One of the early rumours out of the chute as we enter a crazy rumor window (many need to be signed, money is tight and there’s no time to do these deals before training camp because people gotta move right damn now to get to their isolation booths) has Travis Hamonic signing in Western Canada. Bet Vancouver, then Calgary, then Winnipeg. Edmonton? Unlikely, unless there’s an injury we don’t know about it. However, Ken Holland has zero worry about signing older players and playing them in key roles.
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DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH
Here are the 2020-21 ages of Edmonton’s likely roster:
- Age 21: Evan Bouchard
- Age 22: Kailer Yamamoto, Jesse Puljujarvi
- Age 23: Connor McDavid, Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear
- Age 24: Leon Draisaitl
- Age 25: Dominik Kahun, Darnell Nurse
- Age 26: Jujhar Khaira
- Age 27: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Joakim Nygard, Oscar Klefbom
- Age 28: Josh Archibald, Gaetan Haas, Adam Larsson
- Age 29: Zack Kassian, Tyson Barrie
- Age 30: Alex Chiasson
- Age 31: Kyle Turris, Tyler Ennis
- Age 32: Mikko Koskinen
- Age 33: James Neal, Kris Russell
- Age 38: Mike Smith
We’re more likely to see an older Oilers team in the future than a younger one. Holland’s first Edmonton team averaged 28 years of age, the sixteenth oldest team in the league. In 2018-19, the last Oilers team before Holland averaged 27.2 years, while his final Detroit team averaged 29.3 years (third oldest).
So when someone mentions Hamonic as an Oilers possible, the age works. I don’t think it’ll happen because Hamonic isn’t a fast player. I can’t see him signing in Edmonton unless Adam Larsson is heading out of town or injured.
Terry Jones has a tweet about Edmonton possibly being a hub city again. That tells me we’re going to have a season for sure and that it might start with 20 games or so in a bubble.
ALTERNATIVE LINEUP FOR OPENING NIGHT
- Koskinen (Smith)
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
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