GDB 64.0: DRAFT LOTTERY DUEL

Jason Gregor
March 06 2014 03:03PM

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Now that the playoff roster deadline has passed, the focus, unfortunately for Oilers fans, once again turns to the draft lottery.

The Oilers are virtually guaranteed to finish in the bottom five, and unless one of the teams finishing 17th-25th wins the lottery, the Oilers will have another top-five pick.

24  Carolina M 62 27 26 9 63 26 154 175 -21 15-12-5 12-14-4 1-3 3-7-0 Won 1
25  Nashville C 62 26 26 10 62 25 151 188 -37 15-14-4 11-12-6 1-7 3-4-3 Lost 2
26  NY Islanders M 64 24 32 8 56 18 176 217 -41 9-16-8 15-16-0 6-4 3-7-0 Won 1
27  Calgary P 62 24 31 7 55 20 145 186 -41 13-15-3 11-16-4 4-3 6-4-0 Won 1
28  Florida A 62 23 32 7 53 16 152 201 -49 11-13-4 12-19-3 7-5 2-8-0 Lost 1
29  Edmonton P 63 21 34 8 50 19 157 206 -49 11-15-3 10-19-5 2-2 6-2-2 Won 1
30  Buffalo A 61 18 35 8 44 12 124 183 -59 12-17-5 6-18-3 6-4 4-5-1 Lost 1


Tonight's game is critical, if you believe a higher draft spot guarantees the Oilers a better player, because a win puts the Oilers within four points of the Islanders, while a loss puts them eight points back.

Let the race begin.

The Oilers are 6-2-2 in their last ten games, with only Minnesota and Philadelphia picking up more points during that stretch. They've been out shot in 9 of those games, and were tied in the other one, a 3-0 loss to Minnesota.

Ben Scrivens and Ilya Bryzgalov have been exceptional in goal, and during the two regulation losses the Oilers were shutout out both times. They are winning due to goaltending which hasn't happened regularly in quite some time.

The offence has only scored 10 goals in the last seven games, and their top-six forwards need to play better.

Hall, Eberle, Perron and Yakupov have one goal each over the last seven games, while Nugent-Hopkins and Gagner have none. These six need to start producing goals.

LINEUP

Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
Perron-RNH-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Fraser-Larsen

Scrivens

I like the decision to play Gagner with Hall. The Oilers need Gagner to play well down the stretch for various reasons. If they don't trade him they him need to regain some confidence, and if MacTavish is looking to move him then he needs 89 to play much better. It will be difficult to trade him for anything of value if he keeps struggling, so play him with Hall the rest of the year and hope he gets going.

I thought they might start Fasth. Usually coaches play players against their former team, and with the Kings coming in on Sunday I thought Scrivens would play then, but Eakins said he told Fasth to prepare that he is playing Sunday.

Fasth's last NHL game was November 18th. He missed 37 games with a muscle inflammation/lower body issue, but he did play four games in the AHL in February and told me on Tuesday that he is 100% healthy and ready to play.

It is hard to argue against playing Scrivens because he has been outstanding, so it does make sense to stick with the hot goalie.

Fasth is looking forward to battling for the starting job. "It is good to have two goalies competing for the job. I think it helps a team to have two guys who want to start and are capable of it," he told me Tuesday.

I love his attitude. This team needs more competition. The second line should be competing with the first line for PP and ES time. Same thing on the blueline, and it would refreshing if Fasth's attitude towards competition was embraced by all the players and the organization. 

The management, coaching and the players have to show they don't accept losing. It is easy to say you don't, but actions speak louder than words and it is time that everyone in the franchise displayed a winning attitude.

QUICK HITS...

  • The NHL's decision to lower the Devil's punishment regarding cap circumvention looks awful. Did Lou Lamoriello think this was possible at the 2012 draft, when he elected to keep the 29th overall pick instead of forfeiting it? Maybe, but today that decision still looks foolish. Currently the Devils own the 11th overall pick, and depending how the final 19 games unfold they could forfeit a top-ten pick.

  • Hemsky played junior in Hull, just outside Ottawa, but I don't think that will be enough of a reason for him to not test free agency. This year's crop of free agents forwards isn't very deep, so he could fetch a good contract in July.

