So long and thanks for all the fish

by Lowetide

Jesse Puljujarvi signed in Finland today, it’s one of those deals that (like Stanfield’s long underwear) has an escape hatch that allows him to sign in the NHL until December 1.

I think this is an attractive situation for both player and team. JP can settle in and play a season where he’s comfortable, and the Oilers aren’t forced into a trade that returns 10 cents on the dollar. There are roster spots where the young Finn scored enough to stay in the lineup but there’s something about that situation that lacked sustain. Perhaps Dave Tippett could have found a way, perhaps he will at another time.

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: The 2019-20 Oilers and value contracts: A period of transition
  • **New Corey Pronman: Oilers No. 9 farm system.
  • **New Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi signs one-year deal in Finland, dashing hopes he would return to the Oilers
  • Lowetide: Jay Woodcroft joins Claude Julien and Todd Nelson as key coaches in Oilers prospect development
  • Lowetide: Is Riley Sheahan an ideal fit for the Oilers as their No. 3 centre?
  • 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
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Dave Tippett on rounding out his coaching staff, fixing Oilers’ special teams and using Connor McDavid
  • 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
  • Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.

CURRENT 50-MAN (47)

There are two slides (Broberg and Rodrigue) and RFA Jesse Puljujarvi, meaning the team has three spots open if nothing changes. I think we’ll see at least one acquisition before or during training camp.

This is a satisfactory outcome. Maybe Holland can fly over around Christmas and talk to the young man, start to build a bridge. I know many of you are down on Puljujarvi but for me there’s no good reason to trade him at this time.

Puljujarvi struggled in many areas a year ago but he has one specific spot where he can thrive. Here, again, are the five-on-five per 60 scoring numbers by Edmonton’s wingers with McDavid in 2018-19:

Leon Draisaitl 3.35 (805 minutes)

Drake Caggiula 2.54 (141 minutes)

Zack Kassian 1.96 (428 minutes)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.91 (376 minutes)

Milan Lucic 1.83 (98 minutes)

Jesse Puljujarvi 1.80 (67 minutes)

Ty Rattie 1.72 (244 minutes)

Alex Chiasson 1.48 (284 minutes)

Jujhar Khaira 0.93 (64 minutes)

Kailer Yamamoto 0.00 (84 minutes)

For his brief career so far, JP scores 2.06 per 60 at five-on-five when playing with Connor McDavid, and the duo drills opponents at 55 percent Corsi for five-on-five. I don’t know why the math loves their chemistry while there was apparently none in real life, but it is clear the young Finn wasn’t going to be gifted the world’s best center and we are here.

So long and thanks for all the fish

I sincerely hope Jesse Puljujarvi finds his way, first in Finland and then in the NHL. He is looking for his own place in the sun, you can’t blame a man for being restless to find home. Sail on, Kajaanin Hokki, you came to us in a time of great confusion. Don’t you dare let this experience define you. Keep smiling, big man. We won’t forget you.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, a whole lotta shakin’ going on, TSN1260. The Puljujarvi news will dominate the conversation, with Jonathan Willis from The Athletic chiming in on the breaking news. Andrew Peard will also be around to talk Edmonton Oil Kings as we get ready for another season. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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GordieHoweHatTrick

Sad that it has come to this.
Hope JP gets it together.
Hope the Oilers learn how to develop skilled draft picks.
Hope Trump gets abducted by aliens.

jp

Yup, too damn bad. Hope it works out for the player and the team in the end.

PennersPancakes

GordieHoweHatTrick,

Somehow the third option seems the most realistic. Heres hoping theres something better in the water in Oulu. Good luck Pulju

frjohnk

Over 3 years, ( 406 minutes) JP had 6 goals and 8 assists when on the ice with McDavid.

Cagguila, Rattie, Kassian, Yak, Pouliot, these are other guys in the JP realm in which McDavid dragged a non top 6 player and got them to score at a near 1st line pace.

JP had something like near 90% of his time in the NHL with McDavid, Nuge, Draisaitl or Strome as his center. If this is not the best center group in the NHL to start an NHL career with, I dont know what is.

I dont believe that “JP could score with skill” it was more that “the skill could make JP score”

And really that “skill” was only McDavid.

