NURSE TO JUNIOR, EAKINS HATES SITTING BACK

Jason Gregor
September 25 2013 09:16AM

Darnell Nurse definitely made an impression in his first NHL camp. His infectious smile and polite demeanor allowed him to fit in off the ice, but it was his on-ice play that impressed his teammates the most. None of the Oilers had ever seen him play before, but his fluid skating stride grabbed their attention the first day of camp.

"He moves incredibly well," Taylor Hall said to me on the second day of training camp. "He's so smooth for a big man. He'll be scary when he fills out," continued Hall.

When Hall is impressed by a player's skating ability, you take notice.

Last Wednesday in Vancouver, Nurse played a dominating 24 minutes vs. the Canucks. He gave management, coaches, teammates and the fans a glimpse of his future potential, and he should go back to Sault Ste. Marie feeling very good about his game.

While Nurse dominated in Vancouver that night, in his other preseason games he was solid. At times he looked his age, and you could see that he'll need to add some weight to his 6'4" frame, but every game he played he did something that caught your attention.

Even the most pessimistic Oiler fan was impressed by Nurse, and in 12 months I think he'll be even more impressive.

The Oilers made the right decision to send him to junior. He'll go back to the OHL, play 25-30 minutes a night, develop his game, improve his strength and he'll take on more of a leadership role. He'll be a better player next year, and when he comes to training camp he'll be focused on making the team.

Prior to the draft I interviewed Nurse, and when I asked him about going straight to the NHL he gave an incredibly honest and mature answer, "I think I need to keep developing my game. There are areas I need to improve on, and I think it would be best for me to play another year in junior."

For Nurse to recognize in the summer that the best thing for him would be another year in junior, shows you why he'll be successful, but that doesn't he mean he wasn't crushed when Eakins told him the news last night.

"If anyone tells you it feels good to get cut, they're probably lying to you," he said. "It sucks. There's nothing fun about it but they (Oilers) have the best plan for me and my development. I'm going to go back and dominate my league and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to play in World Juniors," continued Nurse.

I love his attitude. He'll use this as motivation to become even better. He'll make a serious push for the World Junior team and that experience will also help his development.

THIS IS A GOOD THING

There is no negative in sending Nurse back to junior, the only negative out of training camp was that we didn't get to see him play against a complete NHL team. Every game he playe, the opposition had very few proven NHL players. Regardless, that game in Vancouver gave us all a glimpse of his potential. 

He didn't look out of place, even when the Sedins were on the ice, and the best part was that he didn't look intimidated at all. You can't teach confidence, and you can't teach competitiveness. Nurse has both in abundance, and I can't wait to see how he looks next September.

THREE MORE CUTS

Tyler Pitlick, Anton Lander and Taylor Fedun were assigned to OKC last night. They will be on the team charter to OKC this morning and all of them will play significant minutes in OKC this season. Fedun continues to improve. He's an incredibly smart player who rarely makes mistakes. He or Oscar Klefbom will be the first call up, if the Oilers suffer any injuries on the blueline.

Pitlick had the best training camp of his short career. He is close to being an NHL player, and if he can stay healthy this year. and keep improving. he should make a serious push to crack the lineup next season.

Lander wasn't a factor in training camp. He just never looked comfortable and wasn't able to stand out in any of the games. If he can get off to a good start and play well, I think there is a good chance he will play some games in Edmonton this season. He needs to be a leader and one of the best players every night in OKC.

***EDIT at 10:00 a.m.***

The Oilers placed Ryan Jones on waivers this morning. If he clears he'll start the season in OKC. I haven't seen anything from Ryan Hamilton or Ben Eager that suggests they are better NHL players than Jones, but Jones didn't have a strong camp and the Oilers do save cap space by keeping Hamilton up and sending Jones down.

Eager brings a completely different element, so I understand why he is here. Hamilton's footspeed in the preseason was an issue, we'll see how he looks against NHL lineups. Good for him he worked hard to make the lineup, but I don't think anyone on the Oilers fourth line is a lock to stay the entire season.

