GDB V: The come up

Wanye
October 12 2009 03:50PM

Oh snap Puffy! The 47 coaches, 23 management types and two psychics involved in every single decision for the mighty Oil have elected to start JDD tonight against the Preds. Nevermind that the Oilers have won only one of their last 10 games in Nashville. It’s time to roll out le JDD and cue the come up.

For the unititiated, the come up is technically defined as “on the way to mastering a skill or trade.” In reality the come up is the point in a plot line where a heretofore bit player gets his or her chance to shine in the big time. Remember that scene where Rudy finally takes the field at the end of a long career on the practice roster? That right there is the come up, even if it is a little late:

 

We are hardly suggesting that JDD is Dan Ruettiger. First of all they look nothing alike, and we totally think that JDD would have made the Fighting Irish in the mid 1970s if he had just put his mind to it. No, instead we are referring to one of the many instances in the life of an athlete bordering on the big time, where he has the ability to take the reins in his career.

See our friend JDD is at a bit of a crossroads. Drafted 31st overall by the Oilers in 2002, he has seen a whopping 10 games in the NHL since then. During that time he has played for eight different teams (thank you once again for that multi year complete lack of dedicated AHL squad Oilers) and though certainly not washed up at the age of 25, he isn’t exactly on the fast track to become a starter in the NHL.

But things look better than they used to

With an aging Khabibulin recently signed to a 12 year contract and knowing that he is one of the most oft-injured goalies in the NHL, our man JDD must be cautiously optimistic about his slim chances to be an NHL starter slightly improving of late. Had the Oilers gone out and signed a work horse of a starting goalie for the next 6 seasons, one would have to assume that the chances of JDD ever getting the job with the Oilers would have fallen to nearly zero.

But with the introduction of a 36 year old goalie that optimistically hopes to see 60 games per season, the door has opened for JDD to walk in and put his stamp on 20-24 games per year. With an NHL career record of (4-3-0), a GAA of 3.33 and save % of .901, there is little to suggest that JDD isn’t capable of handling these duties. But you can best believe that if he is unable to deliver the goods – and quick – Pat Quinn and Tom Renney will be looking for someone else to bring the thunder in a backup role to Monsieur Booleen.

Which brings us to tonight’s game against the Preds

You know that there is a lot of hockey left in the season for a fragile starting goalie when the coaching staff are willing to potentially burn a road game against Nashville by starting the backup goaltender against a good Predators team. The Oilers have only won once in the past ten games at the Sommet Center and will be looking to do so without the help of Super Stud defenseman Sheldon Souray on the back end.

Opinion on the Oilers is starting to point North of  “this team is garbage” as evidenced by positive articles popping up in the MSM, such as the Dan Barnes article in the Edmonton Journal this morning. Dan Barnes talks about how “there is more promise in (the Oilers’) play than there are points in the standings, but the essence of these Oilers is in other, better, more surprising numbers.” Articles such as these by a rarely fooled guy like Barnes point to the start of some momentum to the Oilers, a welcome sight in a season that could have been over by the 20 game mark if they stumbled out of the gate. But as any Oilers fan who watched the Titanician season last year can attest, early promise can be snuffed out all too quickly.

Which brings us back to JDD getting the start tonight

Yep, you are the man tonight Jeff. Play well and you too can lay claim to some early season momentum. Come out and play a whale of a game, suddenly the Oilers have a lot more confidence in a Plan B if the Bulin wall is not ready to go. But have things start poorly and you can bet that a great many Oilers fans will be wringing their hands and yelling about the need for “a real backup goaltender. ” Nashville isnt exactly rolling four lines at the moment, relying on the top line of Arnott, Hornqvist and Steve Sullivan to score 5 of the 6 goals the team has potted to date. So it would seem that shutting down the first line could get our man JDD a win in his first game of the season and set the table for the first half of the year.

Good luck to you Sir.

All the very best.

Update: The game is at 6 PM not 8 PM. No matter what our scoreboard tells you. If we knew how to change it we would, but there you go.

Love, Wanye

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#1 jake
October 12 2009, 03:56PM
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Keep em out tonite big guy, vive les Oilers!

