Ryan Whitney and Corey Potter

Jonathan Willis
April 05 2013 11:58AM

The Edmonton Oilers’ most-used third-pairing this season has had some ups and some downs, but more of the latter than the former. Ryan Whitney’s ineffective play has led to him being a healthy scratch at times, while Corey Potter is often seen as a reserve defenceman who inexplicably finds himself on the regular rotation.

What’s wrong with the pairing?

The two most common explanations are typically these:

  • Both players are terrible
  • Ryan Whitney has some warts, but is being brought down by Potter

I have typically leaned towards the first explanation, but thought it might be interesting to see what the scoring chance data says.

Whitney without Potter

If Ryan Whitney is in fact a decent player shackled to an AHL’er, we would expect to see on-ice scoring chances improve in games where Potter isn’t dressed. Fortunately for these purposes, Potter has spent significant time out of the lineup, so there is a long stretch of games where Whitney played with other partners. What happened?

The following are the Oilers’ scoring chances for and against at even-strength with Whitney on the ice, first in games where Potter sat, then in games where he played:

  • Without Potter: +41/-75 (35.3% of all scoring chances are for the Oilers)
  • With Potter: +68/-91 (42.8% of all scoring chances are for the Oilers)
  • Total: +109/-166 (39.6% of all scoring chances are for the Oilers)

In both situations, Whitney’s pairing is taken out back of the woodshed by the opposition, but it’s interesting to note that things actually get worse when Potter is out of the lineup.

Potter without Whitney

Corey Potter has not played in a lot of games with Whitney out of the lineup, so there’s not nearly enough data here to be definitive but what information there is caught my eye:

  • Without Whitney: +15/-9 (62.5% of all scoring chances are for the Oilers)
  • With Whitney: +68/-91 (42.8% of all scoring chances are for the Oilers)
  • Total: +83/-100 (45.4% of all scoring chances are for the Oilers)

The “without Whitney” data is so small that it shouldn’t be seen as sustainable – I very much doubt that Potter could sustain those figures, or anything close to them, over a full season played with Mark Fistric or Theo Peckham. But it does seem fair to say that Whitney suffers more from his absence than he from Whitney’s.

Valuation

Ryan Whitney’s an interesting player because the thing he does really well – provide offence – is one of those things that tend to be disproportionally valued. By that, I mean that a guy who gets two points in a 2-0 win and makes no defensive mistakes is objectively helping his team more than a player who scores three points and makes two critical defensive errors that lead to goals against in a 4-3 loss, but more often than not the latter will get more positive attention than the former.

There’s no denying Whitney’s offensive prowess. There was a certain amount of gloating on Twitter among his more fervent supporters when he ran up two points in the Oilers’ 8-2 win over Calgary. Getting less attention was the fact that Devan Dubnyk had to be very sharp in that game because the Oilers were awfully sloppy defensively – and that Whitney was more likely to be on the ice for a chance against than any other player on the team. The offence didn’t come against Vancouver last night, but once again Whitney led the Oilers’ blue line in chances against and made two very bad defensive zone turnovers.

Looking at the data, though, I can’t help but wonder if the Oilers would be better off running Potter and Fistric as their third pairing for a few games – or if not that, pushing Whitney more toward Marc-Andre Bergeron usage, where he plays the role of power play specialist and only gets spotted at even-strength (because Whitney does add value to the power play). At five-on-five, his scoring just doesn’t seem to outweigh his defensive zone work.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 K_Mart
April 05 2013, 10:47PM
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JW you're absolutely right. Whitney should be used on the PP, but only spot duty 5v5.

He's a horrendous defenseman and a horrendous skater.

He can make a pass, and he can quarterback a powerplay. Every other aspect of his game is mind bogglingly awful.

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#52 K_Mart
April 05 2013, 10:52PM
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DSF wrote:

Fistric was replaced in the Dallas lineup by Aaron Rome who was 9th on the Vancouver depth chart.

Hah, lots of good that did them.

Fistric is under rated, especially by you.

His skating is actually better than Whitney's from what I can tell. He's the biggest hitter this team has had since Smith and there's no arguing that taking a man off his feet is a very effective way to separate him from the puck.

He has zero puck skills. ZERO. But there isn't a player on another roster that he can't crush, and he's one of the best players I've seen at timing his hits in a long time.

