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NHL Rumors: What’s subsequent for the Edmonton Oilers and what’s wanted underneath 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 night time’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 received to restrict the odd man rushes. They received to get a save every now and then too.

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

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We had a press convention yesterday as a result of if Jack had are available in and supplied the Edmonton Oilers with a .910 save proportion, he’s most likely enjoying within the playoffs as an alternative of a much less skilled Stuart Skinner. Stuart’s most likely not successful Rookie of the Yr final 12 months, and the Oilers most likely aren’t in a 3-9-1 (earlier than final night time’s recreation) begin by way of 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 understand, ahead monitoring again to help the D. I feel you’ll see the D play with a bit of extra, they had been they’re form of dropping again a bit. I feel you’ll see them hole up a bit of bit extra, attempt to take a while and area away from the opposition forwards.

However I simply, I’m not, I gotta let you know right here I’m kind of in a bit of 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 professional top-six crew this season. You understand, I you understand and so, and why wouldn’t I based mostly on you understand, 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 feel the work charges been there. And I’ll let you know this. They’re the 2 hardest guys within the crew. They play by way of accidents. Draisaitl has the ache threshold of a cadaver. Like he received 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 damage. And McDavid has come again injured, from harm, early each time he’s been damage in his NHL profession.

They’re probably the most, you understand, this narrative on the market that Connor was choosing and selecting and you understand, placing collectively however that it’s, he’s devastated for Jay. Like they’re the blokes 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 greatest participant on the planet. However I haven’t seen them dig in the way in which like, Matthews and Marner the way in which Draisaitl, McDavid and Draisaitl have dug in without end within the playoffs. Like by way of sheer power of will they’ve elevated the crew to a few playoff sequence wins.

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



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