  • I wrote above that yesterday was the playoff roster deadline and not the trade deadline. NHL teams can still make trades today, but the players traded aren't eligible for the postseason. If the Oilers and Sabres wanted to make a trade today or next week they could.

  • I don't understand why the NHL only allows four callups from now until the end of the season. The lottery eliminates teams from guaranteeing themselves the first overall pick, but even if they put in a rule that said you could only have three call ups on an NHL roster at one time, baring injury, after the deadline would make more sense.

    The Oilers would like to see Anton Lander, Tyler Pitlick, Taylor Fedun, Oscar Klefbom and maybe even Marc Arcobello, but based on the rules only three of them can be recalled, unless the Oilers get into serious injury troubles. (If I read CBA correctly, I think Larsen counts as one -- can anyone confirm? -- which leaves only three recalls left.) If there are only three recalls remaining, then Klefbom, Lander and Pitlick would be the three I'd want to see.

    Playing one or two NHL games can be a great learning tool for young players. It gives them a taste of the league, but more importantly they can find out how challenging the league is and what they need to work on in the off season. Players always tell themselves what they need to work on, but when they actually get to play in a game, they have a better sense of how hard it actually is and what they need to improve on to stay in the NHL.

  • The goalie situation in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton is very even. Today the Oilers' goalies have 79 career NHL starts, the Flames' duo has 68 career starts while the Canucks tandem has started 59 NHL games.

    Out of those six goalies: Scrivens (51), Fasth (28), Ramo (66), Ortio (2),Markstrom (38) and Lack (21) which one do you think emerges as the best goalie?

  • The Edmonton Oilers need to change their practice habits. Earlier this year Ladislav Smid said he was surprised at how intense the Flames' practices were. Today, after his first practice in Minnesota, Ilya Brzygalov said Minnesota's practices have "a way faster pace." Compile that with Barry Trotz ripping Devan Dubynk's techniques, and Ken Hitchcock saying Magnus Paajarvi needed to learn the game, I'd say this is an organizational issue. Paajarvi, Dubnyk and Smid were all here before Eakins, so the lack of intense practices and attention to detail has been an issue this year and in previous seasons.

    The Oilers, specifically MacTavish and Eakins,  need to listen to these comments from former players, take them to heart and improve the situation. If they don't improve how they practice, it will be hard to improve on game day.

TONIGHT...

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GAME DAY PREDICTION: Both of these teams would love to eventually jump into the big boys fish bowl and compete for the playoffs, and tonight the Oilers show they are at least closer to getting there than the Islanders with a 6-1 victory (they have to score at some point).

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: ~The Islanders won't be very competitive.~ Tavares is injured while Vanek and McDonald were traded in the past 48 hours. That is three of their top-six scorers.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers sell out streak ends tonight. Of all the remaining home games none are less attractive to hockey fans than tonight. The surprise is that the Oilers announce that it isn't a sell out.

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#101 cccsberg
March 06 2014, 03:42PM
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Dog Train wrote:

If the Larsen recall does indeed count against our total for the rest of the season then why did we waste it on Larsen? I would have much rather seen Fedun than Larsen at this point.

These comments on our practice habits are deeply disturbing. We can talk about our lack of grit or our terrible blueline but if you look around the league, there are teams with worse looking rosters than ours. Difference is what they do with what they have and our constant underachieving. We should not be second last in the league but we haven't earned anything better.

Interesting about the four recalls, not including injuries. Best to use them as part of the development process, and perhaps Larsen has improved enough of late to deserve the shot?

Habits comments definitely interesting. Whether from poor development, abilities or actual reality eventually got to say that "what you see is what we are" (someone else's quote I heard a while back...). Teams on paper are one thing, teams on ice often something altogether different. That's why they p[lay the games.

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#102 Dan
March 06 2014, 04:07PM
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cccsberg wrote:

Question for Oilers fans: If you jumped ahead let's say 3 years and had the following line-up, where do you think the Oilers would be re the league/play-offs/Cup potential?

Hall-Gagner-Yakupov Perron-RNH-Eberle Hendricks-Gordon-Joensu Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Ference-J.Schultz Marincin-Petry Fraser-Larsen

Scrivens/ Fasth

ADD-INS: 2014 1st, 2014 2nd, 2015 1st, Nurse, Klefbom/Marincin

Feel free to substitute in your picks... CHALLENGE: Is the current CORE good/strong enough to win?

