NHL Ready?

by Lowetide

Tyler Benson’s NHL equivalencies have shown a consistent contributor offensively since he was drafted. A forward who posts 30+ NHLE points should be able to grab an NHL job and score enough to stay in the league until his hands betray him.

Benson was drafted around some quality players in 2016’s second round. We know he’ll never catch Alex DeBrincat, but what about the other men drafted in the second round with Benson?

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DRAFT DAY NHLE’S SINCE 2010 (TOP OILERS PICKS)

  1. Connor McDavid 25-42-67
  2. Taylor Hall 17-29-46
  3. Nail Yakupov 18-22-40
  4. Leon Draisaitl 15-25-40
  5. Kailer Yamamoto 16-22-38
  6. Ryan Nugent Hopkins 11-27-38
  7. Raphael Lavoie 12-15-27
  8. Ryan McLeod 10-17-27
  9. Tyler Benson 7-16-23
  10. Jesse Puljujarvi 10-11-21

TYLER BENSON’S NHLE’S

The NHLE’s do a nice job of showing who is emerging and when. DeBrincat was miles better than everyone in the second round on draft day, and was posting 52 points in an NHL season two years later. Jordan Kyrou has had a nice trajectory since draft day too, I think he’ll be a regular for several years. In this group, I would pick Benson third. He’s been a consistent 30+ NHLE since he was drafted. He’s ready.

RAPHAEL LAVOIE’S NHLE’S

Lavoie looks good in this group, he won’t catch Kaliyev (who isn’t in DeBrincat territory but it is no more than one town over) but there’s some real talent there. A good trajectory.

RYAN MCLEOD’S NHLE’S

I think Berggren projects as the best in this group, after that no clear second place finisher. Ylonen and McLeod are playing in pro leagues and project as bottom six options, Noel and Drury can still be projected a little higher. I don’t think this group is as clear as it will be three years from now.

BOB MCKENZIE’S 2020 SECOND ROUND

  • No. 34 LC Jan Mysak (OHL) 30.1
  • No. 35 LC Marat Khusnutdinov (MHL) 12.7
  • No. 39 LW Ty Smilanic (USHL) 14.3
  • No. 40 RW Ozzy Wiesblatt (WHL) 27.1
  • No. 41 RW Sam Colangelo (USHL) 29.2

I’ve mentioned a few times that trading Jesse Puljujarvi for a second-round pick isn’t something to recommend but an exception could be made if Jan Mysak is available at (say) No. 35 overall.

OILERS SECOND ROUND FORWARDS 2010-19

If we run the NHLE’s for second round picks through the last decade, we get an idea about when the organization turned the corner and started valuing second-round picks as offensive contributors. Miles to go, but progress, starting with Marco Roy, and that’s the time men like Craig MacTavish and Michael Parkatti were adding their valuations to the pile. I consider any NHLE season of 30 or more points after draft +1 as representing NHL-readiness.

Pitlick’s numbers were a little shy for an early second rounder but year two looked promising. He couldn’t stay healthy in the AHL and lost both development time and opportunities with the Oilers. Pitlick finally found the range and for his NHL career is averaging 13-11-24 per 82 NHL games.

Roy is a lost opportunity in my opinion, drafted by MacT in 2013 and then signed to an AHL-only deal (laughable considering the quality of players who the team gave pro contracts to in 2015) and put him on the No. 4 line with PK duty. He STILL outperformed the competition but the organization’s new management group had no interest.

Benson is the first forward this decade chosen in the second round who has delivered the kind of offense that will land him an NHL job. If he’s bottom-six, then he should be capable of delivering 25-30 points per 82 games. That’s a little more than Pitlick and the resume suggests that’s fair. Lavoie is tracking ahead of Benson but it’s early days.

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JOFA

Schremp’s boots have already betrayed him ?

defmn

Lowetide: Hold on a minute and I’ll find 50 comments from posters on this site about Kailer Yamamoto being a failure from this time last summer.

And Bear as well.

dustrock

Will be a strange experience with the NHL playoffs regardless but especially strange if Edmonton is hosting the SCF and the Oilers aren’t represented.

Football fans (either version) will be more familiar with a host city not being involved but not for a 7 game series.

