NHLNotebook: McDavid and Draisaitl hit 100 career points, Eberle finally scores and TSN’s trade bait list

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn’t quite deserve its own article.  

In this NHLNotebook, we look at McDavid becoming the third fastest Oiler to reach 100 points, Jordan Eberle finally getting the monkey off his back as well as a TSN Trade Bait list that is packed full of big names.

McDavid, Draisaitl get to 100

Edmonton’s dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl both came into last night’s game against the Florida Panthers looking to hit the 100 point mark for their short NHL careers. For Connor, his opportunity came six minutes into the game when he and Zack Kassian caught the Flordia Panthers.

Catching the Panthers on a line change, Zack Kassian came bursting into the zone along the right wing driving for the net. His set up man, Connor McDavid, carried the puck into the offensive zone then sliding a pass through three (!) Panthers as Kassian banged home his third goal of the season.

Made that ?th point a beauty feed. #FLAvsEDM pic.twitter.com/ZaLGw58Dba

— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers)

January 19, 2017

The assist makes Connor McDavid the third fastest Oiler to reach 100 career points behind Wayne Gretzky who did it in 61 games, and Blair MacDonald who reached the mark in 85 games.

Leon Draisaitl also reached his 100th NHL point last night, sending a beauty feed up the ice to Connor McDavid who made no mistake in ending the game with 2.6 seconds left in OT.

Jordan Eberle gets the monkey off his back

The struggles of Jordan Eberle this season have been well documented. As a matter of fact, the sniper hadn’t scored a goal since the OIlers lost in OT to the Buffalo Sabres on December 6th, 2016. He went 19 games before he was finally able to find the twine.

All things considering, he picked the perfect time to break out of his slump. With the Oilers down 3-2 with three minutes left in the the third period, it appeared this game was all but over. The team looked like they had the life sucked out of them in thanks to a Panthers goal by Greg McKegg with just over five minutes to go in the frame.

Jordan Eberle had an opportunity, and he took advantage of it. Busting down the right-wing, the right-shot let an absolute laser go which beat James Reimer on the short side. Simply put, it was one of the most exciting goals an Oiler has scored in a long time.

Here’s to hoping that Eberle will be able to turn it on and continue with more goal production.

TSN Trade Bait

TSN Trade bait

On Tuesday, TSN released their first edition of this years Trade Bait list. The list features some big names high up on the list. Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog both come in on the top five, as well as pending UFA Martin Hanzal.

When you start to go down the list, more impact players pop up. At number seven, Oiler Jordan Eberle appears on the list and right below him Kevin Shattenkirk. Rumours have circulated this week about a possible Shattenkirk to Edmonton deal.

Shattenkirk however, is the only defenceman listed on TSN’s Trade Bait list so he will surly be in high demand.

The list also features five goaltenders as TSN suggested they could all be looking for new homes. Ondrej Pavelec, Jaroslav Halak, Ben Bishop, Steve Mason and M-A Fleury all make the list.

With the deadline roughly a month and a half away, it will be interesting to see what shakes down. Who would you like your favourite team to pick up?

The latest from Laing:

  • Super Sweet

    I don’t care if it doesn’t make much of a difference in the long run. I just want to see Iginla in a Oilers jersey to make Calgary Flames fans heads to explode

      • Señor Frijoles

        “Ugh. And then next season he’s hanging his banner in Calgary? I dunno. I think the stain’s a little too deep.”

        Agreed – Iginla’s a Flame, and a washed up one at that. I don’t see how having us suffer through a spring of watching Iginla struggle to keep up in Oiler colours is going to burn Flames fans. I’d rather win than worry about what Calgary thinks – and giving up assets for Iginla does not help the Oilers win.

  • Friedman had some very interesting insight on a potential Shattenkirk deal on the broadcast last night (before anber interrupted him with some dumbass remark). He mentioned Shattenkirk was warming to the idea of being a rental player on a team where he could play big minutes and his offence could flourish (*cough Edmonton) – in order to pump his stats for a better UFA deal.