JP scored 1.48 pts/60 with Drai
1.05 with RNH
0.98 with Strome

Looking back its clear that his WJC performance was buoyed by playing Aho and Laine , while his scoring stats in Finish league were more Joel Armia than they were Alexander Barkov.

This team really needed to have JP hit, but he is now in the Yak pile.

Professor Q

I mean, who are the real “poorly developed skill players” in Oilers’ history to truly deserve that League-wide perception?

Puljujärvi (a lot is on him)
Yakupov (maybe yes, maybe no)
Gagner (only partially)
Bosignore?

Andy Dufresne

frjohnk:
Over 3 years, ( 406 minutes) JP had 6 goals and 8 assists when on the ice with McDavid.

Cagguila, Rattie, Kassian, Yak, Pouliot, these are other guys in the JP realm in which McDavid dragged a non top 6 player and got them to score at a near 1st line pace.

JP had something like near 90% of his time in the NHL with McDavid, Nuge, Draisaitl or Strome as his center.If this is not the best center group in the NHL to start an NHL career with, I dont know what is.

I dont believe that “JP could score with skill” it was more that “the skill could make JP score”

And really that “skill” was only McDavid.

JP scored 1.48 pts/60 with Drai
1.05 with RNH
0.98 with Strome

Looking back its clear that his WJC performance was buoyed by playing Aho and Laine , while his scoring stats in Finish league were more Joel Armia than they were Alexander Barkov.

This team really needed to have JP hit, but he is now in the Yak pile.

+1 Well said.

Side

Professor Q:
I mean, who are the real “poorly developed skill players” in Oilers’ history to truly deserve that League-wide perception?

Puljujärvi (a lot is on him)
Yakupov (maybe yes, maybe no)
Gagner (only partially)
Bosignore?

I think it’s misconception. Imo, the Oilers problem is they do develop players well, but then often give them away for no real good reason and for a shitty return.

Offside

I’m torn on JP. On one hand I hope it all works out for him. None of us knows exactly what happened. Clearly he feels the problems (or people) he had issues with are still there. On the other hand, I am from the school of thought that believes perseverance can be a blessing in that it builds character and resolve. Running to Finland (even for less pay) because you feel it will help your career might work out, but I don’t think it shows the leadership one will want to cultivate as a high draft pick and pro athlete. He has the skills for a long career. There was no need to take this drastic of a measure at this early age – especially to a team and fanbase that could really use his skillset

Andy Dufresne

Professor Q: Puljujärvi (a lot is on him)
Yakupov (maybe yes, maybe no)
Gagner (only partially)
Marc Antoine Pouliot?

FTFY.

OriginalPouzar

Well, I guess I’ve officially given up on Jesse deciding to sign with the Oilers, come to camp and work his ass off – at least for this year.

Can we officially remove him from the 50? Just kidding, kind of.

———————————————————

Looks like I have another team overseas to follow this year – looking forward to seeing how he does.

OriginalPouzar

One cool thing to keep an eye on – the Champions League.

Of course, S. Poster can provide more information on exactly how this tournament works but Skellefteå is confirmed and I think they play their first game this coming Friday and I think they are scheduled for two games against Karpat – Broberg/Berglund vs. Puljujarvi.

Going to have to try and find a stream for some of these games.

Jethro Tull

Oh dear LT. What a missed opportunity.

You could have had:

Magic Karpat Ride
Karpat Tunnel Syndrome
Fin(n)?
So Suomi

Andy Dufresne

I think the role of Agents in all these cases is under-estimated / under-reported.

These kids are getting BAD advice.

Often times they have Agents who are one man shows / small firms, who are looking to strike it rich with their one big / legit prospect.

Its like taking on a Financial Advisor who runs a small firm (independent) because he can give you more time / more personalized service. DONT DO IT!

Bag of Pucks

Sounds like the perfect destination for his English to improve?

I hope he lights it up enough so we can trade him for a 3C or RHD

jp

Ricki’s been telling us lately that passing doesn’t matter (not quite, but he’s laser focused on EVG). He’s right to an extent, most everyone agrees that a goal is worth more than an assist, but of course goal scorers don’t score without help.

