There are 139 players on waivers today, more than a dozen you could make a case for claiming depending on cap room. This is almost better than the Intra-League Draft!
What’s that? Wha? Someone in the back? Doesn’t know about the Intra-League Draft? Oh my!
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.
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WAIVER WIRE TODAY
- RC Lane Pederson, Arizona Coyotes. He’s 23, posted close to a point-per-game in the AHL last season and he has improved every season. He’s good.
- LD Oliver Kylington, Calgary Flames. Puck IQ has him playing minimal time versus elites and performing reasonably well but the sample his small. Overall, it’s porridge. He’s fast and skilled and might be a steal but I have a hard time finding an outstanding stat beyond his five on five points per 60 over the last two seasons (0.76). That’s a little shy of Caleb Jones last year. Solid number. Played 400 minutes with Rasmus Andersson, who lifted Kylington up and was better away from the young Swedish blue.
- RC Derek Ryan, Calgary Flames. He’s a solid depth player, righty center who plays in all situations and scores well enough to move up the lineup if required. The problem is his cap hit ($3.125 million times one) and that probably puts Edmonton out. Good player.
- LW Rudolphs Balcers, Ottawa Senators. He’s a talented offensive winger when healthy, and posted 16-20-36 in 33 AHL games one year ago. Good shot, responsible. This could be a steal.
- C-RW Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning. He is a $5 million cap hit (four more years!) and he’s scoring 1.82 points-per-60 at five on five. If it was a natter of talent, he’d be gone at 10 this morning. Oh, that cap hit.
- LC Jujhar Khaira, Edmonton Oilers. I’ve always been a fan, but he doesn’t deliver enough offense. Brad Winchester got 390 NHL games, Khaira has played in 218. They both had the same problem, although in my opinion Khaira has more utility. If he goes, I hope it’s Boston.
- LW Joakim Nygard, Edmonton Oilers. I’d take a shot if I were an NHL team looking for an unproven older winger who can scoot and has some offensive ability. He’s even pretty good away from the puck.
THE INTRA-LEAGUE DRAFT
The Intra-League draft goes back to 1952, although no one claimed a player until 1954 (imagine a man who has an opportunity made available to him, but won’t use it because it would break the silence that kept his team in last place). Can you conceive of the GM in last place saying “no, no, I’d rather finish last than try this scary new option that improves my team and rewards my ability to identify talent” and then conducts his business accordingly? Now, we’re there.
Here are the original rules:
- Each NHL club would be able to protect 20 skaters and 2 goalies
- The draft would take place just before the beginning of the season; protected lists would have to be filed within seven days of the opening of the regular season and the draft meeting would occur some time within those seven days
- Players selected by draft would have to be kept by the club that chose him (he could not be traded or loaned to another club) for at least one year, except that the player could be placed on unconditional waivers (no right of recall) to be claimed by any club for a price of $7,500
Here’s how the Oilers protected list would look:
- Goalies Mikko Koskinen, Mike Smith
- Defense Adam Larsson, Darnell Nurse, Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, Tyson Barrie, Kris Russell, Slater Koekoek, William Lagesson.
- Forwards Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Dominik Kahun, Zack Kassian, Alex Chiasson, Kyle Turris, Josh Archibald, Jesse Puljujarvi, Tyler Ennis. Waiver exempt: Kailer Yamamoto.
Available List: G Anton Forsberg; LW Joakim Nygard; RC Gaetan Haas; LW Jujhar Khaira; LW James Neal; C Alan Quine; RW Seth Griffith; RW Patrick Russell; LW Joe Gambardella; C Adam Cracknell.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we talk waivers, lines and pairings on TSN1260. Joseph Casciaro from The Score will join us to talk Raptors at 10:20 and Tom Gazzola from TSN1260’s Don Wheaton on Whyte Pre & Post-Game Show (every Oilers game day) will have the latest on the team at 11. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!