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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#1 Quicksilver ballet
September 25 2013, 09:20AM
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Stand pat and make due with what's already in the system. Ride this season out, and hope the kids can do it on their own. One more season of hockey that doesn't matter coming to RX1 this fall.

It's difficult to understand how a team with so many holes on the roster can send someone who may have been able to contribute back to junior. To even believe he couldn't be a contributor under Eakins watch is stuborn. Guess we'll never know now. Despite being well inside the top 6 group of defenders on this team during camp, we won't get to see how he'd fare against NHL players, he didn't even get that opportunity.

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#2 madjam
September 25 2013, 11:45AM
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Quicksilver on the pulse of a lot of fans feelings going into the season , like it or not . Nurse decision seems more economic decision and contract numbers , than his so called lack of not making team .Will Nurse get better going back to Junior again ? Unlikely as he will not be playing with or amongst men . At least in Europe , etc. the better Juniors are playing in men's leagues . Nurse added a strong element we do not have much of and would have helped this years squad . Why they didn't allow him to stay for at least 8 games into season is puzzling - it would have done him well in his progression . I guess they want to give that time to others whom quite frankly are not as good as he . This is a controversial decision that may well backfire .

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#3 Quicksilver ballet
September 25 2013, 11:47AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

What are you talking about, man? McDavid is TWO years away, so we need to sewer NEXT year too.

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.

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#4 Quicksilver ballet
September 25 2013, 12:10PM
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@madjam

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.

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#5 Quicksilver ballet
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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#6 Quicksilver ballet
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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#7 Reg Dunlop
September 25 2013, 09:34AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

What are you talking about, man? McDavid is TWO years away, so we need to sewer NEXT year too.

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#8 TeamOmark
September 25 2013, 12:06PM
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michael wrote:

A line of Mike Brown, Eager and Smack is the definition of filthy. Light, heavy, and super heavy weight. You got 3 players who will be able to bring the boom when and as needed to pukes like Ott and suchlike. Won't be any of the bitching that Toronto did the other night after their guy got his asked kicked by a Sabre player. 3 different weight categories. Pick the guy who needs tuning in and send over the appropriate player to do the tuning. Smack may have limited opportunities for tuning but I'd rather have him on my team than someone else's. Brown and Eager will be able to give us grit and energy. Push back when we need it.

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

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#9 Quicksilver ballet
September 25 2013, 06:01PM
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Wäx Män 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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#10 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:50AM
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Jckson wrote:

Hypothetical.

If you could go back to the draft and had a chance to pick one of these players. Who do you pick?

Nurse

Lindholm

Monahan

Nichushkin

Lindholm. Russian. Monahan. Nurse.

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#11 Craig1981
September 25 2013, 10:33AM
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Nurse is going to be the best Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound to ever wear an Oiler's Jersey!!

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#12 Quicksilver ballet
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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#13 Quicksilver ballet
September 25 2013, 12:40PM
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Pucker wrote:

Quickie - you're gettin' old. You should get back on whatever you were before, or get off whatever you started on these past few months.

Change is the one constant in life. Why the need to cling to all the old traditions of decades past? Training camp was a 3 week opportunity to prepare for October 1st. Lloyd Christmas had a better shot of making this team than most of these kids who were just in the way during camp. No need to waste all this time separating the fact and fictional possibilities on this roster.

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

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#15 Quicksilver ballet
September 25 2013, 12:26PM
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Ben Eager has the wheels to play on any line, I think that's why he's still here. Eakins will give Ben a role he can succeed in rather than force him to be the player the last coach/GM wanted him to be. With the blender about to be used extensively this season, I'd kinda like to see someone/anyone slide in between Nail Yakupov and Ben Eager. Eberle,Hall,Acton,Arcobello,etc... let each one of them have a go between these two. What do they have to lose, other than another hockey game.

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#16 Quicksilver ballet
September 25 2013, 12:44PM
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Doomoil wrote:

is this the first time you've ever followed a training camp?

it sure seems like it.

it's been funny watching your transition from pessimist to straight troll.

Change, embrace it.

The game has changed considerably the last 25 yrs. Eakins could be the first coach to break tradition and be the first guy through the wall next fall.

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#17 Ducey
September 25 2013, 10:28AM
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I am surprised to see Jones waived. Its not that he doesn't deserve it, its that he has a one way and Ryan Hamilton has a two way contract. Not sure I saw a lot of difference between the two.

It would be cheaper for the organization to send down Hamilton.

Hopefully the Oilers are still active on the waiver wire. There will be one or two good forwards sent down. They could grab one and ditch Eager.

