GDB minus-3: Thinning out the ranks

Jason Gregor
September 23 2009 10:08AM

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The next three games will sort out pretenders from the contenders when it comes to who makes the final roster.

The Oilers are icing a squad that includes players who have all played in the NHL, and the Flames roster is fairly close as well. These rosters will give the coaches a more clear evaluation of which guys can produce and compete in the regular season.

The biggest surprise for tonight is that J.F Jacques gets to ride shotgun with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Even Jacques himself is surprised he’s been given a chance to skate beside Horcoff throughout the pre-season.

"I didn’t expect to be given this chance, and it has been great. I just have to continue to show the coaches I can contribute. Even now, though, I wouldn’t expect to start the year in the top six."

Jacques isn’t alone in that thought process, but if he continues to hit and chip in with some points, Quinn might shock everyone and leave him there.

Quinn hasn’t been happy with the play of some of his veterans to this point in the pre-season. He feels some are only playing hard when they have the puck, but aren’t working hard enough without it. He did admit that it might be because it was the early pre-season games, but starting tonight that excuse goes out the window.

Here’s the lineup for tonight's tilt.

Jacques — Horcoff — Hemsky Comrie — O’Sullivan — Stone Moreau — Cogliano — Brennan Penner — Brule — Nilsson Souray — Gilbert Visnovsky — Grebeshkov Smid — Strudwick Khabibulin and Deslauriers

Quinn has a one mucker/grinder type of player on every line, and yesterday he admitted he is more about finding pairs than a complete trio. Dominant and even consistent lines are rare in today’s game. The Ducks have one in Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan. The Sharks have Setoguchi, Thornton and Heatley, but they are rare in today’s game.

And tonight’s lineup also has three offensive oriented lines, and Moreau’s grinder-like line. I get the sense that Quinn might lean more to that type of roster, rather than two top lines, a checking line and 4th line of crashers and bangers. He seems like he's leaning toward having someone with grit on each line.

Most of the returning forwards have talked about how this system forces them to work harder and skate much more. Quinn wants them to be a much better puck-retrieving team, and that could be why he wants one gritty/physical player on each line. Someone needs to be able to go get the puck. Of course he will want Hemsky, Gagner, Comrie and O’Sullivan to compete hard and go get the puck as well.

Quick Hitters

Steve Staios was skating Monday with Theo Peckham and Toni Rajala when the rest of the team had the day off. He has some sort of upper body injury it looks like, but it didn’t look too serious based on how he practiced yesterday with the entire team.

Brennan is itching to drop the mitts and show the coaching staff he can excel in that department. Look for him to find a partner tonight. He was joking yesterday that he has been too much of a choir boy so far.

This is two straight games that we’ve seen Nilsson play the right side. He said openly before camp that he is just as comfortable on either wing, and if O’Sullivan stays in the middle of on the left side, there is a void after Hemsky on the RW. Nilsson needs to be more of an impact if he wants to win that job. So far in camp he has been just okay.

****UPDATE****

The Flames will ice a veteran-heavy lineup as well tonight.

Sjostrom Jokinen Iginla Bourque Langkow Dawes Glencross Lundmark Fleury Stuart Jaffrey Prust

Phaneuf Giordano Kronwall Stralman Regehr Bouwmeester Pardy

Kiprusoff looks like he will start in goal.

Interesing to note that Sjostrom gets a shot on the top line similar to Jacques for the Oilers. They Flames brought an extra D-man, so one will sit, and it looked like Pardy, Stralman or Kronwall would be that guy.

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#151 Bombstradamus
September 23 2009, 07:32PM
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How did Calgary end up with so many edmonton born players? Do we have to start teaching the evils of the flames in pre-school?

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#152 ShaunDoe
September 23 2009, 07:33PM
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Hey could someone link me the Live feed stream. The stupid oilers website has been screwing up for me for 3 weeks now. Piece o Crap!

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#153 Gunner
September 23 2009, 07:33PM
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"look out you might get a penalty, this is non-contact hockey'

Classic.

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#154 Gunner
September 23 2009, 07:33PM
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hxxp://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=47119

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#155 RossCreek
September 23 2009, 07:34PM
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i gotta watch the small screen or it eFf's up too much. Any fights yey?

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#156 Gunner
September 23 2009, 07:35PM
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RossCreek wrote:

i gotta watch the small screen or it eFf’s up too much. Any fights yey?

Nope we've been on the pk basically the entire time.

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#157 Fiveandagame
September 23 2009, 07:35PM
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atdhe.net/

scroll down and hit the Oilers Calgary game :)

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#158 BarryS
September 23 2009, 07:40PM
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Gunner wrote:

RossCreek wrote: i gotta watch the small screen or it eFf’s up too much. Any fights yey? Nope we’ve been on the pk basically the entire time.

It's not like we don't need the practice. Doing good at PK so far. goals on 5 on 3 are as bad as 5 on 4.

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#159 BarryS
September 23 2009, 07:41PM
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should be not as bad as 5 on 4

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#160 ronaldo
September 23 2009, 07:42PM
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Nice period from JFJ.

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#161 BarryS
September 23 2009, 07:44PM
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Did I see Hemski go behind our goal line to get the puck? Coughed it up at the blue line but got it back.

All this PK practice???

