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03-07-2013, 11:34 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Lol jeez have some patience bud, what do you expect the cup instantly? This is Taylor Hall's and Jordan Eberle's 3rd season, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' 2nd season, Justin Schultz's and Nail Yakupov's 1st season, and Devan Dubnyk's 1st season as the starting goaltender, they obviously aren't going to excel and be world beaters.
You want change? Start off by getting rid of everyone, and I mean every single person left from the old boys club, management onto scouts, everywhere with Kevin Lowe being the first one to go, then you can start talking.
After you do that, make sure that the following names never play in an Oilers uniform after this season:
Ales Hemsky (via trade for a need, not because he's bad; could fetch a top 4 d-man to play on the 2nd pair)
Magnus Paajarvi (Because the Oil clearly want to turn him into a 3rd line checker and that's just not what the kid is; trade him for something you'll actually use properly)
Where the Oilers have failed is not the kids playing in the top 6. Hall, Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov, these guys are going to be great players for a long time, and Gagner is finally starting to come around. You've got two real capable defenseman in Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry, with two more who can play 3rd pairing minutes in Smid and Nick Schultz.
This team has failed in the depth rebuild. A rebuild isn't just a rebuild of star players, look at the rebuild of the Penguins from 2005-2009, the year they won the cup, they didn't just have a top 6, they had a solid core of 12 forwards and 6 defenseman, not just plugs filling spots on lines until the kids can mature. Same thing with the Blackhawks, that 3rd line of theirs was outstanding. The Oil need to do a better job of filling spots in the bottom 6 because their's just flat out sucks right now, and they need two more defensema in the top 4, maybe one more if Klefbom pans out but that is right now just potential. No need for an over-reaction to the kids, its the bottom 6 that needs tweaking as well as the defense
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