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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Oilers vs Canucks / Beers and Jeers Recap / Oilers Win!


BEERS & JEERS GAME RECAP

Welcome to another fine Edmonton Oilers Beers & Jeers Game Recap.

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FINAL SCORE

EDMONTON OILERS - 3

VANCOUVER CANUCKS - 2

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TONIGHT'S STARTING LINES

Alex Giroux-Shawn Horcoff-Jordan Eberle
Greg Stewart-Brad Moran-Zack Stortini
Colin McDonald-Ryan O'Marra-Teemu Hartikainen
Steve MacIntyre-Chris Vande Velde-Ben Ondrus

Ryan Whitney-Jeff Petry
Jim Vandermeer-Theo Peckham
Taylor Chorney-Jake Taylor

Devan Dubnyk
Martin Gerber

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS



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BEERS & JEERS PLAYER GRADES

The Cult of Hockey Grading System:
10 perfect game,  9 extraordinary,  8 great,  7 good,  6 above average,
5 average,  4 below average,  3 poor,  2 terrible,  1 deserves to be in minors.


#2 JAMES VANDERMEER - (7) Surprisingly he was good. He had some PP time and played a very physical game with Peckham. Watching those two together, I can easily see that as the Oilers 3rd pairing. They were scary to play against.

#4 TAYLOR HALL - DNP

#5 LADISLAV SMID - DNP

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (8) BEERS: Whitney had a three assist night. He played a pretty good game and was solid all night long. He a lot of the small things right and he helped make Petry look invisible.

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (8) BEERS: Horcoff looks like a new man. He's got his wheels back and his eye for finding people is back on track. Horcoff proved with his play tonight and his words and work ethic in the past few weeks, he's ready to lead this team. No doubt, Shawn Horcoff should and will be the captain of this team.

#12 ALEXANDRE GIROUX - (8) BEERS: He was paired with Horcoff and Eberle. This line seemed to work and a large part of it was Giroux and he crafty ways of handling and distributing the puck. He made a very strong case for himself tonight. I want to see more of Giroux.

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - DNP

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (7) His poise is crazy. He held the puck where most NHL players would panic and dump it. Eberle is the real deal. He may not be hyped like Hall or flashy like Omark, but Eberle will grow into a pretty full package. He plays well with Horcoff.

#16 COLIN FRASER - DNP

#20 BRAD MORAN - (6) I thought that he was OK. I personally didn't notice him a whole lot.

#22 JF JACQUES - Injured

#25 BEN ONDRUS (8) - BEERS: Earlier in the day I said that Ondrus will be one of the next ones to go home. Not after that performance. Ondrus played like a powerhouse. He crashed and banged. He shot at the right times. He played like he wanted a spot on the team. How can he not get another look? Boy was I wrong.

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - DNP

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - DNP

#28 RYAN JONES - DNP

#29 MARTIN GERBER - (8) He played well. He didn't get scored on and I thought he stood out as the better goalie out of him and Luongo. The OKC Barons are in good hands with Gerber.

#33 STEVE MACINTYRE - (7) This might be the highest mark Big Mac ever gets. But no word of a lie, he's 100 times better than the last time I seen him. The Canucks had a more skilled team and he didn't look bad. He's an improved guy. He may just be able to play more than 3 minutes a game.

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - DNP

#36 GREGORY STEWART (8) - I really didn't know much, nor do I still, but tonight he impressed the hell out of me. He busted his ass and he managed to score a breakaway PP goal. It was a beauty. I think Stewart has earned another look.

#38 JEFF DESLAURIERS - DNP

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (5) He didn't have a lot of shots and when he did, one of them was a pretty terrible softie. I'm sure he will bounce back. I can only guess how it must suck coming in half ways through a game.

#41 TAYLOR CHORNEY - (6) He was serviceable. He did make some great plays like knocking a Canuck down and prevented a breakaway. He's really in need of another solid AHL year. Much like Peckham.

#42 RYAN O'MARRA - (6) He was also serviceable. I don't get (by watching him on TV) why some folks think he's going to make the Oilers. No chance. The best part of his game was getting involved in that fight. I guess we will see what happens to him but I wouldn't be shocked if he's in OKC.

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - DNP

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (6) He had flashes of grinding it out and being a hard guy to play against. But to me, as the game wore on, I noticed him less even though Renney rolled the 4 lines. Storts needs to play like his job is on the line.

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (7) He played very well with Vandermeer. He plays a really gritty hard nosed game and wants to engage other players. That's what the Oilers need, but is Peckham ready? I'm not 100% sure.

#54 CHRIS VANDE VELDE - (8) He played on a line with MacIntyre and Ben Ondrus. This was the supposed 4th line. Vande Velde had an assist on Ondrus' 1st goal of the game and he scored the 2nd goal of the game. I would think he gets another look.

#56 TEEMU HARTKAINEN - (5) I didn't find him special at all. But I do want to see him in one more game.

#57 COLIN MACDONALD - (5) He had some good hits and was serviceable. He's not making the team.

#58 JEFF PETRY - (6) He played well. How can you not when Whitney is on fire? Petry will get another good year in OKC to develop. He is coming along nicely.

#67 GILBERT BRULE - DNP

#77 TOM GILBERT - DNP

#81 JAKE TAYLOR - (5) He was OK. Nothing to brag about. He's another guy who will help the Barons.

#83 ALES HEMSKY - DNP

#89 SAM GAGNER - DNP

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - DNP

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BAD TIMING PENALTY

Alex Giroux - His kneeing penalty resulted in the Canucks first goal of the game. That goal caused a momentum shift and the Canucks stormed back. Luckily for Giroux, the Oilers found a way to win.

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