Ramblings: McDavid Sizzles, Rielly on the Power Play, Spezza Hurt (Feb. 5)

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Ramblings: McDavid Sizzles, Rielly on the Power Play, Spezza Hurt, and more.

Just a heads up before diving in, I did one of my vintage mega-ramblings today with thoughts on stuff from all 12 games last night so this will be a lengthy read.


So a couple of days ago I set a rest-of-season over/under for Connor McDavid at 25.5 citing concerns about the possibility of rust or timidity. Those have not been factors. With two assists last night McDavid is up to five points in just two games since returning from injury. He has flashed his dazzling speed, and has been dynamic, creative and aggressive. Granted, the Oilers have faced the leagues two worst defenses in those two games but you cannot be concerned about lingering effects of injury.

Jordan Eberle has cashed in alongside McDavid with a pair of goals last night to go along with the two points he had on Tuesday.

Sadly, due to the chemistry being flashed between Eberle and McDavid, Nail Yakupov has been shut out of an opportunity to rekindle his own chemistry with McDavid. It’s not all that sad for me, or for Eberle owners but those invested in the Yak-Attack, even those who bought low, are left waiting still. This is year four for Yakupov, and while he has made strides as becoming a dependable pro he hasn’t made any headway in becoming a real fantasy asset. Before you keeper leaguers hit the panic button, do keep in mind that Teddy Purcell is headed to unrestricted free agency this summer.

Purcell has clicked well with Leon Draisaitl (two points last night) and Taylor Hall (one point) but may prove too expensive to keep around. I’ve no idea if Yakupov would fit on that line. My suspicions are that he wouldn’t do so well. Hall and Draisaitl are a force to be reckoned with at even strength, gaining clean zone entries and playing a dominant possession style. Purcell’s big body fits well here where Yakupov may not. We won’t know unless they try it but I have an idea that Zack Kass