Oilers Training Camp Roster 2020 Playoff Edition

The Edmonton Oilers released the playoff camp roster yesterday and there was a surprise—a fifth goaltender (Dylan Wells) just to be safe. It makes sense from here, goaltending is a big damn deal and making sure you have enough of them is vital. Truth be told, there are only two names that a playoff Oilers team will play in front of, Oilers might be fishing for option No. 3 among Stuart Skinner, Dylan Wells and Olivier Rodrigue.

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GOALIES (5)

Mike Smith. The big man’s season (39 games, 19-12-6 2.95 .902) wasn’t strong and his .900 five on five percentage was close to league worst. On the other hand when he gets hot a team can ride his play for weeks. Going in to camp, he’s the starter because Dave Tippett and staff trust him.

Mikko Koskinen. He played so well Oilers fans rarely mention buyout anymore. He went 18-13-3 in 38 games, 2.75 GAA and a .917 SP. His .924 five on five save percentage put him in the league’s top 20 in that category. He’s my choice for starter. He’ll need some luck to get a start based on current conditions.

Stuart Skinner. He had a poor year in front of a ghastly AHL team, and his two pro seasons aren’t anything fabulous. In 44 ECHL games, his SP is .903, and in 47 AHL games his SP is .891. Oilers probably see him as the guy they drafted who has played in bad luck, but eventually you develop a past.

Olivier Rodrique. He’s a promising goaltender on the verge of his pro career and this camp may give him an opportunity to show what he’s capable of after a strong junior finish. One of the players I’m most looking forward to seeing in this camp.

Dylan Wells. I have him here because it didn’t sound like he was part of the original plan. In his two pro seasons, he has delivered .898 in 32 ECHL games, and .898 in 19 AHL games. Like Skinner, he needs a strong season to move ahead of the pack. I don’t think we’ll see him much.

LEFT DEFENSE (5)

Oscar Klefbom. He’s a quality NHL defenseman. I don’t usually say that out loud because when someone says it about a player the Oilers drafted the team trades his ass. Has come into his own as PP quarterback, his 4.77 points-per-60 in the discipline landed Klefbom No. 25 overall among NHL power-play blue. Big minutes, big part of Oilers defense.

Darnell Nurse. Led the team in five on five ice time, No. 3 in Corsi rel at five on five and Puck IQ tells us he led Oilers defensemen in TOI versus elites and was No. 3 in DFF%RC. A solid year, his 1.14 per 60 scoring at five on five ranked him No. 40 among NHL rearguards. He still has many critics, and there are moments like Max Domi turning him inside out early in the year that remain. Still, he is a substantial player on this team, I’m looking forward to seeing improvement during his second playoff run.

Caleb Jones. Exceptional numbers after his recall, he earned the third pairing job even tough Jones might not get it. Outstanding skater, 21-13 at five on five with multiple defensive partners and his passing looked divine. My goodness what a year for rookies!

Kris Russell. Veteran played 14:19 a night at five on five in 2019-20, that’s the sound of a veteran seeing his playing time reduced. I’ll be fascinated to see who wins the third pairing job, I think Jones earned it but veterans usually get the playoff minutes.

William Lagesson. Solid NHL prospect who played a little NHL this season. Unlikely to get into NHL games during the 2020 playoffs.

RIGHT DEFENSE (5)

Adam Larsson. He is a key to the Oilers during the postseason. In his final 10 games of the season, Edmonton outscored opponents 11-5 during five on five minutes. Larsson is a central figure in the series to come against Chicago.

Ethan Bear. I have always liked Corsi Rel to gauge a team’s defense. It’s a straight measure of a defenseman’s quality relative to his fellow defenders. Bear led the Oilers last season in Corsi Rel five on five (+2.44) and looked the part of a productive two-way player all year long. All he has to do is play at the level we saw during the season.

Matt Benning. He’s been a winner at five on five since he arrived in the NHL and still can’t get respect from Oilers fans. Some of you should have to witness the 42-game stretch by Taylor Chorney in 2009-10 where he went 15-33 five on five goal differential.

Evan Bouchard. He had a very strong second half in Bakersfield, specifically in even strength goal differential. I don’t think he’ll play much, but the Mike Green news does change the equation. I’m intrigued to see him but the slide year is very valuable.

Philip Broberg. Not one chance in hell he plays, but this should give the team at least a glimpse of this young man’s future. His speed should be noticeable.

CENTER (6)

Connor McDavid. He’s so good, every playoff berth represents the possibility of something special.

Leon Draisaitl. It’s incredible how much better he is than his draft number, especially considering his draft number was three.

Riley Sheahan. He’s an important piece, because what’s behind him isn’t a veteran option. Fine on the penalty kill, scores a little and can win some faceoffs.

Jujhar Khaira. Brilliant PK man who had zero confidence at even strength in 2019-20. His decision making with the puck bordered on criminal. Right at the end of the season, he found a spark at center. Oilers are no doubt hoping it continues.

Gaetan Haas. I spent quite a bit of time trying to get him into the every game lineup but can’t make it happen after the deadline. I like his ability to draw penalties and forecheck. If he could score a little more and win faceoffs he’d be the third-line center.

Ryan McLeod. He’s an NHL skater right now, and I believe McLeod will see NHL action in 2020-21. I don’t think he plays in the 2020 postseason.

LEFT WING (6)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. One of the great things about this season is the Nuge re-emerging as a substantial offensive player. His 2.23 points-per-60 is the highest scoring rate of his career. He reached his peak at 26, and beat goalies clean from range using a quick release and improving his sights. Damn that’s a beautiful thing.

Andreas Athanasiou. Big man has terrific speed and can score goals, making him a potentially valuable piece of the present and future. He has to prove himself on a skill line in order for the trade to have been worthwhile. A big playoff performance could have enormous impact on his contract situation.

