Oilers 2011/12 Quarter 2 Review

By , January 25, 2012 9:34 am
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2011/12 - Quarter 2 Review

Well, sorry for this being wayyy late. But really, motivation has been low, especially with the Oilers sucking so badly. For how many quarterly reviews have we said that, I wonder?

Anyways, here it is…

A – Awesome
B – Above Average
C – Average
D – Booooooooo
F – Useless/Trade/Fire


Player Pos GP G A P +/- PIM
Ales Hemsky R 21 2 7 9 -8 8
Racki Not his usual self. At this rate, you Hemsky fanatics won’t have to worry about him being traded. C-
Steve-O Went through a killer slump to end the year, and is now pretty much gone by the end of the year (although I still hope they re-sign him).  Playing better as of late (ppg in the last 7 I think), but I think even at his worst is better than most of the players on this team (not that that is saying much) C+ (I know, I’m crazy)
Anton Lander C 20 0 2 2 -2 6
Racki He should be in Oklahoma City right now learning how to play an NHL game. C
Steve-O Honestly, meh.  I would rather see him sent down as I don’t see what al the fuss is about.  But seems to keep his head above water on the 4th line (sometimes 3rd) C
Ben Eager L 17 4 1 5 -1 38
Racki He’s a speedy player, has OK hands and works fairly hard. Didn’t we sign this guy to fight though? Not sure if that is his doing, or a coaching decision. B+
Steve-O Has been supplanted as enforcer on the team by Gagner.  But fast and scores a little C-
Darcy Hordichuk L 15 0 1 1 -2 26
Racki Hasn’t really done anything, but in fairness, it’s hard to do anything with 3 seconds of ice time per game. D
Steve-O Not impressed. D+
Eric Belanger C 22 1 5 6 -9 12
Racki It’s hard to rip on him too much. He wins draws and is a decent Pker and takes some of the load off Horcoff. His offensive abilities have gone to shit, however. But this team IS better because of his strengths. C-
Steve-O I’m not really upset with the lack of points.  He wins draws, kills penalties.  Don’t know why Renney keeps putting him on the PP though C
Jordan Eberle R 20 10 12 22 0 0
Racki Eberle is always good. We are lucky to have him, and he deserves the All Star nod. A+
Steve-O Fucking awesome. A+
Josh Green C 5 1 0 1 -6 5
Racki Couldn’t have asked more from a borderline NHLer call up. C
Steve-O Played well for a replacement player.  Is it bad that I think he’s played better than most of the players we’ve put on the 4th line all year? C+
Lennart Petrell C 12 2 1 3 0 17
Racki I think he’s a decent player and all, but not really making much impact at this level yet, other than on the PK… but that is what he was signed for too. C+
Steve-O Is where he belongs now.  Although he was a capable PK’er C-
Magnus Paajarvi L 10 0 3 3 -1 0
Racki OK, I think folks need to stop talking about “why isn’t Paajarvi on line 2.. Why isn’t he on the PP”, etc. Sorry, but to be blunt, he isn’t that good… yet. He needs to be in OKC to learn the North American game better. Right now the work ethic is there though, and the only reason I’m not too critical on him. C-
Steve-O Got sweet fuck all of a chance, but went down to OKC and tore it up a little. C-
Milan Kytnar C 1 0 0 0 0 0
Racki One game doesn’t get a grade from me, but I will say that he looked respectable. Better than I thought, for a guy who is now in the ECHL. N/A
Steve-O Didn’t see him play (missed that game) N/A
Ryan Jones L 23 7 4 11 -5 15
Racki On most nights, he’s one of the players that is working his butt off to generate chances. He’s also a key component of the Oilers PK which is sitting near the top of the heap. B-
Steve-O I’m not terribly impressed by Jones, but he still seems to keep scoring so I’ll tolerate him C+
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C 17 5 8 13 -3 2
Racki Some tough road games are likely the cause of the Nuge’s production dropping. But he’s still a very useful player and back checks his ass off when he isn’t putting up points. B
Steve-O Looked like he might be slowing down a bit, so in a stretch this injury might help him get by the wall he’s hit.  That said, he’s played super good this year so far. B+
Ryan O’Marra C 5 0 1 1 0 4
Racki Still not an NHLer… we could do better on our 4th line, but he is good for Oklahoma City. C-
Steve-O Looks like a 4th line replacement player.  Which is exactly what he is.  And what we needed when he was called up C
Ryan Smyth L 23 4 6 10 -2 12
Racki I would like the real Smytty back again… right now though, he’s lost out there. My grade for him might be overly critical based on what I expect from Smytty though. D
Steve-O Looks to have hit the wall production wise, however being a good veteran is able to help in other ways off the score sheet. C+
Sam Gagner C 23 5 12 17 -4 19
Racki Heck of a quarter for the young lad… might have won over some fans again. A-
Steve-O And here is the Gagner we all want.  Playing good minutes now, putting up numbers and is now the enforcer that the oilers were looking for. B+
Shawn Horcoff C 23 2 7 9 -15 8
Racki Steve-O nailed it… Horcoff gets the shit shifts and shit minutes. Can’t be too critical of him. His job is not a glorious one. C
Steve-O Look at that +/-.  Yikes.  I don’t have zone starts, or opposition qual #s in front of me but something tells me he’s just getting the shit shifts. C
Taylor Hall L 16 9 6 15 -3 8
Racki Since most of you have missed a lot of the games, I will fill you in here… while most of the team has coasted and slept this quarter, Taylor Hall has been a machine, busting his ass nightly. Does he carry the puck too much? Probably. Does he keep his head down too much and get hit too much? Definitely. He also generates the most offense out there. He pays the price for his chances, but he’s willing to pay that price. A+
Steve-O Started coming on strong once the other two kids went down with injuries.  I like the wicked shot he has, but would like him to keep the head up before he dies B
Teemu Hartikainen L 3 0 0 0 -4 0
Racki He needs to be in OKC more. He’s just not quick enough for the NHL game. He’ll get there, I’m sure. And it’s hard to review a guy who barely played any hockey here.. But he’s not NHL ready yet. C-
Steve-O Played ok.  Came in, hit people, played basic hockey (chip and chase) and seemed to excel at it to a certain extent.  Wouldn’t mind seeing him up here for a longer cup of coffee and have Lander go down for a bit. C+


