Size Matters

by Lowetide

During an Oilers game in January 2015, John Shannon mentioned a conversation with Craig MacTavish involving what the GM learned during his trip behind the bench.

Shannon: “I talked to Craig MacTavish before the game, and about the five or six games he spent behind the bench. I said you know size doesn’t matter anymore and he said oh no, one thing I learned is that size matters more than ever. Size and quickness.”

The Oilers 2020 draft has just been completed, and gives us a chance to see if the Ken Holland-Tyler Wright combination believes in all size all the time or has room for small skill.

THE ATHLETIC!

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.

OILERS 2020 DRAFT

Here are the heights and weights for Edmonton’s most recent draftees. I’m taking them from the Oilers site.

  • C-LW Dylan Holloway 6.01, 203
  • LW Carter Savoie 5.09, 192
  • RW Tyler Tullio 5.10, 165
  • LW Maxim Berezkin 6.02, 201
  • C Filip Engaras 6.0, 187
  • RW Jeremias Lindewall 6.02, 183

The average size for an NHL forward in 2019-20 was 6.01, 197 pounds according to this article from James Mirtle at The Athletic. Holloway will be above average if he makes it, Berezkin and Lindewall, too. The only undersized players are Savoie and Tullio and they are the most skilled in the group.

OILERS 2019 DRAFT

Holland was here in time for the draft, don’t know how much impact he had but I’ll bet a 2-4 of Crown Royal he did impact the Broberg selection. Here are the numbers for the 2019 draftees.

  • LD Philip Broberg 6.03, 199
  • RC Raphael Lovoie 6.04, 196
  • G Ilya Konovalov 6.0, 194
  • RW Matej Blumel 6.0, 198
  • RC Tomas Mazura 6.02, 170
  • LC Maxim Denezhkin 5.10, 165

Among forwards, Lavoie is the only player certain to be above average based on the Mirtle numbers. Blumel is very there but not above average, doubt Mazua or Denezhkin will be NHL average if they make the NHL.

The average defenseman is 6.02, 203 and Broberg will play far above the average based on his age and frame. Goalies are 6.02, 201 and Konovalov will never get there.

ROSTER FORWARDS ABOVE 6.01, 197

The current Oilers have some big forwards, here they are sorted by height.

  1. LC Jujhar Khaira 6.04, 212
  2. RW Alex Chiasson 6.04, 208
  3. RW Jesse Puljujarvi 6.04, 201
  4. LW James Neal 6.03, 212
  5. RW Zack Kassian 6.03, 211
  6. LC Leon Draisaitl 6.02, 208
  7. Patrick Russell 6.01, 203
  8. LC Connor McDavid 6.01, 193
  9. RC Kyle Turris 6.01, 190

The Oilers have a pile of forwards who are average or bigger than average NHL heading into next season. Some small forwards (Kailer Yamamoto, Tyler Ennis, Josh Archibald, Nuge, Joakim Nygard, Gaetan Haas) but the size part of this roster is real.

ILYA KONOVALOV

He played in just one game this week, and is now clearly the backup to Edward Pasquale, who leads the KHL with a .961 save percentage. Although that performance obscures Konvalov, he sits No. 5 among KHL goalies with a .933 save percentage.

DMITRI SAMORUKOV

Dmitri Samorukov hasn’t moved much in the boxcars (20 games, 2-5-7) but remains No. 1 in the KHL in even strength on ice goal differential (18-4). He’s playing a confident defensive game complete with solid hitting and puck separation. Easy to overlook him with so many other good defensemen in the system, but his style is rather unique compared to the rest of the group.

PHILIP BROBERG

Philip Broberg is tied for No. 15 among SHL blue in scoring (12 games, 1-4-5), he plays today so that could change. He is averaging 19:44 per game and has an on ice goal differential of 7-9, which ranks No. 3 among Skelleftea blue. Broberg is No. 5 in even strength ice time (14:53, two seconds behind the man in fourth) and has posted four power-play points in 31 minutes (7.55 per 60).

