ONE-TRICK PONY

Robin Brownlee
November 26 2013 07:23PM

I'm not sure where the Edmonton Oilers would rank if we rated NHL teams one through 30 based on the offensive skill and prowess of their of top-six forwards, but I'm confident they'd sit higher than 30th or 29th or 24th, which is where they've finished in the standings these past three seasons.

While the Oilers stack up pretty well – on paper if not in actual on-ice production -- in top-six flash and dash with the ability to send Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner out the gate, they are so lacking in other dimensions you get what we have here as they head for Nashville with a 7-16-2 record.

If opponents match Edmonton's level of offensive skill on the top two lines – and there are several teams that can – the Oilers are screwed because if they can't coax teams into a track meet or a no-hitter, they don’t have another way to get the job done, to win games.

The Oilers aren't big enough or gritty enough to win games that turn into a physical battle. They aren't mentally tough enough to prevail in a test of wills. They aren't remotely close to defensively sound enough to lock things down in tight games. They lack gamesmanship. They don't have a goaltender who can consistently outperform the guy in the crease at the other end of the rink.

It's been said countless times. We've seen it play out time after time the past three seasons, including last night in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The mix is wrong. Plenty of reasonably skilled and undersized forwards, not much else to bring to the table. This is not stop-the-presses stuff for fans, media or GM Craig MacTavish. All this we know.

THIS JUST IN . . .

Knowing what's lacking, obviously, is one thing. Doing something about it, changing the mix of personnel and adding different dimensions to the meat of the roster, not the fringes, is quite another because MacTavish hasn't managed to pull it off so far with an eighth straight year out of the playoffs on the horizon.

Until MacTavish does that, until coach Dallas Eakins has a different roster of players from which to assemble his line-up, anything he does right now is, to borrow a threadbare cliché, akin to shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. This team, as assembled, isn't going to compete for the playoffs. Not this season. Not next season. It's not going to happen.

Again, this is not a revelation. That, I suspect, is what frustrates Oiler fans most. Does MacTavish need more time to change the make-up of this team? Sure he does. He's been on the job as GM for months, not years. Fact or not, that's a tough sell for fans who've been faithfully buying tickets for decades. They've been more than patient.

That isn't MacTavish's fault, but it most certainly is his problem. Changing the make-up of this team, assembling the right mix, is either going to take a lot more time or the kind of "bold moves" MacT talked about when he took the job. That, in the end, is going to mean taking a player or two from that talented group of forwards and turning it into the necessary pieces.

Time, I'd suggest, is not on MacTavish's side. That leaves bold. My sense is that, while nobody wants to part with one of thoroughbreds up front, they've seen enough of the same damn thing for years on end to have the stomach for it if the return is right. Until that happens, this one-trick pony of a team isn’t going anywhere, except in circles. It's a carousel of false hope.

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#1 Retsinnab5
November 26 2013, 07:50PM
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hadenough wrote:

Of the top 3, Eberle can be dealt. Not a horrible contract and he has the ability to change games. Im my opinion, he can go because if hes not scoring big goals, hes absent. He'll never make a body check, block a shot, back check, or skate hard. He floats and has terrific hands. We need a buyer.

"Im my opinion, he can go because if hes not scoring big goals"

Have you watched the world juniors?

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#2 **
November 26 2013, 07:27PM
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First comment, that is all.

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#3 voom04
November 26 2013, 11:19PM
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Yee of little faith, i see where this is heading, and i for one still believe, maybe not this year, but throwing every one under the bus gets us know where ie: maybe we should bring back quinn or keenan( sarcasm). I really like what mact is and has done,i thought he was wrong about goin after schneider(not so much),he went after clarkson,he got belov, I took my potshots at lowe and i was wrong, its all good, and your all gonna eat your words.

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#4 Terran
November 26 2013, 07:43PM
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Keep RNH, Hall, Perron, and Belov. Everything else is up for grabs, for the right return.

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#5 nick
November 26 2013, 09:24PM
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Terran wrote:

Keep RNH, Hall, Perron, and Belov. Everything else is up for grabs, for the right return.

Keep Belov????? What have you been smoking. The guy is not an NHL defenseman. If he was good do you think he would have been picked up before he was 27? Sure 29 other teams missed this guy. No they didn't want this guy.

