Since we’ve missed so much of the season already, I thought it might be fun to revisit reasonable expectations. If you recall, I had the Oilers improving a lot in some areas (Taylor Hall) and perhaps not so much in others (Jordan Eberle). How do those numbers relate to the current performances by Oilers worldwide?
OKC RE 12-13 FORWARDS
|TAYLOR HALL 66||35||32||67||+14|
|RYAN NUGENT HOPKINS 72||22||45||67||+15|
|JORDAN EBERLE 75||24||31||55||-21|
|SAM GAGNER 74||19||36||55||+8|
|ALES HEMSKY 60||14||40||54||+18|
|NAIL YAKUPOV 77||18||26||44||Nil|
|RYAN SMYTH 69||16||22||38||-8|
|SHAWN HORCOFF 75||11||16||27||-7|
|MAGNUS PAAJARVI 67||5||16||21||+13|
|RYAN JONES 70||12||8||20||-13|
|ERIC BELANGER 77,||10||10||20||+4|
|TEEMU HARTIKAINEN 50||9||8||17||+12|
|BEN EAGER 50||4||4||8||-5|
|LENNART PETRELL 53||4||4||8||-1|
|DARCY HORDICHUK 44||0||2||2||-1|
I think the performances in OKC run about right with the projections here, although Eberle’s NHLE at this point in his Barons season is better and the Nuge’s is worse (they have flip-flopped so far).
OKC RE 12-13 BLUE
|JEFF PETRY 72||4||25||29||+4|
|RYAN WHITNEY 65||4||24||28||+8|
|JUSTIN SCHULTZ 75||7||19||26||nil|
|LADISLAV SMID 72||2||8||10||-5|
|NICK SCHULTZ 79||1||9||10||+3|
|THEO PECKHAM 55||1||5||6||+3|
|ANDY SUTTON 52||2||2||4||-6|
|COREY POTTER 16||0||2||2||-19|
|TAYLOR FEDUN 6||0||0||0||nil|
|COLTEN TEUBERT 5||0||0||0||nil|
Schultz has absolutely killed it (his NHLE tonight is 70 points using the Eric T system!) and other than that none of the main players are in OKC from the defensive side of things. Man, that is going to be an interesting defense when things come back together. Sutton’s done apparently, Schultz is shooting lights out on the farm and most of the blue hasn’t turned a wheel. Crazy.
Question: has your outlook changed for the coming season? If they play 50 games this NHL season, do you think the Oilers chances of doing something constructive have increased? I had them finishing third in their division, 9-11 in the conference. I based my prediction on Taylor Hall exploding as a player, and I do believe we’re about to see it happen (although in the AHL for now).
I think there’s a chance this team could make the playoffs in a shortened season. Say, 25%. What say you?