Big Opportunity

by Lowetide

Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody and Kailer Yamamoto are looking for the same kind of opportunity afforded Anton Slepyshev in 2016-17. Slepyshev scored 4-6-10 in 41 games (455:52, 1.32 points-per-60, all at five-on-five) playing mostly with Drake Caggiula, Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl. That’s the kind of landing spot Benson, Marody and Yamamoto are hoping for this fall.

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 Jonathan Willis: Can Mikko Koskinen be a quality starter for Oilers in 2019-20?
  • 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.

NUMBERS

Eric Rodgers has done great things for Oilers fans over the years and his work most recently offers us great insight into minor league performance. His ability to estimate even-strength TOI is a Godsend. It gives us an educated guess about scoring levels with the added advantage of looking at things on a level playing field.

Back in 2015-16, Rodgers estimated Anton Slepyshev’s total icetime per game was 13:26 in 49 games. He scored 4-0-4 on the power play, about the same as Josh Currie in 2018-19. Currie is estimated to have spent 1:07 on the PP, and I’m going to use that number on Slepyshev’s 2015-16 season as an estimate. If I’m right, Slepyshev would have scored 9-8-17 in those 49 games, and 1.69 even strength points-per-60. That’s a shy number for a skilled man, but dovetails nicely with Slepyshev’s NHL even-strength points per 60:

2015-16: 1.69 (estimate)

2016-17: 1.33 (actual)

2017-18: 1.24 (actual)

Slepyshev kept 80 percent of his five-on-five offence if my numbers are right. AHL to NHL equivalencies run around 45 percent overall but that includes power-play numbers.

If we use 80 percent of Slepyshev’s 1.69 as a line in the sand, how many of Benson, Marody and Yamamoto rank above that number for their 2018-19 work?

Cooper Marody: 15-30-45 in an estimated 1,039 minutes. That means Marody posted a 2.60 points-per-60 (estimated) at even strength.

Tyler Benson: 13-29-42 in an estimated 1,143 minutes. That means Benson posted a 2.20 points-per-60 (estimated) at even strength.

Kailer Yamamoto: 4-8-12 in an estimated 390 minutes. That means Yamamoto posted a 1.84 points-per-60 (estimated) at even strength.

Marody 80 percent: 2.08 per 60.

Benson 80 percent: 1.76 per 60.

Yamamoto 80 percent: 1.47 per 60.

Marody is a stronger offensive prospect than Slepyshev by some measure, and Benson’s numbers are also well clear of the Russian. Kailer Yamamoto is ‘in the range’ and will have to establish himself at a higher level (and with a healthy wrist he should spike).

Jujhar Khaira

Khaira’s even strength estimate for 2015-16 was 1.84 per 60 and the following year (2016-17) 1.64. His even-strength per 60 numbers in the NHL are 1.44 (2017-18) and 1.45 (2018-19). He retained 83 percent of his even strength offense.

What does it all mean?

Coach Tippett might look past Cooper Marody and Tyler Benson this fall. The organization’s mission statement is about slow playing the talent now, these men would be overcooked by this time next year.

I don’t think the club can afford it. Marody’s competition at RW is Zack Kassian, Alex Chiasson, Sam Gagner and Josh Archibald. His competition at No. 3 center is Gaetan Haas, Jujhar Khaira and Colby Cave.

Benson’s competition at left-wing includes Leon Draisaitl, James Neal, Markus Granlund, Joakim Nygard and Khaira. It’s more substantial than the RW side, but Neal can play either wing and there’s room for an offensive winger.

I think one of these two men (Marody, Benson) will emerge this season, maybe both. The two youngsters might not be long term answers but their time appears to be now.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Today on the show (10 this morning, TSN1260) we’ll be joined by Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. We’ll talk Jesse Puljujarvi and trade value, plus the roster and playoff chances. Kris Abbott from OddsShark will pop in to talk all the footballs plus U.S. Open tennis. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Rock on! Jimmy Dean. Jimmy Dean.

