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If you had a choice, who would it be?

Karlsson, Weber, Doughty,Keith, Subban,  other?

Do you agree with the Norris trophy winners over the last six years?

09-10 > Keith        ( Doughty, Green, Keith)
10-11 > Lidstrum  (Chara, Weber, Lidstrum)
11-12 > Karlsson   (Weber, Chara, Karlsson)
12-13 > Subban     (Letang, Suter, Subban)
13-14 > Keith         (Chara, Keith, Weber)
14-15 > Karlsson   (Dought, Subban, Karlsson)

Oilers Discussion / Oilers 2013-2014 Autopsy
« on: June 14, 2014, 03:25:32 AM »
It has been another very painful year (maybe the most) finishing in the bottom three of the league, after high expectations at the start of the year. The team took a step backwards in the standings, even after some upgrades on the team, as well as the younger players are a year older in age and experience. The team and individual players took a step back in almost every metric and category.

Something we have heard over the past years, basically since Taylor Hall was drafted, “we don’t want that losing culture to set in” with the newly top drafted players. The Oilers are in large danger of adopting this trait right now. I would like to do player assessments, I hope you all join in.

Player Assessment (We will add  a new player to discuss each day).

Jeff Petry

Petry had year where he didn’t show a lot of progress but was still our #1 shutdown dman. When he was paired with Marincin, it seemed the pair played pretty well together but are still very green. Petry has a tendency to make silly mistakes that should be out of his game, but I believe with a little more time and a real D coach, he will be an excellent 2nd pair guy. It seems the fans are very hard on Petry, unfairly I believe, he was put in a position to fail and has not been developed properly not unlike the rest of our players, but in D years, he is still very young and inexperienced. He is an excellent skater, who moves the puck well, and is not afraid to use the body. Petry is not a mean nasty player, but not everyone is of that ilk, hopefully gets some more meanness to his game. I think with a little confidence, he would be very effective on second PP team and rushing the puck more, he should also shoot more, he has a very good shot in the mid 90’s. When we picked Petry in the draft, he was known for his offensive play, we have tried to change him to a shutdown D, maybe its time to give him the green light a bit more. I would like to point out that I said he didn’t show much progress this year, but no one really did. I think the we could have a very nice pairing in the future with Petry and Marincin. I would be happy with a 3-4 year contract at 3-3.5 million per.

Drafted 45th in 2006                 6'3"  200lbs

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Next player assessment will be Martin Marincin

Oilers Discussion / Who should the Oilers Draft with 3rd overall pick
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:34:35 AM »
Its probably one of these four -- > Bennet, Draisaitl, Reinhart, Ekblad

If Ekblad is gone I would pick Bennett.

I see it:

1. Panthers - Ekblad
2. Sabres     - Reinhart
3. Oilers       - Bennett
4. Flames     - Dal Colle
5. Islanders - Draisaitl

Around the NHL / Gillis Gone
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:41:54 PM »
Canucks relieve Gillis of his President and GM duties.

"On behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure," said Aquilini in a statement on Tuesday. "The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike's leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.

"I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season. We haven't met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal."

The Oklahoma City Barons are proud to announce that Taylor Fedun has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Oklahoma City community during the 2013-14 season.

Barons defenseman Taylor Fedun approached the team’s front office about instituting a program he was a part of at Princeton University. "Stick to Reading" is an incentive based program where Barons players team with an elementary school to promote the importance of reading to young kids.

The six-week program was instituted at Whiz Kids at Cherokee Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Whiz Kids is a faith-based after school program that benefits kids in “at risk” schools. The Whiz Kids program at Cherokee Hills benefits TuLakes Elementary. There are over 50 Whiz Kids programs in Oklahoma City.

Over the six weeks of the program, the students keep track of how many books/pages/time spent reading on some kind of a board in their class room. While gaining valuable experience reading, the students also use motivation in the form of Barons hat, lunch boxes and puzzles to continue their reading efforts. The Grand Prize winner attends a Barons game as a guest of Taylor, including a locker room tour and an autographed stick.

Fedun is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2013-14 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League later this month.

Oilers Discussion / Moroz & Chase
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:30:29 PM »
So does anyone thing that Chase or Moroz have a good chance to make the team next year?

WHL, QMJHL,OHL,BCHL, etc / Jujhar Khaira
« on: March 28, 2014, 10:23:06 PM »
Had a 4 point night for the Silvertips 3G 1 A  keep it up.