Elgin R

Mcleod’s usage in the AHL is a good development model by the Oilers. Do they need a #1 or #2 center? No. A position of need is a PK 3C (oh how we miss you Ryan Strome). Mcleod was never a big point producer in Jr. hockey compared to Bensen or Lavoie. PPG last two years of Jr.: Lavoie – 1.32, Benson – 1.22, Mcleod – 1.01. So no expectation that he will suddenly become a NHL scorer (for reference Yamamoto – 1.55 PPG last two years of Jr.). Mcleod has good speed, is big (6.03 / 203), and looks to be defensively responsible (small sample size only watched 3 Condors games).
Prediction for 200+ game NHL career: 40%

I am confident that Benson will be a decent bottom 6 player. Has good hockey IQ and works at his craft. He seems to have shaken the bad injury luck that he had for a few years and can now train properly. He is a smart player who looked much better as he played more NHL games. Really pulling for him as an Edmonton-raised player.
Prediction for 200+ game NHL career: 80%

Raphael Lavoie is an intriguing prospect; big, good skater and volume shooter. Too early to tell. Need to see him in Bakersfield.

kelvjn

Wish these junior league NHLE be weighted based on player age and size.

When you are youngest of the age group you have to standout a little more to take ice time and pp ice time from the more mature kids.

When you are giant among kids (6’4 200lb as a 18 year old) your project should be less because in pro league everyone is bigger. Not sure if the slight build ones project higher due to having to standout more for play time (see younger player) or project lower because the size difference would be bigger.

The other problem is the player bio size isn’t all that accurate.

leeinvan

As usual, it comes down to opportunity, bringing a player up and putting him on the 4th line won’t help a young skilled player trying to make his way.
When you look at teams like Chicago and Tampa who gave a prospect that wasn’t a 1st rounder a chance , they were rewarded. This all comes down to the coach.
Old school coaches are big on loyalty, and want the prospect to pay his dues, sometimes this hurt the team and the prospect.
Younger coaches tend to be more open, and maybe willing to try a prospect on a top line.

maudite

Far down the list of what will be strange about the finals no? Game will be watched on tvs regardless of where it is. Hopefully Not a ton of fanfare on streets regardless of who wins.

Basically massive spike for katz hotel income and I imagine inhouse food income…people probably start proclaiming great economic benefits but I dont think they are really all that great.

I was hoping it might be elsewhere.

dustrock:
Will be a strange experience with the NHL playoffs regardless but especially strange if Edmonton is hosting the SCF and the Oilers aren’t represented.

Football fans (either version) will be more familiar with a host city not being involved but not for a 7 game series.

Pescador

Lowetide: Hold on a minute and I’ll find 50 comments from posters on this site about Kailer Yamamoto being a failure from this time last summer.

My personal favorites were the comments about how his tiny bones would never allow him to play in the NHL
Wasted pick

defmn

leeinvan:
As usual, it comes down to opportunity, bringing a player up and putting him on the 4th linewon’t help a young skilled player trying to make his way.
When you look at teams like Chicago and Tampa who gave a prospect that wasn’t a 1st rounder a chance , they were rewarded. This all comes down to the coach.
Old school coaches are big on loyalty, and want the prospect to pay his dues, sometimes this hurt the team and the prospect.
Younger coaches tend to be more open, and maybe willing to try a prospecton a top line.

Strong teams have more ability to protect young players from their mistakes without it costing them wins and the losses weighing on the kids minds to the point where they lose their confidence.

Winning teams can afford to take chances that bubble teams cannot.

godot10

Tyler. Score some goals. i.e. play better with the puck not on your stick. You are neither good enough or fast enough to be just a playmaker at the NHL level. You have to BALANCE your game. Your comfort zone is not good enough. You gotta learn to get to the right places without the puck.

Find your inner Marty Reasoner and evolve.

Scungilli Slushy

defmn: Strong teams have more ability to protect young players from their mistakes without it costing them wins and the losses weighing on the kids minds to the point where they lose their confidence.

Winning teams can afford to take chances that bubble teams cannot.

Holland said this in an interview several years pre Oiler.

The ‘reason’ for looking for skill regardless of size was drafting late over a long time.

The ‘reason’ for slow cooking prospects was a deep veteran team that could sign any UFA they wanted to.

Context is everything, we know this.

Jordan

defmn: Strong teams have more ability to protect young players from their mistakes without it costing them wins and the losses weighing on the kids minds to the point where they lose their confidence.

Winning teams can afford to take chances that bubble teams cannot.

This is backwards.

Bubble teams need to take chances to find the players that can make them winning teams.

Teams that become winners take chances because status quo of a bubble team is still a bubble team.

