EDMONTON — Leon Draisaitl, one-timer extraordinaire, was requested about Connor McDavid’s burgeoning one-timer. The Oilers captain has been exhausting at work on that talent, and Draisaitl has taken discover.
“Yeah,” he chuckled. “It’s fluffing off very nice.”
It’s refreshing to see that type of humour between teammates, and Draisaitl is aware of it’s solely a matter of time till McDavid masters the shot. Joke at your personal peril with regards to McDavid and feats of hockey energy.
“I labored exhausting this summer time, labored on my sport and simply tried to consider other ways to create offence,” McDavid mentioned, including that he additionally labored to “spherical out the complete 200-foot sport, be higher defensively and tougher off faceoffs.”
However the work that continued proper as much as Wednesday’s season opener was on a one-timer that represents one of many scant few methods McDavid has not labored into his sport. He’s been pounding away, hoping to provide opposing penalty killers one other one-time risk to fret about, reverse of Draisaitl.
“If I can discover a approach to rating a few objectives from that facet, I believe it could assist loads,” mentioned McDavid. “If I’m keen to shoot over there, it would open up another issues. That approach it doesn’t must be Leo at all times being the set off man. We’ve acquired a number of threats on the market and that’s simply one among them I’ve been making an attempt to work on.”
What’s bizarre is watching McDavid work on one thing that he’s not notably good at. It simply meets the attention in a wierd approach to see a virtuoso wailing away on one-timers, with some wanting easy, others clumsy.
However give him credit score: Too many gamers solely work at issues they’re good at. Now, right here’s the very best participant on the earth, discovering a approach to get higher.
“It’s like something, it’s simply repetition,” he mentioned. “For some guys, capturing the puck comes actual straightforward. For others, it doesn’t. And I might fall into the class the place it doesn’t, so I’ve actually set to work at it. And I attempted my finest to do what I can and attempt to spherical out my sport and rating from a distance.
“So many groups are frightened about my velocity and so they again in, the place if I can discover a approach to shoot it by some guys, and rating from outdoors, it’d power them to come back up and now I can beat them vast once more. So it’s type of the best way I’ve been pondering.”
His Daddy’s Son
A pleasant pre-season on knowledgeable tryout landed Colton Sceviour a one-year, two-way deal as a depth proper winger for Edmonton. He will get $750,000 whereas enjoying within the NHL, $200,000 in Bakersfield, however is assured to take dwelling $450,000 this season irrespective of what number of NHL video games he will get — a reasonably good “minor-league” quantity.
He made the group by proving he might play all three positions in camp, with some good work changing Josh Archibald on the penalty kill. Now, with Zack Kassian (concussion) lacking the opener, he will get a third-line spot subsequent to Derek Ryan and Warren Foegele.
“My capacity to penalty kill is without doubt one of the prime belongings I carry, and that’s what I needed to point out,” mentioned Sceviour, a Purple Deer child who comes from a line of fine hockey males from Central Alberta.
His uncle Todd performed 4 seasons on the College of Calgary within the early ‘90s, and his dad Darrin was a Chicago draft choose who performed one NHL sport as a Blackhawk: On Feb. 1, 1987 at Edmonton.
“I’ve by no means seen the tape,” Sceviour Jr. mentioned. “He by no means compelled me into hockey, however as soon as I made a decision I needed to enter it he was my coach up till Bantam. I’m in all probability not right here with out him. His information of professional hockey was enormous for me to studying how you can play, and what I wanted to do to get to this stage.”
Darrin performed half a yr for the Nova Scotia Oilers, Edmonton’s AHL farm group within the ‘80s, a roster stocked with such luminaries as Bruce Boudreau, Mike Rogers, Esa Tikkanen and Steve Smith — plus goalies Ron Low, Darryl Reaugh and Jim Ralph. He’s a constructing inspector in Purple Deer now, and is probably going planning to make the drive up the freeway to see his boy Colton play NHL sport No. 501 Wednesday vs. Vancouver.
“There’s an Oilers connection there for positive,” Colton mentioned.
An Edmonton Oilers participant for the previous three seasons, Alex Chiasson opens his tenth NHL season in a Vancouver Canucks uniform tonight — his sixth group in a 564-game profession. This, after his third coaching camp invite on knowledgeable tryout, which must be some type of file.
Does it get any simpler, in your third PTO?
“No, it will get worse,” the 31-year-old mentioned. “As a participant, it comes with loads of doubts. Three PTOs… You realize, I had 42 objectives the final three years.”
He did certainly. However the Oilers didn’t re-sign Chiasson, purchased out James Neal, and introduced in Zach Hyman to work the online entrance on their league-leading energy play. Jesse Puljujarvi may also serve in that function, whereas Chiasson needed to discover one other gig.
“I at all times discover a approach,” he mentioned. “My profession has at all times type of been that approach. Perseverance. Resilience. This time round although, was in all probability a little bit bit tougher than the 2 earlier than.”
Drafted in spherical two by Dallas, Chiasson moved on to Ottawa within the deal that made Jason Spezza a Star. Then he was dealt to Calgary earlier than signing free-agent offers in Washington, Edmonton, and now with the Canucks.
“I’ve been in every single place,” he mentioned. “I’ve finished the Battle of Alberta from either side. I’ve at all times thought Vancouver was an awesome place to play. A fantastic metropolis.”
He’s on a line with J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson tonight, and on the No. 1 powerplay unit. An injured Brock Boeser skated with the group for the primary time Wednesday, and may quickly reclaim his spot on that line from Chiasson.
For now although, that’s a delicate touchdown after a tough try-out in Vancouver for Chiasson.
“I had the possibility (at camp) to be on the primary powerplay and play with the highest gamers. Guys that go on a PTO, typically it doesn’t work that approach,” he mentioned. “It seems like the previous couple of weeks have (flown) by, however right here we’re. Sport 1 of my tenth yr.”