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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#51 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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#52 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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#53 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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#54 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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#55 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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#56 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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#57 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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#58 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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#59 I tried it at home
September 25 2013, 09:20AM
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it was greatvto see Nurse put himself back in with a good camp after the prospects tourney. He'll be a beast on the blue line soon enough

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#60 Spydyr
September 25 2013, 09:30AM
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Too bad the team did not have the depth at the center they now enjoy on defense.

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#61 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 09:47AM
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Hey JG,

Can you find out what is going on with Curtis Hamilton?

Why hasn't he been cut yet? Have you seen him around, on the ice or anything?

I'm assuming he's injured, if so what's the injury? And, if so, why would that keep them from cutting him from the TC roster to rehab if he isn't going to make the team anyway?

It is very confusing.

Thanks!

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#62 vetinari
September 25 2013, 09:54AM
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Nurse is a beast and going back to the CHL is going to be good for his development-- he needs to add some meat to his frame and to up his conditioning because an 82 game NHL schedule is gruelling. Also, from the Oiler's perspective, it doesn't hurt that his ELC can slide for a year to space out the "next wave" of players.

As for Eakins, I love the philosophy-- why change what's successful? The Oilers can outskate most other teams so keep the pressure up and they can't score when they are buried in their own zone. Fantastic. Players like Hall, Eberle, and Yakupov should thrive with that kind of philosophy.

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#64 Forrestt
September 25 2013, 10:27AM
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Your article title from yesterday is funny "Players will decide who makes the team". I think Fedun played his way into the mix, was better than some proven NHL'ers, but alas, his 2 way contract was easier to park him back in the AHL rather than make a tough call on one way contracts. Hopefully the Oilers don't carry 8 defencemen at least and he gets a shot at a relief role occasionally...

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#65 Czar
September 25 2013, 10:29AM
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@DSF

You sure this time dude?

The only ones who didn't see this coming were Linus and his agent.

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#66 Lochenzo
September 25 2013, 10:30AM
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The "pessimists" as you call them will continue to point to Nichuskin who is having a very good pre-season as well. There is no doubt as to Nichuskin's talent. Where there may be problems is if he gets cut from the big club or when he is negotiating a new contract. If Nichuskin doesn't get what he wants, he's prepared to go to the KHL. He's been very clear about that.

I really like Ryan Jones and I can understand why he had a tough year last year. I don't understand what's happening to him this year though. Hope he gets things going again. Joensuu has outplayed him by a mile and deserves to be here opening night.

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#67 Doomoil
September 25 2013, 10:40AM
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Lochenzo wrote:

The "pessimists" as you call them will continue to point to Nichuskin who is having a very good pre-season as well. There is no doubt as to Nichuskin's talent. Where there may be problems is if he gets cut from the big club or when he is negotiating a new contract. If Nichuskin doesn't get what he wants, he's prepared to go to the KHL. He's been very clear about that.

I really like Ryan Jones and I can understand why he had a tough year last year. I don't understand what's happening to him this year though. Hope he gets things going again. Joensuu has outplayed him by a mile and deserves to be here opening night.

you're painting nicushkin as a russian diva.

he said, before the draft that he wants to play in the nhl over the khl, but those are the two options. he won't play in the ahl. considering that he was probably the most nhl ready player in the class and that any team that was going to draft him knew these things, i don't see the problem.

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#68 Czar
September 25 2013, 10:44AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Nurse is going to be the best Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound to ever wear an Oiler's Jersey!!

Damn I wish this kid played in The WHL, would love to see his progress first hand. A few weeks with B.Sutter and top pairing at the WJC[I hope] will be great for his development.

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#70 Romulus' Apotheosis
September 25 2013, 10:47AM
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Lochenzo wrote:

The "pessimists" as you call them will continue to point to Nichuskin who is having a very good pre-season as well. There is no doubt as to Nichuskin's talent. Where there may be problems is if he gets cut from the big club or when he is negotiating a new contract. If Nichuskin doesn't get what he wants, he's prepared to go to the KHL. He's been very clear about that.

I really like Ryan Jones and I can understand why he had a tough year last year. I don't understand what's happening to him this year though. Hope he gets things going again. Joensuu has outplayed him by a mile and deserves to be here opening night.

I think, now that the decision is several months out, it isn't very helpful to keep comparing these two players.

Better to compare them against their draft age positional counterparts. It will make for a stronger comparison. That said, we are years away from knowing much about this draft...

right now we are just wandering around a wine tasting getting a tiny picture of everybody.

Both though, so far, look very, very, very good.

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#71 Lochenzo
September 25 2013, 10:50AM
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Doomoil wrote:

you're painting nicushkin as a russian diva.

he said, before the draft that he wants to play in the nhl over the khl, but those are the two options. he won't play in the ahl. considering that he was probably the most nhl ready player in the class and that any team that was going to draft him knew these things, i don't see the problem.

Ok, maybe I'm being hard on Nichuskin and he was the most talented player available at the #7 pick. The KHL is a great league, but it's not North American hockey. I'd prefer a player that is prepared to go to the AHL if he needs to take that step to adjust his game. Belov signed such a contract. Klefbom will play in the AHL to adapt his game to the smaller surface. Those are the type of guys I want, a high level of dedication to playing in the NHL.

Alex Mikhnov could never adjust his game from KHL to NHL and was unwilling to play in the AHL to help with the transition. Rajala is gone because he can make more money in Europe than in the AHL. Nichuskin carries that risk with him.

