LANDER’S BAT

Anton Lander’s chores for Edmonton down the stretch involved a lot of time on the wing and penalty killing. Is that his role for next year? Does he have one? It’s an open question and we may already have part of the answer.

Lander was among the leaders this season in Oilers PK TOI:

pk toiI’d say there’s a role there for him, but you can also include Acton, Arcobello and maybe Roman Horak too among the players who will be looking to make the club next season.

corsi on pkThis is from BTN and of course there’s a major sample size alert. Still, among those who played significant time on the 4×5, Lander’s number is among the better totals. Is he line to play that role next season?

ANTON LANDER PLAYER CARD

lander extra skaterThe trouble for me is the offense. I’m a firm believer that if you can hit in AAA you can hit in the majors, but Lander’s problem in the NHL has been even strength scoring and the numbers suggest he isn’t a killer there either.

  •  Eakins: “If (Lander) is going to play here, he has to be able to play centre, he has to play left-wing and he has to play right-wing. He has to be able to step in on the power play and kill penalties. He has to be able to wear a bunch of different hats.”

I think Lander has shown an ability to deliver on the PK, that goes to dawgbone’s comments in his rookie season. Is it enough? Two things make me wonder. First, I’m wondering where his goals are going to come from. Lander isn’t in offensive positions often, and when he is there’s not much flair. Second, two of the players he’ll be fighting for playing time—Arcobello and Horak—seem to have the offensive edge on Lander.

Put another way, Lander’s glove is fine but his bat is the worry.

  • Lander EV in 13-14: 43, 8-14-22 .511
  • Lander PP in 13-14: 43, 10-16-26 .605
  • Horak EV in 13-14: 53, 14-15-29 .547
  • Horak PP in 13-14: 53, 7-12-19 .358

Roman Horak got a late recall and scored a terrific goal in the season’s final game. Anton Lander hasn’t scored a goal since Tom Renney. Is it an issue? I think it is.

 

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  1. icecastles says:

    Anton Lander hasn’t scored a goal since Tom Renney.

    I know he’s not had the most games since then, but Jesus that’s a sobering thought and an ugly way to think of it.

    What are the odds of seeing him evolve into a top-flight defensive forward? there are forwards who can make a living not scoring goals provided they can play the ugly minutes and saw off. Seems the potential is there, though he’s certainly taking his time to find it (drafted 5 years ago) and he doesn’t really have the size that I’d like to see in a defensive forward.

    Worth noting on the Lander front: he was named the Barons’ 2013/14 MVP last week.

  2. Gerta Rauss says:

    It is an issue, but I’d still qualify him.

    After 3 years of development time, he has shown enough at the AAA level to bring him back in that role again(at least) Hopefully the light goes on and he starts to contribute offense at the NHL level. Waivers are an issue, but that shouldn’t affect the decision making.

  3. spud says:

    If Lander plays well in the upcoming AHL playoffs, I can see the Oilers offering him a two-way contract.; however, I think he is closer to playing in Sweden next season.

  4. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Sorry to for the early change of subject, but with the Pens down by two early in the first and apparently having trouble with Columbus’s very western-conference style of hockey, if they go down in flames here, is this the end for Bylsma?

    You really have to wonder if years of being Detroit’s whipping boys didn’t teach these Columbus kids something.

    Back to Lander:

    Unless there’s a clear upgrade in free agency available, try him one more year. The scoring in the AHL is a good sign, the fancy stats are another, and he’s still young despite his experience. He’s 22, he’s not Sam Gagner, never mind Belanger, and he’ll probably cost the league minimum or thereabouts.

  5. nycoil says:

    Been a bit distracted this weekend because I was attending this event down here in paradise,
    http://www.bluesfest.com.au/schedule/?DayID=66
    Thought some of the music fans on this site may appreciate this stellar lineup.

