RYAN SMYTH RE 12-13: INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET

The Ryan Smyth story has more plot twists and drama than William Shakespeare would dare include in a single play. Cast away over a measly $100,000 coin, he books passage back to his beloved homeland just in time to miss out on a mountain of Silver in the land of milk and honey. It is, finally, a tragedy.

RYAN SMYTH 10-11 (LAK)

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.62 (6th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 3.37 (3rd among regular forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular forwards
  • Qual Team: 5th best teammates among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: 8.9 (2nd best among regular forwards)
  • Zone Start: 51.9% (7th easiest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 48.0% (8th best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 195/11.8% (7th among F’s>100 shots)
  • Boxcars: 82, 23-24-47
  • Plus Minus: -1 on a team that was +16

RYAN SMYTH 11-12

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.93 (5th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 2.39 (10th among regular forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 3rd toughest among regular forwards
  • Qual Team: 9th best teammates among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: -1.5 (8th best among regular forwards)
  • Zone Start: 48.1% (10th easiest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 51.7% (5th best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 194/9.8% (9th among F’s>100 shots)
  • Boxcars: 82, 19-27-46
  • Plus Minus: -5 on a team that was -26

RYAN SMYTH 12-13

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.23 (11th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 1.07 (10th among regular forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 9th toughest among regular forwards (3rd line opp)
  • Qual Team: 9th best teammates among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: -3.9 (8th best among regular forwards) (-14.50 CorsiON)
  • Zone Start: 42.3% (11th easiest–5th toughest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 50.6% (7th best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 69/2.9% (8th among F’s>68 shots)
  • Boxcars: 47, 2-11-13
  • Plus Minus: -5 on a team that was -15
  1.  What do these numbers tell us? His bat is leaving him (and lady luck kicked him in the nuts on the shooting percentage) but there are some good things too. His CorsiRel is reasonable all things considered and if his shooting percentage had been at last season’s level the offense would have been respectable. This is a 37-year old guy we’re talking about here, I think there’s some things he can hang his hat on.
  2. He’s done though. Sure, getting there. The contract should have been a one year deal, but if MacT honors it I have no quarrel. If he’s a 14th forward and spends time on the IR? Oilers can muddle through.
  3. Oilers used him way less this season. In 11-12, Renney went with Smyth heavily in all three disciplines: 14:26EV; 2:28PP; 2:09PK. This season, Ralph Krueger used him sparingly for stretches and the final tally for 12-13 looked like this: 11:35EV; 1:15PP; 2:31PK.
  4. Why this song? It’s epic, and features a young, naive hero who wears his heart on the sleeve. The music (especially this early version) is almost like a hip West Side Story and I think it fits with the overall theme. Ryan Smyth’s story with the Oilers is the story of this franchise after the Stanley’s: passion, pain, pettiness, banishment, triumphant yet fatally flawed return, passing the torch, death, epilogue. I also seriously considered Backstreets, especially for the line about confession at the end. This song is also a favorite of the old timey Springsteen nuts, the folks who hear Dancing in the Dark and puke just a little. That’s Smyth, he’s genuine leather, he’s hickory.
  5. Hickory? Yes. Hickory isn’t the strongest wood (stop it) and not the hardest wood (grow up) either, but hickory can’t be beaten when it comes to a combination of strength, and toughness. They used to make baseball bats out of hickory. Still do, I guess.
  6. What has eroded for Smyth? I’d say footspeed but there are lots of guys who could be more specific. Smyth’s still got a lot of heart and even though he cheats for offense I don’t think you could say he was irresponsible this year. He just didn’t get to a lot of pucks. Feet of clay do that to a person.
  7. He never did do a lot of things well. Clearly bullshit, but Smyth’s rep (no shot, can’t skate, etc) was fun to throw out there. You put a 25-year old Ryan Smyth on this team  and hide your daughters, they’d party all night on Rexall ice.
  8. Will they offer him a job to retire? Expect so. Suspect they’ve already offered, and at some point if he’s benched a lot next fall maybe he takes the position.
  9. What would he do? Teach Paajarvi and Harski to stand in front of the net, to make better passes, to win battles along the wall. He could do the same for Moroz and Lazar (after the Oilers draft him) of the Oil Kings. Hell, Smyth could be the first Oiler-Kings coach, he could go on the road trips for the Oilers and work with the kids when the club is at home. Three trips to OKC during the year and that’s a job right there.
  10. Would you be surprised if he scored 15 goals this coming season? No. His goal scoring totals in the last 5 years are 26, 22, 23, 19 and 2. A recovery from 2 is very likely, although I certainly wouldn’t bet on 15 a year from now.
  11. Are there any Oiler records he could break? He could tie Kevin Lowe at 15 years of service, and 900 games as an Oiler is just one away. He’s 14 goals away from 300 as an Oiler, that would put him in the same company as Gretzky, Messier, Kurri and Anderson.
  12. Nice company. Ah hell he’s a beauty.
  13. Should he have come back? From what we know, his family wanted to come home. It was here or Calgary, so yeah he should have come home.
  14. I mean professionally. As a career move. No. No, he shouldn’t have. Those who don’t remember Ryan Smyth in his prime wonder what the fuss is about, and old guys like me just feel so damn bad he can’t be part of this upcoming run. It sets up a heartbreaking final scene, where the veteran of so many wars wishes the next generation good luck on their journey and then wanders away to live the rest of his days aimlessly. Shouldn’t happen this way, but there it is.
  15. Is he a top 9 option next season? No. He’s in the chorus now.

