OILERS AT DUCKS, G77 13-14

That’s entertainment! The Oilers lost a very entertaining game to the clearly superior San Jose Sharks last night, with the Panacea Line scoring at will. Taylor Hall is a wonderful talent—at 22 years-old he’s a glorious, special player. I have no idea how a hockey fan could resist the force that is Taylor Hall. The power and the glory.

Martin-Marincin-perry nelson usa sportsIn most Oiler games these days, there’s a sequence or two involving Martin Marincin making simple, wonderful defensive players. We all like to see young players enter the league and find their way, and the Oilers past frames the Marincin progression wonderfully. A stark contrast to the litany of lesser defenders, Marincin represents the ‘after’ photo for a (seemingly) myriad blue who were tried and found lacking over these years since 2006 summer.

ROOKIE OILERS BLUE SINCE 2006 SUMMER

  1. Tom Gilbert 07-08: 82, 13-20-33
  2. Justin Schultz 12-13: 48, 8-19-27
  3. Ladislav Smid 06-07: 77, 3-7-10
  4. Jeff Petry 10-11: 35, 1-4-5
  5. Martin Marincin 13-14: 38, 0-4-4
  6. Oscar Klefbom 13-14: 11, 1-2-3
  7. Taylor Chorney 09-10: 42, 0-3-3
  8. Mathieu Roy 06-07: 16, 2-0-2
  9. Taylor Fedun 13-14: 4, 2-0-2
  10. Colten Teubert 11-12: 24, 0-1-1
  11. Danny Syvret 06-07: 16, 0-1-1
  12. Theo Peckham 09-10: 15, 0-1-1
  13. Alex Plante 09-10: 4, 0-1-1
  14. Bryan Young 06-07: 15, 0-0-0
  15. Shawn Belle 10-11: 5, 0-0-0
  16. Brad Hunt 13-14: 4, 0-0-0
  17. Sebastian Bisaillon 06-07: 2, 0-0-0

That’s over eight seasons, so about two a year. Question: how many had a better 38 game debut than Marincin? I’ll give you Justin Schultz, although in a completely different way.

MARTIN MARINCIN PLAYER CARD

marincin player card april 2If this Oiler team hand picked a defenseman debut ideally suited to the needs of this team, young Marincin might be the guy. Now, we shouldn’t expect a repeat next season because history tells us defensemen don’t develop in a a straight line. However, on this day, Marincin represents hope for the future and a day when Edmonton dissolves sorties in a heartbeat.

chase profileLost in all the signings and recalls is the tryout for Greg Chase. It’s unusual for a player with junior eligibility to play in the AHL at all, and highly unusual for a teenager to have a Jordan Eberle experience at that level. I don’t know if he’ll play, but it’s a nice compliment to the young man. I still have no idea how he lasted until the 7th round in 2013.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

blunt3310 this morning, TSN 1260. Lots of chatter, scheduled to appear:

  • Ryan Batty, Copper and Blue: We’ll talk about last night’s game, the top 25 under 25 finally getting an update, and the blue.
  • Ryan Pike, Flames Nation: We’ll talk about the Flames future, and what they might do at the draft.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN: Baseball, hockey, advanced stats and their relationship to Leafs fans in the last two seasons.
  • Harrison Mooney, Pass it to Bulis and Puck Daddy. The Canucks are bringing the crazy, we’ll talk to Harrison about it.
  • Paul Almeida, Saturday Sports Extra. He’ll see Real Madrid later today, and will check in just before game time.

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  1. Wolfie says:

    I’m really enjoying Larsen as a winger/rover. Had a physical edge to his game and enough of a defensive conscience to hustle back.

  2. hunter1909 says:

    Gerta Rauss: The game was a kick in the junk- they played 6 quality periods in the last 24 hours and have nothing to show for it.

    They’re bravely holding on to 29th place? But showing us just enough so hopefully, everyone comes back for more next October? Like every year?

  3. oliveoilers says:

    icecastles:
    It wasn’t bad enough they took Pronger, huh? Californian bastards.

    Have to hand it to them, though: Emilio Estevez is a hell of a coach.

    2.5 seconds left and I caught a glimpse of the flying V on DE’s whiteboard at the time-out, I swear. True story.

  4. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers very good, nay superlative, at finding ways to lose. It’s so self-fulfilling now.
    What a gift to opponents – just keep playing normal pro hockey and either you’ll take the W or the Oilers will hand it to you.
    A fine fine state of affairs (no one cares)

  5. justDOit says:

    Gerta Rauss: ha!!….was thinking the same thing every time the announcers mentioned his name…

    “You’re Rickard than you think?”

