How many players outside the NHL now could help the Oilers next season? I’m not talking about Bouchard or Broberg or Benson, those men are technically in the NHL as we speak. No sir. How many outsiders have the talent to get inside the NHL?
Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. I am proud to be part of The Athletic. Here are the most recent Oilers stories.
- New Lowetide: Could Oilers’ lack of centre depth mean postseason roster shuffle?
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘One of oddest games I’ve ever played’: Oilers adapt to games without fans
- Lowetide: Splitting the Draisaitl line may create hot August nights in Edmonton
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Take our Oilers refresher quiz and prove you remember the 2019-20 season
- Jonathan Willis: Is Philip Broberg on track to be a top-pairing defenceman?
- Lowetide: Oilers’ productive prospect pipeline a welcome change for playoffs
- Lowetide: Will the last stay-at-home defenceman please turn out the lights?
- New Mark Lazerus and Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Breaking down storylines, scouting reports and X-factors for Blackhawks-Oilers
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers scrimmage: Colby Cave gets Maurice Richard treatment in fitting tribute
- Lowetide: Imagining the city of Edmonton with the Oilers in a deep playoff run
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s roster construction options over the next five months
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Inside the bubble: Details on where and how NHL players will live in Edmonton
- Jonathan Willis: Evan Bouchard’s AHL debut has him on track to become a No. 1 NHL defenceman
- Lowetide: Philip Broberg fortunate to arrive with Oilers under mature management
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A ‘different’ Oilers initiation leaves Olivier Rodrigue wanting more
- Lowetide: What should Oilers fans expect from Connor McDavid in the playoffs?
- Lowetide: Dave Tippett’s postseason strategy against the Blackhawks
Twitter is fire in regard to the big Finn coming to Edmonton, a reminder that real men calm their ta-ta’s and wait for the official announcement. I see Jesse Puljujarvi as a two-way, top-9 winger who could slide in on a line with a veteran two-way center. He played well with Ryan Strome, that kind of player might be a solid fit. Lucas Wallmark would be my choice, maybe Florida signs Bert Olmstead as general manager and he wants Kris and Patrick Russell. I kid. Anyway, Puljujarvi can help. If he finds his way, perhaps he can emerge as Zack Kassian’s replacement on a skill line. We’ll see. One thing: If he plays on the third line, Oilers must get him an actual two-way center. Maybe there’s a Matti Hagman out there who can provide JP with the same kind of cover Hagman did for Jari Kurri 40 years ago.
Ilya Konovalov is under contract for 2020-21 in the KHL, but he could push for an NHL job now. Seasons of .930 and .912 save percentages in an outstanding league mean this player is already posting totals that serve notice on his possible NHL future.
Anton Slepyshev could help this team, in my opinion. He has speed, size, and enough scoring to be competition for the bottom six wingers (Chiasson, Archibald, Nygard, Benson) next year.
I’m impressed that Ken Holland reached out to Slepyshev, who got a better offer at home. I have no doubt Konovalov will be in his sights if the goalie can deliver a quality season. And, if reports are true, getting this far with Puljujarvi is terrific news.
The job of a general manager is to optimize the roster in any way possible. I gave him a B in the season ending report card. If he gets Puljujarvi under contract at a reasonable rate, his 2020-21 grade could be an A. His pursuit of all available hands has been impressive, and honestly, opposite George to the Oilers own past when they were sending good NHL defensmen to Chocolate City. We shouldn’t forget that about the current admin.
Lots of online fretting over Chicago’s romp of the St. Louis Blues last night. I have a different opinion on the game. For me, you’d always prefer a tough game against an opponent in order to get ready for the big games. The Flames and Oilers did each other a favor, the lights are on and there’s no dullness remaining. The ‘Hawks had what amounts to another hard practice. There’s a difference. Oilers in four.
Fernando Pisani scored three points in his final two regular season games of 2005-06. He then proceeded to score five goals in six playoff games against the Detroit Red Wings. He remains an icon in Oilers lore.
Who will be this year’s Pisani? There are several candidates, from Josh Archibald and Joakim Nygard to Andreas Athanasiou to Tyler Ennis. I’m going to select Alex Chiasson, because he’s a veteran and will get power-play chances. You?