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#72 pkam
September 25 2013, 10:50AM
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Ducey wrote:

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.

The one reason is Jones may improve if he can get more ice time in OKC and Hamilton probably won't. And at the moment, Jones will be the man sitting in the press box if he stays in Edmonton.

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#73 Will
September 25 2013, 10:58AM
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Jones got placed on waivers as well. I guess Eager just out played him for the spot, although maybe one of the younger kids took his spot? Has Hamilton been sent back down yet?

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#74 pkam
September 25 2013, 10:58AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I don't think he he was better than Belov, and both have a two-way contract. We will all see players differently, but Fedun's biggest hurdle will be that he footspeed and size.

He's only had one pro season, so he has lots of time to keep developing, but with Nurse, Klefbom and Marincin all developing as well, he will need a great season and impress the organization so he gets a good look next year.

I think Nurse, Klefbom and Marincin are top 4 defense prospects, while Fedun is a 3rd pairing defense and I'll take him over Potter.

I believe once Potter is traded or his contract is up, Fedun will have a chance.

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#75 Will
September 25 2013, 11:00AM
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Lochenzo wrote:

Ok, maybe I'm being hard on Nichuskin and he was the most talented player available at the #7 pick. The KHL is a great league, but it's not North American hockey. I'd prefer a player that is prepared to go to the AHL if he needs to take that step to adjust his game. Belov signed such a contract. Klefbom will play in the AHL to adapt his game to the smaller surface. Those are the type of guys I want, a high level of dedication to playing in the NHL.

Alex Mikhnov could never adjust his game from KHL to NHL and was unwilling to play in the AHL to help with the transition. Rajala is gone because he can make more money in Europe than in the AHL. Nichuskin carries that risk with him.

Have you been watching any clips of Nichushkin in Dallas pre season. Sending him down to AHL would hinder his development if anything since he would just skate through most of the competition down there. At least up in the NHL he'll have to learn play on both sides of the puck.

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#76 TOM//MTL
September 25 2013, 11:01AM
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Totally unrelated but did anyone else catch Ryan Whitney's sarcastic rip on Joey Moss when replying to an Eberle tweet? He should be worrying about not fading into oblivion rather than cracking on a legend

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#77 Ron
September 25 2013, 11:01AM
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Darrell wrote:

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.

I'll answer that question in 5 years

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#78 Lochenzo
September 25 2013, 11:08AM
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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

I would have taken Monahan if he was available us. But after watching Regehr drill Hemsky all those years, it's nice to be on the other side of that fence in the Battle of Alberta. Nurse drilling Monahan, I see it already.

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#79 Will
September 25 2013, 11:10AM
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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

Monahan. Especially given our injuries at centre. He wasn't available at 7 though, neither was Lindholm. I am very happy we didn't take Nichushkin, even though at the time I really wanted him.

I only take Monahan because he is having a great camp in Calgary, and I think he could help us out this year on the fourth line, then move up the line up as injuries dictate. Depth at centre is very important in this league.

Having said that, ask this question again in three years when Nurse and Schultz are our top pair defence and I might change my mind.

I would have liked to have seen Yak and Nichushkin play on a line together, but no one is really sure in the scouting reports where Nichushkin plays. Rw, LW, or centre, so if he does play RW, then I'm extra glad we did not take him.

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#80 Spydyr
September 25 2013, 11:12AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Nurse is going to be the best Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound to ever wear an Oiler's Jersey!!

99 was not too bad.

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#82 toblerusse
September 25 2013, 11:50AM
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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.

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#83 Craig1981
September 25 2013, 11:51AM
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Spydyr wrote:

99 was not too bad.

who???? hahahaha. I just had to see. I made that comment against The Great One, and still got 100 less trashed than QSB.....

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#84 Maverick007
September 25 2013, 12:07PM
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@Gregor,

Hey man I gotta give you props for Olivia Wilde. You made my day today when I saw her. Shes been my wallpaper for over a year lol. Have you seen "Rush"?

Do you think theres a slight chance the Oil offer sheet Derek Stepan?

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#85 Dan 1919
September 25 2013, 01:02PM
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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.

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#86 LinkfromHyrule
September 25 2013, 02:00PM
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lol I wonder how often madjam and QSB meet under the bridge to discuss trolling and various troll-related issues. They seem to have formed the legion of trolls in the last little while. Guess we will see how long it takes DSF to join too. That would be some serious troll-power

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#87 brian_d
September 25 2013, 02:21PM
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2 things, and no, I haven't read through the monstrous pile of comments, so they may have been touched on:

1) As much as I love Jones, Joensuu seems like the new and improved. Bangs harder and moves faster

and

2) though arguably more important, Olivia Wilde has always been top 5 on my "Chics I would bang if I met them--made possible only if they were by some freak chance horribly drunk" list. That list being topped right now by Serinda Swan.

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#88 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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#89 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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#90 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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#91 Jack
September 25 2013, 03:40PM
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Quicksilver ballet 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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#92 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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#93 tileguy
September 25 2013, 03:45PM
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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!"

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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#94 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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#96 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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#97 David S
September 25 2013, 06:54PM
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Quicksilver ballet 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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#98 David S
September 25 2013, 07:15PM
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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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#99 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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#100 Will
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In one or two years, after he fills out and improves on his game a bit, the Oilers are finally going to have their number one stud D man. Nurse and Schultz will be our top pair.

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