THE RETURN TO CONTENTION . . .

Robin Brownlee
November 17 2012 11:13AM

There's been plenty of discussion about when, exactly, the Edmonton Oilers realized they'd best forget about patching up the remnants of the team that went to the 2006 Stanley Cup final and undertake a bare-metal rebuild.

Framed in what's happened since that close-but-no-cigar trip to Game 7, namely six straight years out of the playoffs and a streak of futility that's seen the Oilers acquire first overall picks in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, I read with interest something sent to me on Twitter today.

It's a form letter from then-GM Kevin Lowe that was sent to season ticket holders in March of 2007 in the wake of the deadline deal that sent popular Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders. Here it is:

We all, of course, are acutely aware of what's happened in the seasons since Lowe reassured season ticket holders the goal was to return the Stanley Cup to Edmonton. More than five years later, the goal remains the same, but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

We wait.

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#1 kdunbar
November 17 2012, 11:16AM
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Can't wait to see the Oilers in first place

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#3 nunyour
November 17 2012, 11:21AM
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must be hard when you have nothing to trade and free agents don't want to come here.

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#4 Czar
November 17 2012, 11:24AM
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Lowe was right about Nilsson and O'Marra joining the others,what a pile of disappointment!

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#5 Starving Student
November 17 2012, 11:31AM
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Czar wrote:

Lowe was right about Nilsson and O'Marra joining the others,what a pile of disappointment!

Well said sir!

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#6 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
November 17 2012, 11:51AM
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the oilers fell ass backwards into the rebuild, and until there are changes at the top i have huge doubts as to whether tambellini and the crew can turn this pile of poo into a pile of gold.

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#7 Rocket
November 17 2012, 11:53AM
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nunyour wrote:

must be hard when you have nothing to trade and free agents don't want to come here.

The Oilers now have plenty of assets to trade and Shultz as a free agent signed here.

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#8 toprightcorner
November 17 2012, 11:55AM
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This is a great indication of Lowe's ability to recognize future talent. As GM, one would expect a better track record of recognizing young talent then 1 for 7 and then trade that 1 (Brodziak) who would fit well on the team.

Best move was hiring Stu Macgregor right after this letter allowing us to properly stock the cupboards with talent.

Makes me nervous when a GM with this lack of ability still has the final say in alot of the organizational moves.

This tells me that Tambo may have a much better idea of developing talent by shipping off Lowe's "future members of a championship team".

Remove Lowe from having any say in player transactions and we may have a chance at adding the right pieces to make the next step.

Hopefully within 2 years we can make splash like the Blue Jays just did to put them over the top with their talented core.

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#9 nunyour
November 17 2012, 12:03PM
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Rocket wrote:

The Oilers now have plenty of assets to trade and Shultz as a free agent signed here.

yes things are looking much better than they were in 2007.

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#10 Rocket
November 17 2012, 12:06PM
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@nunyour

Oh I see you were talking about 2007. My mistake and you are correct, things are better now.

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#11 nunyour
November 17 2012, 12:14PM
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maybe a full season off is in edmonton,s best interest,maybe the bingo ball drops and we pick first again? and the young guns are ready to compete, with a long term agreement signed.

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#12 Johnny
November 17 2012, 12:18PM
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Paajarvi, Lander, Pitlick, Moroz are the new Pouliot, Schremp, Jacques and Brodziak. Brodziak.....if we're lucky....

This staff hasn't done anything except run a franchise into the ground, HARD, and select #1 overalls.

That Brodziak trade was atrocious...

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#13 Muji
November 17 2012, 12:23PM
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Khabibulin signing was genius. That move accelerated the rebuild.

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#14 Rama Lama
November 17 2012, 12:25PM
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Not every person is a good judge of talent, and what is sad is that we have two of these clowns running the team.

I don't think that Mac T will be any better. We have built our team with solid prospects, not by design, but by failing more than all of the other teams in the NHL.

Finishing last and drafting first, should not be praised rather we should all be disgusted at the performance of Lowe and Tamby.

