GDB -5: VICTORY HUNTING IN VANCOUVER

Jason Gregor
September 18 2013 09:29AM

Before we get carried away let's remember it is only preseason, but Dallas Eakins will be looking for a better effort from the Oilers tonight in Vancouver compared to last night's display in Winnipeg. The Jets had 12 NHL regulars in their lineup while the Oilers had six; Gagner, Yakupov, Jones, Smid, Petry and Grebeshkov, but Eakins has preached being competitive since day one of camp, and if Richard Bachman doesn't stand on his head in the middle frame the score would have been much worse.

The Oilers will dress a more skilled lineup tonight, and Eakins will be hoping for a more competitive result.

Most coaches don't put much stock into the score in the first four or five preseason games, mainly because many of the players aren't regular NHLers, but they are hoping to see improvement in system play, individual competitiveness and watching the veterans find their timing.

Last night's lineup had more "bubble boys" than regulars, while tonight's roster contains more NHL skill and experience.

LINEUP

We know who nine of the forwards will be, but Eakins will need to add a few forwards who played in Winnipeg.

Smyth-Hall-Eberle
Perron-Gordon-Hemsky
Eager-Acton-Brown
Khaira-Nugent-Hopkins-Miller

Nugent-Hopkins isn't playing, while Miller and Khaira are questionable due to nagging injuries, so that means at least one, and potentially three, forwards will play back-to-back.

Tyler Pitlick has only played one game thus far and prior to his strong showing last night, I thought he was a good bet to play both games. "“There’s something there with that kid. We just have to see if we can bring it out,” said Eakins last night. If one of Miller or Khaira can't play I'll guess Pitlick replaces them.

Marc Arcobello or Anton Lander will fill RNH's spot. Arcobello played almost 18 minutes last night, while Lander played just over 14. Both have played two games, and neither did much last night, but one of them will play. Sam Gagner won't play back-to-back, and Eakins would likely rather get another look at guys who are fighting for a spot than Ryan Martindale who is destined for the minors.

I'm guessing the top three pairings below will make the trip:

Ference-J.Schultz
Nurse-N.Schultz
Marincin-Hunt
Belov-Fedun 

Belov won't play until Saturday most likely, while Ference and J.Schultz need some playing time together. Nurse has really impressed his teammates in practice and in the preseason. In conversations with forwards, D-men and even goalies all of them have raved about his smarts, skating ability and decision making. The Oilers won't rush him into the NHL this season, but they will want to see him at least two or three more times, if not more.

Dubnyk/Rimmer

Rimmer is the best young goalie the Oilers have, and he isn't officially their property. He's outplayed Tyler Bunz and Olivier Roy, and they might want another look at him before deciding if they offer him a contract. Rimmer is one month younger than Bunz and a year younger than Roy, and if he plays well he could secure a two-way contract, or at the very least a 25-game deal.

It is clear Dubnyk is the starter, so making sure he is sharp for October 1st is a bigger concern than signing Rimmer, and he likely starts and finishes tonight. The issue is how much playing time does he need? Will he need to start at least two, if not three, of the final preseason games?

He could start this Saturday, next Tuesday and next Friday and likely be ready. I'm sure he and Eakins have discussed how much playing time he needs. I asked Dubnyk if he felt he'd need more preseason action than usual to get accustomed to his new pads, and he said no.

He acknowledged the shorter pads feel different, especially when he butterflies because the top of the pads don't touch like they did last season, but he didn't think he'd need more playing time to adjust.

**EDIT***

The other forward line will be Joensuu/Arcobello/Pitlick. It makes sense to have bubble guys playing back-to-back, and if Pitlick wants a legitimate shot at making the team, he'll need another strong game. Also, likely you will see Arcobello and Gordon switch lines, so Arcobello plays with Hemksy and Perron.

CANUCKS LINEUP

D. Sedin- H.Sedin - Kassian
Shinkaruk - Richardson - Hansen
Gaunce - Santorelli - DeFazio
Stuart - Horvat - Jensen

Garrison - Bieksa
Andersson - Mullen
Negrin - Tanev

Luongo

THOUGHTS FROM LAST NIGHT....

  • Bachman was the best Oiler and he kept the game close, especially in the second period. In my eyes he is a slightly better NHL backup option than Yann Danis.
     
  • Pitlick was the best forward. He was strong on the puck and assertive.
     