A WELCOME CHANGE

A few things I've never understood; how someone thinks Olivia Wilde isn't hot or why coaches play prevent defence in football or sit back when they have a lead in hockey.  The picture answers the first question, and when I've watched the Oilers games this season I've noticed a refreshing approach when they have a lead. Eakins wants them to keep pushing forward, rather than sitting on a lead. THANK GOODNESS.

I find when I watch games on TV, even worse on the web, that it is hard to see some of the small nuances of the game. The camera only focuses on the puck carrier, so it's hard to see what players are doing away from the play. Luckily the Oilers have had the lead for every home game this season, and I noticed early on that they never "sat back" on a lead.

In the first few games I wondered if it was just the quality of the opposition, but after watching last night's game I was confident the Oilers' were in fact trying to remain aggressive.

David Perron played in St.Louis the past few seasons, and the Blues have a reputation of protecting leads, so I asked him if Eakins' message, when protecting a lead was different than what he'd previously experienced. 

He tells us to keep going, and I love it and I think everyone in the room does. I don't think that other coaches say sit back, but they way they react it says it without saying it. If you read between the lines, it is pretty easy to figure out that (sitting back) is what they want from the team. 

If you are up 3-2, yeah you need to be smart, but even if you are down 1-0 you need to be smart. It is the same game all the time, and I like that. Dallas wants us to learn to play the same game; in the preseason, the regular season and then when we get in the playoffs we won't be as nervous. 

It is refreshing to hear that a coach is constantly telling his team to push forward, and it is equally good to hear a player already thinking about the playoffs. That is the type of attitude the Oilers need.

After speaking with Perron, I asked Eakins about his gameplan to never stop attacking. 

It kills me. It makes me crazy. I was getting ready to check myself in in the third period because we started to sit back and I don’t understand  why you would. After having great success for two periods by pushing the pace, and limiting their time and space, why would we suddenly give them time and space when the otherwas working for us. I feel the best way to defend a lead is to score a goal. That’s the way to do it. To sit back and give them chance after chance doesn’t make sense to me. 

There are things we can do in practice to work on that, but that is more of a mentality. We have to plant the seed, then start taking great care of that seed and watering it every day, and that's what we are going to do here. That is the one thing I didn't love about the game, because we started to sit back in the third period. 

When the regular season begins and the games matter, if the Oilers are sitting back on a lead, don't blame the coach. He'll be just as frustrated and perplexed as you if his team stops pushing forward. I'm curious to see how long it takes before the players are confident enough not to sit back.

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#101 dougtheslug
September 25 2013, 02:29PM
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I think it says something about Oiler depth and talent this year that players like Omark, Lander, Jones, etc., who were able to crack the lineup in past years, aren't able to compete this year. And that Nurse isn't being rushed, but allowed to mature properly. Isn't that what everybody has been saying good teams do with their draft picks? Are the Oilers, in spite of all the naysayers, becoming that kind of team?

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#102 Will
September 25 2013, 02:35PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

You have to evaluate what you know on draft day. We didn't know how good Nichuskin would be at camp. We also don't know what will happen if Nichuskin doesn't want to sign a bridge deal for his second contract. I'm just saying that there are risks with this player. You have to ask the question, will this guy be a player for this franchise 5 years down the road. Nichuskin certainly has the talent. But which league will he be playing in?

If I hear you correctly, your main complaint was that he was not willing to come here and play in the AHL if he didn't show very good. You think that is indicative of a poor attitude right?

However, the kid is showing really, really, really good so going down to the AHL is a non issue. True he could have said I want to come over and prove why I belong on a team, but instead he basically said if you draft me, do so with the intention of playing me in the NHL, because I will go to the KHL otherwise. You have to remember, he was offered stupid money to play in the KHL, that he wouldn't want to play in the AHL for pennies of what he could make is understandable. Dream of playing in the NHL or not, millions of dollars were on the table and it wasn't worth his time to 'prove himself' in the AHL. Instead he could simply make bank in the KHL and wait it out for a team to sign him to a one way NHL contract.

