It's Past Time to Recall Linus Omark

Jonathan Willis
November 03 2013 07:59PM

There is a one-line argument against recalling Linus Omark. It goes like this: he’s a small winger whose primary ability lies in the offensive zone, and the Oilers are a team in need of big wingers who play a solid defensive game.

It doesn’t matter. It’s past time to bring him up.

The Left Wing Depth Chart

Let’s have a gander at the Oilers’ left wing depth chart from last night’s 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

On the top line we have Ryan Jones. Jones is an NHL everyman – he can score a bit, hit a bit, kill penalties, and while he isn’t big he isn’t small either. He’s a very good fourth-liner, by which I mean he’s the kind of player who excels in a fourth line role and can step into the top-nine once injuries start hitting.

Nail Yakupov, a natural right wing, played on the second line with Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky. I like Yakupov a lot as a player, and despite a slow start I’m not particularly worried that he’s the next Patrik Stefan. Initially, I thought playing him at left wing made a lot of sense – he’s a left-handed shot after all, and the team had and has a need at the position. These days, I subscribe to the idea that the best place for Yakupov to find his game is where he’s found it in the past and where he feels most comfortable: on right wing. I also subscribe to the notion that the Oilers need a productive Yakupov at right wing more than they need an unproductive Yakupov at left wing.

A 28-year-old minor-league journeyman fresh off injury filled the third line left wing spot last night. I know that Ryan Hamilton has a history with Dallas Eakins, and more importantly still I know he’s 6’2” tall and weighs 219 pounds. Those virtues do not suffice to explain why a guy with no history of being an NHL player and coming off a long time on injured reserve to boot is getting a top-nine job.

Finally, fourth on the left wing depth chart is Luke Gazdic. The Oilers get out-shot by a ridiculous rate with Gazdic on the ice; but fortunately for him his plus/minus doesn’t reflect that reality because the goalies have turned aside all 37 shots they’ve seen with him on the ice. That doesn’t change the fact that Gazdic is on the ice to hit and to fight rather than because of his ability to score or prevent goals. The argument about whether that sort of role player is an effective part of an NHL team is for another day; suffice to say for now that he isn’t a credible option above line four.

Meanwhile, in the minors

I understand that Linus Omark is a flawed player. I get why, on a healthy Oilers roster, he isn’t a fit – and by that I mean not only do I grasp the argument, I agree with it.

But when the situation changes, things must be reassessed. We have already seen the most cogent argument in favour of Omark right now – the Oilers’ emaciated left wing group. But there’s more. Omark currently leads the Barons with 12 points in 12 games, and he’s producing under some difficult circumstances.

Last night, for example, Omark played on Oklahoma’s top line with C.J. Stretch (an ECHL find last year) and first-year professional Andrew Miller. He typically played against either one or the other of the Chicago Wolves top-two lines – both of which were loaded to the gills with players with NHL experience. The Barons got scoring from all over, but won the game mostly because Omark was able to drive his line to 20-7 shots/missed shots advantage at even-strength.

Omark’s own scoring has been hit-and-miss – a four-point game here, a four-goal game there – but the constant is that his line has generated scoring chances.

Omark is not going to play the heavy game the Oilers would love to see from their next call-up, but then Luke Gazdic and Ben Eager (or, for that matter, Kale Kessy) will and arguing for anyone in that group to get a promotion is crazy. Overall play counts for something, too, and it’s something the Oilers have lacked that Omark can give them.

What I’d “Like” To See

It seems obvious that the Oilers’ forward lineup is going to be a mess until such time as the injury brigade gets back. Taylor Hall and David Perron and Ryan Smyth, not Linus Omark, are the solution to the Oilers’ left wing problems. Until those players return, the Oilers’ lines are going to be ugly.

In the meantime, though, I think the best deployment of personnel probably looks something like this (ordered by quality of competition):

1. Ales Hemsky – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle. The Oilers don’t really have a power-vs.-power line; Taylor Hall or David Perron is needed to give them one. Of the bad available choices, though, Ales Hemsky seems like the best fit. He’s had the power-vs.-power job before, he’s a veteran guy, and he actually looked pretty good when Tom Renney spotted him here back in 2011-12.

