GDB 28.0: HURDLING

Lowetide
December 01 2013 08:24AM

The Edmonton Oilers have been tightening their defensive play under coach Dallas Eakins and it does appear to be working. In the club's last 10 games, the goals-against average for DD and Bryz is 2.52 compared to 3.24 for the entire season. The goaltending has improved, but what about the defense? Is it getting better? How can we tell?

BOXCARS

In the last 10 games, the Oilers blue has posted the following boxcar numbers:

  1. Phil Larsen (IR) 5, 0-4-4 -4
  2. Justin Schultz 5, 2-1-3 +3
  3. Corey Potter 6, 0-2-2 -2
  4. Nick Schultz 10, 0-2-2 -1
  5. Denis Grebeshkov 2, 0-1-1 +1
  6. Jeff Petry 10, 0-1-1 +3
  7. Anton Belov 10, 0-1-1 -2
  8. Taylor Fedun 2, 0-0-0 -2
  9. Andrew Ference 10, 0-1-1 -1

It's an interesting look back, we can kind of see the point where  Larsen went on IR and Fedun was sent down, and then the 5 games Schultz the younger has been back has coincided with an uptick in results (funny, that) for the team.

CORSI FOR % (5x5)

In the last 5 games, it's fun to see the list of defensemen who have been on the ice for good things:

  1. Anton Belov 78-62 55.7%
  2. Justin Schultz 66-57 53.6%
  3. Denis Grebeshkov 23-20 53.4%
  4. Jeff Petry 66-58 53.2%
  5. Nick Schultz 60-67 47.2%
  6. Andrew Ference 57-65 46.7%
  7. Corey Potter 30-44 40.5%

This is from Extra skater, and I'm listing Corsi For-Corsi against and the percentage and this is all 5x5. Now, it's important to note that we're not taking into account things like zone starts and toughness of opposition, this is straight Corsi at 5x5 over the last 5 games.

That said, it's fascinating to see four defensemen above 50% over that time (!!!!) and the 5-6 guys are not far from 50% (with only Corey Potter fading badly). We don't know if Schultz's return or Grebeshkov's callup are big reasons for the improved shot differential, we only know that in the last 5 games this group has been part of some good things.

And we also know the goals against in the last 10 games has been going down, and part of that is due to the puck being in the other end more often.

These are all nice signs for the club, and barring injury they should be able to repeat it (depending on quality of opposition, etc) and more wins should come as a result.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Jones-Arcobello-Joensuu

Ference-Petry
Grebeshkov-J.Schultz
Belov-N.Schultz

Dubnyk

That's my guess, but I don't know why you'd change anything aside from the goaltender. That 4th line has been doing some nice things, and I'm betting the Nuge line will find a way to rock and roll in Texas later today. The young Russian likes the big stage, and everything's big in Texas, maybe he'll rip three rockets into the Dallas night.

QUICK HITS

  • According to nhl.com, the Oilers have 4 rookies this season: Mark Arcobello, Taylor Fedun, Luke Gazdic and Tyler Pitlick. Anton Belov doesn't qualify.
  • The Oilers leading scorer is Jordan Eberle (23 points) who is tied for 28th in league points. Last year, Taylor Hall finished 9th, but this year he and David Perron are tied at 61st overall.
  • Craig MacTavish was in Oklahoma City last night, raving about Mark Arcobello in an interview with brilliant play-by-play man Jim Byers.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

WHO CARES? It's almost time for hurdles!!!!! Okay, fine.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers play the system and find their range on the powerplay, scoring twice with the man advantage in a 3-2 victory over the Stars.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Ryan Smyth leaves it all out on the ice.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Shawn Horcoff channels himself as a rookie and sends a cross-ice pass that Yakupov shoots through the net for the winner.

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#151 PutzStew
December 01 2013, 10:14AM
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Ryan2 wrote:

Ference is exactly what he was advertised to be coming out of Boston - a #4/#5 on a playoff team. Fans that expected more were fooling themselves or do not watch enough hockey outside of the Oilers. The fact that he is miscast as a top pairing player speaks more to the weakness of the Oilers' blueline than anything else.

As I have posted here before, this was a bad deal for MacT as he overpaid in both price and term for a smaller bottom pairing d-man that is on the downside of his career. He reminds me of Jason Smith at the end, and the next couple of years we should see a similar drop off in his effectiveness. Maybe MacT was counting on his leadership as the main reason for bringing him in, but he paid a steep price for that.

It pains me to type this, but as of last night the Flames are 4 points clear of the Oilers with a game in hand. Top 3 pick here we come yet again.