    I think there is a player in Lander, am hopeful we get to find out for certain, but have my doubts that we do if things remain status quo, But if the OKC management team, starting with the recent GM promotion, and possibly with Nelson joining as an assistant with the big club, guys like Lander may get a fair shake.

    I think I said it before, but I would like Lander on Gordon’s wing to learn from the current best defensive centre how to do it at the NHL level.

  6. Marcus Oilerius says:

    nycoil:
    I think I said it before, but I would like Lander on Gordon’s wing to learn from the current best defensive centre how to do it at the NHL level.

    Would be nice to try Hendricks-Lander-Yakupov for a bit. Someone somewhere wrote a few paragraphs about how Yakupov did markedly better wtih up-and-down players like Horc than fancy types like Nuge and Gags.

  7. Rondo says:

    Oilers are so dysfunctional that it is hard to assess some players.

  8. spud says:

    Rondo:
    Oilers are so dysfunctionalthat it is hard to assess some players.

    True. If not offered a contract for next season, he could go to another organization a play very well. Time will tell.

  9. Lowetide says:

    IIHF U18 scoring interesting so far. WHERE are the Canadians?

    http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/368/IHM368000_85B_5_0.pdf

  10. G Money says:

    The Detroit Red Wings system is always held up as the gold standard for development.

    If it helps, before we decide Lander’s a bust and cut him loose, we should look at e.g. Gustav Nyquist. Not that every player is going to follow that kind of track, but I hope the Oilers think very very carefully before cutting loose a 22-year-old putting up +ppg in the A.

  11. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    The Bill Scott promotion gave me this thought immediately: this is good for Lander.

    Scott and Nelson have been in the best position over the past year and half to see Lander’s maturation up close. Having either inside the Oilers group directly probably means he’s got someone pulling for him.

    Certainly doesn’t mean he’s a lock for a qualifying offer, but I’d suggest his chances just went up a tick.

  12. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Lowetide,

    Isn’t the 2015 draft class supposed to be deep and strong?

  13. godot10 says:

    spud:
    If Lander plays well in the upcoming AHL playoffs, I can see the Oilers offering him a two-way contract.; however, I think he is closer to playing in Sweden next season.

    I think Lander will sign his qualifying offer, because he should be reasonably certain that he will be claimed on waivers. With those AHL stats, someone will take a look at him.

    If Nelson has a head coaching job somewhere, I think that reasonably becomes almost definitive certainty.

  14. nycoil says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    The Bill Scott promotion gave me this thought immediately: this is good for Lander.

    Scott and Nelson have been in the best position over the past year and half to see Lander’s maturation up close. Having either inside the Oilers group directly probably means he’s got someone pulling for him.

    Certainly doesn’t mean he’s a lock for a qualifying offer, but I’d suggest his chances just went up a tick.

    Exactly my thoughts as well, posted just before you.

  15. godot10 says:

    I will be absolutely shocked if Nelson accepts an assistant/associate coaching job with the Oilers.

    If he wants to be an NHL head coach, he has to stay head coaching. If (I’m being nice today) Eakins fails, MacT will have to hire a guy with NHL experience.

    So I think Nelson is going organization shopping after the AHL playoffs.

  16. Woodguy says:

    Shots 22-7 for MIN in the 1st and it’s 1-1.

    Luck and right side of the bell curve goaltending makes idiots of us all.

  17. season not played says:

    I believe the Oilers missed a chance to find out if Lander can score at the next level by not playing him at second line center at the end of the season. By simply flipping Lander and Gagner they could have got an extended look at Gagner at wing and Lander in his natural position with significant offensive minutes. Too bad the “coach” seemed to be more intent on making Lander uncomfortable than putting him in a position to succeed.

  18. Lowetide says:

    season not played:
    I believe the Oilers missed a chance to find out if Lander can score at the next level by not playing him at second line center at the end of the season.By simply flipping Lander and Gagner they could have got an extended look at Gagner at wing and Lander in his natural position with significant offensive minutes.Too bad the “coach” seemed to be more intent on making Lander uncomfortable than putting him in a position to succeed.

