Mailbag Monday – How does Edmonton Oilers fit in with the cap?

Happy Monday, dear online friends, and welcome to our Mailbag Long Weekend Edition to help you start the week and break everything going with our beloved Edmonton Oilers. This week, we take a look at the Oilers’ cover status, reasonable expectations for Dylan Holloway, and more. If you have a question you’d like to ask, email it to me at [email protected] Or hit me up on Twitter at Tweet embed I will get to you as soon as possible.

1) RivetGuru asks – How do oilers get max compatibility? This seems like some kind of big deal that doesn’t get talked about.

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Robin Brownlee:

Not being talked about? We have discussed a lot. Workers must commit to oil before the disc drops in the new season on October 12. Not today, not tomorrow and not next week. Watch the team’s line-up in camp and pre-season.. Then Ken Holland does his job.

Jason Gregor:

I think it has been discussed. They currently have 12 forwards at $49,875 million, seven D-men at $26,393,668 (I have Murray as the seventh D-man), two goalkeepers at $5.75 million, $896,000 in bonuses and 4 , $166,667 in acquisitions or salary retained. That puts them at $82,914,335 million. So they’re $414,000 over the cap and still need Ryan McLeod’s signature. They need to make a trade. Holland was in talks with other GMs.

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Cam Lewis:

In the end, someone will trade it. There are a lot of dominoes to go down as there are a lot of free agents restricted with no deals yet and teams need to see how players look at training camp before deciding if they should get a player at the last minute.

Tyler Yarchuk:

They can manipulate the waiver wire a bit, something Lowetide has talked about several times on his show. This is a possibility but it will make it very difficult to make moves throughout the year, since this is already going to be difficult. The easiest route is to trade Warren Foegele for nothing and then use that money saved to sign McLeod and another wing of the top nine players still in free agency.

Bottled Milk:

I’m still guessing that Warren Foegele is being traded, but the longer this goes on, the less confident I’ll feel in that prediction. The honest answer? Who the hell knows.

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2)Browndelorian asks – What is a reasonable expectation for Dylan Holloway’s first season with the Oilers? 15-21-36?

Robin Brownlee:

It’s hard to say because there’s no guarantee he’ll make the season’s opening roster. I’m more interested in the process than the score now. Oilers do not need to force-feed Holloway into the squad to have adequate offensive production. Also, if he stuck, there’s a big difference between playing in the top six than playing in the third streak. In addition, the probability that his wrist will not be 100 per cent to start the season should be allowed.

Jason Gregor:

I don’t think that’s a guarantee that he’s playing in Edmonton this year. He’ll be on the opening day rosters, for cap purposes (if not called, if called during the season, his reach could be $1.425 million instead of $925K). So he will be staying here for a day, but there is no guarantee that he will play all season in Edmonton. He needs to get a place in the top nine to stay here. I don’t see them playing with him limited minutes on the fourth line, probably no special teams, as he can play for close to 20 minutes a night in the AHL.

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If he plays in Edmonton all season and can score 12-14 goals, that would be very good considering he probably won’t get much PP time.

Cam Lewis:

It’s hard to say because we don’t know if he will play all year in the team. Given Edmonton’s depth up front, I’m assuming he started in the AHL and got a phone call and then doesn’t hold back, like Kailer Yamamoto did in 2019-20. With that in mind, my prediction for Holloway would be roughly 10 goals and 30 points in 60 games.

Tyler Yarchuk:

It totally depends on how many games he plays, but if he cuts camp with the team and ends up playing 70-80 games, then expecting more than 35 points is not at all unrealistic. If he only played 30-40 games and they were all in the third line, anything between 8-10 goals and 10-15 assists would be impressive.

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Bottled Milk:

If he scores 15 goals this year, I will be very happy. My bold expectation for him this season is that he gets the team out of the training camp. Anything outside of that, especially a productive starter season, will be broth.

May 8, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Detroit Red Wings guard Calvin Pickard (31) defended the net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first half at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

3) Stephen asks – is Calvin Pickard enough insurance just in case Stewart Skinner struggles in his first NHL season?

Robin Brownlee:

surely. Skinner is Campbell’s backup. Picard is a .903 goalkeeper in 116 career games.

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Jason Gregor:

If you ask if Picard can play 20 games, I say yes he will be on duty.

Cam Lewis:

Most likely, yes. I don’t think most teams have a better option in the third series. If the team does, this goalkeeper likely won’t get the concessions, as we saw with Anton Forsberg two years ago.

Tyler Yarchuk:

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Stuart Skinner had no trouble last season, posting 0.913 saves in 13 games. I think it should be more than able to keep its sv% above 0.905 and that means Piccard won’t need to rely on it, unless there are hits. If Campbell or Skinner keep falling for an extended period of time, I’d say oil bullies are looking to the trade market before they run with Picard for any major stretch.

Bottled Milk:

I hope we don’t have to see Piccard even once, and that’s what I’m counting on. Dare to dream.

4) Mark asks – who gets more points in 2022-23: Jesse Poliojarvi or Keeler Yamamoto? Yams got more points but Bison King had a better score per game.

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Robin Brownlee:

I’m not sure all the Puljujarvi points this season come with Edmonton, so there it is. Yamamoto will get more points.

Jason Gregor:

I will say Yamamoto. I think Puljujarvi would start the season (if in Edmonton) on a streak with McLeod.

Cam Lewis:

I think Yamamoto gets more playing time in the top six, so he’ll probably end up producing more. I doubt they would be that far apart.

Tyler Yarchuk:

If they both stay healthy, I’d say Jesse Poliojarvi. I think they’ll try to make it work for him and McDavid again and if they click, Puljujarvi could take off this season. Honestly, even if Puljujarvi finds a home on the third streak with Ryan McLeod or Ryan Nugent Hopkins, I think he could have a very good season. The third line of Hyman – Nugent-Hopkins – Puljujarvi can yield really well considering that they may get their meat broth.

Bottled Milk:

I will say Puljujarvi but not too much. I believe in these two kids, so I think it would be more than just a flip of a coin.

5) Eve asks – This mailbag is going up on a long weekend and I want to know which long weekend is the best ever? My vote goes to Thanksgiving every time for food without bothering to buy gifts.

Robin Brownlee:

Long weekend canada day.

Jason Gregor:

I love the long weekend in August. It’s usually really warm and everyone is in a great mood in the middle of summer.

Cam Lewis:

May long! It always seems like when summer starts.

Tyler Yarchuk:

I’ll take any of the summer. An extra day of golf and you don’t have to work when the weather is nice? Oh yes.

Bottled Milk:

I will say Family Day weekend just to be different because it happens in one of the coldest months of the year and gives me an excuse to stay in bed all day.

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