That's all he was saying, it was a business move, that again is really a non issue because he could very well win the calder this year.

As for picking Nurse over Nichuskin on draft day? Unless we picked him up and moved other players out for help right now, which likely wouldn't have happened as teams would be reluctant to give something of value up with the salary cap going down, then I think we made the right choice in getting Nurse. Not because of attitude, or the Russian factor or ability. But because what this team needs is a number one D man, and I think Nurse can be that guy in 2 - 3 years. And since we're not going to pay Weber 14 mil a year anytime soon, this was the way to go.

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#103 Will
September 25 2013, 02:36PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

I think it says something about Oiler depth and talent this year that players like Omark, Lander, Jones, etc., who were able to crack the lineup in past years, aren't able to compete this year. And that Nurse isn't being rushed, but allowed to mature properly. Isn't that what everybody has been saying good teams do with their draft picks? Are the Oilers, in spite of all the naysayers, becoming that kind of team?

And yet injuries are already allowing both Arcebello and Acton to be in our opening night roster. Sure we have depth, but not in all areas.

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#104 Chaz
September 25 2013, 02:37PM
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toblerusse wrote:

Your comment about watching a game on TV and it's limitations is something I think about on a regular basis and something i wait patiently for the future to change. We have such incredible technology available to us yet us, as viewers, are at the mercy of the production of the tv station we are obligated to watch.

I've seen multi-camera options online as many as 6 years ago. The NBA offered it a long time ago and I still cant believe it hasnt expanded.

I made an infographic for my job (we have a blog i run) and I put as many ideas i could into it.

http://visual.ly/future-how-we-watch-hockey

Basically i feel that we should be able to control which of the several camera angles are available at any given time. I would like to watch the powerplay from behind the net WHEN I CHOOSE TO.

I would also love to have access to any of thenumerous microphones around the rink - or better yet, one on the refs or players.

The product of watching sports on tv/online has plenty of room to grow. Billions of dollars to be made as well.

I couldn't agree more. I've often said if the NHL could just borrow the Monday Night Football crew for a couple of weeks I'm sure they'd revolutionize the way we watch hockey. They should have hundreds of small cameras built into the boards all around the rink to show any possible angle. They should also play live audio feeds even if this means having parental warnings.

I hate the fact that Sportsnet who cover most of the Oilers games are so far behind with the times. Nothing like watching an amazing rush by Hall only to have the telecast switch to a Canadian Tire Zamboni going across the screen instead of a replay, or some blurb about Score and win. I realize advertisers generate revenue, but it shouldn't have an overly negative effect on the broadcast. Thank God for PVR.

In my mind, they should do like soccer; show the entire period with no ads. TV timeouts has ruined the flow of hockey.

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#105 Tikkanese
September 25 2013, 02:39PM
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Shifty203 wrote:

If you saw the Toronto-Buffalo brawl the other night, you may have noticed 2 of the ref's were wearing Go Pro helmet cams. I couldn't find and footage from the game from the refs angle online, but I did find a video from a Detroit Exehibition game that had one ref wearing a Go Pro.

Go to google, and search "Detroit Referee Go Pro". You should get several links to the video.

I love the view on faceoffs, and from the goal line as the play moves towards the net.

Yea that ref cam could get the odd great replay angle for sure.

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#106 Olivia Wilde
September 25 2013, 02:39PM
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I'm not hot at all.

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#107 Mikey
September 25 2013, 02:42PM
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Will wrote:

And yet injuries are already allowing both Arcebello and Acton to be in our opening night roster. Sure we have depth, but not in all areas.

Its been said before, so I'll say it again. Name two other teams in any league where if they lost their top 2 C they would be able to fill the roster spots with quality players.

Hell their are only a handfull of teams that can go on with out their top 2 players. Not saying Gags is top 2, but what if Hall went down that game instead of gags.

