30 for 23

Things got interesting late last week, as the Oilers were playing hockey most every night while spending days booking passage for the team’s close to NHL-ready players. Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody, Caleb Jones, they’re back in the USA with the Condors.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Brandon Manning, Patrick Russell and someone named Anton Burdasov are still pushing for NHL jobs. Exactly as we all predicted.

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 Athletic, we are celebrating our 2-year anniversary this week. To mark the occasion, you can get 40% off subscriptions here.

  • New Lowetide: Three players who helped their Oilers hopes and three who didn’t do enough to separate in Edmonton’s fourth preseason game
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Dreadful showing means several Oilers players are on the chopping block with cuts looming
  • Jonathan Willis: How quickly must the Oilers’ top AHL prospects claim NHL jobs before they become suspect?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: McDavid and more: Five thoughts through the first week of Oilers camp
  • Lowetide: Why Kailer Yamamoto’s delayed training camp may benefit his Oilers career
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Brandon Manning on how his contract is hurting him, proving his worth at camp and being a mentor
  • Jonathan Willis: Four players who helped, three who hurt their Oilers hopes in Edmonton’s second preseason game
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How an offseason adding more pop in his stick and skates has James Neal primed for first Oilers season
  • Lowetide: A big night for Oilers defencemen Joel Persson, William Lagesson and Evan Bouchard
  • Lowetide: Handicapping Oilers prospect progress: The development of Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and William Lagesson
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Eight key questions for the Oilers to solve at training camp
  • Jonathan Willis: Predicting the winners of the Oilers’ top-six and top-nine forward jobs out of camp
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: In, out or on the bubble: Breaking down positional battles at Oilers camp
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Alex Chiasson prepares to return to scoring form for Edmonton Oilers
  • Lowetide: Can Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith stop enough pucks for the Oilers?
  • Lowetide: Shutdown success by Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson is a key for the Oilers in 2019-20.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Even if he’s unsure about his return, Oilers’ Connor McDavid looks and sounds like his old self
  • Lowetide: RE 19-20: How can the Oilers’ bottom six close the gap in goal differential?
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers’ defensive hopes will rest on the new shutdown pair of Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: With Evan Bouchard as the headliner, here are the players to watch at Oilers rookie camp
  • Lowetide: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the configuration of the Oilers second line
  • Lowetide: Connor McDavid’s 2019-20: Pushing for 50 goals while Dave Tippett loads up the Oilers’ top line
  • Lowetide: Estimating reasonable expectations for the 2019-20 Edmonton Oilers: A difficult journey
  • Jonathan Willis: How much money will Darnell Nurse make on his next NHL contract?
  • Corey Pronman: Oilers No. 9 farm system.
  • Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.

CERTAIN OILERS [18]

I have listed the forwards five-on-five points per 60 and defensemen Corsi for five-on-five through pre season, along with five-on-five save percentage for goalies.

I don’t see anyone from this list getting sent down, but a trade before the season is possible (I’ll suggest Matt Benning and Jujhar Khaira as possibles).

I suspect it’s possible (even likely) one or more of these names begin the season on IR. Mike Smith hasn’t played a game yet, he will need to have an ideal week in order to make the roster. We might see a waiver pickup (Eric Comrie, Tristan Jarry) if Smith isn’t ready.

UNCERTAIN OILERS [10]

At this point, the five available jobs (C, LW, RW, 2 D) likely go to men on this list. I honestly don’t think anyone knows who the team will go with on defense for the final two spots, I’m even less clear after Caleb Jones got sent down. A guess on the five? Not from me, not yet. I think we might see a trade.

DISTANT BELLS [4]

Andre Burdasov might be the player Alexei Mikhnov was supposed to be, the 15-year delay just increases the anticipation. All kidding aside, he’s not even a distant bell, we’ve seen him in use only slightly more often than the tsar bell.

Brandon Manning is the only other distant bell with a chance to make the team, and at that he would be a No. 7 option. Shane Starrett hangs around due to Mike Smith’s health issues but I think the Oilers would claim Jarry or Comrie if the ailment continues.

