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Monday, October 21, 2013

Anticipation is rising in Oil City (pt 2 of 2)

 Here I am again, 2 entire weeks later completing the next part of a simple 2 part blog. Is that not crazy? Maybe, maybe not! Life comes along, sometimes you face a curveball, sometimes the puck bounces in a funny way and other times you pleasantly get through a game just happy to have survived yet another day. I will tell you what is is the team we all love here at OilersJambalaya, called the Edmonton Oilers.

This year's version of the Oilers should be a better team by a long mile. Some trends are presenting themselves and some players are still adapting. I was asked why I believe anticipation is rising in Edmonton and area when this team plays so 'blah'! Having been watching this team for years very closely missing no games and following all the critics local and abroad, I have made some observations. Some things the Oilers do (both on ice and off ice deserve to be criticized but some things are just hockey fans of the oilers and haters of the Oilers being harsh and unreal. Truth is, Oiler fans and Oiler haters, do anticipate something greater and bigger from this team with the talent and skill they have acquired and rightfully so. That extra anticipation brings with it expectations that are through the roof and either enrages fans or it makes them impatient or overly eager for instant change and a winning record and culture. Anticipation is rising, like it or not and the Oilers need to come through or their will be drastic changes to some elite talent being shipped out.

My Observations to date on the Edmonton Oilers VERSION 2013/14;

1) Oilers fans and occasional Edmonton MSM overvalue their players and Anti-Oiler Fans and non-Edmonton MSM undervalue this team

Yeah sure I get the arguments both ways but people outside the Oiler franchise in general have no idea what is sitting here, maybe that is why Oiler fans are so badly wanting to stick it to other NHL team fans for their stupid comments they constantly hear or read. Yakupov not worth James Reimer? What world are they coming from? C'mon let's not be stupid. Yakupov is a cancer in the dressing room and has a attitude? Oh what they really are saying is Nail has a personality that they can use quotes from and mis-communicate it due to language , culture and personality. Sometimes I think media are just looking to stir the pot. On the other hand, Oiler fans seem to come across as they have the greatest superstar in the world in their hands and over estimate the players abilities regularly around this team. I am just using Yakupov as our latest example but insert said player and the results are the same. It does become a emotional roller coaster after awhile.

2) Trade proposals are atrocious by most everyday fans on websites and blog discussions;

Sure their is the occasional one that makes sense but this in the day and age of social media become quite crazy. Here is some examples of crazy trade proposals...(Yakupov for Jake Gardiner and 2nd rd pick) Are they serious? That is a fair offer? How about this one? (Hemsky plus Oilers 2nd rd pick and Martin marincin for Braydon Coburn and Brayden Schenn) Really? Here is another (Ryan Jones and Martin Marincin for Braydon Coburn). My recent favourite trade proposal was (Yakupov for Gorges, Gallagher and Montreal 2nd rd). The list goes on. Oiler fans think they can trade low quaility or expiring contracts or under performing players for highly competitive or high skilled big power forwards, it just is not happening. MacT made a decision on Perron and people ripped him, do those same people feel the same today? I think we see Paajarvi resurface but not as a established NHL'er in St.Louis. He gets traded to a team needing more of what he offers down the stretch.

3) Impatience;

I am not speaking of the rebuild, I am speaking of just fans not being patient. DD was going to pull out of it, just like MAF was in Pittsburgh. Goalies need to develop chemistry with their team and with a different defensive structure playing in front of them, things change. It takes d-men who want to bail out their goalies to see a Goalie play better, it is 80% about confidence and momentum (mental part of the game) and this year Goalies are adjusting to the pad size. Yes believe me, as a Goalie changing size of pads is a big deal and can take as many as 10 games to make the adjustments. This is our new team this players, another new system that is very confusing for the players (including the goalie when his d-men are not in their regular spots to take away the high quality shots) and as mentioned in a earlier post I did, it will take til about the 15 game mark to really figure out what the Oilers will really look like this year. From the 15 game mark, I will rate the players accordingly. They are pro's and will figure it out and be in top form and have had enough time to develop the right chemistry and fit.

Looking through this team, there really is no built in excuses why this team can not be a playoff bound team this year. 

Let's look at some more reasons we can anticipate the excitement building for the Edmonton Oilers.

David Perron

Perron is a tough SOB for his size, a agitator and has top end skill. He is a keeper that the Oilers are fortunate enough to have picked up. His versatility, talent, speed and hockey sense around the net should pay off especially if this team can make it to the playoffs this year or next.

Justin Schultz

Going through a tough change IMO it's more about learning the new system. His chance taking opportunities do not seem covered by his d-partners this year and that costs him in the offensive department. He will need to make a little less risk pinches but when he develops the right chemistry with his d partner, Schultz will be a dynamic offensive player.

Jordan Eberle

What can be said about Eberle other then amazing? His hockey IQ is incredible and his shot is amazingly accurate. Not many players like him in the league and hopefully he can stay healthy all year without injury and rebound to his previous season of play.

In the meantime, keep your stick on the ice!

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