Oilers Depth Chart 2010

Lowetide
July 11 2010 06:36AM

With the draft over and the first blush of free agency in the rear-view, this is an excellent time to have a look at the Oilers depth chart. It is striking to see just how much work is left to be done; I wonder if the Oilers want to address some of the obvious problems (G, veteran presence up front) this summer. A lottery pick becomes a distant bell with an improved lineup. It might be better to run with the kids.

Here is the depth chart (my list, your slotting may be different) but it gives us a general idea about where this team is heading. Strong roster options (based on management comments and logic) in italics.

 

GOAL

  1. Nikolai Khabibulin
  2. Jeff Drouin Deslauriers (RFA, filed for arbitration)
  3. Devan Dubnyk (RFA)
  4. Bryan Pitton

This is a mess for a couple of reasons. Khabibulin's trial makes moving one of the kids less likely, meaning the Oilers may be forced to go with the three-headed goalie system for a time this fall. NK's injury last season casts further doubt on the position, but if you're the Oilers playing the two kids 60% of the time might be a way to "Denver boot" the 10-11 season.

 

DEFENSE

  1. Ryan Whitney
  2. Tom Gilbert
  3. Sheldon Souray (outcast)
  4. Ladislav Smid
  5. Kurtis Foster
  6. Jim Vandermeer
  7. Jason Strudwick
  8. Theo Peckham
  9. Alex Plante
  10. Jeff Petry
  11. Taylor Chorney
  12. Richard Petiot
  13. Johan Motin
  14. Jake Taylor
  15. Jordan Bendfeld

The Souray return will impact the depth chart, as Theo Peckham will need to clear waivers this fall. Should the club acquire a defenseman, that might spell the end of Jason Strudwick's NHL career. I like the top pairing (Whitney-Gilbert) and if Smid-Foster can work together this team has a decent top 4D (much better than 2006 summer, as an example). If the team deals Souray for a defenseman, I'd prefer a "wide range of skills" type as opposed to a puck mover or a stay-at-home type.

 

CENTER

  1. Shawn Horcoff
  2. Sam Gagner
  3. Gilbert Brule
  4. Colin Fraser
  5. Andrew Cogliano
  6. Brad Moran
  7. Ryan O'Marra
  8. Chris Vande Velde
  9. Milan Kytnar

There's a lot of good future here and this is a big season for the kids. If Gagner can take over some of the tougher minutes (and begin to relieve Shawn Horcoff of the heavy lifting) this position will be much better a year from now. Brule is a developing talent coming off a solid offensive season, but there's not much evidence available to suggest he should play the tough minutes. Just so we're clear, I have Brule listed as the #3C but would not want him near a checking-style line. Soft minutes and PP time are the ticket for him. Colin Fraser could help a wayward PK, and we should be watching Vande Velde with interest (Horcoff didn't take much AHL time to be NHL ready).

 

LEFT WING

  1. Dustin Penner
  2. Magnus Pääjärvi
  3. Taylor Hall
  4. Steve MaCintyre
  5. Linus Omark
  6. JF Jacques
  7. Teemu Hartikainen
  8. Philippe Cornet
  9. Matt Marquardt

Not a veteran checker in the bunch, but some sublime talent. Penner is the Oilers best player based on last season's results, and the two kids have the fanbase acting (with good reason) like the kids who saw the Beatles at Shea in 1965. This depth chart went from Penner and crap to something very special in a very short period of time. We can only hope for the same timeline in goal.

 

RIGHT WING

  1. Ales Hemsky
  2. Jordan Eberle
  3. Ryan Jones
  4. Zack Stortini
  5. Alexandre Giroux
  6. Liam Reddox
  7. Ben Ondrus
  8. Colin McDonald

Hemsky is a ridiculous talent and a healthy season from this player means the Oilers win more hockey games than a year ago. Eberle is establishing himself as a strong option, although kids listed at C and LW (Brule, Cogliano, Omark) might grab top 6 minutes. Jones and Stortini look like they'll fight it out for 3line minutes unless the club addresses the issue (there are rumors--from Rishaug again--that Asham is a player of interest) in the next few weeks.

I usually miss a player or two, please pass along and I'll fix later. Either way, this is a way better hockey club than a year ago if they can stay reasonably healthy. If they took the time to address #1 G, RH 2-way C and a veteran RW this team could make the playoffs.

Seriously.

