Billy Moores Cup recap….

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It was only a four-on-four no-hit scrimmage, but Connor McDavid impressed the diehard fans who showed up at Rexall Place. McDavid scored five goals (McCarron goal was changed to McDavid) and added an assist in team white’s 8-6 win. His skating ability, explosiveness and vision had the 7,000 (estimate) fans giddy with excitement.

“He is special,” said teammate Greg Chase. “He is fun to watch. He is smart, fast and he makes plays with the puck that you don’t think people can make. But the biggest thing about Connor is how he is off the ice. He is a terrific guy. He is extremely humble. You don’t see that a lot nowadays. That is something I noticed and something I can take away from him,” said Chase.

McDavid impressed everyone during the orientation camp and his performance tonight will only make Oilers fans even hornier for the start of the season. 

The “game” was forty minutes of four-on-four and seven minutes of three-on-three. The only faceoffs were after goals. It was quick without much contact, which makes sense considering it is July 6th. McDavid was clearly the best player on the ice, but a few others did stand out, and it was the players you’d expect to shine.

Darnell Nurse strength and speed stood out. He will compete for a job in training camp and Peter Chiarelli said, “We told him not be disheartened by the amount of one-way contracts we have. We are going to have a competition,” Chiarelli also added, “I’m not basing this on tonight, because it was a four-on-four and three-on-three, but you notice his size and skating and he is up ice a lot. He’ll need to learn not to go up as much, but he is strong, he defends, he is a good pupil and he is young. He has a lot of positives going for him.”

Leon Draisaitl’s playmaking was outstanding. He is an effortless passer. He moved his feet well, especially when he had the puck. He and McDavid are very different players, which I think is good, and Draisaitl’s size, strength and skill will be a welcome addition to the lineup whenever he makes the team.

Joey Laleggia skates like a pro. He should stand out in a game like tonight because of his age and experience. His size and ability to defend will be his biggest hurdles, but he can skate at the NHL level. He reminds me of Brad Hunt, but skates better.

Greg Chase felt his way into the game, but once he found the pace he was solid. He learned a lot playing with Ryan Hamilton and Jason Williams in OKC during the playoffs and you could see he was very alert away from the puck. A no-hitter is not where he can excel, but he has the offensive instincts to be able to play with skilled players. The Oilers don’t have many skilled, gritty forwards and if he continues to develop he could challenge for a spot on the team in 2016 or 2017.

Kevan Bouchard was the best goalie on the ice. He made some huge stops, including two back-to-back on McDavid in the first period.

Luke Esposito had a solid effort. He took the puck to the net with conviction many times.

Kyle Platzer sees the ice well. He needs some seasoning in the AHL for a few seasons, but his skill stands out.

John McCarron is thick. I’m curious to see how he adapts to the pro game where everyone else is strong, but he is big, 6’2, 232 pounds. He is already 23 so he’ll need to adapt to the pro level quickly if he wants to go farther than the AHL.

CHIARELLI TIDBITS…

He addressed the Justin Schultz arbitration and the Anders Nilsson trade.

He expects no problems getting Schultz signed, which isn’t a surprise, and said the buyout window will start right after they reach an agreement. He said it is a good option, but was not certain if they will buy out a player. Of course he would not address which players were candidates.

Nilsson signed a one-year, one-way deal. It does not have an out clause to return to Europe. If he doesn’t make the Oilers he’ll need to clear waivers. Chiarelli was adamant Nilsson will get a good opportunity to compete for a job and said players should take notice. I think we can assume he was referring to Ben Scrivens.

Nilsson has a strong KHL season and was average at the World Championships. His game was leaky at times. He also struggled controlling the puck with his catching glove. Chiarelli added the former New York Islanders draft pick, who has 25 NHL games experience, was ecstatic about getting another chance in the NHL and the GM loves his size and feels he is young enough to emerge into a solid goalie.

At the very least he will add some competition in camp, and if he doesn’t make the Oilers and Laurent Brossoit will have a battle for icetime in Bakersfield.

WRAP UP…

McDavid’s first appearance at Rexall was a rousing success. He impressed everyone in the Oilers organization with his off-ice demeanor and he wowed the fans with his on-ice play. It was only a no-hit scrimmage, but McDavid scored five goals and dominated.

Enjoy your summer thinking about McDavid in a regular season NHL game. Something tells me you won’t be disappointed.

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  • paul wodehouse

    Poor Calgary fans only get to see McDavid live twice in Calgary this year regular season . Vote Cheers if you feel sorry for them , and Trash if you do not .

    • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

      Its called TV ….

      worst team ever in the stretch of a DECADE and now you dumb asses are planning the parade as is tradition every summer for you oiler douche

        • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

          Hahaha no talent .. sure

          20 years of championships damn .

          Now that you have Mcdavid it will make beating you guys that much better.

