OH, COME ON!

Lowetide
November 01 2013 06:25PM

Ryan Smyth is hurt, Taylor Hall is skating, so is Ryan Hamilton and Jesse Joensuu is a ways down the line. Today, the Oilers found out that David Perron will need an MRI (neck) and could be out for a time. Who's left?

MOVE IT ON OVER!

  1. Nail Yakupov 12, 1-2-3. I know he's out of position, but what the hell are you going to do? The young Russian is looking at an enormous opportunity here. EV, PP, hell at this point they might give him 25 minutes against Detroit.
  2. Ryan Jones 7, 2-0-2. Another converted RW, the veteran has gone from having a major scare last winter to getting legit minutes (and working hard) the next. Jones is extremely likely to get skill minutes.
  3. Ben Eager 5, 0-1-1. Eager is a veteran of 405 NHL games and the Oilers will employ him tomorrow night. The question is 'what line'?
  4. Luke Gazdic 13, 1-1-2. The big man has certainly played the enforcer role, and chimed in offensively a little too. I suspect he'll stay on the 4line as an energy player against Detroit.

OTHER OPTIONS

  1. Anton Lander 1, 0-0-0. Called up again and likely to play (on one of the wings) tomorrow night. THIS would be a very good time for Lander to establish himself as a solid 2-way F who can PK. Opportunity is knocking.
  2. Linus Omark, OKC. I'm not sure he'll ever play for the Oilers again, but desperate times call for desperate measures. He leads the Barons in points entering tonight's action.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

At some point, you have to laugh. The depth chart tomorrow night? I'd guess Yakupov, Jones, Lander and Gazdic (with Eager playing 4line on the other wing). Sometimes, when life deals you a bad hand, you find out more about yourself than you do when everything is coming up roses.

The Edmonton Oilers will need to dig deep this week. Can they? We'll see.

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#51 Zarny
November 02 2013, 02:45AM
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pkam wrote:

James Mirtle list the 2013 NHL teams by weight, height, and age. Boston is listed 26th in weight and 21st in height. Does your LARGE means something else than physical size?

It's not about a team's average height and weight.

It's about what individual players can do and how they compliment each other.

Bos has Chara. Bos has Lucic. Bos had Horton.

They can do things no one on the Oilers can do.

That's a problem.

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#52 Mikey
November 02 2013, 08:10AM
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Zarny wrote:

It's not about a team's average height and weight.

It's about what individual players can do and how they compliment each other.

Bos has Chara. Bos has Lucic. Bos had Horton.

They can do things no one on the Oilers can do.

That's a problem.

It's nice to see another person commenting here, that is not a Homer. I think we will get along.

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#53 Mikey
November 02 2013, 08:13AM
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How is it possible that the Oil can be so bad for so long and still have no depth from the draft to withstand the inevitable run of injuries? Just asking.

Because they were that bad at drafting years ago.

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#54 DrDave
November 02 2013, 09:48AM
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Mikey wrote:

Because they were that bad at drafting years ago.

So is the Magnificent Bastard not so Magnificent after all??

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#55 Naky
November 02 2013, 01:03PM
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@DrDave

Stu was put in charge after Prendergast's reign of terror but I think we can all agree that in comparison Stu's been one hell of an upgrade. Hartikainen, Hemsky, Dubnyk, and I think Petry are the only worthwhile players to come out of his drafting that are still around. Maybe a handful more that are no longer with the organization like Brodziak?

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#56 Wäx Män Riley
November 02 2013, 02:34PM
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14 games so far this year and we have already lost 80 man games. Reminds me of the 530 man games lost in 2009-10.

I just had to make sure this shows up one more time.

the Oilers are TERRIBLE! Nobody debates that, but this is one of the most telling stats of the Oilers suckitude.

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#57 Bonvie
November 03 2013, 06:55PM
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Hayek wrote:

I wonder what people's impressions on Gazdic would be if he were not an Edmonton Oiler? People here seem very loyal to their players.

Amazing how a guy who starts so often in the offensive zone, spends so much time in his defensive zone, and outchanced at one of the highest rates on the Oilers.

I would think there has to be a better option available on waivers that could kill penalties, and improve the Oilers (even if only slightly) for 6 minutes a night.

Wow!!!! How do you take out of what you seen so far to be translated to our role players are not good enough?

Try Hemsky and Yakapov are softer than butter not just physically but with every play they make. Wether it be losing every battle on the wall, or simple things like having a two on one with a guy driving to the net and you don't shoot low inside pad, even though you have been playing in the league for 10 years.

Until we have a Hall, Eberle, Nugent, and cast who can play against the best players the other team has and outplay them its not gonna happen for us. Blame the trainer the stick boy, water boy, even Joey Moss if this is convenient for you, but eventually you need to come to reality and look at our top 6.

Our woes can not be pinned on the role players, as convenient as that might be for some fans.

Justin Shultz for all the good things offensively he brings, is in over his head and needs an absolute Defensive Stalwart to cover for his gambles and defensive short comings.

As far as a fourth line or a checking line getting outshot who cares!!!!!!

The bottom line is if you can have your third or fourth line in the low minuses at the end of the season that is a successful fourth line. Go look at the plus minus of our guys. THEY ARE NOT THE PROBLEM.

Coaches know some guys are capable for playing periods of time in their own end without the puck going in the back of the net and some players can not. Outside shots are not dangerous until a player is open in the house to jump on the rebound.

With the Oilers their weakness on defense is clear. Cycle the puck on their top lines so a forward is forced to cover the man in front and a missed assignment will result in goal quickly. The more a team activates their defense and cycle the puck to the defense or high man it will result in goals because players like Yakapov and Hemsky do not get their defensive assignments.

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