gbu

 

The Lowdown with Lowetide is on the air at 10 this morning, Team 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey will talk to us about the Hockey Alberta decision to eliminate body checking from pee wee level hockey beginning this fall. 
  • Kirk Luedeke from Redline Report will help us get to the bottom of the Curtis Lazar draft number uproar.
  • Guy Flaming from the Pipeline Show will talk Oil Kings and draft eligibles.
  • Michael Spiedel–speeds–from Hockey Symposium will give us his first blush look at this year’s draft.
  • And we’ll have a special announcement from the Edmonton Prospects baseball club.

 

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42 Responses to "RYAN SMYTH RE 12-13: INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET"

  1. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    57th street!

    Great pick… and “Dancing in the Dark”… spits, shakes fist in the air.

    Allow me a complementary piece.

    Lost in the Flood:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjvS01H1Rxw

    a great live version:

    That pure American brother, dull-eyed and empty-faced
    Races Sundays in Jersey in a Chevy stock super eight
    He rides ‘er low on the hip, on the side he’s got “Bound for Glory” in red, white and blue flash paint
    He leans on the hood telling racing stories, the kids call him Jimmy the Saint
    Well, that blaze-and-noise boy, he’s gunnin’ that bitch loaded to blastin’ point
    He rides head first into a hurricane and disappears into a point
    And there’s nothin’ left but some blood where the body fell, that is, nothin’ left that you could sell
    Just junk all across the horizon, a real highwayman’s farewell
    And I said, “Hey kid, you think that’s oil? Man, that ain’t oil, that’s blood”
    I wonder what he was thinking when he hit that storm, or was he just lost in the flood?

    I think the final couplet there tells the story pretty well.

  2. Woodguy says:

    Can you ask Luedeke about Nichuskin?

    I think he had some info as do whether or not Nichuskin actually has a 1 year out clause in his KHL contract.

    As for 94, a 2 year deal was ridiculous.

    Still love the guy, but not much happens when he’s on the ice anymore.

    That may not be a bad thing if he’s 4LW.

    If he’s playing and Harski is sitting, that’s not a good thing.

  3. TheOtherJohn says:

    Any possibilty you can have Bruce do a weekly “Brown Report” for the balance of the playoffs where he comments on the most dastardly acts that Dustin Brown perpetrated that week. I am sure Bruce will have 8-10 incidents from which to cull the worst of the worst.

    Actually could you get Bruce to commment on the ripple effect that Griffiin Reinhart’s injury has on the Oil Kings D. Specifically with him out does Gernat roam less without his safety blanket? And is everyone being asked to hit in one slot above their capability?

