A remarkable game for dump-and-chase

Jonathan Willis
March 24 2013 10:22AM

Lost in Edmonton’s lop-sided defeat to St. Louis is a pretty amazing statistic: no 5-on-5 dump-in by either team resulted in a shot on net. Both teams tried the tactic over and over again – but it failed entirely to generate offence.

Zone Entries

One of the items I tracked in last night’s game was zone entries – logging the time and method each team used to gain the other team’s zone. The results are in the chart above, with “shots” referring to both missed and blocked shots. A “controlled” entry means that the team entered the opposing zone with possession of the puck – either via pass or carry. Other options include tip-ins, dump-ins, turnovers on the forecheck and the like.

Of the Oilers 18 shots and missed shots 5-on-5, 17 of them came with a player carrying or passing the puck into the St. Louis zone., something they did 38 (less than half the time). One of them came off a combined 43 other zone entries – in this case, it was the result of an effective Ryan Jones forecheck after the Blues carried a loose puck into their own end and tried to regroup.

Of the Blues 31 shots and missed shots 5-on-5 (excluding two off the faceoff), fully 29 of them came from entering the zone with possession – something they did 45 times. Only two of them came off dump-ins, one early in the second period and one late in the third. Let’s look at those.

Successful Dump-In Number 1

The Blues dump the puck hard in from centre off the opening faceoff of the second period.

The puck goes to the far corner, where Ladislav Smid and an opposition forechecker fight for the puck. Eventually Jeff Petry, Sam Gagner and two other Blues enter the fray; after a long battle St. Louis finally wins possession along the boards.

Eventually they work it to the slot, under constant pressure, and manage a quick shot that goes two feet wide. My best guess is that it was a slap-pass attempt that went off Gagner in the slot (we can see the open Blues’ player on the far side of the net and Khabibulin desperately trying to get into position) but it’s hard to tell from the video and the play-by-play sheet records it as a missed shot. That’s the extent of the offence generated by this dump-in.

Successful Dump-In Number 2

With a little over five minutes left in the third, the Blues dump the puck in from centre – some they did with increasing frequency as the game wound down.

The Oilers have no problem gaining possession – Ryan Whitney takes it behind his net with time and skates it toward the corner, at which point he makes a bank pass to Justin Schultz.

Again, it’s hard to tell from the video whether the puck hops or Schultz just wasn’t ready for the pass, but whatever the case it goes just past the end of his stick and the Blues recapture the puck just inside the Oilers’ blue line.

After working the puck around the Oilers’ end for a while, St. Louis finally gets a decent shot opportunity and rips the puck wide.

In Summary

The Oilers and Blues combined failed to generate a single shot on goal off a dump-in, despite the fact that both teams frequently chose to dump the puck into the opposition zone. I’m not sure if it was an engaged defence or an inactive forecheck – probably a little bit of both – but the reason that game felt like a contest from the dead puck era last night was because neither club could generate anything off a dump and chase game.

Where the Blues were remarkably successful was in generating opportunities after gaining the line with possession. Both teams entered with possession frequently, though the Blues were significantly more likely to get a shot or a scoring chance off such an entry.

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 justDOit
March 24 2013, 10:41AM
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Failed In Securing Their zone.

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#2 Jay
March 24 2013, 10:49AM
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Are you criticizing the team? Don't you know you're suppose to just sit there and cheer! why are you looking at stats and standings and results? Just be happy you even get to watch a team!

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#3 rob
March 24 2013, 10:50AM
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Please make some trades,fire someone or change something!only in edmonton is losing allowed and tollerated.This is pathetic and getting old(6years)very quick,tambo and lowe should be sacked!!

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#4 Shredder
March 24 2013, 10:56AM
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What a brutal game overall. Dump and chase apparently isn't as effective for the oil as it is the blues. I think that system works well when you have some stud dmen to make sure the puck cycle along the boards stops when it hits the blue line. But even if this was the game we wanted to play, you gotta bring some energy to make it effective. No energy, barely any shots, no hits, no fights...this ha to be the most boring game to watch in a while.

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#5 a lg dubl dubl
March 24 2013, 11:00AM
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Hemsky drove me nuts all game last night, imo he had absolutly no drive to work to retrieve the puck when a pass was a bit out of reach no desire to generate any type of offence. Krueger should hold him accountable like he has done with Whitney and Smyth and bench him. Im usually a big Hemsky supporter but he just didnt seem "into it" last night, and for a guy who makes 5mil and one of the vets on this team like I said it drove me nuts watching him half ass it all night.

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#6 thinker
March 24 2013, 11:04AM
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I've never been a fan of the dump and chase strategy. Possession is vital, and if you dump it in your putting the puck in a 50/50 situation.

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#8 rob
March 24 2013, 11:17AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

You and I saw different games.

In the game I saw, Hemsky took five of the Oilers' 19 shots, three of their six even-strength chances, and was far and away their best forward offensively.

I don't know how you saw that game and came to the conclusion that Hemsky should be benched.

we got shots on net?hemsky was the best?best of the worst mabey,the whole team should be benched for that performance,and that conclusion comes from a fan who did not watch with beer goggles Willis!

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#9 Wax For My Stick
March 24 2013, 11:24AM
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That was tough to watch. I feel bad for the fans that had paid money to sit through that at rexall(and just fans in general). I don't blame them for booing last night at all. On a side note, I'm surprised no one has said anything about that rat Dan Tencer ripping the fans last night for booing the team last night...I thought there would have been a dozen comments about that, possibly an article on how out to lunch that arrogant prick is.

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#10 OilersBrass
March 24 2013, 11:27AM
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That was horrible coaching last night. Obviously what they were doing for the first 2 periods (and the last) wasn't working and they weren't getting chances, so why woulnd't Krueger change things up? What they needed last night was a greedy puck hog russian with a crazy release - insert Nail Yakupov. I'm still waiting to see the Nail from the juniors. I know he's playing a more complete game, but when your team is down by three and you have the skills he has, he should be shooting more.

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#11 Jay
March 24 2013, 11:30AM
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Wax For My Stick wrote:

That was tough to watch. I feel bad for the fans that had paid money to sit through that at rexall(and just fans in general). I don't blame them for booing last night at all. On a side note, I'm surprised no one has said anything about that rat Dan Tencer ripping the fans last night for booing the team last night...I thought there would have been a dozen comments about that, possibly an article on how out to lunch that arrogant prick is.

It's because noone cares what he thinks or says! He's not worth mentioning. I'm surprised he still has a job! Does anyone actually respect his opinion?

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#12 Pucker
March 24 2013, 11:31AM
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I was at the game last night. First thing I noticed was that StL was skating at full speed whenever they were on the ice. It was like they stepped it up for a playoff game.

Second thing was that StL was anticipating and getting on the puck much quicker than the Oilers. Surprising since the Oil are supposed to have a fast team.

Is this system? Or effort?

Third thing was that many Oiler passes hit the stick then bounced off, creating a turnover. Is this the passer? Or passee? Home ice. Shouldn't be the ice conditions.

I know StL is a better team but I expected more intensity from the Oilers. Although I didn't boo, I don't blame those that did.

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#13 Rama Lama
March 24 2013, 11:32AM
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Our style of play ( puck posession) does not support dump and chase .........also with tight puck support we are most often bunched together and that creates odd man rushes.

If we are going to encourage dump and chase as mentioned, we need to do it at a time where the player dumping the puck knows there is a players going for the puck..........sort of like Detroit does.

Our dumps seem to happen with no real strategy at puck retrival. Rennys system for dump and chase yeilded better results, IMHO.

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#15 oliveoilers
March 24 2013, 11:36AM
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A performance devoid of commitment and passion. You can't call them robots, as robots are engineered to perform specific tasks consistently well. They embodied exactley what the pro-owner fans thought of players during the lockout; shallow money grabbers who turn up for a pay cheque and damn the fans. A pathetic effort all round. If millions of dollars, the adulation of the fans and the playoffs don't motivate you, what will? Hitchcock must be wondering how they never scored more.

