BLUE ON BLUE

Lowetide
January 19 2014 07:25AM

The Edmonton Oilers have Jeff Petry just past 200 NHL games, Justin Schultz in the 90s and Martin Marincin just past a baker's dozen. The club also has Darnell Nurse ripping up junior, and a large number of prospects posting improving arrows in the AHL. How many of these kids can they develop in the next two seasons?

BUBBLING UNDER!

Corey Pronman's Top 50 Prospects (paywall)

  • 8. Darnell Nurse, D, Edmonton Oilers: He wasn’t chosen to be on Canada’s team for the WJC, but I don’t think that is indicative of where Nurse is as an NHL prospect — he brings a ton to the table. He’s big, mean, a great skater and is pretty effective in both ends of the rink. His decisions aren’t always perfect and his shot could be a little better, but he’s a top-end prospect.

  • Willis: Klefbom has had struggles this year, but it does seem like he’s turned a corner. No other player on the blue line, or even on the team for that matter, has a wider gap between where he was at the start of the year and how he’s played the last few games. Taylor Fedun has been excellent throughout, Martin Marincin has made progress and Martin Gernat and David Musil have both evolved, but only with Klefbom have the strides been so large.

 

  • Dallas Eakins on Martin Marincin: " he’s a young kid trying to get his feet wet, he has played excellent for us, he’s had a great number of games in a row where on some nights he’s maybe been our most consistent and solid D."

  • Todd Nelson on Martin Gernat: “We're starting to see the offensive side to him. With these young guys it's always a work in progress. They have to learn all the things about going through their first pro season and try to develop some consistency.”

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

These are good young prospects, but they won't all turn out, and even the ones who do won't end up playing the heart of their careers as Oilers. Some 40+ years ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs had an enormous number of young and talented defensemen who all arrived at basically the same time.

1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs

That's an insane group of young players, six of those guys were considered to be good to outstanding prospects at the time. The Leafs should have employed most of these men through the 1970s, but the WHA came along and raided most of them. By 1973-74 though, Toronto had recovered.

1973-74 Toronto Maple Leafs

I think there's a lesson here, even without the Godless WHA raids. Defensemen, like objects in your rear view mirror, may be closer than they appear (Marincin being an example) and may also be a mirage.

The odds of Edmonton ever employing a top 7D of Ekblad, Nurse, Petry, Schultz, Marincin, Klefbom and Gernat are zero. Some will flush out because of injury and some will be sent away for other needs.This extreme cluster development in a short time also clouds Dillon Simpson's future—the Oilers have an outstanding NCAA prospect who may get blocked in the pro organization. Or he may, as I'm suggesting is possible, be one of the young men who ends up staying while others depart the scene.

It is an impressive group, and this season has some very good arrows.

(All Barons photos by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved)

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#51 a lg dubl dubl
January 19 2014, 11:51AM
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CMG30 wrote:

I have to agree, As much as the Oil need to make a trade for defense, their number 1 this year could very well turn out to be the first overall... again. What GM in the league will be willing to give the Oilers full value for that?

Depends, if you offer the 1st pick with JShultz, and another prospect for Subban, Montreal just might take it to save on cap space while still getting the "tremendously offensively gifted"* Shultz.

*I think those were the words KLowe said about him in his last interview on 1260.

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#52 pkam
January 19 2014, 11:55AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

In defense of the Oiler management, IMO they are just starting to break away from "draft forwards only" approach, last couple years with Simpson, Klefbom, and Nurse in the fold, management is getting the d prospects they should have had to go with Eberle, PRV, and Gagner

To be fair, other than drafting BPA with their 1st overall, the Oilers management had been drafting big forwards and defenseman with their mid-range picks.

2010: Pitlick (big forward) 31st overall, Marincin (big defenseman) 46th overall, Hamilton (big forward) 48th overall, Martindale (big forward) 61st overall.

2011: Klefbom (big defenseman) 19th overall, David Musil (big defenseman) 31st overall.

2012: Mitchell Moroz (big forward) 32nd overall, Jujhar Khaira (big forward) 62nd overall, Zharkov (big forward) 92nd overall.

Management know the problem and they are working on it. But these prospects need 4-5 years of development before they can be NHL ready, then another 2-3 years of NHL conditioning to be reliable. And only about 10% of these prospects will make it to the NHL.

It is a long process with a low rate of success. If we can develop Pitlick and Marincin to play in NHL in the coming year or 2, the management has done a pretty job in the last 3-4 years.

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#53 Cynic
January 19 2014, 12:00PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

Depends, if you offer the 1st pick with JShultz, and another prospect for Subban, Montreal just might take it to save on cap space while still getting the "tremendously offensively gifted"* Shultz.