2. Ryan Jones – Boyd Gordon – Mark Arcobello. The Oilers’ don’t really have the pieces for a strong defensive “third” line either. Gordon is a fit as that line’s centre, Arcobello gives the line a second faceoff man, and while Jones isn’t an ideal fit he’s been okay in previous incarnations of this line (the Smyth – Horcoff – Jones trio doing a nice job at points).

3. Linus Omark – Sam Gagner – Nail Yakupov. I know. This is an all-offence line, geared toward offensive zone starts and deployed against the other team’s bottom-six. It gives Yakupov a chance to play offensive minutes at his natural position, Gagner a chance to ease back into the lineup and both of them a third player in Omark who can help drive offensive results.

The comments section may disagree, and honestly I’m not wild about it myself: there’s no combination of forwards that I particularly like right now for the Oilers. But what I do think is that regardless of how the lines are arranged, Linus Omark stands a better chance of getting the job done in the top nine than a couple of players the Oilers currently have there and a far better chance than any of the potential fourth-line promotions.

Even if it’s something as simple as sticking Omark in the Jones’ slot on the top line, bumping Jones down to the Gordon line and sending Hamilton to Oklahoma on a conditioning stint, I think the Oilers are better off with the guy who is driving results in Oklahoma than they are with the current crop of candidates.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 09:08AM
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Katz & Lowe are probably reading these sites and laughing big time.

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#52 Jason Gregor
November 04 2013, 09:50AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Also, out of curiosity again, is it this pattern:

  • Pavel Datsyuk - small, skill player
  • Henrik Zetterberg - small, skill player
  • Daniel Alfredsson - small, skill player
  • Daniel Cleary - small, skill player
  • Tomas Tatar - small, skill player
  • Stephen Weiss - small, skill player
  • Gustav Nyquist - small, skill player

Now, before we get into the 'Jonathan, you fanboy, Zetterberg's way better than Eberle!' comments, let me say this: I'm not saying Edmonton's guys are as good as Detroit's, and I'm not ignoring the Franzens and Bertuzzis in Detroit's lineup.

What I am saying is that harping on a team for having good players who happen to be little is kind of stupid.

JW,

Your last line about harping on a team for having good players is the problem.

The Oilers players aren't that good. They keep losing, despite all the alleged potential. The players have yet to show they can play consistent hockey, so you can't compare them to Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Alfredsson.

The only similarities they have thus far is size, but none of the Oilers possess the same consistent, NHL skill that those three have. Also the Wings have lots of size in Bert, Franzen, Abdelkader which helps.

The Oilers might eventually be as skilled as the small Wings, but so far they haven't shown it consistently.

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#53 Yeah For Sure
November 03 2013, 09:42PM
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David S wrote:

Linus Omark – Sam Gagner – Nail Yakupov

*Suddenly feels gonch tightening*

You can never have too many SOFT MIDGET FaIRY DAFODILS in your lineup right??? I stood next to Lander and Omark at a pre-season game, it was like standing next to two little grade sixes at recess! NO MORE MIDGETS PLEASE!!!

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#54 Naky
November 03 2013, 10:40PM
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Omark can't possibly make this team any worse than it already is right now. It's already a defensive mess to the point where comparing it to junior level is insulting junior players. To make matters worse, we can't seemingly score any more either. If there was ever a time for him to shine in a 'couldn't possibly be worse' scenario, this is definitely it.

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#55 VK63
November 03 2013, 11:43PM
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D wrote:

Oilers management's idea of a Stanley Cup championship roster right there.

Or evidence to support a contraction argument..... :))

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#56 Loweblows
November 04 2013, 07:35AM
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"People dont realize it can get worse than this"!-this is a quote from Ladi Smid. Sounds like they have given up already. As I see it there are no holes in this lineup, just one massive crater.

