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The Landlubber’s Guide to the Edmonton Oilers

What you need to know ahead of tonight’s Kraken game

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Hey you. You’re swept up in all this Seattle Kraken hype. You want to know more about hockey but don’t know where to start. Well, we want to help make these games easy and fun for you to watch.

Throughout the season, we’ll release Landlubber’s Guides designed with the new fan in mind. This includes basic need-to-know info for you to absorb before you watch Kraken games and highlights.

Let’s dive in to the Edmonton Oilers.

Are they any good?

Yes, very good! They’ve only lost one game so far this season (6-1-0). And with Connor McDavid on the roster, NHL fans know they can never sleep on the Oilers.

The Seattle Kraken have more data with the Oilers than with other NHL teams having played them twice in the preseason. The Kraken lost the first game decisively and won the second game in overtime so... you know... the squids are making progress!

Who should I look out for?

Connor McDavid (#97, Center) - The undisputed best player in the NHL. There’s not much else to say about Connor McDavid besides that. He’s the fastest skater and his dangles are absolutely filthy. McDavid does insane things with a puck in every Oilers game so keep an eye out for that.

Leon Draisatl (#29, Center) - Draisatl is often paired McDavid as a deadly goal-scoring combo but he’s a phenomenal player on his own as well. He’s already racked up five goals and eight assists in the seven games played this season.

Any Seattle ties?

  • Kailer Yamamoto (#56, Right Wing) - Spokane’s own! Not only was Yamamoto born in Spokane, he also played four seasons with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs. He’s had a bit of a points drought with the Oilers this season, so look for him to break out of that.
  • Dave Tippet - The current head coach of the Edmonton Oilers was hired as a senior advisor to the Seattle Kraken in 2018. He was the Kraken’s first hockey hire.

Odds and Ends

  • The Edmonton Oilers have the most terrifying mascot of all time. Hunter the Lynx has abs. ABS. WHY?! What I would give to be in the room when someone decided to make this mascot absolutely shredded.
  • During the 2017 playoff run Connor McDavid took this photo with some fans at an airport and the hockey world laughed at how awkward it looked.
  • The Kraken’s expansion pick from the Oilers was defender Adam Larsson, who despite being a legitimately good shutdown defenseman is perhaps best known as the other half of the Taylor Hall trade from 2016.
  • Edmonton has only qualified for the playoffs twice in McDavid’s six seasons with the team and only managed to get out of the first round once. The best player in the league having yet to make the conference finals is perhaps the greatest example in hockey of how much of a team sport it really is.

Puck drops at 6:30 PST tonight at Rodgers Arena Centre Place in Edmonton, broadcast on ROOT Sports NW for regional subscribers and ESPN+ for out-of-market fans.