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Who should make the Oilers 6-7-8 defense?

  1. Ethan Bear

    67.8%
  2. Evan Bouchard

    64.9%
  3. Kevin Gravel

    42.7%
  4. Jakub Jerabek

    19.0%
  5. Jason Garrison

    45.5%
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  1. Cloned

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    EDM TUNES


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    Preseason Game #5
    Canucks @ Oilers
    Sept 25 @ 7:00 PM MST
    TV: SNET

    Oilers Lines:

    RNH - McDavid - Rattie
    Lucic - Draisaitl - Yamamoto
    Rieder - Khaira - Puljujarvi
    Chiasson - Brodziak - Kassian
    Aberg - Strome

    Klefbom - Larsson
    Russell - Bouchard
    Garrison - Jerabek

    Talbot
    Montoya


    Canucks Lines:

    TBA

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    Please vote in the poll!
     
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    And before anyone asks, yes, Grimes is the lady that Elon Musk is (was?) dating.
     
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    Voted Bouch and Gravel, Benning and Russel should be 4/5, Bouchard 6 and Gravel the 7th.

    Bouchard can also be switched with Bear if he gets sent down.
     
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    Bear garrison gravel
     
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    Klefbom-Larsson-Nurse-Russell-Benning.

    Surely, the question should be who is 6-7-8? I'm okay with Garrison so far, but I thought Gravel overall outplayed him and Jerabek. Bouchard and Bear are the high reward selections, so I guess I'd say Bear-Gravel-Garrison.
     
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    These choices make me yearn for Gryba.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing how Yams does with Drai. Rieder has been pretty disappointing but him and JJ can push each other for icetime. Don't really see Cagg/Aberg sticking around/getting much playing time.

    Starting to feel pretty confident in this forwards group.
    Nuge- McDavid - Rattie
    Lucic - Drai - Yams
    Khaira - Strome - Pulji
    Rieder - Brodz - Kass/Chiasson
    Caggiula/Aberg
     
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    Yeee Grimes.
     
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    Shouldn't it be 6 & 7?
     
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    Yes, it should, but HF won't let me change the question.
     
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    Bouchard has already made the roster... based on results so far... he's packed his **** and is moving into town as we speak. :)

    Therefore it's down to #7/8.. which probably should be Gravel/Garrison.

    I like Bear but I still think he could use a little more time in the AHL... not because he's "bad" but because for depth reasons, I'd prefer to have at least one of Garrison (decent shot and I think he will play his ass off in his likely last attempt at an NHL job) and/or Gravel (solid all-around dman who's rebounding after illness) on the squad as I think they are older and more established (yes I know Gravel is fairly inexperienced but he has quite a few years of pro hockey experience at least).

    I think if Gravel/Garrison can be your 7/8 that's a decent backup for games where you want to give Bouchard a rest from the top 6 if he is having issues defensively and you want to let him watch from the stands for a game or two.

    There's no reason Bouchard has to play 9 straight games... bringing in a vet like Garrison/Gravel onto the bottom pairing is a prudent backup plan.

    ***Now watch them go against all prudency and choose Jerabek who is an even bigger question mark imo.***
     
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    Didn't they already wave Gravel for assignment?
     
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    Klef-Larsson
    Nurse-Bouchard
    Russel-Bear

    really hope these are the pairings for this game.
     
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    Yup. Not too sure why though. Imo he was much better than Jerabek in the preseason.
     
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    nexttothemoon 1 out of 13 ain't bad.

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    Yes they did... but the poll asks who you'd want at #6/7... and to me Garrison/Gravel are good for the 7/8 spots because Bouchard already has #6 wrapped up.
     
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    Benning is a lock to start in the top-6.
     
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    Have lines been posted somewhere?
     
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    I'm fine with Bear and Bouchard sharing 6/7 spot. Garrison balances things out with his veteran presence who can fill in when needed.

    Leave Bouchard up and give him 9 of the first 25 games or do then look at releasing him to the World Junior Team. He's likely to evolve more practicing with McDavid, Draisatl etc and playing every second/third game, then going back to Juniors in October. Try to stretch his 9 games until December, then revisit this in January.
     
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    Not yet. These were the lines at practice though:
    RNH-McDavid-Rattie
    Lucic-Draisaitl-Yamamoto
    Rieder-Khaira-Puljujarvi
    Caggiula-Brodziak-Kassian
    Aberg - McLoed - Chiasson

    Strome is day-to-day. Personally, I hope Rieder and Chiasson take the 4th line winger spots, with Kassian and Cags scratched/traded/waived. I love the top-6.
     
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    nexttothemoon 1 out of 13 ain't bad.

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    I agree... that's actually a pretty strong argument for keeping him up.

    You have Yawney/Viveiros who will be working with him plus the best player in the world to play with to teach him NHL habits and work ethics.

    I honestly can't think of a much better environment for Bouchard to get up to speed at the NHL level and excel and develop the best way possible instead of going down a large step to Junior back in London and playing vs 17/18 year olds again... in a league where 95% of the players are going to be lesser quality than him and certainly not at an NHL level.

    Everything is pointing towards the Oilers having a no bull**** attitude this season as far as getting results (coach and GM both on the hotseat for firings if they don't) and I think that can only be good for Bouchard as well.
     
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    just to piss me off apparently. Gravel was better than Jerabek or Garrison. not sure what the deal is here. At least they got Upshall right.
     
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    nexttothemoon 1 out of 13 ain't bad.

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    I think it's pretty easy to piss you off. :)

    For what it's worth, I think Gravel was decent as well... but maybe they wanted him to get a bit more time in the AHL while they tried out the golden boy Bouchard as well as get longer looks at Jerabek who they spent $1 million on already and is "supposed" to be a fairly mobile puck mover.


    Personally I think they are really going to be pushing the speed/breakout/big shot angles with the new systems and coaching tactics.

    That could explain why Garrison (big shot), Bear (big shot and PP weapon), Yamamoto (good speed and shiftiness), Bouchard (big shot and excellent breakout passing), McLeod (great speed and passing skill) are still up with the team.


    Gravel is more of a solid all around dman and they seem to want to go with a more mobile, potentially aggressive shooting/passing/breakout group is what I'm guessing.

    That's the theory anyway... we'll see how it all plays out and if they have the right personnel to pull it off throughput the lineup and not just be a 1-line team again this year.
     
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    One thing I could see is perhaps they try to sneak him through waivers now while other teams are still trying to figure out their rosters. To me he looked the best of the three.

    Other thought is they go with Garrison as he can fill in on the RD when they sit Bouchard to stretch his 9 games. Also want a longer look at Jerabek to see what they got.
     
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    I just about cried when I thought that's what our 5-6-7 options were
     
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