Anyway, he’s got something of a point in telling us that the Oilers are 4 lines deep in scorers when you look at it. He’s cherry picking some of his numbers (Jurco) but the Oilers current collection of players really do have surprisingly good goal scoring numbers compared to what’s commonly acknowledged.

EVG/60 for NHL forwards >500 minutes this past season:
1) Viktor Arvidsson 2.01
93) Alex Tuch 0.97
186) Jonathan Drouin 0.74
279) Tyler Motte 0.52
366-369) Nichushkin, our friend Toby Rieder and Alex Wennbers (more minutes than Rieder without an EVG!)

So:
1st line rate >0.97
2nd line rate 0.97-0.74
3rd line rate 0.74-0.52
4th line rate <0.52

How do current Oilers stack up in EVG/60 over the past 3 seasons (the usual caveats apply here, some players will outperform their own history, others will underperform, but this is what happened)

McDavid 1.27
Draisaitl 1.00
———————
Nuge 0.91
Neal 0.89
Archibald 0.83
———————
Chiasson 0.73 (0.69 and 0.73 pre McDavid, 0.78 in 18-19)
Granlund 0.72
Kassian 0.63 (0.48, 0.56 and 0.79)
Gagner 0.58
Khaira 0.58
Brodziak 0.58
———————
Puljujarvi 0.52

** tiny samples**
Jurco 0.64
Cave 0.30

No surprise that things are a little lean at the top, but the 3rd and 4th lines should be populated by players who have a history of scoring at 3rd line rates at even strength.

I dunno, I'm filing this as another reason for a little cautious optimism. I really do believe the bottom 6 will be much improved this season if nothing else.

And hell, 6 current Oilers actually scored even strength goals at top 6 rates last season. Huh.

Andy Dufresne

I sincerely hope that JP lights it up in Europe and gets back on a solid career trajectory.

Having said that, this is the best possible outcome. JP gets a chance to increase his value AND Dave Tippett has one less locker room distraction to deal with.

The absence of Lucic and JP make this a more unified room imo.

( especially if Tippett can effectively manage the personalities of Smith and Neal)

GordieHoweHatTrick

OriginalPouzar: Of course, S. Poster can provide more information on exactly how this tournament works but Skellefteå is confirmed and I think they play their first game this coming Friday and I think they are scheduled for two games against Karpat – Broberg/Berglund vs. Puljujarvi.

Going to have to try and find a stream for some of these games..

If you find the stream, please post!

GordieHoweHatTrick

Professor Q:
I mean, who are the real “poorly developed skill players” in Oilers’ history to truly deserve that League-wide perception?

Puljujärvi (a lot is on him)
Yakupov (maybe yes, maybe no)
Gagner (only partially)
Bosignore?

The Oilers drafted #1 overall (2012-YAK) and #4 overall (2016-JP) and both picks have essentially been flushed down the toilet and out to sea. Even though there was some consensus on BPA from scouting etc and that some of this is on the players themselves, the Oilers’ scouting staff needs to be more dialed in to players that “might not fit”, despite BPA rankings before they go running up to the podium. Such a drafting and development history does not translate well to on-ice success and is unsustainable. I think however, with the new Sheriff in town, these whiffs are not going to happen.

ArmchairGM

“Jesse Puljujarvi signed in Finland today, it’s one of those deals that (like Stanfield’s long underwear) has an escape hatch… ”

ROFL!

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

How much has missing on top 10 picks hurt the Oilers? Gagner, Paajarvi, RNH (good player but certainly not 1st overall talent), Yak and now JP.

Just awful.

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

Jethro Tull:
Oh dear LT.What a missed opportunity.

You could have had:

Magic Karpat Ride
Karpat Tunnel Syndrome
Fin(n)?
So Suomi

Excellent.

YKOil

OriginalPouzar:
Well, I guess I’ve officially given up on Jesse deciding to sign with the Oilers, come to camp and work his ass off – at least for this year.

Can we officially remove him from the 50? Just kidding, kind of.
———————————————————
Looks like I have another team overseas to follow this year – looking forward to seeing how he does.

Yes.

Also, FTR, I am very pleased with this. We know where he is now and we know that place is good for him, we know he won’t be here, and – given that knowledge – we know there will be one fewer training camp distractions.

All good imo.