You're asking if the current core is good enough to win? Isn't the current core one of the worst teams in the league?

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#103 Harry
March 06 2014, 04:35PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

Let me be the fist to hide my shock that there are organizational issues affecting day to day practice, facepalm! It's a never ending string of bad news/press in Oiler land. When will we hit our all time Lowe?

When those jerk off assistant coaches are replaced. That has to be the biggest joke of the team right now.

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#104 -30-
March 06 2014, 04:37PM
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Love the way Rishaug is defending the practices and knocking the players that have spoken on Gregor's radio show a few minutes ago.

Talk about being aware of which side his bread is buttered.

Hmm, when even Barry Trotz says something is wrong with regards to Dubnyk, don't things start to add up?

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#105 still hoping
March 06 2014, 04:59PM
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cccsberg wrote:

Question for Oilers fans: If you jumped ahead let's say 3 years and had the following line-up, where do you think the Oilers would be re the league/play-offs/Cup potential?

Hall-Gagner-Yakupov Perron-RNH-Eberle Hendricks-Gordon-Joensu Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Ference-J.Schultz Marincin-Petry Fraser-Larsen

Scrivens/ Fasth

ADD-INS: 2014 1st, 2014 2nd, 2015 1st, Nurse, Klefbom/Marincin

Feel free to substitute in your picks... CHALLENGE: Is the current CORE good/strong enough to win?

Nope and I would put money on it because Lowe and Mac T will still be around. Again zero leadership in Oilers management.

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#106 cccsberg
March 06 2014, 05:24PM
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Shredder wrote:

So Heatley snubbed us, and Pronger got out via requesting a trade...and it's because Edmonton must suck...

And now cities like Vancouver and Tampa Bay are having Star players request trades...in fact it seems like every other superstar is trying to dictate where he plays...

...so maybe as Edmontonians we shouldn't take it to heart that our city sucks, because I think Edmonton is great, and more look to an organization that sucks and that players want out of...because that seems to be the real reason Luongo/Kesler/St.Louis want off their teams...

Hey, Got to admit I like the city of Calgary better than Edmonton for the mountains, but then again Edmonton's got better lake access, less wind and some other stuff... Regardless, having lived in many US cities and visited most I can guarantee both are better than half the US NHL cities....

Its NOT the city.

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#107 justthestatsman
March 06 2014, 05:49PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

How many lotto picks will it take for the Oilers to compete for the playoffs?

I dunno, how about NHL roster size x 2?

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#108 **
March 06 2014, 06:45PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Haha sounds like you think the oilers will improve. I don't see that happening anytime soon

Of course I do, otherwise why bother to post here and follow them?, that would just be torture or stupidity. The Oilers have nowhere to go but up, whereas Vancouver is on full free fall mode. Cheer up though, at least the Canucks can say they know the feeling when it comes to losing game 7 of the Stanley cup. West coast Canada NHL: The little teams that could.

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#109 dougtheslug
March 06 2014, 08:12PM
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Wow. With Buffalo winning tonight, Oilers may be looking at a 30th place finish, if they hold off a hard charging Vancouver Canucks, who are getting hammered tonight. Gawd, am I sick of watching hockey this way - watching the out of town scoreboard, hoping to see if a bottom five team has fluked off a point or two.

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#110 dougtheslug
March 06 2014, 08:18PM
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kale wrote:

2-0 against a team that has 6 offensive leaders gone...the future looks so bright

Out shot 13-4. The Edmonton Oilers - still searching for a bottom

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#111 dougtheslug
March 06 2014, 08:20PM
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kale wrote:

2-0 against a team that has 6 offensive leaders gone...the future looks so bright

30 years ago the two top club teams in the world. I remember a time when Oilers-Islanders meant something. How the mighty have fallen!

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#112 dougtheslug
March 06 2014, 08:21PM
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@Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

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#113 RexHolez
March 06 2014, 08:27PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

We loosing to the ISLANDERS!!! This is so sad.

Islander fans are saying...."we're only up 2 goals on the oilers??"

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#114 Dave
March 06 2014, 09:04PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Our economy is strong.

Full house to watch this absolute mess.

