GDB -2: PLAYERS WILL DECIDE WHO MAKES THE TEAM

Jason Gregor
September 24 2013 12:29PM

Prior to yesterday's 2-1 victory over the Jets, Dallas Eakins stated the players will decide who makes this team, based on how they play. He admitted the final cuts will be difficult, but in most cases the players will play their way off, or on, the team.

In certain cases a veteran on a one-way deal might get the benefit of the doubt over a young player on a two-way contract, but the majority of the players who are here next week will have earned their spot.

I'd say 16 of the final 23 roster spots are locks, while the rest look pretty clear.

Forwards (9):

Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, David Perron, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth, Boyd Gordon, Jesse Joensuu and Steve MacIntyre.

Joensuu's play in the preseason has guaranteed he'll start the season here, but he'll need to continue his strong play when the games count to stay a regular in the lineup. By adding MacIntyre the Oilers told the league they were sick of teams taking liberties with their players, if he isn't in the opening night lineup, then claiming him on waivers was pointless.

D-men (5):

Justin Schultz, Andrew Ference, Jeff Petry, Ladislav Smid and Nick Schultz.

Goalies (2):

Devan Dubnyk and Jason LaBarbera

That leaves seven roster spots, four for opening night and three extra skaters.

The battle for the seven remaining spots, won't be as suspenseful as some thought a few weeks ago.

Three forward positions: two centres and one winger.

Marc Arcobello benefits from Sam Gagner's injury and unless the Oiles make a waiver claim on a centre, he'll be in the opening lineup. Neither he, nor Anton Lander has played exceptionally well thus far, but he's been the best of the two. He'll need to play better than he has to be a factor in the regular season. 

Will Acton played well last night, and he's done more than Lander, but it's almost like he will win the 4th line job by default. Acton will need to play much better to remain in the lineup when Gagner returns.

Acton and Arcobello's biggest challenge will come from the waiver wire. If a veteran centre is exposed, I think Craig MacTavish will seriously consider claiming him.

Lander hasn't had a strong camp. He hasn't stood out in any game and I think he's destined for OKC. I doubt any Oiler fan thought the Oilers would enter the season with a weaker centre depth than they did last year, but today that's how it looks.

Mike Brown, Ryan Jones, Ben Eager, Ryan Hamilton and Tyler Pitlick are battling for the 12th forward spot on opening night.

Pitlick has played well his last two games, but you have to consider the opposition when grading him. The lineups he played against weren't NHL caliber, and that is a factor. He'll need to be incredible tonight to be here next week. I'd rather see him play top-line minutes in the AHL than be the 12th, 13th or 14th forward.

Brown has been the most consistent of the remaining four. He isn't going to bring much offence, but he knows his role and he'll crash and bang every shift.

Jones started well, but he's been average the past week. Eakins said he's been happy with Jones intensity, but he'd like to see him produce some more points.

Eager had a good game in Vancouver, but he didn't do much last night. Eakins likes his speed, while his size and ability to play physical will get him another game. He needs to make an impression or he will be in the pressbox on opening night.

Hamilton started well, but hasn't done much the past few games. I think his two-way deal will have him starting the season in the AHL.

My guess is Brown, Jones and Eager make the final roster, and who is the 12th forward will depend on the next two games.

D-MEN

Denis Grebeshkov is out with a groin injury, so that means Anton Belov, Philip Larsen and Darnell Nurse will battle for sixth spot. Belov has looked good, although he'll need to move the puck quicker. It will take him a few more games to get accustomed to the speed of the NHL. Everything happens faster on the smaller ice than it does in the KHL, but he's a smart player and he's got the potential to become a solid NHL D-man.

Nurse was great in Vancouver, and okay at home. Unless he plays incredible tonight and Friday, if he's dressed, I think the Oilers will let him continue to develop in junior. Fedun only has one year of pro experience, he needs more seasoning.

Larsen has been up and down thus far. He struggled in Calgary, was great in Winnipeg and he was solid again last night. He moves the puck very well, and I think the next two games will decide if he or Belov will start against the Winnipeg Jets on opening night.

LINEUP

Smyth-Hall-Hemsky
Perron-Arcobello-Eberle
Jones-Lander-Pitlick
Eager-Acton-Hamilton

The Rangers aren't dressing many of their skilled forwards, but they are dressing three guys who can fight: Aaron Asham, Derrick Dorsett and Mike Haley.

