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Monday Mailbag: What’s going on with the penalty?

Monday Mailbag: What’s going on with the penalty?

Happy Monday, dear internet friends, and welcome to a new edition of the Mailbag to help you start your week and break down everything that’s going on with our beloved Edmonton Oilers. This week we’re looking at PK, Nuge’s 200th goal, Dylan Holloway and more. If you have a question you want to ask, email it to me at [email protected] or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk and I will contact you as soon as we can.

April 24, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gaelen Morse-USA TODAY Sports

Robin Brownlee:

easily He should get it with a couple of seasons left on that contract, through the 2026-27 season.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

Absolutely. 20 goals per season for 5 more years will be easy. Better question… 400? If he has a few 25+ goal campaigns and plays until he’s 30, which he might, 400 isn’t out of the question.

Sacheted milk:

2000% If he can stay healthy, he will get there.

October 15, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Calgary Flames celebrate a goal scored by forward Andrew Mangiapane (88) during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

2) James asks Peterborough: The Oilers aren’t defending well in the early part of the season. How would you rank the following elements: personnel, execution, or systems? Because?

Robin Brownlee:

I don’t see many numbers that lead me to completely agree with you. There have been stretches where they’ve been too loose, but we’re nine games in with two new goaltenders and a blue line group that’s settling in.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

This team defended well last year under Woodcroft, so I’ll put the systems third. I’ll stick with execution as number one, the key players just make really poor mistakes too often. So staff is number two and I think that’s fair. This is a good group of defensemen, they should be at least league average if everyone is playing well, but this is not a Stanley Cup caliber blue line.

Sacheted milk:

I think the defense needs improvement in both personnel and execution. I believe Woodcroft in systems.

February 14, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; Edmonton Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft stands behind the bench before the third period against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

3) asks Taylor: The penalty shootout has had a brutal start with goals in eight straight games, and I wonder what everyone’s decision is why it’s going wrong?

Robin Brownlee:

They’re spending a little too much time in the short term — 6:50 per game, which is fifth in the league — for my liking. They have allowed 10 PPGA, but also have two shorties.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

Partially poor early season luck, partial execution of key pieces. Very bad coverages (game against Carolina) and bad decisions with the puck. Also, some guys are being asked to kill penalties for the first time with this team, so I think there’s been a bit of a learning curve.

Sacheted milk:

Like Robin said, the Oilers are taking too many penalties in the first place. Second, it looks like they’re still trying to remember how PK systems are supposed to work. we will get there Killing all three penalties Saturday night in Calgary was huge.

October 18, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Dylan Holloway (55) and Buffalo Sabers defenseman Jacob Bryson (78) battle for a loose puck during the first period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

4) Blake asks: While not unusual by any means for a player his age, Dylan Holloway’s first season in the NHL has been anything but smooth so far and I wonder if anyone thinks the Oilers should of returning to Bakersfield to try to boost his confidence. What do you think is best for him at this stage?

Robin Brownlee:

Every player on the planet would rather be in the NHL than the minors. Here’s how to find out exactly how it measures up. I don’t know where the cutoff point is for ice time, an amount at which it doesn’t make sense to have him here, but I don’t think we’re at that right now other than that game against Buffalo.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

I don’t think that’s a terrible idea. He’s made some serious mistakes and I think part of it may have been nerves or a lack of confidence. I’d rather him play 20 minutes a night in Bakersfield versus >10 minutes a game at the NHL level in a control role. Let him continue to develop and if you want him to play a controlling role at the end of the season, you can do it then.

Sacheted milk:

Holloway got his first point in Calgary and I think he looks more comfortable with the match. I don’t know what timeline the Oilers are working with for him, but whatever happens, I think we have a player here that will be worth the wait.

October 27, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Jujhar Khaira (16) and Edmonton Oilers left wing Evander Kane (91) battle during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

5) Sara asks: Evander Kane’s no-goal call on Thursday night was very frustrating for many Oilers fans, as the NHL seems to be very inconsistent with these types of reviews. How can the league improve the process to ensure controversial calls like Kane’s no-goal are best avoided?

Robin Brownlee:

Start by not saying the goal is good and then try to tell people that the original call was no goal at all. Worse, it was actually a good target. Kane was in the crease and came out well before scoring.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

I honestly have no idea. Goalie interference is apparently impossible to get right, so unfortunately I don’t have a good answer for you.

Sacheted milk:

Horrible call, but completely predictable based on the inconsistency of officiating in the NHL. How do they improve? Start by taking the goal reviews out of the referee’s hands and into the Toronto war room. We’re human, we don’t want to admit when we’re wrong.

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