MIKE HOFFMAN

There is a connection between the Oilers and Mike Hoffman (covered here) which I find encouraging. Not because I think Hoffman is heading to Edmonton (I’d suggest it is a distant bell) but rather because it means Ken Holland is shopping for a skill or two-way forward. Adding Hoffman to this team is too much to dream, but a Duclair, Kahun or Athanasiou is realistic and I think an astute move.

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N64

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2020 is the only successful Bond villian.

Reja

Sean was a favourite growing up may he RIP. Sean at the age 57 was voted the sexiest man alive so there is hope for us old farts.

leadfarmer

Buying out Neal and using that money for Hoffman would have made LT dust off that picture he’s been hiding

russ99

Holland wisely isn’t doing buyouts this year, with a flat cap for who knows how many years it’s detrimental, and a healthy Neal can still score a significant number of goals.

leadfarmer

Ryan I’m digging the site
Good job!!

russ99

As a primarily tablet user, the site rework is just fantastic.

Great work, Ryan!

Munny

Crown Royal comes in two-sixes. Beer comes in two-fours.

#mathblog 😉

tileguy

This is good information to know.

Munny

Mike Hoffman is the last player I dream about. Mike Hoffman not being on the team is a dream come true. Man, if Kassian annoys people…

OriginalPouzar

Just say no to defensive black holes!

DBO

I think Archibald is trusted by the coach, so doubt he sits.

Do wonder if moving Chiasson to open up money and spot for a Kahun, or dare I say Hoffman would make for an interesting option. I still think the best two way player who is coming off a down year is Granlund. He would easily improve our top 6 and add PK and PP option, while being able to help McDavid on faceoffs. The longer it goes, the more likely you get him at like 1 year $3 million. Moving Chiasson, to clear his cap and balance the lineup and adding a Granlund would suddenly make us as balanced and deep as anytime over the decade of darkness.

Wait..what is that..oh my god… it’s… it’s… it’s the “balance photo” LT has teased for years!!!!!!!!!

jp

LT: “There is a connection between the Oilers and Mike Hoffman (covered here) which I find encouraging. Not because I think Hoffman is heading to Edmonton (I’d suggest it is a distant bell) but rather because it means Ken Holland is shopping for a skill or two-way forward. Adding Hoffman to this team is too much to dream, but a Duclair, Kahun or Athanasiou is realistic and I think an astute move.”

Encouraging news indeed. One more forward at or above Ennis’ level would be significant.

I believe Holland will manage to bring in someone from the AA/Kahun tree before camp begins. Hoping anyway.

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frjohnk

Congrats on the new look. It looks great.

Ryan

There is a connection between the Oilers and Mike Hoffman (covered here) which I find encouraging. Not because I think Hoffman is heading to Edmonton (I’d suggest it is a distant bell) but rather because it means Ken Holland is shopping for a skill or two-way forward. Adding Hoffman to this team is too much to dream, but a Duclair, Kahun or Athanasiou is realistic and I think an astute move.

Good morning everyone!

As an update, I’ve changed the appearance of quotes, so that they’re easier to differentiate (as above).

Also, I just noticed that under the article rating, There’s lightening bolt icon that allows you to quickly scroll to the most reacted comment. As well, there’s a flame that lets you scroll to the hottest comment thread.

What’s really cool is you can actually click on the “my content and settings icon” which looks like a person icon on the left and scroll back through your old comments.

You can also click on users to follow (under their name on the signal bar icon), particularly those who write incredibly awesome stuff, but don’t post very frequently like Swedish Oiler.

geowal

That lightning bolt creates a pretty horrific colour combination I’d look to change, sort of a white on yellow, but could be a nice feature.

geowal

Do you know how to disable / deselect those features if I’ve hit them once? Just clicking them again doesn’t seem to do the trick.

edit (!!) clicking the paperclip looking thing seems to do the trick

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Abbeef

How did you quote the text without threading it?

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Ryan

It’s a little tedious compared to the old quote button.

