Now Eventually You Do Plan To Have Power, On Your Powerplay, Right? Hello?

Jonathan Willis
December 19 2013 10:50PM

The game-winning goal in Thursday’s game was scored by the Colorado Avalanche, while the Edmonton Oilers were on the power play. That’s bad. That it’s just the way Oilers power plays tend to go these days is worse.

The Goal!

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Justin Schultz coughs up the puck at the opposition blue line.

This one isn’t especially complex; that’s the crux of it. The initial pass is inexplicable; Schultz had time and space but decided to force a pass to a covered Taylor Hall rather than hang on to it himself or pass it to the open man on the far boards.

That started a two-on-one. Hall did his level best to get back in the play and gained some ground but wasn’t able to get there in time. The Oilers would have been okay if Schultz had played the pass, like every defenceman defending a two-on-one ever is supposed to, but he didn’t and that left Devan Dubnyk hanging out to dry.

The Trend!

Here’s a statistic: In the last 13 games, the Oilers have surrendered 14 shorthanded chances. They have only managed to generate 11 themselves all season.

Here’s another one: in the last six games, Edmonton’s power play has been out-chanced 8-7.

Superficially, the power play ranks 16th in the NHL in overall effectiveness, with 23 goals on 130 chances (17.7%). However, after eight shorthanded goals are taken into account it slips to 25th overall in goal differential/opportunities. It’s a ludicrous number given the talent the team has at its disposal.

Edmonton plays games on Saturday and Monday, but then has a long-ish break before playing Calgary on Friday (Update: as Jason Gregor reminds me, there's a little-known holiday called "Christmas" in that stretch, which makes it somewhat less than ideal as a time for practicing things). That break might be a good time to completely reimagine the power play.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, 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 **
December 20 2013, 12:59AM
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40 Double D wrote:

Playoffs... let's "delay it for McDavid."

Dishonor for Connor

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#52 gcw_rocks
December 20 2013, 07:24AM
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Ed in PV wrote:

That pretty much sums up the Oil's management team. Plenty of good quotes but nothing is being delivered.

Gregor, Brownlee and anyone else in the Edmonton sports media I ask for a Xmas gift from you guys. The next time KL has a media availability (and I know it is not all that often) please someone ask him directly is he is accountable for the embarrassment the Oil have become, if not him then who. Will the responsible people be held accountable (i.e. be shown the door due to not doing their jobs).

Those would be the best questions ever asked. But I doubt anyone in the media has the balls to ask them. Lowe is vindictive and they would probably risk losing "access".

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#53 boxman
December 20 2013, 10:01AM
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All the negativity is wearing but I get the anger. That said I would caution everybody who wants to trade Hall et al. Back in the day many of us called for Messier and Coffey to be shipped out. They were error prone and seemed to lack any semblance of hockey sense. We were wrong and history proves it. As for those who get their backs up with any mention of "the old days"....respect your elders you brats:)

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#54 Quicksilver ballet
December 20 2013, 11:02AM
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Life is hell without a couple top pairing blueliners capable of clearing the zone, or getting the puck to the forwards who have time/space to do something with it. Everyone is suffering because of it.

Till they address that 1 and 2 spot, it's all wandering in the desert for these guys.

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#55 Zarny
December 20 2013, 11:31AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Relax everyone, there is lot's of time left. Coach Eakins has a plan, and I for one think it will work.

1. Mix the line ups and often ( blender at high speeed) because that always works.

2. Play players outside their natural positions because that always works.

3. Make sure that everyone is fit, demand it, because that always works.

4. Bench players and often,( except you favourites) because that always works.

5. Look angry, and talk in a low voice to the media, because that always works.

6. Match lines like your pee-wee hockey team, because that always works.

If anyone still thinks that because Eakins had a good AHL team, he will be a great NHL coach........stop smoking those drugs.

Time to turf MR. Fitness, the team has tuned him out!

1. Actually most coaches mix lines up all of the time. Torts had the Sedins playing on separate lines earlier in the season in Van. They seem to be doing fine. Datsyuk and Zetterberg have spent half their careers playing with each and half on separate lines.

