BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

by Lowetide

That was a strange hockey game last night. If we tried to make a list of what went wrong, we would have to pack a lunch because it would take all day. Anders Nilsson is going to get the horns today, but my goodness he had a lot of company. Both teams were miserable in coverage, line changes and giveaways. Sometimes the hockey is ragged, last night was such an evening.

THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1
  • Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-3-2
  • Oilers after 48 in 2014-15: 12-27-9, 33 points (-52 GD)
  • Oilers after 48 in 2015-16: 19-24-5, 43 points (-23 GD)

Not a grand night, but I think we went into the evening with the belief this would be a tough one to win. Suspect any bad feelings this morning come from the feeling of hope those two third-period goals gave us. They are getting closer, but the lack of balance on this roster is real and spectacular.

  • Individual High-Danger Scoring Chances: Leon Draisaitl (2); Zack Kassian (2); Taylor Hall (1); Benot Pouliot (1); Darnell Nurse (1); Iiro Pakarinen (1); Mark Fayne (1); Justin Schultz (1).

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

oilers blue nov 30

  • Sekera—Fayne handled things well, for me Sekera was much better than the Florida game in terms of avoiding mental errors. A solid performance by this emerging pairing, the only quibble for me is their TOI trailed some others.
  • Nurse—Gryba had difficult moments last night, but I don’t think they were the reason Edmonton lost the game. Plenty of blame to go around on this night, this duo gets their share. Nurse is running around a lot now, they need to get that side of his game under control. He is chasing the puck carrier to the moon, and that leaves the slot or another danger area exposed. Not good. When the puck carrier is at your blue line and you are next to him, that means a helluva lot of guys are between you and the goalie. Can’t play defense that way, not with this team.
  • Davidson—Schultz are two ships going in opposite directions. Davidson was +3 during the blitz, we shall not be worrying about him for the next decade—unless his brain gets too big for his head. He was up against a good line and was wheeling a lot in his own end, but tried to make a difference—and often did. Schultz gets a large target for his role on any number of dog whistles, but I was especially unimpressed with his Moses impersonation when parting with Davidson to allow that rat fink Ryan Callahan a free lane to the net (Davidson took a penalty just in time).
  • Just one point for the defense last night, Darnell Nurse shovel-pass to daylight that was more clearing the zone than setting up Mark Letestu.

CENTERS, LAST NIGHT

oil c nov 30

  • Leon Draisaitl and his line had their moments, but also missed opportunities and lapses in coverage. With Nuge out, more has to be given, but I have a very hard time thinking we should expect Leon to provide even greater contributions.
  • Mark Letestu and his trio performed well, ML was brilliant on his shorthanded goal and I thought moved the puck in a good direction. He isn’t fast or terrifically skilled or a lot of things, but he makes the safe play a lot and on this team that is very important.
  • Anton Lander has played 178 NHL games. 71 percent in the dot, great on the PK. He is Erik Condra, without the offense.
  • Matt Hendricks had a tough assignment and aside from the faceoffs (64 percent) there isn’t much to show for all the hard work.
  • The centers scored two goals and that is good production. I think they performed pretty well all things considered. Look, they need Nuge folks, and he isn’t coming back. They were good considering their abilities and experience.

WINGERS, LAST NIGHT

oilers f nov 30

  • Taylor Hall—Teddy Purcell looked good by the numbers and Hall sent a gorgeous pass to Leon for a goal. That said, Hall was -3 on the night and his coach was not pleased, although I think he could have used the Luba defense in a court of law. Purcell was part of the problem on the 0-1 goal.
  • Pouliot—Eberle were part of a line with Hendricks that couldn’t get much going, although I saw Pouliot good in this game (believe it or not). He delays progress like a bugger for the opposition and I like his passing a lot. Jordan Eberle had one of his poorest games, one of those where he seems to be surprised when he gets the puck.
  • Iiro Pakarinen had a helluva game, scoring one, assisting on another, hitting everything in sight and moving up and down the lineup like Casey Candaele in 1987. He was 8-2 with Letestu, 8-4 with Kassian, 3-6 with Lander, 3-2 with Hendricks, 0-1 with Hall, 1-4 with Eberle, 2-1 with Draisaitl, 2-0 with Purcell, 1-0 with Yakupov and 0-0 with Pouliot but did play 28 seconds with him (these are all evens Corsi events).
  • Zack Kassian was damned impressive I have to say. If he keeps doing this, the stink eye I have been giving him (quietly, under the radar, but he knows something is going on) will fade away. I honestly thought he would have spaghetti legs last night but he played well start to finish. Got under Stamkos skin like a Tikkanen. Are we going to like Kassian? Is that how this turns out?
  • Nail Yakupov was not as brilliant as he was in the first games back. Hurt early, he didn’t have the extra gear of the early games, and seemed to be unaware of his role on the winning goal. I really like Nail, but he needs to make that play if he wants to make a difference. Seriously. He should have been back on the play, to the point where the goalie would not lose control of his senses.

