“I thought it was better than what we had. There was a jump that triggered energy in our game.” Coach McLellan on putting 97/10 together
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 11, 2015
During last night’s loss to Nashville, Todd McLellan went to the blender in an effort to unlock some offense. Oilers fans, used to the MacT blender, were shocked and amazed when someone other than the ghost of Toby Petersen appeared beside 97.
- Nail Yakupov 8-4 .667 Corsi events (6:23 EV TOI) G2
- Anton Slepyshev 7-4 .636 Corsi events (9:20 EV TOI) G1
- Benoit Pouliot 8-6 .571 Corsi events (8:38 EV TOI) G2
- Lauri Korpikoski 5-5 .500 Corsi events (4:42 EV TOI) G2
- Taylor Hall 6-10 ,375 Corsi events (11:44 EV TOI) G1
Early days, and I think we’ll see Hall and McDavid as a tandem in the future, but Yakupov looked good last night and the quote above suggests Todd McLellan noticed. It doesn’t take much, especially in times of trouble. Will we see McDavid—Yakupov in Dallas? Hope so.
Dear Nail Yakupov,
Keep your stick on the ice. The puck is coming.
— baggedmilk (@jsbmbaggedmilk) October 11, 2015
I was asked yesterday about the McDavid rookie class and where it ranks among Oilers past rookie crops. I can’t answer yet—Connor McDavid, Griffin Reinhart, Anton Slepyshev and Anders Nilsson may have some company as the season wears on—but it’s going to have some competition from the 1979 and 1980 class.
- Wayne Gretzky (79, 51-86-137) (NHL didn’t consider him a rookie)
- Dave Lumley (80, 20-38-58)
- Dave Hunter (80, 12-31-43)
- Ron Chipperfield (67, 18-19-37) traded during season
- Risto Siltanen (64, 6-29-35)
- Mark Messier (75, 12-21-33)
- Kevin Lowe (64, 2-19-21)
- Cam Connor (38, 7-13-20) traded during season
- Dave Semenko (67, 6-7-13)
- Peter Driscoll (39, 1-5-6)
- Jim Corsi (26, 3.65)
- Jari Kurri (75, 32-43-75)
- Glenn Anderson (58, 30-23-53)
- Paul Coffey (74, 9-23-32)