GDB -1: FINAL IMPRESSIONS

Jason Gregor
September 27 2013 12:58PM

The Oilers wrap up the preseason with a tilt against the Dallas/Texas Stars tonight in Oklahoma City. The Oilers currently have 27 players remaining in camp, 23 of them are healthy while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Corey Potter and Denis Grebeshkov will start the season on either the IR or LTIR.

It is the final opportunity to impress head coach Dallas Eakins, and tonight's lineup will be very close to what we see next Tuesday when the Oilers open their 34th NHL season against the Winnipeg Jets.

Unfortunately, the Oilers will once again face a lineup with half a roster of AHL-destined players. The Stars still have 20 forwards and 10 D-men in camp, and last night vs. the Avalanche the Stars dressed about 95% of their opening-night roster, so tonight the Oilers will faceoff against Luke Gazdic, Lane MacDermid, Travis Morin, Chris Mueller, Brett Ritchie, Colton Sceviour and others. The Stars will dress two forward lines of NHL players, but it likely won't be their best lines.

Usually the final preseason games involve more NHL-ready lineups, thus allowing the players to fine-tune their skills as well as giving the coaches a better sense of where their team is at. Eakins won't have that luxury this year.

Eakins mentioned he only worries about how his team plays and I respect that, but if your opponents aren't NHL caliber, is it possible to get an accurate gauge on your team's play? It is easier to defend the aforementioned Stars than it would be trying to shut down Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Ray Whitney, Erik Cole, Valerie Nichuskin and Shawn Horcoff.

The Oilers will see a few of those players tonight, but not all of them.

LINEUPS

Smyth-Hall-Hemsky
Perron-Gordon-Yakupov
Joensuu-Arcobello-Eberle
MacIntyre-Acton-Brown

Belov-J.Schultz
Smid-Petry
N.Schultz-Larsen

Dubnyk

Perron and Joensuu switched spots in practice yesterday and they'll stay that way tonight. That is interesting considering Perron and Eberle have played very well together. Jordan Eberle leads the NHL in preseason points with 8, while Perron leads the league with 5 preseason goals.

I suspect Eakins is just experimenting. Before leaving Edmonton he said he wanted three balanced scoring lines, and putting Eberle with two guys who played a combined eight NHL games last season seems to contradict that. I'm going to guess he's just looking at different combinations.

The Oilers know what they have in Andrew Ference so he'll get the night off.  Belov playing with Justin Schultz tells me he'll be on the opening night roster, likely in a pairing with Nick Schultz. .

PP UNITS...

The Oilers haven't spent much time practicing their powerplay, but yesterday they did.

The first unit consisted of Hall,Hemsky and Smyth up front with J.Schultz and Yakupov on the points. Yakupov on the right point was a focal point in the previous games, and I'm sure we'll see him unleash his one-timer frequently. Smyth replaces Horcoff in front of the net. I understand wanting to use Yakupov's one-timer, but they should also focus on getting Hall in a good shooting lane. He's got an excellent snap/wrist shot.

The 2nd unit will be Eberle, Arcobello and Joensuu as forwards with Perron and Belov on the point. Belov has a bomb of a shot, while most of the puck movement should go between Eberle and Perron.

When Nugent-Hopkins and Gagner return, the Oilers PP should get even better.

Texas Dallas lineup:

MacDermid-Eakin-Nichushkin
Garbutt-Fiddler-Ritchie
Roussel-Mueller-Sceviour
Gazdic-Morin-Smith

Connauton-Oleksiak
Dillon-Fortunus
Nemeth-Jokipakka

Ellis
Nilstorp

QUICK HITS

  • The Stars new green jerseys look fantastic. I rarely like a new jersey more than the old one, but these ones look great, especially on TV.
     
  • Nichuskin has looked great in the preseason, and he'll start the season in Dallas. If he has a good season, I'm sure some will rip the Oilers for taking Darnell Nurse instead of him. Like most draft years, I think you have to wait at least five years to gauge players, and sometimes even longer, especially when comparing a D-man to a forward. It will be a good debate.
     
