Great Team Made Up of

Having watched almost all of the Oilers’ games this year no one player sticks out as “great”. As Martha Stewart says “and that’s a good thing”.

It seems to be how the team plays wins out over how one superstar plays. Washington will go as far as Ovechkin can take them, Iginla in Calgary, Sundin in toronto (thought I’d cause a stir among the leafs faithful!) I am not pulling this out of my rear end either, it’s backed up by the stats too. Take a look at the Oil’s stats

Horcoff 27 Pts

Stoll 24 Pts

Hemsky 24Pts

Smyth 22Pts

Torres 21Pts

Dvorak 15Pts

In no real order these are the top 2 lines for the Oilers. This is a problem most teams would love to have, a balanced line up. Throw in timely scoring from Moreau, Pisani, Reasoner, Peca, Laraque and Harvey and this is a real good team.

It is not just the offence the defence is playing well too. If they can eliminate some costly turnovers from guys like Cross and Ulanov the Oilers will have a shot at home ice in the western confrence.

All of you who say the weekness will be in goal, just hold your horses for a little while. I am still a fan of the goalies that the Oilers have. Markkanen has played well and has shown flashes of brilliance. Morrison (who was the best tender the Oilers’ had during camp) plays a technically sound game, but is not as athletic as Markkanen or Conklin. The jusry is still out with Mr. Conklin and Kevin Lowe will give him every oppurtunity to play, before pulling the trigger on his future. The 2 goalie strategy has worked before for the oilers… remember back to the days after Cujo, they played with two Backups Shtalenkov and Essensa, and faired quite well until they went and got Tommy Salo off the Island.

Another thing that shows this team is a good one, they lost 7 games in a row (only 1 loss in OT) and didn’t have to make a trade in order to right the ship.


41 Responses to Great Team Made Up of

  1. Lint07 says:

    …Waiting for JannettyTheRocker to go nuts over this article! 😉

  2. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    His posts are always entertaining ^_^

  3. shooter_80 says:

    I am a Leaf fan but I am simply just going to post some stats.

    McCabe 36

    Allison 28

    O’Neill 22

    Kaberle 22

    Lindros 21

    Tucker 20

    I do not have time to make a proper entry right now but will later. Keep in mind, I love Edm too.

    Over and out.

    Shooter

  4. oildude says:

    If they don’t go out and get a goalie they will probably miss the playoffs.

  5. shakrmakr says:

    I cheer for the Oilers they are my second favorite team. But they are full of natural 3rd and 4th liners on every single line. Most of their 1st and 2nd line players would have it tough making the 3rd line on most elite teams. I think most of the players on that stats sheet will fizzle soon they were just hitting their streak which is soon to be over. It is sad to see Horcoff as a first liner when he wouldn’t be able crack the line up of a Sens, Leafs, Red Wings etc……. team. Now I’m saying this without any bias opinions unlike most fans who can’t even critisize their own team. They still need a sniper period and proven goaltending period. I would even rate them Canada’s weakest team (I’m not saying they are bad but the other canadian team are stronger).

  6. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    finally a realistic oiler fan.

  7. SensfanVone says:

    I love the sens but I also really like the oilers and hope they do well!!

  8. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    to say the least.

  9. wheresthesoda says:

    yea jussi markkanen is a solid goalie. I saw him play for the Rangers for a bit, and i loved it when he started games. The Oilers do need a true number 1 goalie though.

    But maybe if they dont pull the trigger then give Jussi a shot, maybe he can suprise a lot of people

  10. Bishop7979 says:

    being a cujo fan from back in the day, i used to be a huge oiler fan. But after watching the parade of players leave edmonton because of money they started to slip of my radar. Being on the east coast it was hard enough to follow the team, but when it felt like every season their best player was automatically moved at the trade deadline it was even harder to keep myself interested post cujo era.

    But with the new CBA, and a good young lineup I find myself wishing OLN would actually broadcast more edmonton games.

    I added the jan 10th game here in pitt to my season ticket package just to see them play again, its been a couple years since I got to see them in person and I’m looking forward to it.

  11. Kraut182 says:

    I think we’ve seen what Markkanen can do, and that’s play okay goaltending. Not consistently great, but not bad … slightly below average for a starting goalie. Not sure what’s up with Conklin, but its looking like he is, at best, slightly below average for a starting goalie. Morrison hasn’t had enough of a shot yet, but if he isn’t a quality goalie then the Oilers are in trouble. You can’t go deep in the playoffs without getting really good goaltending, and right now I don’t think the Oil have it.

