PATIENCE

Lowetide
October 13 2012 10:27AM

Lots of chatter online last night about the Barons and their 2-1 loss in Cleveland. I think logic and good sense tell us this version of the OKC Barons are going to set towns like Cleveland on fire this winter--but there is a certain amount of patience required for Oilers Nation.

OBSERVATIONS--THE GOOD

Justin Schultz is another human highlight reel. On a team with dashing Taylor Hall, passing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and flashing Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz "announced his presence with authority" last night in his first pro game. Flying sorties seemingly every shift, the young man is calm, cool and collected with the puck. His pass on the OKC goal showed vision, patience and touch, and he also showed defensive acumen last night. One play--in which he was surrounded by Monsters and stickhandled in a phone booth and then made a sublime outlet pass to relieve the pressure--was perhaps more impressive than his assist. He had five (five!) shots on goal; the only negative was a -2, but in my opinion that had more to do with mistakes by others.

Jordan Eberle looked just like he should have--like a man who belonged in a higher league. On another night, with the same number and quality of chances, he might have popped 2 and then an empty netter. Alas, the Hockey Gods decided Cleveland had suffered enough just for being Cleveland and the town team won the day. Eberle is going to drive opponents crazy in this league.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made several of his patented ridiculous passes and had a couple of outstanding chances of his own. As with Eberle, the tumblers didn't click last night. As I recall, the Nuge scored a huge goal in his NHL debut against Pittsburgh last fall, and he could have had at least one last night.

Magnus Paajarvi has his smile back, and was a feature player last night. He drove to the net twice, and while still lacking what one might call "Glenn Anderson ran over the goalie and now the goalie isn't moving" ability, the young Swede-Finn was all over the place last night and put a crooked number in the assist column.

Yann Danis allowed 2 goals but he also made some huge saves and covered up several times for defensive mistakes. 27 saves out of 29 is a solid night for a pro goaltender and Danis is likely to have a few nights just like that one this winter.

OBSERVATIONS--THE NOT SO GOOD

Photo courtesy of Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved.

I don't believe anyone failed in last night's game. Why? You can't blame someone for lack of experience or for playing a role that they are perhaps unable to fill. The OKC Barons went into last night's game with four players--Justin Schultz, Taylor Fedun,Martin Marincin and Brandon Davidson--who had never played a regular season game as a signed professional.

The two college men--Fedun and Schultz--performed well and I would suggest those two along with Colten Teubert and Alex Plante will form the heart of this year's blue.

The other two--Marincin and Davidson--are taking an enormous step from junior to the AHL--a strong AHL at that. We can't forget that, because we're about to observe the education process in action. Marincin's pinch last night on the 2nd goal was a small error--a split second--and I'd bet money he could have recovered (at least somewhat) at the junior level. In the AHL? It was over in a heartbeat.

Davidson too had his moments--one in which he was passed like a house on the side of the road. These men also did good things--Davidson handled an opposition sortie very well in the second period (as an example). The onrushing RW had a step on him and pushed the puck along the wall. Davidson took a good angle, battled all down the backboards and finally removed player from puck behind the net. Now, Davidson will learn to do that using less real estate in the future, but the bottom line is he was challenged and had success.

We're going to see this a lot over the winter. Defensemen develop slowly, because it is such a damn difficult position to play. Mark your man, keep him in front of you, separate him from the puck at your earliest convenience. Oh, he's faster than you, has made this play 400 times at this level and just for fun its all on skates, your partner is also a rookie and players in your position get hurt often enough that you should be concerned every game you play.

Patience. This defense is going to require some. And maybe an additional veteran.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

First, we're talking hockey so it's a beautiful day. Second, the OKC Barons lost a 2-1 road game and have a chance to change the topic of discussion in an early game today (11am our time, lordy).

Hockey is back! We can talk about something that matters. Thank you OKC Barons!

 

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#1 Jonathan Willis
October 13 2012, 10:40AM
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"In every country, they make fun of city. In U.S. you make fun of Cleveland. In Russia, we make fun of Cleveland."

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#2 book¡e
October 13 2012, 11:04AM
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I think we can all agree the dream is dead. The Oiler 'stars' can't even keep up in a B-league and the team has lost every game this season! I hate everything about the Oiler/Barons this morning.

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#3 PutzStew
October 13 2012, 10:49AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

"In every country, they make fun of city. In U.S. you make fun of Cleveland. In Russia, we make fun of Cleveland."

LOL. Is Edmonton the Canadian Cleveland? If not what is? At least we can relate. Poor Cleveland.

Thanx for the blogs Lowtide and Willis. Hockey still matters. Who cares if it isn't the NHL.

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#4 John Chambers
October 13 2012, 11:07AM
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PutzStew wrote:

LOL. Is Edmonton the Canadian Cleveland? If not what is? At least we can relate. Poor Cleveland.

Thanx for the blogs Lowtide and Willis. Hockey still matters. Who cares if it isn't the NHL.

Probably Winnipeg. I've heard it all.