*I think those were the words KLowe said about him in his last interview on 1260.

"Mr. Short..." "Please. Call me John. My dad is Mr. Short." "OK. John. Do you think the Bruins would trade us Ray Bourque for Marc Habscheid? Jim Matheson wrote that Habscheid is the next Wayne Gretzky and Bourque's always hurt so maybe the Bruins are sour on him. I'll hang up and listen to your answer."

Oiler fan. The only difference is instead of AM radio it's the interwebs where the myopians hang out.

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#54 Bacon Nachos
January 19 2014, 12:05PM
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Prospects are one thing...but they're nothing without coaching. We're assuming that everyone assumes to trend up, yet our 'best' Dmen right now have all spent a bulk of their careers being coached by other teams. And this isn't just about Eakins... Is Smith really a good D coach?

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#55 corky
January 19 2014, 12:07PM
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Nice start to flames game last night. Wish Oilers had the balls and grit to do something like that. Im sure Ference would be game.

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#56 Lowe Expectations
January 19 2014, 12:08PM
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There seems to be a separation between what Oilers prospects do at the minor league level and what they bring at the NHL level. They really need a solid leader of the defence core, someone the younger players can learn from on the ice.

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#57 HOFFFF
January 19 2014, 12:18PM
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Nice start to flames game last night. Wish Oilers had the balls and grit to do something like that. Im sure Ference would be game.

Flames had to start a new rivalry since the Oilers have pussied out. A line brawl like that and the entire Oilers line would turtle. No truculence.

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#58 michael
January 19 2014, 12:33PM
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Eckblad will be a huge addition to the blueline. Now that the fantasy portion of the post is done.

The Oilers need at least 2 veteran dmen next season. The current situation is not workable. MacT needs to do a better job of spending his dollars.And contracts.

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#59 Dan
January 19 2014, 12:34PM
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The question is not how many will develop, it's whether if they will develop given dysfunctional organization. Too many players pushed up too soon...how they handle this group will speak volumes on future success.

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#60 a lg dubl dubl
January 19 2014, 12:41PM
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Cynic wrote:

"Mr. Short..." "Please. Call me John. My dad is Mr. Short." "OK. John. Do you think the Bruins would trade us Ray Bourque for Marc Habscheid? Jim Matheson wrote that Habscheid is the next Wayne Gretzky and Bourque's always hurt so maybe the Bruins are sour on him. I'll hang up and listen to your answer."

Oiler fan. The only difference is instead of AM radio it's the interwebs where the myopians hang out.

So you're saying Ekblad, JShultz, and say Musil/ or Simpson wouldn't get Subban?

FYI Bourque was trade with Andrychuck for Rolston, Sami Phalsson, Grenier and a 1st round pick. Subban is no Bourque

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#61 pelhem grenville
January 19 2014, 12:58PM
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...all but two players are listed on CapGeek as UFA or RFA next season...Ference&Marincin...wtf

when will our Pronger come again LT?

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#62 finn_fann
January 19 2014, 01:05PM
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This article is a sign of good things happening in my opinion. Marincin is the first player who has been drafted and developed in the OKC system, and he seems to have made the jump better than a LOT of other prospects in the past. The fact that Klefbom, Fedun, Gernat, and Simpson are still knocking at the door of NHL employment and haven't already been washed by injury or poor play is a sign that our current drafting department (ie. since Prendergast got canned) is doing a decent job at identifying value prospects.

The forwards seem to be doing okay as well, with Chase and Yakimov looking like keepers, Pitlick pushing for 4-line duty and Moroz seeming to figure out how to use his stick as well as his body.

It'll be interesting in a year or two to see what Eakins can do with players who have been trained how to actually play a system before jumping straight to the NHL.

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#63 madjam
January 19 2014, 01:13PM
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We have an AHL club no better than 13th out of 15 , that if two clubs below them win their games would drop us to last in AHL as well . Now tell me how you can be so positive that our AHL club is going to do much good transitioning usefull NHL players to our equally poor NHL team ? Sounds like more Kool-Aid and a pipedream to me . Is this what this organization has been taken/reduced to ? Where's the real optimism , and not the salesman job ?

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#64 Sorensenator
January 19 2014, 01:25PM
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Petry is pure garbage

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#65 Lil Scrivy
January 19 2014, 01:31PM
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I think that some of those d prospects may go into a trade to get an nhl vet dman here.

Its unfortunate, but we were too late to the party to develop dmen. YOu build from the backend out. we built up front and then started working on dmen too late in the game. we should have been drafting dmen in 2007-2010, then picked Hall.

