In a normal year, we would see these waiver moves happen over several weeks as opposed to five or six days. There were 43 names yesterday, including former Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson. There are some great names on the list today.
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: Will Ken Holland let it ride in goal for the Oilers this season?
- New Lowetide: Oilers rookies with a chance to stick after one week of training camp
- 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
- LD Brandon Davidson is a fringe NHL player these days, but there was a time when he looked like he was going to be a difference maker.
- RW Gerald Mayhew is a fascinating player. Just 5.09, 166 and just turned 28, he posted 39 goals and 61 points in 49 games for the AHL Iowa Wild. Sometimes these guys turn into something, I really like his goal-scoring.
- RW Josh Ho-Sang is not a popular figure with Oilers fans and the team doesn’t need him now, but I hope he lands somewhere and gets 500 at-bats. Most of the negative things I’ve read about him have less to do with hockey playing than attitude. I don’t trust those framing stories anymore.
- RC Jordan Weal is an undersized skill center who is a little shy offensively, wins faceoffs and I’ve always thought would be a good Oilers player.
Edmonton has to begin the work in order to get down to the 23-man roster today and more important need to make the $81.5 million cap before opening night.
Hart from PuckPedia tweeted that out when Bear signed, and then added “otherwise, need to send players down to be just below $81.5M, submit opening roster, then Klefbom LTIR & have pool =$4.167M-Cap Space. Could send Yamamoto, Neal & Chiasson down & Benson on Roster, $22K under Cap. Klefbom to LTIR gives LTIR Pool =$4.145M.”
What does that mean? Well, we could see any number of things today, including Kailer Yamamoto sent down (he is not waiver eligible), waivers on veterans like Alex Chiasson and James Neal, or even running with less than 23 men. Remember, getting Klefbom to LTIR is a paper move, everything can be thrown back onto the roster as soon as the team is compliant.
We’ve been arguing about the roster final final, changes today will impact. Based on the currently available talent, here’s how I see it.
OILERS PROJECTED OPENING NIGHT LINEUP
- IR: Neal, Haas
- Extra forwards: Nygard, Shore
- Koskinen (M. Smith)
That would make the taxi squad Anton Forsberg, Evan Bouchard, William Lagesson if he clears, Patrick Russell, Alan Quine, Tyler Benson.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning on the way to a crazy week, cannot wait! We kickstart things this morning at 10, TSN1260. At 10:20, Dom Cosentino from The Score pops in to talk about a brilliant weekend of NFL football and a few notes on tonight’s National Championship game. Jason Gregor from TSN1260 will discuss the Oilers getting under the cap in time for opening night and reasonable expectations for this year’s team. We’re also reaching out to another hockey guest, will confirm at 10. Reach me at 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Anticipation is incredible!!