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#108 tileguy
September 25 2013, 02:48PM
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abbeef wrote:

I think this line would be brutal as well but Eager is not slow at all, he is faster than Omark. All three should never be dressed for the same game as that line would give the opposition a huge advantage,

You could dress all 3 guys against calgary and vancouver, no law says you have to roll 4 lines unless the going gets tough. Kids are plenty young enough to play 20 mins each.

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#109 Tim in Kelowna
September 25 2013, 03:02PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:
OW is just okay-hot.

Guys who say stuff like this are the same guys who would need to change their shorts if she made eye contact.

Eeeasy, fella. I was just kiddin' around. But seriously, she's not in my top 50... not that I have one.

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#110 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 25 2013, 03:05PM
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@madjam

Labarbarra looks shaky and has not played many games last year or before. _______________________________________________________________________________________

We'd all be shaky in that hurry up and wait environment. Roy and Bunz, just in the way the last two weeks. Jason should be fine 3 or 4 weeks from now, now that they're down to just two goalies.

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#111 wiseguy
September 25 2013, 03:06PM
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Previous posts in discussing Omark being placed on waivers:

#6 tileguy September 14 2013, 11:11AM What is interesting is Omark will have to clear waivers to be sent down (I believe) so either he makes the team or he is lost for all time and I can easily see him lighting us up. I still would cheer for him though in different colour silks."

"#11 tileguy September 14 2013, 11:25AM

I think this is a little bit more than over-valuing a prospect. No chance in he!! that he clears. (I'll bet money on that)"

"#45 Scobydoo September 14 2013, 07:09PM Omark 1 year 600k = claimed! If he clears, im gonna start sending cristmas-card to Don Cherry!"

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#112 wiseguy
September 25 2013, 03:06PM
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Double post. Wished I'd bet tileguy and Scoby, Don is anxiously awaiting his X'mas card.

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#113 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 25 2013, 03:13PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:
OW is just okay-hot.

Guys who say stuff like this are the same guys who would need to change their shorts if she made eye contact.

Spoken like a true visible minority...

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#114 Alex Mathis
September 25 2013, 03:19PM
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I wonder why nobody is pointing towards MacT after having signed Jones to a 1.5 Million deal...that was a bad decision and a waste of money which now could have been invested in a Center. Imagine the noise if Tambellini had done that...

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September 25 2013, 03:19PM
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Doomoil wrote:

you're a dunce.

Says the guy who doesn't know the first letter of a sentence should be capitalized.

Go ahead and fix your best effort, while we wait, Mr. True Intelligence.

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#116 Jack
September 25 2013, 03:40PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Says the guy who doesn't know the first letter of a sentence should be capitalized.

Go ahead and fix your best effort, while we wait, Mr. True Intelligence.

You are missing two commas, one you can get away with.

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#117 madjam
September 25 2013, 03:43PM
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We have 3 top NBR.1 draft picks from last 4 years . We have the so called best depth in prospects in theleague . How in the world can we be only as high as 23rd best in league ?

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#118 tileguy
September 25 2013, 03:45PM
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wiseguy wrote:

Previous posts in discussing Omark being placed on waivers:

#6 tileguy September 14 2013, 11:11AM What is interesting is Omark will have to clear waivers to be sent down (I believe) so either he makes the team or he is lost for all time and I can easily see him lighting us up. I still would cheer for him though in different colour silks."

"#11 tileguy September 14 2013, 11:25AM

I think this is a little bit more than over-valuing a prospect. No chance in he!! that he clears. (I'll bet money on that)"

"#45 Scobydoo September 14 2013, 07:09PM Omark 1 year 600k = claimed! If he clears, im gonna start sending cristmas-card to Don Cherry!"

tail between legs wimping to corner. I was really high on Gagne for captain now I want Hallsy. Guess thats why there is a pre season.

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#120 Wax Man Riley
September 25 2013, 03:56PM
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TeamOmark wrote:

That would just about be the slowest line in the NHL. All it needs is an Omark in there somewhere to speed things up.

