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