2. First thing Adam Oates did was move Ovechkin from LW to RW. He struggled at first. He's got 28 G in 32 games this year lol and is close to a G/game over his last 60 games. Because it often works lol.

3. Fitness. Yep pretty much every top player is in phenomenal shape. Worked for Kadri. Pretty much the opinion of the entire league. Go check out Stamkos' workouts.

4. Yep...again common and effective.

5. Irrelevant. Laugh, scream, rant, cry, read Shapespeare or Chaucer. Completely and utterly irrelevant to how a team plays on the ice.

6. What white rabbit should Eakins pull out of his hat?

If Nuge isn't handling a D match-up well his options against the best C on the planet become Gagner, Gordon, Arcobello or Will Acton.

If Ebs is flying the zone let's switch it up because Yakupov and Hemsky are such paragons of reliable, defensive hockey.

Hall or Perron are always the top 2 LW and have been the most consistent players. What's your magic secret for when one or both are out? Moses? Jones? Gadzic?

What top pairing D is he missing? Belov and Larsen? How do you coach brain farts? I like Ference but I don't think Eakins can roll him 25 min a night. Nick Schultz? Is he just being held back and needs 20 min to let his inner Chara out?

The problem isn't coaching. The problem is outside the top 6 F and a handful of players this team is terrible. Below average to AHL caliber players. And the top 6 F all get shutdown by the same game plan and tend to make the same defensive errors.

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#56 DoubleDIon
December 20 2013, 01:13AM
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What I can't figure out is why Nail Yakupov isn't being sheltered more. He is clearly the worst defensive player in the league. Why the heck is he playing against the Duchene line? The O'Reilly goal is a prime example of his disinterested play. I'd play him the 5 minutes the 4th line plays for the other team until he decides to actually stick with his man.

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#57 bazmagoo
December 20 2013, 01:32AM
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@DoubleDIon

Ya I'm a huge Yak fan but I'm totally sick of watching his lacklustre, disinterested play on defence. I've been saying trade Eberle for a #1 d-man, but to be honest right now if we could trade Yak for a #1 d-man I'd do it in a heartbeat. Then just resign Hemsky in the #2 right wing spot. Too bad we'd get jack for Yak right now.

It's not going to happen unless MacT pulls a Christmas miracle out of his hat. Maybe the best we can hope for is a Festivus miracle, and Yak actually shows up to play a 200 foot game on Saturday night.

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#58 -30-
December 20 2013, 07:08AM
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What happened from last year to this year?

Last year the Oil powerplay was deadly. Zipping the puck quickly and then bang. Goal!

Is it the system? Is it the players? Is it the coach or is everyone else in the league defending the Oil PP better?

Mental lapses happen but lately they seem to be magnified by more lapses. Can't J Schultz be benched at least?

-30-

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#59 PutzStew
December 20 2013, 09:09AM
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Hey Jonathan.

Sorry I'm not a real big fan of yours. I would like to commend you on your ability to call a Spade, a Spade, especially in the resent months, as fans and former fans watch this team crash and burn.

If more of the Media, especially the main stream media, did this instead of constantly trying to put a positive spin on things, then maybe there would be some changes being made.

Cudos

PS. I you some home magically ended up being the owner of the Oilers, what changes would you make, both on ice and off ice. Also please describe why and why not.

Thanx Jonathan

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#60 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
December 20 2013, 10:10AM
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@S cottV

Yak and Sammy Snow-pants in some sort of package to the Rangers for Callahan and Girardi. It works every time in my own mind.

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#61 BURROWSHASCRABS
December 20 2013, 11:10AM
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I feel bad for Eakins trying to coach this gong show, he should jump ship while he can. Watching LA make San Jose look like an AHL team just made me wish the Oil could play like the Kings. what a hell of a team.

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#62 S cottV
December 20 2013, 12:41PM
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I really think Eakins is in trouble with the player group.

You can tell by what is said - what isnt being said, Coach body language, player body language and the performance of the team.

