Options

Ken Holland is weighing his options now and we’re left to wonder how many he has at this point in summer. This roster is going to change, but let’s check in for our first RE estimate and see how this thing shines.

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, here’s an incredible Offer!

  • New Lowetide: What to do when Connor McDavid rests: The Oilers’ ideal No. 2 line for 2019-20
  • Lowetide: Adding a scorer will be Ken Holland’s first big move as Oilers GM
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What the Oilers’ depth chart looks like now and where they go from here
  • Jonathan Willis: How often do goalies like the Oilers’ Mike Smith rebound?
  • Lowetide: Ken Holland’s roster moves clear the way for Oilers top prospects Tyler Benson and Kailer Yamamoto.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A deeper look at Mike Smith’s comments after signing with the Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Ken Holland promises long-term rewards for an approach light on short-term improvements
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Trade market now most likely place for Oilers to find scoring winger
  • Lowetide: Oilers add free agent Markus Granlund, creating a crowded depth chart at left wing
  • Jonathan Willis: Tomas Jurco is a nice little reclamation bet by the Oilers.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How re-signing winger Alex Chiasson impacts the Oilers
  • Lowetide: Oilers add Mike Smith to an uneasy goalie depth chart for 2019-20
  • Lowetide: Oilers buy out Andrej Sekera, look to a more dynamic free-agent frenzy.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘He comes as advertised’: Philip Broberg’s skating makes him development camp standout for Oilers
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers plan to skew younger on defence could open the door for Evan Bouchard, Dmitri Samorukov
  • Lowetide: Taking stock of Oilers prospects ready to graduate with a clear shot at an NHL job in 2019-20
  • Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
  • Lowetide: Are these Jesse Puljujarvi’s final days with the Edmonton Oilers?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ranking the Oilers’ trade assets from the high-priced diamonds to those needing fresh starts
  • Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland is shopping for 20-goal scorers on a budget. What will he find?

Todd McLellan: “Volume shooting, I don’t know what that does to Corsi or Fenwick because I don’t even know what those things are, but volume shooting is important. I think it breaks down defensive zone coverages, gets players out of position, taxes the opposition, makes them play more minutes in their zone.”

RE 2019-20 ESTIMATE

Looking long and hard for volume shooters to elevate to a skill line is damned difficult for the current Oilers. Tyler Benson (2.54 shots per game in the AHL), Joakim Nygard (2.94 shots per game in the SHL) and Sam Gagner (8.13 five-on-five shots per 60) are candidates for feature roles, but it’s a moving target for this Oilers team. He’s my first attempt at RE for 2019-20, understanding changes will come.

Leon Draisaitl [41]—Connor McDavid [44]—Zack Kassian [13]
Milan Lucic [9]—RNH [23]—Alex Chiasson [12]
Markus Granlund [11]—Gaetan Haas [7]—Joakim Nygard [10]
Jujhar Khaira [7]—Colby Cave [4]—Sam Gagner [10]
Tomas Jurco [7]—Cooper Marody [4]
Oscar Klefbom [8]—Adam Larsson [3]
Darnell Nurse [8]—Kris Russell [2]
Caleb Jones [2]—Matt Benning [5]
Brandon Manning [0]
Mikko Koskinen [.912]—Mike Smith [.905]

My estimate has Edmonton scoring 230 goals, allowing 252. That’s a massive year over year improvement, most of it defensively. In 2018-19, the Oilers were 229-271 (-42) and my initial 2019-20 RE has the team -22, owing mostly to a massive improvement in goals against (+19 season over season). How will they get it done? I’m giving a lot of credit to Dave Tippett and shot suppression. In the Coyotes final season before Tippett, the team allowed 2591 shots. The following year? 2427. He also increased shots for by 200, but the Oilers currently employ a group who are unlikely to take full advantage. We’ll see what the summer brings in terms of roster improvement.

There are some concerns, mostly surrounding how much time on ice Broberg will receive. Oscar Klefbom played 33 games in the SHL in draft +1, seeing the ice 13:44 per game and scoring 2-0-2.

All our trials, lord, soon be over. McDavid healthy is absolutely vital for a team that has so little going on. I don’t buy the idea that he’s going to ask for a trade next summer if the team misses the playoffs, and I sure as hell don’t believe Ken Holland would grant his wish if the request were made. However, a full season without McDavid gets Edmonton in Alexis Lafrenière territory. If that happens, and it could, the Oilers get another ridiculous talent and who knows what happens.

LUCIC TRADE?

Kurt Leavins reported yesterday ” The next $3m bonus for Milan Lucic is payable July 17th”  and then opined on the possibility of a trade that saved some cap room for Edmonton. Music! Would you trade Lucic and Jesse Puljujarvi for Brandon Sutter? Same package for Zack Smith?

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  1. Rube Foster says:

    Drew: Staufer used this term in describing Kosk “babysitting” JP in his first year here and now not having to should take some load off him.

    Louie Debrusk was not soft peddling his description and suggested better for the Oilers for him not staying around.

    Read between the lines, JP seems to have serious issues.

    Let me be clear, I am not debating Puljujarvi’s HockeyBros/60.

    SwedishPoster had an excellent post a week ago or so regarding the Oilers locker room historically being a place where the HockeyBros/60 types do well and those that don’t quite fit that mold struggle.

    By the way, there is a cure for this problem. It’s called winning, winning organizations very rarely have “chemistry issues in the locker room”, unless of course, you’re the 1977 New York Yankees. The Oilers and winning… not so much.

    I am sure Louie’s HockeyBros/60 was miles better than Jesse’s ever will be. I am equally sure Louie would tell you that he’d have given his right nut to have the talent and skill of Puljujarvi.

    My point is good NHL organizations have a way of addressing these issues to the benefit of their team. A good organization would have found the right type of supports for a very young, foreign player trying to make his way in the most difficult Hockey league in the world – without overburdening other players to their detriment.

    In other words, how would Sam Pollock handle the “Jesse Situation”? What would Sam Pollock have got in return for Nail Yakupov?

    Here’s hoping Holland is more Pollock than Chiarelli.

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    CheliosisaDinosaur:
    Professor Q,

    No, just that during the season I really wanted that 1st round pick to be in play to unload Lucic. It was unpopular though even Lowetide flirted with the idea. But legions of people suggested the price to pay was too dear.

    I just wonder in retrospect now that the draft is over and Milan Lucic is set to lace em up in October for the Edmonton Oilers whether or not thats still where people are at.

    Should have done it, were it possible.

    It probably would have cost even more than the 8th and I wouldn’t have done it for the 8th then or now.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot: Jesse has issues with the locker room, and the locker room has issues with Jesse.If you want Jesse to stay, Connor has to make the dressing room a “safe space” for Jesse, because it clearly isn’t at the moment.