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GP Oiler Fan

I believe that both Marody and Benson will be on the team fulltime before the end of the year. With the amount of youngsters bubbling under there must be a plan to elevate them to the big leagues over time, there will be too many rookies over a short stretch down the road next year and the following year if a couple do not make the jump this year. I am also assuming that both will be ready to handle the big leagues at some point this season.

Bar_Qu

I appreciate reading Pronman’s evaluation of the farm system in comparison to yours, as a way to get a fuller understanding of where some of these players will land eventually. Pronman too was pretty high on Marody, so I retain hope he surprises by making the team out of camp and helping solidify the bottom 6.

Hope springs eternal, even for jaded Oilers fans.

McNuge93

May the best player win the various open positions. In the past they have treated some prospects as their newest toy and put them into positions they weren’t ready for or deserved. We need the best players on the roster starting game 1, not treating the first 10 games as extended training camp. I think this is what Holland and Tippet will do.

tileguy

McNuge93,

Some mght say that preseason is useless, so how can you win a position?

Eh Team

tileguy: Some mght say that preseason is useless, so how can you win a position?

You have had a full season of AHL play to know what Benson, Marody and Jones are. That’s far more information than you will find out in a handful of exhibition games where no one cares about the outcome.

If the Oilers are going to be relevant this year they are going to need to get good production out of players breaking into the league. And they are going to need fully healthy seasons from McDavid, Drai, Nuge and Klefboom. And league average goaltending from whoever winds up in goal.

It seems like a stretch to think they will get 30-45 useful games each from the combo of Koskinen and Smith.

godot10

Lowetide back putting the hex on Kailer Yamamoto, like he has done for two years now. If you want Yamamoto to succeed, stop talking about him in August and September.

Forget about him, like the Oilers forgot about Benson last year. At least until the new year.

Ditto Bouchard. Not till the new year.

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It’s a long way to #Tippettary. It’s a long way to go.

OriginalPouzar

Benson proving to be a legit NHL LW to start the season really helps the forward depth chart.

Benson proving to be a legit NHL 2LW, with a solid center like Nuge (or Drai) REALLY helps the roster and the depth chart. It provides a “value contract”, it allows Neal to play RW with a left shot center where he is most comfortable (and his bounce-back is a key to the season) and it legit bumps Chiasson down to the bottom 6.

What is reasonable? Probably option 1 but option 2 likely not until later in the year. With that said, option 2 isn’t total fantasy and there is a reasonable chance.

Come on Tyler!

McNuge93

tileguy:
McNuge93,

Some mght say that preseason is useless, so how can you win a position?

Well I think to say preseason is useless is an overstatement. But, yes, you can be fooled by some performances ala Rattie last year. But that’s where Holland and Tippet earn their big dollars, to make astute assessments.

OriginalPouzar

Kailer Yamamoto is about 6 months YOUNGER than Tyler Benson and hasn’t been afforded the luxury of AHL development time like Benson has.

I watched most of his AHL time this past year and while, overall, the numbers don’t sparkle, I don’t think they represent his play or his pedigree. It did take him a bit to gain traction after the yo-yo finally stopped and placed him in the proper league. He started with Vesel and Esposito as his linemates and, after a bit of time, started to drive offence even with the middling linemates. Once he gained traction he started driving offence and creating shift after shift. He did have some issues finsihing but was proving to be a plus AHL player.

I have no doubt that, if he was given the season, his production would have been right up there with Benson and Marody.

While I do agree he is an NHL option this year, I believe it must be later in the year. I have little doubt he will produce in camp and exhibition, as young talent generally do, however, he hasn’t been given the AHL development time and I think he should be assigned at the end of September and his name out of the conversation until the turn of the calendar.

If he stays healthy and just plays games in the top 6 in the Bake, with other talent, he will produce, develop and have full confidence when the call-up does happen.

Go Kailer!

blackadder

Marody looks to be ahead of Benson right now, and certainly seems to have an easier route into the top 6. But if they both show well, I don’t think it’s out of the question that both could leapfrog past bottom six players like Chiasson, Kassian, Gagner, Granlund and Khaira who might possibly be miscast into top six roles this year.