  6. Gerta Rauss says:

    admiralmark:
    Thank you Fasth for keeping the Oilers 2nd overall pick intact. Brutal.

    I was ready to cheer for our 28th place hockey club tonight, but no such luck. Florida is doing us no favours at all.

  7. Gerta Rauss says:

    Wolfie:
    I’m really enjoying Larsen as a winger/rover.Had a physical edge to his game and enough of a defensive conscience to hustle back.

    Agreed. He is chaos in his own zone(when he plays D), but we’ve seen plenty of D come through this org in the last 8 years that showed less than Larsen-wonderful skater.

  8. AZOIL says:

    Shots edmonton 32, Anaheim 26. That is rare, but I see some silver linings!!!

  9. oliveoilers says:

    gogliano:
    Fasth’s hissy fits seem more like ragers than Dubynk’s.DD’s fits reeked more of dejection and desperation.Fasth looks pissed we’re losing.

    Two words: Corey Perry.

  10. striker says:

    Baron’s post-game from tonight.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPMrQePHz28

    Chase’s goal at 1:00

  11. Numenius says:

    spoiler:
    I’m just happy we’re slowly starting to skate with the top teams we’ve utterly struggled against. A win would be nice and probably deserved, but I’m happy with baby steps.

    I’m with you on this.

    A win sure would have been nice though too. Maybe next game?

    I feel like a gambler.

  12. oliveoilers says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: try to get Moroz on. he seems keen to engage on analytics. show him the softer side:

    Cameron Thomson ‏@ThomsonCam1h
    I wonder if @MitchMoroz was anti-stats before the Oilogosphere shit all over him? No excuse really.

    Mitch Moroz ‏@MitchMoroz46m
    @ThomsonCam I’m not anti-stats. I also don’t read into blogs. But knowing stats doesn’t mean people know the game in it’s entirety.

    Cameron Thomson ‏@ThomsonCam36m
    @MitchMoroz “Statistics is about never saying you’re sure about anything.” I haven’t encountered any stats types that claim to know it all.

    Mitch Moroz ‏@MitchMoroz28m
    @ThomsonCam there just seems to be an arrogance surrounding the people presenting these stats. More often then not it’s cynical thinking.

    Cameron Thomson ‏@ThomsonCam21m
    @MitchMoroz Yeah there’s some arrogance for sure. Cynical too. But if you bet against every prospect, you’d be right a lot. It’s probability

    Mitch Moroz ‏@MitchMoroz11m
    @ThomsonCam but what a negative way to look at things don’t you think? That’s where I’m caught up. Pessimists having the audience.

    What an urbane young man. I agree, let’s get him on the show.

  13. oliveoilers says:

    Wolfie:
    I’m really enjoying Larsen as a winger/rover.Had a physical edge to his game and enough of a defensive conscience to hustle back.

    Agreed. Don’t know if he saw or was told the writing on the wall. Re-invent yourself (again) or report to OKC for ever.

  14. icecastles says:

    Happy thoughts, everyone! Happy thoughts! This is a bad team that though they don’t have the results, were completely in it against two very good teams in the last two games.

    And they weren’t in it only because of a goalie standing on his head: they’ve been playing better across the board.

    Signs of improvement against tough teams AND the draft position isn’t jeopardized? In a season like this, I’d call that win-win.

  15. justDOit says:

    Gerta Rauss: Boo!!

    My buddy Gene thinks it’s golden. Golden.

  16. fuzzy muppet says:

    Numenius,

    Setting the hook for next year. You know we will all bite.

  17. AZOIL says:

    icecastles:
    Happy thoughts, everyone! Happy thoughts! This is a bad team that though they don’t have the results, were completely in it against two very good teams in the last two games.

    And they weren’t in it only because of a goalie standing on his head: they’ve been playing better across the board.

    Signs of improvement against tough teams AND the draft position isn’t jeopardized? In a season like this, I’d call that win-win.

    Agreed, Florida is really tanking like no other and so id rather we play close and still lose! It’s a win-win for sure!!!

    I hope Florida can win a few more though and we will be for sure top 3, we need all we can get!!!

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    striker:
    Baron’s post-game from tonight.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPMrQePHz28

    Chase’s goal at 1:00

    best part of that video?

    Chase using “Millsy” in his post-game. He’s known him for like 30 minutes. And then Nelson referring to Chase as “Chaser”

    I wonder if hockey people even know the real names of their teammates?

    hilarious.