If the Oilers are serious about wanting to protect their players, then they should dress Eager and Steve MacIntyre. MacIntyre arrives in Edmonton this afternoon, and you know he'll be pumped to play. In all my years covering the NHL I've never met a player who was more excited an appreciative to be in the NHL. MacIntyre knows his limitations and I still remember talking to him after his first NHL game. He almost cried he was so overwhelmed, especially because his father got the chance to watch him live. I know MacIntyre would love to dress tonight.

If the Oilers, and specifically Eakins, are serious about protecting their stars and being more aggressive, then tonight is the game they need to dress both Eager and MacIntyre.

Nurse-J.Schultz
Fedun-Petry
Belov-Larsen

Belov and Larsen are in a great battle for the 6th spot, and tonight's play will impact who starts next Tuesday and who is in the pressbox.

LaBarbera will start in goal.

RANGERS LINEUP

Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello
Kreider-Miller-Asham
Hrivik-Lindberg-Kristo
Haley-Moore-Dorsett

McDonagh-Girardi
Staal-Allen
Johnson-Hughes

Talbot
Biron

QUICK HITS

  • Eakins said the 94-4-83 line has been his best line thus far and he has no intention of breaking them up. He'd like to have a scoring threat on his top-three lines, and that's why we will likely see Jesse Joensuu-Boyd Gordon-Nail Yakupov as the 3rd line on opening night. All of those who wrote of Ryan Smyth, might need to retract their obituary.
     
  • Linus Omark was put on waivers today, and if he isn't claimed he'll fly with the team to OKC tomorrow. The Oilers will spend three days in OKC. Eakins feels the team needs some time outside of Edmonton to bond and get focused for the season.
     
  • Omark didn't so much in preseason, and according to Eakins he tried to do too much on his own. Not in a selfish way, but Eakins suggested Omark needed to use his teammates more.
     
  • Final thought... David Clarkson gets a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench. He didn't throw a punch when he entered the melee and basically played peacemaker, but he received a ten-game suspension. Meanwhile Zack Kassian broke Sam Gagner's jaw with a careless and gutless slash, but he only got five games.

    I don't have an issue with the NHL having a set suspension for leaving the bench. You do the crime, you do the time. But is it possible they could look at implementing similar minimums for stick infractions. If you slash a guy in the face it is 10 games. The end result shouldn't matter. If you chicken wing/elbow a guy in the head it is an automatic five-game suspension.

    I know the end result is different, and some slashes or elbows are worse than others, but if Clarkson had thrown five punches he'd still be sitting out ten games. He threw none, yet he's out 10 games.

    Why not just set a guaranteed suspension for other infractions?

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#1 TeamOmark
September 24 2013, 12:42PM
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Omark put on waivers breaks my heart. He played on Zetterberg/Brunner caliber in the Swiss league but yet the Oil wouldn't give him more than 3 games to prove it. I think it'll be a big mistake if he's claimed, and all he needed was some time to adjust. What a terrible injustice.

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#2 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 24 2013, 12:53PM
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What a load of fluff..

It'll be the guy who has the one way deal over the guy with the two way deal that has the upper hand on said roster spot. Same crap material for the media types year after year. Eakins will be told who's staying and who's going.

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#3 madjam
September 24 2013, 12:55PM
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If Nurse continues to shine , I think you have him and Belov in top 2- six . J.Schultz and Ference a lock . Figure the rest for yourselves . Trade a brewing ?

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#4 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
September 24 2013, 12:33PM
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FIST FOR SMAC!

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#5 HallFever
September 24 2013, 12:53PM
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Eakins says he doesn't look at the opponent's lineup. So he doesn't know they have 3 fighters. That will be hard to believe once the regular season starts.

I'll say Larsen has the edge on Belov for opening night. Belov still has adjustments to make. It might be better for Belov to play top pairing minutes in the AHL for a month so he can get really comfortable.

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#6 madjam
September 24 2013, 03:51PM
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Larsen - not physical enough . Same for Fedun . Grebs-to many mistakes . Smid lacks offence . Belov has both , But Nurse has even more with his great skating and active stick with clubs biggest wingspan . He's physical and will only get better and tougher throughout season . We are better off with him than without him in line up - bottom line . It'll take a bad game or injury for him to drop out of contention now , and it's not looking like that's going to happen . I like the options it affords team if Nurse pulls in .

