It wasn’t necessarily the best week for our Edmonton Oilers but it also wasn’t the worst! Nonetheless, we always have something to talk about in our power rankings.
Welcome to Week 5, Nation Citizens!
#5 Romper Tyler
Alright party people, get ready because the time has come for our annual Nation Viewing Party! This year we’ll be at Campio Brewing Company to watch the Edmonton Oilers take on the Vegas Golden Knights on November 27th. Admission is $25 per person which will get you into the party with a swag bag full of Nation gear, gift cards and much more. My favourite part about this entire night is that the proceeds will be donated to our good friends at The Edmonton Humane Society to help all of the shelter animals in need.
Hockey, good food, good company and a great cause, can you ask for anything more? Actually, yes. The other day on episode 329 of the Real Life Podcast, our very own Tyler Yaremchuk committed to wearing an Oilers themed male romper to the Nation Viewing Party if we can reach $1,000 in donations to The Edmonton Humane Society. I repeat, there’s a strong chance that Tyler Yaremchuk will be wearing a male romper on November 27th.
On Monday we said there would be no Thursday episode… WE LIED!
— Real Life Podcast (@NationRealLife) November 11, 2021
I’d also like to take this moment to thank Spiced Oil and Surveyor Brett for always coming through for Oilersnation on Twitter. If you’re having a hard time picturing Tyler in a male romper, fear no more! We’ve got you covered.
— Spiced Oil (@Spiced_Oil) November 12, 2021
Make the calendar pic.twitter.com/Dtw5fCVd0n
— Surveyor Brett – Game Manager (@BLuchanski) November 12, 2021
For more information on how to donate to the Typer Romper fund / The Edmonton Humane Society, click here! I would also like to add that Tyler wants everyone to think he’s this grumpy old man but I see right through it! He’s a Libra and they’re known to have big sympathetic hearts!
#4 O Canada
Switching gears for a moment to soccer, who went to the Canada vs. Costa Rica game on Friday night? Talk to me in the comments! The announced attendance on the night was 48,806 and I have to say that Commonwealth Stadium was absolutely electric! For those of you who don’t know, I have a big soccer background and since I’ve been 10 years old, it’s been my absolute favorite sport to play and watch. Being at the game not only made me emotional but super proud to be a part of a community that fully showed up, embraced and supported team Canada in their quest to not only make the World Cup but to ultimately make history.
Even Canada’s head coach John Herdman told the media after the game, “I have never felt that type of intensity in a football match in Canada in my life. This crowd was just outstanding.”
Well done, Edmonton! Well done.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) November 13, 2021
Now, even though Costa Rica did a great job containing Canada’s star player, we have to give big ups to Edmonton’s own, Alphonso Davies! What a pleasure it is to see the best left-back in the world (my opinion) play right in front of our eyes. At the age of 21 he’s already won a Champions League title (2020), two Bundesliga titles (2019,2020) and I have a feeling this is about to be a massive year for him, as well.
— Jay Downton (@thesquireyeg) November 13, 2021
Alphonso Davies comes from a very humble beginning and has always been a proud Edmontonian. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing Davies and the rest of this Canadian team the best of luck in the rest of their FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. See you all at the Mexico game!
# 3 Apples
Okay, let’s get back to the Edmonton Oilers, shall we? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has quietly but effectively been going about his business all season long. He still has a league leading 17 assists, and as outrageous as this sounds, at this rate, Nugent-Hopkins is on pace for 107 points this season. I know, I know, it’s still early, but 13 games into this NHL season, and the guy keeps on producing. His sample size is growing and he has yet to regress. To put things into perspective, his highest point total ever prior to this season was in 2018-2019 when he had 69 points in 82 games. Needless to say, this kind of production early on has been a pleasant surprise from #93 and we’re all here for it!
Thank you, Apple Man, thank you!
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is an apple picking king. pic.twitter.com/h961cuIm6A
— Adam (@OilersAdam) November 13, 2021
nuge with 17 freshly harvested apples 😌
— Kennedy (@kennedystrash) November 13, 2021
Ryan Nugent-Apple Tree. 🍎
— Baggedmilk, Oily Boy (@jsbmbaggedmilk) November 13, 2021
#2 Reffin’ Ridiculous
The hottest topic this week across the NHL and Oilersnation might just be how horrible some of the officiating has been.
Here’s a question for you all:
When will Connor McDavid finally get the respect he deserves from refs in this league?
Just in case you missed the infamous John Tortorella and his hot take, here it is:
John Tortorella believes Connor McDavid has to change his game to win the Stanley Cup 🏆
"You're not just going to fill the net during playoffs." pic.twitter.com/rkO8nCsYhO
— ESPN (@espn) November 11, 2021
Okay, so should a superstar have to change his game come playoff time or should the NHL just be consistent in their officiating? Why do the rules change come playoff time, anyways? Is there any other league that just says, “let them play” like this? Personally, I think it’s annoying. I’m curious to hear what you all think, so you know where to find me in the comments section!
While I disagree with John Tortorella's take on Connor McDavid I still think he's a wonderful man and don't forget he once tried to attack the entire Flames dressing room during intermission and that's pretty great
— Machine Gun Ryan (@IAmByks) November 13, 2021
#1 Leon Draisaitl
Hello everyone, Leon Draisaitl has 14 goals in 13 games.
At this blazing rate, Draisaitl is on pace to score 88 times this year. Again, I know it’s early and that number will likely come down but at just over 15% of the regular season completed, the German superstar is scoring at better than a goal per game…which is absolutely mind blowing.
First Oilers player to score 13 goals in the team's first 13 games since Wayne Gretzky in 1984-85.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) November 13, 2021
Leon Draisaitl (2-1—3) recorded his seventh 3+ point outing so far in 2021-22 – the most by any player this season. @EdmontonOilers teammate Connor McDavid has the next closest with four.#NHLStats: https://t.co/3s3HUgMLJc pic.twitter.com/oAOk6mWONA
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 12, 2021
Oilersnation, what do you think? At this point, should we be ready for at least one goal per game from Draisaitl? Chat with me in the comments.
normalize leon draisaitl being on hatty watch every game
— s🏒 (@oilygifs) November 13, 2021
Also, a big shout to all the massive Draisaitl fans out there who go above and beyond to cheer for him and this team. You all are the real MVP’s.
— The Bearded Brad (@The_BeardedBrad) November 13, 2021