We’re back with another episode of Inside the Nation with Dustin Nielson! What’s Inside the Nation you ask? It’s where our good pal and writer, Dustin Nielson goes on Facebook Live every Monday and Thursday at 2:30 pm MST to talk all things Oilers and hockey.
With the Oilers coming off a disappointing loss this weekend by the Predators, there were a lot of things to chat about today for Dusty, including how the power play has looked so far this year. Todd McLellan was giving the power play a lot of praise this morning in a media scrum, however, Dusty had some different opinions about it. He also discussed how Evan Bouchard looked on the power play this past weekend and whether or not he should get more looks on special teams.
It was recently announced that Ty Rattie has been placed on the IR and Cooper Marody was called up from Bakersfield. Dusty breaks down what we should expect to see from Marody, and where he’ll fit in on the current Oilers depth chart. Dusty also gave us some insight on the fancy shirt he was wearing during the episode and the special secrets that the shirt holds.
Another big Oilers debate going on right now is Gravel vs. Garrison. Who should the Oilers go with for the third defensive pairing? Dustin Nielson gives his opinion, as well as his early playoff prediction! That’s right, we’re six games in and someone asked Dusty if we’ll be making the playoffs. You’re going to want to listen to his answer as it might make you smile.
Finally, Nielson answers the most important question of the day: Does Evan Bouchard stay past his nine games? Bouchard has shown a lot of positives so far during his tenure with the Oilers. He adds a lot of good skill to our team but is it worth it to keep him up in the NHL vs. sending him back down to junior?
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