Tyler Ennis was an astute pickup by Holland at the deadline, he can play either wing and has significant natural talent. The downside is his age (30) but he looked more than capable of contributing to the team’s success after coming over at the deadline.

James Neal scored 19 goals (No. 4 on the team) in 2019-20 but wasn’t a productive scorer at five on five at any time. I’m not sure where he fits and his spot in the lineup is somewhat vulnerable for these playoffs. Bet on him to start and to get power-play time, because Dave Tippett knows that when Neal gets hot he can have a major impact. Had a 1.92 points per 60 total at even strength three weeks into the season but could not sustain it.

Joakim Nygard changes the look of the bottom six with his speed, tenacity and ability to be on the right side of the puck when it’s turned over. I’d bet on he and Gaetan Haas forming a kickass third line someday but they’re both long in the tooth in terms of projecting into the future. A good player.

Tyler Benson is about where Kailer Yamamaoto was a year ago in terms of fan base faith. Many don’t believe he’ll play. I’m convinced Benson will have an NHL career but have tempered the upside. I think a Marcus Kruger career in style and success (500 games, useful bottom six forward) is a reasonable expectation.

RIGHT WING (6)

Zack Kassian had a fantastic five on five scoring season (2.21 points per 60) with Connor McDavid at center. His defensive work is not strong enough for him to sustain this role and his lack of discipline (suspensions, bad penalties) constantly threatens team success. I’m a fan of this player but he needs to overcome these issues.

Kailer Yamamoto is (along with Ethan Bear) proof that good drafting and development rewards the patient team handsomely. His recall may not have been the top reason for the January fire, but it was a major contributor.

Alex Chiasson is a throwback winger who could have been successful in 1975 or today. A rugged kind of fellow, he’s aware defensively and his possession game (over 50 percent Corsi and shot differential five on five) was solid. If he posts 1.25 points per 60, as he did in 2018-19, there’s a lot of utility. In 2019-20, it was just 0.87 owing mostly to a major fall in shooting percentage. Perhaps the Gods reward him in the playoffs.

Josh Archibald was a wise investment for Edmonton, his speed and utility obvious during the year. He was unlucky overall at five on five, as his shot differential (44 percent) and his goal differential (34 percent) represents a massive gap. Main reason: Save percentage when he was on the ice at five on five was .893.

Patrick Russell is a coach’s dream because he does everything asked and follows instructions like a demon. I don’t think he’ll play much.

Cooper Marody begins camp as a distant bell, I’m cheering like hell for him. He has more natural talent than several forwards who saw NHL action this year, but speed and injury have been hurdles. He’s a center but may find his way on the wing.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun and busy show as Oilers open up training camp, we have everything covered on TSN1260 today. I’ll join the part at 10 with Hart Levine from Puck Pedia at 10:20. Oilers and other NHL teams received some good cap news in the CBA agreement and we’ll detail the major parts of the agreement. Jason Gregor will join me at 11 to discuss the Oilers roster, Mike Green’s absence and more. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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115 Responses to "Oilers Training Camp Roster 2020 Playoff Edition"

  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    So, listening to Rishaug this morning, he is indeed in the building for practice so we will be able to get updates on practice notes aside from the coaches/players.

    He thinks there are two sessions and then a scrimmage so we should be able to get a good sense of lines and pairings.

    Zoom calls should start shortly after.

    This is awesome!

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    With Green not participating, I wonder if they bring a fourth goaltender (Wells) to the “secure zone” on July 26th or if maybe they keep Broberg with the team as 10D (the play is for him to head back to Skelfeeta after camp). Maybe they go 3G, 9D and keep an extra forward with the team?’

    Aghhhh, still two weeks to make that decision – one day at a time.

    Lets get through camp healthy first!

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pittsburgh Penguins
    @penguins
    ·
    21m
    The Pittsburgh Penguins will be voluntarily sidelining nine players from their training camp roster due to potential secondary exposure to an individual who had contact with a person that has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. (1 of 3)

    The team learned of the possible secondary exposure on Sunday, July 12. The decision to isolate this group of players was made out of an abundance of caution in an effort to avoid exposure to anyone else within the organization. (2 of 3)
    The nine players will not participate until they are deemed safe in accordance with NHL protocol and further test results. (3 of 3)

  4. TheOrangeDesk says:

    morning all,

    long time reader, infrequent poster.

    Can one of the big brains help me answer if this has been done? I’m interested in seeing the responsibility Tippet gives Russell vs Jones.

    If we take all games with Russell and without Jones for data set 1 and then all games with jones/ wo russell for data set 2.

    We then look at both sets of games and check out goals for/against when that individual is off the ice. Comparing results between the two game sets should give us an idea of how tippet uses them shouldn’t it? for example, if Russell off has higher goals against than Jones off we could assume Russell has more difficult ice time..

  5. Harpers Hair says:

    There is currently a 53 hour window for teams to sign players to entry level contracts and burn off the first year of those contracts.

    Alexi Romanov has signed with Montreal and will join them after quarantine although he cannot play in the post season.

    NCAA players who may not have any hockey this fall may be encouraged to sign as well.

  6. godot10 says:

    Patrick Russell has taken a bit of time at every level, and then takes a step forward. Can he take the final step?

    Has it figured things out during the layoff, given the time to reflect on his season?

  7. defmn says:

    Training Camp in July. I’ve lived to see it all now.

    Can’t wait to get this thing started.

  8. N64 says:

    defmn:
    Training Camp in July. I’ve lived to see it all now.

    Can’t wait to get this thing started.

    I recall training camp in August, but those guys didn’t not know there was hard competition ahead. The opt outs in ’72 were league inflicted. “To Russia with Hull”.

    Update: also 4 players opted out mid-series. You could not invent anything as crazy as that series.

    Update 2: Apparently there was supposed to be a press conference before the 4 left that they were not needed for the last 3 games. Never happened and fans assumed the worst.

