Oilers Scrimmage July 25, 2020

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers traditionally have an organized scrimmage during training camp. It was often called “The Joey Moss Cup” and offered fans a chance to look at the future. Today’s final scrimmage before the exhibition game against the Calgary Flames next week is being played in honour of Colby Cave. (Photo of Martin Marincin by Rob Ferguson).

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SEPTEMBER 2011 JOEY MOSS

Jeff Petry: Midnight without lights or high noon in the center of town, no one can tell me this guy is the 7th best defender in the group. A key player for the Edmonton Oilers, beginning this fall.

Curtis Hamilton: Had an early breakaway (startling, I didn’t know he was playing) and did a couple of things but this won’t be his year to shine at main camp.

Corey Potter: Played the sorties well, knows the angles and seems to have a little better footspeed than someone like Petiot. He played with Lowery, that tandem did some good things.

Phil Cornet: He showed well I thought, involved in the offensive end a few times. He reminds me a little of Trukhno in that he gets noticed early in TC, fades and then doesn’t do much in the AHL. Hopefully he’ll have some sustain.

Teemu Hartikainen: Man he’s going to push Omark if it comes down to that. I felt he had some very good shifts with Smyth and that tandem might get another look during pre-season. How do you hold this man back? I’m not sure you do.

Kirill Tulupov: Raised eyebrows on the Eager belt, concerns on the Hall mauling. I’m not certain he owns the brains God gave him but fear and a sense of the moment don’t appear to be in the vocabulary.

Tyler Pitlick: Seems to have better legs now that the rookie camp is done, I thought he made an impact at several times during the game.

Gilbert Brule: You can see why a team would be attracted to his skill set, and this game works for him on a lot of levels. One of them is shooting, he’s a born shooter. I don’t know what his future holds, but if he plays that way during preseason the Oilers can find him a home.

Lennert Petrell: I thought he’d do more, but he did score a goal and marked his man well a few times (against Hall specifically a couple of times).

Tanner House: Nice goal, aggressive on the forecheck.

Anton Lander: Tough slot to play in, I thought he moved the play forward at times but also made the wrong decision with the puck in a couple of sequences. To be expected.

David Musil: I thought he was fine, stood up at the line well and coverage was good for the most part. Got an assist, but more impressive for me was the ability to move the puck up quickly and efficiently. Good day.

Martin Marincin: I was very impressed with him. Look, he’s young and gangly, but that big stick of his is very effective and makes passes difficult for opposition forwards down low. I really like him a lot, moreso after today.

Ryan Martindale: They need to sign him. Martindale is a big guy and he certainly will need to improve in areas but those hands with that size equals too good to pass up.

Antti Tyrvainen: Plays with an edge, lots of try and seemed to be around the puck a lot. Certainly looked good to me, in fact many of the kids who played in the rookie tournament in Penticton looked good. Probably a reflection of the extra week’s work.

PLAYERS I’M LOOKING FOR TODAY

Andreas Athanasiou: I’m not so interested in where he plays (I’ll guess Sheahan is his center) as how he performs. He does have two-way ability (he had just one negative season in goals-for REL) and showed some of that late in the regular season. AA has enough offense to score from the Sheahan line, so his five on five offense should be useful no matter where he players.

Tyler Ennis looked healthy and effective offensively in his Oilers games during the regular season. He’s in a good spot for another contract if he performs well, but I think coach Tippett will look for the McDavid line to outscore opponents five on five. Ennis will need to be on the good side of the score to keep the job.

Jujhar Khaira has a great shot at center on the fourth line, and if he can make it Tippett would have made every young fringe forward a better player in year one.

Joakim Nygard is on the outside looking in, so will need to wait for a chance or force his way up the depth chart. His speed should be on display this afternoon.

Gaetan Haas is a swiss-army knife who has been blocked by Khaira’s move to the middle. Like Nygard, he needs a break. I’ll be watching him to see if his forechecking and speed have an impact.

Tyler Benson is closer to an NHL job he was a year ago, and we could see him during the playoffs as a fourth-line option. Responsible play and an offensive spark would get noticed today.

Cooper Marody has appeared often on the scrimmage highlights and could take advantage of this playoff window to establish that he’s back from injuries.

William Lagesson isn’t going to get much playing time, but he can show his two-way ability this afternoon.

Evan Bouchard has received very little mention for his play so far, I’ll be checking to see if he still has 10 fingers and toes.

Philip Broberg has been anointed as THE prospect in camp and that brings with it some danger. I’m confident coach Tippett won’t place him in a position to fail and today I’ll look forward to seeing the young man’s foot speed.

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dustrock

Let’s goooooo

leadfarmer

We really need AA to drive that third line against the easies

Munny

leadfarmer:
We really need AA to drive that third line against the easies

Sheahan gets the punishing zone starts though.

rocket

Has anyone confirmed what the overtime format is for the “best of five” series of games? thanks

Ribs

It would be so great to see AA go full Samsonov and start bolting down the ice with the puck like his pants are on fire. He could be a very useful player in these playoffs.

dustrock

leadfarmer:
We really need AA to drive that third line against the easies

All the skills. I’m not sold on his confidence. I’d get him a sports psychologist.

dustrock

rocket:
Has anyone confirmed what the overtime format is for the “best of five” series of games?thanks

Play-in best of 5 series are playoff overtime rules.

