Draft 2020: Speed and Skill

What do the Edmonton Oilers need in the offseason, or more to the point, what do the Oilers need most? Is it more important for the team to add winger Jesse Puljujarvi to a group that includes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Kailer Yamamoto, Zack Kassian, Andreas Athanasiou, Alex Chiasson, James Neal, Josh Archibald, Joakim Nygard, Tyler Benson and Jujhar Khaira? Or is it better to trade Puljujarvi for a draft pick?

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MCKENZIE VS. LOWETIDE

Mostly agreement between Mr. McKenzie and my list, the three players in his first round not in mine rank 32, 33 and 34. He excluded Jan Mysak (I had him at No. 20, McKenzie has him No. 34); Jérémie Poirier (21 from me, 33 on BM) and Martin Chromiak (31 versus 75) in the first round. Lots of agreement early in this draft.

Jesse Puljujarvi

The day Ken Holland traded for Andreas Athanasiou, I thought it might be a swap for Jesse Puljujarvi. AA is acquired for two two’s, JP gets traded for a second and something else. That’s how I see it. I’d endorse it but Puljujarvi might be useful next season if he signs. I would try to sign him up to draft day, and then deal him.

For our purposes here, I’m going to assume the Hurricanes acquire Puljujarvi for the NYR second (No. 47). I understand many of you believe he’s worth more, but for our purposes we’ll proceed since this exercise is for giggles. I’m going to assume the Oilers retain the third rounder from the Neal trade. Here’s the mock, running McKenzie’s list against mine for as far as we can.

No. 20 overall. RC Mavrik Bourque. Red Line compares him to Travis Konecny, creative center with a great deal of energy and effort. Undersized, good skater. If he’s available when the Oilers pick, strong chance he’s best player available.

No. 47 overall. LW Martin Chromiak. Skilled winger with good wheels, he’s creative and finds ways to create chances. He came out of nowhere and closed strong at the end of the season. He’s an August 2020.

No. 82 overall. RW Connor McClennon. Numbers are solid to excellent. Undersized, range of skills. June 2002, scouting reports have him as a perimeter player. He is mid-second on my list.

No. 144 overall. LW Veeti Miettinen. Undersized winger, fills the net with pucks. I had him No. 48.

No. 175 overall. RW Pavel Novak, WHL. Speedster with skill, he’s a scorer. I have him No. 49.

You might think it’s unusual to have my list grab five of the top 50, but that’s the nature of a math list. You’re looking for skill only. I’d draft this way every year. Here’s the 2015 list versus McKenzie’s list:

No. 1 overall. C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL) All our trials, lord, soon be over.  

No. 117 overall. C Andrew Mangiapane, Barrie (OHL) Brilliant offensive player.

No. 124 overall. D Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Mobile defender, very good shot.

No. 154 overall. C Nathan Noel, Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) Wide range of skills, undersized.

No. 208 overall. L Dmytro Timashov, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) Explosive winger with crazy numbers.

No. 209 overall. L Erik Foley, Cedar Rapids (USHL) Tough winger has offensive ability. I had him No. 55 overall on my list.

The Oilers did a very nice job on their own in 2015, wonder what the scouts would have managed with the complete set of picks. Here are the NHLE’s:

This represents a fantastic series of bets in one draft. I do think Craig MacTavish figured out the draft. His 2013 draft involved a spectacular moneypuck trade flurry and he won Leon Draisaitl the following year. Interesting to contemplate how he would have handled 2015. MacT: “We can acquire role players by other means. If you draft somebody who’s inadequate in maybe speed or size but has some skill, maybe he can improve in those areas and offer significant skill that can move the dial of your team.”

I cheat for offense and speed on my list now, but that quote is from several years ago.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

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  1. dustrock says:

    It is interesting to contemplate what Oilers fans would be satisfied with in a trade for Jesse, rather than having him come back to try one more season.

    If JP doesn’t want to come back to a playoff team with a brand new coach and widely-respected GM, I do wonder if it comes down to McDavid and Drai.

  2. Brantford Boy says:

    Wow… great list LT… so did Bob drop his sheet by the elevator talking to Stevie Y?

    So no chance we trade our first and JP to get down to 10 right?

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    https://twitter.com/andystrickland/status/1275443252137619456?s=21

    Lots of talk about CBA extension.

    This would be great. Mandate Olympic participation, deal with signing bonus issue, etc.

  4. dustrock says:

    Starting to at least contemplate the playoffs, though it seems like a dream to me now.

    Does anyone remember how the Hawks line matched the OIlers during the season? I had originally thought they’d match Toews against McDavid but maybe it’s Drai instead? I wonder if that might be an easier matchup for Toews, at least speed wise?

  5. Material Elvis says:

    dustrock:
    It is interesting to contemplate what Oilers fans would be satisfied with in a trade for Jesse, rather than having him come back to try one more season.

    If JP doesn’t want to come back to a playoff team with a brand new coach and widely-respected GM, I do wonder if it comes down to McDavid and Drai.

    If he doesn’t want to come back to the Oilers, it comes down to him making poor career choices.

  6. Jaxon says:

    If the draft unfolds as Mackenzie predicts, I could see Edmonton taking Connor Zary from Saskatoon before Bourque. And I’d be thrilled with that. His NHLe is higher than Bourque’s. what aspect of his game put him ahead of Zary? One draft analyst had Zary as possibly the fastest skater in the WHL, so that can’t be it. He’s bigger and plays a complete and tough game whereas Bourque could is just above average skater and is small and weak. Is it age?

  7. Rondo says:

    Jaxon,

    I think you’re right regarding Connor Zary. I’m wondering about Ridly Greig he’s one of the youngest player in the draft.

  8. jtblack says:

    Jaxon:
    If the draft unfolds as Mackenzie predicts, I could see Edmonton taking Connor Zary from Saskatoon before Bourque. And I’d be thrilled with that. His NHLe is higher than Bourque’s. what aspect of his game put him ahead of Zary? One draft analyst had Zary as possibly the fastest skater in the WHL, so that can’t be it. He’s bigger and plays a complete and tough game whereas Bourque could is just above average skater and is small and weak. Is it age?

    I didn’t know Zary was such a good skater … I would be Happy with that choice !

  9. Jaxon says:

    jtblack: I didn’t know Zary was such a good skater … I would be Happy with that choice !

    There are conflicting reports with numerous mentioning his speed and only Pronman saying he needs to pick up a step or two.

    But I love how all his reports read:

    Cam Robinson – Dobber Prospects – Apr. 1st: “A puck-possession pivot who clicked well above a point-per-game this season. Great speed, deft puck skills, and equally dangerous with the shot and pass. An elder statesman.”

    Mike G. Morreale – NHL.com – Mar. 20th: “A two-way skater who possesses patience with the puck. He was tied for fifth in the WHL with 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists), tied for third with 15 power-play goals and tied for fourth with three shorthanded goals in 57 games.”

    Mike G. Morreale – NHL.com – Mar. 6th: “A two-way skater who possesses patience with the puck. He ranks seventh in the WHL with 78 points (34 goals, 44 assists), is second with 15 power-play goals and fourth with three shorthanded goals in 53 games.”

    Sam Cosentino – Sportsnet – Mar. 4th: “Pace of production has been remarkably consistent all season long, and this is Zary’s time of year.”

    Mike G. Morreale – NHL.com – Feb. 5th: “A two-way skater who possesses patience with the puck. He ranks seventh in the WHL with 78 points (34 goals, 44 assists), is second with 15 power-play goals and fourth with three shorthanded goals in 53 games.”

    Sam Cosentino – Sportsnet – Feb. 5th: “Great kid who wants the puck on his stick in the crucial moments. Has been the centrepiece in the resurgence of the franchise.”

    Tony Ferrari – Dobber Prospects – Jan. 29th: “Connor Zary is one of the older players in the draft class but has led the WHL in scoring at times. He is a player who does everything well but nothing really great. The complete game allows him to be a difference-maker for his team in all three zones.”

    Sam Cosentino – Sportsnet – Dec. 4th: “Plays hard, plays fast, and produces (39 points in 26 games this season).”

    Larry Fisher – The Hockey Writers – Nov. 19th: “He’s not a high-impact player, he’s not going to wow you or pull you out of your seat on too many shifts, but he always has an impact on the game over 60 minutes. He plays in all situations for Kamloops, centering the top line and the top units for both specials teams — the power play and penalty kill.”

    Ryan Kennedy – The Hockey News – Nov. 10th: “One of the fastest skaters in the ‘Dub.’ Zary was great for Canada at the under-18s and has consistently produced.”

    Tony Ferrari -Wings Nation – Nov. 4th: “Leading the WHL in scoring as a draft-eligible player, Zary is proving that his big scoring totals from last year aren’t a fluke. He’s one of the older players in the class and he’s playing like it.”

    Scott Wheeler -The Athletic – Nov. 4th: “Is he going to be a star at the next level? I doubt it. Does he have the tools to be a versatile, playmaking second-line centre on a good team if he continues to progress? Absolutely.”

    Chris Peters -ESPN – Oct. 22nd: “Zary has good drive and goes to all the tough areas to generate offense. He can make plays all over the ice, including on the rush with high-end vision and top-notch distribution skills.”