  • Joensuu, Lander, Hamilton, Arcobello and Omark didn't do much to gain an edge in the race of the bubble boys. Joensuu was okay, but he didn't stand out like he did in Edmonton on Saturday. Omark got a late assist, but if he is going to play in the top-nine he's going to need to generate more scoring changes. Lander's footspeed might cost him a spot on the roster.
     
  • Larsen was much better than he was in Calgary on Saturday, and he showed his playmaking abilities more than Grebeskhov last night. Both of them have NHL experience, and until we see Belov play, they are battling for the #6 spot. Grebeshkov has the advantage in experience, but their final preseason games will determine who skates beside Nick Schultz on October 1st.
     
  • Yakupov had four shots and he looked sharper than he did in first game. I'm guessing he'll play with Hall, Gagner or Gordon in the next few preseason games to find some chemistry.
     
  • Lander was 56% in the draw, while Arcobello was 58%. Neither of them stood out for me, but in a game where they didn't stand out, both were solid in the dot.
     
  • If Will Acton has a strong game tonight, he'll take the lead in the battle for the 4th line centre.
     
  • Tonight's game is on Sportsnet West at 8 p.m. MST.
     

NEED YOUR HELP

Nation, I need your help. I need to borrow two Red Wagons, big enough that I can sit in, kind of, for a photo opportunity. I also need a thick 10-foot rope, like a boat rope. If you have either, email gregor@theteam1260.com. I'll make it worth your while.

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#1 Ivan Drago
September 18 2013, 09:38AM
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I'm really looking forward to watching the first televised game tonight. Gonna keep an eye on Nurse, and the chemistry between Ference and Schultz. Hopefully Pitlick plays and shows well.

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#2 Bruner
September 18 2013, 09:43AM
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I have neither the wagon, nor rope. Go Oilers!!!

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#3 John Chambers
September 18 2013, 09:49AM
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Was at the game last night - it was a snoozer until the 3rd.

Bachman's positioning was solid. With a better defense in front of him he lets in one goal, not three.

Yakupov started slow, but him and Evander Kane were easily the most noticeable players on the ice. Not only does Yak have wicked speed and a great shot, he also gets himself into scoring position very naturally, and isn't afraid to throw his body around. Yak plays a lot bigger than he is.

Jake Trouba is going to be one hell of an NHL defenseman.

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#4 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
September 18 2013, 09:52AM
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@John Chambers

Totally agree.

Buff looks a little quicker, too. I'm inclined to believe the reports about him being in game shape from day 1 of camp this year.

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#5 Quicksilver ballet
September 18 2013, 10:01AM
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Hard to see how all these split squad games will help this team moving forward. If there was ever a time where you needed a couple weeks to get all the required players functioning as one group, this would be it. Dallas Eakins should have broken tradition in order to get this group down to 32 over a week ago. With the season starting in a little over a week, he'll have only 1 or 2 days of practice with his all important final group of 25. Seems like a terrible waste of two weeks if you ask me.

Certainly appears to be a lot of unnecessary bullship and distraction for someone wanting to take charge of his hockey club asap.

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#6 Quicksilver ballet
September 18 2013, 10:05AM
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@John Chambers

Are the buffalo wings alone, still worth the trip to Winnipeg?

Trouba in exchange for Gags and Omark? We'll take your Wellwood guy too, if it'll help seal the deal.

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#7 HallFever
September 18 2013, 10:14AM
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I want to see The Nuge on the ice with his new 8 year contract extension.

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#8 pkam
September 18 2013, 10:15AM
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@Jason Gregor

Are you sure Belov will play tonight?

I remember Eakins said on Monday that Belov would not play the next 2 exhibition games, which would be last night's game and tonight's game.

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#9 LinkfromHyrule
September 18 2013, 10:16AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

The season starts in 2 weeks..

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#10 Ca$h-Money!
September 18 2013, 10:23AM
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On Trouba,

I've read lots of great stuff, but the Jetsnation site has an interesting article on him comparing him to Jack Johnson... who might very well be the most divisive player in the league, with bloggers thinking he's utter garbage and the Pierre McGuire's of the world becoming semi-erect at the mere mention of his name.

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#11 Ducey
September 18 2013, 10:25AM
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Rimmer is the best young goalie the Oilers have, and he isn't officially their property. He's outplayed Tyler Bunz and Olivier Roy, and they might want another look at him before deciding if they offer him a contract.

