Thursday, March 06, 2014
Every once in a while you'll see the phrase 'Get good players, keep good players' floating around this part of the interweb or on the twitters. Now its not the most original thought but I'm the guy who coined it around here. Do you want to have a good team? Acquire quality. Hold onto it or move it for other quality.
The Oilers don't do that. What they do, better than any other club in the NHL (or professional sports most likely) is turn good players into nothing. The opposite of the paper clip into a house guy.
I've compiled a list of players who were Oiler property for whom they have nothing on their NHL roster to show for. I have not included players who were out of the league within a year or two due to retirement or waivers or who have moved onto Europe (although I'm pretty sure Patrick Thoreson could play in the NHL he doesn't have a gig right now so he is not included). I have included a couple of players who by all accounts were willing to sign with Edmonton for cheap but for whatever reason were allowed to move on. I have also included players who were traded for picks and / or prospects who have not arrived yet. When Klefbom becomes a regular then Penner comes off the list. Until then, no dice especially seeing as nearly all of these guys were traded for picks or prospects who have never panned out.
I've also included Horcoff because face it if Larsen can't grab a spot on this blueline he is no NHL player. Finally I've made decisions as to value so I have included Lubo instead of Stoll and Greene and Cole over Pitkanen or Lupul although you could substitute any of these guys in over the other if you prefer. In the end all that remained was nothing. They had something and they ended up with nothing.
Of course there were circumstances and this and that but hilariously all of these guys went on to play for better teams (everybody is better than the Oilers of course). Give this team a goalie and they probably kick the Oilers' ass 99 out of 100 times even though they are a bit thin up the middle. Great on the wings and a solid blueline though.
Anyhow if you want to know why the Oilers are so bad check this list out.
Colin McDonald (thanks Bruce)
Am I missing anyone?
Posted by Black Dog at 11:32 AM