Chances are you’re old enough to find things to do worthwhile during the lockout, but I’ve been thinking about what we might do to move the conversation forward. I mean aside from watching the prospects, reading the math detectives and making smartass remarks (which imo is the key to the internet: the belief that my shit is funnier than your shit. Even if it doesn’t get the reaction hoped for, just keep hammering. Maybe they’re not smart enough to get you!!!!) and finding ways to work Neil Young songs into the verbal that is this blog.
Most of the people involved in the NHL are dull dull dull. Not to be mean, but the quotes are mostly mind-numbing baloney and it is a rare thing for someone in the NHL’s employ to be forward thinking.
However, these men do exist. One of them is Dean Lombardi.
Earlier today, Helene Elliott published an article called “While NHL schedules talks, Kings’ Dean Lombardi takes action.” I used to use google search for “nhl general manager” but now I just search for “Lombardi NHL” or “Holland NHL” to save time.
- Lombardi: “We’ve been digging into the amateurs and pros. Now the staff has been together five or six years. When we were coming together we knew everybody would have a learning curve, so now we can dig into what went right or wrong. We can go back to reports and say, ‘Did we have mistakes in terms of coverage?’ Why were we wrong on this kid?’
- More Lombardi: “This is a great period to go back and look in detail and learn from it. It was a risky venture to bring in all these people and we knew people would make mistakes. Now, we can learn from those mistakes. We can dig in. These are things that get away from you.”
Elliott ends that portion of the article by writing “Lombardi will spend some time with his scouts, which he described as ”walking the shop floor with your boys.”
I have no idea how many organizations are doing this kind of thing during the lockout, maybe they all are in one way or another. However, results suggest that teams that were making mistakes during the last lockout are the ones who are probably falling behind during this one.
I believe the Oilers would be wise to ask these questions. As someone who believes the club has done well at the draft since Stu MacGregor took over, I can still buy into the idea that there’s something to be learned from failures of the past.
- What went wrong with the Hesketh pick?
- Next year, when the club picks 6th overall, will they remember the lesson of Sam Gagner’s development? Will they send that kid back?
- In light of Cameron Abney’s development timeline and role in the new NHL, was taking him at 82nd a mistake?
- What was the process that made the team stick with Anton Lander as an NHL player so long last season? Is that wise? Why did they get so enamored with a player who clearly–despite specific strengths–did not belong?
- Why does this organization have so many shoulder injuries amongst their prospect base? Is this average for an NHL team?
- With NHL capable defensemen so scarce, why does the organization hesitate to make those ‘Jan Hejda’ or ‘Steve Staios’ acquisitions of the past? Who was the scout who made those things happen? Was it Charlie Huddy’s guidance? Kenta Nilsson? If so, then perhaps it is worth getting that back?
What are your questions? Answers? Suggestions? I look forward to reading them.