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#57 BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull
November 03 2013, 08:47PM
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I think the team has quit on the Coach. When the head coach doesn't even bother to go on the ice during practise to get a face to face experience with his team?? This I don't understand.

Shut out two straight and you have Ryan Jones playing top six minutes when you could insert Omark and he'll work his bag off and chip in on the score sheet. A no brainer.

Also an observation that bugs the hell out of me. When I played the game I was taught at a young age to keep the stick on the ice at all times. When Yakapov doesn't have to puck his stick is always up by his hip?? Big time grinds my gears when even in the NHL the fundamentals still need to be taught to 1st overall picks

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#58 Ken
November 03 2013, 09:34PM
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Watched the oilers for years. i'm very frustrated with whats happening to the team this year. Just for fun bring up the whole OKC Barons team to give it a go. Just might get some wins.

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#59 72Ken
November 03 2013, 10:21PM
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For all you Omark haters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=aBdO66187Os

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#60 Naky
November 03 2013, 11:11PM
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@jack

So what you're saying is that he'd fit right in with the current bunch, except that he'd actually manage to score. Still sounds like an upgrade to me. If nothing else on a team with confidence issues, it might be interesting to see a player with no shortage of it do his best to make it rub off on the rest.

Hell, we're all actually wondering if it wouldn't be a good thing to have priests exorcise the dressing room or whatever the heck it is that Gregor was yammering on about in that article a week or so ago. Is Omark really that much of an 'out there' thing these days?

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#61 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 04:35AM
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Another article on a roster revamp. God Awful. Whip that horse yet again. In the meanwhile, Calgary wins against a Stanley Cup champ. Quietly and without stars, the Flames are .500 and climbing that ladder. Sad sad sad... Albeit stuck with many key players that are currently injured we will see how the Oilers fare this week. I expect 3 pts out of 6. Yes I am over optimistic.

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#62 StHenriOilBomb
November 04 2013, 07:51AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Ales Hemsky – small , skill player

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – small , skill player

Jordan Eberle – small , skill player

Mark Arcobello – small , skill player

Linus Omark – small , skill player

Sam Gagner – small , skill player

Nail Yakupov – small , skill player

Do you see a pattern here. I certainly do, it adds up to eight straight years out of the playoffs.

Why can't "the braintrust"?

WOAH... hold on a moment... you're blowing my mind. I never realized this before.

Thanks for the insight.

This is why people don't like your comments - stating the obvious.

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#63 Kr55
November 04 2013, 08:39AM
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The Oilers should at the very least be trying to turn Omark into a tradeable assest. Even if they don't like him, it's bad asset management to just bury him in the minors all year. I hope the plan is still to bring him up, but calling up Ryan Hamilton recently really gives me doubts.

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#64 VK63
November 04 2013, 09:14AM
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Not to be contrarian BUT.... the usage of small + "skilled" is undermined by a complete lack of offensive production, so what skills we talking about here?

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#65 2004Z06
November 04 2013, 09:26AM
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Rheal1 wrote:

Why cant we look to trade with the Flyers to balance our team? And the Sabers of course for Miller.

Miller already said he will not come to a Canadian team. Get over it!

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#66 MattL
November 04 2013, 09:29AM
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I used to wake up, look at the calendar, and be sad if there wasn't an Oilers game to watch that night... Now it feels like a mini-vacation if there's no game.

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#67 DSF
November 04 2013, 09:38AM
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The Red Wings first line includes Todd Bertuzzi - 6'3" 230

The Wings second line centre is Joakim Andersson - 6'2" 206

Johann Franzen is 6'3" 225

Justin Abdelkader is 6'1" 220

Mikael Samuelsson is 6'2" 220

Their D includes:

Jonathan Eriksson - 6'4" 220

Jakub Kindl - 6'3" 215

Brian Lashoff - 6'3" 215

Kyle Quincey - 6'2" 210

Brendan Smith - 6'2" 220

Danny DeKeyser - 6'3" 190

Appears to me they have plenty of size sprinkled throughout the lineup and even players like Danny Cleary and Nik Kronwall play a very heavy game despite their size.

