2021-22 Preseason Game 4: Oilers at Kraken

by Lowetide

The hard part is finding the Leon Draisaitl, the easy part is finding several Slepyshev-level players around them. Edmonton used the 2013-16 draft to build the McDavid cluster, and have been wandering the desert since in search of support help. It hasn’t been 40 years, but it sometimes feels like it. Boot, meet re-boot.

In a world where the Jacks and Kings have been known for six years, are the sevens and nines coming into view?

THE ATHLETIC!

CERTAIN OILERS (18)

Slater Koekkoek moves up from the uncertain group, we’re going to see this list fill up and leave the station by Sunday afternoon. Koekkoek-Bouchard have played 27 minutes at five on five so far this season, going 12-10 shots and 2-2 goals. That’s two games, at Calgary and at Winnipeg.

Duncan Keith will reportedly join the team today and play several times next week. Kris Russell is skating and we’ll see, but he remains on the ‘certain’ list despite a small possibility of beginning the year on IR.

UNCERTAIN OILERS (8)

As happens every training camp, once preseason games begin the herd thins quickly. I kave Koekkoek moving up, and a trio (Stuart Skinner, Josh Archibald, Filip Berglund) moving to the distant bells.

Skinner could make it due to injury, but both veterans are healthy and so we can assume Smith-Koskinen opening night. Lagesson could make it as an eighth blue, so he stays, but Berglund joins Niemelainen as potential recalls from Bakersfield.

It comes down to five forward spots (or four, plus Lagesson) for the final roster. Archibald is two weeks from the season with a new medical issue, that isn’t promising.

Among the seven forwards listed, forced to choose the two men outside I’ll name Marody and Benson. It’s a cruel world.

DISTANT BELLS (37)

At the beginning of our journey, the Certain Oilers counted 17 (now 18 with the addition of Koekkoek), Uncertain Oilers were 13 (now 8, with Kailer Yamamoto moving up and Alex Stalock, Stuart Skinner, Dmitri Samorukov and Filip Berglund moving down), and the distant bells growing by 15 (22 to 37). One player (Josh Archibald) fell from certain to distant bell.

James Hamblin is still here. (Looks both ways). I wonder if he’s this year’s Braden Christoffer.

I have some thoughts on this camp and want to share them:

  • Ilya Konovalov impressed, and I do believe he will grow his reputation in Bakersfield. He played in a very good league these last seasons, he’s a player to watch this winter.
  • Markus Niemelainen, Filip Berglund and Phil Kemp showed well to my eye, giving the Oilers better depth through the pipeline in case opportunities at the NHL level arise. I wrote about William Lagesson for The Athletic this morning, if he should be lost via waivers it means the LH side of the depth chart gets younger and less experienced. Nurse, Keith, Russell, Koekkoek has age and all it brings with it, so without Lagesson you’re quickly into the pool that includes Niemelainen and even Broberg.
  • The uncertain group really is uncertain, because the club could go several ways and be fine. You know, the five final names could be Perlini, Benson, Shore, Sceviour and Lagesson, meaning Marody and Turris on the outside and McLeod in the AHL. For the record, I’m guessing Perlini, McLeod, Shore, Sceviour and Turris are the lottery winners.
  • Most pleasant surprise? Xavier Bourgault. I didn’t expect him to play so well.
  • Biggest disappointment? The injuries to Holloway and Samorukov. The Holloway injury and long-term impact cast a pall on the entire proceedings.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we kickstart the weekend on TSN1260. Oilers will practice, then play tonight as whirlwind week continues. Steve Lansky from Inside the Truck podcast will help us with the Jays in a pennant race, while Matthew Iwanyk will talk to us about the Oilers, CFL and NFL weekends to come. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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JOFA

Malone looked good tonight. I would prefer to see a little toughness injected into the 4th line. Turris needs to be waived. Marody needs to go. Benson a tweener at best. Sceviour would be a smart bet. McLeod needs to wake up and start playing big boy hockey. Perlini has won his spot on the team.

Bank Shot

I didn’t see the whole game, but thought McLeod looked better tonight. He was in the right spot a lot. Won some puck battles.

Not sure if there is any offence there, but the guy’s speed and responsibility could make him an NHL fixture.

Randle McMurphy

Oilers win the Shoooootout!!!

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JOFA

Lol😉

Gerta Rauss

For some reason we’re watching a shootout…this must be a pre-season thing

Benson with a filthy move and backhand top shelf

Perlini with the modified Forsberg makes it 2-0

Material Elvis

OMG. Check out Perlini’s ‘Forsberg’ goal in the shootout.

Gerta Rauss

LoL

Material Elvis

Nice shootout goal by Benson.

Material Elvis

There it is. McCann scores the winner for the Squids. A disappointing end for Skinner who had an amazing performance tonight.

Oil2Oilers

Bad luck for Skinner taking the L but he was the most impressive Oiler

Gerta Rauss

McCann on the PP with the winner

Skinner takes the loss but I thought he was the best/most noticeable Oiler

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CMcD4PM

Never a penalty.