Eakins admitted he miscued on the implementation of systems that did not suit the player group. Good on him to an extent but gives you an idea that the player group probably considers him to be well in over his head. For Eakins to come out like that - tells you he is probably trying to reel back in some credibility with the player group.

A player group that has serious doubts about Coach leadership is way more distracting, than most people would think.

I am not suggesting that Eakins should be fired at this point, just that I really think there is a serious disconnect that has to be dealt with.

Real tough situation for Eakins, with the team under huge scrutiny from disgruntled fans and what has to be growing impatience from MacT. Here they are - no chance at playoffs, trying to beat teams who are battling for the playoffs or playoff position - and we are playing for pride. Well - the other teams have pride too, maybe more. Throw in a Coach disconnect with the player group, that will only widen with more losses and this really could get ugly.

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#63 DoubleDIon
December 20 2013, 01:36PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

Eberle and Yakupov would be the best players on the Flames as soon as their plane landed.

Flames don't even have anything worthy to trade for Gagner, yet alone for Hall or RNH.

Give your head a shake and go back to talking about the nothing that is Calgary Flames.

Yakupov wouldn't be in the NHL in the Flames organization. Eberle would be sheltered, kind of like Hudler is.

Giordano is better than any player you guys have not named Taylor Hall.

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#64 S cottV
December 20 2013, 03:37PM
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Zarny wrote:

That's nonsense. Torts, Hitchcock, Ruff, Maurice...tons of good coaches have had winning and losing seasons. They don't always find a way to win. That's a pure fallacy. That's why they get fired.

I like Sutter. Would't have had a problem with him at all. NJ struggled his first 20 games. Same with Oates in Wsh last year.

You say rookie like it's an actual point. Sutter was rookie when he was hired too. Bylsma was a rookie in Pit. Oates was a rookie in Wsh. Cooper is a rookie in TB.

Being a rookie has nothing to do with it.

It doesn't matter who the coach is there is no top pairing D. Literally. Any combination will fail. Not one D on this team is good enough to play against top F 25 min a night let alone 2.

The top 6 F all play the same and have the same flaws. It doesn't matter what combination you throw out there. And the spare parts on the 3rd and 4th line are useless aside from Gordon.

You take 3 or 4 names off that roster and it's an AHL team. That's the problem.

Disagree.

Some rookie coach scenarios make some sense.

This one doesn't. Young players trying to find themselves in this league being led by someone trying to do the same thing through trial and error? No way.

This is not a playoff team but its better than its current record and most importantly should be showing progress in areas of play, where you have a strong sense it will show in the record eventually.

What we have is chaos. No indication that anything is getting better and lots that is worse than last year.

We criticize on this site about those who accept moral victories and you look at what has gone on with coaching this team and dont think there is a problem?

I guess its a moral victory that Eakins has managed to navigate this team to 29th overall with the player group on hand?

Eakins is not getting the most out of these players and that is his job. His trial and error decisions and systems has cost this team at least 8 to 10 points and lost time just going down the wrong roads.

Tortz, Hitch, Sutter, Ruff - they are in a different league. Eakins aint there yet....

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#65 Walter Sobchak
December 20 2013, 01:56AM
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The Oilers are in deep sh!p most night & it doesn't help that the PP is bloody horrible!

I'd go back to 5 forward PP.

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#66 Mike
December 20 2013, 05:43AM
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Christmas is in the way of our powerplay? I don't think the Oilers deserve Christmas this year! Bah humbug and lumps of coal for the lot!

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#67 BIGDAWG
December 20 2013, 11:24AM
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Sigh, This team seems to be over coached.. I do think Eakins deserves a fair shake. but things are a bloody mess right now.. I remember in the show Oil change last season, Ebs said to Cornet. you should see our powerplay its sick... so wtf happened....put gags on the wing for eff sakes already!!!! and if we are waiting till the off season to get bigger and better D and a Goalie.. then we might as well have Tambo back there....

that game lastnight was there for the taking.... now im not saying the players have tuned out the coach... but... I think the players have tuned out the coach... yay another top 5 pick.. geezuz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#68 Oasis
December 20 2013, 12:22PM
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Zarny wrote:

Why?