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#68 admiralmark
November 04 2013, 10:36AM
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I ask this... with Hall inj'd who on the current Oiler lineup competes as hard as Omark does/did? And if you only brought him back to trade him for something.. then SHOWCASE him for F$#*K sakes!!

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#69 DSF
November 03 2013, 09:19PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Isn't he more likely to be upset that Linus Omark is back in his nice, respectful league?

I'm sure he'll show his displeasure by pumping 2 or 3 goals against that line.

You pegged them as a 3rd line but remember who gets last change on the road.

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#70 Manfly
November 03 2013, 10:12PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Thinking outside the box a bit, but seeing has how the forward depth is short and depleted, Why not bring up a Dman from OKC and see how Schultz Jr. would do playing forward/. Worked for Burns in San Jose. {unless Schultz is injured still..)

^he might do well, but he'd just be another buttery soft forward. (one who could produce mind you)

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#71 Manfly
November 03 2013, 10:14PM
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Yeah For Sure wrote:

You can never have too many SOFT MIDGET FaIRY DAFODILS in your lineup right??? I stood next to Lander and Omark at a pre-season game, it was like standing next to two little grade sixes at recess! NO MORE MIDGETS PLEASE!!!

^but just to add to that ton of fun, some would like to try the buttery soft Justin Schultz at forward....

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#72 Crackenbury
November 04 2013, 07:31AM
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I've moved past the anger stage and have come back to trying to determine what's wrong. I've watched every minute of every game this season and most every season.

With the exception of the Vancouver game this team looked much better than past seasons to start the year. Out shooting, out hitting and out chancing the opposition. As much as I like Dubnyk and think he can be a good NHL goalie, it's his start to the season that tanked this team. They play in fear of getting scored on and when scored on first completely fall apart. There's no confidence in any goaltender to hold them in a game.

MacT needs to get an actual proven NHL starter in the net. One or two solid goaltending performances along with wins will do a world of good for the overall play of this team. They're just not this bad.

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#73 Tapdog
November 04 2013, 09:34AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Also, out of curiosity again, is it this pattern:

  • Pavel Datsyuk - small, skill player
  • Henrik Zetterberg - small, skill player
  • Daniel Alfredsson - small, skill player
  • Daniel Cleary - small, skill player
  • Tomas Tatar - small, skill player
  • Stephen Weiss - small, skill player
  • Gustav Nyquist - small, skill player

Now, before we get into the 'Jonathan, you fanboy, Zetterberg's way better than Eberle!' comments, let me say this: I'm not saying Edmonton's guys are as good as Detroit's, and I'm not ignoring the Franzens and Bertuzzis in Detroit's lineup.

What I am saying is that harping on a team for having good players who happen to be little is kind of stupid.

First thought on the two lists is experience, the Detroit crew carries 4343 regular season games with 530 in the playoffs. The Oiler gang barely surpasses Alfredsson's total of 1193/121, coming in at 1495 reg season games and are you ready.... 30 playoff games! At some point that experience will allow for a different outcome but without a better form of balance now, what these skilled players are learning is not what is desired!

For me the difference lies in the balance of the teams make up. What is the support group in the bottom six. At this point the Oilers bottom six still is not hard to play against. That group needs to have the ability to change the flow of games. I do not see that here. Big hits, agressive play and yes the odd goal would be great but they are just too easy to play against. Largely due to their lack of willingness to play that continual agressive style. They need to find players that want to, not have to! Detroit's bottom six is never that easy!

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#74 oilerjed
November 04 2013, 10:34AM
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There is suddenly alot of talk of rifts in the locker room. IMO that is reading more into Smid and Ference's quotes then is there. Seems more like the young guys are just not getting the point quick enough more then a Socs and Greaser sort of thing. On at least three goals VS Det when they show the endzone replay you can count at least 3 forwards coasting through the neutral zone.

