Here Comes the Sun 2020

by Lowetide

This is my final list for the 2020 draft. It is 125 names deep and this has been a most unusual draft season. It’s my opinion this is an ideal draft for the Edmonton Oilers, owing to a plethora of forwards. Here we go.

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.

I use NHLE as a strong guiding light. I also use scouting reports from trusted sources and publications. I punish poor foot speed liberally. My list list rewards offense heavily, and players with a range of skills usually do well, but there is a fine line between a two-way player and a minor-league future. That’s the biggest difference between my 2013 list and this one: Offense is king.

If you play significant minutes on the No. 3 line during your draft year, that’s a factor. The list does not give high numbers to players who have a lot of their value tied up in the defensive side of the game. Why? The checkers of tomorrow are hammering junior goalies into submission. Speed and skill, with astute decision making, is rewarded lavishly.

Goalies are graded (almost exclusively) by save percentage, success over more than one season has terrific value.

Corey Pronman has been an education for years now, his final list is hereScott Wheeler is a unique voice, his final list is out today and here. His use of video and description of each player are welcome now and will be vital on draft day. We’ll talk to him on the Lowdown at 10:40 Edmonton time this morning.

Craig Button’s list has high value for me, I like the fact he has the courage of his convictions. I pay attention to Red Line Report. Steve Kournianos provides mountains of useful information. I value McKeens, Grant McCagg, Tom Hunter, Brock Otten, Adam Sherren, ISS. I miss Simon Boisvert but he does appear in McCagg’s Recrutes with a fantastic top 30.

I do have conversations with scouts in junior hockey and they are very helpful. This year’s list has less outside input, probably related to the vague timeline for the draft.

Hockey Prospect.com is a brilliant reference. Mark Edwards release last year has been very useful for this year’s draft. Highly recommended. If there’s one publication I would suggest purchasing, it would be Edwards.

I have been following the NHL draft since 1971, so can blame politics, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne and Phil Russell for this obsession. Each year has a wrinkle, this year’s it’s an enormous crop of fascinating forwards. Very few burners, several miles of ridiculous offensive centers and wingers. Let’s go.