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#6 voom04
November 26 2013, 11:23PM
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If ya all wanna get off the bus then get the #@!! off, more room for us.

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#7 John
November 26 2013, 11:23PM
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The only thing worse than watching the oilers play is listening to the absolute garbage broadcast by the sportsnet crew, and now they got a 12 year extension. 6 rings should show he cares about the fans n help hire some decent announcers

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#8 hadenough
November 26 2013, 07:48PM
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Of the top 3, Eberle can be dealt. Not a horrible contract and he has the ability to change games. Im my opinion, he can go because if hes not scoring big goals, hes absent. He'll never make a body check, block a shot, back check, or skate hard. He floats and has terrific hands. We need a buyer.

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#9 Davr
November 26 2013, 08:01PM
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Not sure what kind of horse Sam Gagner is but I would suggest that he is a long shot. Please put Smitty out to pasture.

Dallas Eakins is not a "horse wisperer" either.

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#10 michael
November 26 2013, 07:45PM
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MacT must be given time to change whats wrong with this team For example.

Eager was given ample opportunity to return to form. He failed.

Jones. Turning into a tweener. Soft on the puck.

Jesse Joensuu. From what I see.Soft and not willing to initiate.

The defence. Do they hit anyone?

MacT's greatest enemy is time. Can this fanbase be patient enough with MacT to let him do the thinngs he needs to do to change the lineup. Or will they continue to call for heads to roll without a clue as to the why this team is broken.

I have bee a fan since inception. Not going anywhere and really I see the same things that need to be changed as a lot of other fans do. Its not going to happen overnight.We have to grit and bear it.

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#11 Hockeycrazed
November 26 2013, 08:51PM
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I am not trashing the Oil because they lose another listless game, I have long suggested that they should try and assemble every line with a tough member in it, be it a winger or a Centre, in order to create space for the much smaller, yet skillful players. And they don't really have to look else where for them; If they look closely, they'll find them within themselves. What about Hartikainen? Khaira? Lander? Or even Yakimov? Since they're giving up the season already, why not promote these prospect now? Go for broke, let's get Nurse, Klefbom, Simpson, Marincin and last but not least get Fedun back up here, don't really think they'll fare any worst than some of the D they're putting out there right now!!! The real money the Oil had to dish out is a legitimate No. 1 Goal-Keep... One that can carry the Oil on his shoulders and give them Zeros on the board consistently, then and only then, you will finally see the light at the end of this long tunnel!

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#13 **
November 26 2013, 08:08PM
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@pelhem grenville

The Oilers new anthem: Sick cycle carousel by Life house. Here are the lyrics, enjoy:

"Sick Cycle Carousel"

If shame had a face I think it would kind of look like mine If it had a home would it be my eyes Would you believe me if I said I'm tired of this Well here we go now one more time

I tried to climb your steps I tried to chase you down I tried to see how low I could get it down to the ground I tried to earn my way I tried to tame this mind You better believe that I tried to beat this

[CHORUS] So when will this end it goes on and on Over and over and over again Keep spinning around I know that it won't stop Till I step down from this for good

I never thought I'd end up here Never thought I'd be standing where I am I guess I kinda thought it would be easier than this I guess I was wrong now one more time

I tried to climb your steps I tried to chase you down I tried to see how long I could get it down to the ground I tried to earn my way I tried to tame this mind You better believe that I tried yo beat this

[REPEAT CHORUS] Sick cycle carousel This is a sick sycle, yeah Sick cycle carousel This is a sick cycle, yeah

[REPEAT CHORUS TWICE] Sick cycle carousel Sick cycle carousel Sick cycle carousel...

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#14 SMOKEY
November 26 2013, 09:17PM
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hadenough wrote:

Of the top 3, Eberle can be dealt. Not a horrible contract and he has the ability to change games. Im my opinion, he can go because if hes not scoring big goals, hes absent. He'll never make a body check, block a shot, back check, or skate hard. He floats and has terrific hands. We need a buyer.

Troll much?

Sitting just outside top 30 in scoring and our leading scorer. Yep he sucks.

