#ThisGuyScored: Edmonton Oilers 2017 Edition

Death, taxes and the Oilers leaving guys wide open to score. If it wasn’t for the Hall trade I might not be able to run this blog again! Content back to old Jultz levels.

October conclusion: Adam Larsson is not Marc-Eduard Vlasic despite the narrative.

November conclusion: It’s also probably best if you ignore how often McDavid or Eberle aren’t within a mile of their man who scores.

 

December 9 vs Wild
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December 8 vs Flyers
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December 6 vs Sabres
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Note: While this one isn’t egregious at first glance, it made the cut essentially because Lucic (27) had good position on Gionta (12) but stopped skating for no real reason, allowing Gionta to score on an otherwise pretty well defended entry. Lucic has good position at the dot, but stops moving with Gionta and opts for a lazy stick wave over the body position he had a stride before. I notice it a lot doing these posts that they are quite harmless plays as they develop and then out of nowhere one of two things happen.

1) A forward will leave his check expecting the d-man to take over, but they don’t and you get a guy alone in tight for a redirect, tap in or one timer. Maybe the forward is thinking “There isn’t a play here. I can let the guy go, and the D & G can handle this” which is kinda how they’re taught since most teams play zone defence and not man-to-man, but the release is frequently coming too early or isn’t communicated/read at all by the defenceman/goalie.
2) The Oilers will have good coverage and inexplicably a player will leave his zone/man to give a 2on1 defensively, but its almost always the wrong guy supporting ie) the guy covering the slot or back door (primary defensive forward – F1) with no one else to take over. When the offensive player sees this and makes a good pass, the defender (F1, sometimes its D2) going to help is quite often in no-mans-land defensively during the scoring assist. This leaves a lot of guys open in dangerous areas on what were harmless, well positioned defensively plays. (Its often F1 on the play supporting extra [generally good] while F2 or F3 are in no position to cover for F1 [really bad]).

I do try to be a little fair when I do this like generally not using PP goals or goals off strange bounces/bad rebounds, but there are a good number of plays I find myself saying “Why wasn’t he covered? They had good position two seconds ago.” The team just seems to be so puck focused.

December 4 vs Wild
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December 3 vs Ducks
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December 1 vs Jets
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November 29 vs Leafsnov29-1nov29-2nov29-3nov29-4

November 27 vs Coyotes
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November 23 vs Avalanche
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November 17 vs Kings
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November 15 vs Ducks
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November 13 vs Rangers
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November 11 vs Stars
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November 8 vs Penguins
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November 6 vs Red Wings
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November 3 vs Rangers
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November 1 vs Leafs
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October 30 vs Senators
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October 20 vs Blues
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October 18 vs Hurricanes
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October 16 vs Sabres
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From beyond center ice for Ryan O. (Vine by @Buccigross) https://t.co/xdOAt8DtEP

— Rickard Bergquist (@sportblogg) October 17, 2016

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October 12 vs Flames
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Gallery: “This Guy Scored” by the Oilers

Gonna pimp out my actual hockey blog right here: http://www.talkingbaws.com/category/adam-pyde/

With the Oiler’s NHL season officially ending just a few days ago, I decided to go back over the last 2 months for all the #oilerzzz moments and wrap everything up in here. I hope you enjoy and please check out my other hockey writing at the link above!

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First, thanks for reading my comic book turbonerd articles. They’ve been going over really well and lots of people have been stopping by to read them. Thanks!

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I’ll be covering the playoff picture, who makes good trades and signings, who is bad at trades and signings and who looks pretty and all sorts of other hockey stuff!

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Canada Announces Olympic Hockey Roster. Reaction and Analysis

After some hilarious dubstep, and some dry, drawn out speaches, at 11 AM EST today Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada announced the 25 individuals who will make up Team Canada for the 2014 Sochi Olympic games. The team is comprised of 14 forwards, 8 defenceman, and 3 goalies, even though only 22 players can be dressed for a game. These 25 men will be tasked with trying to repeat as Olympic gold winners for the first time since NHL players have been allowed participation into the Winter Olympics.

Quick analysis? Among the men selected for this monumental task, there are are not that many surprises. There are a lot of fresh faces on the team with just under half never having appeared at the Olympics. The roster does not seem to be as “over thought” to the degree many were fearing. This is good, but there were some strange selections.

Continue reading here.

Canada set to announce Olympic Team. Who will be picked?

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If you thought there was a bunch of a hubbub after USA Hockey announced their roster for the 2014 Olympics, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Tuesday morning at 10:30am EST, General Manager Steve Yzerman will unveil the final 25-man Canadian squad. Half the squad is obvious no-brainers (Sidney Crosby), a quarter is guys of “almost locks” (P.K. Subban), and the last quarter is bubble players (Logan Couture).

Those bubble players will be the ones that have the potential to ignite a civil war north of the 49th parallel. It has already been widely debated who should fill out the roster. Do you go for existing chemistry from their NHL teams like Chris Kunitz and Crosby or Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook? Do you just take the best available players and hope chemistry figures itself out? Or do you look for “roles” that are “unfilled” and look to “fill” them with remaining players? Will Yzerman show loyalty to the players he selected for the 2010 team that don’t necessarily deserve a spot in 2014?

… Continue reading at TalkingBaws.com