Oilers/Canadians Postgame(s): Overtime Losses

Jonathan Willis
January 05 2010 11:58PM

Coyotes: 5, Oilers: 4 (OT)

USA: 6, Canada: 5 (OT)

Both teams near and dear to the collective heart of OilersNation lost by a single goal in overtime. Team Canada lost at the World Juniors after an incredible comeback effort fueled by two late Jordan Eberle goals. It wasn't enough, as Capitals prospect John Carlson scored the overtime winner to give the U.S. the gold medal.

Meanwhile in Edmonton, the Oilers twice came back from two goal deficits, but lost in overtime on a Shane Doan goal. Another loss, another bad outing for Jeff Deslauriers, and another game that I presume very few people actually watched because there was a chance to watch hockey played by a team that wins every now and again.

Team Canada Star

1. Jordan Eberle. Yep, that's it. There were other strong performances in tonight's game (Pietrangelo, for one, was pretty good)but it was Eberle who once again came through in the clutch, scoring goals with 2:49 and 1:35 left in the third period of the hockey game. He was Canada's best player - perhaps the best player on the ice - from the middle of the second period on, and his big-game heroics on the junior stage have given him a lasting place in Canadian hockey lore.

Random Thoughts

Eberle was named tournament MVP and Best Forward at this year's WJC. Given that Anton Lander and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson also had good tournaments, there's plenty of reason for hope (and with three of the first four stories on the official website being about the WJC, the Oilers know it). Isn't hope wonderful?

With the Springfield Falcons 5-2 loss on Sunday, Taylor Chorney now sits at minus-19 in the 16 games since he's been returned to the AHL. I don't know why he's posted such miserable numbers since turning pro (my guess would be defensive incompetence) but they're certainly continuing.

On the other side of the spectrum, Theo Peckham is the only plus defenceman in Springfield.  There's reason for hope there.

With his two point night this evening, the much-reviled Patrick O'Sullivan is as hot as he's been all season; he has three goals, three assists, and a plus-1 rating in the last six games.

I completely agree with Brownlee's argument about splitting time the rest of the way between Deslauriers and Dubnyk the rest of the way. 

Congratulations to Dustin Penner on his 20th goal of the season; it's his first goal in seven games, and hopefully this marks the end of the mini-slump he's been in.  Lowetide suggested that the Oilers might consider trading him a few days back (a suggestion that wasn't met with a chorus of cheers) but there's a part of me that wonders if his early season performance was an aberration.  After scoring 15 points in the first 10 games of the season, he's dropped to 7 or 8 points over the last three 10-game segements.  Has he broken ou, or is he in danger of reverting to the 40-50 point player he's been the last three years?  I don't know the answer, but if I were the Oilers I'd be thinking about it.

74b7cedc5d8bfbe88cf071309e98d2c3
Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
Avatar
#1 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 12:06AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Man Brule has a shot, he's got to be one of our only forwards that can beat a goalie clean from the circle or back.

Avatar
#2 RossCreekNation
January 06 2010, 12:24AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
USA: 5, Canada: 4 (OT)

Pssst!

*(6-5 USA)*

Avatar
#3 David S
January 06 2010, 12:34AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

So does Canada still get a point for the OT loss?

Avatar
#4 Petr's Jofa
January 06 2010, 06:14AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

I agree with the trade thougths on Penner. The only reason I'm iffy on trading him is that he's got significant term left on a reasonable contract. Although if you're about to fill next year's line-up with rookies, I guess their low cap hits mean the team can stomach losing some of their other value contracts (Hemsky, Penner)

Does Eberle's play make another one of Edmonton's small forwards expendable?

When you look at the list of small young players, which ones actually have trade value? Here's my ranking:

Eberle Gagner Brule Cogliano Nilsson O'Sullivan

While I'm not opposed to trading them, does trading O'Sullivan or Nilsson get Edmonton anything in return besides cap space? Is cap space really something a re-building team needs?

I would suggest that it would be in Edmonton's best interest to see what they could get for Eberle while his value is high. I would also think that Gagner might be the key piece in trades talks since Eberle's play may make Sam redundant.

At the start of the season we all knew that at least one small player had to go. Now I would argue that we need to be shipping out 2 or more.

Avatar
#5 BUCK75
January 06 2010, 07:33AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

A heart wrenching loss for Team Canada. I love Bob McKenzie's assessment of Eberle. The Baby Faced Assassin. He has ice water running through his veins. I hope he can be the same player in the NHL, I'm not going to proclaim him the next one yet.