    Corey Pronman -The Athletic – Oct. 15th: “I love the way he plays; he’s full of skill and creativity, but also competes hard. His skating could use an extra step or two, but I think, given his skill and two-way play, he will find a way to become a good pro without blazing speed.”

    Sam Cosentino -Sportsnet – Oct. 2nd: “Has a knack for having the puck on his stick in key situations without folding in the moment.”

    Cam Robinson – Dobber Prospects – Sept. 2nd: “A puck-possession pivot who clicked above a point-per-game last season. Great speed, deft puck skills, and equally dangerous with the shot and pass.”

    Scott Wheeler – The Athletic – Aug. 19th: “Comes at teams in waves, blending physicality and complementary net-driven skill.”

  10. dustrock says:

    I will note that Pronman usually only mentions the shot of a prospect if it’s particularly noteworthy, so a 60 ranking on Bourque for his shot suggests NHL-class shot.

  11. Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual says:

    Jaxon:
    If the draft unfolds as Mackenzie predicts, I could see Edmonton taking Connor Zary from Saskatoon before Bourque. And I’d be thrilled with that. His NHLe is higher than Bourque’s. what aspect of his game put him ahead of Zary? One draft analyst had Zary as possibly the fastest skater in the WHL, so that can’t be it. He’s bigger and plays a complete and tough game whereas Bourque could is just above average skater and is small and weak. Is it age?

    Dynamic abilities and his being a R shot. Stylistically and potential-wise, I’d paint it as a choice between a player of the Nuge/Horvat-lite range or one of the Point/Giroux-lite range.

  12. ArmchairGM says:

    dustrock:
    Starting to at least contemplate the playoffs, though it seems like a dream to me now.

    Does anyone remember how the Hawks line matched the OIlers during the season?I had originally thought they’d match Toews against McDavid but maybe it’s Drai instead?I wonder if that might be an easier matchup for Toews, at least speed wise?

    Prediction: McDavid is going to be absolute fire out of the gate and destroy Chicago.

    When McDavid returned from the quadriceps injury in late February he had 13 points and 18 shots in his first 5 games back. I think he was ill after that, going “just” 4, 2-1-3 in the Oilers’ last 5 games.

  13. N64 says:


    @NickKyrgios
    Prayers up to all the players that have contracted Covid – 19. Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ – this takes the cake
    .

    includes vid from Novaxx’s Pox Party:

    https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/1275408778087657473

  14. ArmchairGM says:

    Jaxon:
    If the draft unfolds as Mackenzie predicts, I could see Edmonton taking Connor Zary from Saskatoon before Bourque. And I’d be thrilled with that. His NHLe is higher than Bourque’s. what aspect of his game put him ahead of Zary? One draft analyst had Zary as possibly the fastest skater in the WHL, so that can’t be it. He’s bigger and plays a complete and tough game whereas Bourque could is just above average skater and is small and weak. Is it age?

    What do you think of Lukas Reichel?

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    What do the Oilers need most in this off-season?

    To me, the most pressing need is a stop-gap 3C – bridge the gap until McLeod (or another) is ready for the position.

    Of course, there is no cap space available this off-season in order to procure – even to sign a UFA like Soderberg.

    Hence, a somewhat clean disposition of Rusty is required in connection or perhaps a swap of Rusty for a center with a similar bloated contract for current role – like Brandon Sutter.

    ———-

    Secondary need is another top 6 winger.

    Maybe Jesse is that guy but we cannot count on him agreeing to come back to the team – at least not yet.

    Maybe Ennis is that guy or AA or Benson?

    Tough to say.

    —————-

    I would much rather have Jesse back on the roster for a “tryout” than to flip him for a non-first round pick straight.

    At a cap hit of $1MM (or less), the potential value contract for Jesse, for this coming season, is too massive to pass up, in my opinion.

    ———–

    Back-up goalie is, obviously, a need – but that won’t be hard to acquire – lots available if Holland is ready to move on from Smith.

  16. N64 says:

    ~ As expected, It’s down to Vegas, Vancouver, Jasper, Toronto, LA and Chicago. ~

    Pierre LeBrun
    @PierreVLeBrun
    ·
    15m
    Dallas and Pittsburgh have also been informed they are no longer in the Hub city process, joining Columbus and Minnesota on the outs. The six that remain are Vegas, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, LA and Chicago.

  17. Hitman77 says:

    I watched Bob McKenzie’s Draft Rankings last night. It’s been quite a while since I last saw Bob. He’s aged quite a bit in the last couple of years.

  18. Brantford Boy says:

    ArmchairGM,

    He’s my choice… thought he was ranked lower in other cases (around 27-32)… and with LT’s explanation of DEL players and NHLE I think he fits the bill…

  19. ArmchairGM says:

    Jaxon: There are conflicting reports with numerous mentioning his speed and only Pronman saying he needs to pick up a step or two.

    Not sure if this helps, it’s from Wheeler’s final 100 list released June 1st:

    “His footwork through his crossovers and speed in transition (an improved quality) opens up just enough time and space for him to make those plays — and then when that space closes in on him he’s a deft handler who can navigate in and out of traffic.”

    https://theathletic.com/1736440/2020/06/01/wheeler-final-ranking-for-the-2020-nhl-drafts-top-100-prospects/

  20. dustrock says:

    N64:
    ~ As expected, It’s down to Vegas, Vancouver, Jasper, Toronto, LA and Chicago. ~

    Pierre LeBrun
    @PierreVLeBrun
    ·
    15m
    Dallas and Pittsburgh have also been informed they are no longer in the Hub city process, joining Columbus and Minnesota on the outs. The six that remain are Vegas, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, LA and Chicago.

    5/5

  21. Material Elvis says:

    So Toronto and Vancouver as the HUB cities? Or Toronto and Edmonton?

  22. jtblack says:

    Material Elvis:
    So Toronto and Vancouver as the HUB cities?Or Toronto and Edmonton?

    I think Vegas & Van … are the front runners IMO

  23. Material Elvis says:

    N64:

    @NickKyrgios
    Prayers up to all the players that have contracted Covid – 19. Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ – this takes the cake
    .

    with djoker pox party vid::

    https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/1275408778087657473

    At least Djokovic doesn’t have to stress out this fall over possibly having to take a vaccine….maybe.

  24. Material Elvis says:

    jtblack: I think Vegas & Van … are the front runners IMO

    Not sure why they need Vegas so badly (is a hotel deal that important?). The players aren’t going to be allowed into the fun spots, the summer weather is atrocious and the time zone difference for central and eastern viewers makes no sense.

  25. N64 says:

    Material Elvis: At least Djokovic doesn’t have to stress out this fall over possibly having to take a vaccine….maybe.

    Getting it. No problem.
    Following local rules allowing packed stands. No problem.
    Turning the event into a giant pox party to make his point. Priceless.

    @ScottGottliebMD
    A high percent of those being hospitalized for Covid are younger adults… Today, 50% of hospitalized in Dallas are under 50…

    Be safe everyone. Enjoy the outdoors and the extra opportunities to hang, but keep a watch out for the 3Cs:

    closed, crowded, close-contact spaces

  26. N64 says:

    Material Elvis: Not sure why they need Vegas so badly (is a hotel deal that important?).The players aren’t going to be allowed into the fun spots, the summer weather is atrocious and the time zone difference for central and eastern viewers makes no sense.

    They had to true up with Sportsnet and NBC. I think that’s why the PA is getting a short list of 3 from each country.

  27. Melman says:

    Rumour out here in Van is that UBC is putting it’s ice back in. They have 3 rinks out there including one that was used for games in the 2010 Olympics and something like 16 dressing rooms

  28. N64 says:

    Melman:
    Rumour out here in Van is that UBC is putting it’s ice back in. They have 3 rinks out there including one that was used for games in the 2010 Olympics and something like 16 dressing rooms

    Don’t think NAIT or UofA or Macwean ice would be needed, but a number of colleges in Alberta and BC can provide practice ice and even broadcast facilities.

    https://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/ubc-surely-in-line-to-host-nhl-practices-should-vancouver-get-hub-city-nod

  29. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    What do the Oilers need most in this off-season?

    To me, the most pressing need is a stop-gap 3C – bridge the gap until McLeod (or another) is ready for the position.

    ———-

    Secondary need is another top 6 winger.

    Maybe Jesse is that guy but we cannot count on him agreeing to come back to the team – at least not yet.

    Maybe Ennis is that guy or AA or Benson?

    Tough to say.

    —————-

    Back-up goalie is, obviously, a need – but that won’t be hard to acquire – lots available if Holland is ready to move on from Smith.

    Agreed on 3C and 1B goalie. I don’t agree on top 6 winger (well, I guess I believe it’s clearly Athanasiou).

    I posted some of this a week or so ago for context on how current Oilers top 6 wingers compare to recent cup winners.

    The Oilers top 6 wingers (under control now and for next season), sorted by Pts/game:
    Yamamoto 0.96
    Nuge 0.94
    Kassian 0.58
    Athanasiou 0.47

    The Oilers also have Neal and Ennis on the roster right now though I’ll exclude them:
    Neal 0.56
    Ennis 0.53

    Yamamoto may not repeat 0.96 Pts/G but something in range of 0.70 Pts/game I think is reasonable (that’s roughly a 50-55 point season). And Athanasiou scored 0.71 Pts/G last season. I’d say Yamamoto’s over-performance and AA’s under-performance this year likely cancel out.

