Remember when this blog was devoted to finding a No.1 center? It wasn’t that long ago (it was a long time ago). Then came Nuge, Leon and McDavid and now the position is stunning. A team does need four of them and this Oilers team is a little shy. Somehow.
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: The most potent lines in Oilers history
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: On the time Dave Semenko fought Muhammad Ali
- Lowetide: Why Jan Mysak could be a value pick for the Oilers at the 2020 Draft
- Jonathan Willis: The Oilers overcame malice in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to join the NHL
- 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
- 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
- Jonathan Willis: For one glorious fall, Alexander Selivanov was the NHL’s most dangerous scorer
- 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 20
LOWETIDE 2020 DRAFT 81-102 NHLE
This is the final group, I’ve published 93 names and there are nine more here. I’ll get to 120 in the coming weeks, the next update will probably be Top 100 and will arrive before the end of April. Expect a lot of change, there are no games to come and we’re dealing with final numbers.
From this group, Co, Gogolev and Wisdom probably move up. Kuznetsov is just outside Craig Button’s first round, and No. 102 on mine. That’s a player I may have artificially low (he’s very young in the NCAA).
MCDAVID VIA PUCK IQ
McDavid’s performance against elites is searing, majestic. He wins across the board against the gritensity bin, although you’d like to see more of a gap. Middle? Poor. Why?
My article at The Athletic today is about the most dynamic scoring lines in the Oilers 40-year history. McDavid’s best is near the top if you adjust for era, and that’s a damned tough list. I think the article also shows that Gretzky (and Messier) were blessed with two quality offensive wingers in their best seasons. Draisaitl is an impact partner in crime. The Oilers need to find a complete line for 97 and right soon.
DRAISAITL VIA PUCK IQ
Draisaitl’s numbers (like McDavid) against elite and gritensity bins are excellent and solid, respectfully. Middle opposition? Not so good although not the goal differential free fall we see with the captain. Wonderful player. Both of the top two centers outscored opponents at five on five in ’19-20, that’s progress. Both men outscored elites impressively, need the top two lines to dominate the middle and gritensity bins. My answers are a more substantial No. 3 line and an upgrade in net. Your answers?
SHEAHAN VIA PUCK IQ
Sheahan performed well against the middle bin but struggled agains the elites (expected) in a surprisingly large sample size. Against the gritensity group his group allowed too many goals while not scoring at all. Probably better suited to 4C duties. It’s also true it took some time to find the range for this player, I think he returns.
HAAS VIA PUCK IQ
Haas had a haappening season, with the only issue being how much offense he can bring to the NHL. His possession and outscoring numbers are good, this is a solid year. I don’t know if he’s a center but definitely worth a contract. HOW did he play with the group assigned to him and get these numbers? He’s Hooudini!