Whether it’s the best thing for Benson and Marody is another question entirely. Puljujarvi ought to be the poster boy for ruining a young players confidence by promoting them before they’re ready, and that’s the last thing we want to be doing with any of these players.

Andy Dufresne

Repost from poster Hilmar yesterday:

Hilmar: Don’t know if anyone got back to you, but this might help.

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Andy Dufresne

Right about now its looking like Yamamoto’s upside comparison is Drake Cagguila. ( which would be a first round bust)

IMO, some players have the skills to be better in the NHL than they were in the AHL; That is to say, they are better suited to play at speed and with skill.

Benson may be one of those players. Yamo is not imo.

Question for the group. Can Yamamoto turn himself into a defensively responsible forechecking demon who chips in a little offensively?

Or is his fate as an NHL player completely tied to becoming a top six scoring threat?

Andy Dufresne

Has anybody ever attended training camp scrimmages? I know its very subjective, but how would you rate the experience?

Just OK?

Somewhat worthwile?

Very worthwhile?

Very Entertaining?

Other?

bwar

OriginalPouzar,

At times it was almost painful to see a player create so much offense and get nothing for it. Kailer is a great prospect but I do feel that Benson and Marody separated themselves as the most NHL ready forwards from last years AHL group. I think Yamamoto can get there this season but I hope he starts in the AHL and gets minutes with some decent linemates.

Munny

Mark Spector‏Verified account @SportsnetSpec · Aug 27

Puljujarvi signs a 1-year deal with Oulu Karpat, the pro team nearest his home in Finland.
Expectations are to produce now. He should be a star player at that level, nothing less.

Andy Dufresne

Marody seems like a “Tippett Type” to me.

One of several players who could take a significant step forward based on playing Tippetts systems to a T.

Andy Dufresne

Munny:
Mark Spector‏Verified account @SportsnetSpec · Aug 27

Puljujarvi signs a 1-year deal with Oulu Karpat, the pro team nearest his home in Finland.
Expectations are to produce now. He should be a star player at that level, nothing less.

If JP outperforms in Finland and becomes a Star Player in the Finnish Elite League this coming season, what is his trade value at that point???

He has the (Long Johns Trap Door) opt out clause in his contract. I believe it says he can opt out up until Christmas. So he cant be a trade deadline deal. It would have to be prior to Christmas or summer 2020 No?

When does the Finnish League end? Could he be traded to an NHL team for a late season playoff run?

texmex

Andy Dufresne: If JP outperforms in Finland and becomes a Star Player in the Finnish Elite League this coming season, what is his trade value at that point???

He has the (Long Johns Trap Door) opt out clause in his contract. I believe it says he can opt out up until Christmas. So he cant be a trade deadline deal. It would have to be prior to Christmas or summer 2020 No?

When does the Finnish League end? Could he be traded to an NHL team for a late season playoff run?

No. If he is not signed to an NHL contract by December 1st, he is ineligible to play in the NHL for the entire 19/20 season.

ArmchairGM

Interesting numbers and projections regarding the young prospects. I’d like to add this for context: even strength goals/60. Here are the numbers with Nygard added:

Yamamoto 0.62 g/60
Benson 0.68 g/60
Marody 0.87 g/60
Nygard 1.22 g/60

I’m of the opinion that the SHL is a higher-level league than AHL, and the fact that Nygard has scored so well certainly gives him an edge over the others at finding a top-6 roster spot. Also of note, Nygard’s scoring acumen came in handy on the PP, producing a massive 2.77 g/60.

Looking forward to training camp!

Material Elvis

Andy Dufresne:
Has anybody ever attended training camp scrimmages? I know its very subjective, but how would you rate the experience?

Just OK?

Somewhat worthwile?

Very worthwhile?

Very Entertaining?

Other?

Yes, it is entertaining. The play is more open; there is less checking. Also interesting to compare the AHL guys to the NHL guys. The best part: admission is free! They used to give away free popcorn, too, at Rexall but not anymore at Roger’s.

