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 Re: Winds of Change [message #706751 is a reply to message #706744 ]
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RDOilerfan wrote on Mon, 08 January 2018 12:32


I agree with you that LB wasn't ready but how do you know that unless you give him the job? There is a jump in skill from the AHL to the NHL and practice only tells you so much. So at some point you have to see if he can make the jump and the only thing you do that is by playing. I also agree with you that it's not LB's fault that he isn't a NHL starter at 25 but at 25, if he is going to have a legit chance, he should be a back up by now. He was drafted in 2011. So this June it will be 7 years since he was drafted and he hasn't established himself as a full time NHLer. From everything I have heard about him, he's got the size, technical ability and skill, it's all mental and lacking focus. I believe a goalie coach and help you technically but I don't know how much they can improve a persons focus. A lot of that would be on the player.

At the start of the season, I didn't think back up goaltender was at the top of the list. There are a lot of teams who's back up are home grown guys just like LB who started in the minors for a few years then made the jump. So I thought LB given how he was been the minor league starter for several years, he did the job pretty well so it made sense to me to give him the job.


You know LB isn't ready because, if you're the Oilers brass, you have seen almost his entire pro career develop before your eyes. His AHL numbers have never been spectacular, and you've seen him play in the NHL in several games already. There was nothing in his resume that made it seem like he was going to be a good NHL goaltender.

You also know that as much as Talbot was stellar last year, he could struggle for a time (as he did two years ago, and as he did again this year) or he could get hurt (as he ultimately would this year which may have impacted his early play). A back-up isn't just someone to spell off the starting netminder, it's an insurance policy against anything happening to the starter. The Oilers decided not to invest in insurance, betting on a goalie who'd proven exactly nothing in his pro career and was most likely NOT going to be able to handle the load if he was handed the ball.

Talbot couldn't be spelled off when he was initially hurt, because the coaches had no faith in the backup. When Talbot was unable to play, then Brossoit IS handed the ball - he went 3-7-1 in 11 starts this year. He's sporting a sparkling .886 save percentage. Now, he's playing behind a team that leaks quality chances (something that impacts Talbot's numbers this year as well), but was there anyone this summer who thought it wouldn't be a disaster if Talbot missed 10 straight games? Chiarelli apparently, but even McLellan seemed to know better (given his hesitation to start Brossoit other than when absolutely necessary).

No one is completely excusing the players for the travesty that is this season, but the fact is, the management and coaching has set them up for failure by counting on everything to turn up aces and making no contingency plans whatsoever.

This was the last cheap year for the Oilers. From now on, McDavid makes a mint. And the team threw it away and Chiarelli's even handcuffed them from making significant adjustments next year (unless he trades Draisaitl, but does anyone trust him not to lose any trade like that?)



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