And if they fail, they’re still bubble teams, or they get higher draft picks.

flyfish1168

Lowetide: Hold on a minute and I’ll find 50 comments from posters on this site about Kailer Yamamoto being a failure from this time last summer.

Not trying to be negative and get ahead of of ourselves and add pressure on the young man. But is it to early to call it a success?

JOFA

Lowetide: Hold on a minute and I’ll find 50 comments from posters on this site about Kailer Yamamoto being a failure from this time last summer.

This is true Al. However, Benson’s skating ability, or lack thereof, is a huge issue imo. Furthermore, Benson’s skating is not even on the same planet as Yamamoto’s.

Scungilli Slushy

flyfish1168: Not trying to be negative. But is it to early to call it a success?

I don’t think so

He has everything that is needed to be a good or better NHL player except size

That he can play with skill isn’t a rare talent. His biggest challenge will be health and sustained production, they go together

If he doesn’t score there is no easy place for him. There is a reason there aren’t many players his size in the league

BONE207

leeinvan:
As usual, it comes down to opportunity, bringing a player up and putting him on the 4th linewon’t help a young skilled player trying to make his way.
When you look at teams like Chicago and Tampa who gave a prospect that wasn’t a 1st rounder a chance , they were rewarded. This all comes down to the coach.
Old school coaches are big on loyalty, and want the prospect to pay his dues, sometimes this hurt the team and the prospect.
Younger coaches tend to be more open, and maybe willing to try a prospecton a top line.

Why do you want Tippett fired?

BONE207

Pescador: My personal favorites were the comments about how his tiny bones would never allow him to play in the NHL
Wasted pick

Sting like a humming bird, fly like an eagle

Reja

Jordan: This is backwards.

Bubble teams need to take chances to find the players that can make them winning teams.

Teams that become winners take chances because status quo of a bubble team is still a bubble team.

And if they fail, they’re still bubble teams, or they get higher draft picks.

Usually older coaches or on winning teams when they’re not their fired. When replaced with a younger coach whose organizations want to do a so called rebuild they have a window where losing is acceptable. These Coaches can afford and expected to go with the younger players in the top 6 and PP.

Reja

JOFA:
Schremp’s boots have already betrayed him ?

Does Benson owe you cab fair? Why such a hard on for this kid he’s getting a chance regardless which he damn well deserves. Time will tell but I would rather cheer for the hometown boy then troll him before he’s even given a fair shake.

defmn

Jordan: This is backwards.

Bubble teams need to take chances to find the players that can make them winning teams.

Teams that become winners take chances because status quo of a bubble team is still a bubble team.

And if they fail, they’re still bubble teams, or they get higher draft picks.

Taking chances to find players is somewhat different than taking chances playing guys before they are ready.

JOFA

Reja: Does Benson owe you cab fair? Why such a hard on for this kid he’s getting a chance regardless which he damn well deserves. Time will tell but I would rather cheer for the hometown boy then troll him before he’s evengiven a fair shake.

Call it as I see it. He’ll have a career. In Europe?

N64

Holland playoff teams always seemed to have a late overcooked roster addition that surprised in the playoffs.

With the sudden restart someone will get injured and another will start slowly and the replacement won’t give the spot back,

For the sheer fun of it I’ll go first with the Holland special: Tyler Benson.

OriginalPouzar

Tyler Benson’s rookie pro season in the AHL was absolutely marvelous – it was so good that it may have set too high an expectation. I recall Woodguy’s blog comparing his 20 year old season to a swarth of others and he was in very very good company. A step back offensively this past season on a team that was a mess almost all year long (goalering early due to injury and then call-ups and injuries to much of the skill). Benson showed in his cup of coffee that he has NHL attributes and a future in this league.

Recall, the likes of Yamamoto, Bear, Jones, etc. all had cups of coffee in their first few years of pro and were not ready.

I’m not ready to send Benson to Prague yet…..

————

Really really hope there is a place for Lavoie to play many games this season. I really look forward to seeing his his development curve goes as a pro. I know his shot, ability to get that shot off and the skill he has but I often “worry” about prospects that are more physically mature in than others in junior – will their games translate to the NHL where they aren’t more physically mature? I look at Lavoie’s workout posts – he’s big and strong and in great shape – more of man than many in the Q he played against

————-

McLeod’s NHLe doesn’t jump off the page but, of course, we know it was pretty much ALL 5 on 5 (little PP) and with bottom six or middle six AHLers. I think his production 5 on 5 is actually quite encouraging and I look for him to be a full time center next season and top 6 center playing both special teams for most of the year.