Crappy vs. Couldn'tgiveash*t.

Hope they raise loads of dough for Charity in the 50/50.

At the game. I would say 10 percent empty.

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#115 Alsker
March 06 2014, 09:10PM
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Lofty wrote:

Do I smell another home ice shutout?

Don't jinx it!!!

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#116 Gk1980
March 06 2014, 09:11PM
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I'm at the game and it's brutal. Mactavish better pull off a miracle this summer. Gretzky is in the house, maybe he would like to suit up for one more year.

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#117 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 06 2014, 09:12PM
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Anyone here attend Oil Kings games? Would you have any insight as to why Broissoit who led the Oil Kings to the Memorial Cup was drafted in the 6th Round whereas Tristan Jarry was drafted in the 2nd Round? Is Jarry really that much better?

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#118 Air on Egg blood
March 06 2014, 09:41PM
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Buffalo won tonight.

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#119 oilerman53
March 06 2014, 09:43PM
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Dave wrote:

You should add Fire Lowe! Fire Buchberger! And Fire Smith!

If we fire Bucky and Smith then whose gonna warm up the cars for Lowe and MacT?

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#120 Randaman
March 06 2014, 09:46PM
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albertabeef wrote:

If they made a movie about Kevin Lowe and Garth Snow, they would have to cast Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

Now that's Funny!! LOL Dumb & Dumber. Which is which? Never mind, I just checked the standings. Go Sabres

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#121 Rod from Viking
March 06 2014, 09:46PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

He will end up getting bought out and will play somewhere else and between the Oilers and the new team(KHL) will be making 6mil/yr.

I meant with the 4.8 from the Oilers and the 1.2 from the KHL.

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#122 Dave
March 06 2014, 09:52PM
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Atleast smytty scored. It'll help Stauffer argue how amazing this team is gonna be. He'll probably tell everyone that Eakins is gonna win the jack Adams next year

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#123 Randaman
March 06 2014, 09:59PM
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Larson scored. Send him down

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#124 tabs
March 06 2014, 11:14PM
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Mike wrote:

You say you hate the group of players, but then blame the coach?

How do you expect a coach to win with this sad sack group of soft, lazy, uninspired players…All Oilers fans need to wake up and realize the players aren't that good. They don't work hard enough. I'm not even an Eakins fan, but I don't blame him with this pathetic group.

Mike, for the past four years I've commented about Gagner and our core veterans and you were one of many who called me a troll and worse.

So here you are now years later lecturing me about the quality of players the Oilers employ. Who clued you in? You used to think Gagner was terrific and attacked anyone who suggested differently.

I don't wanna hear you now!

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#125 **
March 07 2014, 12:31AM
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"you can taste the difference quality (goaltending) makes"

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#126 Rob F
March 07 2014, 04:04AM
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Dave wrote:

Atleast smytty scored. It'll help Stauffer argue how amazing this team is gonna be. He'll probably tell everyone that Eakins is gonna win the jack Adams next year

I hope Stauffer does predict Eakins wining the Jack Adams

its the Stauffer curse......last time he predicted that, Kruger was fired

dont let us down Stauffer....say it!

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#127 Gk1980
March 07 2014, 06:04AM
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Couple things I noticed at last nights game: - it was dead quite all game, fans not into it. Only when gretzkys face was shown - Fraser played mean, best game as an oiler - Larson is fast, maybe karlson type? - Kids invisible - Scrivens is a battler! So far so good! - Hendricks is an awesome character guy, during warm up would hoot and holler and acknowledge the fans. Cool guy!

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#128 ubermiguel
March 07 2014, 06:19AM
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Interesting tweet last night:

Dustin Nielson ‏@nielsonTSN1260 "Lots of yelling with coaches and players after the 2nd, in a good way, like brothers" - Perron

So they have a little passion left, and it showed in the third. If Perron's onto something and they start working together like 20 brothers-from-another-mother we might have a team next year.

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#129 Dave
March 07 2014, 08:39AM
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Could one of the ON staff writers please write an article on the merits of bringing up Arcobello to replace Sam Gagner.

Can we get a ON petition or something ?

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#130 Rob...
March 07 2014, 08:47AM
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Dave wrote:

Could one of the ON staff writers please write an article on the merits of bringing up Arcobello to replace Sam Gagner.

