So an overtime loss and the Oilers falling to 4-3-3 through 10 games has led to people calling for massive changes, hate lazers focused squarely on Ryan Whitney, the precious Nuge taking flack and even some pockets of Eberle hate does it?
Whoa. Let’s all just take a moment here and take a look at the bigger picture. The already on the comeup version of the Oilers last year have added two super stars in Yakupov and J. Schultz. Hall, Eberle and the Nuge are looking awesome overall. The often hated Sam Gagner has an amazing 10 game point streak on the go and Ales Hemsky looks better than he has in years.
Sure the Oil aren’t firing on all cylinders yet but as someone who used spend hours trying to make lines in his mind with the garbage the Oil had lying about circa 2007-09 things aren’t nearly as bad as some Chicken Littles would have you believe.
DEEP BREATHS ALL AROUND
Check out this twitter convo between a pair of legends from last night. Brownlee correctly points out that there is a torrent of hate coming from a segment of Oilers fans and compares 6 to ol’ Tom "No food for me – I’m allergic" Poti.
Now wild swings of emotion are what being an Oilers fan is all about. It is our God given right to lash out at player XYZ one minute and then shower him in over optimistic praise the next. Hell, that’s why Shawn Horcoff was invented in the first place.
But this quick into the lockout shortened season, suddenly fighting injuries on all fronts – this isn’t the time to start warming up the Get out of Edmonton Express. A slightly calmer approach with a longer view is in order.
AT THE END OF THE DAY
Ask yourself a couple quick questions.
1. Are the Oilers better than last year?
Yes, yes they are. By a lot actually. This is arguably the best squadron the Oilers have iced since heavens knows when. Most teams in the league would gladly execute their entire lineups if it meant getting their hands on the 23 man Oilers roster.
2. Was Rome built in a day?
No. Most talking heads and those in the know were 50-50 on the Oilers making the playoffs this year. There is a lot of hockey left, and the Oil are showing flashes of brilliance so bright we watch most games now with a welding mask on to protect our eyes. They aren’t undefeated and haven’t played perfectly so far this season. Of course.
But turning on individual players already? Take a deep breath. And if you feel compelled to diss Jordan Eberle on the internets we suggest you immediately cut off all your fingers. Or we can do it for you.
We ain’t playin.