Rimmer is their best young goalie? Come on Gregor. Ever hear of small sample size?

He is small (5'11") and had a .912 save % in his last year in the WHL last year.

Bunz (who is the same age) had a .921 in his last year in the WHL. He has stuggled in his first professional year, but its a little ealry to write him off.

Roy has excelled in his time in the ECHL and needs to step up in the AHL.

Perhonen is 6'5", is younger than Rimmer, and has played internationally for Finland every year.

With Bachman/ Roy in OKC and Bunz in the ECHL, there is no room for him, nor should they waste a contract on him.

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#12 Ivan Drago
September 18 2013, 10:28AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Hard to see how all these split squad games will help this team moving forward. If there was ever a time where you needed a couple weeks to get all the required players functioning as one group, this would be it. Dallas Eakins should have broken tradition in order to get this group down to 32 over a week ago. With the season starting in a little over a week, he'll have only 1 or 2 days of practice with his all important final group of 25. Seems like a terrible waste of two weeks if you ask me.

Certainly appears to be a lot of unnecessary bullship and distraction for someone wanting to take charge of his hockey club asap.

You should change your name to Princess Quickwhiner Ballet. Do you even read the articles or just come here to bitch and moan?

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#13 Ivan Drago
September 18 2013, 10:32AM
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Wait wait, let me guess, your reply will be something along the lines of "30,30,29, and 24 place finishes blah blah blah".

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#14 pkam
September 18 2013, 10:32AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Hard to see how all these split squad games will help this team moving forward. If there was ever a time where you needed a couple weeks to get all the required players functioning as one group, this would be it. Dallas Eakins should have broken tradition in order to get this group down to 32 over a week ago. With the season starting in a little over a week, he'll have only 1 or 2 days of practice with his all important final group of 25. Seems like a terrible waste of two weeks if you ask me.

Certainly appears to be a lot of unnecessary bullship and distraction for someone wanting to take charge of his hockey club asap.

How could we play the split squad games last Saturday with 32 players? So each team carried only 16 players, 14 skaters and 2 goalies?

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#16 Reg Dunlop
September 18 2013, 10:37AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Hard to see how all these split squad games will help this team moving forward. If there was ever a time where you needed a couple weeks to get all the required players functioning as one group, this would be it. Dallas Eakins should have broken tradition in order to get this group down to 32 over a week ago. With the season starting in a little over a week, he'll have only 1 or 2 days of practice with his all important final group of 25. Seems like a terrible waste of two weeks if you ask me.

Certainly appears to be a lot of unnecessary bullship and distraction for someone wanting to take charge of his hockey club asap.

I think keeping the borderline guys around for comparison purposes and for the experience is a good thing. When the inevitable injuries hit we can fill in without grinding to a halt.

It's a nice feeling when AHL call-ups don't doom a team to a lotto finish. Looks like the oil are at least moving in that direction with Larson and Fedun probably being the 1st options on D and at forward... well we are getting closer I guess.

Tonight the oil take the 1st step toward passing a division rival, showing the canucks we will be a threat this season. Oil pecker-slap Vancouver 5-1.

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#17 Spydyr
September 18 2013, 10:42AM
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Watched the first two periods last night. Did not see the effort Eakins talks about. It is early but it looked like the same half hearted effort as the last seven years.

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#18 pkam
September 18 2013, 10:43AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

He will not be playing...He hasn't had enough time here, and he wasn't on the ice for a week waiting for his visa to clear. I suspect we will see him Saturday night.

Thanks. That makes more sense.

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#19 916oiler
September 18 2013, 10:44AM
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I was really pulling for Omark to show he had improved. So far so bad :/

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#20 Spydyr
September 18 2013, 10:45AM
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Ivan Drago wrote:

Wait wait, let me guess, your reply will be something along the lines of "30,30,29, and 24 place finishes blah blah blah".

So he speaks the truth then.That is what this team is at the momment. I am hoping with all my heart that changes this year but right now that is this team.

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#21 pkam
September 18 2013, 10:47AM
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Any news on Potter? Does he start practicing yet?

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#22 719
September 18 2013, 10:48AM
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Really excited to see this game with the group of players we have going up against Luongo.

Win or Lose, should be a good game for preseason.

I guess Jonesuu is on the bubble (or at least impressing) and Omark isn't based on the 4th line today. I would expect Omark to be in the next wave of cuts, which is a shame for his many fans on here.

