First Star, Worst Star: November 15, 2015

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Another day, another dollar, another edition of First Star, Worst Star! This week’s edition is dedicated to Rhonda Rousey, whose soul left her body last night on live TV. Hopefully Rhonda from Canada Post can fill the hole that is now left in our hearts. RIP Rhonda, you will be missed. 

FIRST STAR

He’s only in his third NHL season, but Nathan MacKinnon’s career has already seen its fair share of ups and downs. Everything was set up perfectly for the Avalanche to draft hometown kid Seth Jones first overall in 2013, but they went off the board so to speak and went with the Halifax Mooseheads star instead, which a lot of people questioned at the time. 

MacKinnon shut everyone up in his calder winning rookie campaign, and looked to be on his way to somewhat live up to the “Next One” expectations placed on him. The next season however, the dreaded sophomore slump crashed into him head on, and he regressed in every category, only putting up 38 points in 64 games. 

This season? I’d say he’s trending upwards again. He’s leading the Avs with 19 points in 17 games, and he put on an absolute clinic against the Canadiens on Saturday night, scoring two goals in the span on 13 seconds! 

Good Gord, that backhand! Nathan MacKinnon will probably never live up to the Crosby comparisons that were bandied about when he was drafted (THEY’RE BOTH FROM THE SAME TOWN YOU KNOW!), but if he continues to play like this he’ll definitely be in the conversation as one of the elite forwards in the NHL.   

WORST STAR

Presented without comment:

“Useful center”. Time to shut down the internet gang. We’re done here. 

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    • Lofty

      They’re ahead of the mighty Oil in the standings. Maybe we should listen?

      Columbus has won 6 out of their last 10… and everyone thought they were the dumpster fire of the league.

    • Dwayne Roloson 35

      He put up close to 30 points in each of his first 2 seasons, He leads the maple leafs in points right now and is on pace for 50 points…He’s also 21 years old. He’s pretty good. Still a crazy trade scenarios though.

      • 24% body fat

        Considering ice time and zone starts he should have 30 points.

        2nd he is on pace for….. I will buy this when I see it. Is Draisaitl going to have over 120 points?

        3rd his defensive game isnt good. To be in a conversation with McDavid you need to be Doughty, Keith, Weber, Subban with your name attached to a first round top five pick

        He is good, but every draft pick the leafs have around in the first round is elite apparently.

        Remember the hype around, Kadri, Biggs, Gauthier, Percy, Tlustly and worst hype of all Schenn.

        Looks like oilers drafting of the 90’s only way more hyped.

  • TheBirdOfAnger

    Those trades… might just be worse than the fateful Gretzky trade.

    They might be so incredibly bad that they could break the Leafs black magic and make them less irrelevant.

  • Leaking5w-30

    So I wonder if some of the trades ON citizens post here seem equally silly/ insulting to fans of other teams. Think of all the ridiculous deals we have collectively proposed to pick up Shea Webber or Seth jones.

    I think fans of loosing teams will always fantasize about trading there spare parts for good/ great players. With all that said.

    Yak, percell and a fourth rounder for Seth jones.

  • Leaking5w-30

    Those trades were hilarious. Without a doubt, they are as ridiculous as the suggestions for Weber, Seth Jones and OEL, or any other quality young defender on a great contract.

  • Leaking5w-30

    20 games into the Leafs rebuild and they are ahead of the Oil in the standings. Yes those same Oilers who are now something like 8 years into the infini-build. Now that’s funny.

  • Leaking5w-30

    Those projected trades are downright silly. The worst part is the poster seems to feel like they would be doing the Oilers a favour with those trades. There are no words.

  • 24% body fat

    Worst star – desperate imbecile trolls using obscene language and ranting non-sensible statements that reflect poorly on us as a whole, thereby wrecking and embarrassing the comment section of our beloved ON. ?

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    t is sad to say but the Oilers won’t be playing any more meaningful games this year. The more things changed the more they stayed the same.

    Management – It appears that Chiarelli takes lots of advice from Lowe, MacT, and Howson as over the summer he never dealt with the issues like Nikitin, Ference, etc. He doesn’t seem to have his own vision as many times he said he relied on his staff, for example when he traded for Reinhardt and signed Klefbom to a long term contract.

    It is time he stands up on his own two feet and restructures this team and not bow to the Old Boys Club. I was hopeful that was put behind us when Chiarelli and McClellan were hired but as Lowe, MacT and Howson stayed around I now have my doubts. Now we have proof that not much has changed. The Old Boys” still have lots of influence in the running of the Oilers.

    Chiarelli never addressed and improved his veterans. One example, Letestu in place of Gordon. Another – RHN and McDavid are too young to carry the load as 1st and 2nd center. Still more – No veteran depth for as soon for as soon as injuries occurred they had to bring up Nurse and Draisaitl to fill the spots, more young players. These two have lots of talent but should not be put in these key positons at this time. The proof of this is in the results – more loses and not better that last year.

    Coaching – Todd McClellan mentioned may times that he needs time to evaluate his players. He was right with this statement as he actually played Nikitin, Ference, Lander, etc. in place of others. Took him a long time to bring Reinhardt back in at the start of the season.
    When McDavid got injured he broke up Hall RNH and Draisaitl, a real hot line at the time, for the next game – a loss – before he put them together again.

    So far not a very good judge of talent that is available to him. Columbus changed their coach and now are at a 60% win rate. We change our coach and are at a 33% rate.

    The more things changed the more they are the same

      • 24% body fat

        You just don’t get it.

        I was not questioning Nurse and Drai individual skill level. How many games have the Oilers won with them in the lineup.

        Something is wrong with the team and that is the responsibility of the management and coaches.

        I suspect the Oiler players have too much of the same qualities and not enough experience. Do an analysis of the top teams and you will see that is the situation.

        Think about it or just continue to critise comments because you like certain players

    • Heschultzhescores

      Would you be so kind as to post the win %s of the last 5 Oiler Coaches at this point so we may look at things from a distance here,its gotta look better somewhere right ?Cause upclose this is one butt-ugly picture we are seeing,lets find out if some lipstick will help this scenrio out.

      Maybe we can forget how Mac-L/JW et al. drove us into this hole most of us didnt see coming, if we step back and get a better look at least we can properly judge his driving abiliy if he somehow gets us out of it.

      Something about a “message” being sent through EVERY OILER COACH we head Mac-T yakking about a year ago……maybe the screwup is originating from the originl “message” itself.

      If the wining % are the same for all the Coaches maybe it is the message or Process they are getting upon arrival here that is disruptive and its not something they bring in with them at all?

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    Toronto fans are so funny….always trying to find creative (insulting?) ways to try and get us to part with *useful* center McDavid. though Leaf fans need be careful given his injury history and all ! LOL

  • Devolution

    What Matt either doesn’t realize, or obviously forgot to mention, is that those comments are from a parody account from a long time Oiler fan on the HBuzz site.