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mightyreasoner wrote on Mon, 07 May 2018 16:11

Taking a look at the replacements over last year in terms of NHL games and points:

Oesterle: 55 games, 15 points
Davidson: 51 games, 7 points

Auvitu: 33 games, 9 points
Gryba: 21 games, 2 points

Pitlick: 80 games, 27 points
Slepyshev: 50 games, 12 points

Pouliot: 74 games, 19 points
Cammalleri: 66 games, 29 points

Hendricks: 60 games, 13 points
Pakarinen: 40 games, 3 points

Net loss/gain on defense:
OUT, 106 games, 22 points
IN, 54 games, 11 points

Net loss/gain on forward:
OUT, 214 games, 59 points
IN, 156 games, 44 points

These are depth players, and none of Slepyshev, Auvitu, or Pakarinen will be missed. But it's not just the top of the lineup where talent is gradually being eroded, it's all through the lineup. There is so much more than points that should go into evaluation, but it's not a stretch to suggest the only place where production increased from a replacement over the guys who left is Cammalleri over Pouliot (and Khaira/Lander, Rattie/Beck, I guess).

That's without considering Eberle/Strome.

We will see how they do at replacing the guys who left. They aren't very good, and candidly I may not have signed Auvitu or Pakarinen. But the Oilers did fail to adequately replace the guys who left last summer and if they fail to do so again this summer, we might be back to the Lennart Petrell levels of depth in the NHL.


I think that one issue is that the Oilers don't do well at evaluating the players they have. They are always measuring them against expectations that don't really register with reality.

I've read a couple places that the Oilers were disappointed in Ryan Strome this year. They shouldn't be. They traded for a guy they projected as a winger at first...he ended up being an adequate center and scored 34 points - his second best season of his career.

The Oilers are only disappointed because they had unrealistic expectations. They saw that he scored 50 points once and figured that was the reality and all his other results were only because he wasn't playing in the right situation. They figured he would magically be a 50+ point player again and people would barely blink about the Eberle deal because it would only be a 10-point gap, plus cap space, flexibility on position and an extra couple inches of height. Instead, he is what he almost always has shown to be, and they get a guy who scored at just over half the rate Eberle does, so they look like idiots.

They are holding it against Strome that they look like fools, but really, that's totally on them for making bad bets against long odds.

For what it's worth - I still think that Auvitu exceeded expectations this year as a seventh d-man. I had no issues with what he brought to the table.

And did you count him as a replacement here? It looks like you have him and Gryba flipped (although technically the Oilers didn't truly get rid of Gryba...we signed him to a two year deal!)



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