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#101 Bryzarro World
July 11 2010, 01:30PM
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OilDude wrote:

No where is LT's blog did he say the Oilers would make the playoffs, all he said is if a few things were to happen they might make the playoffs. Whats the deal with you NATE ? Can't you friggen read or understand what you read all you do is whine and complain about everything,all your fancy e-mails on the radio and all your fancy posts on the internet,trying to make it sound like you know everything about the Oilers and hockey and how they should rebuild the team. Well let me tell you something ASSWIPE! your not the only one with an opinion but the difference is most of us listen to others and understand what we read and hear.So why don't you get a clue.

We can't really blame him on his views... for this we will have to lay the blame on his parents. They chose to stay together even after they found out they were related. Nate is the result of that union so I just ignore and pity him.

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#102 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
July 11 2010, 01:30PM
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Oil_Loc8or wrote:

I don't have a source, I know one of the team trainers. Seguin was McGregors choice up to about a month before the draft according to who ? If you come up with trade rumors every day your making yourself less reliabe as an insider when you have no information to go by. It doesn't surprise me the Oilers control the information going out to the media, so where is the insider information ? Made up from a opinion after a conversation nothing more. I don't listen to Tencer. Souray talked to the media just not the Edmonton media. Is it possible the new younger team doesn't interact with the media and beat writers like the past years ? None of the insiders you said are employeed by the Oilers so if they have information why don't they write about it ? That's how they get paid.

1) who broke the souray trade request? it was spector was it not? And im pretty sure he had to sit on it and keep it quiet at sourays request. he isnt paid by the oilers, should he have ran to his laptop and wrote the piece and burned the bridges? nope, he waited until he got the ok and went with it

2)it was according to Macgregor himself.

"I came to the conclusion about three weeks ago that it was Taylor," said MacGregor. "I felt very comfortable with that . . . all the information came together and it was really comfortable for me. Our staff was strong on Taylor. I hadn't told any of the guys where I stood, then I laid it out today. .

MacGregor, to name just one member of Edmonton's scouting staff, was leaning toward Seguin before Hall and the Spitfires began their march to the Memorial Cup.

"Stu articulated his position, which was wonderful." steve tambellini

now, as for

None of the insiders you said are employeed by the Oilers so if they have information why don't they write about it ? That's how they get paid.

the oilers have in the past, and probably will continue to in the future, blackball media members who step to far. why in gods name would media member Joe Reporter write a juicy article about 4 members of the hockey club being out until 4 am partying it up with hookers and blow? it might be true, and there may be proof, but if you ever want to have a chance and getting anywhere near the team again, you dont make it public. tell you what, call in to gregors show when brownlee is on and ask them why they dont report on everything, since they are not paid by the oilers. let us know what brownlee says.

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#103 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 01:31PM
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@Archaeologuy

So thats not your real name ?

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#104 Crackenbury
July 11 2010, 01:31PM
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@Archaeologuy

I find hilarious how intelligent you appear to be. You're smarter than Oilers management and most of the hockey world that thought signing Khabibulin was a good move. When I say hockey world I mean people paid to have an opinion. He was playing great and getting stronger up to the point he got hurt. Signing him was a calculated risk that so far hasn't worked out. You spouting off like no one knew about his back problem is a joke. They took a chance on a major upgrade in goal knowing it might not work out. Get over it.

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#105 TigerUnderGlass
July 11 2010, 01:32PM
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AndrewMK20 wrote:

Winning cups has nothing to do with no.1 centers to that I agree. But just because your team has depth and is a great club in the case of Anaheim and New Jersey, that doesn't make McDonald or Gomez no.1 centers. I think the Rangers and the Canadiens would attest to the fact that Gomez isn't a number 1 center. He isn't capable of carrying the load as his numbers have fluctuated greatly depending on who he's played with. McDonald has yet to show that he can consistently put up 75+ points per year over a full NHL season.

While others like a Joe Thornton, Sedin, Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, etc. have all shown that they can carry the load when their clubs need them to as they consistently put up numbers despite roster changes, injuries, and other factors that come into play during the course of a season.

It's a case of the team playing so well that GM's and coaches wrongfully tag players with a superstar label. Look at Chris Drury, Daniel Briere, and in the Oilers case Shawn Horcoff.

While number one centers aren't necessary to win a cup that doesn't make them a common commodity.

Gomez and McDonald were the number one centers on their teams when they won cups. This is indisputable.

I pointed them out, not because I think they are as good as the other players mentioned, but specifically because they are not. It doesn't change the fact that they were #1 centers on very good teams.

You seem to have a bit of a moving target when it comes to defining this special type of "number one" center you are discussing.