    I have no idea if this is true or not but, from many accounts, McDavid is one of the “problems” vis-a-vis Jesse.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot/strong>: No.I wouldn’t have traded the pick.I am content having Lucic practice and sit in the pressbox.

    Agreed – that is FAR from ideal but MUCH better than that type of asset bleed – I’m sure that type of asset bleed was an absolute non-starter for Holland (and it likely wouldn’t have even been enough anyways).

    Team Bouneback!

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: Jesse’s a Finnish hillbilly that’s hard to communicate with Connor Leon and Kosh have enough pressure on them the constant babysitting after 3 years wears on a person don’t you think.

    I’m going to posit they’ve done pretty much a grand total of zero babysitting of Puljujarvi – maybe that is part of the problem?

    Maybe if they would have, they’d have a skilled top 5 pedigree right winger to play with?

    Maybe for $12.5M a year and being the captain, yes, a bit of help with important team assets should be part of the job description?

  6. Reja says:

    Rube Foster: Perhaps its because I spend a great deal of time with kids who are in the range of 20 years old, but I feel a great deal of empathy for young Jesse Puljujarvi.

    Yes, Jesse has been guilty of lofting muffins at goalies. But, the question should be, given that he’s been handled by the organization so poorly, does he have the potential to fulfill his vast promise?

    In 2017/18 Jesse Puljujarvi scored 12 goals in 65 games. During the season, Connor, Leon, Nuge, Maroon, Caggiula and Rattie (14 GP) scored more goals per game than Jesse, ranking him Seventh in Goals Scored per Game for the 17/18 Edmonton Oilers.Top Nine production on a bad hockey team.

    In 2018/19 Jesse Puljujarvi scored 4 goals in 46 games. During the season, Connor, Leon, Nuge, Kassian, Caggiula, Gagner and Currie (21 GP) scored more goals per game than Jesse, ranking him Ninth in Goals Scored per Game for the 18/19 Edmonton Oilers.Top Nine production on a bad hockey team.

    It is universally agreed that for the past three seasons, Jesse Puljujarvi’s NHL development has been poorly managed by the Edmonton Oilers.

    It is universally agreed that Jesse Puljujariv has played for a bad NHL hockey team for the past two seasons.

    It is also universally agreed that Jesse Puljujarvi has underperformed given his skill set and talent.

    Despite these agreements, Jesse Puljujarvi has delivered top nine goals per game scoring rates on the Edmonton Oilers roster the past two seasons.

    If I may offer a little perspective, basic Math shows us that, Jesse Puljujarvi “has successfully handled the puck on the Edmonton Oilers” at top nine production levels – granted that’s been on a bad NHL hockey team, but I’m not certain that problem in its entirety lays at the young Finn’s feet.

    Given the current options on the Edmonton Oilers roster, whether we like it or not Jesse Puljujarvi is just as likely our best hope to fill a top-six role than anyone not named Connor, Leon, Nuge, Kass or Chiasson.

    … and there’s not too many NHL rosters where Kassian or Chiasson would be legitimate top six options.

    The hillbilly remark was not intended to be cruel I’ve meant a lot of folks from remote areas over the years some fit in immediately some get very homesick and can’t adapt. When Jesse’s agent sabotaged all trade value and is continuing to spout off with new management in place. Jesse has to own up to that he’s not a child anymore it’s time for him to put his big boy pants on and play like a top 10 draft pick.

  7. Drew says:

    Rube Foster: Let me be clear, I am not debating Puljujarvi’s HockeyBros/60.

    SwedishPoster had an excellent post a week ago or so regarding the Oilers locker room historically being a place where the HockeyBros/60 types do well and those that don’t quite fit that mold struggle.

    By the way, there is a cure for this problem.It’s called winning, winning organizations very rarely have “chemistry issues in the locker room”, unless of course, you’re the 1977 New York Yankees.The Oilers and winning… not so much.

    I am sure Louie’s HockeyBros/60 was miles better than Jesse’s ever will be.I am equally sure Louie would tell you that he’d have given his right nut to have the talent and skill of Puljujarvi.

    My point is good NHL organizations have a way of addressing these issues to the benefit of their team.A good organization would have found the right type of supports for a very young, foreign player trying to make his way in the most difficult Hockey league in the world – without overburdening other players to their detriment.

    In other words, how would Sam Pollock handle the “Jesse Situation”? What would Sam Pollock have got in return for Nail Yakupov?

    Here’s hoping Holland is more Pollock than Chiarelli.

    Yes much of what you say is correct…

    But, McDavid is a two time academic OHL player of the year (i believe) I am betting he understands how important it is to get JP to break through for the Oilers and would over come his hockey bro tendencies. (hockey bro is just as bigoted as hillbilly, but i am OK with both)

    What if its not hockey bro/60 but its hillbilly/60 as the proper KPI? What if the hillbilly/60 would have scared off Sam Pollock. He would not have drafted him and if he did he would move on early before anyone else knew and if not possible he would have sent JP to siberia and they would say million dollar talent and ten cent head stories???

    Ray Martyniuk, he was the Canadians #4 overall in 1970 2 picks before Darryl Sittler. Everyone can make a mistake. I think that JP is seriously flawed and Chia and Oilers mis-handled him as well.

    Feels like the player likely will not overcome the flaws but i hope he can.

  8. Rube Foster says:

    Reja: The hillbilly remark was not intended to be cruel I’ve meant a lot of folks from remote areas over the years some fit in immediately some get very homesick and can’t adapt. When Jesse’s agent sabotaged all trade value and is continuing to spout off with new management in place. Jesse has to own up to that he’s not a child anymore it’s time for him to put his big boy pants on and play like a top 10 draft pick.

    Fire the agent into the sun.

    25 – 40 games on Connor’s wing.

    Reassess options.

    Problem Solved:)

  9. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m going to posit they’ve done pretty much a grand total of zero babysitting of Puljujarvi – maybe that is part of the problem?

    Maybe if they would have, they’d have a skilled top 5 pedigree right winger to play with?

    Maybe for $12.5M a year and being the captain, yes, a bit of help with important team assets should be part of the job description?

    I believe Holland is the GM of the Edmonton Oilers and not Jesse’s agent last time I checked anyhow.

  10. Side says:

    Rube Foster: Perhaps its because I spend a great deal of time with kids who are in the range of 20 years old, but I feel a great deal of empathy for young Jesse Puljujarvi.

    Yes, Jesse has been guilty of lofting muffins at goalies. But, the question should be, given that he’s been handled by the organization so poorly, does he have the potential to fulfill his vast promise?

