Sep 192013
 

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The Edmonton Oilers played last night in Vancouver and cruised to a 4-1 victory.  The team looked pretty good on the whole and I really like the pressure and pace that the new look Oilers play with.  The Oilers play a faster paced game under Dallas Eakins and pressure the puck all over the ice. 

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Darnell Nurse was the best Oiler on the ice playing a whopping 22:58.   Nurse had three hits, four blocked shots and four takeaways…not too shabby for an eighteen year old!   He is an incredible skater, is calm under pressure and jumps up into the play nicely.  I was extremely impressed with his poise as well.  Dallas Eakins has stated that he is taking the best players regardless of contract term, $$$, or age, and if this holds true, Nurse is a lock for opening night (based on last nights performance).  I am interested to see how Nurse handles himself later in preseason against stronger competition but he certainly looked just fine against Daniel and Henrik Sedin last night.  Only time will tell but from what I saw last night, Nurse is going to be a player.  I am officially drinking the Darnell Nurse koolaid!

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The next best defenceman, in my opinion, was some guy named Brad Hunt.  I have no idea who he is but he was very good last night.  Www.hockeydb.com says Hunt is a 25 year old defenceman who is 5’9 and 188 Lbs.   Apparently he played for the Chicago Wolves for the last two seasons with 33 points in 65 games last season.   He moved the puck well, was very good on the PP, and collected two assists in 15:30 minutes of ice.   He reminded me of Tory Krug out of Boston.

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At the other end of the spectrum, not surprisingly, Martin Marincin looked lost out there even though he had a goal and assist.  He made grade A turnovers and definitely will need time to develop in the minors.  Ben Eager didn’t show very well with the play dying most times  he touched the puck.  I am hoping for a big year out of Eager this season so hopefully it was just an off night for him.

It was nice watching a game on Sportsnet for the first time this season but the crew certainly was in preseason form. They were bias and full of mistakes. Hopefully they will turn things around.

Keep the Faith!!!

I am a 10 year veteran at Remax Real Estate in St. Albert and have the privilege of working with my father Rod on a daily basis. I am a diehard Oilers fan and avid golfer who is married with two wonderful boys. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful family.

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  5 Responses to “Thoughts from Last Night”

  1. The game call by sportsnet was brutal. Gary Valk was especially brutal during the intermission. Seriously, ‘Brad’ Ference?

    I thought Tyler Pitlick looked good in Winnipeg and again last night. Nothing huge offensively, but he looks to have wheels and he finishes his checks.

    I don’t think is on this team past possibly a few games to start the season. Not because he isn’t good enough, but because there is no need to rush him. However, if it means Grebeshkov doesn’t make the team, I’m all for it. That guy is a human grenade launcher.

  2. Swin, I love you buddy, but I hate the whole: don’t rush them argument. These kids have been preparing for this for their whole lives. It’s different with forwards. They don’t get better playing smaller roles against better competition. It hurts their confidence and skill development. Not the case with d men.

  3. Excluding Doughty, how many 18 year old defensman have made the jump and had an actual impact? How many have been rushed and been hampered in the process? One good pre-season game (he was very average during the rookie tournament) against a weaker Vancouver lineup (granted the Sedins were playing, but no Kesler or Burrows) doesn’t mean a 185lbs 18 year old is ready to play full time in the NHL.

    He’s not going to help them to a Stanley Cup this year so why not give him another year and develop him properly. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see him on the team ahead of some of these stiffs, but rushing an 18 year old smells of a desperate non-playoff team and not a team ready to make the jump to perennial contender.

    Just my opinion.

  4. I think they let him play another game or two in the preseason, then let him start the season here for a few games. Eakins says he’s taking the best players period. If he’s good enough to help, he will be here

  5. […] Nurse be on the Oilers this season?- Yesterday, I left a comment on one of Brody’s posts (Thoughts from last night)  where I stated the following regarding Darnell […]

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