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#7 Oasis
September 24 2013, 01:04PM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

Agreed.

For example, I bet Jones will find himself on this team come opening night, despite not doing much to be there. And I actually l like Jones.......but he hasn't showed me much yet.

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#8 Greg Steinke
September 24 2013, 03:18PM
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I am sad they waived him. He is a very talented playmaker that needs to play with the right players to succeed. Consider his stats in Zug last year where he played with Henrik Zetterberg. Compare Zetterberg at Zug last year 23 games 16-16-32. +17. vs. Omark at Zug 48 games 17-52-69 +18. According to that Omark is as good if not better than Zetterberg. Is it just that the Oilers aren’t tapping into his potential? Or are they not giving him enough time to adapt to the NHL game? I think since he is a playmaker they need to find the right player(s) for him to play with. I don’t think they value him like they should. I hope he tears it up in OKC and the Oilers think deeply about how to help him reach his potential.

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#9 Oiler Al
September 24 2013, 02:49PM
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" player will have to play their way on or off the team". ... what a load of barnyard insulation.

By that virtue, Jones, Hemsky and Smyth should not make the team by their play thus far.There are others for sure,,, but just making a point on how serious the statement really is.

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#10 Baresnake
September 24 2013, 01:59PM
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DSF wrote:

But Clarkson makes 10 times much as Kassian.

Duh.

You win...... this time.....

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#11 Marsellus Wallace
September 24 2013, 02:37PM
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If SMAC is standing at the penalty box and goes all Doug Glatt on Weiss after he serves his cheap shot penalty, the Kassian high stick probably doesn't happen.

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#12 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 24 2013, 11:01PM
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Alsker wrote:

couldnt agree more other than blowing Belov's horn a little more. QSB had him above Smid on the depth chart, he might be onto something!!

I'd like to see Nurse stay, but at the expense of Oilers current upcoming season, it is better long term to send him back. The Oilers need to doom him to 2 more yrs of playing with boys so to not created even more of a bottleneck on the finances. So much tied up in the future of this team there's not near enough left for NHL caliber depth players. Under Lowes watch, they've had very little success at developing their own.

Far from having 4 NHL caliber centers down the middle till Christmas. MacT mentioned this evening they're just going to ride this out with players from within the organization. NHL caliber or not, they'll be passed off as Oilers/NHL'ers for most of this year. No need to keep Nurse here for that, since MacTavish isn't committed to winning yet. One more year of hockey that doesn't matter certainly appears to be on Craigs agenda.

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#13 Romanus
September 24 2013, 04:54PM
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gord962 wrote:

Intent to strike Gagner or not, there was intent by Kassian to swing his stick. Players are accountable for what their stick hits.

He missed his check. Got embarrassed and swung. We've all been there. He didn't necessarily mean to hit his face, but meant to hit him.

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#14 michael
September 24 2013, 01:06PM
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Dorsett was Halls nemesis that knocked him out a couple of years ago? Smack will play. I don't think anything will stop him from suiting up tonight. His adrenaline level will massive. I expect to see him deliver some crushing body checks tonight. Your right about not taking it anymore.

Listening to Struds on Lowetides show today and he spoke to the lack of opponents for Smack. Honestly if Smack does not fight a single fight this season is exactly what the team wants. If he doesn't drop the gloves that tells me he is doing his job. Tells me the other team is aware of the deal and that players on the Oilers like Hall,RNH and the rest will get the space and respect to play the game at the highest level. If Smack is fighting that tells me that the other team is doing stuff that needs corrected in a severe manner.

Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War with 2 words. "Star Wars". The Russians so feared the possibility of a space based Nuclear attack that they capitulated and ever since the threat of Nuclear War has waned.

The Oilers added their own "Star Wars" threat in Steve MacIntyre. He is a weapon a mass destruction. I for one feeling better knowing that our primary assets will have a guy at the end of the bench who is the answer to the question. Who's your daddy?

Love Rob Browns comment on the post game show on Ched last night. When asked about enforcers. No Sir MR.Probert we have no problem. Right answer. Especially to that guy.

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#15 Alsker
September 24 2013, 01:13PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

What a load of fluff..

It'll be the guy who has the one way deal over the guy with the two way deal that has the upper hand on said roster spot. Same crap material for the media types year after year. Eakins will be told who's staying and who's going.

