Unlikely oilers make a major move to get jobs ahead of Ryan McLeod and Tyler Benson

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Perlini, Shore and Sceviour look firmer, Turris and Lagesson eliminate resignations

This from Tony Brar of the Edmonton Oilers:


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Oiler lines on practice Monday:

Draisaitl – McDavid – Puljujarvi

Hyman – McLeod * – Yamamoto

Foegele – Ryan – Sceviour

Perlini – Shore – Turris


Nurse – Barrie

Keith – Ceci

Koekkoek – Bouchard


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* RNH does not skate with a disease not related to COVID

And Jack Michaels of the Oilers reports: “Dave Tippett says that from now on, McLeod & Benson will be the strange guys on Opening Night, with Shore taking center stage on the fourth row and Perlini on their left side.”

And Reid Wilkins of CHED: “Tippett says Kassian stays in the day-to-day. He skated this morning before practice… Dave Tippett says the greasers will have talks with Colton Sceviour, who is in a PTO. Tippett said they will see where he goes in the next few days. “


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Included in the list of injured not included in the list:

Josh Archibald (F)
Dylan Holloway (F)
Dmitri Samorukov (D)

Included in the Long Term Injury Reserve (LTIR):

Oscar klefbom (D)
Alex Stalock (G)

Placed in Injury Reserve (RI):

William Lagesson (D)

Bakersfield Remembered (AHL):

Philip Broberg (D)

Loaned to Bakersfield (AHL):

Kyle turris (F)

My take

1. Kyle Turris and Willian Lagesson have approved the NHL waivers, with Lagesson injured. Turris? Still practicing with the team, and Edmonton is likely to overcome several salary cap-related hurdles before their opening night roster is set.

2. At the start of training camp, if someone had told me that Brendan Perlini, Devin Shore, Turris and Colton Sceviour would all be on the opening night roster, I would have bet against it. But we do know a few things about Oilers coach Dave Tippett who likes his veteran players, as Shore, Sceviour and Perlini are veterans who have traveled extensively. Tippett also likes to repeatedly return to the combination of Leon Draisiatl and Connor McDavid. The team practice lines may not be the opening night lines, but I’m starting to think we’ll see more of Draisaitl and McDavid together than I bargained for.


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3. Who hasn’t noticed and loved Perlini’s shooting and scoring? It also has size and speed. However, one thing will determine his success in Edmonton, his defensive fundamentals. As a fourth-line winger, he has to show that he can advance the puck out of the Edmonton end, cover his man in zone d, do a back check and a strong check, and help close things out when Edmonton has an advantage. . If you can do that, it will stick with your other attributes. As for Sceviour, he strikes me as a slightly slower version of Archibald that hits less. I still hope that Archibald will recover and decide to freak out and continue his NHL career, but that’s up in the air. Sceviour is still in PTO, but if he stays in Edmonton, he would expect a new contract at any moment.


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4. Tyler Benson and Ryan McLeod had some good times in the final game against Vancouver, but they didn’t play with enough arrogance and intensity to make their way up the roster. I really like Devin Shore on the wing, but I doubt his defensive fundamentals are automatic enough that he can thrive in his own zone in the middle. I wonder how long he will play ahead of McLeod. At the same time, another veteran forward at Archibald continued to improve as he understood Tippett’s system. Shore could be the same, even as a center, where defensive reads are much more challenging.

5. Several players were claimed on waivers, Alex Barre-Boulet for Seattle, Patrick Brown for the Flyers, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby for Washington and Adam Brooks for Montreal, but otherwise the teams kept their dust dry. I wondered with Archibald out and Zack Kassian injured if the Oilers wouldn’t go for a power player on the right wing, but they wouldn’t. Maybe Kassian will be back sooner rather than later. It’s great news that he was back and skating and only day to day after his helmetless head slammed into the ice on Thursday.


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6. Slater Koekkoek appears to have beaten Kris Russell on the left side for the third pair. This makes sense since Koekkoek has been arguably Edmonton’s most consistent d-man in the preseason. He’s also a bigger player and a better record player than Russell. If Koekkoek can stay healthy and play solid defense, he will have a lot of time on the ice this year.

7. A popular ice hockey analyst calling himself JFresh has a bearish prediction on the Oilers defense: “Their defenders project to be the worst in the league with uniform strength, anchored in two costly acquisitions. Some high-scoring games in the future. “What do you say? JFresh has it right? I bet he’s underestimated this defensive group, perhaps considerably. But we’ll know more in early November.


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8. I liked the movement of Keith’s album against Vancouver. He made an exceptionally smart series of puck moves, the kind of high IQ hockey passes we’ve seen from other Oilers veterans like Andrej Sekera, Lubomir Visnovsky and Jaroslav Spacek. If Keith can maintain that kind of puck movement and show that he’s still fast and strong enough to cover things up on defense, he’ll be a huge asset for the Oilers. I’m very confident about that puck-moving ability, but my questions about his defensive play remain. We will have to judge that over time.

As for Ceci, he’s big and fast enough, but I’m still reading about his decision making and positioning. Again, in early November we will have a much better read on this player. I’ll also be keeping an eye on Filip Berglund in Bakersfield, the team’s top right-hand player, to see how close he is in case Ceci or Evan Bouchard stumble or get hurt. Berglund impressed on the training ground with his stable positional play.


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9. Salary cap experts expect the Oilers to retire D-man Philip Broberg today, not so he can play in Edmonton, but just on paper for the opening day roster, to help with cap considerations around the Broberg bonus money, in case you get calls later this year and to access the maximum amount of space in the Long Term Injury Pool cap. As described by Cult of Hockey contributor Ira Cooper:
“Lists that meet the opening day ceiling must be set to 3 (mountain), so Broberg’s call should come in soon. Notably, Tip said Sceviour will play 3RW if Kass can’t go, so he’ll be officially signed soon, assuming Turris remembers that means Kass on IR or McLeod assigned. “

10. If McLeod goes down, you can file this 2021 boot camp under your “missed opportunity” file. Shore beat him at camp, plain and simple. McLeod has a lot of skill, speed and dexterity, and working on his intensity, his forcefulness in attack and his defensive play more in the AHL will not hurt him.

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