One way to measure the quality of a team is by marking the last player sent out at the end of each year’s training camp. This year’s final cut will be a helluva player.
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: 9 bold predictions for the Oilers’ season
- Lowetide: Early roster rumblings as Oilers open training camp
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers training camp: Forecasting the big roster battles
- Lowetide: Dylan Holloway’s world juniors work offers clues about Oilers future
- Lowetide: The Bakersfield Condors will be competitive in the coming AHL season
- Athletic: How we’d run the Oilers: Maximize primes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl
- Eric Duhatschek: How a stint in Sweden prepared Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard for NHL camp
- Jonathan Willis: After a brilliant rookie Oilers season, how high is Ethan Bear’s ceiling?
- Lowetide: How secure is Zack Kassian’s role on Oilers’ top line?
- Lowetide: Why fans should expect an Oilers playoff berth in Canadian division
- Jonathan Willis: Dave Tippett has more options now thanks to versatile Oilers forwards
- Lowetide: 7 big questions facing the Oilers heading into next season
- Lowetide: What if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doesn’t sign with the Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Left-side logjam will force the Oilers to make a choice, and perhaps a sacrifice
- Lowetide: Theodor Lennstrom is the Oilers’ latest European bet on defence
- Lowetide: Seattle Kraken expansion mock draft 5.0: Who could the Oilers lose?
- Lowetide: Why McDavid and Nuge together could be key to Oilers’ playoff success
OPENING NIGHT AHL, 2015-16
The 2015-16 opener for the Condors featured a fantastic roster, with Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse the feature prospects. Other men who would emerge as NHL players who were with the Condors that night included Jujhar Khaira, Tyler Pitlick, Jordan Oesterle and Laurent Brossoit.
THE 2004-05 EDMONTON ROADRUNNERS
The 2004-05 AHL season is lost in the flood, but an interesting one due to the lost NHL season. Roadrunners of note on opening night included Doug Lynch (who lost his career to injury but had great promise), Jarret Stoll, Brad Winchester and Jeff Woywitka.
THE 2010-11 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS
An underrated opening night group was the first OKC team. Jeff Petry was on that team, Taylor Chorney, Colin McDonald, Liam Reddox, Teemu Hartikainen, Linus Omark and Chris VandeVelde were new Barons. There was some good talent down there, not everyone made it but part of that came due to coaching and management turnover in Edmonton.
THE 2019-20 BAKERSFIELD CONDORS
Caleb Jones, Kailer Yamamoto, Evan Bouchard, Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody, Ryan McLeod and Dmitri Samorukov were on the 2019-20 team, that looks like a gigantic future from here. Not all of these names will emerge as NHL players but there is a lot of talent here.
NOTES FROM CAMP
The scoring list from the first scrimmage included the usual suspects (97, 29, 93) but Jesse Puljujarvi and Joakim Nygard scored goals and Evan Bouchard’s performance drew positive reviews. Via Tony Brar, Oilers TV reporter, here are the official scoring results:
- Blue: Griffith (Kahun, Shore)
- White: Nygard (Bouchard, McLeod)
- White: McDavid (RNH, Kassian)
- Blue: Puljujarvi (Chiasson, Nurse)
- White (OT): McDavid (Draisaitl, Barrie)
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we kickstart the first weekend of 2021 (after a work week) with a strong lineup of guests. Steve Lansky from Inside the Truck podcast will talk about the World Juniors, the NHL season to come (and where the Oilers will finish in the Canadian division) and some sports television. Chris Meaney from the FTN Network will preview the NFL weekend and Matt Iwanyk from TSN1260 will discuss Oilers, NFL and some recent Edmonton Football Club signings. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!