Omark clearly wasn't better than any of the top 6 F. He certainly didn't have the type of game you need from a 3-4th line player.

What should the Oilers have done? Play him over Eberle or Hall?

How about instead of signing Hemsky to 5 million/year, trading him when he still had some value? I think that for this year Omark could have been put into Hemskys spot without seriously affecting this offence.

We sure could have used a defenseman coming back for Hemsky. Even if we just dumped his salary and got nothing back we could have used the 5 million/year saved and signed a Free Agent defence man.

How does having Hemsky on this team right now help us more than having Omark in his spot? This team is a train wreck anyways. Now Omark just walks for basically nothing. After one year and a legitimate shot on the team if Omark isn't a fit let him walk then.

I am not an Omark fan per say, but I hope he does well in Buffalo.

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#69 dow7500
December 21 2013, 12:24AM
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Saw the 2 on 1 on shultz. As an old plumber dman, Get on your belly and stretch and make for a tough pass. He was a pillon that did nothing for the play. FKN teach him basic junior B defense, someone, anyone...please.

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#70 **
December 20 2013, 12:57AM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Ludicrous indeed. Why not send Schulz the younger back to OKC for a season or two to learn the rudiments of playing professional hockey. He has been lost at sea for most of his NHL career, and it appears learning on the job is a recipe for ruining a career.

Of course that would expose the silliness of trading Smid for very nearly what they got for Linus Omark.

Makes you wonder who is the most incompetent:the Owner, the POHO, the GM, the Coach, or the players that make the same mistakes game after game after game.

I think Schultz won rookie of the year with only half a season in the minors, so what else is there for him to learn in the minors?. One has to think it's the stupid defensive deployment Eakins is giving the team.

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#71 gcw_rocks
December 20 2013, 07:19AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Might be a - wait, what's the opposite of fun? - project for the Christmas break.

Opposite of fun is "Oilers".

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#72 thinkerr
December 20 2013, 08:06AM
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Is the game over, or are we on the power play? I honestly can't tell the difference.

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#73 T&A4Flames
December 20 2013, 11:45AM
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** wrote:

Dishonor for Connor

Wow. You guys are already talking about tanking next season. Do you ever plan on being relevant again?

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#74 40 Double D
December 19 2013, 11:59PM
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Playoffs... let's "delay it for McDavid."

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#75 Oilers4ever
December 20 2013, 06:58AM
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@Oilers4ever

All you bashers can bash all you like but my point is true and yer anal rentitive if you think otherwise. Tell me who our team is bigger than in our division? None of the three cali beasts. Definately not the canucks. We were suppised to be heads and tails above the Flames. Ummm have you checked the standings lately? They are bigger than us too and so is Phoenix. Klowe and any other former oiler in any capacity needs their ass jettisoned off this team. I hope we finish 30th again. Maybe then katz will get his head out of his and release the make up of this team from mgmt to players is 150% wrong.

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#76 Eastern Oil
December 20 2013, 11:16AM
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@pistolpetestar wrote:

I know we joke about it but there has to be some serious consideration taken to declining penalties or firing the puck over the glass to even it up to 4 on 4.

This damn near caused me to spit out my coffee all over the computer screen. Both the comment and the mental picture of it actually being completed.

The in-game commentary would almost have to be completed by Cotton on ESPN 8 to make it make sense.

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#77 Arius Mumin
December 20 2013, 12:07PM
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DoubleDIon wrote:

I've never been a Horcoff hater. He was your best player after Hall IMO. You win with Horcoff type players. Yakupov types are losers, you'll never be a winning organization (insert Singletary rant) with that type of mindset. Eberle has some excuse, he's small and slow. He'll never be a good defensive player. Yakupov has decent size and great speed, he should be able to play sound defensive hockey. He should sit in the press box until he apologizes to the organization. Letting a kid who isn't even an NHL level player hold your organization hostage is a joke.

Only thing I got from your comment is that your younger sister has a crush on Yak and you don't really like that, much.

