Minnesota Wild preach patience for young talent, but Oilers can't afford to wait
EDMONTON, Alberta -- All the talented kids scheduled to take the ice when the Wild play the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, Feb. 21, at Rexall Place should be worth watching.
They might or might not have an impact on the game.
By virtue of owning the No. 1 overall draft pick for three seasons running, the Oilers' lineup will include top picks Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 19, and Taylor Hall, 21, along with such standouts as Jordan Eberle, 22; Nail Yakupov, 19; Magnus Paajarvi; 21, Sam Gagne, 22; and Justin Schultz, 22.
Minnesota, which ranks second to Ottawa in the NHL with six rookies used so far this season, is expected to counter with Jonas Brodin, 19; Mikael Granlund, 20; Jason Zucker, 21; Johan Larsson, 20; and possibly Darcy Kuemper, 22.
"It's nice to have so many young guys," Granlund said after practice Wednesday, "but you really don't think about that when you're playing."
I don't care how pretty it is, let's just win! This is a division game and will be a huge measuring stick since there's a strong chance we might be fighting it out with this team for that last playoff spot for all we know. We might look back on this game when it's all said and done.
Preferably a Scott Stevens-esque blindside hit. Shanahan never calls those.
If by now you didn't catch on that Shanascam hates the Wild then you should, if one of our guys does anything that he normally calls a "hockey play" we'll get slammed with something like intentional incident and get punished.....
This is a game we will win, and the next two against the Flames too. Then we will be situated well in the west. It's Win-streak time, and it goes on and on and on. Zucker scores again, Brodin also with a goal. Rupp with gamewinner, pass from Granny.