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01-04-2013, 05:54 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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I watched this "kid" play mainly in the playoffs, and wow I was surprised! This guy is unbelievable! He controls the game on both sides. He got 4 more minutes then the next leading defender on the Yotes. Has he officially surpassed Yandle? I think he has . Can I get some more information on him?
I've been singing his praises since I stated boldly after watching him play a pre-season game for the 2010 World Juniors where I proclaimed that OEL would crack Phoenix's top 6 as a 18 year old. Took a little flack then but I think everyone understands now why I was making those claims.
Here's my quotes from 2009:
1) Was at the Team Canada / Team Sweden exhibition game tonight in Regina.
OEL looked great. He comes exactly as advertised. Very smart, fluid skater, shots get through to the net, passes are rink wide and tape to tape. He managed an assist (deflection off a point shot) and received a misconduct at the end of the game. Teppo Numminen/Michalek are very good comparisons although I think he has potential to be better than both of those players. Honestly, I think he could fit in in our top 6 d men today.
2) Just quickly re-watching last nights game on PVR and I'm glad I went to the game to just focus on OEL.
TV didn't do him justice which is why I think the comparisons to Numminen are warranted. Just a smart, smooth player who plays a solid game. Needs to be a tad more physical in the defensive zone though.
Based on his puck skills and transition game I believe he would make our team this season. I'll be surprised if he isn't a NHL regular a year from now.
3) I literally keyed on OEL each of his shifts which is why I came away so amazed by his poise with the puck. Tape to tape passes rink wide every time. Smooth, so very smooth. Years ago I used to gush about paying just to watch David Tanabe skate. Now, I can honestly say, I will pay money to watch OEL play defense.
4) most frustrating part of this years WJC is the coach of Sweden not double shifting OEL. He kept throwing Rundblad out there no matter that each and every shift he played resulted in a scoring chance against. Rundblad's horrendous play was clearly evident during the pre-tournament games and he wouldn't switch things up. Resulted in Team Sweden playing for bronze instead of gold.
To be honest everyone is simply in awe how 3 years ago he was playing in the Swedish Elite League 2nd Division. He is in my mind our #1 guy and is a franchise D man. I think the over under on his next contract starts at $6 mill per season and will likely be a max limit type deal.
Easily our best player. He is Lidstromesque and claims that Coyote fans are exaggerating his upside are normally from fans who quite frankly haven't really watched him play. I couldn't be more excited about a player to be honest.
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