Although if some unfortunate accident that knocks like 6 of our forwards out for the rest of the season & he has to play on an emergency basis I wouldn't mind ;)

In the DFF sweepstakes Taylor Hall was named on of the top 3 players from Canada. Cam Fowler was a noticeable steady DMAN for the US.

What would oiler fans want more - The stud forward or the stud defenceman?

Fowler is a left handed shot & has 40 points in 32 games. Good size - but only 8 pims. Hall on the other hand has 59 points in 34 games. He is around the same size as Fowler.

It's a toss-up.

Avatar
#6 Milli
January 06 2010, 07:46AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Man that Eberle is something else!!! Too bad we lost, but what a game to watch. If I was stevie Y, I'd be taking eberle to the olympics!!!(haha).

Avatar
#7 The Towel Boy
January 06 2010, 07:52AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Petr's Jofa wrote:

I agree with the trade thougths on Penner. The only reason I'm iffy on trading him is that he's got significant term left on a reasonable contract. Although if you're about to fill next year's line-up with rookies, I guess their low cap hits mean the team can stomach losing some of their other value contracts (Hemsky, Penner)

Does Eberle's play make another one of Edmonton's small forwards expendable?

When you look at the list of small young players, which ones actually have trade value? Here's my ranking:

Eberle Gagner Brule Cogliano Nilsson O'Sullivan

While I'm not opposed to trading them, does trading O'Sullivan or Nilsson get Edmonton anything in return besides cap space? Is cap space really something a re-building team needs?

I would suggest that it would be in Edmonton's best interest to see what they could get for Eberle while his value is high. I would also think that Gagner might be the key piece in trades talks since Eberle's play may make Sam redundant.

At the start of the season we all knew that at least one small player had to go. Now I would argue that we need to be shipping out 2 or more.

Trade Eberle? You're kidding, right?

Isn't the point of rebuilding to hang on to your up and coming talent and kick out the old, slow, expensive veterans?

Avatar
#8 Horcsky
January 06 2010, 07:57AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Haha, defensive incompetence. That's a pretty damning assessment of Chorney. I like it.

Also, Penner's contract being referred to as reasonable is shall we say, different.

Avatar
#9 Tyler
January 06 2010, 07:58AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

What I liked was JDD's focus. After every bad goal, he just went right back to the task at hand. That's impressive, given that so many of the goals stunk.

Avatar
#11 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 06 2010, 08:08AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Horcsky wrote:

Haha, defensive incompetence. That's a pretty damning assessment of Chorney. I like it.

Also, Penner's contract being referred to as reasonable is shall we say, different.

That was the line that stood out for me. I'm thinking to myself "Wow... ouch" until I realized that I couldn't disagree.

Avatar
#12 Tracie
January 06 2010, 08:11AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

With the Canada/USA game, I think goaltending won it for USA and lost it for Canada...we had some great chances against the US and I have no idea how some stayed out but Kudos to Campbell for coming in cold and stonewalling us! Just my opinion but Campbell's play vs Allen/Jones' play was the difference in the game.

To the guy who thinks we should trade Eberle...you ARE kidding right? We finally MIGHT have a superstar on our hands, along with MPS, Omark and possibly Hall and you want to trade Eberle? Although I see your logic, I am tired of watching the old guys coast on the ice and collect theirs millions. Let the young guys play and there is hope for a team like Pitts or Chicago to come out of Edmonton with the young talent. Eberle is small, but so is St. Louis and Crosby and they seem to get it done. I believe Eberle is stronger on the puck and his speed and hands open up space for him to do stuff...the frustrating thing with Cogs is that he has speed but no hands and with Nilsson and Gags, they get pushed off the puck really easy. Eberle finds opens space and can do stuff with it...I think him and Gags are keepers and try to find some good draft picks for Cogs and Nilsson. Again, just my thoughts...

Thanks for the highlights JW! I watched the Canada/USA game and came here for the highlights!

Avatar
#13 jeremy
January 06 2010, 08:20AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Petr's Jofa

@Petr's Jofa

"I would suggest that it would be in Edmonton's best interest to see what they could get for Eberle while his value is high. I would also think that Gagner might be the key piece in trades talks since Eberle's play may make Sam redundant."

Are you nuts!? Is there a more legitimate prospect on this list than Eberle!? Give your head a shake. I'll thtow these names out there, Tavares, Lindros, Stamkos... and Eberle tops that list with more goals in one WJC tourny. Wow, your thought process is grossly flawed!

Avatar
#14 Petr's Jofa
January 06 2010, 08:38AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
The Towel Boy wrote:

Trade Eberle? You're kidding, right?