YKOil

Jethro Tull:
Oh dear LT.What a missed opportunity. You could have had:

Magic Karpat Ride
Karpat Tunnel Syndrome
Fin(n)?
So Suomi

Pure awesome.

Andy Dufresne

GordieHoweHatTrick: The Oilers drafted #1 overall (2012-YAK) and #4 overall (2016-JP) and both picks have essentially been flushed down the toilet and out to sea. Even though there was some consensus on BPA from scouting etc and that some of this is on the players themselves, the Oilers’ scouting staff needs to be more dialed in to players that “might not fit”, despite BPA rankings before they go running up to the podium. Such a drafting and development history does not translate well to on-ice success and is unsustainable. I think however, with the new Sheriff in town, these whiffs are not going to happen.

I’ve been saying this since we drafted McDavid; When you have a couple of super-star talents like McDavid and Draisaitl, a different kind of risk assessement needs to enter your Draft calculus.

You no longer need to take chances (like you would if you felt you were way behind or were operating at a dis-advantage like being small market team)

You no longer need to hit home runs at the draft; You simply need to not completely whiff. You already have your built in competetive advantage with the dynamic duo.

So, BPA wherein, if two players are ranked within a few spots of each other. Take the guy with the skillset that is most likley to be an NHL player over the guy with the “perceived / potential” upside.

Take Bouchard over Whalstrom or Dobson.
Take Broberg over Zegras
etc

Could Zegras pop and turn into a top line Center. Maybe. But its a riskier proposition than hoping Broberg is a top 4 Dman at the NHL level.

dustrock

Always felt both Yakupov and Puljujarvi were pretty good with the puck on their sticks, terrible at finding space without the puck.

Would be flabbergasted if Puljujarvi lights up the Finnish Elite League. He’s strong and fast and skilled enough that he’ll do fine, i just don’t think he has the toolbox to dominate.

I’ll be very happy to be proven wrong.

Munny

frjohnk:
Over 3 years, ( 406 minutes) JP had 6 goals and 8 assists when on the ice with McDavid.

Cagguila, Rattie, Kassian, Yak, Pouliot, these are other guys in the JP realm in which McDavid dragged a non top 6 player and got them to score at a near 1st line pace.

JP had something like near 90% of his time in the NHL with McDavid, Nuge, Draisaitl or Strome as his center.If this is not the best center group in the NHL to start an NHL career with, I dont know what is.

I dont believe that “JP could score with skill” it was more that “the skill could make JP score”

And really that “skill” was only McDavid.

JP scored 1.48 pts/60 with Drai
1.05 with RNH
0.98 with Strome

Looking back its clear that his WJC performance was buoyed by playing Aho and Laine , while his scoring stats in Finish league were more Joel Armia than they were Alexander Barkov.

This team really needed to have JP hit, but he is now in the Yak pile.

Dead on.

Professor Q

OriginalPouzar:
One cool thing to keep an eye on – the Champions League.

Of course, S. Poster can provide more information on exactly how this tournament works but Skellefteå is confirmed and I think they play their first game this coming Friday and I think they are scheduled for two games against Karpat – Broberg/Berglund vs. Puljujarvi.

Going to have to try and find a stream for some of these games.

It’s sad that Bury is going away. I don’t pay a lot of attention to The Football League but I catch a game here or there and look up news every so often.

Let’s hope an investor likes the history of the club and decides to make them the new Rangers by bringing them back, starting at the bottom.

jp

Just had a look at the Pronman rankings. Impressive to see the Oilers move up from 22 last year to #9.

Lots of positive words about the young guys, but he doesn’t seem to think much of Nygard or Persson. Not convinced they’re NHL quality in any capacity, much less in prominent roles.

I’d also have thought Kesserling deserved a brief mention, huge, good skater and a little offense. An intriguing follow into college IMO.

dustrock

also kudos to the Oilers for going from #22 in Pronman’s 2018 farm rankings to #9.

GordieHoweHatTrick

Andy Dufresne: The absence of Lucic and JP make this a more unified room imo.

I think this “addition by subtraction” + the modest improvements in bottom 6, could prove to be a pleasant surprise = strong, consistent, competitive team play

jp

dustrock:
Always felt both Yakupov and Puljujarvi were pretty good with the puck on their sticks, terrible at finding space without the puck.