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#5 geoilersgist
October 13 2012, 11:24AM
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@PutzStew

Regina is Canada's Cleveland

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#8 Wanyes bastard child
October 13 2012, 05:39PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

mact is ruining the kids!!

We should start a facebook petition to get him fired!

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@Jonathan Willis

Horcov? lol

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By the way, how was the AHL Live feed yesterday? Is it worth spending dolla dolla bills on? The free feed was crap but you know what they say about things that are free - they ain't worth ****!

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#12 jonrmcleod
October 13 2012, 11:31AM
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It's "a beautiful day" even after that devastating loss by your Nationals last night?

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#13 jordan
October 13 2012, 11:47AM
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if he had an assist wouldnt schultz have been -1 rather than -2

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#14 NastyNate
October 13 2012, 11:57AM
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@jordan

Assist came on the PP. -2

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#15 Jonathan Willis
October 13 2012, 11:58AM
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The assist came on the power play.

Also, not necessarily anyway - Tyler Pitlick made a pass in today's game, went to change, and picked up a second assist on the nesuing goal from the bench.

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#16 dawgtoy
October 13 2012, 12:05PM
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@jordan

His assist came on the power play.

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#17 Ryley
October 13 2012, 01:22PM
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Who's that beautiful girl in the last picture?

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#18 match16
October 13 2012, 01:39PM
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Ryley wrote:

Who's that beautiful girl in the last picture?

Anna Kendrick.

Schultz is a sniper he can get the puck through traffic and on net. I don't think anyone else on the oilers D could have made that play by carrying it into the slot and wristing it home. Can't wait to see him in Edmonton.

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#19 match16
October 13 2012, 01:43PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Anna Kendrick. She's in one of my favorite movies called Up in the Air. Very good actress.

Don't you mean Twilight?

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#20 OiLz
October 13 2012, 02:34PM
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wow this Justin Schultz is pretty darn good!

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#22 David
October 13 2012, 02:51PM
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As I expected Marincin bounce he'd back nicely. Goal, assist plus 3. Every day Schultz seems more and more likely to be a high quality NHLer.

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#23 Klima's Mullet
October 13 2012, 03:40PM
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I liked Pitlick's game today. Heavy shot and seems willing to unleash it at every opportunity. You gotta love getting the apple while on the bench. Big kid...might be a key ingredient in the bottom six in the show.

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#24 etownman
October 13 2012, 03:43PM
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Wow, first two games of season, on the road & people are already jumping ship?

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#25 book¡e
October 13 2012, 03:57PM
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etownman wrote:

Wow, first two games of season, on the road & people are already jumping ship?

How far underwater does the ship have to be before you realize your drowning Leonardo? Doomed is doomed, once you realize the milk is spoiled you throw it out, you don't keep drinking it to see if it get better. It's all over, there is no hope, the dynasty is done before it ever got started. There will be no boys on the bus, no Stanley Cups, and no new arena. I think that's all pretty obvious after the Barons split the first two games of season.

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#26 Rama Lama
October 13 2012, 04:23PM
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Lowetide wrote:

I didn't know she was in Twilight. I haven't seen the Twilight movies, but if she's in them I'm sure she's good.

Wow......she can talk? Even better.......I'm sure you were hanging on to her every word......I know I would like to see her movie because as you put it she is a good actress.

On a different topic......when will Sportsnet wake up and start broadcasting the Barons?

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#27 Wanyes bastard child
October 13 2012, 04:28PM
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If only the barons had a system :(

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#28 hunkybill
October 13 2012, 04:36PM
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Go oilers prospects!

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#29 Unhealthy scratch
October 13 2012, 04:47PM
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geoilersgist wrote:

Regina is Canada's Cleveland

The city that rhymes with "Fun". Of course, the t is silent.

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#30 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
October 13 2012, 05:30PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

If only the barons had a system :(

mact is ruining the kids!!

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#31 book¡e
October 13 2012, 06:55PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

We should start a facebook petition to get him fired!

And use it to plan a rally at Rexall!

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#32 Wanyes bastard child
October 13 2012, 07:51PM
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book¡e wrote:

And use it to plan a rally at Rexall!

Yeah! Tonnes of people will totally show up!

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#33 Archaeologuy
October 13 2012, 07:55PM
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IM PAAAAAANNNNIIIIIIIICCCCKKKIIIINNNNGGGGGG!!!!!!

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#34 Wanyes bastard child
October 13 2012, 08:23PM
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Unrelated note, does anyone know if by buying on the Baron's site to watch their games, is it a one time fee for the season or per game? I can't take anymore crappy feeds...

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#35 book¡e
October 13 2012, 09:19PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Unrelated note, does anyone know if by buying on the Baron's site to watch their games, is it a one time fee for the season or per game? I can't take anymore crappy feeds...

http://ahl.neulion.com/ahl/

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#36 PerryK
October 14 2012, 08:56AM
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AHL Live feed is the exact same crappy feed as the pirated feeds.

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