The round robin games for the higher-ranked teams are regular season OT rules and shootouts.

Ties in the standings broken by regular season points percentage.

jtblack

rocket:
Has anyone confirmed what the overtime format is for the “best of five” series of games?thanks

my understanding is it’s regular Playoff Style OT. They play OT until somebody scores.

rocket

dustrock,

Okay thanks. I thought that the NHL did not overtimes going on forever given that there are 3 games a day in one rink but glad they are keeping the playoff overtime rules.

Munny

Ribs:
It would be so great to see AA go full Samsonov and start bolting down the ice with the puck like his pants are on fire. He could be avery useful player in these playoffs.

Ha! The other night that’s what I said was my hope for AA this playoffs… a Samsonov like outing.

Munny

rocket:
dustrock,

Okay thanks. I thought that the NHL did not overtimes going on forever given that there are 3 games a day in one rink but glad they are keeping the playoff overtime rules.

Personally, for the play-in round, I think they should go 5 on 5 normal OT for a period, and if there’s still a deadlock, switch to 3 on 3 until there’s a goal. But I can understand the desire for some purism when it’s the playoffs.

OriginalPouzar

Lineups for today’s scrimmage will be the same as for the scrimmage this past Wednesday.

Ribs

Munny: Ha!The other night that’s what I said was my hope for AA this playoffs… a Samsonov like outing.

Samsonov was spectacular in ’06!

hunter1909

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Ben

Looking for skilled young men to fill my Kraken.

Pescador

Ribs: Samsonov was spectacular in ’06!

That goat in game 6 of the final, I was at that game.
Just brilliant

GordieHoweHatTrick

Where is this game going to be streamed? Oilers website?

I’m getting tingly…

Glovjuice

‘Camped’ at the old, closed (due to washout 10 years ago) North Ram River campsite last weekend with Dad and Bro and landed one nice Cuttroat. Headed back to the same area with my better 2/3’rd’s tomorrow but in a real campsite at Fish (Shundra) Lake. I still read this thread each day but could care less about this playoffs. Amazing, really. When Hall went down that rookie year (or was it second year) I was upset 24/7 for a week. Times change. Oh, the new Hum album called Inlet is the best melodic, heavy ‘grunge’ since, well, grunge days. Amazing album. And, have all Neil’s solo and Crazy Horse albums ready to fly all week. Peace Out. And some special genetic expert grown 32% THC weed, Fat Tugs, marinated pork, and cherry smoked maple horseradish chilli ready as well. 💥

godot10

CC on ice.

OriginalPouzar

Corey Crawford is on the ice for practice this morning for the Hawks – that changes things a bit.

His 2nd time on the ice since March – will he be “ready” for next Sat?

OriginalPouzar

GordieHoweHatTrick:
Where is this game going to be streamed? Oilers website?

I’m getting tingly…

Yes, all the regular places where they’ve streamed exhibition games in recent years – on the website, on their twitter account, etc.

OriginalPouzar

Yes, AA is a player to watch – from accounts, he is still having trouble finding a line and a role on the team. Given lineups are expected to be the same as last Wed (as per Reid Wilkins), I expect him to start with Sheahan and Archie. In a “perfect world”, I think he’d be flipped with Ennis but, given accounts or recent play, this makes sense.

Nygard is also “battling” for the 2LW or 3LW (or 4LW) spot so, if AA continues to “struggle”……

——————-

Stauff talking about McLeod being closer to playing in this post-season than Benson or Marody. I think that is crazy talk. We know that players with speed generally stand out in camp situations. I can’t imagine McLeod suiting up in the post-season prior to Benson (or Marody).

Optimism is like heroin

Munny,

AA,s speed should help with zone exits and transporting the puck up the ice.

Silver Streak

Hey LT …Is this scrimmage streamed anywhere ?? or could it be you are not among the “unwashed” and may be on the ‘ inside today ” ?

Silver Streak

OriginalPouzar,

Hey OP ….News flash….the NHL is a skating league.

ArmchairGM

godot10:
CC on ice.

It’s a bit early to be drinking, don’t you think?

Optimism is like heroin

Over the course of time here I have seen many comments on unicorns and deploying your forwards in offensive pairs. I wouldn’t mind seeing our centers on 3 lines. McD w Kassian, Drai and yammer then RNH with AA. Would be a chance to have the best player on the ice for 50 minutes in the game.

dustrock

Silver Streak:
Hey LT …Is this scrimmage streamed anywhere ??or could it be you are not among the “unwashed” and may be on the ‘ inside today ” ?

Oilers site, twitter, YouTube, & Facebook

buck yoakam

OriginalPouzar,

I am hoping we don’t need any favours from the slug hawks, bring on crawfish!…he will be facing some of the best shooters in the league and a seriously potent power play. Go Oilers!!!

defmn

godot10:
CC on ice.