  • Remind you to watch my fellow Nation writer, Jason Strudwick, this Sunday evening on Battle of the Blades. Struds informed me that his first outfit is, umm, outside his comfort zone. Can't wait, it will be fun. Break a blade Struds.
     
  • Please do me a favour and sign up for Streakcred. I'm getting sick of Wanye texting me every ten minutes reminding me to add a link in my story. The early bird special is on right now for only $15 a team, and it's addicting. The best part is that in addition to winning some cool prizes, you will also be helping out The Inner City Children's Program. Show the world how smart you are, and help kids eat a healthy meat. It's a win-win. You should sign up here.  

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#51 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
September 27 2013, 10:54PM
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@konst16

The NHLPA wouldn't care, players don't start paying dues till they start getting paid/playing reg season games. You can still develop plenty of players without them getting in the way of the guys who have a place on the parent club.

10 day rookie camp.. Let those kids play the other NHL rookie squads, the Golden Bears, the Nait Ooks, the Oil Kings...who cares.

Starting with a much smaller group would quicken this process sharply. 42 players go to main camp (4 goalies and 38 skaters). After week one of main camp 12 guys get reassigned/gonzo (JRS or AHL/ECHL) This leaves 30 bodies remaining. Plenty of opportunity to work with the players that matter the most. Shorten the pre-season to 6 games and put some value back into those games for the few fans who show up. The NHL has established you need to dress 8 veterans for every exhibition game. The is no rule to prevent you from icing 75+% of your opening day roster. Two weeks (ahead of your competition) to work on your new system with the group that matters most.

Best 4 or 5 rookies (plenty of opportunity since zero kids had a legitimate shot at making the parent club this year) from rookie camp go onto the main camp. This still leaves room for 10-12 AHL/ECHL so called blue chip prospects. Your 25'ish veterans with contracts make up the rest of that group of 42 for main camp. Show well at the AHL/JR level and you'll get that invite to camp the following fall.

The 70+ player gong show the Oilers went through this last month is no longer productive. Time to do away with all the promises of giving all these kids an exhibition game or two, they're not in danger of making the club anyways. The Oilers would have benefitted greatly by having the 29'ish remaining players they have today, 2 1/2 weeks ago. The Oilers need new ways to find a competitive advantage. Points won in October still count in April. Steal those October points until the rest of the league follows the Oilers lead. Start your own path and make your own luck.

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#52 Naky
September 27 2013, 06:20PM
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Dallas fielded an AHL roster tonight because they're playing in an AHL barn. The Oilers might feel obligated to ice some stars for their affiliate, but Dallas sure as hell doesn't have to help out. How many NHL players do you really think want to play in that building? How many of our own are cringing internally?

I don't blame the Oilers for doing this for the Barons, but they should have done in much earlier in the pre-season. It was a mistake to do it this late IMO.

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#53 Spydyr
September 27 2013, 07:04PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

well that just about makes up for it

Not bad but it is tough watching the Oilers starting roster short just Ference getting schooled by Dallas's AHL team.

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#54 Fresh Mess
September 27 2013, 07:20PM
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The Oil are terrible. 8 years and counting....

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#55 Fresh Mess
September 27 2013, 07:31PM
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Oilers NHL roster looks ECHL quality. I bet Eakins is making the air blue in the dressing room.

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#56 Johe
September 27 2013, 08:30PM
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Thank goodness the preseason is over. Too long. Now let the real games begin!!!

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#57 CDean
September 27 2013, 09:09PM
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The best play was 'Oilers forward Steve MacIntyre left the game with an apparent knee injury and did not return.'

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#58 Naky
September 27 2013, 09:25PM
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Oh my, the sky is falling, the sky is falling.

Yes, the Oilers should have given it all they got against a team of nobodies and nothings in a meaningless game.

Oh, yes, and it's all Dubey's fault we lost this game for sure. Nevermind the bagel, donut, zip, nada, nothing, zero, hula hoop on the scoreboard. Or the shot clock. Nope. It's on the Dubster to score the goals too. If we had traded Omark for Carey Price this past summer, this would never have happened, you see.

