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GDB Game Notes: Oilers @ Sharks

During the past month the top three teams in the Pacific Division have been three of the best in the entire NHL. Since December 8th the Vegas Golden Knights are tied with Pittsburgh for the most points, 23, followed by the San Jose Sharks with 22 and the Calgary Flames have the 6th most with 20. Suddenly the top three teams in the Pacific are first, second and third in the Western Conference. The Pacific is arguably better than the Central right now, and the Oilers, who are 25th in the league since December 8th with 11 points, will need to play much better than they did in Anaheim if they hope to keep pace with the Minnesota Wild for the final Wildcard spot. The Wild won 1-0 last night in Montreal play Boston tonight and currently have the final spot with 45 points two ahead of Edmonton.

The Sharks have scored 61 goals in the last month, most in the NHL, and the Oilers will need to be much more aware in the D zone tonight to avoid giving up seven to the Sharks like they did ten days ago.

1. I’d start Cam Talbot again. I don’t see any reason to even consider starting Mikko Koskinen after how well Talbot played on Sunday. He was excellent in Anaheim, especially early, and bailed out his team on numerous occasions. Wins are all that matters, and when your goalie stops the high quality scoring chances then the focus is more on the goalie than it is on the team defence allowing the great chances. The Ducks can’t finish. They have scored the second fewest goals in the NHL, but the San Jose Sharks can score. They have scored 150 goals compared to the Ducks 101. The Oilers can’t give up as many grade “A” chances tonight and expect to win.

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2. I was asked if Talbot is playing better under Ken Hitchcock. In seven starts he has stopped 220 of 241 shots (.912sv%). He has made two relief appearances and stopped 28 of 29 in 83 minutes so his overall SV% is .915. So yes it is better than before. His SV% on the season is still only .899, but he has looked better. He still hasn’t found the consistency to reel off five or six consecutive solid starts, but I’m sure he and Ken Hitchcock are hoping he can build off of Sunday’s game in Anaheim. He looked confident, controlled and poised right from the first shot to the 39th. The Oilers will need him or Mikko Koskinen to steal a few games this month before Oscar Klefbom returns.

3. The goalless droughts of Tobias Rieder and Milan Lucic have been painful for the players, and fans, and what makes their slumps even more surprising is how rare they are across the NHL. Rieder is one of seven forwards without a goal in 29+ games played. Tom Pyatt (37), Juho Lammikko (36), Gabriel Bourque (34), Valeri Nichuskin (33), Tim Schaller and Brian Gibbons (32) are the others. Last season only one forward in the NHL played more than 30+ games and didn’t score a goal — Dominic Toninato played 37 games for the Avalanche and 31 games in the AHL. This season he has 5-7-12 in 26 AHL games.

4. Milan Lucic hasn’t scored since opening night. He is goalless in 40 games, which, not surprisingly, is the longest active drought among NHL forwards. However, he is one of four NHL forwards who have played 40+ games this year and only have one goal. Columbus teammates Riley Nash (40GP) and Alex Wennberg (41GP) along with the Maple Leafs’ Par Lindholm (41GP) join Lucic with only one goal. Last season four forwards played 40+ games and only scored one goal. Oscar Sundqvist played 42 games, Marcus Kruger and Cody McLeod played 48 games while Chris Thorburn played 50. Thorburn scored in his 45th game last year.

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5. Lucic’s inability to score is unlike anything I’ve seen in NHL history. He had 191 goals in his first 765 games. But he only has two in his last 88. We have seen players regress as they age, but I’ve never seen anyone just stop scoring like he has. I can’t imagine how frustrated and disappointed he is. For the first ten years of his career he was used to scoring a goal once every four games. He has scored the 498th most goals in NHL history, but literally in a flash he went from scoring once every four games to once every 44.

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6. In 2017 Connor McDavid led the NHL with 51 penalties drawn. That was 15 more than every player except Nikolai Ehlers (41) and Matthew Tkachuk (47). He had 100 points that season.
Last year McDavid produced 108 points, which suggests he was a better player than in 2017, yet he drew only 35 penalties, tied for sixth most. Tkachuk led the league last year with 42.
This season McDavid has 62 points, and he sits tied for 13th in drawn penalties at 17. McDavid point totals are going up, but his drawn penalties are down. It is a perplexing contrast.

