FROM WHERE I SIT . . .

Robin Brownlee
May 21 2013 09:08PM

When I started with the Edmonton Journal back in 1989, columnist Cam Cole would fill days that didn't provide him with enough meat to churn out a full rant or rave with a bit he called "Items that might grow up to be columns, Volume XVI" etc.

This, with the Edmonton Oilers scattered all over the place during a seventh straight post-season out of the playoff mix, the draft and free agency still many weeks away and new GM Craig MacTavish settling into the job, is that. I'm stealing it from Cole, with credit, of course.

In no particular order of importance, some of the thoughts that have crossed my addled mind in recent days, grabbing my attention at least as much as the Stanley Cup playoffs and trying to fix my busted Biscayne (don't ask) have.

THE WAY I SEE IT

. . . We already know that Jonathan Huberdeau, Brendan Gallagher and Brandon Saad are finalists for the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year and that Nail Yakupov of the Oilers is not.

Outside of, perhaps, Yakupov's bonus structure, that oversight doesn’t mean a damn thing – if I had the pick of any of the four as an armchair GM, I'd take Yakupov in a heartbeat (insert "and trade him for David Clarkson" smart guy remark here).

Don't get me wrong, the Calder Trophy is a terrific bauble to have in the trophy case at home and a nice personal accolade, but it's not always (some would go as far as to say seldom) an indication of who'll have the best career, and there's lots of examples of that in just the last decade or so.

Would you rather have 2011 Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner or runner-up Logan Couture? Steve Mason won it in 2009 and can't stop a beach ball today, while the runner-up was Bobby Ryan. In 2003, Barrett Jackman was rookie of the year ahead of Henrik Zetterberg. In 2001, Evgeni Nabokov got the nod over Brad Richards. You get the idea.

Yakupov, of course, won’t even be a runner-up because PHWA voters somehow left him off the list of three finalists, but it says here he'll be the best – certainly the most dynamic – player three years from now.

WHILE I'M AT IT

. . . I did an item several days ago extolling the (obvious) virtues of pending UFAs Bryan Bickell, Nathan Horton and Clarkson as forwards MacTavish should have an eye on and I said I'd take a swing at defensemen who might not only raise the compete level but the talent level on Edmonton's back end.

I don't see a lot in the UFA pool in terms of blueliners, so it looks to me like MacTavish's best bets will come via trade. That of course, raises countless possibilities, ranging from tweaks to landing proven top-two talent, but I'll just offer four names. Not-shoot-for-the-moon stuff necessarily, but do-able deals.

If the Oilers are willing to spend a tall stack on their top two (and I think they should consider it), I'd be looking at Keith Yandle, 27, of Phoenix and Alex Edler, also 27, of Vancouver. Neither name, of course, is a revelation.

Yandle, who has three years remaining on a contract with a $5.25 million cap hit, can play the minutes required (22:14 this season) and brings some edge (54 PIM) and the ability to generate offence (10-20-30 this season).

Edler, who inked a six-year deal with a $5-million cap hit, might be pried out of Vancouver if they're looking to tweak a line-up that again fell short this season. Edler produced 8-14-22 and had 37 PIM this season while logging an average of 23:50 a night.

On the cheap end of the salary scale, at least as of right now, I really like Travis Hamonic of the New York Islanders (the former Wheat King who almost ended Taylor Hall with a wicked check in the CHL post-season). Hamonic, 22, an RFA, played 22:48 a night for the Islanders. He bangs.

I also like Brenden Dillon, 22, of the Dallas Stars, but who doesn't? The big blueliner, six-foot-three and 228 pounds, averaged 21:22 a night for Dallas this season. He's got one year left at $900,000.

AND . . .

Kudos to Jason Gregor and everybody at TEAM 1260 for raising almost $10,000 with their king and queen of karaoke tilt at On the Rocks last Friday . . . on a personal note, thanks to the readers of Oilersnation and fans of Gregor's show who've brought their business to my Crackmasters Southwest shop since we opened. The business, especially in the first year of start-up, is very much appreciated . . . sat around talking hockey for a couple of hours in the shop with Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdal last week . . .

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#51 Walter Sobchak
May 22 2013, 07:08AM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Weber is not coming to Edmonton.

