Sailing

The first time “Swedish Poster” graced the pages of Lowetide came on October 28, 2014. He began his verbal with an endearing sentence: “Hello Lowetide. Long time lurker. First time poster. Hi mom!” before embarking on some sage advice about one Viktor Fasth. Reading, reacting, learning and interacting with him has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience since. Now about that sage advice.

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, check it out here.

  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘They were looking outside the box’: Oilers’ distinctive third jerseys still stand out
  • New Lowetide: If Oilers draft for skill, Seth Jarvis likely to be best available
  • New Jonathan Willis and Lowetide: Should the Oilers pursue Taylor Hall this summer?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis: The results are in: How you voted in our inaugural Oilers fan survey
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How the Oilers are preparing for an NHL draft in June
  • Jonathan Willis: How Gaetan Haas, Joakim Nygard and Riley Sheahan draw calls that lead to goals
  • James Mirtle: Ranking every NHL team’s salary cap situation, from best to worst
  • Lowetide: Can the Oilers find Connor McDavid’s ideal winger this summer?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The two coaches who had the biggest influence on Dave Tippett
  • Jonathan Willis: The 5 reasons why the Oilers re-signed Gaetan Haas
  • Jonathan Willis: Can (and should) the Oilers trade Kris Russell?
  • Jonathan Willis: How Edmonton could have left 2010 draft with both Taylor Hall and Ryan Johansen
  • Lowetide: Kailer Yamamoto’s NHL comparables offer Oilers fans hope for the future
  • Lowetide: Top 20 prospect update: A lot of movement and some impressive graduations
  • Lowetide: Mavrik Bourque a quality option for the Oilers in the draft
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Inside the franchise-altering decision to pick Leon Draisaitl over Sam Bennett
  • Jonathan Willis and Lowetide: Discount forward options the Oilers could pursue in free agency
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Oh my God, Edmonton’s picking first’: An oral history of the 2015 NHL draft lottery
  • Lowetide: Why Jan Mysak could be a value pick for the Oilers at the 2020 Draft

On April 29, 2016 I published a post called What can we expect from the 2016 draft? and included a mock draft that listed Filip Berglund. I had him going to Edmonton at No. 62 overall, after Patrik Laine and Nathan Bastian had been chosen. About 90 minutes after I posted, Swedish Poster responded to the Berglund inclusion:

Just curious LT, how’d you pick up the name Filip Berglund? I’ll post my opinion on some of this years draftees out of Sweden sometime during the weekend and Berglund is one of the guys I’m high on but since he’s flying somewhat under the radar I just wonder how you heard of him. Very interesting player, offensively gifted kid, RHD, good size, great skater. Overager, was draft eligible 2015, who missed a big chunk of his draft -1 season due to a broken arm I think it was so last year was sort of a getting back on track year but this season he’s looked great. Doubt he’ll go as high as 62 though I personally wouldn’t mind him much there. However I think you can hold your cards until the fifth rd or so.

Ten minutes later (I was much better at responding back then) I wrote “I ran some equivalencies and he showed well. I am working on my Oilers and Sweden draft post and he looked good for sure.” On April 30, 2016 I listed my Top 100 for 2016 and ranked Bergund No. 60. I had nothing but math to guide me, but that’s all my list employs every year (along with making sure players have 10 fingers and toes).

On May 4, 2016, Swedish Poster filled in all the blanks that math could not provide. Words and music by Swedish Poster (with some editing):

Filip Berglund, RHD, Skellefteå, has already been discussed a bit on this site. He’s a big kid at 6’3 and already past 200 pounds. He’s an overager, turns 19 in a few days. His draft year was sort of a comeback year after missing a lot of time the previous two seasons due to a broken arm or maybe it was a leg. This year he was up to speed and delivered one hell of a season offensively nearly hitting PPG. As is usually the case with productive D the majority of the points came on the PP where his big shot from the blue line was full value. He scored at nearly a goal per game and a lot was due to his great shot.

He got better and better as the season rolled along, one thing I like to look at for guys in Swedish juniors is how they produce in the Superelite top 10 part of the season. What that means is after Christmas the top 5 teams of the northern and southern divisions are put together into one 10 team league where they play for the playoff spots.

It’s interesting because the level of play goes up and there are fewer teams to pad your stats against. In that segment of the year he scored 1.31 PPG over 16 games. For a D that’s pretty amazing. Small sample obviously but combined with his overall scoring the whole year it paints a very flattering picture offensively.

I think the reason he doesn’t come with more hype is partly because he’s an overager who’s had an upward trajectory all season so he’s really come along the last few months. Having said that he’s still raw and a bit of a project going forward.

As I mentioned he got into a handful of games with the men’s team and looked really good, he should be able to get a regular spot next season though Skellefteå is a tough team to crack. They have two D on the swedish WHC squad plus Alexander Urbom and Tim Heed who I’d argue are both better than the guys who made the swedish squad and also Anaheim 2014 2nd rounder Marcus Pettersson among others.

All in all a prospect I like a lot, high risk high reward kind of guy but on a very nice trajectory and with a lot of upside.

I guess he’ll end up in the mid-late rounds though if one of the teams who put a lot of trust in their swedish scouts, Nashville, Toronto, Detroit, has had a lot of good viewings I think he could go earlier.

NHL teams do love their big guys who can skate, and when you add those offensive numbers I could certainly see some team fall in love with him enough to grab him much earlier. He ticks off a lot of boxes of qualities the Oilers are in need of that’s for sure.

Swedish Poster had him fifth round, I had him No. 61 on my final list, suspect we can call it square. I enjoyed these years of monitoring Berglund’s progress, reading Swedish Poster’s verbal and finally seeing the young man sign with the Oilers. We all got to share in Berglund’s post-draft journey and hopefully, one day, get a chance to see him on NHL ice in Edmonton. An awesome journey for all. Thanks, Swedish Poster! You have added so much to our community.

Berglund played 2+ minutes per game on each special team this season, making him a complete player in the SHL. Skelleftea finished 92-84 at even strength this season (if my math is correct), Jonathan Pudas and Arvid Lundberg were the big even strength minutes munchers (over 17 minutes at even strength and +12 and +14 goal differential respectively). After that Berglund and a couple of others (Niclas Burstrom and Petter Granburg) made up the next group of blue. Mike Zanier (SHL media analyst) talks about Berglund and other prospects of interest to Oilers fans in a conversation with Jonathan Willis and me here. Worth the listen, great insight).

50-MAN LIST (40 plus a slide)

Oilers now have 13 defensemen who will likely play in North America (rfa’s are never certainties) and two who are likely to play in Europe (plans change). The Condors have AHL deals for Vincent Deslauriers and Janis Janks, meaning Holland has a full boat should he sign Bear, Benning, Lagesson and Day as rfa’s.

POSSIBLE CONDORS 2020-21

James Hamblin turned 21 the other day, scored 109 goals in his final four WHL seasons. He’s a talented player, that’s a nice get for the farm. How many forwards on this list have more skill than Hamblin?

Harvest Moon 2012

The Edmonton Oilers drafted another elite offensive talent this weekend, another outstanding teenager with a magnificent future. Old Oiler fans like me are reminded of the fab four who arrived 30+ years ago and cut through the NHL for a decade. Young Oiler fans can look forward to better days and perhaps their first Stanley in memory.

One thing we all share: Oiler fans have had enough of looking forward to draft day as climax to each season. Enough. This organization’s upper management should move up or move on.

#1 overall: R Nail Yakupov. Ridiculous talent combined with swagger and attitude. Yakupov has great personality and should give Oiler fans a lot to cheer for on and off the ice. Perhaps this young Russian can win the Calder trophy for a franchise that still hasn’t been honored with the trophy. NHLE 82, 18-22-40.

#32 overall: L Mitchell Moroz. Coke Machine selection that takes Oiler fans back to the days of Kevin Prendergast, Moroz was taken when their was more skill on the board. The organization may be familiar with him because he’s an Oil King, and his TOI ranged from 4th to 2nd line during the season. NHLE 82, 6-3-9.

#63 overall:F Jujhar Khaira.Another big forward (6.03, 195) with room to grow, he played in the BCJHL and Redline suggests he was underscouted. Quoting RLR: this kid is big, mean, aggressive, nasty, and guess what, he can score too. NHLE 82, 6-11-17.

#91 overall: L Daniil Zharkov. The second most famous prospect Edmonton drafted this weekend, Zharkov is also Russian and another strong personality. At 6.03, 200 he fits the Coke Machine description (or will) but has enough skill to be considered a good hockey player. NHLE 82, 11-7-18.

#93 overall: D Erik Gustafsson. Very interesting player, he’s 20 years old and one imagines the Oilers might bring him over right away for OKC. Gustafsson’s size (6.0, 176) runs out of time with the Coke Machine theme of this season’s draft. NHLE 82, 5-6-11.