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March 24 2013, 11:38AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

You and I saw different games.

In the game I saw, Hemsky took five of the Oilers' 19 shots, three of their six even-strength chances, and was far and away their best forward offensively.

I don't know how you saw that game and came to the conclusion that Hemsky should be benched.

I thought Magnus was the best player on the Oiler side.

Hemsky is an amazing talent. Frustrating to watch though. Amazing plays to get into the offensive zone, then turn the puck over or shoot to a routine save. He will be an excellent asset if we can ever get someone to play with him. Or him to play with some line mates.

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#17 Wax For My Stick
March 24 2013, 11:42AM
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Jay wrote:

It's because noone cares what he thinks or says! He's not worth mentioning. I'm surprised he still has a job! Does anyone actually respect his opinion?

Oh trust me, I'm well aware that no one has an ounce of respect for that guy one bit.

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March 24 2013, 12:19PM
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"But ultimately I am not satisfied with the direction we are heading and I believe making a change today is in the best interest of our franchise." Yzerman's comment upon releasing his coach. Do you think Loser Lowe or Timid Tambellini have a concept of this theory? "not satisfied with the direction we are heading". We've been heading south for 15 years. Oiler management seem happy with that direction. "Best interest of our franchise" isn't picking number one every year. There's a little more to it than that. Sometimes you have to put a bit of effort into guiding a supposedly professional team.

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#19 Closetgm
March 24 2013, 12:23PM
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First of all I did not here the boos because I had already shut off the tv and I did not hear tencers comments.

That being said there is no reason for people to be booing this team off the ice. If you think that paying the price of admission gives you that right please stay home. This is a young team with a lot of very impressionable young men. Does anyone honestly think that booing them on national tv is going to endear them to our city and make them want to stay and sign value contracts. NO it is not. They are on a decent roll right now and laid a big fat egg last night. Hello people most of these guys aren't even of legal age in the us yet. It really pisses me off when I hear about this team getting booed. It just goes to show how narrow minded some of the fans in this city are. We need to support the players in their inevitable growing pains to help this team grow into the powerhouse that it has the ability to be. Now nothing is a for sure but I will tell you this if players like hall and ebs and nuge, yak,Shultz and mps sour on this city like the fans so easily do to them we are going to watch tamblow move them for diminishing assets. Now I don't know about you but I would rather leave the future of the team in hall and companies hands instead of the management.

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#20 Romulus' Apotheosis
March 24 2013, 12:38PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

The team was terrible, without question. Ales Hemsky was the lone forward who had some good moments, though - if were picking out scapegoats based on performance, I'm just saying we should basically pick anybody other than him.

Don't bother JW... you've run up against an impassable "Goat-Wall" here.

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#21 northof51
March 24 2013, 01:05PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

The team was terrible, without question. Ales Hemsky was the lone forward who had some good moments, though - if were picking out scapegoats based on performance, I'm just saying we should basically pick anybody other than him.

I wasn't even going to log in today, having nothing good to say. But I did, just to give you props on your statements RE Hemsky. I totally agree with your assessment of his and the team's game last night.

As if the Oilers play wasn't embarrassing enough, some of these comments make me hope fans from other teams don't read these articles.

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#22 outdoorzguy
March 24 2013, 01:15PM
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Jay wrote:

It's because noone cares what he thinks or says! He's not worth mentioning. I'm surprised he still has a job! Does anyone actually respect his opinion?

Tencer has the job because he's the ultimate yes man, even more so than Stauffer. Remember the guy before Tencer, started to criticize and as gone ASAP.

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#23 Rod from Viking
March 24 2013, 01:24PM
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Closetgm wrote:

First of all I did not here the boos because I had already shut off the tv and I did not hear tencers comments.

That being said there is no reason for people to be booing this team off the ice. If you think that paying the price of admission gives you that right please stay home. This is a young team with a lot of very impressionable young men. Does anyone honestly think that booing them on national tv is going to endear them to our city and make them want to stay and sign value contracts. NO it is not. They are on a decent roll right now and laid a big fat egg last night. Hello people most of these guys aren't even of legal age in the us yet. It really pisses me off when I hear about this team getting booed. It just goes to show how narrow minded some of the fans in this city are. We need to support the players in their inevitable growing pains to help this team grow into the powerhouse that it has the ability to be. Now nothing is a for sure but I will tell you this if players like hall and ebs and nuge, yak,Shultz and mps sour on this city like the fans so easily do to them we are going to watch tamblow move them for diminishing assets. Now I don't know about you but I would rather leave the future of the team in hall and companies hands instead of the management.

You are entitled to your opinion just like everybody else, like you said you shut the TV off and didn't listen to the post game. Being a 20 year season ticket holder I have no problem with the booing as long as it doesn't become a habit. It was a sign of frustration by fans that hoped we would be contending to make the playoffs and were given a glimmer of hope and now realize this team isn't there yet. The best thing really is be major sellers next couple of weeks and pick up some players this summer that see the future is promising and those players are coming here because they want to win not because we are overpaying them.

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#24 Dog Train
March 24 2013, 01:28PM
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I'm not shocked that we struggled to generate anything against the Blues. They are big and structured while we are unorganized on our breakouts and the forecheck. That we kept them at bay on their dump-ins is nice to see but we the goals that we gave up were mostly a result of poor puck management in the neutral zone.

Regardless, that game was one of the most boring I have watched all season by any two teams. There was a distinct lack of emotion and nobody really stood out to me in terms of trying to turn the tide out there last night. Just brutal all around.

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#25 Chris.
March 24 2013, 01:33PM
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Closetgm wrote:

First of all I did not here the boos because I had already shut off the tv and I did not hear tencers comments.

That being said there is no reason for people to be booing this team off the ice. If you think that paying the price of admission gives you that right please stay home. This is a young team with a lot of very impressionable young men. Does anyone honestly think that booing them on national tv is going to endear them to our city and make them want to stay and sign value contracts. NO it is not. They are on a decent roll right now and laid a big fat egg last night. Hello people most of these guys aren't even of legal age in the us yet. It really pisses me off when I hear about this team getting booed. It just goes to show how narrow minded some of the fans in this city are. We need to support the players in their inevitable growing pains to help this team grow into the powerhouse that it has the ability to be. Now nothing is a for sure but I will tell you this if players like hall and ebs and nuge, yak,Shultz and mps sour on this city like the fans so easily do to them we are going to watch tamblow move them for diminishing assets. Now I don't know about you but I would rather leave the future of the team in hall and companies hands instead of the management.

I was there; though I chose not to boo.

The fans at Rexall are smarter than your average NHL hometown mob. They were booing a really, really, really poor effort; not the loss. (The players know it)

Remember these are the same fans who went to the mat for this team screaming during that debacle against LA. All we demand is effort and commitment... every night.

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#26 DrunkGuyTy
March 24 2013, 01:37PM
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@Closetgm

The organization deserves to be booed - top to bottom. If guys are pi$$ed to hear it - good. Thye can get their $hit together. Anyone who isn't should go play in FLA.

How would you prefer that the fans voice the displeasure?

As a die-hard living out of province, I'm thankful I have an excuse for not buying season tickets cuz I would probably go mental watching it in person. Im having difficulty telling myself the $50 I spent on Centre Ice was worth it.

i feel like I was more psyched to watch the game than many of the players were to play it. Don't wanna get booed? Play better hockey.

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#27 Reg Dunlop
March 24 2013, 01:38PM
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@Closetgm

First, if you shut your TV off clearly you are in no position to dictate to actual paying customers who pay thick cash and choose to boo. Do you honestly think under any circumstances players will give Edmonton 'hometown discounts'? Do you honestly think this team, as constructed, can be a powerhouse? On both counts I think not. Do you think that us 'narrow minded fans' have not supported the oil who have been a laughing stock for the last 6... make that 22 years? Give your toque a spin Elvis.

