Thread: Speculation: What must Edmonton do
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03-07-2013, 12:13 PM
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Up front, Edmonton has too many guys with pretty much the same physical strengths, skills, size and game. In spite of all the skill they have, they are not scoring because it's too easy to force them to the outside. You're just not going to score much in the NHL from outside the faceoff circles. It's also too easy to push them off the puck. They don't really have anyone in their top 6 who can consistently win puck battles on the boards or establish position in front of the goalie. So when you're forcedto shoot from 30' or more away, you don't have a net front presence and you can't retrieve pucks on the boards, you are not going to score a lot. There are just too many 5'11" speedy skilled forwards (or 6'1" and 180lb) who play a finesse game. Ryan Smyth should be that guy, but at this stage of his career he is no longer a top 6 forward.

Also, other than Justin Schultz, they don't get much push from their D. Ryan Whitney is past it. With the way the season is going, you wonder if it might be worth giving Marancin a shot. He's definitely got some defensive holes in his game, but he can skate and move the puck.

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