Pescador

BONE207: fly like an eagle

To the sea?

doritogrande

Mcleod’s usage in the AHL is a good development model by the Oilers. Do they need a #1 or #2 center? No. A position of need is a PK 3C (oh how we miss you Ryan Strome). Mcleod was never a big point producer in Jr. hockey compared to Bensen or Lavoie. PPG last two years of Jr.: Lavoie – 1.32, Benson – 1.22, Mcleod – 1.01. So no expectation that he will suddenly become a NHL scorer (for reference Yamamoto – 1.55 PPG last two years of Jr.). Mcleod has good speed, is big (6.03 / 203), and looks to be defensively responsible (small sample size only watched 3 Condors games).
Prediction for 200+ game NHL career: 40%

I am confident that Benson will be a decent bottom 6 player. Has good hockey IQ and works at his craft. He seems to have shaken the bad injury luck that he had for a few years and can now train properly. He is a smart player who looked much better as he played more NHL games. Really pulling for him as an Edmonton-raised player.
Prediction for 200+ game NHL career: 80%

Let’s riff off this for a moment. We all agree that McLeod’s projection is 3C. We all also tend to agree that Benson is going to be in tough for Top-6 work. This is the perfect time and opportunity to pair them together in Bakersfield and see what they can do together as 2/3ds of the Cleary-Reisen-I dont remember the third guy line from the old Bulldogs days.

Despite Mcleod being labelled 3C, there is no reason he should not be given top-line billing in the AHL with the best creative forwards he can be given. This is his time to develop skills, flash what little bit of offense he can, and get 20+ minutes per game in all situations so that when he’s called up, he can do it all if needed.

Benson needs to be given time to develop some checking skills and learn how to play the NHL tempo game. That’s best developed going against the AHL’s best, with the best defensive C we can give him (could arguably be Malone, but I’m making a point here). He needs to learn to cycle, to dump and chase, to haul ass on the backcheck.

If everything jives, you’ve got your 3-line for the next five years as early as the 2021-22 season.. Creative thinking!

Ryan

N64:
Holland playoff teams always seemed to have a late overcooked roster addition that surprised in the playoffs.

With the sudden restart someone will get injured and another will start slowly and the replacement won’t give the spot back,

For the sheer fun of it I’ll go first with the Holland special: Tyler Benson.

Ha.

I remember watching the Detroit Red Wings during the 2009 playoffs when the color commentator quipped, “What’s an Abdelkader? Who is this guy the called up? He’s flying all over the ice…”

Ryan

Lowetide:
Dave Tippett talking Tyler Benson: “There’s some guys in the league who aren’t great skaters but they anticipate so well. Tyler has hockey smarts and that’ll be an advantage for him. There’s a difference between fast and quick. Quick is making 10-foot plays here and there, fast is if you’re getting caught and the puck turns over. That’s a 100-foot sprint, not a 10-foot blink. As a player, you have to realize not to put yourself in the situation. I think he’s smart enough to realize that,”

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/oilers-top-forward-prospect-tyler-benson-is-ready-for-bigger-things

Nice quote.

I think we’ll see more of these player types succeed due largely to better roster construction.

Teams with depth always seem to have a better time developing forwards.

For the Oilers in the past, if you were given a chance to succeed, it was either the top line or no man’s land.

Ryan

Ryan,

To put in other terms, imagine a player like Benson trying to find his way in the NHL on one of the DOD Oilers teams.

OriginalPouzar

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maudite

It gives me hope that maybe maroody might have some tread on tires and his claims of finally feeling back to full speed is impactful TBH. If a serviceable above replacement top 9 player comes from either option…its a big bump.

OriginalPouzar:
Tyler Benson’s rookie pro season in the AHL was absolutely marvelous – it was so good that it may have set too high an expectation.I recall Woodguy’s blog comparing his 20 year old season to a swarth of others and he was in very very good company.A step back offensively this past season on a team that was a mess almost all year long (goalering early due to injury and then call-ups and injuries to much of the skill).Benson showed in his cup of coffee that he has NHL attributes and a future in this league.

Recall, the likes of Yamamoto, Bear, Jones, etc. all had cups of coffee in their first few years of pro and were not ready.

I’m not ready to send Benson to Prague yet…..