    So what did those same winger slots look like on recent Cup winners? Do the Oilers need better wingers for next season? Do they need better wingers/better production to contend for a championship?

    These are the top 4 wingers for recent Cup champs by regular season Pts/G (I included the full season numbers for deadline additions like Athanasiou, Hagelin and Gaborak).

    2019 – St. Louis Blues
    Tarasenko 0.89
    Perron 0.81
    Schwartz 0.52
    Thomas 0.47

    2018 – Washington Capitals
    Ovechkin 1.07
    Oshie 0.64
    Wilson 0.45
    Burakovsky 0.45

    2017 – Pittsburgh Penguins
    Sheary 0.87
    Kessel 0.85
    Guentzel 0.83
    Hornqvist 0.63

    2016 – Pittsburgh Penguins
    Kessel 0.72
    Hornqvist 0.62
    Kunitz 0.50
    Hagelin 0.49

    2015 – Chicago Blackhawks
    Kane 1.05
    Hossa 0.74
    Saad 0.63
    Sharp 0.63

    2014 – LA Kings
    Gaborak 0.73
    Carter 0.69
    Williams 0.52
    Tofolli 0.47

    So not only do the Oilers have, in house, 4 wingers who’ve scored comparably to recent Cup winners (better than most Cup winners actually). Those wingers are also going to be very cheap compared to the Cup winning teams, for next season at least ($13-$14M total).

    Puljujarvi would be great to add to the group but I don’t personally think top 6 wingers is a primary or secondary need. Aside from re-signing Athanasiou and potentially bringing Ennis and Puljujarvi back on modest deals, I’d be very surprised if Holland adds a wingers of note.

  30. Scungilli Slushy says:

    It doesn’t seem area Covid levels are going to play a big part in who is a hub city. I don’t see how one isn’t in the east, and if Vegas is likely one hub that means TO or Chicago, probably TO so one is in Canada.

  31. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ron Robison, WHL commish, on Oilers Now today:

    – October 2 is still targeted start date.
    – need to have all 6 jurisdictions ready to play (health authorities)
    – never have received public funding.
    – definitely need “fans in the stands” in order to play – didn’t state what percent

    October seems super aggressive if they need 50% fans in the stands but, damn, hopefully they can start at some point. Oilers currently don’t have any prospects slatted for CHL next year but likely will after draft (whenever that is).

    I imagine the AHL is essentially the same.

    Really need the kids playing.

  32. digger50 says:

    No guarantee the second round pick pans out. Ill take Jessie if possible.

    And hope Marody shows up as a new Strome. And Benson takes a step. And a pick up from a CAP team that shakes someone loose. Never stop getting better.

    I hope by start of season we are discussing skilled players for a third line that are not just hoping to hold their own, but can do some damage.

  33. jtblack says:

    digger50,

    “No guarantee the second round pick pans out. Ill take Jessie if possible.”

    There is no gurantee Jessie works out either.

  34. jtblack says:

    “This represents a fantastic series of bets in one draft.”

    I said before I would take all Forwards in this draft and that is what you have done in the Mock draft …

    Love that and believe it shores up the forward pipeline ….

    I believe (hope) KH will get at least a 2nd and a 4th before the draft (Russell, Benning, JP) … Giving the scouts a full slate of picks in a deep draft. Go Tyler Wright.

  35. oilersfan says:

    N64,

    That is so bizarre considering that in Alberta the amount of cases hospitalized under 50 is 2%.

    How can Dallas be at 50%?! Unless 90% of all the cases are people under 50 and there are only 40 people hospitalized , 20 of them under 50…

  36. jtblack says:

    are the workers in the Hub cities supposed to be in the bubble as well? or can they go home between shifts?

  37. ArmchairGM says:

    jp: So not only do the Oilers have, in house, 4 wingers who’ve scored comparably to recent Cup winners (better than most Cup winners actually). Those wingers are also going to be very cheap compared to the Cup winning teams, for next season at least ($13-$14M total).

    Interesting. I did some research on Nuge as a winger recently and came up with this:

    5v5 P/60, 2018-19 + 2019-20, over 1000 minutes TOI with McDavid or Draisaitl, Nuge scored 2.80 P/60. You know where that puts him? Here’s a list of the top-10 wingers based on 5v5 P/60 over the past 2 years:

    Kucherov: 3.21 P/60
    Panarin: 3.02
    Marchand: 2.83
    * Nugent-Hopkins: 2.80 *
    Kane: 2.72
    Guentzel: 2.71
    Pastrnak: 2.70
    Tatar: 2.63
    Kubalik: 2.59
    Marner: 2.58

    That’s elite scoring. Plus he’s very good at killing penalties and of course he’s a powerplay witch.

    Maybe he’s found his niche.

    *****
    For reference, this year Nugent-Hopkins spent about 56% of his 5v5 TOI as a winger, mostly for Draisaitl but some with McDavid too. Here is his “winger only” production lined up with all NHL players with 250+ minutes played:

    Nugent-Hopkins: 3.51 P/60 (512 minutes)
    Malkin: 3.43 (805)
    Panarin: 3.28 (1079)
    Yamamoto: 3.16 (418)
    Marchand: 3.05 (906)
    Kucherov: 3.01 (958)
    Stamkos: 2.96 (769)
    Pastrnak: 2.92 (985)
    MacKinnon: 2.90 (1075)
    Draisaitl: 2.89 (1163)
    McDavid: 2.84 (1055)

    That’s incredible production over a fairly large sample size. I’m looking forward to seeing RNH score 100 points next season as a full-time winger.

  38. ArmchairGM says:

    jtblack:
    digger50,

    “No guarantee the second round pick pans out. Ill take Jessie if possible.”

    There is no gurantee Jessie works out either.

    Jesse has a FAR greater chance of becoming a top-6 player than a 2nd. Here’s an article that will give you some idea what the odds are of your picks turning into good players:

    https://www.coppernblue.com/platform/amp/2011/4/4/2082829/nhl-draft-pick-value-first-round

    Even if this is a really deep draft (the jury is still out on that), the probability of a mid-first round pick becoming a top player is just under 30%.

    So the question becomes: what are Puljujarvi’s chances of becoming a top player? I’ll look at his 19- and 21-year-old seasons to get some idea what his future could look like. I’m not using his 18-year-old season because there are so few comparables (Hughes and Kakko fit but that story isn’t written yet), and I’m ignoring his 20-year-old season because he played with the nagging hip issue all year which finally ended his season prematurely.

    As a 19-year-old Puljujarvi posted 0.31 P/GP in the NHL. Here are all the 19-year-old’s who have posted +/- 0.05 P/GP from 00-01 to 17-18:

    Beauvillier
    Boedker
    PM Bouchard
    Josefson
    Latendresse
    Lindholm
    Couterier
    Lucic
    O’Reilly
    Jost
    J Staal
    Zacha
    Turris
    Johansen
    Puljujarvi
    Seguin
    Tlusty
    Burmistrov
    Smith-Pelly
    Weiss
    McCann

    Of those 20 player (not including Puljujarvi), 10 of them became “top” players under the criteria listed in the link, or 50%. The jury is still out on 4 of them (Beauvillier, Jost, Zacha and McCann), so if you exclude them you’re left with 10 of 16, or 62.5%.

    Now we turn to Jesse’s 21-year-old season. He posted 53 points in 56 Liiga games and led the league in shots / corsi, etc. Using an NHLe conversion factor of 0.45, his equivalent P/GP in the NHL would have been 0.43. Using the same criteria as before (+/- 0.05 P/GP), we can see that 59 players matched at 21 years old. I’m not going to list them out, but you can check out the list here:

    https://www.hockey-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=single&year_min=2001&year_max=2018&season_start=1&season_end=-1&rookie=N&age_min=21&age_max=21&pos=F&is_playoffs=N&c1stat=points_per_game&c1comp=gt&c1val=0.38&c2stat=points_per_game&c2comp=lt&c2val=0.48&c3stat=games_played&c3comp=gt&c3val=40&threshhold=5&order_by=points_per_game

    How many of them became “top” NHLers? Thirty, with the story not yet written with 5 of them: Dvorak, Niederreiter, McCann, Milano and Lehkonen. Dividing 30 into 54 gets us 55.5%.

    I don’t think it’s unreasonable to conclude that Jesse Puljujarvi has >50% chance of becoming a top-6 forward in the NHL, which is a similar probability to that of a #4 – 7 pick in an average draft. I’m not going to say he’s worth a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft because I don’t think his ceiling is as high as those guys. There’s a vast difference between being top-6 (Milan Lucic) and being top-6 (Nicklas Backstrom or Mitch Marner).

    If Holland is indeed asking for a mid- to late-1st as has been speculated, I can certainly understand why. Puljujarvi has a higher floor than a typical pick in this range (he’s far more likely to become a top-6 forward) and about as high a ceiling.