4 first round picks and a $100MM contract wasn't enough to get Weber out of Nashville, there is not much the Oilers can give up because I guarantee it will not be 4 1st round picks.

Remember though, that was to retain Weber, would you trade Weber for a bunch of prospects only?

That doesn't make sense, especially if there coming from the Flyers, you might be getting mid to late picks.

Sorry Wax Man, if you were a GM you would have been forced to match that as well.

@ Has Taylor Hall asked to be traded, yet? Hahaha #6 Weber. Live the dream!!

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#52 15w40
May 22 2013, 07:29AM
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Would Gagner plus the 7th get you to the #4 spot to select Barkov?

The more I read the more I think he may be gone even sooner than Drouin.

These things are interesting because some will say there is no way that is enough and some will say that its too much giving up that much experience and consistent production in a player that is only 23 or 24 yrs old plus a "higher" 1st round pick for a prospect.

There are still glaring holes down the middle and on the back end and after watching the Bruins play, it is even more obvious how many holes remain on this roster to be able to compete into May or June.

More on theme with Robin's original thread; if his foot speed is good enough another young dman that may add to the mix for more abrasiveness is Dylan McIlrath from the Rangers.

Spent most (all) of his time on the farm this year. He is a nasty piece of business and is a big boy.

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#53 madjam
May 22 2013, 07:45AM
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The compensation for Weber is the major problem , not the contract itself . We were once willing to give up 4 first rounders for Vanek , which would have been disasterous for us , I believe , if Buffalo did not match our offer .

What might be acceptable as an offer ? Perhaps this years and next years NBR .1 picks for starters . In that case, we draft who Nashville wants for deal in July . Now who comes off roster to finalize the deal ? One or perhaps two more NHL players ?

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#54 madjam
May 22 2013, 07:54AM
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If we were to offer up one of our top 5 with 2 first rounders , would Poile not jump at the deal ?

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#55 Romulus' Apotheosis
May 22 2013, 07:55AM
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I'd rather have someone who can cover off all three disciplines (EV-PK-PP) at D. But those are rare fish.

Any of these cats would help the team.

Personally, I'm still on team Tyutin. And considering the CBJ connection, it looks like we could make a good trade partner.

Incidentally, LT picked up a piece on ScarJo... no, wait... RyJo I meant (haha):

http://lowetide.ca/blog/2013/05/columbus-connection.html

have a read.

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#56 michael
May 22 2013, 08:27AM
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Hamonic would do nicely. At what cost is the question. Also what happens to Chicago if they lose to Detroit? I questioned Chicago's goaltending before the playoffs. I thought they would make the Conference finals but Detroit has found holes in Crawfords game. It will interesting if they fail to get past Detroit. What happens to Marc Andrea Fleury if Pittsburgh makes the Cup finals with him on the bench? That is frightening for Pittsburgh going into the off season.

Mandel not running. Diotte is. I am hoping Sohi puts his name in the hat. Or Krushell. Its the anybody but Diotte eletion imo.

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#57 Rama Lama
May 22 2013, 09:10AM
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Josh Oiler wrote:

Another thought:

Since all of his teammates in MTL hate him anyway.

Lets pry PK SUBBAN out of Montreal.

PK has so much upside and is a true quarterback on the back end.

Mac T are u listening??

I'm with you on this one. PK is not well liked in Montreal, and Montreal is looking for some offence.

However difficult, I would be open to moving ( Yaks) a young player to get someone like PK. We would need a second asset back ( perhaps a 2nd rounder) and will throw in Theo Peckham.........the coach made him a goat for eating too many donuts and now he has no trade value so throw him in for good measure.

Our defense would be totally transformed, without giving up four first rounders for a RFA.

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#58 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 22 2013, 09:23AM
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Anyone seen Peckham lately, someone should ask him if he'd consider moving up to the wing.

If he could narrow down to about 215-220lbs, he could be a poor mans Milan Lucic next season. There has to be a reason to the Oilers hung onto and punished him the whole season long. Were they trying to convert him to a forward last year?

If moving up to the wing brings him an increased/regular NHL icetime i'd have to believe it would be worth the experiment, before they set him free for nothing in return.