Perfect time to fire these two clowns and start fresh.........I for one do not trust them to make a "wow", trade that will benefit the team.

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#15 PaperDesigner
November 17 2012, 12:33PM
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Johnny wrote:

Paajarvi, Lander, Pitlick, Moroz are the new Pouliot, Schremp, Jacques and Brodziak. Brodziak.....if we're lucky....

This staff hasn't done anything except run a franchise into the ground, HARD, and select #1 overalls.

That Brodziak trade was atrocious...

Paajarvi is a better prospect than any of the others ever were.

He has had some actual success in the NHL, and in a few different pro leagues. Probably isn't a high-end scorer, but probably rounds out into a very good second line two-way winger.

It's actually fine if only one of the rest of them turns out to have a Brodziak like career. If either Pitlick or Lander does, that's a good pick in the second round.

The problem is not that the Oilers had a bunch of prospects that turned out to be busts, the problem is that they did not have enough elite talent to cover the fact that they did not all turn out. You don't need every prospect to have a NHL career. All least, as long as you have enough high end talent to cover major holes. The problem is that the Oilers, circa 2007, needed Schremp and Nilsson to constitute their future number one line.

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#16 Manfly
November 17 2012, 12:58PM
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man were they out to lunch with the kids they mentioned in that letter! almost no meat on the bones at all!

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#17 DSF
November 17 2012, 01:26PM
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PaperDesigner wrote:

Paajarvi is a better prospect than any of the others ever were.

He has had some actual success in the NHL, and in a few different pro leagues. Probably isn't a high-end scorer, but probably rounds out into a very good second line two-way winger.

It's actually fine if only one of the rest of them turns out to have a Brodziak like career. If either Pitlick or Lander does, that's a good pick in the second round.

The problem is not that the Oilers had a bunch of prospects that turned out to be busts, the problem is that they did not have enough elite talent to cover the fact that they did not all turn out. You don't need every prospect to have a NHL career. All least, as long as you have enough high end talent to cover major holes. The problem is that the Oilers, circa 2007, needed Schremp and Nilsson to constitute their future number one line.

Paajarvi is NOT a better prospect than the others.

While he had a nice run for a while while playing the second most minutes on the team over a full season, he only managed 15 goals while getting that push.

When presented with the minutes and second line role he can manage in the AHL, he reverts to his mean.

He's on pace for a 10 goal 40 point season in the AHL.

Please note the following:

Marc Pouliot - AHL 05/06 - 15G 30A 45P (20 year old)

Rob Shremp - AHL 07/08 - 23G 53A 76P

JF Jacques - AHL - 05/06 - 24G 20A 44P

Brodziak managed 14 goals and 17A 31P while playing 3rd line minutes in his first full NHL season.

If you have a winger on your second line that can't produce points, you are playing with one hand tied behind your back.

If Paajarvi can adapt his game to become a physical third line winger and PKer, (see Jannik Hansen) he may have a future in the NHL.

Otherwise, expecting him to be top 6 player is daft.

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#18 Sliderule
November 17 2012, 01:28PM
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Our fate was sealed in the drafts of 2003 to 2005.nine picks in the first two rounds and the only two who have had any sort of NHL career are Dubnyk and Cogliano.

If any of the picks we passed on like Parise or Perry in 2003 and say Krejci or Dubinsky in 2004 had been taken we would have had a solid group to work with.

If you takeaway our first picks how much better is our scouting today??

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#19 TeddyTurnbuckle
November 17 2012, 01:41PM
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I've watched most of the OKC games this year, probably more than most of the media guys in Edmonton which I'm not sure if that means I should revaluate my priorities or I 'm just a die hard. Anyways I know its a young team but the Barons aren't nearly as good as I thought they would be. The kids seem to make just as many mistakes as good plays. Last night Eberle had two horrific turnovers on the same power play shift that caused two clear cut break aways for Milwaukee. My point is that I love the kids and they are going to be great but they are still too young to pull the weight on a playoff calibre NHL team. How are these kids going to lead us to the playoffs when they can't even do it in OKC. Unless Tambi significantly upgrades our veterans when the lockout ends, I don't see us finishing much higher than 22nd in the NHL.

