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 Stauffer reveals what happened to the Oilers... [message #712883]
Mon, 02 April 2018 09:15 Go to previous message
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Bob Stauffer @Bob_Stauffer
The Edmonton Oilers chose a path a few years ago...to get bigger and heavier to match the California teams in the Pacific...something the majority of the media and fans in Edmonton were completely on board with at that time...
...The NHL has moved in a completely different direction to a speed and skill based game.
In the future the Oilers will need to focus on those type of players to compliment the McDavid's and Draisaitl's.
Frustrating season no doubt, I expect far better in 2018-19!



So, to summarize. We are a team that chases trends (years late). We are willing to fixate on single attributes and lose trades badly and sign brutal NMC contracts to achieve that goal. We are willing to make these franchise altering moves to just be able to beat a handful of teams, ignoring the other 25 (and the ones we were targeting were already transitioning away from what we were fixated on). We are not able to read what the entire league is doing until it's obvious to even the most casual fan. Of course to go with all this we probably employ one of the most expensive management groups in the NHL.

SO, what's gonna happen now that we're chasing the speed trend? Team full of Hagelin's? We seem to want any college player that has the word "fast" in their scouting report.

[Updated on: Mon, 02 April 2018 09:23]


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