Thursday, October 19, 2006
I think that your man Patrick Thoresen is married - the caption under the first photo is "FREMTIDEN ER VÅR: Patrick Thoresen var banens beste i opprykksfinalen til A-VM. Etter tapet for Hviterussland søkte han trøst hos datteren Mathilde (13 md.) og samboer Monica. "
I've never been to Oslo but my guess is hos datteren means his daughter. Anyhow, the Hot Oil gang can add him to their list of taken Oilers if they can get someone who speaks Norwegian to confirm.
Either that or he's running to replace Ralph Klein. Keep it up and he's a sure thing, I think.
A few quick thoughts.
1/ Thoresen's jump in icetime in the last two games, both close games against a divisional rival, illustrates a few basic points. The kid has the confidence of the coaching staff. He is playing himself into a larger role on this team. Veterans who aren't pulling their weight had better start to. Raffi Torres has seen his icetime fall off - getting a spot with Hemsky and Sykora has resulted in one goal for the streaky weirdo, one less then the rook.
I think the days of getting icetime because MacT's options were limited are over. And with Mikhnov, Jacques and yes, Winchester, chomping at the bit to move up the depth chart (and with others in the minors as well) guys are going to have to produce or lose icetime. How nice is that for the coaching staff?
2/ The fact that five of twelve forwards don't even have a goal yet and the Oilers are still 4 and 2 is, well, weird? Its heartening but if you had told me in June that the Oilers would have the record they have after six games and that Pisani, Reasoner, Winchester, Stoll, Horcoff, Moreau, and Torres would have as many goals between them as Patrick Thoresen I would have said "who the fuck is Patrick Thoresen?" and "how do all those guys get injured at once?"
3/ While Grabia pines for LeGG (great guy, not so great a player) I, for one, am pleased that we have two thirds of a fourth line who can play more then 30 seconds in a big game. Love LeGG but Thoresen has as many goals already as he did in 72 games last year. And at less then half the price.
4/ Shaggy makes Lowe look like a genius.
5/ Lowe's master plan, if there is such a thing, is working out alright so far. A 4 and 2 record. The two games where opponents put up more then two goals, the offence getting the job done. The only two losses by 2-1 scores. If they can keep it up for, well, say another 30 games or so, then he will be dealing from a position of strength when he bulks up that blueline.
6/ Roloson and Markannen have both done a nice job. What a difference.
7/ MAB played huge minutes last game - MacT doing all he can to give this guy some confidence. I think they stick with him as long as they can but we may see Hejda pretty soon. He played a lot of tough minutes in the preseason - it will be interesting to see what happens when he does draw in. Can't wait.
8/ Same for Mikhnov.
9/Petr Nedved may be back sooner then later - apparently Forsberg has been injured tonight. Things are turning ugly in Philly.
10/ Ottawa with only one goal so far tonight and a shoutout to Earl Sleek with a beauty line in a thread over at Battle of Alberta:
What about the fact that I have as many points this season as Rob Blake and Wade Redden combined? Where's my $6 mil?
He's here all week. Earl Sleek.
He's a funny dude.
Posted by Black Dog at 9:12 PM