The NHL is under the bubble and the Edmonton Oilers have three goalies, 10 defensemen and 18 forwards on the roster. The men who could sit Game 1 include Caleb Jones, Evan Bouchard, Joakim Nygard and Gaetan Haas.
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Connor McDavid—Zack Kassian: 71 goals during the regular season from this trio, Kassian had 13 in the first half, Nuge scoring 15 in the final 30 games. McDavid is healthy, rested and determined.
Tyler Ennis—Leon Draisaitl—Kailer Yamamoto: 70 goals during the regular season, Draisaitl went 21-28-49 in the final 30 games. Yamamoto had 11 goals in 27 games and Ennis scored 10 goals in his first 40 games. If he can fill the LW slot successfully, Holland will have delivered in a big way at the deadline.
Andreas Athanasiou—Riley Sheahan—Josh Archibald: 31 goals from the group, Athanasiou could really help by scoring goals against the soft parade.
James Neal—Jujhar Khaira—Alex Chiasson: 36 goals from the trio, more than half from Neal, who looks faster and was getting to lots of plays in the scrimmage (I know, it was a scrimmage).
Joakim Nygard—Gaetan Haas—Patrick Russell: The first trio of non-starters, I expect someone from this line will play in the Chicago series. Nygard’s speed is useful on offense and defense, Haas has great utility and Russell is a man who slows the game with forechecking and rugged play.
Tyler Benson—Ryan McLeod—Cooper Marody: The long shot pile but you never know.
Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson: Oscar Klefbom is the best defenseman on the team, and Larsson is a perfect fit when healthy. If this pairing is effective against Chicago, the Oilers should win the series.
Darnell Nurse—Ethan Bear: This pairing will need to perform at a high level, there will be minutes versus Patrick Kane and that could be the game story more than once.
Kris Russell—Matt Benning: Third pairing has plenty of experience and have played together often. Like the Smith decision in net, Russell over Jones may be a case of coach giving the veteran first chance to succeed.
Caleb Jones—Evan Bouchard: Each man begins the playoffs on the outside of a roster spot but I don’t think that will remain the case.
Philip Broberg—William Lagesson: Broberg looked good in scrimmage and he’s still here (good signs). Lagesson remains in the bubble but at this point appears to be the last chance Texaco on defense.
Mike Smith (Mikko Koskinen) (Stuart Skinner) Still waiting for a confirmation on the starter, I think both men see action against the Hawks.
MARATHON VERSUS SPRINT
The headlines through camp surrounded young Philip Broberg and his outstanding speed, with a secondary item that details Evan Bouchard’s less spectacular 10 days. I find the entire storyline baffling. Why? These two men are never going to apply for the same roster spot. Broberg will hopefully grow into a top-4 defenseman who plays big minutes on the left side and Bouchard has the same goal on the right side. Oilers fans of sound mind and body should hope both succeed.
They are top-10 picks, Bouchard and Broberg are going to get every chance to succeed in the NHL, possibly spending time as partners. If you are passionately debating who is behind Jones, I’ll suggest it doesn’t matter. They’re both on an NHL trajectory and it is pleasing to see success for young prospects.
I don’t want to see another Alex Plante story in my lifetime.