DE has not had much to work with this year due to injury, but his decisions on player usage and line combos has definetly been suspect. Not advocating for a coaching change but I am advocating for a change of coaching. A NHL coach should be able to make adjsutments to team play on the fly when things clearly are not working. DE has shown himself to be uber relcutant to try anything different in the face of failure. Do the players need to buy, ABSOLUTELY. Does the coach need to recognize a failure of a system, ABSOLUTELY.

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#75 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 04:49AM
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It is beyond time to hit that proverbial panic button. First step is to dismiss Kevin Lowe. Second step is to shake up the roster. Deal one of the kids & a 2nd rounder for immediate help, which means a goalie; Ryan Miller and a Buffalo top 2 Dman. Next trade the 1st round draft pick for immediate help, namely another top 2 Dman. Get an enforcer to protect the kids for some prospect that is in OKC (Cheechoo?). Change the approach of Eakins for @#$sakes! We need immediate results now. Oilers are no longer in a rebuild!!!

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#76 Spydyr
November 04 2013, 08:09AM
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StHenriOilBomb wrote:

WOAH... hold on a moment... you're blowing my mind. I never realized this before.

Thanks for the insight.

This is why people don't like your comments - stating the obvious.

Really? It is not obvious to "the braintrust".

Or are they just that bad at their jobs?

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#77 Spydyr
November 04 2013, 08:22AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Out of curiosity, would you prefer the team to ice a line-up entirely of guys like Jean-Francois Jacques (big, unskilled player) or is the "skill" part of your complaint redundant?

A team should be made of up all types of player. They all have different roles. This team is full of the same type of player at forward. In todays NHL size , speed and grit are needed to win. Every team has skill. The will to win and having some balls and pride would go a long way too.Perhaps standing up for your teammates and playing as a team might help also.

To answer your question the small part is redundant?

They have been and are the softest team in the NHL for far too long.Stats guys might not care but an out school fan like me certainly does.

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#78 vetinari
November 04 2013, 08:22AM
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No use complaining about having nothing but "small, skilled" players if you can't change the mix, and frankly, in a salary cap world, the bulk of your roster changes are going to come in either the summer or at the trade deadline. Well, summer has come and gone and all we really added was some much needed peskiness with Perron but nothing else. That only leaves the trade deadline as the last major chance to try and change our roster in a real, meaningful way.

However, there is more than one way to win in the modern NHL but we seem to be stuck in NHL94 mode-- try and bludgeon your opponents into submission. Eakins either has to adapt his system to the type of players that he has available to him (yes-- soft, skilled and fast) or else have MacT overpay and acquire three or four players that can play Eakins system.

If we have to move to a more "European" puck possession system that works from the perimeter, then do it if it will win games. Just stop trying the same thing over and over again-- the players aren't sold on it and all it is doing is destroying morale.

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#79 Puck_In_Throat
November 04 2013, 09:17AM
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Jonathan, how about this convincing argument:

OUR PP STINKS! I don't care if Omark plays 8 mins of EV Strength, if he can spark the PP (why not? it sucks, shake it up) then he is worth the call up.

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#80 Ed in Edmonton
November 04 2013, 09:20AM
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VK63 wrote:

Not to be contrarian BUT.... the usage of small + "skilled" is undermined by a complete lack of offensive production, so what skills we talking about here?

You have a point. Many nights the Oil just look small, not skilled.

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#81 Smokey
November 04 2013, 09:37AM
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@Rheal1

Don't fool yourself, Lowe can't read, and Katz has pharmaceuticals to make him laugh.

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#82 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 04 2013, 10:16AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

JW,

Your last line about harping on a team for having good players is the problem.

The Oilers players aren't that good. They keep losing, despite all the alleged potential. The players have yet to show they can play consistent hockey, so you can't compare them to Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Alfredsson.

The only similarities they have thus far is size, but none of the Oilers possess the same consistent, NHL skill that those three have. Also the Wings have lots of size in Bert, Franzen, Abdelkader which helps.

The Oilers might eventually be as skilled as the small Wings, but so far they haven't shown it consistently.

It's like you didn't read the comment you are responding to.