All he is supposed to do is make it hell for the other team to spend time in our zone(which he does), then get the puck to his d-partner if needed.

The hit he threw that cost him his spot in the line up was probably one of the worst plays I've seen by an oiler this year, but outside of his being a little over aggressive on some of the hits he goes for, he makes the opposition look over their shoulder all game. Just knowing he's out there will force players to change their game. Nobody wants to get hurt, and that's what will happen to the opposition if they aren't careful while he's on the ice.

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#53 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 05 2013, 10:52PM
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Jeremy wrote:

I must admit I find it funny how people are dismissive of what DSF says. Ignore the cherry picked self serving out of context stats and look at the actual message. Edmonton elevates prospects and players too soon, fails to use them in roles that suit their talents providing them with the best chance to succeed and the Oilers the best chance to win.

you don't need to routinely make bizarre player comparisons to understand that the Oilers are run by a bunch of hacks.

most people around here slam the mgt. constantly without finding the need to rag on every single oiler player without fault.

set your standards higher.

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#54 dougtheslug
April 06 2013, 01:16AM
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DSF wrote:

Arguing the benefits of two defensemen who wouldn't be on the roster of a contending team is ridiculous.

The Oilers need TWO top pairing defensemen so that players like Smid, Petry, Schultz and Schultz can be forced down the lineup into their comfort zone is the only solution.

At their current level of performance, none of Whitney, Potter or Peckham belong in the NHL and Fistric is no more than a 7th defenseman.

Good grief, the defensively challenged Dallas Stars cut Fistric loose.

Good grief, the defensively challenged Edmonton Oilers cut Cam Barker loose

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#55 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 06 2013, 09:18AM
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wiseguy wrote:

This is a Oilers fan site, correct?

fanatic - a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause); "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject"--Winston Churchill

Why someone continues to come here to try to tell fans why their team sucks is beyond me. As the definition above states, we fans have a irrational enthusiasm and can't change our minds. If we did, we would no longer be fans and would not waste our time coming here. We don't the a crap about stats or how great other teams' players are. We are one in solidarity as OilersNation. W will suffer our teams suckage together and celebrate their small victories together. If you want no part of this and think much higher of another team, I'm sure they have a fansite too.

are you sure this is meant for me?

at any rate, if it is... I don't think healthy criticism of players and management is out of the reach of a fan.

sorry if I burst your bubble.

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#56 @Oilanderp
April 06 2013, 03:45PM
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DSF wrote:

Arguing the benefits of two defensemen who wouldn't be on the roster of a contending team is ridiculous.

The Oilers need TWO top pairing defensemen so that players like Smid, Petry, Schultz and Schultz can be forced down the lineup into their comfort zone is the only solution.

At their current level of performance, none of Whitney, Potter or Peckham belong in the NHL and Fistric is no more than a 7th defenseman.

Good grief, the defensively challenged Dallas Stars cut Fistric loose.

They also cut those other bums, Steve Ott, Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr, and Derek Roy loose as well! I guess none of them are fit to play in the NHL. Good grief!

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#57 wiseguy
April 06 2013, 06:08PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

are you sure this is meant for me?

at any rate, if it is... I don't think healthy criticism of players and management is out of the reach of a fan.

sorry if I burst your bubble.

My comment actually was meant to support your statement that a certain poster's habit of criticizing oilers players because of the jersey they wear is stupid.

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#58 John Chambers
April 05 2013, 12:04PM
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Well live and learn, I guess.*

*Tambellini never learns

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#59 Eddie Edmonton
April 05 2013, 12:04PM
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It has more to do with the forwards they play with, usually 3rd-4th lines. Too many youth and slow old guys.

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#61 Eddie Edmonton
April 05 2013, 12:06PM
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@John Chambers

Never learns what?

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#62 Yep
April 05 2013, 12:11PM
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Eddie Edmonton wrote:

It has more to do with the forwards they play with, usually 3rd-4th lines. Too many youth and slow old guys.

Disagree, Whitney is terrible clearing the zone regardless of his linemates. he is a defensive liability, now that the trade deadline has passed and the streak is over he should be a scratch for a couple more games.