    In 2017/18 Jesse Puljujarvi scored 12 goals in 65 games. During the season, Connor, Leon, Nuge, Maroon, Caggiula and Rattie (14 GP) scored more goals per game than Jesse, ranking him Seventh in Goals Scored per Game for the 17/18 Edmonton Oilers.Top Nine production on a bad hockey team.

    In 2018/19 Jesse Puljujarvi scored 4 goals in 46 games. During the season, Connor, Leon, Nuge, Kassian, Caggiula, Gagner and Currie (21 GP) scored more goals per game than Jesse, ranking him Ninth in Goals Scored per Game for the 18/19 Edmonton Oilers.Top Nine production on a bad hockey team.

    It is universally agreed that for the past three seasons, Jesse Puljujarvi’s NHL development has been poorly managed by the Edmonton Oilers.

    It is universally agreed that Jesse Puljujariv has played for a bad NHL hockey team for the past two seasons.

    It is also universally agreed that Jesse Puljujarvi has underperformed given his skill set and talent.

    Despite these agreements, Jesse Puljujarvi has delivered top nine goals per game scoring rates on the Edmonton Oilers roster the past two seasons.

    If I may offer a little perspective, basic Math shows us that, Jesse Puljujarvi “has successfully handled the puck on the Edmonton Oilers” at top nine production levels – granted that’s been on a bad NHL hockey team, but I’m not certain that problem in its entirety lays at the young Finn’s feet.

    Given the current options on the Edmonton Oilers roster, whether we like it or not Jesse Puljujarvi is just as likely our best hope to fill a top-six role than anyone not named Connor, Leon, Nuge, Kass or Chiasson.

    … and there’s not too many NHL rosters where Kassian or Chiasson would be legitimate top six options.

    I don’t disagree with any of this. I would prefer that Jesse stay with the team and play in the lineup or spend meaningful time i the AHL.

    I just disagree with godots opinion that Jesse performed poorly because Todd told him to.

  11. barry.moore23 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I just can’t understand that contract – its like his agent is the Chiarelli of agent – he should be able to get quadruple that – does he want Jumbo Joe back that badly?So weird.

    Is the NHLPA even going to allow this ? Crazy …

  12. Bulging Twine says:

    godot10:
    Volume shooting is outdated.It is volume shooting from the right areas, or shots from non-ideal areas with a purpose in mind.

    Shooting for shooting sake is dumb. McLellan advocated a lot of mindless shooting.

    Good teams focus on getting shots from high danger areas.If one is shooting from non-high danger areas, it is part of a plan to get the puck to a teammate who will be in a high danger area for the rebound.

    amen

  13. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m going to posit they’ve done pretty much a grand total of zero babysitting of Puljujarvi – maybe that is part of the problem?

    Maybe if they would have, they’d have a skilled top 5 pedigree right winger to play with?

    Maybe for $12.5M a year and being the captain, yes, a bit of help with important team assets should be part of the job description?

    With Jesse more than likely finished with the Oilers maybe Kosh can concentrate more on his own game. Really looking foreword to the Kosh Smith tandem under Tippett.

  14. Bulging Twine says:

    Hemsky is a gangsta:
    What do you guys think about Brassard? Stauffer threw his name out there over the weekend so I assume there’s a pretty good chance he’s coming here. Does he still have game?

    He had a bad playoffs. Healthy scratched. Took some poor, undisciplined penalties as well.
    Turns 32 in September.
    Still. Could provide some offence from 3C which would help.
    I’d be leary of more than 1 year. 2 years max

  15. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m going to posit they’ve done pretty much a grand total of zero babysitting of Puljujarvi – maybe that is part of the problem?

    Maybe if they would have, they’d have a skilled top 5 pedigree right winger to play with?

    Maybe for $12.5M a year and being the captain, yes, a bit of help with important team assets should be part of the job description?

    I like your idea. Connor needs to take lessons from Joe Thorton. Jumbo Joe is the welcome pickup at the airport for all new Sharks. What a way to help with the transition.

    I really like to know what JP player agent has done to help the Oilers and JP. I just don’t get the sense he has done a good job. Probably not one of the better agents out there.

  16. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: I believe Holland is the GM of the Edmonton Oilers and not Jesse’s agent last time I checked anyhow.

    I have no idea what that has to do with our comment re: babysitting and pressure on McDavid/Drai nor my response thereto.

    What do you mean?

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Side: I don’t disagree with any of this. I would prefer that Jesse stay with the team and play in the lineup or spend meaningful time ithe AHL.

    I just disagree with godots opinion that Jesse performed poorly because Todd told him to.

    Yes, the player, the team and both going forward would likely benefit the most from Jesse signing a reasonable deal, coming to camp healthy and ready to perform and busting his ass off.

    The AHL would be a great place for half a season but its practically a non-option as I’m confident there would be 30 claims on him – another construct of the agent (and that damn injury last year – assignment to the AHL as opposed to IR would have kept his waiver eligibility) and the silly Hitchocock “I can fix him”.

  18. pts2pndr says:

    Rube Foster: Let me be clear, I am not debating Puljujarvi’s HockeyBros/60.

    SwedishPoster had an excellent post a week ago or so regarding the Oilers locker room historically being a place where the HockeyBros/60 types do well and those that don’t quite fit that mold struggle.

    By the way, there is a cure for this problem.It’s called winning, winning organizations very rarely have “chemistry issues in the locker room”, unless of course, you’re the 1977 New York Yankees.The Oilers and winning… not so much.

    I am sure Louie’s HockeyBros/60 was miles better than Jesse’s ever will be.I am equally sure Louie would tell you that he’d have given his right nut to have the talent and skill of Puljujarvi.

    My point is good NHL organizations have a way of addressing these issues to the benefit of their team.A good organization would have found the right type of supports for a very young, foreign player trying to make his way in the most difficult Hockey league in the world – without overburdening other players to their detriment.

    In other words, how would Sam Pollock handle the “Jesse Situation”? What would Sam Pollock have got in return for Nail Yakupov?

    Here’s hoping Holland is more Pollock than Chiarelli.

    It is simply called Leadership! Know your people. Treat them with respect and be willing to adjust or at very least understand their differences. Put all your people from top to bottom in a position to succeed. In the event this is not possible work with the individual to move him to where he can be successful. This builds your organizations reputation in the industry no matter what industry it is. If your modus operandi is years of tradition unhampered by progress expect to have problems. Knowing your people takes work and may seem cost prohibitive but does pay dividends. All the best and most innovative ideas do not always come from the top!

  19. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: With Jesse more than likely finished with the Oilers maybe Kosh can concentrate more on his own game. Really looking foreword to the Kosh Smith tandem under Tippett.