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#83 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
November 03 2013, 10:01PM
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Calgary Flames- 3rd lowest payroll in the league. Over 12 million in cap space.

Colorado Avalanche- 2nd lowest payroll in the league and 12.5 in cap space remaining.

....and just like animal livestock, carrots are murdered (forcibly removed from their cozy living environment) so they can be processed and consumed by humans and some horses.

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#84 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 08:28AM
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Why cant we look to trade with the Flyers to balance our team? And the Sabers of course for Miller.

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#85 Spydyr
November 04 2013, 09:04AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Also, out of curiosity again, is it this pattern:

  • Pavel Datsyuk - small, skill player
  • Henrik Zetterberg - small, skill player
  • Daniel Alfredsson - small, skill player
  • Daniel Cleary - small, skill player
  • Tomas Tatar - small, skill player
  • Stephen Weiss - small, skill player
  • Gustav Nyquist - small, skill player

Now, before we get into the 'Jonathan, you fanboy, Zetterberg's way better than Eberle!' comments, let me say this: I'm not saying Edmonton's guys are as good as Detroit's, and I'm not ignoring the Franzens and Bertuzzis in Detroit's lineup.

What I am saying is that harping on a team for having good players who happen to be little is kind of stupid.

OK you have it with Detroit. What about the other 28 teams .Most are built as complete teams. You know with some size and grit in their lineups.

Just to state the obvious. Edmonton is not Detroit. Not even close to the same ownership, management, coaching, scouts both pro and amateur.

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#86 Smokey
November 04 2013, 09:32AM
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Since we are a lock to be outta of playoff unless we pull a "Dodgers Win The Pennant" miracle on ice, Omark needs to brought up. Fans need to get one more round outta Omark and a second to Nashville for Shea Weber joke.

We need Omark's 60 foot game on the PP. I'd play him fourth line and both PP units to get resuscitate the offense. Playing him with Gagner and Yakupov is risk reward. But who cares, its all about entertainment. I'd unleash the hounds and play firewalls hockey like in 2008 when the kid line played 20 games of beautiful hockey.

Heck put him on the penalty kill, it can't be worse then now.

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#87 6 ring circus
November 04 2013, 10:06AM
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On a side note, the Eskimos have fired Kavis Reed,let's just hope the Oiler's and Eskimo's make the right changes, so that Edmonton sports fans can once again be proud of their sports teams.

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#88 nunyour
November 04 2013, 10:46AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Ales Hemsky – small , skill player

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – small , skill player

Jordan Eberle – small , skill player

Mark Arcobello – small , skill player

Linus Omark – small , skill player

Sam Gagner – small , skill player

Nail Yakupov – small , skill player

Do you see a pattern here. I certainly do, it adds up to eight straight years out of the playoffs.

Why can't "the braintrust"?

Totally agree,but they would kick ass on battle of the blades.

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#89 Spydyr
November 04 2013, 11:09AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

A team with a bunch of small players can win in the NHL. Look at Detroit. That was absolutely the point of the comment I made.

The Oilers are not that team, for reasons that go way beyond having five or six guys of below-average height.

Where you go wrong is in thinking that because the Oilers haven't won with a bunch of small players, nobody can.

One team out of thirty is an anomaly.

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#90 TigerUnderGlass
November 04 2013, 11:31AM
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Spydyr wrote:

One team out of thirty is an anomaly.

The Red Wings having one good season would be an anomaly. The Red Wings being consistently good for many years is not.

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#91 Spaceman Spiff
November 04 2013, 04:15PM
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The Oilers have painted themselves into a corner with Omark. How do you call up a guy that you didn’t want to keep and weren’t planning to do anything more with than hopefully convince someone to take him off your hands at the trade deadline or draft?

The Oilers’ adventures with Omark – or his with the Oilers – is actually pretty interesting.

He had a reputation before he arrived and when he got here, he arrived with a flourish. For a little while, he looked like a poor-man’s Sedin – decent at cycling on the boards and talented in-close and on the half-boards on the power play. He was a quirky teammate – kinda weird (remember the Swedish video of him sitting on the toilet at the party?) and probably a bit selfish, although not petulant.