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#16 Retsinnab5
November 26 2013, 07:44PM
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BRYZlightyear ges the start on thursday yes!!!

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#17 Nimrod
November 27 2013, 03:06AM
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Intuitively, Eberle is the guy that has to go. He embodies the small one-way type player that Oilers have too many of, has a big contract and has put up good enough numbers to have a high trade value.

Hall and RNH are not going to be traded and Yakupov has the shot and a little bit of sandpaper to make him less redundant than Eberle.

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#18 Gadzic
November 26 2013, 07:57PM
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This is madness. I am so tired of hearing that the Oilers are bad because they don't hit, or their forwards are too small, not enough grit. Our forwards are the only good part of this team. Are they small? yes. Do they need to work on their defence? Yes. Are they the problem? NO! The problem with the Oilers since the Stanley Cup run in 2006 is that they never have an NHL calibre D corp. Even this year, I understand Smid did not fit in well to Eakins system but trading him for nothing (i.e no replacement) when our D is already the worst in the NHL is not making the team better. Until the Oilers start icing an NHL D corp we will never be able to compete with top teams. Our forwards are not the problem but if we must trade one or two to address our blackhole which we call a defence than so be it. Suggesting that the oilers top six could not win games if we had a capable defence backing them is crazy!

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#19 Butters
November 26 2013, 08:51PM
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Give the Oilers Chicago's D and see what happens. I would bet discussions about redundancies in small skilled forwards would not be happening.

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#20 Larry
November 27 2013, 06:31AM
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Hockeycrazed wrote:

I am not trashing the Oil because they lose another listless game, I have long suggested that they should try and assemble every line with a tough member in it, be it a winger or a Centre, in order to create space for the much smaller, yet skillful players. And they don't really have to look else where for them; If they look closely, they'll find them within themselves. What about Hartikainen? Khaira? Lander? Or even Yakimov? Since they're giving up the season already, why not promote these prospect now? Go for broke, let's get Nurse, Klefbom, Simpson, Marincin and last but not least get Fedun back up here, don't really think they'll fare any worst than some of the D they're putting out there right now!!! The real money the Oil had to dish out is a legitimate No. 1 Goal-Keep... One that can carry the Oil on his shoulders and give them Zeros on the board consistently, then and only then, you will finally see the light at the end of this long tunnel!

I'm not sure if your trying to be funny, sarcastic or you just did too much acid back in the day?

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#21 hardcore moiler
November 27 2013, 09:01AM
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seanjohn wrote:

the one eating their words will be you and Mact when he announces his trading of one of the players he, at this moment, believes he never will. eventually, he will come to the conclusion that he can't improve this team without trading one of the young thorobreds. the only question is will he waste next season living in this current state of delusion.

Why don't u watch the flames and leave the oilers alone stop crying about u guys sound so dumb thinking u know what to do

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#22 oilerman53
November 26 2013, 09:26PM
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I would be looking at adding a couple veterans to the mix here in Edmonton. Florida might be willing to give away Jovanovski on the cheap. Get a few guys who know some of the tricks that a guy learns after spending more then a decade in the league. Smyth is a soldier and he can't teach a faceoff or the defense a few tricks. This team needs more personnel out there who know some of the intricacies the game within a game if you will.

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#23 PaperDesigner
November 27 2013, 12:03AM
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The problem isn't too many of the same TYPE of player, the problem is too many impact players at the same position, forward.

Basically, this team is better, but still undermined by the fact that they don't have a number one defenceman. Petry might be the sort of player who's good enough to play on the top pairing if he's with a legitimate #1 defender, or at least a veteran top-pairing player, but he's not a #1 on his own.

Basically, ever single defenceman is playing higher in the batting order than they are capable of. Every. Single. One.

So yes, it might make sense to deal one of the key forwards for a defenceman. But if they do, it better be for a player of similar quality. If you are dealing Taylor Hall, you better be getting back the equivalent defenceman (like Subban or Ekman-Larsson, though I'm not suggesting those deals are likely). Under no circumstances can the Oilers afford to trade for an inferior table, even if he brings a "different element" to the table. A less effective player who plays physically is still a less effective player. This team can't afford to get worse

I do think this might be an eventuality, but the guy they should deal is Eberle. I don't see him as the elite offensive talent that Hall or Yakupov is, and we can't exactly afford to give away Nugent-Hopkins. He is probably established enough to get some strong value on the market.