    Are you thinking that Koskinen and Jesse often taking the ice together before or after practice and Jesse taking shots on Mikko (as reported) was of a detriment to Mikko and his adjustment to the small ice (which, apparently, took all year and is on-going)?

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish: I like your idea. Connor needs to take lessons from Joe Thorton. Jumbo Joe is the welcome pickup at the airport for all new Sharks. What a way to help with the transition.

    I really like to know what JP player agent has done to help the Oilers and JP. I just don’t get the sense he has done a good job. Probably not one of the better agents out there.

    To be fair, I don’t want to imply that Connor isn’t a great captain or that he isn’t generally involved in these types of “off-ice” matters – he does seem active – reaching out to Broberg the day of the draft to welcome him, etc.

    Then again, Gagner did the same thing and was a bit more personal as well – offering up any help that Brogerg could want, etc.

    It just seems like something is/was off between Jesse and the core.

  21. JimmyV1965 says:

    I’m not sure why everyone keeps saying Marleau set the market for dumping a contract. The Avs dumped Soderberg’s contract and received a third rounder. Why does this not set the market? Not that any of this matters for Lucic.

  22. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: Are you thinking that Koskinen and Jesse often taking the ice together before or after practice and Jesse taking shots on Mikko (as reported) was of a detriment to Mikko and his adjustment to the small ice (which, apparently, took all year and is on-going)?

    Why was the babysitting comments made by oilers media please inform me.

  23. Bulging Twine says:

    Further on Brassard

    He scored 9 EV goals in 69 GP and had 3! EV primary assists for a EV primary points/60 of .89 -> not a good season.

    He got 1 second assist bringing his EV P/60 to .89

    In 17-18 he had a EV primary points/60 of 1.43
    and an EV points/60 of 1.79

    He had a down year. Is he one of those who craters after 30 or is he a bounce back candidate?

  24. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    JimmyV1965,

    Being in cap hell sets the price much higher. Dubas had to offload significant salary, while Sakic did not.

    Or, at least, that’s my take on the situation.

  25. OmJo says:

    JimmyV1965:
    I’m not sure why everyone keeps saying Marleau set the market for dumping a contract. The Avs dumped Soderberg’s contract and received a third rounder. Why does this not set the market? Not that any of this matters for Lucic.

    #BecauseLeafs?

  26. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: I have no idea what that has to do with our comment re: babysitting and pressure on McDavid/Drai nor my response thereto.

    What do you mean?

    What part don’t you understand Jesse agent does not dictate shit it’s not Connor Leon Nuge Lucic Kosh etc fault that he appears to have no hockey sense they’ve all gone out of their way to help him figure it out. And anyone questioning McDavid will and leadership skills at such a young age is pure Blasphemy.

  27. Professor Q says:

    Reja: With Jesse more than likely finished with the Oilers maybe Kosh can concentrate more on his own game. Really looking foreword to the Kosh Smith tandem under Tippett.

    With this new nickname sprouting up here, all I can think about is Colby, back when he used to write a lot of articles about the Oilers, years ago.

  28. OmJo says:

    OriginalPouzar: I just can’t understand that contract – its like his agent is the Chiarelli of agent – he should be able to get quadruple that – does he want Jumbo Joe back that badly?So weird.

    Going to go out on a limb here and say there is likely a gentleman’s agreement between both parties that hey, take a 1 year paycut and we’ll make it worth your while next year.

    Honestly I have no problem with it – assuming this wasn’t a case where the team and agent colluded against the player.

  29. Sierra says:

    godot10: Jesse has issues with the locker room, and the locker room has issues with Jesse.If you want Jesse to stay, Connor has to make the dressing room a “safe space” for Jesse, because it clearly isn’t at the moment.

    Exactly

  30. Sierra says:

    godot10: He did what he was told to do.

    I’m not buying that, not in the least.

  31. unca miltie says:

    Ray Martyniuk, he was the Canadians #4 overall in 1970 2 picks before Darryl Sittler. Everyone can make a mistake. I think that JP is seriously flawed and Chia and Oilers mis-handled him as well.

    they took his backup, Cal Hammond too

  32. Bulging Twine says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Further on Brassard

    He scored 9 EV goals in 69 GP and had 3! EV primary assists for a EV primary points/60 of .89 -> not a good season.

    He got 1 second assist bringing his EV P/60 to .89

    In 17-18 he had a EV primary points/60 of 1.43
    and an EV points/60 of 1.79

    He had a down year.Is he one of those who craters after 30 or is he a bounce back candidate?

    further, further on Brassard

    in 16-17 with OTT his EvP1/60 was 1.08 (not great)
    EVP/60 1.56

    this last year, he wasn’t having a great year but his numbers were further dinged by getting one EV point in 20 games with COL (a goal).
    He played on 3 teams in 18-19
    His EVP/60 with each was:
    PIT 40 GP 1.16
    FLA 10GP 1.39
    COL 20 GP .24

  33. Rebillled says:

    If you enter ‘cut the mustard’ into google, the example they give very much pertains to this thread and Milan Lucic.

  34. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Do Labanc and Puljujarvi have the same agent?

  35. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: Why was the babysitting comments made by oilers media please inform me.

    You mean the media that is largely thought of to be a mouthpiece for the organization? I don’t think you need help answering that question.

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: What part don’t you understand Jesse agent does not dictate shit it’s not Connor Leon Nuge Lucic Kosh etc fault that he appears to have no hockey sense they’ve all gone out of their way to help him figure it out. And anyone questioning McDavid will and leadership skills at such a young age is pure Blasphemy.

    I will not continue this conversation if you speak to me like that again.

    1) It appears Jesse’s agent has had a large say in his development path over the last few years

    2) It appears that only Koskinen has gone out of his way to try and help Jesse – the others you mention, the core of the team, well, it appears they may have done the opposite

    3) I do not buy in to any player being immune to criticism

  37. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: I will not continue this conversation if you speak to me like that again.

    1)It appears Jesse’s agent has had a large say in his development path over the last few years

    2) It appears that only Koskinen has gone out of his way to try and help Jesse – the others you mention, the core of the team, well, it appears they may hlmave done the opposite

    3) I do not buy in to any player being immune to criticism

    I’m not trying to be rude but a agent of a career 17 goal scorer does not run the show. Holland will not give in to Jesse’s demands. Sometimes a player just doesn’t turn out who’s fault is it if it’s not mostly Jesse’s fault

  38. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: You mean the media that is largely thought of to be a mouthpiece for the organization?I don’t think you need help answering that question.

    Maybe just maybe they’re trying to be nice in a roundabout way.