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#59 Will
May 22 2013, 09:52AM
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After not seeing Brodin on the Calder list, it became apparent the voters were out to lunch. I can understand if Yak got left off, especially if the votes were in before season's end as his numbers would not have been leading the pack.

As with any speculative trade discussion, the question is always who are we sending back, is that player worth anything to the other team, and will that player turn around and begin mercilessly picking apart the Oilers every time he plays us.

If it means a top two guy on our blue line then I am okay with trading the first overall pick. My preference would be to package that, with another player and get both a top two guy back, and an upgrade of size on a position in our top nine, either 2nd line centre, 2nd line LW, or third line RW. That way we are nabbing one player we really need, and an upgrade. If we can pick up a free agent or two after that, say Streit and anyone of Clarckson, Horton, Bickell, or the other Hawk, then I think the Oliers are in much better shape.

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#60 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 22 2013, 10:03AM
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@Will

Playing with Ryan Suter is what cost Brodin a Calder nomination. How much of his success was because he was paired with one of the best defensemen in the league?

That's why teams go out and bring in these 100 million dollar D'men, because they often help lift their teammates play around them. If given the opportunity, Shea Weber could probably turn Justin Schultz into a Norris candidate within a couple years.

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#61 ghostofberanek
May 22 2013, 10:12AM
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Just putting it out there, but how about Zach Bogosian as a potential trade target. Young, hard hitting Dman with some offensive skill, but yet to realize his full potential. Seems to me we might have some pieces that the Jets could use for trade as well (offense).

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#62 OilersBrass
May 22 2013, 10:17AM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

Just putting it out there, but how about Zach Bogosian as a potential trade target. Young, hard hitting Dman with some offensive skill, but yet to realize his full potential. Seems to me we might have some pieces that the Jets could use for trade as well (offense).

Isn't Bogosian an RFA this summer?

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#63 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 22 2013, 10:22AM
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I think the Oilers letting this Gagner extension drag on into the summer, has me thinking the Oilers would love to have some club offer him plenty more than he'd get staying here.

Feel the Oilers would be better off with another 1st,2nd and 3rd rounder next summer. Paging Jay Feaster!

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#64 michael
May 22 2013, 10:27AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Anyone seen Peckham lately, someone should ask him if he'd consider moving up to the wing.

If he could narrow down to about 215-220lbs, he could be a poor mans Milan Lucic next season. There has to be a reason to the Oilers hung onto and punished him the whole season long. Were they trying to convert him to a forward last year?

If moving up to the wing brings him an increased/regular NHL icetime i'd have to believe it would be worth the experiment, before they set him free for nothing in return.

As a fourth line winger I could see your point. Did he not play some forward at one time? Strudwick did the same thing. He played forward when needed. Not a bad idea.His grit would not be wasted.

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#65 ghostofberanek
May 22 2013, 10:27AM
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@OilersBrass

Indeed he is, not sure how much that might affect things though. He can still be acquired, or offer sheeted...

I can't imagine he would command a big salary at this stage of his career either.

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#66 RomZ
May 22 2013, 10:30AM
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"Corey Pronman ‏@coreypronman 52m Valeri Nichushkin tells RSport.ru he has decided to transfer to North America. Dynamo in the KHL have no issues terminating his contract."

I doubt this guy lasts until the 7th pick now if he plans on having his contract in the KHL terminated to pursue an NHL career.

Would any of you consider trading up for this guy? Seems to fit the size issue in our top 6, and I've heard has a bit of a mean streak. Might be comfortable here with Yak who has already established himself.

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#67 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
May 22 2013, 10:32AM
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OilersBrass wrote:

Isn't Bogosian an RFA this summer?

Maybe the Jets would be listeners in a Gagner for Bogosian deal. Bogo's probably going to get somewhere near that 4 per now i'd have to think. Gags for Bogo and Wellwood, put a bow on that baby, it's done!

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#68 Will
May 22 2013, 10:49AM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

I see what you're saying. Because Yak played with Gagner and Hemsky he too was eliminated from the running because his team mates were just too good, and made him look better than he really was.

I'm with you now.

