One of the barriers for Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody and other AHL Bakersfield Condors hopefuls are men like Joakim Nygard. Older, more experienced, faster and ahead of the group in California on the depth chart. What if none of the kids can catch Nygard?
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, check it out here.
- New Lowetide: Why Jan Mysak could be a value pick for the Oilers at the 2020 Draft
- New Jonathan Willis: The Oilers overcame malice in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to join the NHL
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Remembering Jacques Plante’s brief tenure with the Oilers at age 45
- Lowetide: Oilers need to find (or get) real value in William Lagesson
- Jonathan Willis: Flashback: When ‘Oil Change’ revealed key details of Oilers’ 1979, 2010 drafts
- Lowetide: Edmonton’s Sports Hall of Fame should have 3 founding members
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers forward Colby Cave dies at age 25
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘The world needs more Colbys’: Teammates and coaches mourn Colby Cave
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘We’re all just praying’: Hockey community rallies around Colby Cave
- Jonathan Willis: What does the Oilers best possible playoff lineup look like?
- Lowetide: Why Jack Quinn is a perfect 2020 draft fit for the Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: My favourite player: Donovan Bailey
- Jonathan Willis: For one glorious fall, Alexander Selivanov was the NHL’s most dangerous scorer
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Hockey’s not that important right now’: Oilers minor-leaguer Colby Cave in coma
- Lowetide: Oilers’ five-on-five with and without Connor McDavid is improving
- Lowetide: Bakersfield Condors forward prospects might need a history lesson
- Lowetide: Craig MacTavish’s most important Oilers moment? Picking Leon Draisaitl
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: If play does not resume, 5 notable questions that will go unanswered in Edmonton
- Lowetide: Making the call on RFA and UFA players on the Oilers’ 50-man roster
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Scott Howson on new AHL job, Oilers’ unsung prospect and development updates
- Lowetide: A look back at reasonable expectations and the Oilers fantastic special teams in 2019-20.
- Jonathan Willis: If the Oilers need to clear money with a buyout, they have one real option
LOWETIDE 61-80 NHLE 2020 DRAFT
We’ll see a lot of movement from this group in the ranking at the end of the month. Good arrows for Helge Grans, Sean Farrell, Carter Savoie. Down arrows for Tyler Kleven.
NYGARD VIA PUCK IQ
Puck IQ is the best. Fascinating information about five on five performance against differing levels of opposition. Nygard played very little against elites but the Oilers delivered when he was on the ice. He was 4-1 in 14 minutes with Connor McDavid, that’s a big part of it.
He played 52 minutes against the middle competition with Riley Sheahan. They were 61 percent DFF, 2-2 goals.
Nygard is going to make life more difficult for Benson in 2020-21, if he can stay healthy and add a little more offense. His DFF is impressive across the board. I think this is an astute signing and re-signing.
NUGE VIA PUCK IQ
This is Nuge. His Puck IQ player card is interesting, Dave Tippett rolled him over consistently among the three levels of competition. Nuge and his line outscored all three levels, but dominated only the gritensity group in possession. A full year with Leon and Yamamoto should improve that number. Overall, this is easily the best player card among the LW’s.
JAMES NEAL VIA PUCK IQ
Neal’s 220 minutes against elites went pretty well, you’d like the possession number to be a little higher but he was in the black rel and the goal differential is fine. Complete disaster against the middle, and then a strange number set against gritensity: Great in possession, disaster in goal differential. It’s over 211 minutes too, that’s a lot. We talk on this blog about buying Neal out, but has the organization contemplated it? General managers get attached to the idea that their acquisitions are successful.
AA VIA PUCK IQ
Small small sample size here but his Detroit numbers were beyond ghastly and not terribly useful when we’re examining the Oilers. I don’t think there’s enough here to comment but do believe we’ll have a lot more to discuss about Andreas Athanasiou a year from now.
JUJHAR KHAIRA VIA PUCK IQ
This is Khaira and he might be in real trouble despite impressive PK ability. There’s very little positive here. A year ago he performed well against elites and gritensity levels, this year his DFF against gritensity and his goal differential against middle opposition are the only positive signs. I’m stubborn, I’d keep him, but Nygard is going to eat his lunch at five on five.
Sincere thanks to Puck IQ, outstanding information freely available and extremely valuable. Question for the group: Would you like to see the other positions broken down like this? Let me know.