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#20 Craig1981
November 17 2012, 01:43PM
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@ whoever was bashing Brownlee

Lol. You can read read lowetide and Willis and I will take Brownlee then. I used to hate his negative views, but then after realizing the Oil finished bottome of the league twice and realized his negative views might actually be insight......I also will be quite entertained when he replys to your post. Lol

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#21 Rama Lama
November 17 2012, 01:52PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

@ whoever was bashing Brownlee

Lol. You can read read lowetide and Willis and I will take Brownlee then. I used to hate his negative views, but then after realizing the Oil finished bottome of the league twice and realized his negative views might actually be insight......I also will be quite entertained when he replys to your post. Lol

I think RB can handle his own......he is not shy about protecting his turf!

I pity the poor fool who takes him on.

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#23 Craig1981
November 17 2012, 02:22PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I think RB can handle his own......he is not shy about protecting his turf!

I pity the poor fool who takes him on.

Lol. Oh, I know he can (I've seen it and its entertained me for hours). Just showing respect and thanks for the artical more than standing up for him.

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#24 Fresh Mess
November 17 2012, 02:23PM
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Which leads to the question: How does Lowe still have a job (let alone get promoted) with the Edmonton Oilers?

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#25 Hayek
November 17 2012, 03:06PM
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Thanks for writing great articles Johnathan Willis!

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#26 Wanyes bastard child
November 17 2012, 03:14PM
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Hayek wrote:

Thanks for writing great articles Johnathan Willis!

Willis, I thought this was a Strudwick article!?!?!

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#28 Wanyes bastard child
November 17 2012, 04:00PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

It is. I just put my name on it.

When did Strudwick learn how to write better?

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#29 Pharmboy
November 17 2012, 05:14PM
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Those evaluating Hall, Eberle, Hopkins, etc on their AHL performance need to remember they are not giving their 100% effort there, they are trying to stay in game shape and not get injured, nothing more. They are probably all told to avoid the dirty areas where they can really make plays. Schultz? Maybe he is still thinking he has to audition for the Oilers, I hope he doesn't wear himself down if there actually is a season this year.

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#30 Fili
November 17 2012, 05:21PM
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I think it's funny all those names mentioned were Pendergast picks, not macgregor. Stu's first pick was gagner, ebs, paajarvi, hall, RNH, and yak. Not to mention the "cupboard fillers" marincin, gernat, pitlick, Hamilton, fedun, etc... Point is everyone is blaming klowe, when in fact they should be looking at drafting. Oilers have been a quick fix team for years. This is the first time in years, since the boys on the bus, that we have been building internally.

I for one, am excited about this teams future and don't need to look at the past. I'm looking forward to seeing these kids together for a long time.

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#32 Craig1981
November 17 2012, 05:26PM
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@Fili

Totally agree. If the oilers drafting was on par with Detroit or even Nashville, there would be a lot more Lowe supporters. I was so relieved when Pendergast left........but sad when I found out Pendergast would be in charge of Canada's junior team (who cuts RNH!!!!!)

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#33 Taylor Gang
November 17 2012, 05:28PM
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People need to keep in mind that 2007 was a much, much worse roster compared to today. The fact that I even have to say that to some of you is hilarious

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#34 Craig1981
November 17 2012, 05:29PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

To be fair to KP, look at where he picked in the first round during the patch-and-go era compared to where MacGregor has picked.

No question KP had some big-time, brutal whiffs at the plate, but when you're constantly picking outside of the top 10 it can get muddy.

He cut RNH from worLd juniors! I wonder if he was still in charge if the Nuge would be wearing an Av white and red uni

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#35 Johnny
November 17 2012, 05:50PM
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It's still not determined who will be a better player...Skug or RNH...

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#36 TeddyTurnbuckle
November 17 2012, 08:01PM
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Pharmboy wrote:

Those evaluating Hall, Eberle, Hopkins, etc on their AHL performance need to remember they are not giving their 100% effort there, they are trying to stay in game shape and not get injured, nothing more. They are probably all told to avoid the dirty areas where they can really make plays. Schultz? Maybe he is still thinking he has to audition for the Oilers, I hope he doesn't wear himself down if there actually is a season this year.