Alas, KLowe has no plan.

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#66 finn_fann
January 19 2014, 01:50PM
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madjam wrote:

We have an AHL club no better than 13th out of 15 , that if two clubs below them win their games would drop us to last in AHL as well . Now tell me how you can be so positive that our AHL club is going to do much good transitioning usefull NHL players to our equally poor NHL team ? Sounds like more Kool-Aid and a pipedream to me . Is this what this organization has been taken/reduced to ? Where's the real optimism , and not the salesman job ?

The focus of OKC has been on prospect development this year, not winning. Hence the team has a big crop of new defencemen with little pro experience, as opposed to a bunch of career AHLers hired to make us look good in the win column.

As the oilers have shown us, filling a team with inexperienced players and asking them to play a level above their ability is not going to win many games. It is, however, a decent way to learn on the job, assuming that a player is allowed to make mistakes and learn from them. This is what the AHL team is for - players aren't under the microscope for every little mistake they make while still learning the broader strokes of the game.

Also, I would say that a player like Marincin would have legitimate appeal to teams outside the oilers. If you want to devalue the few players that seem to be making strides within the system, that is up to you, but I don't think recognizing the odd area where the team is having some success is the same as drinking oilers Kool-aid.

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#67 John Kirsch
January 19 2014, 02:14PM
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@a lg dubl dubl

Good God no. Besides Subban would never accept a trade to Edmonton.

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#68 Johnnydapunk
January 19 2014, 02:38PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...all but two players are listed on CapGeek as UFA or RFA next season...Ference&Marincin...wtf

when will our Pronger come again LT?

The RFA Issue is not that bad for the Oil actually. First they can make a qualifying offer that is a minimum of 110 percent of their salary if they made less than $660 000 per season or 105 percent if they made above that. If another teams makes these players an offer, the Oil have the first right of refusal to match it. So they can match the offer and the player stays here. If they choose to not match it they can recieve these options

The numbers refer to offers and were the numbers for the 2013-14 season so I'm not completely sure if they exactly apply for 2014-15 season but I'm sure they are quite close and you get the gist of it.

If they make less than $1 024 845 per season (unsure if that includes bonuses or not) the Oil recieve nothing

If they make between $1 024 845 and $1 552 794 per season the Oil recieve a 3rd round pick

If they make between $ 1 552 794 and $ 3 105 684 per season the Oil recieve a 2nd round pick

If they make between $ 3 105 684 and $ 4 658 386 per season the Oil recieve a 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick

If they make between $ 4 658 386 and $ 6 211 182 per season the Oil recieve a 1st 2nd and 3rd round pick

If they make between $ 6 211 182 and $ 7 763 978 per season the Oil recieve a 2x 1st (for next 2 seasons) 2nd and 3rd round pick

$7 763 978 and above where you get 4 first round picks

So all of this means that Petry would be worth a minimum 2nd round pick, Larsen a 3rd round pick, Schultz would be worth a 1st and 3rd (if bonuses included) if the Oilers chose not to match whatever offer they recieve.

I actually think the Oil are in a position of strength with these players and depending on what is available on the RFA market, they may be able to get a player or two. Though the risk is that if they make a silly money RFA offer to someone, they better make sure they will not end up at the bottom next season as that would mean they essentially traded a player for MacKinnon

Thinking that MacT has a lot of weird calculations he will have to make with potential RFA hunting.

Apologies if this is novel ish, just thought this information would help things.

Made an error in the Schultz salary and corrected it.

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#69 Joel
January 19 2014, 03:00PM
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"This season has some very good arrows"

I think Lowetide said that in 2006.

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#70 Rotten Ron
January 19 2014, 03:06PM
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Cynic wrote:

"Mr. Short..." "Please. Call me John. My dad is Mr. Short." "OK. John. Do you think the Bruins would trade us Ray Bourque for Marc Habscheid? Jim Matheson wrote that Habscheid is the next Wayne Gretzky and Bourque's always hurt so maybe the Bruins are sour on him. I'll hang up and listen to your answer."

Oiler fan. The only difference is instead of AM radio it's the interwebs where the myopians hang out.

That is so funny, for so many reasons. Thank you. I wish sportstalk was on at 10-12 weekday mornings.

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#71 Serious Gord
January 19 2014, 03:09PM
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pkam wrote:

To be fair, other than drafting BPA with their 1st overall, the Oilers management had been drafting big forwards and defenseman with their mid-range picks.