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#59 oildawg99
September 27 2013, 11:15PM
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So the Oilers win a bunch of pre-season games and some "fans" howl how its only pre-season and no one should give it much attention.

But then they put in a stinker in the pre-season and the sky is falling? get a grip. Let see how these guys perform when the actual season starts before passing judgement. And even then its going to take a few weeks to get a real gauge on how good this team actually is.

I am curious of all the oilers hate I have been seeing on TSN and other sights, has anyone else noticed this and is it more than normal? if it is that sure is a good sign. hahaha

Go OIL!

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#60 ghostofberanek
September 27 2013, 02:01PM
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Sooo any television tonight?

Also, Oilers win 4-1, 2 goals for Yak, 2 apples for Arco.

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#61 Racki
September 27 2013, 02:05PM
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brian_d wrote:

I know balanced lines are the approach, but I don't like the idea of the Smyth-Hall-Hemsky line. Smyth is just too old to keep up with those guys for a sustained period. On the other hand, I suppose with Hall at LW, our LW depth is compromised to the point where Smyth is pushed into the top 6.

Everything is a stop-gap until we get Nuge and Gags back. Even if Hall does do well at center.

Smyth is great there right now. Ironically, the Oilers could use a top line lwer right now. Smyth can fake it a while for now (I think he has fit in quite well so far, to my surprise). When Gagner is back, he can slot in at LW if the Oilers want Hall at C still. Joensuu may be able to fill in. Perron can too, but I'd keep him separated from Hall for depth reasons

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#62 toprightcorner
September 27 2013, 02:10PM
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I love how you included Horcoff as a threat to shut down!!

I would still prefer Yak to shoot from the circle, he gets his onetimers up pretty fast and he will be head hunting like Niinima used too. Also makes us vulnerable if the other team gets a break out.

I like the down low approach that they seemed to do more often last year but as long as the produce, I don't care what they do.

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#63 Mantastic
September 27 2013, 02:50PM
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On the PP they have Hall playing high slot, which i think he will excel at. Hemmer will play half wall and has many different options to distribute the puck as well has Schultz.

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#64 Oiler Al
September 27 2013, 03:05PM
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EHH Team wrote:

Staples wrote on the Cult of Hockey site that Paajarvi is on the bubble in St Louis & might be waived. Can the Oilers pick him up after having traded him? If so, he would clearly be an upgrade on the third or fourth line.

Only if his father is an Oiler coach.!

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#65 RadWab
September 27 2013, 03:10PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

Sooo any television tonight?

Also, Oilers win 4-1, 2 goals for Yak, 2 apples for Arco.

Although it's not readily apparent on their website.

TV: edmontonoilers.com

Cheers!

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#66 @Oilanderp
September 27 2013, 03:11PM
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@Danger Pay

It's pre-season. Let's not anoint anyone emperor yet.

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#67 michael
September 27 2013, 04:00PM
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Not even going to bother with this one on the internet. Not worth the hassle watching the delays and the gliches. I'll do the old reliable standby and tune in on the radio.

Spec is toast. Is Specs Deck in its final incarnation? Or is that still a go for Next year? His deck does not belong to Sportsnet does it? I wish him well.

And the 12-2 slot goes to?

Who in this town is more credible than Brownlee. Get him out of the garage and into the studio.

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#68 YA BOI JORDDY EBS
September 27 2013, 04:28PM
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Team Omark wrote:

I was tempted to signup for StreakCred.. But they only accept visa and mastercard. What year are we in? You blew it Wanye. Ya dun goofed.

I'll put the $15 towards an official, signed Linus Omark Baron jersey instead.

DONT DISS THE WAYNE! WHAT YEAR ARE YOU IN? DID YA WANNA PAY BY GOLD COINS YOU HOSER? SUPPORT A CHARITY, HAVE FUN AND QUIT BEING SUCH A NOB! GET OFF THE INTERNETS IF YOU CANT FUNCTION GOOBER.

