The biggest story of my weekend was unquestionably just how bad I am at fantasy football. I’m so bad at it. Sure, of my 16 drafted players, 7 of them have had serious injuries through two weeks, but I’ve come to accept that that’s actually my fault. It was my fault for focusing on things like touches, and upside, and air yards, rather than hamstring and ACL durability. Lesson learned.
But enough about me and my eternal sadness. Let’s talk Oilers. Raise your hand if you saw this one come across your desk over the weekend:
Raphaël Lavoie #LetsGoOilers leaves Rögle. Just few hours before the first game of the season. https://t.co/LzH53Z4p2C— Tomáš Zahorák (@TZahorak) September 19, 2020
Of course, inquiring minds wanted to know:
Can someone ITK let me know what's going on with Raphael Lavoie and Rogle? He's gone? Why? What?— CoppHall & Blueljujarvi (@CopperandBlue) September 19, 2020
Courtesy Julie Robenhymer, once again:
To be fair... He was on loan from EDM and EDM wanted him to play more than bottom 6 minutes a night. The phrase ‘didn’t make the team’ should read more like ‘didn’t fit into their current roster’...and Rogle has a very good roster.— Julie Robenhymer (@JulieRobenhymer) September 20, 2020
Also, the SHL is incredibly competitive.
The Euro teams have welcomed North American NHL prospects, but that have not hid the fact that if they’re going to use a transfer card on them (in the SHL each team has two) they want top six players.— Julie Robenhymer (@JulieRobenhymer) September 20, 2020
He can still stay in Europe, but the NLA , which allows 4 imports per game, or the DEL, which allows 6 imports per team, might be more likely destinations.— Julie Robenhymer (@JulieRobenhymer) September 20, 2020
We knew placing NA players would not be easy given the limited transfer cards available.
So, ultimately, it sounds like there wasn’t a fit for Lavoie. Should there be some concern that perhaps the Oilers best F prospect (not named Jesse Puljujarvi) can’t make a middling SHL club as a teenager?
Honestly? I don’t know. I don’t know what to make of this. I also don’t know what Lavoie’s next step will be.
One rumor that has been connected to this story is that Rogle is actually trying to get F Cole Caufield to come over instead, and that perhaps Rogle covet Caufield more. All I know is this is almost certainly some degree of a setback for young Lavoie, and that it will be interesting to see where he lands in the coming weeks.
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