#123 overall: D Joey Laleggia. This has the best chance to be a depth gem along the lines of Gernat and Rieder. Corey Pronman’s take: He’s a good skater with a great offensive mind who would be a nice shot in the dark pick in the mid-rounds due to his notable offensive upside. He flashes high-end hockey sense with his quick game processing and he’s really effective moving the puck out of his own end and controlling the blue line on the power play.NHLE 82, 9-21-30.

#153 overall: R John McCarron. The third straight 1992-born player, he’s a huge winger (6.03, 215) with plenty of toughness and a mean streak. McCarron fits the Coke Machine label perfectly. NHLE 82, 6-12-18.

NHLE’S over the past 2 drafts (draft seasons)

FORWARDS

  1. R Nail Yakupov 18-22-40
  2. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 11-27-38
  3. C Tobias Rieder 9-10-19
  4. L Daniil Zharkov 11-7-18
  5. R John McCarron 6-12-18 (’92)
  6. F Jujhar Khaira 6-11-17
  7. L Mitch Moroz 6-3-9
  8. C Travis Ewanyk 5-4-9

DEFENSE

  1. Joey Laleggia 9-21-30 (’92)
  2. Erik Gustafsson 5-6-11 (’92)
  3. David Musil 2-8-10
  4. Dillon Simpson 2-7-9
  5. Oscar Klefbom 3-3-6

SUMMARY

The highlight of this draft is Nail Yakupov. Winning the lottery allowed the Oilers to draft the best player available and gives the club a ridiculous cluster of talent up front.

The pick at 32 was somewhat disappointing. The players we talked about this morning were available at that number. My picks were Pontus Aberg, Dalton Thrower and Matt Finn–you may have had other names.

I was initially unimpressed with the Khaira pick but after reading more he’s at least worthy of being “in the range” of his selection. The Oilers clearly spent the day drafting for need and I think this player gives them their best chance of getting that big forward who can play with real skill.

I like the Zharkov pick. In a draft filled with flags and frayed corners, I think the player covers the number.

The three 20 year olds are interesting but their window of opportunity is limited.

Laleggia’s numbers are impressive and I’ll spend a little time over the next few days having a longer look. Could he come out right away?

We don’t know enough about Gustafsson to make the call.

I have no quarrel with the last pick, he’s a lottery ticket and hell maybe it cashes.

I think Oiler fans would have felt a lot better about this draft if the club had drafted (say) Matt Finn at 32. I think the initial shock of the Moroz selection may have clouded our judgement of the rest of the group and suspect we’ll find some things to like about Khaira, Zharkov and Laleggia in the coming days.

I think the Oilers probably wanted to trade into round 1 and grab Samuelsson, and when that wasn’t available checked down to their next Coke Machine. It might have been Sutter, but it was Moroz. Might be something about inside knowledge or maybe they saw his progress October to May and felt he was the better man.

Finally, a note on the scouting staff and Stu MacGregor. I don’t think their draft was a strong one, as they clearly went after “need” as opposed to “best player available.” Although the overall quality of the draft was not strong, the pick at #32 meant they were passing on too much talent by taking Moroz. The scouting staff better be right, or this pick will be remembered for a long time.

NOTES FROM THE FUTURE

What a mess you were, 2012 draft! Nail Yakupov averaged 15-17-32 per 82 NHL games during his career in the league but didn’t develop in some important areas. He was the ultimate example of one year’s experience five times, and I do believe the Oilers of this era were ill-suited to bring him along. A team that banished a useful veteran to the farm for words were unable to negotiate the rapids of development with an eager, sensitive, stubborn Russian winger. Mostly, these years later, the word I associate with Yakupov is sad. Sad it didn’t work out, sad he couldn’t help, sad his NHL career will be viewed as a failure. A dumb, ridiculous faceoff injury contributed to the career arc. A damn shame.

Mitchell Moroz was a solid checking WHL winger, chosen too soon by an organization that could have used a mathlete feeding information to the general manager and scouting director. Consider the NHLE’s before and after Moroz: Tanner Pearson (37), Mitch Moroz (9), Sebastian Collberg (16.6).

The rest of the draft produced two NHL players, fans can’t be upset with 2012’s back end. This brings to an end our look back at harvest moons, hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.

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120 Responses to "Sailing"

  1. flyfish1168 says:

    Sounds like 2012 Draft was was a weak one overall. It was unfortunate. i was really cheering for Nail to be our Ovie.

  2. Harpers Hair says:

    I recently heard an interview with Brian Burke who was talking about the 2012 draft.

    He mentioned that the combine interview with Yakupov was by far the worst he ever experienced calling Yakupov arrogant and entitled…FWIW.

  3. jp says:

    Thank you LT, thank you SP!

    I didn’t realize Berglund was a good skater. I must have assumed due to his draft day size, offense and draft position his flaw was speed. Seems I missed or forgot SPs reports.

  4. dessert1111 says:

    It’s so Oilers that their best pick of that draft is the only one the org didn’t offer any sort of a contract.

  5. dustrock says:

    That 2012 draft in general woof.

    Instead of Moroz it should have been Matt Finn! At least we’re familiar with Pontus Aberg 🙂

    I actually wanted Galchenyuk over Yakupov if not for the terrible knee injury. That is a definite good redraft year, even better than 2011.

  6. Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR says:

    The popular rumor of the day was that Katz overruled hockey ops and took Yak after a dinner between the two. I think Murray was their choice. That’s why owners need to hire good staff and then get out of their way. Not that Murray is a star, but he’d make the roster in Edm right now. At least he’s still in the league.

  7. hunter1909 says:

    At least Khaira is still on the team.

  8. hunter1909 says:

    Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR:
    The popular rumor of the day was that Katz overruled hockey ops and took Yak after a dinner between the two.I think Murray was their choice.That’s why owners need to hire good staff and then get out of their way.Not that Murray is a star, but he’d make the roster in Edm right now.At least he’s still in the league.

    Murray turned out to be worse than Yakupov – often injured slowly twisting in the wind for years before probably eventually finally breaking down at some training camp down the road lol fuck that

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Great info from SP over the years – an invaluable source and, since Holland was hired by the Oilers’ organization, SP’s work product has needed to increase.

    COVID issues aside, when a normal off-season was presumed, Holland (and Howson) mentioned that, although he was going to play in Skelfeeta for the year, Brogerg was going to come over for camp and play some X – games so they could see where he was.

    I wonder if the plan is to do the same with Berglund – I don’t think it is.

    ———————

    Speaking of Broberg and Canada, it will really such if we can’t watch him at the World Juniors in Edmonton in December/January – he should play a massive role this year for Sweden.

  10. hunter1909 says:

    Wtf happened to Mitch Moroz!!???

  11. OriginalPouzar says:

    Burke on Oilers Now mentioned earlier this week that Yakupov was the worst interview he had ever had – he seemingly couldn’t care less with a “I won’t be there when you draft” attitude.

    Oh, Nail, always so misunderstood.

    Speaking of which: “Garfield is back” – suggesting a potential AHL contract with the Condors for Nail…

  12. hunter1909 says:

    dustrock:
    That 2012 draft in general woof.

    Instead of Moroz it should have been Matt Finn! At least we’re familiar with Pontus Aberg ?

    I actually wanted Galchenyuk over Yakupov if not for the terrible knee injury. That is a definite good redraft year, even better than 2011.

    Galchenyuk has been nothing to write home about he’d have made a terrible 1OV pick.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    The Moroz pick was obviously a failure but none of the other names mentioned stand out as non-failures either – Pontus Aberg being the most famous.

  14. hunter1909 says:

    Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR: The popular rumor of the day was that Katz was running a competent hockey ops

    Fixed.

  15. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Sweet peas the D depth chart is looking fab. Please KH get Bear on a great contract for as long as you can…and Benning for a 1-2 year “fair” contract (tradeable)
    Then, it is mostly a matter of moving some D depth for some upgrades in the top 9 (i.e., 3C and a top 6 winger) in some trade packages…first on the move out should be KRussel to make room for Jones/Lagesson…then ripen the fruit and keep the assembly line moving…

    Cheers LT, All!

  16. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 5 Original Pouzar 3

  17. hunter1909 says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick:
    Sweet peas the D depth chart is looking fab. Please KH get Bear on a great contract for as long as you can…and Benning for a 1-2 year “fair” contract (tradeable)
    Then, it is mostly a matter of moving some D depth for some upgrades in the top 9 (i.e., 3C and a top 6 winger) in some trade packages…first on the move out should be KRussel to make room for Jones/Lagesson…then ripen the fruit and keep the assembly line moving…

    Cheers LT, All!

    Thank you for the great post.

  18. defmn says:

    My memory of the 2012 draft was Burke claiming that they got the best player in the draft in Morgan Rielly at the #5 position and there was a lot of laughter and jokes at his expense for him saying that.