NILSSON OIL CAPTURE

ANDERS NILSSON

A bad night for a goalie who hasn’t had a good one in some time. He may need more B-12. He may need a trip to Bakersfield in the next while. Perhaps bring up Laurent Brossoit for a few games? Seems like a plan. Todd McLellan may feel differently. There is pressure here, tomorrow is not promised to Todd McLellan. If he is in this same position next season, the Oilers will be into their second decade of losing and the coach will have spent 18 months trying to get up that hill. No sir.

rnh barons

NUGE

  • Pierre Lebrun: I don’t think Edmonton – in fact I know – they were not shopping him. I don’t think that was a priority for them, was to trade Nugent-Hopkins. But it doesn’t prevent other teams from checking in, because he’s a young center. Source

Interesting. This runs counter to what Mark Spector said less than a week ago (and we discussed at the time):

  • Mark Spector: Chiarelli had no comment on this report, neither confirming nor issuing a denial when reached. And of course, Nashville general manager David Poile chose to deal Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen instead. What it tells us is that Chiarelli sees Nugent-Hopkins as the one player from the Oilers former core that can command the greatest return — yet at the same time is expendable. Source

This Nuge thing has always left me scratching my head, because (as the link indicates) Spector is in fact a credible source. It would be easy for me to write ‘Spector doesn’t know what he is talking about’ but in the time I worked with him that was not the case. At all. Mark Spector has connections, gets major stories, and I do not recall one of them that came back and bit him.

That is what is strange about this story. Spector says Chiarelli had no comment, and I believe him. That tells me Nashville was the source, but the Oilers would have known this story had legs (it has been around awhile) and then chose to do nothing (Lebrun’s verbal seem coincidental to the overall story and how it is playing out in Edmonton). Here is what I think I know:

  • Mark Spector didn’t make this up. He wouldn’t jeopardize his relationship with Peter Chiarelli (Spector has gotten every major story since PC arrived in Edmonton, scooping Jim Matheson, Terry Jones and many others) over this, because it is not a major story.
  • Mark Spector has written on this subject more than once. Whoever his source is, it is a trusted one and I would guess he either has a second source or someone else who heard the same thing.
  • Nashville may have had a reason to get Nugent-Hopkins name out there (selfish ones) in terms of exciting the locals over Seth Jones or perhaps indicating to Columbus there were other suitors.
  • The Oilers did nothing about the story, let it sit out there building, for some time.

I would like to think Peter Chiarelli knows the full value of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as a player. I would like to think the organization has an idea about how ridiculous it would be to send him away for defensive help this soon in the careers of Leon and McDavid. I have to tell you that I am not confident of that fact this morning. The way this story rolled out, hung in the air, and was not addressed for a long period tells me either something did happen with Nashville (beyond a simple phone call) or that the Oilers are fine with their center flapping in the wind like one of those big Canadian flags at the highway Husky.

I have defended Peter Chiarelli because of his (mostly) good work in Boston, but the way the Nuge reports have been handled leaves me flummoxed. I think Peter Chiarelli has some things to learn about this market. Perhaps he can ask Mark Spector the next time the two men are in conversation.

KLEFBOM

  • Todd McLellan: “He broke a bone in his knuckle and we thought he’d be back in five days … we look like morons. He got hurt originally on Glen Sather (banner) night. That was like four years ago (Dec. 11). He might be out two months.” Source

Very discouraging. We talked in summer about the lack of balance, and we absolutely discussed life without Oscar or Sekera and what it would look like. That is one reason I have a hard time getting too angry at the defense last night. What should our expectations be? Imagine this team without Brandon Davidson. Balance. Depth. The Oilers haven’t been close to having it on defense since the fall of 2006. Who does this? Only the Oilers.

reinhart bak

GRIFFIN REINHART

  • Scott Zerr: Not once has he had a game where you’d be convinced he’s ready for consistent NHL work. His lack of dominance at this level is very unnerving. If he doesn’t put something together after the all-star break, more in-depth concerns will emerge. Source

This is something to watch, because the verbal from Peter Chiarelli has been that GR is close and that we should see him in the next little while. In the days before Chiarelli, the GM would call up the touted defender and play him, in the hopes he turns it around. What is likely to happen in a case of this kind? If Reinhart can’t perform better than the man he is replacing, the fans are going to turn on him. No. It is better to keep Reinhart on the farm until he is comfortable and delivering consistent performances. When will that be? We wait.

ronstadtlinda1

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show this morning, TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Bruce will explain to us last night’s game. He may need extra time.
  • Kurtis Mucha, Donnan and Vimy Hockey. Get your goalie questions to me, we talk about them at 10:40.
  • Michael Tanier, Bleacher Report. NFL weekend and some recent hirings.
  • Corey Graham, TSN 1260. The Oil Kings try to find consistency.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide twitter. Talk soon.