  1. You can just highlight the text that you want to quote including the author.
  2. Control or Command c depending if you’re using a Mac or PC….
  3. Then you click the trusty quote bubble to make a new comment.
  4. You have to then write your reply and paste the text above.
  5. Then you highlight the text that you cut and pasted and click on the quotation mark symbol.
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jp

Folks, a Granlund add balances the forwards (would be a thing of beauty).

But there’s no balancing the Dcorp with Klefbom in the garage, and I suspect LT would tell you at least one of the goalies has some ‘wobble’.

We are not seeing the balance photo this season.

leeinvan

Next season it will be better, it better be because there will come a point where McDavid asks to move on.

jp

Gheez, it’s not all doom and gloom.

This is a solid team IMO. A playoff team, pretty sure.

They aren’t balanced, but they have lots of good pieces. No need to push all hope to future seasons!

pts2pndr

The reality is that due cap restraints and injuries there are no sure things. We saw what happened last tear when Bear and Yamamoto popped. We have some fine young talent in the pipeline and I agree that barring injuries to key players or regression of other players the Oilers are a playoff team. Lots can happen during the season re the above and there is also the possibility of player movement. Life is much more pleasant with the glass half full outlook. Semper Fi

OriginalPouzar

Why is McDavid asking to move on?

He just finished a season where his team finished second in the division, 4th in the conference and 12th in the league.

He was the 2nd best player on the team through the course of the year.

I don’t see McDavid ever asking to move on during the course of a contract where the organization committed $100MM to him.

Will he necessarily re-sign at the end of that contract? That’s a different conversation but I would posit the most important year’s for team success for his re-sign are the couple year’s leading up to that point – the year’s where we don’t need dead cap hits from contracts that would have been off the books.

pts2pndr

I invoke the faint hope clause😊

leeinvan

I would like the GM to sign AA, he never really had a chance to establish himself . If the team could get 15-18 goals from him, it would help.

Jaxon

I’d still be interested in Haula (who can play C or LW and will be taking a haircut), and Kahun with his connections to Draisaitl (outscored Draisaitl on every team they played together except one international squad), and Athanasiou (who didn’t get a fair shake in Edmonton and showed well in 3 games in the playoffs even though he didn’t get the bounces). I’d be thrilled with any of these 3. I think Duclair might be one of the only ones left who still might demand a bit more money, if not I’d be happy with him, too.

Tarkus

If the first player you mentioned gets signed by the Oilers by the end of the day, then today shall be known as “Haula-ween”.

wchay

Thank you for making the font change. Much easier on the eyes. Love the pursuit of continuous improvement on the site!

Brantford Boy

Hey LT,

Not sure if you’re still taking site requests, or if this feature was unanimously voted in and I’m too late… this floating comment icon is maddening… as I read the blog I have to scroll up/down to get this icon out of the article I’m trying to read. It’ cute, but really has no purpose that I can see besides being able to comment before reading the blog, which seems counter intuitive. If it must stay can it not be moved over to the right side frame, under the last posted comment in the “RECENT COMMENTS” section? At least there it does’t take valuable real estate on the blog or comments section.

Cheers!

Abbeef

I like the comment bubble. It allows me to jump to the comments when I’ve already read the article.

Brantford Boy

Uh, you realize the comments section is directly under the article right? Like maybe 12 inches to scroll down… this thread alone is probably over 8 inches now.

Anyway, I hope it can be moved to the right frame, as a retired web designer it’s kinda tacky and takes up way too much valuable real estate on the page. Especially reading the main article, its quite cumbersome to have to navigate an icon just to read the blog content.

Ryan

I’ll wait for more feedback on this. I read the site on a variety of platforms (Macbook Pro, IPad, and Iphone). While it takes some getting used to, I personally don’t find it intrusive. I like being able to copy someone’s post then click the bubble to quote them. I find the comment bubble to be quite useful.

