Gaetan Haas and Joakim Nygard have a few things in common, including strong European resumes and unusual names. Nygard drew interest from 20+ teams, while Haas had an audience of one (Ken Holland) from what we know. Oilers fans are uneasy about the roster over the summer, with No. 3 center (Haas) and fleet winger (Nygard) areas of possible improvement.
What can we tell about these two men and their NHL chances?
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- 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.
There are teams (San Jose Sharks) who can grab a European and coach him up within a year. Having a ‘plug and play’ supermarket is a big damned deal. Edmonton has had an uneven track record in procuring Europeans, but Holland has done well over many years.
The League Nygard plays in lets a bunch of air out of the tires of each player’s boxcar number. The tools I use punish the SHL at 58 percent of total. That’s the second best (KHL) league in captivity.
Haas plays in the NLA, where the NHLE punishes more than half (43 percent) and thus the Haas number is less impressive.
However, opportunity is a major item in the case of Haas and Nygard. Haas is a guy who Ken Holland liked, he is signed and the team is not exactly flush in RHC.
I’m finishing up my RE numbers now, and this little Euro battle is a fascinating inside the roster item. Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be left shot centers.