7. There are more powerplays per team this year than in 2017, yet McDavid is on pace to draw 33% fewer penalties than he did two years ago. Alex Barkov leads the NHL with 27 minor penalties drawn followed by Nathan MacKinnon and David Pastrnak at 24. Barkov leads NHL forwards in TOI/game at 23:09. McDavid is second at 22:45, however, McDavid averages the most EV TOI at 18:45/game compared to Barkov’s 17:13. The vast majority of penalties are called at EV and McDavid is in those situations more than any NHL forward. Pastrnak draws 1.78 minor pen/60, while Barkov, and rookie phenom Elias Pettersson are at 1.75. MacKinnon is at 1.55. McDavid is 79th (among players who have played at least 25 games) at 1.09. Two years ago he was at 1.77 minor pen drawn/60. The only stat in his game that has dropped this significantly in two seasons is his MPD/60. It seems odd the most dangerous player in the league draws penalties at such a low rate compared to others. Alex Chiasson is second on the Oilers at 1.03 MPD/60. Does he carry the puck even half the same time as McDavid? Probably not.

8. The main reason why Ken Hitchcock won’t keep McDavid and Leon Draisaitl apart very much is production:
In 339 5×5 minutes without Draisaitl, he has 11 points.
In 389 5×5 minutes with Draisaitl, he has 24 points.
Even the best offensive player in the NHL needs to play with at least one gifted winger.
We could see Hithcock start the game with McDavid, Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on their own lines, but he will put 97/29 together at times, because the odds of them scoring together are significantly better than them playing apart.

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9. The Oilers could get a bit of a break with Marc-Edouard Vlasic nursing a lower body injury. He didn’t play Saturday or last night against the Kings. Vlasic is one of the few defenders who manages excellent gap control against McDavid, and doesn’t seem to get overwhelmed by McDavid’s speed like most D-men do. If he is out that could be a big boost for the Oilers. The Sharks and Oilers are playing their third game in four nights, but the Sharks will be on the second half of back-to-back games.

10. Let’s talk about the ridiculous notion that Connor McDavid should ask for a trade.

Let me make this perfectly clear: I am in no way defending the Oilers organization. I think I’ve made it pretty clear how I feel about the poor job Peter Chiarelli has done to surround Connor McDavid with quality players. That is a separate issue. But this garbage about McDavid asking for a trade? Stop it. Just stop, especially if you are an Oilers fan.

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Are we so damn soft as a society now that we are promoting running away from adversity? Toughen the hell up. McDavid made the playoffs in his second NHL season. He won a playoff round.

Mario Lemieux made the playoffs ONCE in his first six seasons. Once.

Joe Sakic — same thing. And Sakic never WON a playoff round until his eighth season.

Suggesting McDavid will ask for a trade means you think he is a quitter. I believe anyone who thinks he will ask for a trade because the Oilers are still a tire fire is a quitter themselves.

I respect Bruce Arthur a lot as a writer, but his assumption McDavid should ask for a trade, but won’t, is the ultimate low hanging fruit. Not to mention it is the ultimate slap in the face to Oilers fans. Basically, it is saying the team stinks so you fans should pay the price and see your best player leave town…again.

Well, no offence Bruce, but to quote the great Jason Strudwick, “sit down and drink your popcorn.”

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I can understand why Easterners or others from outside Edmonton think McDavid should do it, but I think it is shameful for an Edmontonian to mention it. Be better. Be proud of your city. The Oilers are not Edmonton. They play in Edmonton, but they do not represent everything about Edmonton. Stop thinking it is okay for your best player to want to leave.

Demand more from the organization, rather than think McDavid would quit. He isn’t a quitter. He’s the most dangerous offensive player in the NHL. He didn’t get there by backing down from challenges.

Be frustrated at the Oilers management. Demand they do better. Get a better GM, but do not give in to the loser mentality that McDavid might demand a trade. Name the last young, elite player who asked for a trade simply because their team didn’t find instant success?

McDavid won’t be the first.

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  • oil.99.97.11

    The Oil have the makings of a reasonably decent hockey team. Hitch knows that and has said as much. They need to be constantly battling for one another and playing with a chip on their shoulder. If they do that, and they get decent goaltending, on any given night they can compete against anyone in the league.

