GDB 38.0: Perron Sees His Old Team

Jonathan Willis
December 21 2013 01:36PM

The Edmonton Oilers return to Rexall tonight to face David Perron’s old squad, the St. Louis Blues, in what will be the first of three meetings between the teams.

The Trade

Craig MacTavish hasn’t had a perfect start to his tenure as general manager, but he’s done some nice things and been willing to make improvements when opportunity has come along. One of those opportunities was Perron, who became available as the Blues needed to cut salary to re-sign players like Alex Pietrangelo.

Thus far, the deal’s been awfully lopsided:

  • David Perron (Edmonton): 33GP, 14G-13A-27PTS.
  • Magnus Paajarvi (St. Louis): 15GP, 2G-0A-2PTS.
  • Second round pick in 2014 (St. Louis): Shaping up to be in the 30-35 range.

Once Paajarvi finds his legs and if that second round pick pans out this should get a little better for St. Louis, but it’s a move that made Edmonton a better team right now, and that’s important. If MacTavish can find three or four more of these the Oilers will be in great shape.

The Opposition

Edmonton hasn’t played the Blues so far this year, but the Blues are a good team and Edmonton has trouble with good teams. Many will focus on them being big and strong and tough but the fact that they’re in playoff position right now is what makes them scary. Take a look at the Oilers’ record this season against teams currently sitting in the top-eight in either conference:

  • Team inside the top eight: 2-17-2
  • Team outside the top eight: 9-6-1

Edmonton’s been pretty good against bad teams, but has been getting hammered by the good ones (an 8-2 win over Colorado notwithstanding).

The Lineup

Some interesting items there. With all of 12 healthy forwards, Dalls Eakins hasn’t got much in the way of choices, so he’s put together a power-vs.-power line, a tough minutes line and done what he can with the rest. With Luke Gazdic on the wing it’s a good bet that Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov are the “fourth” line and will be spotted against the weakest available opposition; maybe it will help. The other line is super interesting, because Lander has struggled so far and finally gets a skilled guy (and a guy a lot like his AHL sidekick Linus Omark) on his wing. Jesse Joensuu isn’t exactly a prize as the other winger, but he’s comparable to one guy Lander’s been playing with and better than the other.

On defence it’s just nice to see Philip Larsen, the team’s seventh-best defenceman, taking a seat.

Predictions

Game day prediction: A 1-0 St. Louis Blues victory 

Obvious game day prediction: Dallas Eakins gets many opportunities to work on his facial expressions. They range from incredulous (really, that's a penalty now?) to disgusted (the power play bobbles the puck at the blueline because of course it does) to resigned (well, they were going to score eventually) to a clear desire that he had stayed in the AHL.

Not-so-obvious gameday prediction: While this will be a one-sided and boring game, it won't be the most boring game of the season. That's coming in March when Edmonton next plays the Los Angeles Kings.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#251 Naky
December 22 2013, 12:09AM
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Hall showed up on HNIC. No need to burn down Rexall yet.

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#252 Rod from Viking
December 22 2013, 12:12AM
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@Serious Gord

No Taylor was on and did a good job, Eakins kept the team in the dressing room for a gift exchange, Bucky good first pick because he had picked the correct final score(lol) " Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy family time and forget the Oilers until the next game.

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#253 The Real Scuba Steve
December 22 2013, 07:02AM
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Too bad none of the Edmonton media will not show the jersey on the ice. CFRN skip it, only TSN and SPORTS NET did.

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#254 Rheal1
December 22 2013, 07:16AM
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Spydyr wrote:

I have one thing to say after reading all of these comments......GO TEAM CANADA!!!

Isn't KLOWE part of that organization? Maybe Eakins and his competent coaching staff should be behind the bench.

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#255 Bryzarro World
December 22 2013, 07:43AM
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Nowuknow wrote:

Amen

You hit the bail on the head!!!! Skinny Bob is a good example of money can buy a person. He used to dump on oilers management group when he used to work for the other people in the past. Now he is sucking up to Kathy and her group.

You mean slobbering Bob? I stopped listening to that fart catcher a long time ago. I can't stand listening to him drown in his own saliva. SWALLOW FFS

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#256 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 22 2013, 08:02AM
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@Sir Lurks Alot

"Gagner, stop chewing on your mouthguard, you're not Patrick Kane, you may as well be his cab driver."

Zing!

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#257 Rheal1
December 22 2013, 08:43AM
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That brave soul who threw his jersey in disgust on the ice. Why can't we do the same and mail our jerseys back to KLOWN?