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#23 tileguy
September 18 2013, 10:55AM
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916oiler wrote:

I was really pulling for Omark to show he had improved. So far so bad :/

^this^

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#24 madjam
September 18 2013, 10:56AM
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Martindale and Pitluck deserve another shot tonite .Would be nice if they could start turning the corner with their physicality a bonus . I'd send Gagner there to , as he seems to need the work off last nites poor performance . Nurse is making a good case for keeping him on parent club - not counting him out as yet . Landers doesn't seem to be an answer to a centerman . Grebs is playing himself off the team - to many glaring and costly mistakes. Klefbom and Larsen best of last nights rearguards .

We need victories !

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#25 Zipdot
September 18 2013, 10:57AM
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Hey everyone, let's ignore the article and strictly pay attention to Quicksilver Ballet!!!

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#26 Quicksilver ballet
September 18 2013, 11:00AM
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pkam wrote:

How could we play the split squad games last Saturday with 32 players? So each team carried only 16 players, 14 skaters and 2 goalies?

Let me dumb this down for you a little....

No split squad games period. Just take the chosen 23 bodies from the approx. 35 bodies available to you each night. All the kids who'll probably never play an NHL reg season game, are being promised an exhibition game or two at each camp, are just getting in the way.

26th, 30th, 30th, 29th and 24th (there you go drago, you 1Di0t) reveals you need every competitive advantage you can get. The Oilers should be pushing the alsorans out asap. No need to take more than just a couple kids from rookie camp to the main camp.

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#27 Ivan Drago
September 18 2013, 11:01AM
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Spydyr wrote:

So he speaks the truth then.That is what this team is at the momment. I am hoping with all my heart that changes this year but right now that is this team.

You aren't hoping, and neither is QSB. Your both focusing on the negatives over and over. No optimism in any of your comments. The team is not at all the same as yrs before. There has been significant change at all levels. True it's to be determined if they are any better, but it's time to move on and cheer for them, that's what real fans do.

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#28 Craig1981
September 18 2013, 11:03AM
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Though some people felt MacT brough too many forwards and defensemen, but I really like the options they have. In the last few years Tamballini had brought a few players everyone thought were great moves, but only a handful worked and we were left watching the ones that didn't. Marincin, Klefbom, Belov, Fedun, Larsen, and Grebs, all fighting for 2 starting spots Pitlick, Omark, Eager, Brown, Action, Miller, Joensuu, Lander all fighting for 4 spots.

I for one am very glad (or maybe hopeful) that I will not have to watch several players that lack either the skill or the effort, to play in the NHL.

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#29 Zipdot
September 18 2013, 11:04AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Let me dumb this down for you a little....

No split squad games period. Just take the chosen 23 bodies from the approx. 35 bodies available to you each night. All the kids who'll probably never play an NHL reg season game, are being promised an exhibition game or two at each camp, are just getting in the way.

26th, 30th, 30th, 29th and 24th (there you go drago, you 1Di0t) reveals you need every competitive advantage you can get. The Oilers should be pushing the alsorans out asap. No need to take more than just a couple kids from rookie camp to the main camp.

NAMECALLING!!! That's a ban!!!

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#30 Czar
September 18 2013, 11:08AM
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916oiler wrote:

I was really pulling for Omark to show he had improved. So far so bad :/

If he was taller he could see the writing on the wall? Hope they saved his stall for him in OKC.

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#31 pkam
September 18 2013, 11:10AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Let me dumb this down for you a little....

No split squad games period. Just take the chosen 23 bodies from the approx. 35 bodies available to you each night. All the kids who'll probably never play an NHL reg season game, are being promised an exhibition game or two at each camp, are just getting in the way.

26th, 30th, 30th, 29th and 24th (there you go drago, you 1Di0t) reveals you need every competitive advantage you can get. The Oilers should be pushing the alsorans out asap. No need to take more than just a couple kids from rookie camp to the main camp.

No split squad games? Did Oilers make the schedule?

So we choose 23 bodies and ask them to play in Calgary at 7:00pm and Edmonton at 8:00pm the same night? Or just show up at one game and no show at the other game?

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#32 Benny Botts
September 18 2013, 11:15AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Let me dumb this down for you a little....

No split squad games period. Just take the chosen 23 bodies from the approx. 35 bodies available to you each night. All the kids who'll probably never play an NHL reg season game, are being promised an exhibition game or two at each camp, are just getting in the way.

