Break it Down! – Defense (2013/14 Edition)

By , September 16, 2013 12:01 pm
Our big free agent acquisition

Our big free agent acquisition

Continuing on with my series of posts that break down the Oiler’s different areas, today we look at the defense.

This was the problem area for the 2013 Oilers, and will still be the biggest issue for the 2013/14 Edmonton Oilers.

We have some prospect depth, but I just don’t think we have the horses needed at the NHL level.

Lets take a look at what we have so far:

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Break It Down! – Forwards (2013/14 Edition)

By , September 14, 2013 4:44 pm
Maybe we can see something like this soon

Maybe we can see something like this soon

Like I did last year, I am going to do a series of posts discussing the team and how I think they will do in the coming year. Reading musts is Lowetide and his breakdown of each player, and big props to Behind the Net and Capgeek for all of my stats/salary info.

This is the year. Things are starting to look up, and this will be the year that the team finally makes the turn and starts for the finish line. A new GM is in, replacing the useless one (ah, remember the optimism when he was hired!). A new coach is in (not that the old one was the issue).

This is the year that they no longer are the laughing stock of the league.

Lets start with the forwards:

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Monday Morning Standings

By , April 23, 2013 5:06 pm
Lets go CBJ!

Lets go CBJ!

Well, as I’m sure you can tell from the abundance of posting here, this season has been going just peachy for the Oilers. I’d say it’s gotten embarrassing to be an Oiler fan, but that boat sailed a few years ago. At least the Oil Kings have given me something to cheer for the past bit otherwise…well, I don’t know. I’d like to say I’m done with this shit team, but we all know that isn’t true. For whatever reason I still watch the games. Must be a sucker for punishment.

Oiler News

– Lots of Oiler news lately but the biggest is obviously the firing of Tambellini. And fuck, finally. What a clusterfuck…yet I remember being hopeful when he got the job. Jesus.
– Mac T got hired as his replacement, with the newly re-hired Howson hired on in his previous role. I know a lot of people are not pleased with this, but I like it. I was a Mac T fan when he was coaching here (just didn’t think he was given the horses needed), and I think he’s a smart guy who can evaluate players well. I don’t understand the Howson hiring, but whatever.
– Lowe still has a job. Surprising, but not at the same time. Him and Katz are BFF’s, and must have some plan (plot) to fuck the city for years to come.
– Not only does Lowe still have a job, but he also said in the Tambellini/Mac T presser that there are two types of fans, and they only listen to the one type (i.e. the ones who are in the building and paying their ridiculous prices). Hilarious. Love it. Oh, and he’s got 6 rings that say he knows how to win (proven by 7 years out of the playoffs).
– Some injury news, with the Nuge on to his second shoulder surgery and Hemsky out for the season with a foot issue he got from blocking a shot. I really wish would stop going into corners first, and blocking shots (like the euro he is) so he’d stop getting hurt.
– Also, after that game last night you should have heard Gagner. Man he was pissed. So much so that even that tit tencer noticed. Was “seething” in the corner to quote the asshat. And I’d say I’m not surprised. Wouldn’t be surprised to see players start to ask for their way out soon, unless Mac T can show that he knows what he’s doing.

League News

– I’ll be honest, I haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been going on in the league. I can tell you that the Seahawks secondary is looking fucking awesome now, and they picked up the best available WR in the FA period. Looking real good.
– Uh, Ovechkin has been pretty good lately hey? I thought he was all washed up now…
– Ah, fuck it. I can’t think of anything else. Feel free to mention it in the comments.


Anyways, on to the standings (and fight video, and Oil Kings):
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Monday Morning Standings

By , March 2, 2013 3:42 pm


Well, I’m thinking it’s time for another MMS.

How is everyone liking the season so far? Up until the road trip, it seems as though we have seen this story before. I wonder why that is though, cause on paper our top 6 should be one of the better ones in the league. Is it the bottom 6 forwards that are costing the team wins? Is it the defense? Team defense in general? Are we seeing the regression that can be expected of young players?

I think one thing we can all agree on is that the goaltending has been outstanding so far (with the exception of Dubnyk’s first period against Colorado). But personally I’d like to see Tambellini to add another bottom 6 forward and some quality D. Considering Whitney is getting run out of town, I wonder what he can get in return (although there is no fucking way Potter is a better D than Whitney).

Oiler News

– CBC’s Andi Petrillo just mentioned that Hall’s leg injury is something to do with his hamstring, and it’s not looking good for tomorrow’s game
– Horcoff was recently mentioned saying he still can’t grip the stick and is expected to be out at least another two weeks

League News

– Also, how good are the Blackhawks? Have earned a point in every game so far, and have only lost 3 games…the road to the Cup in the west will go through Chicago I’m thinking
– The Flames signed Ryan O’Reilly to an offer sheet, which the Avs matched super quick (seriously, I’d have waited the full week just to fuck with the Flames). The funny part came just after when Sportsnet found out that he’d have to pass through waivers, so Calgary would have had to give up the 2 picks and more than likely wouldn’t have even got the player. Which is awesome. That said, could you imagine if that came out while the Avs were still contemplating it? Feaster would have been eaten alive.
– The league is talking realignment. Which will be good, but as it stands now the eastern conference divisions would have 8 teams each while the western divisions would only have 7. This is making things a little sticky, but really which eastern team do you pull over to the west? Any one you choose will be screwed over really.

Anyways, on to the standings (and fight video, and Oil Kings):
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Monday Morning Standings – Superbowl Edition

By , February 3, 2013 1:12 pm

Don't really like either team, but lets go with the 49ers...NFC West represent!

Don’t really like either team, but lets go with the 49ers…NFC West represent!

It’s the first MMS of the 2013 season! And since it’s the superbowl lets make some predictions…the coin toss will be heads, the anthem will be over 1:34, 49ers will score first and will win the game. Please note I lost all of my bets last year, so what you do with those predictions is on you.

Anyways, 15% of the way through the season, and we are in February, and the Oilers are currently in a playoff position!!! Holy shit!

All in all, the team looks as was expected, with the top 2 lines providing offense, bottom 6 looking a little weak and the defense looking…challenged. Dubnyk has been a pleasant surprise however, and has held us in a couple games already.

Powerplay looks to be a killer, and the PK outside of the one sharks game looks to be solid.

Oiler News

– Gagner and Hall lead the team in scoring at over a ppg (23rd and 26th in league scoring).
– Dubnyk is at a 0.925 sv% even after that one Sharks game!
– Yakupov has awesome celebrations.

League News

– Stamkos has 16 fucking points in 8 games…jesus. Kid’s pretty good.
– Coyotes are still as shit-show ownership-wise.
– Luongo is now awesome in my books based solely on his twitter, and cause he’s making shit all weird in Canucks-town.
– Spezza out 2 months for back surgery.

Anyways, on to the standings (and fight video, and Oil Kings):
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