Lots of empty Pepto bottles from here to Abbotsford this morning, and the young dream team (minor league edition) looks like the south end of a northbound horse.
The Barons–in terms of raw talent–are this horse at the 1973 Belmont. The Heat are represented by the pack. So, if your studly crew gets mashed by the plough horses there can only be a few reasons:
- work ethic
- craptastic goaltending
It can’t be talent, we know the Oilers have two #1 overalls in the lineup plus Eberle and Schultz. Those 4 alone should be good enough to kill on the powerplay. However, I saw a lot of individual efforts last night 5×4, and that doesn’t work against an experienced group like the Heat.
Work ethic (imo) was an issue last night. Not everyone was a passenger but it was pretty damn close. Coaching was an issue because those lines didn’t work worth a tinker’s damn–I wonder if the high foreheads gave Nelson some input since they were in town. It did look like a bizarre reaction to one poor offensive game, and Nelson tends to be more measured in his lines and pairings.
Discipline–penalties against–usually results from poor work ethic. I think there was a lot of try last night, but it was pointed in a poor direction. Lots of individual plays, very little of the “let the puck do the work” brilliance we expect from such supreme talent.
Fatigue? Don’t know. Maybe they rode a Greyhound from OKC and they were tired.
Inexperience? That’s on the organization. Adding Henry on the blue was a smart move but should have been done long ago.
Craptastic goaltending? The Barons were shorthanded 9 times last night and that’s too many. Still, Danis’ .894 SP doesn’t exactly strike fear in the opposition.
I think the major factor has to do with shelter. The Barons don’t have the experience to hide all the young blue. Who knew?