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Sports5 things to like about new Edmonton Oilers, even if they have just a 20 per cent chance of making playoffs

17:30  02 september  2019
17:30  02 september  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Connor McDavid noncommittal about his status for Oilers training camp

Connor McDavid noncommittal about his status for Oilers training camp Connor McDavid’s update on his progress from a knee injury he suffered last spring wasn’t exactly glowing with promise. “Just working towards getting to camp,” McDavid said at the BioSteel hockey camp Monday at Varsity Arena, regarding whether he would be healthy enough for the opening of Edmonton Oilers training camp in two weeks. McDavid injured his knee in the Oilers’ last game of the regular season on April 6 after he slammed into a goalpost against the Calgary Flames. X-rays came back negative, but McDavid later underwent an MRI, which revealed a small tear in his posterior cruciate ligament.

It wasn’t a season that like any of the 11 of the previous 12 in which the Oilers were left as dead men skating. One point back of Edmonton (78) is Anaheim, in the position with a six per cent chance of winning. Expect Katz to face Edmonton on the day Nicholson introduces the new general manager.

The Edmonton Oilers have been on a hot streak and have a chance to capitalize on their schedule. Connor McDavid is doing things as expected, scoring 16 points through the teams first nine games pushing an Edmonton ’s goals for per cent is only 43 per cent at 5 v 5 — much lower The Hawks played yesterday as did the Oilers , so both teams ought to be even on how much they have left in

5 things to like about new Edmonton Oilers, even if they have just a 20 per cent chance of making playoffs© Karl B DeBlaker Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid brings the puck up the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C.

This in from Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic, his fair and sober take on the weak playoff chances of the Edmonton Oilers, which Luszczyszyn pegs at around a 20 per cent chance, above only the four weakest teams in the NHL, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Detroit and Buffalo: “Starting with Edmonton, the next 27 teams are all above 20 percent (or very close to it in the case of one team), and while that’s still not much, it’s tangible. It’s where last year’s Islanders began their season. With similar good fortune, the Oilers can make a surprising postseason run. In an incredibly weak Pacific division, it’s not that unreasonable.”

Jesse Puljujarvi does best thing for Oilers and himself, signing for year in Finland

Jesse Puljujarvi does best thing for Oilers and himself, signing for year in Finland This in from Karpat Oulu, news that the Finnish Elite League team has signed Jesse Puljujarvi to a one-year deal. Here is the Google-translated story: “The agreement includes an option for Puljujärvi to qualify for the NHL until December 1… The 21-year-old striker last played in Kärpat during the 2015-2016 season. In 2016, he played a significant role in winning both the Under-18 and Under-20 World Championships and played in the 2017 Men’s World Cup… Puljujärvi has been practicing with the Flyers since the start of ice training, and the current team has impressed the attacker. Harri Aho, the Sports Director of Karpat, is rightly pleased with the high-end confirmation.

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The Oilers are 12 points out of a playoff spot right now. They have to jump over three of Los Angeles, Anaheim Also, even if they come up just short, it could give the group motivation and confidence heading into If you finish last overall, you only have an 18 per cent chance at the first overall pick.

Among the many observations that he makes in his preview of Oilers, Luszczyszyn writes: “The Oilers are the literal embodiment of those Twitter depth chart jokes that show a team’s best players and then Guy, Guy, Guy to fill out the rest. That’s what happens when a team’s stars are surrounded by actual replacement-level players; you get this team filled with Guys.”

And: “There’s an outside chance the team can make the playoffs this year — anything is possible with the best player in the world — but more likely than not this season ends the same as 12 of the last 13 did: near the bottom of the standings, a travesty considering some of the team’s top tier personnel.”

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My take

I agreed with almost every word that Luszczyszyn wrote here.

