A few random thoughts for you guys to chew on:
The powerplay – is our powerplay better off without Hemsky out there? Obviously he’s out most skilled talent, but do the Oil need to simplify things a lot more? Does he hang on to the puck too much in favor of the perfect play? It’s just one game, so I won’t read much into it. But I don’t think this is the first time where I’ve seen Hemsky out and though our powerplay looked better. If you’re Quinn though, do you give it more time without Hemsky on the top unit, even when he’s back? What about Potulny? Beginners luck?
The enigma that is Steve Staios – is he still Steady Steve? He’s looked better to me this year than he did last year. I think a lot of that has to do with less time paired with Smid. I don’t like him paired with Strudwick either, but perhaps Strudwick’s mistakes are glaring enough to distract away from anything Staios may do. I still think him and Souray make a solid pairing though, so I’m looking forward to Souray being back. Continue reading 'Deep Thoughts – random Oilers thoughts…'»