Simple Things Are Best

When the holidays roll around, it usually is a good time for everyone to reflect on the year that has just passed.  This is true not only in hockey, but life itself.  Now is the time where I’d try to figure out how the Oilers have a legitimate shot at hitting the 8th slot (even though they’d be 11-17-4 or something similar), or if both goalies could ever put it together.

We’re not even able to imagine, as we’re at day 100 of The Lockout : 2012.  I’m optimistic that there’s hockey to be played sometime in January, but I can’t say it with a straight face.

I know everybody’s sick and tired of talking about the lockout.

I’m sick and tired of writing about the lockout.

Today, I’m not going to write about the lockout.

I’m going to talk about this video with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

This is the kind of thing that I explicitly don’t pay attention to during the season because on the surface, it’s just filler.  When you see some of the highlight reel stuff that Hall and Eberle have put together over the past couple years, it makes watching the two in practice seem boring.

In this video, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are shooting the puck around, just trying to hit a couple of crossbars.  You can see how badly Hall wants to hit every one.  You can see how much Eberle savors hitting the top of the net.  This isn’t rocket science, it’s not like we’re watching the team try to work the penalty kill while down two guys, it’s just 4 and 14 shooting some biscuits around.

Maybe I’m just anxious to get hockey back, but for whatever reason, it was easy to appreciate this video today.  There aren’t any losing streaks to talk about, Ralph Krueger isn’t on the hot seat, there isn’t a goaltending controversy, and there isn’t any arguments at who should be slotted at 2RW.

On a day like today, it’s time for simple things.

THE JUMP OFF : WORLD JUNIORS

The World Juniors begin early tomorrow morning.  Team Canada will take on Team Germany at 2:30 AM (4:30 Eastern), while Team USA will face Team Germany at 7:00 AM (9 Eastern) on Thursday.  For more information (and a handy schedule), click here.

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Topics: Edmonton Oilers, Jordan Eberle, Lockout, Taylor Hall

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