Player Pos GP G A P +/- PIM
Tom Gilbert D 17 0 5 5 3 6
Racki I thought he was rock solid this quarter. The team could use him right now. B+
Steve-O Steady Gilbert.  Finally getting the recognition he deserves around these parts and then gets run by Carcillo.  This team needs him badly. B+
Theo Peckham D 23 0 1 1 -3 28
Racki I don’t think he’s been as bad as some people seem to think he is. The physical game seems to be there. He hasn’t looked too out of place. I don’t think he’s anywhere near last year form though. But I think that because he is a young player, we can expect inconsistency for a bit. C+
Steve-O Has played better to my eye this quarter as opposed to the first one, but still some shakey moments C+
Ryan Whitney D 13 0 3 3 -6 4
Racki Did not look good out there at all. That foot was obviously bothering him. D+
Steve-O Played like he was tenative.  Which was not to his best abilities.  We need him finally healthy and playing well. C-
Ladislav Smid D 23 3 3 6 -2 16
Racki He’s great and has been our best defenseman for the entirety of the year. He’s been really leaned on, and has accepted the challenge. A-
Steve-O I mentioned last quarter how it would be nice to see him pot a goal.  And blammo.  3.  One of my favorite players on the team. B+
Jeff Petry D 23 0 3 3 -15 8
Racki Very inconsistent. Throws the puck to the wrong team some shifts… makes a great play in the offensive zone other shifts, or throws a solid hit. He needs more seasoning in OKC. He’ll get there though. C-
Steve-O Has really started to come on lately.  He may well be the next D man to turn that corner and turn into a solid player.  But that +/- is ugly C+
Corey Potter D 14 1 6 7 -9 6
Racki Still a very pleasant surprise. I think he’s decent 2-way. The coach seems to really lean on him too, like Smid. His offensive game is a lot better than I thought it would be, and he’s figuring the game out very quickly. B+
Steve-O Got rewarded for his strong play with a 2 year 1 way extension.  Outside of being hurt for a bit, has been pretty solid.  Could tighten up a bit in his own zone, but really good on the PP. C+
Colten Teubert D 12 0 0 0 -2 6
Racki Physical play was pretty good, but he’s been shakey frequently. But that’s to be expected for a guy still learning the NHL game. He’s made some great defensive plays though this quarter too. C
Steve-O Played decently in this callup.  Not getting a ton of minutes, but still playing solid defense. C
Andy Sutton D 12 1 4 5 2 17
Racki Oh man, I hope we re-sign him. Who the hell knew he had such sick hands too? Solid at both ends of the ice. I expected him to be a big physical presence (which we got), but had no idea he could play in the other end of the rink well too. B
Steve-O Probably due for his next suspension, but plays well when in the lineup.  Surprises me often with his pretty soft hands. B-
Alex Plante D 1 0 0 0 -1 0
Racki In all honesty, I don’t remember how he played. So no review… wouldn’t be fair with one game anyways. N/A
Steve-O Does this really count? He got blasted face first into the boards.  I suppose he did that pretty well.  Also looks like Jared Leto from Fight Club. N/A


