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Inside the Nation: Khaira’s beautiful goal, Puljujarvi’s ice time, and Hitch’s line juggling

Here we are on a Thursday afternoon with another fresh episode of Inside the Nation here to help you make sense of what’s going on with the Edmonton Oilers. As always, Dusty Nielson here is to be your guide as we navigate the treacherous waters that are the last 35 games of the NHL season.

To start off this week’s show, Nielson kicked things off with a shout out to Jujhar Khaira’s beautiful goal last night against the Canucks and feels like he’s not getting enough love. Next up, it wouldn’t be an episode of Inside the Nation if Dusty didn’t look at what’s going on with Jesse Puljujarvi and the lack of ice time he’s gotten recently. Has Hitchcock soured on the big Finn after being so bullish when he first got to town? Why does Kailer Yamamoto seem to get more leash than Pool Party? From there, Dusty takes a look at the way Ken Hitchcock deploys his lines and whether or not it makes sense to have so few forwards playing the bulk of the minutes. Can McDavid, Draisaitl, RNH, and Chiasson keep up with such heavy lifting? Lastly, we take a look at the trade deadline and try to figure out which realistic moves that Peter Chiarelli could actually pull off given the lack of cap space he has to work with.

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  • Moneyball

    JP is not a top 6 player. He is a 3rd line grinder. Have you ever seen him deposit a goal scorers goal, get a breakaway, a nice 2 on 1… never. A guy like Rattie you can look at some of his plays and go yeah the guy has talent and an eye for the net, not puljujarvi at all. It was time to trade him 2 years ago, now his trade value is nominal but it’s still higher than his value to the team on the ice. Should have dealt him instead of Caggiula.

  • OriginalPouzar

    I think the special teams did limit Jesse’s minutes but when coach was asked about what he didn’t like in Jesse’s game last night, with ZERO hesitation, the coaches response was:

    “I didn’t like the board battles, they weren’t firm enough. We’ll talk to him about that and get him up and running for the next game”

    Coach had specific reasons for cutting Jesse’s ice last night – we can agree and discuss the size of the leash but at least the coach has identifiable reasons that we will work on with the player.

  • Mitch64

    Jp and Yamamoto need to be in the ahl because they just need more chances with the game on their sticks. Also need to get looch,kass,brodziak line back together. They played good looking hockey i can’t fathom why the lines get juggled so much just figure out what u need to do to solidify the top6 and then run a leftover 4th line its what we already do.

  • Rossonero4ever

    Completely agree with you Dustin! I don’t understand why it seems that one of the biggest issues on this team lies with Puljujarvi’s development. Like you said, the stats state that he is #5 on this team production wise 5 on 5. He doesn’t see any powerplay time, is always being shuffled around left, right, and centre etc….They are frankly ruining him. He should play with Nuge and Khaira no less then 15 min/night and then we can give a definitive evaluation in terms of him being a bust or not…..

    • Oilman99

      The development of JP is critical if this team is ever going to have legitimate secondary scoring,there are too many holes to fill, with no cap space to sign anybody, for the love of God do not let Chia trade the first round draft pick, t his team just starting to finally have some legitimate home grown talent to draw from.