I don’t recall an offseason that left this much business so late into summer. There are like 30 rfa’s to sign (Jesse Puljujarvi is one) and there are several attractive UFA’s. Edmonton doesn’t have much money left, but there’s room for a depth signing. Who are the candidates?
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: Jesse Puljujarvi’s biggest hurdles: Bad timing and the indifference of the Oilers.
- Lowetide: Projecting the Oilers 2019-20 Opening Night Lineup
- Lowetide: Revisiting the Oilers’ 2016 draft and the opportunities missed
- Lowetide: Examining the potential waiver-wire opportunities at hand for the Oilers
- Lowetide: Cooper Marody’s utility gives him an edge for an Oilers roster spot in 2019-20
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s roster construction options for the Oilers over the next seven months.
- Lowetide: Kailer Yamamoto has the talent to win a job with the Oilers on merit, if he’s healthy.
- Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi still has upside and the Oilers’ patient approach is the right one
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Dave Tippett on rounding out his coaching staff, fixing Oilers’ special teams and using Connor McDavid
- Lowetide: Handicapping the Oilers’ young defencemen and their chances of replacing Andrej Sekera
- Lowetide: Is Kirill Maksimov progressing as the Edmonton Oilers’ next great hope for a true homegrown sniper?
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers ease pressure on crowded defensive pipeline by trading John Marino to the Penguins
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What the 2021-22 Oilers might look like after their steady build toward contender status
- Lowetide: Joel Persson is ideally situated to win an opening night roster spot with the Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Projecting the Oilers’ opening night lineup, line combinations and more.
- Lowetide: Oilers’ acquisition of James Neal could add badly needed scoring to the top two lines.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland puts his stamp on the Oilers with first big move in Lucic-Neal trade
- Jonathan Willis: Ken Holland ends an ugly situation for the Oilers by trading Milan Lucic for James Neal
- Jonathan Willis: Which Oilers defencemen can make an outlet pass?
- Lowetide: Looking ahead to Oilers training camp: 35 players for 23 jobs
- Jonathan Willis: Josh Archibald won’t fix the Oilers’ biggest problems, but he’ll help with some key issues.
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
This is goals-per-60 and points-per-60 at five-on-five
Tomas Vanek 1.02 2.21
Jason Pominville 1.08 2.01
Brock McGinn 0.45 1.35
Patrick Marleau 0.58 1.16
Patrick Maroon 0.54 1.08
Riley Sheahan 0.46 1.05
Brian Boyle 0.83 1.02
Magnus Paajarvi 0.53 1.00
Derick Brassard 0.61 0.94
Edmonton needs help at centre, so Brassard, Boyle and Sheahan would be likely targets. I don’t know how many PTO’s the Oilers will sign, and it could be a straight one-year deal. Among wingers, Vanek might be a solid power-play addition.
The Oilers do have some internal solutions on the wing. Tyler Benson and Cooper Marody could push for jobs and realistically it would be tough for management to send either back if they find chem with established players.
If we use 30 points NHLE as the line in the sand, then Marody, Benson, Gambardella, Nygard and Kirill Maksimov are the options. I don’t think Maksimov makes the grade (Holland will likely slow play him), so the four remaining are your pool of possibles. What about something like this?
Leon Draisaitl—Connor McDavid—Zack Kassian
Tyler Benson—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—James Neal
Markus Granlund—Derick Brassard—Josh Archibald
Alex Chiasson—Jujhar Khaira—Sam Gagner
I don’t think it will go that way (Neal and Chiasson are the safe second-line wingers) but if you are Dave Tippett and Benson (or Marody) show well, it’s an option that has to be contemplated.
College goalie is now free to sign, and his resume is strong. Oilers gave up an asset to acquire an asset, and then set it free. Management changes leave orphans all over hell’s half acre.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning, TSN1260 beginning at 10. DTonSC joins us at 10:20 to preview the CFL weekend, DraftKings Sports Book Director Johnny Avillo pops in later and we’ll talk Jays as well. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!