The pk is one of the most important aspects of an Oiler team.
How is it that everybody automatically thinks the PP contribution is more important than pk?
We have a #5ranked NHL pk
We have a #22ranked NHL PP
Which is being more important to our success?
Guess which unsung heroes deserve more credit?
I'm not her to discount the PK, because I agree it is a very important part of winning. But, one could argue that if the PP was better, we'd be in the playoffs right now.
The PK is important to our current sucess, no doubt. Our PP in the first few months is basically the result of our lack of sucess during that time frame, and the end result right now. Had our PP clicked a few more times, and converted into a few more goals, no doubt we'd have a few more wins.
I think you need a good PK to win games, but a great PP to steal games. Granted, there will be the odd time or 2 where our PK steals a game for us. Like MacT said, "You need a good PP and great goaltending to steal you a game." They also say your best PKer has to be your goaltender, which is part of that 'great goaltending'.
Therefore, a successful PP and great goaltending (even strength and on the PK) should be able to steal you a game. An average PP, and maybe average goaltending, with a fantastic PK will be able to win you games...but won't steal too many. We have seen that all to many times, crappy PP, average goaltending, but fantastic PK resulting in a close win or a close loss.
There have been times where our PK was perfect, but our PP **** the bed and as a result we lost. I would love to see our PK remain in the top 5 and our PP to kick it up a notch and at least be in the top 15, I'd love a top 10 but that might be asking too much.
This kid has improved arguably more than any other play on our roster in the past calendar year. Watching him at the end of last year I would have given him maybe a 1/10 chance at making the Oilers to start this year. Not only did he make the team but he's stuck all year and proven that he's been one of the best fourth liners in the entire league this year. He has the defensive ability obviously and he's a real hard worker but he also has an offensive skillset which IMO is very underrated. This guy has one of the best wrist shots on the entire team. And that ridiculous saucer pass last night to Glencross just speaks for itself. I think Glencross and Brodziak have to stay together no matter what. They feed off of each other and have tremendous chemistry. I don't care if it's 3rd/4th line but they have quite possibly been our best line down the stretch at ES.