Isn't the point of rebuilding to hang on to your up and coming talent and kick out the old, slow, expensive veterans?

I guess I should have mentioned what I'd trade him for. I'm not looking for a veteran, I'd be looking for a talented prospect with some size.

I see Edmonton's problem as they have too many young small talented players. Maybe we can use some of them to get some young larger talented players.

Avatar
#15 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 08:38AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Never watched the Oil game but I have been watching Potulny's faceoff percentage. Last night he was 10-2 and now moves up to a 45.1% which isn't great but he shows the ability to do well certain nights. Maybe he becomes that 3rd/4th line centerman we are looking for?

Just something to watch.

I know +/- is sometimes a stat that you have to watch how you use but wow that is brutal for Chorney. I seen that yesterday and had to take a second look.

Avatar
#16 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 08:40AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

As for Eberle, one thing I am concerned about is how he will deal with men instead of boys. There were about 4 or 5 times last night where he was taken out of the play because of his size. Shall be interesting to see how he adjusts his game.

Avatar
#18 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 06 2010, 08:44AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Petr's Jofa wrote:

I guess I should have mentioned what I'd trade him for. I'm not looking for a veteran, I'd be looking for a talented prospect with some size.

I see Edmonton's problem as they have too many young small talented players. Maybe we can use some of them to get some young larger talented players.

I think if that's your concern, you should start somewhere other than Eberle.

Avatar
#19 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 06 2010, 08:45AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Jonathan Willis wrote:

RE: Trading Eberle

As always, it depends on value. There's always a price, and if someone comes in and knocks your socks off with an offer you have to think about it.

Particularly since everyone in the hockey world is going to be gaga over him right now, and his junior numbers (prior to this year) really haven't been all that amazing.

That said, barring an amazing offer, Eberle's a guy you prioritize - less because of his world junior performance (it's six games, people - six games!) and more because of the leap forward he's taken in junior this year (29 goals and 60 points in 28 games). The only caveat there of course is if they're all power play points (Rob Schremp at the same age had 57 goals and 145 points in 57 games, thanks to his power play prowess).

I guess what I'm saying is this: 99% of Oilers fans are going to read too much into a couple of strong tournaments - really three key games where Eberle was unbelievably good - and over-value this player. Yes, he's a very good prospect, but we shouldn't look at a few games and pronounce him untouchable.

Definitely not untouchable. If it came down to Cogliano or Eberle, though, I wouldn't hesitate.

Avatar
#21 Petr's Jofa
January 06 2010, 08:50AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@jeremy

Tracie & Jordan,

I'm not pushing for Eberle to be traded, but I think Tambellini would be foolish not to see what would be offered for him.

Eberle may be a talented prospect, but the major difference between him and the other players you mentioned is that he is smaller than most of those NHLers you mention. Although I think the kid is going too be great, there is no guarentee that his junoir success is going translate into NHL success. He's great in tight and has magic hands, but at the NHL level, those small spaces close faster and the guys knocking you off the puck are larger. I believe he could may get pushed off his game in the NHL because he's small and he's playing on a team where the top line tallent is small (except Penner).

Edmonton needs some larger 1st/2nd line forwards, and I believe that Eberle could be used to get one for Gagner (or that Gagner could be used to get one for Eberle). The other small guys don't have enough value to get the return Edmonton needs.

Avatar
#22 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 06 2010, 08:51AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Jonathan Willis wrote:

Again, on Eberle:

For example, if Dean Lombardi phones you up and says, "Hey, Steve, I love your boy Eberle and I'd like to offer you Brayden Schenn and Vyacheslav Voynov for him, Chorney and Milan Kytnar," you make that deal. You just do.

Not that I think that happens, but if some GM drunk on Eberle's performance wants him badly enough he's tradeable.

Careful on the terminology. There's a difference between a GM approaching the Oil with a blockbuster deal, and 'seeing what we can get for him'. I don't think it's a good idea to shop him, despite the fact that there are going to be people hopped up on his success right now.

Avatar
#24 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 06 2010, 08:53AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm curious: if fans here had to make a choice, would they pick Gagner or Eberle? I'd pick Gagner, without even needing to think about it, but I don't know if that's consensus or not.

That's a tough one, and actually I'd be interested to see a comparison of their junior numbers with some of your higher-level stats. They're obviously at different stages in their development right now (as you state is the case with Gagner and Kane).

What makes it such an open-and-shut case for you? Is it Gagner's proven ability to compete compared to Eberle's projected ability to compete?

Eberle seems a step faster, and I'd say their puck handling ability is a wash.

