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EDMONTON OILERS: Good and Bad From Monday's Split-Squad Games

The Oilers swept both games against the Calgary Flames in a split-squad series on Monday. A 4-2 victory at Rogers Place along with a 2-1 victory in Calgary gave Oilers fans a few things to be excited about.

Photo By Lisa Gansky

The Good

In Edmonton, Tyler Pitlick shined with a two-point effort. Kris Versteeg had a great first game as part of his professional tryout (PTO) — a first of what will likely be many games. Drake Caggiula showed he's improving in every game.Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson showed well as a top-unit pair and Mark Fayne was steady, which after last season is a wonderful change.

In Calgary, it was a goaltending duel where Jonas Gustavsson and Laurent Brossoit delivered despite a lack of offense from the Oilers.

The Bad

In Edmonton, this was the first time Jesse Puljujarvi didn't amaze. Of course, not every game has to be a superstar effort from the newly drafted Finn, but he often appeared out of sorts. Lucic and Eberle lacked a bit of chemistry early on and the goaltending was ok, but not great.

In Calgary, the offense, led by Patrick Maroon, Nail Yakupov and Anton Lander just didn't show up. All three of these players have no guarantees and are battling for spots. They need better efforts to keep pace.

Finally, both power plays, in both games for the Oilers, were less than impressive. This will be a continued storyline for the Oilers who need much better man-advantage results than last season.


There's a lot more pre-season for players to show their worth, but tonight was a good sign in a lot of respects. There will be battles in the bottom-six and potentially some surprises and pretty soon, Edmonton will have Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins joining in.

The two wins tonight I realize don't mean much at the end of the day, but they have got a bit more excited for what this team will look like when fully assembled as designed.

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.

Jim Parsons is a business owner, husband, father and sports fan. For more information about Oilersnetwork.com founder and Oil Spill articles author Jim Parsons, click here.

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