Thankfully Eakins has identified the problem - a lack of fitness. Funny, I thought that is the main reason he was brought in as HC. What a joke.

Fully agree about Ferance. I think he's been type casted into a role that he doesn't belong on this team. Not the first time this team has done that.

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#152 The Soup Fascist
December 01 2013, 11:23AM
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@Dockstaff

Fair enough. I don't disagree. I am fine with the Oilers signing him.

Just don't play him like a first pairing Dman or be disappointed when he can't play that role.

They overpaid in terms of $ and term. Maybe the Oil had to. Clearly the Bruins did not. Hence the gap between two teams gets wider.

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#153 Dockstaff
December 01 2013, 11:30AM
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@Ryan2

I agree with you Ryan2, except for the price of leadership. I think we paid a fair price and I think Ference is trying to deliver, I don't think enough of our current players are soldiering up.

We also need better puck moving Dmen

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#154 Serious Gord
December 01 2013, 03:40PM
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Woogi63 wrote:

Have we seen Eakin "out coach" HIS counterpart yet this?

That's a question I ask myself after every game. So far I have yet to see an instance where Eakins has "won" but I am not a very good judge - perhaps someone who posts on this is and can chime in.

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#155 TonyT
December 01 2013, 05:39PM
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Oilers with a decent effort tonight, however I really could do without them trying to pass the puck into the net. Nights like these have me wondering how much longer we'll have to wait for bold. We've watched this experiment for years without results and I am firmly of the belief that at least one of the offensive guys has to go to bring in a need. The question is while we don't want to lose a trade, will these guys ever play well enough as a team to bring in fair value? And if they do turn it around, will the team prove successful enough where maybe a trade isn't necessary? Is bold ever coming? If it's still in the cards, can MacT let us know when to start believing again?

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#156 The Soup Fascist
December 01 2013, 05:52PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Oilers management needs to watch Moneyball. I think it'd help, especially considering that they're a cap team.

Love certain players or not. In the end, they're assets. Attatch a potential value if you like to guys like Schultz Jr., Belov or Hall. In the end, individuals must be weighed on what you can fetch for them in the open market.

This game so far has been a struggle. After 20 years of rebuilding, this is unacceptable. Current management obviously doesn't get it.

At the end of the day it is about "value contracts". You can live with a couple of guys not performing to their contract as long as you have more guys that are exceeding expectations.

I can think of two value contracts for the Oilers and one of them has played 3 games and just got carted off the ice. Look no further for the reason the Oilers are a bottom 3 team spending to the cap. Yuck.

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#157 Alsker
December 01 2013, 06:11PM
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Spydyr wrote:

89 has the third period to lose that plus.

How did you know?

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#158 Alsker
December 01 2013, 06:15PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Dammit gags. That was your man. And here I was just defending you.

#lesson learned

Was hoping you were right, but Gags and Petry were oblivious again.

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#159 michael
December 01 2013, 06:49PM
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michael wrote:

GDP. Oilers lose 3-2 in a SO. Dallas always dominates us at home in Big D. What is there record against us at home. Like 100-4. The PP was brutal last game. Frustrating.

Who is picking Jacksonville today againt Cleveland? I did. Go big. Denver in KC today. Power football.

Alabama loses on the last play of the game against Auburn. Who called that? Never mind the 99 yard McCarron pass for a TD. Yesterdays College games were unreal.

BTW Who does not like it when Vancouver loses to the Rangers?

What was I thinking?

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#160 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
December 01 2013, 11:02PM
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Have to agree with Todd re. gagner's role on the 2nd goal against. I couldn't watch the game, and was reading the blog before seeing the highlights. Based on the comments pre #180, my impression was that Gagner's was guilty of a horrible lapse in effort and awareness. Then I saw the replay...

So, is it official then? Now that Arnott, Poti, Brewer, Cross, and Horcoff are gone (who am I forgetting?) Gagner is the primary on-ice reason for all our woes (goalies and PofHO's don't count - too easy). We've got enough legit issues that we don't need to manufacture ones that aren't there.

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#161 Serious Gord
December 02 2013, 04:26AM
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JJ wrote:

I would just like to make one comment regarding the people laughing at the Perron/Team Canada post.. Brad Marchand was invited to the training camp for Team Canada, and Perron is undoubtedly a far superior player. So it's not too far off. But it is off.

Not true. Marchand is a far better player at performing the role that he does than Perron is at his.

Is there anyone who reads this who wouldn't trade Perron for Marchand straight up?

