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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#1 Bryan in SK
November 01 2013, 06:34PM
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I'm available for the league minimum, if there is a roster spot for short, fat, 40-somethings who own an Oiler jersey.

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#2 vetinari
November 01 2013, 07:12PM
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We need a new "panic button" because the old one is broken...

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#3 rob
November 01 2013, 06:29PM
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Injuries,bad record,bad game or whatever,I do not care the Oilers are my team and I will gut out every game that I can watch or go to!Sooner or later everything will click and life will be good,they still make the playoffs!

Hall for mayor!

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#4 Butters
November 01 2013, 07:14PM
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Why oh Why isn't this Conner McDavid's draft year?

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#5 DSF
November 01 2013, 07:16PM
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Cynic wrote:

Could be worse, Edmonton. You could be Buffalo. And I mean that in every way imaginable.

Buffalo already has 2 first round picks and will likely get 3 more when they trade Moulson, Ehrhoff and Miller at the deadline.

They also have 3 second round picks and may have more by draft day.

I'd wager their rebuild will be pretty quick.

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#6 dougtheslug
November 01 2013, 07:37PM
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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.

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#7 Quicksilver ballet
November 01 2013, 06:40PM
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We all know we can sure use a Sam Reinhart to add to the center ice position. I'm all in for that. Maybe it gets bad enough Lowe finally gets shown the door.

More bad luck please.....

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#8 Shooter
November 01 2013, 08:34PM
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No matter what business you are in, people can't stand it when the boss is doing a horrible job but he never gets fired because he is buddies with the owner. Never in business do you see a person in a company doing terrible in their position and instead of being fired or demoted they get a promotion. Ladies and Gentleman may I present to you the exception to this rule, Six Rings Lowe. This fool should have been fired half a decade ago. If and when he ever does finally manage to get fired the scary thing is he will likely be replaced by another former Oiler with no experience running a team, Messier. Keep hiring former Oilers Katz, it seems to be working fantastic!

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#9 Quicksilver ballet
November 01 2013, 07:40PM
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Butters wrote:

Why oh Why isn't this Conner McDavid's draft year?

The Oilers will be in the running for McDavid. Be patient, with Lowe in charge, we'll have a real shot at him. Oilers will certainly be in the bottom 10 next season as well.

Never lose faith in a Lowe lead team.

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#10 Rod from Viking
November 01 2013, 07:22PM
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@DSF

Is this draft deep enough?

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#11 pkam
November 01 2013, 08:27PM
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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.

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#12 Andy P
November 01 2013, 09:38PM
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DSF wrote:

Buffalo already has 2 first round picks and will likely get 3 more when they trade Moulson, Ehrhoff and Miller at the deadline.

They also have 3 second round picks and may have more by draft day.

I'd wager their rebuild will be pretty quick.

I'll wager MacT's rebuild will be pretty quick too. You can't call MacT and Eakins part of Dither's failed efforts.

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#13 Shooter
November 01 2013, 08:51PM
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@pkam

Everyone blames bad luck for all the Oilers injuries but it has a lot to do with the fact this team is soft and has been soft for years. Wimps get hurt all the time, that's a fact. This team is wimpy.

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#14 dougtheslug
November 01 2013, 10:58PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Our top players keep going on IR. Every year. This is not a coincidence.

Are they too soft?

No protection?

Bad luck?

On the other hand, the least injured team over the past 3 years is the Boston Bruins. Large and in charge. Coincidence?

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#15 Taylor Gang
November 01 2013, 07:57PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

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 outside of the first round, our draft team just goes for Lucic instead of BPA.

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#16 dougtheslug
November 01 2013, 07:42PM
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By the way, OKC, with the addition of Grebber and Potter, getting hammered 5-0 by Chicago Wolves tonight.

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#17 pkam
November 01 2013, 08:04PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

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.

Just reflect how bad our team and depth was when we started the rebuild at 2010. Most kids, except top 5 picks, need 4-5 years before they are NHL ready.

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#18 Buttters
November 01 2013, 07:17PM
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Last year, we could cheer on Yak for the Calder, the year before Nuge, the year before that Hall. This year we've got nothing....

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#19 Koratz
November 01 2013, 07:42PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

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 most of that suckiness was spent on our first overalls. Other than them, our secondary draft picks haven't been working out too well.

