Leading up to free agency, we were informed the Oilers were talking to Mark Fayne and Derek Engelland. That’s like saying you’re going to the store in order to buy a steak or spam—the choices should never be in the same aisle. Fortunately, Edmonton landed the better man.
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- 5×5 points per 60: 0.52 (6th among regular D)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil
- Qual Comp: 2nd toughest among regular D
- Qual Team: 3rd best available among regular D
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 55.3
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: +1.5
- Zone Start: 47.6% (toughest among regular D)
- Zone Finish: 51.3% (4th best among D)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 88 shots/4.55%
- Boxcars: 72GP, 4-7-11
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- What should we expect from Fayne? MacT: “Fayne gives us a guy that makes simple, smart effective plays. He’s a good defender.”
- Where will he play in the lineup? “Andy (Greene) and I usually played against the other team’s top line (in New Jersey) and they didn’t expect too much from us offensively. Eating up minutes against the top guys. It’s a definite challenge but it keeps you on your toes.” That’s Fayne, about Fayne.
- This is not your favorite player type? That’s true, however he’s an ‘actual NHL player’ and the possession numbers are outstanding.
- I’ve heard NJD run some kind of witchcraft and the Corgi’s may not work the same in Edmonton. Oilers were the Bermuda triangle for Corgi’s last season, and kind of the year before. However, defense is defense and Fayne can retrieve the puck, make the quick pass, win battles and defend. Gold, gold, gold and gold!
- His numbers don’t suggest a puck mover. He isn’t, Fayne is an effective passer. Gets the puck up to the puck movers. Pat Quinn would love this guy.
- Still, the numbers don’t look like much. He wasn’t working for the 1984 Oilers. The Hockey News bio: Moves the puck efficiently and has offensive ability to boot. Has excellent size for the NHL game. Uses sound positioning to defend capably.
- What else is good about him? Oilers got Fayne at a good age. He’s 27, and has played 242 NHL games. They should get the best of him during this contract.
- You’re unusually positive about this, I’m worried. This is an organization that hired a recently bought-out Cam Barker as their showcase move three summers ago. Fayne is worlds away from Barker. Or Engelland. He can play the game.
- Was this the best move of summer? Hmmm. I’m going to say Pouliot was the best move of summer, but Fayne was also a terrific get.
- Who should he play with? I’d be tempted to put him with Jeff Petry.
- We talked about this, bad idea. Why? Because two righty’s are on the same pairing? I don’t get that, makes no sense. Their skill sets are a nice match, and they are very likely going to be Edmonton’s two best defensemen. That could form a fine shutdown pair.
- What else you got? I also think there’s value in a Nikitin-Fayne pairing. They’re veterans, both coming to a new situation and could integrate together. They also have complementary skill sets. Marincin-Fayne may also be a good pairing.
- What about Ference-Fayne? I’m sure we’ll see it, and Ference should post better numbers with Fayne than he did one year ago with Justin Schultz. I don’t think it’s an ideal use of Fayne.
- What about Fayne-Schultz? Maybe, it’s certainly sending your best man into the most difficult situation. If it works, you have the No. 1 problem facing the defense solved in one fell swoop. Sure, I’d like to see them try it during pre-season.
- Who is the Andy Greene in Oilerland? We’ll see. I think Petry is the strongest option.
- Is Fayne looking forward to the challenge? “The tougher thing for me is playing against the smaller, fast guys, but I’m actually looking forward to the West. My style and build (six-foot-three, 215 pounds) might be better against the bigger guys.”
- I’m beginning to get excited about this Fayne guy! It’s a really solid bet, and that’s all you can ask from your GM. Find good players, keep good players. This was a very good hockey decision. There are still pratfalls that could befall, but it’s a nice bet.
- Why did New Jersey let him go? John Fischer wrote an excellent piece here, suggesting it’s possible the Devils have less expensive, younger options. It’s a fabulous look at Fayne, recommend it.
- Will Fayne play more minutes this coming season? Yes, I think that’s guaranteed. Edmonton needs him more and at evens a year ago Fayne played the fourth most minutes among regulars. I expect that will increase with the Oilers. Suspect he’ll also get plenty of PK time, too. However, the main usage will be tough competition and plenty of own-zone starts. Expect to see him in the same portion of the Vollman next season.
- Why this song? GREAT title for a newcomer to this team. I couldn’t resist. It’s also a great song, plus there may be nights when 17 glasses of rhine wine simply isn’t enough. I’m optimistic about this team though, and Fayne is a big reason why.