  39. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: I’m not trying to be rude but a agent of a career 17 goal scorer does not run the show. Holland will not give in to Jesse’s demands. Sometimes a player just doesn’t turn out who’s fault is it if it’s not mostlyJesse’s fault

    Of course the agent shouldn’t run the show but its been clear that his agent has indeed had a large say in how the Oilers have deloped the player to this point – that was all pre-HOlland and I have been greatly critical or prior management on this point.

    I agree that Holland shouldn’t give in and I am against any sort of trade that doesn’t provide material value back – i would have been upset if PIT didn’t turn down the rumored rust trade and, frankly, am disapointed that Holland may have been amendable to that trade.

  40. Richard Roma says:

    This thread is fascinating…

    Original Pouzar and Reja having a discourse…

    We’re talking about two posters that co-lead this blog in rigid thinking /60 having a discussion.

    Two posters whose opinions are immutable to change.

    It’s surreal.

  41. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: Of course the agent shouldn’t run the show but its been clear that his agent has indeed had a large say in how the Oilers have deloped the player to this point – that was all pre-HOlland and I have been greatly critical or prior management on this point.

    I agree that Holland shouldn’t give in and I am against any sort of trade that doesn’t provide material value back – i would have been upset if PIT didn’t turn down the rumored rust trade and, frankly, am disapointed that Holland may have been amendable to that trade.

    I liked Jesse up until these demands, he made it clear he doesn’t want to play for my Oilers. Holland will set the tone and let him rot in the KHL unless he can get a top 6 winger back. I do think Jesse with a new no pressure start like the canes may save his career.

  42. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    If that return is disappointing to you, how much more value than Rust/comparable do you expect in a 1-for-1 JP trade (either a prospect, or a roster player)?

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    I don’t expect any more value at this point as we’ve seen what market value currently is – less than an overpaid middling player like Rust.

    Given the foregoing, I don’t expect Jesse to be traded as Holland has been clear he wants value back (although he either values Rust more than me or Jesse less than me). He should either get his head on straight and sign with the Oilers and be ready to compete, head back to Europe or simply not play hockey.

    I expect a return along the line of Tolaven (a similar pedigree prospect that his also struggling to make it) but it doesn’t seem available.

  44. Reja says:

    Reja: I liked Jesse up until these demands, he made it clear he doesn’t want to play for my Oilers. Holland will set the tone and let him rot in the KHL unless he can get a top 6 winger back. I do think Jesse with a new no pressure start like the canes may save his career.

    Jesse isn’t holding out for money, correct me if I’m wrong but he up and quit on his team do you really think there going to have a big party for him if he returns. He has alienated himself big time he fuked up. I will be surprised if he plays another game with us.

  45. Jethro Tull says:

    Reja: I liked Jesse up until these demands, he made it clear he doesn’t want to play for my Oilers. Holland will set the tone and let him rot in the KHL unless he can get a top 6 winger back. I do think Jesse with a new no pressure start like the canes may save his career.

    Unfortunately, Jesse’s agent has shot his bolt too soon. He’s gone full “move him now” and very publically. You get one of those per career, if you’re good enough. Like Patrick Roy good enough. What if he goes to the ‘canes and the same shit happens?

    It’s almost too late now. Things are being said. Shit is being done that there’s no going back from saving face. Pride. It’ll shoot your eye out, man.

  46. Reja says:

    Jethro Tull: Unfortunately, Jesse’s agent has shot his bolt too soon. He’s gone full “move him now” and very publically. You get one of those per career, if you’re good enough. Like Patrick Roy good enough. What if he goes to the ‘canes and the same shit happens?

    It’s almost too late now. Things are being said. Shit is being done that there’s no going back from saving face. Pride. It’ll shoot your eye out, man.

    I can’t piece it together how can Jesse’s agent land Kosh a homerun full sprint to the bank and cash that Cheque before Pete sobers up deal. Then turnaround and completely cave in Jesse’s career being a incompetent tool makes no sense there has to be other folks involved.

  47. jp says:

    Reja: Really looking foreword to the Kosh Smith tandem under Tippett.

    It terrifies me. I try not to think about it.

  48. HT Joe says:

    OriginalPouzar: Wow, thank you for this.I have had the position for years and years and year and, of course, very few agree that the asset value return on Pronger when the trade as made was very substantial – many have strong emotions with regard to Pronger and the trade and not once ever have I every actually been successful in changing someone’s mind on the topic.

    You have changed my mind… thanks again for walking me through your logic!

  49. JimmyV1965 says:

    Rube Foster: Fire the agent into the sun.

    25 – 40 games on Connor’s wing.

    Reassess options.

    Problem Solved:)

    The best thing that can happen to JP is to go to Europe and prove to the world that he is an elite player. Maybe more importantly, prove to himself that he is an elite player. The solution is NOT to staple him to McDavid for 40 games or even four games. It no longer matters why he is cutting ties with the Oilers. Now he has to find his own way. If he’s truly elite, he will do that.

  50. JimmyV1965 says:

    Connor McDavid is 22 years old. It’s kinda silly actually to think he wouldn’t have flaws as a captain.

  51. JimmyV1965 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I will not continue this conversation if you speak to me like that again.

    1)It appears Jesse’s agent has had a large say in his development path over the last few years

    2) It appears that only Koskinen has gone out of his way to try and help Jesse – the others you mention, the core of the team, well, it appears they may have done the opposite

    3) I do not buy in to any player being immune to criticism

    I find it hard to believe McDavid and the core went out of their way to make life difficult for JP. As young kids themselves, they are likely ill equipped to deal with the challenges that come with grooming another even younger kid. Plus we have zero knowledge of anything in the dressing room.

  52. Reja says:

    jp: It terrifies me. I try not to think about it.

    I hated Smith because he was a hotdog, now I love Smith because he’s a hotdog on our team. If he stays healthy both him and Tippett know it’s the last hooray. Tippett will put Smith in a position to succeed they will give it everything they have in the tank. Smith is a gamer he’ll be gunning for the bonus. Oilers will make the playoffs yes the Oilers will make the playoffs with the calm coaching of Tippett.

  53. JimmyV1965 says:

    Reja: Jesse isn’t holding out for money, correct me if I’m wrong but he up and quit on his team do you really think there going to have a big party for him if he returns. He has alienated himself big time he fuked up. I will be surprised if he plays another game with us.

    If JP ever comes back and he can play and contribute, I can almost guarantee he will be welcome with open arms.

  54. jeetz says:

    Rube Foster: Fire the agent into the sun.

    25 – 40 games on Connor’s wing.

    Reassess options.

    Problem Solved:)

    +1

  55. dustrock says:

    Fire JP into the sun and move on. He failed the organization and the organization failed him.

