My reasonable expectations for last season listed 32 names, and a goal differential (249-229) of +20. The actual factual total (229-271) was -42. Humility walks beside me every day. On merit.
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: Oilers coach Dave Tippett might have to take drastic action in order to find a second outscoring line in 2019-20
- 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.
RE 2019-20 GP (FORWARDS)
I’ll post the scoring numbers in a series of articles at The Athletic beginning early September, but this gives us a nice discussion point in terms of who makes the team, who gets recalled during the year, and just how cloudy things are at center.
The top four left wingers and top four right wingers are shy, so I have several players (Benson, Gambardella, Jurco, Yamamoto) pushing up, starting mid-season with Benson. Over at center, it takes even less time for Marody to find his way into the lineup.
I didn’t list Kyle Brodziak, that may change if we get some good news on him entering camp. Sam Gagner is on the No. 4 line but could spend significant time playing in the heart of the order.
I will tell you that 12 forwards spend at least some time on the top two lines based on my model, an extreme amount of churn.
By the end of the season, I have Marody, Benson and Yamamoto playing in the top 9F. That should tell you what I think is going to happen at the trade deadline.
RE 2019-20 GP (DEFENSE)
The Oilers are approaching a period of transition on defense, it actually began the day of Andrej Sekera’s buyout. I expect we’ll see a laundry list of blue at No. 2 RD and it’s possible we see a trade if two of the kids establish themselves.
All of Caleb Jones, William Lagesson and Ethan Bear will be in the final year of their entry deals. I know some of you have their career trajectory locked in but for me I think all three are worth auditioning this coming season. An informed opinion next spring is vital.
As is the case with the forwards, I think the trade deadline may bring more clarity.
Corey Pronman has published most of his rankings for 2019 summer, with only the top 10 to go. Edmonton remains. This represents an impressive spike (No. 22 last summer) and I think it’s on merit. The Oilers have a nice pipeline now, especially on defense where there is quality front to back (Jones NHL ready, Bouchard close, Broberg matriculating). Even the strength and quality of the forwards (Marody, Benson, Yamamoto, Lavoie) is improving. I think the Oilers will grab a sniper in the top 10 next summer and at that point might have one of the best farm systems in the league.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we kickstart the weekend on TSN1260. Our tennis insider John Horn previews the U.S. Open and Bianca Andreescu’s path to the final four (or better). Plus Hernan Salas and Matt Iwanyk preview the Eskimos-Blue Bombers clash tonight at Commonwealth. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!