The Edmonton Oilers may revive the NHL career of Brendan Perlini in 2021-22, as he’s been on the outside of the league looking in since 2019-20. Per 82 games, Perlini has scored 16-10-26 in his NHL career (total games: 239).
Since 2009-10, the Oilers have been the final spot on the NHL tour for 21 players, with three additional candidates trying to catch on currently (or face extinction). Let’s go through the past, darkly.
- New Lowetide: Why Oilers can expect an offensive rebound from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Lowetide: Projecting the 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers opening night lineup
- Lowetide: Why Oilers fans should be excited about the progress of Maxim Berezkin
- Lowetide: What should Oilers expect from Duncan Keith in his first season?
- Lowetide: Did the Oilers find the new Fernando Pisani when signing Derek Ryan?
- Jonathan Willis: Tyler Benson, Devin Shore and the 4-year difference between a prospect and a has-been
- Lowetide: What should Oilers fans expect from Zach Hyman in his first season?
- Lowetide: Dylan Holloway headlines new arrivals for Bakersfield Condors in 2021-22
- Lowetide: Why Oilers fans should expect more trades and a deep playoff run this season
- Lowetide: How much playing time will Evan Bouchard get with the Oilers this coming season?
- Lowetide: What are reasonable expectations for the 2021-22 Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: A resurgent Zack Kassian could be an important part of the Oilers’ scoring
- Lowetide: Oilers sign Darnell Nurse to a massive 8-year contract extension
- Lowetide: How many goals will Jesse Puljujarvi score for the Oilers next season?
- Lowetide: What are Oilers’ ideal defence pairings for 2021-22?
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers 2021-22 depth chart
- DNB: ‘Ultimate competitor’ Zach Hyman signs with Oilers
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects, summer 2021
Here are the men who finished careers with Edmonton, I’ve posted their totals per 82 regular season and in brackets GP totals. The point leaders (forwards and defense) are in yellow, the men on the verge of extinction are in dark blue. This isn’t a complete list, but rather those who spent 200+ games in the league.
- 2009-10 Robert Nilsson: 12-27-38 (252 games)
- 2010-11 Jason Strudwick: 2-5-7 (674)
- 2010-11 Martin Gerber: .263 .911 (229)
- 2011-12 Andy Sutton: 5-13-18 (676)
- 2011-12 Josh Green: 9-9-18 (341)
- 2012-13 Darcy Hordichuk 3-3-6 (542)
- 2012-13 Eric Belanger 14-22-36 (820)
- 2013-14 Ryan Smyth 25-29-54 (1270)
- 2013-14 Ryan Jones 13-12-25 (334)
- 2013-14 Denis Grebeshkov 6-24-30 (234)
- 2013-14 Ben Eager 9-8-17 (407)
- 2015-16 Nikita Nikitin 5-19-24 (259)
- 2015-16 Andrew Ference 4-16-20 (907)
- 2016-17 Anton Lander 4-9-13 (215)
- 2016-17 Mark Fayne 4-10-14 (389)
- 2017-18 Jussi Jokinen 16-33-49 (951)
- 2018-19 Jason Garrison 7-17-24 (555)
- 2018-19 Kyle Brodziak 12-14-26 (917)
- 2019-20 Brandon Manning 5-10-15 (255)
- 2019-20 Oscar Klefbom 7-27-34 (378)
- 2019-20 Markus Granlund 14-11-25 (335)
- 2020-21 James Neal 28-26-54 (850)
- 2021-21 Alex Chiasson 14-15-29 (564)
- 2020-21 Tyler Ennis 17-24-41 (643)
I was going to ask for your favourite player on the list, but decided to give everyone a break from typing in Ryan Smyth 900 times in the comments section.
Happy birthday to Glen Sather. He is one of the names we would include in a list of “there would be no Oilers without….” along with Bill Hunter, Allan Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Lee Fogolin, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Doug Weight, Ryan Smyth and Connor McDavid.
Slats was a utility forward in the NHL, his role not unlike Josh Archibald’s role with Edmonton (although Archibald is a regular). He found his calling as coach-general manager and then GM with Edmonton. His style and swagger were a big part of the glory Oilers, he found a way to channel attitude to a group of young men who were touched by God, and the rest is history.
Happy 78th birthday to a giant.
NUGE AT CENTER?
This isn’t my idea, but I’ve seen it kicked around the internet recently. Nuge at center would require a significant step up on the wings by some unproven types, or veterans who have been flagging would need to turn back time. Here’s how I think it might look:
- Zach Hyman-Connor McDavid-Jesse Puljujarvi
- Dylan Holloway-Leon Draisaitl-Kailer Yamamoto
- Warren Foegele-Nuge-Josh Archibald
- Ryan McLeod-Derek Ryan-Zack Kassian
- Extras: Tyler Benson, Devin Shore
I think you’d need to keep Hyman on left-wing to make this work, and would love to see a stronger option for No. 3 right wing. It does open up the idea of bringing in a winger on a PTO, and as always there are more wingers than centers in the free-agent pool. Thoughts?
I was going to do a ‘training camp hopeful’ on him but there wasn’t enough material. I didn’t get far.
- What kind of player is he? A big winger with goal-scoring ability, he’s fast but one dimensional. Based on the numbers, I’d estimate he’s a member of the Zack Kassian family as a checker.
- Rude. Well, there are high picks who have turned it around mid-career, famously Marty Reasoner was waived by Edmonton and then adapted to a two-way role.
- Is that what is happening here? Hard to say, Perlini would be known to Tippett (coached him in Arizona) so there’s the connection.
- What kind of season did Perlini have for Tippett? The season was 2016-17. Perlini was shy offensively five on five (1.25 pts-60) but did score goals (.83 goals-60) in that game state. His possession numbers weren’t good, and relative to teammates he was subpar throughout his NHL career to this point.
- Special teams? Played a lot on the PP as a rookie, with fine scoring (1.82-60) results, and those totals blossomed even more in year two and three with the Coyotes.
- Why was he available? Middling results at the end of his NHL time but he only missed 2020-21 so it isn’t like he’s been away forever. His last good scoring season was 2018-19, when he had 14 goals in 68 games.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
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