I find myself wondering about Patrick Russell’s future these days. I remember when the Oilers signed him, it was something like an afterthought. I could barely find a thing on him. Even a year later we were dealing in math and some small anecdotal information. That was about it, to be honest. From those humble beginnings, brick by brick, Patrick Russell is finding his own way. It’s an impressive story.
At the time of his signing I wrote “although most are (I believe correctly) putting less value on the Russell signing than the Drake Caggiula addition, the real facts are that you never know. Both could flop, or both could go on to productive careers.”
Russell isn’t a burner, but he’s near the play all damn game. As for the race to NHL regular status with Drake Caggiula, it isn’t close right now. Russell has played 30 games in the NHL and has four points, while Caggiula sits at 197 games, 35 goals and 65 points. However, if you watch Russell you can see a player who is settling in to a role his coach values and he’s doing it well. Consistently well. I can’t wait to see his future.
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, less than two coffees a month offer here. There is also a Christmas gift offer here.
- New Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 4 prospect winter 2019: Tyler Benson
- New Minnia Feng: Unsolicited advice for the Oilers: Chinese proverbs edition
- New Jonathan Willis: Are the Oilers good now? Subtle changes add up to sustainable gain
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Mikko Koskinen is seizing his opportunity to take over the Oilers’ crease
- Lowetide: Eight assets the Oilers could use to acquire Taylor Hall
- Lowetide: Edmonton Oilers’ farm team recalls invaluable in playoff seasons and paying off in 2019-20
- Lowetide: Oilers deployment shuffle will continue with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins still sidelined
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: One-on-one with Ken Holland, who is facing his first deadline in the Jesse Puljujarvi saga
- Jonathan Willis: Should the Oilers go short or long term on Ethan Bear’s next contract?
- Lowetide: The 2010s: Revisiting the Connor McDavid draft lottery — the day the earth stood still in Edmonton
- Jonathan Willis: The 2010s: Unveiling the Oilers all-decade team
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The 2010s: What went wrong with Nail Yakupov? How the No. 1 pick became the decade’s biggest NHL draft bust
- Jonathan Willis: The 2010s: Ranking a decade’s worth of Oilers coaches
- Lowetide: Tyler Benson posting a strong November in hopes of an Oilers recall
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A superstar shines, a goaltender stands tall and a ‘road hockey’ power play helps the Oilers return to form
- Lowetide: Why Dave Tippett’s deployment is a sign the Oilers need a No. 3 centre
- Jonathan Willis: A Jesse Puljujarvi trade is an opportunity of which only one NHL team gets to take advantage
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Leon Draisaitl takes the blame as the Oilers’ struggles against lowly foes continues
- Jonathan Willis: A list of which Oilers are most likely to be traded in 2019-20
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Woodcroft on Benson’s ‘gift,’ the next step for Bouchard and acting like a proud parent watching the Oilers
- Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 2 prospect winter 2019: Philip Broberg
- Lowetide: Joel Persson’s demotion highlights difficult adjustment for Oilers’ ‘European showtime’ trio
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis: Evaluating the Oilers’ readiness for the 2021 Seattle expansion draft
- Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 1 prospect winter 2019: Evan Bouchard
OILERS FORWARDS 5-ON-5/60 NOVEMBER 1+
This is from the beginning of November, and Patrick Russell is doing good work! I have no idea how far he’ll go in this league, but he works and pursues the puck and makes things happen. Damn shame they took that goal away from him Sunday night.
CONDORS FORWARDS 2019-20
I have Tyler Benson as my No. 4 prospect this winter, Kailer Yamamoto has more pure talent but he needs to prove he can stay in the lineup in pro hockey. Ryan McLeod has been scoring more than I anticipated in his rookie season, that’s an encouraging number.
For Josh Currie, Joe Gambardella and Cooper Marody, their time is now and being stuck in the AHL (while Russell sleeps on NHL pillows) means time is a wasting. Currie’s eight even-strength goals stand out in a big way on this roster.
Lavoie is an absolute machine this season in the shots column, you’d like him to cash more goals and perhaps that comes as we roll along (he’s at 180 shots and 17 goals currently). Last year he scored 32 goals on 206 shots in 62 games. This year those 180 shots have come in 28 games. Lavoie could post 400 shots this season.
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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy and fun morning starts at 10, TSN1260. Jonathan Willis from The Athletic will contemplate the Oilers and just how good the are, and we’ll probably talk a little about Taylor Hall. Andrew Peard and Corey Graham will pop in for a live hit and discuss the Edmonton Oil Kings and their fascinating season. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!