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#2 Smokin' Ray
October 12 2009, 04:04PM
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It's GAME DAY!!! Is it 6:08pm yet? GOILERS!

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#3 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 04:29PM
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Oilers: 3 - Hemsky, Comrie, Penner Preds: 1 - Staios

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#4 Robin Brownlee
October 12 2009, 04:31PM
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Barnes article? HA! Silly Wanye, everybody knows these types of columns are written with the exrpess intent of triggering a faceplant by the subject of same. An experienced journalist writes this kind of column when meaty material is thin or optimism is too high. Penning it requires only a combination of chicken blood, an old Lisa Bonet poster, a wicked hangover and a functioning laptop -- all of which a seasoned scribe such as Barnes has at the ready. Tap this baby off while throwing in a couple of hoogida-boogidas, and it's off the tracks, baby. "Is Quinn the right man for the job?" column to come.

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#5 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 04:33PM
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@Robin Brownlee

Don't sound so bitter Brownlee. It was a good read and it filled up print space.

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#6 Ninjafoot
October 12 2009, 04:46PM
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God I hope JDD shines tonight, or that slightly sick feeling I get when 'Bhulin wiffs in the odd goal starts tpgrow into a full blown brain meltdown.

PLEASE kick some ass JDD.

(and the rest of the Oil...please play some HARD defense)

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#7 Ninjafoot
October 12 2009, 04:47PM
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**to grow**

damn fingers!!!

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#8 EricOG
October 12 2009, 04:49PM
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And here we go!! Oilers 3, Predators 1. JDD will prove that he is a worthy back up and the own goals will be kept to a minimum. By the way, does anyone know if the game can be found on the Internet?

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#9 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 04:52PM
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Skidplate wrote:

Oilers: 3 - Hemsky, Comrie, Penner Preds: 1 - Staios

I had to read that a couple of times before it made sense. Hilarious!

I'm predicting a tough and chippy 3-2 Oilers win. All I really want to see tonight though is for Stone to stamp a 'Tootoo Tattoo' into the boards.

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#10 Eric Johnson
October 12 2009, 04:53PM
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25 years old, who cares, Delorean can travel back in time!

So if we let the tying goal in with less than a minute to go, don't be surprised to see Delorean's pads light on fire as he hits 88mph skating toward center ice, and then BOOM, suddenly we're back in 1985... and as an Oiler fan, thats a hell of a good year.

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#11 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 04:54PM
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@EricOG

does anyone know if the game can be found on the Internet?

atdhe.net (but you didn't hear it from me^_^)

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#12 ChiliChunk
October 12 2009, 04:58PM
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EricOG wrote:

And here we go!! Oilers 3, Predators 1. JDD will prove that he is a worthy back up and the own goals will be kept to a minimum. By the way, does anyone know if the game can be found on the Internet?

NHL GameCenter is free until Oct.24 although good luck finding that on the NHL site (at least I didn't see it). Found the link below elsewhere. Worked good - watched the Kings-NYI game this afternoon.

(I don't know if we are supposed to post links but this is legit so here goes)

https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/sec...:gcl:fpnsnstrp

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#14 JF
October 12 2009, 05:03PM
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@Librarian Mike

Is Tootoo injured and out for the game Tnight?

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#15 Robin Brownlee
October 12 2009, 05:14PM
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@Skidplate

Skidmark: Don't sound so dense. You didn't get it? Really?

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#16 David S
October 12 2009, 05:15PM
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For the amount of times atdhe.net gets mentioned, you guys should just post a link titled "Watch hockey online" or something. When the Oilers come whining, the worst you'd have to do is take the link down.

Anyways...3-2 Oilers. Could easily go the other way though.

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#17 ChiliChunk
October 12 2009, 05:17PM
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oops. the link I posted was not complete. here is the link:

https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/secure/registerform?free=true&intcmpid=nhl.com:gcl:fpnsnstrp

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#18 Oilersordeath
October 12 2009, 05:21PM
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I thought TooToo is out for tonights game? Hemsky and Gagner should be able to breathe alot easier!

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#20 Oilersordeath
October 12 2009, 05:27PM
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Or just pony up and get the NHL package, its worth the $180.00 for phuck sakes!

