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11-01-2013, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Gord View Post
what's wrong with the Oilers?
Eakins was quoted in today's paper saying two things things that help sum it up.

"I assumed we knew what traditional defense zone coverage was. It was clear that we didn't."

"I see our team is excited to score goals. boy they like to score. But we need a group that is equally excited to stop goals. I'm not sure our group is wired like that"

so it seems a lot of the problem has been the coaching in the last 4 years and the players not bothering or not being forced to learn how to play a complete game.
As much as I find Eakins to be somewhat arrogant I have to agree with his comments. Over the past few years this team has been all about run & gun hockey. We drafted elite goal scorers and that's what we want from them. Until now the young guns have been allowed to play a one dimensional game, all offence. Eakins wants to change that and make them more complete players. Unfortunately we will be on the loosing end of a lot of games while they learn.

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