    I think they slotted him where they want to use him, and he didn’t piss a drop. Horak, first game up, hell maybe first shift, bam!

    It kinds of frames the issue. You know?

  19. fifthcartel says:

    Even if Lander has trouble scoring it is still way more useful to have him on the 4th line/extra forward than Gazdic.

    Although, that is setting the bar really low.

  20. Bank Shot says:

    Assuming lander is coming back:

    Hendricks
    Gordon
    Lander
    Gazdic

    That’s a lot of not scoring penciled into the bottom six for next season. Can the Oilers afford to have that much not scoring in their bottom six?

    They can I guess if the other two guys are good NHL hockey players brought in to play with Gordon.

    The Oilers need to go after a bad contract or two as well as hit Free agency. If the Oilers are filling their bottom six internally they are screwed.

  21. Younger Oil says:

    I know this has been thrown out a few times, but I would love to see Lander, Arco, and Horak making up a fourth line come next season, and cycling through players like Pitlick, Khaira, Yakimov and Hamiltpn to keep it highly competitive. Then, have Gordon, Hendricks, and Winnik as a veteran shut down third line.

    Having a super cheap 4th line could also make room to sign a quality #2C like Stastny and keep whoever we draft this year in the minors.

    I didn’t mention trading Gagner, which I think we should do for sure, but it’s so hard to tell what other teams would offer in return.

  22. spud says:

    godot10: I think Lander will sign his qualifying offer, because he should be reasonably certain that he will be claimed on waivers.With those AHL stats, someone will take a look at him.

    If Nelson has a head coaching job somewhere, I think that reasonably becomes almost definitive certainty.

    Good reasoning.

  23. season not played says:

    Lowetide,

    They drafted him as a center, he has played his whole career at center, he was finally playing well at center, the Oil are super thin at center and Sam Gagner is not a center. It just didn’t make any sense to me that they didn’t try it. Mind you, 95% of what they do doesn’t make any sense to me.

  24. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Lander has quite literally doubled his goals and tripled his assists in the AHL this season over last, and done so in one less game. The kid is improving at a remarkable rate and deserves a gamble for that reason.

    There’s a fair chance that the Oilers will regret having him signed to only a 1-year qualifying offer. It’s no guarantee, but Lander is trending in the right direction, to use LT’s parlance. He’s also shown nothing but a good attitude, getting bounced back between OKC and Edmonton several times without even getting to lace up for the big squad.

  25. Bank Shot says:

    Younger Oil:
    I know this has been thrown out a few times, but I would love to see Lander, Arco, and Horak making up a fourth line come next season, and cycling through players like Pitlick, Khaira, Yakimov and Hamiltpn to keep it highly competitive. Then, haveGordon, Hendricks, and Winnik as a veteran shut down third line.

    I’d rather see the Oilers go out and sign/trade for 4 actual NHL bearded vets to play with Gordon and Hendricks.

    4. At least 3.

    Then the Oilers can take two of Lander/Horak/Arcobello/Gazdic who they like the best going forward and that makes up their bottom six.

    Imagine having two lines in the bottom six that can actually play a bit.

  26. Lowetide says:

    season not played:
    Lowetide,

    They drafted him as a center, he has played his whole career at center, he was finally playing well at center, the Oil are super thin at center and Sam Gagner is not a center.It just didn’t make any sense to me that they didn’t try it.Mind you, 95% of what they do doesn’t make any sense to me.

    Dallas Eakins is the coach.

    Eakins: “If (Lander) is going to play here, he has to be able to play centre, he has to play left-wing and he has to play right-wing. He has to be able to step in on the power play and kill penalties. He has to be able to wear a bunch of different hats.”

    They’ve already decided where he’ll play.

  27. hunter1909 says:

    Cheering for the Wild over the Avs, out of spite.