Actually, Brown and Eager are pretty good skaters. Omark is not an NHL player.... obviously. He has a league minimum contract (or close to it), and he just cleared waivers. that means EVERY team in the NHL had a chance to get him for nothing or next to nothing.

Yet here he is... in the AHL.

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#121 Wax Man Riley
September 25 2013, 03:57PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

You and me bud, we'll convert all these heathens surrounding us. It just seems counter productive to bring all these kids into camp that have zero chance of making this non playoff team.

Where the Oilers are today, roster wise, wouldn't it have been a significant benefit to have been down to this group two and a half weeks ago? Implement that new system and have the guys get use to each other. Hit the ground running as a 25 man group Oct 1st. On a team that needs every competitive advantage they can get. It appears to be a missed opportunity having all these kids with zero chance of making the club just getting in the way these last couple weeks. Looks more Gong Show than serving a functional purpose if you ask me.

The serious injury to Gagner probably insures Hopkins will be rushed back into this lineup.

Honest question, QSB.... do you purposely try to have a worse Dakin score than DSF?

Keep it up, I think you're almost there.

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#122 smokey
September 25 2013, 04:01PM
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Alex Mathis wrote:

I wonder why nobody is pointing towards MacT after having signed Jones to a 1.5 Million deal...that was a bad decision and a waste of money which now could have been invested in a Center. Imagine the noise if Tambellini had done that...

Many were commenting on the terrible signing when he could of had Beniot Pouliot or Mason.raymond for less money,. What was MacT thinking signing a guy for 1.5. For every good move MacT made was an equally stupid one.

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#123 wiseguy
September 25 2013, 04:08PM
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tileguy wrote:

tail between legs wimping to corner. I was really high on Gagne for captain now I want Hallsy. Guess thats why there is a pre season.

You're a big man. Props to you. It wasn't the response I usually get for bringing up stuff.

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#124 Wax Man Riley
September 25 2013, 04:10PM
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smokey wrote:

Many were commenting on the terrible signing when he could of had Beniot Pouliot or Mason.raymond for less money,. What was MacT thinking signing a guy for 1.5. For every good move MacT made was an equally stupid one.

Jones does not get claimed on waivers since no team wants him for $1.5M.

He goes to OKC, works hard, gets his confidence back, and when injuries occur, there he is ready to go dig pucks out of the corner to shovel them in front of the net to nobody.

He becomes a not bad stopgap player when injuries occur. Jones once proved that he can play in the NHL.

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#125 wiseguy
September 25 2013, 05:02PM
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@Craig1981

Not to mention that playing your final 23 players in all these back to back exhibition games against the other teams' scrubs would've ended up with major or minor injuries to Hall, Hemsky, Eberle, and all our other smaller skilled players in addition to Gagner.

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#126 pkam
September 25 2013, 05:08PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

So which of the Oilers current top-four is out? Smid, J.Schultz, Petry or Ference?

Did they just disappear?

Also you aren't including Klefbom and Nurse who will be in the mix next season. And Larsen makes the money are mentioned.

If you think Fedun is battling Potter next year, you aren't paying attention.

When I read that Fedun have to compete with Belov, Klefbom and Marincin for a spot, my initial reaction is all these players are projected to be top 4 so why should Fedun compete with them for a 3rd pairing spot? Especially Below, I don't think he will resign for less than 3M and Fedun will be no more than 1M. So unless we have lot of cap space, Fedun's salary makes him a better candidate than Belov for a 3rd pairing role.

I was at Rexall last night and I like what I saw in Belov, especially that one timer, haven't seen that from our d-men for quite a while. I don't mind to keep all 5 but I doubt salary will allow it when we have to resign JS and Petry.

Not sure who will be out. J. Schultz is a keeper and Ference has a NTC so I guess one of the other 2 cause I like Below more than Petry and Smid.

