CRYSTAL BALL 2013-14

Lowetide
August 24 2013 04:16PM

It's tough to see everything that's going to happen in a hockey season while sitting on a deck drinking the Nation brew during August, and God knows I haven't been in tune with Craig MacTavish this summer.

That all changes now. If you simply cannot wait to see what's going to happen with your Edmonton Oilers this winter, click through and read. However, if you read this and then the season seems anticlimactic because you found out in August, don't blame me! You've been warned!!!

THE VERY GOOD

  1. The Edmonton Oilers make the playoffs! Nothing crazy. The club grabs the final playoff spot, wins a couple of games in the opening series against Los Angeles and vows to return stronger for 2014-15.
  2. Tayor Hall scores 35+ goals and 80+ points and is voted to the end-of-season All-Star team. More importantly--as this happened last season--he is also named to the post season All-Star team.
  3. Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov also come close to 30 goals next season.
  4. RNH comes back earlier than expected and posts a point-per-game season.
  5. David Perron scores 20.
  6. Boyd Gordon becomes a crowd favorite, for his faceoff prowess, his exceptional PK ability and his in-your-face style.
  7. Ryan Smyth turns back the clock for his final season and delivers a quality effort.
  8. Justin Schultz has a fine year offensively and impresses with defensive improvement. Andrew Ference is given much credit for the turnaround.
  9. Anton Belov and Denis Grebeshkov win jobs out of training camp and post solid seasons.
  10. Oscar Klefbom and Martin Marincin both make their NHL debuts.
  11. Devan Dubnyk strengthens his hold on the starting job.
  12. Dallas Eakins has moments of difficulty, but is given credit for employing a more effective coaching strategy, especially in regard to even strength play.

THE NOT SO GOOD

  1. Oiler fans will not like the choice of pre TC deal for Toby Petersen.
  2. Oiler fans will not like TC invite list that includes Ty Conklin and Lauren Pronger.
  3. The Oilers will not get off to a good start.
  4. The lack of depth in the organization at center will be a season long issue.
  5. Oiler fans will be disappointed when the club is unable to add significant quality at the deadline.
  6. Oiler fans will be disappointed when Ales Hemsky is signed to a three-year deal.
  7. Oiler fans will be 'weirded-out' by season ticket holder who looks like Ralph Krueger and sits behind the Oiler bench all year.
  8. Shawn Horcoff scores a hat trick in his Rexall return.
  9. Yakupov draws the wrath of Don Cherry with a Celly that involves a cartwheel, doves, and Nail screaming 'now go get yer shinebox' in broken English.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The Edmonton Oilers have had a very interesting summer, but the die was cast for this coming season long before draft day. The Oilers will make or break this winter on the fortunes of Hall, Nuge, Ebs, Yak City, Schultz the younger, Gagner and the other under 25's.

I'm picking them to make the second season. Everything else is window dressing.

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#51 Uks YA
August 26 2013, 08:51PM
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Brad 21 wrote:

I am sick and tired of the Dubnyk bashing the kids a stand up goaltender. Didn't he win Canada a Spengler Cup last year? I guess that means he can't play in pressure situations. The guy has made improvements every single season. Mark my words when Team Canada is picked in February he will be in the conversation. Most underrated goalie in the league. He will have a lot to prove this year after Mactavish tried to acquire another goalie. I have a feeling Mactavish will be eating Crow by the end of the year. Only goalie in the league that has a .920 save percentage in the league and his fans want him thrown to the Sharks.

is that you duby??

or did someone just smoke one....

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#52 Uks Ya
August 26 2013, 08:58PM
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McFattie wrote:

Better get BIG JOHN SCOTT or the Flames and Canuckleheads will devour these punks!!!! Bieksa, Kassian, Sestito, McGratten ( Only scared of Scott), Jackman ( would never make eye contact with Steve MacIntyre) and Shane O'Brien are gonna be runnin wild against the Oil skill. HELP!!!

Ben Eager, Anton Belov, Ben Gordon, Ryan Jones, Ladi Smid, Andrew Ference, Jesse Joensuu &&& MIKE BROWN!!! are all no push overs....Hall, Ebz, Gagz, Yak & Perron will stick you or chirp back if need be :)

heck old ballz smytty will be face washin steady this year lol

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#53 Uks Ya
August 26 2013, 09:00PM
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OneWhoKnows wrote:

ASHAM TOOTOO+ BIG JOHN SCOTT minus SMYTH minus JONES minus LANDER = 2014 Stanley Cup for Oilers. DOUGLAS MURRAY instead of Denise Grebeshkov for 1.5M would have helped a great deal as well!!! Lets get some serious toughness!!!! C'mon MACT!!!

Asham & Tootoo's are beautys both on & off the ice!!

but Douglas Murray?? Cmon Man!! he's Sooo Slow!!! got beat to the puck once a game in every single game ive ever watched him in lol

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#54 Uks Ya
August 26 2013, 09:05PM
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OneWhoKnows wrote:

ASHAM TOOTOO+ BIG JOHN SCOTT minus SMYTH minus JONES minus LANDER = 2014 Stanley Cup for Oilers. DOUGLAS MURRAY instead of Denise Grebeshkov for 1.5M would have helped a great deal as well!!! Lets get some serious toughness!!!! C'mon MACT!!!

trade for Wilds Zenon Kenopka, add Tootoo & Asham instead of Ryan Jones

1.Hall-Nuge-Ebz** 2.Perron-Gagner-Yakupov** 3.Smyth/Joensuu-Gordon-Tootoo/Asham** 4.Eager-Kenopka-Brown**

all of a sudden we have a buncha grinders/ mashers/ face off winners / security/ enforcers in our bottom 6 !!!

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#55 Uks Ya
August 26 2013, 09:09PM
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1.Hall-Nuge-Ebz** 2.Perron-Gagner-Yakupov** 3.Smyth/Joensuu-Gordon-Hemsky** 4.Eager-Kenopka-Brown/Tootoo/Asham

Brown will go anybody in the league but Asham & Toots have better scoring touches ...both also fearless when it comes to protecting team mates

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