    Smytty shooting % is so low becasuse of slappers from blueline. Not really a SOG

  4. Jordan says:

    TheOtherJohn:

    Smytty shooting % is so low becasuse of slappers from blueline. Not really a SOG

    Had the same thought.

    Smyth is not on roster of a playoff contender, let alone favourite. Wonderful person, but the game has passed him by.

    Where he starts on opneing night will be another tell about the Org’s actual plans for the year.

  5. Lowetide says:

    His shooting percentage was 9.8 and 11.8 in the season’s previous and he was still taking those lame duck shots.

  6. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    The slapper and the wrap-around are Smyth’s lone-wolf specials.

    We all know, however, that he rarely ever scores from there. Those gestures are made to set-up a hypothetical alternative Smyth who is parked just outside the blue paint ready to tap in some garbage.

    The problem with Smyth this year isn’t really seen in his poor shooting percentage, or rather, his poor shooting percentage is really just evidence that him and his linemates didn’t cycle the puck with possession in the offensive zone enough to give him the opportunity to linger around the blue paint and score.

    That didn’t happen because

    1) he’s getting too old and slow to drive the possession numbers;

    2) he was mostly given rough zone start assignments (offZS 42.3; 3rd worst on the team of forwards with more than 10min TOI/60);

    3) his linemates weren’t helping;

    4) his PP time was cut by more than a minute TOI/60 5v4)

  7. Rondo says:

    Woodguy,

    Corey pronman sure likes Valeri Nichushkin

    http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1521

    “Does anyone else deserve to be in the discussion with the so-called big three at the top of the draft? Valeri Nichushkin comes closest. He projects as an elite player, and I have heard some NHL scouts argue he should be regarded as highly as Drouin, MacKinnon, and Jones”

  8. bookje says:

    Ryan Smyth will be a good 4th liner with penalty kill time. He has a role to play and is under contract. The coaches laud his attitude and influence in the room. He can be effective if given limited minutes. He was overworked for both of the past two seasons simply because the 3rd/4th liners on the team were so poor.

  9. Rondo says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    That was excellent.

  10. Rondo says:

    Corey Pronman has his 6-10 rankings up

    http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1520

  11. TheOtherJohn says:

    Lowetide: His shooting percentage was 9.8 and 11.8 in the season’s previous and he was still taking those lame duck shots.

    Dunno LT not sure that the slapper hasn’t gone from 65 mph to like 48 mph. Kinda like Mario Mendoza hitting .176 in later years

  12. rickithebear says:

    The last 4 years
    Ryan smyth averaged 14.5EVG 21 EVA
    He averaged 10.6 SH%

    He was our second best EVP player last year 38 EVP.

    WOWY MR. Smyth?
    With Brown, Petrell, Horc, Eager:
    246:13 TOI
    4GF 10.5 GA
    .5G 2A
    82 GM season
    2G 7A -24
    Only horcs results were worse with Smyth the others 3 improved.

    With the others forwards
    281:04 TOI
    8GF 6GA
    .5G 8A
    82 GM season
    2G 26A +6

    Done @ even!
    Did you guys watch any of the games?
    I did!
    this matches what I saw!
    Play him with real players!
    i will take 10.6 SH% and 120 EV SH with 23EVA +6

    Plus he was the 4th best PK winger in the game last year!

    There was a reason MacT said we need a bottom 6 that contribute!

  13. rickithebear says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: The problem with Smyth this year isn’t really seen in his poor shooting percentage, or rather, his poor shooting percentage is really just evidence that him and his linemates didn’t cycle the puck with possession in the offensive zone enough to give him the opportunity to linger around the blue paint and score.

    See brown, Pettrell, Eager.

  14. gcw_rocks says:

    I agree the 2 year contract was a bad choice, not just for the Oilers but for Smyth as well. Players will, and should be, evaluated on their performance relative to their contracts. Don’t see how he lives up to his next season.

  15. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Rondo:
    Woodguy,

    Corey pronman sure likesValeri Nichushkin

    http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1521

    “Does anyone else deserve to be in the discussion with the so-called big three at the top of the draft? Valeri Nichushkin comes closest. He projects as an elite player, and I have heard some NHL scouts argue he should be regarded as highly as Drouin, MacKinnon, and Jones”

    Perhaps the most relevant part is that last line:

    “Note: I am not taking into account transfer risk for Nichushkin.”