The 125 best players in the 2020 draft

  1. (1) L Alexis Lafreniere, QMJHL. NHL ready, fleet scorer who plays with an edge.
  2. (2) LC Quinton Byfield, OHL. August 2002, 6.04, 215. Big, powerful winger, excellent speed.
  3. (3) LC Tim Stutzle, DEL. Dynamic player, highlight reel offense. Tremendous skater.
  4. (4) LC Marco Rossi, OHL. Good speed, exciting, range of skills. Exceptional talent.
  5. (5) RHD Jamie Drysdale, OHL. Great speed, passing and instincts, instant offense from the blue.
  6. (6) LC Cole Perfetti, OHL. Outstanding talent, not as fast as top forwards, has tremendous skill.
  7. (7) RW Alexander Holtz, SHL. First-shot scorer with a range of skills, he’s an electric player.
  8. (8) LW Lucas Raymond, SHL. Smart player who has ridiculous skill. March 2002. Fine skater.
  9. (9) RW Jack Quinn OHL. Impressive offensive winger was a late breaker. Pure goal scorer.
  10. (10) RW Dawson Mercer, QMJHL. Impressive player who is both scorer and playmaker.
  11. (11) RC Mavrik Bourque, QMJHL. Creative center, great passer, great shot. Plays in tough areas.
  12. (12) LC Connor Zary, WHL. Quick, smart two-way center effective across 200 feet. 
  13. (15) LD Jake Sanderson, USHL. Smart, fast two-way defenseman has complete skill set.
  14. (13) LC Anton Lundell, Liiga. Complete skill set, average speed but improving.
  15. (16) RC Seth Jarvis, WHL.  Jarvis is a fantastic player, undersized and skilled. Big second half.
  16. (14) RW Noel Gunler, SHL. Has a great release and an impressive resume. Attractive option.
  17. (23) G Yaroslav Askarov, VHL. He plays an unusual style. June 2002, has a .923 VHL save percentage.
  18. (18) RC Jacob Perreault, OHL. Skates well, great shot, great numbers, excellent passer.
  19. (20) LC Jan Mysak, OHL. Skilled and is effective in all areas. Major move in second half.
  20. (26) LD Kaiden Guhle, WHL. Big defenseman has good foot speed and full skill set.
  21. (17) LD Jérémie Poirier, QMJHL. Smart offensive defender, puck transporter.
  22. (19) RD Braden Schneider, WHL. Fine skater, physical, smart two-way defenseman.
  23. (22) LW Lukas Reichel, DEL. Mid-season riser. He has skill, speed and plays with abandon.
  24. (25) LW Rodion Amirov, KHL. Scouts love the tools. A fast train in a draft season with slow boats.
  25. (27) LW Dylan Holloway, Big 10. Big power forward. Strong skater, nice range of skills.
  26. (29) LW Ridly Greig, WHL. Smart offensive winger with good instincts, August 2002. Not a burner.
  27. (24) RC Tyson Foerster, OHL. Great offensive weapon, quick release and accurate.
  28. (21) LC Hendrix Lapierre, QMJHL. Skill center projects as a playmaker. Injury a worry.
  29. (28) RHD Justin Barron, QMJHL. Mobile blue can defend. Lacks top-end offensive ability.
  30. (34) LW John-Jason Peterka, DEL. A speedy winger with skill, survived in a men’s league.
  31. (37) LW Martin Chromiak, OHL. One of the most skilled players in the draft.
  32. (44) LW Brendan Brisson, USHL. Undersized speedster spiked late. Big riser.
  33. (33) LD William Wallinder, Superelite. Big (6.04, 195) 2-way defenseman with good speed.
  34. (31) LW Jake Neighbours WHL He’s skilled, gritty and plays a strong two-way game.
  35. (42) RW Zion Nybeck, SuperElite. Undersized playmaker, great passer. Impressive speed.
  36. (30) RC Jean-Luc Foudy, OHL. Speedy center plus skill, mediocre season.
  37. (36) LD Emil Andrae, SuperElite. Fast defenseman with offensive potential. Plus passer.
  38. (38) LC Ty Smilanic, USHL. Lean center, plus skater and pure scorer. Had mono.
  39. (39) LC Vasili Ponomaryov, QMJHL. Great hands and good speed, he’s a little under the radar
  40. (35) RW Ozzy Wiesblatt, WHL. Undersized winger is aggressive, fast and skilled.
  41. (41) RW Sam Colangelo, USHL. Big power winger with skill, scored 28 goals in 44 games.
  42. (32) RW Luke Evangelista, OHL. Skill winger, great passer, plays in all disciplines.
  43. (51) RD Helge Grans, SHL. Solid two-way defenseman with good size and speed.
  44. (45) RW Connor McClennon, WHL. Numbers are solid to excellent. Undersized, range of skills.
  45. (47) RC Jack Finley, WHL. An August 2002 and a big pivot, he plays a fairly complete game.
  46. (52) RW Kasper Simontaival, Liiga. Unusual skating style but he’s quick and has high-end skill.
  47. (49) RC Justin Sourdif, WHL. Two-way winger gained notice at the Hlinka, solid season.
  48. (56) LW Veeti Miettinen, Jr Liiga. Undersized winger, fills the net with pucks.
  49. (73) RW Pavel Novak, WHL. Speedster with skill, he’s a scorer.
  50. (48) LW Sean Farrell, USHL. A good skater with plus skills, spiked offensively.
  51. (55) LW Daniel Torgersson, SuperElite. He has size and good speed.
  52. (53) LC Thomas Bordeleau, USHL. Owns a great shot and is highly skilled with the puck.
  53. (84) RC Tyler Tullio, OHL. Small playmaking pivot. Good passer, great shot.
  54. (75) RW Ryan Francis, QMJHL. Playmaking winger who plays a smart game.
  55. (64) RC Theodor Niederbach, SuperElite. Skill center is a late breaker this draft.
  56. (63) LW Carter Savoie AJHL. Small, fleet skill winger delivered 99 points in 54 games.
  57. (40) LD Ryan O’Rourke, OHL. Good size (6.02, 181) projects as a top-four defenseman.
  58. (76) LW Brett Berard. Small skill winger with good hands.
  59. (46) RW Daniil Gushchin, USHL. Small, speedy playmaking forward. Good numbers.
  60. (74) LW Oskar Magnusson, SuperElite. Smaller winger good speed and two-way acumen.
  61. (50) RC Jaromir Pytlik, OHL. He’s a fine skater and has two-way skills.
  62. (62) RD William Villeneuve, QMJHL. Tall, thin two-way blue spiked offensively.
  63. (72) LW Owen Pederson, WHL. Pederson scored 28 goals in 61 games.
  64. (68) LC Marat Khusnutdinov, MHL. Small (5.09, 165) two-way center with great wheels.
  65. (54) LW Will Cuylle, OHL. Has a great shot, plus size and skill. Smart winger.
  66. (66) LD Lukas Cormier, QMJHL. Undersized skill defender with good speed and skill.
  67. (69) RD Michael Benning, AJHL. Impressive skills (fine skater, excellent passer).
  68. (79) RW Brandon Coe, OHL. Power forward scored 25 goals in the OHL this season.
  69. (55) LC Roni Hirvonen, Liiga. Undersized two-way playmaker can play center or wing.
  70. (57) LW Luke Tuch, USHL. Alex Tuch’s brother, he plays a similar style with less offense.
  71. (85) RC Tristan Robins, WHL. Impressive numbers, he is very skilled and doesn’t get much attention.
  72. (82) LD Yan Kuznetsov NCAA. He’s 6.03, 201, 18 and regarded as a solid defender.
  73. (60) LC Antonio Stranges, OHL Terrific speed and skill, disappointing season.
  74. (58) RW Alexander Pashin, MHL. Small winger with impressive skill can score and pass.
  75. (59) RW Dylan Peterson, USHL. Big winger with skill and speed, he was shy offensively this season.
  76. (61) RD Topi Niemela, Liiga. Niemela skates well, playing in Liiga. Some chaos.
  77. (71) LD Shakir Mukhamadullin, KHL. He’s 6.04, 178 and raw. Good speed, talent.
  78. (65) LW Roby Jarventie, Mestis. He’s an August 2002 and a nice size and speed combination.
  79. (70) LD Eemil Viro Sm-Liiga. Small, fast offensive defender, no dominant skill.
  80. (77) G Calle Clang, SHL. Good size, a .913 SP and stellar work at the Hlinka.
  81. (87) LW Kyle Crnkovic, WHL. Small (5.07) doubled his point total season over season.
  82. (78) LC Elliot Ekmark, SuperElite. High skill, elusive, great speed, undersized.
  83. (89) RW Wiljami Myllylä, Jr Sm-Liiga. Speed demon, gaudy scoring numbers for days.
  84. (88) LC Theo Rochette, QMJHL. Undersized two-way center, intriguing offense.
  85. (80) RD Luke Prokop, WHL. A giant (6.04, 218) able to close gaps and suppress offense.
  86. (81) LD Tyler Kleven, USHL. A big shutdown defenseman (6.04, 201) with good speed.
  87. (83) G Sam Hlavaj, QMJHL. Boasts a .915 save percentage and stands 6.04, 218.
  88. (67) G Nico Daws, OHL. .924 save percentage represents a big performance spike.
  89. (87) LC Daniel Ljungman, SuperElite. Emerged from nowhere at the Hlinka Gretzky. Great release.
  90. (83) G Joel Blomquist, Jr Liiga. Strong numbers (.929), good glove.
  91. (91) LC Cameron Berg, USHL. Good speed and skill.
  92. (92) G Dylan Garand, WHL. Eye popping SP (.921) for June 2002, but he’s only 6.0.
  93. (93) RC Zayde Wisdom, OHL. Pure scorer, strong season, wheels are the concern.
  94. (NR) LW Emil Heineman, SHL. Older prospect, good size and speed.
  95. (94) LD Daemon Hunt, WHL. Will earn his money as a shutdown defenseman.
  96. (95) LW Pavel Gogolev, OHL. Now 20, he is fast and has a great shot.
  97. (96) LC Juuso Mäenpää, Jr Liiga. Very small but highly skilled playmaker.
  98. (97) LW Maxim Groshev, KHL. Skilled and determined with the puck on his stick.
  99. (98) RD Kasper Puutio, WHL. Good Hlinka and then a strong late push after being dealt.
  100. (99) LW Cross Hanas, WHL. Speedy winger scored 22 goals in Portland.
  101. (100) LC Evan Vierling OHL. Playmaking center spiked late. Excellent passer.
  102. LW Yevgeni Oksentyuk, OHL. Impressive season for Feb. 2001, under the radar skill W.
  103. RD Alex Cotton, WHL. Big defenseman with a great shot, overager.
  104. LD Anton Johannesson, SuperElite. Small puck mover is a wizard, could be a steal.
  105. RD Billy Constantinou, OHL. Chaos blue made my list last year, worth a late flier.
  106. G Brett Brochu, OHL. Under the radar goalie who delivered a .919 SP as a rookie.
  107. RC Josh Pillar, WHL. Fast player, spiked offensively, could be underrated here.
  108. LW Blake Biondi, USHS. High skill, great speed.
  109. RC Colby Ambrosio, USHL. Speedster, very skilled, I love his resume. Just 5.08, he’s a bullet.
  110. LW James Hardie, OHL. Volume shooter, 34 goals, one dimensional.
  111. RD Thimo Nickl, QMJHL. Strong skater, two-way blue, December 2001.
  112. RD Eamon Powell, USHL. Impressive skater can move the puck effectively
  113. LD Donovan Sebrango, OHL. Two-way defender, excellent skater.
  114. LD Dave Ma, USHL. Tremendous skater and very creative.
  115. LW Rory Kerins, OHL. 30 goals for an April 2002 is worth drafting.
  116. LD Mitch Miller, USHL. Fine skater, has two-way skills.
  117. RW Oliver Suni, OHL. Strong winger with range of skills.
  118. G Devon Levi, CCHL. Impressive .941 SP.
  119. LC Michal Gut, WHL. Skill center, average speed, August 2002.
  120. LW Eric Juhlin, SuperElite. Good shot, solid performance (13 goals in 36 games) at even strength.
  121. RD Ian Moore, USHS. Massachusetts offensive defenseman.
  122. LW Maxim Beryozkin, MHL. Size, speed, skill, shot. Average speed is the worry.
  123. LHD Alexander Nikishin, KHL. Good skater, plus shot, he’s a throwback who hits to hurt.
  124. G Drew Commesso, USHL. Good size, thrived wherever he played in 2019-20. Big step forward.
  125. RD Ethan Edwards, Spruce Grove, AJHL. Impressive speed and skill puck mover.

