Taylor Hall put the Anaheim game into perspective: “You never know what can happen, but this was one we had to win.” After that, who needs analysis?
Plenty of interesting writing about the Oilers in the last 24 hours. I suggest reading:
- Tyler Dellow’s item on this edition of the Oilers and what’s wrong.
- Jason Gregor’s look at the current team with an eye to improvement.
I would only add that season over season comparisons are difficult this year, because the current Oilers doesn’t have any games scheduled against the soft underbelly of the NHL. Either way, I enjoyed both reads.
IN THIS WORLD, THERE’S TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE MY FRIEND
It’s kind of a funny thing. If we list the current Oilers who were drafted by the club, we get the following list:
- Nail Yakupov (2012)
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011)
- Taylor Hall (2010)
- Magnus Paajarvi (2009)
- Anton Lander (2009)
- Jordan Eberle (2008)
- Teemu Hartikainen (2008)
- Sam Gagner (2007)
- Jeff Petry (2006)
- Theo Peckham (2006)
- Chris VandeVelde (2005)
- Devan Dubnyk (2004)
- Ales Hemsky (2001)
- Shawn Horcoff (1998)
- Ryan Smyth (1994)
With the exception of Justin Schultz, how many Oilers procured outside the draft are vital to the team’s fortunes? Smid and Schultz the elder? It’s a damn short list. That’s the Lowe/Tambellini part of the list, and we’re missing a few Ryan Smyth seasons courtesy the GM, too.
Not much to say, we’ll have to wait until Saturday night to see if we’re talking playoffs or draft. Speaking of which, I’m kind of up in the air about who to have on this weekend–draft, Oil Kings, bloggers, etc. Any requests? Let me know.
The Oilers list of needs heading into the summer is once again too long for Steve Tambellini to manage: #1 D, #2 G, 2-way winger and a 4line C. I sincerely believe if he had two holes to fill the club would be better off, and remain hopeful MacT will have an impact. The secondary info we get re: the draft last season seems to give heavy credit to salt and pepper MacT. We wait.
PDO popped in last night and suggested the club sign Nathan Horton in the summer, then deal Hemmer for D. How would that look?
- New D from Hemsky deal-J Schultz
I like it, although trading Hemsky will be a tough day. What say you?