223 comments
0

You may also like

0 0 votes
Article Rating
223 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
GCW_69

godot10: What is wrong with taking two or three years?Barzal was/is going to be a complete non-factor for the next two or three years too. A defenseman drafted at 16 probably would have taken four or five years to be a factor.

Chiarelli spread up the process of having a cheap capable defensemen in Reinhart precisely when he has to re-sign almost all the expensive players.

The cap won’t be a problem because if this team doesn’t turn north soon, you think Hall is going to wait around? It would not surprise me at all if Hall asks for a trade this summer and I won’t begrudge him if he does.

At some point the team needs to draw a line in the sand and say no further. No more falling back (waiting for futures). The time to win is now. Today. In my view that time was last summer.

Ryan

godot10: What is wrong with taking two or three years?Barzal was/is going to be a complete non-factor for the next two or three years too. A defenseman drafted at 16 probably would have taken four or five years to be a factor.

Chiarelli spread up the process of having a cheap capable defensemen in Reinhart precisely when he has to re-sign almost all the expensive players.

There are some lofty ideals among some at this blog on the magical powers of giving players time to develop or “marinate” with the assumption that more time means more development means which then equates to a top four dman or top six player at the end of the process. This is counterbalanced by the reality that, in this instance, there are no comparables for Reinhart taking two or three years to develop from the time of acquisition that ends in a top four defenseman.

In short, I’m certainly not arguing against giving Reinhart more time to develop, but I can’t agree with the premise that him taking another year or two to develop shouldn’t raise concern about him potentially never being a top four defenseman in the NHL.

Either way, I agree with Stevezie that they certainly saw us coming on that transaction.

stevezie

oliveoilers,

Will do!

RexLibris

CrazyCoach: Speaking of crazy goalies.I know a cat down south who watched Battlin’ Billy berate a team of bantams for lack of intensity during a shooting drill.Billy commandeered the goalies glove and stick, took to the crease, and yelled at the kids to shoot it as hard as they could.

That intensity never leaves some players.

If Billy could bottle that and sell it, he’d be a billionaire.

Awesome story. Thanks!

RexLibris

Lois Lowe: In the Kuznetsov article in the Player’s Tribune, he says that Russian vs North American approaches to coaching are vastly different. Yak may be trying to unlearn some of his most ingrained habits.

But he was coached in NA from the age of 16 on.

He did well in his half-season over in the KHL during the lockout.

No doubt some of it is to unlearn, but I think there’s a lot of hockey sense they are trying to teach him now.

Jethro Tull

About 20lockquote cite=”comment-496238″>

stevezie:
I’ll be walking the West Highland Way and then going to the Isle of Skye in MArch, and I can’t wait. Hoping to hot Orkney too at some point.

Anyone wondering what Rex meant by Glasgow’s well-earned reputation, I’d say this clip describes the city’s personality as well as anything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR3w5Ci-h9M

About 20 years ago, a young, gangly 17yo soldier went on a hiking trip, walking the WHW.

Turns out it was a big pub crawl. Finished the week climbing Ben Nevis. Had my 18th birthday in Fort William where excellent locals took a young sassenach and got him drunk.

Enjoy!

sliderule

I read that Scott Zerr is in Bakersfield at least part of the time.

His report on Reinhart is probably not good news for Griffs future with oilers.

Remember last year when Willis was filing negative reports on Marinicin..We know how that worked out.

I would assume Zerr has access to coaches and much like Willis you are getting their view of Griff not necessarily some reporters ..

If they bring Reinhart up and he performs well what Condors coaches think means nothing.

If he falters expect a move this summer.

CrazyCoach

Lowetide: Nothing. What IS wrong is bringing him up when he isn’t ready. The Oilers took their time with Klefbom, why not Reinhart? Or Nurse, for that matter (although Nurse was one of the six best D this season)

From what I’ve seen, if they can be patient with Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear, the future is very bright for the Oilers D.

CrazyCoach

RexLibris: Or to put it another way, I wonder, after what Billy Smith would’ve done to Boyle, when he would have been released from the hospital?