    The problem is…who the hell wants to watch a ‘reasonably decent hockey team’!?!? I don’t. Especially when you’ve got McDavid. We expect, and Connor deserves, excellence. It’s really not too much to ask. EVERYONE in this organization, top down, needs to ALWAYS be at theIr best. It is “professional” sports after all.

    As for McDavid EVER asking for a trade…c’mon, don’t be stupid (even if you are a Leafs fan). This isn’t the NBA, NFL, or MLB. This is the NHL…where to be considered truly great, you have to have ALWAYS carried yourself as such. You don’t think Eric Lindros’ legacy was forever tainted?

  • Hemmercules

    “Demand more from the organization, rather than think McDavid would quit.”

    We, the fans, have been demanding more from the organization for many years and they don’t deliver on their promises. Sadly, the team doesn’t care because the dollars keep rolling in. I don’t think McD would ever ask for a trade, at least in the first 7 years of his contract. He’s too classy for that.

    That said, It would be the ultimate slap in the face to Katz and his cronies and they surely deserve it.

    Its laughable they haven’t canned Chia yet. Im guessing they are waiting on another lengthy losing streak? Losing to Anaheim probably would have done it I think after that egg they laid in LA. If they somehow make the playoffs is Chia the GM of the near future or will Keith G. get his shot this summer? Mact round 3 maybe? Tambellini is probably still floating around somewhere?

    • Odanada

      KG has been Chia’s right hand man for a long time. On any other club, the firing of Chia would signal a house cleaning that did not include promoting KG to GM. If KG is made GM here, it will be because he is WG’s brother, and that is not a decision someone makes using logic.

      • Hemmercules

        “….that is not a decision someone makes using logic.” You give the Oilers way too much credit dude.

        Were they logical when they hired Tambellini?? A guy that had never been a GM before when they desperately need some experience in that position.

        Were they logical when they hired Mact back from the dead to be GM?? A guy they just fired and had never been a GM before when they desperately need some experience in that position.

        Were they logical when they hired Chia? A guy that destroyed Bostons cap situation when they needed a good cap manager to handle their already overpriced team.

        Were they logical when they decided it was good idea to keep Howson on board after his every move was pure garbage from day one?

        The Oilers don’t make moves logically. They make moves with their heart. Not the way to run a business.

  • FlamesFan27

    Goaltending is so critical. If Talbot can play like he did against ANA, Oilers have a chance every night. It looks like he is turning it around. Flames fans are in la la land with their 4 x 50 point players, but none of that matters if Rittich doesn’t play like he has played.

        • Kevwan

          This fellow (along with a few others) seem to bring the Flames up all the time which I find tiresome. This is a GDB for the OiIers and Sharks .
          If a fan from any team wants to come here and discuss the Oilers and their opponent i think it’s fine – I’m just not interested in viewing everything through the lens of that fan’s team. I’m THAT guy.

          • FlamesFan27

            I understand your point of view. But, I’m a Flames fan who lives in Edmonton so I follow them as much as the Flames. Maybe you are too young to know about the BoA from the 80s and early 90s, but I would love nothing better than that – with a different team being the better one this time!

  • Derian Hatcher

    “Suggesting McDavid will ask for a trade means you think he is a quitter. I believe anyone who thinks he will ask for a trade because the Oilers are still a tire fire is a quitter themselves”.

    Holy Judgmental Jason. If this horsecrap organization continues to not support 97 with solid players for the next several years how could anyone blame him for wanting to go to a organization who has a shot at actually winning?

    If you left 1260 for reasons that you feel were justified, would you be a quitter? Would you appreciate others calling you a quitter?

    I get the passion behind your message but find what you wrote a little harsh.

    • Dark Knight Returns

      Yeah…. anyone wanting to go and DO BETTER should be shamed and called “quitter”, you should always settle for what you got, despite your talent and means to do better, you should stay and never ever be a quitter.

      In that context….

      #FreeMcDavid

    • Randomfan

      I dont get why people would be offended if he demands a trade. He is the one with ultimate authority. Noone gives a crap what we at ON think or say. The only way katz will (one would hope) pay attention if mcdavid himself takes the matter in his own hands and lets him know if he is not going to fix this shyt show he leaves.