OILERS MOCK DRAFT!

I added a second round pick via Ottawa, let’s say it’s a deal that involves Jesse Puljuarvi.

No. 20 overall. LC Connor Zary, Kamloops Blazers (WHL). He’s a center, six foot 180, September 2001. Makes smart plays, great passer, offensive spike this season far more than expected. Not fancy, lets the puck do the work with deft passing. Red Line likes his skating, Pronman says he’ll be pro average. That’s good enough for me. I would prefer either Mercer or Bourque but they’ll be gone at 20.

No. 50 overall (assumed acquisition). LD William Wallinder, Modo (SuperElite). Big Swedish defenseman with great wheels, my guess is Edmonton has him high on their list. Offensive potential but I’d phrase him as a two-way type. I’ll bet Wallinder goes 22-40 overall but he could fall if things break right.

No. 82 overall. RC Jack Finley, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). He’s a big center with skill and a good skater, too. Some question about what position he’ll play at the pro level and it’s a bit of a boom or bust but the payoff on the bet is huge.

No. 144 overall. LW Veeti Miettinen, Espoo (Jr Liiga). Undersized scorer with a great shot. Again, fabulous value at this spot.

No. 175 overall. LW Oskar Magnusson, Malmo (SuperElite). Fine prospect brings speed and a great shot. Undersized, always a theme of my mock drafts.

No. 206 overall. LW Kyle Crnkovic, Saskatoon (WHL). The parade of small forwards with skill continues to the bitter end.

PROJECTED PROSPECT DEPTH CHART AND NHLE

Oilers have themselves at a point where drafting best player available has to be abandoned. This draft needs to deliver quality forwards. Fortunately, I see this draft as top heavy in forwards.

The numbers suggest there isn’t much difference year over year: My first round this summer has one goalie, six defensemen and 24 forwards. A year ago it was no goalies, nine defenseman and 22 forwards.

My entire 125 list contains 9 goalies, 32 defensemen and 84 forwards. My list last year contained 6 goalies, 39 defensemen and 80 forwards.

I see my mock as something close to ideal. Two centers, three wingers and a blue. I don’t see this as a fabulous crop for goalies although the kid from the OHL is intriguing.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we hit the ground running on another week of fun sports chat on TSN1260. Hernan Salas from TSN1260 will join us to talk about another outstanding goal by Alphonso Davies this weekend, plus the return of the EPL in the middle of this month. Scott Wheeler from The Athletic will discuss his final top 100 for the 2020 draft just out today. Jason Gregor from TSN1260 pops in at 11 to chat NHL news, MLB’s sputtering carcass and whatever breaks between now and then.

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jp

OriginalPouzar: The entire NHLPA will return on the actual return to play plan that is negotiated by their representatives.

I anticipate that it will pass and the vast majority of players on the 24 teams will return.

As I as posted, I anticipate there will be at least a handful of players that refuse to return – some may have direct health issues.Some may have family health issues.Some may have other family reasons. Some may have other reasons.

I don’t know what the NHL and the teams may do but I think there could be a differentiation between the four categories I listed (and sub-categories within).

That’s fair. I still don’t think anyone will be “forced” to return to play if they don’t want to (whatever their reason) but sure, there could be some form of distinction.

jp

BornInAGretzkyJersey,

I fully agree there’s likely to be some sort of informal peer pressure or issues otherwise for players who decide not to play without clear health/family related reasons. There may even be team sanctioned penalties by some owners/managers. I just don’t think the league will mandate that sort of thing or officially endorse it.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

jp,

I definitely don’t disagree with your points (especially regarding optics) but mostly in theory.

In theory hockey is for everyone. Unless the coach doesn’t like you then it’s open season to denigrate you in front of your teammates and limit your opportunity for ice time… Akim Ailu says hello and I’m sure there have been countless others. The only reason Peters was sacked was because of the optics. Not because of platitudes and promises or union representation. It was a bad look for the league and would have a direct impact on revenue.

I don’t see the Wild or NHL taking putative action against Dubnyk if he doesn’t play, but what a pickle that would be for the team. I can envision mixed reactions within the locker room and organization which would lead to an awkward work environment at the very least. Again, just in theory. Not in the room so it’s tough to speculate.

