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Sports The Edmonton Oilers Power Play could very soon be loaded for (Ethan) Bear: 9 Things

17:30  10 november  2019
17:30  10 november  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Ethan Bear's decision to rededicate himself to hockey paying off for him and the Oilers

  Ethan Bear's decision to rededicate himself to hockey paying off for him and the Oilers Looking back, Ethan Bear figures his hockey future rested on two questions and one life-changing decision. "It was basically, did I want to be an NHL player?" the Edmonton Oilers defenceman says. "Or did I want to be an AHL player?"The decision came in the middle of an injury-plagued season with the Bakersfield Comets of the American Hockey League. After playing in 18 games for the Oilers in 2017-18, Bear found himself buried on the organizational depth chart. He scored just one goal through the first 33 games for the Comets and didn't receive a single call-up to the Oilers for the entire 2018-19 season.

Ethan Bear ( born June 26, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Eliteprospects.com hockey player profile of Ethan Bear , 1997-06-26 Regina, SK, CAN Canada. Most recently in the NHL with Edmonton Oilers . Complete player biography and stats. Cap Hit. 0,000 Powered by. NHL Rights. Edmonton Oilers / Signed.

a hockey player standing in the snow: Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ethan Bear during NHL game action against the Los Angeles Kings in Edmonton on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.© Larry Wong Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ethan Bear during NHL game action against the Los Angeles Kings in Edmonton on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

With just 8 games left to go until American Thanksgiving the Edmonton Oilers are 11-5-2 for 24 points.

That’s 1 st in the Pacific, 2 nd in the West, tied for 3 rd over-all. And as we know, the chances of making the post season (since 2011) if you are in a playoff spot by that time are close to 78%. It is a significant (although not a dead lock) milestone.

There is a loud segment that still doesn’t think the Oilers W-L record is real, especially considering how tight the division is. Right now, just 5 points separate 1 (Edmonton) through 6 (Anaheim).

The riskiest thing Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett did this year is the best thing

  The riskiest thing Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett did this year is the best thing The riskiest thing that Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett did this year is also the best thing he’s done. What was this seemingly dicey move? The decision to consistently move the puck up the middle of the ice in the defensive zone. In traditional Canadian hockey circles, such a pass across the front of the net or up the middle of the ice is still often viewed with horror. A minor hockey player who makes such a pass is often scolded or even benched by our most conservative coaches. That said, this tactic is now used regularly by other NHL teams. And the Edmonton Oilers have also employed this pass in past seasons. It’s not like they never executed it.

The Oilers can learn a lot from Bear ’s development and play this season. Peter Chiarelli overreacted and lost a major trade to acquire an adequate top-four defenceman. The Oilers have long failed to develop players beyond the first round. Bear is doing his best to buck that trend but It’s still early.

Bear is playing 21 minutes a night. Against the Jets Sunday, Bear played 25 and-a-half minutes, almost four of those killing “But then there was this next wave of kids, very neat to see. They can see the discipline Ethan put in this summer. Ethan jumps in and he plays when there’s an opening.”

Well, the Oilers play 5 of their next 8 versus Pacific Division clubs, including the Ducks tonight. So, if it’s not real yet…it’s about to get that way.

That and more in this week’s edition of…

9 Things

9. Former Edmonton Oilers defender Eric Gryba has landed with the historic Kindersley Klipppers Sr. Hockey franchise in his home Province of Saskatchewan. I have fond memories of the Klippers. It was with them in the late 80’s that my older brother Glen (a far superior player to me) and I suited up together on the same team for the first and only time in our lives.

8. I would expect that Sam Gagner will continue to see regular spot duty in the Oilers lineup. On a roster still challenged to score outside of it’s top few players, Gagner is a valuable tool to have in the toolbox depending on the situation. After all, he leads all Oilers in possession 5×5 (granted, in just 7 games). And because he’s a good teammate and keeps himself sharp he fits a part-time role well.

Edmonton Oilers ground Ducks as Connor McDavid nets hat trick

  Edmonton Oilers ground Ducks as Connor McDavid nets hat trick Leon Draisaitl added four assists in a 6-2 win.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins snuck a shot between John Gibson and the post to break the ice just 1:28 into the game. The Ducks came back three minutes later on a goal by Rickard Rakell. McDavid recorded his 400th career point later in the first, firing a wrist shot under Gibson's pad.

