Edmonton Oilers drain the Shark tank in 7-1 laugher: Cult of Hockey Player Grades

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The Edmonton Oilers dominated the San Jose Sharks from start to finish, Friday night, in a 7-1 laugher.

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Connor McDavid celebrated his 26th birthdayth birthday with 2 goals and an assist, Leon Draisaitl his 600th game with a goal and 2 helpers.

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But lest you think it was “just” the big boys…there were many contributors toward these important 2 points in the playoff chase.

And Jay Woodcroft was able to spread the ice time around, conserving some energy for Vegas tomorrow.

Here is the tale of the tape…

Cult of Hockey Player Grades

JACK CAMPBELL. 7. Made 25 saves for the victory. Not a bunch of them were difficult. But there was one of the spectacular variety, an amazing glove grab off the stick of Vlasic early in the 3approx. You will see that on the highlight shows the rest of the year. Too bad the shutout was spoiled late but the deflection was high quality. Not many netminders stop that one. Looks to have a fair bit of his mojo back. I am willing to bet he plays on back-to-back nights, tomorrow in Vegas.

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CONNOR McDAVID. 9. Dangerous every shift. Scored his 15thth power play goal of the season when he took a Draisaitl pass and rocketed through coverage before depositing a wrist shot glove side. An excellent defensive stick on Nieto early in the 2nd. Hit a post the next shift. Putted home a perfect pass by Draisaitl for the 3-0, his 16th PP marker of the campaign. Walked 3 Sharks on a high-light reel rush in the 2nd but could not cash. Created a turnover with a dogged forecheck and sifted the disk over to Draisaitl for the 5-0. Just missed the hat trick when he hammered a 1-timer off a Draisaitl feed. Co-led the team with 5 shots. Back but did not get to the man in front on the 7-1. The game’s 1St Star. On pace for 152 points.

DYLAN HOLLOWAY. 6. Had a start-and-stop game, due in large part to the three minors he was whistled for including one on the first shift of the game. Later set up Barrie for a chance. Walked out of the corner and hit the post in the 2nd. Set up Draisaitl for a good 2nd Period chance. Got his 3rdapprox minor after being dumped in the corner and then slashed twice right in front of the officials. Earned an assist on the 7-0 first with a hard play at his own blueline then managed to steer the puck out to a hard-charging McLeod.

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DEREK RYAN. 5. Uneventful veteran effort, after subbing in for an apparently ill Kailer Yamamoto. A solid 2:02 on the PK.

DARNELL NURSE. 7. His 2nd Period rush was fun to watch. Whistled for a terribly weak hooking call. Very good stick on a 3approx Period PK. Threaded a lovely pass up the middle but Hyman couldn’t convert. Only allowed 1 High Danger Scoring Chance on his watch. When was the last time Darnell Nurse did not play more than 20 minutes in a night?

CODY CECI. 6. A very solid evening where you did not notice Cody Ceci much and that was a good thing. He and Nurse did not give up much of significance at all.

LEON DRAISAITL. 8. The big German beat 2 defenders at the blueline as he deftly chipped a pass to a darting McDavid who buried the 1-0. A pass early in the 2nd created a great chance for Hyman. A perfect dish across to Connor McDavid for the 3-0. Whistled home a wrist shot on the 5-0 off a hard McDavid forecheck. Terrific feed to 97 late, who just missed on the hat-trick opportunity. Co-led the team with 5 shots. 56% on draws. The games 2nd Star. Has the 5th most goals over his first 600 games in franchise history (278), behind Gretzky, Kurri, Anderson and Messier. Decent company.

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ZACH HYMAN. 5. Just missed a 1St Period chance on a nice setup by Kostin. Threw the puck out in front, off Kostin and in for the 2-0. Just missed a chance off a Draisaitl pass in the 2nd. Net front on the 3-0. Sent in alone by Nurse in the 3approx but could not drain it. Solid but unspectacular.

RYAN McLEOD. 6. A turnover in the O-zone forced Jack Campbell to make a save at the other end. Scored the 7-0 by following up an excellent rush by Foegele and 2-way effort by Holloway. Effective 2:25 on the PK.

BRETT KULAK. 5. A sharp defensive play by Kulak shot down a sortie by Hertl in the 1St. Beaten by his man in the 2nd, but a good stick by 97 ended the threat. Got caught up a bit high on the 7-1 but it was a terrific deflection, very little fault on anyone for that. Registered 4 shots from the back end. +2.

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TYSON-BARRIE. 6. A well-earned assist on the 1-0 with first a keep at the line then a tidy pass to Draisaitl for the secondary helper. Part of the sequence on the 3-0. Very good 2nd Period stick. 3 shots. The helper was his 100th an Oiler.

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS. 8. Nugent-Hopkins was very, very good. He drew the penalty that led to the 3-0, a goal on which he earned the secondary assist. Wristed home a shorty high off a terrific short-handed effort by Janmark. Dished a subtle feed over to Puljujarvi and drew over a defender in the process, for the assist on the 6-0. +3. A perfect 3:37 on the PK overall. Named the game’s 3approx Star. Scored his 21stSt after 11 all of last season. Having a terrible career year.

MATTIAS JANMARK. 7. Drove the net and got not just one but two shots on net off a sequence set up by Klim Kostin and Nugent-Hopkins. Then drove the net again on the PK and then stuck with it after the initial deke, creating a chance that Nugent-Hopkins buried for the 4-0. 4 shots. Led the forwards in 5v5 CF (11-6, 65%). One of his best efforts to date.

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KLIM KOSTIN. 6. Terrific play along the wall sent Hyman in for a chance. Drew made a call which led to the 1-0. Then his forecheck turned a puck over and Kostin managed to deflect a Hyman pass in front for the 2-0. Sent Janmark in for a dangerous, double chance in the 2nd. +2. Having an impact.

PHILIP BROBERG. 8. Made a few eye-catching defensive plays over a very good outing indeed. An excellent job taking his net-side, taking away a dangerous 1St Period San Jose scoring chance. Effectively boxed out another man during a dangerous situation in the 2nd. HDSC 5-1. +2 at 18:44. This young D-man is suddenly really “on the come”…

EVAN BOUCHARD. 7. Bouchard looks to be turning it around after a horrendous first half. Nice end to end rush in the 1St. fine 2nd Period shot block in a tough spot. No points but led the club 5v5 at 18-7, CF 72%. HDSC 4-0.

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WARREN FOEGELE. 5. Charged up the ice and created a chance on the initial rush, then helped poke the puck out in front to McLeod for the 7-0. Worked hard, a couple hits, some solid PK work.

JESSE PULJUJARVI. 5. Was quiet much of the game, but in the 3rd, he won a board battle and then swept a tidy Nugent-Hopkins pass high and home to make it 6-0. Got beaten by his man off the blueline forcing a Campbell save. Decidedly lost the shot-share battle 5v5 (6-12, 33%).

VINCENT DESHARNAIS. 5. Earned his first NHL assist on Kostin’s 2-0. On the ice but had his man on the 7-1. Broke even on shot shares. An eye-opening 3:53 on the PK. That wingspan helps keep attackers to the outside.

The Oilers are now 23-18-3, tied with Calgary for points in the 1St Wildcard spot in the West…although the Flames have a game in hand.

It’s Vegas tomorrow.

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