Can we get a ON petition or something ?

The article I want is a Willis breakdown of Yak's games lately. I don't know what's going on with him but the last two games he would have been better off stapled to the bench. I really hope he's just working through a bad flu or something. For that matter, I think Eberle has had the same flu for several months now.

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#131 Serious Gord
March 07 2014, 09:08AM
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Let's talk Canucks for a minute:

Looking at that team - does anyone reading this think that either the coach or GM should keep his job?

Torts has put the team into full collapse. He has clearly failed and not changed his spots. He should be fired and I bet that is the near unanimous opinion of Canucks fans.

The GM hired torts to a four year contract. Dithered and dithered on his goalies and other players. Still with three years on his deal he too should be terminated.

Has Eakins done any better than torts? The teams play and record sure don't indicate that he has. Why shouldn't he be fired?

I really dislike two things in people - cockiness and incompetence.

Eakins is a cocky incompetent coach.

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#132 Mike
March 07 2014, 09:28AM
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I don't know about you guys, but whenever I have had a coach that thinks we are going to win because we are going to have better fitness, it always ends up as sad as this Oilers team.

All the focus is taken away from developing the right skillsets, the teamplay, the positioning etc. Fitness for fitness sake is useless. It needs to have a functional objective. I admit I do not watch their practices but I feel Eakins is one of those coaches. "We are getting outworked therefore we are not fit enough", which probably is not true. Why are we getting outworked? Functional strength? Body positioning? Poors kating technique? Those are more than just fitness.

I don't want to put all the blame on the coach either as the players should know what's missing in their toolbox but the coach has to help them figure out how to fix it.

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#133 Dave
March 07 2014, 09:29AM
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@Serious Gord

I agree SeriousGord. Perhaps it is just me but his interviews really get on my nerves. Most "student of the game" coaches don't pontificate before the media. They just coach.

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#134 BobbyCanuck
March 07 2014, 01:50PM
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Back to the Lotto.

Please shed some light or correct me if I am wrong.

Until last year, I have always been of the opinion that if the player is not in the big show, I really do not care to hear about them. Just recently have I started to pay attention to junior development and draft.

On draft day it is customary for teams interested in a player to interview said player to get a feel for fit, personality etc.

How hard would it be for a player to blow the interview, therefore making the interviewer feel that this player is not a good fit?

I have gassed more interviews then I care to admit, for positions that I was actually keen on getting.

For example if Ekblad said to the Oilers: 'Ya go ahead and draft me, but I promise you once my entry level contract is over, I will be moving along'

Would we still draft him?

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#135 Wonger
March 07 2014, 06:09PM
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GREAT GAME MARK FRASER!!!! Please lock this gentleman up for at least 3 more years MACT! He is a perfect 5-6-7 D! He even scares me in the warm up! HE LOOKS TOUGH AND IS TOUGH AS NAILS!!!!!!!! GO MARK FRASER!!!!

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#136 freelancer
March 06 2014, 03:45PM
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@cccsberg

Considering we just tried to waive Larsen I doubt that. I think it was more of an ease thing than anything.

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#137 Racki
March 06 2014, 03:55PM
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I find the mention of practice pace being slow in Edmonton believable but I have to ask.. Why don't guys mention that when they come here? Not everyone comes onto the team via AHL or junior, so we have guys here that are enjoying the cake practices here? You'd think someone would say.. "hey guys, I'm concerned these practices are too slow paced".

This would probably explain things a bit too though.

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#138 toprightcorner
March 06 2014, 04:02PM
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I would have to guess that they were able to recall Larsen without it counting against those 4 they are limited to, probably since Schultz was traded and he was the most recent dman replacement sent down. Since Larsen was just put on waivers I don't see him being the first call up unless he was the exception to the rule.

Pitlick, Lander and Klefbom are the players i most want to see called up to see what they can do.

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#139 Sevenseven
March 06 2014, 04:23PM
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cccsberg wrote:

Yes, way better than NYI, and I like your attitude...

Its been a dark season, im just cheering for a bright ending.

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#140 Dan
March 06 2014, 04:33PM
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Sevenseven wrote:

Its been a dark season, im just cheering for a bright ending.

