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Inside the Nation: Kassian seeking trade, Rattie being replaced, and Drake Caggiula

With the Edmonton Oilers coming off two big road wins on the weekend, Dustin Nielson has a ton to talk about on this weeks Inside the Nation.

Every Monday and Thursday at 2:30 pm, Dustin Nielson hops on a Facebook Live video on the Oilersnation page to talk all things hockey. He takes your live questions and gives some great input on current Oilers events. This week we’ve got a few good topics as there are a ton of storylines happening right now with the Oilers.

Jesse Puljujarvi has been a healthy scratch for three games in a row. Coincidentally(?), the Oilers have won all three games when Jesse has sat out. We’ve been talking about Jesse Puljujarvi all week long, so Dusty gives his take about what’s going on with the Fin. Dusty also had a good conversation about Ty Rattie, who’s currently on the Injury Reserve. Kailer Yamamoto has taken Rattie’s spot on the top line alongside Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Kailer’s been looking pretty good up there on the top line so does that mean Rattie has officially lost his spot when he returns in a couple weeks? Dustin Nielson breaks down his thoughts on the whole Rattie situation and also shares his thoughts on how Kailer Yamamoto has looked after the first 10 games of the Oilers season.

In recent Oilers news, it was said that the Edmonton Oilers have given Zack Kassian permission to find a trade. The Internet has been in a frenzy since this news arose, but Dusty chimes in to hopefully calm people down. It’s not as bad as you think it is! During some viewer questions, Dusty also gives his opinion on whether or not Alex Chiasson is a long-term answer for the Oilers, and whether or not Evan Bouchard stays with the club past his nine-game tryout. Now you’re probably wondering what the most important question of the day was? Drake Caggiula of course! Drake’s been in and out of the lineup this year, and although Drake has a lot of haters, he hasn’t looked too bad this season. Dusty gives his thoughtful takes on Drake’s play and what we can expect to see from him moving forward.

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Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties with the episode on Facebook this afternoon which forced us to turn it into a two-parter.

Watch part one and two below!

Part I

Part II

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Check out the live edition of Inside the Nation on the Oilersnation Facebook page every Monday and Thursday at 2:30 pm MT.


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  • Moneyball

    I really do not get the hate for Caggiula, nor do I get the love for some other underperforming players like Puljujarvi. Caggiula takes pucks to the face and comes out the next shift, he works hard and adds a lot of tenacity and grit to the team for a bargain contract. He cost nothing to obtain and is a good 4th, 3rd line centre. He is also growing with the team and getting better each game. He also has a good shot and gets gritty goals.

    Compare him to Puljujarvi who both had 20 points last season. Who would you rather have on the team right now? A guy who works hard for his position or a guy who thinks he is entitled to an NHL spot (you may recall his interview this past summer where PJ stated his place is in the NHL not AHL) ? Obviously the coaches agree with me as we see the answer and the success the Oilers are having.

    • FISTO Siltanen

      Unspectacular might be a little much. But nothing to warrant a cementing of his roster spot, that I agree with.

      My ideal 4 RWs (all optimal health)
      Kassian (or Kassian replacement if traded)

  • Jsinky

    Yamo hasn’t shown anything remotely close to good enough to even be considered a Rattie replacement. He is only there because Drai has to have his own line and Puljujarvi is just plain not ready.

  • Alan Smithee

    Wow Dusty! You look like Shaugie’s protege here…mini (or massive) Shaugie! Maybe you too will be driving a CX-9 soon and be hanging out with Mitch and the boys…dare to dream!