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#64 A-Mc
April 05 2013, 12:33PM
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Ehhh, this is a bit of a stretch.

All 5 players come together to form a scoring chance for or against. To use that stat to pigeon hole 1 of the 5 guys on the ice isn't fair, nor is it helpful in any way.

Which ever D pairing is on the ice when the kids are chance machines is going to have very padded stats compared to the pairing that is out with the 4th line.

The very fact that 5 people are responsible for a stat used to praise or condemn 1 guy means it's accuracy is garbage and therefore should be thrown out.

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#65 Pucker
April 05 2013, 12:37PM
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It was nice to see Whitney get points against Calgary. He needs to do more of that to become an asset.

His turnovers are terrible and he doesn't seem to recover from them. One of his turnovers yesterday, he lost his stick at some point trying to recover and Schultz ended up taking a penalty. It didn't result in a goal but it seems to me this type of play happens quite often with Whitney and is the reason many fans are frustrated. We've seen him better than that. I don't think it's skating as much as making bad decisions.

He's not the best skater but he's good enough, if he'd play smarter.

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#67 Truth
April 05 2013, 12:39PM
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Well with the market high for defencemen right now and Whitney's recent surge in points, Tambellini should be able to get a couple second round picks for him at the deadline. Sure would be a shame to see him drag down the team for the rest of the season and lose him for nothing in the summer.

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#68 Hoos
April 05 2013, 12:43PM
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JW,

Listening to Bob Stauffer, it seems clear to that the kids are the biggest proponent of keeping Whitney on the team and in the lineup. He's made allusions to that fact many times in the face of significant fan criticism of Whitney's play.

I think one of the issues is this: having legitimate star players can be a double edged sword.

By this I mean, you cannot want Taylor Hall to actively participate in recruiting players (i.e., Justin Schultz) and the ignore his desire to have another player (Whitney)on the team.

Oiler fans watched in awe as Calgary was able to use Iginla to recruit free agents to their team. Now that it seems we are starting to build some of that ability, how much is too much?

The entire issue of Whitney and his young advocates reminds me of this scene from Little Big League:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbI9MfTn4EM&t=4m40s

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#69 Pucker
April 05 2013, 12:44PM
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Potter . . . Ralph must see something I don't because I can't think of any reason why Potter is playing ahead of Fistric. He can't still be sitting over that St. Louis gaffe - can he?

Even Peckham. The one game I seen him play, I thought he looked okay. He's going to get better as he gets in more games.

Or maybe Fistric and Peckham just can't handle that the play is in the Oiler end for 80% of the game.

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#70 Hoos
April 05 2013, 12:59PM
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@Jonathan Willis

This dependence is all fine and good for a veteran laden team, but one where no one can rent a car or buy a beer on road trips should also be considered.

Maybe Whitney is a good guy. Maybe that's what's really important to you when you're 21. Winning games with guys you like.

I don't know. It's been many years since I was 21, and I spent most of that time chasing tail with Wanye Gretz.

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#72 Yep
April 05 2013, 01:14PM
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I would also argue that Whitney draws few opposition but does take penalties when his defensive weakness is exposed.

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#73 Ducey
April 05 2013, 01:15PM
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Willis,

I would be interested in your thoughts on Joey Leach being signed by the Barons. (maybe do a post on it)

He was a 3rd round pick by the Flames but was not signed. He has good size 6'4" and has put up decent stats. Why wouldn't they have signed him?

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#74 Jason Gregor
April 05 2013, 01:15PM
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@Jonathan Willis

Why not just show the exact amount of goals on PP rather than using the hour?

What is the exact number of goals, not rounded up. Just straight up goals.

Seems strange to me that Potter would be that close on PP since he's only played 19 minutes on the PP. How many actual goals has he been on for.

I want actual, not taking Potter's 19 minutes and projecting what they might be. That is projections, not reality.

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#75 therealfoz
April 05 2013, 01:16PM
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@Yep

I completely agree with you and think that Tambellini blew an opportunity to gain something of value (even if it's only a mid round draft pick) in return for Whitney.

