Cory Nicholson

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  1. Benning played fine last year when he kept it simple and didn't play above his comfort zone! He made some great hits and never took bad penalties and at times out shined Nurse. I think he needs to get back to what worked for him last year and keep it simple,But again our Defense as a whole hasn't played very well and hopefully we can get things under control sooner than later!! Go Oilers!
  2. To take something good from last game against Carolina,Lucic RNH Strome looked very solid and seemed to catch fire at second half of the game! Once Draisaitl is back I think add him with Mcdavid and Yamamoto on the first line!! This could give us 2 excellent scoring lines and 2 good scoring lines hopefully!! Maroon hasn't played good to start the season and has taken bad penalties as well so maybe putting him on the 3rd line to get him playing great again! Draisaitl Mcdavid Yamamoto Lucic RNH Strome Maroon Caggulia Jokinen Slepyshev Letestu Kassian Our Defense has been horrible with Kleftbom leading the way in terrible plays but let's hope this road trip gets this team closer together and gel and get back to playing solid 2way hockey and some great playing from the first line to goalie!! This is just a hiccup and this road trip although a tough one will hopefully bring the best In every player!! GO OILERS!!
  3. This team is even more potent than last season with Strome Jokinen and Yamamoto taking Pouliot Eberle and Desharnaiz spots and with the rest of the team untouched but a year older in there young careers this team is going to be deadly however Mclellan stacks up the lines!! I like the idea of putting Mcdavid and Draisaitl together to start the season just to get the ball rolling and get so.e wins in and confidence at a high level so we can start season with a bang!! Nice thing to know is our top 9 are stars to superstars and only a couple teams can really say that so as long as we're healthy this team should win Pacific division and finish season top 3-5 in NHL!! Maroon Mcdavid Draisaitl Lucic RNH Yamamoto Jokinen Strome Caggulia Khaira Letestu Kassian Kleftbom Larsson Russell Benning Nurse Auvitou Talbot Broissoit This will be starting season line up!! Then once we get going it will become: Maroon Mcdavid Strome Lucic Draisaitl Yamamoto Jokinen RNH Caggulia Khaira Letestu Kassian Kleftbom Larsson Russell Benning Nurse Auvitou/Gryba Talbot/ Broissoit This team has such a variety of great players it's really going to be a fun to watch season!! Love this team and can't wait to show my pride!! GO OILERS!!
  4. With all our different looks we could have due to having very skilled centers we could stack our lines against tougher teams or when trailing in the 3rd period and special teams but I do see our top 3 centers as centers and everyone else to where they best fit! Here is my forward and PP/PK predictions Maroon Mcdavid Strome Lucic Draisaitl Puljujarvi Jokinen Nuge Slepyshev Caggulia Letestu Kassian Kleftbom Larsson Sekera Russell Nurse Benning PP #1 Lucic Mcdavid Draisaitl Kleftbom Letestu PP#2 Maroon RNH Strome Sekera Puljujarvi/Jokinen PK#1 Lucic RNH Kleftbom Larsson Letestu Kassian Nurse Russell Things could and will change depending on who fits best where but I have a good feeling about Strome and Puljujarvi playing top 6 and the PP forwards mixed with our top 4 defense could be used when trailing in 3rd period or against tougher teams just to mix up the oppositions pairings but again with our team stacked as good as we are other teams won't be able to contain all our lines!! So awesome to have these as problems lol!! Going to be a great year!! GO OILERS!
  5. Draisaitl Lucic and Strome will play the 2nd line and with them all 6'2"-6'4" and 205-230lbs,it's going to be a Power forward nightmare for most teams to play against!! Since they won't be playing the best lines next year I see very good numbers coming from these guys cuz there capable of being 1st line players on any other team!! Draisaitl 75pts-Lucic 60pts-Strome-55pts!! And if Nuge plays with Mcdavid I see crazy numbers coming from them!!