First you say they need to play all around games and hint at PK time. Then you say PK isn't important if they score enough.

If you want to draw a line between "elite #1" and "regular #1" thats fine, but you have to tell us where that line is before you can expect anyone to agree with you. Like I said, I think you are overstating the job description.

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#106 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 01:37PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

I listen to Jason Gregor and Brownlee love the show. All insiders know information that isn't sent out to the public.

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#107 Crash
July 11 2010, 01:40PM
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Skidplate wrote:

Well, lets see, Horcoff has taken 2 full seasons and he is not fully recovered. Hemsky got injured part way through last season, so IF the injury is the same, then I would not expect Hemsky to be healthy until next season earliest.

Well sounds like you have it all figured out then so I defer to you....I guess Hemsky is screwed and there's no way at all he will be healthy this year.

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#108 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 01:40PM
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Where did Lowetide come from ? I like his articles.

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#109 Skidplate
July 11 2010, 01:43PM
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Crash wrote:

Well sounds like you have it all figured out then so I defer to you....I guess Hemsky is screwed and there's no way at all he will be healthy this year.

I do not know how bad Hemsky's injury is, all I am saying is if it is as bad as Hocs then he will most likely struggle. I did not intend to sound like a douche.

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#110 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
July 11 2010, 01:43PM
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Oil_Loc8or wrote:

Where did Lowetide come from ? I like his articles.

lowetide.blogspot.com/

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#111 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 01:48PM
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Thanks. So does he write on the nation full time and his own site ?

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#112 DoubleJ
July 11 2010, 01:48PM
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I think we should try and get Ribiero. I think Horcoff should be the number three center and add some timely offense instead of being relied on for offense.

I think Dallas might be swayed to trade Ribiero for Souray and maybe Cogliano. Ribiero could be our number one center and let Gagner take the easy minutes.

Asham would be exactly what we need a big strong third line rw who knows how to check, pursue the puck and scores enough to help out.

I still don't get why the Oilers signed Strudwick, besides the obvious he's good in the room. But Hockey is played on the ice and he's not good enough to be on the ice. Jurcina signed for 1 million he's a way better fit IMO.

There's so many better d-man around who could of been picked up for 1 million to 1.5 mill. Sutton and Mara are still sitting and they might need to sign for less for one year and try and change their luck next year.

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#113 Robin Brownlee
July 11 2010, 01:53PM
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@Oil_Loc8or

According to who? According to me.

Are you saying I fabricated the original story the Oilers were leaning toward Seguin and then repeated it several times in the following weeks before the opinion of the scouting staff swung decisively to Hall? To what end? To make myself look bad?

Do yourself a favour and stop guessing about what I know and don't know, who I talk to and what gets written about and doesn't for what reasons. You clearly don't have a clue.

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#114 Chris.
July 11 2010, 01:57PM
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Great thread LT. Last year many of us spent countless hours speculating/debating if the Oilers could make the playoffs. This year, that notion is almost taboo...

There is a reason they play the games: sport is full of surprises. I can't wait for October.

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#115 Skidplate
July 11 2010, 01:59PM
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Robin, do you know if Hemsky's injury was the same or simialr to Horcoff's?

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#116 Crackenbury
July 11 2010, 02:03PM
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@Archaeologuy

Private conversation? Last time I checked this was a public blog. Khabibulin isn't an upgrade over Roloson? You're joking. Find me one reputable source that would state that. No, JW doesn't count.

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#117 Archaeologuy
July 11 2010, 02:12PM
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Private conversation? Last time I checked this was a public blog. Khabibulin isn't an upgrade over Roloson? You're joking. Find me one reputable source that would state that. No, JW doesn't count.

Yeah, I was talking with Oil_Loc8tor about the trainers, you decided to jump in about Khabibulin. Quit whining about Khabibulin being this great gamble the Oilers took. They shouldnt have been gambling with their goaltending at all.

No Khabibulin is not a major upgrade to Roloson. Look at their numbers over the last 4 seasons. Despite Roli having much much more shots taken against him on a weaker Oiler team they have negligible differences in save percentage, the most important goaltending statistic.

You dont need Darren Dregger to tell you that Khabibulin isnt that much better than Roli, you can do it yourself.

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#118 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 02:13PM
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@Robin Brownlee

According to you ? You have a clue ? Did I claim you fabricated any story ? The Oilers decided on Hall three weeks before the draft. When did you write your articles ? You wrote that from your understanding they were leaning towards Seguin did you not ? You have never been wrong ?