  9. hunter1909 says:

    N64: I recall training camp in August, but those guys didn’t not know there was hard competition ahead.
    The opt outs in ’72 were league inflicted. “To Russia with Hull”

    One journalist worried whether or not Canadians running up the score too much vs the soft USSR…

  10. N64 says:

    hunter1909: One journalist worried whether or not Canadians running up the score too much vs the soft USSR…

    “If the Russians win one game, I will eat this column shredded at high noon in a bowl of borscht on the front steps of the Russian Embassy. – Dick Beddoes

    Dinner Pic:
    https://i.redd.it/l13d3lss75c31.jpg

  11. dustrock says:

    There is a tweet from a woman who said she’s already been invited to the NBA bubble in Disney World, says no way the playoffs are going to happen ha ha ha.

    There is part of me who will not be shocked if we get outbreaks on teams even before the end of training camps.

  12. Harpers Hair says:

    Kiril Kaprisov sighs with Minnesota but cannot play until next season.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    That blurb on Nurse really is something.

    He and Bear essentially led the team in TOI vs. elites and Nurse had solid relative possession numbers – yes, we all love Bear but he was indeed an NHL rookie and did have his ups and downs. Nurse had those metrics playing with a raw rookie against elite comp. Then, as he does year after year, he produces box-cars at 5 on 5.

    Yes, without looking, Nurse/Bear got tons of time with McDavid and that zooms everything but stil.

    This is a valuable hockey player.

    2 years at just over $5M will be value.

    The next contract may be an issue and something may have to give if there is “popping” among the leftie prospects but that’s a conversation that doesn’t need to happen until summer 2021.

  14. Harpers Hair says:

    Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) Tweeted:
    Brent Seabrook (hips/shoulder) appears to be a full participant on Day 1 of training camp 2.0. #Blackhawks https://t.co/X73j37DaS4

  15. Brantford Boy says:

    Harpers Hair:
    Kiril Kaprisov sighs with Minnesota but cannot play until next season.

    Well, if he can’t play until next season that’s reason to sigh I guess…

  16. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kris Russel vs. Caleb Jones (with Matt Benning).

    I think this blog, with a few exceptions, has decided that Jones is the better option and has “passed” Rusty on the depth chart but, at the same time, realize that Coaches T and P may want to go with the veteran in Kris Russell.

    So, without Mike Green, do the coaches go with Rusty to “replace the experience” or go with Jones to replace the transition and puck moving.

    As I type this, Young Tyler says Rusty – I think he may be right but I love me some Caleb Jones!

  17. dustrock says:

    Do we want Seabrook to play against us? I think we do.

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    Another discussion point, for me, is what happens if/when there is an injury on the right side of the defence?

    Do the coaches put in Mr. Even Bouchard or do they move one of Jones or Russell over to the right side?

    Yes, both Russell and Jones “can play their off-side” but, not really, they have both proven to be less effective on their off-side.

    At the same time, Mr. Evan Bouchard hasn’t played an NHL game this year and, of course, given the Oilers are going on a deep run, lets not forget about the 9-game max for Bouch (presumably).

  19. hunter1909 says:

    HUNTER1909’S OILERS 2020 PLAYOFF DEATH MARCH™ IS BACK!! BIGGER THAN EVER!!

    HERE’S HOW TO PLAY:

    Simply go to the website and register there!! It’s easy!!

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    Guess how many games the Oilers win during the 2020 Playoffs! And How Few they will lose!

    Tie Break: How many goals(combined) do Yamamoto and McDavid score in the playoffs?

    Contest open until opening night face off!

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION

  20. Harpers Hair says:

    Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) Tweeted:
    #Blackhawks lines and pairings on Day 1 of training camp:

    DeBrincat-Toews-Saad
    Nylander-Strome-Kane
    Kubalik-Dach-Caggiula
    Carpenter-Kampf-Highmore

    Keith-Boqvist
    de Haan-Murphy
    Maatta-Koekkoek
    Carlsson-Seabrook

  21. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ken Holland on Oilers Now at 1:15.

  22. defmn says:

    Mark Spector
    @SportsnetSpec
    ·
    2m
    Caleb Jones “unfit to practice.” — Oilers.

  23. Brantford Boy says:

    hunter1909,

    I see there’s a “Loss” entry as well… is this part of the March?

  24. Rondo says:

    The ice should be good in Edmonton, no fans, no open doors.

  25. defmn says:

    Day 1 Lines/Pairings:

    RNH-McDavid-Kassian
    Athanasiou-Draisaitl-Yamamoto
    Ennis-Sheahan-Archibald
    Neal-Khaira-Chiasson
    Nygard-Haas-P. Russell
    Benson-Marody-McLeod

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Nurse-Bear
    K. Russell-Benning
    Lagesson-Bouchard/Broberg

    Smith & Koskinen on the ice.

  26. godot10 says:

    defmn:
    Mark Spector
    @SportsnetSpec
    ·
    2m
    Caleb Jones “unfit to practice.” — Oilers.

    Every day Jones is not on the ice at camp increases the probability that Broberg makes Phase 4 by about 5%.

    The OIlers will take 9D into phase 4, at a minimum.

  27. dustrock says:

    Wow Nuge already playing with McDavid.

    LT I guess that’s the defensive forward I was asking about when they got caved against Godwin’s line (Kampf)

  28. dustrock says:

    hunter1909,

    always a pleasure, Hunter, thanks.

    My doom and gloom regular season prediction was thankfully way, way off, so I’ll continue that fine tradition for the playoffs.

  29. bod says:

    This morning, Al said what a lot of people are assuming: that when Connor’s line gives up a goal, it’s a miss on offense and a ‘jail break’ the other way. I wonder if that is really the most common way Connor gives up goals????