  39. JimmyV1965 says:

    oilersfan:
    N64,

    That is so bizarre considering that in Alberta the amount of cases hospitalized under 50 is 2%.

    How can Dallas be at 50%?! Unless 90% of all the cases are people under 50 and there are only 40 people hospitalized , 20 of them under 50…

    Ya. Those figures really surprised me. Gets my spidey senses tingling for sure. Either they have done a much better job protecting elderly people and overall hospitalization has dropped dramatically, or the virus has mutated. Can’t think of another explanation, although there certainly could be.

  40. OriginalPouzar says:

    Listening to Rishaug on the show from this morning and I’m not sure I’m on board with Rishaug’s take on the recent positive tests in phase 2. He was talking about players that are in a phase and subject to so much testing shouldn’t be contracting the virus in the phase. Essentially saying the protocols should protect against this.

    I don’t see how that’s the case with phase 2 given, aside from being at the facilities, the players are free to go about their daily business, in society. Its not shocking, and somewhat expected, that players living their life in Florida and Arizona would test positive in this stage, no?

    I think what’s being made clear is that, the final parameters around stage 3, need to be quasi-bubble like.

    No, the players won’t be quarantined in a physical area, however, I believe its going to be imperative that, once July 10 rolls around, the players are either at home or at the facilities – no restaurants, no clubs, no movies, no parks.

    One stage 3 rolls around, the players cannot be out and about.

    At least I think that’s how its got to work.

  41. Reja says:

    Expos up 3-0 bottom of the 7th Sparky Lyle in to pitch for the mighty Phillies. God I was a huge fan of the Expos sure loved that team always will.

  42. jtblack says:

    ArmchairGM,

    I would be shopping him to Winnipeg and Carolina … maybe Laine and Aho can influence their GM’s to bring JP on board?

    Also. If you were GM of 1 team and you have 1 first round pick in this draft, let’s say #24, would you trade it for JP or would you rather take your pick @ #24 ….

    I love your analysis. The one drawback on JP is that he has a somewhat negative history. The First Round pick doesn’t. The fact that JP is NOT in the NHL and has had some contract issues, would definitely affect the value other teams will part with. Nobody wants a headache or potential headache.

    Again, JP could work out fine, but these issues have to be factored in as well …

  43. Reja says:

    jtblack:
    ArmchairGM,

    I would be shopping him to Winnipeg and Carolina … maybe Laine and Aho can influence their GM’s to bring JP on board?

    Also.If you were GM of 1 team and you have 1 first round pick in this draft, let’s say #24, would you trade it for JP or would you rather take your pick @ #24 ….

    I love your analysis. The one drawback on JP is that he has a somewhat negative history. The FirstRound pick doesn’t.The fact that JP is NOT in the NHL and has had some contract issues, would definitely affect the value other teams will part with. Nobody wants a headache or potential headache.

    Again, JP could work out fine, but these issues have to be factored in as well …

    I say Carolina bites and trades one of their first rounders. Aho is their franchise player and him and his dad I’m sure are Jesse’s biggest cheerleaders.

  44. jtblack says:

    Reja: I say Carolina bites and trades one of their first rounders. Aho is their franchise player and him and his dad I’m sure are Jesse’s biggest cheerleaders.

    I might be wrong, but didn’t Carolina move one of their 1st rounders at the deadline? just have the 1st they got in the Marleau deal left??? asking a friend

  45. N64 says:

    JimmyV1965: Ya. Those figures really surprised me. Gets my spidey senses tingling for sure.Either they have done a much better job protecting elderly people and overall hospitalization has dropped dramatically, or the virus has mutated. Can’t think of another explanation, although there certainly could be.

    Yeh it’s complicated. Case and hospital age profile is skewing younger. But lots of possible interpretations here:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/nataliexdean/status/1275431821422006274

    My guess. A fair number of younger are loosening too fast while older are not or even re-tightening in reaction to younger cohort.

    I’d be careful comparing definitions across jurisdiction., But Dallas to Dallas the hospital age breakdown is interesting.

    This may represent a shift from dragging this not to grandparents but to parents with comorbidities especially in disadvantaged bigger households in Dallas and Houston.

    The really bad death numbers in senior care early might have blinded folks to the severity that ramosi up from 40.For that mid-age crowd I’d also be concerned about long term effects.

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Listening to Rishaug on the show from this morning and I’m not sure I’m on board with Rishaug’s take on the recent positive tests in phase 2. He was talking about players that are in a phase and subject to so much testing shouldn’t be contracting the virus in the phase.Essentially saying the protocols should protect against this.

    I don’t see how that’s the case with phase 2 given, aside from being at the facilities, the players are free to go about their daily business, in society. Its not shocking, and somewhat expected, that players living their life in Florida and Arizona would test positive in this stage, no?

    I think what’s being made clear is that, the final parameters around stage 3, need to be quasi-bubble like.

    No, the players won’t be quarantined in a physical area, however, I believe its going to be imperative that, once July 10 rolls around, the players are either at home or at the facilities – no restaurants, no clubs, no movies, no parks.

    One stage 3 rolls around, the players cannot be out and about.

    At least I think that’s how its got to work.

    Interesting – after I posted the above, I listened to Insider Trading and LeBrun spoke directly to the point and what the players will be allowed to do during camp.

    He did make it sound like they may not be “prohibited” from living life and being out and about but that there will need to be education and extreme player buy-in – to ensure they aren’t contracting the virus at that stage. It’s important to get the hub city stage.

    Also, TO re-submitted it’s bid over the weekend – as per LeBrun:

    As discussed on Insider Trading today, Toronto’s re-submitted bid was interesting, MLSE proposing a campus-like bubble over 40 acres on CNE grounds with player access to Hotel X, BMO Field, Raptors practice facility, Coca-Cola Coliseum, plus room to put up other amenities…

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    Interesting on the Bubba Wallace noose story – apparently the noose was there since 2019 and “no federal crime was committed”.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2020/06/23/nascar-fbi-details-noose-bubba-wallace-garage-talladega/3245722001/

    At the same time, although that has turned out to maybe be a non-story, alot of good came out of the “non-story” with the show of support!

  48. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Interesting – after I posted the above, I listened to Insider Trading and LeBrun spoke directly to the point and what the players will be allowed to do during camp.

    He did make it sound like they may not be “prohibited” from living life and being out and about but that there will need to be education and extreme player buy-in – to ensure they aren’t contracting the virus at that stage.It’s important to get the hub city stage.

    Also, TO re-submitted it’s bid over the weekend – as per LeBrun:

    As discussed on Insider Trading today, Toronto’s re-submitted bid was interesting, MLSE proposing a campus-like bubble over 40 acres on CNE grounds with player access to Hotel X, BMO Field, Raptors practice facility, Coca-Cola Coliseum, plus room to put up other amenities…

    Think Van also rejigged final to have more spaces. If the village concept with the ice district and JWM did nothing else it set the bar higher for whichever Canadian city hosts.

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    dustrock:
    It is interesting to contemplate what Oilers fans would be satisfied with in a trade for Jesse, rather than having him come back to try one more season.

    If JP doesn’t want to come back to a playoff team with a brand new coach and widely-respected GM, I do wonder if it comes down to McDavid and Drai.

    I’ve got to think that most fans, and management, would much prefer Jesse coming back for the 2020/21 season than being flipped for the 47th overall.

    Jesse may bust out on return but, on the other hand, we may provide value for a $1M (or less) cap hit in the middle six or maybe even extreme value if he earns a top 6 role and produces.

    Of course, all we can do is speculate based off of random comments here and there – I would be enthused for him to be at Oilers training camp but certainly am not expecting it.

    Even if he reinterates he won’t come back, the 47th pick is still not enough for me to be in favor of that trade and, yes, i’d wait it out if that was the best return available.

  50. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM: Prediction: McDavid is going to be absolute fire out of the gate and destroy Chicago.

    When McDavid returned from the quadriceps injury in late February he had 13 points and 18 shots in his first 5 games back. I think he was ill after that, going “just” 4, 2-1-3 in the Oilers’ last 5 games.

    I predict that Leon is right there with him.

    A fully energized Leon is magnificent – 25 points in October.

    Small sample size but recent history of dominance in the playoffs – what was it, 16 points in 13 games?

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    N64:
    ~ As expected, It’s down to Vegas, Vancouver, Jasper, Toronto, LA and Chicago. ~

    Pierre LeBrun
    @PierreVLeBrun
    ·
    15m
    Dallas and Pittsburgh have also been informed they are no longer in the Hub city process, joining Columbus and Minnesota on the outs. The six that remain are Vegas, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, LA and Chicago.

    While, if all things are equal, I would prefer one hub to be Edmonton because, well, why not?

    At the same time, my highest priority (not that my priorities matter) is that the hubs selected have proposed plans that will encourage the players to vote yes.

    The players care about healthy and safety but they also care about the hotels and the activities and the experience and about family participation, etc.

    From accounts, while Vegas has “worse COVID numbers”, they have the ability to make the tightest bubble of them all.

  52. Woogie63 says:

    Young athletes are more temperamental every year. If Jessie can sit out one year, and get traded , watch out for future 21 year olds looking for greener pastures. This principle is critical for all agents to see, it has to be at the top of Holland‘s deliverables, and fundamental in a cap world.

