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Can this setup compete in the Pacific

Created by: BeterChiarelli
Initial Creation Date: Jul 22, 2019
Published: Jul 22, 2019 at 4:18
Team: 2019-20 Edmonton Oilers
Team Explanation
Rather, is this team better than Anaheim, Arizona, Los Angeles, and Vancouver?

Personally, I think it hinges on the 2nd line being able to perform like an NHL 2nd line and Smith/Koskinen getting a bit lucky.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Puljujärvi, Jesse2$1,350,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Brassard, Derick1$4,150,000
Trades
EDM
  1. 2020 4th round pick (TOR)
TOR
  1. Kassian, Zack ($975,000 retained)
EDM
  1. 2020 7th round pick (OTT)
OTT
  1. Gagner, Sam
  2. 2020 4th round pick (TOR)
Buyouts
  • Andrej Sekera: $2,500,000
  • Benoit Pouliot: $1,333,333
  • Eric Gryba: $300,000
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Zack Kassian: $975,000 (50%)
  • Milan Lucic: $750,000 (13%)
  • Sam Gagner: $315,000 (10%)
Buried
  • Kyle Brodziak: $75,000 ($1,150,000)
  • Brandon Manning: $1,175,000 ($2,250,000)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
OTT
2021
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
2022
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
22$81,500,000$79,635,332$0$2,490,000$1,864,668

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
EDM
Draisaitl, Leon
$8,500,000
C, LW, RW
UFA - 6
EDM
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
UFA - 7
EDM
Neal, James
$5,750,000
RW, LW
UFA - 4
EDM
Benson, Tyler
$808,333
LW
RFA - 2
EDM
Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan
$6,000,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
EDM
Puljujärvi, Jesse
$1,350,000
RW
RFA
EDM
Nygård, Joakim
$925,000
LW
UFA - 1
Brassard, Derick
$4,150,000
LW, C
UFA - 1
EDM
Chiasson, Alex
$2,150,000
RW
UFA - 2
EDM
Granlund, Markus
$1,300,000
RW, LW, C
UFA - 1
EDM
Haas, Gaëtan
$925,000
C
UFA - 1
EDM
Archibald, Josh
$1,000,000
RW, LW
UFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
EDM
Klefbom, Oscar
$4,167,000
LD
UFA - 4
EDM
Larsson, Adam
$4,166,666
RD
UFA - 2
EDM
Smith, Mike
$2,000,000
G
NTC
UFA - 1
EDM
Nurse, Darnell
$3,200,000
LD
UFA - 1
EDM
Benning, Matthew
$1,900,000
RD
UFA - 1
EDM
Koskinen, Mikko
$4,500,000
G
NTC
UFA - 3
EDM
Jones, Caleb
$720,000
LD
RFA - 1
EDM
Russell, Kris
$4,000,000
LD/RD
NMC NTC
UFA - 2
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
EDM
Khaira, Jujhar
$1,200,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
EDM
Mantha, Ryan
$870,000
RD
UFA - 1
EDM
Persson, Joel
$1,000,000
RD
UFA - 1

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Chiasson, A.
Draisaitl, L.
Nugent-Hopkins, R.
Benning, M.
McDavid, C.
Power Play 2
Puljujärvi, J.
Brassard, D.
Neal, J.
Jones, C.
Klefbom, O.
Penalty Kill 1
Granlund, M.
Archibald, J.
Klefbom, O.
Larsson, A.
Penalty Kill 2
Brassard, D.
Haas, G.
Nurse, D.
Jones, C.

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Jul 22, 2019 at 4:20
#1
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i think it is level with arizona. its better than the other 3 teams listed though
Jul 22, 2019 at 4:20
#2
LEAFSandBRUINSfan
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I say Arizona and Vancouver are better
Jul 22, 2019 at 4:29
#3
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Hey Beter
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Quoting: hanson493
i think it is level with arizona. its better than the other 3 teams listed though


Quoting: Snipshow4416
I say Arizona and Vancouver are better


I felt Arizona would be on par or better. Thanks.