  28. theres oil in virginia says:

    Bank Shot: If the Oilers are filling their bottom six internally they are screwed.

    MacT addressed this in his presser:

    http://lowetide.ca/blog/2014/04/lottery-4.html/comment-page-1#comment-311077

    They’re looking outside the organization for bottom 6 scoring.

  29. linkfromhyrule says:

    Is anyone else watching this CBJ-PIT game? WOW

    Columbus is just running their show.

  30. raventalon40 says:

    Lowetide: Dallas Eakins is the coach.

    Eakins: “If (Lander) is going to play here, he has to be able to play centre, he has to play left-wing and he has to play right-wing. He has to be able to step in on the power play and kill penalties. He has to be able to wear a bunch of different hats.”

    They’ve already decided where he’ll play.

    Everywhere?

  31. hunter1909 says:

    linkfromhyrule:
    Is anyone else watching this CBJ-PIT game? WOW

    Columbus is just running their show.

    Cheers. I was watching the Wild game, and suffering.

    Coming off from a lot of alcohol drinking impairs my mind for days afterward.

  32. linkfromhyrule says:

    hunter1909,

    haha I wouldn’t subject myself to that series.

    I’m really hoping columbus will beat the pens. Always love an underdog story. Never would have guessed it, but suddenly they are an exciting team to watch.

    I haven’t had a chance to check the stats, but I’ve seen jack johnson very good this series. Not sure if this is normally how he plays or not

  33. SK Oiler Fan says:

    If the Oilers didn’t have the worst center depth in the league at the big league and AAA level Lander would not be in the conversation for opening night.
    CBJ reminding me of 06 Oilers. Goaltending, 3 even lines, and a heavy forecheck. JJ is no Pronger, but he is playing well.
    Really liking Dubinsky, Atkinson, Calvert

  34. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Pens getting some crazy bounces. That’s one magic lugi

  35. Numenius says:

    To go back to Eakins and his relationship to the players for a second…

    I just looked at Yak’s twitter account. Remember the young, happy phenom kid who loved to tweet?

    He had more than 165 tweets and retweets from Sept. 1, 2013 to Oct. 29, 2013, and way more before that. That’s a lot of tweets in the first two months of the season.

    Since then?

    *crickets*

    On November 11, 2013 Larionov tweeted that Yak was open to being traded.

    The kid’s spirit has been broken since the beginning of November.

    That’s not all on Eakins, of course, but a good chunk of it is. The question is how much of it is due to his incompetence as a motivator.

    On a related note, Cloutier (insert necessary grain of salt qualification) is reporting that Ryan Jones also disliked Eakins.
    http://www.puckrant.com/Apuckalypse_Now/Oilers_kick_assistant_GM_out_of_clown_car

    I went to check Jones’ twitter account to look for some verification and it’s been completely deleted.

    I know these things are simply signs and do not in themselves prove that Eakins is as incompetent at motivation as they would seem to suggest or that all the players dislike him. I also think there are great things about Eakins as a coach.

    But they are concerning.

    I’ll have a lot of difficulty forgiving Eakins if we never get the real Yak back.

  36. Glock9 says:

    Numenius,

    He does have a strong abrasive personality (easily unlikeable) and is very rich in arrogance. There is going to be a portion of the roster that has difficulties working with him, especially the younger guys.

    If I had to work with him every day I would not enjoy getting up and going to work every day.

    Maybe that is why I’ve been self employed for 25 years.

  37. hunter1909 says:

    Glock9: He does have a strong abrasive personality (easily unlikeable) and is very rich in arrogance. There is going to be a portion of the roster that has difficulties working with him, especially the younger guys.

    Nice. Totally unlikeable, unable to win(the litmus test of head coaches), young players hate his guts.

    Add destroying blue chip prospects like it’s of no matter, and too easy to compare Roy over in Denver, motivating his team, in the playoffs, winning hockey games, entertaining the fans), and Houston we have a problem.