Dec 29, 2017; Edmonton , Alberta, CAN ; Edmonton Oilers defensemen Oscar Klefbom (77) skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports. This is especially aimed at the teams top unit, which became far too predictable last year.

Ethan Bear . Age 22 Jun 26, 1997. Regina CAN . Defense shoots right. Edmonton Oilers recalled D Ethan Bear from Bakersfield (AHL). Oct 3, 2019.

7. When Dave Tippett came into his present position with the Oilers it was pointed out that he’d had success in turning around other clubs in his inaugural year behind the bench. In his 1 st season as Head Coach of the Stars in 2002-03 Dallas had a PTS% (Points divided by possible points) of .677, a mark he has never equaled. In Phoenix in 2009-19 though the Coyotes had a PTS% of .652. And so far, this year? The Oilers PTS% under Tippett is .667. Just sayin’…

6. One of the most mis-leading stats in hockey is the AHL boxcar. It’s a development league and not just about winning and losing. Eyes are a far better judge. And the word on Kailer Yamamoto is that he’s driving the play almost nightly and that AHL defenders are struggling to contain him. The fact that Yamamoto has drawn 13 minor penalties in 12 games for the Bakersfield Condors (most of them stick infractions or interference) lends some credence to those observations. I expect him up sooner than later.

Oilers have built winning foundation beneath McDavid, Draisaitl

  Oilers have built winning foundation beneath McDavid, Draisaitl Today, at long last, it seems like the Edmonton Oilers has poured a proper foundation on which a functional National Hockey League team can be erected. That’s a whole new ballgame in Edmonton, one we haven’t seen for a long while. The post MacKinnon on why Wheeler at centre makes Jets tougher appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.The Edmonton Oilers have done it backwards, up until now, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl among the various star players who operated without the safety net of a properly built organization underneath.

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Viimeisimmät twiitit käyttäjältä Edmonton Oilers (@ EdmontonOilers ). Home of #OilCountry on Twitter. Coach Tipp assesses tonight's # Oilers loss & goes into some injury updates on a trio of players very close to returning to actionpic.twitter.com/bPyzfQ6eU4.

a black sign with white text 5. Leon Draisaitl is the first Edmonton player to reach the 30-point mark in 18 or fewer games from the start of the season since Wayne Gretzky did it in 1987-88. #99 scored 33 points in his first 13 that year (his last in Edmonton as it turned out). And it’s not like Draisaitl is just riding a red-hot power play to attain these results. 13 of his 14 goals so far this season have come at 5×5. That’s 4 more than anyone else in the NHL. The people who dismissed his 50-goal season last year may want to reconsider.

4. My Cult of Hockey colleague David Staples and I rarely disagree. But David leans heavily on Grade “A” chances for and against as a way of assessing players, and I think it’s a stat tilted heavily in favor of skill players. Example? Riley Sheahan leads all Oilers regulars in Defensive Zone starts at 70.9%. He starts way more shifts 200 feet from the opposition net than his teammates. It’s way harder for an already less-skilled guy to get Grade “A” chances. And Sheahan gets less 5×5 time relative to his ATOI than them. Patrick Russell is 2nd in DZS’s, Josh Archibald is 3 rd .

Edmonton Oilers sink against San Jose Sharks

  Edmonton Oilers sink against San Jose Sharks The Oilers have lost five straight against the Sharks.The Sharks were in complete control of the first period.