Tesla's Hair

Thanks for sharing your blog post Sheps. Like how you zoomed out to map the bigger system which guides our reality tunnels. Should the system also be on trial?

Ribs

OriginalPouzar,

No doubt!

OriginalPouzar

jp: Do you really think the league might force the players to return? Or in any way officially penalize them for not returning (beyond loss of whatever compensation is decided on)? I just don’t see it happening…

The entire NHLPA will return on the actual return to play plan that is negotiated by their representatives.

I anticipate that it will pass and the vast majority of players on the 24 teams will return.

As I as posted, I anticipate there will be at least a handful of players that refuse to return – some may have direct health issues. Some may have family health issues. Some may have other family reasons. Some may have other reasons.

I don’t know what the NHL and the teams may do but I think there could be a differentiation between the four categories I listed (and sub-categories within).

stephen sheps

To all who read, commented and emailed me yesterday about that thing I wrote, thanks for taking the time to read it and think about some of the ideas.

It’s not much, but all of us can help in our own ways.

Thanks again

jp

BornInAGretzkyJersey,

Thanks for the perspective.

My opinion on this is mostly based on the NHLs words so far (which as OP pointed out don’t technically cover later phases), the reaction of other leagues (the NBA I think said something similar about not forcing players to return, though I could be mistaken) and the climate around returning to work at my own workplace (in the US) which has stressed that people will not be forced to return if they don’t feel comfortable.

I fully agree that these things, and the presence of unions, are not guaranteeing anyone legal protection from punitive measures if they refuse to return to work.

I would just be extremely surprised if the NHL officially did such at this point considering the optics public nature of doing it during a pandemic. And beyond that, they don’t currently force players to play or honor their contracts currently if they don’t want to. Now seems like about the worst time to start.

Maybe I’m off base. But I just don’t see it happening.

who

Georges: “He will have to basically accept the best offer.”

Sure, if that offer is a first round pick or someone young who’s shown he can score in the league.

If that offer doesn’t come, then Holland doesn’t have to do anything. It’s JP the world is passing by, not Holland. Holland can whistle while he works. He’ll lose no sleep over JP’s sewering value across the league, in fact, that perception will help Holland more than hurt him. JP and his agent aren’t going to win by refusing to play for the Oilers.

Holland can’t trade JP for a 2nd rounder. That pick is practically worthless and certainly not worth JP straight up. JP is more valuable than that. If every other team refuses to believe that, then the only team that’s left is the Oilers. That’s basically the case Holland is making. JP, we tried to find you a new home, but no one thinks you’re worth more than a 2nd round pick and we think you’re worth much more. Do you want to play for a team that doesn’t really want you or for a team that does? The fact that he wasn’t moved in year 1 of his protest should help that reality sink in for player and agent. No other team values JP the way the Oilers do.

Not a word out of place in this post. My thoughts exactly.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

jp,

Not sure if you work for a union or not, but I work for one of the largest ones in Alberta industrial construction/maintenance, which is federalized with one of the largest throughout North America.

Individual members are absolutely penalized for rocking the boat, especially those whom have low social/professional standing or personal clout.

If you, say, speak out about safety violations or (gasp) hypocrisy withing the rules or application thereof (related to safety, camp conditions, labour code or union rule violations, or otherwise), you are very likely vilified and subsequently laid-off at first opportunity… only to go back to the dispatch board to try again. If/when there’s work available.

Referees/Job Stewards are not typically ensconced based on competence or character, but on inside knowledge of being reliable/sympathetic to a core set of values not intrinsic or shared with the bulwark of the membership — and rather most typically favourable to the leadership classes of both the client and union.

All one really learns over time is that if you want to have a career, you need to mind your own business, consistently produce quality work, and network with your own kind. Leave the thinking to the big fish.

I’m not so sure it’s any different when the salary figures are seven-plus compared to five or six. In fact, it may be worse; especially so when the stakes are public.

In short, if you think that players are shielded by the NHLPA to any kind of backlash or repercussions for not reporting to play due to Covid-related fears by way of having a union, I think you’re bound to be disappointed.

JimmyV1965

Georges: “He will have to basically accept the best offer.”

Sure, if that offer is a first round pick or someone young who’s shown he can score in the league.

If that offer doesn’t come, then Holland doesn’t have to do anything. It’s JP the world is passing by, not Holland. Holland can whistle while he works. He’ll lose no sleep over JP’s sewering value across the league, in fact, that perception will help Holland more than hurt him. JP and his agent aren’t going to win by refusing to play for the Oilers.

Holland can’t trade JP for a 2nd rounder. That pick is practically worthless and certainly not worth JP straight up. JP is more valuable than that. If every other team refuses to believe that, then the only team that’s left is the Oilers. That’s basically the case Holland is making. JP, we tried to find you a new home, but no one thinks you’re worth more than a 2nd round pick and we think you’re worth much more. Do you want to play for a team that doesn’t really want you or for a team that does? The fact that he wasn’t moved in year 1 of his protest should help that reality sink in for player and agent. No other team values JP the way the Oilers do.

That’s the problem. No team places the same value on JP as the Oilers. If they are only willing to give up a second round pick this year, that value will diminish even more next year. If a second rounder is the maximum return this year, it will be third rounder next year. Holland is better off taking the second round pick. The best solution for the Oilers is JP returning, but that is out of the team’s hands. The next best solution is trading for another former highly touted prospect who has diminished value to his team. IMO the least desirable option is JP spending another year in Europe. I’d rather have the second round pick. Although I agree with your evaluation of second round picks, it really doesn’t matter. It’s still better than a third round pick.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Georges,

VOR advocated for a JP for Strome trade early.

It would appear he was right.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Georges,

Bravo.

jp

Georges,

Without actually crunching the numbers I *think* only 5 of the 25 forwards listed above scored 0.4+ PPG for the rest of their careers (excluding Burns who didn’t remain a forward).