    It looks like more and more of the lists have the big Russian rising and the big matzah ball hanging out there is who is willing to take the plunge and expose themselves to risk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfx7izBNHeI

  16. supernova says:

    Lowetide,

    He has taken those same shots his whole career, his shot has always lacked that “zip” but that wasn’t his game.

    I am not a Smyth defender (quite the contrary i wish he never returned, he stagnated paajarvi’s development, and I then hoped he never was re-signed)

    but i agree with LT this team would be playoff bound right now with the 2001-2007 Smyth. Would be a perfect fit.

  17. Zipdot says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: We all know, however, that he rarely ever scores from there. Those gestures are made to set-up a hypothetical alternative Smyth who is parked just outside the blue paint ready to tap in some garbage.

    Rofl, nice!

  18. Rondo says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Hypothetical question.

    What if Oilers had the choice with the 7th pick between Sean Monahan or Valeri Nichushkin.

    Who do you take?

  19. Zipdot says:

    We need some kind of a statement from Nichushkin like Yaks and Zharkov made: “I want to play in the NHL; that’s my lifelong ambition, etc.”

    I recall Nichushkin’s sister tweeting that he didn’t even sign the KHL contract, he just found out one day that he was signed. Sneaky ass Russians…

  20. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Rondo:
    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Hypotheticalquestion.

    What if Oilers had the choice with the 7th pick between Sean Monahan or Valeri Nichushkin.

    Who do you take?

    Definitely not qualified to answer this… but I expect the Oil stay away from the Russian. I’d like to think I’d follow the maxim: “fortune favors the bold” but who knows, it is easy to imagine taking the conservative approach here.

  21. justDOit says:

    Off topic, but France beat Russia at the WHC’s? FRANCE? I wonder if Florian Hardy (0.966) is property of an NHL team?

    http://www.tsn.ca/MENS_WORLD/scores/boxscore/?id=2169189

    Carry on.

  22. rickithebear says:

    gcw_rocks: I agree the 2 year contract was a bad choice, not just for the Oilers but for Smyth as well. Players will, and should be, evaluated on their performance relative to their contracts. Don’t see how he lives up to his next season.

    This whole level of thinking is historic!

    1. Yes lets not sign the 11-12 24th best even scoring left winger who was better than Hall.
    Especially when our even scoring had sucked.
    2. I know if we replace him with an average PKer 6.00GA/60 we will have 9 more goals against in the season. that likey results in 6-7 more losses based on DD 72% quality start rate.
    3. I know he played half the year with three EV black holes and performed as a top 40 LW @ EV with the rest
    He is done!

    Your smyth is done narritives!
    Lacks supporting eveidence.
    what !
    He was real bad with Brown, Pettrell, Eager.
    Really!
    No kidding!
    You twits bitched about Brown, Pettrell, Eager all year.

    The numbers show Smyth is top 40 EV LW without them.

    But hey lets continue This beautiful narrative.
    My 5 year old is willing to say. i was wrong!

    You guys talk about learning from this site.
    I have changed opinions in the past.

    I was wrong about Eager!
    His ability to score, because of his good shot, did not out weigh how bad he was at positionally thinking the game.

    He, Pettrell, Brown are the reason the unaware fan base has turned on a sound positional, strong pocession wing @ even.
    Great skater No.
    Board pocession hell yeah!

    We need EVP and +ve Goal differential in our bottom 6.
    I will take 30 points from 12min of ev play.

  23. justDOit says:

    TSN’s play of the year has Hemmer facing Marchand, and if you watch the vid of Hemsky’s goal, you’ll see a beautiful pass from none other than our washed-up Smytty!

    http://poy.tsn.ca/

  24. Rondo says:

    If I were guessing at the Oilers list for 2013 draft

    1. Jones
    2. MacKinnon
    3 .Barkov
    4. Lindholm
    5. Nichushkin
    6. Monahan

    And yes I have no idea where they put Drouin on that list.