    Thanks for the look back LT. Really enjoyed all of them.

  19. hunter1909 says:

    defmn: My memory of the 2012 draft was Burke claiming that they got the best player in the draft in Morgan Rielly at the #5 position and there was a lot of laughter and jokes at his expense for him saying that.

    Incredible how many top 5 draft picks flat out bust.

  20. defmn says:

    hunter1909: Incredible how many top 5 draft picks flat out bust.

    But why do the Oilers have to have the largest collection of them?

  21. anonymous says:

    Mostly agreed on Yakupov, although I don’t think you can write his story without giving mention to Eakins. I think he was the biggest contribution to his failure. Chicken shit move using the foreign kid as an example of his power, he wanted to flex his muscle but didn’t want to turn the team against him. IMO. Expecting the number one draft pick who’d always been an offence first player to be a checker and then sewer his confidence when it doesn’t work. I mean, what did Eakins give him? 5 games before press box.

  22. Georges says:

    Harpers Hair:
    I recently heard an interview with Brian Burke who was talking about the 2012 draft.

    He mentioned that the combine interview with Yakupov was by far the worst he ever experienced calling Yakupov arrogant and entitled…FWIW.

    People are complicated.

    Source: https://edmontonsun.com/2015/03/17/oilers-forward-nail-yakupov-routinely-helps-out-homeless-individuals/wcm/8a410ad5-80a6-4682-8cb7-013aa4786fce

    Yakupov says his charitable instinct comes from his parents, and when he signed for NHL money, it was his mother who told him to pay it forward.

    “I like to do things like that in the summer, a little bigger, helping out sick kids in the hospital. It’s always good. I think a player’s gotta do that.

    “Those people are looking for some help. Most of the time they have no money for it and they need some support.

    “You can’t help everyone in the world, but you have to try a little bit, at least.”

  23. wolf8888 says:

    Harpers Hair,

    Or was that Yak talking about Burke?! 🙂

  24. Harpers Hair says:

    wolf8888:
    Harpers Hair,

    Or was that Yak talking about Burke?!

    The same thing occurred to me as I was posting.

  25. Harpers Hair says:

    A poster yesterday took a run at a re-draft for 2011.

    As it turns out, NHL.com writers are doing re-drafts to fill some space.

    Here is their take on 2011.

    Nuge doesn’t fare very well.

    https://www.nhl.com/news/2011-nhl-redraft-nikita-kucherov-moves-to-first/c-316788530?tid=277764372

  26. flyfish1168 says:

    The All time Oiler list should include Doug Weight. I would take him over Smyth or Buchberger. He would be a strong winger even though he is a centermen.

  27. jtblack says:

    flyfish1168:
    The All time Oiler list should include Doug Weight. I would take him over Smyth or Buchberger. He would be a strong winger even though he is a centermen.

    I have one Dougie Weight goal etched in my memory … He took the puck coast to coast and scored against (Calgary?) … from the Blueline in, he was literally going sideways … crazy ass edgework before it was common ..

  28. Harpers Hair says:

    So yesterday I posted a recipe for Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce which we made to accompany some rib eye steaks.

    However, I went a bit rogue while preparing the sauce and thought I would update the recipe since both I and Mrs. Hair agree it was simply the best sauce of any kind that either of us have ever experienced.

    2 Tbsp oil

    1 Tbsp butter

    6 cloves garlic, minced

    1 Tbsp flour

    1 c buttermilk

    1/2 cup chicken or beef broth, for whichever meat you’re serving the sauce with

    salt & cracked black pepper to taste

    1 tsp smoked paprika

    1/2 c fresh grated parmesan

    2 oz cream cheese

    This varies from the original in that I used buttermilk instead of heavy cream, upped the garlic quotient to six cloves minced and then added the smoked paprika which gave the final product a bit of bite on the tongue.

    It was fabulous as we served it over the steak and the accompanying prawns.

    We have about half the original sauce left which we plan to use on chicken and pasta tomorrow.

    Highly recommend this.

  29. jp says:

    Harpers Hair:
    A poster yesterday took a run at a re-draft for 2011.

    As it turns out, NHL.com writers are doing re-drafts to fill some space.

    Here is their take on 2011.

    Nuge doesn’t fare very well.

    https://www.nhl.com/news/2011-nhl-redraft-nikita-kucherov-moves-to-first/c-316788530?tid=277764372

    They don’t like Nuge. But Binnington #5? Based on making the NHL at 25 and having 2/3 of a great year? He was 22nd of 45 goalies (>30 games) in SV% this season..

  30. Harpers Hair says:

    jp: They don’t like Nuge. But Binnington #5? Based on making the NHL at 25 and having 2/3 of a great year? He was 22nd of 45 goalies (>30 games) in SV% this season..

    Yeah, that raised my eyebrow too..too much recency bias.

  31. Someone says:

    dessert1111,

    dessert1111:
    It’s so Oilers that their best pick of that draft is the only one the org didn’t offer any sort of a contract.

    It’s also worth mentioning that he’s currently a flame.

  32. defmn says:

    jp: They don’t like Nuge. But Binnington #5? Based on making the NHL at 25 and having 2/3 of a great year? He was 22nd of 45 goalies (>30 games) in SV% this season..

    I had the same thought on Binnington. You’ll notice the Oilers have 3 of the 30 names listed though.

  33. stephen sheps says:

    The last couple of draft review posts have been particularly tough for me, as a charter member and one-time secretary/treasurer of the ALAS (Anton Lander Appreciation Society) as well as of course today’s post featuring my adopted son front and centre on the list of failed draft picks.

    I think both players deserved better, though I can’t argue with the fact that Lander was given a whole bunch of at bats. He really could have been useful as a 4C, but other than that one magical stretch where coach Nelson paired him with Hall, the poor guy couldn’t piss a drop at the NHL level. But at the same time, is Sheahan that much better in essentially the same role?

    The amount of digital ink spilled over Yak could fill many volumes, The Oilers were in no position to develop a kid like him the right way. Krueger was close, but Dallas broke his spirit and then the ref’s leg broke his momentum. He was starting to come into his own for a bit in the KHL, but this season was a bit of a rollercoaster for the poor kid, too. Injuries are starting to become part of his story, but they’ll be a footnote below the draft position and the bees that seemed to constantly follow him whenever he didn’t have the puck on his stick.

    I still miss him.

  34. defmn says:

    Harpers Hair:
    So yesterday I posted a recipe for Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce which we made to accompany some rib eye steaks.

    Here is my favourite. It is quite simple but delicious.

    Remove the steak from the frying pan and let it set. The sauce only takes a couple of minutes.

    In the frying pan you used to cook the steaks add a splash of cognac and then flambe with the steak drippings.

    Add 2 heaping tsp. of soft green peppercorns from Madagascar – you can find these in most large grocery stores hidden away somewhere.

    A cup to a cup and a half of heavy whipping cream (33%) mixed with a heaping teaspoon of corn starch. The amount depends on how much sauce you want.

    Let it simmer to thicken.

    Voila.

    The soft green peppercorns are the treat and well worth the search to find them.

  35. buck yoakam says:

    Harpers Hair,

    thanks!…I will probably try this tomorrow night with steak…sounds great..every so often I have seen the sawmill (edmonton) version of a creamy sesame stake sauce. We quite liked it but cannot fine on the east coast..I will let you know how it goes!

  36. Harpers Hair says:

    buck yoakam:
    Harpers Hair,

    thanks!…I will probably try this tomorrow night with steak…sounds great..every so often I have seen the sawmill (edmonton) version of a creamy sesame stake sauce.We quite liked it but cannot fine on the east coast..I will let you know how it goes!

    Please do…and make sure to used smoked paprika.

  37. Harpers Hair says:

    defmn: Here is my favourite. It is quite simple but delicious.

    Remove the steak from the frying pan and let it set. The sauce only takes a couple of minutes.

    In the frying pan you used to cook the steaks add a splash of cognac and then flambe with the steak drippings.

    Add 2 heaping tsp. of soft green peppercorns from Madagascar – you can find these in most large grocery stores hidden away somewhere.

    A cup to a cup and a half of heavy whipping cream (33%) mixed with a heaping teaspoon of corn starch. The amount depends on how much sauce you want.

    Let it simmer to thicken.

    Voila.

    The soft green peppercorns are the treat and well worth the search to find them.

    Sounds great…will try.

  38. Pescador says:

    flyfish1168:
    The All time Oiler list should include Doug Weight. I would take him over Smyth or Buchberger. He would be a strong winger even though he is a centermen.

    +1
    Always take the talented center and skate him on the wing.
    Draisaitl, Nuge
    Weight>>>Buch-plug

  39. Harpers Hair says:

    Craig Custance with a great read on why the NHL is pushing for a June draft.