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#20 Naky
November 01 2013, 08:38PM
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The Oilers didn't have depth due to bad drafting (thanks Prendergast!) and worse development (thanks again Prendergast!) processes as well as management/ownership that was far too quick/content to trade away draft picks in an attempt to roll into 8th place every year. That we still don't have enough depth is pretty telling of how badly this organization needed to be gutted from top to bottom.

Haha, who am I kidding. From the middle to the bottom.

Still, it IS turning around but Tambellini's reign really didn't help speed things along at all in any way shape or form. I will, however, give Tambellini credit for being able to make some damned fine AHL signings for OKC. I think he missed his calling by working in the NHL instead of the AHL. I'm actually kind of serious about that last part too.

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#21 Cynic
November 01 2013, 06:43PM
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Could be worse, Edmonton. You could be Buffalo. And I mean that in every way imaginable.

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#22 Ari Gold
November 01 2013, 10:15PM
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Our top players keep going on IR. Every year. This is not a coincidence.

Are they too soft?

No protection?

Bad luck?

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#23 Hayek
November 01 2013, 06:29PM
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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.

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#24 John
November 01 2013, 09:02PM
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Butters wrote:

Why oh Why isn't this Conner McDavid's draft year?

We can tank for him next year!

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#25 pkam
November 01 2013, 08:15PM
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Koratz wrote:

Because most of that suckiness was spent on our first overalls. Other than them, our secondary draft picks haven't been working out too well.

Forget about our drafting before 2008 because it was terrible. Not only our secondary draft picks didn't work out, most of our 1st round pick didn't work out.

And in 2008, we don't have any 2nd and 3rd round pick because we had been investing our futures trying to make the playoff.

2009, we drafted MPS 10th overall and Anton Lander 40th. Looks like Lander can be a 4C. Not great but not as bad as 2007 and earlier.

2010, we drafted Pitlick 31st, Marincin 46th and Hamilton 48th. Pitlick and Hamilton seemed to spend more time in the IR than on ice since they turned pro 2 years ago. Marincin, however, looks like a potential top 4 D in a year.

It is too early to judge the 2011 and later drafts.

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#26 potential flush
November 01 2013, 06:43PM
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This could be a positive. With so many out of the line up, the defensive expectations will be higher from the coach. This may cause our younger players to learn how to play at both ends of the ice more efficiently. Then when everyone gets back hopefully the lessons will stick and we can string some wins together.

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#27 DSF
November 01 2013, 07:24PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Is this draft deep enough?

Likely not the best draft to be loading up but having all those picks gives them a lot of ability to wheel and deal.

GM's go crazy at the draft.

And, if they keep all those picks in junior while offloading all their veteran talent, they'll have a great shot at McDavid.

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#28 Manfly
November 01 2013, 09:02PM
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but wait, there's still plenty of time for the rest of our top players to go on the IR....

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#29 wiseguy
November 01 2013, 10:49PM
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Manfly wrote:

but wait, there's still plenty of time for the rest of our top players to go on the IR....

This is what we get for mocking Hemsky for being injury prone. This year he will be the last/ only man standing while it's everyone else's turn to be on IR.

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#30 pkam
November 01 2013, 11:21PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Our top players keep going on IR. Every year. This is not a coincidence.

Are they too soft?

No protection?

Bad luck?

We claimed the toughest enforcer McIntyre from waiver to protect our top players, didn't we? But he too is in the IR now before playing even one regular season game. What else can we do?

And last year our big guy Eager was getting a concussion in training camp. Now seems like he need protection from getting another concussion more than our top guys.

The guys that we acquired to protect our young stars couldn't even stay healthy before their first fight. If this is not bad luck, what is it?

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#31 pkam
November 01 2013, 11:27PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

On the other hand, the least injured team over the past 3 years is the Boston Bruins. Large and in charge. Coincidence?

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?

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#32 pkam
November 01 2013, 11:35PM
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Johe wrote:

"Hey! Injuries! You suck!"

Seriously, they do. But it's a reality and this team has to get over it. Just win baby. Starting tomorrow. You're facing a team playing back-to-back. You're rested. No excuse for not being the better team.

The problem this year is we actually are the better team in some nights but at the end we lost, games like the season opener vs the Jets, road game vs the Leafs and the Coyotes.

