Monday, April 10, 2006

40,72,34,72,21,65,20,26

Although nobody's in the mood after a crap weekend for the Oil, some reasons to feels good about the future if not the present:

40 - Shawn Horcoff's total points in 2003/2004
72 - Horc's point total this year before Friday night
34 - Alex Hemsky's total points in 2003/2004
72 - Hemsky's points this year before Friday night
21 - Jarret Stoll's Total points in 2003/2004
65 - Stoll;s points this year before Friday night
20 - Raffi Torres' goals in 2003/2004
26 - Torres' goal total this year

I'm as tired of hearing about potential as anyone but its obvious the Oil have some pretty good young talent that is coming along alright (and I know Horc is no youngster but I have included him in the list). These guys have all tailed off a bit but, big picture, they've done alright.

Crappy thing is if you had posted these numbers at the first of the year nobody could have seen how they'd be life and death to get in with these contributions, no?

5 comments:

namflashback said...

ah, so I was pretty close. Agreed, with such an uptick in performance, it brings into very clear focus what was missing. It means that 3rd and 4th line was rarely contributing a goal and the extra GA was burning them.

Failing grades to:
Michael "Big Game" Peca
Radek "I've lost my hands " Dvorak
Sir George Laraque, I must be the gentleman enforcer.
Todd barely a pest Harvey.
Conkkamorroloson - the sieve quartet
Craig Simpleson - look at the personnel and puck control but total lack of surprise on the PP

Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

Lack of production from the 3rd and 4th lines has definitely been an issue - obviously you expect the majority of scoring to come from your top two lines but you need those foot soldiers to chip in now and then. Other then Pisani it hasn't really happened. Moreau has struggled a bit with injuries and his effort is always there but while I like Dvorak I find it hard to see how he scored 30 goals. Its too bad that Peca has disappointed - living in T.O. I have seen a lot of him over the years and he's a nice player. He was miscast as a guy who was going to score 20-25 goals but he brings a lot to the table - unfortunately we're only seeing that recently.
Harvey and Laraque are goners. I like LeGG too but he's in a bad situation - has to play a lot to be effective but won't see the ice unless he is - the fact that he has been scratched the last four games says it all.
Goaltending is issue #1 - this team has other problems but with good goaltending they're home and cooled right now.
Its a shame.

Anonymous said...

The worst part about the upgraded skill the Oilers have this year can be summed up thusly . . .

Before the lockout success required us to pray for good luck and for them to overachieve.

Now they are a skilled-enough underachieving team like all those we envied in the old world.

namflashback said...

The worst part about the upgraded skill the Oilers have this year can be summed up thusly . . .

Before the lockout success required us to pray for good luck and for them to overachieve.

Now they are a skilled-enough underachieving team like all those we envied in the old world.

Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

There's something to be said for that us versus them mentality - the knowledge that if you don't bust your collective ass that you're going nowhere.
When this season ends, even if a playoff berth is in the cards, what has cost them the most points are a) goaltending and b) poor performance against the weak sisters of the league. Its one thing to get beaten by a pretty solid Wild team and I saw a game earlier this year that they lost to Chicago where the Blackhawks played well and got some terrific goaltending; its another to come out completely uninterested like they did last night.
Playoffs or not, its going to be an interesting offseason.