    “It’s significant that both NBC and Rogers, the league’s national rightsholders, are “enthusiastically in favor” of an early draft. Rogers has expressed to the league that June is the ideal window to provide major exposure to the draft coverage and also provide weeks of content leading up to the draft.”

    https://theathletic.com/1790030/2020/05/02/nhl-builds-a-case-for-a-june-draft-before-mondays-call-with-board-of-governors/

  40. Pescador says:

    Harpers Hair: Please do…and make sure to used smoked paprika.

    This could be your most inciteful post in recent memory
    ?

  41. Pescador says:

    Someone:
    dessert1111,

    It’s also worth mentioning that he’s currently a flame.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that

  42. defmn says:

    Harpers Hair:
    Craig Custance with a great read on why the NHL is pushing for a June draft.

    “It’s significant that both NBC and Rogers, the league’s national rightsholders, are “enthusiastically in favor” of an early draft. Rogers has expressed to the league that June is the ideal window to provide major exposure to the draft coverage and also provide weeks of content leading up to the draft.”

    https://theathletic.com/1790030/2020/05/02/nhl-builds-a-case-for-a-june-draft-before-mondays-call-with-board-of-governors/

    As I used to tell my son when he was younger.

    If you are confused about why somebody is doing something because it makes no sense try “money” and see if that clarifies the situation for you.

  43. Munny says:

    Harpers Hair,

    Why does Rogers hate trades?

  44. flyfish1168 says:

    jtblack: I have one Dougie Weight goal etched in my memory … He took the puck coast to coast and scored against (Calgary?) … from the Blueline in, he was literally going sideways … crazy ass edgework before it was common ..

    That is a skill move. These all time list should be skill players not plugs. If you have a Doug Weight on the 4th line against another teams 4th line I would take that match up anytime of the week.

  45. Pescador says:

    hunter1909:
    Wtf happened to Mitch Moroz!!???

    Nothing, he progressed exactly as the math predicted.
    20 goal scorers in junior almost never score 20 in the NHL.
    Its 50 goal scorers (in junior) that are likely to score 20.
    Guys like Moroz are usually good for a cup of coffee in the AHL

  46. Victoria Oil says:

    Everytime I am reminded of Mitch Moroz getting picked at #32, I cringe with anger and frustration.

    That said, I was in the Matt Finn camp, who I see has put up a grand total of 19 points over 5 AHL seasons and was last seen in the Austrian league. So what do I know?

  47. Ancient Oilers Fan says:

    So in order to generate interest aka TV revenue, the NHL and the NHLPA just need to make draft day 2 the new trade deadline.

    Solves the problem of draft day trades.

  48. Harpers Hair says:

    “Of all the European import signings who have been trickling into the NHL over the past month, Mikko Lehtonen could make the greatest immediate impact.

    Lehtonen and Jokerit mutually agreed to terminate the defenceman’s contract one season early Friday, leaving the 26-year-old free to sign in North America and chase a Stanley Cup as soon as the 2020–21 season.”

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/free-agent-mikko-lehtonen-canadiens-khl-anthony-cirelli-marchand-cooper-quick-shifts/

  49. godot10 says:

    Munny:
    Harpers Hair,

    Why does Rogers hate trades?

    Because Bob McKenzie works for TSN, and he breaks them all! -).

  50. godot10 says:

    Victoria Oil:
    Everytime I am reminded of Mitch Moroz getting picked at #32, I cringe with anger and frustration.

    That said, I was in the Matt Finn camp,who I see has put up a grand total of 19 points over 5 AHL seasons and was last seen in the Austrian league. So what do I know?

    It was a horrible draft year. The worst in a generation. One had to approach it with a plan. Like draft a D in the first round and then kids going to US colleges and Europeans.

  51. stephen sheps says:

    It’s recipe day again today?

    Ok, I’ll throw another one out there: Kofta Kebab – a recipe I picked up when I did my fieldwork in the middle east 8 years back.

    It’s a very simple, flavourful ground meat dish that’s pretty common in Israel/Palestine. Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. My version is a slight variation based on a weekend spent with a Druze family in Northern Israel, a story unto itself that I’ll save for another day.

    This recipe, along with about half a dozen other recipes were taught to me by my friend’s grandmother who only speaks Arabic, a language that I can’t speak at all… so it was an adventure. I eventually figured out what most of the spices were, and once my friend and I returned to Jerusalem, he took me to the market and filled in the remaining gaps.

    Kofta is traditionally a mixture of ground beef and lamb, though my preference is only lamb and that’s what I made last night.

    ingredients:

    1lb ground lamb

    3 cloves garlic, minced
    150g white onion, diced fine
    75g mint, finely chopped
    50g toasted and roughly chopped pine nuts
    1-2 Thai red chilli (or other medium-hot pepper), de-seeded and chopped fine
    1.5 tsp cinnamon
    1.5 tsp allspice
    1.5 tsp smoked paprika
    .75 tsp grated nutmeg
    1.5 tsp cracked black pepper
    1.5 tsp kosher salt

    Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and let set for 4-24 hours in the fridge. Pro tip though – if you’re gonna leave the mixture in the fridge for more than about 4 hours, lightly cook the onions first before making the mixture. Raw onions in a mince mixture can change the colour of the meat (plus stink up your fridge pretty fierce, even if you seal the raw ingredients perfectly)

    remove from fridge and let sit for 30 minutes before making the kebabs. Essentially you roll them into little torpedo shaped meat blobs. Grill (or pan sear in cast iron and finish in the oven) at 375 until they’re done. Not much more than 7-8 minutes.

    Serve with your middle eastern sides of choice. I usually have a cucumber/tomato salad, tahini or hummus and zhoug for dipping and some combination of harissa & pomegranate roasted carrots, roast potatoes and saffron rice.

    enjoy

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    dessert1111:
    It’s so Oilers that their best pick of that draft is the only one the org didn’t offer any sort of a contract.

    Yup, as it turns out he should have been offered a contract but, at the same time, the player didn’t become an NHL regular until has draft plus 6 season and, as it turns out, is really not good at all on the defensive side of the game.

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    Cape Breton Oilers 4EVR:
    The popular rumor of the day was that Katz overruled hockey ops and took Yak after a dinner between the two.I think Murray was their choice.That’s why owners need to hire good staff and then get out of their way.Not that Murray is a star, but he’d make the roster in Edm right now.At least he’s still in the league.

    I don’t take Murray over Klef or Nurse and I take Jones at $850K over Murray at $4.6M.

    The Yakuopov trade tree is not dead and currently resides in Stuart Skinner – there may still be hope to salvage it – Skinner has a chance.

  54. OriginalPouzar says:

    defmn:
    My memory of the 2012 draft was Burke claiming that they got the best player in the draft in Morgan Rielly at the #5 position and there was a lot of laughter and jokes at his expense for him saying that.

    Thanks for the look back LT. Really enjoyed all of them.

    He holds tight to that position as well – I think he reiterated it again on Oilers Now this past week (or the week prior).

  55. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I don’t take Murray over Klef or Nurse and I take Jones at $850K over Murray at $4.6M.

    The Yakuopov trade tree is not dead and currently resides in Stuart Skinner – there may still be hope to salvage it – Skinner has a chance.

    Murray suffered a serious shoulder injury in his draft +1 season, and many injuries in the NHL. And he has still managed to be a 2nd pair level defensemen.

    His top end was taken away by those injuries.

  56. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar: He holds tight to that position as well – I think he reiterated it again on Oilers Now this past week (or the week prior).

    Hampus Lindholm, and it isn’t close. He would go #1 in a redraft.

  57. meanashell11 says:

    stephen sheps:
    It’s recipe day again today?

    Ok, I’ll throw another one out there: Kofta Kebab – a recipe I picked up when I did my fieldwork in the middle east 8 years back.

    It’s a very simple, flavourful ground meat dish that’s pretty common in Israel/Palestine. Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. My version is a slight variation based on a weekend spent with a Druze family in Northern Israel, a story unto itself that I’ll save for another day.

    This recipe, along with about half a dozen other recipes were taught to me by my friend’s grandmother who only speaks Arabic, a language that I can’t speak at all… so it was an adventure. I eventually figured out what most of the spices were, and once my friend and I returned to Jerusalem, he took me to the market and filled in the remaining gaps.

    Kofta is traditionally a mixture of ground beef and lamb, though my preference is only lamb and that’s what I made last night.

    ingredients:

    1lb ground lamb

    3 cloves garlic, minced
    150g white onion, diced fine
    75g mint, finely chopped
    50g toasted and roughly chopped
    1-2 Thai red chilli (or other medium-hot pepper), de-seeded and chopped fine
    1.5 tsp cinnamon
    1.5 tsp allspice
    1.5 tsp smoked paprika
    .75 tsp grated nutmeg
    1.5 tsp cracked black pepper
    1.5 tsp kosher salt

    Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and let set for 4-24 hours in the fridge. Pro tip though – if you’re gonna leave the mixture in the fridge for more than about 4 hours, lightly cook the onions first before making the mixture. Raw onions in a mince mixture can change the colour of the meat (plus stink up your fridge pretty fierce, even if you seal the raw ingredients perfectly)

    remove from fridge and let sit for 30 minutes before making the kebabs. Essentially you roll them into little torpedo shaped meat blobs. Grill (or pan sear in cast iron and finish in the oven) at 375 until they’re done. Not much more than 7-8 minutes.

