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10-30-2013, 03:42 PM
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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'.
Just wonder what you're thoughts or reasoning would be behind , for example, last night's game. The Oilers went really hard in the off season after a really solid checking centre in Boyd Gordon to win face offs and check the oppositions best line. Kudos to MacT for getting him. Sam Gagner has never been known as a checker and has missed the last month and a half recovering from a broken jaw. Phil Kessel is on the Leafs #1 line with James Van Reimsdyk. If the team didn't get Gordon to play against lines like the JVR one, pray tell, what did they get him for? And to expect the light checking Gagner to come back and do it in his first game with that other noted checker Nail Yakupov, and you get the expected result.

Everyone knows the kids have to sink or swim on their own eventually. But using role players effectively and correctly is part of that plan, I would think. And, as the results from last night show, it is obvious the wrong plan was in place. The scary thing is, I'm not sure Eakins is convinced he may have erred, based on his post game comments.

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