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02-11-2013, 12:29 AM
Delicious Pancakes
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Originally Posted by Oilbleeder View Post
So 1/4 of the glorious (albeit short) NHL season is done. So what are your thoughts on the Oilers in these categories:

MVP? (and why) Dubnyk

Player who has surprised you with his play this season? Gagner/Petrell

Player who has disappointed you with his play this season? Whitney/Smyth

Strongest area of the team? (offense/D/Goaltending) Goaltending

Thoughts on coaching and system in place? The neutral zone could use some attention

Positives from the Oilers so far? The special teams (apart from gaining the zone on the PP) and goaltending

Areas where the Oilers need to improve? Skill guys need to make simple plays sometimes to keep the opposition honest. Less cute setups, shoot the puck. Defensemen need to be more poised and move their feet in the D-zone when they have the puck, make better D to D passes. Finishing checks, I don't care what size you are you don't have to kill the guy.

Overall grade for the Oilers? C+

Revised season outcome for the Oilers (in terms of position in the NHL/West they finish)? 8th

If you want to do individual grades, feel free.
I think they've got a team that can make the playoffs, we'll see what happens.

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