    Serve with your middle eastern sides of choice. I usually have a cucumber/tomato salad, tahini or hummus and zhoug for dipping and some combination of harissa & pomegranate roasted carrots, roast potatoes and saffron rice.

    enjoy

    50g of what?

  58. N64 says:

    Harpers Hair: Nuge doesn’t fare very well.

    ~ Oil fans have convinced every out of town scribe that Nuge has never reached 50 points ~

  59. jp says:

    Harpers Hair:
    “Of all the European import signings who have been trickling into the NHL over the past month, Mikko Lehtonen could make the greatest immediate impact.

    Lehtonen and Jokerit mutually agreed to terminate the defenceman’s contract one season early Friday, leaving the 26-year-old free to sign in North America and chase a Stanley Cup as soon as the 2020–21 season.”

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/free-agent-mikko-lehtonen-canadiens-khl-anthony-cirelli-marchand-cooper-quick-shifts/

    Yeah, lotta teams would be happy to sign Lehtonen.

    World Championship all-star this time last year. Top scoring D in the KHL this year and #6 overall scorer. Also an all-star this season and named the KHLs best Dman in Nov, Dec and Jan.

    He’s a catch.

  60. Munny says:

    Ancient Oilers Fan:
    So in order to generate interest aka TV revenue, the NHL and the NHLPA just need to make draft day 2 the new trade deadline.

    Solves the problem of draft day trades.

    Not actually.

    The problem is there may be a season or post-season ongoing when the draft occurs. How can player trades be made in such an environment?

    The only possible viable solution I’ve seen is the one proposed by DEFMN, ie sealing the trades as future considerations that won’t be revealed nor will vest till the playoffs are completed.

  61. Munny says:

    meanashell11: 50g of what?

    These kebabs make my head feel funny…

  62. buck yoakam says:

    man, watching that 1987 oiler philly series is incredible!…hackstall on nilsson crazy…I’m thinking andy van h was maybe one of the best refs ever!..

    Ok here is a very simple traditional pennsylvania dutch new years type pork sirloin roast recipe

    1 jar sauerkraut
    2 granny smith apples (sliced)
    1/2 large onion
    1 tbsp caraway seeds
    1 cup apple cider (divided)
    1/4 cup brown sugar

    Rub

    1 Tbsp Thai seasoning
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 tsp pepper

    5 lb boneless pork sirloin rast

    rub the roast

    put sauerkraut mix in roasting pan (mix 1/2 cup apple cider and brown sugar separate) add

    make indentation in centre and add roast

    add remaining cider and roast at 325 for 2/12-3 hrs basting as you go …

    ultra simple, basic recipe ….

  63. lynn says:

    hunter1909,

    Played 16 games with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL last season with only two assists. Injury has been his constant.

  64. OriginalPouzar says:

    Listening to our host on the Gregor Show from yesterday and they were talking about divisional hockey – it morphed in to Al’s opinion that the Leafs need to get meaner on the back end vis-a-vis the Bruins and Chara. Gregor added on that he thinks the Leafs need a d-man to help “get the puck back”.

    Well, of course, mean and cycle-break are what you think of when you describe one Adam Larsson.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, Adam Larsson’s removal from this hockey team comes at huge risk without a stop-gap 2RD and, in my opinion, Mike Green is NOT that guy.

    Adam Larsson for Kapanen, the long discussed trade, does not make the Oilers better in my opinion due to the hole Larsson’s departure would create but it was interesting to hear LT and Gregor describe the player the Leafs need.

    Oilers still have a bit of work to do on the right side depth chart:

    Bear
    Larsson
    Benning

    Bouchard
    Berglund (not available this year)

    Kemp

    Green may get himself added to that list and, he’d fall in the Benning range. Some ability to play 2RD as a fill-in but not the guy to go in to the season pencilled in as 2RD.

  65. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Listening to our host on the Gregor Show from yesterday and they were talking about divisional hockey – it morphed in to Al’s opinion that the Leafs need to get meaner on the back end vis-a-vis the Bruins and Chara.Gregor added on that he thinks the Leafs need a d-man to help “get the puck back”.

    Well, of course, mean and cycle-break are what you think of when you describe one Adam Larsson.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, Adam Larsson’s removal from this hockey team comes at huge risk without a stop-gap 2RD and, in my opinion, Mike Green is NOT that guy.

    Adam Larsson for Kapanen, the long discussed trade, does not make the Oilers better in my opinion due to the hole Larsson’s departure would create but it was interesting to hear LT and Gregor describe the player the Leafs need.

    Oilers still have a bit of work to do on the right side depth chart:

    Bear
    Larsson
    Benning

    Bouchard
    Berglund (not available this year)

    Kemp

    Green may get himself added to that list and, he’d fall in the Benning range.Some ability to play 2RD as a fill-in but not the guy to go in to the season pencilled in as 2RD.

    Problem is, everyday that Larsson gets closer to free agency, his value drops.

  66. defmn says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Listening to our host on the Gregor Show from yesterday and they were talking about divisional hockey – it morphed in to Al’s opinion that the Leafs need to get meaner on the back end vis-a-vis the Bruins and Chara.Gregor added on that he thinks the Leafs need a d-man to help “get the puck back”.

    Well, of course, mean and cycle-break are what you think of when you describe one Adam Larsson.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, Adam Larsson’s removal from this hockey team comes at huge risk without a stop-gap 2RD and, in my opinion, Mike Green is NOT that guy.

    Adam Larsson for Kapanen, the long discussed trade, does not make the Oilers better in my opinion due to the hole Larsson’s departure would create but it was interesting to hear LT and Gregor describe the player the Leafs need.

    Oilers still have a bit of work to do on the right side depth chart:

    Bear
    Larsson
    Benning

    Bouchard
    Berglund (not available this year)

    Kemp

    Green may get himself added to that list and, he’d fall in the Benning range.Some ability to play 2RD as a fill-in but not the guy to go in to the season pencilled in as 2RD.

    Totally agree on this. Larsson is not flashy, doesn’t add much to the offence at all – if anything – but when he goes into the corner with the other team’s winger he almost always comes out with the puck.

    When guys are standing in front of the net he almost always ties them up or nudges them out of the sight line for his goalie.

    I’d be very surprised if Holland doesn’t recognize his value and as you say this team does not have anybody in the pipeline ready to take his place.

    The new forwards get a lot of credit for the PK this season, as they should, but I would suggest that Larsson is a big part of that special team as well.

    And, no, I don’t see Green as an adequate replacement for him.

  67. defmn says:

    Harpers Hair: Problem is, everyday that Larsson gets closer to free agency, his value drops.

    Why would they not just re-sign him?

  68. Harpers Hair says:

    buck yoakam,

    I was thinking about your affection for Sesame Cream Sauce.

    You could easily replace the oil that you sauté the garlic in with sesame oil (I would use a tablespoon).

    Also you could add some toasted sesame seeds to the sauce.

  69. Harpers Hair says:

    defmn: Why would they not just re-sign him?

    I expect he’ll want money and term and would block Bouchard and Berglund.

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    anonymous:
    Mostly agreed on Yakupov, although I don’t think you can write his story without giving mention to Eakins. I think he was the biggest contribution to his failure. Chicken shit move using the foreign kid as an example of his power, he wanted to flex his muscle but didn’t want to turn the team against him. IMO.Expecting the number one draft pick who’d always been an offence first player to be a checker and then sewer his confidence when it doesn’t work. I mean, what did Eakins give him? 5 games before press box.

    Not to defend Dallas Eakins but I don’t think he ever wanted Yakupov to turn in to “a checker” but was requiring the player to give credence to being a “responsible” hockey player with and without the puck.

    Similar to how we expect both Drai and McDavid to be responsible players in the defensive zone and to how Taylor Hall was chided for dangerous turnovers at the offensive blue line (like Drai these days).

  71. RonnieB says:

    Pittsburgh will be hurting for right side D next season, especially if they lose Schultz to free agency.
    I think a Benning for Casey DeSmith off-season trade would work for both teams. Who says no ?

  72. stephen sheps says:

    meanashell11,

    pine nuts. sorry about that!

    (also edited in the actual recipe…)

  73. Munny says:

    jtblack: I have one Dougie Weight goal etched in my memory … He took the puck coast to coast and scored against (Calgary?) … from the Blueline in, he was literally going sideways … crazy ass edgework before it was common ..