    This business philosophy is more important than the return for young Jessie.

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    Material Elvis:
    So Toronto and Vancouver as the HUB cities?Or Toronto and Edmonton?

    It very well could be two in the West – of course, the league would prefer and Eastern hub and, of course, they would prefer Toronto, but two in the west is not out of the question.

    I don’t know how they’d schedule games during the 3 games per day first week but they can make it happen.

  54. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: From accounts, while Vegas has “worse COVID numbers”, they have the ability to make the tightest bubble of them all

    Sounds like a Vegas act. Everyone gets to watch Covid crammed into an inescapable box in Act 1.

    PA is not exempt from motivated reasoning. Will Goldbloom be available for the movie?

    The PA should actually look for a place where there is less to leak in. In Vegas if it leaked out how would would the impact even register?

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    N64: They had to true up with Sportsnet and NBC. I think that’s why the PA is getting a short list of 3 from each country.

    I still don’t understand why it would matter so much to the networks.

    Does NBC care if they are broadcasting from Vegas or Chicago or Vancouver or Toronto?

    Does it really make a difference?

  56. OriginalPouzar says:

    jtblack:
    are the workers in the Hub cities supposed to be in the bubble as well? or can they go home between shifts?

    This is unknown at this time and will be part of the finalized Return to Play protocol that is voted on.

    I would anticipate that certain workers/staff will be required to “stay in the bubble”, in particular, those with direct and/or sustained contact with players.

    I would think some would be able to go home – I don’t know, restaurant and hotel cleaning staff that have no interaction of team members.

    With that said, the more required to stay in the bubble and not permitted to leave (well can’t come back if they leave), the tighter and better.

  57. OriginalPouzar says:

    Whoa – Mattheson reporting that the Oilers do plan on inviting Broberg to come over for camp on July 10th (and be with the team throughout, obviously).

    It will be interesting to see if he comes. I think he will even though this may conflict with the start of his SHL season (=the SHL starts on September 19 so I anticipate camp around the end of August – hopefully the Oilers are still playing)

    We know that he was going to be coming to normal training camp in September and then head back over to Sweden and that would have definitely conflicted with the start of the SHL season.

  58. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I still don’t understand why it would matter so much to the networks.

    Does NBC care if they are broadcasting from Vegas or Chicago or Vancouver or Toronto?

    Does it really make a difference?

    You bet they care. Sportsnet would be the world broadcaster for any Canadian hubs. NBC for any US hubs. On his oidcast Lansky explained that all national stuff from play by play to captions would be added by downstream broadcasters, not in hub

    The US side is really easy. Guess which twitter account savages NBCs broadcast opportunity if both are in Canad?.

    For Sportsnet world broadcaster for a Canadian hub makes the job way easier not just for the games but all the outside the game sizzle that drives eyes and ads. Canadian biz wraps themselves in the flag too, just without the flag.

    If Sportsnet does not get the most possible out of this replacement for the interrupted season they have leverage in negotiating the true out.

  59. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: This is unknown at this time and will be part of the finalized Return to Play protocol that is voted on.

    I would anticipate that certain workers/staff will be required to “stay in the bubble”, in particular, those with direct and/or sustained contact with players.

    I would think some would be able to go home – I don’t know, restaurant and hotel cleaning staff that have no interaction of team members.

    With that said, the more required to stay in the bubble and not permitted to leave (well can’t come back if they leave), the tighter and better.

    ~ I sure hope the ones in direct contact with wear Red and the others Yellow and Blue to make it really easy to make sure they don’t mix ~

    Those details would be in the plans from the bid locations.

  60. ArmchairGM says:

    jtblack:
    Also. If you were GM of 1 team and you have 1 first round pick in this draft, let’s say #24, would you trade it for JP or would you rather take your pick @ #24 ….

    Pick #24 would be a playoff team, but not an upper echelon playoff team. That pick won’t help the team for 3-4 years if at all, whereas Puljujarvi can step into a middle-6 role next training camp. The only downsides to trading that pick for Puljujarvi are waiver eligibility and expansion draft protection. That’s it. Otherwise Puljujarvi (a) can help immediately, (b) is much lower risk, (c) has a higher floor and (d) a similar or higher ceiling.

  61. ArmchairGM says:

    jtblack: I might be wrong, but didn’t Carolina move one of their 1st rounders at the deadline?just have the 1st they got in the Marleau deal left???asking a friend

    They have Toronto’s pick which is, IIRC, #19 pending play-in / playoff results.

  62. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar: Interesting – after I posted the above, I listened to Insider Trading and LeBrun spoke directly to the point and what the players will be allowed to do during camp.

    He did make it sound like they may not be “prohibited” from living life and being out and about but that there will need to be education and extreme player buy-in – to ensure they aren’t contracting the virus at that stage.It’s important to get the hub city stage.

    Also, TO re-submitted it’s bid over the weekend – as per LeBrun:

    As discussed on Insider Trading today, Toronto’s re-submitted bid was interesting, MLSE proposing a campus-like bubble over 40 acres on CNE grounds with player access to Hotel X, BMO Field, Raptors practice facility, Coca-Cola Coliseum, plus room to put up other amenities…

    The Marlies play in the CNE grounds, that gives Toronto an advantage for scheduling actual games.

  63. Reja says:

    Woogie63:
    Young athletes are more temperamental every year.If Jessie can sit out one year, and get traded , watch out for future 21 year oldslooking for greener pastures.This principle is critical for all agents to see, it has to be at the top of Holland‘s deliverables, and fundamental in a cap world.

    This business philosophy is more important than the return for young Jessie.

    Jesse and his agent decided to play chicken with the wrong Hombre. Holland will not trade him for pennies on the dollar why do you think he picked up AA. Holland knows he has a contender he’s just gathering up the finishing touches. Jesse and his agent better start soliciting hard are he might not see the NHL for 4-5 years. You mess with the bull sometimes you get the horn.

  64. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar: I predict that Leon is right there with him.

    A fully energized Leon is magnificent – 25 points in October.

    Small sample size but recent history of dominance in the playoffs – what was it, 16 points in 13 games?

    Yeah, but can he drive his own line?

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM: Interesting. I did some research on Nuge as a winger recently and came up with this:

    5v5 P/60, 2018-19 + 2019-20, over 1000 minutes TOI with McDavid or Draisaitl, Nuge scored 2.80 P/60. You know where that puts him? Here’s a list of the top-10 wingers based on 5v5 P/60 over the past 2 years:

    Kucherov: 3.21 P/60
    Panarin: 3.02
    Marchand: 2.83
    * Nugent-Hopkins: 2.80 *
    Kane: 2.72
    Guentzel: 2.71
    Pastrnak: 2.70
    Tatar: 2.63
    Kubalik: 2.59
    Marner: 2.58

    That’s elite scoring. Plus he’s very good at killing penalties and of course he’s a powerplay witch.

    Maybe he’s found his niche.

    *****
    For reference, this year Nugent-Hopkins spent about 56% of his 5v5 TOI as a winger, mostly for Draisaitl but some with McDavid too. Here is his “winger only” production lined up with all NHL players with 250+ minutes played:

    Nugent-Hopkins: 3.51 P/60 (512 minutes)
    Malkin: 3.43 (805)
    Panarin: 3.28 (1079)
    Yamamoto: 3.16 (418)
    Marchand: 3.05 (906)
    Kucherov: 3.01 (958)
    Stamkos: 2.96 (769)
    Pastrnak: 2.92 (985)
    MacKinnon: 2.90 (1075)
    Draisaitl: 2.89 (1163)
    McDavid: 2.84 (1055)

    That’s incredible production over a fairly large sample size. I’m looking forward to seeing RNH score 100 points next season as a full-time winger.

    Holy hell……

  66. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM: Jesse has a FAR greater chance of becoming a top-6 player than a 2nd. Here’s an article that will give you some idea what the odds are of your picks turning into good players:

    https://www.coppernblue.com/platform/amp/2011/4/4/2082829/nhl-draft-pick-value-first-round

    Even if this is a really deep draft (the jury is still out on that), the probability of a mid-first round pick becoming a top player is just under 30%.

    So the question becomes: what are Puljujarvi’s chances of becoming a top player? I’ll look at his 19- and 21-year-old seasons to get some idea what his future could look like. I’m not using his 18-year-old season because there are so few comparables (Hughes and Kakko fit but that story isn’t written yet), and I’m ignoring his 20-year-old season because he played with the nagging hip issue all year which finally ended his season prematurely.

    As a 19-year-old Puljujarvi posted 0.31 P/GP in the NHL. Here are all the 19-year-old’s who have posted +/- 0.05 P/GP from 00-01 to 17-18:

    Beauvillier
    Boedker
    PM Bouchard
    Josefson
    Latendresse
    Lindholm
    Couterier
    Lucic
    O’Reilly
    Jost
    J Staal
    Zacha
    Turris
    Johansen
    Puljujarvi
    Seguin
    Tlusty
    Burmistrov
    Smith-Pelly
    Weiss
    McCann

    Of those 20 player (not including Puljujarvi), 10 of them became “top” players under the criteria listed in the link, or 50%. The jury is still out on 4 of them (Beauvillier, Jost, Zacha and McCann), so if you exclude them you’re left with 10 of 16, or 62.5%.