Gerta Rauss

While I agree the bubble is a little big, I vote to keep it. I use it to navigate from the bottom of the comments to the top (while quoting somebody)

Brantford Boy

You mean like a back top top link? In the right pane…
https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_scroll_to_top.asp

Gerta Rauss

Sure, sure, I like the addition of the ‘back to top’ button as well. But it takes you to the top of the day’s post

The comment bubble takes you directly to the comment box

I wouldn’t object if Ryan can move it around the blog, but it’s current location isn’t a showstopper for me

For users with a mouse/scroll wheel this discussion is a big nothing burger- for tablet users(me) and mobile users(me again) it’s a nice feature

Gerta Rauss

On a related note, any chance you could add a “scroll to bottom” button button Ryan…? Often I find myself in “no man’s land” in the middle of the comments section, and being able to jump to the bottom would be a nice feature

BornInAGretzkyJersey

I just hit command+down arrow for that. Or the End button on a PC (I actually think CTRL+down arrow works on PC too, can’t recall for certain).

Gerta Rauss

ahh..yes…CTRL + END jumps to the bottom. I’ll use that on the tablet for sure, I’d have to dig for the equivalent feature on my Android phone

thanks

BornInAGretzkyJersey

If you find something for your phone be sure to post up, that could be a handy shortcut as opposed to fast scrolling.

Gerta Rauss

Actually, just pressing the END key on my keyboard does the same thing

I just doubled my productivity

Brantford Boy

It can be set to go to any class/object on the page not necessarily the top of the entire website… bottom link, just the same

Gerta Rauss

Oh, I see…so have the “scroll to top” button (lower right) jump to the comment window, and have the comment bubble go away

I guess I could live with that…I’ll jump to the comment window far more than I’ll jump to the top of the page

Brantford Boy

Thanks Ryan,

That’s way, way better for reading… like night and day…

Cheers!

dessert1111

In hockey, it seems like we most often equate size with height, but I’d argue that weight is more important (unless you’re a goalie).

Savoie, for instance, is listed as 5.9 and 192 pounds – that’s pretty heavy for a guy that height at his age. So I wouldn’t call him undersized. Tullio, an inch taller and 27 pounds lighter, I would say is in a different category.

Abbeef

Savoie is heavy but from what I heard that is from lack of fitness, not muscle mass. I’d agree that weight is more important if it is muscle mass. Fat isn’t much of an advantage.

dessert1111

Oh indeed, at least not until failed offensive linemen learn how to play goalie, this presumes top notch physical fitness and muscle mass.

cowboy bill

Can’t see them omitting Archibald . To me the trio of Kassian , Neal & Chiasson duplicate similar skill sets . Neal has the largest contract and would be the most difficult to unload , followed by Kassian . That leave Chiasson as the most likely to be moved , Arche’s contract is tremendous for what he brings .

who

Don’t you think the “join the discussion” box should be at the bottom of the comments, not the top?
I’ll freely admit to being a dinasour. I don’t like change. The font is definitely easier to read, but other than that, I prefered the old site.

barry.moore23

Ryan and LT, nicely done. Thanks for having me.

russ99

After Lebrun’s article with Hoffman’s agent claiming all offers have been small potatoes, i doubt the Oilers can land him. Maybe if we move out a defenseman, but with Klefbom out for the forseeable future and the expansion draft, we can’t do that now.

We also still have to fit Bear’s RFA contract with Klefbom under the cap before opening day.

Best course now is a few PTOs/handshake agreements of players we can pay more than other teams once Klefbom is on LTIR.

Wouldn’t mind revisiting a Chiasson deal either, I wonder if we can still make that deal with Boston for Bjork.

Spartacus

The new banner is badass.

Cheers, Ryan!

OmJo

Just wanted to say, as somebody who primarily visits this site on my phone, the new re-design is absolutely awesome. Ryan did an excellent job (as did Danny before him!)!

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Notification of new replies to follow-up comments, and to your own comments is a nifty feature.

I’m really digging how the new format is blending some favourable features from forums I frequent.

defmn

Size isn’t a problem for individual players but it is for teams. This is one of the many parts to ‘balance’ that a GM/HC needs to – well – balance.

