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11-04-2013, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Zoombie View Post
To me it just looks like a lack of a team game (+effort). Oil have too many players who are used to being able to win with an individual effort, but that doesn't work against NHL systems and defense.
This. Successful NHL teams are greater than the sum of their parts and the Oilers are made up of a bunch of random parts that just don't add up.

The Flames have a guy like all the Oilers big draft picks. Sven Baertschi. Here's a skill-based guy with 94 points in 47 games in the juniors and was used to taking over a game with individual effort.

He hits the NHL and the production disappears because reportedly he was pouting and then Brian Burke calls him out for not being a complete, compete player in all three zones. He has to learn to the play in the system and while his skill still shows in flashes, he's still trying to figure it out.

Fortunately for the Flames, it's just that one guy that's figuring it out and they are mentoring him with classic Red Wing school guy (Jiri Hudler) on his line. I think the Oilers have 5 or 6 guys with that problem with nobody to mentor them properly.

The Oilers old boys management team rebuilt without the proper mentorship built into the team. Crosby broke into the league by living with Mario Lemiuex!

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