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NHL Rumors: What’s subsequent for the Edmonton Oilers and what’s wanted beneath Kris Knoblauch



Sportsnet: Bob Stauffer on the Jeff Marek Present on what must occur now for the Edmonton Oilers after the teaching change. (Interview earlier than final evening’s recreation)

** NHLRumors.com transcription

Marek: “What e.se must occur right here, Bob?”

Stauffer: “So, the very first thing that should occur is the goalie must cease the puck. Okay? The Oilers must restrict as many A-grade scoring alternatives within the D zone, they obtained to restrict the odd man rushes. They obtained to get a save every now and then too.

So it begins, I imply, that’s, Jack Campbell down on the minors and sadly obtained a few powerful begins down there as effectively, which has been a transfer that hasn’t essentially labored out for Edmonton. There’s no different method to say it.

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We had a press convention yesterday as a result of if Jack had are available in and offered the Edmonton Oilers with a .910 save proportion, he’s most likely taking part in within the playoffs as a substitute of a much less skilled Stuart Skinner. Stuart’s most likely not profitable Rookie of the 12 months final 12 months, and the Oilers most likely aren’t in a 3-9-1 (earlier than final evening’s recreation) begin via the primary 13 video games.

So that they want some stops. They should restrict odd man rushes. They should enhance within the work again to the puck, that features, you realize, ahead monitoring again to help the D. I believe you’ll see the D play with a bit extra, they had been they’re type of dropping again a bit. I believe you’ll see them hole up a bit bit extra, attempt to take a while and house away from the opposition forwards.

However I simply, I’m not, I gotta inform you right here I’m kind of in a bit little bit of a shock that this has occurred. I imply, who wouldn’t be. Lots of people had Edmonton, I had Edmonton as a reputable top-six workforce this season. You understand, I you realize and so, and why wouldn’t I based mostly on you realize, ultimate eight final 12 months, lose to the Stanley Cup champ? Closing for the 12 months earlier than, lose the Stanley Cup champ.

And as for Connor, Leon, offensively have slumped, I believe the work charges been there. And I’ll inform you this. They’re the 2 hardest guys within the workforce. They play via accidents. Draisaitl has the ache threshold of a cadaver. Like he obtained a damaged ankle in opposition to Calgary. Like he’s a troublesome SOB and you wouldn’t know in the event that they had been harm. And McDavid has come again injured, from harm, early each time he’s been harm in his NHL profession.

They’re essentially the most, you realize, this narrative on the market that Connor was choosing and selecting and you realize, placing collectively however that it’s, he’s devastated for Jay. Like they’re the fellows as a result of they take the best possession out. You understand, the quiet once I watched the Maple Leafs within the playoffs. I don’t see with all due respect to how nice of a participant Austin Matthews is, And he’s no worse than the second or third finest participant on the earth. However I haven’t seen them dig in the best way like, Matthews and Marner the best way Draisaitl, McDavid and Draisaitl have dug in endlessly within the playoffs. Like via sheer drive of will they’ve elevated the workforce to a few playoff sequence wins.

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And so it’s incumbent upon the group once more I labored with a workforce to construct a greater supporting solid round it, to have higher instruction, to have higher construction and course of within the workforce’s video games. And to get extra saves. I’m going to circle again to that.



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