2010: Pitlick (big forward) 31st overall, Marincin (big defenseman) 46th overall, Hamilton (big forward) 48th overall, Martindale (big forward) 61st overall.

2011: Klefbom (big defenseman) 19th overall, David Musil (big defenseman) 31st overall.

2012: Mitchell Moroz (big forward) 32nd overall, Jujhar Khaira (big forward) 62nd overall, Zharkov (big forward) 92nd overall.

Management know the problem and they are working on it. But these prospects need 4-5 years of development before they can be NHL ready, then another 2-3 years of NHL conditioning to be reliable. And only about 10% of these prospects will make it to the NHL.

It is a long process with a low rate of success. If we can develop Pitlick and Marincin to play in NHL in the coming year or 2, the management has done a pretty job in the last 3-4 years.

And by then the first rounders will be ufas and some will have to be traded.

That's why we need to trade many of them before next September.

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#72 Rotten Ron
January 19 2014, 03:10PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

So you're saying Ekblad, JShultz, and say Musil/ or Simpson wouldn't get Subban?

FYI Bourque was trade with Andrychuck for Rolston, Sami Phalsson, Grenier and a 1st round pick. Subban is no Bourque

Ray Bourque was a 39 year old pending ufa with zero intention of signing anywhere that didnt have a shot at the cup, which at the time Boston did not.

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#73 Mack Strong
January 19 2014, 03:40PM
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2014 crop of UFA defensemen do not look very promising. Trade and hopefully development is what we have to work with. If we do pick up Ekblad, he should spend another year in JR and do a stint in OKC. Marincin is still young but he is showing that proper development and patience is paying off. Imagine if we let the development course run with Nurse, and potentially Ekblad…

I would like to hear the nations thoughts on DalColle…If Buffalo picks Ekblad (would look nice beside Ristolanen) we would be left with Reinhart or Draisaiti or DalColle.

Im liking DalColle as I see his game much like a Monahan (Bigger skilled Center with skills) but better skater and would fit in - with time again with any of our top 2 lines.

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#74 Cynic
January 19 2014, 03:48PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

So you're saying Ekblad, JShultz, and say Musil/ or Simpson wouldn't get Subban?

FYI Bourque was trade with Andrychuck for Rolston, Sami Phalsson, Grenier and a 1st round pick. Subban is no Bourque

My parents told me not to pick fights with ret.ards.

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#75 randy
January 19 2014, 03:51PM
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Craig Button has compared Ekblad to Chris Phillips.

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#76 Taylor Gang
January 19 2014, 04:17PM
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Well now that the Patriots are out and my least favorite team in the CFL won the Grey Cup, this is officially the worst season for sports in history.

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#77 risto siltanen's slapshot
January 19 2014, 04:32PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Well now that the Patriots are out and my least favorite team in the CFL won the Grey Cup, this is officially the worst season for sports in history.

time to start watching tennis...some good Canadian talent playin down under.

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#78 Taylor Gang
January 19 2014, 04:33PM
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risto siltanen's slapshot wrote:

time to start watching tennis...some good Canadian talent playin down under.

I'll sell my soul to the devil before I watch tennis

Ghana for the World Cup!

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#79 Randaman
January 19 2014, 04:41PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Well now that the Patriots are out and my least favorite team in the CFL won the Grey Cup, this is officially the worst season for sports in history.

GO NINERS!!

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#80 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
January 19 2014, 04:42PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

I'll sell my soul to the devil before I watch tennis

Ghana for the World Cup!

I just hope that Ghana beats the US in the World Cup. That way that tool can call into Jim Rome and whine about always losing to Ghana. That call was pure hilarity.

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#81 Taylor Gang
January 19 2014, 04:44PM
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Randaman wrote:

GO NINERS!!

Can you beat the Broncos? If so, San Francisco for the win!

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#82 Taylor Gang
January 19 2014, 04:46PM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

I just hope that Ghana beats the US in the World Cup. That way that tool can call into Jim Rome and whine about always losing to Ghana. That call was pure hilarity.

America won't win, though they are a rising power in the world of futbol

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#83 RexHolez
January 19 2014, 04:52PM
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I miss the lockout...

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#84 Oliveoiler
January 19 2014, 05:01PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I miss the lockout...

Yup yup - at least we were all tied for a playoff spot

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#85 sizzler
January 19 2014, 05:03PM
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Oilers are in a good position with defense prospects. I believe defense wins championships. And mentorship is important for player development. So trade one or two of the young forwards for a number 1 or 2 defenseman. Young prospect will be able to learn from veteran. Something oilers couldn't do for the young offensive prospects.

