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10-30-2013, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Hockey Buddha View Post
The Oilers out shot the Leafs 43-25--that's not getting shredded! They gave up 4 goals to a potent Leafs offense, while being stone walled by Reimer. The kids need to produce for us offensively. I've been saying that for a while. They don't produce offense consistently. They're getting paid well to perform. It's time they perform! You can't shelter your most talented players forever. They need to be relied upon.

As you said, we don't have an abundance of quality vets to rely on, that's not Eakin's fault! If this team is going to win, it's going to be by counting on its young players. Eakins is playing the players who he'll have to rely on down the road to produce in order to win hockey games. They can't be sheltered forever; they have to learn to handle it. Eakins has the guts to continually throw them back into the fire until they figure it out. That is what they need. They're at least working under him. We have to wait for them. We don't have a choice at this point. It's not like this team has shown well in previous years under other coaches. Give this some time is all I'm saying. This should have happened more last season. Just sayin'.
The Oilers are letting in 4 goals a game, that is the very definition of being shredded by opposing NHL teams. Shots numbers are also meaningless when the vast majority of shots taken are one and done perimeter shots with no traffic, and no one willing to fight for rebounds or drive to the net.

Playing your star players power vs power is fine and all as well - when they can handle it. I have no doubt some of them will be fine power vs power players when they are no longer physical pushovers with defensively immature positioning, but force feeding them those minutes now just hurts the team, and their ability to contribute. They simply aren't going to learn anything by being thrown in the deep end and left to drown.

The Oilers actually did go out and acquire one vet who can fulfill the shelter role as well. Up to this point Gordon -a well trained defensive specialist- has been used primarily to shut down 3rd and 4th liners, a plan that is going over as well as Eakin's ineffectual swarm defensive scheme.

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