Speaking of crazy goalies. I know a cat down south who watched Battlin’ Billy berate a team of bantams for lack of intensity during a shooting drill. Billy commandeered the goalies glove and stick, took to the crease, and yelled at the kids to shoot it as hard as they could.

That intensity never leaves some players.

If Billy could bottle that and sell it, he’d be a billionaire.

CrazyCoach

Ducey: Mr. Obvious (whose chief source of authority seems to rest with the fact he is always certain he is right

Truer words have never been spoken.

TheWhiskyKiwi

stevezie:
I’ll be walking the West Highland Way and then going to the Isle of Skye in MArch, and I can’t wait. Hoping to hot Orkney too at some point.

Anyone wondering what Rex meant by Glasgow’s well-earned reputation, I’d say this clip describes the city’s personality as well as anything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR3w5Ci-h9M

I live 20 minutes outside Glasgow. If you need any travel tips, whisky bars/distilleries to visit etc drop me an email thewhiskykiwi@hotmail.com

theres oil in virginia

stephen sheps: Jultz is gonna Jultz, unfortunately…

In other, non-hockey related news I wanted to share briefly another of my tales of life in the south:

I am happy to report that I did not have to go into work today as the university decided that due to the threat of inclement weather, today would be a snow day. I understand that in Tennessee they lack the infrastructure to ensure safe roadways in the event of snowfall or freezing rain, but instead of waiting to see what happened, they cancelled classes and closed the university last night around 8PM due to what they’re calling a winter weather alert and extreme cold.

Temperature: -1c (yes… they find that cold here!)

Expected snowfall: 5cm
Expected freezing rain: 2-4mm

Actual snowfall: 0
Actual freezing rain: trace

For the most part I hate my current position and, other than being paid in USD, I would give just about anything to come back to Canada, in an academic capacity or otherwise, (and am definitely trying to find my way home) but on ‘snow days’ like this, the south is pretty sweet.

The culture is sometimes tough to deal with. The university system here has welfare sickness. Nobody works and it infects everyone.

The issue with the snow is that the school busses go around on some roads that can’t handle a little snow and then they get into big trouble. Snow days are built in to the schedule. Not sure why the University closed though.

You know we’re slated to (hopefully not) get two feet of snow up here in VA on Friday? I’m guessing you’re going to get some of that storm too.

stevezie

Lowetide,
No, nothing. If he’s not ready, he’s not ready, and it doesn’t mean he’ll never make it.

Not that it isn’t still a problem. It does seem further proof that they sure saw us coming. The picks put down should have bought more.

And now, because those assets are spent, and on top of that Reinhart is taking a slot in the order, it’s a little harder to add the Dman we need today. It wasn’t just the picks, it’s the opportunity cost.

However, if we accept the mistakes of yesterday as having happened and want to just move on positively-an attitude which I endorse- then I agree the team is handling him well. Chia is eating some pride and not trying to force it which is already a step ahead of past managers.

John Chambers

Lowetide: Nothing. What IS wrong is bringing him up when he isn’t ready. The Oilers took their time with Klefbom, why not Reinhart? Or Nurse, for that matter (although Nurse was one of the six best D this season).

I think what I’ve learned from Brandon Davidson is that you have to identify and promote your BEST defensemen on the periphery of the NHL.

The Condors are effectively a competition amongst the young D, drafted across different years or seasoned through college, to battle for ice time to prove that they’re the alpha of the group and most deserving of promotion to the show.

Klefbom was undeniably the AHL club’s best D to start last season, while Davidson was the best during last years playoffs. Nurse was the best D to start this season.

It hasn’t been very long, but it’s unnerving to learn that Griffin Reinhart isn’t the team’s best blueliner. I do however believe that he ultimately will be, and when he unequivocally is, I agree that’s when he should get the call up … And if that’s not until 2017 then so be it.

stevezie

I’ll be walking the West Highland Way and then going to the Isle of Skye in MArch, and I can’t wait. Hoping to hot Orkney too at some point.

Anyone wondering what Rex meant by Glasgow’s well-earned reputation, I’d say this clip describes the city’s personality as well as anything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR3w5Ci-h9M

OF17

Does anyone know if Reinhart needs to clear waivers next year?

godot10

admiralmark:

I’ll give Reinhart till next season to develop into a top 4 role. Hell ill give him 2 years. But if the decision was made knowing he would take possibly 2-3 more years to develop? Then this was a very poor decision. As the ONLY redeeming reasoning for this move was he could provide more immediate help. I only hope that IF he does become a bust. That Chiarelli/Nicholson have the balls to remove MacT/Howson from the equation. As it stands Bob Green was just another nepotistic decison i’m all too familiar with. Hopefully he’s the one that actually pans out?