There is no such thing as not giving 100% in pro hockey. Do you honestly think Todd Nelson gives Nuge, Eberle and Hall a pep talk before every game saying, " Guys just take it easy tonight and don't get injured." Players have to give everything they have every shift or they will look stupid. Besides the Ahl is a great league and the kids have been great so far.

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#37 GVBlackhawk
November 17 2012, 09:21PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

To be fair to KP, look at where he picked in the first round during the patch-and-go era compared to where MacGregor has picked.

No question KP had some big-time, brutal whiffs at the plate, but when you're constantly picking outside of the top 10 it can get muddy.

Unless your team is Detroit.

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#38 oiler/hab
November 17 2012, 09:42PM
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Ok, this just in...

To Nashville: 1st round pick 2013 2nd round pick 2014 Belanger, Peckham,Omark

To Oilers: Shae Weber, Michael Latta

To Anaheim:

1st round pick 2014 Plante, Paajrvi, Bunz

To Edmonton:

Bobby Ryan, Mat Clark

Ok, ship the cup to PO box ??? Edmonton AB

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#40 kdunbar
November 17 2012, 10:04PM
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KP just kept trying to hit a homerun. Stu doesn't always try to make that Homerun hit with the first round (and usually the second).

I have seen articles which explain Stus philosophy quiet nicely. If KP played things a little more safe in the first round or two by going strictly BPA, he would have done much better.

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#42 Giggsunited
November 17 2012, 11:14PM
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I laugh at "Stu the magnificent bastard" title. Get back to me when his 2nd and on draft picks do something. Until then he is no better then KP at this moment in time.

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#43 Giggsunited
November 17 2012, 11:14PM
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I laugh at "Stu the magnificent bastard" title. Get back to me when his 2nd and on draft picks do something. Until then he is no better then KP at this moment in time.

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#44 Time Travelling Sean
November 18 2012, 12:16AM
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I'm curious, if the lockout doesn't end in time can RNH go to the WJC?

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#45 GVBlackhawk
November 18 2012, 12:16AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

List all the brilliant picks the Red Wings have made past the 10th selection in the first round over the past 20 years.

And don't try throwing in shots in the dark like Zetterberg and Datsyuk from late rounds. When players taken that late turn out it's as much good luck as good drafing.

Okay sure we will choose to ignore those 'lucky' picks and focus on the ones that were chosen based on drafting prowess.

Hudler and Fillpula in 2002. Franzen in 2004. Abdelkader and Helm in 2005.

Jurco in 2011 and Frk in 2012 look promising.

This is more impressive than it looks considering Detroit has had only 3 first round draft picks since 2006, and those were 27th, 27th, and 30th.

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#46 GVBlackhawk
November 18 2012, 12:23AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

List all the brilliant picks the Red Wings have made past the 10th selection in the first round over the past 20 years.

And don't try throwing in shots in the dark like Zetterberg and Datsyuk from late rounds. When players taken that late turn out it's as much good luck as good drafing.

And I missed Petr Sykora in 1997. He was a decent 3rd round selection.

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#47 @Oilanderp
November 18 2012, 12:26AM
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*spits koolaid out his nose*

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#48 Wanyes bastard child
November 18 2012, 12:51AM
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Well hello there Mr hindsight, how you doing?

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#49 Rob
November 18 2012, 01:38AM
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This President is a classic example of the Peter Principle at work. What a freaking disaster. His bad judgements have set the Oilers back a good 10 yrs. and that may be an optimistic assessment assuming you can even correlate colossal failure to a timeline.

He shouldn't be allowed to even be in a room with an open mic.

I'd like to hear a toilet flush at Rexall Sports right about...now.

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#50 NewAgeSys
November 18 2012, 05:51AM
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That was a nice reminder of what our prospectus was back then.

Unfortunately looking back doesnt tell you where you are going ,just where you have been.