I think what you do is you offer Eberle and the 1st for Ekman-Larsson, offer to take some unwanted salary back if necessary, and pray they're willing to do something that radical.

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#24 Copper
November 27 2013, 06:22AM
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Have to disagree with you Robin. You, Rishaug and Jason Negative hang out too much. It's not the top 6. We have a 4th line of AHL players and only 1 3rd liner. Since when is a 6'1" 205 lb athlete small? As for "no hitter", last I saw, Oilers were 7th in the NHL in hits, 10th in fighting majors and 3rd in blocked shots. All stats that do not support your position.

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#25 Retsinnab5
November 26 2013, 07:45PM
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Terran wrote:

Keep RNH, Hall, Perron, and Belov. Everything else is up for grabs, for the right return.

No yak? Y U HEFF to be MAD?

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#26 nick
November 26 2013, 09:28PM
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Butters wrote:

Give the Oilers Chicago's D and see what happens. I would bet discussions about redundancies in small skilled forwards would not be happening.

Wouldn't make a difference, the Oiler forwards don't work hard enough and they have no idea how to play defence.

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#27 Blucifer Copperballs
November 27 2013, 07:54AM
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At the risk of being unpopular, and getting trashed, I'll say what i have been saying since the start of the season. We need to package Yakupov (RNH and Hall arent going anywhere, and Yakupov has more upside to teams then Eberle) along with the 1st round pick ( we dont need another right now;weak draft year)and Hemsky (if anyone will take that contract; he wants out, won't hit, history of injuries) and get a couple grinders that can skate, hit, score to round out the 2nd and 3rd lines. Just make the trade to the east so we dont have to watch Yak light up the net more than twice a year after he comes back. Yaks got a shot, and he will be great one day, but his trade makes the most sense and holds the most value for getting somethign back. Someone out there must need a power play specialist, which is really all Yak is right now.

Trade will happen around the Olympics.

EDIT: Also, because I've said this again, Yaks and Hemmer will probably light it up on the road trip Thur and Fri, because thats what always happens when i open my mouth and speak. I just make room for feet.

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#28 Richard
November 26 2013, 08:13PM
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Imagine if Dave Tippett was the coach for this team for the last 5 years the player development would be much higher.

This has been a poorly coached team, the problem could be the coach could be the GM or Kevin Lowe.

People wonder why players like Hall are not on the Olympic team. No one has taught these players how to play a 200ft game. Lowe's philosophy has been run and gun.

If I were a top 1st rd player i would hope Oilers don't draft me.

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#29 David S
November 26 2013, 08:25PM
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Richard wrote:

Imagine if Dave Tippett was the coach for this team for the last 5 years the player development would be much higher.

This has been a poorly coached team, the problem could be the coach could be the GM or Kevin Lowe.

People wonder why players like Hall are not on the Olympic team. No one has taught these players how to play a 200ft game. Lowe's philosophy has been run and gun.

If I were a top 1st rd player i would hope Oilers don't draft me.

Tippett would have walked away from this train wreck. The situation we're in is the result of (purposefully) trading away actual NHL'ers and replacing them with guys no other team would consider if they were serious about winning.

This is the back end of going into the tank to acquire high end draft picks. I have no doubt Katz (who authorized the tank job), Lowe and MacT fully anticipated what we're seeing right now.

As much as I hate to say it, it's part of "the process". This year is about identifying the core, stripping the rest and adding key players through trades and deadline acquisitions. I have no doubt we'll be quantifiably better next year. I also have no doubt one of our shining lights will be part of that transformation, being traded for that elusive D-man or forward.

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#30 Butters
November 26 2013, 08:44PM
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I think Eakins being too green is part of the issue. One thing that still stands out for me occurred when the Oiler were playing VCR and Torts started jabbering at the Oiler bench. Why Eakins didn't tear a strip out of Torts I will never know. You don't need to lose it all the time, but I thought that was an appropriate time to do it.

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#31 Serious Gord
November 26 2013, 09:49PM
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MacT is already part of the problem.

