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12-25-2013, 10:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northern Alberta
Originally Posted by
Up the Irons
did i just get time warped back 3 years? we've got enough top-end young studs. the time to start surrounding them was last year.
hasn't this year proven that simply tanking and waiting doesn't necessarily yield the results you want? when you are the worst team in the league, it is very difficult to improve. it takes real management of assets to get out of the gutter, not just waiting.
who would have thought that 3 first overall picks wouldn't be enough, and now you think another is the answer? and another top 5 pick next year? (which would absolutely happen if we do not make changes and end up 29th or 30th this year)
we've got to start improving. we've got to set higher standards. this willingness to be THE WORST TEAM IN THE F---ING LEAGUE has got to end. I'd rather see a real trade that allows us to play .600 hockey the rest of the way and end up picking 24th. i want progress NOW, or at least the declaration that tanking is no longer acceptable. i want a manager that is trying to improve the team, not intentionally letting them remain bad so we can draft high. we, of all fans should know, it doesn't work.
i agree with you on the new management group part.
Let's not forget that those 3 #1 picks are essentially very young hockey players and obviously still developing.
3 #1 picks AREN'T enough because 3 young players certainly can't do it all on their own.
If you expected those 3 picks to be leading us on the parade route already... well that's unrealistic expectations.
Those players are good but they are going to take time to develop and reach their full potential. Yak is basically a baby yet in terms of NHL experience... and has teething problems finding his way in this league. He's defensively inferior BUT has a huge ceiling that will take time and patience to reach. RNH and Hall are obviously both further along... it's no surprise that Hall looks the best as he's the oldest of the 3 as well.
The problems of this team aren't that they are drafting #1's and they aren't helping fast enough... it's that Lowe/Tambo/MacT aren't recognizing and filling the voids on this team with sufficient talent so that these young players have decent teammates to play with.
This team wasn't a playoff team or even a competitive team this year from simply looking at that roster last summer. Management didn't sufficiently address 3 key areas (size/grit/physicality throughout the lineup, goaltending and defense).
The failure this year is on the heads of MacT/Tambo/Lowe for not acquiring decent supporting talent in key areas and secondarily on Eakins who may be doing his best with a nerfed roster but his best simply isn't good enough.
Even if he did get the most out of this team though I still think they'd be far from a playoff team. I think 11th (maybe 10th at best) in the West was their best case this year and they obviously aren't even living up to that.
More elite talent in the form of another top 2 pick WILL help this team. The pressure is on management to address the roster deficiencies without burning those valuable pieces.
Think of it like this... would you trade Ekblad away if he was already Oiler property in the prospect pool? I certainly wouldn't as he'd be a key piece of this team going forward and that's what the team is doing by trading that pick away... trading a valuable piece of the roster going forward.
When this team finds itself in a position to draft a player like Reinhart or Ekblad they MUST do that. Too many holes, too many issues to fix by trading that pick and whomever they get back won't help this team vault upwards from 29th to being a playoff team.
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