Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Put the kids in with a few old pappy guys who still like to win and the combination is unbeatable. Conn Smythe
Conn knew a little about hockey. He was also a little nuts. Fought in the inferno of WWI. One story about him had him throwing his pistol at a German soldier after he ran out of bullets if I recall correctly. The true measure of his sanity or lack thereof is that after being a combat officer in that most vicious of wars he signed up for WWII.
Anyhow if Conn's statement was a guarantee then the Oilers are about to go on a nice run because this team, mistakenly called young all through the playoffs by the crack team at the CBC, is once again, well, young. With Roloson, Gator and Staios playing the roles of the "few old pappy guys". After that, if I am not mistaken, their next oldest guys are still on the sunny side of thirty.
At the beginning of the upcoming season Ulanov would be 37, Murray 34, Pronger, Spacek and Peca 32, Tarnstrom and Harvey 31. Even LeGG is almost 30 as is Dvorak. All gone. (maybe not Dvo and Rem)
And I'm thinking any help on D is going to be someone around 27 to 29. At leats the guys who make sense to me are all around that age bracket.
Too young? Well this season may see a lot of 5-4 games for and against. Youth is good if your youth are good - just look at the Sharks. But it can let you down when the going gets tough.
See those same Sharks.
See Ward, Cam and Staal, Eric.
Should be fun.
I'm with Lowetide. One guy, among many, to watch. Pouliot. I think he's going to be a player.
Posted by Black Dog at 10:40 AM