OKT is horrible. The fact that someone tries to defend him is laughable.
He got absolutely dangled on a move that should not work. He needs to take the body there. Taht is not rust, its teh sign of an AHL level defesneman. And it is not like he played good teh rest of the game, he made multiple turnovers and there were fans in the stands who would do better then him.
He's -16 in 32 games, awful stats. In fact he could be the odd man out when Parent returns. He really needs to pick up his game if he wants to compete for a spot.
With OKT behind him, I don't think he has too much to worry about...Bartulis brings a lot less suck to the table. If OKT had been subjected to the losing streak, you want to hazard a guess what his +/- would be? Not to mention Bartulis plays 5 more minutes a game.
Of course, I think Syvret stepped up his game some so if we ever get healthy we may be back to a Parent/Syvret setup.
But, yes, I think Bartulis has looked fine for a 3rd pairing rookie. Part of his problem has been getting stuck with partners that don't do him any favors (which as a rookie he absolutely needs).
As to no one is behind anyone...ATOI is generally speaking a good indicator (along with how often you're a healthy scratch) of where people stand on the ladder. There are a clear top 4 (not 3). When Parent is healthy he's clearly no. 5 on the depth chart...and the coaches have shown a lot more faith in Bartulis and Syvret than OKT. Though, some of OKTs stats are the fact that Stevens refused to play his third pairing.
The disservice you do to your "friend" is rather remarkable.
An analogy would be me talking to your girlfriend's parents:
Oh, yeah, he's a great guy. And, let me tell you, he can wear the hell out of a Nazi uniform. You wouldn't believe what a stolen credit card can get you at a costume shop these days. Did I ever tell you the story of the time he didn't put on a condom but crinkled up a snicker's wrapper for a few seconds before "accidentally" putting it in your daughter's rectum?
I got an idea, how bout we shut up about this and just win another game. We had one bad game when we were on a streak of 8-1-1 in 10 games. We can bounce from this and win another 4 or so in a row. We don't need a trade unless we are really that nailed for injuries and so on. Considering how dull OKT was, I'd say put in Marshall or Bourdon, couldn't hurt too much.
He's laughing about only playing 11 games thus far this year, and getting embarrassed in his first game in a month (2nd in two months) by a rookie playing his 3rd NHL game for his 1st career goal? I mean...I don't think this conversation would be all that funny if I was him.
If Tolly is reading these boards, we should put up a 'Found' notice for his jockstrap. Bozek turned it in after the game.....
Bartulis is in the lineup for good, equal to Parent, at this point and definitely ahead of Syvret and Tolly. Let's face it, when they're all healthy, Tolly will probably get waived.