AND WAYNE :*

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#69 Bucknuck
September 27 2013, 04:44PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

That would be the popular opinion amongst most fans. Smytty fans/Dallas Eakins might see it a little differently. Ryan's finally got a set of forwards to play with and succeed. There aren't many more capable of coming off the boards with the puck and getting to the front of the net with your stick on the ice. Ryan Smyth can do all this in spades. Feeding the beast that is Taylor Hall may be all that's required for Ryan to further succeed even beyond this season. I hope it lasts long beyond what most expect it will.

I'm with you Quick.

I picked Ryan Smyth as my star, and I expect him to surprise some fans this year, but sustained time on the top line isn't something I expect to see after RNH comes back.

I think his work on the boards complements the skilled group pretty well, so I hope he doesn't end up stuck with fourth line plugs because that would be a waste.

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#71 biscotti
September 27 2013, 08:38PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Nice zinger by Stauffer towards the Oil for waiving Whitney....

Ray whitney... not ryan whitney. Good try

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#72 konst16
September 27 2013, 08:58PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Not a big deal, nothing game. Once all the alsorans are gone, give these guys 3 or 4 weeks and they'll be a better hockey club than they are now.

It's unfortunate the traditional training camp circus had them wasting the last 3 1/2 weeks. Now they'll have to use the next 15-30 games that count to try and grow together as a 25 man group.

NHL teams play more than one season, and thus they want to develop and measure those not yet on the team.

It would be shortsighted for a team to focus 100% of their coaching/training staff to only those virtually assured games in NHL in the current season . Ensuring you have players you know, and can perform when brought into the lineup is key to having a successful organization.

I really can't see how having an extra ~15 days with few games (no way nhlpa agrees to having to play 8-10 preseason games with 25 man rosters), will end up affecting the standings in any predicable way. Especially not enough to shaft the guys in the system, and blow a huge hole in your ability to recruit.

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#73 michael
September 27 2013, 09:08PM
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Glad I am not watching or listening to this game. The end is nigh. Thank goodness. Pre season is wayyyy to long.

Ryan Whitney is still a bum.

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#74 @Oilanderp
September 27 2013, 09:23PM
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http://www.boysonthebus.com/2013/09/27/yes-the-preseason-matters/

To summarize the math heavy article, the Oilers got 68.75% of the possible preseason points.

Historically teams that did this well (got over 65% of the pre-season points) in pre-season were in the playoffs or within a point of them about 74% of the time.

Take it for what it is.

I am going to buy streamers!

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#75 Spydyr
September 27 2013, 09:37PM
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Mikey wrote:

I notice you don't come around while the oilers are winning. Seems strange, no?

Who cares what team had what roster, the oilers went 5-2-1 in the PRE season. So the oilers dominated other teams ahl roster and now they lost to a ahl roster.

Like I said, meh.

I'm here most everyday but thanks for noticing.

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#76 Mikey
September 27 2013, 09:42PM
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Spydyr wrote:

I'm here most everyday but thanks for noticing.

You're right, most days. And since the oilers have sucked the past many years, you've been around a lot. Here's to hopping the oilers win more than lose, even if it only meant you would stop showing up here.

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#77 Andropod
September 27 2013, 11:22PM
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The oil stank the place up tonight. Disgraceful lack of effort for a team supposed to always give it 100%. They let themselves down, they let the Oklahoma fans down. Preseason or not, they made the Coach look the foo tonight.

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#78 Benny Botts
September 27 2013, 02:40PM
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@Gregor

I haven't seen Brule play in years, and I really haven't had a great chance to see Acton yet this year. But do you think if they grab brule off the waiver wire that he is an upgrade over Acton?

And how hard do you think MacT pushes if a reliable vet becomes available on the waiver wire this weekend??