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#119 David S
July 11 2010, 02:20PM
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At the risk of starting another ~scintillating~ Horcoff debate, I think it would be fair to consider he might have been healthy at the start of last year. If I remember, he took an awkward hit early and things really went sideways.

I seem to recall a few times in the early part of the year in post-game scrums where he was heavily bandaged and iced. I've had the same sort of surgery and can tell you that even if you feel OK and the shoulder seems solid, it takes a long time to get any sort of stability back to the point where you can take a solid hit. All it takes is one smash the wrong way and you're set back six months.

So what did we see? He was hesitant to mix it up in the corners, missed easy one-timers, poor (comparatively) on the dot and generally ineffective by his standards. That tells me he was extremely wary of doing any more damage and had decreased upper body strength for most of the season. His confidence must have been shot.

I'm totally amazed he didn't pull the chute halfway through the season and get healed properly for this year. It speaks to his character that he didn't, but I think it was a mistake (although you could tell he was healing because he got better as the season progressed).

My guess is he comes out this year and has a pretty decent season.* So maybe how about we let up a bit on him until we see how he performs.

*Unless he gets smashed again - facepalm pending

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#120 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 02:23PM
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@Crackenbury

I'm the source. Roli is as good as Khabibulin at this stage of their careers. Bulin was wicked back in the day. They are both better than what the Oilers have coming up.

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#121 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 02:27PM
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@David S

If Horcoff comes back and preforms what line does he play on ?

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#122 Skidplate
July 11 2010, 02:28PM
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@David S

I agree David S. Horcoff has done what was needed of him throughout his career. Let's see what the new season brings.

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#123 Chris.
July 11 2010, 02:30PM
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Oil_Loc8or wrote:

If Horcoff comes back and preforms what line does he play on ?

I know I'm not David S... but if Horcoff regains form it's pretty obvious that he would play with Hemsky.

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#124 Crash
July 11 2010, 02:36PM
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I know I'm not David S... but if Horcoff regains form it's pretty obvious that he would play with Hemsky.

Well if this is true then I hope we don't hear any complaints about Hemsky falling short of 80 pts yet again...

Oh please tell me this wouldn't be true...more of the same...when do we move forward with this group?

NO to Horcoff in the top six

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#125 Crackenbury
July 11 2010, 02:38PM
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Oil_Loc8or wrote:

I'm the source. Roli is as good as Khabibulin at this stage of their careers. Bulin was wicked back in the day. They are both better than what the Oilers have coming up.

You guys are killing me. At the risk of continuing a pointless arguement, what do you mean by back in the day? Are you referring to the first 23 games last year? If so, yes I agree he was better than Roloson ever was. I actually liked Roloson as an Oiler, but he was still a career backup when Bulin was making his 4 all-star appearances. Goalies don't wear out until very late in their careers barring injury.

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#126 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 02:38PM
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Chris. wrote:

I know I'm not David S... but if Horcoff regains form it's pretty obvious that he would play with Hemsky.

That's what I was thinking. That would let Gagner play easy minutes and get his game going and Colin Fraser to play the third line center position.

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#127 Oil_Loc8or
July 11 2010, 02:40PM
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@Crackenbury

The key word in your reply was INJURY.

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#128 Chris.
July 11 2010, 02:46PM
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Crash wrote:

Well if this is true then I hope we don't hear any complaints about Hemsky falling short of 80 pts yet again...

Oh please tell me this wouldn't be true...more of the same...when do we move forward with this group?

NO to Horcoff in the top six

Hemsky has consitantly produced more ev offence when playing with Horcoff than with any other Oiler player. I'm not saying Horcoff is a dynamic offensive force; and I'm sure Hemsky's numbers could be better if he played with a different center... It's just too bad that that mystery center isn't under contract with the Oilers. I sure hope Gagner will be ready to play against better opposition this season and will be a real alternative for Renny should Horcoff continue to struggle.

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#129 Archaeologuy
July 11 2010, 02:48PM
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@Crackenbury

Oh Crackenbury, how much glue have you been huffing? In the 18 games he played last year Khabibulin posted VERY Roli-esque numbers: .909 save percentage and a GAA over 3. How is that "better than Roli ever was"? Pull yourself together man. You're falling apart out there.