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#76 mlcsellil
April 05 2013, 01:23PM
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I agree that there are times that Whitney and Potter can both be an asset, but those times are few and far between. I can understand Tambellini wanting to stay loyal to the team on trade deadline day, however I don't think he did the Oilers any favors by not sending them elsewhere. Both of these guys are turnover machines and that doesn't usually end well for us. Being so close to getting in the playoffs, it's a shame the Oilers didn't bring in a reliable defenseman, because Potter and Whitney, either together or separately, are too inconsistent to bring much confidence to this die hard fan. Hopefully over the summer, changes are made and we get lots better on the back end. In the meantime I'll continue supporting our beloved Oilers and hope for the best.

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#77 Hoos
April 05 2013, 01:31PM
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@Jonathan Willis

On this point you and I are in agreement (sad world). Dealing Whitney may result in addition by subtraction for the Oilers.

I think where we go wrong is not understanding the context with which 21 year old hockey players view these same truths. This comment isn't directed at you specifically, but hockey is rife with, "you can't measure heart" or "he's clutch" BS that I just can't get behind always.

My feelings about what is occurring are summed up here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSy1NQx2bJE

Thanks again for the great read.

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#79 Jason Gregor
April 05 2013, 01:42PM
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@David Staples

Oilers have scored 30 PP goals in 132 minutes.

They've scored 59 ES goals in 1781 minutes.

Oilers success on the PP is major reason they are in games.

ES is one aspect.

Whitney makes more mistakes at ES, don't argue that, but he also makes more plays on the PP.

Only looking at ES doesn't tell the entire picture was my original point. And your stats just made that more clear. Especially on this team that needs a great PP just to stay in games.

And that is where Whitney is better than Potter, and I'd guess makes his impact in the overall outcome of games higher. No?

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#81 FastOil
April 05 2013, 01:43PM
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I think players like seeing the weak guys go and better guys play (on the team or coming in).

I also think the players know who the weak links are and like winning more than anything else relatively speaking.

Nobody is ok with watching a player get beat or missing assignments consistently, it's frustrating for all involved - players, fans, coaches, managers, owner.

Fan and player frustration is compounded when the last three do nothing about it.

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#82 Jason Gregor
April 05 2013, 01:46PM
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@Jonathan Willis

So Whitney plays more role of a role in outcome of game...He's on ice for more goals for than against.

That was my point, using just ES, especially on this team, doesn't tell the entire picture.

Not saying Whitney is great defensively, just needed to look at overall picture.

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#83 Smokey
April 05 2013, 01:46PM
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I think with a good Whitney you got a playoff team, but hes so inconsistant that you see the sure brilliance followed by him missing his check. Hes a step to slow and unable to make defensive plays sometimes. I wish this organization had any depth to be able to get rid of him. He should not be resigbed, we bunged up getting rid of Gilbert.

Potter is a seventh defencemen. He makes bad plays all the time but he scores occasionally. Fistric who is plays one bad game and then sits, albeit the team started to win some games. Guys got sone of the best underlying numbers. I'd like to see him play over the next 12 games to see if we got a player. He needs to make the simple play rather then blowing a guy up. He's probably the best cycle breaker we got. Id of loved to see him give the Joe Thornton treatment to the Sedins and worked over Burrows The Canucks cycle kills the Oilers and you got 235 pounds of mean sitting eating a hotdog. The Oilers were attrocious in their own end for the last two games, a firedrill at best.

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#84 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
April 05 2013, 02:02PM
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All this posturing over a couple of 6/7 defensemen seems to just bring forth the real route of the problem, we are severely lacking in that department. So long as either of these two are relied upon to have functional minutes in any game we will be hovering around the playoff cut line and will not do any real damage if we were to even sneak in.

And no, Mr Staples, Fedun is not an option, ever. No matter how bad the stats read.

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#85 OilClog
April 05 2013, 02:08PM
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Whitney is terrible, case closed.

Potter is terrible, case closed.

Our 5-6 would be better with

Fistric/Fedun.

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#86 Randaman
April 05 2013, 02:14PM
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I would personally like to see some physicality from one or both. They both have the size obviously. If they won't provide it, insert Fistric or Peckham. I would like to see some oppoosing players pay the price at least before they score on our pourus defence.

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#87 OilersBrass
April 05 2013, 02:17PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

So Whitney plays more role of a role in outcome of game...He's on ice for more goals for than against.

That was my point, using just ES, especially on this team, doesn't tell the entire picture.