It's been a dark decade

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#141 Shredder
March 06 2014, 04:36PM
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So Heatley snubbed us, and Pronger got out via requesting a trade...and it's because Edmonton must suck...

And now cities like Vancouver and Tampa Bay are having Star players request trades...in fact it seems like every other superstar is trying to dictate where he plays...

...so maybe as Edmontonians we shouldn't take it to heart that our city sucks, because I think Edmonton is great, and more look to an organization that sucks and that players want out of...because that seems to be the real reason Luongo/Kesler/St.Louis want off their teams...

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#142 Oiler63
March 06 2014, 04:36PM
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Current core players are not bad players. Hall, RNH, Eberle and Yaks are not bad players. They are all very talented but also very raw. They need proper guidance to reach their potential and be the players they can be. That's why you don't hire rookie coach to guide roockie players. Someone in there has to have a clue on what they are doing.

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#143 RexHolez
March 06 2014, 04:57PM
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-30- wrote:

Love the way Rishaug is defending the practices and knocking the players that have spoken on Gregor's radio show a few minutes ago.

Talk about being aware of which side his bread is buttered.

Hmm, when even Barry Trotz says something is wrong with regards to Dubnyk, don't things start to add up?

Don't listen to the show. What did Rishaug say?

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#145 justthestatsman
March 06 2014, 05:45PM
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Racki wrote:

I was thinking maybe they'd get the Full Metal Jacket, soap-in-a-sock beatdown by teammates for making practice harder. But really, there has to be a guy that is too proud to sit and take it easy in practice like Gordon, Ference, Smytty etc. So it sounds a little far fetched in a way too unless it just happens that those other two teams have a crazy pace. I don't know. Just odd this is suddenly news now.

Yeah, this sounds weird to me too. Maybe Smid and Bryz were just trying to pump the tires of their newest coaching staff. They'd never say it their new team's practices were easier than where they came from.

If Oilers practices really are slow compared to other NHL practices I'd say it has more to do with the caliber of players than effort. If our players are slotting in lines or pairings 1 or 2 levels higher than they should be then "slow" might be as fast as it gets for them.

Get good players, keep good players...

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#146 **
March 06 2014, 05:46PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

How many lotto picks will it take for the Oilers to compete for the playoffs?

Same as the number of licks it takes to get to reach the center of a tootsie pop. No one really knows, but they'll sure keep licking.

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#147 nunyour
March 06 2014, 06:04PM
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Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy! wrote:

This entire organization is out to lunch. My blood boils hearing how pathetic the Oilers are from other teams.

I was at the Q&A the Oilers had during their meet and greet a couple of weeks ago. Eakins had the balls to ask the fans to get louder and get on the other teams. He wants THE FANS to make it a tougher building to play in. THE FANS!!

All these guys, as a group, are so delusional it's hard to point out which ones actually can't breath and walk at the same time. From Kevin Lowe to Taylor Hall and everyone in between.

**Meanwhile at Rexall, the boys are running some half speed drills to work up a bit of a sweat.**

Pathetic.

Did season ticket holders ask any tough questions that made them swallow hard,or just sit there smiling?

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#148 Rick Stroppel
March 06 2014, 06:13PM
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NEW JERSEY PENALTY KERFUFFLE

The main reason the NHL gave New Jersey a break is because Kovalchuk went back to Russia, leaving NJ holding a big bag o' doo doo. Nobody will admit that. NJ tried to deke out the NHL, then Kovalchuk deked out NJ. The NHL decision is not very principled, but it is understandable. The NHL should have acted a lot sooner to stop those lengthy bogus contracts. Funny that a supposedly brilliant lawyer (Bettman) signed off on a system that had a loophole so big you could drive a truck through it.

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March 06 2014, 06:18PM
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Butters wrote:

I'm an Oiler fan. Someone remind me who I should be cheering for. Thanks

Kenny, cheer for Kenny.

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#150 Rod from Viking
March 06 2014, 06:22PM
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I am sure getting tired of this broken record, after two months of the season nothing to look forward to but the trade deadline, after a less than inspiring deadline time to talk draft with a lottery position, then after the lottery draw more draft, then the draft and possible trades that don't happen and then free agency where we can only sign 3rd/4th liners with too much term or bottom pairing d-men with the same overpayment. I sure hope this summer will be different.

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