————

Really really hope there is a place for Lavoie to play many games this season. I really look forward to seeing his his development curve goes as a pro.I know his shot, ability to get that shot off and the skill he has but I often “worry” about prospects that are more physically mature in than others in junior – will their games translate to the NHL where they aren’t more physically mature?I look at Lavoie’s workout posts – he’s big and strong and in great shape – more of man than many in the Q he played against

————-

McLeod’s NHLe doesn’t jump off the page but, of course, we know it was pretty much ALL 5 on 5 (little PP) and with bottom six or middle six AHLers.I think his production 5 on 5 is actually quite encouraging and I look for him to be a full time center next season and top 6 center playing both special teams for most of the year.

JimmyV1965

Jordan: This is backwards.

Bubble teams need to take chances to find the players that can make them winning teams.

Teams that become winners take chances because status quo of a bubble team is still a bubble team.

And if they fail, they’re still bubble teams, or they get higher draft picks.

It is simply much easier to integrate young players into NHL lineups with established vets, and real vets, not NHL tweeners. That was a big problem with the Oil during the decade of darkness and the reason young players popped once they were traded off the team.

JimmyV1965

Ryan:
Ryan,

To put in other terms, imagine a player like Benson trying to find his way in the NHL on one of the DOD Oilers teams.

Would almost be impossible.

leadfarmer

Pescador: My personal favorites were the comments about how his tiny bones would never allow him to play in the NHL
Wasted pick

Always thought he would will himself an NHL career as an Arvidsson like player

Reja

JOFA: Call it as I see it. He’ll have a career. In Europe?

What team do you cheer for?

JOFA

Reja: What team do you cheer for?

The Golden Seals! You?

OilClog

After a few years of playing on Connors or Leon’s wing and Benson could be looking back at DeBrincat screaming Dogs rule! Lots of sidewalk left.

ArmchairGM

N64:
Holland playoff teams always seemed to have a late overcooked roster addition that surprised in the playoffs.

With the sudden restart someone will get injured and another will start slowly and the replacement won’t give the spot back,

For the sheer fun of it I’ll go first with the Holland special: Tyler Benson.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Cooper Marody was the one to surprise if given a chance. If he’s 100% he’s a pretty good hockey player.

Ancient Oilers Fan

So.

Benson McLeod Marody

Darth Tu

ArmchairGM: I wouldn’t be surprised if Cooper Marody was the one to surprise if given a chance. If he’s 100% he’s a pretty good hockey player.

I’d love to see it. If he’s injury free this year, and there’s an AHL season it could be a perfect storm.

OriginalPouzar

maudite:
It gives me hope that maybe maroody might have some tread on tires and his claims of finally feeling back to full speed is impactful TBH.If a serviceable above replacement top 9 player comes from either option…its a big bump.

I have the same hope – from accounts, he really wasn’t healthy all year long – we know how those head issues can linger and change a player’s game for a while.

My hesitation still surrounds his off-season verbal when he took no ownership of the need to work on his skating as “its never held him back before”.

It was more the lack of acknowledgement, ownership and drive to get better than the skating itself that bothered me.

OriginalPouzar

Elgin R:
Mcleod’s usage in the AHL is a good development model by the Oilers.Do they need a #1 or #2 center?No.A position of need is a PK 3C (oh how we miss you Ryan Strome).Mcleod was never a big point producer in Jr. hockey compared to Bensen or Lavoie.PPG last two years of Jr.: Lavoie – 1.32, Benson – 1.22, Mcleod – 1.01.So no expectation that he will suddenly become a NHL scorer (for reference Yamamoto – 1.55 PPG last two years of Jr.).Mcleod has good speed, is big (6.03 / 203), and looks to be defensively responsible (small sample size only watched 3 Condors games).
Prediction for 200+ game NHL career:40%

I am confident that Benson will be a decent bottom 6 player. Has good hockey IQ and works at his craft.He seems to have shaken the bad injury luck that he had for a few years and can now train properly. He isa smart player who looked much better as he played more NHL games.Really pulling for him as an Edmonton-raised player.
Prediction for 200+ game NHL career:80%

Raphael Lavoie is an intriguing prospect; big, good skater and volume shooter.Too early to tell.Need to see him in Bakersfield.

I agree with most of this except to note that, anecdotally, 3rd line AHL centers don’t become NHL centers. 1st/2nd line AHL centers become 3Cs in the NHL.

I’m not concerned at all about McLeod’s useage or production this past season. His 5 on 5 scoring was actually quite heartening, in particular given middle-bottom six linemates.

My goal for McLeod this season is to be a full time center in the AHL (no more wing) and to play most of it in the top 6 with both special teams.