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#28 justDOit
March 24 2013, 01:52PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

The team was terrible, without question. Ales Hemsky was the lone forward who had some good moments, though - if were picking out scapegoats based on performance, I'm just saying we should basically pick anybody other than him.

Can't props that enough.

When a line or two, and maybe a D pairing, gets outplayed, then we have to look at those players and maybe the coaching. When the ENTIRE team gets embarrassed like they did last night, the focus needs to go up the food-chain. This wasn't a bad night for Ebs or Hall, and all the line matching and strategy in the world wouldn't help RK out of that one last night.

STL is a great team, and they deserve as much credit for the win as Edm does for the loss. This is a team that has had some good drafts, made some excellent trades (Stewart/Shattenkirk, anyone), and has addressed needs through any and every means necessary.

Meanwhile, the Oilers 'brain trust' has sat back on their draft record and hoped for players to improve in the offseason. For a while this season, they could point to their improvements (two rookies and two lower-level depth players), and tell us that the plan is on track. But what was also happening in that span of games, was that the other teams in the west were experiencing some struggles of their own. CBJ, STL, MIN, LA, VAN and COL all had things to work out during the shortened season without a camp.

Well it looks like all those teams have turned a corner, and now join CHI and ANA in the rush for the profit season - er, I mean, post-season. This comes at a rather inopportune time for a club like the Oilers. Inadequate depth and experience, combined with a run of the flu, is not what they need to beat a surging team like STL or CBJ. The rest of the season looks like murderer's row to the Oilers right now - STL, ANA, CHI, LA, MIN, CAL and VAN.

So what say you, Mr. Tambellini?

"Uh - it's always darkest before the dawn...?"

It gets pretty dark before a storm too.

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#29 justDOit
March 24 2013, 01:56PM
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@DrunkGuyTy

At least with Center Ice, there are 29 other teams to watch.

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#30 Slats
March 24 2013, 01:59PM
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@Jonathan Willis

Agreed - easily best Oiler, even backchecked. A game he sometimes disappears I thought his compete level was awesome.

Whitney on the other hand had a date with Canada Post - brutal.

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#31 washed up
March 24 2013, 02:03PM
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Do most people here think that the contract's that were given to Hall and Eberle will hurt the Oilers in the long run. I think Hall is the real deal, But wonder if Eberle's contract might have been a mistake.

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#32 Quicksilver ballet
March 24 2013, 02:10PM
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Hmmm, so many Debbie Downers today. I didn't feel the Oilers played all that bad last night. The Blues would've easily beat 3/4s of the teams in the league with last nights effort. Edmonton hung tough with them for almost 50 mins (1 goal game).

Perfect storm from what i can see. A good effort, a regulation loss (another top 3 pick being the goal), good results all around from what i can see. Yet another top 3 pick will help soften the blow of losing one of the fab 5 when the time comes for adding that stud blueliner.

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#33 Slats
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Do most people here think that the contract's that were given to Hall and Eberle will hurt the Oilers in the long run. I think Hall is the real deal, But wonder if Eberle's contract might have been a mistake.

Eberle contract? on a team that was dead last in 2011-12 - 78G and 76 pts.

Go find that forward in the NHL with those #s and put there names and contracts next to his.

Put another way - He's in the equation for consideration for Team Canada behind Hall.

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#34 Jay
March 24 2013, 02:24PM
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Slats wrote:

Eberle contract? on a team that was dead last in 2011-12 - 78G and 76 pts.

Go find that forward in the NHL with those #s and put there names and contracts next to his.

Put another way - He's in the equation for consideration for Team Canada behind Hall.

He was in the equation for team canada. he played his way off that list this year. Not much time will be spent discussing his name when the teams getting chosen.

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#35 DonDon
March 24 2013, 02:24PM
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From watching the game on TV last night it seemed either the ice conditions were brutal or the Oilers had forgotten their stick-handling skills.

The pucks were bounching and rolling all over the ice, Oiler players in particular had difficulty in handling passes, controlling the puck and shooting with any force or accuracy.

It was obvious the ice conditions affected both teams for at least two periods.

The club's weaknesses at centre continue to plague both the offense and defence. The Blues' size and grit were just too much to overcome.

This is the time in the season where the going gets tough and the tough get going.

With 18 games left, 3 each against Vancouver, Calgary and Anaheim and 2 against Minnesota (11 games), and singles against Nashville, St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Colorado and Chicago (another 7), reaching 55 points to finally make the playoffs will be daunting, if not impossible for the squad with its present roster. Will Tambellini call for the cavalry?

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#36 washed up
March 24 2013, 02:26PM
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Eberle contract? on a team that was dead last in 2011-12 - 78G and 76 pts.

Go find that forward in the NHL with those #s and put there names and contracts next to his.

Put another way - He's in the equation for consideration for Team Canada behind Hall.

Yes, based on 2011-12, But Horcoff and one good year and we've been cursing that contract ever since. Now in no way am I implying that Horcoff and Eberle are compareable in terms of talent/potential. I just wonder what the rush was to get them signed under the old CBA. I know the skinner contract set the bar for them, but if they would have waited unit 2012-13, maybe you get Eberle on the same term for 5mil. It's just seems that the oilers are so quick to offer these types on contracts, with such a sort sample size from the player.

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#37 etownman
March 24 2013, 02:37PM
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Was at the game last night and most of time the Oilers didn't look like they had an idea what each other were doing! To the credit of the Blues they were a very hard working team and forced the Oilers into a lot of that confusion! At times it was comical to watch with 3 or 4 Oilers standing at the Blues blue line, with the puck and not knowing whether to dump it in or not! Unbelievable! Plain and simple, last night the Oilers were clearly outworked and that's something that should never happen! Where's Gator and Ethan when you need them or the facsimile!

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#38 outdoorzguy
March 24 2013, 02:47PM
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rob wrote:

Please make some trades,fire someone or change something!only in edmonton is losing allowed and tollerated.This is pathetic and getting old(6years)very quick,tambo and lowe should be sacked!!

6 Years!! Try fifteen. There was one blip in the plan 6 years ago, remember we made the playoffs on the last day. Every year for the last 15 we go through this. But it's allowed to happen. Nobody challenges team management. Nobody challenges ownership. People keep buying jerseys. People keep going to the games. As much as everyone complains, they keep going. Stay home for a month. When Katz doesn't get his profit, maybe he'll hop a plane back to Edmonton and start dealing with this garbage can of hockey.

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#39 Oiler Al
March 24 2013, 03:03PM
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justDOit wrote:

Can't props that enough.

When a line or two, and maybe a D pairing, gets outplayed, then we have to look at those players and maybe the coaching. When the ENTIRE team gets embarrassed like they did last night, the focus needs to go up the food-chain. This wasn't a bad night for Ebs or Hall, and all the line matching and strategy in the world wouldn't help RK out of that one last night.

STL is a great team, and they deserve as much credit for the win as Edm does for the loss. This is a team that has had some good drafts, made some excellent trades (Stewart/Shattenkirk, anyone), and has addressed needs through any and every means necessary.

Meanwhile, the Oilers 'brain trust' has sat back on their draft record and hoped for players to improve in the offseason. For a while this season, they could point to their improvements (two rookies and two lower-level depth players), and tell us that the plan is on track. But what was also happening in that span of games, was that the other teams in the west were experiencing some struggles of their own. CBJ, STL, MIN, LA, VAN and COL all had things to work out during the shortened season without a camp.

Well it looks like all those teams have turned a corner, and now join CHI and ANA in the rush for the profit season - er, I mean, post-season. This comes at a rather inopportune time for a club like the Oilers. Inadequate depth and experience, combined with a run of the flu, is not what they need to beat a surging team like STL or CBJ. The rest of the season looks like murderer's row to the Oilers right now - STL, ANA, CHI, LA, MIN, CAL and VAN.