    • Jason Gregor

      A player demanding trade because team didn’t make playoffs in first few years would be a quitter for me. You can disagree. I don’t see McDavid doing that. I see him playing even better, if that is possible, to ensure team gets in. He is motivated to be the best. There is a reason why elite players don’t ask for trades early in their careers. They are not wired to back down from challenges. That doesn’t mean he won’t be annoyed behind the scenes and tell the owner to get a better GM, but I don’t see him asking for a trade.

  • FlamesFan27

    Oilers have the advantage of the other team on back to backs again. So, the opportunity is there against a very good team playing very well. Can’t leak chances though – the contrast in goals for between SJ and ANA is shocking, and SJ won’t miss.

  • Randomfan

    So its ok for a NHL franchise to ship the player out via trade or buyout if they dont perform based on the salary but a player has to suck it up and stay if the franchise doesnt live up to the standard the player deserve? Wow great thought.

    Just admit if mcdavid leaves this team will be irrelevant and media will have nothing to talk about. I am not saying mcdavid will pack it in soon or he should but him leaving shouldnt offend anyone given how poorly this organization is run.

  • slats-west

    That’s an awesome article – especially the McDavid trade banter. Drives me nuts. I get why dbags in Calgary and Vancouver say it as they can’t stand facing McDavid for so many years. Edmonton fans ….BE BETTER!

    The penalties drawn is a disgrace. Stay vs Chia-son is a joke. No offence. But if you were my Head of NHL refereeing I’d have you fired months ago! It’s brutal. #divemoreconnor

    • Randomfan

      Yes edmomton. Be better. Don’t run lucic out of town. He didnt guarantee he will score 10 goals for you in a season. Just like oilers didnt promise mcdavid he will help them make playoffs or build a better team around him. He should stay in edmonton until oilers organization decides otherwise.

      • slats-west

        Lucic was a gamble. But can’t find one article that said it was bad signing. If the Oilers make the playoffs my sense is Lucic will perform just fine.

        I’m not defending Chia – he’s awful. But i won’t defend or listen to this crap about McDavid traded – it would be suicide for the Oilers and Connor wouldn’t do that to become Lindross 2.0. It’s just not happening – this isn’t the NBA where guys are on 1 year deals and go play together to stack a team to win a championship. If it was to happen – is that the league we want with 4 teams having a chance to win. Check out the NBAs tv stats and attendance all dropping. You know it’s a dumb idea and Gregor’s calling you and others out – rightfully.

        • Randomfan

          Again slow down big fella. I am not saying he will or should ask for a trade. He is the only reason for the fan base to follow this god forbidden team. If he goes so goes the oilers. All i am saying is why do we have double standards when it comes to this. Why can an organization trade a player whenever the production stops and the players cant when the organization sucks constantly? Why?

          Its like in a abusive relationship only one party has the right to leave and the other one doesnt and have to stick it out regardless of abuse. If someone can explain this to me i would be more than happy.

          • FlamesFan27

            I’m taking my son in law (a huge Oilers fan) to the game on Thursday. Resale ticket prices were reasonable, and even though he isn’t on my team, McDavid is worth the price of admission. He isn’t going anywhere, and there has been absolutely no hint of him giving up. Not sure where this thinking comes from.

          • slats-west

            These are the most ridiculous arguments and comparisons ever.

            How do you know McDavid hasn’t had a say? Interview with Chia on Manning seems to indicate he did have a say. Maybe McDavids to blame for the all the player trades not Chia. Or is McDavid only approving the good trades and not responsible for the bad ones. See what I did there.

            So sorry to burst the bubble but employees don’t run the show the owners and management do. It’s not a double standard at all.

            Not going to address the abusive relationship comment as that’s so dumb and think you should think twice about stuff like that.

