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01-11-2007, 12:06 AM
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For those who watched tonight...

Not sure if I can start a new thread about this, but I didn't see anything in the GDT or the Oilers Recall Gilbert thread.

I was just wondering for those that watched the game tonight how he looked out there? It sounded like he was put in some rather important situations.

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01-11-2007, 12:07 AM
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Looked okay for his first game... nothing bad defensively, which is always a plus and he made a good first pass out of his zone.

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01-11-2007, 12:09 AM
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Very solid, I noticed his first couple shifts he ran around a little bit but that was quickly fixed. Good passing, had a few wrist shots but didn't get them through (his slapper did though). He seems to be really smart too on when to pinch without getting caught.

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01-11-2007, 12:13 AM
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He played pretty well. No real mistakes defensively and had a couple good pinches on the PP. Shot wasnt as good as I thought it would be but it got through once and caused problems for Nabakov. Solid first game IMO. However, I do think Roy has developed some confidence and is ahead of Gilbert at this point in time. I can see Roy staying up and playing with the team once Staios and Tjarny come back.

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01-11-2007, 12:14 AM
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Very solid, I noticed his first couple shifts he ran around a little bit but that was quickly fixed. Good passing, had a few wrist shots but didn't get them through (his slapper did though). He seems to be really smart too on when to pinch without getting caught.
He is much better than when I saw him in the preseason. He will make the team next year. Which begs the question who will be on our blueline. Greene, Smid, Gilbert, Hejda, Roy.....then who? Staios has an extension so he stays and one of those first five will be in the rafters.

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01-11-2007, 12:17 AM
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He is much better than when I saw him in the preseason. He will make the team next year. Which begs the question who will be on our blueline. Greene, Smid, Gilbert, Hejda, Roy.....then who? Staios has an extension so he stays and one of those first five will be in the rafters.
I think it's a little too soon to say that one of our rooks will have his number retired

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01-11-2007, 12:20 AM
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I thought Gilbert played a quiet game. He played within his means and made smart decisions. MacT must have thought so too because Gilbert played more minutes than Roy and Greene.
Very good first game for Gilbert.

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He is much better than when I saw him in the preseason. He will make the team next year. Which begs the question who will be on our blueline. Greene, Smid, Gilbert, Hejda, Roy.....then who? Staios has an extension so he stays and one of those first five will be in the rafters.
Spector did say that Philly would want a dman in any deal for Pitkanen so maybe due to the surplus of dmen the Oilers have they have the assets to make a deal now. Only time will tell.

But IMO I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see the Oiler move Matt Greene.

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01-11-2007, 12:22 AM
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I thought Gilbert played a quiet game. He played within his means and made smart decisions. MacT must have thought so too because Gilbert played more minutes than Roy and Greene.
Very good first game for Gilbert.

True, but that was him getting over 4 minutes of PP time.

5 on 5, both Greene and Roy saw more ice, which in no way detracts from the good first game that Gilbert had. He actually looked halfway comfortable on the PP point, which is a rare thing with the Oilers dmen.

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True, but that was him getting over 4 minutes of PP time.

5 on 5, both Greene and Roy saw more ice, which in no way detracts from the good first game that Gilbert had. He actually looked halfway comfortable on the PP point, which is a rare thing with the Oilers dmen.
Good point about the PP Digger although like you said he looked comfortable, and he likely wouldn't have got those minutes if he didn't play with some confidence.

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01-11-2007, 12:30 AM
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I thought he was a little shaky on his first couple of shifts but played well after. Nothing awe inspiring, but a solid game. Nothing to complain about for a first NHL game!

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01-11-2007, 12:32 AM
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Gilbert played well. He's confident with the puck, strong enough and will be a good one. Ran around a bit in his own zone sometimes though. He's a rook.

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01-11-2007, 12:33 AM
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I thought he was a little shaky on his first couple of shifts...*snip*
Yeah but you gotta cut him some slack for that...it's expected and he settled down quite nicely.
Especially when you consider the high pressure game San Jose played.

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01-11-2007, 12:35 AM
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Yeah but you gotta cut him some slack for that...it's expected and he settled down quite nicely.
I completely agree, that was just nerves. I certainly didn't want to give the impression that I was criticizing him. I was quite happy with his play.

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01-11-2007, 12:45 AM
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This kid has bigtime composure. Imagine playing your first game in the shark tank. He made a couple pinches, moved the puck well, skates really well. Never looked out of place.

Nothing but impressed.