Phillip Thompson
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Corey Crawford gives up three goals in short order during the first period of this #Blackhawks
scrimmage. Brent Seabrook gets the first goal on him, a little satisfaction he’ll take with him as he stays home for the playoffs.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1287065297262915587

OriginalPouzar

Crawford says he had Covid-19 – as per Scott Powers.

OriginalPouzar

Jack Drury is leaving Harvard to play for Vaxjo in the SHL.

No, of course I’m not saying Kemp is that level of prospect but I do hope that he finds a professional league to play pro in this coming season – maybe even an AHL deal and joining the Condors when they start.

OriginalPouzar

Lineups (same as Wed night except Broberg and Bouchard have switched teams as the 5D in each team):

https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/1287085198505435136

https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/1287085201550503938

Oil2Oilers

Andreas Athanasiou was a good bet by Holland. I still hope it turns out.

So far not enough information is available to know if he will workout or not.

The return to play, with its injury clean slate and training camp should provide that info.

If AA can’t find a top 6 job or provide significant out scoring from the third line the Oilers should move on.

No shame on Holland for making.a bet that doesn’t work out, if he is willing to course correct when it does. Also times have changed cap wise and other bets, like Ennis and possibly Nygard, are working.out.

There appears to be reasonably priced left wing options beyond Nuge for next year. Ennis, Benson, Nygard. If AA is not a significant upgrade then try and recapture one of the 2nd round picks and move on. There would be less month to cover at the end of the money.

Go Oilers, Go Oilers ( I am cheering for both teams in the scrimmage)

OilClog

Crawford’s rusty and physically recovering from the flu, things are looking great for the Mighty Oilers.

Poor Vancouver, had a 9 point cushion disappear before the covid and fell out of playoff position. Now they have to go up against a Wild team that was doing nothing but getting better as the season wore on and a coaching change. They also beat Vancouver 2 out of 3 during the season, even if they had 101 Bilbor Rumpapples it won’t be able save them.

Chaotic Goalpost alignments are heavy on the forecast.

Oil2Oilers

OriginalPouzar,

Sleeper pick for line of the afternoon is Benson-McLeod-Marody this is bright light big city time for these boys.

OriginalPouzar

rocket:
Has anyone confirmed what the overtime format is for the “best of five” series of games?thanks

Regular playoff OT rules.

OriginalPouzar

Silver Streak:
OriginalPouzar,

Hey OP ….News flash….the NHL is a skating league.

Yes, and Ryan McLeod, who has high end NHL level skating, is not an NHL-ready player just because of his skating.

Well, I guess he could have “popped” since March but, as at March, he was a bottom 6 winger/center in the AHL….

OriginalPouzar

Oil2Oilers:
OriginalPouzar,

Sleeper pick for line of the afternoon is Benson-McLeod-Marody this is bright light big city time for these boys.

That line was productive during the scrimmage on Wednesday…..

Silver Streak

thanks for the todays scrimmage viewing options…but when the hell does it start ??

Silver Streak

OriginalPouzar: Yes, and Ryan McLeod, who has high end NHL level skating, is not an NHL-ready player just because of his skating.

Well, I guess he could have “popped” since March but, as at March, he was a bottom 6 winger/center in the AHL….

OP, McLeod was used primarily as a centre in the Bake …seldom, if any time on the wing…as I have said many times previously….this kid was drafted to be our 3C…he plays a 180 game….great in our end…AND above all, remember you can`t teach speed !

JOFA

Silver Streak: OP,McLeod was used primarily as a centre in the Bake …seldom, if any time on the wing…as I have said many times previously….this kid was drafted to be our 3C…he plays a 180 game….great in our end…AND above all,remember you can`t teach speed !

Tell Schremp that😄

1 p.m.

BONE207

Oil2Oilers:
Andreas Athanasiou was a good bet by Holland. I still hope it turns out.

So far not enough information is available to know if he will workout or not.

The return to play, with its injury clean slate and training camp should provide that info.

If AA can’t find a top 6 job or provide significant out scoring from the third line the Oilers should move on.

No shame on Holland for making.a bet that doesn’t work out, if he is willing to course correct when it does. Also times have changed cap wise and other bets, like Ennis and possibly Nygard, are working.out.

There appears to be reasonably priced left wing options beyond Nuge for next year. Ennis, Benson, Nygard. If AA is not a significant upgrade then try and recapture one of the 2nd round picks and move on. There would be less month to cover at the end of the money.

Go Oilers, Go Oilers ( I am cheering for both teams in the scrimmage)

I hope that #12 guy scores…🤣

OriginalPouzar

Ya, its going to be tough with everyone wearing the same number…..

BONE207

Ben:
Looking for skilled young men to fill my Kraken.

Benny…I didn’t think you swing that way…

Oil2Oilers

BONE207: I hope that #12 guy scores…🤣

12 is doing great so far, he is all over the ice!

BONE207

ArmchairGM: It’s a bit early to be drinking, don’t you think?

It’s game time. Now is a good reason. Hopefully it continues till October

godot10

OriginalPouzar:
Ya, its going to be tough with everyone wearing the same number…..

Being Colby Cave