BEST D-MAN…

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I get to vote on the Oilers best defenceman of the year award. I have voted on CFL all-stars, MVP’s, NLL all-stars and individual awards as well as Oiler awards over the years and I take it seriously. I do some research, talk to players in the league and look up numerous different stats. I believe it is important to do some research and put in some effort when voting on these awards.

Even though the Oilers have had another horrendous season, I believe you owe it to the players to make an educated vote.

I have done my research and have made my vote, but I’m curious who Oilers fans would vote for.

Let me know who you would vote for. Defend your vote, tell us why you feel this players is worthy of being the best and don’t try and be funny by saying “no one.” We all understand the season has been a disaster, but you still need to pick one, so let me know who your choice is: 

Oscar Klefbom
Andrew Ference
Philip Larsen
Martin Marincin
Jeff Petry
Mark Fraser
Justin Schultz
Anton Belov

QUICK HIT…

A month ago we auctioned off a great package.

  • You attend the morning skate of the New York Rangers and then get a meet and greet with some Rangers players. Allison Currie from TSN 1260 will be your tour guide.
  • You have dinner and drinks Sunday at the Druid and then a pair of club seats to the game (courtesy of Andrew Ference) to the Oilers/Rangers game.

Kyle bid $2,500 and donated that to charity. He contacted me today and won’t be able to go, so he said we should auction it off again. If you want to bid on this package call 780.444.1260 before 5:55 p.m. today. All proceeds will go towards Alzheimer’s Society. Thanks Kyle, you’re a beauty.

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  • braidonh

    Marincin. Such a bright spot in such a dark season. Granted he still has some rough edges, but plays a more polished game than I think any of us might have hoped for. Certainly gives me a glimpse into what I hope lies ahead for the Oiler’s D, currently stacked with mid-to-promising prospect talent. His 6’4 frame has lots of room to fill out, and in spite of his rail-thinness, he consistently battles and wins battles for pucks along the walls. Once he beefs up a bit, I cautiously suggest that we might have a real player here, with potential to be a part of an evolving Oiler team for years to come.

    • Rick Stroppel

      NO JOKE, IT’S SMID. EASY.

      Last year, I believe Justin Shultz was an all star in the AHL, and he was the top scoring defence an in the AHL, even though he only played 34 games there.

      In the last two seasons, Smid is a cumulative minus 10, Petry is a minus 15, Schultz is minus 36 in the NHL. Look at the blocked shots (Smid tied for fourth in the NHL this season) and hits stats for these three players. Schultz’ stats in those categories are a joke.

      Schultz is no better than MA Bergeron or Tom Poti in their prime.

      So MacTavish traded away the best defence man on the team for almost nothing? And MacTavish (and his assistant GM Eakins) are going to fix the mess this summer?

      PS: I just checked, Schultz was a first team all star in the AHL last year.