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#162 Spydyr
December 02 2013, 07:04AM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

So he's the best Canadian player on the Edmonton Oilers right now, why wouldn't he deserve to be mentioned for Team Canada?

Because the Oilers are a very weak team.

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#163 S cottV
December 02 2013, 09:08AM
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@Mikey

Yes - just saw it on Sportsnet. Petry has almost no awareness of Garbutt which is the main problem. That being said - did Gagner have a window of opportunity to assist directly? because a great down low centreman needs to bail out a d man mistake every now and again. Gagner should probably have read that Petry was in trouble. What we dont know is whether or not he slowed up at all on the backcheck where otherwise he might have got there, if that was the play - given that there may have been no immediate trailer threat.

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#164 Rob
December 01 2013, 10:50AM
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@PutzStew

Not sure how signing Ference is a bold move. Local boy, won a cup, brings a compete level not formerly here and he wanted to come here. Seems more like a no brainier to me. I wasn't bagging on him, I like the move but he by himself is not quite what he was in Boston as he was sheltered by a premier Dman. Again no surprise as he was brought here more for leadership than anything else.

I agree whole heartedly no 1-d is coming here as a free agent and that they will have to pay a steep price to get one here, not sure what you are getting at.

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#165 wiseguy
December 01 2013, 10:55AM
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The Farmer wrote:

I'm not saying Ference can't play defence in the NHL, but to give him a free pass because all of the defence on this team are in over their heads is foolish. He was paid handsomely and named Captain before he'd ever played a game. To think he's not been a disappointment might show a lack of "hockey watching" over the past 20 years.

Paid handsomely... Like a 3-4 dman and performing as such. Not a surprise or disappointment, he's exactly what we paid for.

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#166 Dockstaff
December 01 2013, 11:16AM
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@The Soup Fascist

We need Ference for his experience, not his talent. He should be the Al Hamilton for this young team. The Bruins are correct he is on the back 9 of his career and he needs to show the rest of the team who are still on the first hole, what it takes to wins championships.

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#167 michael
December 01 2013, 11:42AM
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GDP. Oilers lose 3-2 in a SO. Dallas always dominates us at home in Big D. What is there record against us at home. Like 100-4. The PP was brutal last game. Frustrating.

Who is picking Jacksonville today againt Cleveland? I did. Go big. Denver in KC today. Power football.

Alabama loses on the last play of the game against Auburn. Who called that? Never mind the 99 yard McCarron pass for a TD. Yesterdays College games were unreal.

BTW Who does not like it when Vancouver loses to the Rangers?

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#168 David S
December 01 2013, 01:53PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

And the reasoning behind this...... Eakins wants to work on his CONDITIONING! For the love of Michelle Jenneke Eakins needs to start making decisions based on other factors than CONDITIONING.

Starting Dubnyk tonight would be the right move. He is a very strange coach.

[EDIT] - Don't post hungover kids.

Starting Bryz kind of makes sense. He needs some game time to get back up to speed and let's face it, maybe one of the four he let in on Friday was stoppable. The whole team just played flat out crap.

In his first full game it was patently obvious he was far better technically than Dubnyk. If I were Eakins I'd need to see what he's got. Like it or not you can't do that in practice.

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#169 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 01 2013, 01:59PM
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David S wrote:

Buys team for $200M.

Gets new $650M arena.

Team doubles in value.

If that isn't running a team like a business I don't know what is.

That has to be some kind of record for contradicting oneself. Big Pussy did it within 3 posts: post 63 and 66.

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#170 Alsker
December 01 2013, 05:08PM
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Arco with more F/O wins than the other 3 combined...how did we sit him for so long? Another good Bryz performance so far.

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#171 Alsker
December 01 2013, 05:40PM
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See comment #96 ...lets hope Bryz is ok, has been a lot better than the guys in front of him.

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#172 2004Z06
December 01 2013, 06:45PM
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Why did the Oilers wait until overtime to show up?

Man they were flying there.

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#173 K_Mart
December 01 2013, 11:49PM
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@Oilerz4life

Can't say I agree about him being mentioned for team Canada, but as of this moment, he is the best Canadian player on the Oilers. Might not be for long, but he definitely is right now.

not Hall, not Nuge, and not Perron.

Eberle is the best Canadian on our roster right now. No question.

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#174 Oilerz4life
December 02 2013, 12:23AM
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K_Mart wrote:

Can't say I agree about him being mentioned for team Canada, but as of this moment, he is the best Canadian player on the Oilers. Might not be for long, but he definitely is right now.

not Hall, not Nuge, and not Perron.

