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Sports What I hope to see for each Edmonton Oilers player this year

14:25  09 september  2017
14:25  09 september  2017 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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By their numbers hopes for Edmonton Oilers players in 2017-18. Laurent Brossoit, 1: One game early on in the season where he absolutely stands on his head and steals a win for the Oilers . Confidence is a massive part of the games for any player but especially so for a young goalie trying to win the trust

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Laurent Brossoit, 1: One game early on in the season where he absolutely stands on his head and steals a win for the Oilers. Confidence is a massive part of the games for any player but especially so for a young goalie trying to win the trust of his coach and team, not to mention trust in himself. If that big win comes against Calgary, so much the better. Just cause I hate the Flames. 

Andrej Sekera, 2: Two strong knees. Sekera was the Oil’s most consistently good defenceman in the regular season last year — and it wasn’t even close. He was a model of efficiency, solid defensive fundamentals and sharp puck-moving. His absence is a blow to the Oilers and he’s also at an age where the injury that knocked him out of the playoffs — a torn ACL — will be no easy matter in terms of full recovery. But if Sekera can build himself back to having two strong knees and back to his old on-ice self by March or even April, that will represent a huge boost to the Oilers.

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Kris Russell, 4: Four grudging admissions from his most dedicated haters that he’s getting the job done for the Oilers. Of course, such admissions didn’t happen last year even though Russell got the job done in a Top 4 role, but if he continues to play well you’d have to think even his most wild-eyed critics will have to now and then give him proper respect in a tweet or four.

Adam Larsson, 6: Six weighted votes in Norris Trophy voting. Last season solid top-pairing d-men like Torey Krug and Alex Pietrangelo got seven weighted votes each for the Norris Trophy, while Kevin Shattenkirk got nine, and Ryan McDonagh got five. If Larsson gets six that means he’s been a super solid top-pairing d-man. Some will see that as a stretch for the player, but Larsson already played at that high level in the 2017 playoffs, when his puck-moving started to catch up to his already staunch defence. Larsson is 25 now, in the prime of his career, so there’s good reason to expect he’ll have his best year yet.

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You aren’t the only one who thought the Edmonton Oilers would be a lot better this year . “At the end of the day I hope the lessons we learned from this season, that I learned from this season, we turn it into a positive and come back ready to play next year ,” said Milan Lucic.

Before I tell you the thing I like best about each Edmonton Oilers players I ’m going to tell you why I ’m constructing such a list. For one thing: Christmas. For another: this year I ’m coaching a peewee team, a group of 10, 11 and 12 year -old-boys.

Ryan Strome, 18: Eighteen goals for Strome would be fine. In his best season in New York, he got 17. He’s more of a playmaker, but if the goals are coming, the assists will also be there. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli says he’s got a strong wrist shot.

Patrick Maroon, 19: Nineteen playoff points. Only five players scored 19 or more points in the 2017 playoffs, and four of them were on the Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins. As a member of the Oilers top line, Maroon would have to get hot to put up that many points in the playoffs, but I’ll dare to dream on this one.

Darnell Nurse, 25: Twenty-five playoff games. Six in the first round, seven in the second, six in the third and six more in the Stanley Cup finals. First, if Nurse plays all those games, it’s a good indicator he’s forged a solid role on the team, as I fully expect he’ll do. He’s got it in him to be a Top 4 d-man. Second, if he plays all those playoff games, so do the Oilers.

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Milan Lucic, 27: Twenty-seven massive, nasty, thunderous body checks. Lucic was given credit for 202 hits last year. I suspect about 20 of them were in this highest level of seismic activity for a body check. When Lucic (or Maroon or Kassian) lands such a hit especially early in the game, it tends to set a winning tone for the evening.

Leon Draisaitl, 29: Twenty-nine power play points. Draisaitl is a strong two-way player, so I have little doubt that if he stays healthy he’ll be a force for Oilers at even strength. The power play is more of a dicey proposition because puck luck plays a large role. Draisaitl got 27 power play points last year on a red hot Oilers power play. If he gets 29 this year that will put him in the 75 to 85 point range overall.  

Cam Talbot, 33: Thirty-three weighted votes for the Vezina. Last year Talbot got 17 such votes (the winner Sergei Brobovsky had 138 votes, with Braden Holtby at 87 and Carey Prirce 19). If Talbot gets 33, you know that he and the Oilers will have had a fantastic year. 