  12. RangerSteve says:

    Iginla didn’t have a goal in I believe his last 8 games up until he put in 2 last night. It would be a struggle no doubt, but Calgary to me would fair OK without Iginla in the line-up.

    I’ve always loved watching the Oilers and their style of play, but it is disappointing seeing Dvo struggle this much. 15pts so far? I would have thought that he could get to that 25-30 goal plateau that he had in NY.

  13. CSakicGAP says:

    Although I do agree that that is not at all a bad thing when they have a nuimber of players staying realtively high in the points game, I think a solid proven goal scorer would take the Oil a lot further. If they could have someone keeping in contention for the points race and still have those producers they would be fairing a lot better in the standings. The 7 games streak did set them back a lot and I am glad to see they have picked it up a bit though. I am still a little nervous about throwing Conky back into the game if he doesnt really come around playing in the AHL this week. Good luck to them though and hopefully we’ll see them make it to the playoffs this year.

  14. letsgooilers says:

    What about Christ Osgood and Mike Vernon in Detroit? They really were not all that impressive at all, and yet Detroit won cups with them(and later Hasek).

  15. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    doesnt matter GO AVS GO.

  16. monley89 says:

    interesting article, i agree edmonton has a great shot at home ice, but so does 9 or 10 other teams, im not down playing their success, but to me the western conference seedings from 1-4 we’ll be decided within the last week of the season, detroit isn’t a lock as nashville has 4-5 games in hand and only about 4 points behind, and of course L.A, Dallas and upcoming San Jose and cant forget struggling Anaheim who can turn it around AND then phoneix who’s a wild card, they could do it, but everything would have to click, and then of course edmontons division, Colorado, Calgary and Vancouver. Im not ragging on you because I like your points, but these 8 other teams could take it, but only time will tell, IM SO GLAD HOCKEY IS BACK!!!!

  17. Kraut182 says:

    That’s true they weren’t all that impressive, although I’d put them a notch above Jussi/Conklin/Morrison, but they were the exception to the rule with those amazing Detroit teams. They had such a great team that they could get by with okay-good goaltending, but I think you’d admit the Oilers are not quite at that level.

  18. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    where is JannettyTheRocker? I figured he would blow his load when he saw an oiler thread

  19. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Man, you know nothing about hockey. Everything you’ve said may not be biased, but what you said is stupid and so untrue. Maybe you should start watching some hockey games and not just the highlights on your local sports news…………….You don’t even have your own opinion. You hear someone on tv say this stuff, so it must be true. Pathetic.

  20. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Us poor folks have to work……..And my load is blown. lol

  21. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Hey Cyeryk, nice post. I agree with you whole-heartingly. The Oilers obviously don’t have 1 or 2 standout players on offense, but with their style of game and the talent they have, they are able to spread the offense around. And it seems to really work for them so far. And yeah, it’s too bad they had to go thru that 7 game losing streak. But really, they sure have turned it around……………I like our goaltending, but if a Luongo or Kolzig came to town, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings……….And finally, every team in the NHL would like a sniping scoring center. While I think we could make it through the regular season just fine, it would be nice to have this addition come playoff time.

    My two wants for Xmas……..(1) Kolzig or Luongo………and (2) Doug Weight and a scoring winger.

    Thanks for the great article.

  22. FLAMESOWNU says:

    Another thing that shows this team is a good one, they lost 7 games in a row (only 1 loss in OT) and didn’t have to make a trade in order to right the ship.

    Explain to me how this is good when they lost 7 in a row??? LOL

  23. Scruffy05 says:

    Like a rectal exam!

  24. JannettyTheRocker says:

    It means that even though they went through a drought of seven straight losses, they didn’t have to make a trade to get back on the winning ways, like Boston.

    And don’t be so smug. EVen after a seven game losing streak, the Oilers only trail the Flames and Canucks by a few points. There is still 2/3 season left. We’ll see who ends up on top.

  25. Scruffy05 says:

    OW!! MY EYE!!!

  26. nyrules11 says:

    Not exactly true. Smyth is a solid first liner, Dvo is a very good 2nd liner when on his game(has suffered some injuries over the past few years to slow him down), and Hemsky as well could be a decent 2nd liner on any team. This Stoll kid seems to be pretty damn good too. I actually just heard of him this week.