  25. gcw_rocks says:

    rickithebear,

    I never said they shouldn’t bring him back. I said signing any over 35 player who is not a flight risk to more than a 1 year incentive-laden deal is stupid. Do you really think he was going to sign anywhere else if the Oilers offered him a 1 year deal? Really?

    All Katz had to do was to sit him down and say, “dude, you are going to retire an Oiler. But this over-35 contract rule is a pain, and the right thing for both of us is to go on a series of 1 year deals, like Sakic did and Selanne does. We can toss some incentives your way as well, which we can’t do on a multi-year deal. Agreed?”

  26. Lucinius says:

    Crawford isn’t very good at colour commentating.

    He can’t even remember the Canadian roster! And he’s forgotten who wears what number at times.

  27. Lucinius says:

    The Staal’s don’t impress so far. Not sure why.. especially Eric. He’s centering the second line here (Eberle/Hall with Duchene is technically the third line! despite being the best line in terms of results).

  28. Lucinius says:

    FINALLY! The Canadian first powerplay unit does what it should have been doing from the start. Proper placement, letting a D step in a little instead of both d-men being spread out wide on the blue line.

  29. Lucinius says:

    Not so true now, with the Sedins on the way for Sweden.. but look at their team and I’m slightly surprised there’s no Paajarvi. He could fill a slot on that team easily, imo.

  30. rickithebear says:

    gcw_rocks: rickithebear, I never said they shouldn’t bring him back. I said signing any over 35 player who is not a flight risk to more than a 1 year incentive-laden deal is stupid. Do you really think he was going to sign anywhere else if the Oilers offered him a 1 year deal? Really?All Katz had to do was to sit him down and say, “dude, you are going to retire an Oiler. But this over-35 contract rule is a pain, and the right thing for both of us is to go on a series of 1 year deals, like Sakic did and Selanne does. We can toss some incentives your way as well, which we can’t do on a multi-year deal. Agreed?”

    Yes!
    I agree!
    i read your point with heart!

  31. ashley says:

    From Pronman:

    “There is a notable tier separation between the sixth spot and the seventh spot, making this ranking a simple decision. The top six all project as NHL All Stars or better. I cannot make that claim in regards to anyone beyond this spot. Sean Monahan, ranked seventh, has some dynamic qualities, but he is not elite enough in one particular area to project as a star. He could be an average top-line center. That still makes him valuable, but his lack of multiple top-end skills holds him back from belonging in the same tier as Lindholm and above. ”

    Ouch. Lucky last year. Less so this year. Hopefully someone above us reaches.

  32. Lucinius says:

    Still disliking that second unit (E. Staal, Duchene, Simmonds, Brodie, Robidas). Duchene with Eberle and Hall, imo.

  33. raventalon40 says:

    Can someone tell me what the issue is with Nichushkin? I mean, we draft him, he finishes his KHL contract and comes over at the rookie max. What’s the issue with transfer agreement? I mean, having Yakupov on the team should help entice him I’d hope.

    I don’t understand can someone explain?

  34. godot10 says:

    ashley:
    From Pronman:

    “There is a notable tier separation between the sixth spot and the seventh spot, making this ranking a simple decision. The top six all project as NHL All Stars or better. I cannot make that claim in regards to anyone beyond this spot. Sean Monahan, ranked seventh, has some dynamic qualities, but he is not elite enough in one particular area to project as a star. He could be an average top-line center. That still makes him valuable, but his lack of multiple top-end skills holds him back from belonging in the same tier as Lindholm and above. ”

    Ouch.Lucky last year.Less so this year.Hopefully someone above us reaches.

    The Oilers have Nugent-Hopkins, and 3 elite level wingers. The lower risk average 1st line 2-way centre potential of Monahan fits the Oilers need nearly perfectly.

    You guys are getting spoiled. If Monahan is there, I’ll be thrilled. If Lindholm is, even moreso.

  35. raventalon40 says:

    godot10: The Oilers have Nugent-Hopkins, and 3 elite level wingers.The lower risk average 1st line 2-way centre potential of Monahan fits the Oilers need nearly perfectly.