You can’t put 3 small guys on one offensive line for the same reason that you can’t put 3 slow guys on one line or 3 tough guys who don’t know the stick is for moving the puck.

The GM has to provide the HC with enough diversity of skills, speed, size that he can compensate for the fact than no one player he has access to brings everything necessary.

Some of those things are easily quantified and some not so much. Compete level, for example, is another attribute that helps win games. I don’t know if every player on the team needs that same level consistently but I am pretty certain every team needs enough of those guys to pull everybody else along when the situation needs it.

Size matters. It always has. But not every single player needs it. You just need balance.

Ryan

That’s why I didn’t really like the Ennis – Draisaitl – Yamamoto line that was deployed during the playoffs. I think Ennis and Yamamoto aren’t a good fit on the same line.

OriginalPouzar

Broberg with the zone entry, smart drop pass and then almost goes full Bobby Orr:

https://twitter.com/IcehockeyG/status/1322565120803905536

21 minutes with 5 shots on goal today!

defmn

Since Samorukov is mentioned today here is Staples’ column on him today for anybody interested after watching his last 3 games in the KHL.

https://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey/edmonton-oilers-prospect-dmitri-samorukov-playing-steady-eddie-hockey-for-cska-in-khl

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

I bought my first bottle of Japanese whisky last night. Nothing too fancy. Suntory Toki. I usually like one ice cube, but I decided to get crazy on a Friday night and opted for some carbonated water, just a splash. Very tasty. 

Oil2Oilers

Very much enjoying figuring out the new site layout. Well done Ryan.

OriginalPouzar

On Konovalov, with Pasquale giving up 2 goals yesterday and Ilya have a regulation shutout the prior game, I would think the he gets the net back next game and hopefully a chance to run with it.

Sammy’s 5 on 5 goal differential is just stunning and such a great arrow. Lets not forget, he was starting to come along mid-season last year in the Bake prior to getting hurt. He’s now showing that development spike in his second pro season that we often see with d-men (see Bear and Jones). He is playing big minutes on a top team and excelling. Do you all see the clip I posted yesterday of his blue line defence – aggressive step-up and hit to break up a zone entry? Beautiful.

OriginalPouzar

I would imagine if Kahun was willing to sign for $1.6M with the Oilers, the deal would be done.

I think he signs for over $2M which likely prices himself out of Edmonton.

We know the Oilers made an offer, we don’t know how much it was for (or for how long).

Gerta Rauss

Abbeef

 Reply to  Ryan

 2 hours ago

How did you quote the text without threading it?

Testing the new quote parameters-see Ryan’s answer above

edit-nice, this is perfect

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Gerta Rauss

BornInAGretzkyJersey

 1 hour ago

Notification of new replies to follow-up comments, and to your own comments is a nifty feature.

How did you get this to work…?…how does the site notify you..?

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BornInAGretzkyJersey

Click the pull down menu where it says Subscribe (just above and to the left of the comment text box) and choose the kind of notification(s) you prefer. You’ll get an email as requested.

Gerta Rauss

Beautiful, thanks

That’s the part I was missing last night

OriginalPouzar

leadfarmer

 4 hours ago

Buying out Neal and using that money for Hoffman would have made LT dust off that picture he’s been hiding

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I’m not sure that would even make the team better in the interim. Hoffman can score goals, of that there is no doubt. He is also an awful 2-way player which is not what we seem to be looking for or needing on McDavid’s left wing. Goal scoring on McDavid’s line is not an issue – keeping goals against down is an issue – in my opinion.

I take a look at Neal in the play-in, the best Oiler forward among the bottom 6 – a couple points, huge possession numbers, 75% goal share. Worth $6M? Heck no, not even with his PP acumen. Still adds some value to the team and doesn’t create a defensive issue ala Hoffman.

Just say no to Hoffman.

OmJo

I mean, if you can replace Neal with Hoffman I don’t see how you don’t do pull the trigger. A buyout may not be the best idea with the current cap uncertainty.