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01-11-2007, 12:54 AM
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yeah i was also pretty impressed with his play.... you can definitly see that he'll be a player at some point.... of course its only one game, but he seemed very well rounded, in that there doesnt seem to be a glaring weakness in his game

a defence of greene, smid and gilbert could look pretty decent in 3-4 years from now

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01-11-2007, 12:57 AM
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I'm seriously loving the thought of having all three of Smid, Gilbert and Chorney in our lineup long-term. They're all very good skaters and puck movers which should really help our transition game in the future.

I love Greene but I would have no problem moving him in a deal for Pitkanen if that's what it would take. I'd feel comfortable with Gilbert in the #6 slot if we moved another young guy out.

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Good to hear about Gilbert. I wish I could have watched this one. I am excited about this kid. But he doesn't hit as much as I'd like, which is why we need to keep Greene.

As much as I love Pitkanen, a top 4 of Pitkanen, Smid, Gilbert, and Chorney won't stand up to a lot of physical play.

Greene is the one D-man we really can't move. Our D would be awful soft in the future without him.

Unless we draft Petrecki or something, I guess.

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01-11-2007, 03:00 AM
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I'm seriously loving the thought of having all three of Smid, Gilbert and Chorney in our lineup long-term. They're all very good skaters and puck movers which should really help our transition game in the future.

I love Greene but I would have no problem moving him in a deal for Pitkanen if that's what it would take. I'd feel comfortable with Gilbert in the #6 slot if we moved another young guy out.

Yeah, man, we might not be as screwed as we though we were. By God Chorney is going to look good up here on the left side, eventually, and Gilbert is looking solid. I wonder how many opposition scouts have been in the stands since Staios' "injury"

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You wonder how much these rookies are being showcased to make a deal. You gotta admit, Staios looked ok last game, suddenly the trade deadline looms and viola, he's injured.

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01-11-2007, 03:04 AM
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I'm seriously loving the thought of having all three of Smid, Gilbert and Chorney in our lineup long-term. They're all very good skaters and puck movers which should really help our transition game in the future.

I love Greene but I would have no problem moving him in a deal for Pitkanen if that's what it would take. I'd feel comfortable with Gilbert in the #6 slot if we moved another young guy out.
looking at the future on the blue line...Greene seems to be the only good prospect that would bring any sort of toughness to the group

out of Smid, Chorney, Gilbert and Greene, every one is a puck mover save Greene and every team needs a guy like Greene who's willing to make the hit, fight and play mean and tough in front of the net

Greene is gonna be Jason Smith-lite in a few years

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I wouldn't have a problem moving Greene for an upgrade (i.e. Stuart - extension signed before trade)

He's a type of guy that teams close to the cap would want in exchange for an already established defenceman.

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Yeah, man, we might not be as screwed as we though we were. By God Chorney is going to look good up here on the left side, eventually, and Gilbert is looking solid. I wonder how many opposition scouts have been in the stands since Staios' "injury"

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You wonder how much these rookies are being showcased to make a deal. You gotta admit, Staios looked ok last game, suddenly the trade deadline looms and viola, he's injured.
Why would they bother injuring him though?

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Why would they bother injuring him though?
Good question. They aren't going to move Staios, though. It could be an injury, could be a much needed rest too, and they let he rookies shine for all to see. Hell of a risk, I admit, but what've they got to lose?

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Doesn't Staios have the flu?

Anyway, I can't believe the Avs traded Gilbert for Salo. Mind boggling really. I loved Tommy, but he was struggling and Aebischer was Colorado's starter.

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The Oilers have 4 guys under contract for next season (Staios, Smith, Smid and Bergeron). I'm sure they'll keep Hejda. Then Gilbert becomes a no.6/7 guy. If the Oilers move any d-men I think it's reasonable to assume Greene and Bergeron would be the guys. Both are still young, but considering the Oilers have Smid for a long while they're expendible.

Maybe you don't move Greene for a deadline guy. But consider a deal like Greene and Pouliot (or Anaheim's 1st) for Visnovsky? Or Zidlicky? Would the Oilers make that deal? Would the Kings or Preds? If the Oilers are willing to put Greene in play they could probably land a pretty good player in return.

Staios-Visnovsky
Smith-Hejda
Smid-Tjarnqvist
Bergeron

The Kings have Jack Johnson on the horizon and Visnovsky will be a UFA next season. I'd prefer trading Bergeron, but Greene definately has value as a young, physical no.5/6 guy for the next 10 seasons. That's an attractive commodity.

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