Inside the Nation: #SummerofLineys Splitting up Connor and Leon?

It’s Thursday and it’s time for Inside the Nation with Dustin Nielson.

Every Monday and Thursday Dustin comes to the ON Facebook live page. You can get involved in the conversation simply by logging in.

Here’s what you missed:

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  • Who was first and he was doing WHAT?!? while being the first to check-in
  • Where was Nation Dan missing the start of the episode
  • New game time: Name that Oiler #1
  • James Neal over/under 19.5 goals in the 2019-20 season?
  • What’s next from Ken Holland?
  • Would you be happy with this offseason if it ended now?
  • #SummerofLineys splitting Connor/Leon

Watch today’s episode below:


After having such a blast over the past two years, we absolutely knew that we were going to organize another golf tourney for the summer and, after a few months of planning, we’re psyched to finally be able to launch our third annual golf tournament.

  • When – August 29th, 2019 (Thursday)
  • Where – Cougar Creek Golf Resort
  • How much – $1000/team or get in on the $900 Early Bird price until July 10th
  • Teams – Groups of Four (4)
  • How – Book your team here

As always, a portion of all proceeds from your ticket purchase will be donated directly to a local charity. This time we’ve partnered up with the Gregor Foundation to make sure that our kids are at their most handsome.

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  • Fireball

    Zack the punching bag Kassian goes from first line ( he was on a 28 goal over 82 game pace with McD ) to forth line centred by a guy that isn’t physical and don’t win faceoffs., sounds like a recipe for success. Or Not.

  • Schmidt Head

    Ideally, Connor & Leon should not be on the same line and the goal should be to give each of them wingers they can work with.

    In the short term however, we may have to leave things the way they are a bit longer.

  • Ken Holland

    Leave McD Drai Kass alone.
    Figure out the rest.

    Does anyone know how much cap we save if we move Gagner, Brodziak, Manning to the minors?

    Capgeek shows 15 forwards signed, with 2.5 million in space. When we drop down to 13 forwards we should clear up room.

    If that is the case I would look at the following trade options.

    Benning and a pick for JP Pageau.

    Benning and prospect for Gusev.

    Or potentially sign Brassard to a one year deal.

    Draisaitl – McDavid – Kassian
    Neal – Nuge – Gusev
    Granlund – Khaira – Chiasson
    Nygard – Khaira – Archibald
    Draisaitl – McDavid – Kassian
    Neal – Nuge – Chiasson
    Granlund – Brassard – Archibald
    Haas – Khaira – Nygard

  • Neilio

    If the are no further moves

    Kassian – McDavid – Draisaitl
    Neal – Nuge – Chiasson
    Nygard/Benson – Haas – Granlund
    Khaira – Gagner/Marody– Archibald

    I’d start with the top line as-is. Ideally Drai would be on his own line, but you don’t want to sacrifice that amount of offense. Give Kassian a chance to put up some numbers.
    I think Neal is probably more capable of producing points with RNH than Kass. So Nuge has two shooters to pass to. And the Nuge is more of a cerebral, slow the play down type, rather than blowing the doors off with speed. So Neal and Chiasson are more likely to play at that pace.
    Third line is a wild card line. That could be the 4th line too.
    Fourth line is a mix of skill and grit.

    Something has to give during the course of the season. The youngsters are going to start pushing some of the bubble players out.

  • BR

    Barring further moves, given that Drai has proven he can drive a line himself, I believe it can be time to split up the duo but use them together in PP and in some situational hockey like last 5min of period etc.

    Also, Neal and Chiasson are too similar a player type to be on the same line, (slow moving shoot first type). But i bet a Neal-Nuge-Chia line is trialled at some point. Would need a speedy forechecker in there like Nygard. Bumping Chia down to the third line.

    Get McDavid and Neal together, then revolving door the other spot with our cheap bets which would give us a solid second line to play against lesser competition, include Kassian in that rotation though – sounds as thought he’s really been working on his stick skills with more skating to be able to keep that top line spot.

    Nygard/Jurco – McDavid – Neal
    Draisaitl – Hopkins – Chiasson
    Granlund – Haas – Archibald
    Gambardella – Kharia – Kassian

    Biggest question mark is our 3C spot, that’s a battle between Haas and Marody right now, I think Brodziak could very well end up on waiversand into the AHL this year but he’d be a good locker room guy to keep as a 14th forward.

    • BR

      Give players the opportunity to play with McDavid. Potential free agents will relish that opportunity and it gives us the opportunity to find the diamonds in the rough, or at the very least pump and dump guys for assets in a trade.

  • macinmillwoods

    Haas, who hasn’t played an NHL game is our 3rd line center? And Jurco who has played less than 60 NHL games in the last 2 years is his winger? Yikes.

  • Beer_League_Ringer

    Sure, take a guy that played his a$$ off on the first line – off the line. As another post mentioned, Kass’s goal production prorates to 28g over a full season. Also, he will straight-up murder anyone who takes liberties with Captain Connor and the Deutschland Dangler AND he can skate with the dynamic duo. He is our Tom Wilson.

    • macinmillwoods

      I tend to agree with this. If the premise is to split up McDavid and Draisaitl I think you need to have some muscle playing on McDavid’s wing. Kassian doesn’t have the greatest hands but he can definitely keep up with the play. The other wingers can be interchangeable where they play but should be Nuge, Neal and Chaisson. My suggestion is:
      Nuge – McDavid – Kassian
      Chiasson – Draisaitl – Neal
      Granlund – Khaira – Gagner
      Nygard – Haas – Archibald
      Gambardella, Brodziak

      Chiasson and Neal on their offwings. Assuming Oilers cant make a trade for a proven 3rd line center Gagner to take faceoffs for Khaira’s weak side.
      And no wishful thinking the 4th liners are anything but.

    • Beer_League_Ringer

      I like that 3rd line and that 1st line. Two question marks on the 2nd line. Overall, I think the Oilers will compete for the playoffs. Goaltending and healthy defence will decide.

  • toprightcorner

    If you split up McDavid and Draisaitl, the smart thing to do would be to play Nuge with Draisaitl, they would be in the top ten of 1st lines in the NHL. Keep Nuge at center becasue Draisaitl is a better winger than Nuge. McDavid with Neal and a speedster would also be top ten 1st lines in the NHL, because McDavid. Having Nuge with McDavid doesn’t give Draisaitl as much to work with and his points would probably drop to the 70-75 range, keep Draisaitl with Nuge and he scores 85-95 points and McDavid still scores 115 points. The opposing team couldn’t just try to shut down 1 line, they either focus on McDavid and Drai and Nuge feast on them or visa versa.

    Granlund – McDavid – Neal
    Draisaitl – Nuge – Chaisson
    Nygard – Haas – Gagner
    Archibald – Khaira- Kassian

    The Oilers could really use a 3C, Brassard on a show-me contract of $1 mill would go a long way.

  • FutureGM

    Brutal lineups Dusty!! Good to see you are going all dunce in order to drive comments. First trade JP for free agent talent and then these lines. mmm’k
    In no world should 3 of Neal, Drai, Nuge or Conz play on the same line. Unless you want Connor driving play with two scrubs.
    Conz-Neal, Drai-Nuge
    McD-Drai, Nuge-Neal
    Conz-Nuge, Drai-Neal
    Sprinkle in players to fill lines.