Nikolai Khabibulin 14 787 3 9 2 39 398.00 0 2.97 0.902
Racki Damn it, he came back down to earth. But in fairness, so did the whole team. Not entirely his fault. And I also don’t think he’s been bad, on the whole. It is also a minor miracle that we aren’t reviewing 3 different goalies (due to injury) at this point. C
Steve-O Meh.  #’s look decent I suppose, if slightly under league average I think? C-
Devan Dubnyk 11 584 3 6 0 32 326.00 0 3.29 0.902
Racki Again, Dubnyk has less than impressed this quarter (but luckily Q3 is off to a good start!) C
Steve-O Same as Khabibulin.  Numbers look decent, just needs some run support.  Looks to be getting more starts lately. C


Team As A Whole
(GP 23, 6-15-2, GF 57, GA 76)
Review Rating
Racki Let’s be honest here, this team went from near the top of the league to the gutter again in no time flat. D-
Steve-O Based on the standings alone, this gets a shitty score.  Not good enough. D-
Coaching Rating
Racki I will make it no secret that I’m still on the side of coaching. I think the team has suffered a lot of injuries, and he’s been forced to play a lot of guys that have no business in the NHL yet. C
Steve-O Some decisions make me go crazy, but I guess he’s working with what he’s been given.  Although, Belanger on the PP seriously? C-
Management Rating
Racki This is still where the problem lies. How do you give a guy that has done really nothing (save for re-signing Potter, thank you… that was a good deal) a good score? This team has gone from the top of the league this season (where, granted, they shouldn’t have been) to the bottom. Our GM has done nothing to slow the bleeding. It may be harder to trade during the season… and we don’t want to make any panic trades… but you can’t tell me he couldn’t at least do SOMETHING. F
Steve-O Terrible.  I’m ready for a new group.  Fire Tambellini and Lowe (based on what I see in the Oil Changes, he’s still got too much say).  Time for a new GM to take this team around the corner. F

5 Responses to “Oilers 2011/12 Quarter 2 Review”

  1. Racki says:

    I think that while this team has been atrocious as of late, I still think it’s a better team by a fair bit than last year. Their PP is one of the best in the league (3rd). Their PK is a fair bit better. It still needs to improve though. But I think the Oilers managed to get some players that are good at certain roles (ex. the PK). But I still think though that they have too many players that just serve to exist out there and don’t generate much.

    Our top players are going to be among the top in the league, however, one day. Really, I think it’s just our 3rd and 4th lines need to be overhauled. And then, of course, there is still the issue with our defense, although it looks better with Gilbert playing like a champ, Smid playing phenomenally, and Potter playing pretty well. If Peckham would come back on board and Whitney would overcome his health issues, things might be a lot different.

    But that’s the thing.. those things might happen… we might be better because of it. I’d rather go for a more sure bet… move some assets and consider our D outside of Gilbert, Potter and Smid expendable and get a rock-solid d-man. AND fix our goaltending situation already.. it’s been 3 bloody years. Good goaltenders are much easier to acquire than good forwards or defense.

  2. Alan-NottsUK says:

    noticed the knock on Hartikainen not being quick enough, he had played 5 games in 6 days by the end of his call up this time, might explain the sluggishness a little compared to what we saw last year. Especially since his previous call up ended up with him playing 4 games in 4 days.

  3. dawgtoy says:

    Steve-o, I think you and I essentially see this team in the same light. Completely agree with most comments. I will specifically speak on Hartikainen. If you want to see what he will bring to the table, he must be allowed to have a fair audition. Playing four games in four nights is simply not fair. A player who is being given a proper audition should be given a timeframe. sit him down and tell him what the expectations are, and give him a timeline that you’d like to see him achieve it. That is exactly what happened last year through injury and necessity. This BS of calling a guy up, sending him down, calling another up, sending another down is horse shit. Lander needs a stint in OKC, leave Hartikainen here for a while. Amen

  4. dawgtoy says:

    Alan-NottsUK: noticed the knock on Hartikainen not being quick enough, he had played 5 games in 6 days by the end of his call up this time, might explain the sluggishness a little compared to what we saw last year. Especially since his previous call up ended up with him playing 4 games in 4 days.

    Totally and completely agree!

  5. Racki says:

    Just for the record, I really like Hartikainen. I think he’ll be a fine 2-way player some day.. I just personally think that the NHL should not be our development league, so much.

    If I were in charge, Hartikainen, Lander AND Paajarvi would all be developing in OKC.

    I don’t mind the occasional call ups. They’re not being brought up with expectations that they should be ungodly and sent down when we shockingly discover they aren’t. They’re being brought up due to injury and lack of choice (as far as I’m concerned, anyways) and to give a quick look to see where things are at.

    I totally agree that it’s unfair to judge Hartikainen on a handful of games in a short span, but at the same time, I don’t think anyone is really judging him in this short span. Logic dictates that he hasn’t really played enough anyways to know too much. I think his skillset is a good one though, and he’s always been a player I’ve been excited about.

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