The Oilers and NHL awards have a strange relationship. The club can’t win a Calder Memorial Trophy for love nor money, but have torched the competition since 1979 for other hardware. Tonight, Leon Draisaitl could join an epic group of Oilers. Tonight, he could join the giants who walked among us since the birth of Oilers nation in 1979. Tonight.
I’m proud to be writing for The Athletic, and pleased to be part of a great team with Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis. Here is our recent work.
- New Lowetide: Rising talent, acquiring picks key to Oilers’ success at draft
- New Lowetide: European leagues are open, and Oilers prospects are everywhere
- Lowetide: Ken Holland and Dave Tippett’s past players: Can any help the Oilers?
- Lowetide: Roster projections for Oilers, including trade and free agent targets
- Jonathan Willis: Why the Oilers should buy out James Neal
- Lowetide: Oilers approach 2020 draft with increased depth in important positions
- Lowetide: Stock Watch: Hot starts and safe landings for Oilers prospects
- Jonathan Willis: There are no good shortcuts for the Oilers with Jesse Puljujarvi
- Lowetide: Potential trades and partners for the Oilers’ offseason
- Lowetide: The Oilers could find a world-class agitator in the draft
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Should the Oilers select goalie Yaroslav Askarov 14th at the NHL Draft?
- Lowetide: A bold draft strategy for the Oilers in 2020
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers third-line centre search should include other teams’ cap casualties
- Lowetide: Dealing a defenceman? Taking stock of Oilers’ blueline assets
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Oilers GM Ken Holland on improving internally, the flat cap and goaltending
- Jonathan Willis: Can the Oilers find value picks among the 2020 NHL Draft’s impressive Russians?
- Lowetide: 10 free agent targets for the Oilers this offseason
- Lowetide: What if the Oilers went scorched earth in front of 2020 free agency?
- Lowetide: Oilers Top 20 Prospects, Summer 2020
- Jonathan Willis: Unqualified RFAs could be top offseason targets for the Oilers
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Who stays? Who goes? The most likely players to stay with and leave the Oilers
ART ROSS TROPHY
- 7 Wayne Gretzky (1981 to 1987)
- 2 Connor McDavid (2017, 2018)
- 1 Leon Draisaitl (2020)
Oilers have been in the NHL for 40 seasons, and a player from the team has won the scoring championship 10 times. Diabolical.
HART MEMORIAL TROPHY
- 8 Wayne Gretzky (1980 to 1987)
- 1 Mark Messier (1990)
- 1 Connor McDavid (2017)
Draisaitl has a chance to join the most storied names in franchise history. This is pretty impressive.
TED LINDSAY AWARD
- 5 Wayne Gretzky (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987)
- 1 Mark Messier (1990)
- 2 Connor McDavid (2017, 2018)
This is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards of all, as fellow players vote for the winner. Again, Draisaitl is possibly in some legendary company here.
Kurt Leavins had a fascinating OEL item in his Sunday column yesterday, with speculation that had some real nuance. Quoting Leavins: “Arizona would also be keenly aware than in order to move their big LHS D-man it would have to both retain salary and probably take one on a contract, as well.”
That’s interesting. So, if the trade is Kris Russell (who Kurt mentions) and the first-round pick for OEL at $6 million? Edmonton gives up the pick and not much else. I’m not sure Arizona would do that deal and am not certain Edmonton should do that deal. Put it this way: If the Oilers make this deal, they better be right.
Two questions arise: Is Klefbom/Nurse going? And are the Oilers going to have any draft picks at the end of this thing?
I think Klefbom would be the player dealt, he’s been in trade rumours before and the only reason to move this player would be concern over his health moving forward (he has missed 46 games over the last three seasons and played over 70 games just once in his six-year career). Boston was once interested in Klefbom, it wouldn’t be shocking if they were again. Currently their left side is up in the air with Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara both free agents. For Edmonton, a fleet two-way winger for McDavid’s line and or a first-round pick to replace the one heading to Arizona would be the likely ask. One problem: Boston doesn’t have a first-round selection. Maybe the trade is for RFA LW Jake DeBrusk.
A top-six of OEL-Larsson, Nurse-Bear and Jones-Benning/Bouchard would remain. OEL is durable and would be fantastic on the ice at the same time as McDavid or Draisaitl. Leavins’ scenario breathes life into the idea of acquiring OEL for what is a fairly low cost. Even with that, Holland and Tippett better be right on this: Another long, searing coda of ineffective play that would be longer than the Lucic concerto could have a harmful effect on the fan-management relationship.
An OEL acquisition fits Ken Holland’s own trade past top dead center. He acquired Chris Chelios in 1999, Dominik Hasek in 2001, Mathieu Schneider in 2003, Robert Lang in 2004. OEL in 2015 would be in the same family of trades.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
We hit the ground running on a huge week this morning at 10, TSN1260. We’ll chat NFL Week 2 with Julian Edlow from Draft Kings, Erik Erlendsson from LightningInsider.com will chat about Tampa Bay’s approach to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars. Jason Gregor from TSN1260 will chat Oilers at the draft and trade table, SCF and Lebron. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!