A few of them are young and might still get there but the odds for Puljujarvi scoring at even 0.4 PPG going forward don’t look overly strong.

jp

Georges,

I can’t answer my own question fully, but I did go to HockeyReference and look for NHL players who fit the following criteria:

Forwards, from the modern era (post 1967 expansion)
Age 20 or younger
100+ NHL games
Up to first 3 seasons

Sorting for Pts/Game puts Puljujarvi near the bottom of the list of 190 players. All the players within +/- 0.10 PPG of Puljujarvi’s 0.27 career PPG are:

Stanislav Chistov 0.36
Pavel Zacha 0.36
Tyson Jost 0.35
Magnus Paajarvi 0.35
Filip Chytil 0.34
Sean Couturier 0.34
Troy Mallette 0.34
Andrew McBain 0.34
Everett Sanipass 0.34
Alexander Burmistrov 0.32
Rob Niedermayer 0.32
Dainius Zubrus 0.32
Luc Dufour 0.31
Ryan Johansen 0.31
Taylor Pyatt 0.30
Dave Chyzowski 0.29
Mike Marson 0.29
Grant Mulvey 0.29
Herb Raglan 0.29
Jesse Puljujarvi 0.27
James Sheppard 0.27
Curtis Lazar 0.24
Jason Wiemer 0.22
Shane Doan 0.21
Brent Burns 0.20 (not sure he played F for all this time)
Manny Malhotra 0.19
Tom Wilson 0.18 (this is actually the last name/lowest total on the list)

There’s lots of useful, and a few exceptional, players on this list. But I’m not sure it’s a list that would prompt me to pay a 1st rounder for Puljujarvi (though I may also be over-valuing a pick in the 20s, as it seems we’ve likely doing for 2nd round picks).

jp

Georges:
“I added a second round pick via Ottawa, let’s say it’s a deal that involves Jesse Puljuarvi.”

Hmm, THAT is the endgame with JP? Let’s say it’s not.

With absolutely nothing to back it up, I’d estimate the second coming of JP to have a floor of 0.4 Pts/GP.

Holland’s not going to give him away for a measly second. At least, I hope not. That would just make me sad. It would make me wonder if anyone in the business of hockey knows anything.

The options are:

1. JP doesn’t play in the NHL until he’s old and crotchety.

2. JP gets traded for a first round pick or someone with more than reasonable potential to be a top 6 forward.

3. JP returns to play for the Oilers.

The more time passes, the more I like 3. Now that TMac and Hitch and PC are gone, the team that’s in the best position to take a flyer on JP’s potential is the team that currently holds his rights. JP could also choose to never play in the NHL again.

I agree with your conclusion here, that Puljujarvi returning to the Oilers is likely the best outcome. And in general I’ve been (I think) among the more optimistic supporters regarding Puljujarvi’s future.

A 0.4 PPG floor seems rather aggressive though. And having nothing to back it up seems a little unusual for you.

So, the player scored 0.19 PPG in his last stint in the NHL. 0.27 for his NHL career.

This season in Finland produced an NHLE of 35 points, which would be 0.43 PPG. (I don’t deny 0.4 is possible, maybe even likely btw).

His AHL career sits at 0.7 PPG with I believe works out to just south of 0.35 PPG NHLE.

His BEST NHL season to date produced 0.31 PPG.

I have zero doubt he might score 0.4 or 0.5 or even 0.6 PPG in a return. I just have a hard time agreeing that’s the floor. There’s risk involved with Puljujarvi, just as there’s very significant upside.

I guess a question for you (I didn’t start out thinking to ask…) is what have players who’ve score 0.27 PPG in the NHL before turning 21 done at the NHL level going forward?

Georges

Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini got the Coyotes Nick Scmaltz.

– Strome was a “failed” high first round pick; Perlini was another first round pick that had developed into an OK forward; Perlini and Strome both started 18-19 slow

– Schmaltz was a first rounder who had established himself at top 6 scoring levels; his start to 18-19 was in line with his career averages

– Perlini had an unremarkable stint in CHI before being traded to DET; Strome has become a top-3 forward; maybe ARI didn’t have to deal Perlini or maybe they knew something about his likely trajectory and were OK throwing him in there

– Schmaltz has continued to score at a top-6 borderline top-3 pace for ARI

That’s what you have to pry loose if you’re going to deal JP. The other party has to believe enough in JP’s upside to make that offer.

jp

OriginalPouzar: Phase 2 is completely voluntary.

Parameters around phase 3 (training camps) and phase 4 (travel to hugs, 2 exhibition games, real games) havt not.

Do you really think the league might force the players to return? Or in any way officially penalize them for not returning (beyond loss of whatever compensation is decided on)? I just don’t see it happening…

jp

godot10: It was my way of saying it is a bad idea to draft a goaltender until late in the 2nd round at the earliest, because almost all 18-year old goaltenders are suspects.

If a goaltender isn’t a suspect, then he must be a sure thing and amongst the very top in his draft class.Since 99.9% of 18-year old goaltenders are suspects of varying degrees, one really shouldn’t be drafting them till the 3rd round.

Alright, that’s far more fair.

Georges

It’s like this, JP.

If you’re as good as you think you are and I trade you for a second round pick, then people will call me an idiot and, you know what, they’ll be right. But if you’re not quite as good as you think you are and I trade you for a second round pick, the team that gets you won’t have that much invested in you; they won’t be patient if you struggle. Why would they? They didn’t pay a big price to get you.

But the Oilers did. This team paid a big, big price to get you, JP. I know there were problems. But, me and the HC, we had nothing to do with any of that. We want to see you reach your potential. We really believe you can be an impact player. That’s why we’re not giving you away for cheap. Nothing could make us happier, for you to come back, light it up, show the league what you can do, then write your own ticket. That would make everyone happy.

Georges

JimmyV1965: If JP refuses to play for the Oilers, the GM’s hands are tied. He will have to basically accept the best offer.If JP spends another year in Finland, his value will be sewered IMO, even if he has another good year.

“He will have to basically accept the best offer.”

Sure, if that offer is a first round pick or someone young who’s shown he can score in the league.

If that offer doesn’t come, then Holland doesn’t have to do anything. It’s JP the world is passing by, not Holland. Holland can whistle while he works. He’ll lose no sleep over JP’s sewering value across the league, in fact, that perception will help Holland more than hurt him. JP and his agent aren’t going to win by refusing to play for the Oilers.

Holland can’t trade JP for a 2nd rounder. That pick is practically worthless and certainly not worth JP straight up. JP is more valuable than that. If every other team refuses to believe that, then the only team that’s left is the Oilers. That’s basically the case Holland is making. JP, we tried to find you a new home, but no one thinks you’re worth more than a 2nd round pick and we think you’re worth much more. Do you want to play for a team that doesn’t really want you or for a team that does? The fact that he wasn’t moved in year 1 of his protest should help that reality sink in for player and agent. No other team values JP the way the Oilers do.

