 34 Andrew Peeke, Columbus. Our first defenseman, he was No. 90 on my list, scouting reports suggested he was mobile with a plus shot. He has played at Notre Dame, where his last two NHLE’s are 9.3 and 15.5. He signed a pro contract in April, regarded as a steady player.
No. 35 Jordan Kyrou, St. Louis. I had him at 49, but liked his skill. Kyrou has been thriving since his draft day and made the NHL this season (16, 1-2-3). He’s a legit prospect, last two NHLE’s are 48.8 and 35.1.
No. 36 Pascal Laberge, Philadelphia. I had him No. 19, really liked his range of skills. He struggled offensively post draft and then had a hip issue when he turned pro last fall. He played in just 15 AHL games, scoring 5 goals. NHLE the last two seasons: 14.7 and 15.4. A tough couple of years.
No. 37 Libor Hajek, Tampa Bay. I had him No. 127, he’s the kind of player my rankings don’t value. Big, strong, mobile, didn’t look like he would bring a lot of offense. He spiked offensively last year junior (expected) and has settled in to a shutdown role in the AHL. Last two NHLE’s: 16.0 and 3.3
No. 38 Adam Mascherin, Florida. He was a re-entry, so 20 years old on his draft day. A small, skill winger, I had him No. 22 (which was too high for a re-entry but I liked him a lot). NHLE’s are 32.2 and 22.5, his time is now.
No. 39 Alex DeBrincat, Chicago. I had him No. 15 overall, strictly on math. He was undersized but there wasn’t a long list of negatives on him. His draft year NHLE was 42.2, Arthur Kaliyev’s is 38.2 DeBrincat’s last two NHL seasons have point totals of 52 and 76. Monster draft pick, easily the best in this group.
No. 40 Cameron Morrison, Colorado. I had him No. 55, he’s a great skater with skill. Big winger has been consistent if unspectacular at Notre Dame, and will return for his final (senior) college campaign. Avs lost Will Butcher this way, so there may be concern. NHLE’s last two years: 14.9 and 17.0.
Okay, that exercise completed, I have a request. I’d love to see where you rank Benson on this list. DeBrincat is the obvious No. 1, but where does Benson rank?
Rishaug’s tweet came amid a flurry of Edmonton media hitting the coast and imparting knowledge. Broberg would appear to be the target, although we are still learning about Holland and perhaps he is running the counter trey. Hell, maybe he’s John Riggins!
The Benning for Connor Brown trade has been out there so long one wonders if it is every going to happen. I also wonder about the Lucic to Vancouver rumours, at some point, if it hasn’t happen it is unlikely to happen. The only exception I recall is the Smyth deal from LAK and that took a long time for reasons.
I’m pleased Connolly has made the list.
I saw lots of complaining last night online about 97 not receiving the Lindsay or the Hart. Folks, he’s very young and has been rewarded a Hart, two Lindsay’s and two Art Ross trophies. He will win many more, and might have won both if the Oilers made the playoffs. The hockey industry remains in awe of the player, as we all do, with good reason.