On December 22, the Edmonton Oilers had a record of 11-24-3 (in 38 games) and a GF-GA total of 95-132. Since then, the club has gone 7-9-3 and scored 52-62. Progress? I think so. The Marincin add and the Scrivens addition surely helped, and I do think they are cobbling together a 3line here out of binder twine and old Copenhagen containers.
KEEPERS ON CURRENT TEAM
- Goalie Ben Scrivens
- Defensemen Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry, Martin Marincin and Andrew Ference
- Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Boyd Gordon
- Left Wing Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov
- Right Wing Jordan Eberle, David Perron
That’s a helluva lot of talent, and half a roster. They should be better this year, but adding two good defensemen and a quality goalie should help. Throw in a quality center and things should be much better in 2014-15.
SIXES AND SEVENS AND NINES
I wish you could read Punch Imlach’s Heaven and Hell in the NHL. Scott Young wrote the book with Imlach, and there’s so many brilliant stories contained about team building. Here’s one from page 44.
Somewhere out there in the mist, there is an effective NHL defenseman, a quality two-way center and men who are going to help the Jacks and Kings win the day. One of the things we have to remember is that Patrick Sharp wasn’t Patrick Sharp the day he arrived in Chicago, and Jason Smith had been traded out of two NHL cities when he got here.
Ben Scrivens might be such a player. Matt Hendricks may end up being an effective 4line winger/center, and maybe he’ll penalty kill (I’m not sure why he isn’t doing this more) and maybe he won’t be here a year from now. The good thing about MacT is he’s aiming higher—Ben Scrivens has a much better chance of solving the goaltending than Cam Barker solving the defensive holes.
I’m pleased MacT is being so aggressive, and aware that some of these moves are going to be fails. The Scrivens pickup is an indicator to me that they are on the right track at some level, just as the Marincin showing tells me the amateur scouts have taken crazy heat for a 2010 draft that has a lot of track to go.
We talked about this trade here and I still don’t see a match. There’s the money issue (Kings don’t have a lot of cap room) and then there’s the “we’re not trading you anything that can help us win” issue. If you suspend reality there’s a trade (Dwight King and Matt Greene for Sam Gagner and Corey Potter) that sends about $2M extra to the coast (I think they can manage it under the cap). Why would the Kings do that now? I know they need offense, but King is having a good year and they’ll need him. Guys like Clifford don’t begin to satisfy the need, and the Kings won’t trade Toffoli. Dean Lombardi is one smart puppy, I’d prefer MacT stay away.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Big show today, talking Super Bowl post and Oilers pre. Scheduled to appear:
- Tyler Dellow from mc79 hockey. What’s happening to Taylor Hall? If anyone can find it, I’m betting Dellow.
- Travis Yost from Hockeybuzz. What up Senators? You had one job! Beat Toronto Saturday night!
- Jeff Chapman from Copper and Blue. He’s our Sabres expert, and one of our Oilers experts!
- Jeff Hauser looks at the Super Bowl.
10-1260 text, twitter @Lowetide_. Rave On!