Everyone keeps saying it and hoping it aint so, but, odds are you are probably correct. Im still keeping a glimmer of hope that Eakins keeps to his guns afterall there are more than a few opportunities NHL/AHL out there for him. If hes going to be railroaded into something he doesnt like than heres hoping hes got the stones to tell 6 rings and co. where to go and how to get there.

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#16 Baresnake
September 24 2013, 01:28PM
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TeamOmark wrote:

Omark put on waivers breaks my heart. He played on Zetterberg/Brunner caliber in the Swiss league but yet the Oil wouldn't give him more than 3 games to prove it. I think it'll be a big mistake if he's claimed, and all he needed was some time to adjust. What a terrible injustice.

It was a terrible injustice that he was brought back for a tryout in the first place. One lucky (but I admit awesome) shootout goal, and some youtube highlights from Europe are all he's done. O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D.

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#17 NJ
September 24 2013, 04:28PM
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I am very interested to see how Eakins uses SMac. Really, by his own description, he doesn't want SMac on his team. He wants guys who can play as much ice time as he requires. SMac by definition and execution is a 5 min or less a night, enforcer type. He cannot Skate. Shoot. Score. In fact he can't hit anyone because he can't catch them... (Under normal circumstances).

So, that leaves only 2 options. Eakins recants and gives him an "unearned" roster spot based on his thug abilities. Or...

SMac loses 30+ lbs, trims down, faster, harder and a guy who can not only fight, but crush bodies and forecheck. I would suggest that 30lbs is a LOT of weight to lose, but based on Eakins own statement on what he's looking for from players AND team, isn't this the only way SMac fits in? Unless you can throw him in front of the net on the PP or some other ridiculous thought, someone tell me how and why this works and fits.

Yes. I like the thought of someone who can beat the snot out of the headhunters, but I would think SMac as a fighting coach for Ben Eager might be a better solution than putting a gorilla on the ice. That is all.

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#18 MessyEH!
September 24 2013, 05:04PM
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I found this quote very interesting. Eakins seems to like Hemsky and Smyth.

"That’s been our best line (camp). Taylor and Hemsky have great speed that covers Smytty off (37 years old),” Eakins said. “For me, there’s not a better guy on the wall (Smyth) or a better guy going to the net and Taylor and Hemsky can cycle and know Smytty will be there.”

I sure do miss Horcoff right now.

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#19 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 24 2013, 05:28PM
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LovableLinus wrote:

Bobby Mac says Snowpants will be out for 2 months at least..

"Doctors who performed surgery on EDM F Sam Gagner's broken jaw believe he will be out of lineup for two months."

So that means Sam won't be 100% again till around Christmas.

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#20 TeamOmark
September 24 2013, 01:02PM
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@madjam

madjam, lay off the crack. You give Nurse some time in the OHL. That's how all the top defenders of the league developed into what they are today. Pietro, Subban, Weber, Karlsson...

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#21 Cody anderson
September 24 2013, 01:31PM
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I liked the Omark signing, although I did not think he was what this team needed. With all of Ebs, Yak, and Hemsky being far more efficient on the right and Hall moving from the left side to centre I thought it would give omark a chance to play with real skill.

I think the benefit to this was to build trade value and have a legit scoring threat. They could have given him another game, but with the mantra that the players will decide......he did not earn or win a spot on this team.

I was also a huge Smyth fan prior to that last year and a half and a Jones booster prior to his eye injury. I would not have either of them on my opening night roster either.

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#22 Eastern Oil
September 24 2013, 01:45PM
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@ Jason Gregor

Sorry about the premature post, hit enter way too quickly.

Real question is: although I understand what you're saying about dressing Mac because of Asham, Dorsett and Hainsey, who do you take out to put him in?

Every guy in the bottom 6 is fighting for a job right now and only have 1-2 games left to be showcased. That's a tough call to remove one of those guys to put in someone who will not find a partner in any of the opposing players.

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#23 Racki
September 24 2013, 02:28PM
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They need to dress brown and MacIntyre not eager. Until he shows he can still fight, eager isn't my go to guy for fighting...