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#78 Truth
December 20 2013, 01:32PM
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The problem is the PP setup. Anybody capable of watching video realizes the Oilers play with one D man at the top and two wingers just above the half-wall. The three of them play pass no matter how difficult the passes are (through traffic). Once the pass gets picked off it's an automatic 2 on 1 for the opponent. I think the theory is to dummy the two forwards into cheating to pick the passes off while leaving the cross ice pass open from winger to winger or ideally the opposing d slides up and leaves the back door pass open. In the end only the Oilers get dummied.

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#79 Jay
December 20 2013, 01:57PM
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Life is so much better when you don't waste any time watching this sad sack of losers.

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#80 bazmagoo
December 20 2013, 01:45AM
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Crazy trade proposal for the day - Sam Gagner and Justin Schultz to Florida for Dmitri Kulikov, Shawn Mattias and Jimmy Hayes. We'd definitely be beefier, would add some depth and a legit top 4 d-man.

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#81 Rheal1
December 20 2013, 05:36AM
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A few things... I was first to speculate that MacT should move Omark on the TH 200 game post. That he was moved for future consideration - same for LaBarbera - is a bit troubling due to what we could have received in a package trade from Buffalo. Jamie McBain if we threw in Hemsky? Oilers gave another SH goal, the D sucks and Eakins suck for starting DD. Oilers were outshot. Avs beat Oilers fair & square even if it looked easy. Was this another "moral victory"? Sure it was. For some stupid reason perhaps. This team is digging a hole for itself. Regardless of rebuild timeframes, etc or that Hall is not Olympic material, etc etc etc This team sucks. Can't wait to hear "the Edmonton Oilers are"Proud" to select" in the top 5 in June. Saturday we play St-Louis. LOL! Eakins, you moron please put Dubnyk in net again.

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#82 Mikey
December 20 2013, 07:54AM
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Done! Those pancakes are definitely done.

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#83 HardBoiledOil
December 20 2013, 09:13AM
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that 3rd goal was soft by Dubnyk. I know he was hung to dry by his defence, but make a key save every now and then would you? and as was mentioned above by Smokey, MacT should be very happy now....he has a bunch of soft, 180 pound d-men on this team, but hey, they can move the puck, right? unfortunately, they can't defend. management is on the hot seat now to find a top d-man in the off season, no more of this Grebs and Larsen crap! I think it was Brownlee or someone who said if the Oilers can't find a #1 d-man in the off season, then management has failed. to be fair, not everyone has one to trade away, and there are 28 other teams who want the same guy. but they really have to get this team as a whole to start playing better "D" and start buying into Eakin's system or they just won't be winning any season soon. my caffeine filled rant for this morn.

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#84 S cottV
December 20 2013, 09:50AM
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camdog wrote:

He went to the media and his agent the last time he got sheltered minutes.

Yak's has great skill, but he needs to be surrounded by a veteran center to develop his overall game. I know there are a lot of Horcoff haters, and he is a shell of a player he once was, but Yak needs a guy like that right now.

Well - it might help Yak to have a veteran centreman - but a veteran centreman would not want to carry him.

For sure - Yak and Gagner on the same line is like kids playing with grenades. Gagner must be one of the weakest 2C's in his own end in the league. Maybe the weakest because I cant imagine anyone else putting up with it. Yak is just as brutal in his own zone, its just not as glaring with him being a winger.

So - now what do you do? Put him with RNH - No. That would kill Hall and RNH and you better believe they would and have bitched about it. Dont blame them - he is a line killer. Put him with Gordon? No. Doesn't make sense.

I know Yak gets a lot of support on this site, but guys - really? He does not know how to play this game and I doubt that a lot of progress will ever be made on this front.

Yak and Gagner in particular - need to be traded. Preferably together and to our worst enemy - Calgary. N

No - I wouldnt even want to to that to our worst enemy...

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#85 DoubleDIon
December 20 2013, 11:30AM
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hall2010 wrote:

i think yak's disinterested in playing for eakins rather than defense.

Then send him to the pressbox and let him eat popcorn. This team has been losing with every coach, not just Eakins. I don't think Hitchcock could help some of these guys get better defensively. The want to has to be there and it isn't. Yakupov just let ROR score last night rather than take one stride and getting there. Completely unacceptable for an NHLer. The kid is an extreme detriment to winning. I don't care about his talent.