  38. godot10 says:

    For the people who keep knocking Schultz, Nick Leddy is STILL playing 3rd pairing.

    Schultz was literally thrown to the wolves, top 4 minutes with mostly 3rd pairing partners.

  39. icecastles says:

    Numenius: I just looked at Yak’s twitter account. Remember the young, happy phenom kid who loved to tweet?
    He had more than 165 tweets and retweets from Sept. 1, 2013 to Oct. 29, 2013, and way more before that. That’s a lot of tweets in the first two months of the season.
    Since then?
    *crickets*
    On November 11, 2013 Larionov tweeted that Yak was open to being traded.

    I think this is more a case of him maturing and getting some good advice. Certainly wouldn’t say his spirit is broken because he’s not tweeting cutesie happy faces to all the chickas anymore. Plus, given the lightning rod season he’s had, I can’t imagine Twitter is a really friendly place for poor Yak these days.

  40. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    nycoil: Exactly my thoughts as well, posted just before you.

    So, you did! Great minds and all. Hadn’t seen your post.

  41. Lloyd B. says:

    The photo on this blog is the one that always makes me think patience is needed with Lander. If you will notice the top left of his jersey has a great big C on it. Great numbers this year in OKC and captain. Obviously there is something there. I hope the Oilers do not give up too early on this player.

    I get the lack of NHL production points wise ( not having scored a goal since Renney is truly scary) but I just keep having this feeling ( I know we hate feelings here that can not be backed up with stats ) but …I just keep having this feeling that Detroit will pick him up as a 3/4 developed player and he turns into a Datsuyk.

  42. flyfish1168 says:

    Just finished reading David Staples article defending eakins PP numbers and need to vent

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/04/20/edmonton-oilers-power-play-about-the-same-under-eakins-as-kruger-except-for-puck-luck/

    A few things advance stats does not measure

    1) puck movement was slow and predictable under Eakins – rarely slap pass used
    2) players static to one position rarely any movement or cycling

    These are two things I remember seeing last year compared to this years PP. Some of the reason why our pp tanked this year.

    We didn’t have a big shot from the point last year and we still generated more goals so that is not the excuse.

    Yes Krueger did a better job on the PP and withless time to practice. Its not Puck Luck

  43. Dicky94 says:

    I would nt give up on Lander yet. They should trade this years first + gagner +one of Musil or Gernat to Carolina for Jordan stall and their first. Then trade that pick + Petry to Buff for Myers and Foligno. Problem solved. Lol.

  44. One-Timer says:

    Oh surprise everyone!

    Matt Cooke responsible for putting another guy on the IR for 4 to 6 weeks. Has anyone tallied how many man-games he has cost players in his career?

    I can’t understand how the PA puts up with this guy. It’s their own members he keeps maiming, after all.

  45. Hammers says:

    Lander should get a contract and as someone else mentioned , he, Horak ,Hendricks & Gazdic could rotate for the 4th line with not a whole bunch of cash committed .McT needs 1 “D” ; 1 “C” and at least 1 Upgrade better than Hendricks for the 3rd line .If Gags goes Arco may slot in at “C” or the wing . Funny thing is if McT can get the 3 actual NHL players we need I think we will jump 8-10 spots .

  46. spoiler says:

    It’s hard to believe that after all those at-bats, Lander still has a bat that can come to life. Never mind the evil breaking shit, he hasn’t proven he can hit the fastball yet. I expect he will get QOed, but after that he has 365 days to remove the hole from his swing.

    There’s a smart, willing, tenacious player there. I hope he finds his mojo.

  47. Lowetide says:

    spoiler:
    It’s hard to believe that after all those at-bats, Lander still has a bat that can come to life. Never mind the evil breaking shit, he hasn’t proven he can hit the fastball yet.I expect he will get QOed, but after that he has 365 days to remove the hole from his swing.

    There’s a smart, willing, tenacious player there. I hope he finds his mojo.

