The game between Oklahoma City and Toronto on that night was a monster. The Marlies got up 4-0 in the first period, the Barons came roaring back to tie and eventually the Marlies won in overtime. We’re not quite nine years past that evening, and looking back at the lineups is mind blowing. Simply put, a whole lot of change for the franchise in those years, suggesting non-stop player movement and a roster that has always been exceptional at the top.
- New Lowetide: Oilers reasonable expectations for 2021-22: Goal differential
- New Lowetide: Oilers’ reasonable expectations for 2021-22: Goal scoring
- New DNB: Mailbag.
- Lowetide: Oilers’ potential Olympians are a small group with maximum possible impact
- Lowetide: What should the Oilers expect from Cody Ceci in his first season?
- 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?
- Jonathan Willis: A resurgent Zack Kassian could be an important part of the Oilers’ scoring
- Lowetide: How many goals will Jesse Puljujarvi score for the Oilers next season?
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers 2021-22 depth chart
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects, summer 2021
- Taylor Hall-Nuge-Jordan Eberle
- Curtis Hamilton-Mark Arcobello-Tyler Pitlick
- Teemu Hartikainen-Anton Lander-Magnus Paajarvi
- Dane Byers-Chris VendeVelde-Tanner House
- Martin Marincin-Justin Schultz
- Taylor Fedun-Colten Teubert
- Jordan Henry-Alex Plante
- Yann Danis (Olivier Roy)
Hall was 1-1-2, Nuge 2-1-3 and Eberle had four assists. Mark Arcobello scored, Justin Schultz had a pair of assists and Teemu Hartikainen had an assist. This AHL team had nine NHL players (Hall, Nuge, Eberle, Pitlick, Paajarvi, VandeVelde, Schultz, Lander, Marincin) and a few (Arcobello, Hartikainen, Fedun) who could or should have enjoyed longer runs in the world’s best league.
This was the lockout season, the boxscore is here.
I’ve been reading opinions here and there about Dmitri Samorukov or Philip Broberg emerging as NHL regulars by mid-season, but I think that’s going to take an injury. The LH depth chart has Nurse-Keith-Russell with Koekkoek also available, perhaps William Lagesson as the first recall from Bakersfield.
Will Keith fall off so much he’ll get scratched? I don’t see it. Dave Tippett could move him to the third pair but I don’t see a long stretch of healthy scratches this year. Next year? Absolutely possible. For this season, management made Keith a big piece of the summer, he’s going to play.
Samorukov? Broberg? Some predictions have both coming in under 10 games next year.
This is a great interview. It’s in Finnish but there are subtitles. The Zack Kassian moving to the top line chatter is coming from media who work for rights-holders, so there may well be some truth to the idea. I think logic and reason suggest that, even given the opportunity, it is unlikely to result in success.
- Kassian five on five after contract: 41 games, 4-7-11 in 507:55 (1.30)
- Puljujarvi five on five after contract: 55 games, 11-8-19 in 745:00 (1.53)
The five on five goal differential (Puljujarvi 42-38, 52.5 percent, Kassian 16-22, 42 percent) is more of a tell, but the chem between 97-13 is very good and I expect we’ll see it for most of the season to come.
I’m not against the idea, because moving Kassian to the top line would give the team even more strength in the top three lines. I just don’t believe it will work.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260, we have an excellent lineup. Jonah Birenbaum pops in at 10:20 to talk Toronto Blue Jays, John Horn talks US Open at 11 and Alex Chippin from The Score sets the scene for NFL Week 1. We might get some Oilers news during the show, too. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!!