Along with all of the excitement of trade deadline arriving with the Oilers as a possible buyer, there’s also the downside of saying goodbye to some who have been here for the past few years. Based on Ken Holland’s cap comments yesterday, there’s a chance a current roster player will be leaving the organization between now and Monday at 1pm. The team needs cap room in order to wheel. Sail on, but whom?
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.
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers lack deadline flexibility due to injuries, few assets and bonuses
- New Lowetide: Making sense of the Oilers forward depth chart for the summer
- Lowetide: For Oilers’ Kailer Yamamoto and Leon Draisaitl, first impressions are long forgotten. Why not for Jesse Puljujarvi?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Next-night masters: How the Oilers beat the Hurricanes and improved to 6-0 in the 2nd half of back-to-backs
- Lowetide: Oilers reap benefits of Bakersfield Condors’ strong development process, even in a losing season
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Stepping out and up, Leon Draisaitl puts himself in the Hart Trophy mix in Connor McDavid’s absence
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Despite ‘transformation’ with Oilers, Zack Kassian’s on-ice actions come under scrutiny again
- Jonathan Willis: Why the Oilers are playing their best 5-on-5 hockey of the season
- Lowetide: Making sense of the Oilers defensive depth chart for the stretch run and the summer
- Jonathan Willis: 10 overlooked trade targets for the Oilers before the 2020 deadline
- Lowetide: The Oilers trading their first-round pick is a bad idea
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: 15 potential trade targets for the Oilers before the 2020 deadline
- Lowetide: Drilling down on right-handed centres for the Oilers to target before the trade deadline
- Lowetide: If fast is the new big, the Oilers are trending in a very good direction
- Lowetide: Why the Oilers are more likely to trade Adam Larsson than Kris Russell
- Lowetide: Oilers prospects Evan Bouchard and Tyler Benson deliver best minor league performances in 20 years
- Jonathan Willis: An updated list of which Oilers are most likely to be traded in 2019-20
OILERS AFTER 61 GAMES
- Oilers in 2015: 22-33-6, 50 points; goal differential -33
- Oilers in 2016: 33-20-8, 74 points; goal differential +13
- Oilers in 2017: 26-31-4, 56 points; goal differential -33
- Oilers in 2018: 26-29-6, 58 points; goal differential -23
- Oilers in 2019-20: 32-21-7, 71 points; goal differential +4
Edmonton has been winning consistently over the last two months, as well as gathering Bettmans while ye may. The results are real and spectacular.
ON THE TENS
- First 10 games: 7-2-1
- Second 10 games: 5-4-1
- Third 10 games: 5-4-1
- Fourth 10 games: 3-6-1
- Fifth 10 games: 6-2-2
- Sixth 10 games: 6-3-1
- Current 10 games: 0-0-0
OILERS IN FEBRUARY
- Oilers in February 2016: 2-8-0, four points; goal differential -19
- Oilers in February 2017: 5-5-0, 10 points; goal differential -1
- Oilers in February 2018: 2-7-1, five points; goal differential -5
- Oilers in February 2019: 2-5-3, seven points; goal differential -11
- Oilers in February 2020: 5-3-1, 11 points; goal differential +2
The last two months have been very strong for this Oilers team, with better structure and consistency. How far is the balance photo? I expect we’ll see it in the fall.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN FEBRUARY
- On the road to: CAL, ARI (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-1-0)
- At home to: SJS, NAS, CHI (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 2-1-0)
- On the road to: TBY, FLA, CAR (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 2-1-0)
- At home to: BOS, MIN (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-1)
- On the road to: LAK, ANA, VEG (Expected 2-1-0)
- At home to: WPG (Expected 1-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 8-5-1, 17 points in 14 games
- Current results: 5-3-1, 11 points in nine games
A win tonight puts the Oilers in great position to hit the deadline either on top of the Pacific Division or close at the trade deadline. Clearance is important but the club is definitely in the range where we can call them buyers at this time.
Connor McDavid’s comments aside, the Oilers formula will be in force tonight, meaning another close checking effort and a grinding game. I enjoy these very much, makes me melancholy for the MacT days. I could barbecue during those games and be confident the score wouldn’t change more than a goal either way while I was outside.
Man did things change in a hurry. On December 1, I wrote an article for The Athletic called “Eight assets the Oilers could use to acquire Taylor Hall” with an eye to a package that involved picks, prospects and Jesse Puljujarvi.
Since then, several of the names suggested (Kailer Yamamoto, Tyler Benson, William Lagesson) have been called up to the NHL and shown well. I’m not certain any of them are in play at this time.
What does that leave? Considering Evan Bouchard was never in play and Philip Broberg is off limits, not much. I think the Oilers like these youngsters enough to keep them. The one area of redundancy is LH defense, perhaps we see an exit there.
Jon is covering the Condors tonight and this weekend, then hanging around for the Oilers road trip and trade deadline. Stay tuned for his coverage. Daniel Nugent-Bowman will be heading up things from Edmonton at the deadline, lots of stories to follow. We discussed those stories and more on the latest Oil Can Podcast which is available now (here).
I’ll contribute as well when deals come down, and will be on the TSN1260 deadline show which starts at 6am and goes through until everyone has spoken (usually 3pm, sometimes later). I’ll be part of the TSN1260 panel (hosted by Dave Jamieson) along with Dustin Nielson, Tom Gazzola, Jason Gregor and others). Can’t wait! Fun day.
We’re seeing some clearance now, Arizona has played more games than anyone and is in trail position. Edmonton owns just a three-point lead on the Coyotes but have four games in hand. That’s a problem for Chayka. Would he trade Taylor Hall on Monday? Seems crazy to speak out loud.
Big games tonight (Oilers versus Wild and Flames versus Boston) are major stories in the division. Massive evening.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy Friday as we kickstart the weekend beginning at 10, TSN1260. We’ll talk to Steve Lansky from BigMouthSports about the Oilers run, the trade deadline and Dave Tippett’s Edmonton impact. Matt Iwanyk from TSN1260 comes back from holidays to argue with me at 11, we’ll chat Oilers, CFL free agency and MLB spring training. I’m also working on another trade deadline guest, it’s a good conversation and hopefully we land him. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!