    Here you go:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tg8lsAmrxg

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish1168:
    The All time Oiler list should include Doug Weight. I would take him over Smyth or Buchberger. He would be a strong winger even though he is a centermen.

    I’m sure he would have been a strong winger but the rules of the exercise didn’t allow him to be put in the team as a winger.

    I think we can all agree that he doesn’t take a center sport over 99, 11 or 97 and that he doesn’t fit the bill as a “checking center” which, again, was required as per the rules.

    The only real way to get him on would be to place Messier as a LW (as he did play a couple of season as a left winger and was an all-star at that position) but, as per TSN, doing so was against the spirit of the exercise.

    —————–

    Using the TSN rules are what made the exercise what it was – if we wanted to throw away those rules then, sure, that’s cool too but its not the exercise we were presented with. We would all have Pronger on the team would have some great conversations about Guerin on the team and Cujo vs. Ranford, etc.

  75. jake70 says:

    Well, a bit positive Covid-19 news…..we have NO active Covid-19 cases here in NB. 14th straight day with zero positives confirmed, no deaths, noone in hospital, all 118 recovered. Lots of reasons for this, with some dumb luck certainly a contributor, but it can be done….woohoo. Now, about those neutral sites being considered for NHL play…;-)

  76. Lowetide says:

    jake70:
    Well, a bitpositive Covid-19 news…..we have NO active Covid-19 cases here in NB.14th straight day with zero positives confirmed, no deaths, noone in hospital, all 118 recovered. Lots of reasons for this, with some dumb luck certainly a contributor,but it can be done….woohoo.Now, about those neutral sites being considered for NHL play…;-)

    What a beautiful piece of news. Thanks for sharing and congratulations to an intelligent, advanced peoples.

  77. OriginalPouzar says:

    Cooper Marody with a post on his Instagram – just doing some drills on his driveway.

    Anyways, of note was his stating “starting to feel like myself again after the injury”.

    Now he was banged up a bunch of times last year but I think this might be an implication that he wasn’t right all last year after the Kessy assault in the 2019 playoffs.

    Would be great if he could put himself back on the radar to be an NHL player.

  78. Oilman99 says:

    Pescador,

    Unfortunately Moroz had his career year as an 18yr.old and played in the OIlers backyard so they saw way too much of him. This was an unexplainable choice even at the time. This is a prime example of how poor their scouting was at that time.

  79. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny:
    Harpers Hair,

    Why does Rogers hate trades?

    It seems most GMs are vehemently against the June draft but this one is going to be a “league office powerhouse decision” linked to the networks and money.

    Personally, I hate it – it changes the draft so vastly and takes away one of the primary player transfer periods of the year all but completely.

    I get it though – doing it in June, given the circumstance, is clearly the way to get the most revenue from the event and, given all that’s in flux over the next year regarding revenues, it makes sense in that regard.

  80. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish1168: That is a skill move. These all time list should be skill players not plugs. If you have aDoug Weight on the 4th line against another teams 4th line I would takethat match up anytime of the week.

    I’m sure there are many lists out there with just skill players, with no mandatory games played, etc., etc.

    Those lists are fun exercises as well and can be created and debated/discussed.

    This list has other parameters that requires a different type of compilation and different decisions to be made – fun in its own right.

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pescador: Nothing, he progressed exactly as the math predicted.
    20 goal scorers in junior almost never score 20 in the NHL.
    Its 50 goal scorers (in junior) that are likely to score 20.
    Guys like Moroz are usually good for a cup of coffee in the AHL

    Nothing? 214 PIMs in 42 games in the ECHL in 2018/19 (to go along with 21 points and a plus 8) – ECHL all tools guy!

  82. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: Murray suffered a serious shoulder injury in his draft +1 season, and many injuries in the NHL.And he has still managed to be a 2nd pair level defensemen.

    His top end was taken away by those injuries.

    That’s great but doesn’t really relate to the conversation you are responding to – which has to do with his placement on the current Oilers’ roster.

    I don’t take him and his $4.6M per over any of Klefbom, Nurse or Jones – his injury history is irrelevant to the coversation.

  83. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: Hampus Lindholm, and it isn’t close.He would go #1 in a redraft.

    Potentially – Forsberg and Riley are both in that conversation.

    With that said, again, two posts in a row with strong man arguments – your point is fine and valid but nothing to do with the conversation (Burke’s position on who was #1 on his list at the time).

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny: Not actually.

    The problem is there may be a season or post-season ongoing when the draft occurs.How can player trades be made in such an environment?

    The only possible viable solution I’ve seen is the one proposed by DEFMN, ie sealing the trades as future considerations that won’t be revealed nor will vest till the playoffs are completed.

    That would be a “solution” but I wouldn’t call it viable as I can’t imagine and reasonable likelihood that its agreed to.

  85. VanIsleOil says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Cooper Marody with a post on his Instagram – just doing some drills on his driveway.

    Anyways, of note was his stating “starting to feel like myself again after the injury”.

    Now he was banged up a bunch of times last year but I think this might be an implication that he wasn’t right all last year after the Kessy assault in the 2019 playoffs.

    Would be great if he could put himself back on the radar to be an NHL player.

    ..Kessy’s hit on Marody

    https://gfycat.com/clearzanyfrigatebird-ice-hockey

  86. defmn says:

    OriginalPouzar: That would be a “solution” but I wouldn’t call it viable as I can’t imagine and reasonable likelihood that its agreed to.

    Actually I think there are more teams would be willing to accept a June draft with a mechanism for trades than a June draft that excluded the possibiltiy.

    The only downside is long term injury before the trade is consummated and that can happen in TC before the season even starts just as easily as during a playoff run that only lasts 4-7 games for half the guys involved.

    Outside the box OP. This draft is not going to be like any other draft.

  87. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Great post LT.

    Kudos for you for highlight an early SP contribution to your blog.

    SP has been a amazing resource of info on this blog for years and when he posts I pay attention.

    Shitty that when he came over to see some games Covid hit and I didn’t get to meet him.

    Love me some SP!!!

  88. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m sure there are many lists out there with just skill players, with no mandatory games played, etc., etc.

    Those lists are fun exercises as well and can be created and debated/discussed.

    This list has other parameters that requires a different type of compilation and different decisions to be made – fun in its own right.

    Tikkanen, Kurri, Messier, and Anderson fulfill the requirement of a checking line. They were far better defensively than MacT and Buchberger.

    TSN should be mocked to their idiocracy.

  89. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Potentially – Forsberg and Riley are both in that conversation.

    With that said, again, two posts in a row with strong man arguments – your point is fine and valid but nothing to do with the conversation (Burke’s position on who was #1 on his list at the time).

    I don’t think there is video evidence of McDavid making a fool out of Lindholm. Rielly just isn’t very good defensively.

  90. Victoria Oil says:

    jake70:
    Well, a bitpositive Covid-19 news…..we have NO active Covid-19 cases here in NB.14th straight day with zero positives confirmed, no deaths, noone in hospital, all 118 recovered. Lots of reasons for this, with some dumb luck certainly a contributor,but it can be done….woohoo.Now, about those neutral sites being considered for NHL play…;-)

    Thanks for the update Jake. I’ve been following the provincial stats closely and I find it astonishing that NB has zero official active cases while the province next door has over 20,000. Has NB done anything unique to accomplish this or have they been lucky or is it a bit of both? Also, has NB made significant moves to re-open? I would assume the locals must be getting restless given the circumstances.

  91. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: Problem is, everyday that Larsson gets closer to free agency, his value drops.

    Sure, his trade value drops but I’m posting about his value to the Oilers and the Oilers’ success in the short term, that is, next season.

    As a poster the constantly is “telling us” that the Oilers need to trade picks for players and make other similar “win now” moves, one would think next year’s team takes priority over Larsson’s diminishing trade value.

    I am fine with walking Larsson to free agency as, with current organizational depth, he is important to success next season.

    If he walks in 2021, so be it, $4M in cap space is an asset. Its not ideal asset management but a strong season from Larsson next year would go a long ways to team success.

    Re-signing the player is also an option – it would be a pay cut but Larsson may be amenable. It seems he likes it in Edmonton (but I’m not in his head, of course).

  92. OriginalPouzar says:

    RonnieB:
    Pittsburgh will be hurting for right side D next season, especially if they lose Schultz to free agency.
    I think a Benning for Casey DeSmith off-seasontrade would work for both teams. Who says no ?

    DeSmith is an off-season target of mine.

    The goalie trade market is always tough to asses – they generally aren’t expensive in trades.

    If Benning does go in a trade for a goalie, a forward or a draft pick then its incumbent that Holland does sign a RD and, in that case, I would be OK with Mike Green (as he’d be slotted in as 3RD and only 2RD as an injury replacement) but, again, Green’s cost is an issue in my mind. I wouldn’t sign him for any more than $2M per and I have a feeling he’ll “want” a couple of years.

