Player grades: Oscar Klefbom brings his “A” game as Edmonton Oilers whip Vegas Golden Knights 8-2

The Edmonton Oilers have lost plenty of games in the first period this year, but there was a sign early in the game on Tuesday night that things would be different. Former Oilers winger David Perron, now a top attacker on Vegas, got a Grade B chance on a hard wrister from an angle that squeaked through Talbot. But instead of rolling into the net, as has happened so many other nights, this shot squirted through the crease.

Soon after, Jujhar Khaira and Oscar Klefbom shot up the ice on a shorthanded break, with Khaira making a sharp pass to Klefbom, who fired in a sharp goal.

The Oilers were off to the races, outscoring Vegas 8-2 on goals. Edmonton had 15 chances to 8 for Vegas, but were ahead 11 to 2 on the all-important Grade A chances category.

Connor McDavid, 8. He made it easy this night, slicing through the Vegas defence. Got one on the power play on a Vegas own goal, when Deryk Engelland shot in a rebound off McDavid’s shot. McD’s even strength goal was far more beautiful, a race up the ice, a quick swoop into the slot as Leon Draisaitl charged the net and cleared traffic and a nasty wrist shot into the net.

Patrick Maroon, 7. Made a fine pass to RNH on the power play for Edmonton’s second goal, then sniped a beautiful shot off a Leon Draisaitl feed for Edmonton’s third goal. Maroon also screened the goalie effectively in Matt Benning’s second period goal. Not bad work for one game.

Leon Draisaitl, 7. Two nice plays on goals, setting up Maroon and McDavid. Chipped in on a team high seven scoring chances in total.

Milan Lucic, 7. Early in the first period one of the things that set the tone for a strong …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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