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#33 Zarny
November 02 2013, 02:35AM
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DSF wrote:

Buffalo already has 2 first round picks and will likely get 3 more when they trade Moulson, Ehrhoff and Miller at the deadline.

They also have 3 second round picks and may have more by draft day.

I'd wager their rebuild will be pretty quick.

A 1st round pick for Moulson and Ehrhoff...that's funny.

There are a lot more than 3 first round picks every year that never play in the NHL. Until you turn picks into players you've got nothing.

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#34 @Oilanderp
November 01 2013, 08:30PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

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.

When you aren't used to #1 overalls, it really takes 5 years for a guy to have a chance. Some sooner, some later. Apparently fans here think the 2010 draft will help them in 2013 and they are adamant about it. Screw all you impatients, and GO OILERS!

P.S. LT, I wish you saved that balanced pic on your last article for later....

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#35 Lmao
November 01 2013, 09:22PM
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LOL wrote:

Wait! A tinker belle gets hurt on D and we call up another tinker belle to replace him! Oh yeah! We don't have any tough D men in our system- we traded Bigos to SJS. Lmfao!!!

Every team in the league knows to run the Oil right out of the rink- no reprocess ions or consequences! Lmfao!

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#36 Oiler Al
November 01 2013, 09:57PM
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Time for Lowe to come from hiding under rock and Katz from his penthouse in Vancouver and have a first hand look at what a great franchise they have developed here in the last five years.Explain to the fans just what the kcuf is going on here.

Lets start the rebuild and fire all the trainers and med staff.

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#37 madjam
November 01 2013, 11:10PM
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We have rotating problems on our team , and coaches and management from game to game . Is there any excuse we have not heard over last 7 seasons of futility - I doubt it ? Our best players have to be better than the oppositions , and that is not happening with any frequency . Thus we remain at bottom of league .

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#38 Johe
November 01 2013, 11:29PM
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"Hey! Injuries! You suck!"

Seriously, they do. But it's a reality and this team has to get over it. Just win baby. Starting tomorrow. You're facing a team playing back-to-back. You're rested. No excuse for not being the better team.

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#39 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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#40 pkam
November 01 2013, 08:19PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Because outside of the first round, our draft team just goes for Lucic instead of BPA.

Some Oilers fans even complain that the management didn't go for big power forward or defenseman instead of BPA with their 1st overall.

What should the management do?

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#42 Smokey
November 01 2013, 09:10PM
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Anyone wish Slats would come back? I do.

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#43 beloch
November 01 2013, 09:50PM
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Hi there Oiler fans. Flames fan here.

The Flames just lost another game thanks to Joey MacDonald. He kind of stinks, but Hartley just keeps playing him. Would you consider asking your GM or, heck, your mayor to offer to pay ol' stinky Joe's salary if we promise to keep playing him? We think that would be hilarious. If we have to put up with a goalie like MacDonald, it would be nice if we could at least have a good laugh about it!

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#44 kale
November 02 2013, 12:01AM
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@Ari Gold

I don't know about that. There have been some pretty bizarre injuries having nothing to do with the way the players are playing...the skate to Hall's face, stick to Gagner's and so on

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#45 Mikey
November 02 2013, 08:13AM
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dougtheslug wrote:

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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#46 mlcsellil
November 01 2013, 09:14PM
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Everything is broken and nothing is getting fixed. No freakin' wonder we are the joke of the league. Calling up players from Oklahoma doesn't solve anything. Time for the moving company to ship out some of these guys and bring in some other players.

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#47 Oilcruzer
November 02 2013, 12:14AM
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wiseguy wrote:

This is what we get for mocking Hemsky for being injury prone. This year he will be the last/ only man standing while it's everyone else's turn to be on IR.

Extra shifts of flash without finish are of little benefit.

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#48 Klima's Mullet
November 02 2013, 02:08AM
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DSF wrote:

Buffalo already has 2 first round picks and will likely get 3 more when they trade Moulson, Ehrhoff and Miller at the deadline.

They also have 3 second round picks and may have more by draft day.

I'd wager their rebuild will be pretty quick.

Plus two first rounders each of the last two years...each pick being a highly promising European player. They should be loaded up with emerging talent

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#49 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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#50 Twoskidoos
November 01 2013, 06:29PM
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Yipes.

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