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Friday, March 27, 2009

Time to "promote" Penner

Penner the Winkler, Manitoba native is currently the only Oiler that has a Stanely Cup ring. I'm not saying his experience is better than the vets on the Oilers but as it stands right now, Hemsky's and Horcoffs's best production in the last 2 years came when the one tough customer Penner was on that line.

When the trade deadline came around the Oilers tried the Kotalik experiment which failed immediately and as of right now, the Oilers are trying Patrick O' Sullivan on the 1st line. Personally, I see the potential for the line, but in my opinion teams shouldn't play with the dynamics of a team this late into the season. A problem I see on the first line is their inability to be effective down low. None of the players on the line right now have the ability to protect the puck for prolonged periods on the boards like Penner can. Also none of them have the ability to play in the crease as effectively as Penner. Last night against Phoenix several plays resulted in a loose puck in front of the net, but the 1st line wasn't able to get to it because they were being boxed out. Penner being 250lbs has a much better chance to retreive those pucks.

Tonight the Oilers are up against Penner's old team the Ducks. Should be a physical one. Hopefully the Oilers can grab the 2 points.


Blogger Smokin' Ray said...

Good post. Give Sully the 1st period tonight and if it's not working then move Penner.

March 27, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Blogger raventalon40 said...

I agree with thickoil, skip the experiment altogether.

Jonathan Willis and others have repeatedly showed that the Oilers play much better with Horpensky as a unit than not as a unit. I also see it as a good chance for the second line of Nilsson-Gagner-Kotalik to stay together. Plus, with O'Sullivan playing with Brodziak and (insert player here) the Oilers have the ability to roll 4 lines, instead of ... well, a few partial lines, which is what we have right now.

Penner - Horcoff - Hemsky
Nilsson - Gagner - Kotalik
Moreau - Cogliano - Pisani
O'Sullivan - Brodziak - Reddox/Stortini/Jacques/MacIntyre

Those are 4 lines that you could roll on any night and not be worried about defensive or offensive liability, whereas the way the team dynamics, the way they are right now, we don't have that.

March 27, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Blogger raventalon40 said...

I think it has more to do with MacTavish sucking up his pride and admitting he was wrong about calling out Penner? Will it happen? If the Oilers lose a few more disappointing lacklustre games like they have recently, maybe he will. The playoffs are not secure yet, and the Oilers are slipping quickly out of contention.

March 27, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Blogger Ontario Oilfan said...

So far after 2 periods Penner has 2 goals. Looks like you were right on the money.

Add in how effective Jacques and Stortini are playing and this team doesn't look so soft anymore.

March 27, 2009 at 10:02 PM

Blogger raventalon40 said...


March 27, 2009 at 11:45 PM


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