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    defmn: Actually I think there are more teams would be willing to accept a June draft with a mechanism for trades than a June draft that excluded the possibiltiy.

    The only downside is long term injury before the trade is consummated and that can happen in TC before the season even starts just as easily as during a playoff run that only lasts 4-7 games for half the guys involved.

    Outside the box OP. This draft is not going to be like any other draft.

    Its outside the box, I just don’t think its reasonable in practice.

    I don’t see a team trading, lets say, a 2nd round pick for Matt Benning and then having the Oilers make the 2nd round pick and have Benning play for them in a 2019/20 re-start.

    Don’t see that been a viable type of arrangement let alone with more “impact” players than Matt Benning.

    —————-

    In any even, the league has already addressed the issue of trading – they researched the trade over the last number of year and advised that about half of them would have been able to happen (draft pick and non-roster player type trades).

    They are clearly ready for this draft not having regular type transactions with current players.

  94. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: Tikkanen, Kurri, Messier, and Anderson fulfill the requirement of a checking line.They were far better defensively than MacT and Buchberger.

    TSN should be mocked to their idiocracy.

    That line does not fulfill the criteria put out by TSN – yes, guys like Kurri were plus defensive players but aren’t considered checkers in the realm of the criteria put out by TSN.

    No, they should not be mocked – “all time” lists have been made over and over again. TSN put some twists in their criteria to be a bit novel.

    If you don’t like their criteria, don’t play their game. If anything, a person voluntarily trying to get involved in a game while not liking the game, well, that’s where the issue lies.

    Noone is stopping you from creating discussion on a different set of criteria.

  95. jp says:

    RonnieB:
    Pittsburgh will be hurting for right side D next season, especially if they lose Schultz to free agency.
    I think a Benning for Casey DeSmith off-seasontrade would work for both teams. Who says no ?

    That’s a solid idea.

  96. jp says:

    defmn: Actually I think there are more teams would be willing to accept a June draft with a mechanism for trades than a June draft that excluded the possibiltiy.

    The only downside is long term injury before the trade is consummated and that can happen in TC before the season even starts just as easily as during a playoff run that only lasts 4-7 games for half the guys involved.

    Also leaked trades. That would be the main issue IMO.

  97. jp says:

    jake70:
    Well, a bitpositive Covid-19 news…..we have NO active Covid-19 cases here in NB.14th straight day with zero positives confirmed, no deaths, noone in hospital, all 118 recovered. Lots of reasons for this, with some dumb luck certainly a contributor,but it can be done….woohoo.Now, about those neutral sites being considered for NHL play…;-)

    Cool to hear, we’ll done for NB!

  98. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: I don’t think there is video evidence of McDavid making a fool out of Lindholm.Rielly just isn’t very good defensively.

    That’s really odd – bringing up one single play to provide evidence of a player not being good at something. I’m sure there are videos of Lidholm getting beat by lesser players than MacDavid……

    With that said, for sure, I agree, Lindholm is much better defensively than Riley but, of course, the gap in favor of Riley offensively is just as large.

    Of course, none of this has anything to do with the post you were responding to which was a conversation regarding Burke’s position that he had Riley at #1 on draft day.

  99. defmn says:

    jp: Also leaked trades. That would be the main issue IMO.

    Leaks would definitely be an issue as I mentioned when I first proposed this.

    I know how I would handle it as a GM but it would be tricky. That said there might not be a good solution this summer. Every idea will have flaws. Cancelling the draft and going to age 19 would be another idea but I am not convinced that wouldn’t result in a series of lawsuits as threatened the last time that was proposed.

  100. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: Also leaked trades. That would be the main issue IMO.

    I would reckon that the bigger issue would be teams not trading for players that would continue playing for their original teams.

  101. defmn says:

    OriginalPouzar: I would reckon that the bigger issue would be teams not trading for players that would continue playing for their original teams.

    I don’t understand this objection at all OP. Can you explain why you think that is a problem? Future consideration trades have existed forever.

  102. OriginalPouzar says:

    When was the last time you heard “for a player to be named later” in an NHL trade?

    Either way, that’s not really what you are suggesting. You are suggesting a trade to consumated which includes at least one current NHL player – the active player that got traded simply wouldn’t be made public but the trade parameters are set.

    I cannot foresee a team trading a draft pick (say a 2nd round pick) for an active player (say Matt Benning) and then permitted that player (Matt Benning) to continue playing for the other team. What if Benning gets hurt?

    Even if they were to do “future considerations”, that is, not name the actual trade return – I can’t imagine a team trading a material asset like a top 4 round pick for “future considerations”.

    Sorry man, I just don’t see this working – teams simply won’t allow acquired players to continue to play for another organization and “future considerations” wouldn’t be something any GM would trade any real asset for.

    In my opinion.

  103. jp says:

    defmn: I don’t understand this objection at all OP. Can you explain why you think that is a problem? Future consideration trades have existed forever.

    I agree with OP on this one. I don’t think future consideration trades typically name the precise consideration, though I could be wrong. And teams aren’t going to want acquired players to continue playing for another team after paying assets for them.

  104. Glovjuice says:

    Not big on adding sauce to a dry aged rib eye. Try this. It’s blown a few people away over the years (people are mindbended that it has this mushroom when they taste it – umami explosion):

    1.5 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon powdered dried portabella or porcini mushroom using a mortar and pestle (labour of love and do under a vent hood)
    0.25-0.5 teaspoons coarse salt
    0.25-0.5 teaspoons garlic powder
    0.25-0.5 teaspoons onion powder
    0.25 teaspoons coarse black pepper or white pepper (both good but we prefer white)
    0.5 -75 teaspoons dried rosemary (then ground to powder with mortar and pestle)

    Rub two steaks and push into meat with a spoon and let sit for 15-30 minutes.

    Drizzle with good olive oil on each side of steaks and grill.

    Good.

  105. jp says:

    defmn: Leaks would definitely be an issue as I mentioned when I first proposed this.

    I know how I would handle it as a GM but it would be tricky.That said there might not be a good solution this summer. Every idea will have flaws. Cancelling the draft and going to age 19 would be another idea but I am not convinced that wouldn’t result in a series of lawsuits as threatened the last time that was proposed.

    Even if some/most were able to keep this stuff under wraps I feel like there would be leaks from some teams. And I don’t think it would be too great to have your 2LW knowing he’s been a cap dump for draft picks while you’re trying to win the conference final, as an example.

    I agree trades are an important part of the draft but don’t see a particularly major issue with active players being exempt from moves for this year. It seems that the league is heading that direction and I think that’s likely the easiest and least disruptive course from my POV.

  106. defmn says:

    jp: I agree with OP on this one. I don’t think future consideration trades typically name the precise consideration, though I could be wrong. And teams aren’t going to want acquired players to continue playing for another team after paying assets for them.

    Fair enough. I don’t understand the thinking but it seems to be the way others look at it. In my working life I ran start ups to take public for venture capitalists. There were rarely ‘good answers’ as to what to do. It was more about picking the best of a bad lot kind of decision making.

    Do the teams want to be able to make trades at the draft? Yes or no?

    If ‘no’ is the answer fine. If ‘yes’ is the answer how else can it be done?

    If the answer is ‘yes’ and you don’t have a better answer then the less than perfect answer becomes the default.

    My main employee (and partner) was a lawyer. His default in situations like this was always ‘no’ because the answer was never ‘good’. But doing nothing is rarely a good answer either.

  107. defmn says:

    jp: Even if some/most were able to keep this stuff under wraps I feel like there would be leaks from some teams. And I don’t think it would be too great to have your 2LW knowing he’s been a cap dump for draft picks while you’re trying to win the conference final, as an example.

    I agree trades are an important part of the draft but don’t see a particularly major issue with active players being exempt from moves for this year. It seems that the league is heading that direction and I think that’s likely the easiest and least disruptive course from my POV.

    This works for me. I just offered an answer as to how they could make trades because I think a lot of teams are screwed by the cap if they can’t and draft picks work best for them.

  108. Harpers Hair says:

    defmn: This works for me. I just offered an answer as to how they could make trades because I think a lot of teams are screwed by the cap if they can’t and draft picks work best for them.

    On the other hand, a lack of trades of picks for players really hits some teams very hard.

    For example Montreal has 12 picks they accumulated in order to wheel and deal.

    I’m pretty sure they don’t want 12 new prospects in their system all at once.

  109. defmn says:

    Harpers Hair: On the other hand, a lack of trades of picks for players really hits some teams very hard.

    For example Montreal has 12 picks they accumulated in order to wheel and deal.

    I’m pretty sure they don’t want 12 new prospects in their system all at once.

    Yup. Works from both ends. This is why I made the proposal I did. No, it is not perfect. If there is a better idea I assure you I am not married to this one. It’s just the best I could come up with.

