Matthew Monstar wrote:When I watch a team like the Edmonton Oilers, I really wonder why they're not more successful.
They're fast, young, highly skilled.
I recon it's defense, goaltending and perhaps not enough veteran players sprinkled in?
Their system doesn't use their strengths all that much it seems. They're missing a lot of glue. They aren't men there...it's a bunch of kids basically. They get manned up pretty easily...they lose loose pucks, they lose board battles, they lose positioning in front of the net, the big puck protectors in the West (Getzlaf fends off people, you can't get the puck off of Toews, the Sedin's work along the boards like few others, Kopitar won't give it to you, etc.), they can't get close enough to them to do much of anything effectively.
They have an inexperienced coach that seems to be trying to milk them for all they're worth defensively and trying to create just on transition off turnovers alone and it's having bleh results. Also, they aren't getting the same youthful exuberance from RNH or Eberle this year...everything revolves around Hall and he's kind of like Zach Parise...he just goes, he doesn't stop and ask for directions.
Yeah, the defense and goaltending aren't stellar. But this is a team that should be, as silly as it sounds, getting into track meets with other teams. Instead, they're scoring like the fewest goals in the conference or near it...
Young guys need to learn how to play defense and all...but sometimes players have to go out and learn from their own mistakes. You can't protect them from themselves and get good results either, in my opinion.