A considerably outmanned Edmonton Oilers squad fell 5-0 to the Winnipeg Jets Monday night time.
By outmanned, we imply the Oilers iced 4 gamers who you’d class as regulars on the massive membership. The Jets had 11 of their greatest on the ice. And whereas Edmonton was recreation sufficient and stayed with the stack membership over 2 interval, high quality of competitors and a few penalty bother allowed issues to get blown open within the 3rd.
As my Cult of Hockey colleague Bruce McCurdy defined in his Pre-season Sport 1 article, we don’t hand out graded for these video games. The competitors isn’t even and the feed, whereas a considerable improve from what we used to get within the exhibition, is nonetheless pocked with in-house scoreboard feeds and numerous audio points. So, you aren’t at all times 100% positive of what you might be seeing.
With that reservation out of the best way, some fast notes on what we noticed from the visiting facet:
CALVIN PICKARD. Pickard stopped 25 of 30, wanting fairly good early. One in every of his greatest was a wonderful seize off Kyle Connor within the 1st. Flashed leather-based once more on a Gustavoson shot within the 2nd. However he left to his personal gadgets too usually late. Did handle to thwart a partial breakaway within the third Interval though the sport was nicely out of attain by then.
BRAD MALONE. A stable veteran efficiency. I famous optimistic contributions in all 3 durations, and in all 3 zones. A 3rd Interval steal was transformed into an odd man rush. You’ll be able to simply see how he’s able to contributing at an NHL stage.
ADAM ERNE. Erne seemed very efficient early in a line with Malone and Lavoie, which had me pondering this man could be a discover. His motor was actually operating. However I seen him much less as the sport wore on.
RAPHAEL LAVOIE. Between he and Holloway as to which man was the very best Oiler on the night time. Moved nicely and had (by my unofficial depend) 5 photographs on web. One in every of them got here when he cleanly beat a Winnipeg defender on an influence transfer down the right-hand facet within the 1st. Additionally handed a pair heavy hits.A really optimistic first outing in his bid for the NHL roster spot.
BRETT KULAK. Sharply disrupted a Winnipeg 2-on-1 within the 1st with a wonderful stick. He was the Oilers greatest D-man within the 1st half of the sport. His skating actually makes an impression.
CODY CECI. His ill-timed pinch plus a scarcity of help on the play led to a Winnipeg 2-on-1 within the different path. I discovered he had a considerably uneven efficiency early however made significant defensive performs afterward.
GREG McKEGG. Nothing a lot clicked for him. Did put in some industrious work within the O-zone early however pale because the clock ticked ahead.
DYLAN HOLLOWAY. Taking part in back-to-back, Dylan Holloway’s wheels as soon as once more stood out, even within the 3rd body when one would anticipate fatigue. That included an thrilling 3rd Interval web drive. I counted 4 photographs in all, and he was in on various different probabilities. Additionally displayed some good board work with neat clears off of inauspicious wall battles. Trying sharp within the early going.
SETH GRIFFITH. Received fairly a little bit of Energy Play time and was in on a pair probabilities. A part of the issue on the 2-0.
NOEL HOEFENMAYER. Had some defensive points early. One in every of his higher moments was a neat exit from his personal zone later within the affair, after utilizing the online to elude an aggressive forecheck.
MAX WANNER. Appears to be like to me as if he’s nonetheless adjusting to NHL velocity, as Wanner was at occasions overmatched. Was bodily.
JAYDEN GRUBBE. Didn’t make a big effect. Took a penalty, dedicated a 3rd Interval turnover.
BRADY STONEHOUSE. Bumped into penalty bother as the sport wore on. And the issue with that’s these had been the occasions once I seen him most. A stable 2nd Interval hit.
XAVIER BOURGAULT. Caught my eye most on the PK the place he was fairly efficient. A superb 3rd Interval pick-off in his personal D-zone stood out. Whereas he definitely is artistic offensively, I discovered him too usually pushed off the puck and dropping battles towards heavier competitors.
CAM DINEEN. Dineen confirmed nicely, transferring the puck with authority. He additionally dealt with many of the PP duties throughout Edmonton’s 4 man-advantages. Created probabilities in all 3 frames. Appears to be like able to serving to the massive membership a bit if accidents hit.
PHILIP BROBERG. Some fairly good, some “simply o.ok.” within the second of back-to-backs. A superb shot block certainly saved a aim towards. A silky rush all the best way down the ice led to a harmful 1st Interval shot. An efficient pinch led to a superb Lavoie probability within the 2nd. However was on the ice for 3 targets towards within the 3rd. Performed your complete night time on the RHS.
CARL BERGLUND. A quiet outing. I famous a shot within the 1st however not a bunch else at 4C. The truth is, this whole trio was usually caught chasing.
MATVEY PETROV. Had some moments with the puck, and a superb 2nd Interval scoring probability. However an general luke-warm efficiency.
TYLER TULLIO. Like Berglund, I didn’t discover him on the display usually. Did draw a penalty.
Previous to the sport, 2023 2nd Spherical decide Beau Akey was despatched again to junior after an attractive pre-season debut.
Subsequent up, the Canucks on Wednesday.
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