Would be flabbergasted if Puljujarvi lights up the Finnish Elite League.He’s strong and fast and skilled enough that he’ll do fine, i just don’t think he has the toolbox to dominate.

I’ll be very happy to be proven wrong.

I’m curious what you mean by light up.

I agree there’s a good chance he won’t dominate but it would be cool to know what people’s expectations/predictions are.

Professor Q

jp:
Just had a look at the Pronman rankings. Impressive to see the Oilers move up from 22 last year to #9.

Lots of positive words about the young guys, but he doesn’t seem to think much of Nygard or Persson. Not convinced they’re NHL quality in any capacity, much less in prominent roles.

I’d also have thought Kesserling deserved a brief mention, huge, good skater and a little offense. An intriguing follow into college IMO.

And didn’t mention a word about the injuries of Safin (ranked quite low), which caused said disappointing year (though he never recovered in the stretch and playoffs, so that sucks too), while giving Benson a pass for his injuries in his last few WHL years.

And despite his praise for Bouchard, it still has a sense of being reluctant. He does have a lot of love for Konovolov, so here’s hoping his KHL numbers eventually translate well to Edmonton.

I think I have a lot of hope for these guys. They’re going to surprise us in Bakersfield. Sure, we’ve been disappointed before, but it only takes one time to flip the script.

Munny

Jethro Tull:
Oh dear LT.What a missed opportunity.

You could have had:

Magic Karpat Ride
Karpat Tunnel Syndrome
Fin(n)?
So Suomi

You karpatbagger. 😉

John Chambers

Jethro Tull:
Oh dear LT.What a missed opportunity.

You could have had:

Magic Karpat Ride
Karpat Tunnel Syndrome
Fin(n)?
So Suomi

Amazing.

Karpat diem, Jesse!

Munny

Professor Q,

Shakers will become Trotters.

C’mon you Whites!

jp

Professor Q: And didn’t mention a word about the injuries of Safin (ranked quite low), which caused said disappointing year (though he never recovered in the stretch and playoffs, so that sucks too), while giving Benson a pass for his injuries in his last few WHL years.
And despite his praise for Bouchard, it still has a sense of being reluctant. He does have a lot of love for Konovolov, so here’s hoping his KHL numbers eventually translate well to Edmonton.
I think I have a lot of hope for these guys. They’re going to surprise us in Bakersfield. Sure, we’ve been disappointed before, but it only takes one time to flip the script.

He didn’t mention the Safin injuries, but did keep him as a prospect worth talking about. I’m pretty down on Safin to be honest, draft +1 was just OK (not quite a PPG in the Q) and this past year was terrible, even accounting for the injuries (23-0-2-2 in the playoffs). I hope his tools can get him back on track, but I’m not holding a lot of hope, JMO.

I should read the comments too, where you mentioned he was very cool on Bouchard.

Regardless, the pipeline looks good and hopefully starts producing quality NHL players real soon.

Munny

jp: I agree there’s a good chance he won’t dominate but it would be cool to know what people’s expectations/predictions are.

I’d say it’s about 50-50 on whether he plays in the NHL over the next 5 years. That’s just an opinion, of course.

That no-NHL path could come from poor performance, or no reasonable trade materializing, or from Jesse pulling the plug himself.

If he wants stardom with the least amount of effort and no requirement to learn English, then Europe is the place for him.

I think it would take an exceptional year in Finland to overcome the risk GMs will see associated with him.

I think stubborn people are unlikely to change their mind about returning to their former club (his easiest path back). He’s young and thus mercurial, so not exactly a safe bet in this regard, but if his character holds true, his time with the Oil is Finnit.

Professor Q

Munny:
Professor Q,

Shakers will become Trotters.

C’mon you Whites!

Do you mean both teams will be expelled and folded today? Because that would suck. It would be the loss of a lot of history. I know the Rangers came back and had to go through the ringer, but are effectively a “different” team (and well, like I said, I don’t keep too apprised so they were the only high-profile team that I knew of).

ArmchairGM

jp: I’m curious what you mean by light up.

I agree there’s a good chance he won’t dominate but it would be cool to know what people’s expectations/predictions are.