ArmchairGM

ArmchairGM:
Interesting numbers and projections regarding the young prospects. I’d like to add this for context: even strength goals/60. Here are the numbers with Nygard added:

Yamamoto0.62 g/60
Benson0.68 g/60
Marody0.87 g/60
Nygard1.22 g/60

I’m of the opinion that the SHL is a higher-level league than AHL, and the fact that Nygard has scored so well certainly gives him an edge over the others at finding a top-6 roster spot. Also of note, Nygard’s scoring acumen came in handy on the PP, producing a massive 2.77 g/60.

Looking forward to training camp!

By the way, Nygard’s even strength P/60 was 2.04, which is probably similar to that of Marody’s considering the difference in QOC.

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

Andy Dufresne: If JP outperforms in Finland and becomes a Star Player in the Finnish Elite League this coming season, what is his trade value at that point???

Good question. There is always NHL expansion to consider. If they put an NHL franchise next door to his Mom’s house in Finland, maybe a mid first rounder. Otherwise, crickets.

Munny

Andy Dufresne: If JP outperforms in Finland and becomes a Star Player in the Finnish Elite League this coming season, what is his trade value at that point???

Spector’s point is that becoming a star player isn’t out-performing but rather what ought to be the case. He’s going to get 1st line lineates, 1st line TOI, 1st PP unit, be used to the size of ice, the language, the food, and should be very very motivated to shove it up the backsides of his naysayers.

So, as LT points out above, these things, usage etc, effect NHLe, and we should expect a much higher translation than just computing off his past years numbers.

norm_klassen

If Benson can has a Robert nilson type debut season would we be happy? He seems like a passer just like he was

Harpers Hair

Another blood bath at Rogers Sportsnet.
Both Nick Kypreos and Doug Maclean axed.

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

Harpers Hair,

What was the previous bloodbath?

Harpers Hair

Dr. Taboggan:
Harpers Hair,

What was the previous bloodbath?

Scott :Moore awhile ago, many off air staff and this.
https://torontosportsmedia.com/2019/06/20/sportsnet-prepares-for-massive-layoffs/

tileguy

Dr. Taboggan:
Harpers Hair,

What was the previous bloodbath?

Gregg Zaun

Reja

tileguy: Gregg Zaun

Liked Zaun didn’t sugarcoat every single thing like the suck holes they have now.

JJS

Andy Dufresne: If JP outperforms in Finland and becomes a Star Player in the Finnish Elite League this coming season, what is his trade value at that point???

He has the (Long Johns Trap Door) opt out clause in his contract. I believe it says he can opt out up until Christmas. So he cant be a trade deadline deal. It would have to be prior to Christmas or summer 2020 No?

When does the Finnish League end? Could he be traded to an NHL team for a late season playoff run?

He can be traded this year (19/20) but can’t play if unsigned by Christmas – including playoffs. The team making the trade is looking towards next season.

Oilman99

Munny:
Mark Spector‏Verified account @SportsnetSpec · Aug 27

Puljujarvi signs a 1-year deal with Oulu Karpat, the pro team nearest his home in Finland.
Expectations are to produce now. He should be a star player at that level, nothing less.

If he doesn’t star at that level, JP’s dream of playing in the NHL may be lost. He has to dominate if he wants another chance.

Oilman99

norm_klassen:
If Benson can has a Robert nilson type debut season would we be happy? He seems like a passer just like he was

Benson is a much more cerebral player than Nilson, he has elite hockey sense, and passing abilities.

defmn

Andy Dufresne:
Has anybody ever attended training camp scrimmages? I know its very subjective, but how would you rate the experience?

Just OK?

Somewhat worthwile?

Very worthwhile?

Very Entertaining?

Other?