So what say you, Mr. Tambellini?

"Uh - it's always darkest before the dawn...?"

It gets pretty dark before a storm too.

Teams like the Blues, "build teams" with draft, trades, with design in mind. Oilers build by drafting consensus choices off someone's list.

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#40 dv.asteroid
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We need a trade...gagner, Whitney, and peckhem for Sean couturier and a pick...we also need yak in top six...not to mention hall and ebs back together... and man, we miss the lord o'pucks,RNH.

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#41 morgie99
March 24 2013, 03:14PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Don't bother JW... you've run up against an impassable "Goat-Wall" here.

Well said Romulus ! People are sick of losing and emotional, I get it, but don't let that affect rationale

this team just needs time and tinkering, please do nothing major or it will wreck this team

That impatience has created today's present day islanders

people need to be patient

If Hopkins is a poor man's Datsyk then he's on track and will be amazing at 23, the age Datsyk first played in the NHL!

People look at the standings and who's in the playoffs, did you expect anything else? If so why?

Did people really think we should outperform veterans in the league playing for Chicago, San Jose, Detroit, Vancouver, LA, etc?

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#42 Saytalk
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Hitchcock teams are based on playing shorter but higher-tempo shifts than other teams. Not sure if anyone kept stats on average shift length, but I remember back in Hitchcock's Dallas days, he had forwards playing 45 second shifts when most other teams were at 55-60 seconds. That's why St Louis dumps and chases so often without a shot generated: the forward with the puck will dump it in to let his teammates change lines, and that forward will often chase it to keep the other team from quickly transitioning back during the line change.

Others have already commented on how St Louis out-worked the Oilers and were the faster team last night. I think the shorter shifts are a big reason why the Blues can do this. It leads to some boring hockey, especially since the team spends a third of the time dumping it in and changing lines, but it's a formula that's worked for Hitchcock for a long time.

Some of the Oilers' rushes into the offensive zone looked really disorganized too. I'd put that loss squarely on Krueger as the whole team looked badly coordinated. The better coach won last night.

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#43 morgie99
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Hmmm, so many Debbie Downers today. I didn't feel the Oilers played all that bad last night. The Blues would've easily beat 3/4s of the teams in the league with last nights effort. Edmonton hung tough with them for almost 50 mins (1 goal game).

Perfect storm from what i can see. A good effort, a regulation loss (another top 3 pick being the goal), good results all around from what i can see. Yet another top 3 pick will help soften the blow of losing one of the fab 5 when the time comes for adding that stud blueliner.

Precisely

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#44 Curcro
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Oiler Al wrote:

Teams like the Blues, "build teams" with draft, trades, with design in mind. Oilers build by drafting consensus choices off someone's list.

The Oilers actually outdraft the blues in Rounds 2 through 7. The Oilers problem is that the did NOT draft by consensus off someone else's list in the 1st Round.

From 1997-2007, the Oilers first round picks in comparison to every other team's first round picks are pathetic.

If you want the proof I have it all documented.

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#45 jason
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First of all I did not here the boos because I had already shut off the tv and I did not hear tencers comments.

That being said there is no reason for people to be booing this team off the ice. If you think that paying the price of admission gives you that right please stay home. This is a young team with a lot of very impressionable young men. Does anyone honestly think that booing them on national tv is going to endear them to our city and make them want to stay and sign value contracts. NO it is not. They are on a decent roll right now and laid a big fat egg last night. Hello people most of these guys aren't even of legal age in the us yet. It really pisses me off when I hear about this team getting booed. It just goes to show how narrow minded some of the fans in this city are. We need to support the players in their inevitable growing pains to help this team grow into the powerhouse that it has the ability to be. Now nothing is a for sure but I will tell you this if players like hall and ebs and nuge, yak,Shultz and mps sour on this city like the fans so easily do to them we are going to watch tamblow move them for diminishing assets. Now I don't know about you but I would rather leave the future of the team in hall and companies hands instead of the management.

what the hell are you talking about, these aren't 12 year olds playing house league. these are professionals earning in alot of cases millions of dollars to do a job. and your telling me the people payng for their salary (the fans) don't have a right to criticism? they do and can express it any way they choose, even booing. they are professionals and need to be treated as such, not babied and told there piece of crap effort isn't their fault, it is.

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#46 NewAgeSys
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I was at the game last night. First thing I noticed was that StL was skating at full speed whenever they were on the ice. It was like they stepped it up for a playoff game.

Second thing was that StL was anticipating and getting on the puck much quicker than the Oilers. Surprising since the Oil are supposed to have a fast team.

Is this system? Or effort?

Third thing was that many Oiler passes hit the stick then bounced off, creating a turnover. Is this the passer? Or passee? Home ice. Shouldn't be the ice conditions.

I know StL is a better team but I expected more intensity from the Oilers. Although I didn't boo, I don't blame those that did.

Is was all system that allowed the Blues to play the way they did, they played a heavily NewAge Hockey System influenced Adjusted -hybrid last night that catalysed all of its offense off of the zone entry and opportunisitc first shot which all players were greenlit to take at will from anywhere, no set plays were being implemented on offense, just on defense this is what I begged the Oilers to do for two years, the morons.

All they did was allow the puck carrier whoever it was to catalyse the offensive playaction every possesion, they had every other player just go to a hotspot or a shooting lane again RANDOMLY at will with no set play structure, then the puck carrier simply dilly-dallyed around inside our zone and RANDOMLY at will made either a pass or a shot with men in support positions, again randomly organised but still there, their forwrds were beating or defensive transitions EVERY time because there was no set play for the defense to catalyse upon it was all random and the Blues just put men in proper static positions FASTER than we set up our structured defense and then used a one-man zone attack to catalyse a fast pass/shot that always had support already waiting and set between our defesive transitions as we set up.

Yhe Blues gave us no offensive structure to catalyse our defense off of so on nearly every zone entry we were unable to focus the defensive influence and they simply waited while we tried to key on them and when we couldnt we immediatly all transitioned into our defensive structure, and it was during this stutter when we realised we couldnt key the defensive attck in and all began to shift our positions thast they simply made a fast pass/shot and caught us in transition. they did this ALL GAME LONG, and Ralph and his crew couldnt READ AND REACT at a high enough level to counter this.

This is a closer representation of the NHS expressed via the adjusted-hybrid than we are currently executing, if you pay close attention the Blues use a conventional set defensive zone exit just like we do , the difference is that their offense is 100% creative, EXACTLY, as ours needs to be and as I created and designed the NewAge Hockey System to do for the Oilers two years ago. The Blues system shouldnt have beaten us as the Oilers have had access to and incorporated parts of the same data themselves, they just dont listen to everything they pay 1/2 attention. Other teams take the data seriously and make complete adjustments

The Blues changed their system after last years playoffs, they or specificly, Doug Weight who keyed in first, watched LA use similar NHS influences incorporated into their existing Agdjusted-hybrid system to waltz through the playoffs and discovered the secret, they learned how to read LAs dynamic play managment and just added similar NHS based dynamiclly managed adjustments of their own.

The adjustments the Blues made created a closer representation of the overall dynamic intent of the NHS than any other so far, they utilised everything posted online without a doubt, and had they had more the would be useing a full-out NewAge Hockey System right now and probably be on their way to a cup, unfortunately for St.Louis as for LA and the Oilers, all of their Adjusted-hybridfs are only incorporating various components of the NHS philosophys which naturally fit their systems, and all of them are succeptible to the same tactical system checkmates, in fact if you break it down Phoenix plays a similar dynamic style to the Blues in many ways and can be shut down the same ways as well.