OriginalPouzar

DBO

 3 hours ago

I think Archibald is trusted by the coach, so doubt he sits.
Do wonder if moving Chiasson to open up money and spot for a Kahun, or dare I say Hoffman would make for an interesting option. I still think the best two way player who is coming off a down year is Granlund. He would easily improve our top 6 and add PK and PP option, while being able to help McDavid on faceoffs. The longer it goes, the more likely you get him at like 1 year $3 million. Moving Chiasson, to clear his cap and balance the lineup and adding a Granlund would suddenly make us as balanced and deep as anytime over the decade of darkness.
Wait..what is that..oh my god… it’s… it’s… it’s the “balance photo” LT has teased for years!!!!!!!!!

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I’m with you, I imagine Archibald as an every day player on this team – he’s important on the PK and he adds speed and tenacity to the bottom six with a little bit of skill.

I won’t bash Chiasson, he was pretty much value for his $2M this past season – to not get caved in bottom 6 minutes is valuable on this team – add that to his PP abilities and he was value.

At the same time, the league cap market has changed and, well, even though he is a legit NHL player and not egregiously over paid, he isn’t really tradable. Not with the glut of legit NHL players that are still available and likely to sign for cheap. Galchenyuk had the same amount of points as Chiasson last year and signed for half the price. The Oilers would need to add a legit sweetener for a team to take Chiasson because of the market re-set.

If they did move on from Chiasson, as per my previous posts, I would stay very clear of Hoffman and think, as you mentioned, Granlund would be an excellent addition – cheaper than Hoffman and, well, in my opinion, better as he’s more versatile and not awful defensively.

Granlund or Kahun are much better fits on the Oilers than Hoffman, in my opinion.

With that said, I don’t see either coming to Edmonton as I don’t think Holland will be able to open up the cap space with a RW disposition of Chiasson (or even Kass).

I don’t think either Kahun nor Granlund will come in under $2M so that disposition would be required.

Gerta Rauss

OP-Ryan made a change to the site this morning re: quoting
You’re currently doing everything correct, however, instead of clicking on the Italics button, try clicking on the ” (blockquote) button, and the section you want to quote will be separated from your text, and displayed in the different color

Woogie63

I see Chiasson as the type of player that becomes more valuable in the play-offs.

I would like to see a load management approach where Neal, Chiasson, Haas, Benson platoon into the line-up based on the competition and making Benson a full time NHLer

ChiliChunk

Ryan

It’s a little tedious compared to the old quote button.

Nice job Ryan. Curious to find some good uses of the

Read at your own peril
spoiler tag
.

Gerta Rauss

ahhh….I was wondering what that function was

Bruce McCurdy

Pretty good game for Broberg today by the numbers, 20:31 TOi, 5 shots on net to lead both teams, & a +1 in Skelleftea’s 3-2 loss to Orebro. But no points.

Now has 1-4-5 in 13 games, but has been living off that 1-2-3 season opener the whole time, just 2 apples in his last dozen outings.

Liking the new look of the site, though not all of the features seem to be working on my ancient tablet. Stick tap to Ryan for the work.

OriginalPouzar

Gerta Rauss

 Reply to  OriginalPouzar

 19 minutes ago

OP-Ryan made a change to the site this morning re: quoting

You’re currently doing everything correct, however, instead of clicking on the Italics button, try clicking on the ” (blockquote) button, and the section you want to quote will be separated from your text, and displayed in the different color

Testing.

Thank you GR!

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defmn

How did you separate your comment from the one you blockquoted?

Thanks.

Gerta Rauss

You have to highlight the text you want to separate, then while it’s highlighted, choose your feature from the toolbox. The italics was the go to for me, but Ryan made a change this morning so the highlighted portion is a different color. The blog standard has become highlighting the portion you want to quote, then click the ” (blockquote) button.