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As the Edmonton Oilers enjoy their first playoff run in 11 years, fans have started to notice something odd about their new downtown arena: There are few places to pee. With lineups for washrooms lasting the entirety of an intermission, desperate men have been seen taking aim at sinks.

about the 2019- 20 Edmonton Oilers , that the team will finish 24th overall in the NHL, projects to get 81 Reports the Scout: “ They have a 3.1% chance of getting past the first round of the playoffs . They have a 0.7% chance of getting past round 2. If they do manage to beat the odds and advance

I don’t use the same statistical metrics to rate individual players as he does, but we ended up in the same place in our analysis of most Oilers players, including his notion that Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse need to pick things up in the defensive end, that Adam Larsson needs to step up his two-way game if he’s going to help the team in a Top 4 role, and that players like Zack Kassian and Alex Chiassson are weak even strength players (One area of disagreement is on Matt Benning and Oscar Klefbom, where I see those in the Corsi school of analytics like Luszczyszyn slightly over-rating both players, while greatly underrating Kris Russell. Individual scoring chances data suggests Russell’s two-way performance was similar to Klefbom’s level of play last year, with Russell contributing much less offensively but being far sounder defensively. As for Benning, he did OK-ish but mainly because he was in a bottom-pairing role).

Puljujarvi’s future with the Edmonton Oilers unclear after player signs contract in Finland

Puljujarvi’s future with the Edmonton Oilers unclear after player signs contract in Finland A highly-touted Edmonton Oilers draft pick who has struggled to have an impact on the team since being drafted fourth overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has signed a contract with a hockey team in Europe. Jesse Puljujarvi, an unsigned restricted free agent, has signed a one-year deal with Oulun Kärpät in Finland. The development comes three months after the 21-year-old winger expressed to the Oilers that he wanted a fresh start outside the organization. READ MORE: Jesse Puljujarvi wants Oilers to trade him; GM Ken Holland may not oblige Puljujarvi played with Oulun Kärpät before he was drafted by the Oilers.

When I picked the Edmonton Oilers to upset the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 2006 playoffs , a lot Let’s face it, we’re all guessing one way or another when it comes to these things . I don’t see the Oilers making that quantum leap the way Campbell does, but I like the Oilers all day

If the Oilers end up making the selection at the June draft in Pittsburgh, they 'll be just the second franchise to make three consecutive No. 1 picks. The Oilers victory in the draft lottery came at the expense of the Columbus Blue Jackets, which entered with higher than a 48 per cent chance of

Overall, I see nothing wrongheaded or capricious in Luszczyszyn’s take, just a reasonable assessment of Edmonton’s chances from a writer gaining a reputation for doing solid work in this area.

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5 reasons for hope with the Edmonton Oilers

I can’t say I’m bullish on Edmonton’s chances this year any more than Luszczyszyn is. I’m too worried about the goaltending for that to be the case. I fear that the bets made on Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith won’t pan out, and that this will sink the team, even if other areas of the team improve or greatly improve.

But, of course, I’m a glass half-full Oilers optimist, a hardcore fan, one of the Oilers Faithful, so I’m going to cling to that 20 per cent chance that the Oilers have like it’s a vintage Wayne Gretzky Titan stick.

And I will point out five things that encourage me about the Oilers right now, five things that could easily go right for the Oilers and make them a significantly better team than they were in 2018-19.

  1. The bottom lines will be faster, which will allow the Oilers to ramp up offensive forechecking and pressure when they’re down a goal. I don’t expect Kyle Brodziak or Colby Cave to be on the Oilers this year, and Milan Lucic is gone. Replacing them will almost certainly be faster players like Markus Granlund, Joakim Nygard, Josh Archibald and Gaetan Haas. If nothing else, when the Oilers need to have a more sustained forecheck, they should be able to mount one.
  2. The Oilers will get an injection of young skill at some point this year. Highly skilled players like Tyler Benson, Kailer Yamamoto, Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear, Evan Bouchard and Cooper Marody all played well at the AHL level last year, with Benson, Jones and Marody performing like league All Stars. I expect two of them (Benson or Marody and Jones) will make the Oilers out of training camp, and a few more of them will get significant time in Edmonton this season. These players have all dominated at the AHL level, save for Yamamoto and Bouchard, so they have passed that key developmental marker. Their skill will be a welcome addition to the Oilers roster.

