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Sports Darnell Nurse and Mikko Koskinen answering all the questions so far for Edmonton Oilers

12:01  01 november  2019
12:01  01 november  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Neal keeps scoring as Oilers top Red Wings 2-1; Edmonton back in first in NHL

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There was no shortage of questions about Darnell Nurse and Mikko Koskinen heading into the 2019-20 season, Koskinen in particular, but so far both players have stepped up for the Edmonton Oilers .

The Edmonton Oilers Mikko Koskinen , and writer Zach Laing thinks it's a redundant one. The Edmonton Oilers made it official Tuesday signing Finnish-goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a one-year, .5 million contract. The team still has to sign Matthew Benning, Darnell Nurse , Drake Caggiula

a hockey player: Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) slaps the puck on Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) in the first period at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia© Ian Kucerak Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) slaps the puck on Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) in the first period at Rogers Place in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia

There was no shortage of questions about Darnell Nurse and Mikko Koskinen heading into the 2019-20 season, Koskinen in particular, but so far both players have stepped up for the Edmonton Oilers.

With Koskinen, the big issue was his three-year, $4.5 million per year contract coupled with his iffy glove hand and the collapse of his game under heavy usage in the 2018-19 season.

Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse giving Edmonton Oilers what they haven't had since 2016-17

  Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse giving Edmonton Oilers what they haven't had since 2016-17 Ethan Bear and Darnell Nurse giving Edmonton Oilers what they haven't had since 2016-17The season is young, and both defensive and offensive slumps are all to real realities for NHL players, not to mention the threat of injury. But since they teamed up after Adam Larsson went out with injury, Bear and Nurse have been playing solid hockey in heavy minutes against tough competition.

Mikko Koskinen picked a great time to stand up and be counted. Just at a time when his Edmonton Oilers teammates collectively lost their skating legs, Koskinen delivered a But as in Dallas, he was by far the primary reason the Oilers emerged from a largely one-sided game with two valuable points.

Darnell Nurse ’s agent Anton Thun knows they can’t doctor the Edmonton Oilers ’ tight salary cap, so there’s virtually no chance the restricted free-agent defenceman and his camp would be interested in a long-term contract at this time.

With Nurse, the issue was his puck-moving acumen and defensive fundamentals. Could he move the puck well enough and defend steadily enough to hang in on the top-pairing of an NHL defence?

The season is young, just 14 games in, but if Nurse and Koskinen can keep playing at their current levels, it will be excellent news for the Oilers.

The massive Koskinen will never have a lighting glove hand like Andy Moog, but he’s putting up an often impenetrable wall along the goal line. He has found a way to stop most of the high shots as well.

As for Nurse, he’s playing the best two-way hockey of his career since being paired with savvy puck mover Ethan Bear. The two are starting to develop some real on-ice chemistry, successfully slinging the puck around with gusto. They’re not perfect on defence, but neither are they getting caved in against tough competition. At the same time, Nurse is a physical force on the ice, and has come to the rescue of teammates several times when they’ve been handled roughly by the opposition.

Edmonton Oilers come from two down to knock off Capitals in overtime

  Edmonton Oilers come from two down to knock off Capitals in overtime Draisaitl and McDavid sparked an Oilers comeback win.The Oilers finally broke their long scoreless drought with 6:40 left in the first period. Darnell Nurse's centering pass went in off a Washington defender for the Oilers first goal in 165:58.

Since being drafted 7th overall, Darnell Nurse has spent the last three years steadily climbing the Oilers defensive depth chart and has since found Darnell nurse ’s career so far . There is no way Nurse should get more than Koskinen . What has he done to earn it? 0 Trashes. So a little off topic but why don’t local Edmonton guys want to play in Edmonton for good contracts?

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen in action against the New York Rangers during NHL action at Rogers Place on March 11, 2019. Ernest Doroszuk / Postmedia. 6. Who’s the all-important third-line centre? The Oilers goofed trading Ryan Strome to the Rangers for Ryan Spooner, now in Europe.

In terms of even strength scoring, Nurse ranks 37th out of the 181 NHL d-men who have played more than 100 ES minutes this year. Oscar Klefbom ranks 57th and Bear 83rd.

In The Cult of Hockey’s Performance Rankings, Koskinen and Nurse have made major moves since earlier in the year, Koskinen moving up 15 spots, from 20th on the team to fifth overall. Nurse is now ranked third, behind only superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who takes the top spot for the second time this young 2019-20 season.

Forward Patrick Russell has also made a major move, going from 22nd to 12th, mainly because every time he gets a chance, he tends to do something positive with it.

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Draisaitl’s dominance is seen in his gaudy goal scoring and assist numbers, but also in his individual mark for Grade A scoring chances plus-minus, where he’s +1.8 per game, slightly higher than the level that McDavid has been at in his best seasons.

Panthers score three times in two minutes, hand Oilers first home loss

  Panthers score three times in two minutes, hand Oilers first home loss EDMONTON — Allowing three goals on three shots in just over two minutes was a recipe for disaster for the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Brian Boyle and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist as the Florida Panthers dominated in a 6-2 matinee victory over the Oilers. Aaron Ekblad, Noel Acciari, Evgenii Dadonov and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers (5-2-4), who have earned at least a point in eight straight games. “It was a heck of aBrian Boyle and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist as the Florida Panthers dominated in a 6-2 matinee victory over the Oilers.

That means Darnell Nurse and some other D-men will see their minutes increase. It is expected Nurse will slot in on the top pair beside Adam Larsson While I do not think Nurse has been terrible, other than last night, I haven’t been overly impressed by him to date. I think so far he hasn’t been as good

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