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#21 EricOG
October 12 2009, 05:38PM
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@ Librarian Mike, @ChiliChunk @Oilersordeath

Thanks for the info. I always buy the NHL Package, but I do it for the last part of the season when the price goes down. The game intensity always goes up as the games mean more.

Anyway, here's hoping for a good game by JDD and another Oiler win or point pick up. I just hope the "own goals" situation fades away. If not, I propose we write a letter to Quinn sugesting that the players have to write a 500 word essay on "why own goals" are bad"....AND NO DOUBLE SPACE!!!

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#22 Andrew W
October 12 2009, 05:49PM
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@EricOG

Umm, if it's 500 words, why does it matter if it's double spaced or not? It's the same length and the same amount of work...

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#23 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:02PM
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HELLO NATION!!!! It's been awhile, I've missed you guys....even you Brownlee. LETS GO OILERS!!!

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#24 Word
October 12 2009, 06:05PM
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Andrew W wrote:

Umm, if it's 500 words, why does it matter if it's double spaced or not? It's the same length and the same amount of work...

Eric the OG is all about environmentalism. Don't waste paper fools.

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#25 Gerald R. Ford
October 12 2009, 06:05PM
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Can't someone make Gene Principe stop that stuff? Ugh!

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#26 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:08PM
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That's a bit of a shaky start

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#27 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:08PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

HELLO NATION!!!! It's been awhile, I've missed you guys....even you Brownlee. LETS GO OILERS!!!

Welcome old friend. Lets party.

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#28 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:11PM
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I'm glad JDD isn't wearing the bright oranges. That would have been bad.

Holy sweet crap look at Storts chuckin em!

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#29 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:12PM
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Stortini's girlfriend must have gotten mad at him for hugging so many guys last season, because he's actually chucking knuckles

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#30 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:13PM
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What the hell is Gilbert doing?????

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#31 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 06:14PM
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Well, no sense in making it easy for JDD

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#32 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:17PM
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This has the potential for a chippy game

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#33 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:17PM
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Holy crap that is a big Ad for Bud Light behind JDD. MAking me thirsty....

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#34 Milli
October 12 2009, 06:18PM
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I can't find a link thats showing the game, anyone able to help?

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#35 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:19PM
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Whiffcoff!!!!!

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#36 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:19PM
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YEAH BABY!!!

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#37 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:20PM
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pretty tough to miss that muffin pass.

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#38 Milli
October 12 2009, 06:20PM
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SCORCOFF!!!

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#39 Lofty
October 12 2009, 06:20PM
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I hope some of you are watching the Nashville feed.

Reporter asked Trotz what the key to the game was for Preds and he said it was to manage "Edmontons tremendous power-play"

Whoever runs the scouting report for Nashville is on meth or should be looking for a new gig.

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#40 cambosmash
October 12 2009, 06:20PM
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That was actually a Zack attack. Horcoff doesn't fan on the Hemsky one timer?

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#41 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:22PM
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it's not meth, it's country music...It turns your brains to mush and makes you wanna kick your dog and sleep with your sister

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#42 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:24PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

it's not meth, it's country music...It turns your brains to mush and makes you wanna kick your dog and sleep with your sister

Funny, I'd like to kick your dog and sleep with your... ha no I wouldn't but it was a funny thought.... your dog doesn't deserve that.

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#43 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:25PM
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and my sister doesn't deserve you

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#44 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:26PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

and my sister doesn't deserve you

How's she doing by the way? oh hello BRULE!!!!!

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#45 Lofty
October 12 2009, 06:26PM
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Thats the Penner we need!

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#46 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:26PM
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holy crap, Penner and Hemmer are somehow transferring skills!!!

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#47 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:26PM
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The Oilers picked up some new fast guy wearing #27. I like him. I think he's my star.

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#48 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:28PM
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She got fired from her job and is a dead end relationship and broke and addicted to marijauana, but other than that, she's great

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#49 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:29PM
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You can't be addicted to Weed....

but uh I am not really interested.... Kind of a rhetorical question really.

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#50 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:32PM
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well anyway, it's starting to look like circus circus is out of the question, and maybe just a city hall wedding...I'm so proud

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