Forums/Armchair-GM

Why would EDM not try this

Created by: mvp13
Initial Creation Date: May 27, 2021
Published: May 27 at 9:19
Team: 2020-21 Edmonton Oilers
Team Explanation
So, after another disappointing loss, the internet is now filled with "McDavid can't do it himself" and whatnot. While I absolutely don't watch EDM every night or extremely often, I remember looking at the roster in the offseason and thinking, "Hey, they've finally got some depth now!" But, anytime I checked back with the depth charts or caught a game, they crammed all their depth in the top line. Why can't McDavid play without Drysaddle or the Nuge for a game? I don't understand. It makes so much more sense to split them all up and have depth? "People" keep saying there is no depth... but, there is? The question then lies in, why don't they use it, to which, who knows...

If McDavid wants to be McJesus, and a winning centerman like Crosby (who didn't play on a line with Malkin or Kessel) or Toews (who didn't play on a line with Kane every game), he's just got to figure out a way to play with lower tier wingers. He just does. You can't handcuff a team both by your cap hit, and on the depth charts. I'm sorry, I understand he got 105 points in arguably the easiest division this year, and it is insane, but there's just no excuse for being swept by WPG, and no way you're ever going to win by putting all your players on one line... and, in the case of EDM, I just don't see a reason to ever do that. Only 4 forwards on EDM had over 16 minutes ATOI last season... that's just not good enough. Tippett is a good coach from my knowledge, so I'm not sure if there's something else at work here that's forcing the lineup to all play on the top line.

Switch Ennis and Kassian on the first line based on who's hot. McJesus got Kassian paid, so now he's gotta play with him. But to me, Ennis makes some more sense to play there. I'm not saying that the bottom 6 is the best in the league, but it's certainly better than what they were dressing before. At least, on paper. But with no playing time, I guess it's hard to gain any traction. Putting the Nuge down there should get the third line more minutes.

(Also, yes, this was only for "this" year and I know it's too late. I'm just wondering why they never tried it. Given ATOI, it seems it was never even a thought)
Buyouts
  • Andrej Sekera: $2,500,000
  • Benoit Pouliot: $1,333,333
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Milan Lucic: $750,000 (13%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2021
EDM
EDM
EDM
PIT
EDM
2022
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
2023
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
EDM
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$81,500,000$79,635,699$341,534$730,000$1,864,301

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
EDM
Ennis, Tyler
$1,000,000
C, LW, RW
UFA - 1
EDM
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
UFA - 6
EDM
Puljujärvi, Jesse
$1,175,000
RW
RFA - 2
EDM
Kahun, Dominik
$975,000
LW, RW, C
UFA - 1
EDM
Draisaitl, Leon
$8,500,000
C, LW, RW
UFA - 5
EDM
Yamamoto, Kailer
$894,166
RW, C
RFA - 1
EDM
Neal, James
$5,750,000
RW, LW
UFA - 3
EDM
Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan
$6,000,000
LW, C
UFA - 1
EDM
Turris, Kyle
$1,650,000
C
UFA - 2
EDM
Shore, Devin
$700,000
LW, C, RW
UFA - 1
EDM
Khaira, Jujhar
$1,200,000
C, LW
UFA - 1
EDM
Chiasson, Alex
$2,150,000
RW
UFA - 1
EDM
Kassian, Zack
$3,200,000
RW
UFA - 4
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
EDM
Nurse, Darnell
$5,600,000
LD
UFA - 2
EDM
Bear, Ethan
$2,000,000
RD
RFA - 2
EDM
Koskinen, Mikko
$4,500,000
G
NTC
UFA - 2
EDM
Russell, Kris
$4,000,000
LD/RD
NMC NTC
UFA - 1
EDM
Larsson, Adam
$4,166,666
RD
UFA - 1
EDM
Smith, Mike
$1,500,000
G
NTC
UFA - 1
EDM
Kulikov, Dmitry
$1,150,000
LD
UFA - 1
EDM
Barrie, Tyson
$3,750,000
RD
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
EDM
Archibald, Josh
$1,500,000
RW, LW
UFA - 2
EDM
Klefbom, Oscar
$4,167,000
LD
UFA - 3
EDM
Koekkoek, Slater
$850,000
LD/RD
UFA - 1
Taxi Squad
EDM
Lagesson, William
$725,000 ($0)
LD
RFA - 2
EDM
McLeod, Ryan
$834,167 ($0)
C
RFA - 2
EDM
Stalock, Alex
$785,000 ($0)
G
UFA - 2
EDM
Jones, Caleb
$850,000 ($0)
LD
RFA - 2
EDM
Nygård, Joakim
$875,000 ($0)
LW
UFA - 1
EDM
Broberg, Philip
$894,167 ($0)
LD
RFA - 4
EDM
Russell, Patrick
$700,000 ($0)
RW
UFA - 1
EDM
Haas, Gaëtan
$915,000 ($0)
C
UFA - 1
EDM
Bouchard, Evan
$863,333 ($0)
RD
RFA - 3

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Chiasson, A.
McDavid, C.
Puljujärvi, J.
Draisaitl, L.
Barrie, T.
Power Play 2
Neal, J.
Nugent-Hopkins, R.
Yamamoto, K.
Kahun, D.
Nurse, D.

Embed Code

  • To display this team on another website or blog, add this iFrame to the appropriate page
  • Customize the height attribute in the iFrame code below to fit your website appropriately. Minimum recommended: 400px.

Text-Embed

Click to Highlight
 
Reply
To create a post please Login or Register
Question:
Options:
Add Option
Remove Option
Submit Poll