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Adam wrote on Fri, 04 May 2018 15:04

RDOilerfan wrote on Fri, 04 May 2018 14:45


I have zero problem if Gryba isn't your #7 but at the same time, I don't see the value in having another left handed dman who you have to shelter so much. Auvitu is fine from the center line to the opposition goal line but as soon as you start into your own end. Hide your eyes and pray it works out. As a dman, I have a real problem with you if you don't go into the corners after a puck. You don't have to be a banger but you can't let up and allow the guy to get the puck with ease. Part of a dman's job is to battle for pucks in your own zone. He doesn't do that.


While I understand that's the easy narrative because he's not that big and puts up points, I don't think that the evidence shows that. He played third pairing when he played without getting a top defender to play alongside him and all his numbers were fine. He contributed up ice, scoring 9 points in 33 games, and he was +4. Hopefully someone can add to this with some of the possession stats, but I believe he was generally positive there too.

He wasn't sheltered by a partner, because he rarely was on the ice with a guy like Adam Larsson and I believe he quite often played with guys who were much less defensive stalwarts.


Well I pretty much attended or watched every Oiler game this past season and there wasn't a game that went by where I didn't see Auvitu pull up and let the opposition get the puck freely when it was in the corner or get out battle for a puck routinely. I get that being physical isn't his game. I get that he's not the biggest guy but you can't in my opinion be reluctant to battle for pucks especially if you are a dman. You can't just let a guy skate into the corner in your own zone and go get a puck while you stand there and watch him do it. That happened A LOT.

He has some useful tools that translate well to the NHL but he lacks many others. I am sure that you or someone else will spout off some stats from some website to argue with me but I really don't give a crap what some spread sheet says. The guy is not a good enough player to be in the NHL. It's May 4th. The Oilers have been done for almost a month. I am sure in their exit meeting with him they told him they weren't bringing him back. There are 30 other NHL teams. The game is moving more and more to speed and puck moving. If his agent was doing his job, I am guessing he would have at least reached out to other teams to find out if there would be any potential interest. My guess is he got a lot of flat out no's or maybe we would consider a 2 way or a PTO. I say that because why else on May 4th would you close the door on the NHL for good which is what he did. So if he is a legit NHLer and there is some spread that says he is, why would EVERY NHL team take a pass? No one can't blame his salary because he made 700k last year and there is no way he would make anymore than that.



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