Pull up a coffee or tea, let’s chat about some things.
- It would take a miracle and a half, but the season is currently scheduled (snicker) to start on December 15th. If we put those figures into the Oil On Whyte calculator and hit the function key, the chances of all that happening are less than 1%. If by some strange force of nature we actually see NHL hockey on December 15th, it would feature the Oilers and the Avalanche. It would be on a Saturday, and it would be on CBC. Because it’s been a while since you’ve seen NHL hockey, here’s a link to Owen Nolan wearing an Avalanche sweater. That was a short lived affair.
- That Justin Schultz kid is pretty good. He’s got 28 points (10-18-28) in two months down in the A. This would’ve exceeded my expectations by about 18 points if you asked me how I thought he’d do in July. My worst fear is that the NHL lockout will last into 2014, and we won’t see him at the NHL level. That’s only a half truth, but a scary one.
- If you didn’t see, Taylor Hall has been doing alright as well.
- I’m usually a glass half-empty kind of guy in life. Oh sure, every dog has his day, but I’ve found that if you expect to have your socks blown off, you’re going to wind up disappointed more often than not. Have expectations, but temper them for the cause. That being said, I’ve been somewhat an optimist when it comes to this team. Yes, they’ve been downright disastrous for the majority of the past six seasons, but (if) when they get back together, they might begin to resemble the core of a winner. Schultz is playing lights out in Oklahoma City right now, and he should be a nice fit on the Oiler blue line come…well, whenever. This year is the last year for goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, and Devan Dubnyk will look to stick the flagpole in the number one spot. The young guns will have another year to grow and mature. What irritates me about this is that Eberle and Hall’s last entry level year is being wasted on a lockout, but they’re both into cushy new contracts starting next year (or whenever the league gets their act together).
What does it all mean? Somebody get out there and start the season.
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