Your reply can then be typed below the portion you’ve blockquoted

It’s easy to highlight with a mouse and scroll wheel..just move the cursor over the text(and the user’s name) to copy the text, then click on the comment bubble on the left to jump to the comment box, then paste

I haven’t tried it with my phone yet, it won’t be as easy but that will depend on how fat your fingers are LoL

defmn

Thanks. That is what I think I did but it ran my reply in with the blockquote. I’ll try again to see what I did wrong.

Gerta Rauss

aha…yes, I think the trick is to copy/paste, type your reply below the pasted section, and THEN highlight the pasted section and apply the blockquote

defmn

Thanks. I’ll try that. Slow learner and all. 😉

OriginalPouzar

jp

 4 hours ago

Folks, a Granlund add balances the forwards (would be a thing of beauty).

But there’s no balancing the Dcorp with Klefbom in the garage, and I suspect LT would tell you at least one of the goalies has some ‘wobble’.

We are not seeing the balance photo this season.

Caleb Jones may have something to say about the defence balance – nope, he can’t replace Klef and all of what he does but, at 5 on 5, he has a chance to fill in very well.

Lets not forget how good he and Larsson were together last year when Klef was out – we are talking 60% goal share and not easy minutes. Sure, only 8 games (I think) but there is a non-zero chance that Jones, a year older and stronger and more mature, may be able to handle a good portion of those minutes.

We shall see.

Pescador

Love the new look blog, very easy on the eyes.
Well done Ryan!
Read through the comments and wanted to add,
Personally I much preferred the old comment section at the bottom of the thread. FWIW
Also, where do I find the “Mute HH” button?
Asking for several friends
Big heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes this amazing blog what it is everyday.

Harpers Hair

Highly likely you don’t have several friends.

Rugbypig

Loved that zinger

Ice Sage

Loving the new look, more treat than trick, let’s hope!

slopitch

The site is definitely a boost. Enjoy the reddit style votes for comments. Lets us skip the troll content easier. The one issue I always have is i get a 429 on mobile trying to login. I autocomplete my password on ios and hit login. It thinks im trying to hack in. Minor issue. Just saying I always do it. The problem IS btw the keyboard and mouse.

I wonder if Boston would have interest in Klefbom. They could stash up the LTIR and sign Debrusk on day 1 of the season to max the benifit of LTIR. Oilers would need a 1st back though imo. With 4m cap space I would pass on Hoffman. Id want a 2 way guy. And probably a 1 year stop gap LHD. Lots of ifs but I do think there is something there. Im sure Oilers fans would push for Debrusk but he needs to stay in the team acquiring the LTIR player and Boston already has Pasta missing 1-2 months. Plus they could fit in Chara till Klef was fine. Ultimately this scenario could help Boston more but Klefs shoulder is a big variable.

Gerta Rauss

The 429 error is a too many requests error, quite common apparently

https://kinsta.com/knowledgebase/429-too-many-requests/

Lots to chew on there, good luck

Try installing the Puffin browser, apparently IOS users have had success with that while using this site

Interesting idea re: Klefbom. I like the player a lot but he may have played his last game as an Oiler

McSorley33

Just outstanding Ryan.

Love the new look of the place….

Kinger_Oil.redux

– In 2015 while MacT learned stuff behind the bench I learned stuff about MacT:

– That stunt behind the bench was the epitome of someone with a misplaced high value of his own abilities

– I knew then that it would be his last spin behind a bench in the NHL: still took too many years for him to exit the Oil.

– Without MacT however there would be no McD: by far his greatest “contribution”

– Format is nice but like all modern sites I hate having to click off ads or have them encroach onto the page untill they minimize: but I get it.

– Where’s the yellow PayPal button? (Gentle reminder to all of us to say thanks for this place)

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Something I just figured out that works to find recent comments which may be in threaded replies is to press command/CTRL and F then type ‘minutes ago’ to see the replies within the last hour.

Ryan

If you’re on a desktop or laptop, you can simply hit the end button to get to the bottom. Also, there is a scroll to the top button on the bottom right.

I am going to try something which will probably drive people crazy.