Avatar
#27 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 08:55AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm curious: if fans here had to make a choice, would they pick Gagner or Eberle? I'd pick Gagner, without even needing to think about it, but I don't know if that's consensus or not.

Good question. It's really tough because you know at the very least Gagner is a 40-50 point player a year. With Eberle he shows flashes of being a 30+ goal scorer but you really have no idea if he can play in the NHL.

I think right now I lean towards Gagner.

Avatar
#28 Petr's Jofa
January 06 2010, 09:05AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

I'm on the Ganger side too, however, I wouldn't be to heart broken either way if trading either of them would get Edmonton a peice of the puzzle they are missing.

Watching Edmonton aquire/develop small players after small player gives me the same feeling as when I would open the packs 90-91 of Pro-set and get stuck with yet another Christian Ruuttu card. I know he was a talented player, but I damn-it need something different to complete the set!

ps - Yes I know that Pro-Set sucked.

Avatar
#29 The Towel Boy
January 06 2010, 09:08AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Petr's Jofa wrote:

I'm on the Ganger side too, however, I wouldn't be to heart broken either way if trading either of them would get Edmonton a peice of the puzzle they are missing.

Watching Edmonton aquire/develop small players after small player gives me the same feeling as when I would open the packs 90-91 of Pro-set and get stuck with yet another Christian Ruuttu card. I know he was a talented player, but I damn-it need something different to complete the set!

ps - Yes I know that Pro-Set sucked.

Awe! I totally have that set! I got lots of doubles...wanna trade?

Avatar
#30 postal
January 06 2010, 09:14AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Good game last night. Shouldn't feel heartbroken Canada lost. Had a good streak. Kinda looks good on Canada. They sure whipped the hasbeens and never really got tested until the US games. They need to change the format of the tourney. Too many BS games and with the goal differential rule running up the score makes it a joke as well. There's a reason the World Juniors tank overseas. And the only reason it is successful in the US is when its close enough to the border to attract CDN fans. When the matchups are good, it's a helluva brand of hockey, unfortunately the crap games outnumber the great ones.

Avatar
#31 The Towel Boy
January 06 2010, 09:19AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Was it Tambellini in his interview with Duthie on TSN who was saying that, in the preseason games with the Oilers, nobody generated more scoring chances than Jordan Eberle?

To me he just seems more hungry to score goals and that's why I'd choose Eberle over Gagner. Not that Gagner doesn't love scoring goals...his sh!t eating grin after every goal is hilariously awesome. I want a player that's gonna rifle the puck at the net from all angles. Sometimes I think we lack that in our lineup. They always seem to be looking for the nice passing play instead of just firing it at the net.

I guess with any prospect you just don't know what you've got until they play some games with the big club. But I would suggest foot speed and hockey IQ of Eberle to be at least superior to Robbie Schremp...IMO.

Avatar
#32 OILERSORDEATH
January 06 2010, 09:22AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Keep in mind that Eberle's not THAT small. Sure he's no Lindros but he's only 19 and almost 190 pounds. He can end up being a little pitbull when he's matured around 195-200 pounds. Bret Hull wasnt tall, either was Dino Ciccarrelli, Or even pat Verbeek. But they were strong little bastards that could bury the puck. I think JE is on his way.

Avatar
#33 I'm a Scientist!
January 06 2010, 09:24AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm curious: if fans here had to make a choice, would they pick Gagner or Eberle? I'd pick Gagner, without even needing to think about it, but I don't know if that's consensus or not.

I think you should ask this question again after Gagner starts his end of the season charge. You know, the final games of the season where he actually shows up and contributes more regularily? Yeah.

At this moment in time, I keep Eberle. I developed a major man boy-crush on him last night... er...

Avatar
#34 postal
January 06 2010, 09:30AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Why label any of these players not to be traded. Is Gagner producing night after night like other "future stars"? See what other teams are offering. If Gretzky can be traded why not anyone else in the organization.

Avatar
#35 Dyckster
January 06 2010, 09:30AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Gagne's last year of Junior (points projected over 70 games) - 46G 110A - 156PTS

Eberle's projected (over 70 games) last year of junior - 73G 78A - 151PTS

Avatar
#36 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 09:34AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Dyckster wrote:

Gagne's last year of Junior (points projected over 70 games) - 46G 110A - 156PTS

Eberle's projected (over 70 games) last year of junior - 73G 78A - 151PTS

Gagner 17 Eberle 19

Avatar
#38 misfit
January 06 2010, 09:41AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm curious: if fans here had to make a choice, would they pick Gagner or Eberle? I'd pick Gagner, without even needing to think about it, but I don't know if that's consensus or not.