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#127 bazmagoo
September 25 2013, 05:13PM
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smokey wrote:

Many were commenting on the terrible signing when he could of had Beniot Pouliot or Mason.raymond for less money,. What was MacT thinking signing a guy for 1.5. For every good move MacT made was an equally stupid one.

Couldn't agree more. I thought Jones at $1.5 million was pretty steep. In my opinion we likely could have had him for $1 million or less. That money could have been better spent on David Steckel, in my opinion.

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#129 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 25 2013, 06:01PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Honest question, QSB.... do you purposely try to have a worse Dakin score than DSF?

Keep it up, I think you're almost there.

Haven't been paying attention Wax Man. Figured those buttons were there for the kids to play with, not be a meter to gauge the popularity contest the kids seem to enjoy. Never really paid much attention to the arse kissing scores or negative prop buttons.

I've been trying hard to put up more of the so called cookie cutter answers that are popular here, but as you can see, I still have a ways to go before I become one of the mundane normal vanilla types.

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#130 Ari Gold
September 25 2013, 06:51PM
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Nurse looked pretty bloody impressive. He looked as though he'd be almost as productive as Petry, and that's still as a teen. Please keep him in a cage, poke him with a stick often and feed him only raw steak. I want this kid to have the taste of Sedin-blood on his tongue when he breaks into the league.

Lander & Omark, huge disappointments. I was hoping for more. Great, however, to see so much competition for the bottom 9 forward spots and the #3 D-pairing.

Depth on the Oil???? This is new.....

Heal up and get back Gags & Nuge! This is a playoff team when healthy.

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#131 Ari Gold
September 25 2013, 06:52PM
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Also, Nurse's humble way of speech is seducing me. This kid speaks more eloquently at 18 than Smyth at 37. Get this kid a red carpet. He'll be the Pronger we always wanted.

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#132 David S
September 25 2013, 06:54PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Spoken like a true visible minority...

You know, I get the whole "Troll" thing. I really do. Going for the worst negative Dakin every single article must be quite a treat for you, despite it being incredibly easy and of course, ridiculously shallow. But still, the rewards must be worth it, right?

Still, I can't for the life of me wonder why you'd want to be known (if only online) as a complete d!ck.

But I imagine the constant "negative fame" on a fan hockey site is still better than the reality you probably have to wake up to everyday, right?

#SucksToBeYou

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#133 Ari Gold
September 25 2013, 06:57PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Belov, Marincin and Klefbom won't all step in as top-four. They have to work their way up. Virtually impossible, Klefbom, Nurse and Marincin will all be top-four in next two years, which is Fedun's most likely window to crack Oilers roster.

Just because someone is projected to be a top-four or 2nd line player, doesn't mean they start there.

I'd steer more respect to your comments Gregs if you weren't wearing hipster glasses in that photo....

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#134 Wax Man Riley
September 25 2013, 07:05PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

I'd steer more respect to your comments Gregs if you weren't wearing hipster glasses in that photo....

Those are Lady Gaga shades btw...

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#135 David S
September 25 2013, 07:15PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Totally worked for DSF though.

Some nation faithful even ask for his views on hockey.

DSF offers up a contrarian point of view and I can appreciate that. At the very least least he generates conversation. Some others, I wonder if pissing off commenters on fan sites is the best thing about their day. That's pretty sad.

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#136 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 25 2013, 07:35PM
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@David S

I hear you David. It's just hockey tawk BS.

Don't you think you're cheating yourself even just a little to maintain that ever so popular plastic image many here try to keep? Why not just be honest and call a spade a spade once in a while. After what we've seen the last 8 yrs, you STILL feel the Oilers are above criticism?

I don't know if it's a fault of mine, but I don't need anyones approval. Try being your own man, and not the guy you think people want you to be. As you grow older and more self confident, you too, will learn to not care jack ship about what someone thinks about you. I've been self employed for the last 30 yrs, so my opinion could appear jaded to some. Never been In a position where I needed someone to like me. Take the rocky road sometime David. There are far fewer sheep in your way.

#growapairdude- or should I say mam?