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#162 Fiveandagame
September 23 2009, 07:44PM
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I love Rod Phillips

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#163 Gunner
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Rod is on fire! Hahaha

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#164 ronaldo
September 23 2009, 07:44PM
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"Little, tiny, sensitive ears" Nicely done Rod.

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#165 BarryS
September 23 2009, 07:45PM
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Chris Lee (the ref calling all the penalties) for mayor of Calgary

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#166 Fiveandagame
September 23 2009, 07:47PM
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Comedy stylings of Dustin Penner.

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#167 ronaldo
September 23 2009, 07:47PM
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Comedy central tonight.

"You score goals from in front of the net"

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#168 David S
September 23 2009, 07:47PM
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Penner ripping Tencer. Nice!

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#169 ShaunDoe
September 23 2009, 07:49PM
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Thanks for the link there Gunner.

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#170 BarryS
September 23 2009, 07:49PM
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What's this, every scorer gets his points listed but JFJ? What are they afraid of, he's nearly our top goal scorer. 2G 1A

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#171 ronaldo
September 23 2009, 07:51PM
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@ From : Ukaria Kone: Sounds good.

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#172 David S
September 23 2009, 07:51PM
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$6,500,000! Hellooooo Ferrari! Excuse me guys, gotta write an email!

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#173 ScubaSteve
September 23 2009, 07:52PM
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ronaldo wrote:

Nice period from JFJ.

Yeah, he looked good out there.

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#174 ronaldo
September 23 2009, 07:53PM
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@ David S: Actually it reads $6.500,000 soooo $6.50. ~I think it may be scam.~

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#175 David S
September 23 2009, 07:55PM
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ronaldo wrote:

Actually it reads $6.500,000 soooo $6.50. ~I think it may be scam.~

~Really?~

Those things are hilarious. I mean, what idiot actually falls for those things?

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#176 BarryS
September 23 2009, 07:55PM
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dear Spam lady

Please send $10,000.00 in small unmarked us bills, no photocopies, and i will see what i can do. By the by, must have large mammaries to keep my interest. Please send unphotoshopped topless photo of yourself

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#177 Dallas
September 23 2009, 07:56PM
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@ From : Ukaria Kone: WTF

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#178 David S
September 23 2009, 07:57PM
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^ Posting too fast. Sorry about the bad grammar. Just too excited thinking about $6,500,000!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#179 ShaunDoe
September 23 2009, 07:58PM
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So I dunno how old this is, but Eklund posted on his page that Malhotra has been signed by the sharks per his sources. Then he goes on to say "with what cap space". The guy is losing it. He posts garbage even he doesn't believe now...

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#180 ronaldo
September 23 2009, 07:59PM
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@ David S: There must have been one person once. I remember getting one via actual mail once. Never knew I was related to people in Spain.

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#181 David S
September 23 2009, 07:59PM
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The guys at Lowetide were talking about Malhotra for something like $700,000. Truth or fiction?

BTW - this Oilers intermission music is fackin' BRUTAL!

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#182 ronaldo
September 23 2009, 08:00PM
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@ ShaunDoe: Dregger twitter that this actually happened.

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#183 Jonathan Willis
September 23 2009, 08:01PM
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@ ShaunDoe:

He must have forgotten to run up an E5 post on the Erhoff/Lukowich deal after he saw it on TSN.

Happens to the best of us.

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#184 Gunner
September 23 2009, 08:02PM
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GOOOILERS!!!!!

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#185 Fiveandagame
September 23 2009, 08:03PM
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Great PK's tonight

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#186 ShaunDoe
September 23 2009, 08:03PM
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Yeah i was a little suprised to see that Malhotra actually happened. Be interesting to see what this means for the Sharks roster.

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#187 Fiveandagame
September 23 2009, 08:06PM
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wow....bad PP...

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#188 Jonathan Willis
September 23 2009, 08:06PM
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Lovely.

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#189 ronaldo
September 23 2009, 08:07PM
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I know it has been beaten to death but...damn I wish we resigned him.

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#190 oilersordeath
September 23 2009, 08:07PM
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God I fu$#in hate Horcoff!!

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#191 Jonathan Willis
September 23 2009, 08:07PM
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Beauty shift for Penner.

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#192 ShaunDoe
September 23 2009, 08:07PM
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There seems to be an awful lot of Oiler players running out of room and then coughing up the puck. They seem to like skating into box canyons...

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#193 Gunner
September 23 2009, 08:07PM
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Khabby needs to come out and challenge Glencross there.

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#194 Gunner
September 23 2009, 08:08PM
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Penner looks good tonite. He's got lots of jump.

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#195 Gunner
September 23 2009, 08:09PM
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Hold on Prust. Hold on.

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#196 Gunner
September 23 2009, 08:11PM
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Lame.

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#197 RossCreek
September 23 2009, 08:11PM
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Atta boy Prusty!

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#198 Jonathan Willis
September 23 2009, 08:12PM
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Advice for folks at training camp:

If you're an AHL player who skates like molasses and can't handle the puck in the offensive zone, fight later in the shift so that everyone forgets all about it.

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#199 Archaeologuy
September 23 2009, 08:16PM
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what the hell was that executrade penalty kill animation doing in the middle of game play?

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#200 Jonathan Willis
September 23 2009, 08:17PM
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I was going to congratulate Brule on that hit, but given that:

a) it was 5'8" Nigel Dawes and b) the Flames kept the puck

I won't.

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