The Oilers were not keeping their sticks on the ice because they were constantly in transition and had to be initiating an explosive stride twice as many times as the opponent,ha ha ha, its called tactical dynamic managment and its textbook NHS and the Blues executed it well,ha ha ha, so you are absolutely accurate in what you describe seeing on the ice, and now you know why it was happening, we were in essence "running arounf like chickens with our heads chopped off" trying to key on some offensive set plays which just werent materialising, because they werent creating them, we were always a step behind them somehow for the entire 60mins, it wasnt "somehow" at all it was tactical planning, and the saddest part is that this is the exact system adjustments we used for our best winning streak in years at 6 games last year, we have repeatedly had players in our romm stand up and fight for the NHS influences that the Blues system uses and they were suppressed and snuffed by the Oil-luminnati. We have some players right now who follow the NHS philosophys and you can probably name them if I listed the NHS core values they implement into their games and perspectives right now.

Anyways the easy way to shut them down was posted on the GDB by myself, and that is simply to have created neutral zone interference through contact with the puck carrier or with the puck, puck first focus useing the stick and sphere of influence in the n-zone combined with a standup physical contact presence on the blueline with again a stick/puck focus first followed by an immediate contact taking the fast pass/shot away immediatly. They were catalysing all of their playaction and offensive tactics off of a zone penetration where the puck carrier became a one man conductor and randomly dilly-dallied around in the zone waiting for us to begin to realise we had nothing to key in on and then start transitioning into our set play positions, then they quicly fired a pass.shot , remember the puck carriers linemates werent following a set play so they all just randomly gravitated to hotspots and shooting lanes and were already in place before we began the terminal transition they were burning us on EVERY time because they werent jockeying us for specific position they were ust going to random hotspots and beating us to the punch that way taking whatever came their ways and working with it, just predicating it on catching us in defensive transition with a fast well supported,randomly maybe but still well supported puck movement at the net.

The best way to initiate offense is to take away their blueline ability to force us to collapse in defensively and initiate a fast shot when they wanted to, I posted this same offensive initiation a few Blues games ago already but here it is again, we pressure them at the blueline knowing already that their pressure relief play after they penetrate the zone if engaged is to ring the half-wall and send the puck deep and then work it back to the halfwall again and to the blueline if they can to initiate the first shot from there, they do this when you pressure them high and take away the first fast pass/shot. They do not have a solid middle presence. So we simply pressure them high but suck them into the zone and then hit them with pressure 1 or 2 feet into our zone but still very very high, this allows them to comfortably engage their pressure relief play because they have committed to and made the zone entry sucessfully already, then we just pinch the half-wall off and try to hit the man who stepped up two feet into our zone to make contact and then slipped behind their d-men with a perfectly timed outlet pass or any kind of a chip shot past their last man. This gives us lots of odd man rushes and an instant transition into offense with great anticipation. We HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE, so this isnt new to us or the coaches.

We are not writing a proper and accurately structured 'system book" on other teams because they consistantly present their systems the same way over and over and we fail to read and react and we regularly lose , it is non-sensical in to many ways to not begin to suspect a conspiracy,ha ha ha.

On offense all we had to do was work their d-men to the wings and spread them out then make contact and pick one out of the playaction as we dropped short soft saucer dumpins right to the middle for our third man in with tremendous upspeed entering the zone to blast past us and pick up all alone right on the doorstep, this is a system buster to them and forces them to use their pressure relief play which we SHOULD already know as well from the last five games, it is their offense that they ajusted NOT their defensive zone exit structure and set plays, they dont know how to replace that any more than we do , that would mean a switch to full NHS.

I dont have time or space here to write the three or four other basic things we are failing to read and react to that are THE SAME things we have faced many times already when engaging the Blues system.

Suffice to say that the Blues use an NHS influenced Adjusted-hybrid system whick catalyses all of its offense off of a one man o-zone penertration , the playaction is randomly catalysed by this spear-tip player making it impossible for defenses to read and transition to, and the fact that the support players can simply sprint to random hotspots to await the randomly generated net pressure from the puck means they are ALWAYS in suprior positions to our d-men first and can immediatly break away randomly to reestablish presence anywhere without worrying about set play assignments so our defense had a hell of a time transitioning with the playactions support to anticipate where the playaction would go, this was classic NHS.

The Oilers have had me providing the NHS data for over 2 years and have essentially ignored me and used parts of the data, this is not helping them because you cant use just one or two of the best parts, you need to use a balanced integration of NHS influences into the adjusted-hybrid they now use consistantly to see positive results.

You dont need to know the NHS or any system to read the dynamic sequences we are seeing in games via the realtime results onice. The dynamic sequences and patterns are REPETATIVE, and easy to read. There is no secret to how and why we are losing, its just impossible for the team to see the dynamic reality.

All the Kings Horses and all the Kings Men couldnt put the Oilers Dynasty back together again, but the NewAge Hockey System can, remember the simple adjustments you see teams like Chicago, and LA and the Blues and many others making are just a SMALL PART of the complete NHS, the NHS evolved from the systems teams are useing now and as a result many components are interchangable in a downwards direction, you can easily enhance an Adjusted-hybrid by taking from the NHS but you cant add to the NHS by taking anything from the Adjusted-hybrid because its all already incorporated and tacticlly managed or toseed out.

The way the Blues catalysed their offense last night was about 30% of the optimal NHS execution of that dynamic intent or tactic. The Blues are maxing it out right now by having to engage their offense from a set play defensive zone exit like we do, the NHS doesnt rely on set play defensive zone exits to catalyse anything at all. This reliance on the set play defensive zone exits to initiate the offense before it can become creative is the limiting factor to the Blues adjustments performance wise. In fact this is why ALL current systems are INFERIOR to the NHS on every level. They are severely limited in their ability to catalyse 60 mins of pure unadultered offense like the NHS does consistantly. But the Blues are really really close and have incorporated ALL the data I posted so far onlinne including the data LA and Chicago have utilised so well in their own adjustments. The Blues look like we look when we execute those same adjustments as WE HAVE IN THE PAST. Cant everyone see how well our skillsets and talent depth fit the randomly catalysing offense the Blues shoved down our throats? Cant anyone at all recognise the pattern of games over two straight years where we evolved the exact execution the Blues use? Cant anyone see the EXACT NHS influences in Sam Gagners ability to catalyse offense the same type of way dynamiclly? We have had games exactly like this where it was us who were seemingly playing keepaway for 60 mins with the puck on our sticks all night and shots ringing off posts left and right and goals going in, utter domination-- WE HAVE DONE THAT in the last two years and by adjusting the EXACT ways the Blues have. If the fans can see the dynamic connections maybe they can exert pressure on the Oilers to wake the hell up, other teams are watching us play Jeckyl and Hyde and are actually cpoying our times when we adjust useing the NHS influences but they are sticking with it and they are ECLIPSING us for godssakes, they are evolving past us useing our own data. Just imagine the Blues system with 70% more offense backed up by our core of skilled elite players, man we would be rocking immedistly, that is what the NHS could give us. Playoff time in no time just like LA last year, ha ha, in fact it looks like LA now needs a few new adjustments, or maybe their coaches lost that loveing feeling after the majic run,ha ha ha. The bubble popped, ha ha ha. It must have broke when they tried to break their sucess down after the run.ha ha ha. Maybe it really was a few players useing NHS tactics on their own that catalysed that run and Cup win and I and the NHS also deserve a ring ha ha ha,and Sutter really was clueless as to how and why his system suddenly became unstoppable with about 25 games to go in the regular season when he really honestly had not changed anything at all systemwise, ha ha ha, a few extra things just got added to his existing system structure and execution catalysed from a few players and followed by all out on the ice not from the bench or his cloudwatching head , ha ha ha.