I used to go every year before we moved from Edmonton and it was great fun. That was a long time ago (12 years) but it was better every year they did it. When they first started the players wore jerseys with no names or numbers and they didn’t even have a photocopied list of who was there for those who showed up but over the years it became entertaining and informative. I used to go every day. I just told my partners I wasn’t available for work the week of training camp. 😉

Slightly off topic but we just moved back to Alberta and are now in Calgary. The rookie games with the Flames are the 7th and 10th of September. The tickets go on sale for the one in Calgary this Friday and are $5 plus whatever Ticketmaster is charging these days. All proceeds to charity.

Should I wear one of my Oiler’s jerseys?

Material Elvis

Draisaitl looks like he’s a bit slimmer this summer — the baby fat is gone.

OriginalPouzar

GPOilerFan:
I believe that both Marody and Benson will be on the team fulltime before the end of the year.With the amount of youngsters bubbling under there must be a plan to elevate them to the big leagues over time, there will be too many rookies over a short stretch down the road next year and the following year if a couple do not make the jump this year.I am also assuming that both will be ready to handle the big leagues at some point this season.

Here is hoping and hoping that its on merit (as opposed to a firesale at the deadline and injuries leading to multiple call-up).

I think its reasonable to project at least one of them on the team on October 2 – on merit.

Maybe Marody does “earn” the 3C start and we see how he does there in October? Maybe he “earns” a 3rd line winger position.

Maybe Benson “earns’ the 2LW start and we see how he does there in October. Maybe he earns the 3LW position (and Granlund maybe earns the 2LW).

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So much in flux but if one of them can fill the 2LW or 3C spot, on merit, that would be huge and, if they could fill both on merit, well, then we are cooking with playoff gas!

OriginalPouzar

McNuge:
May the best player win thevarious open positions. In the past they have treated some prospects as their newest toy and put them into positions they weren’t ready for or deserved. We need the best players on the roster starting game 1, not treating the first 10 games as extended training camp. I think this is what Holland and Tippet will do.

Errors of prior management shouldn’t predict the ways of current new management.

With that said, there is no “shiny new toy” coming to camp this season – no top draft pick to compete for a spot as Broberg is Champions League bound on Friday – no new Bouchard, no new Yamamoto, no new Puljujarvi.

The “potentials” have all been in the organization for at least a year and, for most, longer.

I would think that merit reigns the day on October 2.

jtblack

” The two youngsters might not be long term answers but their time appears to be now.”

I think Benson has the pedigree to be a long term answer. Curious why you don’t?

Yeti

Material Elvis:
Draisaitl looks like he’s a bit slimmer this summer — the baby fat is gone.

Apparently he cut the leberwurst out of his diet and the pounds just dropped off.

Harpers Hair

OriginalPouzar: Here is hoping and hoping that its on merit (as opposed to a firesale at the deadline and injuries leading to multiple call-up).

I think its reasonable to project at least one of them on the team on October 2 – on merit.

Maybe Marody does “earn” the 3C start and we see how he does there in October?Maybe he “earns” a 3rd line winger position.

Maybe Benson “earns’ the 2LW start and we see how he does there in October.Maybe he earns the 3LW position (and Granlund maybe earns the 2LW).

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So much in flux but if one of them can fill the 2LW or 3C spot, on merit, that would be huge and, if they could fill both on merit, well, then we are cooking with playoff gas!

It strikes me that Adam Gaudette in Vancouver is a very good comparable for Marody.

Both late round draft picks in 2015 after three years in college hockey, about the same size and somewhat similar stats.

Gaudette appeared in 56 NHL games last season but much of that had to do with injuries to Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle.

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=177644

OriginalPouzar

Ryan Kennedy
@THNRyanKennedy
I asked Edmonton Oilers prospect goalie Dylan Wells for an underrated member of AHL Bakersfield: “Will Lagesson is an unbelievable D-man,” he said. “Anytime he was out there I knew he would be solid.”

OriginalPouzar

tileguy:
McNuge93,

Some mght say that preseason is useless, so how can you win a position?

If this is directed at me, nope, never said that.

OriginalPouzar

EhTeam: You have had a full season of AHL play to know what Benson,Marody and Jones are.That’s far more information than you will find out in a handful of exhibition games where no one cares about the outcome.

