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Oilers pocket book: Lack of scoring a priority for Oilers Woodcroft

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Whereas Connor Brown has the opening in a donut by eight video games with no factors, he’s not alone. His linemates Ryan McLeod and Dylan Holloway have 28 photographs and zip in relation to aim cellys.

The Edmonton Oiler coach Jay Woodcroft has observed.

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Not simply the followers, clamouring for extra.

“It’s regarding, yeah, it’s a concern. It might be much less if the ice-time (for all three) was within the single digits however it’s not,” mentioned Woodcroft.

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‘Backside line for us we need to be a staff that comes on the opposition in waves. We need to keep a stage of momentum when it comes to stacking an excellent shift on high of an excellent shift, on high of one other. A part of that requires some manufacturing from uncommon sources or not the everyday sources,” mentioned Woodcroft.

“These gamers in our backside six or actually backside 5 proper now (dressing seven defencemen and 11 forwards) should discover a approach to make sure they’re affecting video games in several manners. It’s ending checks, it’s successful face-offs, it’s contributing on face-offs. However discovering a solution to contribute on the scoreboard…that’s regarding,” he mentioned.

Whereas Brown is due a $3.25 million bonus for enjoying his tenth recreation on Saturday, when Nashville is right here for a day recreation, he’s not alone in that regard across the league, when it comes to video games performed bonuses.

Former Oiler goalie Cam Talbot, now in his first yr with Los Angeles Kings, is due $1 million when he performs his tenth recreation Nov. 11 in opposition to Philadelphia. Dallas ahead Joe Pavelski will get an additional $1 million when he fits up in opposition to Vancouver Saturday. And Blake Wheeler in New York, will get a $100,000 sweetener from the Rangers Thursday.

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The Oilers put Adam Erne on waivers Monday and have signed Sam Gagner to a one-year $775,000 NHL deal to take his spot on the fourth line. So, this would be the third completely different time Gagner, 34, has suited up for the Oilers. First as their first-round draft choose, then after the Oilers traded Ryan Spooner to Vancouver for Gagner when Keith Gretzky was interim GM and now this newest recall.

Gagner, who didn’t play any exhibitions as he rehabbed from two hip surgical procedures however was practising with the principle group, had simply signed an AHL contract in Bakersfield. He had 5 factors (a aim and 4 helpers) in three minor-league video games.

Erne had signed a two-way deal ($250,000 within the minors, $775,000 NHL) after coming to coaching camp on a tryout. He dressed for six Oiler video games, averaging rather less than eight minutes however solely performed 3:34 (seven shifts, three hits) within the Heritage Traditional Sunday. They need a distinct look in Gagner, who killed plenty of penalties whereas enjoying in Detroit after his commerce there, earlier than signing in Winnipeg, earlier than his hip surgical procedures. He has extra offensive upside. They may have thought of centre Lane Pederson ($775,000 one-way) for a recall however he acquired harm final weekend in a recreation in opposition to Tucson.

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In the meantime winger Raphael Lavoie, who had an excellent camp, is staying on the farm as a result of they don’t need him as a job participant now, on a fourth line, however larger up the line-up. If Holloway, say, continues to battle when it comes to offence, perhaps he will get a third-line look.

Lavoie, who simply received AHL Participant of the Week, has seven factors (4 targets) in 5 video games and 27 photographs. If he has 35 factors in, say, 25 video games, he’ll be up with the Oilers. However not now. They need him to spherical out his recreation extra, away from the puck, one thing Lavoie has purchased into.

“I didn’t assist Adam a lot final recreation. I didn’t play him a lot (three minutes) due to all of the penalties, the 2 (early) five-on-threes took him out of the sport,” mentioned Woodcroft. “Among the forwards on the backside finish of the lineup those who stored alive, had been on the market killing penalties.”

“So Adam is on waivers. We’re making an attempt to construct momentum in that half (backside six) of the lineup. Let’s face it, it hasn’t lived as much as expectations by eight video games,” mentioned Woodcroft.


Connor McDavid didn’t skate Tuesday, however, calm down. He acquired by the Heritage Traditional recreation simply nice after lacking two video games with both a hip/indirect muscle problem. “Connor had dental surgical procedure. It was a beforehand scheduled process. He’ll be on the ice tomorrow (Tuesday),” mentioned Woodcroft, laughing off the suggestion he had some tooth points from consuming some Hallowe’en sweet.

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Evander Kane (six hits, six photographs, a aim and an help) within the 5-2 win over Calgary was additionally absent Tuesday from apply. “Simply managing bumps and bruises,” mentioned Woodcroft, who didn’t have third ahead Mattias Janmark there both.

Janmark (potential shoulder downside) didn’t play outside Sunday after practising Saturday on the sheet. He had a sling on final Friday at a staff operate after being harm in opposition to the New York Rangers final Thursday. Medical doctors thought it greatest if he sit out the Calgary recreation. Possibly he’ll give it a go Thursday when Dallas is on the town. He could also be going for exams to see the place the ailment sits.

“I don’t see it as week-to-week or month to month. We simply held him off immediately,” mentioned Woodcroft.

This ‘n that: Oiler GM Ken Holland has now been concerned in 5 out of doors video games, and has old-style staff jackets filling up his closet. He hasn’t misplaced in regulation, going 3-02 with Sunday’s resounding win over Calgary at Commonwealth Stadium. When he was the Detroit common supervisor, the Wings had a shootout loss to Toronto, earlier than 100,000 plus at U of Michigan, and an OT loss to the Leafs at BMO Area in Toronto. There have been wins over the Blackhawks at Wrigley Area and the Avalanche at Coors Area in Denver…Within the wake of the surprising demise of former NHL ahead Adam Johnson’s demise from a skate minimize to his neck whereas enjoying in England final weekend, the NHL doesn’t mandate neck guards for his or her gamers. However, based on Philip Broberg, the SHL again dwelling does. Gamers are given a warning in the event that they don’t put on a neck guard and there is usually a penalty referred to as after that. The Quebec and Ontario Junior Leagues mandate gamers put on neck safety, however not the Western Hockey League proper now…Don’t rely on Oiler defenceman Vinny Desharnais making a behavior of targets after he acquired his first within the NHL, in his forty second regular-season recreation, vs. Calgary. He kidded Tuesday that he had scored each of his Windfall Faculty staff targets in two weekend losses as soon as whereas in class and the coach identified later how poorly the staff had performed if it was the shutdown defenceman as their their solely goal-scorer. Hearty giggle from Desharnais at that reminiscence…The Bakersfield staff is hurting. Tyler Tullio hasn’t performed a recreation but and Drake Caggiula only one.

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