    That’s exactly how I feel.

  48. Zangetsu says:

    If he wasn’t so good in the AHL last year, I’d be fine with moving him out. Detroit wouldn’t give up on him yet, and I always ask myself “what would Holland do.” Maybe he isn’t the guy, but I would hate to move him before we know what he is for sure in favour of a younger version. Unless your onboard with the eternal rebuild model. Worse comes to worse, I suspect he can dwarf hendricks offensively.

  49. judgedrude says:

    Lowetide,

    Gazdic, first game up, maybe first shift, bam! It kinds of frames the issue. You know?

  50. Lois Lowe says:

    Lander is just like every defence first, utility infielder in history. He’ll hit for average in AAA, but he’s a .220 BA/.370 OBP lifetime hitter in the bigs. He’ll eke out a career because of the other things he can do, but if you’re trying to make him into an everyday player, you’re going to have a bad time.

  51. Old School G says:

    Gordon, Hendricks,Horak, Arcobello, Lander, Gazdic, I’m ok not thrilled about this, I wouldn’t mind a bit more in that mix for bottom 6 though. Greg Chase, go get it.

  52. Maggie the Monkey says:

    godot10:

    Schultz was literally thrown to the wolves…

    Jesus. The team had better start looking for a replacement, then. What a horrible thing to do to a good young player.

  53. russ99 says:

    There’s got to be concerns about Lander’s chances on the big club next year.

    He’s not going to break into the top six unless there’s numerous injuries so he’d need to win a spot on the bottom six. Improving the bottom six (and defensemen corps) is the best way to get us more competitive this offseason. IMO, he’ll have much more competition for a spot than Arco and Horak.

    I really don’t see a chance for him on the third line, if MacT adds a few quality two way wingers to build a shutdown line as expected. And the fourth line wing spots are going to be taken up by Hendricks and Gazdic (when healthy) or a facepuncher.

    Do you really see Lander as the center of that group? Arcobello?

    If MacT wants to bring back the mojo of the Glencross – Brodziak – Stortini line, we’ll need someone more Brodziak-like than Lander or Arco. I’d like to see Trevor Lewis as our 4th line center next year, he should be a relatively inexpensive UFA.

  54. cahill says:

    I think that Lander will have to play the role player next year if he wants to make it on the team. A guy that can play on the 3rd & 4th line and sit for long stretches. I see Arcobello in the same role.

    This off-season the Oilers need to sign two quality forwards & pickup a top 9 player for Gagner.

    If the off-season goes something like this;
    Gagner for Colin Wilson
    Sign Kulemin & Goc. The salary of those three players would be roughly 8 million.

    I’d run a lineup like this;
    Hall-RNH-Eberle
    ?-Wilson-Perron
    Kulemin-Goc-Yakupov
    ?-Gordon-Hendricks

    Gazdic, Arcobello, Lander, ?. The ? guy needs to be someone that can play a little physical but also play. Like Patrick Maroon. I guy that I think would fit that role is Adam Cracknell

    With this type of a lineup you can 2ble shift Hall, Nuge & Eberle throughout the lineup on the Wilson/Perron & Gordon/Hendricks lines. It gives Yakupov a Russian and two good two-way players on his line to help mentor him the way Horcoff did with Hall.

  55. rickithebear says:

    Hunter:
    the colorado thing drives me nuts:
    when you look at the construction of the team:

    they were a 95 point team with base in 09-10;
    they already had in place
    Statsny; Duschene; O’rielly; Mcleod
    10-11 they added E. johnson in the Stewart trade
    They had a high turnover and ended with 68 points.

