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Sports Leon Draisaitl's dominant October takes its place among the best in Edmonton Oilers' history

11:55  02 november  2019
11:55  02 november  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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a man standing in front of a crowd: Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl celebrates a goal on the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at Rogers Place on Oct. 2, 2019.© Ian Kucerak Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl celebrates a goal on the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at Rogers Place on Oct. 2, 2019.

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Edmonton Oilers fans who watched their club roll to a highly-satisfying 4-1 drubbing of Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night may have noticed this graphic on the SportsNet broadcast:

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Finally, a couple of new entries on a list entirely dominated by the dynasty-era Oilers. The full list of Oilers scoring 10+ goals in the season’s opening month includes Mark Messier (11 in 1981, omitted above), along with Jari Kurri in 1984 and Glenn Anderson in 1987, each with 10.

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It’s now over thirty years later, and there’s been a disturbance in the force. All of a sudden the number of Oilers to hit double digits in October has jumped from three to five, and the total number of occurrences from eight to ten with Leon Draisaitl and James Neal both joining the club in 2019-20.

Where did that come from? While it’s true that goal-scoring is creeping up league-wide , to 3.11 goals per team-game so far this season, that remains a far cry from the record 4.01 established in 1981-82 that marks Gretzky’s first appearance on the above list. Not to mention that the Oilers themselves scored a disproportionate number of those goals, averaging 5.2 per game that season and a ridiculous 5.6 in 1983-84. Heck, the Oilers lit the lamp a ludicrous 72 times in October of 1981 as they came out of the gate with all guns blazing.

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The 2019-20 version of the team on the other hand, scored a modest 41 times in October, with the duo of Driasaitl and Neal accounting for well over half of those snipes. That production by the two big wingers was absolutely critical to the club’s 9-4-1 start that sees the Oilers occupying first place in the Pacific Division as the calendar turns.

It’s a similar story for the list of Oilers to reach 20 points in the season’s first month, which has surged from ten occurrences (all during the Wayne Gretzky era 1979-88) to twelve. No surprise to see the Great One himself dominating the top half (!) of the list, but look what happens next:

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Not the same two newcomers, mind, as Connor McDavid enters the conversation with a terrific opening month of his own. But even the wondrous McDavid has to take a back seat, at least for now, to the spectacular feats of Leon Draisaitl, who became the first NHLer to score 25+ points in October since Gretzky scored 29 for the Kings way back in 1993. The first in a quarter century!

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It’s hard to overstate the contribution of the big German through the first 14 games, during which time the Oilers have scored 29 goals at even strength. Draisaitl was on the ice for 20 of those goals, scoring 11 of them personally (no prior Oiler ever scored more than 9 EVG in October) and setting up 7 more — all of them primary assists. He’s been either the last or second last guy to touch the puck on 18 of the 20 even-strength tallies on his watch.

No other NHL player has more than 12 primary points at even strength through October 31.

  • Draisaitl 18
  • Pastrnak, Crosby, Marchand, Huberdeau, Ovechkin 12
  • McDavid, Carlson, Matthews, Pettersson 10

Add in 7 powerplay points (1 goal, 4 primary assists, 2 secondaries) and Draisaitl finds himself atop the NHL in both goals and points with 12-13-25 as the calendar turns to November. He’s tied on the goals front with Boston’s David Pastrnak, whose own “Dirty Dozen” start of 12 GP, 12-12-24 is eye-popping in its own right.

Along the way, Draisaitl has produced in the crunch. He scored Edmonton’s only overtime goal of the season and also their lone shootout tally, a game-decider which is uncredited by NHL rules but which nonetheless earned the Oil a standings point. (In Edmonton’s other shootout their clean-up hitter was left in the on-deck circle when it was decided in favour of the bad guys in just two rounds.)

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For his part McDavid leads the league with 17 assists, even as he trails Draisaitl 11 to 10 in primary helpers. Draisaitl has chipped in on an astonishing 61% of Edmonton’s goals, McDavid 56% to this point. (Gretzky’s best season was 51%, a level McDavid reached last year.)

Check out these splits of Oilers scoring plays:

  • Both Draisaitl and McDavid with a point: 15 goals
  • Draisaitl but not McDavid with a point: 10 goals
  • McDavid but not Draisaitl with a point: 8 goals
  • Neither Draisaitl nor McDavid with a point: 8 goals

Make it over 80% of all Oilers goals where one or both of the duo have appeared on the scoresheet. EIGHTY per cent! Which brings to focus both the dismal lack of scoring elsewhere in the line-up — beyond Neal, who has done most of his damage on the powerplay — but also highlights the spectacular performance of Edmonton’s two superstars.

