How overhyped and overrated are the Oilers this year?
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02-09-2013, 10:24 PM
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I have always spent a lot of time just watching small stuff in hockey, it's what my dad always taught me to do because I was never the biggest, fastest or most skilled player on the ice, so I had to always think my way through the game. Which in turn causes me to watch specifics when I watch hockey. And I actually see a lot of huge potential in all of our young guys, they remind me of various guys I've seen play in the last 25 years.
RNH - He really reminds me of Adam Oates, although he doesn't have the face off ability at this point. He sees the game very well, and moves between the zones with high efficiency. I expect him to produce to full potential within around 3 years.
Hall - I don't like the constant Messier comparisons, I actually see him as a bigger, stronger Mike Gartner. He's going to break teams with his speed, not like Messier who bullied his way into getting most of his goals.
Eberle - He's the hardest for me to make a comparison to someone else, his hands in close are insane, and he just seems to know where to be at the right time.
Yakupov - He's got a little bit of Bure and a little bit of Federov in him. You can tell he comes from the mold of Russian kids that grew up watching them. He uses his speed to try and constantly find openings in which to shoot. Although sometimes he moves around too much in the zone, making it hard for his teammates to find him.
quality post, and I appreciate your wisdom. It comes off as thoughtful, not some fan-boy who follows blindly into the abyss.
I hope you're right. I really love the Hall-Gartner comp...very astute.
Other posters have made good comments as well...Kane definitely played(s) a big part of the Blackhawks success, but man, Toews is someone that simply oozes hockey IQ...and again, when players are truly upper echelon elite it shows very early.
And we need some decent vets to support the youth movement. Why can the Leafs be a rough and tough team, adding pieces, and we can't? I dont have Leaf envy, but man they looked strong tonight and I dont even know who most of their players are...where are our depth pick-ups?
I forgot about Yak...he looks very special too, strong passion and great skills.
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