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jtblack:
“No. 82 overall. RC Jack Finley, Spokane Chiefs (WHL). He’s a big center with skill and a good skater, too. Some question about what position he’ll play at the pro level and it’s a bit of a boom or bust but the payoff on the bet is huge. ”

LT, is a good comparable for Finley, Adam Lowry?

Lowry was a 3rd round pick, 6.5″, 18 G 45 Pts in his draft year (2011) ….

Finley had 19 G 57 Pts .. maybe a bit more offense to his game . and Finley is a SEP birthday, very very late .. just makes the cutoff …

I think Lowry is a better skater, and more of a crash and banger, more in a Kassian mould (without the crazy), whereas Finley is better positionally, thinks the games very well and has better offensive instincts.

Finley is also better defensively.

So Lowry is a clear bottom 6, where Finley could very well be a 2nd line C. Couturier-lite, if you will.

Finley has normally been placed in a 2-way role and throughout his minor league career often took on the opponent’s best players.

I have no doubt that he will be an NHL Centre.

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https://bringingbacktheglory.blogspot.com/2020/06/what-have-i-done-to-help.html

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Thanks for sharing!

As a very shy person I was never good at speaking up for myself, but whenever I witnessed injustice as a child I would spring into action. That never went away.

I have been extremely privileged in my life and it would be better for our society if people spoke up every single time. We are making progress as a society in breaking down the barriers with the “Me Too” movement, for mental health stigmas and gender/sexuality type issues, but this racial inequity/injustice has been devoid of effort by the leadership in society at every level forever….

Change can’t happen in a vacuum, otherwise it will be short-lived or isolated, which has happened all over, I am sure. But the leaders at the top need to link with lower level leadership to present a united front. Hopefully we see that happen in our lifetime.

Klima's_Bucket

stephen sheps,

Thanks for taking the time to write this.
Keep up the good work!

JimmyV1965

Georges:
“I added a second round pick via Ottawa, let’s say it’s a deal that involves Jesse Puljuarvi.”

Hmm, THAT is the endgame with JP? Let’s say it’s not.

With absolutely nothing to back it up, I’d estimate the second coming of JP to have a floor of 0.4 Pts/GP.

Holland’s not going to give him away for a measly second. At least, I hope not. That would just make me sad. It would make me wonder if anyone in the business of hockey knows anything.

The options are:

1. JP doesn’t play in the NHL until he’s old and crotchety.

2. JP gets traded for a first round pick or someone with more than reasonable potential to be a top 6 forward.

3. JP returns to play for the Oilers.

The more time passes, the more I like 3. Now that TMac and Hitch and PC are gone, the team that’s in the best position to take a flyer on JP’s potential is the team that currently holds his rights. JP could also choose to never play in the NHL again.

If JP refuses to play for the Oilers, the GM’s hands are tied. He will have to basically accept the best offer. If JP spends another year in Finland, his value will be sewered IMO, even if he has another good year.

JimmyV1965

Harpers Hair: The Hart Trophy is voted on by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Kevin Kurz is one of them and I wonder how many of his colleagues will come to the same conclusions.

I would think many of them will take a close look at two way play before they cast their ballot.

Of note, of the top 20 scorers in the NHL at the break, only three had a negative plus/minus.

Ovechkin -12
McDavid -6
Draisaitl -7

I have no idea how that will weigh on voters minds but I am certain more than a few will consider it and vote for someone else.

Artemi Panarın played for a very poor team but managed to post a +36.

He only scored 24 PP points to Draisaitl’s 44.

I know who I would vote for.

Of course if he was an Oiler, Panarin would be automatically disqualified because they weren’t a playoff team. Being Russian probably seals his fate though. Like I said a week ago, Drai deserves it. McKinnon wins it.

PS. I have no idea who you would vote for. Sadly, I know who you wouldn’t vote for.

JimmyV1965

OriginalPouzar: I think they’d be urging more coaches to stay home than players if they did that – older demographic and, well, many have not kept up their fitness regime from their younger days.

True

godot10

jp: Don’t draft Askarov. I have no issue with that POV.

Draft top 5 or not until late 2nd. Huh.

The complete list of goalies drafted in the top 5 in the past 30 years:
2005 5th Price
2003 1st Fleury
2002 2nd Lehtonen
2000 1st DiPietro

DiPietro was a bust. And was Lehtonen worth the #2 pick? Drafting a goalie top 5 is far from fool proof.

Then you’ve got:
2006 6th Montoya
1999 6th Finley
1994 7th Storr

But drafting a goalie 6 or 7 is fundamentally different from drafting #5…

Then there are 50 slots where it’s a bad idea to draft a G. Then it’s OK…

Honestly this is a weird one Godot.

It was my way of saying it is a bad idea to draft a goaltender until late in the 2nd round at the earliest, because almost all 18-year old goaltenders are suspects.

If a goaltender isn’t a suspect, then he must be a sure thing and amongst the very top in his draft class. Since 99.9% of 18-year old goaltenders are suspects of varying degrees, one really shouldn’t be drafting them till the 3rd round.

OriginalPouzar

€√¥£€^$: My viewpoint is they already have pro seasons under their belts, and Samorukov struggled a bit as a rookie pro and lost time to injury, while Broberg is a higher pick and will likely get preferential opportunity ahead of Samo.

Broberg is a Holland pick so this may play a part as well.

I would agree that, overall, Broberg is a higher rated prospect than Sammy but I thought your list was for next season and Broberg will be playing over in Sweden next season (unless something changes).

For sure Sammy struggled early as a rookie pro, which was expected, but he also showed some fine development and was really starting to find his game with his face injury occurred – when he returned, the team was gutted and dumpster fire. First year pro d-men from the CHL typically struggle in their first year pro – I anticipate we are going to see a monster spike in Sammy’s development in year 2.

OriginalPouzar

€√¥£€^$: Well there is Bouchard, right?
Berglund could be a better than 3rd pair Dman right now.
Kemp will be a good 3rd pair D, I expect a similiar style to Lagesson, but a better skater when he arrives
Kesselring is still very raw, but already he is better than Desharnais and should improve a lot over the next 3 yrs.He finished the season much improved from the beginning of the NCAA season.

I agree with your assessment of Berglund, Kemp and Kesserling but, at the same time, there is no guarantee that any of them will be NHL players.

From what I’ve read (and a bit of what I’ve seen), yes, Berglund could very well be an NHL d-man right now but we don’t know that to actually be the case and we won’t for another full year.