Unconvinced in Vancouver's blueline and depth beyond their top-6, but that's literally the pot calling the kettle black so yeah. I'll wait on Boeser to make that distinction.
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Jul 22, 2019 at 4:31
#4
First NY Then LA
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I think that if you load up all of your top guns on the first line like that, you'll be lucky to win more than 14 away games. In any event, you should be better than the Kings but I don't see you getting past either Anaheim or Arizona. And Vancouver adding J. T. Miller strikes me as a better improvement than Edmonton adding Neal and Granlund, although Brassard would make a difference.
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Jul 22, 2019 at 4:56
#5
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Depends what we get out of Neal, but i think we should shoot for Lafrenierre this year. Our defense has a hole at 2RHD and shaky goaltending. Probably can beat out LA, but beating out VAN, ANA, and ARI would require major improvements.
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Jul 22, 2019 at 5:03
#6
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Hey Beter
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Quoting: OldNYIfan
I think that if you load up all of your top guns on the first line like that, you'll be lucky to win more than 14 away games. In any event, you should be better than the Kings but I don't see you getting past either Anaheim or Arizona. And Vancouver adding J. T. Miller strikes me as a better improvement than Edmonton adding Neal and Granlund, although Brassard would make a difference.


The only way I see the top 6 not being "loaded" is if you swapped Puljujarvi and Neal. There isn't a ton of options internally, and I still think that major movement in the draft picks / prospects department is unwise for this team. That's why I mentioned it definitely hinges on Benson clicking in the top-6 and Puljujarvi discovering something that resembles NHL play.

Realistically though, I dont know what it would take to get this team to win more than 15 games on the road, and I doubt they'll do that until they're a serious playoff contender. Every advantage at home must be exploited.
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Jul 22, 2019 at 5:13
#7
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Quoting: BeterChiarelli
The only way I see the top 6 not being "loaded" is if you swapped Puljujarvi and Neal. There isn't a ton of options internally, and I still think that major movement in the draft picks / prospects department is unwise for this team. That's why I mentioned it definitely hinges on Benson clicking in the top-6 and Puljujarvi discovering something that resembles NHL play.

Realistically though, I dont know what it would take to get this team to win more than 15 games on the road, and I doubt they'll do that until they're a serious playoff contender. Every advantage at home must be exploited.


Have you guys tried Draisaitl with Nugent-Hopkins?
Jul 22, 2019 at 5:19
#8
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Hey Beter
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Quoting: OldNYIfan
Have you guys tried Draisaitl with Nugent-Hopkins?


I think it's only happened once or twice and it seems like both Holland and Tippet are committed to having McDavid and Draisaitl playing together again.

If that were the plan of action, I'd look at pursuing Gusev instead of Brassard and bring Marody up to play #3C and keep Benson in the AHL for the extra year. I think that the Pilers would need a better, or rather, established winger to play up with McDavid.
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Jul 22, 2019 at 5:27
#9
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Quoting: BeterChiarelli
I think it's only happened once or twice and it seems like both Holland and Tippet are committed to having McDavid and Draisaitl playing together again.

If that were the plan of action, I'd look at pursuing Gusev instead of Brassard and bring Marody up to play #3C and keep Benson in the AHL for the extra year. I think that the Oilers would need a better, or rather, established winger to play up with McDavid.


It just strikes me that putting Draisaitl with McDavid makes the Oilers too easy to play against. Most teams now have two different lines that can play against a team's top offensive crew, and splitting your top two makes it very difficult for the other team,
Jul 23 at 10:42
#10
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I love how Brassard gets 4m back then.
Jul 23 at 10:43
#11
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Hey Beter
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Quoting: Tntpod
I love how Brassard gets 4m back then.


Went digging for this one didn't ya?
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Jul 23 at 10:47
#12
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Quoting: BeterChiarelli
Went digging for this one didn't ya?


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