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#86 Arius Mumin
December 20 2013, 12:10PM
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DoubleDIon wrote:

Ugh, we don't want Gagner, Eberle or Yakupov. You guys can have them. I'd take Hall or RNH in a heartbeat. You can win with those two.

Eberle and Yakupov would be the best players on the Flames as soon as their plane landed.

Flames don't even have anything worthy to trade for Gagner, yet alone for Hall or RNH.

Give your head a shake and go back to talking about the nothing that is Calgary Flames.

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#87 Smokey
December 20 2013, 01:37PM
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Truth wrote:

The problem is the PP setup. Anybody capable of watching video realizes the Oilers play with one D man at the top and two wingers just above the half-wall. The three of them play pass no matter how difficult the passes are (through traffic). Once the pass gets picked off it's an automatic 2 on 1 for the opponent. I think the theory is to dummy the two forwards into cheating to pick the passes off while leaving the cross ice pass open from winger to winger or ideally the opposing d slides up and leaves the back door pass open. In the end only the Oilers get dummied.

The other problem is the point man never shoots and alwaws passes. That allows the box or diamond to collapse removing passing lanes and allows them to pressure the point and create turnovers.

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#88 DoubleDIon
December 20 2013, 01:41PM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

Wow. You guys are already talking about tanking next season. Do you ever plan on being relevant again?

I know, it's sad. This is why we shouldn't tank. It's like gonorrhea, the disease is hard to get rid of. Draft well, develop and hold players accountable. Bartschi is light years better defensively than Yakupov or Eberle and is held accountable in Calgary. I can't believe Yakupov is still playing in the top 6. At worst he should be sheltered as much as possible, not trotted out there to help a team lose every night.

The only possible explanation is that the Oilers are trying to accumulate even more loser picks, where they'll promptly draft another guy who plays one dimensional hockey. I bet Hall leaves ASAP.

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#89 nrXic
December 20 2013, 09:30PM
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There is more talent in Yakupov's left hand than there is in the entire Flames organization, let's not kid ourselves here.

He is absolutely horrid in his defensive play, but that is something that is learned. His shot on the other hand, is a skill and a G-d given talent that no Flames player will ever possess.

His defensive liability means little if he remains on the half-wall on the PP. Remember the PP? Y'know, the topic Mr. Willis is talking about?

Last year he scored 18% of the Oilers' PP goals.

This year, he has scored 17%. The only player to score more is Perron, at 26%. Hall trails Yak at 13%.

What makes that stat remarkable, is that Yak plays on the second PP unit, which affords him 66% of the opportunity these other guys get. There's another aspect to be considered which I'll mention later.

Hall and Perron average 3:30 min on the PP each game. Yak averages 2:34.

What concerns me more than those minutes, is how those minutes are spent. Rather than getting a chance to start in the offensive zone, where a faceoff win can lead to an immediate PP setup, which can lead to one-time opportunities...the 2nd line comes in usually on a on-the-fly change, or a faceoff (that isn't guaranteed to be in the opponent's zone). So as I said earlier, this has to be factored into Yak's performance. Offensive zone faceoffs matter when it comes to setting up a player who specializes in having a cannon shot.

There are more issues, no doubt, some of which were put rather well in the first page of comments. But what I see here is an issue with using the right knife in our Swiss Army Knife, for the job. This also includes where you would put a guy like Yak. You don't move him to the blue line, as we saw a couple times. He belongs on the half wall.

One aspect of Yak that coaching has under-estimated are his passing skills. His passes are hard (perhaps too hard in some cases) and accurate. No opponent stick in the lane is able to stop those passes. I can appreciate wanting a player maker like Nuge on that wall, he'd be far more suited to setting up Yak.