In total, the Oilers had 210 power play opportunities last season, which the lowest So what should the Oilers ’ coaching staff do to fix the power play ? I don’t have the answers. Maybe you overload the first unit and have McDraigent-Hopkins in the hopes that they get things done so efficiently that

Oilers ' Ethan Bear : Snipes first goal of season. Oilers ' Ethan Bear : Heading to bus league. He isn't very tall, but Bear is solidly built and highly skilled; while it may take him a couple years to progress through the AHL ranks and emerge with the Oilers , dynasty-league owners should already be paying

3. Edmonton and San Jose are tied for the most man-games lost to injury or illness so far in 2019-20 (57). I often get shouted down when I bring this up. “It’s no excuse, all teams go through it”. Sure. But not all teams are created equal in terms of talent or depth. When lesser talented clubs like the Oilers get banged up it has a relatively bigger impact. So, when your next best 4 players are in the lineup for more than a game or two, it will have an impact. Expect Adam Larsson back in a week to 10 days. More on Larsson’s imminent return  in a minute…

2. Matt Benning is 2 nd on the Oilers so far this season in +/- with a +9 ( Zack Kassian leads at +11). In fact, Benning is +33 in 223 NHL games (including for several really bad clubs). Don’t like +/-? OK, look at 5×5 Corsi where Benning is also 2 nd on the club at 51% (and among the Top 75 D-Men in the league in that category). And Benning is 7 th among all NHL defencemen in terms of Defensive Point Shares. All 3 stats have their detractors, as does Matt Benning as a player. So…how many forms of measurement does Benning have to show well in before the detractors are wrong?

1. The pairing of Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear could be a long-term solution for the Oilers. Who projected that at the start of training camp? But the two have complimentary skills. And as they gain a deeper understanding of their strengths and roles we should see even better results. Nurse has athleticism, brawn and straight-ahead gear that allows him to both defend effectively in today’s NHL but also to transport the puck. However, the deeper Nurse gets into the attacking end the less effective his primary skills are. Bear, on the other hand, is quicker (not faster, but quicker), better laterally and has a touch with the puck that Darnell does not. The accuracy and (more to the point) the weight of Bear’s passes is superior and as a result easier to receive. Yes, you can work on those specific skills. But you are either born with good hands…or you’re not. So, the more often the puck is on Bear’s stick while exiting the zone, the better off the Oilers should probably be.

Edmonton Oilers recall Caleb Jones, who can give them more of what they need

  Edmonton Oilers recall Caleb Jones, who can give them more of what they need This in from the Edmonton Oilers, news that Brandon Manning is going on injured reserve with a broken hand and Caleb Jones has been recalled from Bakersfield. My take Injury brings change and opportunity. We saw that when Adam Larsson went out and Ethan Bear stepped up in such a big way. I expect to see the same now with Manning out and Caleb Jones getting his chance. If used correctly, there’s no reason why Jones won’t knock it out of the park. Jones will give the Edmonton Oilers more of what they need: fast and alert puck-moving out of the defensive zone. It’s this kind of rapid puck-moving that is the best defence against heavy hockey and aggressive cycling.

Ethan Bear . Born : June 26, 1997. Birthplace: Regina, SK, CAN . Shoots: Right. Edmonton Oilers is a trademark of Edmonton Oilers Hockey Corp. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League.

Apr 7, 2018; Edmonton , Alberta, CAN ; The Edmonton Oilers celebrate a first period goal by forward Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks at Jeff Ward is our power play coach and we had some pretty good dialogue through the last couple of years. He put me on a spot in the power play

As a result of Bear’s higher end passing skills, I also expect that he will end up on the Oilers 1st Unit power play sooner rather than later. His right shot is really a weapon a PP full of left-handed passers could use. Bear’s blasts also get to the net. In fact, he leads all full-time Oilers defenders in shot attempts that get to the goalie (46.7%). Oscar Klefbom , by comparison, is shooting at just a 37.6% clip in that same regard. Combine the lefty-righty advantage to helping get one-timers away with Bear’s ability to miss the forest of sticks and shin pads in front of him, and you would have a threat that the Oilers haven’t enjoyed in forever.

None of this is a knock on Klefbom. Or Nurse. Both are good NHL D-men. They can’t help the fact that they left-handed nor that most of their power player partners are, as well. For now, Dave Tippett is smart to conserve Ethan Bear’s ice time. Piling even more TOI on a rookie is not putting Bear in a situation where he is likely to succeed.

But when Adam Larsson returns, the veteran should be a prime candidate to take some of Bear’s PK time off his plate, lightening his load for other duties.

That in turn could leave the Oilers PP1 loaded for Bear.

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