    I thought that was an interesting comment as usually a hockey insider wouldn’t speculate on a players reason for changing his mind on a potential trade destination unless that was expressed to him from someone close in the organization.

    Good news I guess is that it is a possibility Shattenkirk comes to Edmonton as a rental, bad news is that it seems he still has no desire to re-sign here. Not sure how that affects the Blues asking price but he may have lower trade value than we thought based on that he will be exploring UFA regardless of which team he is traded to.

    • Keepyourstickontheice

      Do we have big minutes for Shattenkirk? Dude can play all the PP we have, but he’s likely going to be on the right side of the third pairing if he’s brought in and will likely be south of 18 minutes a night.

      I just can’t see him cracking the top 4 of Klefbom- Larsson and Sekera- Russell.

        • Keepyourstickontheice

          I like Shattenkirk, I promise I do. I just don’t see a trade deadline trade bringing him here.

          I think our best hope of getting him is signing him in the off season, but that would mean walking away from Russell most likely. Make of that what you will, but we can only really afford one unless Chiarelli wants to intentionally give himself no room to deal with RFAs like Draisaitl.

        • Keepyourstickontheice

          And if:

          1)We can acquire him for a non absurd price.
          2) He is fine being a 3rd pairing PP specialist on the Edmonton Oilers.

          I say go for it. I was just trying to point out the oilers don’t fit what Friedman was describing: “A team where he can play big minutes”. His offence might blossom hear on the PP though, so it might not matter.

          • LT mentioned a deal might look like Davidson plus conditional pick. It’s tough to say if that is worth it for a rental player… If we were giving that up I would imagine Shatty would have to be a shoe-in for 2nd pairing 5×5 minutes, which pushes Russell down the chart. I like Russell but the lack of offence from the blue line is going to hurt us if we make the playoffs this year.

            Tough call, I think playoff experience will be invaluable to this team, and they have proven they can get on ok without Davidson – but then it changes the expansion draft protected list. I would be inclined to make such a deal and really see if this team can make some noise with another proven top-4 dman with offensive ability.

          • Keepyourstickontheice

            Someone made the excellent point the other day that if Davidson is included in the trade then we do not need to worry about protecting him anymore.

            Last season I loved me some Davidson, but now with the D as it currently stands, I would be way more in favour of trading Davidson and lower pick, say a 4th rounder, than I would including our 1st round pick. Am I crazy?

  • Kaplan

    I want Kirk here, but only if he commits to re-signing here in the offseason. His rental cost is going to be too high and is only going to hurt us next season. I know it’s win now, but I trust Chia’s going to be prudent about this.

    I hope.

  • rusty

    The Oilers should be looking to get shattenkirk as solely a rental and see what happens after. It will keep his trade price from st louis to somewhat reasonable and with his contract expiring you wouldn’t have to worry about protecting him in the expansion draft.

    Acquiring him now would be about securing a tenuous playoff spot and attempting to go deeper in the playoffs for this season. The Oilers have to resign Drai this off-season so there wont be buckets of cash available and Mcdavids contract is up the season after. I’m sure Shattenkirk can fit in somewhere but some of this has to play out first to see.

    • Señor Frijoles

      That all sounds great, except, how much do the Oilers give up for a rental player in a year that’s *unlikely* for them to go really deep in the playoffs? Give up some futures when you’ve got a chance to win next year and/or the year after. The Blues will be looking for some real compensation to move Shattenkirk – otherwise they’ll just keep him for their own playoff run.

  • bazmagoo

    I think the Oilers end up with RW Stafford and maybe G Pavelec from the Jets at the deadline. Don’t think we’ll see a major splash, just some rental in for a middle round pick or two. Maybe Griffin Reinhart gets shipped if there is a deal to be made there. Why mess with success I say.

  • The Last Of Barrett's Privateers

    Personally, I’d stay away from Shattenkirk and go after Trouba.

    I know he’s not on the list but the guy can’t have just decided he wants to be in Winnipeg now.

    I would also go after Landeskog, having an awful year ( who isn’t on that team) but he’s a big boy with a nasty attitude and has skill.