    5 things to like about new Edmonton Oilers, even if they have just a 20 per cent chance of making playoffs© Larry Wong Tyler Benson (left), Kailer Yamamoto (middle) and Evan Bouchard

    Ethan Bear hungry for spot on Edmonton Oilers roster

    Ethan Bear hungry for spot on Edmonton Oilers roster Ethan Bear believes he's never been more prepared to make the jump to the NHL. "[I'm] way stronger and faster. I'm thinking quicker," Bear commented when he was asked about his growth over the past year. Bear, 22, admits he was his own worst enemy when it came to his development. READ MORE: Puljujarvi’s future with the Edmonton Oilers unclear after player signs contract in Finland "Just working hard every day -- I never did it before. I wasn't that smart before. I didn't really understand it," Bear admitted. "I realized where I was at. If I want to make it, I have to do something every day.

    Five years ago the Oilers had Highly Touted Future Superstars like Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner, Marc-Andre Pouliot and Robert Nilsson. You see life's certainties are as follows: death, taxes, the Oilers squandering any and every advantage they have , and the blind-optimism of Oilers fans.

    One thing 's for sure: Flyers general manager Ron Hextall isn't trying to do that. It may be a lost season in If the standings hold as they are, the Sabres would have a 20 per cent chance , the Oilers 13. 5 , the LeBlanc cautioned that the Coyotes weren't going to make any knee-jerk decisions, even after

  3. The Oilers have been hurting for solid puck-moving for years on defence, save in 2016-17 when a healthy Andrej Sekera and Oscar Klefbom led the way. But the puck-moving of the defence will be improved this year. Gone are iffy passing players like Alex Petrovic and Kevin Gravel, with Brandon Manning also a long shot to make the team. Andrej Sekera did well in a bottom-pairing role, but Jones is a strong skater and puck mover and a better bet than the aging Sekera. Bear, William Lagesson and Joel Persson might also help move the puck, not to mention Bouchard. In regards to big Bouch, who killed it in both the OHL and AHL playoffs last year, Luszczyszyn writes: “A year of seasoning in the AHL is likely what’s best for him in what should be a losing season for the Oilers, but if he manages to earn an NHL job, he could be a spark that ignites the team — a strong puck-mover that might be able to help give the team’s lacklustre forward group a push in the right direction.”
  4. The Oilers best players, McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Nurse, Klefbom, Larsson, are all a year older, and while not one of them had a good year in the defensive end last year, that may well improve under Tippett and with one more year of experience. I think the main issue for McDavid and Draisaitl in their own zone is that neither one of them is exactly sure of their role. They keep switching off and on between centre and wing in the d-zone and that leads to confusion and missed assignments for both of them. They can also switch assignments from wing to centre game to game. The smarts are there with them, the effort is there, but it’s no easy thing to play sound defence against tough NHL competition, and it doesn’t help when your role is always changing. There’s no reason that McDavid, Draisaitl and Tippett can’t sort out this issue. As for the d-men, every single one of them save for Russell struggling mightily in the defensive slot against tough competition, but perhaps one more year of extra seasoning will assist players like Nurse, Klefbom and Larsson ramp up their reads and execution. Each of these d-men has had hot runs of games where for a few months they’ve played strong defence. Perhaps they can extend those runs to cover a much larger chunk of the season. 5 things to like about new Edmonton Oilers, even if they have just a 20 per cent chance of making playoffs© Provided by PostMedia Digital
  5. Of course, Todd McLellan and Ken Hitchcock were hugely experienced and successful coaches, so there should be no reason to expect Tippett to get more out of the roster than they were able to do. One thing about Tippett, though, encourages me, and that’s his ability to get the most out of players with marginal talent. He had that challenge for years in Phoenix and his teams generally did well for their low level of talent. Tippett especially appears to have the knack for finding roles for players and getting the most of them in those roles. Tippett also might well have more to work with in terms of talent for role players, with Joe Gambardella, Nygard, Granlund, Haas and Archibald at his disposal. We will recall that Hitchcock tried to get an “identity line” going for the Oilers last year with Brodziak, Lucic and Kassian on it, all of them assigned to be aggressive checkers and hard workers. I don’t question the work ethic of these three players, but Brodziak and Lucic simply lacked the speed and skill to execute, and that lack of speed did indeed define the Oilers. I expect Tippett will have more success creating two bottom lines that help the Oilers grind out a few extra wins.

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