If the Edmonton Oilers do sign Derick Brassard, it makes the 23-man roster far easier to project. Jujhar Khaira can move back to the wing, Kyle Brodziak and Colby Cave can fight for the No. 4 center job, and Cooper Marody can focus on making the team in multiple positions.
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- New Lowetide: Oilers end summer still shy on first-shot scoring wingers
- Lowetide: Connor McDavid and optimal line chemistry: The Oilers need to abandon enforcer fixation and add a skill winger
- 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.
Leon Draisaitl—Connor McDavid—Zack Kassian
James Neal—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Alex Chiasson
Markus Granlund—Derick Brassard—Josh Archibald
Jujhar Khaira—Kyle Brodziak—Sam Gagner
Colby Cave, Joakim Nygard
Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse—Matt Benning
Kris Russell—Joel Persson
Mikko Koskinen (Mike Smith)
Brassard is an interesting player, and would definitely give Dave Tippett options. He isn’t a complete player (13:19 a night at evens, 1:35 on the power play but only five seconds on the PK) and his numbers have been eroding. He’s 48.1 percent on the dot.
So Brassard would get third line minutes and maybe second PP work. Could he score 15? Could he saw off the competition at 50 percent possession? That would be the ask, or the expectation. It’s a lot based on his 2018-19 season.
It’s on like Donkey Kong now, tweets and takes landing haymakers from the turnbuckle on young JP. I wrote a thread with a theory on twitter yesterday, idea being maybe there’s a deal already out there and this is the way (from the player side) to pressure Ken Holland.
I hope people understand he’s 21, and maybe remember when they were 21. Jesse Puljujarvi is doing what he thinks is best for his career, he is trying to find a better place in the sun. It’s going to be a difficult road for him now. He has no welcome signs should he return to Edmonton, and control over the coming season is in the hands of a manager known to slow play personnel decisions. He’ll get buried in this town, but not by me. I remember 21.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun, busy morning on TSN1260 beginning at 10. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal has first lash, and we’ll discuss the Brassard and Puljujarvi stories. Chris Abbott from OddsShark.com will also be by to talk college football, CFL and NFL. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide twitter, all 90 minutes away!