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 Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716518]
Sun, 01 July 2018 12:42 Go to next message
Skookum Jim  is currently offline Skookum Jim
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per Matheson..
http://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/wha t-you-need-to-know-about-the-oilers-latest-additions-kyle-br odziak-and-kevin-gravel

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The Oilers also signed depth defenceman Kevin Gravel to a two-way deal. The contract for the former Los Angeles King is worth $700,000 if he stays up in the NHL and $450,000 guaranteed no matter where he plays.
Gravel won’t provide any offence, unlike last summer’s signing of Yohann Auvitu from New Jersey, but he’s big and just turned 26.

He’s played 70 NHL games and will challenge for a seventh defence spot along with farmhand Keegan Lowe. The Oilers’ top overall draft pick Kevin Bouchard and Ethan Bear are also in the picture, although those youngsters would be better served in a top-six role.
Gravel looked like he might be an NHL regular with the Kings going into the 2017-18 season but he had intestinal issues and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last summer.

He had to start season in the AHL because of that, and couldn’t regain a spot in the Kings lineup. He was beaten out by Christian Folin and Oscar Fantenberg.

In Game 2 of their first-round series with Vegas, he played because Drew Doughty was suspended and Jake Muzzin was hurt. Thrown into the fire, he struggled and was on for both goals against.

Gravel was originally drafted by the Kings in the fifth round in 2010 after playing in the USHL, but the Minnesota-born defender had to play a year on an AHL contract in Manchester — where he won a Calder Cup — before he was signed to an NHL deal.

He’s six-foot-four and 210 pounds but plays at a good pace. Like most big guys, coaches would like him to play a little snarlier but they’ve said the same about Muzzin for years, too.


Chrohns is a killer, he'll have to fight through it.

One blogger said he's a Gryba type, so why didn't we just keep Gryba? http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Sean-Maloughney/Oilers-Free-A gency-Watch---Brodziak-Reider-Signs/261/93728

[Updated on: Sun, 01 July 2018 12:48]


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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716525 is a reply to message #716518 ]
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Some are saying this guy is actually a decent skater, which puts him way ahead of Gryba :)



Gryba should still be in this org though, getting ready for his demotion.



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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716551 is a reply to message #716525 ]
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Kr55 wrote on Sun, 01 July 2018 12:26

Some are saying this guy is actually a decent skater, which puts him way ahead of Gryba :)



Gryba should still be in this org though, getting ready for his demotion.



Good to hear he's got wheels. I heard his interview on Oilers TV, said he gets an infusion treatment, on an IV, every 6 weeks so so that is like a miracle cure. Lot 30 lbs when he first found out he had it, last year was his comeback year, wasn't 100%, there coul dbe potential here if he can manage his Chrohns. I know some people that have it, its an awful condition to deal with,both physically and mentally. I'm pulling for the kid.



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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716540 is a reply to message #716518 ]
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Unless the Oilers have Gravel pegged as the 7D, I don't understand this. Why buyout Gryba? Why re-sign Lowe? There's enough veteran depth in the AHL.

I think they have him in mind for the NHL squad. Maybe it works out, but as I sit here typing, I would rather have just re-signed Davidson for that spot. You already know he can play up, whereas Gravel is a bit more unknown (at least to me).



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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716564 is a reply to message #716540 ]
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mightyreasoner wrote on Sun, 01 July 2018 14:45

Unless the Oilers have Gravel pegged as the 7D, I don't understand this. Why buyout Gryba? Why re-sign Lowe? There's enough veteran depth in the AHL.

I think they have him in mind for the NHL squad. Maybe it works out, but as I sit here typing, I would rather have just re-signed Davidson for that spot. You already know he can play up, whereas Gravel is a bit more unknown (at least to me).


AHL stats show he's a plug even at that level:

16-32-48 in 149 AHL games. He didn't produce anything at the NCAA level either.

But he's big, so I guess there's that?



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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716543 is a reply to message #716518 ]
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Skookum Jim wrote on Sun, 01 July 2018 11:42

per Matheson..
http://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/wha t-you-need-to-know-about-the-oilers-latest-additions-kyle-br odziak-and-kevin-gravel

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The Oilers also signed depth defenceman Kevin Gravel to a two-way deal. The contract for the former Los Angeles King is worth $700,000 if he stays up in the NHL and $450,000 guaranteed no matter where he plays.
Gravel won’t provide any offence, unlike last summer’s signing of Yohann Auvitu from New Jersey, but he’s big and just turned 26.

He’s played 70 NHL games and will challenge for a seventh defence spot along with farmhand Keegan Lowe. The Oilers’ top overall draft pick Kevin Bouchard and Ethan Bear are also in the picture, although those youngsters would be better served in a top-six role.
Gravel looked like he might be an NHL regular with the Kings going into the 2017-18 season but he had intestinal issues and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last summer.

He had to start season in the AHL because of that, and couldn’t regain a spot in the Kings lineup. He was beaten out by Christian Folin and Oscar Fantenberg.

In Game 2 of their first-round series with Vegas, he played because Drew Doughty was suspended and Jake Muzzin was hurt. Thrown into the fire, he struggled and was on for both goals against.

Gravel was originally drafted by the Kings in the fifth round in 2010 after playing in the USHL, but the Minnesota-born defender had to play a year on an AHL contract in Manchester — where he won a Calder Cup — before he was signed to an NHL deal.

He’s six-foot-four and 210 pounds but plays at a good pace. Like most big guys, coaches would like him to play a little snarlier but they’ve said the same about Muzzin for years, too.


Chrohns is a killer, he'll have to fight through it.

One blogger said he's a Gryba type, so why didn't we just keep Gryba? http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Sean-Maloughney/Oilers-Free-A gency-Watch---Brodziak-Reider-Signs/261/93728


Marijuana is a miracle cure for the Chrohns Colitis just like it is for Glaucoma.




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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716556 is a reply to message #716518 ]
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WhoreableGuy  is currently offline WhoreableGuy
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I don’t see him being better than Auvitu. I know, pessimism, but I wish they tried to keep him making the same amount, we actually saw Auvitu was a good 6-7 D guy so more proven to me.


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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716557 is a reply to message #716518 ]
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Rocksteady  is currently offline Rocksteady
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Young, has health issues..

7thD is the top end hope of this get isn't it? He's faster than Gryba, let's hope his affliction is fairly contained. Still, Crohns is a heck of thing to go through.



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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716559 is a reply to message #716557 ]
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Pisani had/has Chrohns. Still had a solid career except that episode that ended up in the hospital not sure if he could play again due to complications.


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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716561 is a reply to message #716559 ]
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nullterm wrote on Sun, 01 July 2018 18:02

Pisani had/has Chrohns. Still had a solid career except that episode that ended up in the hospital not sure if he could play again due to complications.


He had ulcerative colitis. Don't recall crohns though.



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 Re: Oilers Sign Kevin Gravel (nickname "Truck") [message #716598 is a reply to message #716561 ]
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I don't know much about him. Based on what I read, he's a big guy that is a decent skater that can do more things that Gryba. I still don't get the Gryba signing but looks like a depth signing. He's not that old so maybe he can become something.


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