I think Kemp is earning himself a pro contract but he’s far from a sure-NHLer and Kesserling is years away.

Adding some more talent to the RD pipeline would be great

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Georges:
“I added a second round pick via Ottawa, let’s say it’s a deal that involves Jesse Puljuarvi.”

Hmm, THAT is the endgame with JP? Let’s say it’s not.

With absolutely nothing to back it up, I’d estimate the second coming of JP to have a floor of 0.4 Pts/GP.

Holland’s not going to give him away for a measly second. At least, I hope not. That would just make me sad. It would make me wonder if anyone in the business of hockey knows anything.

The options are:

1. JP doesn’t play in the NHL until he’s old and crotchety.

2. JP gets traded for a first round pick or someone with more than reasonable potential to be a top 6 forward.

3. JP returns to play for the Oilers.

The more time passes, the more I like 3. Now that TMac and Hitch and PC are gone, the team that’s in the best position to take a flyer on JP’s potential is the team that currently holds his rights. JP could also choose to never play in the NHL again.

Other than JP’s perception/attitude and his Agent, the environment is ripe for JP to have NHL success next season. I hope he receives and heeds level-headed advice, I really want to see how he responds to Tippett.

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OriginalPouzar: I agree with your ranking for next season except Samorukov is definitely ahead of Broberg for next year (in my opinion) and potentially ahead of Niemalainen.

My viewpoint is they already have pro seasons under their belts, and Samorukov struggled a bit as a rookie pro and lost time to injury, while Broberg is a higher pick and will likely get preferential opportunity ahead of Samo.

Broberg is a Holland pick so this may play a part as well.

Georges

“I added a second round pick via Ottawa, let’s say it’s a deal that involves Jesse Puljuarvi.”

Hmm, THAT is the endgame with JP? Let’s say it’s not.

With absolutely nothing to back it up, I’d estimate the second coming of JP to have a floor of 0.4 Pts/GP.

Holland’s not going to give him away for a measly second. At least, I hope not. That would just make me sad. It would make me wonder if anyone in the business of hockey knows anything.

The options are:

1. JP doesn’t play in the NHL until he’s old and crotchety.

2. JP gets traded for a first round pick or someone with more than reasonable potential to be a top 6 forward.

3. JP returns to play for the Oilers.

The more time passes, the more I like 3. Now that TMac and Hitch and PC are gone, the team that’s in the best position to take a flyer on JP’s potential is the team that currently holds his rights. JP could also choose to never play in the NHL again.

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Elgin R:
€√¥£€^$,

On the left side the Oilers have Broberg, Lagesson and the newly-signed Themstom.Lagesson is NHL ready as a 3rd pairing and Broberg is another 2 years away but should arrive in time to replace Klefbom.

There is no one of significance on the right side.This statement must be tempered by the ‘Bear’ factor.I did not see him as a great prospect and all of a sudden he grabs a top 4 job and runs with it.In reality, Bear is the Oilers #1 right D, so maybe someone else jumps up.

Holland must keep the pipeline full at positions other than LW as these can be acquired.

Well there is Bouchard, right?
Berglund could be a better than 3rd pair Dman right now.
Kemp will be a good 3rd pair D, I expect a similiar style to Lagesson, but a better skater when he arrives
Kesselring is still very raw, but already he is better than Desharnais and should improve a lot over the next 3 yrs. He finished the season much improved from the beginning of the NCAA season.

OriginalPouzar

€√¥£€^$: Hi OP, My apologies for my lack of clarity, I see the leftorium ranked like this for NEXT season:

Klef
Nurse
Jones
(Russell) – Traded
Lagesson
Lennstrom
Niemelainen
Broberg
Samorukov

I agree with your ranking for next season except Samorukov is definitely ahead of Broberg for next year (in my opinion) and potentially ahead of Niemalainen.

OriginalPouzar

jp: Have they not said very clearly already it’s up to the player? No one will be forced?

It’s absolutely possible teammates, coaches, GMs will take offence. This could be an issue for fringe players in particular, getting another deal and that sort of thing. Pretty sure the NHL will NOT sanction any punitive action for an individual making a personal decision to stay home though.

Phase 2 is completely voluntary.

Parameters around phase 3 (training camps) and phase 4 (travel to hugs, 2 exhibition games, real games) havt not.

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meanashell11: Yeah, plus minus is a respected stat. GFYS

Gelsenkirchen Frozen Yellow Strudel?

jp

pts2pndr: I would far sooner see a smaller player with skill over a bigger player with questionable skating and hands of stone any time!

The Leprechaun comment suggested otherwise to me, but cool, agreed.

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OriginalPouzar: Wait, Keegan Lowe isn’t a real prospect?Just kidding. With that said, although I do agree there is a gap after Sammy with respect to “real NHL prospects”, don’t forget about Niemelainen and Lennstrom (oh, and of course, Broberg – a real NHL propspect, just a few years away):

Klefbom
Nurse
Jones
Russell
Laggeson
Sammy
Broberg
Niemelainen
Lennstrom

Hi OP, My apologies for my lack of clarity, I see the leftorium ranked like this for NEXT season:

Klef
Nurse
Jones
(Russell) – Traded
Lagesson
Lennstrom
Niemelainen
Broberg
Samorukov

jp

OriginalPouzar: I do wonder about a player without a legit health or family reason that refuses to come back – will be interesting to see what they league might do, if anything.

Have they not said very clearly already it’s up to the player? No one will be forced?

It’s absolutely possible teammates, coaches, GMs will take offence. This could be an issue for fringe players in particular, getting another deal and that sort of thing. Pretty sure the NHL will NOT sanction any punitive action for an individual making a personal decision to stay home though.

leadfarmer

Harpers Hair: “At 5-on-5, the Oilers were outscored 157-141 this season (the Blackhawks, for comparison, were even at 147-147). Edmonton is 22nd in expected goals-for percentage (48.35) and 27th in Corsi percentage (47.87).

https://theathletic.com/1847403/2020/06/01/a-pro-scout-breaks-down-the-proposed-blackhawks-oilers-qualifying-round-matchup/

Does having historic PP success win you most valuable player?