RIESEN TO BELIEVE VOL 3

I’ll have this for you tomorrow, lots of movement obviously from the last one. I think we’ll see a quick resolution to the big questions next week and my guess is opening night will look like this:

Leon Draisaitl—Connor McDavid—Zack Kassian

Joakim Nygard—RNH—James Neal

Jujhar Khaira—Riley Sheahan—Josh Archibald

Sam Gagner—Colby Cave—Alex Chiasson

Tomas Jurco, Markus Granlund

Darnell Nurse—Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom—Joel Persson

Kris Russell—Matt Benning

William Lagesson

Mikko Koskinen (Mike Smith)

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  1. Wilde says:

    JimmyV1965,

    To be clear re: the ‘type’ of media coverage given, it’s actually possible to do damage to the discourse surrounding an issue by simply platforming certain things in certain ways. For example, in any other context, would a news organisation invite both experts on one side of the issue and have zero standards for another? I’m aware that there are people with scientific backgrounds who are on the other side, but that prerequisite isn’t a necessity. It’s actually an excellent propaganda technique to simply plant a tiny seed of doubt in an issue – we’re not well built for dealing with stuff like that.

    I’m aware of Curry.

    Also, I’m not very interested in climate change, at all, and it doesn’t shape my politics – if it didn’t exist, I’d still want to take power from multinational energy companies, democratise the economy, decommodify basic needs, etc. Even in the short-term, there’s more earth-threatening things going on right now and we could lose humanity forever in world war by the 2030’s before the feedback loop of climate change even ramps up.

    Everything that needs to be done to even be able to address climate change (the expansion of democracy, protecting indigenous rights and the environment) are already good to do anyways. I’m still with the scientific consensus, but even predictions were off if or it was less dire than some say it still needs to be addressed because we’ve known for awhile and nothing has happened. The idea that it’s a hoax, though? Occam’s razor and a basic analysis of the competing interests at play here make that insanely, insanely hard to believe.

    e: wrt the study; firstly reporting on activism isn’t the same an endorsement of it – otherwise covering a white nationalist rally would be counted as supporting it; secondly even stipulating that the results are skewed in some way, they would have be skewed so much so that it turns a 3:100 ratio (unconvinced to convinced scientists) all the way to a 149:100 ratio! Supremely unlikely even with that stipulation.

  2. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Harpers Hair,

    Yes, I’ll bet a Woodguy that Calgary’s all situation SV% is better than the Oilers.

    Second, I’ll bet another Woodguy that Vancouver finishes ahead of the Oilers in the standings.

    You said earlier in the thread:

    Suggesting the Oilers and Flames will battle for third spot in the Pacific because Calgary has questionable goaltending is absurd.

    Calgary gave up 47 fewer goals than the Oilers last season with Rittich and Smith.
    There is absolutely no reason to believe that Koskinen and Smith will outperform Calgary’s goaltenders this season considering Calgary’s D is much superior. Hold your nuts.

    That suggest that a straight bet SV% vs SV% is unfair and tilted heavily to you.

    I need you to set a line. ie) CGY SV% will be 0.XXX better than EDM.

    I won’t bet that straight up.

    Also,

    I accept the VAN vs EDM bet vis a vis standings points. Booked!

    Also,

    Yes, you took 2 off me last year, and I took 3 off you the year before.

    I await the line on the SV%. You can DM it to me on twitter as well.

  3. Twinkle Mo' Fo' Toes says:

    Hunter,

    I am keeping my Oil prediction at 88 pts

    For Jesse, I will change my prediction to be in-line with my Han influence, so I’ll go with 8 goals

  4. Reja says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Harpers Hair,

    Yes, I’ll bet a Woodguy that Calgary’s all situation SV% is better than the Oilers.


    Second, I’ll bet another Woodguy that Vancouver finishes ahead of the Oilers in the standings.

    You said earlier in the thread:

    Suggesting the Oilers and Flames will battle for third spot in the Pacific because Calgary has questionable goaltending is absurd.


    Calgary gave up 47 fewer goals than the Oilers last season with Rittich and Smith.
    There is absolutely no reason to believe that Koskinen and Smith will outperform Calgary’s goaltenders this season considering Calgary’s D is much superior. Hold your nuts.

    That suggest that a straight bet SV% vs SV% is unfair and tilted heavily to you.

    I need you to set a line.ie) CGY SV% will be 0.XXX better than EDM.

    I won’t bet that straight up.

    Also,

    I accept the VAN vs EDM bet vis a vis standings points.Booked!

    Also,

    Yes, you took 2 off me last year, and I took 3 off you the year before.

    I await the line on the SV%.You can DM it to me on twitter as well.

    Kick his ass Sea Bass!!! I mean Woodguy.

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