Prairie_Sentinel

Yeah, if that’s a hook, I owe a local coach an apology for a non-call

Oil2Oilers

His face in the box watching the replay was awesome

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Material Elvis

Barrie with a huge defensive play in OT. Yamamoto takes a penalty.

Oil2Oilers

As much as I want the Oilers to win, the 8,000 fans in Everett that showed up for a preseason game for an expansion team deserve a little something to smile about. Plus there team can manage to broadcast games.

CMcD4PM

Hyman-Yammo-Barrie is my guess.

CMcD4PM

Close. MacLeod not Yammo.

Material Elvis

McLeod was just drilled into the boards by Lauzon.

Randle McMurphy

Oveeeeeertime!

Gerta Rauss

There you go

A wrister from the point(Gio) and tipped by Schwartz

Big response from the crowd..they wanted that bad

Material Elvis

Seattle ties it. Schwarz deflects it in front of the net.

Randle McMurphy

Man. Is this what $650 million buys you these days?

CMcD4PM

Benson has been stirring.

CMcD4PM

Benson lines up but narrowly misses Ebsy.

OriginalPouzar

Sounds like Perlini has made a couple bad plays leading to high danger chances against.

Oil2Oilers

Benson has a bit of piss n’ vinegar about him

Material Elvis

He got under Oleksiak’s skin.

JOFA

He’s watching his shot at the NHL slowly slipping away.

Gerta Rauss

Another post for Seattle

It may be on of those 50 games tonight

CMcD4PM

Skinner’s one issue has been puck handling. Not Scrivens bad, but needs coaching.

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Randle McMurphy

Skinner in the zone.

Playing on his feet.

Material Elvis

Shore just mishandled the puck, blew a tire trying to recover, and turned it over leading to a grade A chance for Seattle. Skinner mops up the mistake.

CMcD4PM

Oh Shorsey!

Oil2Oilers

I would have interest a Benson-Mcleod-Perlini 4th line. I assume Tippet will go with Shore and Sceviour but I prefer the potential over assured mediocrity.

Material Elvis

Derek Ryan just took an elbow to the head from Lauzon. I can’t believe the ref missed that. Ryan looks okay but something to monitor.

CMcD4PM

I thought it was a shoulder to the head. He looked momentarily dazed.

Material Elvis

Could have been the shoulder. His arm was high on the follow through. Definitely a head shot and he felt it.

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Randle McMurphy

New drinking game

take a shot every time the play by play man says

“Perlini with the games only goal”

Randle McMurphy

Yamamoto still can’t shoot.

Randle McMurphy

Hyman can really dipsy doodle in tight.

Material Elvis

Yamamoto gets a grade A chance from the slot but can’t convert. Another very strong shift by that line.

Material Elvis

Now Broberg makes a great defensive pass block.

Material Elvis

Great response shift by Hyman-Ryan-Yamamoto.

Material Elvis

Perlini makes an ugly defensive zone giveaway that leads to a Seattle chance.

Oil2Oilers

Skinner looks good. Way less nervous than his NHL debut last year.

Material Elvis

Skinner starts the 3rd with a nice lateral save on a one-timer.

CMcD4PM

MacLeod looks best in the neutral zone.

CMcD4PM

Angel of the Winds dressing rooms look like my Junior High.

OriginalPouzar

Leavins saying this has been Benson’s best game – do the few LT posters that are able to watch agree?

Randle McMurphy

might be his best game. but still not a stand out performance.

Gerta Rauss

He hasn’t stood out to me but I’m in pre-season viewing form, so take that for what it’s worth

I’m still learning the jersey numbers

Material Elvis

Nothing that stood out too much, unfortunately.

kgogshig

Is Derek Ryan and Vern Fiddler the same person?

GMB3

You ever hear the Vern Viddler-Dave Tippett joke?

razor

Calling it now, starting 4th line opening night:

Perlini Shore Turris

Extras: MacLeod Sceviour

OriginalPouzar

Its trending like that could be the case.

I’m only listening tonight but it sounds like McLeod isn’t doing more more than the other nights and Shore has been making an impact (although I also heard one bad giveaway).

Many do not like Shore at all, based on last year’s 5 on 5 metrics but he’s earning his spot right now.

Doing it during the regular season is another story mind you.

Randle McMurphy

it’s a good call

Gerta Rauss

Gio off the post at the horn

Delicious

1-0 Oilers after 2

Material Elvis

Squids hit the post to end the period.

Randle McMurphy

This is the best I’ve seen Skinner play.

Randle McMurphy

Looks big in the net

Material Elvis

He looks like a Vezina contender through two periods.

Material Elvis

Skinner with another great save on the pk.

Randle McMurphy

Skinner stones Eberle

Randle McMurphy

Kraken PP

Victoria Oil

Broberg gets his pocket picked but Skinner bails him out.

Randle McMurphy

Broberg with another brain fart in his own end,

unforced error.

Material Elvis

He is ultra high event.