He didn't dispense with the two extra where in the top six - gagner and hemsky - for some of the parts that this team needs. A buyout of hemsky and a trade of rather than signing of gagner leaves no room for the size, fierceness and defense that the team needs. In large part the problems MacT now faces are of his own making.

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#32 He Who Knows
November 27 2013, 12:02AM
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Oh god, the watered down sportsnet is now the behemoth of the hockey powers in Canada? Help us all.

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#33 **
November 26 2013, 08:00PM
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Dallas Eakins might turn out to be a great NHL coach, but he shouldn't have had first crack at it here in Edmonton. It was painful enough to put up with 3 seasons of rookie players and rookie head coaches to be slapped in the face with yet another rookie head coach, who was a hot commodity, but it wasn't like he had won back to back titles in the AHL or anything like that. It is as if the Oilers have secretly agreed to be the NHL developing grounds for players. Once they are good to succeed, they move out. If things look sad now, wait until the last leg of the season when most of the games are against divisional rivals. The Oilers have already played half of their eastern games and only 9 against the western conference and look at where they are. I'm an optimist, hope dies last kind of guy, but it is hard to look at the facts and feel any good about the rest of this season for the Oil. Oil country is in for a really, really rough ride.

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#34 They're $hittie
November 26 2013, 09:55PM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

"Im my opinion, he can go because if hes not scoring big goals"

Have you watched the world juniors?

For the love of God oilers fans, the NHL isnt the world Juniors. Can we get past this.

Yes it was an awesome two moments but dominating the WJC as a draft +1 and draft +2 year does not equate to being an elite two way player in the NHL.

He is not our best goal scorer, he is not our best playmaker, he is not our best defensive minded top 6 forward, yet he has the highest contract and is on the position with the most depth. Add it up. If we want change unfortunately he is the one that has to go.

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#35 BIGDAWG
November 27 2013, 10:33AM
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EVANDER KANE is a good start.........

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#36 Drowning in Oil
November 27 2013, 03:09PM
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I dont really think people grasp how far ahead of Buffalo we really are. Do you people not realize we are 5 points ahead of them. What the hell are people bitching about. That is 2 regulation wins and a overtime loss. We are on the right track.

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#37 Walter Sobchak
November 26 2013, 10:42PM
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RB said it, this team is butter soft.

I can't for the life of me figure out why people think it would be a good idea to bring in another overpriced butter soft player in Ehrhoff!

This team so badly needs strength, size down the middle, what does MacTavish do? He signs Frodo snow pants to an extension with a NTC!

So while something's remain obvious to those outside the Oilers, MacTavish and Lowe are busy trying to construct the 80's Oilers.

I'm not convinced the Oilers know what to do! 8 years tells me the have no clue.

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#38 paulie
November 26 2013, 11:29PM
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@voom04

LOL, who are you speaking for? You don't speak for the fanbase bucko so get off the pulpit and have a good man night with Lowe. Six rings could really use your support.

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#39 Citizen David
November 27 2013, 07:27AM
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Everyone please read. Willis speaks the truth

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/11/27/the-edmonton-oilers-small-young-core-isnt-really-a-problem/

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#40 Spydyr
November 27 2013, 07:57AM
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Building a balanced hockey team with people filling all the roles necessary to win is what it takes to succeed in todays NHL?

Wow, some of us have been saying this here for years and getting trashed for suggesting they have too many small skilled forwards and not enough hard working, gritty , tough , character players.

Even under Eakins losing is still acceptable here. The crap he spouted after the Chicago loss has to stop. Compete every night. You should field a team that can win on any given night.

One more thing the goaltending sucks , has for years. Not one stat saying Dubnyk is a middle of the road starter will change that.

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#41 Harlie
November 27 2013, 07:37PM
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Pucker wrote:

Sorry for double-posting.

I click the button, Wait a minute. Nothing happens - so I click again and

Presto!

The definition on how to overflow a toilet everybody.

Flush once.

Post Comment once. Simple.

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#42 David S
November 26 2013, 08:10PM
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The only thing missing from this article is the part where Robin drops his mic and walks off stage at the end.