  • Deezy

    I appreciate your passion regarding McDavid and the city in relation to Connor asking for a trade. Admittedly, I have also thought about the possibility of McDavid asking to be dealt. For myself, I think the thought is evoked from watching the team I love be mismanaged to an incomprehensible level since the thrilling 2005-06 Stanley Cup run. We have had 3 different GMs run the team into the ground in each of their tenures since. For fans like myself, it seems Daryl Katz appears to be okay with the losing culture he’s helped create with his friends and associates. At this point, I question if the organization has the ability to actually find it’s way out of the wilderness and build a winner around Connor. And, I don’t think that’s unreasonable considering we are looking at a 12th non playoff year in our last 13 seasons right now. We’re 4 years into the McDavid era and we don’t appear to be much better than we were when we lucked out for the opportunity to draft Connor. McDavid will not quit on this organization – he appears to be one of the classiest players in the NHL and he wouldn’t do that. As fans, we love our team and city. But, as fans, enduring what we’ve endured for the last 13 years, I think it’s understandable for our minds to wander and think Connor may just tired of the incompetence he’s surrounded by and ask to leave the dysfunction that surrounds him if things don’t improve soon.

    • AJ88

      I am not a huge fan of Daryl Katz but, for the number of coaches that have been brought in, the number of managers that have been brought in, the Bob N’s that were brought in, most that were released still owed money, and spending to the cap does not equate to Katz to being OK with a “losing culture”. I just think Katz does not bring enough hockey knowledge to the table and relies heavily on people that may have had success in years gone by, however this approach has not done much to improve the team. I do believe it is time for Katz to realize old time management does not work, time for new and younger blood with a different approach to building a team.

  • Dark Knight Returns

    Well, excuse me! But I will use my right to disagree:
    What if we like McDavid better than we like this fire tire of a team, and what if we like McDavid even better than Edmonton?
    Boohoo! We have to LOVE the city we live in and the team from the city we live in enough to want the best player in the world to drawn with the team.
    Excuse me but: the Oilers suck. A team that has miserably failed to get it together after all the very good players we’ve seen; sucks. No way around it.
    Edmonton is no paradise neither, I live here because I have to, not want to.

    So for me, yes, McDavid should go and play for an organization that cares about winning. And he would be no quitter: the organization quit on him first.

  • Randaman

    “Demand more from the organization, rather than think McDavid would quit. He isn’t a quitter. He’s the most dangerous offensive player in the NHL. He didn’t get there by backing down from challenges.”

    How exactly do you suggest getting this organization to actually listen to fans, season ticket holders, etc. Is there a number I can call? E-mail address? Probably only for tier 1 fans and they still haven’t listened.

  • Redbird62

    With the Penguins, Eddie Johnston was the GM who drafted Lemieux after only 1 year on the job, but it took Craig Patrick, who took over as GM in ’89 to get Lemieux and the Penguins their cup. Roll forward another 12 years with Patrick still as GM, the Penguins get to pick Crosby first overall, but Patrick gets fired one year later to have Ray Shero GM them to their next cup. Even with the Blackhawks run, successive GM’s Smith, Pulford and Tallon drafted the high end talent that Stan Bowman used to win the cups. If Chiarelli is not up to the job, there is still time in McDavid’s contract for someone can take over and get it done.

  • BasementDweller

    We would love it if they got a better a GM but are they capable of such a move? Seriously, here’s the GMs since Slats: Lowe, Tambellini, MacT and Chiarelli. Chia might be one of our best GMs in the last 19 years and that is a pretty damning statement of this organization.

  • usetobewise

    Here, here Gregor!
    You see folks? Gregor is a winner. He is absolutely right that Edmontonians should embrace a winning culture in this city. I was born and raised in Calgary, but have lived here for the past 20 years. The first difference I noticed between the two cities when I first arrived was the apparent inferiority complex this city had. It has been slowly improving over the years, but nevertheless is a work in progress from my perspective. Good on ya Gregor! #winningiscontagious

    • Gaz

      That’s interesting. I’m a lifelong Edmontonian, and I believe that being understated and humble about this City can be confused for an inferiority complex.

      Never once in my life have I felt inferior to Calgary, of all places. It’s just that Edmontonians typically don’t yell as loudly as they can about how incredible their city is. I’m very, very comfortable as I continue to “win” without needing to thump my chest about it.

      Thou doth protest too much…

  • camdog

    Talbot being Talbot bad to start season good to end season. Hitch is a master at line changes. You don’t need to specifically put Leon on McDavids wing to get Leon overlapping some shifts with McDavid during game play. Leon being first forward on second line change of game for example. Watch for it, guessing it happens.

