Ramblings: Thoughts on Tierney, Chabot, Sanheim, Theodore, the Domino Effect and more (Mar 04)
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I’ve seen some people picking the Oilers apart for giving draft picks for the likes of Alex Petrovic and/or Brandon Manning. But really, what were they gonna do with that pick – draft with it? It’s the Oilers we’re talking about.
I don’t blame the Oilers for any of their first-round picks, I would have drafted the same players. The failures – well, that was a case of picking in the wrong spot at the wrong time and in each case they took the best player available. But first rounders are no-brainers. A GM can make those picks without any scouting staff at all. They can just use Central Scouting or DobberProspects for that, am I right? The scouting staff comes into play with the picks after the first round, and that’s where Edmonton is pitiful. Sure, they have been better since 2015, but the bar for them was really low heading into that. Really they just went from ‘the worst’ to ‘something slightly below average’. I would seriously do a full-scale review of the entire staff and let three quarters of them go. Need fresh blood and a fresh outlook. And get back your analytics staff.
I don’t know how I didn’t know this, or maybe I did and forgot, but a big need for the Oilers is a top puck-moving defenseman and they actually drafted Erik Gustafsson (fourth round, 2012). They couldn’t come to terms with him (or didn’t want to) in 2014 and lost him. A year later, Chicago signed him. Four years later, he has 41 points in 42 games.
Alexandar Georgiev took the SOL Sunday, giving up a goal that didn’t actually go in the net (he threw his stick). Georgiev is 4-1-2, 2.78 and 0.920 SV% since February 6 and at this point he’s been starting every other game. He’s obviously performing better with the regular workload. As with most goalies, sporadic starts don’t work very well for him. It takes a certain mindset to be a successful backup, and that’s why career back