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#79 Racki
September 27 2013, 02:43PM
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@brian_d

Oh I knew that's what you meant. What I'm getting at is they should ride that high while they can, then when he inevitably drops off swap in someone else. With any luck a C will be back.. And maybe you are forced to put Hall back at LW.. Or maybe Joensuu can hack it out a while. Who knows. But let it ride while you can

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#80 Ducey
September 27 2013, 02:53PM
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Benny Botts wrote:

@Gregor

I haven't seen Brule play in years, and I really haven't had a great chance to see Acton yet this year. But do you think if they grab brule off the waiver wire that he is an upgrade over Acton?

And how hard do you think MacT pushes if a reliable vet becomes available on the waiver wire this weekend??

I'd like to see the Oilers upgrade on Acton but Brule doesn't seem like one.

He has more offensive potential than Acton to be sure, but he doesn't play physical and if I recall he was poor on faceoffs. He was a mess on the defensive end of things.

Brule might be a good guy to try and put on the Barons and see if he really has sorted himself out.

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#81 Rama Lama
September 27 2013, 04:23PM
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No more re-cycling projects........although Brule would be worth a gamble with a two-way contract.

I like everyones game so far this year........still sitting on the fence on Ryan Hamilton though. The one thing that rarely gets talked about is the experience factor on the top six.......chalk up last year to a learning on the job. THis year RNH, Ebs, Hall, Yakupov, Schultz, have some maturity to their game which looks very promising.

If the defense can move the puck like everyone projects.......I like our chances to make the playoffs.

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#82 madjam
September 27 2013, 05:03PM
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Whitney cut loose from St.Louie . Doubt we'll bring him back ,or Brule . Looked at depth chart for end of season and surprised how many are no longer on team . We have had a makeover , now we see what kind of job we did in a week .

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#83 StHenriOilBomb
September 27 2013, 07:48PM
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Petry has looked as bad as any d-man so far. THANKS WAYNE!

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#84 YFC Prez
September 27 2013, 07:49PM
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Thank god 3rd period...hopefully they stop playing like the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked!

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#85 Spydyr
September 27 2013, 09:36PM
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David S wrote:

If you follow the Oilers Twitter feed, you'd know what happened. They dragged the players all over OKC today doing public relations appearances to pump the Barons. Probably obliterated their game day routines.

Twitter is not my thing but thanks for the heads up.

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#86 OilDieHard
September 27 2013, 11:20PM
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oildawg99 wrote:

So the Oilers win a bunch of pre-season games and some "fans" howl how its only pre-season and no one should give it much attention.

But then they put in a stinker in the pre-season and the sky is falling? get a grip. Let see how these guys perform when the actual season starts before passing judgement. And even then its going to take a few weeks to get a real gauge on how good this team actually is.

I am curious of all the oilers hate I have been seeing on TSN and other sights, has anyone else noticed this and is it more than normal? if it is that sure is a good sign. hahaha

Go OIL!

TSN is troll central ! complete garbage post it site, I wouldn't waste my time over there!

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#87 konst16
September 28 2013, 12:38AM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

You missed the point.

The NHLPA would care because I doubt the vets would want to play the increased preseason games, for free. How many of them play 6+ games now? I'd think just the younger guys if any..

The rest of your reasoning makes the disconnect clear to me. You could care less about player development..

"rookie camp.. ..who cares" "Starting with a much smaller group.. (of) ..players that matter the most" "value back into those games for the few fans who show up"

We'll have to agree to disagree about how much you are giving up by providing a very small percentage of your prospects experience in an NHL coaching/fitness/game environment.

As for your timeline, are you sure you are not conflating training camp and rookie camp? Training camp can be a maximum of 20 days, the first 5 of which are very limited in terms of time permitted on ice. Good luck squeezing 6 games in less than 10 days (one would assume you'd want at least three days between the last preseason, and first legit games) with a 30 person roster.

I am not suggesting the Oilers picked the right number of players (they invited 63, not 70+ as you suggested for effect), or that more is better (it seems to vary between teams; Det 67; Dal 54; Van 61), just that you are being incredibly shortsighted about player development.

Not to mention presumptuous, suggesting you know better than 30 NHL coaches and 30 NHL GMs.

Either way you certainly seem convinced.

Almost as much as NewAge about his Sys...

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#88 konst16
September 28 2013, 12:40AM
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moving on..