What is wrong with taking two or three years? Barzal was/is going to be a complete non-factor for the next two or three years too. A defenseman drafted at 16 probably would have taken four or five years to be a factor.

Chiarelli spread up the process of having a cheap capable defensemen in Reinhart precisely when he has to re-sign almost all the expensive players.

Lois Lowe

RexLibris:
russ99,

This is, in effect, something I had argued for earlier.

Yakupov was, I believe, coached in a kind of laissez faire style in his junior career.

In the Kuznetsov article in the Player’s Tribune, he says that Russian vs North American approaches to coaching are vastly different. Yak may be trying to unlearn some of his most ingrained habits.

RexLibris

bendelson:
I’ll let you folks debate the % fault of Yakupov on the goal last night… but I will say this:

Nilsson was tentative coming out the net.Very bad.
He was also tentative, when it finally occurred to him he wasn’t going to get to the puck first.
Don’t slow up and wave your stick at the player as he passes… dig in Anders!If you aren’t going to get to the puck, then make damn certain you take the player out!Another bad choice.

Hasek would be very disappointed in that effort, to be sure.

Now that I think of it, I wonder what Billy Smith would’ve done to Boyle in that situation?

Or to put it another way, I wonder, after what Billy Smith would’ve done to Boyle, when he would have been released from the hospital?

RexLibris

Snowman: Drove through most of Scotland last summer. It was incredible. Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Stirling were all wonderful but nothing can touch the highlands. We stayed a bunch of places. I’ve travelled quite a bit so far in my life and I swear to God unless you’ve been to the highlands there is nowhere else on Earth that has those colours. Just incredible.

I didn’t make it up as far North as I wanted so I’ll have to go back to visit places like Skye and some others.

If you have the chance, everyone should go to Scotland. It should be mandatory. Just a fantastic country. Truly.

As a side note, it is possible to drive in Glasgow if you’ve got a GPS and you’re a good driver. Driving in Edinburgh will kill you. That remains one of the most stressful experiences of my life to date.

Yep. Highlands. Gives me goosebumps just recalling it now.

You don’t know green until you’ve seen the vegetation there. And the heather on the hills, the winding little creeks in the valleys. You can’t scratch a life out of the earth in many places there anymore, but to just stand there (with some wind, because of those damned midges) is something you will take to your grave.

In Edinburgh and Glasgow I stuck with cabbies. Wonderful guys, drive like maniacs and make Montreal drives look like a Sunday stroll.

Some of the hairpin turns on the hills can be a little distressing for some drivers as well. Many of the roads way up north are one lane with small spots to pull over every 500 metres or so for traffic going the other way.

CrazyCoach

RexLibris: Nice work on the Bear article, CC.
A good report and thorough.
Vishnovsky is heavy praise and Bear would be one hell of a draft steal if he could get to within 80% of that player’s impact.
Well done.

I have to hand some of that credit to Bruce McCurdy for allowing me to do it.

And secondly, to all the people who post in here. I’ve learned a lot about advanced stats and now no longer rely on my “saw him good” senses purely when evaluating.

Take a bow LT posters!

And yes, Bear could be the steal of that fifth round. Just from what I saw, he looked better than Caleb Jones. Very small sample size though!

bendelson

I’ll let you folks debate the % fault of Yakupov on the goal last night… but I will say this:

Nilsson was tentative coming out the net. Very bad.
He was also tentative, when it finally occurred to him he wasn’t going to get to the puck first.
Don’t slow up and wave your stick at the player as he passes… dig in Anders! If you aren’t going to get to the puck, then make damn certain you take the player out! Another bad choice.

Hasek would be very disappointed in that effort, to be sure.

RexLibris

russ99,

This is, in effect, something I had argued for earlier.

Yakupov was, I believe, coached in a kind of laissez faire style in his junior career.

I think he did so many things well that help you excel at the junior level that the coach basically just sent him over the boards with the instructions “go get us a goal”!

He loves to shoot the puck and he has enough speed and quickness that he could get his shot off well against junior defenders.

I’m not sure his coaches in Sarnia ever were able, be it on account of their own effort, language barriers or Yakupov’s personal approach, to begin to work on the non-puck skills and so he arrived as a professional with a tremendous set of tools but nobody had spent much time on the tool kit itself and now he is working through all of that into his professional career.

