Nugent-Hopkins is WAY better than I'd thought he would be
by Big Dan
Seeing him play, I think he's a lock for the Calder. He is bloody amazing - easily the best rookie the Oilers have had since Gretzky.
I was so on board with him going to junior after 9 games to bulk up. But if you watch him, you'll see what I mean. This guy is going to be a superstar= he's even better than Taylor Hall. The passes he makes. Their power play is now deadly.
D', here are the amount of goals against in regulation the Oilers have allowed= 1, 1, 4, 1, 2. And now Ryan Whitney is back! Tom Renney has taught these boys how to play D. They were so AWFUL before... but the additions of Sutton and Potter as well as the improvement of Gilbert, Smid, and Petry have me all atwitter. They used to be scattered and painful to watch but the Strudwick's and Foster's and Chorney's are gone. Thank God.
It looks from the current pace that there will be 82 close scoring games. The Oilers seem to get better as the games go on (young legs I guess), are disciplined, and are tres exciting: Hall, Eberle, and Omark are also fun to watch.
Gosh, they are always such a tease early in the year before crashing down to earth. I'm hoping that is not the case this time. Even guys like Eric Belanger and Ben Eager are making an impact. And Khabibulin isn't a total sieve - amazing what a jail sentence will do for a guy (maybe Columbus will take him off our hands).
Watch, our jerk of an owner will move the team right when they start winning Cups. Daryl Katz is just another rich punk who wants the blackmail the taxpayer so he can fill his pockets.
Posted on Oct 20, 2011, 6:49 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199