26th, 30th, 30th, 29th and 24th (there you go drago, you 1Di0t) reveals you need every competitive advantage you can get. The Oilers should be pushing the alsorans out asap. No need to take more than just a couple kids from rookie camp to the main camp.

Does the NHL not make up their pre-season schedule (i.e split squad games)...in that case would they not have to bring the extra bodies in from rookie camp to help fill out the rosters?

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#33 Quicksilver ballet
September 18 2013, 11:16AM
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pkam wrote:

No split squad games? Did Oilers make the schedule?

So we choose 23 bodies and ask them to play in Calgary at 7:00pm and Edmonton at 8:00pm the same night? Or just show up at one game and no show at the other game?

Man, aren't you precious.

You're about as swift as peanut butter in a spray can, aren't you?

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#34 Will
September 18 2013, 11:16AM
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I disagree that Pitlick was the best forward. I read over at the cult that Yak had ten shots not four. Not to mention all the scoring chances he created. He looked dangerous all night, and indeed basically created that second goal with his strong work behind the net.

I keep hearing, year after year after year about our lack of compete, and fire. And yet, Yak, Hall, Ebs, Nuge, Smid, are all known for their tenacious compete level. I keep hearing about Gags the fighter, and how Hemsky is willing to go to the dirty areas.

There seems to be a discord between the effort being reported and the effort being complained about. What is the deal. Is this will to win some kind of non existent thing that is always in short supply if a team loses, but is thoroughly on display when a team wins?

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#35 Zipdot
September 18 2013, 11:17AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Man, aren't you precious.

You're about as swift as peanut butter in a spray can, aren't you?

INSULTS!!! THAT'S A BAN!!!

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#36 Oilcruzer
September 18 2013, 11:18AM
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I've preached the Pitlick needs a shot story too many times here. Love his work in what the Oil didn't have last year, and need this year.

Hoping he shows enough to Eakins that he sticks. Oil have enough flash. This guy is a lunch bucket player. Something last years GM and Coach didn't understand.

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#37 David S
September 18 2013, 11:18AM
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Ducey wrote:

Rimmer is the best young goalie the Oilers have, and he isn't officially their property. He's outplayed Tyler Bunz and Olivier Roy, and they might want another look at him before deciding if they offer him a contract.

Rimmer is their best young goalie? Come on Gregor. Ever hear of small sample size?

He is small (5'11") and had a .912 save % in his last year in the WHL last year.

Bunz (who is the same age) had a .921 in his last year in the WHL. He has stuggled in his first professional year, but its a little ealry to write him off.

Roy has excelled in his time in the ECHL and needs to step up in the AHL.

Perhonen is 6'5", is younger than Rimmer, and has played internationally for Finland every year.

With Bachman/ Roy in OKC and Bunz in the ECHL, there is no room for him, nor should they waste a contract on him.

Yah man we need bigger goalies in the system who can IMPOSE THEIR WILL on shooters. We have enough small guys on the team as it is! What the hell? What's going to happen when McGratton plays us? WHO WILL STEP UP AND CHALLENGE HIM?

This team is full of smurfs who will get pushed off the puck WAY TOO OFTEN. Time to load up with a goalie who will SMASH SOME FACE WHEN THE BELL CALLS!

Jeez. WE NEED TO HULK UP! THE OILERS WILL NOT WIN WITH A SMALL GOALIE! Trade Bachman NOW for a goalie who will protect our young guys and make room behind the net! If we don't opposing goalies will RUN OUR SHOW again this year!

#Sarcasm

#Facepalm

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#38 French Toast Mafia
September 18 2013, 11:19AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Let me dumb this down for you a little....

No split squad games period. Just take the chosen 23 bodies from the approx. 35 bodies available to you each night. All the kids who'll probably never play an NHL reg season game, are being promised an exhibition game or two at each camp, are just getting in the way.

26th, 30th, 30th, 29th and 24th (there you go drago, you 1Di0t) reveals you need every competitive advantage you can get. The Oilers should be pushing the alsorans out asap. No need to take more than just a couple kids from rookie camp to the main camp.

Where do you come up with this stuff??

I honestly don't know if you are trying to be funny or if you actually beleive the things you throw out.

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#39 Craig1981
September 18 2013, 11:19AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Let me dumb this down for you a little....

No split squad games period. Just take the chosen 23 bodies from the approx. 35 bodies available to you each night. All the kids who'll probably never play an NHL reg season game, are being promised an exhibition game or two at each camp, are just getting in the way.