Full credit to him, many other athletes with his pedigree who face these challenges become jaded and resentful, but he seems to be very grounded and sincere about the sport and the level of commitment required by him in order to excel within it.

anonymous

I think Yaks defenders are more vocal because he’s held responsible for any mistake, right or wrong whereas RNH and Eberle immediately get a reprieve due to ‘recovering from injury” and “he had the flu last week” excuses. To name a few.

Fucking Russian.

Snowman

RexLibris: Stirling is a beautiful place to stay.

Right between Edinburgh and Glasgow, wonderful little city and easy to commute by train East/West.

If you’ve never been, I strongly recommend a trip way up North. Drive if possible, train if you prefer.

Stunning country up there and the right of way goes to the traveler so you can walk right on up the hills so long as you stay on a road (such as they are), close the gates behind you and mind for bulls and other livestock.

Just beware the midges. Those things must’ve been invented by the English to punish the Scots. In the valleys away from the wind they will drive you absolutely mad.

There really isn’t a part of Scotland that isn’t worth visiting, from the borderlands to the Highlands, it can all be breathtaking.

Drove through most of Scotland last summer. It was incredible. Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Stirling were all wonderful but nothing can touch the highlands. We stayed a bunch of places. I’ve travelled quite a bit so far in my life and I swear to God unless you’ve been to the highlands there is nowhere else on Earth that has those colours. Just incredible.

I didn’t make it up as far North as I wanted so I’ll have to go back to visit places like Skye and some others.

If you have the chance, everyone should go to Scotland. It should be mandatory. Just a fantastic country. Truly.

As a side note, it is possible to drive in Glasgow if you’ve got a GPS and you’re a good driver. Driving in Edinburgh will kill you. That remains one of the most stressful experiences of my life to date.

stephen sheps

RexLibris,

will do, thanks Rex!

edit: Whiskey liqueur you say? Hmm… I wonder if I can find it down here – not that I have a shortage of whiskey based beverages to try… but that could be really nice.

russ99

I love Yakupov due to his enthusiasm and drive (that Dallas Eakins would have cleaved out of lesser men) and his near elite puck and shooting skills.

But as with our other high picks, they were always the man in junior and didn’t learn the ins and outs of two-way play and our dunderheaded management rushed them to the bigs so they had to learn on the job vs. the best in the world.

So I’m not going to rail against Nail, but just continue to say our skill forwards need to learn some lessons in coverage the D-zone and a little more effort would go a long way. And that goes for most of our D too.

RexLibris

stephen sheps:
RexLibris,

last time my younger brother and I did Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oban (west highlands). Next time I want to get up north (Speyside whisky, yes please!) and possibly out to the islands. With my brother moving to London shortly, I’m hopeful that at least two trips will happen in the next 18 months or so. We promised ourselves we would do the whisky trail once he finished law school and I finished my PhD. Life interfered with that plan for a bit, but it looks like the gords are in our favour after all.

If you’ve never tried it, I’d recommend Atholl Brose. Some places here in town can find it. It is a whiskey liqueur.

Blair Atholl is a very impressive castle/palace to visit as well, though a little touristy at this point.

My preferred way is to just rent a car and drive all around. Get out to check out a re-built crannoch in a loch, see a few standings stones too derelict to have caught the attention of the government restoration efforts, find small distilleries in tiny little towns like Aberfeldy and so on.

Best of luck, I’ve seriously considered moving to Scotland in the past. Employment there can be a might tricky, but an extended tour through the region is a fantastic way to vacation.

If you find yourself looking for a place to stay, drop me a line on twitter and I can forward you the names of some places I’ve stayed.

OF17

RexLibris,

That’s a good thing to keep in mind. We necessarily look at a play differently than the opposing team’s fans do. Just the nature of the game.

For instance, when I’m watching a non-Oilers game, I notice players on both teams a lot more evenly. When teams play the Oilers, aside from a few standouts, I can’t honestly tell you which players on the other side played well. Too focused on our own side to notice all that much of the others.

Oilspill

For those that blame the D men from following a player who swings from low to high..they are supposed to, they follow and a forward needs to fill the low gap, typically a center. Was at the game forwards were not reacting to a read or not reading at all.

stephen sheps

RexLibris,

last time my younger brother and I did Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oban (west highlands). Next time I want to get up north (Speyside whisky, yes please!) and possibly out to the islands. With my brother moving to London shortly, I’m hopeful that at least two trips will happen in the next 18 months or so. We promised ourselves we would do the whisky trail once he finished law school and I finished my PhD. Life interfered with that plan for a bit, but it looks like the gords are in our favour after all.

RexLibris

stephen sheps:
Glasgow is a fantastic city. Had a wonderful time there and had the pleasure of writing about that time when Bruce and Derek let me be the travel writer for CnB. Wrote about the Old Firm rivalry and compared it to our own BoA, which obviously pales in comparison.

