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02-24-2014, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by nexttothemoon View Post
One thing that I think is overrated about the Oilers in general is their offensive abilities.

Even the media likes to point out the Oilers are offensively strong and it's the defense that needs help.

Well the truth is they are NOT that good offensively... it's just that they are worse defensively.

They were 20th in offense 2 seasons ago, they were 18th in offense last season and this year they are down to 20th in offense again.

They are essentially a BAD defensive team and a mediocre offensive team.

Yes they have slightly more upside potentially offensively... but if they trade pieces away like Yak/Eberle (and yes even Gagner)... they DO NOT have enough depth to be better than mediocre offensively.


I think that's actually one of the main problems with this team... not just that they are defensively bad but that they don't have enough offensive firepower to overcome those deficiencies in their own end.

I think better defense would make the offense perform better as well but obviously if they remove solid offensive pieces they are creating a void there as well... it's not as easy a fix as some seem to feel (again especially outside media viewpoints who have too much of a black/white view on what ails this team).
To me though our lack of getting into the top 10 offensively is tied to our d-men.

Which of our d-men can produce consitent break out passes without turning it over.

Our breakouts consist of wrapping it around the boards or a flick off the glass and hoping for a break.

None of our d-men can carry the puck out of the zone either consistently.

When teams say we're weak defensively I think of it two ways. Not just defensive game, I'm thinking the offensive output from our D-Men.

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