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#258 6 ring circus
December 22 2013, 09:50AM
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Lowe better be careful,if he is caught inside Rexal , some fans might get together and throw him onto the ice!!!!

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#259 Morgue
December 22 2013, 09:54AM
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** wrote:

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. I need a break from this Oilers misery. Read you after boxing day. Maybe I'll get a deal on a new flat screen where I can watch in smooth detail how the Oilers get pummeled night in and night out.

Out of country for holidays so glad I didn't record the misery. What a joke of a franchise

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#260 Loweblows
December 22 2013, 10:03AM
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Everyone here urges a boycott of oiler games-don't forget to boycott rexall drugs-get your painkillers( oiler fans need them) at Safeway, IDA, Superstore- anywhere but Rexall-,hurt Katz where it hurts since fan outrage means squat to him as long as he keeps selling his drugs! F off Lowe!

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#261 oasis
December 22 2013, 10:11AM
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I think its time for Fan Protests. It's the only way this management will finally get the message. I just don't see people not going to games as a sign of protest. I think we need to embarrass the Oiler management.

1. Paper bags on heads 2. Oiler jerseys turned inside out 3. Maybe somebody down in the golds should take a white Oiler jersey and pull a Rodger Neilson or something

I don't know, but this fanbase has to do something to get the attention of Oiler management and get the message out that we are tired of being crapped on.

I am a Kansas City Chief fan and last year I donated a fair amount of money to help fly a plane over the stadium demanding change and that the GM be fired. He was. They came in and cleaned house. New GM, New Coaches, New Co-ordinators everybody. Not a shuffling of the deck chairs like we get here in ol Edmo.

I think something similar has to happen here, except K Lowe should be the target.

8 years of Season tickets and I have probably watched a handful of somewhat meaningful games. I am disgusted with this Oiler management. Trash me all you want, I don't care. I guess I am probably just dreaming if I expect anything to change. Rant OVER, for now.

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#262 Danger Pay
December 22 2013, 10:18AM
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This is historically bad! The worst part is the solution is an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, surrounded by ineptitude.

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#263 Reg Dunlop
December 22 2013, 10:22AM
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The gesture of throwing oil jerseys onto the ice seems good but what is being accomplished? Katz would collect them, stay up all night making his brats mend any holes in them and then try to sell them as game worn jerseys.

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#264 Zamboni Driver
December 22 2013, 10:23AM
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I have no idea what needs to be done at the senior levels, truly. I don't know if Lowe does anything anymore. I don't know about getting rid of MacTavish (tough to trade when you only have 3 or 4 guys anyone would want). Eakins....ANOTHER coach down the crapper?

What I do know is this...if Rexall Pharmacies continually got prescriptions wrong, had their stores falling apart, staff sleeping at the till, I'm pretty sure Batman would do something about it....

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#265 Hell the time
December 22 2013, 11:20AM
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Next jersey toss should be on Saturday because the Oilers don't seem to win on hockey night in Canada so we no its gonna be a loss.

And do it before the players are off the ice.

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#266 Rama Lama
December 22 2013, 12:11PM
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Six Rings use to post on this website under the name Jasmin.........Jasmin where are you? You alter ego is looking for you.

This team has been instructed to play bad for Ekblad........I have to believe this as there is no logical explanation for just how bad we can play. The whole hockey world knows why we can win ( too small, too many of the same players, not tough enough) except Six Rings and Mac T.

Call up the AHL roster......that would be more entertaining.

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#267 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 22 2013, 12:45PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

We all love hockey so you can't be blamed for wanting to see it. just don't buy anything while your there. Sneak in water. Give those Pri*&s as little of you money as possible. Unfair that they can hold us hostage because we love the game

So since this gets trashed we should throw more money at this team as fans? Show our displeasure by feeding the ineptitude?

cool beans

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#268 FireKLowe
December 22 2013, 06:05PM
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Well as predicted ... Willis trying to dress up the pig ...

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/12/22/the-state-of-the-edmonton-oilers-its-bad-but-not-as-bad-as-it-looks/

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#269 FireKLowe
December 22 2013, 06:07PM
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Impartial Oilers Fan wrote:

Was Eakins a former Oiler?! Nope, so there goes that useless theory.

I really wish that the vocal Oilers fans would be a bit more intelligent, rather than just recycling the same garbage like the Old Boys club.

Because, how could it ever be on the players to have any kind of accountability?!!? You guys that blame management are bordering on pathetic. Spewing the same topic without any substance.

Is that you Kevin Lowe? This is a poorly assembled team period. That is all on management.

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#270 2004Z06
December 22 2013, 06:37PM
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Stands were full again last night....go figure!

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