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#130 Crackenbury
July 11 2010, 02:50PM
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@Oil_Loc8or

Khabibulin has had 1 chronic problem throughout his career. A bad back. He finally had surgery for it. If he comes back healthy, I'm glad we've got him. If not, sign another guy, we've got the cap room. My point behind the posts is to get guys like JW and Archaeology to give it a rest about the bad signing aspect of it. It was a gamble. It may not have worked. It may still work. Why the endless harping about it?

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#131 Crackenbury
July 11 2010, 02:53PM
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@Archaeologuy

You actually need to watch the games and understand what it is you're seeing. The fact he was .909 with that defense last year is all-star material. Pull your nose out of the stat pages.

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#132 Skidplate
July 11 2010, 02:53PM
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Crackenbury wrote:

Khabibulin has had 1 chronic problem throughout his career. A bad back. He finally had surgery for it. If he comes back healthy, I'm glad we've got him. If not, sign another guy, we've got the cap room. My point behind the posts is to get guys like JW and Archaeology to give it a rest about the bad signing aspect of it. It was a gamble. It may not have worked. It may still work. Why the endless harping about it?

For ReKhabby's age and the length of the contract, I have a hard time believing anyone would defend the signing.

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#133 Archaeologuy
July 11 2010, 02:54PM
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Crackenbury wrote:

You actually need to watch the games and understand what it is you're seeing. The fact he was .909 with that defense last year is all-star material. Pull your nose out of the stat pages.

Pull your head out of your @ss and I'll pull my nose out of the stats page.

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#134 Crackenbury
July 11 2010, 02:59PM
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@Archaeologuy

Now you're just being rude.

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#135 madjam
July 11 2010, 03:00PM
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Horcoff gets back to the player he was his last contract year , he'd be more than adequate on first line , and earning his salary i might add. Can he ,or will he become that player again is the only question ?

If you want more people and diversity on this site , maybe some of you shouldn't be so adverse to new opinions and so clicky in your denounciation of others . You begin to wonder if this site should be renamed Oilers Nation of Clicks " site , the way some of you band together to put others down . In other words, don't beat a moot point to death by discouraging and ganging up on others who have views different from your own or clicky buddies .

They can formulate their own opinions without your banterings , as your very unlikely to intimidate anyways .

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#136 Archaeologuy
July 11 2010, 03:03PM
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Crackenbury wrote:

Now you're just being rude.

Cry me a river. I challenged your point using reason, history, and statistics. Your response was that I actually had to watch and understand what I'm seeing before I had a valid comment regarding Khabibulin. I've seen Khabibulin play. He wasnt that impressive. No more so than Roloson.

You have no defensible point. Go home Troll, you've successfully annoyed me.

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#137 Skidplate
July 11 2010, 03:06PM
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@Archaeologuy

Someone pee in your cornflakes this morning?

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#138 Crackenbury
July 11 2010, 03:07PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Cry me a river. I challenged your point using reason, history, and statistics. Your response was that I actually had to watch and understand what I'm seeing before I had a valid comment regarding Khabibulin. I've seen Khabibulin play. He wasnt that impressive. No more so than Roloson.

You have no defensible point. Go home Troll, you've successfully annoyed me.

Are you twelve years old? If so, I apologize. I'll try not to provoke you anymore.

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#139 Archaeologuy
July 11 2010, 03:09PM
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@madjam

Believe it or not, seeing the wild and crazy ideas you have is interesting to me. I can say that without a doubt, you have a unique perspective. I like reading your stuff, not because I ever agree with it but because I truly never see it coming.

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#140 Archaeologuy
July 11 2010, 03:09PM
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Skidplate wrote:

Someone pee in your cornflakes this morning?

Definitely

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#141 Skidplate
July 11 2010, 03:10PM
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You might want to rub one out and chill ;)

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#142 David S
July 11 2010, 03:12PM
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Oil_Loc8or wrote:

If Horcoff comes back and preforms what line does he play on ?

I'll let Renney, his staff and Horcoff figure that one out.

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#143 DJ Dynasty Handbag
July 11 2010, 03:12PM
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@Archaeologuy

i know i don't/haven't posted often here on ON, but i really miss the good ol' days here...you know...before highschool was let out for the summer....wouldn't you agree there arch? lol

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#144 Archaeologuy
July 11 2010, 03:31PM
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@DJ Dynasty Handbag

Absolutely.

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#145 Ducey
July 11 2010, 03:42PM
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@Archaeologuy

Why did you quote my post for this response? Was it by mistake?

No mistake. You accused some trainer of "neglecting" to read Bulin's medical history and then said it was just another example of an Oiler's employee not doing their job. Later you seem to suggest this is why the trainers lost their jobs.