  30. defmn says:

    Mark Spector
    @SportsnetSpec
    ·
    13m
    Caleb Jones is scheduled to skate with a later group, made up of Black Aces. Which teaches us something about the term “unfit to practice.”
    It apparently covers injuries, not just illness. So Jones must have some kind of nick, but clearly no COVID if he’s skating with players.

  31. dustrock says:

    Westbrook positive for COVID. Not yet rejoined the Rockets in Orlando.

  32. Rondo says:

    dustrock,

    If he’s asymptomatic he’s lucky.

  33. defmn says:

    Bohologo:
    After 22 years overseas I just moved back to Canada.What did I miss?

    The decline of western civilization?

  34. Todd Macallan says:

    Bohologo:
    After 22 years overseas I just moved back to Canada.What did I miss?

    (And why am I getting site ads that go: How To Easily Clean Earwax?Why?)

    Re: ear wax ad, glad it’s not just me, thought I was being targeted and was becoming self-conscious haha.

  35. Rondo says:

    dustrock,

    The state of Florida is not giving negative numbers only positive.

    https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1282415497447976965

  36. theWaxCollector says:

    Bohologo:
    After 22 years overseas I just moved back to Canada.What did I miss?

    (And why am I getting site ads that go: How To Easily Clean Earwax?Why?)

    There is no easy way, you’re just asking for irreversible damage.
    Do what I do and collect it!!

  37. Munny says:

    hunter1909:
    HUNTER1909’S OILERS 2020 PLAYOFF DEATH MARCH™ IS BACK!! BIGGER THAN EVER!!

    HERE’S HOW TO PLAY:

    Simply go to the website and register there!! It’s easy!!

    https://oilersdeathmarch.com/playoffs-2020/

    Guess how many games the Oilers win during the 2020 Playoffs!

    Tie Break: How many goals(combined) do Yamamoto and McDavid score in the playoffs?

    Contest open until opening night face off!

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION

    I had to use my best Monster Truck voice for this post.

  38. hunter1909 says:

    HUNTER1909 Death March™ Update:

    Only 18 Days and 23 hours to go!

  39. hunter1909 says:

    Brantford Boy:
    hunter1909,

    I see there’s a “Loss” entry as well… is this part of the March?

    Thank you Death March™ has taken your opinion into account and yes, Losses count.

  40. hunter1909 says:

    Munny: I had to use my best Monster Truck voice for this post.

    You’ve Got the Job!!

  41. hunter1909 says:

    Bohologo:
    After 22 years overseas I just moved back to Canada.What did I miss?

    (And why am I getting site ads that go: How To Easily Clean Earwax?Why?)

    You can now, for the first time in the Western World and throughout the entire country legally purchase and consume marijuana.

    A normally staid Conservative Prime Minister named Stephen Harper went berserk and legalised it for everyone, entirely on a whim. Then he dropped out of politics altogether.

  42. Durag says:

    Daniel Nugent-Bowman
    @DNBsports
    Oilers scrimmage:
    Blue team:
    Athanasiou-Draisaitl-Yamamoto
    Ennis-Sheahan-Archibald
    Benson-McLeod-Marody
    Nurse-Bear
    Lagesson-Bouchard
    Koskinen

    White team
    RNH-McDavid-Kassian
    Neal-Khaira-Chiasson
    Nygard-Haas-Russell
    Klefbom-Larsson
    Russell-Benning
    Broberg (D rotating)
    Smith

    ______________________________________________________________

    Scrimmage lines should answer a lot of the lineup question marks as I assume that’s the way Tippet wants to open up the playoffs. Not a lot of surprises, veteran coach clearly prefers veteran players and that’s fine. I am a little surprised to see AA replace RNH on Leon’s line. The current configuration could be an absolute load on the forecheck.

    edit: I just realized it’s Blue Team and not Orange Team. Could we be ditching the pylon jerseys???

  43. hunter1909 says:

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    Congrats Alan, for your bold 19 Win prediction on Oilers Death March™ totalling a 19-8 25 goal prediction.

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    https://oilersdeathmarch.com:playoffs-2020/

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Love that Kailer is staying to watch:

    Jason Gregor
    @JasonGregor
    ·
    6m
    McDavid, Draisaitl, RNH, Chiasson and Klefbom stay after practice to work on PP. No coaches on ice, just them working on some set plays. Tippett said in May the main reason the PP is so good is on the players and their communication. Yamamoto sitting on bench watching.

  45. Bag of Pucks says:

    Taylor Chorney. Ryan Whitney’s farewell tour on one leg. The Strudwickian pylon.

    Definitely no shortage of D debacles in the annals of Oilers history.

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    Live interviews going on – awesome to hear – just like normal (except no grouping, via zoom).

    Will be very interested to hear what Coach T. has to say when asked about splitting Nuge from Drai and Kailer – I’m sure he’ll be asked and would guess the answer is likely “its just Day 1” or something high level like that.

  47. deardylan says:

    BOHOLOGO says:
    July 13, 2020 at 11:44 am
    After 22 years overseas I just moved back to Canada. What did I miss?
    (And why am I getting site ads that go: How To Easily Clean Earwax? Why?)

    Hey Boho,

    Welcome Home! I was away 20 years and arrived back 2 years ago. Where are you based now? I grew up in Edmonton but when I moved back, I decided Toronto was going to be the best place for my Vietnamese wife to thrive. (and it was – she is thriving way better than I have so far!) #Reimmigration Game

    Let me know if there is any way I can help you with the reintegration. Two prominent LT posters – – – Kinger – – – and YakUpdater Sheps were valuable to me in my arrival home.

    Canada has changed and you have changed even more x coming back during covid = Mind the Mindwax Gap!

    PS. I recommend Spotify playlist to catch up on some Canadian tunage since you’ve been gone, to aid the transition twilight zone. Would love to catch up on your 20 years abroad and swap epic stories!! deardylan@gmail.com

  48. N64 says:

    defmn: It apparently covers injuries, not just illness. So Jones must have some kind of nick, but clearly no COVID if he’s skating with players.