Eberle is the best Canadian on our roster right now. No question.

So he's the best Canadian player on the Edmonton Oilers right now, why wouldn't he deserve to be mentioned for Team Canada?

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#175 camdog
December 01 2013, 10:39AM
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@Ryan2

Agree with most points, however in respect to Ference I think he's a better skater than Jason Smith. When Smith lost that extra gear he was done. When Ference loses a step I think he will still be effective as a #6.

The reality is that Ference played like this in Boston and with age he is trending down. In Boston Ference had an Allstar in net and played with a better d-man partner than himself. Here his weaknesses get exposed.

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#176 PutzStew
December 01 2013, 10:57AM
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Rob wrote:

Not sure how signing Ference is a bold move. Local boy, won a cup, brings a compete level not formerly here and he wanted to come here. Seems more like a no brainier to me. I wasn't bagging on him, I like the move but he by himself is not quite what he was in Boston as he was sheltered by a premier Dman. Again no surprise as he was brought here more for leadership than anything else.

I agree whole heartedly no 1-d is coming here as a free agent and that they will have to pay a steep price to get one here, not sure what you are getting at.

See his contract and the hype made about acquiring him. This is MAcT's version of BOLD.

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#177 Dockstaff
December 01 2013, 11:04AM
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@YFC Prez

YFC Prez you're bang on

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#178 MessyEH!
December 01 2013, 01:16PM
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Buzz gets third start in a row.

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#179 Retsinnab5
December 01 2013, 01:36PM
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Bryz gets the start...

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#180 Spydyr
December 01 2013, 06:11PM
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ubermiguel wrote:

Petry watching the puck not the trailer. It's more on him.

Never said Petry did not look bad.

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#181 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 01 2013, 06:18PM
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Hall can't seem to hit the net these days.

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#182 YFC Prez
December 01 2013, 06:36PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Maybe someone could take out the glass banger in the leisure suit behind the Oiler's net.

Just a flesh wound.

Pretty sure they sell rifles in Dallas ......

I'm almost positive I've seen that same dude in the same spot banging on the glass last year. He had a pink shirt on. Can't get away with that crap at rexall.

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#183 YFC Prez
December 01 2013, 06:39PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Who was the last man back on the second Dallas goal? Oh yeah.....Gagner!

Yup. That goal was scored like 2 minutes after I posted that. As I said

# lesson learned

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#184 2004Z06
December 01 2013, 06:43PM
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Sorry YFC, I should have read further down before posting.

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#185 cain
December 01 2013, 06:50PM
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yipppeeeee!!!!

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#186 TayLordBalls
December 01 2013, 10:01PM
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you're welcome Oilers fans!

Hemsky obviously read my earlier comment and figured he best get the lard out.

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#187 Serious Gord
December 02 2013, 04:29AM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

So he's the best Canadian player on the Edmonton Oilers right now, why wouldn't he deserve to be mentioned for Team Canada?

He has been mentioned. But that is - rightly - as far as it has gone. He simply is not a 200 ft player which seems to be a prerequisite esp. On Olympic-sized ice. That and he isn't the fastest of skaters.

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#188 Spydyr
December 02 2013, 06:53AM
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Smokey wrote:

Pundits have hypothetically talked bout fielding a second team cause of Canada's depth for how long? Its hypotheticals. If your arguement is you can live in hypotheticals well enjoy your week argument buddy.

The gentlemen who said Perron should be on Team Canada may be wrong. Was the comment outlandish. No way. If Perron did not miss those 3-4 games he is probably sitting in the 40-50 range in the NHL in scoring. His two.way game is sound, and is exactly the type of player that you would want on a championship team. He would have to get real hot to have an outside chance I admit and depth.on the wing is steller. I would not take him but he'd be in the conversation if he is top 45 point producer come Febuary. Not every player Canada always takes is a superstar. Canada took last time Morrow, Richards, Bergeron. I think these are players like Perron. The sound two way gritty players that do certain roles well.

Make a arguement against it rather then skirting the debate

I don't waste my time debating make believe things.Feel free to fill your boots.