  110. jp says:

    defmn: This works for me. I just offered an answer as to how they could make trades because I think a lot of teams are screwed by the cap if they can’t and draft picks work best for them.

    Harpers Hair: On the other hand, a lack of trades of picks for players really hits some teams very hard.

    For example Montreal has 12 picks they accumulated in order to wheel and deal.

    I’m pretty sure they don’t want 12 new prospects in their system all at once.

    These are both good points. I still don’t see players continuing to play for teams after being traded, but for sure none of the scenarios is perfect.

  111. jp says:

    defmn: Fair enough. I don’t understand the thinking but it seems to be the way others look at it. In my working life I ran start ups to take public for venture capitalists. There were rarely ‘good answers’ as to what to do. It was more about picking the best of a bad lot kind of decision making.

    Do the teams want to be able to make trades at the draft? Yes or no?

    If ‘no’ is the answer fine. If ‘yes’ is the answer how else can it be done?

    If the answer is ‘yes’ and you don’t have a better answer then the less than perfect answer becomes the default.

    My main employee (and partner) was a lawyer. His default in situations like this was always ‘no’ because the answer was never ‘good’.But doing nothing is rarely a good answer either.

    Sounds like you two were good counterbalances for each other.

    I guess I’m looking at it more like…

    Do the NHL/sponsors want a draft to happen in June? Yes

    Do the teams want to be able to make trades at the draft? Yes

    Do teams want to allow newly acquired players to continue playing for their old teams? No

    Do teams want players they’re counting on for playoff contributions to (potentially) find out they’ve already been traded? No

    (more complicated is what happens if an injury occurs and the treatment/recovery time recommended by the “former” team is questioned, for instance. Is that risk worth taking?)

    My take is based on the balance of these issues, which I think tips towards not allowing trades involving active players. But of course that’s just my reading of the situation and opinion on the importance of the various factors.

  112. Harpers Hair says:

    jp: Sounds like you two were good counterbalances for each other.

    I guess I’m looking at it more like…

    Do the NHL/sponsors want a draft to happen in June? Yes

    Do the teams want to be able to make trades at the draft? Yes

    Do teams want to allow newly acquired players to continue playing for their old teams? No

    Do teams want players they’re counting on for playoff contributions to (potentially) find out they’ve already been traded? No

    (more complicated is what happens if an injury occurs and the treatment/recovery time recommended by the “former” team is questioned, for instance. Is that risk worth taking?)

    My take is based on the balance of these issues, which I think tips towards not allowing trades involving active players. But of course that’s just my reading of the situation and opinion on the importance of the various factors.

    There is one other option that might inhibit trades but not prevent them.

    That would involve any traded player being ineligible for the remainder of the season (if it’s played).

    For example, Matt Benning is traded to Pittsburgh for a third round pick.

    He can’t play for the Oilers this season and can’t play for Pittsburgh until next season.

    The Oilers would have to weigh how much they want to move him and how much they want that pick.

  113. OriginalPouzar says:

    That’s similar to how it is right now.

    The Oilers could trade Matt Benning to the Penguins at any time – the NHL trade deadline does not actually prohibit trades after its expiry, but is prohibits eligibility of the traded player to play in the playoffs.

  114. defmn says:

    Harpers Hair: There is one other option that might inhibit trades but not prevent them.

    That would involve any traded player being ineligible for the remainder of the season (if it’s played).

    For example, Matt Benning is traded to Pittsburgh for a third round pick.

    He can’t play for the Oilers this season and can’t play for Pittsburgh until next season.

    The Oilers would have to weigh how much they want to move him and how much they want that pick.

    That is possible while probably being even less attractive to teams. As we have all acknowledged there doesn’t seem to be a good answer so it is a matter of choosing from less than perfect solutions.

    Those will always be judgement calls that people will see differently.

  115. jp says:

    Harpers Hair: There is one other option that might inhibit trades but not prevent them.
    That would involve any traded player being ineligible for the remainder of the season (if it’s played).

    That’s absolutely possible.

    OriginalPouzar:
    That’s similar to how it is right now.

    The Oilers could trade Matt Benning to the Penguins at any time – the NHL trade deadline does not actually prohibit trades after its expiry, but is prohibits eligibility of the traded player to play in the playoffs.

    This is also true, but in any other season there’s really no pressure point to making a trade between the deadline and end of the season. There’s still time to do those things after the games wrap up but before the picks get made.

    In this season’s June draft scenario there would be motivation by many teams to make those moves that don’t normally happen. One would think those would overwhelmingly be non-playoff teams though, and that would create another set of problems. As defmn says, I think it’s an unlikely scenario.

  116. pts2pndr says:

    Harpers Hair:
    So yesterday I posted a recipe for Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce which we made to accompany some rib eye steaks.

    However, I went a bit rogue while preparing the sauce and thought I would update the recipe since both I and Mrs. Hair agree it was simply the best sauce of any kind that either of us have ever experienced.

    2 Tbsp oil

    1 Tbsp butter

    6 cloves garlic, minced

    1 Tbsp flour

    1 c buttermilk

    1/2 cup chicken or beef broth, for whichever meat you’re serving the sauce with

    salt & cracked black pepper to taste

    1 tsp smoked paprika

    1/2 c fresh grated parmesan

    2 oz cream cheese

    This varies from the original in that I used buttermilk instead of heavy cream, upped the garlic quotient tosix cloves minced and then added the smoked paprika which gave the final product a bit of bite on the tongue.

    It was fabulous as we served it over the steak and the accompanying prawns.

    We have about half the original sauce left which we plan to use on chicken and pasta tomorrow.

    Highly recommend this.

    All garlic not being equal, what garlic do you find preferential? My go to is generally a Russian blue. I always stay away from Chinese garlic due lack flavour and reported heavy metal content. I now grow my own Russian garlic and another one called Music. The Music has a more mellow flavor.

  117. Harpers Hair says:

    pts2pndr: All garlic not being equal, what garlic do you find preferential? My go to is generally a Russian blue. I always stay away from Chinese garlic due lack flavour and reported heavy metal content. I now grow my own Russian garlic and another one called Music. The Music has a more mellow flavor.

    Gabriola Island garlic is ubiquitous here and available year round at farmers markets.

  118. VanIsleOil says:

    Harpers Hair: Gabriola Island garlic is ubiquitous here and available year round at farmers markets.

    Yes, Ken the garlic man is an institution on the Island. He has been doing all the farmers markets for years. It is flavour packed garlic!

    http://blog.dongenova.com/island-artisans-gabriola-gourmet-garlic/

  119. rickithebear says:

    My father was moved to a facility for specific to final stages of dimesias.
    We’re they have reverted to an infant status.
    It is hard to think of my fathers brain ( one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century: Arrow, Appollo, landsat, Seasat, exocet,….) that was offered the head of European Space agency Orbit assets in the 70’s has digressed to that.
    Loved helping dad in garden 1/2 of a pie shaped lot.

    With all that has gone on.
    Wife wanted garden potential.
    But she knows me.
    Go big.

    Built frames for my version of 6 foot veg trug raised beds.
    33” x 12’ to fit in the 2 – 8 x 12 green house frames for back yard.
    Goes in the 14’ x 24’ area that used to be slides & swing.
    All studs and rails are cut from 2 x 8 – 8’ and 12’ ripped into 5 – approx 1.5 x1.375
    4 in greenhouses.
    2 along garage wall.
    23-24 cubic ft per

    Looked at types of plants companions the ph level of veg groups.
    Read up on garden and bed mixes.
    A ratio of commercial peat/compost/lime/worm castings/perlite.

    Planted 150 seedlings in peat pucks.
    varied groups of 4 of each veg.
    14 days in 7 grew.
    Nightshades ( tomatoes), Cucumbers
    Shit!
    Think I drowned them.

    Reseeded
    The brassicas, Allium and leafy greens, 3 days ago.
    77 of 84 have pushed thru.
    One the 3 chards and spinach did not push thru.
    Dad used to make this awesome salad,
    Chard, beet tops, spinach, endive, scallions, with a warm garlic, buttermilk dressing.
    It was great and I hate buttermilk.

    Anyhow!

    Galchenyuks 16 yr age NHLE said he was the North American choice.
    My memory is not good anymore.
    Cannot remember if I gave into the arguments for Nail.
    When you go to hockey pb 2012 draft and click points.

    Forsberg pick #11 Washington 458gm 166g 353 pt
    Galchenyuk pick #3 MTL 549gm 135g 320 pt
    T. Teravainen pick #18 CHI 428 gm 91g 289 pt
    Hertl pick #17 SJS 428 gm 132g 280 pt
    Pearson pick #30 LAK 457gm 108G 215 pt

    7 of the top 15 point getters are Dmen.
    #15 player (#8 fwd)
    Athanasiou 303gm 84g 156pt

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