Oilers Lose 3-0. Watching Paint dry
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03-08-2013, 01:30 AM
Join Date: Jun 2010
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Our transition has really fallen off now that we replaced Gilbert with Schultz and Whitney has fallen off.
Gilbert for all the hate we gave him was actually an above-average transition guy. Schultz is yet to reach average in that department.
Whitney's failure is a huge loss for us.
Our D has actually gotten better at D-zone coverage, but they've regressed big time in terms of transition. We went from below-average to dead-last IMO in terms of that part of the game.
It's a big part of why this team is struggling to score at even-strength, whereas last year scoring was never a problem
Petry is perhaps our best right now (at or slightly above average), J.Schultz will hopefully attain average in 1-2 years. The rest is just horrible.
Shultz is Jason Smith type bad at passing the puck. It's a grenade whenever the pass is beyond the 10 ft mark. I can't even count how many times passes from the blue line (save for J. Shultz) ends up 3 feet in the air or 3 feet ahead of the intended receiver. This team needs a)some sort of system people can buy into (this team has 3 1st overalls and the gameplan shouldn't be defense first especially when it hasn't worked the last 3 years) and b) obtain another puck moving defenseman and a center who can win faceoffs so the team isn't chasing the puck for 75 percent of the game.
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