High 2nd round pick that will turn in to material 3Cs in the NHL will usually start showing that pedigree in their 2nd season – again, anecdotally.

I anticipate McLeod being a major part of the Condors this season – assuming there is one – please, please be one!

OriginalPouzar

Friedman with some interesting additional details for the RTP/CBA extension that will be voted on (when finalized) – for those that care about the minutia:

https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/potential-cba-modifications-emerging-nhl-nhlpa-continue-negotiations/

– its a 4 years extension (plus the one year left) but is extended for a year if the players owe the league/owners over $125M

– we know the $81.5M cap for the next two year – it stays there until revenues hit $81.5M and then the new cap will be calculated via the 2 years prior.

– escrow is 20%, then 14-18 (depending on revenues), then 10%, then 6%

– the one-time 10% deferral will be paid to the players in three years

– trade protection clauses run with a player that is traded prior to them kicking in (acquiring team does not have to agree).

– a player that signs a multi-year 35 plus contract and retires – well, there will be no more cap hit.

(THAT IS HUGE)

– no change to signing bonus matters

(THAT’S A SHOCKER TO ME)

– No more trade conditions dependant on the player signing with the acquiring team

(This kind of sucks for trading players like college free agents that won’t sign – draft pick is often conditioned on signing)

– As for return to play, anyone has the right to opt out without penalty. There will be pre-testing before everyone travels to the hub, and in the final week before arrival everyone will be asked to stay at home as much as possible, besides going to the rink. Once there, testing will take place on a daily basis, as each team will have a set time each day depending on their schedule.

OriginalPouzar

That last one is huge for me and, frankly, I’m highly disappointed.

I don’t think players “being asked to stay home as much as possible” in the last week is enough.

Shit, I think they should be happening now and I think Phase 3 (training camp) NEEDS to be a mandated home and rink quarantine – not a “stay home as much as you can” suggestion.

I don’t think that goes far enough to try and get to the hubs COVID-free -in particular with those coming from “hotter zones”.

Hopefully the players are very smart about this.

I’ve lost a bit of confidence in this.

Darth Tu

OriginalPouzar:
That last one is huge for me and, frankly, I’m highly disappointed.

I don’t think players “being asked to stay home as much as possible” in the last week is enough.

Shit, I think they should be happening now and I think Phase 3 (training camp) NEEDS to be a mandated home and rink quarantine – not a “stay home as much as you can” suggestion.

I don’t think that goes far enough to try and get to the hubs COVID-free -in particular with those coming from “hotter zones”.

Hopefully the players are very smart about this.

I’ve lost a bit of confidence in this.

Here’s hoping none of them have the Djokovic attitude.

Scungilli Slushy

Marody is a skilled player, but he’s in rough waters. Not a great skater, under typical NHL size and not a prolific offensive producer.

His ace in the hole is that the Oilers still lack skill in the bottom 6. That being said they also lack speed in the established bottom 6. Those that have speed are smaller players. There aren’t many ideal choices for the coaches.

No straight path for Cooper. Strong two way play would really help his cause, and being strong on face offs. I don’t know if he’s NHL good in those areas.

The Oilers are his best shot, having a big hole at RC. Opportunity knocks. It is really a shame he doesn’t appear to be focusing on skating which every player needs to these days if not already strong at it or well established.

If they can find a solid defensive line to play behind the top 2 they could run a younger line (skilled and less experienced). Marody, Benson and maybe a decent more experienced RW. Has Tippet ever done that I wonder, if he has a line he can depend on when his top 6 aren’t on the ice?

OriginalPouzar

Darth Tu: Here’s hoping none of them have the Djokovic attitude.

Hope not but, at the same time, MAF and Max P. can be strolling around Vegas and Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin out for some beers in Dallas the night before they head to Edmonton and get in to the hub.

They are NOT doing enough to ensure they get in the bubble Covid-free.

Scungilli Slushy

OriginalPouzar:
That last one is huge for me and, frankly, I’m highly disappointed.

I don’t think players “being asked to stay home as much as possible” in the last week is enough.

Shit, I think they should be happening now and I think Phase 3 (training camp) NEEDS to be a mandated home and rink quarantine – not a “stay home as much as you can” suggestion.

I don’t think that goes far enough to try and get to the hubs COVID-free -in particular with those coming from “hotter zones”.

Hopefully the players are very smart about this.

I’ve lost a bit of confidence in this.

Agreed. Especially for players coming up from the States. Risky.