I was out last night so didn’t get to see the Oilers-Flames game live. In a case of this kind, I like to do a rapid fire review watching the video. As it turned out there were some impressive performances, although not all of the feature players delivered on the first night.
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- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.
At the 1:10 mark of the first period, Kirill Maksimov made a nice back-checking effort and rode his mark out of the play. Solid.
Two minutes in, Beau Starrett wins a faceoff cleanly and Jakob Stukel gets a clean shot away.
3.5 minutes in, Evan Bouchard separates a Flame from the puck with a subtle love tap. Up to this point there was a lot of aggression but nothing that was of use. Bouchard’s nifty little play broke the ice. He made a short, effective pass shortly afterward.
5 minutes in, Bouchard sends a fine pass to Tyler Benson at the Edmonton blue. Benson makes a deft pass to Raphael Lavoie who drives into the Calgary zone. Lavoie and Ostap Safin work to get the puck in the corner, Lavoie to Bouchard for a shot that had a chance.
5.5 minutes in, Safin corrals a loose puck and drives to the net for a nice chance and another. It damn near went in. Lavoie gets a look later in the sequence. Vincent Desharnais takes a penalty (can opener) a minute later.
Ryan McLeod and Kirill Maksimov are splendid on the penalty kill early, my goodness that’s Dave Keon-Ron Ellis quality. On the same shift, Bouchard sends the pair away and McLeod-to-Maksimov results in a chance. Impressive.
Logan Day joins the lumber company eight minutes in. Some ribald work with the stick by Mr. Day. Nice save Dylan Wells moments later.
Bouchard! Nine minutes in, a lovely flick of the wrist interrupts a Calgary jailbreak. Holy crap. Later in the shift, an area pass from Bouchard to Benson to Cooper Marody, who circles the net and gets a clean shot.
10.5 minutes in, great save Dylan Wells on a turnover and jailbreak. Nice steal in the Edmonton zone by Steve Iacobellis who I have not seen before.
12.5 minutes in, the top line does good work and it results in a Cameron Hebig goalmouth chance. A minute later, Dmitri Samorukov absolutely gets walked. Ouch. Bouchard saved the shift.
15 minutes in through the end of the period, Dylan Walls was impressive.
40 seconds into the period, Bouchard (on his wrong side) is caught flat-footed and leaves Samorukov alone on a two-on-one. Wells makes a nice save.
90 seconds in a brilliant backcheck by Beau Starrett suppresses a sortie (two-on-one). That was fine work.
2.5 minutes in, De Jong and Desharnais have a bad shift, started by a poor pass by Desharnais. I was worried about mixing Desharnais (73) and Bouchard (75) in viewing, but Desharnais’ passing is not strong. De Jong took a penalty during the resulting sortie. Wells was the best penalty killer.
4.5 minutes in, Liam Keeler and Nolan Vesey on a two-on-one, Keeler gets a good shot on net. A minute later, Desharnais got a cross checking penalty and he got his money’s worth.
Hebig some nice PK work and Wells with more good work in net.
9 minutes in, Lavoie with a great individual effort, steals the puck at the Edmonton blue and skates all the way to the Calgary net for a chance. Well done.
De Jong and Desharnais exposed again by Dube’s speed, great chance and save by Wells. Benson gets physical after the whistle.
10 minutes in, Bouchard makes another lovely takeaway and outlet. Easily the best Oiler to my eye at the midway point. The other contender is Wells, who makes a flurry of fine saves at the end of his night’s work.
Montana Onyebuchi suckered Beau Starrett. That was 1980’s filthy.
Samorukov to Marody to Bouchard for a nice chance, high skill passing.
12 minutes in, McLeod gets a nice outlet pass and tries to beat the defender one on one. Unable.
14.5 minutes in, a nice sequence for Benson, who showed some puck protection and eventually helped turn the puck over for a chance.
16 minutes in, Dube in the offensive zone versus Bouchard and the Oilers blue was his equal. Nice. Very impressed with Bouchard.
18 minutes in, Posposil and Calgary No. 45 buries Marody and Desharnais jumps in. Marody looks hurt. Concussion?
19 minutes in, McLeod makes a nice defensive play deep in his own zone. He’s very polished in his own end for his age.
Seconds in, nice pass Marody to Hebig who gets a point blank chance after a nifty move, and drew a penalty. Quality.
Bouchard gets a nice look and hammers a point shot a minute into the power play but it was blocked by some poor bastard.
2.5 minutes in, Iacobellis with a nice steal and sends a pass to Vesey who get a solid chance.
4.5 minutes in, Benson sends a long shot to the Calgary net that handcuffs the Calgary goaltender. A scramble ensues. Safin does some nice work during a shift with Marody and Benson.
Line shuffling, looks like McLeod, Vesey and Starrett forming an effective trio here in the third period.
McLeod with a fine turnover in the Calgary end, Starrett gets a nice chance off the sequence.
8 minutes in, Evan Bouchard turns a one on two into a brillant freaking chance. OH MY. Easily Edmonton’s best player. Showed speed and hands. My GOODNESS.
12 minutes in, Ethan Cap has a nice chance.
14.5 minutes in, Maksimov takes a lazy penalty.
18 minutes in, Hebig won the puck in his own end, skates all the way down the ice. Samorukov with a fine defensive play a few moments later.
Near the end of the game, Marody-Benson-Hebig-Bouchard-Samorukov had something going. I expected to see more of it but it was welcome.
Nice back and forth, you knew it would be Bouchard or Dube and Edmonton’s defender had a nice chance before Dube set up Phillips for the winner.
For me the two best players on the ice were Evan Bouchard and Dillon Dube. Calgary was the more talented team (Matthew Phillips will play in the NHL), young Pelletier impressed. Flames ‘close to NHL-ready’ prospects were more impressive.
Beyond Bouchard, I’ll list Ryan McLeod as being the most noticeable among the forwards. Ostap Safin, Dylan Wells and Cam Hebig also showed well. We are off.