On April 18, 2015, the Edmonton Oilers organization won the 2015 draft lottery and, most importantly, for the first time had the opportunity to win Connor McDavid in the overall standings.
Six days later, Peter Chiarelli was hired and appointed president of ice hockey and CEO. When he got to work, Leon Dreisitle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse and McDavid (essentially) were part of the team.
Fast forward to three years and eight months, and the best players of the Oilers are probably the five players mentioned above. Chiaarelli did not have a place on the list, but he built the rest, and the support team is not good enough. He did what I thought was impossible; Have the most dynamic player in the NHL, but lower the skill around him.
Take five players with whom he did not have the right to vote, and Jujhar Khairu, who was compiled in 2012, and compare the list with today.
1. Strikers for 2015: Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Benoit Puliot, Teddy Purcell, Nail Yakupov, Derek Roy, Matt Hendricks, Boyd Gordon, Rob Klinhammer, Luke Gadzic, Anton Lander Tyler Pitlik and Jesse Joensuu.
Protection: Justin Schulz, Marc Fain, Andrew Ferens, Nikita Nikitin, Martin Marinchin and Keith Ouli.
Goalkeeper: Ben Scrivens and Victor Fast
** Jeff Petrie and David Perron were sold during the season and were not on the list at the end of the year.
2 Here is the list of 2018. Forwards: Milan Lucic, Jesse Pulyuzharvi, Alex Chiasson, Tobias Reader, Kyle Brodzjak, Tai Ratti, Zach Kassian, Ryan Spooner and Kyler Yamamoto.
Protection: Adam Larsson, Chris Russell, Andrei Seker, Matt Benning, Kevin Gravel, Alex Petrovich, Brandon Manning and Caleb Jones.
Goalkeeper: Mikko Koskinen and Cam Talbot
3. So in which areas has it improved? He lowered the skill of the forward, and the worst thing is that Hall and Lucic earn the same money. Hall won the Hart Trophy last season, gaining 93 points and 37 points in 33 games this season. In the last 120 games, Lucic scored 42 points, and in the last 81 games he has a whopping two goals. And please spare me the mention that Hall was not good in Edmonton. He was in the top ten in performance twice.
4. On December 31, 2015, the deep forwards of the Oilers (I eliminated the top three scorers, Hall, Eberle and PHC) in total scored 39 goals and 94 points. The current depth forwards of the Oilers (excluding McDavid, Dreisaille and PHX) have 40 goals and 86 points. And in fact, this morning they have only 33 goals, 75 points, because Kajula is no longer in the team. Chiarelli could not surround his best players with any productive striker depth for three and a half years.
5. Protection and goalkeeping is better, but in 2015, the Oilers allowed 3.37 goals / game, and this season – 3.11 goals / game. Oilers blueline, excluding the Nurse and Klefbom, has $ 20.5 million in capital between Larsson, Sekera, Russell, Manning, Petrovich, Benning and Gravel. Now he has amassed a bunch of defenders, and none of the guys from the depths attacked in an era when the puck should be mandatory from the backend.
6. I will say that under his supervision, the compilation of the Oilers has improved. This is not very good, but at least the Oilers have prospects in the American League. However, despite this, his intelligence personnel and he decided in 2015 that Griffin Reinhart would help them. He liked them so much that he refused the 16th and 33rd elections to get him. Their scouts believed that he was the best of all the peaks available at # 16, including Matt Barsal (16th place), Kyle Connor (17th place), Thomas Shabo (18th place), Yevgeny Svechnikov (19th e place), Joel Ericksson Ek (20th place), Colin White (21st place), Ilya Samsonov (22nd place), Brock Bozer (23rd place) and Travis Konecny. Even if they had not taken Barzal, one of Connor, Shabo, White, Boezer and Konechni would have been much more influential for the current composition. Hell, even Ericsson Ek, Svechnikov and Samsonov will evolve. It’s embarrassing to be so wrong about Reinhart, especially when he wasn’t even the best defender in the AHL during the deal.
7. Under the supervision of Kyarelli Oilers still can not resist the hasty forward rolls. Jesse Puljuyarvi has not been prepared for the NHL since he arrived in Edmonton, but Kyarelli and his management team want him to “develop” in the NHL. Newsflash: NHL is not a development league. You allow players to develop more in juniors, Europe or AHL, and when they come to the NHL, they will show you that they are ready. Pulujärvi is now 20, and he is in his third professional season. He scored 16 goals in 120 NHL games and has 15 goals and 37 points in 53 AHL games. He was never allowed to develop his offensive game, for which you called him in fourth place in 2016, and he never dominated in short positions in the AHL. This is not a knock on him, because learning the North American game, when you are only 18 and 19 is very difficult, but under the supervision of Chiarelli in the Oilers it is hard to believe that he can develop in the NHL. He does not have one, and he is sure that, hell, he will not develop offensive confidence when he scores one goal in nine games, like this season.