    Would not be shocked at all to learn Jesse is a goofy, fun-loving guy who was so much more talented than his peers that he didn’t actually have to try until he hit the NHL

    I love the fascination with “unlocking” the potential, as if he’s ever shown anything in the NHL remotely resembling a star prospect. He looks more like Late Stage Ethan Moreau TBH.

    Just think he’s another in the long line of professional athletes who don’t want to put in the crazy hours needed to make tbe NHL.

  56. Sierra says:

    JimmyV1965: The best thing that can happen to JP is to go to Europe and prove to the world that he is an elite player. Maybe more importantly, prove to himself that he is an elite player. The solution is NOT to staple him to McDavid for 40 games or even four games. It no longer matters why he is cutting ties with the Oilers. Now he has to find his own way. If he’s truly elite, he will do that.

    Excellent post

  57. BONE207 says:

    Richard Roma:
    This thread is fascinating…

    Original Pouzar and Reja having a discourse…

    We’re talking about two posters that co-lead this blog in rigid thinking /60 having a discussion.

    Two posters whose opinions are immutable to change.

    It’s surreal.

    Sociologists are flocking from around the world to see the spectacle. The overzealous vs the obsessive. Let’s imagine…

    They would be like the table of bettors at the Casino Royale. Only, I think they both have twitchy eyes. Both excited to be playing & can’t wait for the next hand.

    One of them used to be bold & make wild eyed predictions but after many stunning defeats, they have backed off and play more cautious. He doesn’t drink but is constantly diverted by the unequal stacks of chips that the other players have amassed. Constantly yelling, YOU MUST HAVE 50 NOT 49!!! He rarely leaves the room except when he steps out into the hall to do 50 pushups. He carries and uses a well worn & squeaky wrist exerciser which annoys the other players. He only sweats when his chips are an odd number & can’t stack them evenly. He goes on about his lifestyle, holidays & how work keeps him away from the table. He’s very committed to his game but many feel that he’s just going to one day pass-out & sleep for 30 hours.

    The other, willing to go all in cause they believe a 2 & 3 will beat that pair of AAs across the table. He is very opinionated & rambles on in unintelligible bursts that no one can understand. One sentence bleeds into the next without pause so keeping track of the topic with him is nearly impossible. He’s also running back & forth to the bar trying anything & everything that is on the liquor list. He sweats profusely & his cards are always damp & stuck together. His excitement causes him to leave “conversation spots” on anything within a meter around him as he boldly proclaims his infallible strategy. His clothes look fairly modern but rumor has it he’s from the Ozarks & has an unhealthy love for his sister.

    Imagine the information that would be gathered by future superior aliens if the only surviving record of mankind was the LOWETIDE CHRONICLES…

  58. Material Elvis says:

    BONE207: Sociologists are flocking from around the world to see the spectacle. The overzealous vs the obsessive. Let’s imagine…

    They would be like the table of bettors at the Casino Royale. Only, I think they both have twitchy eyes. Both excited to be playing & can’t wait for the next hand.

    One of them used to be bold & make wild eyed predictions but after many stunning defeats, they have backed off and play more cautious. He doesn’t drink but is constantly diverted by the unequal stacks of chips that the other players have amassed. Constantly yelling, YOU MUST HAVE 50 NOT 49!!! He rarely leaves the room except when he steps out into the hall to do 50 pushups. He carries and uses a well worn & squeaky wrist exerciser which annoys the other players. He only sweats when his chips are an odd number & can’t stack them evenly. He goes on about his lifestyle, holidays & how work keeps him away from the table. He’s very committed to his game but many feel that he’s just going to one day pass-out & sleep for 30 hours.

    The other, willing to go all in cause they believe a 2 & 3 will beat that pair of AAs across the table. He is very opinionated & rambles on in unintelligible bursts that no one can understand. One sentence bleeds into the next without pause so keeping track of the topic with him is nearly impossible. He’s also running back & forth to the bar trying anything & everything that is on the liquor list. He sweats profusely & his cards are always damp & stuck together. His excitement causes him to leave “conversation spots” on anything within a meter around him as he boldly proclaims his infallible strategy. His clothes look fairly modern but rumor has it he’s from the Ozarks & has an unhealthy love for his sister.

    Imagine the information that would be gathered by future superior aliens if the only surviving record of mankind was the LOWETIDE CHRONICLES…

    I knew that if I stuck around long enough I’d be rewarded….

  59. Rube Foster says:

    JimmyV1965: The best thing that can happen to JP is to go to Europe and prove to the world that he is an elite player. Maybe more importantly, prove to himself that he is an elite player. The solution is NOT to staple him to McDavid for 40 games or even four games. It no longer matters why he is cutting ties with the Oilers. Now he has to find his own way. If he’s truly elite, he will do that.

    I agree with you. A year of development in Europe just might be the best thing for Puljujarvi’s hockey career. Unfortunately, with the current Oiler Roster so barren of potential scoring wingers I’m not sure a year of Jesse developing in Europe is the best thing for the Oilers.

    Jesse Puljujarvi is no Ray Martynuik. Jesse doesn’t have a Ken Dryden blocking his path and Martyniuk didn’t score 12 goals in 65 games as a 19-year-old in the most difficult hockey league in the world. Which would have been mind-blowing for Ray to accomplish seeing as he played goalie, but I trust you get my point.

    Question – If Jesse is happy and healthy and playing on McDavid’s wing how many goals might he score in the first 40 games of the season?

    More than Lucic? Sure. More than Nygard? Sure. More than Jurco? Sure. More than Granlund? Probably. More than Kassian? Maybe. You see where I’m going with this exercise. My bold prediction is that if Jesse played the first 40 games on Connor’s wing and got some PP time, he’d have 10 goals… easy.

    Next Question, what is the trade value of a fast 21 year old power forward on a 20 goal scoring pace? If you answered more than what Jesse Puljujarvi is worth today, you understand my point.

    Added bonus – Playing Jesse with Connor, permits the Oilers to pair up Nuge and Leon and gives the team a legit framework for a top six. Super Nova Connor can carry his own line, Leon and Nuge together can play in any top six in the NHL.

    I’m not saying sign Pulju to a lifetime contract. Just, might we please try to maximize the value of our asset before we depose of them for pennies on the dollar… again.

    I like the patience that Holland is showing with the “Jesse Situation”, he’s being firm, but he’s also leaving the door open to reconciliation. Build the bridge Kenny, you can do it!

    If Connor McDavid has proved anything during his time in Edmonton, its that he is a good soldier and that he is mature beyond his years (as well as being the best hockey player in the world!). No one should doubt that if Jesse Puljujarvi can help the Edmonton Oilers win Hockey games, Connor McDavid will welcome him on his hockey club.

    Now, let’s get back to the OP & Reja debate – play nice Gents!