One day I hope the magic actually returns to that rivalry. Early returns aren’t looking great, but both teams are young and loaded with potential (*spits – I hate to admit that about the flames. fuck those guys).

I hope to find my way back to Glasgow (and the rest of Scotland) sooner rather than later, and now that Sheps the younger is moving to the UK, it’s very likely that it will be sooner.

Stirling is a beautiful place to stay.

Right between Edinburgh and Glasgow, wonderful little city and easy to commute by train East/West.

If you’ve never been, I strongly recommend a trip way up North. Drive if possible, train if you prefer.

Stunning country up there and the right of way goes to the traveler so you can walk right on up the hills so long as you stay on a road (such as they are), close the gates behind you and mind for bulls and other livestock.

Just beware the midges. Those things must’ve been invented by the English to punish the Scots. In the valleys away from the wind they will drive you absolutely mad.

There really isn’t a part of Scotland that isn’t worth visiting, from the borderlands to the Highlands, it can all be breathtaking.

striker

Ryan over at CnB has a nice article about whether Brossoit should play some games this season. Reasoned perspective reminding us about the peak years of goalies being earlier than many would think. Links to older Cosh and Gabe articles were a nice reminder of what we already know and how it may apply to Brossoit and the Oilers.

stephen sheps

RexLibris: If he’s from true blooded Glaswegian stock, a boot to the head isn’t likely to upset him terribly.

Tough buggers, those.

Spent some time in Glasgow and Paisley. Wow. It was cleaned up and relatively nice when I was there, but you could tell very quickly that they earned every bit of their reputation over the years.

Most of the middle-aged men I saw were shaped like beer barrels stood up on short little stilts. Top heavy, chests that were probably 60 inches around, squat-legged, square-jawed and even when they were wearing office casual had the look that they could break your jaw without spilling a drop of their tea…or IronBru as the case may be.

Good people, intimidating enemies.

stevezie:
stephen sheps,

EDIT: Right in the head.

Glasgow is a fantastic city. Had a wonderful time there and had the pleasure of writing about that time when Bruce and Derek let me be the travel writer for CnB. Wrote about the Old Firm rivalry and compared it to our own BoA, which obviously pales in comparison.

One day I hope the magic actually returns to that rivalry. Early returns aren’t looking great, but both teams are young and loaded with potential (*spits – I hate to admit that about the flames. fuck those guys).

I hope to find my way back to Glasgow (and the rest of Scotland) sooner rather than later, and now that Sheps the younger is moving to the UK, it’s very likely that it will be sooner.

RexLibris

Ducey: FOURTEEN! It might be a bit hasty to write him off…

That’s 14 more games than I’ve played and even I can tell he’s a draft and trade bust!

😉

(Okay, on that one I was feeling kind of argumentative in a thumb-my-nose-at-the-original-argument kind of way)

RexLibris

Lowetide: Yes. And what is also true is that:

1. Nilsson does a very dumb thing.
2. Helluva shot by Boyle.

Yakupov’s role in this is never mentioned again if the puck doesn’t go in.

Boyle played it very well.

If we reverse the jerseys we would say that the Oiler player showed speed, a good head for the play, and outwaited a sprawling goalie before burying a terrific shot that was on target and raised enough to prevent a block by the trailing forward (Yakupov).

I go back to the save Hedman made in the previous game when Bishop (I think) was out of position and there was chaos everywhere in their net.

TBL fans might dissect that and come up with a half a dozen different scenarios in which to blame player X or Y but for the play of Hedman.

We look at it as good pressure, creating chaos, then a beautiful chance saved by an extraordinary defenseman.

My point here is this: stuff happens, two players made bad choices, the opponent made a damned good play and now the team moves on with another teachable moment in the books.

I’m not actually trying to be argumentative here, believe it or not. 🙂

Lois Lowe

VanIsleOil,

Welcome to the community.

I am not trying to pick on you or shut you out of the discussion. This tends to be a place where facts and statistics are used to support your opinions. Otherwise, they’re just opinions and there is no real discourse.

I read you as saying that Snow had a poor draft record and was a ‘dummy’ up to 2012, after which, he magically became competent. In support, you offered his recent trade record (like the deals for Leddy, Boychuck, and the Oilers’ picks) as evidence that he’s learned from his mistakes prior to 2012.