    Now we turn to Jesse’s 21-year-old season. He posted 53 points in 56 Liiga games and led the league in shots / corsi, etc. Using an NHLe conversion factor of 0.45, his equivalent P/GP in the NHL would have been 0.43. Using the same criteria as before (+/- 0.05 P/GP), we can see that 59 players matched at 21 years old. I’m not going to list them out, but you can check out the list here:

    https://www.hockey-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=single&year_min=2001&year_max=2018&season_start=1&season_end=-1&rookie=N&age_min=21&age_max=21&pos=F&is_playoffs=N&c1stat=points_per_game&c1comp=gt&c1val=0.38&c2stat=points_per_game&c2comp=lt&c2val=0.48&c3stat=games_played&c3comp=gt&c3val=40&threshhold=5&order_by=points_per_game

    How many of them became “top” NHLers? Thirty, with the story not yet written with 5 of them: Dvorak, Niederreiter, McCann, Milano and Lehkonen. Dividing 30 into 54 gets us 55.5%.

    I don’t think it’s unreasonable to conclude that Jesse Puljujarvi has >50% chance of becoming a top-6 forward in the NHL, which is a similar probability to that of a #4 – 7 pick in an average draft. I’m not going to say he’s worth a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft because I don’t think his ceiling is as high as those guys. There’s a vast difference between being top-6 (Milan Lucic) and being top-6 (Nicklas Backstrom or Mitch Marner).

    If Holland is indeed asking for a mid- to late-1st as has been speculated, I can certainly understand why. Puljujarvi has a higher floor than a typical pick in this range (he’s far more likely to become a top-6 forward) and about as high a ceiling.

    Holy hell someone is doing some amazing research today and providing legit valuable info.

    Thank you for your work.

    I would also add:

    1) His 18 year old season in the AHL never received enough talk for how good it was – the numbers he put up, as the youngest player in North American pro hockey, was very good. I’m not sure if its quite at the Rantanen AHL level but it was good

    2) He was dominating the AHL in his 4 games played in his 20 year old season (normally a player’s first pro season in the AHL) and then Hitch “broke him” and his hips…..

  67. N64 says:

    ArmchairGM: . I’m looking forward to seeing RNH score 100 points next season as a full-time winger

    ~ Could skip right over 50 and go straight to 100 ~

  68. Reja says:

    jtblack: I might be wrong, but didn’t Carolina move one of their 1st rounders at the deadline?just have the 1st they got in the Marleau deal left???asking a friend

    Yes your right they traded their first rounder for Brady Skjei how did I miss that. There blows the whole Aho and his dad having a bit of influence if they had 2 picks in the 1st theory not going to happen now.

  69. OriginalPouzar says:

    N64: You bet they care. Sportsnet would be the world broadcaster for any Canadian hubs. NBC for any US hubs. On his oidcast Lansky explained that all national stuff from play by playto captions would be added by downstream broadcasters, not in hub

    The US side is really easy. Guess which twitter account savages NBCs broadcast opportunity if both are in Canad?.

    For Sportsnet world broadcaster for a Canadian hub makes the job way easier not just for the games but all the outside the game sizzle that drives eyes and ads. Canadian biz wraps themselves in the flag too, just without the flag.

    If Sportsnet does not get the most possible out of this replacement for the interrupted season they have leverage in negotiating the true out.

    I still don’t understand why it matters when the physical location of the hubs are.

    Lets also not forget that all the play-in round games won’t be nationally broadcasted – many will be regional broadcasts.

  70. JimmyV1965 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I predict that Leon is right there with him.

    A fully energized Leon is magnificent – 25 points in October.

    Small sample size but recent history of dominance in the playoffs – what was it, 16 points in 13 games?

    Don’t forget Memorial Cup MVP, even though his team didn’t win the cup. I luv that frickin kid!!!

  71. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I still don’t understand why it matters when the physical location of the hubs are.

    Lets also not forget that all the play-in round games won’t be nationally broadcasted – many will be regional broadcasts.

    If you don’t understand you could start with the Lansky podcast.

    The regional broadcasts are tail not dog here..

  72. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar: I still don’t understand why it would matter so much to the networks.

    Does NBC care if they are broadcasting from Vegas or Chicago or Vancouver or Toronto?

    Does it really make a difference?

    It does if your putting your employees to work in the middle of a pandemic.
    Good chance that LA and Vegas will need to shutdown sometime during the 3+months they are there

  73. Optimism is like heroin says:

    Jesse what a sh#t show so far in his NHL career.

    but i still have a lot of hope with him. In regards to next years roster it will be better with him on it at qualifying numbers.
    neal-mcD-kass does well enough
    rnh-drai-yamma needs no introduction
    khaira-AA-Pulju provides an offensive 3rd line to run against lesser competition with JJ taking draws and giving a solid def winger.
    jurco-sheahan-archie have all proven useful

    klef-lars been good for a few years
    nurse-bear here is hoping bear doesnt regress
    jones-krussel kris isnt getting traded

    scratches being chia, haas and lagesson.

    most contenders from this year are going to be in tough to maintain the rosters while we will be better than the start of 19-20.

  74. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    jtblack:
    ArmchairGM,

    I would be shopping him to Winnipeg and Carolina … maybe Laine and Aho can influence their GM’s to bring JP on board?

    Also.If you were GM of 1 team and you have 1 first round pick in this draft, let’s say #24, would you trade it for JP or would you rather take your pick @ #24 ….

    I love your analysis. The one drawback on JP is that he has a somewhat negative history. The FirstRound pick doesn’t.The fact that JP is NOT in the NHL and has had some contract issues, would definitely affect the value other teams will part with. Nobody wants a headache or potential headache.

    Again, JP could work out fine, but these issues have to be factored in as well …

    Consider that teams that have some knowledge of JP may be the ones with the least interest, not the most. JP strikes me as the definition of a “one year experience five times” guy. I think a team like the Rangers (problem child of their own and desperate) offers much better hope for a trade than either Winnipeg or Carolina or Columbus for that matter. We shall see.

  75. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    ArmchairGM: Interesting. I did some research on Nuge as a winger recently and came up with this:

    5v5 P/60, 2018-19 + 2019-20, over 1000 minutes TOI with McDavid or Draisaitl, Nuge scored 2.80 P/60. You know where that puts him? Here’s a list of the top-10 wingers based on 5v5 P/60 over the past 2 years:

    Kucherov: 3.21 P/60
    Panarin: 3.02
    Marchand: 2.83
    * Nugent-Hopkins: 2.80 *
    Kane: 2.72
    Guentzel: 2.71
    Pastrnak: 2.70
    Tatar: 2.63
    Kubalik: 2.59
    Marner: 2.58

    That’s elite scoring. Plus he’s very good at killing penalties and of course he’s a powerplay witch.

    Maybe he’s found his niche.

    *****
    For reference, this year Nugent-Hopkins spent about 56% of his 5v5 TOI as a winger, mostly for Draisaitl but some with McDavid too. Here is his “winger only” production lined up with all NHL players with 250+ minutes played:

    Nugent-Hopkins: 3.51 P/60 (512 minutes)
    Malkin: 3.43 (805)
    Panarin: 3.28 (1079)
    Yamamoto: 3.16 (418)
    Marchand: 3.05 (906)
    Kucherov: 3.01 (958)
    Stamkos: 2.96 (769)
    Pastrnak: 2.92 (985)
    MacKinnon: 2.90 (1075)
    Draisaitl: 2.89 (1163)
    McDavid: 2.84 (1055)

    That’s incredible production over a fairly large sample size. I’m looking forward to seeing RNH score 100 points next season as a full-time winger.

    If you aren’t Nuge’s agent, you sure as hell should be.

  76. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Whoa – Mattheson reporting that the Oilers do plan on inviting Broberg to come over for camp on July 10th (and be with the team throughout, obviously).

    It will be interesting to see if he comes.I think he will even though this may conflict with the start of his SHL season (=the SHL starts on September 19 so I anticipate camp around the end of August – hopefully the Oilers are still playing)

    We know that he was going to be coming to normal training camp in September and then head back over to Sweden and that would have definitely conflicted with the start of the SHL season.

    Aside from this being reported previously it kinda makes sense to have 11D and 17F rather than 10D/18F.

  77. jp says:

    ArmchairGM: Interesting. I did some research on Nuge as a winger recently and came up with this:

    5v5 P/60, 2018-19 + 2019-20, over 1000 minutes TOI with McDavid or Draisaitl, Nuge scored 2.80 P/60. You know where that puts him? Here’s a list of the top-10 wingers based on 5v5 P/60 over the past 2 years:

    Kucherov: 3.21 P/60
    Panarin: 3.02
    Marchand: 2.83
    * Nugent-Hopkins: 2.80 *
    Kane: 2.72
    Guentzel: 2.71
    Pastrnak: 2.70
    Tatar: 2.63
    Kubalik: 2.59
    Marner: 2.58

    That’s elite scoring. Plus he’s very good at killing penalties and of course he’s a powerplay witch.

    Maybe he’s found his niche.