Yeah with that much talent down low the Oilers should be focusing on bombs from the point.
Get outta here.
The reason the Oilers pp is so good is because Klefbom knows not to waste the puck with point shots when he’s got the two best players in the game down low
Here’s the interesting thing about Klefbom
He took 159 shots on goal during the season which is good for 19th in the league
But when you take a look at defensemen that played 100 minimum power play Klefbom drops to 8.8 shots per 60 min which is 43rd in the league
So he is intentionally not shooting the puck as much on the pp as he does normally
Guess who takes the most shots
Burns 18.9/60
Doughty 18.4/60
Josi 18.3/60

And where are their powerplays ranked you may ask?
Sharks 23rd
Preds 25th
Kings 26th

So we can live without a bomb from the point
Because Weber’s bomb from point only gets the Canadians a 22nd ranked pp

Georges

Harpers Hair: The Hart Trophy is voted on by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Kevin Kurz is one of them and I wonder how many of his colleagues will come to the same conclusions.

I would think many of them will take a close look at two way play before they cast their ballot.

Of note, of the top 20 scorers in the NHL at the break, only three had a negative plus/minus.

Ovechkin -12
McDavid -6
Draisaitl -7

I have no idea how that will weigh on voters minds but I am certain more than a few will consider it and vote for someone else.

Artemi Panarın played for a very poor team but managed to post a +36.

He only scored 24 PP points to Draisaitl’s 44.

I know who I would vote for.

The Hart is a beauty pageant. Given that it goes to players who don’t win the Cup, it’s important that you vote. Every vote counts. Is Artemi going to get it before play resumes? I sure hope so. It would give Drai lots of room to air his grievances.

jp

godot10: A goaltender should be drafted in the top 5 OR not until late in the 2nd round.

Either a draft age goaltender is a sure thing or they are a suspect with varying degrees of potential.

Askarov is a high potential suspect if he is not drafted in the top ten.If he falls to you late in the second round, preferably in the 3rd round, he is a worthwhile pick.

The Oilers should draft low risk prospects.They have McDavid, Draisaitl, and a lot of D.There are enough high potential lower risk prospects not to roll the dice in this draft.

Don’t draft Askarov. I have no issue with that POV.

Draft top 5 or not until late 2nd. Huh.

The complete list of goalies drafted in the top 5 in the past 30 years:
2005 5th Price
2003 1st Fleury
2002 2nd Lehtonen
2000 1st DiPietro

DiPietro was a bust. And was Lehtonen worth the #2 pick? Drafting a goalie top 5 is far from fool proof.

Then you’ve got:
2006 6th Montoya
1999 6th Finley
1994 7th Storr

But drafting a goalie 6 or 7 is fundamentally different from drafting #5…

Then there are 50 slots where it’s a bad idea to draft a G. Then it’s OK…

Honestly this is a weird one Godot.

pts2pndr

defmn: I doubt anybody here would disagree with that.

My main three ingredients for a prospect are skating, hockey IQ and passion for the game.

OriginalPouzar

Reja: I seem to remember that your not a gambling man but I am if you would like to go $100 to Lowetide or a charity it’ll make it more interesting. I’ll take Leon wins MVP and he does it pretty easily if you don’t want to wager no problem. If you do wager and when you lose unlike HH when he lost the Mcdavid, Mackinnon scoring raceI know you’ll honour our bet.

I think he will win the Hart so, no, I don’t think I’ll take that bet.

meanashell11

Harpers Hair: The Hart Trophy is voted on by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Kevin Kurz is one of them and I wonder how many of his colleagues will come to the same conclusions.

I would think many of them will take a close look at two way play before they cast their ballot.

Of note, of the top 20 scorers in the NHL at the break, only three had a negative plus/minus.

Ovechkin -12
McDavid -6
Draisaitl -7

I have no idea how that will weigh on voters minds but I am certain more than a few will consider it and vote for someone else.

Artemi Panarın played for a very poor team but managed to post a +36.

He only scored 24 PP points to Draisaitl’s 44.

I know who I would vote for.

Yeah, plus minus is a respected stat. GFYS

OriginalPouzar

Harpers Hair: The Hart Trophy is voted on by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Kevin Kurz is one of them and I wonder how many of his colleagues will come to the same conclusions.

I would think many of them will take a close look at two way play before they cast their ballot.

Of note, of the top 20 scorers in the NHL at the break, only three had a negative plus/minus.

Ovechkin -12
McDavid -6
Draisaitl -7

I have no idea how that will weigh on voters minds but I am certain more than a few will consider it and vote for someone else.

Artemi Panarın played for a very poor team but managed to post a +36.

He only scored 24 PP points to Draisaitl’s 44.

I know who I would vote for.

I know who votes on the award, thank you very much. That’s great for Kurz – of course, there are other members who have mentioned that Drai is their run away #1 you.

Its so odd that you contribute all of the Oilers success to the PP and then use Drai’s PP points, the primary reason for that PP and the team’s success as a way to say he isn’t as valuable to his team. Its almost as if you are making the point of how valuable to the team he was.

Yes, his plus/minus will be an issue for those voting members that don’t actually watch the Oilers play as its clearly not representative of his play as his team’s best faceoff guy, a top PK guy, etc.

I know where your vote is going – oh, wait, it matters as much as mine.

meanashell11

Harpers Hair: “At 5-on-5, the Oilers were outscored 157-141 this season (the Blackhawks, for comparison, were even at 147-147). Edmonton is 22nd in expected goals-for percentage (48.35) and 27th in Corsi percentage (47.87).

https://theathletic.com/1847403/2020/06/01/a-pro-scout-breaks-down-the-proposed-blackhawks-oilers-qualifying-round-matchup/

Does having historic PP success win you most valuable player?

Name a Nucks player in the running…..

F u

geowal

Every once in a while I wander over to the sports channels and see what’s on. Just catching game 5 of the 1984 Stanley cup final (which I’ve never seen before). Fun game.

northerndancer

stephen sheps:
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Some pretty awful things have been happening in the world lately. With LT’s blessing, I’m posting a link here to the first non-music blog post I’ve written on my old blog since late 2016. As a sport sociologist, I felt compelled to actually do something, but this is really the only thing I know how to do.

https://bringingbacktheglory.blogspot.com/2020/06/what-have-i-done-to-help.html

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Thanks for this contribution Stephen and to LT for the space to post it. I have read your piece and want to thank you for several things. For the skills and dedication work and patience to research and write and to teach, to engage. For the clear and compelling analysis you put forth in this article. For the invitation it poses to me, and more significantly, to leaders of groups of influential athletes. The names on this blog that LT is proposing to take the next steps. And the names on the jerseys of the team we cheer for.