As I said above, Snow’s draft record prior to the 2012 draft is pretty solid. He did a lot of trading down for ‘more bullets’ as the saying goes. He has a good share of misses, but he’s hit pretty consistently in the first round. He’s also had some real wins on D over the years. Hamonic, Spurgeon, and de Haan are all good players (incidentally the Isles traded down for de Haan so that the Wild could take Leddy).

striker

Lowetide: Rule No. 1 doesn’t get broken if Nail gets the jump. I am not arguing the goalie making a poor play, never have. That isn’t my point. The point is that play could have had a far different ending, and it turned in the seconds after the shot did not go through.

Chicken or the egg? What came first?

IMO it was an escalating series of failures from three Oilers and good hustle by Boyle that produced that goal.

#1 Schultz’s shot is blocked and the opposing teams gains clear possession. From that point onwards Schultz should be thinking about the worst case scenario, namely a breakout and a shorthanded opportunity for Tampa may occur. He is slow to retreat and watches the Tampa player relay the puck up the ice before deciding that he should back up. He should also realize that he is on only dman on the ice at the moment,

#2 Yak is no a dman but if he is playing the point on PP he needs to be thinking of the possibility of a SH break. Yak is slow to react and close the distance on Boyle. It also seems to me he is a step slower than he should be. Could it be that his frustration at possibly reaggravating the high ankle sprain (earlier in the game) led him to get back on the ice to see if he could push through the injury? Dunno but it did not look good as he was led off the ice and we see him back on the bench moments later. It’s not as serious as sending a player back out when he is hit in the head to rule out the possiblity of a concussion but it seems the player/team might have sat him out for the period, taken the skate off and reevaluated. Injuries can be frustrating to players but powering through may do more harm than good. I’ll be interested to see if Yak is in the lineup in the next few games and if he is, whether he has the same jump we saw in his first game back.

#3 Nilsson makes a mistake in coming out to challenge Boyle. If he stays in the net but comes out to cut down the angle with Yak breathing down Boyle’s neck it may have been a harmless SH shot from a bad angle.

If we remove Boyle’s good play and focus on the Oilers.

Who should get the blame on the play?

Nilsson > Yak > Schutz

Causal chain of breakdowns is the inverse. If Schultz reacts faster, he is able to assist Yak in defending Boyle. If Yak reacts quicker, Nilsson may not have decided to make the decision to attempt to beat Boyle to the puck. Nilsson makes the decision to try to play the puck too late.

OF17

Lowetide: Rule No. 1 doesn’t get broken if Nail gets the jump. I am not arguing the goalie making a poor play, never have. That isn’t my point. The point is that play could have had a far different ending, and it turned in the seconds after the shot did not go through.

I don’t think that’s fair. Yak’s error was in allowing a low-percentage shot attempt. Nilsson’s error was in turning that into a goal.

RexLibris

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: I will never forgive FOX for cancelling Firefly. A young Christina Hendricks, mmm

She was…sensational.

I swear the show seemed to slow down when she was on the screen…and no, it wasn’t my hand on the remote hitting rewind.

That show was so fantastic. Funny how many of the best sci-fi shows are put out to pasture early while other mainstream shows are allowed to rot on the airwaves like a pestilential corpse blackened and bloating in the sun…or, you know, something like that.

Ducey

With all due respect for Mr. Zerr (whose chief source of authority seems to be that he lives in or near Bakersfield), and Mr. Obvious (whose chief source of authority seems to rest with the fact he is always certain he is right) Reinhart has played 14 AHL games this year.

FOURTEEN! It might be a bit hasty to write him off…

AsiaOil

So Yak has to make plays based on the assumption that his goalie is going to do stupid things and break rules you learn in peewee? Take a look at the 2nd half of this video which shows a behind the net view of the play…

http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/edmonton-oilers-lose-goalie-anders-nilsson-way-out-of-net-brian-boyle-short-handed-goal-011916?cmpid=feed:-sports-MSNcom

Nilsson misjudges the play way worse than Yak does. By the time he decides to leave the crease to play the puck – he’s dead in the water. What the fuck was he thinking? I originally thought he was trying to play the puck to one of our guys and catch Boyle deep – but he reacted way too late for that. There was no way he was getting to that puck first looking at it from behind the net. Just a horrible horrible play by Nilsson.

Lowetide: Rule No. 1 doesn’t get broken if Nail gets the jump. I am not arguing the goalie making a poor play, never have. That isn’t my point. The point is that play could have had a far different ending, and it turned in the seconds after the shot did not go through.

Lowetide: Rule No. 1 doesn’t get broken if Nail gets the jump. I am not arguing the goalie making a poor play, never have. That isn’t my point. The point is that play could have had a far different ending, and it turned in the seconds after the shot did not go through.

Colieo87

Who wait wait one second who’s the girl on the picture lordy! ?