You really going to defend that? You have no evidence that someone neglected to look at Bulin's medical records, do you?

They don't rely on trainers to assess injuries. They use doctors, and specialists at that. Sometimes doctors can't predict the future health of a patient. Or maybe Bulin's new injury was unforseeable. Anyway, you can expect that their were a few medical reports floating around Tambi's desk at the time he pulled the trigger. One or more likely said Bulin would be okay.

My point? Don't defame people.

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#146 Crash
July 11 2010, 03:49PM
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Chris. wrote:

Hemsky has consitantly produced more ev offence when playing with Horcoff than with any other Oiler player. I'm not saying Horcoff is a dynamic offensive force; and I'm sure Hemsky's numbers could be better if he played with a different center... It's just too bad that that mystery center isn't under contract with the Oilers. I sure hope Gagner will be ready to play against better opposition this season and will be a real alternative for Renny should Horcoff continue to struggle.

What other player has been given the opportunity to play as many minutes with Hemsky than Horcoff? So of course it's going to look like Hemsky has produced more offense with Horcoff than with any other player...

But if I was to actually dig into the stats deep enough I would hazard a guess that Hemsky has probably produced more points per game with Penner than he has with Horcoff.

Horcoff has only really had maybe 2 decent offensive seasons to speak of in his entire career. This player can't think offense quick enough to get Hemsky to the next level. Horcoff struggles with simple things. The play dies on his stick way too much. He can't make skill plays...things as simple as making a good saucer pass when needed or to get good wood for a quick shot on goal on sweet Hemsky passes.

The younger players are progressing and if this teams best option to play alongside Hemsky is Horcoff well I'm afraid we will witness more of the same.

The time is now to change it. Enough of this easy minutes crap, IMO it's overblown. Besides if it's Horcoff that has been playing all the tough minutes on this team then given his stats it should be concluded that him playng tough minutes is a colossal fail.

The Horcoff experiment should be over....OVER starting in October

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#147 DJ Dynasty Handbag
July 11 2010, 03:59PM
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on a sidenote -

does kovalchuk finally sign?

RE: via a Daren Millard tweet,

"Kovy-gate comes 2 an end tomorrow. Kings win the process.. Don’t want announcment 2 get overshadowed by WC."

hopefully this is the end of this bs saga.

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#148 Skidplate
July 11 2010, 04:03PM
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@DJ Dynasty Handbag

I hope it for less than 8 mil/yr.

I think it may be mistake if it is LA. They have a whole bunch of young talent that needs contracts in the next few years, and if Kovalchuk's cap hit is too high, they may regret it.

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#149 Archaeologuy
July 11 2010, 04:03PM
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Ducey wrote:

Why did you quote my post for this response? Was it by mistake?

No mistake. You accused some trainer of "neglecting" to read Bulin's medical history and then said it was just another example of an Oiler's employee not doing their job. Later you seem to suggest this is why the trainers lost their jobs.

You really going to defend that? You have no evidence that someone neglected to look at Bulin's medical records, do you?

They don't rely on trainers to assess injuries. They use doctors, and specialists at that. Sometimes doctors can't predict the future health of a patient. Or maybe Bulin's new injury was unforseeable. Anyway, you can expect that their were a few medical reports floating around Tambi's desk at the time he pulled the trigger. One or more likely said Bulin would be okay.

My point? Don't defame people.

Let's take a step back and recognize what has put your panties in a twist.

An anonymous poster on a blog said that an un-named trainer told him that JDD wouldnt be a starter.

I responded by stating that the trainer in question should have expected JDD be the starter for the Oilers considering our other Goalie's long injury history, and obviously in jest I suggested that him not being aware of NK's medical history was just another Oiler employee not doing his job.

This leads us to the point where you believe that I, without mentioning the name of said possibly fictitious trainer, defamed somebody.

I suggested the trainers lost their jobs because the team recorded a massive amount of severe injuries. Do you know what else the Oilers dont pay the trainers to do? Assess whether Goalie X will be a starter.

Your point is empty. I defamed nobody.

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#150 Cowbell_Feva
July 11 2010, 04:09PM
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I do not know how bad Hemsky's injury is, all I am saying is if it is as bad as Hocs then he will most likely struggle. I did not intend to sound like a douche.

You CANNOT compare Hemsky to Horcoff. One has rediculous talent, and the other one has been riding his coat tails from the time he became a "#1 Center"

Don't worry about Hemsky- worry about Horcoff!

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