If we were tasked with identifying this year’s Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and Kailer Yamamoto, who would they be? If the definition of the players was “most likely to play a feature role or perform well enough as a depth player to project into a more substantial job moving forward” who in the system would you name?
The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of The Athletic, check it out here.
- New Lowetide: Ken Holland’s second Oilers draft should deliver high-octane offence
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘It’s all surreal’: Kevin Lowe’s Hall of Fame nod nets surprise and satisfaction
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Thomas Drance: Vancouver vs. Edmonton: How do Western Canada’s NHL hub city bids stack up?
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: I nominated Kevin Lowe for The Athletic’s mock Hockey Hall of Fame — and he fell way short
- Lowetide: 10 things to look for at Oilers training camp and the 2020 playoffs
- Lowetide: Oilers’ July 2015 orientation camp produced a watershed of NHL talent
- Lowetide: Do Oilers fans expect feature minutes from Tyler Ennis on top line?
- Lowetide: Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and the Oilers’ need for veteran insurance
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Why the Oilers should protect these 8 skaters in the Seattle expansion draft
- Jonathan Willis: Why Carl Soderberg is an intriguing free agent possibility for the Oilers
- Lowetide: Oilers prospect Raphael Lavoie’s possible impact in his first year pro
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The good, bad and ugly of the Oilers’ last 15 years of free agent signings
- Lowetide: Why you should be worried about William Lagesson’s future in Edmonton
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Remembering the goal that made Fernando Pisani a cult hero in Edmonton
- Lowetide: The Oilers’ 2016 draft remains an enigma, with a glimmer of hope
- Jonathan Willis: The parallels from the fall of Alexander the Great and the 2006 Oilers
- Jonathan Willis: Connor McDavid’s recovery is just one of 2020’s incredible Masterton stories
- Lowetide: Every prospect in the Oilers system and what’s next for each player
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Projecting the Oilers’ black aces and how much they’ll play
- Jonathan Willis: Projecting the Oilers’ lineup for their play-in series versus the Blackhawks
LW Tyler Benson. He’s going to get a chance this season, may not be opening night. It’s clear Marody was very helpful offensively during Benson’s rookie year, and I think we can assume Benson will begin his career in the bottom-six (and might stay there). He will be a value deal next season, that’s a key to his being on the roster.
RHD Evan Bouchard. The positives (great passing, vision, he’s a savant getting the puck to the net on the power play) outweigh the downside (average NHL skater). He improved a great deal defensively during the season and is NHL-ready. We don’t know if he’s Ken Holland NHL-ready, or if the Oilers are being overly cautious with a prospect. In fairness to us, it’s been a long time since Edmonton has been accused of it.
LD William Lagesson. He’s an effective defenseman and has proven it over more than one season. He doesn’t look like a successful NHL defenseman when he skates and he doesn’t outlet pass brilliantly, but he gets the job done. I think he’s wildly underrated by Oilers fans.
RC Cooper Marody. He has a lot of what Edmonton needs, he’s a righty center with passing skill and creativity. He isn’t a burner but I remember him as being a capable skater. Marody’s injury during the 2019 playoffs began a downbeat 12 months and it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll be next season.
LC Ryan McLeod. He’s an absolute bullet, but scoring is going to be an issue, or at least that’s the suspicion. I thought he posted better than expected numbers, and wonder if he’ll be a strong contender for a center job during training camp 2020.
I don’t publish these anymore, but still run them as a way to check progress. Since I’m emptying the chamber this summer as we await games or the draft, thought I would post it. It’s a way to establish the point where players have trade value (Oilers could get now a significant return for Caleb Jones, as an example) and to identify a stall (Paigin) or a truly meandering career that deserves monitoring (Svoboda). Let’s do 2019.
This is actually a fantastic set of levels for draft plus one. Broberg and Konovalov are in good leagues playing a lot, the goalie has been the top option for two years now. Lavoie is about to make a major transition, the Year 2 slot will be more important for him than anyone on the list. Blumel, Mazura and Denezhkin are also in photo at this time, we wait for a spike.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN 1260, it’s a big day for the Lowdown. Brilliant NHL player and HHOFer Paul Coffey joins the show to talk about Kevin Lowe getting the call yesterday. Matthew Trueblood from Baseball Prospectus will tell us about the MLB season to come and the Covid-19 positives. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!