  6. Mclellan is our coach, I think I spelled his name wrong,oops!! And yes I'm not a Wideman fan either but not sure how long Franson will stay a free agent cuz I'm sure he will get signed far before Wideman so I was looking for options there! But yes I do agree totally at having 27 million spent down the middle is crazy but I do like the idea of having both Strome and Nuge as utility players and trying them out in different area's and situations. Im sure it will make for some great combinations and make it that much harder to contain this team!! I guess we will have a better idea on the outcome of this teams lineup after this season mainly depending on how well Strome Maroon play and if Puljujarvi is capable of reaching his bonuses to!! I hope we keep Nuge because he could turn out to be a great 2way center!
  7. I'm a big fan of RNH and I really hope that we can keep him because of how he turned his game into a 2way game and still put up 48pts!! He's what this team needs and can play as our 3c but can easily move up to 2c when playing tougher teams where Draisaitl moves up with Mcdavid to make sure we come out with the 2pts when facing division rivals!! Another option could be swinging a deal with Philly and trade Nuge for Couturier wich is a good trade for both sides where Philly needs more scoring after losing Schenn and we get a bigger 2way center that may not score as much as Nuge but fills the bigger tougher skilled forward role that fits our type of team that PC is known for and what is needed in the west!! This also saves around 2million in cap space and with Giroux slowing down and underperforming the last 2yrs Nuge and the new guy they just drafted will be a great start for there future and we get our big strong center that we need when facing these bigger teams in the West!! PC and Mclelland both like Nuge but they also like Couturier when he was added to team NA last season and with Mclelland getting a chance to coach him during that tourney I'm sure they've have a great idea of what Couturier can do and what's expected from him when he was given the more defensive role on the 4th line of that team and played very well wich even shocked everyone at that tournament!! We should also give Wideman or Franson a try out at camp and if it turns out to be a great addition then we could sign him to a 1yr deal and depending if Sekera can't earn his spot back on the team we could get him to waive his NTC and trade him to add cap space there as well which will help us down the road! With Yamamoto and Benson as our next promising forwards slated to join the team and Jones and Bear a little later,we won't have to resign all our free agents next year and rather pick the guys who've looked the best and keep them and leave room for our young guys and let the others go so we do stay under the cap yet still have the same if not better caliber of players!! I don't think we will be as bad off as most think given we have good players in the minors and won't have to overspend on free agents for the next little bit and we can continue to win Stanley Cups which were very close to doing!! GO OILERS!!
  8. Oh ya for sure! That's why if we were to land Green I expect RNH or Sekera whomever were to be traded would be for draft picks back. Being that Detroit is in cap trouble the only way of getting him would be via draft picks and being Sekera and RNHs contracts are close to Greens cost, then they make the most sense in trading if we decided to keep Green and I expect them to get picks back in return and that way we don't lose our initial 1st rd pick and depending on who we trade with we could get moved up the order much closer to the top cuz I suspect we finish near the top of the league and be one of the last to pick in first rd.
  9. Ya your very right there and that's what Sekera mentioned as his main reason for signing here was because of Mcdavid!! Just don't know if what we have on defense is enough!! Skill wise and how great they have been playing has been very very good but it's the experience with the skill like Green has is where I'm a little worried!! But for now there's no pressure to win the cup this season being we just scratched the surface of what this team can do. And with Strome Puljujarvi expected to crack our top 6,I think this year is to find our strengths and weaknesses and adjust as needed and try and win the West and get to West finals in playoffs and next season starts the push to win it all and continue to for the next 10yrs
  10. With Draisaitl signed I think we need to get Green from Detroit since there still nearly 4million above the cap!! We have approx 6.5million of cap space and if we can trade perhaps a 1st rd pick for Green and maybe a average prospect in return for Green then it's very well worth it because he's a very skilled right shot Defense that could put 50pts up with our deadly skilled offense!! He would take a lot of pressure off of Kleftbom who being so young it would really help with getting the puck up to our Superstars and Star players who rely on our Defense to get the puck up to them as quickly and frequently as possible!! His contract is up at the end of this year as well so if he doesn't fit well then we simply trade him at the deadline or walk away from him. But if he's what we're looking for wich I think we will be then maybe getting Speakers to waive his NTC and trade him or we trade RNH and get a prospect and 1st rd pick back which could be better than ours if we play as good as expected and finish near the top of the league!! We have a ton of skill up front but we need another skilled RD wich Green is!! It's hard to find a great defenseman and this could be our chance!!