We need to find a way to read and react to the opponents dynamic onice playaction, its that simple. we need an ability to react immediatly with preplanned offensive pressure catlysing this playaction out of anticipatory tactics , we need find a way to READ AND REACT faster, I can take the gametape and the GDB and syncronise them in realtime so they are happening exactly as they were both played and posted and look to see if in fact my NHS influenced adjustments I made read and reacting as per the NHS were faster and more accurate and potentially sucessfull than Ralphs real adjustments were. And consistantly every game i kick his and his crews asses, I make the right and accurate read and react posts many times periods and multiple periods before the Oilers clue in and read and react to the same influences. I can post the proper counter adjustments to opponents pushbacks within minutes sometimes SECONDS after they make structural dynamic changes onice and over 90% of the time faster than Ralph. I can prove it with a stop watch, a game tape, and a laptop computer. I can prove a 2 year consistant record of this same result.

I dont care how it all works, the fact is our coaches arent feeling the games enough, there is a disconnect somewhere and its killing us. They need help reading and reacting to the dynamic evolution of the game in an anticipatory manner. They need a system philosophy to help them do this and they dont have that , all the poor beestards have is a hollow mythically catalysed template from the infamous Round Table to work with, and its just not enough to get the job done.

For 2 years I have outcoached both Tom and Ralph, line Mac-T up and I will do the same to him , I learned from him, and his influences are present in the NHS.

Just look out, I am not going to have the free time to invest in posting so much soon and am thinking about learning how to make videos, before this season is over I will post a vid or two to prove beyond any doubt everything I claim about the NHS and its influences, including a Stanley Cup win. In a vodeo I can easily show the exact paralell dynamic actions online and on the ice including tons of messages and online communications which catalysed immediate and exact onice adjustments many times verbatim and exact. wait till you hear NHL coaches quoteing NHS philosophys on the ice with the team and on the air on National Television,ha ha ha, right after that i will show on the video how I was banned from the Oilers site over the NHSs influences , how they overtly rejected the data. I think I can put together some really illustrative highlights from onice,practices,game commentaries,even media statements by opposition managers and coaches referring directly to the NHS influences in relation to our team. I think I can do this in a short video, in fact heck yes its decided i am going to do a video to shut up the NHS detractors and to slam the hammer down on any and all people who have had even so much as a derogatory thought about the NHS or the posts providing the data by Moma2,NewAgeSys,BadMedicine.

You show me video of NHL coaches quoting your system data verbatim from online posts within 24 hrs, onice to their entire teams and national media and I will eat my shorts provided you man up and are prepared to eat yours when I play you my video, because the NewAge Hockey System has that degree of influence and history.

Vindication is sweet especially if more than enough rope has been spooled out to string up your detractors when you reel it back in, its been two long years of presenting the NHS and now after absolute suppression and lack of validation there is a really cool forensic trail to document and present in video format.

As a reward for absorbing all of the long detailed posts about the NHS everyone can feel like they are a part of something bigger than the forum when they see the real tangible results the NHS has already manifested, after all everyone has a little input into the NHS because it is new and constantly evolving and reactive.

I am off to google how to make short videos on my laptop. Who knows maybe a short docu-drama will be enough of a resume the the PTB here at Oilersnation to garner me a small piece of the blog-pie.

We arent out of the playoffs yet, just picture fifteen games like the Blues executed against us and you can see how we can get ourselves out of this hole we dug with out own hands. Remember that they optimised the NHS paralell in their execution of the EXACT same Adjusted-hybrid system we are useing now, and we have ALREADY incorporated their adjustments in the past with great sucess and great disdain of our coaching staff, our players were keel-hauled for using NHS tactics and adjusting the system they were losing with into a winner. This is why LA won their cup, they had the same data the Oilers had and ran with it without coaching interferences like we saw in Edmonton, Sutter was hands off and let the men take responsibility and a few {ex-Oilers}stepped forward at the end of the regular season and tried something new on their own that caught fire, it wasnt Sutter or intentional system changes in LA it was the winning dynamic feeling cultured by a few men who followed a superior gameplan and catalysed it from out on the ice.

We can make the same exact adjustments as the Blues in one game or practice some guys will remember them immediatly, and we have the template and system data to maintain that presentation against any system out there. We just need to admit we need to make the changes and acess the right resources immediatly. But jesus if the Professionals cannot see these seemingly obvious dynamic realitys then what hope is there for the season?

We need people burning the midnight oil preparing individual independant tactical plans for the teams we still need to play because we have been unprepared all year long, we need firm, clear tactical direction on a game by game basis, we need a dynamic template to follow to manage our games properly for a full 60 mins. And most of all we need to duplicate the system execution we used last year on the 6 game win streak, the coaches dont have the template because they were just adlibbing it then waiting for whitney to return from injury, they mish-mashed everything and havent a clue what the hell they did or in what sequence they took the steps in.

The key to making Blues style NHS adjustments is in how we initiate or catalyse our offense beyond the neutral zone, everything between the opponents blueline and our net has zero to do with initiating and engaging our offense, the exit zone strategys and neutral zone traverses dont matter at all, all we need is o-zone penetration to initiate our full offense, imagine our sucess with MPS,Hall,Hemsky, breaking into the o-zone on three different lines and activating our offense every possesion because thats the potential we currently have. Imagine our overall team speed being maximised by guys simply having to beat d-men in one on one footraces when we dont have any structure and can freelance at will,ha ha ha, like they did to us, catching us in defensive transition for 60 mins consistantly,ha ha ha.

We have so much potential and so little gutsy, ballsy true proven pure leadership at all levels that I wonder how we have managed to avoid a massive organisationl overhaul decades ago. All we need is one single direction to focus on and these horses will take us there but we are manifesting the worst possible scenario , we are bogging down the cores evolution with system execution issues and communication issues catalysed by managerial overinvolvment in the wrong places at the wrong times

Pick a system, any system, and then just play it consistantly, but if the coaches cant even understand the moves needed how the hell can the players win games? And I can show how our coaches are choking on an old system they cannot properly utilise in todays NHL. We are DOOMED unless they add Intuative Dynamic Analysis in realtime to Ralphs side and begin to read and react much faster than they seem capable of doing right now.

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#47 Oiler Al
March 24 2013, 06:12PM
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Curcro wrote:

The Oilers actually outdraft the blues in Rounds 2 through 7. The Oilers problem is that the did NOT draft by consensus off someone else's list in the 1st Round.

From 1997-2007, the Oilers first round picks in comparison to every other team's first round picks are pathetic.

If you want the proof I have it all documented.

Hall, RNH, and Yakapov,.. were all Number one picks and were number one on all the lists.

My dog could have picked those.

Just sayin.

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#48 anipmg
March 24 2013, 06:34PM
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Oilers SUCK and STINK.......PERIOD !!!! Same old Same old !!

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#49 andrewmk20
March 24 2013, 07:18PM
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@Jonathan Willis

Agreed JW Hemsky is not the real issue. This game is moreso indicative of the Oilers need for more size/strength within their top 6. Their best offensive forwards could not even come close to the puck in the low slot/crease area as the Blues checked their sticks and used body positioning to push them out. It felt like a talented junior team trying to play an NHL team.

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#50 Bonvie
March 24 2013, 08:06PM
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Is was all system that allowed the Blues to play the way they did, they played a heavily NewAge Hockey System influenced Adjusted -hybrid last night that catalysed all of its offense off of the zone entry and opportunisitc first shot which all players were greenlit to take at will from anywhere, no set plays were being implemented on offense, just on defense this is what I begged the Oilers to do for two years, the morons.

All they did was allow the puck carrier whoever it was to catalyse the offensive playaction every possesion, they had every other player just go to a hotspot or a shooting lane again RANDOMLY at will with no set play structure, then the puck carrier simply dilly-dallyed around inside our zone and RANDOMLY at will made either a pass or a shot with men in support positions, again randomly organised but still there, their forwrds were beating or defensive transitions EVERY time because there was no set play for the defense to catalyse upon it was all random and the Blues just put men in proper static positions FASTER than we set up our structured defense and then used a one-man zone attack to catalyse a fast pass/shot that always had support already waiting and set between our defesive transitions as we set up.