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#18 madjam
September 25 2013, 01:22PM
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Quicksilver ballet 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.

Regular season hasn't started yet , but we could be in for more of the same as Tams was trying - thinking that we had good depth on the farm . I have a feeling MacT. will be proven wrong as was Tams in that regard . We had to use so many during exhibition because of the unfamiliarity the new coaches have for our players I suspect .

Labarbarra looks shaky and has not played many games last year or before . Have to wonder how well Smyth can contribute once the season starts . We are still getting outshot and outplayed in many periods beyond the first . defence may once again be a problem , and Dubbie is going to have to play great if we are to contend . Could end up being another disasterous year if injuries keep mounting . We have depth , but not quality depth .

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#19 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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#20 Quicksilver ballet
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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#21 Maverick007
September 25 2013, 12:14PM
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Tim in Kelowna wrote:

Gregor, I`ll take Olivia Munn over Olivia Wilde every time. OW is just okay-hot.

As far as Eakins pushing the pace, I totally agree. It`s been frustrating watching the Oilers for the past few seasons because it has lacked aggression. There has never been much of a forecheck, and I think the intensity Eakins is demanding will create a lot of turnovers in the offensive zone.

I`m pumped for Oct 1. The Oil will be in tough to make the playoffs, but it`s finally going to be fast paced hockey.

"OW is just okay-hot"

How dare you???? Olivia Wilde is gods gift to mere mortals like you and me. We should be building temples in her honor.

*packs shotgun and shovel for road trip to Kelowna*

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#22 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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#23 DSF
September 25 2013, 10:17AM
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Omark has cleared waivers.

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#24 Czar
September 25 2013, 09:41AM
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After watching Perron play these past few games I'm not sure Maggie ever would have reached the level this kid plays at, love this move.

Only a blind man wouldn't find Olivia hot! I've got a buddy who has been heard to say "she's so hot I'd eat the peanuts........" I'm not sure I'd go that far but hot damn she's sexy!

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#25 Doomoil
September 25 2013, 11:21AM
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@Lochenzo

he could make more money in the khl right now, today, then his ELC.

he wants to play in the nhl, and until he actually gives the hint that he's unhappy here in north america i am fully willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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#26 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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#27 Mikey
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Dan 1919 wrote:

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.

Get over yourself buddy. Its not hard to understand what you said, you are missing my point. So I will spell it out for you.

People, whether experianced or not make mistakes all the time. And to suggest that Petry will be "cycled in and out" of the line up is asinine. The oringal post I quoted was a direct slam against a player who, for better or worse, has been the oilers best D-man the past 3 or so years.

Also I would like to point out, your only responses to me have been slander, while avoiding my questions/comments. So yes I would love for you to stay on topic.

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#28 master of my domain
September 25 2013, 09:39AM
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my favorite part of his post game interview was right at the beginning. http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=4&id=447467&lang=en&navid=DL|EDM|home

reporter- can you start by talking about the hands of David Perron?

Eakins- you want me to talk about his hands? he has a left one and a right one.

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#29 Doomoil
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@Quicksilver ballet

you're right, we should have kept him and thrown his development out the window.

maybe if we were lucky a much bigger and stronger grown man could obliterate him in the corner and put him out with a season ending injury.

if only we could properly destroy this kid's nhl career before it gets started!

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#30 Spydyr
September 25 2013, 09:51AM
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DSF wrote:

Didn't I tell y'all that Perron was the real deal?

Might even lead the Oilers in scoring this season.

Book it...... Not , Hall if he stays healthy is a beast.

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#31 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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#32 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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#33 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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#34 Wäx Män Riley
September 25 2013, 03:57PM
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Quicksilver ballet 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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#35 Spoils
September 25 2013, 09:34AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Stand pat and make due with what's already in the system. Ride this season out, and hope the kids can do it on their own. One more season of hockey that doesn't matter coming to RX1 this fall.

It's difficult to understand how a team with so many holes on the roster can send someone who may have been able to contribute back to junior. To even believe he couldn't be a contributor under Eakins watch is stuborn. Guess we'll never know now. Despite being well inside the top 6 group of defenders on this team during camp, we won't get to see how he'd fare against NHL players, he didn't even get that opportunity.

Not understanding the value of sending a kid down to ensure he gets top minutes against the best competition just shows me you don't get it.

But hockey that doesn't matter?

Even last year when we lost most nights the oilers where fun to watch. What these young guns do approaches art. They are one year older, do you think they are getting worse?

Sit back and enjoy.

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#36 VK63
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Gregor.

disregarding cap missmanagement, incumbency, entry level years and such things.

Did Darnell Nurses play compared to the other dmen in this camp warrant getting cut?