That reliance shows in other ways, of course. For the second year running, the duo ranks 1-2 among NHL forwards in average ice-time, though in reverse order with Draisaitl currently #1 at 23:51, McDavid 23:23. Only one other NHL forward (Mark Scheifele, 22:03) is north of 22 minutes. At times that has resulted in heavy legs, at others such as Wednesday’s back-to-back in Columbus, not so much. Draisaitl in particular was flying that night, especially in the first two periods when the affair was decided.

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It’s not just scoring, either. In that game Edmonton faced an extended 2-man disadvantage. Over the boards came Draisaitl for the 3-on-5, delivering a superb 81-second shift where he won the faceoff leading to an early clearance, then twice cleared the zone himself demonstrating seemingly-impossible dexterity with the boat oar he calls a hockey stick. Similarly, he was Dave Tippett’s choice for another 3v5 kill early in a game at Madison Square Garden, this time for 39 long seconds. Both times Oilers survived the disadvantage unscathed; both times they went on to win 4-1 on the strength of 2 goals and 1 assist from Draisaitl. Tour-de-force performance at both ends of the ice.

Indeed, the big German ranks among the most versatile forwards in the game. A faceoff mule who plays all manpower situations: even strength, shorthanded, powerplay, 3v3. Last year he finished in the top eight of All-Star voting at all three forward positions, which he played in roughly equal amounts over the course of the season. Simply put, he can do it all.

For now, though, and perhaps for the foreseeable future, Draisaitl lingers in the long shadow of McDavid, seen by many if not most as the NHL’s best player. As one example, BetOnLine has upgraded Draisaitl’s odds of winning the Art Ross Trophy from a season-opening 33:1 to 11:4, second behind only his linemate McDavid, so pretty good. It’s not an unreasonable position when one considers not just early results this season but recent history in general. Consider that in calendar 2019 the two are in a dead heat atop the NHL leader board:

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Draisaitl’s 41 goals since Jan 01 rank #1 with a bullet, with perennial Rocket Richard Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin well back at 33.

But for all that performance, the same betting outlet doesn’t so much as list Draisaitl among their top 22 favourites to win the Hart Trophy this season. McDavid is listed #1 there, followed by co-second favourites Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon, and Sidney Crosby. The listed candidates include the likes of Johnny Gaudreau (13 points), Artemi Panarin (10), Evgeny Kuznetsov (9), Filip Forsberg (8) and Jamie Benn (6), yet no sign of Leon Draisaitl and his NHL-leading 25 points, not to mention his NHL-leading workload. I’m not a betting man, but if I was that might be a “long shot” worth pursuing.

For now, Oil fans can merely hope for the modern version of the Big Train to keep on running in top form. Edmonton’s next test will be a big one, as their superstar duo will match up against another high-profile pair, Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin, in Pittsburgh Saturday morning (11:00 MDT). Crosby and McDavid have frequently been mentioned in the same breath in recent years, while some optimists in Oil Country have held up Malkin — slated to return from injury on Saturday — as the high bar for which Draisaitl should strive. But he’s already closing in, especially when one considers that in 2018-19 Draisaitl (50-55-105) became the first NHLer since Malkin (50-59-109) back in 2011-12 to score 50+ goals and 50+ assists in the same season.

Circumstances are different, of course. Malkin produced at that level playing centre, in a season Sid played just 22 games. Draisaitl potted his 50 mostly on McDavid’s wing, prompting a persistent criticism in some quarters that “Leon needs to drive his own line”. But a month into the 2019-20 campaign, a strong argument can be made that Draisaitl is doing just that right now.

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Today’s line-up

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Lines based on Friday’s practice , and identical to those that played in Columbus on Wednesday night. Seems as though Riley Sheahan is good to go despite appearances to the contrary, and the recall of reserve centre Colby Cave was precautionary rather than emergency.

Today’s match against Crosby and (presumably) Malkin represents a giant test for Edmonton’s two rookie defencemen, Ethan Bear and Joel Persson. Mike Smith again gets the start in goal, his 9th of the young season compared to just 6 for Mikko Koskinen. Read into that what you will.

The Penguins have been a tough match-up for the Oilers in recent times, with the Edmonton side winning just 1 of their last 10 meetings, and that in a shootout. The Penguins have swept the last three straight season series, with the Oilers gaining 1 overtime point in each campaign.

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Player grades: Oilers come back to earn one point but can't seal the deal vs. tenacious Coyotes .
Coyotes 3, Oilers 2 As the old saying goes, half a loaf is better than none. It certainly applied to the Edmonton Oilers Monday night, who trailed by a goal as the clock ticked past 5:00 to go in the third period. The Oilers did manage to net an equalizer off the unlikely stick of Gaetan Haas to take the game to overtime, but the Arizona Coyotes took advantage of some sloppy coverage two minutes into the extra frame to pound home the game winner and that was that. As is usual with the NHL’s cockamamie points system, an overtime loss hurts a lot less than one in regulation. The Oilers will take the one point and move on.

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