  19. oliveoilers says:

    People who are bemoaning that we lost tonight: Yeah, we did. To a team that has won 50 games this season. We’re not even supposed to show up to these games. Two good games in two nights. I take more heart out of these performances than with Scrivens’ first games with his amazing tending and people were saying we’d ‘turned a corner’. Effin’ dodecahedrons.

  20. spoiler says:

    Two passes on the powerplay by Schultz to Hall’s backhand when he was set up to one-time on the forehand really pissed me off tonight. On two different poweplays too. I don’t know whether he’s used to passing to a rightie in that situation but jeezus they’re 15-20 foot passes off by almost three feet. And it’s not like he’s never played with Hall before.

  21. jake70 says:

    Liked Larsen at forward.

    Right after the 2nd Oil goal, they had a chance to go up 3-0, RNH flipped a weak backhand into Anderson, had the whole top right of net, wasn’t pressured. Few seconds later it’s 2-1. Picking on RNH, he HAS to bury that.

  22. spoiler says:

    Oh and before I crash, I just have to say… I called the whole Larsen-forward thing in the GDT yesterday.
    :-P
    lol

  23. Clay says:

    oliveoilers: Agreed. Don’t know if he saw or was told the writing on the wall.Re-invent yourself (again) or report to OKC for ever.

    My exact thoughts. He looked like a guy playing desperately to stay in the NHL. They could do worse at 3RW than Larsen. Plus there’s a slightly higher comfort level with him on the point of the PP than a natural forward, when the play goes the other way.

  24. icecastles says:

    spoiler: Oh and before I crash, I just have to say… I called the whole Larsen-forward thing in the GDT yesterday.

    So you’re saying it should have come with a… spoiler alert? oooooh snap!

  25. Clay says:

    jake70:
    Liked Larsen at forward.

    Right after the 2nd Oil goal, they had a chance to go up 3-0, RNH flipped a weak backhand into Anderson, had the whole top right of net, wasn’t pressured.Few seconds later it’s 2-1. Picking on RNH, he HAS to bury that.

    I’m not apologizing for him, but that puck was rolling.

    For that matter, is the Anaheim ice known for being shitty? Because, damn, the puck looked like a black tennis ball a lot tonight.

  26. kooler says:

    Wolfie,

    Really like that he came back….maybe Brandon Davidson and Brad Hunt should take a whirl at forward at OKC. Just throwing it out there.

  27. Pouzar says:

    Sorry if all these were posted already…

    Neal ‏@tweetneal · 1h
    Greg Chase & Jujhar Khaira, through one period in OKC, have added more skill than this team has seen in three weeks. #OKCBarons

    Neal ‏@tweetneal · 1h
    @zacharyRjohnson Chase actually plays angles very well for a big body, love both of these guys already.

    Eric Rodgers ‏@ericrsports · 1h
    Chase with two shots in the first period. Khaira 3-3 on faceoffs by my count. Three in the offensive zone, all wins. #OKCBaronsNeal ‏@tweetneal · 22m
    Greggy Chase scores! Beats goaltender high, on the glove side. 4-4 game. #OKCBarons

    Neal ‏@tweetneal · 22m
    Chase went hard through a defender on net. Lovely. #OKCBarons

    Regarding Chase

    Neal ‏@tweetneal · 20m
    @pand75 Seems to find himself in the right spots at right time. Very mature first pro game.

    Neal ‏@tweetneal · 58m
    Me too “@ericrsports: Loving Chase’s forechecking abilities. #OKCBarons #oilers”

    Eric Rodgers ‏@ericrsports · 2h
    Khaira has a magnet on the crease on the PP. Perfect positioning by him in front of Mayer. #OKCBarons #oilers

    Eric Rodgers ‏@ericrsports · 2h
    Chase hops off the bench for his first shift, jumps right into the play and forces a turnover for a shot. #OKCBarons #oilers

    Eric Rodgers ‏@ericrsports · 2h
    Khaira and Chase both on the second PP unit. Big chance by Chase and it rings off the crossbar. #OKCBarons #oilers

  28. Pouzar says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: best part of that video?

    Chase using “Millsy” in his post-game. He’s known him for like 30 minutes. And then Nelson referring to Chase as “Chaser”

    I wonder if hockey people even know the real names of their teammates?

    hilarious.

    That was beautiful wrister top shelf…oh my

  29. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Gord Miller ‏@GMillerTSN 3m
    Pre-game, TSN’s resident finance major @mike_p_johnson will present a primer on advanced stats, including Corsi. There will be math.

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