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#137 Thumby
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If Force = mass x acceleration, what will happen to Monoghan in a couple years when a 225lb Nurse comes calling?

That kid has some kind of sweet skating action going on!

See you next year Darnell!

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#138 Thumby
September 25 2013, 08:39PM
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DSF wrote:

I like you...does that make me a bad person? :)

I must admit that from time to time I also agree with QSB and DSF... I guess it could be my age (45) catching up with me!

DSF - who is he....

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#139 Oilcruzer
September 25 2013, 09:09PM
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If this was game 80 of any of the last 5 years, I get the (deserved) slamming of the Oil at all levels.

But to take such a negative approach before game 1 is in the books?

"inconceivable"

The team looks to be finally turning the corner now. The days of JF Jacques being hyped as a reason to spend your $ on a ticket might now be history.

Might.

For this team, the window is opening.

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#140 Oiler Al
September 25 2013, 09:26PM
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Oilcruzer wrote:

If this was game 80 of any of the last 5 years, I get the (deserved) slamming of the Oil at all levels.

But to take such a negative approach before game 1 is in the books?

"inconceivable"

The team looks to be finally turning the corner now. The days of JF Jacques being hyped as a reason to spend your $ on a ticket might now be history.

Might.

For this team, the window is opening.

Cuzer, question.... " finally turning the corner now" ?? Check out the bottom six.. barely got one legit NHL'er there.!

The depth of this team is not what you think it is. You have two centers out of the line up, and depth guy like Ladner, who has been around for a couple of years can't fill the crack, and is sent down to the AHL, only to be replaced by another AHL,er.

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#141 Oilcruzer
September 25 2013, 10:53PM
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Nah. Prefer to compare the 23 man roster vs previous years.

And the change by a GM done between the last game of last season to first game of next.

More importantly, predicting gloom is a bit silly at this point. Give it 10 games anyway.

Reminds me. If NYR and Vancouver each have worse records than last year, and they likely will, what does that say about the exchange of coaches.

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#142 dougtheslug
September 25 2013, 10:59PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Cuzer, question.... " finally turning the corner now" ?? Check out the bottom six.. barely got one legit NHL'er there.!

The depth of this team is not what you think it is. You have two centers out of the line up, and depth guy like Ladner, who has been around for a couple of years can't fill the crack, and is sent down to the AHL, only to be replaced by another AHL,er.

Bottom six by November (assuming top six is Hall, Hemsky, Smyth, RNH, Eberle, Perron), is Gordon, Yak, Joensuu, Brown,Eager, Lander, and occasionally Mac. When Gagner returns, Lander drops back.Barely one legit NHLer???Gordon, Yak, Brown and Eager have nearly 1500 NHL games between them.

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#143 Dan 1919
September 25 2013, 11:13PM
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Mikey wrote:

What does being rich have to do with making a dumb mistake? Jealous much?

I was alluding to the fact that an NHL player shouldn't make a mistake like that. Meaning he's a millionaire because he's supposed to be a pro, and not make such an amateur mistake. The actual concept of money was irrelevant to my point. I'm sorry you were not able to understand that. It appears money is something you take seriously as you were so perturbed that you had to post a rhetoric. Some of us don't need it as much as you smart guy ;)

Overreact and shoot off your mouth out of turn much? That's why your life is the disappointment it is. Focus on yourself, not other people, because you often are not intelligent enough to comprehend what they are saying.

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#144 Mikey
September 26 2013, 07:45AM
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Dan 1919 wrote:

I was alluding to the fact that an NHL player shouldn't make a mistake like that. Meaning he's a millionaire because he's supposed to be a pro, and not make such an amateur mistake. The actual concept of money was irrelevant to my point. I'm sorry you were not able to understand that. It appears money is something you take seriously as you were so perturbed that you had to post a rhetoric. Some of us don't need it as much as you smart guy ;)

Overreact and shoot off your mouth out of turn much? That's why your life is the disappointment it is. Focus on yourself, not other people, because you often are not intelligent enough to comprehend what they are saying.

