This is Bob Baun. He was a quality defenseman for a long time in the NHL with Toronto, Oakland and Detroit. The Oilers could use Bob Baun today in Columbus. Sure he’s 71 but he knows the backdoor play and I wouldn’t put it past him to level someone with a hipcheck somewhere along the way.
I’m watching the Canadian kids at the World Junior’s this morning and remain impressed with Luke Schenn. Denmark isn’t the hardest team to play well against, but I love watching the kid defend. Strong, moves well straight ahead and laterally, very mobile. And big. 6-3, 210. Oilers should draft him in the summer.
Today at 4PM (which is a perfect start time for a beer drinker btw) the Oilers will play Columbus. I’m kind of torn on this game. As an Oilers fan a win would feel great, maybe it would be a “New Year’s” turning point for the team.
However, as an Oilers fan tired of enduring this team an 11-1 Columbus win might be enough to shake the management from their complacency and give this drowning team some help.
I’ll say this: if I have to endure another 40 games of this and then read a Journal article about Kevin Lowe wondering “is it me?” then this blog is going to be about the Washington Nationals come August.