  • Datsyukian

    Prophesying doom and gloom is an interesting psychological tendency common to many people. There is some perverse enjoyment in suffering and rubbing it in. Then again, some folks trying to suggest that Connor will (should) ask for a trade might just be trying to “stick it” to the management that way (“here, see what you’ve done? – the world’s best player will soon ask for a trade!”). I actually don’t think that most of these folks seriously believe that Connor will, in fact, ask for a trade.

  • Serious Gord

    Other than Arthur who has said mcdavid should ask for a trade now?

    Many of us think that looking at the prospects for this team for the next three years are bleak enough that sometime in that interval Mcdavid might ask for a trade – and might be well advised to do so.

    It seems almost a certainty that the GM will be let go at the end of the season with either a miss of or quick exit from the playoffs. What else is precipitated by such a miserable year and succession of years will determine mcdavids future with the oil imo.

    If the old boys are finally cleared out then I think he stays committed to the organization longer. If they aren’t the fuse gets much much shorter.

    • Serious Gord

      …2. The examples you cite are from a different era – no cap and different contracts. And Sakic isn’t in the same universe as mcd or Lemieux. In a cap world players will move around more and contracts – lopsided one way or the other – can become very contentious as they can have an enormous impact on a team’s fate which wasn’t the case on the pre-cap era.

      3. I don’t think mcd would be a quitter if he wants to be traded. Was Gretz a quitter when he allowed himself to be sold to LA? Both were looking out for their interests first (just as I agree with America First – that doesn’t mean I believe in America alone – I digress)

      And much as it might upset oil fans, both Wayne AND the league benefited greatly when he went to LA.

      No doubt the same would be the case if Connor left and went to an eastern big market team.

      4. This is not a “slap in the face”. It’s realpolitik. Perhaps you should take struds advice and drink some popcorn.

      5. Finally – mcdavid is an Oiler because of a lottery. How would you like your career path being decided that way?

      Usually the superstars of a business get to choose where they work. In a unionized pro sports monopoly like the NHL that isn’t the case and it’s this lack of freedom that begat free agency.

      I think in years to come as the average age continues to drop FA will come sooner; maximum contract lengths will get shorter and thus the impact of the draft lottery will be reduced substantially.

      And that will benefit well run teams more and punish poorly run ones. Not thought required to figure out which group EDM belongs to…

  • Total Points

    I disagree with Jason that McDavid should not ask for a trade.

    Jason, would you work for Oilers nation if management cant provide you with a web site that works or a radio station that cant attract advertisers, or radio frequency that does work a great amount of time, etc.

    Somehow I don’t think you would work for an organization that you expect McDavid to work for.

    I know I wouldn’t and I am not a quitter

  • Darcy yaceyko

    Wow look at that, defence that scores, we really haven’t had that since the 80’s. I really love this idiotic site where your not allowed to post a relevant comment because truth hurts. Well there has to be another social media site only the real fans can create and control, instead of some moron deleting everyone’s comments!!!!!! And the new fan site there will be none of that. ????????

  • Kevwan

    This will get trashed but needs to be said.

    If Connor asks for a trade it will be to get away from the over bearing fans and media in Edmonton.

    I was at Justin Schultz’s last game as an Oiler and the fans ran him out of town. And we ran out Dubnyk and Eberle and there were others over the years.

    And we’re not that bad despite all the doom and gloom. Since the Hall trade the Oilers have won more games than Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal. Only Winnipeg and Toronto have won more games amongst the Canadian teams.

    Of course Chia has made some bad moves but this team is miles ahead of where they were. And not nearly as bad as they are made out to be.

    If we can’t be more positive then yes, maybe he’ll want to leave

  • dsanchez1973

    Can’t necessarily agree with you about McDavid being a quitter if he asks for a trade. Imagine if every day, you wrote a pulitzer worthy article for OilersNation, and baggedmilk insisted on putting a cat meme between each paragraph, as well as adding multiple spelling and grammar mistakes to your piece, thinking “this will make the article more relatable to the public”. Meanwhile, Brownlee elects that your articles are the perfect place to put popups for his Etsy shop, and when trying to check your piece, you are bombarded by popups that are relentless.

    Not surprisingly, you suddenly start getting all negative comments on your articles, and the page clicks for them start crashing. You wouldn’t be a quitter for starting to look for alternatives.

    If anything, in this analogy I’m underselling how much the Oilers management has done to torpedo McDavid’s chances of success.