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#90 75ers
December 20 2013, 07:21AM
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bob wrote:

this 'team' blows........this organization blows........sport announcers on radio and tv blow........no entertainment value at all........

ive heard from buddies with kids......the kids think cheering for oilers youre not cool.....they are cheering for other teams and players............and starting to watch other sports

oilers are on the verge of losing the younger generation.......not good for business

what a shame

When I was a kid playing pond or road hockey... It was I want to be Gretzky or Messier, or Fuhr. I skate at the local pond and hear the road hockey games on my street and it's... I want to be Crosby, Stamkos and so on. I never thought I would hear it. The love affair is dying in the streets.

Hockey is alive and well in Canada and the Oilers benefit from the geographical location, but it is sad to say this team for the kids and the adults has washed away all the magic the Oilers once held.

It's a real shame for everyone.

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#91 Zarny
December 20 2013, 10:48AM
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Drowning in Oil wrote:

Just going to sit back and wait for Omark to start tallying up the points in Buffalo. In a way, I really hope he sticks it to the Oil!!!

Why?

Omark clearly wasn't better than any of the top 6 F. He certainly didn't have the type of game you need from a 3-4th line player.

What should the Oilers have done? Play him over Eberle or Hall?

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#92 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 20 2013, 11:33AM
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BURROWSHASCRABS wrote:

I feel bad for Eakins trying to coach this gong show, he should jump ship while he can. Watching LA make San Jose look like an AHL team just made me wish the Oil could play like the Kings. what a hell of a team.

I actually don't watch a lot of Kings hockey. I know they win a lot, but when they played the Oilers the other night I was just floored the whole time.

"Damn. These guys are so good."

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#93 DoubleDIon
December 20 2013, 11:37AM
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camdog wrote:

He went to the media and his agent the last time he got sheltered minutes.

Yak's has great skill, but he needs to be surrounded by a veteran center to develop his overall game. I know there are a lot of Horcoff haters, and he is a shell of a player he once was, but Yak needs a guy like that right now.

I've never been a Horcoff hater. He was your best player after Hall IMO. You win with Horcoff type players. Yakupov types are losers, you'll never be a winning organization (insert Singletary rant) with that type of mindset. Eberle has some excuse, he's small and slow. He'll never be a good defensive player. Yakupov has decent size and great speed, he should be able to play sound defensive hockey. He should sit in the press box until he apologizes to the organization. Letting a kid who isn't even an NHL level player hold your organization hostage is a joke.

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#94 oilersfan123
December 20 2013, 11:52AM
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I never thought I'd say this, but I really wish Dustin Penner was back.

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#95 GriffCity
December 20 2013, 01:45PM
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I think i finally see what the problem is...I cant believe it's taken me till Christmas to figure this out...Klowe and MacT do you guys have you notepads ready? ok... Here goes: We just aren't any good. Thank you

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#96 Hauk15
December 20 2013, 06:26PM
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Why did Dubynk get the start? Its not that he was bad, he was actually decent with 35 saves..but in my opinion Deven Dubynk lost his privilege to start games a month and a half ago. LET ILYA BRYZGALOF COME IN PROVE HES BACK IN THE SHOW!

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#97 Wintoon
December 21 2013, 06:01AM
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The Oilers have a great deal of talent they can put out on the PP. The problem is that until they get a player, or train one, to have an agitating net presence they are going to have sub par results. At the NHL level a goalie is expected to make 100% of long range shots where there is no sceen in place (Dubnyk please take note). For some reason, I remember a player by the name of Craig Simpson. IIRC, he got 50+ goals for the Oilers one year being just that kind of player.

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#98 Oilers4ever
December 20 2013, 06:59AM
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And I hate typing on smart phones!!

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#99 Quicksilver ballet
December 20 2013, 10:26AM
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/eryxAcsTcOA?rel=0

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#100 Rob...
December 20 2013, 11:45AM
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Eastern Oil wrote:

This damn near caused me to spit out my coffee all over the computer screen. Both the comment and the mental picture of it actually being completed.

The in-game commentary would almost have to be completed by Cotton on ESPN 8 to make it make sense.

It's not as far fetched as you think. Sather used to have his players take an offsetting penalty all the time for the very same reason... superior play during 4 on 4. It was so successful they changed the rule for a long time to ensure the teams went back to 5 on 5 if the penalties were offsetting.

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