Not saying Whitney is great defensively, just needed to look at overall picture.

Don't worry Gregor, I completely agree with you. Whitney is definitely the better player, and he's been getting a lot better as of late. Having him in the press box for so many games didn't help his progression either. Potter is probably gonna get cut in the summer to make room for Klefbom anyways.

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#88 Jason Gregor
April 05 2013, 02:20PM
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Mannificent wrote:

I can't take it anymore, JG - you actually made me register to comment. Big ON reader for years. Why are you defending Whitney?? He, literally, cost the last 3 losses before he was benched. PP proficiency is a small part of the game, that I think is driven more by the forwards and we would be fine playing J. Schultz more on the PP. Whitney is costing us goals against which turn into losses when scoring is so low and close. All the advanced stats just underline the obvious - he has to go. Continue to play him, we are out of the playoffs. Seriously - cherry pick stats all you want - he is a defenceman that costs goals - their job is to stop them from happening!

PP small part of the game? The Oilers have 30 PP goals and 59 ES...Calculate that per minute and you'll see how big the Oilers PP is.

Also I didn't defend him, just wanted to point out that Potter doesn't impact the overall game more. People like to pile on a player, yet when you look at overall picture he is on ice for more goals for than against, so he isn't the only reason they are losing is all.

Did I say he has to stay?

Also you stated he cost 3 losses before he was benched?

On Feb 19th they lost 3-1 and he wasn't on the ice for any goals, then didn't play again til March 1st, so not sure what you are referring to.

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#89 Bill
April 05 2013, 02:32PM
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Randaman wrote:

I would personally like to see some physicality from one or both. They both have the size obviously. If they won't provide it, insert Fistric or Peckham. I would like to see some oppoosing players pay the price at least before they score on our pourus defence.

I think that's what's being missed in this debate on the stats.

What is expected of your D on the 3rd pairing? I think most would expect some degree of physical play.

The next question might be 'who comes out in favor of a more physical player on your 3rd pairing'? To me that would depend on what the current guys on the 3rd pairing bring to the table. Corey Potter might be the softest D-man the Oilers have, despite his size and his 3rd pairing role. Other than that, he plays some PK. Whitney gives the puck away more, but I think some of that is a function of playing with Potter. Whitney makes the PP better.

To me, the question isn't so much whether Fistric should be in the lineup or not but in terms of whether Potter or Whitney come out. I'd lean more towards Potter.

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#90 Mannificent
April 05 2013, 02:33PM
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Yes, Oilers PP is good and critical - but measuring per minute is useless, when you can go a whole game without a PP. I would like to see some PP stats with/without Whitney - my main point was, I think our PP is fine without him. The 3 loss statement was going by memory - I can still visualize him coughing up the puck at the blueline and costing some games in a row - can't verify the exact stats - just made me grind my teeth. Bottom line, it was such bad play that the Coach had to bench him. Needs to be done again.

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#91 DigDeepNBleedBlue
April 05 2013, 02:46PM
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Interesting stats.

It looks like Potter would be the logical choice to stay in and be paired with Fistric. But, I would suggest that Whitney and Fistric would be the better pairing going into Saturday.

I agree Whitney can be ugly defensively....

Whitney is better than Potter at offence. Fistric is better than Potter at defense and toughness. The thoroughbreds need that breakout pass and the team, overall, needs more toughness. Match made in heaven?

I would, actually, like to see J. Schultz with Fistric and Whitney with N. Schultz. But, I ain't calling the shots.

Intangible issue: Mood of the locker room. There's no stat to judge that. Yet. I only bring that up because Whitney is good friends with Eberle and Hall. I wonder if there were repercussions earlier in the season when Whitney was sitting and sulking. Another reason I believe Whitney should stay in.

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#92 GVBlackhawk
April 05 2013, 03:08PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Here we go:

http://www.coppernblue.com/2013/4/5/4187708/wild-optimism

since 2000-01 season only one team that got outshot by 4.5 shots per game has made the playoffs.

That team had Hart and Vezina winner Theodore stopping everything.

Either DD turns in Craig Anderson's numbers down the stretch or we die.

not dumping Whitney, Jones, Belanger, Eager, Hordichuk and one of Fistric and Peckham was a huge mistake.