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#189 Mikey
December 02 2013, 08:45AM
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S cottV wrote:

Not sure I would entirely agree with the back checker role as described by Todd. In that situation - the 2 on 2 was in a little doubt, as for a second or two it looked like Ferrance might have been beat. Ferrance reeled it back in but it probably messed up Petry, who regardless - did not have enough awareness / coverage directed at Garbutt. Gagner's first instinct as the backchecker is to come back hard and get into the high slot - while at the same time, checking behind him to be aware of where the trailer threat is. If no - immediate trailer threat because they may be changing or way back up ice - or - we have wingers back, to cover the trailer or trailers threat for a short time, there may be a window of opportunity to directly assist on the 2 on 2 - to out man it and shut it down - taking possession. If the trailer threat is on the backcheckers heels or very close, then - sure -that threat has to be picked up and taken to the net. So a read and react - but - you dont want a backchecker slowing up thru the neutral zone to wait for a trailer that wont be there for awhile. Hard back to the high slot - be aware what's behind you, but you could be in position to briefly assist directly or partly assist by grabbing a loose puck that the d is able to push back off the 2 on 2 attack. If that doesnt materialize - maintain position in the high to mid slot - partly turn to identify the late entering trailer and cover him off to the net. As for this particular play - I dont remember - how close the trailer threat was behind Gagner, and whether or not he had a window of opportunity to assist in some way. That being said - clearly Petry was out to lunch on that play and should have had way more awareness and postion on Garbutt to shut down that play.

The replay should be on the oilers site.

Watching the play again gagner was about 2-3 sec behind the goal scorer. You can't tell how hard he was back checking. But you can see he gets there just after the puck goes in the net. There is no way to tell how close the next Star player was, just that Gagner was the next player into the camera frame.

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#190 camdog
December 02 2013, 09:52AM
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Watched the replay a few times now. If Gags commits down low then who's job is it to cover 24 coming open in the slot? Petry looked completely lost on that play. Gags does have a history of not coming back hard, I've seen him do it multiple times, on this play it looks like he's got his man.

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#191 rob
December 01 2013, 10:25AM
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Time to start drinking,hopefully be s$%#faced enough to enjoy the game.if that doesent work what videos of 06 on youtube

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#192 Old School G
December 01 2013, 11:15AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

It's difficult to soar like an eagle, when you're working with a bunch of turkeys. Ference is a solid D'man, but he's miscast as a top pairing guy like he's forced to be here in Edmonton. He's a fine support player when you have two legitimate top pairing D playing in front of him.

You need to watch 20 more years of hockey, your narrow minded opinion reflects this.

Often very good points Mr Quiksilver Ballet, so abrasive, just like a Ference punch to the mouth!

GO OIL!

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#193 VK63
December 01 2013, 12:47PM
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Ooooooooo I love hurdles. da da

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#194 Serious Gord
December 01 2013, 02:25PM
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Re GDP:

Hard to ever pick the oilers over the stars. Dallas 4-2

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#195 camdog
December 01 2013, 03:35PM
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No Boyd Gordon shoulder injury, hopefully he's back for the next game.

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#196 Johnnydapunk
December 01 2013, 04:31PM
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With Eakins going back to The Bryz in this game despite being pulled in the last, I wonder if that is a sign that Eakins sees him as the number 1 goalie as it seems that before when Dubnyk or LaBarbara had a shocker and got the hook, he would switch goalies for the next game and not put in the one that got pulled. Or am I looking too much into that and Eakins maybe based his decision on the past records of both? Curious if anyone has any ideas or speculation?

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#197 Alsker
December 01 2013, 06:42PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Who was the last man back on the second Dallas goal? Oh yeah.....Gagner!

YFC Prez already replied to this....oh he did again, sorry. We all "have the democratic right to be wrong" as John Short used to say.

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#198 JJ
December 01 2013, 07:29PM
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is Grebby injured? How come he has like 7 mins icetime

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#199 Smokey
December 01 2013, 07:34PM
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@Spydyr

I said before if you.were picking one guy from the Oilers to be on Team Canada hypothetically it would be Perron. Obviously he won't make it or is in concideration. He's an average at best skater and undersized concidering the size and depth Canada has. He'd beon my second Team Canada team in whatever role. I love the simple effective plays in all three zones. He plays bigger then what he is and is defensively sound. The one play tonight where he cleared the Oiler zone by putting it 15 feet in the air over the defender and did not create an icing. Thats good coaching...thanks Hitch.

The only way we should concider Perron for Team Canada i ifs hes a PPG player. If he did that you would put him in the conversation. Is it possible. He went into tonights game in 61st place in scoring. I hope he gets hot and gets a mention.

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#200 GK1980
December 01 2013, 07:36PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Jeez. What an overtime so far. Play the whole game like that.

Again, is hustling and hard work tough to do? These guys need to play like OT. Season is over and they have nothing to lose.

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