Jussi Jokinen, 36: Thirty-six points. Jokinen will be a 34-year-old third or fourth liner this year and getting second unit power play time at best, so if he can put up 36 points, up from the 28 he got last year, that will do the trick.

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Things will have to change for the Edmonton Oilers to challenge for the playoffs this year . Old players are out, new players are in, but the each player in the existing group has The one thing I ’m hoping to see more of is that big slapshot. He’s got to aggressively set up and call for his shot, not be shy.

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Anton Slepyshev, 42: A forty-two percent scoring chance shot rate. Last year, Slepyshev took 55 shots, but just 10 of them were Grade A scoring chance shots. The more effective attackers on the team, including Patrick Maroon, were above 40 per cent shots-to-Grade A shots. Slepyshev needs to up his attacking game, and 100 shots with 40 of them being Grade A chances would represent major improvement.

Zack Kassian, 44: Forty-four times standing up for a teammate in demonstrative fashion. A turning point for the Oilers last year was Kassian blasting Oliver Ekman-Larsson after the Arizona defender had run Matt Hendricks into the boards, then crosschecked Hendricks to the ice. Most of the times Kassian stood up for a teammate were far less memorable, coming in scrums after the whistle. But if Kassian is consistently doing this work, it will help players like Nugent-Hopkins, Klefbom, Letestu and even McDavid do their own. 

Mark Letestu, 55: Fifty-five one-timer power play shots. This is asking a lot of Letestu, but not all of these shots have to be on net and most of them will come on the first unit power play. As we saw last year that power play worked best when Letestu got the puck and fired it fast. It kept the defence honest, kept them from over-playing Draisaitl and McDavid.

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Now I ’d grade each Oilers player , but without my slo-mo replay and without my tally of individual scoring chances, I don’t have any real confidence I ’d get the grades correct, so I ’ll just offer some impressions. It’s working for me in Edmonton , too. Hope to see more of it.

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Eric Gryba, 62: Sixty-two hard bodychecks. Gryba is a hitter, with 145 in 40 games last year. If he can land 62 hard take-out bodychecks on opposing forwards coming down his wing this year, that will hit the spot.

Oscar Klefbom, 77: Seventy-seven regular season games played. I’m not asking for perfect health for Klefbom this year, the kind he got last year when he played 82 regular season games, but if he can play 77 that will be two healthy seasons in a row, just the kind Klefbom needs to keep developing his already strong two-way game. 

Matt Benning, 83: Eight-three on-air mentions from Louie DeBrusk that he’s playing a solid, steady game (this includes DeBrusk’s Oilers Now appearances).

Drake Caggiula, 91: Ninety-one contributions to Grade A even strength scoring chances. Last year in 60 regular season games and 654 even strength minutes, Caggiula made some pass or shot on 41 Grade A scoring chances. This year if he can play every game and about 1,100 even strength minutes, 91 such contributions to Grade A chances would represent maximum value for the Oilers.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 93: Ninety-three Grade A scoring chance shots. This is asking a lot of the Nuge, but coach Todd McLellan has talked about how he wants Nugent-Hopkins to try to do more on offence. Last year RNH got off 200 shots in the regular season, but only 51 of them, just 27 per cent, were Grade A scoring chance shots from in tight in the slot. Compare that to a player like Leon Draisaitl who had 172 shots but 94 of them were Grade A shots, 55 per cent of his total shots. Little wonder Draisaitl got 29 goals and RNH just 18. Nugent-Hopkins will have to ramp up his play mightily — and get far more ice time with McDavid or Draisaitl — but that’s what it will take for him to reach his offensive potential. 

Connor McDavid, 97: Ninety-seven rushes finished off with a dangerous shot. Last year, McDavid got off 114 Grade A scoring chances shots at even strength, some coming off passes and off the cycle, but most of them coming off the rush. If he can pull off this stunning feat 97 times this year, a bit more than once a game, the Edmonton hockey mob should be well pleased.

Jesse Puljujarvi, 98: Ninety-eight total games played, 73 in the regular season, 25 in the playoffs. It might take Puljujarvi awhile to get going this year, and he may sit out games now and then, but by the second half he’s got the talent and the game to earn full time duty, which should carry over for him during a long playoff run for the team.

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