I’d like to see point-per-game with at least 0.4 goals-per-game. Anything approaching these numbers would constitute “lighting it up” and “dominating” the league, at which point I think his trade value skyrockets up to mid-1st round pick status. A Jean-Luc Foudy pick in the 2020 draft would be welcome.

HT Joe

frjohnk: This team really needed to have JP hit, but he is now in the Yak pile.

He’s not in the Yak pile for me… I’m still cheering for Yak.

Reja

Andy Dufresne:
I sincerely hope that JP lights it up in Europe and gets back on a solid career trajectory.

Having said that, this is the best possible outcome. JP gets a chance to increase his value AND Dave Tippett has one less locker room distraction to deal with.

The absence of Lucic and JP make this a more unified room imo.

( especially if Tippett can effectively manage the personalities of Smith and Neal)

I see a much tighter group this year lots of players on one year and final year contracts. I don’t care what anyone says most players play hungrier on final year contracts. With Jesse and Lucic gone there should be less drama as well. Both Neal and Smith played under Tippett and both probably owe a great deal towards him for the opportunities and ending up being highly successful players.

McNuge93

ArmchairGM: I’d like to see point-per-game with at least 0.4 goals-per-game. Anything approaching these numbers would constitute “lighting it up” and “dominating” the league, at which point I think his trade value skyrockets up to mid-1st round pick status. A Jean-Luc Foudy pick in the 2020 draft would be welcome.

We need a reverse NHLE for that Finnish league.

Munny

Professor Q,

I mean Bury FC fans will make the pilgrimage to the Reebok for their footie fix. It’s an old rivalry, but has to be more palatable than becoming a Red Devil.

Yeti

Pronman’s review of Oiler prospects is very interesting … and contentious.
He really doesn’t rate Lagesson very highly (sorry OP) and suggests that both Persson and Nygard are very much outside bets to be NHL worthy players. It’s definitely makes sobering reading for those actively pencilling Persson in for the 2RD position…
On the plus side, he’s more positive about Benson and Marody for the year ahead. And he loves Broberg.

[Edit: What JP (no, not that JP) said]

Munny

jp: And hell, 6 current Oilers actually scored even strength goals at top 6 rates last season. Huh.

With Granlund missing by a hair on his 3 yr average, and Kassian managing it when slotted into the top 6.

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

HT Joe: He’s not in the Yak pile for me… I’m still cheering for Yak.

+1.

jp

Munny: I’d say it’s about 50-50 on whether he plays in the NHL over the next 5 years.That’s just an opinion, of course.

That no-NHL path could come from poor performance, or no reasonable trade materializing, or from Jesse pulling the plug himself.

If he wants stardom with the least amount of effort and no requirement to learn English, then Europe is the place for him.

I think it would take an exceptional year in Finland to overcome the risk GMs will see associated with him.

I think stubborn people are unlikely to change their mind about returning to their former club (his easiest path back). He’s young and thus mercurial, so not exactly a safe bet in this regard, but if his character holds true, his time with the Oil is Finnit.

I think it’s >80% that he comes back to the NHL if only briefly like Nichushkin (also JMO).

His skill package and pedigree should afford at least 1 more NHL opinion. And if he posts mediocre numbers the price tag goes down, making a trade easier to make in a way.

Professor Q

Munny:
Professor Q,

I mean Bury FC fans will make the pilgrimage to the Reebok for their footie fix.It’s an old rivalry, but has to be more palatable than becoming a Red Devil.

Ah, I see. But Bolton is also in the same situation as Bury so I guess if either one of them survives today, the fans could support their “brethren”. I need to learn this slang if I’m to get more into football. :p

geowal

Damn, this is going to significantly affect the wife’s willingness to watch hockey with me/tolerance of me watching hockey.

Also, I’d give the Oilers partial credit for screwing up Justin Schultz (even though they didn’t draft him). He was a mess when Pittsburgh got him, and essentially had to rebuild him.

Melvis

Jethro Tull:
Oh dear LT.What a missed opportunity.

You could have had:

Magic Karpat Ride
Karpat Tunnel Syndrome
Fin(n)?
So Suomi

Oy…an’ a tip o’ the peaky blinder t’ya.