Factually correct, in my opinion.

Camp is not meaningless for these players though.

If Benson (or Marody) continues his (their) play from last season with a strong camp, while that doesn’t mean they are ready for regular season NHL hockey, its the next box to check off and earns (or should earn) the chance in the NHL lineup in a real game. Then they can start to prove themselves for real.

Although I totally understand the reasons, its still too bad that we weren’t able to see Bouchard play real hockey minutes in the AHL playoffs. Aside from the last game with the injuries, he was as sheltered as possible. They dressed 7 d-men and he barely took an even strength shift let alone a defensive zone draw.

As I said, totally understand Woodcrof’s and Manson’s deployment and reasoning, we could have learned much more than we did.

Material Elvis

OriginalPouzar:
Ryan Kennedy
@THNRyanKennedy
I asked Edmonton Oilers prospect goalie Dylan Wells for an underrated member of AHL Bakersfield: “Will Lagesson is an unbelievable D-man,” he said. “Anytime he was out there I knew he would be solid.”

Sekera also said that Lagesson was ready. I trust his opinion over Corey Pronman’s.

OriginalPouzar

We are essentially confirmed on the Nurse/Larsson pairing as Playfair has said he wants to use them as a shutdown pair this year.

Excellent news confirming what makes sense.

They were very good together in 17/18 and Klef/Benning have very good numbers over the years.

slopitch

I have a hard time seeing why everyone seems to love Martin Necas but Tyler Benson is considered a tier below. Yes I know Necas is 18 months younger but Benson has missed a lot of time and was almost ppg last year. Maybe ask Pronman next time you have a sec LT.

I guess with prospects, you just dont know till you know 🙂

Material Elvis

OriginalPouzar:
We are essentially confirmed on the Nurse/Larsson pairing as Playfair has said he wants to use them as a shutdown pair this year.

Excellent news confirming what makes sense.

They were very good together in 17/18 and Klef/Benning have very good numbers over the years.

Gulutzan also specifically mentioned Joel Persson when he talked about the PP yesterday. He is in charge of the PP again this year. He said that he will give equal opportunity to Nurse and Kleffbom depending who has the hotter hand at the time, but then spent several minutes talking about Persson’s PP ability (his passing, vision, and shot — all of which are plus). He noted that Persson can ‘do things with the puck that the other two can’t’. So I think he’s a lock to make the opening night roster unless he’s an absolute tire fire in his own zone.

godot10

Pouzar:
Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer (@OilersNow) · Twitter
https://twitter.com/OilersNow

#Oilers associate coach Jim Playfair saying he wants to use Nurse and Larsson as a shutdown pair this season.

Heads exploding in 3-2-………

Why explode?

They need Klefbom to play mentor to Persson on the 2nd pairing. And Benning to mentor Lagesson or Jones on the 3rd pair.

Jethro Tull

godot10: Why explode?

They need Klefbom to play mentor to Persson on the 2nd pairing.And Benning to mentor Lagesson or Jones on the 3rd pair.

Highest scoring D on the shutdown pair.

Best D playing mentor on 2nd pairing to untried rookie.

#7 D playing mentor to untried/unready player on the 3rd.

Not sure where this ‘mentor’ thing is coming from.

Yeti

godot10: They need Klefbom to play mentor to Persson on the 2nd pairing. And Benning to mentor Lagesson or Jones on the 3rd pair.

Far more likely that Persson is on the 3rd pair with limited ES minutes.

Nurse-Larsson
Klef-Benning
Russel- Persson

And that’s if Persson can pass the sniff test in camp, otherwise a Jones-Russel combo could happen.

godot10

Yeti: Far more likely that Persson is on the 3rd pair with limited ES minutes.

Nurse-Larsson
Klef-Benning
Russel- Persson

And that’s if Persson can pass the sniff test in camp, otherwise a Jones-Russel combo could happen.

Russell can’t help a rookie if he is constantly resetting and surrendering the blue line uncontested and lying spread-eagled the rest of the time.