Tambellini saw a team that was riding a hot streak and completely ignored the underlying numbers.

Asset management is not Oilers' management's strong point.

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#93 CaptainLander
April 05 2013, 03:09PM
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So what does the Oilers D look like next year??

As I see it:

J Shultz ???? Smid Petry N Schultz Klefbom Potter

Fistric trade not looking to good for a press box warmer that may not get re-signed

I do not dislike this group at all if '????' is a legitimate 25 minute a night all around experience good defenseman. Mark Streit maybe?

Klefbom maybe starts in OKC as he will not have played in almost a year and never in north America. So maybe you keep Fistric if the deal is reasonable.

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#94 Jason Gregor
April 05 2013, 03:11PM
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@Romulus' Apotheosis

He is a D-man, honestly SH% has little bearing on his overall play. If you've seen his goals, most have come from jumping in the play. It's not like he's shooting from the point and getting lucky bounces off of legs.

Whitney is on pace to score 11 goals in a full season. He's topped that twice before. He just hasn't shot very much this year.

You can critique his game based on corsi stats, that is fair, but his overall point totals aren't out of whack from previous years in his career. Far from it actually...

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#95 Mannificent
April 05 2013, 03:20PM
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"Actually he doesn't create a net negative according to actual goals. Willis said he is +7. Last I checked goals are more valuable than scoring chances....Is it possible that your bias towards advanced stats might be clouding your judgement? Everyone has certain bias, so I'd assume you recognize that you and the stats guys have some as well."

Honestly, who has the bias here? You cannot look at someone's +/- including PP, when they don't play or count SH, at least. If a player played only PP time - his +/- would be great - no matter how bad he is! Again, I think our PP is fine without him, so what value is he bringing - since you are clinging to his PP stats?

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#96 Mannificent
April 05 2013, 03:22PM
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@Mannificent

Just noticed the 'Reply' button - cool - will use in the future.

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#97 Jimmer
April 05 2013, 03:26PM
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Eric Brewer was a bum...gone. Tom Poti was a bum...gone. Tom Gilbert was a bum...gone.

Now Whitney is a bum...soon to be gone?

I'm sure when Smid gets half a step slower in the next couple of years he will be the next "bum."

Being a d-man on the Oilers could be the worst job in Edmonton...other than Mayor of course.

Mandel...bum.

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#98 northof51
April 05 2013, 03:35PM
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Mannificent wrote:

"Actually he doesn't create a net negative according to actual goals. Willis said he is +7. Last I checked goals are more valuable than scoring chances....Is it possible that your bias towards advanced stats might be clouding your judgement? Everyone has certain bias, so I'd assume you recognize that you and the stats guys have some as well."

Honestly, who has the bias here? You cannot look at someone's +/- including PP, when they don't play or count SH, at least. If a player played only PP time - his +/- would be great - no matter how bad he is! Again, I think our PP is fine without him, so what value is he bringing - since you are clinging to his PP stats?

Fistly, welcome to the Nation!

Secondly, I completely agree with your point here. The unfortunate part for the Oilers is that they can only dress 18 skaters per night. I don't think we are in a position to dress 11 forwards and 7 dmen, but if we did, we could run Fistric/Wreck'um at most evens and all PK, then throw Whitney out for the PP... Maybe?

I love the debate here - even though we don't all agree, most comments are educated and informed. So much better discussion than hearing my buddy say he hates Petry "cause he sucks".

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#99 Walter Sobchak
April 05 2013, 03:45PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Good point by you. Letting him walk for diddly squat is inexcusable. Possibly having 4 2nds this summer was nothing to sneeze at in this draft. Those seconds could've come in handy if the Oilers wanted to improve on their projected 7-10 drafting spot.

4 seconds in this draft class could've netted a surprise or two.

You see, someone get's it!

Not to mention the Oilers prospect pool need's serious attention in OKC.

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#100 Jason Gregor
April 05 2013, 03:48PM
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@GVBlackhawk

The numbers don't lie? You sure about that. If you believe that Corey Potter is a better NHL player than Whitney, then the stats are misleading. And player grades done over the TV that don't show the entire picture, aren't going to be completely accurate. Just saying.

And, we agree, the Oilers should explore other options. They will do that this summer.

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