Dmitri Samorukov begins an important season in his career today in faraway Moscow, at the CSKA Ice Palace. He is one of nine defensemen listed on the roster, one of three offseason arrivals. Samorukov is an important piece of the Oilers future and his range of skills will be needed when he arrives in Edmonton.
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I remain convinced this player has an NHL future, in spite of being slow played in Bakersfield as a rookie pro. He has a massive wingspan, mobility, strength, a mean streak, and enough offensive ability to be considered a two-way defender (he has all the shutdown skills, so there’s a temptation to label him in that way).
Also on the CSKA Moscow roster (one of 15 forwards) is Maksimov. He is facing a real challenge, this is a solid team. Last year’s top returnees are Anton Slepyshev (54, 18-27-45), Konstantin Okulov (56, 17-21-38) and Maxim Mamin (51, 10-18-28). There will be opportunities and I believe Maksimov has the talent to break out, but there are other options.
Adam Larsson is No. 15 on the list, he’ll bring value if dealt and using the GM hand guide this is the offseason to deal him. I think Oscar Klefbom, Kris Russell, Matt Benning and Alex Chiasson may also be vulnerable. If Klefbom is leaving it would be substantial return.
On the list and attractive as an option for Edmonton: Patrik Laine, Kyle Palmieri, Max Domi, Nikolaj Ehlers, Alex Killorn, Jared McCann, Andreas Johnsson, Frederik Andersen and Dougie Hamilton.
I have been married for 37 years. In that time I have come to know my partner better than anyone else on earth could possibly know her. And vice versa. After a time, you begin to recognize things in early stages and so I’ll know (as a for instance) by 4 this afternoon if we’re drinking wine tonight and she knows I’ll be rambling about turkey approximately two weeks before any long weekend.
If you pay attention, trends emerge. Do you remember last spring, when no one was mentioning Philip Broberg? Then Ken Holland was hired? And that was followed by everyone mentioning Philip Broberg? And then Broberg got drafted? Do you remember that?
In recent hours, the name Kaiden Guhle has come to the fore. I had him No. 26 before my final list but moved him to No. 20 at the end. Why? He has a nice range of skills (I value that), delivered offense similar to Darnell Nurse in his draft year (that’s good) and posted an even strength goal differential of 72-52 (58.1 percent goal differential). He would be playing tough minutes on a good team, his off ice GF-GA at even strength (87-60, 59.1 percent) is about even with on-ice results. That’s at age 17.
Nurse at the same age had an even strength goal differential of 77-70 (52.3 percent) with an off ice number that showed some separation (99-101, 49.5 percent). Nurse had better arrows defensively.
I don’t have Guhle No. 14 overall, and I think that would be a reach. Edmonton most certainly should take a skill forward there, I have several (Seth Jarvis, Jacob Perreault, Noel Gunler, Jan Mysak) on my list in that range who should be available. I do think Guhle could go in that range and no one would be surprised. Oilers fans? I can hear the outrage already. A reminder: Teams can draft a defenseman and trade/sign a forward. It’s possible.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
TSN1260, at 10 this morning, it’s going to be a helluva show. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal will join us at 10, we’ll talk about the young puck-moving blue driving all four Western survivors, namely Theodore, Hughes, Makar, Heiskanen, and how important that aspect is to the current NHL. Joe Osborne from OddsShark will drop in at 11 to make sense of the NHL playoffs, the NBA playoffs and what the trade deadline tells us about the Jays. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!