Yhe Blues gave us no offensive structure to catalyse our defense off of so on nearly every zone entry we were unable to focus the defensive influence and they simply waited while we tried to key on them and when we couldnt we immediatly all transitioned into our defensive structure, and it was during this stutter when we realised we couldnt key the defensive attck in and all began to shift our positions thast they simply made a fast pass/shot and caught us in transition. they did this ALL GAME LONG, and Ralph and his crew couldnt READ AND REACT at a high enough level to counter this.

This is a closer representation of the NHS expressed via the adjusted-hybrid than we are currently executing, if you pay close attention the Blues use a conventional set defensive zone exit just like we do , the difference is that their offense is 100% creative, EXACTLY, as ours needs to be and as I created and designed the NewAge Hockey System to do for the Oilers two years ago. The Blues system shouldnt have beaten us as the Oilers have had access to and incorporated parts of the same data themselves, they just dont listen to everything they pay 1/2 attention. Other teams take the data seriously and make complete adjustments

The Blues changed their system after last years playoffs, they or specificly, Doug Weight who keyed in first, watched LA use similar NHS influences incorporated into their existing Agdjusted-hybrid system to waltz through the playoffs and discovered the secret, they learned how to read LAs dynamic play managment and just added similar NHS based dynamiclly managed adjustments of their own.

The adjustments the Blues made created a closer representation of the overall dynamic intent of the NHS than any other so far, they utilised everything posted online without a doubt, and had they had more the would be useing a full-out NewAge Hockey System right now and probably be on their way to a cup, unfortunately for St.Louis as for LA and the Oilers, all of their Adjusted-hybridfs are only incorporating various components of the NHS philosophys which naturally fit their systems, and all of them are succeptible to the same tactical system checkmates, in fact if you break it down Phoenix plays a similar dynamic style to the Blues in many ways and can be shut down the same ways as well.

The Oilers were not keeping their sticks on the ice because they were constantly in transition and had to be initiating an explosive stride twice as many times as the opponent,ha ha ha, its called tactical dynamic managment and its textbook NHS and the Blues executed it well,ha ha ha, so you are absolutely accurate in what you describe seeing on the ice, and now you know why it was happening, we were in essence "running arounf like chickens with our heads chopped off" trying to key on some offensive set plays which just werent materialising, because they werent creating them, we were always a step behind them somehow for the entire 60mins, it wasnt "somehow" at all it was tactical planning, and the saddest part is that this is the exact system adjustments we used for our best winning streak in years at 6 games last year, we have repeatedly had players in our romm stand up and fight for the NHS influences that the Blues system uses and they were suppressed and snuffed by the Oil-luminnati. We have some players right now who follow the NHS philosophys and you can probably name them if I listed the NHS core values they implement into their games and perspectives right now.

Anyways the easy way to shut them down was posted on the GDB by myself, and that is simply to have created neutral zone interference through contact with the puck carrier or with the puck, puck first focus useing the stick and sphere of influence in the n-zone combined with a standup physical contact presence on the blueline with again a stick/puck focus first followed by an immediate contact taking the fast pass/shot away immediatly. They were catalysing all of their playaction and offensive tactics off of a zone penetration where the puck carrier became a one man conductor and randomly dilly-dallied around in the zone waiting for us to begin to realise we had nothing to key in on and then start transitioning into our set play positions, then they quicly fired a pass.shot , remember the puck carriers linemates werent following a set play so they all just randomly gravitated to hotspots and shooting lanes and were already in place before we began the terminal transition they were burning us on EVERY time because they werent jockeying us for specific position they were ust going to random hotspots and beating us to the punch that way taking whatever came their ways and working with it, just predicating it on catching us in defensive transition with a fast well supported,randomly maybe but still well supported puck movement at the net.

The best way to initiate offense is to take away their blueline ability to force us to collapse in defensively and initiate a fast shot when they wanted to, I posted this same offensive initiation a few Blues games ago already but here it is again, we pressure them at the blueline knowing already that their pressure relief play after they penetrate the zone if engaged is to ring the half-wall and send the puck deep and then work it back to the halfwall again and to the blueline if they can to initiate the first shot from there, they do this when you pressure them high and take away the first fast pass/shot. They do not have a solid middle presence. So we simply pressure them high but suck them into the zone and then hit them with pressure 1 or 2 feet into our zone but still very very high, this allows them to comfortably engage their pressure relief play because they have committed to and made the zone entry sucessfully already, then we just pinch the half-wall off and try to hit the man who stepped up two feet into our zone to make contact and then slipped behind their d-men with a perfectly timed outlet pass or any kind of a chip shot past their last man. This gives us lots of odd man rushes and an instant transition into offense with great anticipation. We HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE, so this isnt new to us or the coaches.

We are not writing a proper and accurately structured 'system book" on other teams because they consistantly present their systems the same way over and over and we fail to read and react and we regularly lose , it is non-sensical in to many ways to not begin to suspect a conspiracy,ha ha ha.

On offense all we had to do was work their d-men to the wings and spread them out then make contact and pick one out of the playaction as we dropped short soft saucer dumpins right to the middle for our third man in with tremendous upspeed entering the zone to blast past us and pick up all alone right on the doorstep, this is a system buster to them and forces them to use their pressure relief play which we SHOULD already know as well from the last five games, it is their offense that they ajusted NOT their defensive zone exit structure and set plays, they dont know how to replace that any more than we do , that would mean a switch to full NHS.

I dont have time or space here to write the three or four other basic things we are failing to read and react to that are THE SAME things we have faced many times already when engaging the Blues system.

Suffice to say that the Blues use an NHS influenced Adjusted-hybrid system whick catalyses all of its offense off of a one man o-zone penertration , the playaction is randomly catalysed by this spear-tip player making it impossible for defenses to read and transition to, and the fact that the support players can simply sprint to random hotspots to await the randomly generated net pressure from the puck means they are ALWAYS in suprior positions to our d-men first and can immediatly break away randomly to reestablish presence anywhere without worrying about set play assignments so our defense had a hell of a time transitioning with the playactions support to anticipate where the playaction would go, this was classic NHS.

The Oilers have had me providing the NHS data for over 2 years and have essentially ignored me and used parts of the data, this is not helping them because you cant use just one or two of the best parts, you need to use a balanced integration of NHS influences into the adjusted-hybrid they now use consistantly to see positive results.

You dont need to know the NHS or any system to read the dynamic sequences we are seeing in games via the realtime results onice. The dynamic sequences and patterns are REPETATIVE, and easy to read. There is no secret to how and why we are losing, its just impossible for the team to see the dynamic reality.

All the Kings Horses and all the Kings Men couldnt put the Oilers Dynasty back together again, but the NewAge Hockey System can, remember the simple adjustments you see teams like Chicago, and LA and the Blues and many others making are just a SMALL PART of the complete NHS, the NHS evolved from the systems teams are useing now and as a result many components are interchangable in a downwards direction, you can easily enhance an Adjusted-hybrid by taking from the NHS but you cant add to the NHS by taking anything from the Adjusted-hybrid because its all already incorporated and tacticlly managed or toseed out.

