A few items to discuss today, beginning with a “goal scorers goal” that has Oilers fans gushing about their young Russian.
This kid is something special. The KHL is a fine league by anyone’s standards and he’s scoring goals at a tremendous clip. We know (thank you, KHL!) his TOI isn’t ridiculous and we also know he’s getting his shots on goal.
We can expect the growing pains of all youngsters, but when this young man arrives in Edmonton for good it’s going to be something else. He’s all that, and impressing the Oiler fanbase after Hall, Ebs and the Nuge isn’t easy.
Justin Schultz is an exceptional young talent, a throwback to the “rover” days and an exceptional hire for the young Oilers. Much is being made of his defensive lapses, but I’d suggest that making mistakes is part of the process.
As Glen Sather said years ago, and I quoted in this item, “If a guy is making the same mistakes over and over again, you’ve got to be concerned. But if he’s learning then you’ve got to be patient.”
The Barons could help themselves by adding a veteran left handed defenseman to play alongside Schultz the younger, too.
Terry Jones took a look at something we’ve discussed at length on this blog–the 2010 entry draft–and I wanted to post a link just in case you missed it. Great quotes in there.
I don’t have much to say about the NHL/PA negotiations, except for the fact that it appears we’re reaching a turn in the road. It could–and this is probably more likely–begin the period where the two sides don’t talk and the season crumbles away one piece at a time. Maybe like a giant iceberg on a mighty ocean, or the side of a mountain.
However, it also means both sides have to look doom straight in the eye, and remarkable things can happen in that moment.