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07-23-2012, 12:26 AM
Join Date: May 2011
1) Starting Line-up
MPS (LW), Hartekainen (LW/RW), Lander (C), Teubert (D), Fedun (D), Plante (D), Cornett (F), Pitlick (F), Vandevelde (F/C)
Taylor Hall: 1LW, Dynamic goal scorer, Extremely Fast, causes defenders to back up with speed, Unlimited Energy, Future Captain, Leadership, Intangibles. Heart and Soul of the team.
Jordan Eberle: 1RW, Overall Offensive threat, exceptional hands, quick release with great accuracy beats goalies clean, positioned correctly almost all the time, excellent backhand, strong on puck, defensively very reliable too.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: 1C, incredible vision/passing ability, sees the ice better than anybody on the Oilers, good speed, great agility, ability to avoid checks, rarely ever gets hit. Underrated shot, has ability to pickpocket opponents, and is defensively responsible for an 18 year old. Most importantly, runs the PP from the half wall, exceptional talent with the man up.
Sam Gagner: 2C, great hands, accurate shot, but pass first player. Brings out best of himself and other playing with more offensively gifted players. Not great on the faceoff or defensively, but improved a ton last year. Reason hes so important to the Oilers is that if hes gone, Horcoff is our 2C, and thats just suicide.
Ladislav Smid: Exceptional defensive defenseman. Does everything you want from a defenseman (besides offense). Top shot blocker, and hits a lot. Basically like Girardi. Everybody who plays with Smid has their defensive load lightened, so they play better.
a) 1/2 Defenseman
b) Top 6 forwards with size and scoring
c) Larger 2C
a) Top 6 forwards
c) Picks (Dont really need to draft much more, just a bit more)
a) Hemsky (I like him, but looks like hes on the block because Yak/MPS will be fighting for spots
b) Gagner (can only trade if somehow get an upgrade on 2C)
1. Oscar Klefbom: Defender, plays with Farjestad, good size (6'3, 204) and good skater. Projects to be all around defender, with upside of #1/2 D man likely atleast panning out as a top 4 D. Captained the Swedish WJHC team to Gold, has leadership capabilities, and committed to improving himself as a player. Likely couldve fought for roster spot this year, but committing to his SEL team and spending another year there. Likely roster player in 2013/2014
2. Martin Marancin: Very large slovak Defender, at 6'5 196. Very good skater, and uses stickwork to seperate the puck from oncoming forwards. Offense may not translate to NHL, but at max upside can project to be #2 Shutdown D with some puckmoving capabilities, likely top 4 D man. Still very lanky, needs to fill out frame. Likely with OKC Barons in 2012/2013, still a year or 2 away from trying for the big club.
3. Justin Shultz: Puckmoving Offensive defenseman. Great skating, great passing, and very accurate shot from the point. Jumps into rush often. Defensively reliable, but not exceptional. Could be PPQB on the point. If pans out, could be #1/2D and PPQB, looking like top 4D lock, and looks like he will be playing this season.
4. Anton Lander: Player with great work ethic, always tries hard to better himself. Played 3rd/4th C duties in the nhl for most of 2011/2012, but was sent to OKC later to help build his offensive ability. Very capable defensively, offense is available, but not as strong as defense. Has leadership abilities too, lead his WJHC Swedish team twice I believe. Pans out likely as an Elite 3C, but could be 2C if offensive ability grows a bit more. Could be on roster next season, but right now its looking too full, so likely starts in OKC.
5. David Musil: Big strong defensive D man from Czech Republic. Was top D man on his team at WJHC. Has size, at 6'3 196. Shot blocking, defensive stickwork and seperating player from the puck using the body are his fortes, but needs to work on skating ability, and it doesnt look like he will develope much offensive ability. Actually looks to be projected as a Smid clone (very good). Upside as a 3/4 Shutdown D. Still a few years away from NHL action though. Played in CHL last year, I think he will still be there this year, but may join OKC, not sure.
6. Martin Gernat: Size wise, is pretty much like Martin Marincin, listed as 6'5 187, very lanky D. Opposite type of player than Marincin. He is an offensive puckmoving D. Had a very good, very surprising output in CHL, put up lot of points as a 4th round draft pick. Isnt very good on D work though, needs to work on that. If he fixes his Defensive play, he could be a top 4 OFD, but if not he may just pan out as a 5/6 powerplay specialist, (kinda like Cody Franson is right now). Still few years away.
Important to note, that Gernat and Marancin played together at WJHC for Slovakia, as a 6'5 pairing, and they looked very effective together. Hopefully can continue chemistry.
a) Top 6 players with skill
b) Defensive prospect Depth
c) Character team, everyone gels in nicely, great locker room with pretty much no cancers. Everyone on the team is dedicated to the team (Omark is the one exception)
d) Financially stable team, fans are loyal and come out to watch, and have one of the richest owners in the league.
a) No #1/2 D men, lot of 3/4 though
b) Size and grit in top 6 or in C position
c) Young team, where inexperience shows when we are unable to close out games or get that tying goal, reason why we lost a lot of games by a goal. Veterans also are known for not showing up when it matters, unlike the kids.
8) Draft Picks
2013: Have all own picks, Ducks 2nd
2014: All own picks
9) Cap Situation
Currently have 11M in cap space. 3.75 being payed to Khabibullin comes off in 1 year, Horcoffs 5.5M comes off in 2015/2016, in time for us to sign Yakupov, nuge, etc.
10) Season Projection
Considering development of top 6, and D, also Dubnyk getting the clear starter job now, we shouldnt be a lottery team next year. Likely around 21st in league, give or take 3 spots. Lots of variables though, injuries have been a problem for years, and if they occur again we still could be in lottery. Also Kruger is going to be tested and could be very benifitial to the team, and the team could be a surprise contender for 8th seed.
My guess is 10th in the West.
EDIT: Holy that took a long time, hope its appreciated.
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