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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Dream is Over

The Oilers have been eliminated.

Who has suffered through the most this season with lineup squabbles and the mismanagement of player resources?
  • Jeff Drouin-DesLauriers - this guy needs more games if he's going to be in your future plans
  • Dustin Penner - doesn't matter if he's one of the more effective players statistically - he looks lazy so let's just call him fat and all feel better about ourselves; he's played every position except goalie and defense
  • Steve Staios - he's babysitted everyone this season - poor Steady Steve
  • Ladislav Smid - the organization should either commit to him or move him
  • Robert Nilsson - suffers from not being given a defined role on the team with 4 other guys just like him
  • Andrew Cogliano - is not built like a checking center but is playing one
  • Rob Schremp - the organization should either commit to him or move him
  • Zach Stortini - guy on the team with the most consistent effort but not always given enough ice time
Who has gained the most from this season?
  • Sam Gagner - despite his gargantuan early season struggles has finally come around near the end of the season: way to go Samwise; if Hemsky doesn't wise up soon this team will soon be Gagner's
  • Dwayne Roloson - has shown all the naysayers that he still has some fuel left in the gas tank - ehough to re-sign ... who knows ...
  • Ales Hemsky - Hemsky has not been consistent enough this season with good and bad stretches and the team lives and dies with his successes and failures: it's time for him to man up because the organization has already made this his team
  • Liam Reddox - self-explanatory, and Reddox works as hard as Zach Stortini
  • Kyle Brodziak - needs to play with more fire - pretty unreliable for an energy line player
  • Steve MacIntyre - has become a cult hero
  • Sheldon Souray - with the puck always in the Oilers defensive end, has had to go back to being a bruising defenseman; can still be better but Montreal is missing out
  • Tom Gilbert - has proved to the Oilers fans that his contract extension was not a mistake
  • Denis Grebeshkov - when he was acquired was a big question mark but with his play has shown that he is either on par with or has surpassed many of the other defenseman on this team
Which player has neither improved or gotten worse?
  • Fernando Pisani - effective defensive forward whose presence makes the Oilers better
  • Shawn Horcoff - injuries are hard to recover from and who knows what that means for the Horcoff who sports the brand new contract ...
  • Ethan Moreau - captain Moreau plays a simple game and gives it blood and vinegar every shift; he's not the best with the media though
  • Lubomir Visnovsky - injuries suck
  • Patrick O'Sullivan - we're still waiting
  • Ales Kotalik - we're still waiting
  • Theo Peckham - limited ice time means limited improvement, if at all
  • Mathieu Roy - who is this again? the organization should either commit to him or move him
  • Gilbert Brule - with Robert Nilsson, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Rob Schremp ahead of him, and Potulny, Eberle, Omark, and Nash close behind, it's gonna be tough times ahead for one Gilbert Brule
  • Ryan Potulny - relatively cheap depth forward with huge offensive upside - too bad the Springfield Falcons suck some serious balls
  • Jason Strudwick - what do you expect, it's Jason Strudwick
  • JF Jacques - needs to stay healthy long enough to be evaluated, but from what I've seen is the poor man's Brad Winchester ... and that's not saying much
  • Marc Antoine Pouliot - what have you done for me lately?

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