  60. JimmyV1965 says:

    Rube Foster: I agree with you. A year of development in Europe just might be the best thing for Puljujarvi’s hockey career.Unfortunately, with the current Oiler Roster so barren of potential scoring wingers I’m not sure a year of Jesse developing in Europe is the best thing for the Oilers.

    Jesse Puljujarvi is no Ray Martynuik. Jesse doesn’t have a Ken Dryden blocking his path and Martyniuk didn’t score 12 goals in 65 games as a 19-year-old in the most difficult hockey league in the world.Which would have been mind-blowing for Ray to accomplish seeing as he played goalie, but I trust you get my point.

    Question – If Jesse is happy and healthy and playing on McDavid’s wing how many goals might he score in the first 40 games of the season?

    More than Lucic? Sure.More than Nygard? Sure. More than Jurco? Sure. More than Granlund? Probably. More than Kassian? Maybe.You see where I’m going with this exercise. My bold prediction is that if Jesse played the first 40 games on Connor’s wing and got some PP time, he’d have 10 goals… easy.

    Next Question, what is the trade value of a fast 21 year old power forward on a 20 goal scoring pace?If you answered more than what Jesse Puljujarvi is worth today, you understand my point.

    Added bonus – Playing Jesse with Connor, permits the Oilers to pair up Nuge and Leon and gives the team a legit framework for a top six. Super Nova Connor can carry his own line, Leon and Nuge together can play in any top six in the NHL.

    I’m not saying sign Pulju to a lifetime contract.Just, might we please try to maximize the value of our asset before we depose of them for pennies on the dollar… again.

    I like the patience that Holland is showing with the “Jesse Situation”, he’s being firm, but he’s also leaving the door open to reconciliation.Build the bridge Kenny, you can do it!

    If Connor McDavid has proved anything during his time in Edmonton, its that he is a good soldier and that he is mature beyond his years (as well as being the best hockey player in the world!).No one should doubt that if Jesse Puljujarvi can help the Edmonton Oilers win Hockey games, Connor McDavid will welcome him on his hockey club.

    Now, let’s get back to the OP & Reja debate – play nice Gents!

    Actually I don’t understand your point. JP has made it quite clear he doesn’t want to play here. It doesn’t matter who is to blame, but JP clearly has some shit to figure out. That will be best served in Europe; not in the NHL or on McDavid’s wing. And if he ever does play and perform well on McDavid’s wing for 40 games, there would be no point in trading him because he’s; A) obviously decided to return to the Oilers and; B) he’s performing well.

  61. ArmchairGM says:

    Rube Foster: I agree with you. A year of development in Europe just might be the best thing for Puljujarvi’s hockey career.Unfortunately, with the current Oiler Roster so barren of potential scoring wingers I’m not sure a year of Jesse developing in Europe is the best thing for the Oilers.

    Jesse Puljujarvi is no Ray Martynuik. Jesse doesn’t have a Ken Dryden blocking his path and Martyniuk didn’t score 12 goals in 65 games as a 19-year-old in the most difficult hockey league in the world.Which would have been mind-blowing for Ray to accomplish seeing as he played goalie, but I trust you get my point.

    Question – If Jesse is happy and healthy and playing on McDavid’s wing how many goals might he score in the first 40 games of the season?

    More than Lucic? Sure.More than Nygard? Sure. More than Jurco? Sure. More than Granlund? Probably. More than Kassian? Maybe.You see where I’m going with this exercise. My bold prediction is that if Jesse played the first 40 games on Connor’s wing and got some PP time, he’d have 10 goals… easy.

    Next Question, what is the trade value of a fast 21 year old power forward on a 20 goal scoring pace?If you answered more than what Jesse Puljujarvi is worth today, you understand my point.

    Added bonus – Playing Jesse with Connor, permits the Oilers to pair up Nuge and Leon and gives the team a legit framework for a top six. Super Nova Connor can carry his own line, Leon and Nuge together can play in any top six in the NHL.

    I’m not saying sign Pulju to a lifetime contract.Just, might we please try to maximize the value of our asset before we depose of them for pennies on the dollar… again.

    I like the patience that Holland is showing with the “Jesse Situation”, he’s being firm, but he’s also leaving the door open to reconciliation.Build the bridge Kenny, you can do it!

    If Connor McDavid has proved anything during his time in Edmonton, its that he is a good soldier and that he is mature beyond his years (as well as being the best hockey player in the world!).No one should doubt that if Jesse Puljujarvi can help the Edmonton Oilers win Hockey games, Connor McDavid will welcome him on his hockey club.

    Now, let’s get back to the OP & Reja debate – play nice Gents!

    I agree with all of this.

  62. ArmchairGM says:

    JimmyV1965: Actually I don’t understand your point. JP has made it quite clear he doesn’t want to play here.It doesn’t matter who is to blame, but JP clearly has some shit to figure out. That will be best served in Europe; not in the NHL or on McDavid’s wing. And if he ever does play and perform well on McDavid’s wing for 40 games, there would be no point in trading him because he’s; A) obviously decided to return to the Oilers and; B) he’s performing well.

    He’s got all summer to figure his shit out. Actually, since he hasn’t played since February 15 and isn’t due at TC until mid-September, that gives him 7 months to figure his shit out. If he can’t do it in 7 months I’m not sure what good another few months will do.

  63. JimmyV1965 says:

    ArmchairGM: He’s got all summer to figure his shit out.Actually, since he hasn’t played since February 15 and isn’t due at TC until mid-September, that gives him 7 months to figure his shit out. If he can’t do it in 7 months I’m not sure what good another few months will do.

    Well clearly he hasn’t figured it out yet so that’s not seven months. Puck drops in three months. JP demanded a trade, his agent reiterated those thoughts only days ago. I think it’s a fantasy of epic proportions to think he’s going to change his mind in three months and then jump into the lineup, play with McDavid and start lighting it up. Playing a year in Europe is the most realistic best option for the team and player.

  64. jp says:

    Reja: I hated Smith because he was a hotdog, now I love Smith because he’s a hotdog on our team. If he stays healthy both him and Tippett know it’s the last hooray. Tippettwill put Smith in a position to succeed theywill give it everything they havein the tank. Smith is a gamer he’ll be gunning for the bonus. Oilers will make the playoffs yes the Oilers will make the playoffswith the calm coaching of Tippett.

    Hopefully.

    I’m not sure where the ceiling is on this goalie tandem, but the floor is very very low.

  65. blainer says:

    dustrock:
    Fire JP into the sun and move on. He failed the organization and the organization failed him.

    Would not be shocked at all to learn Jesse is a goofy, fun-loving guy who was so much more talented than his peers that he didn’t actually have to try until he hit the NHL

    I love the fascination with “unlocking” the potential, as if he’s ever shown anything in the NHL remotely resembling a star prospect. He looks more like Late Stage Ethan Moreau TBH.