It is nice to have a performance reference for our organisations decision making but I think we can do better than a form letter sent out to the season ticket holders.

I was and still an a KP fan,and I am also a Stu M fan,both are excellent at their jobs,neither carries the responsibility of the organisation on their shoulders,in fact all the heavy lifting is supposed to be done before they take the helm.These guys are going to the store with a SHOPPING LIST FROM MOM,remember??

If the kid brings you back chocolate milk instead of 2% milk then before you chastise him you better read your note again and be sure you were clear and specific.Kids tend to get what they think is the best for everyone including themselves,ha ha ha.

The ingredients are important as a whole but with each individual ingredient we can make many many adjustments,the real key is the RECIPIE,dont you think??

What K Lowe failed to include in the form letter was any type of reference to a SYSTEM--ha ha ha--you know ,the RECIPIE.

The heat could easily have been taken off KP and Stu by simple adding a reference to the SYSTEM we were planning on mixing these players into,instead the pressure was evenly spread between the pro scouts and the incoming players,none was on the COOKS RUNNING THE KITCHEN.

The first thing I want to know when I go eat in a restauraunt is if the cook is any good,the second is whats on the menu and only if something is exceptionally good or bad do I think of the ingredients.Thats the direction crap rolls in universally ---downhill--except in that letter someone was pushing it uphill and we all know what happens when you try to do that.

I highly doubt K Lowe penned that letter himself ,there are professionals who do that kind of PR work at this level,although of course we dont really know.

We are all fairly familiar with each other here and kinda have a feel for the core values the regular posters espouse,so I have no issues saying SYSTEM SYSTEM SYSTEM.

Just adding a reference to a system or a plan beyond the generic teflon references we saw of simply the good intentions, would have provided a pressure release valve to everyone except the man or group who decides which SYSTEM these players will be incorporated into.

Without a clear frame of reference to some type of system or recipie I am afraid we will stay in the dark like mushrooms,reading the menu like good little customers taking our chances on every dish with as little hands on data available as can be managed.

Lets see here------This year we hope that all the salt and pepper and flour and milk and honey that we go to the store and pick up will make something good for us all.Dont worry mom will make something you will really really like ,you just go sit down and wait.MMMmmmm,my moma2 doesnt feed me bullspit like that.

I am sure each of the players we saw on that list were the right indredient--100%--salt is salt and sugar is sugar ,there were no errors there,and all NHL teams take turns using the same stores,so quite plucking obviously the cook has some communication issues,the COOK HAS some communication issues or the recipie is simply wrong.

I dont believe we are seeing the same Cook now,K Lowe has taken a new approach to his methodologys and I have great hope we will see these communicatuion issues put behind us.However we will need to see results to claim this as having happened---in this case we need to see some support type players coming out of our own system immediatly.We need to see continuity of RECIPIE or STSTEM,and to tell you the truth--------ALL THE KINGS HORSES AND ALL THE KINGS MEN COULDNT PUT POOR OILERMAN BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!This hasnt been happening,now that our top 6 is set this is critical.

I am happy with Kevin Lowe and I was happy with PK and I am happy with Stu M.---for gods sakes i was happy with Robbie Schremp!! I AM NOT HAPPY WITH OUR LACK OF SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

I believe it has been a lack of adequate system selection and managment and maintenance that has sunk this franchise,and it is a historic dynamic that began when the real men who were defining the Oilers SYSTEM of play left town,thats Wayne and Mark.Since then we have only succeeded in making one decent run at the cup and this was catalysed by Mac-T completely,that was his vision of that glory SYSTEM.Mac-T has seen the championship system up close and was able to do exactly as moma2 and the NHS say to do,he took a cast of really cool characters and he made them into a winning machine when the chips were down using dynamic system managment,that was 100% Mac-Attack.

Before we all get excited and lose focus here---remember this,,,Mac-T was able to use a still semi-functioning organisational support system that was essentially in place during the great years.That support setup was dying and on its last legs when Mac-T used what it had left to offer.Since then that support mechanism has fallen dramaticlly,its only since last year that we have seen an adjustment that brings the big team and the little team onto the same page.