    Yes. Only injury/illness statuses this playoff are unfit for practice & unfit for games. Also possible for a “recovered” covid player to be cleared test wise, but not physically fit for full practice yet. #longhaulers

  49. hunter1909 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Live interviews going on – awesome to hear – just like normal (except no grouping, via zoom).

    Will be very interested to hear what Coach T. has to say when asked about splitting Nuge from Drai and Kailer – I’m sure he’ll be asked and would guess the answer is likely “its just Day 1” or something high level like that.

    And Original Pouzar will be there, micromanaging everything lol

  50. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: main reason the PP is so good is on the players and their communication. Yamamoto sitting on bench watching.

    Yamo’s going full Astros learning their signs.

  51. N64 says:

    Brantford Boy:
    hunter1909,

    I see there’s a “Loss” entry as well… is this part of the March?

    Think of losses as a tiebreaker before the tiebreaker. What’s a Death March without losses? 😉

  52. godot10 says:

    defmn:
    Mark Spector
    @SportsnetSpec
    ·
    13m
    Caleb Jones is scheduled to skate with a later group, made up of Black Aces. Which teaches us something about the term “unfit to practice.”
    It apparently covers injuries, not just illness. So Jones must have some kind of nick, but clearly no COVID if he’s skating with players.

    Or he could be in recovery mode and just out of shape.

  53. Munny says:

    godot10,

    He was quarantining with Teddy Peckham…

  54. hunter1909 says:

    N64: Think of losses as a tiebreaker before the tiebreaker. What’s a Death March without losses? ?

    Wonderful analysis!

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nugent Bowman asked McDavid about his thoughts on the CBA providing for Olympic participation and he spoke about “chasing down a roster spot”……… yup, McDavid on the roster should be quite the debate…..

  56. hunter1909 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Nugent Bowman asked McDavid about his thoughts on the CBA providing for Olympic participation and he spoke about “chasing down a roster spot”………yup, McDavid on the roster should be quite the debate…..

    With Austin Matthews not in the running…

  57. Side says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Nugent Bowman asked McDavid about his thoughts on the CBA providing for Olympic participation and he spoke about “chasing down a roster spot”………yup, McDavid on the roster should be quite the debate…..

    Well I hear McDavid is a defensive liability afterall.

  58. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ummmm, Nuge and the moustache – that needs to be discussed….

  59. OriginalPouzar says:

    TheOrangeDesk:
    morning all,

    long time reader, infrequent poster.

    Can one of the big brains help me answer if this has been done? I’m interested in seeing the responsibility Tippet gives Russell vs Jones.

    If we take all games with Russell and without Jones for data set 1 and then all games with jones/ wo russell for data set 2.

    We then look at both sets of games and check out goals for/against when that individual is off the ice. Comparing results between the twogame sets should give us an idea of how tippet uses them shouldn’t it? for example, if Russell off has higher goals against than Jones off we could assume Russell has more difficult ice time..

    Puck IQ provides the time on ice against elite, middle and lower comp – I think that gives the best idea (and the results in those minutes).

  60. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10:
    Patrick Russell has taken a bit of time at every level, and then takes a step forward.Can he take the final step?

    Has it figured things out during the layoff, given the time to reflect on his season?

    If Patrick Russell is anything more than 4th or 5th forward injury replacement, the team is not a contender.

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ken Holland:

    Yes, Jones will be skating today and will be available for the group.

    Watched all of practice and the scrimmages and talked to the coaches – very happy with the pace and compete level for day 1.

    Green first reached out to Holland on about Tuesday to let him know that he was going through a process and may opt out.

    AA – agreed with Bob that he’s getting an opportunity. Will see where things are at next week – this week may be more about “exploring”.

    Don’t expect any signings while the games are going on – most of the remaining business will happen in the off-season.

    Certainly has an idea about the off-season and the team for 2020/21 but is very anxious to watch his team play live and watch all the other game live. Liked where the team was at after 71 games. Team ramped up after Christmas. Got deeper at the deadline. Message is time is now. We want to win. Will need to re-ases after the games are played and make decisions in the off-season based off of everything.

    When asked about Bouchard working his way in to the mix – Holland really wouldn’t commit to anything – spoke about the players that were there during the year with their roles and ice time. The body of work before the pause needs to be factored in. Planning on going on a long run. Going to need lots of bodies. Going to need 7 or 8 d-man and 14 or 15 forwards.

    League has been very clear they want this to be a level playing field – Chicago is home team for games 3 and 4 and Holland assumes they’ll be moving dressing rooms, etc.

  62. OriginalPouzar says:

    Corey Crawford: “unfit to practice” today.

    Of course, that could mean COVID, Torn ACL or slightly strained muscle or anything in between.

  63. OriginalPouzar says:

    dustrock:
    Do we want Seabrook to play against us?I think we do.

    Healthy scratched this year and then 3 surgeries in 5 weeks – I wouldn’t mind seeing him on the ice.

  64. OriginalPouzar says:

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  65. ArmchairGM says:

    dustrock:
    Do we want Seabrook to play against us?I think we do.

    Hard matched against McDavid.

  66. OriginalPouzar says:

    Coach T on Nuge with Connor and not Drai:

    “We thought about alot of things. Early on here, we know Nuge can play well on that line. We tried Ennis there a bit and know how that works. We haven’t seen AA there and want to try that early in camp and see how it goes”.

    Caveat: Not a 100% quote – he spoke faster than I can type.

  67. Darth Tu says:

    Bohologo:
    After 22 years overseas I just moved back to Canada.What did I miss?

    (And why am I getting site ads that go: How To Easily Clean Earwax?Why?)

    Thank the heavens that it’s not just me with the earwax thing. I assumed it was something to do with me being a musician. Instead it must be a >30 you must have ear wax ad.