    *****
    For reference, this year Nugent-Hopkins spent about 56% of his 5v5 TOI as a winger, mostly for Draisaitl but some with McDavid too. Here is his “winger only” production lined up with all NHL players with 250+ minutes played:

    Nugent-Hopkins: 3.51 P/60 (512 minutes)
    Malkin: 3.43 (805)
    Panarin: 3.28 (1079)
    Yamamoto: 3.16 (418)
    Marchand: 3.05 (906)
    Kucherov: 3.01 (958)
    Stamkos: 2.96 (769)
    Pastrnak: 2.92 (985)
    MacKinnon: 2.90 (1075)
    Draisaitl: 2.89 (1163)
    McDavid: 2.84 (1055)

    That’s incredible production over a fairly large sample size. I’m looking forward to seeing RNH score 100 points next season as a full-time winger.

    Found his niche indeed. Really impressive.

    RNH as a 90-100 point winger IS more valuable than as a 50-60 point C. Hopefully Holland locks him up in the offseason before he’s an actual top 10 scorer.

  78. Glovjuice says:

    oilersfan:
    N64,

    That is so bizarre considering that in Alberta the amount of cases hospitalized under 50 is 2%.

    How can Dallas be at 50%?! Unless 90% of all the cases are people under 50 and there are only 40 people hospitalized , 20 of them under 50…

    My guess (and now somewhat proven I think) is that the virus is not exactly the same in all regions). As such, different pathogenicity, and therefore different severe outcomes. Also, probably more obesity and other comorbidities in Dallas area (although, not different enough to account for the dramatic difference). NOTE: I am not a virologist.

  79. jp says:

    ArmchairGM: Jesse has a FAR greater chance of becoming a top-6 player than a 2nd. Here’s an article that will give you some idea what the odds are of your picks turning into good players:

    https://www.coppernblue.com/platform/amp/2011/4/4/2082829/nhl-draft-pick-value-first-round

    Even if this is a really deep draft (the jury is still out on that), the probability of a mid-first round pick becoming a top player is just under 30%.

    So the question becomes: what are Puljujarvi’s chances of becoming a top player? I’ll look at his 19- and 21-year-old seasons to get some idea what his future could look like. I’m not using his 18-year-old season because there are so few comparables (Hughes and Kakko fit but that story isn’t written yet), and I’m ignoring his 20-year-old season because he played with the nagging hip issue all year which finally ended his season prematurely.

    As a 19-year-old Puljujarvi posted 0.31 P/GP in the NHL. Here are all the 19-year-old’s who have posted +/- 0.05 P/GP from 00-01 to 17-18:

    Beauvillier
    Boedker
    PM Bouchard
    Josefson
    Latendresse
    Lindholm
    Couterier
    Lucic
    O’Reilly
    Jost
    J Staal
    Zacha
    Turris
    Johansen
    Puljujarvi
    Seguin
    Tlusty
    Burmistrov
    Smith-Pelly
    Weiss
    McCann

    Of those 20 player (not including Puljujarvi), 10 of them became “top” players under the criteria listed in the link, or 50%. The jury is still out on 4 of them (Beauvillier, Jost, Zacha and McCann), so if you exclude them you’re left with 10 of 16, or 62.5%.

    Now we turn to Jesse’s 21-year-old season. He posted 53 points in 56 Liiga games and led the league in shots / corsi, etc. Using an NHLe conversion factor of 0.45, his equivalent P/GP in the NHL would have been 0.43. Using the same criteria as before (+/- 0.05 P/GP), we can see that 59 players matched at 21 years old. I’m not going to list them out, but you can check out the list here:

    https://www.hockey-reference.com/play-index/psl_finder.cgi?request=1&match=single&year_min=2001&year_max=2018&season_start=1&season_end=-1&rookie=N&age_min=21&age_max=21&pos=F&is_playoffs=N&c1stat=points_per_game&c1comp=gt&c1val=0.38&c2stat=points_per_game&c2comp=lt&c2val=0.48&c3stat=games_played&c3comp=gt&c3val=40&threshhold=5&order_by=points_per_game

    How many of them became “top” NHLers? Thirty, with the story not yet written with 5 of them: Dvorak, Niederreiter, McCann, Milano and Lehkonen. Dividing 30 into 54 gets us 55.5%.

    I don’t think it’s unreasonable to conclude that Jesse Puljujarvi has >50% chance of becoming a top-6 forward in the NHL, which is a similar probability to that of a #4 – 7 pick in an average draft. I’m not going to say he’s worth a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft because I don’t think his ceiling is as high as those guys. There’s a vast difference between being top-6 (Milan Lucic) and being top-6 (Nicklas Backstrom or Mitch Marner).

    If Holland is indeed asking for a mid- to late-1st as has been speculated, I can certainly understand why. Puljujarvi has a higher floor than a typical pick in this range (he’s far more likely to become a top-6 forward) and about as high a ceiling.

    This is great stuff. Thanks for posting again.

  80. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – I was curious, and looked up MacT as GM:

    2013: Nurse was a solid pick @ 7, (as were the next few). Roy, Sleppy, Yakimov, Plazter et al: 10 picks, 1 NHLer: Fail Big time IMO: the Belechik move down draft concept was sound, execution brutal

    2014: Drai @ 3 was a massive win for sure: Lagesson, maybe 7th NHL D, 7 years after draft, Nagevool, Vesel, Couglin et al: Fail, but Drai massive

    – So in two years, 16 draft picks: Nurse and Drai good, the rest, awful. MacT as GM who figured out drafting: not so much IMO. 2 a year is good.

    – My guess is the 2015 draft was mostly inspired by the Bruins list. Just as the 2019 was mostly inspired by Detroit’s. Certainly they both deviated from tradional Oiler picks.

  81. Scungilli Slushy says:

    jp: Found his niche indeed. Really impressive.

    RNH as a 90-100 point winger IS more valuable than as a 50-60 point C. Hopefully Holland locks him up in the offseason before he’s an actual top 10 scorer.

    That depends on how context is considered.

    As a winger being Kurri to Gretzky yes. Meaning being the defensive conscience and scoring then yes.

    If scoring less and being Bergeron, that may have more team and playoff success value.

    Context is everything when looking at anything.

  82. N64 says:

    Glovjuice: My guess (and now somewhat proven I think) is that the virus is not exactly the same in all regions). As such, different pathogenicity, and therefore different severe outcomes. Also, probably more obesity and other comorbidities in Dallas area (although, not different enough to account for the dramatic difference). NOTE: I am not a virologist.

    One other theory is that when people get multiple exposures in crowded settings viral load may influence severity.

  83. OriginalPouzar says:

    Optimism is like heroin:
    Jessewhat a sh#t show so far in his NHL career.

    but i still have a lot of hope with him.In regards to next years roster it will be better with him on it at qualifying numbers.
    neal-mcD-kass does well enough
    rnh-drai-yamma needs no introduction
    khaira-AA-Pulju provides an offensive 3rd line to run against lesser competition with JJ taking draws and giving a solid def winger.
    jurco-sheahan-archie have all proven useful

    klef-lars been good for a few years
    nurse-bear here is hoping bear doesnt regress
    jones-krussel kris isnt getting traded

    scratches being chia, haas and lagesson.

    most contenders from this year are going to be in tough to maintain the rosters while we will be better than the start of 19-20.

    Sorry, with respect, I can’t agree with alot in there.

    1) That first line was not good enough this year. James Neal was a major drag on McDavid. That line, as a trio, in 90 minutes, were 45% in goals percentage. Remove James Neal and McDavid/Kass were 56%. McDavid and Neal without Kassian were below 40%.

    No way can James Neal be on McDavid’s wing given this season’s results.

    2) Nygard has a roster spot (and a lineup spot) over Jurco – who may be re-signed but needs to work his way on the team.

    3) Russell may not be traded – I’m sure Holland will give it his best shot but you may be right. Even if that’s so, I don’t think they will go with two lefties on the third pairing. Jones has proven to be much better on his left side at the NHL level and Rusty on his right side is no longer an option. Rusty would be in the press box with Benning (Green) on the right side subject to major Jones regression.

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: If you aren’t Nuge’s agent, you sure as hell should be.

    On that note, Holland best get the Nuge extension done prior to that 100 point season commencing.

    Seems the “new July 1” will likely be November 1 – start of free agency and new technical last year of expiring multi-year deals.

  85. Scungilli Slushy says:

    jp: This is great stuff. Thanks for posting again.

    Awesome the value of a second round pick as a strong player is not good. Which is why GMs are trying to do what Holland is rejecting, and why he wants a good prospect and a low odd pick back.

    Good GMing IMO

  86. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    ArmchairGM,

    – Yeah, you did a good job on this, Thanks. George also provided some good context. There is no doubt that Jessie is an NHL player today. A 2nd is 5 years out

    – As a fan of the Oilers, we should all rather Jessie not play again in the NHL than trade him a 2nd, which is likely no help but will take 5 years to figure that out, as per your post. Math don’t lie

    – Bad teams trade NHL players for magic beans

  87. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: Aside from this being reported previously it kinda makes sense to have 11D and 17F rather than 10D/18F.