          It will be nice to have a BOA but you losers will have to do your part and show up and not get your asses handed to you. Do you know what your record is against us over the last 5 years ..

          scoreboard oiler douche try not to get your head kicked in again this year bitches

  • Butters

    I might be mistaken but wasn’t Billy Moores just released from the Oilers organization. Maybe time to change up the name of this game, perhaps the Ryan Smyth Cup or something. I just thought it was a little weird playing a game named after a guy who was fired recently

    • Mike Krushelnyski

      Lots of similar comments. We will be lucky to make the playoffs…..A no hit scrimmage with young inexperienced players is not indicative of high calibre NHL play. Lots of time and space to make plays will not happen at the NHL level. I admit it looks more promising but we will have to substantially improve to get from here to there.

      I am not planning the Stanley Cup parade just yet.

  • Butters

    Given none of the core would be bought out, the only true candidates (over $2.75 MM salary level required to qualify for a Normal Course Buyout not during the regular period) are Fayne, Purcell, Nikitin, and Ference. First two have reasonable value contracts so a buyout makes no sense, particularly Fayne. They are trade-able commodities if they end up not fitting the team the way Chia Pete wants them to. Purcell is borderline. The other two you risk paying 50% of the salary on re-entries if you waive them and you gotta know there is no GM in the league going to touch those contracts as they stand, MacT rookie mistakes. Convince Ference to retire and buy out Nikitin is best, or buy them both out, freeing up about $5 MM in cap space and bring in another stud D. Regardless of the outcome I LOVE having a manager that understands the value of creating options. This arb move is brilliant and probably planned between the team and Jultz to put off signing the QO, nice little wormhole in the CBA

  • paul wodehouse

    …so the kid asks his dad while watching the scrimmage in July…daddy who is Billy Moores?

    Dad says …he got fired with a lot of other people little while ago…

    Kid says … why?

    Dad says…because of all his work setting up their organizational development/orientation program…

    Kid cries…

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    Can’t say ‘Jesus’ without someone starting a righteous crusade, can’t say ‘hornier’ without people claiming to be shocked and appalled. We living in 2015 or Victorian-era England?

  • shanetrain

    Whooooooooa guys take it easy! Mc D is gunna be awesome there’s no doubt about it but he’s 18 and hasn’t played against men yet so lets be realistic ok! Don’t hand him the Hart trophy and expect to win us the Stanley Cup next yr! Don’t wanna rain on the parade but this could take a few more yrs. Go Oil! PS; Nurse is a freakin STUD! I’m just as excited about him that I am Mc D

  • shanetrain

    I live in YYC and seriously, you could re-name Calgarys team the Bandwagon Flames.

    I am not trying to imply there isn’t any real fans here, that would be foolish. That being said, the bandwagon ‘fans’ run rampant here. Comical.

    I just can’t see that happening in Edmonton.

  • Reidja

    10-11 20yr SHL .918 Playoffs .931

    11-12 21 yr .921

    AHL season: U24 >6’0″goalies
    Markstrom (21) .927; Hutchinson (21) .927; Lack (23) .925; Kuemper (21) .923; Nilsson (21) .921; Jones (21) .919; Hackett (21) .917; Allen (20) .915; Campbell (19) .912.

    21yr NHL season Nilsson .911; Price .905;

    13-14 WC .938

    14-165 Reg .936 KHL Playoffs .935

      • paul wodehouse

        Oh god not this again. I made the same kinda quip in a tweet tonight while at the game. Then got yelled at for 40 min by some panthers fan who said we were all ignorant and disrespectful in Canada. And that our education system is a joke because of my opinions. I had to ask how lower than average attendance in Fla is an opinion because I’m pretty sure it’s a fact. But you know, must be our poor education….

    • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

      That’s probably more than a Panthers playoff game, even. I felt bad for the players last year during that game that had 20 people in the stands. What an embarrassment.

      Put teams in markets that will support them.

  • B_Oliver

    Nurse is a monster. Shades of Chris Pronger.

    McDavid… can’t find a comparison. He’s like Peter Forsburg and Sidney Crosby combined. Still doesn’t do him justice.

    Drai, so good at protecting the puck. He’s going to be great on the cycle

    Chase is great, a bigger meaner Brendan Gallagher. Could score 20 goals in the NHL one day while also being “gritty”

    Ben Betker really looked good tonight. I wish he could play in Bakersfield but he might end up in the ECHL if it gets crowded.

    LaLeggia is a better Justin Schultz. He has a better shot and IMO he is a better skater.

    “The Future” is coming sooner then some may think.

    • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

      Good question.

      Now, would it actually be nordiquesnation.com (mode d’anglais) or nationnordiques.com (French style)?

      for nordiquesnation.com vote “Trash it”

      for nationnordiques.com vote “Cheers”