26th, 30th, 30th, 29th and 24th (there you go drago, you 1Di0t) reveals you need every competitive advantage you can get. The Oilers should be pushing the alsorans out asap. No need to take more than just a couple kids from rookie camp to the main camp.

So are you proposing that we should pick our team before we evaluate anyone?!?! And we should ignore developing players like Nurse and Khaira?!? What about mid season when we have to call everyone someone up and they have no idea what type of system the big club plays? BTW just because Drago corrected your false statement that makes him an idiot?

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#40 Oilcruzer
September 18 2013, 11:24AM
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With all the furore in the Premier League over Ashley Young and his antics with Man U, I'm surprised the Canucks aren't negotiating for his rights.

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#41 Quicksilver ballet
September 18 2013, 11:25AM
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Benny Botts wrote:

Does the NHL not make up their pre-season schedule (i.e split squad games)...in that case would they not have to bring the extra bodies in from rookie camp to help fill out the rosters?

Depending on T/C arrangements. It's up to each team to come to an agreement on who they'll play during the pre season. Once they come to an agreement (usually arranged in July), both teams will notify the league as to location and date.

Split squad games aren't required. Teams must only be using them to give the kids who've been promised 1 or 2 exhibition games, out of the way.

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#42 Taylor Gang
September 18 2013, 11:33AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Let me dumb this down for you a little....

No split squad games period. Just take the chosen 23 bodies from the approx. 35 bodies available to you each night. All the kids who'll probably never play an NHL reg season game, are being promised an exhibition game or two at each camp, are just getting in the way.

26th, 30th, 30th, 29th and 24th (there you go drago, you 1Di0t) reveals you need every competitive advantage you can get. The Oilers should be pushing the alsorans out asap. No need to take more than just a couple kids from rookie camp to the main camp.

Your logic is off to say the least.

What's the point of icing the most competitive roster available in the preseason? Win or lose, the games mean nothing. All you're doing is exposing more roster players to injury that could spill over into the regular season. Also, the team wants to see who has progressed over the offseason and who has floundered; not everyone is guaranteed a roster spot.

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#43 Ivan Drago
September 18 2013, 11:33AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Man, aren't you precious.

You're about as swift as peanut butter in a spray can, aren't you?

That's your response?! Bahahaha priceless. That comment right there is gold and shows all their is to know about your intelligence level. You can't come up with anything remotely smart to his reply cause your flat out wrong. So you insult him.

Your worse than DSF, at least the worst he can be accused of is cherry picking players and stats.

I'm done having any discussions with you, I'll spend my time conversing with oiler fans who have intelligent things to say.

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#45 Zipdot
September 18 2013, 11:37AM
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QSB is tolerated here because he draws clicks in. But damn, he sure does cause the quality of the comments to tank. I'd say the imbalance needs to be corrected. QSB belongs on HFboards. I guess Oilersnation is just another HFboards, these days.

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#46 Quicksilver ballet
September 18 2013, 11:38AM
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@Craig1981

Sorry Craig, should be directed at Frenchtoast Mafia. OWTHHNI

23 man roster Frenchy. 36 spots to start camp. Do the math. Would allow for atleast 10 spots for rookies and/or blue chip prospects.

Oilers should/could benefit from being much closer to that final 25 by now.

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#48 DSF
September 18 2013, 11:41AM
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Zipdot wrote:

QSB is tolerated here because he draws clicks in. But damn, he sure does cause the quality of the comments to tank. I'd say the imbalance needs to be corrected. QSB belongs on HFboards. I guess Oilersnation is just another HFboards, these days.

Homerism and boosterism do not equal quality.

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#49 Ness37
September 18 2013, 11:43AM
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@Ducey

FYI: Rimmer is 6'1"

The .912 he put up last year was with a weak Lethbridge team which gave up a high number of shots every game.

The same year Bunz put up his .921, Rimmer's save % was .922 both on good teams.

I'm pretty sure Perhonen wasn't qualified so he's no longer Oiler property.

If the Oilers think Rimmer is better than what they have, then you upgrade the position.

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#50 Quicksilver ballet
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@Ivan Drago

Maybe when you know the difference between you, you're and your. You, of all people, shouldn't be using the word intelligent in any of your comments, and stop butchering the English language. Appologies if it isn't your first language (an olive branch you may want to consider grasping onto).

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