I have to confess that this version of the Edmonton Oilers hockey club is not my favorite. I think Steve MacIntyre is among the best at his job in the entire NHL, but watching him do his job doesn’t really interest me.
I know he’s supposed to be a deterrent to those mean people on the other side but he’s rarely out there when stuff happens. No disrespect to MacIntyre who could wipe the floor with me and pretty much everyone reading this, but it’s clear that an enforcer doesn’t stop much from happening to the skilled guys.
Steve MacIntyre 10-11
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.50 (14th among forwards but DNQ)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil
- Qual Comp: easiest faced among forwards but DNQ
- Qual Team: 10th best available teammates among forwards but DNQ
- Corsi Rel: -29.1 (by far the worst among forwards but DNQ)
- Zone Start: 53.1% (4th easiest among forwards but DNQ)
- Zone Finish: 47.4% (3rd worst among forwards but DNQ)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 6 shots/0
- Boxcars: 34gp, 0-1-1
- Plus Minus: -1 on a team that was -52
- What do these numbers tell us? The Corsi is incredible based on qualcomp and zone start. In real terms, the play began in the offensive zone and ended up in the Oilers zone with such great regularity that the Oilers were basically shorthanded for all of his 120 even minutes. There’s no hockey argument that can sway these numbers.
- How could these numbers be better? They can’t. Hey, I’m not picking on him but it’s impossible to say this without being blunt. Steve MacIntyre was paid to mash people and intimidate and anything beyond those two things spelled disaster for the Oilers.
- How can he help the team aside from getting off the ice? He could take fewer penalties. MacIntyre took 14 minors, a very high total for someone playing 3 minutes a night. Over 34 games, SM took a penalty almost once every second game.
- He hits a ton. 23 hits according to nhl.com for the entire season. Give me Reddox instead.
- Tom Renney likes him. Yes, yes he does.
- He’s very loyal. Yes, and I think he’s probably a great guy. I saw him trying to teach Ryan O’Marra how to fight which is kind of like teaching someone to take your job.
- He’s going to have a long career. No, he isn’t. The end is near, as concussions and the things we learn from the brains of Reggie Fleming and Bob Probert educate us about what we’re doing to the Steve MacIntyre’s of the world.
- Oh you freaking bleeding heart. Quite right. When I was a kid, my Dad and I watched heavyweight boxing and he’d tell me about the old timey boxers like Joe Louis (the best story my Dad ever told me was the Louis-Schmeling duels. He told them in such detail that–and I’m not making this up–years later when I was telling the story my new Mother-in-law sat bolt upright in her chair and said “I heard that fight on the radio!” so it must have had an impact). But you know what? It isn’t right. It’s wrong to pay money to watch a man put his future in danger and we’re getting to that point as a society. I don’t think it will take long now.
- It sold tickets in the 1970′s and it sells them now. True, there is an element of society (including me) that enjoys a fistfight but the dangers are too severe. I had no idea the kind of impact it has on people and now that we know it needs to go.
- Steve MacIntyre would have been an excellent Fred Shero Flyer. No sir, not true. Shero’s guys had to skate and backcheck and that they did; I’m not saying the Schultz, Saleski and Kelly were finesse guys but they could keep up and they could help win hockey games using more than their fists.
- You’re as wrong as wrong can be. Could be, but there’s some traction and a lot of evidence to suggest it’s the right thing to do.