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#24 I tried it at home
September 24 2013, 02:35PM
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Dear Mr MacIntyre, let me welcome you home to the Oilers. Also, please allow a few words on how to stay here. Forget the code. Who cares if no one wants to fight with you. If anyone tries to do what Regehr did to Hemsky all those times, you go out and make him regret it. A lot. Heck, make his line mates regret it too. Then sit back on your suspension and count your (continuing) paychecks. We want you here, believe me. Just leave the boy scout stuff in your locker, please.

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#25 pkam
September 24 2013, 03:04PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

" player will have to play their way on or off the team". ... what a load of barnyard insulation.

By that virtue, Jones, Hemsky and Smyth should not make the team by their play thus far.There are others for sure,,, but just making a point on how serious the statement really is.

Now there are about 7-8 guys fighting for 4 spots. Hamilton, Acton, Eager, Lander, Arcobello, Pitlick, Omark, Joensuu. I agree so far Jones doesn't deserve a spot and should be fighting with the group. Smyth is borderline. But Hemsky, other than Joensuu, I don't think any in the group is better to Hemsky.

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#26 WONGER
September 24 2013, 03:45PM
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I tried it at home wrote:

Dear Mr MacIntyre, let me welcome you home to the Oilers. Also, please allow a few words on how to stay here. Forget the code. Who cares if no one wants to fight with you. If anyone tries to do what Regehr did to Hemsky all those times, you go out and make him regret it. A lot. Heck, make his line mates regret it too. Then sit back on your suspension and count your (continuing) paychecks. We want you here, believe me. Just leave the boy scout stuff in your locker, please.

WELCOME BACK STEVE!!!!! EAKINS WILL LET YOU DO YOUR JOB AND YOU WILL LOVE PLAYING FO HIM!!!!! HE AND MACT ARE WINNERS IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD! You had tears in your eyes telling Jason Gregor how special it was for your dad to watch you live in your first game as an Oiler way back. Let me tell you, there will be TEARS OF JOY AND APPRECIATION from many fans when you step onto the ice for the warm up tonight!!! WELCOME HOME BIG MAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#27 pkam
September 24 2013, 03:51PM
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Greg Steinke wrote:

I am sad they waived him. He is a very talented playmaker that needs to play with the right players to succeed. Consider his stats in Zug last year where he played with Henrik Zetterberg. Compare Zetterberg at Zug last year 23 games 16-16-32. +17. vs. Omark at Zug 48 games 17-52-69 +18. According to that Omark is as good if not better than Zetterberg. Is it just that the Oilers aren’t tapping into his potential? Or are they not giving him enough time to adapt to the NHL game? I think since he is a playmaker they need to find the right player(s) for him to play with. I don’t think they value him like they should. I hope he tears it up in OKC and the Oilers think deeply about how to help him reach his potential.

I really don't understand the love of Omark. He may have some skill and protect the puck pretty good consider his size. But he is a solo player and hang on the puck all the time. 80% of the puck cycle dies once he has the puck.

This is the type of player I hate to have on my line. Once he get the puck, you are most likely waiting to start the defense.

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#28 Scobydoo
September 24 2013, 08:28PM
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Baresnake wrote:

It was a terrible injustice that he was brought back for a tryout in the first place. One lucky (but I admit awesome) shootout goal, and some youtube highlights from Europe are all he's done. O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D.

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#29 Cowbell_Feva
September 25 2013, 05:21AM
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I actually agree with Quicksilver...with a weak Defense and pathetic help up the middle, this is going to be another long season in Etown. No reason to have Nurse here to suffer with it. No matter what I would have sent him down to dominate the OHL, grow into his frame and help Canada bring Gold back home from Malmo this Xmas.

I think some people are looking a little bit too hard into some meaningless pre-season games, when (as Gregor has mentioned) the other teams are quite weak. Nurse has looked good, and is by a land slide their best Defensive prospect, but there is no reason to stunt his development in the bigs, especially once the men start to come to town that have actual NHL experience.

I think Belov and Larssen looked better than I expected they would, which is a nice surprise. Again, it is still early. A few regular season games in could change that outlook drastically.

Oilers, just beat the piss outta the Flames and Canucks...I wish like hell you could make the playoffs, but it would take the stars to align in many facets for it to happen, so just beat the Nucks and Flames.

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#30 John Chambers
September 24 2013, 12:46PM
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Those top-2 lines for tonight's games are likely our top-2 lines for the season opener.

That means a 3rd line that likely looks like: Joensuu - Gordon - Yakupov

I can live with a 4th line of Eager - Acton - Hamilton

It's not great, but we'll beat on boats against the current.