First points of the playoffs, but thats a big night.

OKC Barons / Barons sign C.J. Ludwig
« on: March 27, 2014, 04:38:48 PM »
The Oklahoma City Barons have signed defenseman C.J. Ludwig to an AHL standard player contract for the 2014-15 season, General Manager Bill Scott announced today. Ludwig played collegiately at Northern Michigan University and hails from Little Elm, Texas.

Ludwig had his senior season cut short by a knee injury sustained on Nov. 29, 2013. Prior to that, he played in 13 games for the Wildcats with five goals and seven assists. He received the team’s Dallas Drake Defensive Player of the Year and Tom Laidlaw Best Defenseman Awards as a junior and was named CCHA Defenseman of the Week on Jan. 21, 2012 after a goal and assist against Ohio State.

Ludwig appeared in 36 games as a sophomore and received the team’s Tom Laidlaw Best Defenseman Award. He scored first collegiate goal vs. Ferris State on Feb. 3, 2012. He earned NMU’s Don Waddell Best Freshman Award after appearing in 35 games and led the team with 59 blocked shots.

He played for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League for two seasons (2008-10) and had 24 points on 17 assists and seven goals during the 2009-10 season. He also played two seasons with the Midget AAA Dallas Stars.

Oilers Discussion / The new debate about our young players
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:25:10 PM »
It seems since the talking heads out of the eastern media  started questioning our young players and whether they were the wrong picks or not, some of the local writers decided to get on board (as usual).  I really dislike the sports writer's circle, if one monkey says something, they all repeat it as news (be original folks). Well enough of that rant.

Lets start off with the Taylor - Tyler pick, I believe we made the right pick, but since Seguin is having a great season, suddenly Hall is inferior, its A.D.D. folks. The Bruins knew how good Seguin is and traded him because of his off-ice issues which may rear it's ugly head again. I think we made the right pick and he was ready for the NHL physically and skill wise.

On to RNH - Landeskog, again we made the right pick, we needed a centre very badly and RNH was very highly touted with his vision, skating etc, it was the clear choice. He had a great start as a very young skinny 18 year old, he should have spent another year in junior, but as usual we had to rush him because we had no product to put on the ice. I believe RNH is only six months older than Yakupov (I think) and is one of those guys who is behind physically, it will take some time and it seems the Oilers are even rushing that. On the other hand Landeskog was man at 18.

The Yakupov pick is the one that is up for debate (in my opinion), we didn't need another smaller RW, he was not miles ahead of the rest of the pack, we did need a dman or a bigger 2nd line centre, and those players were there to pick. I am not a fan of Yakupov, but I do hope he comes around or gets a coach that can bring him around, he seems to be a good kid, just not a fit.   

The Nurse pick was solid, and I believe when he matures, so will the Oilers, he could be the key to a solid dcore that is actually looking good right now. All this talk of a "stud" dman (the most over-used useless term) is over hyped. You have people who want to trade 1/2 the team for Shea Weber and his absurd contract, what you are left with is the Nashville Predators, I don't see them winning the cup without a complete team. I think we are in great shape on the back end in the upcoming years.

I'll leave it at that for now  :) flame away. 

Oilers Discussion / MacIntyre Recalled
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:30:48 PM »
Can tanking for a draft pick look any more obvious?

How is this guy still in hockey, its just ugly.

Around the NHL / Da Canucks
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:53:41 AM »
Man I think they actually look worse than us right now, and it looks great on em.

Torts and Gillis have combined to ruin a team at record speed, and I don't even feel bad  for them :)  they were way too cocky for too long.

Oilers Discussion / Bryzgalov Takes Shot
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:23:18 AM »
So now when Bryzgalov is asked how his first practise went with the Wild, he replies it was tough, a much higher pace. If people remember, Smid said the similar statement after he went to the Flames. There has to be something to this, and the proof is on the ice.

Mr. Fitness (our coach) seems to be all hat and no cattle.

Put yourself in the GM chair / Justin Schultz Contract
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:38:07 PM »
What should the Oilers give Schultz for a contract?

I say try him at 5-6 years 4.75 million, that locks him in to the end of the other core contracts.

Mens, Juniors, Women / Mens Team Canada
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:56:29 PM »
Who will be the star in Norway game? My guess is Tavares will be the man.

Eat em up fellas.

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