How overhyped and overrated are the Oilers this year?
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02-09-2013, 08:23 PM
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My problem/frustration lies in the fact that we have been 'wandering in the wilderness' since 1990, albeit with the exception of 2006 and the Marchant goal.
But who among our young core are really elite? I ask in earnest. Where is our Jonathan Toews? Stevie Y? Messier?
I want this rebuild to mean something. I think we've got a few really nice pieces, but its becoming more and more of a concern with me that these young studs are maybe not as advertised.
Of all the players on this team the only guy I can project to be a HOF'er is Schultz.
When Yzerman and Towes and Stamkos etc were in their third NHL season they were dominant players.
And you dont win championships with a collection of above average guys...you always need at least one guy to be the straw the stirs the drink...
my 2 cents...
I understand it's been frustrating that we haven't won the cup since 1990, but neither have a big chunk of teams. Beyond that though we have to look at the team in phases, the 90's team, the early 2000's, the mid-2000's, late 2000's, and then now the 2010 and on version of the team. This is a team that still has a lot of growing to do. Look at most teams that have been competing for the cup, their stars have been in the league for a while and are used to the every day ins and outs of the game. Our kids just aren't at that point quite yet.
Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, and Schultz all have potential to be huge point producers over their careers, they are the guys that will be like the people you talked about above. Nuge will be a strong player in his own right and probably more of a two way force more along the Adam Oates mold. I think this year is still a year that will be up and down for them. Next year will probably see more ups then downs, and by the year after all the kids will know their games and be dangerous in their own rights on every night.
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