If we can see another year of paralell system initiation and growth between both clubs or rather the pro team and ALL its support teams we will see sucess on the horizon.

In other words once again if we see SYSTEM continuity between the NHL club and its prospect and player support mechanism then we can expect positive results.

It is this system continuity that has sunk the Oilers,everyone has been working their butts off for years here,but without the right recipie the kitchen has been a disaster.

My greatest fear is that the sparks of sucess we saw last year both on the NHL club and in OKC will not be rekindled,I am concerned that the Oilers organisation has failed to properly select and prepare to engage an adequate system of play that will allow the current crop of men to suceed at a champonship level.I say this because I havent witnessed anything but a mess for so many years that I have no reason to believe there is change on the horison here.

Is it going to be a 4-1 front loaded Northern Star offense or a 3-2-3 backend high Hotrod system??

You see its all bullspit,absolute bullspit,without a clear and defined and stated SYSTEM intent we are plucked again!!

Mike Tyson really kept his sytem secret didnt he??Wayne Gretzky kept his secret didnt he?Steve Nash keeps his system secret doesnt he??

None of these champions kept any secrets in fact champions tell you exactly what kind of thunder is coming at you they telegraph your doom all the way,it is a critical part of the winning formula.Its called confidence.We need to start acting like champions before we will come anywhere near becoming champions,we need integrity ,honesty and forthright communication on every level,that 100% confidence in our system and assets must be REAL--not a salesjob or spin-doctoring.

Its time to buy the Emperor some real clothes and end the illusion here in Edmonton.

If managment and the entire organisation from Katz right down the line dont have the wherewithall to beg borrow or rent a superior SYSTEM of play to initiate that will bring a championship to this city--then could we all please simply ask them to do this instead of wasting our time pointing at the holes in our own shoes???

For gods sakes,it seems like everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown at this problem and the only thing that has show positive results is the "imaginary"NewAge Hockey System,and because even that seems to be "imaginary"where do we go from here??

Ralph Kreuger,Mac-T,Kevin Lowe and the round table are great--who in their right minds could question that group??No one would and this is the problem,there is no Oiler response to a direct challenge other than to turn the other cheek,just like our team has been doing for so long.I say find out the source of the NHS and throw it at the problem ,the kitchen sink didnt solve anything so what do we have to lose?

Ask the hard questions and demand answers,EXACTLY why was Mac-T brought back here??I challenge that answer if it doesnt include some reference to the NHS or moma2.I believe I know exactly why mac-T was flown in here,and its because last year moma2 and the NHS hit so many nerves that it caused a knee-jerk reaction,an absolutely correct one but still knee-jerk and forced.The NHS is a SYSTEM,a philosophy of excellence,it touches on every concievable aspect of winning at every level.It cannot be denied,it can be ignored or suppressed,but not denied.The NHS is based off of the 80s Oilers PP and their special system that Wayne catalysed in his head and gifted to Messier in its entirity,and also to the other men who were interested in learning from him,mac-T being a perfect example.But it wasnt written down,it wasnt formalised or recognised,and because it was so new and revolutionary no one was ever able to put their finger on how to stop it,had the players stayed the dynasty would have operated unabated for five or six more years.And the legacy would have remained.

Put this in perspective,why didnt Wayne gretzky win a Stanley Cup as a coach in his first year??Or ever??Is it at all possible that there is a simple communication issue surrounding the vision and perspective that Wayne manifested into such sucess???That many many great players cannot find the proper communication conduit to get their ideas through to others without being able to go out and manifest it with them??

Sure there is,thats why I write 2000 words to make what seems like a simple hockey point,because IT AINT SIMPLE JACK---nothing is simple when you are trying to win,every tiny detail is critical.

How many words do you think Wayne would have to write to engage the forums the way I do or moma2 and the NewAge Hockey System did back in the fighting days??20 words??200 words??2000 words?Or maybe because he is the greates ever 20000 words?

Imagine for a second every single detail that was present in gretzkys mind in one freezeframe of his on-ice career,just one single on-ice moment ??How many details was he processing???because that my amigos is what we need to reproduce,and so far only the "imaginary"NHS has even had the cojones to challenge convention and claim this ability.

