The Winnipeg Jets eked out a loss last night against the Edmonton Oilers in a hard fought game where they were the better team for much of the game, but the Oilers won because they were the better team in close to the net and they had Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.
The Jets played the best game they could play without Josh Morrissey on defence. When the team is having to contain two of the best players in the game without their best defenceman, things will happen. The Jets are without a lot of players because everyone is getting injured in the more bizarre ways. It is surprising that the Jets have not banned pre-game soccer than the fact that they have a mounting injury list. When multiple players have been hurt in the game, I am surprised that new protocols have not been put in place.
- The Jets did really well against the Oilers five on five. They were able to contain them for much of the night and McDavid failed to make anyone looks silly. The real issues came out when they were a man down. McDavid and Draisaitl were able to start picking the Jets apart. It might help that they are not playing on the same line anymore and McDavid is adjusting to knew linemates. That said, they are deadly on the power play.
- This is an Oiler-heavy three thoughts: when Draisaitl signed his new contract people said it was an overpay. He has made it clear that paying him was definitely not an overpay and it seems like it was a very good idea. He has 102 point already this season and appears to be just fine with or without McDavid. He has shown to be independently good and has grown a lot from the 18 year old who got pushed around a lot.
- I defended the Cody Eakin trade. It seemed like a zero-sum trade that might help the fourth line. He is now centring the second line and I really do not like this at all. Can someone please make it end? While Andrew Copp is not necessarily an offensive player he has done well in the role that includes him having to drive play and help the Jets score. But I guess Eakin will be great there.