    You guys are getting spoiled. If Monahan is there, I’ll be thrilled.If Lindholm is, even moreso.

    Definitely. But I would go the Eberle route with Monahan and not try to rush him into the lineup. One more year of junior and AHL and maybe then crack the Oilers lineup.

    Not an immediate contributor, imo.

    But yeah, if we had an average 1st line center playing 2nd line center behind RNH… that’s still pretty damn good.

  36. bookje says:

    Interesting data page by Darkhorse analytics

    http://hockeyimpact.darkhorseanalytics.com/

    Be sure to move your mouse around and click on everything – there is some interesting stuff here presented very nicely.

  37. thebiggestmanintheworld says:

    I look forward to seeing Ryan Smyth behind the bench with a suit and tie in the next 2-3 years….

    Seriously though, I would like nothing more than to see Smyth in the playoffs with Copper and Blue on just one more time…..

  38. Lucinius says:

    Sweden does not look good.

    Well, their goaltending looks good.

    Everything else looks poor.

  39. Jordan says:

    Just had a listen to Gillis’ presser over at TSN’s site.

    Really interesting conference. The whole tone of the interview is that the roster in vancouver, while well constructed, is not constructed in a manner that allows success in the playoffs – due primarily to the fact that the rules change in the playoffs, and bigger, stronger (less skilled) teams are better able to enforce their will on games because they are not called for the same penalties they are called for in the regular season.

    He references a conversation with Ken Holland in which both of them are lamenting how their primarily skill-focused teams are not able to complete with the dump-and-chase grinders necessary to wear another team out in the playoffs. The message being that skill is not as important in the league as size & strength.

    As a hockey fan, it’s really disturbing to listen to. As an Oilers fan, it’s even worse to listen to because every team in the league is looking for more of what the Oilers have almost nothing of – forwards with size and strength and skill.

    After listening to that, and thinking on what I’ve seen in the playoff so far… I can’t help but wonder if Nishuskin will be taken inside the top 5 based solely on projection.

    It also has me wondering why there isn’t more push-back from the other members of the board of governors to open the game up more – it sure seems like the current paradigm really benefits the “big” teams – Boston, Toronto, LA St. Louis… One can’t help but wonder how much influence the various forms of support some of the weak sisters in the league gives those big markets who provide such a cashflow.

  40. Lucinius says:

    Jordan,

    To be fair, though, its not like the Canucks’ skill guys showed up for the series. The Sedins were invisible for most of the series — and it wasn’t because they were checked into oblivion or ground down. If the skill players on the Canucks showed up and the team got effort for 60 minutes a game in the first three games… they likely win the series.

  41. franksterra says:

    Size and brawn is nice, and yes we could use more no doubt. We could use a three zone possession effort more though:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=670003&navid=nhl:topheads

    Bickel or Bolland
    Boyle
    MacDonagh or Del Zotto or Tyutin
    1-2 years of Streit

    Four moves to find A Reason To Believe…

  42. HeavySig says:

    When whistles get put away and defense tightens up in playoff hockey, skill differences do get dampened somewhat, but I don’t necessarily buy the Canuck’s example of size beating skill. If you go through the Sharks line-up without regard to size, they can arguably more than match the Canuck’s skill level and they don’t look like a size mismatch in any case.

    Gillis went out of his way to acquire Coke machines to fill his roster (Sestito, Kassian, well not Roy) and it didn’t help, so I don’t know if that counters his point or if they just got the wrong brand of machine. Maybe they needed Pepsi machines?

    I think the extra clutch and grab tactics that get ignored now are a huge benefit to some of the less mobile, physical defensemen though. I don’t know if it is quite back to the days of Jason Smith straight-arming the forward who chipped the puck past him, but they do look like they are letting the defensemen interfere again. This will work against the skill players to some extent, but if both teams are doing the same thing, skill should eventually come to the top.

    ——

    And, if Monohan or one of the other big names is still there when the Oilers 1st pick comes up? Grab him and run. Don’t pull the trade down move unless you get an overpay in return. Actually, don’t pull the trade down move even for an overpay.

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