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#43 Gadzic
November 26 2013, 08:22PM
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@Robin Brownlee

Not referring to your article in specifically, just a general frustration with some commentators. I have also heard you and Gregor on 1260 mention changing the make-up of the top six. While this might be necessary down the road, our top six will never matter if we do not have a defence that can get the puck up to our forwards. Getting "grit" is not the issue, the issue is we do not have enough proven NHL players and continue to trade NHL players for potential (i.e smid). But I agree, until this is addressed we are just arranging the seats on the titanic, which at this point is already resting at the bottom of the ocean.

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#44 Butters
November 26 2013, 08:58PM
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Jeetz wrote:

I think the answer is as easy as it is sad. At every level in management the oilers think they are smarter than everyone else. Listen to Kevin Low talk, he 'knows' everything about winning and hires a green GM to replace his last inept GM. THAT GM had it right to hire a mentor coach for Kruger but kicked that to the curb to hire a coach with no nhl experience ( brought in no mentor for him) THEN the new 'green' coach wanted to reinvent coaching in the nhl.

It wouldn't have mattered if every oiler came out guns blazing at the start of the season. They were doomed for the 1st 20 games. The season was lost before it started.

Sad

I agree, I think the coach is too green and it shows. And I hate to think they traded Smid because he didn't fit into the system that a rookie coach was trying to implement.

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#45 Willy
November 26 2013, 10:50PM
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The problem is coaching, don't see the puck possession team we were told about. Players all seem lost under Eakins system like he was going to revolutionize coaching in the NHL. What worked with the AHL is not working here. With the talent that is up front it matches the size of the Black Hawks. Wonder what Alain Vigneault would have done with this team. It's his type of team. Are the top 2 lines of the Canucks bigger? not by much..... wait til next season... not for me done!

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#46 Mjolnir
November 26 2013, 10:51PM
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The oilers don't stack up well on paper. That is their problem. Lots of teams get "coaxed" into a track meet and win. Why?? Cause they got a goalie that stop pucks and finishers that finish. Parting with all the thoroughbreds is the only thing that will help this team. That and Ekblad.

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#48 Cru Jones
November 27 2013, 05:59PM
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@Puck_In_Throat

I hear this argument a lot and I have to disagree. It's impossible to gauge how the Wings, who aren't all that great right now themselves, would behave with the sort of picks the Oilers have had because they've never had them. If you think the Wings would be keeping players like Yakupov, RNH and Hall in the minors, I think you're mistaken. The guys that the Wings have seasoned in the minors are the same sort of picks that Edmonton is doing the same thing with, ie: Lander, Hartikainen, Gernat, etc.

I'm not arguing that Edmonton's high picks wouldn't have possibly benefited from time in the minors, I just don't think it's realistic to point to the way another franchise handles picks in the 20-100 range, and say that's how it should be done for guys drafted in the top 5. If you look at Edmonton's players drafted in similar spots (Petry, Pitlick, Lander), Edmonton is arguably doing the same thing as the Wings.

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#49 Old School G
November 26 2013, 11:06PM
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With our combination of prospects, free agents, and bargaining chips this year it can only get better. MacT is looking for a Peca, Pisani, Pronger, and Roloson.

Is Bryzgalov our Roloson?

With more ice time can Joensuu be our Pisani? When's Pitlick back? He had some of this type of game too.

We have Gordon but we need one more Peca type player, I'm looking forward to seeing how MacT handles this. Whoever MacT acquires will be huge at determining the course of the team, such an important player.

The "Pronger" is so important. Bring in a stud big time d man or a couple higher calibre d men. One big time guy has the flash, but two higher calibre d men may be a good option, couple all around guys to pair with JSchultz and Petry.

HUGE DECISIONS! MacT, I don't blame you for taking your time.

It's not impossible, he's already got some good things going on so far. I got to keep believing.

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#50 seanjohn
November 27 2013, 03:39AM
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voom04 wrote:

If ya all wanna get off the bus then get the #@!! off, more room for us.

the one eating their words will be you and Mact when he announces his trading of one of the players he, at this moment, believes he never will. eventually, he will come to the conclusion that he can't improve this team without trading one of the young thorobreds. the only question is will he waste next season living in this current state of delusion.

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