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10-29-2013, 10:58 PM
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Some friendly banter before the game started aside, I really think that the Oilers just need a little more time.

Sounds cliche but even top picks in the league cannot be counted upon to win games for you when they are just 21.

Just look at the growth of Kessel as an example. He was an immature, shy 21 year old kid who loved to score goals. As the seasons went by, he became a complete two way threat, then Ron Wilson was fired, Carlyle came in and he became a 200 ft player.

Players like RNH, Eberle, Hall etc will go through those same pains because they aren't Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin.

If I was the owner of the Oilers, I take out a broom and do a COMPLETE cleaning of the Oilers management. Nobody except McTavish (he can't be judged right now) and possibly Eakins should remain...give them a year and see how they do.

If they fail in 2015, it's time to head into a new direction with a new GM and a new coach (for the last time).

Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, RNH are four great players that just need more time. Compare it to real life...when a teenager faces adversity, he's more likely to think negative. As you age, you develop a "defense mechanism" and fight back and overcome adversity.

The Oilers give up a goal and they begin to collapse. I think the Oilers will hit their stride when RNH, Hall, Eberle are 24-25.

Nurse and Klefbom developing, acquiring some quality UFA defenseman will go a long way in turning the Oilers around.

I definitely see a bright future for the Oilers but it might take more time than expected.

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