Ramblings: Kane Debut, Bunting Hat Trick, Huberdeau New Scoring Leader (Jan 30)

Ian Gooding

2022-01-30

Controversy aside, Evander Kane's debut with the Oilers on Saturday should be considered a success. Kane opened the scoring in the first period, then finished with a plus-2 and three shots and four hits as the Oilers easily handled the Habs by a score of 7-2. Kane played on a line with Connor McDavid and Kailer Yamamoto, the latter who recorded his first point in five games with an assist on Kane's goal.

Here are the Oilers' even-strength and power-play lines.

EV – FORWARDS

EVANDER KANE – CONNOR MCDAVID – KAILER YAMAMOTO

LEON DRAISAITL – JESSE PULJUJARVI – WARREN FOEGELE

ZACK KASSIAN – RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS – ZACH HYMAN

DEVIN SHORE – DEREK RYAN – RYAN MCLEOD

PP – FORWARDS              

EVANDER KANE – ZACH HYMAN – RYAN MCLEOD

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS – LEON DRAISAITL – CONNOR MCDAVID – JESSE PULJUJARVI

Although the icetime was spread almost evenly between the first and second power-play units with just one power play, Kane ended up on the second unit with the first unit untouched from before the Kane signing. The Oilers also ended up spreading out their scoring on three lines. As a result, Jesse Puljujarvi might not be in as bad a spot with the Kane signing as first thought. That didn't help Puljujarvi in this game, as he was held to under 15 minutes. He is now without a point in five games with just two points in his last 10 games.

Fantasy Take: Oilers Sign Evander Kane

Zach Hyman led the Oilers on Saturday with two goals, an assist, and a plus-3. The newly formed Zack/Zach line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins seemed to work for Hyman, as the pair of goals was his first since December 1 – a span of 12 games. After a strong first month with the Oilers (8 G and 13 PTS in his first 14 GP), Hyman had cooled off considerably (8 PTS in last 19 GP prior to Saturday).

Evan Bouchard recorded an assist, giving him four points (including three goals) in the four games that Tyson Barrie has been out of the lineup. Bouchard has also received Barrie's spot on the first-unit power play. Bouchard is currently being rostered in about half of Yahoo leagues, so you may want to get on that if he's available in your league.  

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