Its easy to say in hind sight, but I think getting smoked is the best thing that could have happened tonight (sorry for those that had to watch). Especially from a coaching point of view.

Motivating the team, and getting it through their head that they are still far from "getting it", should be easier to achieve going into the last few days before the season starts with a 4-0 stinker, than on a winning streak.

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#89 Ari Gold
September 28 2013, 01:14AM
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I didn't get worked up about the wins, I won't either about the losses. Big deal.

Small sample size.

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#90 Oiler Al
September 28 2013, 11:09AM
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This teams depth on forward is lower than the bottom of the barrel, and only slightly better on the defense side. But that's what you get your farm team is what two season old/new and your drafting is questionable at best.[excluding the lotto kids ]

Mind you kicking starting the rebuild 3 times in the last seven years and a revolving door for managers and coaches ...Got to give Lowe credit, sure must have some good pictures of Katz from the good old days.I think SMith and Bucky have copies of those same pictures.

Sorry.. no playoffs this year.

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#91 Dog Train
September 27 2013, 01:34PM
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OK, you got me. I signed up for StreakCred. I figured since my alias, Slick Rick, is currently leading the pre-season standings I should probably show up to defend my title.

As for this game, it can't come and go fast enough for me. I am ready for real hockey and like you said Gregor, it's hard to really evaluate anybody against this type of opposition. I will say 4-1 Oilers. Yakupov and Perron with 2 goals each.

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#92 gr8one
September 27 2013, 04:46PM
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Ducey wrote:

I'd like to see the Oilers upgrade on Acton but Brule doesn't seem like one.

He has more offensive potential than Acton to be sure, but he doesn't play physical and if I recall he was poor on faceoffs. He was a mess on the defensive end of things.

Brule might be a good guy to try and put on the Barons and see if he really has sorted himself out.

IIRC Brule was actually pretty decent at face-off's AND played with an edge. That was actually a knock against him in some quarters saying that since he was relatively small it put him at risk of injury too often.

I always liked his game when he was on, and man he had a nice shot. I would love to see him get another chance here, if it doesn't work out, no harm no foul.

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#93 Fresh Mess
September 27 2013, 06:00PM
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Brule was not bad on face offs. But what next, bring back Comrie? Like Gregor said, you sign Brule to a PTO at Barons camp.

The Oilers look brutal due to horrid centre depth. Belov is looking great.

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#94 Fresh Mess
September 27 2013, 06:58PM
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does anyone know why the picture flickers when I try to go full screen on the Oilers web feed?

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#95 Spydyr
September 27 2013, 07:12PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

does anyone know why the picture flickers when I try to go full screen on the Oilers web feed?

Sounds like your computer is lagging change the settings and get a lower video resolution.

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#96 Taylor Gang
September 28 2013, 12:28AM
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Oh no the sky is falling!

Everyone needs to calm the f___ down. So they lost, big deal. Eakins will have something to say about their effort level but hey, they clearly are just waiting for the season to start. The Oilers aren't invincible yet; they'll lose a couple this year. No need to panic already...

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#97 Spydyr
September 28 2013, 07:33AM
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Mikey wrote:

You're right, most days. And since the oilers have sucked the past many years, you've been around a lot. Here's to hopping the oilers win more than lose, even if it only meant you would stop showing up here.

I would like nothing more then the Oilers to start winning.If only the team management would want them to win as much the last few years. It finally looks like the drive for number one overall is over.Now if they could only shore up the center position find a goalie that does not let in a weak goal every fourth period. They might compete for a playoff spot this year.

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#98 Samson Loveblast
September 27 2013, 06:49PM
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@@Oilanderp

Thanks homes.

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#99 YFC Prez
September 27 2013, 07:02PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Nice goal Dubbie.See your are in mid season form already.

1-0 Dallas

well that just about makes up for it

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#100 Fresh Mess
September 27 2013, 07:16PM
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@Spydyr

Thanks. I tried the lower settings and same thing. I just gave up on the oilers site and found another stream. Problem gone.

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