    11-12 88 point team.
    Landeskog was drafted #2
    Mcginn was acquired for Winnick; Galliardi
    Hejda was signed as UFA
    JSG signed UFA
    Varlamov for 1st (forsberg) and 2nd
    Barrie Drafted
    B. Malone AHl callup

    12-13 39 pts
    Parenteau Signed UFA
    Mitchell Signed UFA
    Bordeleau Enforcer Callup for Post lockout Camp
    Holden limited call

    At this point:
    Landeskog-Stastny-Parenteau
    McGinn-Duschene-Orielly
    Mcleod-Mitchell-XXX
    Bordeleau-Malone-XXX

    Hejda-Johnson
    Holden-Barrie
    XXX-XXX
    XXX

    Varlamov
    JSG

    with the blend of a whole collection of new over the last 2 season.
    This team under performed relative to expectations.

    But
    7 of COL top 8 Goal scoring Fwd this year were in Place
    O’Rielly 28G 64pt
    Landeskog 26G 65pt
    Statsny 25G 60pt
    Duschene 23G 70pt
    Mcginn 19G 38pt
    Parenteau 55gm 14G 33pt
    Mitchell 11G 32pt

    Plus 4 of top 6 Dmen in place
    Hejda-Johnson
    Holden-XXX
    XXX-Barrie

    And their two goalies.
    Varlamov
    Fasth

    So for 13-14
    they won the lottery and got Mckinnon 24G 63PT
    Benoit signed UFA
    Cliche claimed off waivers
    Talbot traded for Downie
    Guenin signed 2-way

    MSM forgest what they expected from a team with
    5 20G scorers.

  56. tubes says:

    nycoil:
    Been a bit distracted this weekend because I was attending this event down here in paradise,
    http://www.bluesfest.com.au/schedule/?DayID=66
    Thought some of the music fans on this site may appreciate this stellar lineup.

    Wow, what a lineup. How’d you like Iron and Wine? I saw him live at Winspear in Edmonton a few months back with a horns section back him and was blown away. Plus, the beard.

  57. hoser313 says:

    Re: Lander

    So the kid isn’t scoring points as a winger. Maybe we should try him on defence…

    The guy plays and thinks like a centreman. Seems pretty obvious to me he is not a winger. Unlike Arcobello, Lander was never given a shot as a centreman on a decent line.

    It’s just weird watching him as a spare part winger.

    Honestly, I hope some other team signs him. He should be able to win a 4C job on another team.

  58. spoiler says:

    rickithebear: Hunter:the colorado thing drives me nuts:when you look at the construction of the team:they were a 95 point team with base in 09-10;they already had in placeStatsny; Duschene; O’rielly; Mcleod10-11 they added E. johnson in the Stewart tradeThey had a high turnover and ended with 68 points.11-12 88 point team.Landeskog was drafted #2Mcginn was acquired for Winnick; GalliardiHejda was signed as UFAJSG signed UFAVarlamov for 1st (forsberg) and 2ndBarrie DraftedB. Malone AHl callup12-13 39 ptsParenteau Signed UFAMitchell Signed UFABordeleau Enforcer Callup for Post lockout CampHolden limited callAt this point:Landeskog-Stastny-ParenteauMcGinn-Duschene-OriellyMcleod-Mitchell-XXXBordeleau-Malone-XXXHejda-JohnsonHolden-BarrieXXX-XXXXXXVarlamovJSGwith the blend of a whole collection of new over the last 2 season.This team under performed relative to expectations.But7 of COL top 8 Goal scoring Fwd this year were in PlaceO’Rielly 28G 64ptLandeskog 26G 65ptStatsny 25G 60ptDuschene 23G 70ptMcginn 19G 38ptParenteau 55gm 14G 33ptMitchell 11G 32ptPlus 4 of top 6 Dmen in placeHejda-JohnsonHolden-XXXXXX-BarrieAnd their two goalies.VarlamovFasthSo for 13-14they won the lottery and got Mckinnon 24G 63PTBenoit signed UFACliche claimed off waiversTalbot traded for DownieGuenin signed 2-way MSM forgest what they expected from a team with5 20G scorers.

    I agree with this 100 per cent . And add to that the unsustainable percentages we’ve seen this year.

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