Gagner, for sure. And I wouldn't need much time to think on it either.

Avatar
#39 postal
January 06 2010, 09:41AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Shrempys junior points: boatloads Shrempys NHL points: peanuts

Nuff said

Avatar
#40 I'm a Scientist!
January 06 2010, 09:44AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
postal wrote:

Shrempys junior points: boatloads Shrempys NHL points: peanuts

Nuff said

Kind of hard to compare the two when you look at the number of games he played in each market. Trust me, I know this stuff, I'm a Scientist!

Avatar
#41 Dyckster
January 06 2010, 09:46AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Gagner 17 Eberle 19

Good point sir! Perhaps then the age difference once entering the pros will benefit JE?

Avatar
#42 postal
January 06 2010, 09:49AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Im hoping like everyone that Eberle's junior numbers translate to big numbers in the NHL, but I'm just being cautious. Look at Pat Falloon back in the 90's. He was a number two pick overall, scored by the buckets in Spokane but never really clicked in the NHL. But one thing you can't measure by stats is the way Eberle plays in clutch situations. Kudos to him on that.

Avatar
#43 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 06 2010, 09:51AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Dyckster

It could very well.

Avatar
#44 misfit
January 06 2010, 09:56AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

The biggest worry I have about a possible trade with Eberle's name involved isn't the idea of losing Eberle, it's repeating what the Stars did when they traded for Joe Nieuwendyk.

Calgary wanted Todd Harvey (a small, average skater who was an offensive star in junior and team Canada WJC captain who's actually a pretty strong Eberle comparable) for Joey N, but Dallas told them no, and offered up Iginla instead.

Avatar
#47 BUCK75
January 06 2010, 10:18AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

I think that offers should be entertained on Eberle. In the last 30 years there haven't been many game changers drafted #22 overall. HEre is a dose of reality.

That said there have been some really good players like Adam Foote, Adam Graves, Dean McAmmond, Anders Eriksson, Brian Boucher, Simon Gagne, David Hale, Sean Bergenheim, Claude Giroux. Servicable players - a few really good players.

We selected Marc Pouliot with a 22 pick. Eberle could be really good or he could be a servicable player. It's up to him. Gagne was a really good player at the WJHC as well, Eberle passed him in tournament goals this year...

Avatar
#48 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 10:46AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Jonathan Willis wrote:

RE: Trading Eberle

As always, it depends on value. There's always a price, and if someone comes in and knocks your socks off with an offer you have to think about it.

Particularly since everyone in the hockey world is going to be gaga over him right now, and his junior numbers (prior to this year) really haven't been all that amazing.

That said, barring an amazing offer, Eberle's a guy you prioritize - less because of his world junior performance (it's six games, people - six games!) and more because of the leap forward he's taken in junior this year (29 goals and 60 points in 28 games). The only caveat there of course is if they're all power play points (Rob Schremp at the same age had 57 goals and 145 points in 57 games, thanks to his power play prowess).

I guess what I'm saying is this: 99% of Oilers fans are going to read too much into a couple of strong tournaments - really three key games where Eberle was unbelievably good - and over-value this player. Yes, he's a very good prospect, but we shouldn't look at a few games and pronounce him untouchable.

X 2

I'm still looking for a Peter Sykora type with maybe a more well rounded game.

Avatar
#49 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 10:48AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm curious: if fans here had to make a choice, would they pick Gagner or Eberle? I'd pick Gagner, without even needing to think about it, but I don't know if that's consensus or not.

I'd keep Gagner over Eberle, no questions asked.

Avatar
#50 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 06 2010, 10:51AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
The Towel Boy wrote:

Was it Tambellini in his interview with Duthie on TSN who was saying that, in the preseason games with the Oilers, nobody generated more scoring chances than Jordan Eberle?

To me he just seems more hungry to score goals and that's why I'd choose Eberle over Gagner. Not that Gagner doesn't love scoring goals...his sh!t eating grin after every goal is hilariously awesome. I want a player that's gonna rifle the puck at the net from all angles. Sometimes I think we lack that in our lineup. They always seem to be looking for the nice passing play instead of just firing it at the net.

I guess with any prospect you just don't know what you've got until they play some games with the big club. But I would suggest foot speed and hockey IQ of Eberle to be at least superior to Robbie Schremp...IMO.

"I want a player that's gonna rifle the puck at the net from all angles."

Sounds like O'sully, and no one likes him ;)

Comments are closed for this article.