The way the Blues catalysed their offense last night was about 30% of the optimal NHS execution of that dynamic intent or tactic. The Blues are maxing it out right now by having to engage their offense from a set play defensive zone exit like we do, the NHS doesnt rely on set play defensive zone exits to catalyse anything at all. This reliance on the set play defensive zone exits to initiate the offense before it can become creative is the limiting factor to the Blues adjustments performance wise. In fact this is why ALL current systems are INFERIOR to the NHS on every level. They are severely limited in their ability to catalyse 60 mins of pure unadultered offense like the NHS does consistantly. But the Blues are really really close and have incorporated ALL the data I posted so far onlinne including the data LA and Chicago have utilised so well in their own adjustments. The Blues look like we look when we execute those same adjustments as WE HAVE IN THE PAST. Cant everyone see how well our skillsets and talent depth fit the randomly catalysing offense the Blues shoved down our throats? Cant anyone at all recognise the pattern of games over two straight years where we evolved the exact execution the Blues use? Cant anyone see the EXACT NHS influences in Sam Gagners ability to catalyse offense the same type of way dynamiclly? We have had games exactly like this where it was us who were seemingly playing keepaway for 60 mins with the puck on our sticks all night and shots ringing off posts left and right and goals going in, utter domination-- WE HAVE DONE THAT in the last two years and by adjusting the EXACT ways the Blues have. If the fans can see the dynamic connections maybe they can exert pressure on the Oilers to wake the hell up, other teams are watching us play Jeckyl and Hyde and are actually cpoying our times when we adjust useing the NHS influences but they are sticking with it and they are ECLIPSING us for godssakes, they are evolving past us useing our own data. Just imagine the Blues system with 70% more offense backed up by our core of skilled elite players, man we would be rocking immedistly, that is what the NHS could give us. Playoff time in no time just like LA last year, ha ha, in fact it looks like LA now needs a few new adjustments, or maybe their coaches lost that loveing feeling after the majic run,ha ha ha. The bubble popped, ha ha ha. It must have broke when they tried to break their sucess down after the run.ha ha ha. Maybe it really was a few players useing NHS tactics on their own that catalysed that run and Cup win and I and the NHS also deserve a ring ha ha ha,and Sutter really was clueless as to how and why his system suddenly became unstoppable with about 25 games to go in the regular season when he really honestly had not changed anything at all systemwise, ha ha ha, a few extra things just got added to his existing system structure and execution catalysed from a few players and followed by all out on the ice not from the bench or his cloudwatching head , ha ha ha.

We need to find a way to read and react to the opponents dynamic onice playaction, its that simple. we need an ability to react immediatly with preplanned offensive pressure catlysing this playaction out of anticipatory tactics , we need find a way to READ AND REACT faster, I can take the gametape and the GDB and syncronise them in realtime so they are happening exactly as they were both played and posted and look to see if in fact my NHS influenced adjustments I made read and reacting as per the NHS were faster and more accurate and potentially sucessfull than Ralphs real adjustments were. And consistantly every game i kick his and his crews asses, I make the right and accurate read and react posts many times periods and multiple periods before the Oilers clue in and read and react to the same influences. I can post the proper counter adjustments to opponents pushbacks within minutes sometimes SECONDS after they make structural dynamic changes onice and over 90% of the time faster than Ralph. I can prove it with a stop watch, a game tape, and a laptop computer. I can prove a 2 year consistant record of this same result.

I dont care how it all works, the fact is our coaches arent feeling the games enough, there is a disconnect somewhere and its killing us. They need help reading and reacting to the dynamic evolution of the game in an anticipatory manner. They need a system philosophy to help them do this and they dont have that , all the poor beestards have is a hollow mythically catalysed template from the infamous Round Table to work with, and its just not enough to get the job done.

For 2 years I have outcoached both Tom and Ralph, line Mac-T up and I will do the same to him , I learned from him, and his influences are present in the NHS.

Just look out, I am not going to have the free time to invest in posting so much soon and am thinking about learning how to make videos, before this season is over I will post a vid or two to prove beyond any doubt everything I claim about the NHS and its influences, including a Stanley Cup win. In a vodeo I can easily show the exact paralell dynamic actions online and on the ice including tons of messages and online communications which catalysed immediate and exact onice adjustments many times verbatim and exact. wait till you hear NHL coaches quoteing NHS philosophys on the ice with the team and on the air on National Television,ha ha ha, right after that i will show on the video how I was banned from the Oilers site over the NHSs influences , how they overtly rejected the data. I think I can put together some really illustrative highlights from onice,practices,game commentaries,even media statements by opposition managers and coaches referring directly to the NHS influences in relation to our team. I think I can do this in a short video, in fact heck yes its decided i am going to do a video to shut up the NHS detractors and to slam the hammer down on any and all people who have had even so much as a derogatory thought about the NHS or the posts providing the data by Moma2,NewAgeSys,BadMedicine.

You show me video of NHL coaches quoting your system data verbatim from online posts within 24 hrs, onice to their entire teams and national media and I will eat my shorts provided you man up and are prepared to eat yours when I play you my video, because the NewAge Hockey System has that degree of influence and history.

Vindication is sweet especially if more than enough rope has been spooled out to string up your detractors when you reel it back in, its been two long years of presenting the NHS and now after absolute suppression and lack of validation there is a really cool forensic trail to document and present in video format.

As a reward for absorbing all of the long detailed posts about the NHS everyone can feel like they are a part of something bigger than the forum when they see the real tangible results the NHS has already manifested, after all everyone has a little input into the NHS because it is new and constantly evolving and reactive.

I am off to google how to make short videos on my laptop. Who knows maybe a short docu-drama will be enough of a resume the the PTB here at Oilersnation to garner me a small piece of the blog-pie.

We arent out of the playoffs yet, just picture fifteen games like the Blues executed against us and you can see how we can get ourselves out of this hole we dug with out own hands. Remember that they optimised the NHS paralell in their execution of the EXACT same Adjusted-hybrid system we are useing now, and we have ALREADY incorporated their adjustments in the past with great sucess and great disdain of our coaching staff, our players were keel-hauled for using NHS tactics and adjusting the system they were losing with into a winner. This is why LA won their cup, they had the same data the Oilers had and ran with it without coaching interferences like we saw in Edmonton, Sutter was hands off and let the men take responsibility and a few {ex-Oilers}stepped forward at the end of the regular season and tried something new on their own that caught fire, it wasnt Sutter or intentional system changes in LA it was the winning dynamic feeling cultured by a few men who followed a superior gameplan and catalysed it from out on the ice.

We can make the same exact adjustments as the Blues in one game or practice some guys will remember them immediatly, and we have the template and system data to maintain that presentation against any system out there. We just need to admit we need to make the changes and acess the right resources immediatly. But jesus if the Professionals cannot see these seemingly obvious dynamic realitys then what hope is there for the season?

We need people burning the midnight oil preparing individual independant tactical plans for the teams we still need to play because we have been unprepared all year long, we need firm, clear tactical direction on a game by game basis, we need a dynamic template to follow to manage our games properly for a full 60 mins. And most of all we need to duplicate the system execution we used last year on the 6 game win streak, the coaches dont have the template because they were just adlibbing it then waiting for whitney to return from injury, they mish-mashed everything and havent a clue what the hell they did or in what sequence they took the steps in.

The key to making Blues style NHS adjustments is in how we initiate or catalyse our offense beyond the neutral zone, everything between the opponents blueline and our net has zero to do with initiating and engaging our offense, the exit zone strategys and neutral zone traverses dont matter at all, all we need is o-zone penetration to initiate our full offense, imagine our sucess with MPS,Hall,Hemsky, breaking into the o-zone on three different lines and activating our offense every possesion because thats the potential we currently have. Imagine our overall team speed being maximised by guys simply having to beat d-men in one on one footraces when we dont have any structure and can freelance at will,ha ha ha, like they did to us, catching us in defensive transition for 60 mins consistantly,ha ha ha.

We have so much potential and so little gutsy, ballsy true proven pure leadership at all levels that I wonder how we have managed to avoid a massive organisationl overhaul decades ago. All we need is one single direction to focus on and these horses will take us there but we are manifesting the worst possible scenario , we are bogging down the cores evolution with system execution issues and communication issues catalysed by managerial overinvolvment in the wrong places at the wrong times

Pick a system, any system, and then just play it consistantly, but if the coaches cant even understand the moves needed how the hell can the players win games? And I can show how our coaches are choking on an old system they cannot properly utilise in todays NHL. We are DOOMED unless they add Intuative Dynamic Analysis in realtime to Ralphs side and begin to read and react much faster than they seem capable of doing right now.

The Oilers need to hire this guy, and make him Howsons boss whatever his position on the team is. They could make them big chief and little chief of implementing the new age system.

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