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 Opening Rosters [message #719426]
Tue, 02 October 2018 19:51 Go to next message
ziltoid  is currently offline ziltoid
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Registered: January 2011

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Interesting question: Is today's roster minus McDavid better or worse than other rosters over the past decade?

2009-2010 0412010.html

Combined points: 560
Record: 27-47-8-62pts (30th)

# of players with 30+ pts: 8
Highest scorer: Dustin Penner (32-31-63)

2010-2011 0412011.html

Combined points: 528
Record: 25-45-12-62pts (30th)

# of players with 30+ pts: 7
Highest scorer: Jordan Eberle (18-25-43)

2011-2012 0412012.html

Combined points: 565
Record: 32-40-10-74pts (29th)

# of players with 30+ pts: 8
Highest scorer: Jordan Eberle (34-42-76)

2012-2013 Lockout Season 0412013.html

Combined points: 343
Record: 32==19-22-7-45pts (24th)

# of players with 30+ pts (based on ppg): 7
Highest scorer: Taylor Hall (16-24-50)

2013-2014 0412014.html

Combined points: 547
Record: 29-44-9-67pts (28th)

# of players with 30+ pts: 6
Highest scorer: Taylor Hall (27-53-80)

2014-2015 0412015.html

Combined points: 517
Record: 24-44-14-62pts (28th)

# of players with 30+ pts: 7
Highest scorer: Jordan Eberle (24-39-63)

2015-2016 0412016.html

Combined points: 542
Record: 31-43-8-70pts (29th)

# of players with 30+ pts: 8
Highest scorer: Taylor Hall (26-39-65)

2016-2017 0412017.html

Combined points: 643
Record: 47-29-6-103pts (8th)

# of players with 30+ pts: 9
Highest scorer: McDavid (30-70-100)

2017-2018 0412018.html

Combined points: 613
Record: 36-40-6-78pts (23rd)

# of players with 30+ pts: 6
Highest scorer: McDavid (41-67-108)


Estimated Lines without McDavid, based on current roster:

Lucic - Draisaitl - Rattie
Reider - Nuge - Yamamoto
Kharia - Strome - Puljujarvi
Cagguila - Brodziak - Kassian

Klefbom - Larsson
Nurse - Benning
Garrison - Bouchard


IR: Sekera, Russell

Lowetide's FW RE predictions: -forget-you-when-the-revolution-comes/

My Take

Take away McDavid's points and the team -- over the past two seasons -- produces on par with 10-11 and 14-15, both of which saw some pretty egregious rosters, especially on the blueline. So has the team actually gotten any better, or is it just that McDavid is pulling the team towards the finish line? I think today's defense is better than what we have historically had (even with the tire fire that is Kris Russell), and I think that was PC's main goal coming in. But he got that improvement by gutting our forward pool and making panicked, impulse moves, which, themselves, further hamstrung our ability to surround McDavid with talent up front. And that, in theory, would be fine (you can win the cup with a stacked D + McDavid), but PC did not stack the D, he simply made it borderline sufficient.

In the end, I don't think today's roster, minus McDavid, is meaningfully better than what we've had in the past. Draisaitl + Nuge + Puljujarvi + Klefbom + Larsson is not better than Hall + Nuge + Eberle + Klefbom + Petry (who, btw, make only 1.5MM more than Russell, a difference that is less than what we are paying in buyouts this year).

I think a proper roster, minus McDavid, should be able to push for a wildcard spot (e.g., Pens without Crosby, Caps without Ovie, Tampa without Stamkos). The roster above would push for the bottom of the standings. There's simply too many bubble players and too many bottom tier players forced to play up in the line-up, which is a pattern that has repeated itself with alarming consistency over the past decade.

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 Re: Opening Rosters [message #719678 is a reply to message #719426 ]
Sat, 06 October 2018 11:07 Go to previous message
GabbyDugan  is currently offline GabbyDugan
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Registered: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, AB

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...delete Bear to Bakersfield... sell-ir-send-ethan-bear-ahl/

...."The Edmonton Oilers have activated defenceman Kris Russell from injured reserve and have assigned defenceman Ethan Bear to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors."....

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