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03-29-2013, 09:30 PM
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Thanks for the update. What are the chances that the team makes the playoffs? Do you think the lock out hurt them more than other teams when it was over?
Talent wise yes it hurt. But since the lockout ended we have seen them play a more sound game, sticking to the system. A lot seemed to be passengers and watched Eberle/Hall/Schultz do their magic, but now they seem to be more involved, getting much more production from depth guys.
Nelson said that Eberle\Hall\Schultz were invested with OKC, but not all in. Said they had to change the system they would play due to the NHLers not wanting to learn a whole new system when they didn't know if they would be gone the next day.
The Barons were a more talented team with those guys, but I'd say they are a "better" team without them to be honest. That's not a knock on the NHLers, but we are seeing guys know their roles are more defined now and everyone is sold out not worrying about if the NHL is coming back or not. The Barons are playing a greasy game now, whereas it seemed to be all razzle dazzle and finesse pre lockout.
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