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#86 dave
January 19 2014, 05:05PM
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This is off topic but I found this old article recently.

http://theleafsnation.com/2013/6/9/dallas-eakins-heads-to-edmonton

Not sure whether it should give us hope or Eakins is a legend in his own mind.

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#87 God
January 19 2014, 05:53PM
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This is Kool-Aid. They're terrible, poorly ran and poorly coached. I have no reason to believe any of this will change.

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#88 finn_fann
January 19 2014, 05:55PM
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@dave

"His first year was far from successful, setting all-time team lows in Wins, Goals, Goal Differential, and Powerplay Percentage [...] The next year brought a slightly better team to work with, and better results, still missing the playoffs but attaining his first winning record, and taking a -68 goal differential to a +9."

Not saying I have any confidence in Eakins' ability to do this at the NHL level, but here's hoping that he can repeat this trend. He's definitely got the first part down!

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#89 Saul
January 19 2014, 06:11PM
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@randy

Ekblad would have been a 7th or 8th pick in the 2013 draft.

Oiler fans already have him as the greatest D man in the NHL.

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#90 Cynic
January 19 2014, 06:36PM
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Oiler fan thought Klebomb was going to be in the top pair this year. Oiler fan thinks The Mickey Mouse Club has a realistic opportunity to trade a lottery ticket, an over-rated stick of a no-hit Dman, and an over-rated prospect for the reigning Norris Trophy winner. Full Retard, as has always been the case in this city.

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#91 Randaman
January 19 2014, 06:53PM
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Cynic wrote:

Oiler fan thought Klebomb was going to be in the top pair this year. Oiler fan thinks The Mickey Mouse Club has a realistic opportunity to trade a lottery ticket, an over-rated stick of a no-hit Dman, and an over-rated prospect for the reigning Norris Trophy winner. Full Retard, as has always been the case in this city.

Please don't paint us all with the same brush. Some of us are realistic. I bet every city has fans that over value their roster and prospects. No?

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#92 Jesse
January 19 2014, 07:01PM
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Who is that in the animated GIF?

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#93 Rick Stroppel
January 19 2014, 07:39PM
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dave wrote:

This is off topic but I found this old article recently.

http://theleafsnation.com/2013/6/9/dallas-eakins-heads-to-edmonton

Not sure whether it should give us hope or Eakins is a legend in his own mind.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE SIX MONTHS MAKES

This article is kind of funny. The writer says that Edmonton and Eakins were made for each other. He calls it a "marriage made in heaven". Right now it is looking like a living hell.

Eakins should go back to Toronto, where he will fit right in. That is because he thinks that his sh!t smells like roses.

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#94 Dog Train
January 19 2014, 08:25PM
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If we start next season with any more than 1 of Marincin, Fedun, Nurse, Klefbom or Ekblad, if we draft him, then management is not doing their job. I don't mind giving some guys a look down the stretch here but those guys should go to camp next season competing for one spot on the bottom pairing.

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#95 China town man
January 19 2014, 08:39PM
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Don't worry about team lunch or dinner before the next game (oilers) just a bench brawl it is the fastest way of building team chemistry and bonding as a team.

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#96 Oiler Al
January 19 2014, 08:48PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

If i were Simpson and see how this team develops its young players there would be no way in Hell would sign here if I had other offers

Heck the team and development is so bad that Lowe didnt even want his son to be drafted by the Oilers.

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#97 RexHolez
January 19 2014, 09:13PM
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Oliveoiler wrote:

Yup yup - at least we were all tied for a playoff spot

Id rather have a lockout and not watch any hockey than spend money to watch whatever it is they've been calling it around here for the last decade.

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#98 Josh Oiler
January 19 2014, 09:16PM
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"PLAY BAD FOR EKBLAD"

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#99 Tuningout
January 19 2014, 09:35PM
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Randaman wrote:

Please don't paint us all with the same brush. Some of us are realistic. I bet every city has fans that over value their roster and prospects. No?

I don't think we over value our prospects. I think it's completely realistic that Nurse comes into the NHL next year. I also completely expect him to slap around every princess in that room until they grow some balls and play like men. And bring one or two of his accomplished relatives to do the same to Eakins.

Do you automatically win the Calder if you win the Norris ?

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#100 RexHolez
January 19 2014, 09:43PM
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Tuningout wrote:

I don't think we over value our prospects. I think it's completely realistic that Nurse comes into the NHL next year. I also completely expect him to slap around every princess in that room until they grow some balls and play like men. And bring one or two of his accomplished relatives to do the same to Eakins.

Do you automatically win the Calder if you win the Norris ?

Haha that's alot to expect from a kid that can't make the junior team

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