    Eh, what have you missed. Montreal won the last Stanley Cup for a Canadian team in 93. After that I guess that the Raptors won the NBA basketball thing last season.

    Oilers almost won in 2006 and then there’s a period of time we don’t talk about except in hushed voices.

    Anything else happen sports wise? You’ve probably timed it well to watch McDeity win it all this year and beyond.

    Oh and you probably want to google Brogan Rafferty.

  68. N64 says:

    hunter1909: Wonderful analysis!

    Hard to do Colour Commentary when you only get Black at death marches

  69. Eh Team says:

    OriginalPouzar: Corey Crawford: “unfit to practice” today.

    Chicago really needs Crawford to play. Otherwise they are in bad shape.

  70. dustrock says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Coach T on Nuge with Connor and not Drai:

    “We thought about alot of things.Early on here, we know Nuge can play well on that line. We tried Ennis there a bit and know how that works.We haven’t seen AA there and want to try that early in camp and see how it goes”.

    Caveat: Not a 100% quote – he spoke faster than I can type.

    I’m never picking you as my court reporter

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sounds like two out of the three positive tests for the Habs were false positives.

  72. Ribs says:

    OriginalPouzar: If Patrick Russell is anything more than 4th or 5th forward injury replacement, the team is not a contender.

    During lengthy playoff runs, coaches often search for a “different look” for their lineups when things are not running as smoothly as they’d like. Russell has shown that he can be a real pest to opponents. This skill alone may end up getting him some ice time.

    There’s usually a few surprise performances from the lower tier players in the playoffs. Russell could very well be one of those guys that experience a playoff heater!

    While we definitely shouldn’t count on it, it would be great to see him take that next step at this opportune time!

  73. chrisco stu says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Ummmm, Nuge and the moustache – that needs to be discussed….

    I want to say it’s half Vincent Price, half Fisher Price.

  74. Munny says:

    chrisco stu,

    Priceless

  75. chrisco stu says:

    #keepnugeforever

  76. N64 says:

    dustrock:
    ,

    always a pleasure, Hunter, thanks.

    My doom and gloom regular season prediction was thankfully way, way off, so I’ll continue that fine tradition for the playoffs.

    ~ I see you’re a wild eyed optimist who thinks the bubble will survive for at least 5 games ~

  77. dustrock says:

    N64: ~ I see you’re a wild eyed optimist whothinks the bubble will survive for at least 5 games ~

    Yeah, I had too much coffee.

  78. OriginalPouzar says:

    I think he’s the first non-player to opt out:

    Chris Johnston
    @reporterchris
    The longtime NHL coach is 64 and considered to be in a higher-risk group if exposed to COVID-19.
    Quote Tweet

    Florida Panthers PR
    @FlaPanthersPR
    · 11m
    #FlaPanthers Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen has opted out of the NHL’s Return to Play program.

    “It was a difficult decision to say the least, but the right decision for me and my family.” – Kitchen.

    The Florida Panthers fully support this decision.

  79. OriginalPouzar says:

    Eh Team: Chicago really needs Crawford to play.Otherwise they are in bad shape.

    As we know, “unfit to practice” is really meaningless as its the only thing the organization’s are permitted to disclose.

    It could mean an ACL tear, Covid, a light muscle strain or a hangover…..

  80. OriginalPouzar says:

    hunter1909: And Original Pouzar will be there, micromanaging everything lol

    Are you trying to shame me in an Oilers online community for being excited about listening to Oiler players and coaches interviews?

    Hell ya I will “summarize” what the coach says – feel free to skip over my posts.

  81. hunter1909 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Are you trying to shame me in an Oilers online community for being excited about listening to Oiler players and coaches interviews?

    Hell ya I will “summarize” what the coach says – feel free to skip over my posts.

    You take yourself seriously to the point where you start to get ridiculous.

    PS: Shame a Lawyer!??

  82. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ribs: During lengthy playoff runs, coaches often search for a “different look” for their lineups when things are not running as smoothly as they’d like. Russell has shown that he can be a real pest to opponents. This skill alone may end up getting him some ice time.

    There’s usually a few surprise performances from the lower tier players in the playoffs. Russell could very well be one of those guys that experience a playoff heater!

    While we definitely shouldn’t count on it, it would be great to see him take that next step at this opportune time!

    Sure, I guess he could be one of those players but I highly doubt it and I don’t really agree that he’s effective as a pest. No offence to the Dane, I like his work ethic and his try but, to my eye, his best NHL attribute is, its not that likely he’ll make a mistake that hurts you.

    A playoff competitor needs more than that from its fourth line, in my opinion – I feel that Nygard, Haas, Benson all provide the ability to give more and, if they are down to their 4th forward extra, yikes.

  83. hunter1909 says:

    Bohologo: After 22 years overseas I just moved back to Canada. What did I miss?

    You missed Kevin Lowe’s apt stewardship of the Oilers, first helping to provide Oilers hockey to a grateful public. Along with former Oiler Craig(MacT)McTavish Lowe’s Oilers have been a contender for the cup many seasons running.

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    https://www.thescore.com/news/1985386

    The NHL recorded 43 positive COVID-19 tests during the second phase of its return-to-play plan, the league announced Monday.

    Over 600 players voluntarily reported to team facilities since June 8 and 4,932 tests were administered. Of those 600 players, 30 returned positive tests.

    The league is also aware of 13 players who tested positive while not reporting during Phase 2.

    Seven players who were taking part in Phase 2 tested positive during the last week, while one player who didn’t report tested positive.

    All players who tested positive have self-isolated and followed proper safety protocols. The NHL will continue to test players and provide weekly updates after Phase 3 kicked off on Monday morning.

  85. godot10 says:

    If Athanasiou is able to fit in with Draisaitl and Yamamoto, that will solve a lot of problems. Ennis didn’t look to be a good fit. No finish. Athanasiou may be able to provide that, freeing up Nuge.