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#37 Benny Botts
September 25 2013, 10:01AM
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Olivia Wilde is an absolute smoke show!

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#38 Jckson
September 25 2013, 10:40AM
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Hypothetical.

If you could go back to the draft and had a chance to pick one of these players. Who do you pick?

Nurse

Lindholm

Monahan

Nichushkin

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#39 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:44AM
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"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."

If I understand the rules on "burying" contracts (one-way) in the AHL (and I probably don't), the formula outlined here:

http://www.capgeek.com/new-cba/

(see "Wade Redden Rule"):

"A one-way contract counts against the cap as follows: cap hit – [ minimum salary + $375,000 ]"

Than R Jones one-way contract, 1.5M - 900, 000 = 600, 000 which is the same as R. Hamilton's NHL salary for the year.

Jones:

http://www.capgeek.com/player/1051

Hamilton:

http://www.capgeek.com/player/1290

If Jones goes down the team pays 1.2M for both players (if Ham stays up).

If Ham goes down and Jones stays the team pays 1.8M.

With Jones going down the team saves 600,000. That will come in handy when MacT picks Penner off waivers!

Good eye JG.

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#40 Czar
September 25 2013, 10:50AM
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JG, Do you think the Flames will pick up Jones? Even with the Saddledome cleaned up they're still up to their eyeballs in crap, on and off the ice?

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#41 Darrell
September 25 2013, 10:59AM
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Jckson wrote:

Hypothetical.

If you could go back to the draft and had a chance to pick one of these players. Who do you pick?

Nurse

Lindholm

Monahan

Nichushkin

Should be fun to watch since we took a tied-man and a rookie center may have made the team due to injuries .... As of now Nurse feels right to me.

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#42 tileguy
September 25 2013, 11:25AM
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On Monday I want you to vote for Taylor Hall as captain. No doubt in my mind he is carrying this team, doing what is best for the team by excelling at centre and leading by example with his hard work never complaining attitude.

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#43 27Ginge
September 25 2013, 11:27AM
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This man (I initially wrote kid) is impressive. All kinds of athletic pedigree and all kinds of competitiveness. The guy was crushed when he got cut even though he know there was no chance of making the team. Absolutely love his character. Gonna be a beast for many, many years to come. A bit of a throwback guy with enough athleticism to play the new game.

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#44 Tim in Kelowna
September 25 2013, 12:00PM
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Gregor, I`ll take Olivia Munn over Olivia Wilde every time. OW is just okay-hot.

As far as Eakins pushing the pace, I totally agree. It`s been frustrating watching the Oilers for the past few seasons because it has lacked aggression. There has never been much of a forecheck, and I think the intensity Eakins is demanding will create a lot of turnovers in the offensive zone.

I`m pumped for Oct 1. The Oil will be in tough to make the playoffs, but it`s finally going to be fast paced hockey.

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#45 michael
September 25 2013, 12:02PM
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A line of Mike Brown, Eager and Smack is the definition of filthy. Light, heavy, and super heavy weight. You got 3 players who will be able to bring the boom when and as needed to pukes like Ott and suchlike. Won't be any of the bitching that Toronto did the other night after their guy got his asked kicked by a Sabre player. 3 different weight categories. Pick the guy who needs tuning in and send over the appropriate player to do the tuning. Smack may have limited opportunities for tuning but I'd rather have him on my team than someone else's. Brown and Eager will be able to give us grit and energy. Push back when we need it.

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#46 Tikkanese
September 25 2013, 01:20PM
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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 love the camera from behind the net angle. I wish the entire game was from that angle! You get to see the play develop as the players see it. They can revert to the 1940's side angle for replays on offsides as that is really all that it is good for.

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#47 TigerUnderGlass
September 25 2013, 01:49PM
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@Tim in Kelowna

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.

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#48 Mikey
September 25 2013, 02:14PM
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Dan 1919 wrote:

Shultz, Ference. Smid, Petry. Shultz, Belov

We will actually have competitive dmen this year. Looking at that roster, Petry and N.Shultz are the likely guys to be cycled in and out if they for example... pass the puck to the goal net and give it away in their own zone resulting in a goal against (Petry) on what should be a very simple pass off the boards for a millionaire playing hockey.

The D-men this year will need to be very careful not to loose their spot for a game or two, because Larsen or Fedun will take that opportunity and likely won't give it back(more so Fedun)... AKA start trembling if you continue that weak own zone play Petry.

I like the Jones on waiver move. Eager played with more speed and energy (albeit nothing spectacular), and has WAY more upside if Eakins is able to spark him.

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

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#49 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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