8. Now Kyarelli and his staff believe that adding another 20-year-old to Kyler Yamamoto is the way to go. He is physically not ready for NHL. He thinks the game is very good, but he is not physically ready. He had four goals and eight points in eleven games of the AHL, and then he was recalled. No other team in the NHL has two 20-year-old forwards, who teamed up for 17 goals in 142 NHL games. It is assumed that these are attacking players, and Chiarelli thinks that if they play as fourth-line players, this will help them grow. Wake up. This is not how winning teams develop players. Yamamoto will not be better than Ryan Spooner today, and if they do not allow him to develop properly and maintain his offensive confidence, he may never become better. They might recall 25-year-old Joseph Gambardellah instead of Yamamoto, if they needed a body on the list. He is 200 pounds. He leads his AHL team in blocking. I am not sold, he will be a NHL player in the long term, but today I bet that he could be as effective as Yamamoto in the NHL. And most importantly, Yamamoto will play a lot, score a lot and gain self-confidence among minors, therefore, when training camps are held next year, the Oilers really can have a young striker who can give them additional results. Oilmen could withdraw Gambardella and not trade Caggiula.
9. The problem with the Oil Workers is that they constantly do not understand that you are not winning with all the young players. This is a men's league. Yes, there are several experienced elite young players in the league, but the elite ones play at once, while the Oilers have two in McDavid and Drysaytle. The winning teams do not rely on all young players playing key roles. Washington and Pittsburgh have won the last three Stanley Cups. Did they have major key players who participated in entry level deals? Tampa Bay has a 22-year-old Braden cape, but look at the rest of your best strikers – they are all veterans. Their young strikers, Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph, are 21 years old, they both played in the AHL during the season and played in the bottom six roles. Where is Edmonton going to get another six ahead next season? If they believe that Pülüjarvi or Yamamoto will be this guy, they will take another serious risk. They thought that one of them would be ready this year, and neither is close. And they do nothing to help their offensive development. In fact, they interfere with this. It's a shame that this organization does not see it, but other teams see it.
10. Yesterday, Kyarelli traded Kajulu for Brandon Manning. The following year, Manning has a limit of $ 2.25 million, and Caggiula has a limit of $ 1.5 million. Caggiula is far from an ideal player, but he has seven goals this season, and over the past 1.5 years he has 20 goals, the fourth largest forwards Oilers behind McDavid, Draisaitl and RNH. Caggiula is also physical. He needs to improve in his area, but good coaches can improve it.
Most coaches cannot teach abusive instincts or the finish line, and the Oilers have just traded one of the few additional forwards that they actually had to accomplish some goals. Kyarelli and new head coach Ken Hitchcock still believe that size is a major factor in winning. This is 2019, size helps only if a player with the same skill as a smaller player. Caggiula / Manning trading has just confirmed to me that Chiarelli has no direction for this team. Why acquire Manning, another left D shot, when you have Klefbom, Nurse, Russell, Seker, Gravel and Jones? What was the point of reference? It is no better than Gravel and Gravel costs 1/3 of the price. Gravel was turned on for 12 GF and 12 GA at 5 × 5 in 296 minutes. Manning played 358 5 × 5 minutes and was on 9 GF-26 GA. He is -17 with 5×5, earns three times as much, and some people really think that he is upgrading to Gravel. Oh my God
11. Chiarelli added a salary for the next year to D-man, who was a healthy player 14 times lower than them in the standings, and Chicago surpassed another 27 goals. Is he much better / different than the defenders they have on the list today? Manning earns $ 2.25 million this year and next. Kevin Gravel earns 700,000 dollars. Caleb Jones earns $ 720,000. Is manning better? If you wanted to exchange Caggiula, well, but there is no point in doing this when the return is a more expensive D-man who does not add insults and is not a stellar protector. How does it make greasers better? This is not true.
12. And remember that Oilers have no depth scoring. Since last season, Caggiula has been ranked 4th in the number of goals scored, 20, at Oilers for RNH, Draisaitl and McDavid. Yes, he has warts in his game, but if you think that exchanging him for adding salary to another LD, who has no offense and does not have figures indicating that he will defend, it is simply ridiculous. With Chiasson out of turn and Caggiula sold, the fourth largest goal among Oilers forwards is now three from Kyle Brodziak and Puljujarvi. The oil workers added a defensive RD earlier that same day in Alex Petrovich, who has a better analyst than Manning, so the deal with Manning had even less sense for me. I want to make it clear that I have nothing against the player. He did not ask to exchange it for Kajulu. And this does not mean that Caggiula was someone whom they could not move. This is a simple truth, here is another profession where GM is lowered in talent.
13. Chiarelli did a good job completing the Boston Bruins list from 2006 to 2014. He helped turn them into the Stanley Cup winner, but it was in Boston, and today the game is different. His record in Edmonton speaks for itself. The oil workers once went to the playoffs, but this looks like a blowout, as they missed the other two years and are now 11th in the Western Conference. The deals he made during the season this year have not had a positive impact.
14. Chiarelli has the most dynamic player in the NHL. He didn’t need to add big names to the list that he inherited, he just needed to update it, but he didn’t come close to making the rest of the list better than what his predecessor, Craig McTavish, created. The sad part of Oilersnation is that I do not see a quick fix. If McDavid, Draisaitl and RNH fail to carry the team behind their back for 40 games and play at an even higher level than they currently are, this team does not go to the playoffs, and they simply have no depth to compete. if they do postseason.
This is not the players' fault. The task of GM is to create a roster and make the team competitive. The results are proof that Chiarelli failed.
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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 12/31/2008 – 8:00 Moscow time.