Maybe Wayne was seeing a 3-1-1 backflip triple twist play forming out there eh??ha ha ha.

or just maybe it didnt matter what set plays you tried to use against him ,he scrambled your breakfast for you because he could intuatively and accurately guess what decisions conventional hockey thinking and system play would pressure guys to do out on the ice,Wayne was in their heads and in their back-pockets at the same time.Does everyone think that he is and was the only man who can think this way????Does everyone attribute his sucess to the wrong things??I believe they do,enmasse.I believe I am right and the NHS is an exact duplicate of waynes thinking process.

He who begins with the least and manifests it into the most is called a visionary--in laymans terms a visual thinker--literally--a person who thinks in pictures like a running video in their mind,when a visual thinker thinks "bob has a ball"it aint just plain old bob and a nondescript ball,a visual thinker can describe every detail of bob from head to toe and the ball isnt just a ball it has a color and a size and specific degree bouncability,ha ha ha.

Rember FYI that all of the data i just listed about bob and his ball is processed IN THE SAME TIME AS YOUR AND 90% OF NORMAL PEOPLES GENERIC THOUGHTS WERE PROCESSED IN.

I am not kidding--.Wayne "taught"Messier to think like a winner,quite seriously and once you have the recipie you never lose it.Once you are taken outside the box you can never be confined in it mentally again.This mindset can be TAUGHT,but you need to be a kind of perfect storm to be able to even understand this never mind teach it,first you need to understand the dynamic,then god needs to make you a competitor in athletics,then you need to enjoy what you are doing,then you need to become a constant learner.Then you need to become an effective communicator which is the absolute hardest thing because nature doesnt usually match these talents together,like a perfect storm doesnt happen every day.

Listen,wayne played undersized his entire life and was ultra-sucessfull,he was a visual thinker who actually thought opposite everyone else first then adjusted his perspective to everone elses and found sucess in the adjustment process,Wayne could NEVER think like everyone else because he was always in some tangible manner disadvantaged--so what doeas a visual thinker do??ha ha ha,they reach into their minds and begin to utilise intangibles that they actually SEE clearly,and they make a dynamic mockery of their opponents regularly and consistantly.

You want to be a contender??Great,I dont.I want to be the Champion,therefore the last thing I want to think like is a contender.

If this organisation wants to WIN they need to rediscover some more championship grade integrity,they are working on it but not hard or fast enough.What do you think happens on the ice if you lie to yourself about things??Oh yes,I can catch him before he breaks coverage,oh yes I can get back in time to stop something from happening,----as soon as individuals become honest about what they can and cant do and what they are actually seeing out there the sooner they can properly aknowledge and asses their own actual abilitys and lean on their teammates more and thereby form a team mentality which can be developed into victories and championships.

First you discover what you CANT do ,and then you find a way to do it using your teammates,like the Great One did it.If thats how Wayne started then thats how everyone needs to start.Every game is a new build,this realisation and adjustment needs to be enacted every game as a new page.The same set plays wont accomplish this type of winning result only on the fly dynamic managment will accomplish this,and that means there needs to be at least ONE visual thinker on board either on the ice manifesting and teaching or on the bench manifesting and teaching and literally living vicariously through the youthful players ha ha ha.

The world is full of nuts,and its also full of competitors,but there are very very few winners,so what do you want to be??You want to be part of the majority and popular??Then be a competitor there are lots of them ,you will never be lonely,and its easier than cherry pie to hide in the shadows.You want to be a winner,you want to be a champion??Then you better find a way to be like a nut brother because you will not become neither a winner nor a champon by sitting in the box with the majority.

It is risk vs reward,did anyone expect it to be different than that in a competative dynamic??

That was a nice letter to send to people who pay for the teams way,it was par for the course it was in the box,no risk agenda,vanilla as it gets,not wrong not risky,as Plain Jane as it gets.

What the heel do I know eh?I am just another nut that doesnt fit into the box,ha ha ha.Thank god.

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