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The Oilers have an opening for a left winger on one of their skill lines. Tyler Benson isn’t a candidate. That’s a tell. The fact Edmonton doesn’t have another in the system is also a tell. The Oilers are going to have to use an asset (trade or dollars) this fall on a No. 2 left wing. That’s a shame.
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 Jonathan Willis: Could it make sense for the Oilers to trade Oscar Klefbom?
- New Lowetide: Why Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Breaking down my ballot for the 2019-20 NHL awards
- Lowetide: Rising talent, acquiring picks key to Oilers’ success at draft
- 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
OILERS 2020 PICKS CONFIRMED
- No. 14 overall: RC Seth Jarvis, WHL
- No. 76 overall: RD Luke Prokop, WHL
- No. 138 overall: LD Dylan Robinson, OHL
- No. 169 overall: RC Logan Barlage, WHL
- No. 200 overall: LD Trevor Thurston, WHL
This isn’t a mock draft, merely the Red Line Report prospect who corresponds with Edmonton’s draft slotting in 2020. It isn’t fabulous but not a disaster, either. Will Edmonton have five picks on draft night?
LEFT WING PROBLEMS
Benson is just one example of a left winger who is in the system, under contract, and not under consideration for one of the two skill jobs. Here is the depth chart including only signed LW’s: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, James Neal, Joakim Nygard, Jujhar Khaira. That is a depth chart that is absolutely vulnerable to invasion. AHL depth chart Tyler Benson, Joe Gambardella, Ryan Kuffner and Ostap Safin.
Benson has been in the minors for two years, this is his time. Except it isn’t and we know that because Holland added Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis at the deadline. So, what does he do? Well, he might try trading for a less expensive Athanasiou. Here are some possible options.
Jesper Bratt of the New Jersey Devils scored 1.24 goals per 60 at five on five this season and is over 2.00 points per 60 for the last two seasons.
Tyler Ennis of the Edmonton Oilers scored 0.77 goals per 60 five on five, and had a 1.90 points per 60. He did have some chem with McDavid.
Jake DeBrusk of the Boston Bruins scored .74 goals per 60 in 2019-20, posted 1.18 per 60 in the previous season (all five on five). His points per 60 faded to 1.65 but his shooting percentage faded. A great bet if they can get him.
Alex Killorn of the Tampa Bay Lightning is signed long term and has a no-trade deal (16 teams). The AAV is $4.45 million for three more years, but he’s a two-way winger who scored 1.17 goals per 60 in 2019-20. Lightning make an annual trade for cap purposes, Killorn is a nice player.
Sonny Milano of the Anaheim Ducks struggled and got himself traded this season but has had strong goals per 60 at five on five in the past (1.45 in 2017-18). He’d be worth a flier.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun morning with good people and great guests, we get started at 10 on TSN1260. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal will join me to put Leon Draisailt’s awards sweep in perspective and we’ll talk about signing/walking Oilers RFA’s. Joe Osborne from OddsShark will cover the NFL Week 3, and talk about how much injuries can impact the line on a game. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!