Re: 2013/14 Around the League Tracker
posted at 11/1/2013 5:32 PM EDT
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Lars Eller's quote should have been bulletin board fodder for junior teams, not the Oilers.
$64,000 Question - can the Oilers play a reasonable defensive game with the personnel they have? It really looks like they need to make some aggressive changes to personnel or they'll be stuck here for a very long time.
For $64,000, it looks like they might finally be trying a little harder with the roster. Grebeshkov is a horrible defender and they just waived him. Corey Potter and Jeff Petry are kind of the same player. They just waived Potter. Smid and Ference are good defenders, but are no good in offense or transition. J Schultz is the opposite. Belov and and N. Schultz are average at best. It's a weird set up.
Truthfully though, the Eakins system does look terrible too. Tom Renney played with a very similar rsoter (worse?) and they looked a heck of a lot more competitive under him. I see no team defense at all. I haven't looked it up but their puck possesion time looks terrible. Seems like they're always chasing, and all of the young stars up front aren't the chasing types.
Should have taken Murray over Yakupov.
They also aren't physical, defensive minded or accountable. Too many Oiler forwards play the same game, the team is made up wrong, no thinking went into it, just draft the best forward seemd to be their mantra. Problem starts with Lowe and it trickles down. What exactly is the Oiler philosophy? Skate fast and think later? I don't know. Ference was their big d-man pickup and he was third pairing in Boston and thats no offence to Andy, it just goes to show how much thought went into it. Mac Tavish doesn't seem to be any better than Tambellini.