  86. OriginalPouzar says:

    Justin Bourne’s thoughts:

    Out West, I like the teams that have byes considerably more than the teams in the play-in rounds. I think Edmonton has the best shot to win it all from the play-ins, but I still see a gap between them and St. Louis, Colorado and Vegas.

    https://theathletic.com/1924407/2020/07/13/bourne-notebook-play-in-teams-with-best-odds-leafs-vs-jackets-matchup-and-more/

  87. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10:
    If Athanasiou is able to fit in with Draisaitl and Yamamoto, that will solve a lot of problems.Ennis didn’t look to be a good fit.No finish.Athanasiou may be able to provide that, freeing up Nuge.

    Ennis/Drai/Yamamoto had 32 minutes together.

    1GF – 2GA, however, above 50% in possession metrics and xGF% nearing 58%……

  88. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hmmmm, with the GM not being able to provide positivity with respect to Crawford being ready to play, I wonder what the issue with Crawford is? Maybe he isn’t good to go in a few weeks?

    https://theathletic.com/1926706/2020/07/13/what-does-corey-crawfords-practice-absence-mean-for-the-blackhawks/?source=emp_shared_article

    Crawford had been noticeably absent from the Blackhawks’ reports and photos during Phase 2 of the NHL’s return-to-play protocol. He was listed Monday morning on the team’s training camp roster, but Crawford never appeared on the ice during either of the Blackhawks’ two practice sessions. He was the only player listed on the camp roster not to participate.

    So where is he? Does he have an injury? Does he have COVID-19? For the latter question, especially, he deserves his privacy.

    “For now, he’s just unfit to play,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “I think the NHL has been pretty clear that’s going to be the policy going forward as far as how we’ll announce all injuries. So, that’s all I have for you.”

    What if Crawford isn’t fit to play against the Oilers? How would that affect the Hawks?

    “That’s a tough one to speculate on,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “I understand the nature of the question. But the way we’re handling this is we’re looking at the guys who are here and ready to play. When Corey’s in that group, we can talk about Corey. The focus today was getting ourselves back going. We’ve got four goaltenders here. The goal is to be prepared when the time is right. We’ve got some time certainly. Our first game isn’t for several weeks here. That’s a tough one to speculate on.”

  89. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Ennis/Drai/Yamamoto had 32 minutes together.

    1GF – 2GA, however, above 50% in possession metrics and xGF% nearing 58%……

    Like I said. Ennis could NOT finish the chances that Nugent-Hopkins finished. He didn’t look like he would be able to finish.

    Draisaitl and Yamamoto produce scoring chances. The LW HAS to finish. Nugent-Hopkins did. Ennis didn’t.

    The line is wasted if the LW does not finish.

  90. defmn says:

    godot10:
    If Athanasiou is able to fit in with Draisaitl and Yamamoto, that will solve a lot of problems.Ennis didn’t look to be a good fit.No finish.Athanasiou may be able to provide that, freeing up Nuge.

    Agree. It would balance the top six to an extent we haven’t seen since I can’t remember.

  91. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Out West, I like the teams that have byes considerably more than the teams in the play-in rounds. I think Edmonton has the best shot to win it all from the play-ins, but I still see a gap between them and St. Louis, Colorado and Vegas.

    Well yeah I’d like the overall chances of teams with one less series to win. Like Dallas (1 pt behind the Oil) in the spot originally for Pacific team 2. Thanks Gary. Hope every team with a bye comes in a few steps behind. #gochaos

  92. rocket says:

    Are the Oilers dedicating the playoffs to Colby Cave? Could be a motivator….

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kevin Woodly had his regular Monday spot on Gregor today and said he’s heard that Crawford isn’t even in Chicago yet.

  94. Munny says:

    rocket:
    Are the Oilers dedicating the playoffs to Colby Cave?Could be a motivator….

    They are.

    If we win the Covid Cup, I’d like to see 97 hand it to Emily Cave or Colby’s dad first.

  95. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    They probably are wishing they’d hung onto Lehner now…

  96. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny: They are.

    If we win the Covid Cup, I’d like to see 97 hand it to Emily Cave or Colby’s dad first.

    I’m not sure if there is an “official dedication” although I would think there would be some sort of ceremony before game 1 and likely some sort of sweater patch.

    As far as who McDavid hands the cup to, no offence to Colby, Emily and their loved ones, but, to me, that cup goes to Nuge next and the rest of the players on the ice and Coach T, etc.

  97. NicaOil says:

    hunter1909,

    Wow, Hunter who made you Commander and Chief…slagging OP, throwing shit at him from the bleachers. The man is a fierce Oiler fan and a GD credit to this community. If your comments were half as informative as his you would still be a jerk. Get away with your kiddy games and grow up!

  98. OilClog says:

    NicaOil:
    hunter1909,

    Wow, Hunter who made you Commander and Chief…slagging OP, throwing shit at him from the bleachers.The man is a fierce Oiler fan and a GD credit to this community.If your comments were half as informative as his you would still be a jerk.Get away with your kiddy games and grow up!

    About 5% of what your OP overlord posts is informative while the other 95% is just hot air feeling itself.

    OP reads a comment and then posts stats that completely miss the point of the comment ie “finishing”

    Then feels attacked.

    Stunning and Brave.

  99. NicaOil says:

    My OP overlord, how droll. I read this blog everyday, have for over ten years. I can recognize when someone is being slagged for providing valuable info and when others are just trying to snicker with their buds and laughing at lowlifes

    OilClog,

  100. JimmyV1965 says:

    OP and Hunter are both invaluable members of this community. Would sorely miss both of them. I’ve got way too many lawyer friends. I know they put up with much more crap than anything they get on this blog.

  101. OriginalPouzar says:

    Can’t make everyone happy.