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#31 Darrell
September 24 2013, 01:33PM
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DSF wrote:

Kassian got 8 games.

I am going to read between the lines here DSF.

I bet your thinking Vancouver is tough for breaking Gags jaw and throwing a conclusion type elbow at our franchise player in Hall. That's not tough, its illegal and the fact Kassian dissed Mac shows he does not give a sh!t he hurt Gags.

Lets me be the first to apologize if that's not your train of thought but either-way expect a good clean ass kicking as a result and don't like Vancouvers odds !

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#32 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
September 24 2013, 02:28PM
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DSF wrote:

What would you have given Taylor Hall when he deliberately targeted Clutterbucks knee?

A Trophy and a Hooker!

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#33 Time Travelling Sean
September 24 2013, 03:25PM
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Racki wrote:

If you've only seen one preseason game perhaps your opinion on Hemsky needing to be cut is worth a jar of piss. He has been very good with Hall so far. Even Smyth looks good so far. I think they've made Hall at C a lot more possible. People need to check their previously formed opinions at the door. Clean slate. FYI, I wanted Hemsky traded this off season but he looks great so far. They push the play and allow other scoring lines better opportunity to score too since they can go power vs power. As for Jones, you did get that one right, and I do like him, however. He is going to likely lose his job here.

Are you responding to someone else? :c

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#34 Greg Steinke
September 24 2013, 03:56PM
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gord962 wrote:

I like Omark and was happy to see him resigned but he did NOTHING on the ice to earn a roster spot.

Like Eakins said I think he was trying to hard. He didn't focus on what he does well. He wanted so badly to make the team that he was trying to play Eakins game rather than his game, which is playmaking and passing. I don't think the dump and chase game is his best game even though he is often pretty good along the boards. I hope Eakins can bridge the two in the future if he ever gets a chance again. Notice that when Pitlick and Acton were interviewed they were focussed on playing their game and doing what they do well. I think Omark got off track on that. If he had focussed on only doing what he does well, I think we would all be talking about it.

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#35 Greg Steinke
September 24 2013, 04:28PM
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pkam wrote:

I really don't understand the love of Omark. He may have some skill and protect the puck pretty good consider his size. But he is a solo player and hang on the puck all the time. 80% of the puck cycle dies once he has the puck.

This is the type of player I hate to have on my line. Once he get the puck, you are most likely waiting to start the defense.

Notice last year that the majority of his points were assists. He is a playmaker who is a great passer. I think he was trying to show himself as a good player in camp trying to do too much as Eakins stated. He should realize that he must focus on the passing game and the playmaking game in the context of working together with his teammates. It looks like he did a great job of it in Europe. He needs to bring out that ability here and he will make plenty of waves. Early in camp during the scrimmage, playing with Yakupov and Arcobello, Omark put on a show with great passing amongst each other. I wish they would have played that line together during the regular games. I think Eakins was hesitant because they are all smaller players. Maybe we could learn something from Zetterberg/Datsyuk/Brunner line in Detroit.

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#37 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 24 2013, 11:09PM
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That being said, watch MacTavish go out tomorrow and offer sheet the Rangers Stephan.

That would sure light a fire under an already agitated Glen Sather. Rangers would be in tough to match a 3 yr, 12 million dollar sheet.

Stir the pot strawman (Craig MacTavish).

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#38 NJ
September 24 2013, 12:48PM
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Jason: No mention of Fedun, yet he's still here, survived what, 4 cuts... And in the lineup tonight? Did I miss something?

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#39 bazmagoo
September 24 2013, 01:08PM
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Love the fact that Eakins wants 3 scoring lines and one energy line, that's how you win in today's NHL in my opinion. Full team defence combined with full team offence is the only way to put it together.

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#40 oilfan in yyc
September 24 2013, 01:32PM
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@michael

Uhhh, Star Wars wasn't space launched nukes, it was about stopping inbound nukes, which is what I guess you're hoping for with Smac

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#41 Cody anderson
September 24 2013, 01:43PM
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@Darrell

I hope they send SMAC on a mission first game against Van. Nothing sends a clearer message then having the stretcher brought out for Kassian after his reckless play hurts one of our top players.

I don't think SMAC needs to play in order to be effective. Having him dressed sitting at the end of the bench with a very clear mandate that nothing is tolerated will be noticed and remembered.