Let’s test it out.

Harpers Hair

Not urgent…but under contact in the main menu there are icons for sharing on Twitter and Facebook.
Would be a great place to link to Lowetide’s Twitter feed.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Except with the nature of threaded replies one misses the newest posts since last refresh. Which is chiefly the opposition to threaded replies.

So I found a work around and thought I’d post it for the group.

Gerta Rauss

PayPal button is enabled again (on your right)

Ryan

I reversed the comment order for newest at the top near the comment box. Let’s try this out for a test drive and see how people react.

OriginalPouzar

I am vehemently against this change (with respect).

Gerta Rauss

Ya, big fat no from me as well LoL

*edit-actually,let me mull this for a bit

Last edited 1 month ago by Gerta Rauss
Gerta Rauss

Yeah, I don’t think this is going to work as is

If you scroll to the bottom and read up, the “replies” appear first, and the comment that started the conversation appears last.

Now, if you are able to reverse the order of that particular post(and the subsequent replies it generated…)

OriginalPouzar

Exactly how I’d have been finding it.

who

Thought I was going crazy for a minute.
I prefer to scroll down while reading, not up.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Same!

defmn

I prefer the steering wheel to be on the left side of the car, thanks.

jp

I also don’t like it.

memeko_koskidaddy

In my opinion, Mike Hoffman is not the way to go. His 5v5 points/60 are nothing exceptional, barely edging out Tyler Ennis this season. Add his awful defense, and he’s nothing more than a powerplay specialist. Whoever signs him to a long term contract this season would be getting James Neal 2.0. But James Neal was better when he signed his contract.

Duclair is a huge red flag. Amazing first half but only 2 goals in the 2nd half of the season is concerning. His S% rocketed in the first half and went back to the mean in the 2nd half, so that explains a lot.

I think we should be after someone like Dominik Kahun (knows Draisaitl, has great EV strength production in limited minutes) or Mikael Granlund (might be able to get him for cheap after a down year). Maybe even a winger like Conor Sheary, who was one of the best forecheckers in the league this season and can keep the puck in the offensive zone for McDavid.

OriginalPouzar

Jaxon

 7 hours ago

I’d still be interested in Haula (who can play C or LW and will be taking a haircut), and Kahun with his connections to Draisaitl (outscored Draisaitl on every team they played together except one international squad), and Athanasiou (who didn’t get a fair shake in Edmonton and showed well in 3 games in the playoffs even though he didn’t get the bounces). I’d be thrilled with any of these 3. I think Duclair might be one of the only ones left who still might demand a bit more money, if not I’d be happy with him, too.

I would imagine that Haula gets well over $2M and Kahun likely in the $2M plus range.

OriginalPouzar

dessert1111

 6 hours ago

In hockey, it seems like we most often equate size with height, but I’d argue that weight is more important (unless you’re a goalie).

Savoie, for instance, is listed as 5.9 and 192 pounds – that’s pretty heavy for a guy that height at his age. So I wouldn’t call him undersized. Tullio, an inch taller and 27 pounds lighter, I would say is in a different category.

I originally thought the same thing about Savoie but was educated that not all of that 192 is “good weight” – we’re not looking at Martin St. Louis’ legs here….

OriginalPouzar

cowboy bill

 6 hours ago

Can’t see them omitting Archibald . To me the trio of Kassian , Neal & Chiasson duplicate similar skill sets . Neal has the largest contract and would be the most difficult to unload , followed by Kassian . That leave Chiasson as the most likely to be moved , Arche’s contract is tremendous for what he brings .

Chiasson was pretty much value for his $2M this past season but there has been a market re-set and, even though he is a legit NHL player that can help teams, given players like Galchenyuk, who had the same amount of point as Chiasson last year, just signed for half the price and guys like Kahun will likely come in around $2M, I don’t think Chiasson is moveable without a sweetener.

Gerta Rauss

Ryan
Are you able to slide the comment bubble up..?…keep it on the left side but move it up and tuck it under the HOME tab