How well did Adam Larsson play against top opponents last year?

Jonathan Willis
July 24 2016 07:00AM

On Friday, I looked at how Edmonton’s defencemen fared when played against the best opponents in the NHL last year. Immediately and repeatedly I was asked to show how newcomer Adam Larsson did in the same role.

The answer is that it’s complicated.

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How Well Did Edmonton's Defencemen Play Against Top Opponents?

Jonathan Willis
July 22 2016 09:00AM

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The obvious answer is "not well enough," but the reality is a little more complicated. 

When we look only at how Edmonton Oilers defencemen performed against top opponents in 2015-16, we see some patterns, and a wide array of on-ice results. The Oilers' best defenceman against top lines actually finished in the positives, but by shot and goal totals, despite playing in Edmonton. The worst saw his team surrender 20 shots more per hour than it attempted. 

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Defining Success for Jesse Puljujarvi

Jonathan Willis
July 15 2016 09:00AM

Jesse Puljujarvi may or may not be NHL-ready next season. If he is capable of playing in the majors, he may not score right away. It’s important to say these things now so that he’s not branded a disappointment if he fails to meet some of the sky-high expectations out there.

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The Second Defence Pairing

Jonathan Willis
July 12 2016 05:30PM

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The Edmonton Oilers entered the summer of 2016 with several issues on the defensive side of the depth chart. Adam Larsson was deemed to be the solution to the right side of the team’s top pairing, but there are still questions regarding how the Oilers plan to approach some of the secondary issues with the back end.

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Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman

Jonathan Willis
April 05 2016 11:52AM

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Justin Schultz is off to a pretty decent start to his post-Edmonton Oilers career, and his stats line certainly looks impressive. He’s played 15 games in Pittsburgh, putting up seven points and an impressive plus-10 rating.

It’s a performance which warrants closer examination. 

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