Oh I get it now. Once you become a pro at something you never make a simple mistake?

So if all you ment was, by being a millionire you are a pro, then why did you say pro millionaire and not just pro?

Lame excuse

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It seems to me that the coach was favoring Hamilton even before camp started. I hope Hamilton delivers. We needed more grit in the line up.

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#146 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
September 26 2013, 08:52AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

So which of the Oilers current top-four is out? Smid, J.Schultz, Petry or Ference?

Did they just disappear?

Also you aren't including Klefbom and Nurse who will be in the mix next season. And Larsen makes the money are mentioned.

If you think Fedun is battling Potter next year, you aren't paying attention.

At some point someone is going to be hurt and he'll probably get a shot. What happens from there who knows.

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#147 djc
September 26 2013, 09:10AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Haven't been paying attention Wax Man. Figured those buttons were there for the kids to play with, not be a meter to gauge the popularity contest the kids seem to enjoy. Never really paid much attention to the arse kissing scores or negative prop buttons.

I've been trying hard to put up more of the so called cookie cutter answers that are popular here, but as you can see, I still have a ways to go before I become one of the mundane normal vanilla types.

People give you "thumbs down" not because they don't like you or because it's a popularity contest, but rather because your comments make no sense and your knowledge of hockey is laughable.

Oooooh you are such a rebel because you don't give cookie cutter answers (ie: opinions that are different than yours)! Hopefully you get your internet trophy soon.

Keep trying to convince yourself that you don't care what people think while you post 50 times a day and try to rile people up with your comments about kids committing suidice and visible minorities. Hopefully you have other things in life besides this blog since you don't appear to have much else.

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#148 Harry
September 26 2013, 09:45AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Kicking and screaming bud, kicking and screaming... one game at a time. Hard to see the Oilers stuck in neutral for so many years. In three years, after the Oil have turned the corner, there will be nothing to complain about. Instead of passing judgement on Oiler players here on ON i'll need a new hobby.

With the Oilers being the only game in town, I guess we'll just have to force ourselves to like them. Going to be another long year boys...it's good to have a place to come and vent one game at a time.

So you admit that your hobby is to be a complete goof in an online blog?

Truly sad. When this team turns the corner this season I cant wait to see you try and weasel your way back in.

You need to learn how to be a fan and not an a$$ho#e

Best of luck

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#149 Harry
September 26 2013, 09:55AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

You and me bud, we'll convert all these heathens surrounding us. It just seems counter productive to bring all these kids into camp that have zero chance of making this non playoff team.

Where the Oilers are today, roster wise, wouldn't it have been a significant benefit to have been down to this group two and a half weeks ago? Implement that new system and have the guys get use to each other. Hit the ground running as a 25 man group Oct 1st. On a team that needs every competitive advantage they can get. It appears to be a missed opportunity having all these kids with zero chance of making the club just getting in the way these last couple weeks. Looks more Gong Show than serving a functional purpose if you ask me.

The serious injury to Gagner probably insures Hopkins will be rushed back into this lineup.

Wow!! You just continue to amaze me twinkle toews.

Name one team in the history of hockey that dressed their opening day lineup on day one of training camp. Get a grip!!

Furhermore, I will never let you live it down that you considered Nurse a bust after ine rookie tourney game. His developement alone tells us why we have camps.

Your knowledge of simple hockey is brutal.

The band wagon is full so after our first winning streak and then into the playoff push remember this. Your not welcome at the FANS table.

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#150 Dan 1919
September 26 2013, 10:52AM
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Mikey wrote:

Oh I get it now. Once you become a pro at something you never make a simple mistake?

So if all you ment was, by being a millionire you are a pro, then why did you say pro millionaire and not just pro?

Lame excuse

I've explained it once to you and you did not pay attention, I am not going over it again. Get over it and get your conversations back to hockey. I am not going to engage any further in your teenage girl type antics. If you can't grow up, go find a gossip chat room.

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