I think the Oilers will be just like OKC so far; no offensive depth and bad defense. Besides Schultz and Smid, all our defense has been sitting on their butts for 9 months. That's worrisome. This team is going to have a very hard time keeping the puck out of the net, and I'll tell you now theyre going to make Dubnyk look bad regardless of how he plays.
Did Dubnyk look bad last year?
How did our D last year compare to this year?
My opinion is Dubnyk did not look bad, and last year's D which basically had sutton/peckham/potter/barker instead of Schultz is arguably worse. Plus every other team had multiple players sitting on their butts this whole time.
Do you guys think Krueger would put Yakupov on his off-swing?
I remember him getting interviewed on the radio and he went on to say Yakupov had one of the best one timers he's ever seen. It's going to be interesting to see if takes Hemsky off RW and sticks him on LW.
IMO, the lineup is twice as dangerous with Yakupov on his off-wing.
And how good does it feel to FINALLY start talking about the Oilers instead of lawyer junk? Pretty refreshing if you ask me.
No doubt we'll see the lines getting blended up early and often and various combos will be experimented with.
A new head coach will want to try to get the chemistry going early and although Krueger has been here for a while this is all his show now so he'll likely want to shake things up differently than when Renney was there.
But if he isn't, aren't smyth and horcoff the perfect linemates for him? I actually really like what he might bring to an otherwise defensively responsible 3rd line.
No, Hemsky is like a sportscar. A sportscar that spends a lot of time in the shop, but a sportscar nonetheless. You don't use him to haul around your boat; that's not his function.
He needs to be on an offensive line, with offensive players. If you want him to play more of a 2 way game I can accept that argument, but when he's on the ice his primary function should be to take it to the other team offensively, not play on a checking line that's merely trying to kill the clock and look for the odd offensive break.
I agree... they should definitely take their chances in seeing what they have with Peckham or Teubert before they consider Plante.
I'm hoping Peckham rebounds into a fairly reliable, physical dman that he was shaping into a couple seasons ago. Same goes for Eager among the forwards. Those two can both provide a little bit of "crazy" and some physicality when the small fry on the roster get steamrolled. I KNOW Peckham can do that as that has been his role in the past but he got away from that last year.
Eager has the ability to play a much more gritty, sandpaper-like role as well but he's got to get his head on straight and not butt heads with the coach like he did last year.
There's plenty of skilled talent throughout the lineup... now the Oilers just need to get their character guys to actually play with grit and tenacity... instead of just going through the motions and being placeholders.
Smyth actually had a better power play face off winning percentage than Horcoff last season.
However, Horcoff took 227 power play faceoffs and Smyth took 46. I'm not sure Smyth would have done as well over that large of a sample size. I'm sure Horcoff's faceoff competition was tougher as well.
Nugent-Hopkins and Belanger also had better pp faceoff %-ages as well. And while sample size again comes into play, what I believe is true is that this is a completely irrelevent issue.
Horcoff took about 200 power play faceoffs last year and was about 50%. At 40% a player would win one less pp faceoff every 4 games. At worst that might cost you what 3 goals. This could easily be made up by adding a better player.
Horcoff should not be on the #1 pp for any reason.