He’s skilled, but probably not top-six-skilled on most teams. He had a great year last year in Europe, but had no takers for him (or presumably no takers for him at MacT’s asking price). So he gets re-signed by the Oilers ... for some reason ... either to score or sell tickets in OKC, or to help develop some trade value for him at the NHL level. Now, he’s having a decent-to-great year in the AHL and the NHL team is floundering on the ice, all while suffering with depth/injury problems at the very position he plays. He was never in the plans, realistically, for the parent club but a funny thing happened on the way to a 3-10 record.

Before you put me in the certain percentage of the Oiler fandom that had an infatuation with Robbie Schremp a few years ago, it’s really not the same situation at all.

This isn’t the spin-o-rama shootout Omark of three years ago we’re talking about. If Omark was on any other NHL system right now, he’d be an automatic call-up if the parent team was as bad/injured as the Oilers are. This should be a no-brainer. But like many things this year, the Oilers are screwing that up, too.

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#92 derrickhands
November 03 2013, 10:45PM
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I've missed watching one game and Omark is playing as a individual, that tends to hold on to the puck way too long. He's the last thing the Oilers need, they have to many puck hogs as it is. I notice you failed to mention the Friday game against the Chicago Wolfs where he was shutout and was almost non existent. You never know when Omark will show up to play and you want him to be recalled.

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#93 Rama Lama
November 04 2013, 09:50AM
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JW, what make you think that DE will play this player? Based on his line combinations, I suspect he would place LO on a line with Gazdic and Eager, and then expect him to score.

You mentioned Yakupov playing his off wing and not being able to find his game? There are many others that have been type cast by this coach and it's obvious his arrogance in all thing coaching will not let him change.

I not beyond blaming all the players, rifts in the dressing room, and retarded management for all this but the coach and his systems need a serious re-working!!

Bringing up Omark will accomplish nothing, if he is not used properly.

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#94 Belly
November 04 2013, 09:55AM
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I wonder if L.Petrell is still available for penalty killing......

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#95 Hemmercules
November 04 2013, 10:14AM
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An Omark-Yak-Gagner line would be comedy. Might as well put Petry and Smid out there with them and see how many odd man rushes they can give up in one shift.

Watching Ference in his post game interview the other night was so depressing, you could just see the horror is his eyes knowing he has to play the rest of the season in that blue and orange jersey (at lest until the deadline when they inevitably trade him).

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#97 S cottV
November 04 2013, 11:07AM
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Looks like Eakins has backed off on the swarm defensive system, which is good news. The bad part - it is one of the big reasons for the hole that the Oilers find themselves in. Further - a rookie Coach had to back off his much hyped system, further eroding player confidence in him. The killer in the Red Wing game was an awful shift by Petry. A top 2 d man or any d man cannot take an "all in" chance on a bouncing puck with an opposition forward behind him. Then - Eakins leaves him out (a bad decision in hindsight) and Petry throws a tentative lame duck ugly pass up the middle creating an immediate and dangerous counter attack. Back checking forwards add to the gaffe by looking at the puck and not picking up the Red Wing trailer. A bad start was the last thing this depleted and demoralized group needed but at least it had nothing to do with continuance of the swarm. If the losing continues - what the heck is MacT going to do with his Coach? Get behind the bench and provide hands on mentoring? Ugly spot to be in, that just seems to keep getting uglier...

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#98 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 04 2013, 09:22PM
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Spyders list should have read

"Young Small Skilled" players.....

The key variable being "Young"

There's a good chance that the Oilers rebuild will serve as model for how NOT to rebuild.

Too many young players added to the roster in too short a period of time.

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#99 jack
November 03 2013, 10:48PM
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you must be kidding, omark is like minus 50 on the barons, worst idea of all time, so what if he has 10 goals, hes been on for like 60 or whatever

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#100 D
November 03 2013, 11:50PM
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VK63 wrote:

Or evidence to support a contraction argument..... :))

That too :)

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