This is Mark Arcobello. He signed an AHL deal back in 2010, went to the ECHL Stockton Thunder to earn his way to the AHL, and then proceeded to play so well once there (Oklahoma City Barons) that the Oilers had to sign him to an NHL deal.
In 78 games with the Oilers, he scored 11-19-30 and then Edmonton traded him for Derek Roy. You probably don’t remember him, but he was relentless on the forecheck and his wingers included David Perron and Jordan Eberle. I don’t know how the next 10 days are going to turn out, but it looks like there’s a chance Edmonton will make fewer than five draft picks in the 2020 selection. That means procurement via free agency, the old fashioned “Charlie Huddy” way. The Oilers need marcobellos!
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: Reconsidering Oilers’ offseason in light of Oscar Klefbom injury news
- New Jonathan Willis: Buyer beware: Trade partners for Oliver Ekman-Larsson have to hope he ages well
- Lowetide: Ken Holland’s work week: Get good players, keep good players
- Lowetide: Who will be available if the Oilers pick at No. 14?
- Lowetide: Oilers’ defence prospects are pushing, and changes are coming
- Lowetide: A reasonable trade price for the Oilers to pay in pursuit of OEL
- Jonathan Willis: Could it make sense for the Oilers to trade Oscar Klefbom?
- Lowetide: Why Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award
- 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
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS
RC Brett Neumann is a small (5.09, 176) center who just wrapped up his junior career with the Oshawa Generals (OHL). He is 21 now, posted 45-38-83 totals in 62 games in 2019-20. He is fast and has a great shot, 298 shots total. He’s a good prospect.
LC James Hamblin is already signed to an AHL deal, but his skill level is at a level where that may one day morph into an NHL contract ala Arcobello. He is on loan to a Swedish league team at this time.
Extreme disappointment in hearing the news yesterday. I went back over my notes and did get a tip from a friend on Klefbom being in pain (this would have been February) but planning on toughing it out. Chronic pain anywhere is not good when you’re 27, and the first thing to do is make sure Mr. Klefbom can spend the rest of his life without pain. Hockey comes after. Selfishly, I hope he’s only away for one year but that’s his decision and we wish him the best.
Is this deal going to happen? What are the assets out? Great questions, I thought I would chime in with some thoughts on it.
Ken Holland and Dave Tippett brought in their first Oilers team to a second place finish in the Pacific Division. That’s a damned good result. The two old bulls used kindling, string and crooked nails to build enough support for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and now the brick-by-brick building can continue through the offseason.
Holland is one year away from having real money to wheel, but will also have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ethan Bear and Adam Larsson to sign.
If he can use the Klefbom LTIR to bring in OEL for this year, things look a little better in terms of cap for 2021-22 and after. There are limitations of course, Edmonton has to be cap compliant in time for opening night but that can be managed any number of ways.
The price sounds severe based on reports and I have no reason to believe the media is lying about No. 14 overall and Evan Bouchard being the nut on this deal. I don’t see that as a reasonable price, even if you include Arizona taking on James Neal or Kris Russell.
So, if Holland makes the deal as stated then it’s an overpay on the face of it. Holland and Tippett are weighing their window here, just as Peter Chiarelli did in 2015. You can get mad as hell and I get it, but the Chiarelli plan was to send out high picks on less than sure things. That isn’t what we’re talking about now, today. OEL is a very good NHL defenseman. If Arizona retains and takes on a salary, then Ken Holland might deem that to be worthwhile. I’m about building through the system, and Holland’s past suggests that’s part of his plan, too. He has McDavid and Draisaitl entering their prime. That has to be a consideration.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Hell’s a poppin’ in Edmonton, and Frank Seravalli from TSN will join us right at 10 this morning to chat about it on TSN1260. Nuge news, Klefbom news, OEL and more, right at 10. Afterward, we’ll be reading your comments and discussing the last 24 hours and what it might mean moving forward. Matt Iwanyk joins us at 11 for NBA, NFL and MLB talk and then Laura Armstrong from Toronto Star will chat Blue Jays at 11:25. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!