Every dirty hit, cheap stick, or knee is met with a vicious beating on the offending party. His job should not be to fight the other team's heavyweight unless it was the heavyweight that stepped out of line. The "code" is fine in staged fights, but the enforcers job should be to protect his teammates against all enemies. He should not give a dirty player the option to fight. He should attack, and keep beating him until the refs pull him off.

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#42 Cody anderson
September 24 2013, 01:51PM
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@ Jason Gregor

Sorry about the premature post, hit enter way too quickly.

Real question is: although I understand what you're saying about dressing Mac because of Asham, Dorsett and Hainsey, who do you take out to put him in?

Every guy in the bottom 6 is fighting for a job right now and only have 1-2 games left to be showcased. That's a tough call to remove one of those guys to put in someone who will not find a partner in any of the opposing players.

I agree with Jason, with the lineup they are dressing it has the potential to turn into a war. I ensure I am dressing both Eager and SMAC.

I don't worry about him finding a partner. If someone makes a dirty play you make an example out of them. You don't ask them to fight.

Pull Smyth, so we can save some energy for regular season and bump everyone up one spot.

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#43 @Oilanderp
September 24 2013, 02:01PM
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Gregor, if the Oil don't dress Stevie Mac, what do you think the suspension will be for a guy jumping out of the press box and onto the ice?

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#44 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
September 24 2013, 02:29PM
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And the "C"...

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#45 Racki
September 24 2013, 02:41PM
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Marsellus Wallace wrote:

If SMAC is standing at the penalty box and goes all Doug Glatt on Weiss after he serves his cheap shot penalty, the Kassian high stick probably doesn't happen.

Haha, love this post. That would be funny as hell to see. Lots of laughs in that movie

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#46 Time Travelling Sean
September 24 2013, 02:55PM
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I've only seen one preseason game, but Smyth hasn't looked awful, quite the contrary he's played well I think. Hemmer has seemed invisible some shifts and good some others, Jones has played awful.

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#47 pkam
September 24 2013, 02:57PM
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I know I'll get a ton of thumb down.

If you can make 700K+ running NHL star players and take a beating once in a while, or make $10 an hour at Tim Hortons or a gas station, what is your choice?

We all know that if I don't drop my gloves, the referees will jump right in after one or two punches. All I have to do is turtle so I would get punch in my head.

There will be no names who can hardly plays the games lining up to take that beating for that big pay cheque. Unless we target their star players, it won't deter their GM or coach from running our star players.

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#48 gord962
September 24 2013, 03:25PM
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Greg Steinke wrote:

I am sad they waived him. He is a very talented playmaker that needs to play with the right players to succeed. Consider his stats in Zug last year where he played with Henrik Zetterberg. Compare Zetterberg at Zug last year 23 games 16-16-32. +17. vs. Omark at Zug 48 games 17-52-69 +18. According to that Omark is as good if not better than Zetterberg. Is it just that the Oilers aren’t tapping into his potential? Or are they not giving him enough time to adapt to the NHL game? I think since he is a playmaker they need to find the right player(s) for him to play with. I don’t think they value him like they should. I hope he tears it up in OKC and the Oilers think deeply about how to help him reach his potential.

I like Omark and was happy to see him resigned but he did NOTHING on the ice to earn a roster spot.

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#49 Smokey
September 24 2013, 03:31PM
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Greg Steinke wrote:

I am sad they waived him. He is a very talented playmaker that needs to play with the right players to succeed. Consider his stats in Zug last year where he played with Henrik Zetterberg. Compare Zetterberg at Zug last year 23 games 16-16-32. +17. vs. Omark at Zug 48 games 17-52-69 +18. According to that Omark is as good if not better than Zetterberg. Is it just that the Oilers aren’t tapping into his potential? Or are they not giving him enough time to adapt to the NHL game? I think since he is a playmaker they need to find the right player(s) for him to play with. I don’t think they value him like they should. I hope he tears it up in OKC and the Oilers think deeply about how to help him reach his potential.

I think your reading into Swiss League stats. Who does he replace in the top 6? Hopefully he finds a soft landing.

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#50 tileguy
September 24 2013, 03:38PM
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I agree, 5 games is bullship, Gagne's livelyhood could be forever altered if it dosen't heal properly. Imagine breaking bones and you are considered a hero in some parts.

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