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#69 Mr. Common sense
May 22 2013, 10:50AM
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Joel wrote:

This changes the equation

Fedor Fedin ‏@FedFedRMNB 2h Top prospect Valery Nichushkin announces he'll sign in the NHL after draft. Tells R-Sport: "Dynamo told me I can go if I want"

WOW!!!! Serious?!! This changes the draft order....this guy is UNREAL, pure game changer, I've seen him play live 3 diff times, uh is a machine, I'd be looking at the new draft order now, this could drop Monahan to 7th

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#70 OilersBrass
May 22 2013, 11:04AM
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Mr. Common sense wrote:

WOW!!!! Serious?!! This changes the draft order....this guy is UNREAL, pure game changer, I've seen him play live 3 diff times, uh is a machine, I'd be looking at the new draft order now, this could drop Monahan to 7th

Nichuskin is really good, reminds me of Malkin a bit (without the diving). It's going to be an interesting draft, thats for sure.

I would still take Lindholm over Monahan though.

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#71 The Beaker
May 22 2013, 11:05AM
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RomZ wrote:

"Corey Pronman ‏@coreypronman 52m Valeri Nichushkin tells RSport.ru he has decided to transfer to North America. Dynamo in the KHL have no issues terminating his contract."

I doubt this guy lasts until the 7th pick now if he plans on having his contract in the KHL terminated to pursue an NHL career.

Would any of you consider trading up for this guy? Seems to fit the size issue in our top 6, and I've heard has a bit of a mean streak. Might be comfortable here with Yak who has already established himself.

If we're trading up its likely for Barkov, but I would be absolutely stoked if we got either.

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#72 ghostofberanek
May 22 2013, 11:07AM
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Something smells funny with this Nichushkin story. Since when has any KHL team told their signed player "you can go to the NHL if you want to"? Sounds too good to be true.

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#73 The Beaker
May 22 2013, 11:11AM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

Something smells funny with this Nichushkin story. Since when has any KHL team told their signed player "you can go to the NHL if you want to"? Sounds too good to be true.

Wonder if it has anything to do or any impact on any potential transfer agreement coming up?

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#74 RomZ
May 22 2013, 11:13AM
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@The Beaker

I'm with you. If we can't get immediate help by trading the pick out right, trading up seems more logical than trading down. Our recent history suggests we can't make a good pick by trading down (Marc Antoine Pouliot ring a bell?).

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#75 Harlie
May 22 2013, 11:54AM
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Thanks Robin, always a good read. I've enjoyed the Radio Ga-Ga articles in the past and wondering if you will be doing one of those again soon?

Also, I've got another year left in the lease of my Raptor and as soon as it gets close to the end I'll pop down for a new windshield. The wife's 2012 Ford F150 harley edition may need a windshield sooner so when the time comes I'll bring that ride in for a window too.

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#76 David S
May 22 2013, 04:06PM
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Jordan Eberle wrote:

I read this stuff often, but never really get to post anything. I am the real Jordan Eberle by the way. Just wanted to comment on this whole Weber thing. Met Shea a few times, awesome guy! Wish we could have got him without giving up too much but that won't happen. I believe we have many talented guys on defense. 2013/2014 is our season. I think Taylor will score 100pts next season. As for myself... I hope to get 90 pts with 30 goals! Met Oscar Klefbom at practice. Serious talent! Wow!

It's either pretty damn cool to see Jordan Eberle (for real) posting up (something I wish more players would try but understand why they don't) or it's incredibly uncool for someone to pretend he's the real deal King of Gap, master of the backhand snipe Jordan Eberle.

Now if we could add pics to our posts (*cough* Wanye *cough*), we might be able to verify this wonderous event and I would be a converted Eberle fan simply because he/you had the guts to do something that scares the crap out of most pro athletes.

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#77 Bloodsweatandoil
May 23 2013, 10:00AM
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Just my random thoughts or ideas....is it worth it to try to get anyone of these, Jake Gardiner, Andrej Meszaros,John Erskine?

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#78 NewAgeSys
May 25 2013, 01:26AM
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Hey Jordan,nice to see players dropping by.