    Just think he’s another in the long line of professional athletes who don’t want to put in the crazy hours needed to make tbe NHL.

    Been saying the same thing for a quite a while now. IMO This player believes he can play based on talent alone and has NOT put in the work it takes to be a top player in top league.

    This player has to go back to Europe to learn he has to work hard if he wants to play in the NHL.

    I’d bet if we went back and reviewed the comments on Yak his last couple of years we’d be reading the same comments as we are now on JP.

    We need to move on from this player. Send him back over seas and forget about him for a year or two.

    Doing this also sends a message to the Broberg’s .. If you want to play in the NHL…put the work in with that talent and you will be rewarded..

    JMO.

  66. ArmchairGM says:

    JimmyV1965: Well clearly he hasn’t figured it out yet so that’s not seven months. Puck drops in three months. JP demanded a trade, his agent reiterated those thoughts only days ago. I think it’s a fantasy of epic proportions to think he’s going to change his mind in three months and then jump into the lineup, play with McDavid and start lighting it up.Playing a year in Europe is the most realistic best option for the team and player.

    Europe is probably the most realistic option, I’m not sure it’s the best one for the team and player though.

    IMO if he really wants a trade he’s going to have to earn it by proving he can succeed at the NHL level. Playing well in Liiga is great but it doesn’t prove anything vis-a-vis the NHL and I’m not convinced that a plus season in a lesser league will raise his trade value by a lot.

  67. ArmchairGM says:

    blainer: This player has to go back to Europe to learn he has to work hard if he wants to play in the NHL.

    I don’t see how having success in an easier league will teach Jesse how hard he has to work to be successful in the NHL. Seems counterintuitive.

  68. russ99 says:

    Reja,

    His NHL game and hockey sense is so lacking, I really don’t think any NHL team is willing to make a decent offer or would have time and patience to get him right without taking him off the ice for a time, which is counter to what he and his agent seem to want.

    Reps in the KHL to get his confidence and game back is the best option, and maybe the Oilers get a better trade piece back next year.

    The Oilers can QO him for two more seasons if he and his agent want to play hardball that long.

  69. OriginalPouzar says:

    JimmyV: I find it hard to believe McDavid and the core went out of their way to make life difficult for JP. As young kids themselves, they are likely ill equipped to deal with the challenges that come with grooming another even younger kid. Plus we have zero knowledge of anything in the dressing room.

    I don’t disagree at all – its all pure speculation on what is happening in the room but it does seem somewhat evident that something is happening in there at least with respect to Jesse.

  70. Jordan says:

    ArmchairGM: I don’t see how having success in an easier league will teach Jesse how hard he has to work to be successful in the NHL. Seems counterintuitive.

    I’ve spent a lot of time teaching and training children and youths. Sometimes kids get overwhelmed on an emotional level and just need a place they feel comfortable to be able to perform well.

    Jesse seems like a good kid who’s having some trouble getting comfortable and finding his place with the Oilers. I don’t think this is a “sink or swim” moment for him. Moving him to a place and a team and a culture that he is more accustomed to where there are fewer distractions for him may be helpful. Maybe his hockey won’t develop as significantly, but maybe him as a person will, and that will facilitate growth in hockey later.

    Hard to say based solely on speculation, but it seems completely reaonsable to me. Here’s my analogy: Imagine if You went to play in the KHL and you weren’t learning Russian well and the people and culture were a mystery to you. You don’t make friends on the team, you’re lost in the city you play in and you don’t want to go down a league (what’s below the KHL?) because it will be more of the same with less support in smaller towns.

    Maybe what would be best for you is to come play in the AHL or ECHL to get you comfortable being you and playing pro hockey?

  71. ArmchairGM says:

    Jordan: I’ve spent a lot of time teaching and training children and youths.Sometimes kids get overwhelmed on an emotional level and just need a place they feel comfortable to be able to perform well.

    Jesse seems like a good kid who’s having some trouble getting comfortable and finding his place with the Oilers.I don’t think this is a “sink or swim” moment for him.Moving him to a place and a team and a culture that he is more accustomed to where there are fewer distractions for him may be helpful.Maybe his hockey won’t develop as significantly, but maybe him as a person will, and that will facilitate growth in hockey later.

    Hard to say based solely on speculation, but it seems completely reaonsable to me. Here’s my analogy: Imagine if You went to play in the KHL and you weren’t learning Russian well and the people and culture were a mystery to you.You don’t make friends on the team, you’re lost in the city you play in and you don’t want to go down a league (what’s below the KHL?) because it will be more of the same with less support in smaller towns.

    Maybe what would be best for you is to come play in the AHL or ECHL to get you comfortable being you and playing pro hockey?

    The fallacy here is that Jesse isn’t a child anymore, nor was he recently introduced to our culture and language. He has played 3 seasons in North America now and is 21 years of age. I have zero doubt that playing in Liiga or KHL would be more comfortable for Jesse, but if the issue here is that the player is resting on his talent and isn’t willing to put the work in (as has been suggested) then going to an easier league isn’t the answer.

  72. Rube Foster says:

    The thing that everyone seems to be forgetting is that Puljujarvi’s season ended with major surgery on both hips. The kid was not only getting yanked around by the organization, he was playing with a chronic and painful injury that required significant surgery.

    A year of development for Jesse would be a luxury that I don’t beleive this current roster can afford. A healthy 21 year old year old Puljujarvi is a perfect fit for the roster. A place on Connor’s wing is the ideal opportunity for this player.

    Need meets opportunity. If you can’t see that you’re not alone, you’re just like Jesse’s Agent.

    If everyone is singing Kumbyah after 30 – 40 games of the Connor and Jesse show all the better! All that I am saying is that there is a path forward out of this stalemate, and that Holland appears to be holding all the keys to a reconciliation.

    Punishing the player for hurting the Team’s feelings is not the best utilization of the player as an asset and ultimately just hurts the team. The former management could never get this right, hopefully Holland can.

    The resolution of the “Jesse Situation” will be a major tell to all of us if the management of the organization has actually shifted.

  73. Coiler says:

    It’s a shame that things have reached this point with the kid. Blame one side, blame both sides…at this point it doesn’t matter. The sole issue at this point is that the Oilers have an ‘asset’ that hasn’t proven his worth and a team that desperately needs him to because of the lack of depth in that position.

    Rock, meet hard place.

    I trust in Holland to do the right thing for the organization. If Jesse is to go elsewhere then I think he’s going to get the benefit of the doubt for awhile but if past behaviour is an indicator of future behaviour then his time in the NHL might be shorter than he might realize.

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