    It was previously reported that the organization was thinking of bringing him over for the post-season but now it sounds like they have made that decision.

    I’m not sure I would even consider Broberg the 11D – the chances of him playing are, essentially, zero.

    Samorukov would likely be a better option if that 11th D actually had to play.

    If the team has 5D out, well, its probably not looking good.

  88. jp says:

    Scungilli Slushy: That depends on how context is considered.

    As a winger being Kurri to Gretzky yes.Meaning being the defensive conscience and scoring then yes.

    If scoring less and being Bergeron, that may have more team and playoff success value.

    Context is everything when looking at anything.

    Yeah but we know Nuge is not Bergeron. At all. So excelling in the Kurri role is a huge plus.

  89. Jaxon says:

    Looking at the first round and where many people have the to 4 WHL players ranked (generally in the 13th to 21st range), I wouldn’t be surprised if Holland grabs a WHL player. C/RW Seth Jarvis, C Connor Zary, LHD Kaiden Guhle, or RHD Braden Schneider. One or more of them will fall to the late first round. I think they’d all be solid picks.

  90. N64 says:

    JimmyV1965: Ya. Those figures really surprised me. Gets my spidey senses tingling for sure.Either they have done a much better job protecting elderly people and overall hospitalization has dropped dramatically, or the virus has mutated. Can’t think of another explanation, although there certainly could be.

    Another scenario is that the recent jump in younger cohort transmission hasn’t had time to slop over to vulnerable seniors YET. Senior homes likely more protected than months ago but at as background rises harder to keep it out over time.

  91. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I was curious, and looked up MacT as GM:

    2013: Nurse was a solid pick @ 7, as were the next few.Roy, Sleppy, Yakimov, Plazter: 10 picks, 1 NHLer: Fail Big time IMO: the Belechik move down draft concept was sound, execution brutal

    2014: Drai @ 3 was a massive win for sure: Lagesson, maybe 7th NHL D, 7 years after draft, Nagevool, Vesel, Couglin: Fail, but Drai massive

    – So in two years, 16 draft picks: Nurse and Drai good, the rest, awful.MacT as GM who figured out drafting: not so much IMO.2 a year is good.

    – My guess is the 2015 draft was mostly inspired by the Bruins list.Just as the 2019 was mostly inspired by Detroit’s.Certainly they both deviated from tradional Oiler picks.

    Well, to be fair, in 2014, not having a 2nd or 3rd rounder vastly reduces the chances of multiple NHL players and, to me, Laggeson in the 4th round is a successful pick. He’s a proven depth NHL player and, to me, likely and every day 3LD if given the opportunity.

    Also, Slepyshev is highly likely an NHL player. He was, or was darn close, when he left and has, from various accounts, matured as a player. I was stoked when I thought he was coming back.

  92. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    ArmchairGM,

    – Yeah, you did a good job on this, Thanks.George also provided some good context.There is no doubt that Jessie is an NHL player today.A 2nd is 5 years out

    – As a fan of the Oilers, we should all rather Jessie not play again in the NHL than trade him a 2nd, which is likely no help but will take 5 years to figure that out, as per your post. Math don’t lie

    – Bad teams trade NHL players for magic beans

    Honest question – may i ask why there is no doubt Jesse is an NHL player today but Slepyshev didn’t make your list of NHL players from his draft year?

  93. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    OriginalPouzar: Honest question – may i ask why there is no doubt Jesse is an NHL player today but Slepyshev didn’t make your list of NHL players from his draft year?

    – Because there is no doubt that Jessie is an NHL player today, and he’s 21.

    – Vs. Sleppy last played in the NHL 3 years ago, he’s 26, he’s signed to the KHL, played 100 games of very replacable hockey: he’s not better than he was 3 years ago.

    – My take is to not give the organizaiton credit for 3 NHL players over 16 picks in 2 years. And Jessie wasn’t drafted under that regime: I don’t get it:

    – Do you think that MacT did a good job in so far as drafting is somethin that you rate GMs on? I think his drafting was poor. Do you? Or are you simply hung up on the classification of a player who is not in the NHL? It’s poor draft result IMO, include Sleppy if it makes you feel better. Jessie, he’s not part of the discussion of MacT’s draft results: I don’t get it.

  94. OriginalPouzar says:

    I don’t understand why there is no doubt that Puljuarvi is an NHL player today but, seemingly, doubt that Slepyshev is an NHL player today.

    I would posit that Slepyshev’s most recent season in the KHL was more impressive than Puljujarvi’s most reason season in Liiga.

    Of course, age and future runway for further development are not similar but the conversation was about which players drafted are NHLers.

    I never said anything about MacT’s overall drafting record – you posited two NHLers out of those two year and I think there are four (and if one isn’t willing to put Slepyshev on that list then I don’t think one can go on to say the Puljujarvi is a for sure NHL player today).

  95. Optimism is like heroin says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Fair enough, if I may however the sample size on the trio of kass, mcd and neal is only 89 minutes so small sample size here. They did however post some nice corsi with a 62% share of high danger corsi with a on ice save % of .864. The other side of this line is we need to stop using buyouts that just make the future more difficult. If benson pops then sure move Neal to 4LW and PP time.

    point 2 ….. yah wow that was a dumb one. Nygard is who i meant and you are absolutely correct here.

    point 3 2 Lefties isn’t ideal for sure. If Russel can be moved for anything then fantastic you do that. I just don’t see it happening. This way Benning can be moved for picks and there is some cap room to find a back up.

  96. Scungilli Slushy says:

    OriginalPouzar: Well, to be fair, in 2014, not having a 2nd or 3rd rounder vastly reduces the chances of multiple NHL players and, to me, Laggeson in the 4th round is a successful pick.He’s a proven depth NHL player and, to me, likely and every day 3LD if given the opportunity.

    Also, Slepyshev is highly likely an NHL player.He was, or was darn close, when he left and has, from various accounts, matured as a player. I was stoked when I thought he was coming back.

    NHL player is a wide description.

    Like 100 games as a measurement.

    Some players don’t want to be bottom 6 players which is what Slepy likely would be and from his angle his future in the league.

    Top 6 at home in a good league and kudos or chase the top league dream?

    It’s not for everybody.

    I think JP likely fits there.

  97. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:

    1) That first line was not good enough this year. James Neal was a major drag on McDavid. That line, as a trio, in 90 minutes, were 45% in goals percentage. Remove James Neal and McDavid/Kass were 56%. McDavid and Neal without Kassian were below 40%.

    No way can James Neal be on McDavid’s wing given this season’s results.

    Neal was a drag in goals only. Neal actually had the best SF%, best xGF% and worst PDO with McDavid of any linemate to play more than 54 minutes with McDavid (Nygard had better rates in 53 minutes).

    The 54+ minute group includes (in order of minutes) Kassian, Draisaitl, Neal, Archibald, Chiasson, Gagner, Ennis, Nuge. OLH mentions similar.

    I won’t argue Neal SHOULD be with McDavid but I definitely don’t think it needs to be avoided like the plague. The goal numbers may well be just bad luck.

  98. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar: It was previously reported that the organization was thinking of bringing him over for the post-season but now it sounds like they have made that decision.

    I’m not sure I would even consider Broberg the 11D – the chances of him playing are, essentially, zero.

    Samorukov would likely be a better option if that 11th D actually had to play.

    If the team has 5D out, well, its probably not looking good.

    Yes, just meant that it didn’t come out of nowhere.

    For sure the # 11D isn’t likely to play. And if he does that’s not a good sign. Still, if you were going to pick what you *might* need, #11D is more important than #18F (acknowledging that neither should ever get in a game). 5F need to be out to call on the #18F too.

    Samorukov could be the better option but Broberg is clearly the future. And the two were playing pretty comparable roles in pretty comparable pro leagues this year (sheltered depth D).

    Injury-wise, Klefbom tends to miss 1/4 games, Larsson missed half of this season, Benning and Russell both missed time with concussions this year and Green has never been able to stay healthy. These Oilers D aren’t exactly iron men.

  99. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: Neal was a drag in goals only. Neal actually had the best SF%, best xGF% and worst PDO with McDavid of any linemate to play more than 54 minutes with McDavid (Nygard had better rates in 53 minutes).

    The 54+ minute group includes (in order of minutes) Kassian, Draisaitl, Neal, Archibald, Chiasson, Gagner, Ennis, Nuge. OLH mentions similar.

    I won’t argue Neal SHOULD be with McDavid but I definitely don’t think it needs to be avoided like the plague. The goal numbers may well be just bad luck.

    I know that shot metrics are more predictive when small sample sizes are being used but, “he was only a drag in goals”, well, goals are the most important stat, really the only one that ultimately matters.

  100. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar: I know that shot metrics are more predictive when small sample sizes are being used but, “he was only a drag in goals”, well, goals are the most important stat, really the only one that ultimately matters.

    Yes, goals are what matters, of course. The point was that the underlying numbers, which as you say are very often more predictive than goals themselves, tell a different story than the goals do (hence “only goals”, but not the other measures say Neal-McDavid were bad).

    If you believe shot metrics are more predictive in small sample sizes then I’m not sure why you’d say no way James Neal can be on McDavid’s wing given their results…

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