Joined Lowetide this morning to talk Oilers and the latest news from training camp. Full audio below.
Couple of notes:
- Here’s how the line-up is shaping up after the latest round of cuts (lifted from LT). I think we can expect Simpson, Gernat, Pakarinen and Moroz to get sent down once they come off the injured list. Likely by the end of the week.
- How the Oilers handle Slepyshev will depend on Purcell’s injury. This might be a huge break for the young forward, but it’ll probably be in his best interest to develop in the AHL first.
- If the Oilers go with Nilsson, Scrivens should either be dealt for a pick/“future considerations” or start as the backup in Bakersfield (likely the latter). I’d prefer having Brossoit take the majority of minutes in Bakersfield and continue his development.
- I cannot see how trading away Nikitin would help the Oilers at this point unless there’s a defenceman coming back the other way. I think it’d be smarter to see how he does in McLellan’s system (that tends to get more shot attempts from the defence) before attempting to deal him away. I think we’ll see a higher proportion of shot attempts from the defence this coming season, and Nikitin probably has the most potential to contribute among the bottom 4.