    Love the Oil, but they need a goalie, and the York deal was a mistake Yorky and Dvo were rippin it up last season before they both got hurt.

  27. wingerxxx says:

    Wow, no mention of Chris Pronger. he is a big reason why the Oilers are hanging in there. The guy’s presence has been well noticed on the blueline, and he really improves their transition game. On an interview on espn.com, in the NHL section of the website, there’s an interview with McCabe, and even he admits that Pronger should be a Norris contender this year. He knows what he’s talking about.

  28. FLAMESOWNU says:

    When are you ever going to realize?? Let’s be realistic here. Oilers are going no where…

  29. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    YOUR A SICK MAN SCRUFFY!

  30. oildude says:

    Oilers second line of Stoll , Tores, Hemsky would be a second line on pretty much any team in the league. Like I’ve said all along, they need a true #1 center and a #1 goaltender and they are good enough to go a long way in the playoffs. With San jose and getting thornton and Pheonix over achieving the Oil will have to adress those needs or else risk finnishing in 9th spot. Its going to be a tight race, there will probably be 2 good teams in the west that don’t make the playoffs.

  31. oildude says:

    Where would the Senators be in the standings with Conklin and Markenen between the pipes?

  32. oildude says:

    The higher the Oil finnish in the standings , the lower the flames will finnish. If Kipper goes down with an injury which will happen sooner or later the flames will flounder and that bandwagon will get a lot lighter.

  33. shakrmakr says:

    Notice how everyone is agreeing with me and not you. So you must be the stupid one. Recess is over now little boy, back to school.

  34. shakrmakr says:

    I didn’t say say all of them. Smyth on an elite team would be a second liner maybe third. Dvorak is an overrated player, he is not a second liner on most teams. i agree with you on Hemsky and Stoll. I must remind you I didn’t say all of them. But guys like Horcoff , LaRacques, Pisani, Reasoner, Kolanos,Moreau (good game yesturday though) etc… would have trouble even making elite teams nevermind third or fourth line. The Oilers needed to pick up a proven goaltender before the season began. It’s pathetic to think two goalies who had a combine of 45 NHL wins before the season to all of sudden bloom into a proven goaltender. At that age they should of done that by now.

  35. shakrmakr says:

    They need a proven scorer (a sniper, a threat whenever he shoots). Scoring by committee is very inconsistent and everyone has to be on the same page. That is why Edmonton needs a proven scorer year after year. If you look at all the top teams that win the cup they have at least one, most of them with two or more proven scorers and a proven goaltender. I think Hemsky is a great but doesn’t use his skill to his advantage, Torres os a good second liner. I personally think that Stoll may look good playing on the Oilers but on elite teams he would be a 3rd or 4th liner. Great response by the way, somebody intelligent responding for once.

  36. FLAMESOWNU says:

    You need to work on your grammar my friend.

  37. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Yeah, sure……..Everyone is agreeing with you? Maybe you should read through posts that were not posted by Shakrmakr. By far, not everyone agrees with you………….You really have to start thinking before you post, because all I hear from you is shi*t. The Oilers may not have many “big” name players, but just because they are not well known doesn’t mean they suck. The majority of our offense are still young and within their first couple season. Guys like Torres, Horcoff, Hemsky, and Stoll are still young. And if you watch the Oilers games and look at their stats, they are doing very well for being so young. Not all teams can have a lineup with multiple established superstars…………We are winning games, we are currently six points out of first in the Western Conference, even with that seven game losing streak. We’ve beat a ton of top teams this year…………You are more than entitled to your opinions about the Oilers and everything else you want to write about………I just hope that you can open your eyes and mind and see the quality in the Oilers lineup, and it’s still blooming……….They may still miss the playoffs and may start sucking ass. But I truly believe in my team, and will continue to. No matter what you or anyone else thinks.

  38. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more Oildude.

  39. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Based on what? Like the Flames are even going to make the playoffs…………They will flounder right away, you’ll see……………GO OILERS.

  40. sid49 says:

    wow finaly somewon who understands the oil

  41. shakrmakr says:

    I should open my eyes? At least I’m not bias, you can’t even critisize your own team which is really pathetic. They are still far away from being a cup contender. By the way Horcoff is 27 which is really not young. He gets tons of shit assists so his points are really aren’t the true colors of his play. I didn’t say that they have all bad players but those players that you named are really the only ones that are decent besides Horcoff.

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