    If you didn’t want to know that Crawford being “unfit to practice” actually was because he hasn’t even returned to Chicago (as per Woodley at apx 4pm) and Stan Bowman provide absolutely no surety that he would be available (as per The Athletic), then feel free to skip over my posts.

    I think most Oiler fans would find that extra info relevant and timely.

    I post alot about the Oilers – god forbid.

    You have posted once today – nothing to do with the Oilers, solely a personal opinion on me.

    Just saying.

  102. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Can’t make everyone happy.

    If you didn’t want to know that Crawford being “unfit to practice” actually was because he hasn’t even returned to Chicago (as per Woodley at apx 4pm) and Stan Bowman provide absolutely no surety that he would be available (as per The Athletic), then feel free to skip over my posts.

    I think most Oiler fans would find that extra info relevant and timely.

    I post alot about the Oilers – god forbid.

    You have posted once today – nothing to do with the Oilers, solely a personal opinion on me.

    Just saying.

    Crawford is UFA, just saying. If we can’t beat a Subban led Hawk team we at least deserve the no 1 overall pick for even being in the welfare play downs to begin with.

  103. OriginalPouzar says:

    If Crawford isn’t available, I can’t see the Hawks winning a game let alone the series without the Oilers tending absolutely cratering itself.

    Subban did have a decent 20 games in his first year in Vegas but the Hawks need to crush the goaltending match-up to have a legit chance in the series.

    Yes, I know what Patrick Kane (and J. Toews who did have a big year at 5 on 5) can do but I also know what the Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl can do).

  104. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Thanks to our host LT for allowing such an invested, ragtag, group of folks to remain on his blog with all of the swings of topic that happen, almost always.

    Thanks to all of you that responded to my comments in a reasonable way.

    Discussion and allowing opinions that are not the same as yours, and trying to understand them, whether in the end you agree with them or not, is the way that democracies have to work. And communities that are IMO healthy.

    There will ALWAYS be blow ups. The question is, will a return to reasonable happen again?

    Here it does, over years.

    Kudos to all.

    Also, please understand I take the virus seriously. I wonder about a lot of things that surround it.

  105. hunter1909 says:

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    https://oilersdeathmarch.com/playoffs-2020/

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION

  106. dustrock says:

    This is not a democracy it’s a cheer-oracy.

    This is not a cheer-ocracy, it’s a cheer-tatorship. I am the cheer-tator, I will make the cheer-isions around here, and I will deal with the cheer-onsequences.

  107. Munny says:

    Pulled up the highlights of the last Nashville game for kicks and giggles.

    In part because Connor scores what is probably the longest goal of his NHL career (that involved a goalie), but mostly because of the two great passing goals. One a sweet dish by Nuge, and then the other a brilliant no-look by Admiral Iwillmakeuregretit. Part of the Drai fourtrick.

    Forgot completely about Drai scoring from his goal line position… on the far post. Hope we get a Crawford like that Rinne.

    Been a long time since I remember an Oiler team that could string together passes like this team. If they skate and pass the way they’ve done since January, I don’t see how the Hawks can beat them. Three waves of speed and then a fourth line off speed pitch so difficult to prepare for after getting the three straight fastballs.

    I’ll bet Hawks fans are a lot more confident about their goaltending than we are (not at this very moment but Crawford will eventually show), but who’s in net might not matter.

  108. godot10 says:

    dustrock:
    This is not a democracy it’s a cheer-oracy.

    This is not a cheer-ocracy, it’s a cheer-tatorship. I am the cheer-tator, I will make the cheer-isions around here, and I will deal with the cheer-onsequences.

    The metaphor for this blog is the opening scene of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOwLEVQGbrM

  109. Victoria Oil says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    Thanks to our host LT for allowing such an invested, ragtag, group of folks to remain on his blog with all of the swings of topic that happen, almost always.

    Thanks to all of you that responded to my comments in a reasonable way.

    Discussion and allowing opinions that are not the same as yours, and trying to understand them, whether in the end you agree with them or not, is the way that democracies have to work. And communities that are IMO healthy.

    There will ALWAYS be blow ups. The question is, will a return to reasonable happen again?

    Here it does, over years.

    Kudos to all.

    Also, please understand I take the virus seriously. I wonder about a lot of things that surround it.

    Well said.

  110. defmn says:

    https://www.tsn.ca/chicago-blackhawks-andrew-shaw-won-t-participate-in-nhl-s-return-to-play-1.1495210

    Chicago Blackhawks forward will not participate in the NHL’s Return to Play as he will take the extra five months to recover from a concussion and expects to return for the 2020-21 season.

  111. €√¥£€^$ says:

    I wonder if Ennis is moved to C and Sheahan to LW (Sheahan can take draws) if that would have a positive impact on this line?

  112. Jaxon says:

    I like the lines.
    Athanasiou | Draisaitl | Yamamoto
    Nugent-Hopkins | McDavid | Kassian
    Ennis | Sheahan | Archibald

    Line I’d like to see:
    Benson | Khaira | Neal
    or
    Benson | Haas | Neal (Haas for some forechecking speed)

    Also, thinking about where Benson might eventually fit into the lineup and be most useful, I would think it might be with a goal scorer, a sniper. Maybe we haven’t yet seen what he can do as a setup man. Neal might bring that out of him. Khaira may be a good fit for him too. He’s a C who can play a decent board game down low and free up some room for Benson and Neal to connect. Benson plays like a C and Khaira can play like a W. Also, it moves Neal back to his sniper position on the RW for one-timers. I believe his best seasons were at RW and he is quoted as saying that is where he is best.

    Maybe they should be drafting a goal-scoring C like Connor Zary, Dylan Holloway, or Jacob Perrault. Benson has never really been matched with a real goal scorer in the AHL.

  113. Lowetide says:

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  114. hunter1909 says:

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