I can see you like to think ahead of the curve,it is natural for you,and i know very well how you consistantly find yourself in perfect storm moments,I am fully aware of how you track and read the playaction and what and who you target in those platinum moments.I know it isnt textbook technique ,in fact it is quite the opposite in a way.I love it.I would have liked to see you at center for this reason.I know how much math your brain does to pick those holes and i also know how to teach others to do it using the NHS.They dont have your processing speed,but there are shortcuts.There are few moments when doing the wrong thing turns out to be the right thing,and the cerebral processing speed to accomplish this consistantly isnt usual or average,it is enhanced for some reason,and because its either natural or taught I had to refer to your hilarious commercials to define your source,and you were born with highly tuned Intuitive skills.There are other influences without a doubt but essentially you were born this way in my opinion.Like a gunfighter is born with a naturally quick trigger finger,your anticipatory skills are elite the same way on the ice.But I believe with you it extends beyond the ice to other areas of your life,I bet you a million bucks of your salary that you love to catch things mid-air unexpectantly and out of the blue because it is a challenge,you crave the odds being stacked against you so you can tweak them in creative and interesting ways,random seemingly abstract ways that teach you new tricks,ha ha ha,its all in how you learn.

I see you and Sam Gagner catalyse your games the same way,read developing playactions the same,Sam has adjusted himself to the way you think in those key moments over the last few years and it has worked wonderfully for him.Nuge and Sam are at about the same level intuitively on the ice at this point,I believe you are slightly ahead in the intuition department due to more birth talent.Nice to see you are all evolving together so nicely and bringing so many teammates along with you.The more men who see the ice the same way at the same time, the better.

This is some reassurance,last year there was a major false/positive read on the players and on the effort level in many cases.The team has a lot of highly intuitive players on the roster,I would say 4 times as many as any other team in the NHL.That is substantial.This means that managment has been cornered through their own action or in-action as it may have been,whatever the case may be we find ourselves with a very smart and intuitive team of men who lend themselves to a particular style of play.Not a soft style but an anticipatory style,one where they are in the right places at the right times more often than not,a style where they pick locks to opponents systems as opposed to crashing the door down,the edge and ability to crash the door down needs to be cultivated and worked on harder than the natural cerebral stuff for this reason,trading for toughness and edge is not the entire answer,not nearly.Timing,technique and pre-game preparation all need to be improved upon.

Last year we found ourselves in no mans land,we had a system that seemed to require a specific level of physicality in the initiation sense as opposed to the reactionary sense.But the issue was misrepresented hugely.But the key is that the initiation of playaction is what we were lacking not the initiation of physical action or hits per say.What happened was we had to many fellas trying to play an anticipatory game at one time,better micro-managment was needed thats all.Taking turns being the physical catalyst at specific and planned times in games was all that was and still is needed,learning how to work as 5 man units to accomplish this consistantly.

We seemed to be lacking the "weight" to bear down on opponents and wear them down,to me this is naturally the way it should be with a cerebrally catalysed roster like we have.I believe this "weight"needs to come from the bottom six men.But must add that the only benefit to this "weight" people talk about is that it eventually over 60 mins tires men out and they may make a marginally greater number of errors than normal based off of that fatigue.They MAY make more errors.Its a lot of dam work and requires major roster adjustments and committments to utilise this tactic optimally.We havent been built to play like that for 10 years at least.And we wont be for another ten at least.

The reality to me is that a cerebral beating can be equal to any physical beatdown a man can get on the ice.There are many ways to skin a cat,those are managment decisions and i wont go there with a player its a conflict of interest.I just want to be clear that the same result of forcing an abnormal number of errors can be achieved playing an anticipatory type of game,it is all in how you micro-manage the playaction.The game within the game,every time is what makes the difference between winning and losing.The only prerequisite is that you force the opponent to make mistakes in judgement,not always systemic mistakes also simple judgement errors,timing and the like.

Hold that thought.

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#79 NewAgeSys
May 25 2013, 02:06AM
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Sorry about that but when i use long posts they are redirected and not posted,I need to break em up into smaller bites.

At times it seemed as if the team was weak and undermotivated because they werent leaving red spots all over the ice every night,and the easiest thing to point the fickle finger of fate at was the physicality area,the size dilemma.That was a mistake,what was missing was a timely and properly managed physical playaction component on different lines at different times,this is a simple managment issue not a major flaw requiring the hireing of NHL hitmen to build an uber-tough roster.

