Player figures: Edmonton Oilers rookie goalie comes out big, but Seattle Kraken gets bigger

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It wasn’t a great game, in case you missed it because of the Edmonton Oilers’ website problems. The Oilers were unable to host the game due to technical issues.

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I was lucky enough to get it on my Telus package at an NBC affiliate.

The only one who stood out was Edmonton’s keeper Stuart Skinner, who looked as sharp in the net as I’ve seen him as a pro. It was a shame he missed a shutout. Edmonton lost in OT after a soft penalty against Kailer Yamamoto led to a power play in Seattle.

Here are the player figures for the match.

Zach Hyman, 7. Edmonton’s best striker. Played with strength and skill. His screen in the first led to a loose puck in the crease and two Grade A chances by the Seattle Edmonton hockey fam, first linemate Kailer Yamamoto and then his longtime inspiration, Derek Ryan, getting shots. Late in the first, he threw a bouncing shot from Tyson Barrie into the slot and backhanded it to the net, but was thwarted by Philipp Grubauer. Early in the third, he won a fight on the forecheck, with the puck going to Yamo who put Ryan in the groove for a Grade A shot. He was a little slow to block Mark Giordano’s equalizing goal late in the third.

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Dirk Ryan, 7. He and his line sometimes buzzed the game and were Edmonton’s most effective trio. Almost scored on his first shot, a five-alarmer on a first period scramble. He was too aggressive to cover for a squeezing Slater Koekkoek, giving a Seattle two-for-one chance. But he rushed hard to break a two-for-one moments later, averting a pass.

Kailer Yamamoto, 7. Good job with Ryan and Hyman. Made a slippery and quick move from behind the net to create a dangerous folding opportunity in the first. He went to cover too hard on a failed Broberg sniff in the second and allowed a two-for-one Krak chance. Stole the puck in the third and missed the net from the inner slot. He was called up for a penalty in OT which was not a penalty. You are no longer allowed to lift another player’s stick? Calling home town, sure.

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Tyler Benson, 6. Livelier in this one, made some good passes. But still not much sizzle other than mingling with Jamie Oleksiak in a scrum.

Ryan McLeod, 6. He was hit hard to make an o-zone pass in the second. Skating was harder in this one, but he and Benson weren’t able to create much ozone time apart from a few shifts in the third. That said, they gave up little in their own zone. He gave away the puck in OT, leading to a two-for-one.

Colton Sceviour, 4. Another quiet game.

Brendan Perlini, 6. He got out of a dangerous one-timer in the first of a Seth Griffith feed, then took a pass, drove to the blue line and into the center of the ice, where he released another hard outer wrist. But we also saw some of its limitations in the former. He’s not a good passer of the puck. He went hard to the net to tap in a Koekkoek outside shot from the high slot for the first goal of the game.

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Devin Shore, 5. He gave the puck away to Jordan Eberle in the first that led to a B-chance. He won the face-off to ramp up the virtuous cycle on Edmonton’s first goal. His third spell wide with the puck led to a two-for-one and a bad shot in Seattle that stopped Skinner.

Seth Griffith, 5. Made a few nice passes in a limited time.

James Hamblin, 4. I haven’t had much ice age. Quiet game.

Brad Malone, 5. He got into a scrap first bout and landed a few punches, took none. Otherwise not much.

Cooper Marody, 6. Plunged on a final rebound and nearly scored in the second.

Slater Koekkoek, 7. Edmonton’s best d-man. He played a smart, aggressive and effective game. Some strong defensive plays for the Oiler net in the first.

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Tyson Barry, 7. Very active in the first, strong, quick and agile movement of the puck. Made a slide stick check in the slot in OT to thwart a Krak opportunity.

Philip Broberg, 6. A high event game. He showed quick feet crossing the line in the first to put a puck on the net. Moments later, he had a good shift in power play, winning a puck fight and making some good passes. He fanned out on a shot in the second, which led to a big Krak zone time and some dangerous shots. Protected the puck well under pressure to get it out of the oil zone. He took a feed from Hyman and went hard to the net for a good shot. Moments later, he stumbled or became addicted to the ice and Seattle had a good chance at the turnover, but his partner Berglund got a stick on the ensuing shot. He broke a two-for-one in the third, with a sliding stop, and later made another defensive final stop late in the game.

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Philip Berglund, 6. Smart, efficient, another game where he made the right moves. When he made one mistake to allow a two-on-one, his partner Broberg saved him. He stretched to deflect a shot from Alexander Wennberg in the third. He would have done well to tie Schwartz to the equalizer.

Willem Lagesson, 6. Quiet game, but that’s a good thing for a d-man. Blocked a key shot on Seattle’s OT power play.

Phil Kemp, 5. He blew a tire in the first, wiped out at the Oil blueline, creating a Grade B shot for the Kraks. But otherwise a quiet and low-event game.

Stuart Skinner, 8. Edmonton’s best player. He followed and squared well to the puck. A couple of solid saves in the first, but nothing too dangerous coming his way. However, he made trouble for himself by giving up a rebound on a shot from afar, with Calle Jarnkrok receiving a Class A shot near the crease. He was peppered in the second, but held out. He made a huge stop on an evil Jordan Eberle powerplay slot late in the second. Midway through the third, he made a great save on a two-on-one one-timer. He was spot on until he was screened for Giordano’s point shot late in the third, which was tipped up front by Jaden Schwartz. Another great save in OT, this one on a Giordano slacker. Little chance of the winning goal.

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