You can't trade all veterans and have a bunch of very early 20s, 18 boys on your club veteran experience is needed to show them the way (nutrition, how to deal with the media, how to prepare ...).
Even with McDavid they Oilers aren't going to be immediate contenders this year all it does is giving them tons of options for the future and I'm sure now they aren't building for the playoffs, this team will be built for the great price.
No but your not gonna trade yakupov or hopkins for a 34 yr old Andersson
They absolutely should trade the pick for pieces that they need. I know McDavid is supposed to be the next Crosby but they don't need another forward and this is a golden opportunity for them to do the smart thing.
But... it's the Oilers, so...
They'd be stupid to trade away the next Crosby. Trade other forwards for D and goaltending maybe.
Well, they COULD draft the best available D or G of the year with the #1 pick, but they won't. Def time to make some trades, and improve other positions. Taking the obvious #1 guy every chance they get and sitting on him is'nt working out for them.
No doubt who they should take but when they took yakupov everyone was saying they have to take ryan murray and still took yakupov
Now everyone's saying they have to trade a piece and make a big deal to surround your top forwards and make your team better better and they still won't do it
There's ways to improve your team ... Just not when you got idiots running the asylum
What a sad tradition the Oilers have forged. I could not help but laugh when I heard the news. I really believe the NHL needs to reform its draft policy because as it stands it hurts the integrity of the game. Franchises like Edmonton should not be rewarded year after year for their explicit mismanagement and failure.
Sorry to sy it, but Z is done. Fini. As for Mr. holland. Look at what Stevie has done in 5 short years. His team is big and fast. Your team is small and slow. They have very little skill in comparison. His team is focused with lots of skill. Very well coached I might add. They play with intelligence. Your team, Mr.Holland, is just the opposite.
Stevie also i inherited the likes of Stamkos and Hedman. Put Stamkos out there not 100% and they fizzle out of the playoffs like they did last year.
You don't look at points to see how terrible Ericsson is. You just watch him for a game, on any given night.
You can argue that he looks bad because hes on the top pairing getting exposed, but that explains that hes just a bad defenceman. "shut down" Dmen are supposed to shut down guys. He doesnt do that, or bring offence.
He actually destroys all offence. Whenever we cycle in the O-zone, he just throws it on goal the second it touches his stick. Other team gets possesion, puck goes the other way.
It's funny to me that Ericsson gets killed every mistake he makes but dekeyser who makes plenty of mistakes gets a free pass
They are in different stages of their careers. Ericsson should be in the veteran phase whereas Dekeyser is still learning the game. They say it takes 3-4 seasons to know what you have with NHL defensemen. I think we know what we have with Ericsson now.
Strange thing is he was pretty good when he was younger. Than just dropped off or something. Or other teams gang up our D because, with the exception of a few, none of them seem to handle pressure well
Do you recall who his d partners were? Lindstrom and Rafalski
I don't recall this Lindstrom guy, but Ericsson didn't play with Rafalski. He was generally on the 3rd pair. Lidstrom-Rafalski, Kronwall-Stuart, Ericsson-XXXX
Gotta switch up the lines in Game 3, Abby or no Abby. A split is good. Worried about our goal scoring as I have been since January, relying on your PP when your best players are old and small isn't conducive for success. Need some cycle game, some greasy rebounds 5on5 to go in. Oh, and it's gotta be Mrazek in Game 3. Howard looked like a lost puppy in the 3rd.
I liked our compete level, we got more shots on goal, that's something that we talked about. It's a race to 4, we got one, they got one ... that's hockey. We'll regroup and head back home and work on a couple more things and be ready to go.