We cannot relinquish this wealth of cerebral talent,and we cant win enough games playing a system that requires more physicality and less brainwork.But the NHL is a tough league to play in so whats the answer?Proper planning and tactics.

All we need to do is better manage our tactics pre-game,we need help to do this obviously.we need to apply the same type of intuition you use in your game on the ice to format dynamic tactics off the ice pre-game.We can do this pre-game very effectively and it will take an immense amount of pressure off the lines during games,it will relieve the cerebral pressure of making so many on-the-fly decisions and refer that pressure back to the system itself.The game can easily be played and won before it even starts,this is the area we have been lacking in the most,Intuition,and visualisation,but these things need properly managed statistical support to be optimised and incorporated into a pre-game plan.Its all about preparation.

I dont think the team lacks edge or toughness,i believe it needs some intuitive input in some key areas ASAP.I believe you fellas can make large strides systemiclly with a few very small adjustments,predominantly in the tactical micro-managment areas.You need a better pre-game preperation cycle and you need a tactical shooting program based on dynamic action and reaction.

Simply adding some Intuitive input should make a world of difference.The truth to me is that if the right man with the right plan walks into the right room and meets the right men who understand work and committment the right ways at the right time then champions are born,it is that simple.The man who is this catalyst doesnt need to be a player,he can be a coach,a trainer,a preist,a janitor,a baker or a candle-stick maker,it matters not as long as he can find himself in that dam room at the right time with the right people,it really is that simple.

I could try to tell pro managers that it is that simple till I was blue in the face and the cows came home,and they would laugh me out of the room or say that I may be right but there is only one Crosby in the NHL.My reply is that anyone can be a Crosby if they know what they need to learn and have acess to a teacher or the book.Quite obviously physicality isnt more than half the battle in pro sports for many players,everyone has physicality,and if this is the case then why the hell wouldnt there be a superior method of teaching and learning?There must be,in fact there is and its called the NewAge Hockey System.

Anyone can learn to elevate their on ice read and react ability to elite levels with minimal training using the NHS.This means the physicality playing field is suddenly evened out and size means very little in terms of generating opponent errors over 60 mins as we are trying to accomplish.All you need to do is teach the rest of the men to see the ice as quite a few of you already do,you have a huge advantage over gretzky in his days man it was just him and Kurri back then trying to teach Moose how to see the dam ice so he could help out and also cough-up Paul Coffey they had to teach him to read the ice properly and look what happened with his career,your team already has at least five ,count em ,five intuits already utilising their talents overtly with intent,and many more guys who understand and seem willing to learn.That is an unheard of level of intuitive wealth for one team to own.if you fellas ever got matched up with a systemic influence like the NewAge Hockey System that is based on Intuition and dynamic managment including a huge volume of anticipatory tactics and focus then I believe we would see immediate winning results on the ice.

Stats are nice to look at and talk about but winning is a much better thing to dwell upon.

You need to win the games to manifest the stats,so Intuition and planning come first and statistical support and validation comes second,every time.Stats arent about planning they are about old history,intuitive tactical planning is all about the future and manifesting the win,it is progressive and proactive in nature.I can look at any NHL teams stats and tell you what their system does,even what individual players do systemiclly,just by looking at the numbers across the board.But this does me no good unless i have a plan to take advantage of this knowledge.Intuition is the key to tactical pre-game planning.

The team needs to either embrace the anticipatory style and influx some Intuitive inputs to enhance this style or define another one for itself,it cannot spend another year trying to find itself.Personally I think the anticipatory style fits best.

I am all in for you fellas,and i hope you guys can find some balance and consistancy in your results,i love the work ethic and the try i am seeing from our youth.Have faith in Ralph,he looks like the real deal.I wanna tell you to have faith in the System you use but without a guarantee of a high degree of immediate Intuitive input I cannot do that.I can however say to have faith in Ralph as he is busting his nuts for you guys,as you fellas are for him.

Have fun this summer and stay healthy.

For the record,i say the Barons using the NHS would school the Oilers NHL roster in a 3 game series,ha ha ha.And no they wouldnt need grit to do it,ha ha ha. I am talking a 18-6 goal or more differential in the Barons favor over 3 games.

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