If you look at the Oilers draft handiwork in the decade just ended, as it pertains to Russia, things have been plenty awful. Too much tundra, very little usable oil. Into that great wide open came two picks from the vast Russian terrain in 2019, giving the decade a fascinating bookend to the Nail Yakupov selection. Where do we go from here?
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 Jonathan Willis and Lowetide: Who are the Oilers’ top 10 prospects and where do they project in the NHL?
- New Jonathan Willis: How do Connor McDavid’s first five NHL seasons compare to the all-time greats?
- Lowetide: Oilers 2020 draft: Are fans ready for Oil Kings’ Jake Neighbours?
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers need to keep feeding their currently rich pipeline of defensive prospects
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How a series of oddball jobs prepared Ken Holland for his front-office career
- Jonathan Willis: 2020 NHL offseason goalie market: Team needs, free agents and trade possibilities
- Lowetide: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins far more than ‘also in photo’ contributor
- Jonathan Willis: Building the best all-time Oilers roster, with a twist
- Lowetide: What are Tyler Benson’s chances of making the Oilers in 2020-21?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘They were looking outside the box’: Oilers’ distinctive third jerseys still stand out
- Lowetide: If Oilers draft for skill, Seth Jarvis likely to be best available
- 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
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, 2020 DRAFT
- G Yaroslav Askarov. He plays an unusual style. June 2002, has a .923 VHL save percentage.
- LW Rodion Amirov. Scouts love the tools and he’s a fast train in a draft season with slow boats.
- RW Alexander Pashin.Small winger with impressive skill, can score and pass.
- LC Marat Khusnutdinov. Small (5.09, 165) two-way center with great wheels. Offense is the worry.
- LD Shakir Mukhamadullin. He’s 6.04, 178. Good speed, talent, raw.
- LW Maxim Groshev. 6.02, 187, he’s skilled and determined with the puck on his stick.
- LW Maxim Beryozkin. Size, speed, skill, shot. Average speed is the worry.
- LHD Alexander Nikishin. Good skater, plus shot, he’s a throwback who hits to hurt.
Askarov and Amirov could either be gone or available when Edmonton picks in the first round. I’m not sure Holland would draft a goalie in the first round but Amirov fits the player type he would pursue.
- R Vasili Podkolzin. Smart player with tons of offensive ability, but also possesses good two-way instincts.
- 2 L Pavel Dorofeyev. Dangerous skill winger who has a quick release, heavy shot.
- 3 LC Yegor Spiridonov. Tenacious two-way winger with impressive skill.
- 4 LD Daniil Misyul. Offers NHL teams an intriguing size/speed combination on the blue line.
- R Dmitri Sheshin. Undersized skill winger is something of a wizard with the puck.
- L Ilya Nikolayev. May fill a complementary offensive role or serve as a checker.
- L Yegor Chizhikov. July birthday and scores in every league they send him to.
Sheshin and Chizikov didn’t get drafted last year, both are eligible in 2020. Russia drafting is a very dangerous game in this era.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Moms are the best. I’m amazed at how much Mrs. Lowetide does every day for her family. Heart and soul and the best listener our home could hope for, while finding enough time to hammer me senseless when we play cribbage and Yahtzee.
This time, the Covid time, is especially difficult for Moms. The normal pressures to keep things together have stretched both Mom and Dad, but if you’ve followed the headlines across this country then you know women are especially vulnerable right now.
My Mom and Dad had a good relationship, but when my Dad couldn’t find work in the fall and winter of 1972, she had to take a job at the Pine Island Lodge in Maidstone. My Dad hated it, he was absolutely miserable until he got a job at Husky early spring. I remember that time because my brother and I missed Mom (she worked 11pm-7am) and Dad was impossible. It was a real strain on everyone, I’ve remembered it for 50 years so it had an impact.
If you know a family going through tough times, or suspect abuse, or are having difficult times in your own home, there are resources available and places to go. We have seen real tragedy in our communities and elsewhere, it’s important to send help now where it’s needed. Let’s look after Moms with the same care they’ve shown us, even if it means getting out of our own comfort zones to make a difference. Finally, for Moms everywhere, who can’t be with their children today due to social distancing and other regulations, know that you are loved and appreciated.
JUJHAR KHAIRA AND RILEY SHEAHAN
Jim Matheson had an item yesterday pertaining to Riley Sheahan and the cost of a new contract. Sounds like the organization and player aren’t close on a deal, meaning that spot could be open for 2020-21.
Jujhar Khaira (all numbers five on five from Natural Stat Trick) played center in March, winning 21 of 39 (53.85 percent) and hitting everything in sight. He had seven giveaways, an assist, a takeaway, four shots on goal, 43 percent Corsi, 39 percent shot differential, 3-0 goals, the result of 19 percent shooting percentage and 100 percent save percentage. Center after the 97-29-93 trio remains wobbly.