  11. With Draisaitl signed now I really think we should make a move for Mike Green of Detroit!! They need cap space and with them desperate to get under the cap we may not have to offer anything to crazy to get him,maybe 1st rd pick and prospect not included "Jones Bear Yamamoto" wich is reasonable for the caliber of player were getting. If Green doesn't fit well we simply walk away or trade him at deadline. I do like our Defense and the "scoring by committee" has been fairly good but I don't think we have the pieces on the back end to win is a championship!! Adding Green gives us a veteran presence with Playoff experience and a whole lot of offense whom i think paired with Russell could give us a much better 1-2 punch on the back end and hes a right shot wich we have been wanting for a long time!! Adding Green would also take some pressure off of Kleftbom who is still quit young and could feel overwhelmed when top superstars and star players are relying on him to get that puck up the ice quickly and frequently. Green would add more offense than Sekera and is paid a half million more. Green I think is a bit younger too and his contract is up this season as well so we could get him cheaper if he works out well with the team!! Only downfall is we would have to get Sekera to waive his NTC and trade him or we trade RNH and get a prospect and 1st rd pick back!!
  12. Going to be great seing different lines together trying to find who fits with whom best. Read some of what Strome has to say when he was here and I've got a good feeling about he could turn his game around here and that he's excited about this team so I really think he may start on top 6 RW with Mcdavid or Draisaitl depending how Puljujarvi starts as Well! But it's good that we have a winger with experience at center depending whom has better luck on different sides of rink. And Strome can shoot one timers wich Eberle couldn't so that will add to different plays for next season! Strome has a but of grit to his game which can help create space and make sure our Stars aren't being cheap shifted wich ads another dimension to his game. I was Leary about losing Eberle but with what we're trying to accomplish them it's obvious that having bigger boys will help a lot and even Puljujarvi is big and fast so that makes a difference in how we play!! All in all this is best case scenario to have lots of great players lining up to play there hearts out to gain a spot on this team!! This is my projection: Maroon Mcdavid Strome Lucic Draisaitl Puljujarvi Caggulia RNH Jokinen Slepyshev Letestu Kassian Kleftbom Larsson Russell Benning Nurse Gryba Talbot/Broissoit
  13. If he hadn't done so well with Mcdavid then he would be a 3rd line player taking Pouliots place on the team is what PC probably invisioned when first trading for him. PC never liked Pouliot and he traded him to Rangers when he was with Boston.
  14. Depending on how good Dillon Strome could be I think he would be awesome to see him on the team! If he's worth it maybe Puljujarvi and a pick would get him!! He's probably going to make Arizona's team this year and hopefully he plays Well!! Be cool to have both Stromes on our top 2lines.
  15. If RNH has another mediocre season then he may be the next to go to save money. Faynes contract gone will help and hopefully Draisaitl signs for no more than 7-7.5million tops then hopefully we can sign the boys who in my mind are keepers: Strome,Nurse,Maroon,Benning! I believe Caggulia Slepyshev will be replaced in a year or 2 by Yamamoto and Benson and Sekera and Russell by Jones and Bear. Good thing is we've drafted well so going out and overpaying for UFAS won't be a factor and as long as the cap goes up a lot we should stay fairly close without going over the cap and still have a deadly team!! One thing about Mcdavid signing such a great contract because he's worth far more,other players should take that into consideration and players will sign reasonable contracts because they know they will win several cups here if we can keep a great core together!! Maroon McD Yamamoto Lucic Draisaitl Puljujarvi Benson RNH Strome Khaira Letestu Kassian Kleftbom Larsson Nurse Bear Jones Benning Talbot Broissoit If we could keep that group together and they play to there expectations than this team will win a few cups together I'm thinking!! GO OILERS!!