Saturday, September 8, 2007

Even-strength scoring: already a problem


The Rookie Oil skated to a 0-0 draw during a scrimmage in Yellowknife today, in the first bit of hockey action since last April, back when that unspeakably mediocre Toby Petersen was the de facto face of the Oilers (alongside Pat LaForge shilling his flex packs on PPV, of course).

Still, any hockey is good hockey, and usually by this time of year even training camp scrimmages are to hockey fans what a good dollop of tar heroin is to a cash-strapped junkie. One thing I miss about Edmonton is the annual matchup between the Golden Bears and the Oilers Rookies at Clare Drake Arena, which will happen Monday night this year. As an undergrad, I used to go to the game, drink beer, and then go to RATT, drink beer, talk about how Matthieu Descoteaux was the Oilers new saviour and then make kissy faces at Lister Hall girls. This being the late 1990s, I assume something horrible like Chumbawamba was playing in the background.

Anyway, this is the magical time: Edmontonians get their 2.5 weeks of autumn, and all is hope, where every conceivable prospect is about to "break out" and inexplicably score 30 goals out of Junior (no joke: HF Boards currently has a thread about Sam Gagner playing on the first line with Ales Hemsky). I may not share that kind of deluded projection, but I still hold out hopes that the likes of Robert Nilsson, Marc Pouliot and Tom Gilbert truly earn spots on the roster and contribute. Otherwise, the Oilers are screwed, are they not? No pressure or anything, guys.

PS: Georges Laraque has been practicing with the rookies. Le GG: the greatest Oiler?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lets start a pool: How many wins in the Oil's first 10 games? I'll say two.

Black Dog said...

Take back what you said about Chumbawumba!

You cad.

There are going to be plenty of rooks, again.

Nilsson. Likely Cogliano. Maybe Gagner will break camp with them and get the nine game trial. Brodziak. Almtorp.

The list goes on and on and on - lots of possibilities.

Rock Deputy said...

In regards to the pool: I think that Edmonton will come out swinging, as they always do. Four close wins, four close loses, 2 horrorshows.

Lowetide said...

I smoked pot to Ballroom Blitz while attempting to play billiards. I'll trade mymemories for yours anyday, since it'll give me 30 extra years to drink.

Julian said...

You could probably make up those 30 years this season alone LT.

James L. said...

Zing!

I say the "Coilers" win 3, lose 2 in overtime, and lose 5 straight-up.

James L. said...

And by "overtime", I of course mean to say shootout losses as well.

MetroGnome said...

I assume something horrible like Chumbawamba was playing in the background.

They're...they're playing the background where ever you are right now, aren't they?

theDrizzler said...

I was probably pouring those drinks for you mike. And yes, Chumbawamba was playing in the background.

3-4-3.

Goilers!

Vic Ferrari said...

That's easy: 9-0-1


Now for the details, after ten games:

Schrempie with three game winners, Nilsson with one, and Gagner with the other five! Penner leading the league in scoring! Matt Greene leading the league in +/-.

Sakic declares Souray to be "the best defender I've ever played against" in an interview with Kelly Hrudey ... Oiler fans immediately change his nickname from "Collateral Damage" to "Norris"!

What will I win, anyways?

Baroque said...

Schrempie with three game winners, Nilsson with one, and Gagner with the other five! Penner leading the league in scoring! Matt Greene leading the league in +/-.

What a loser that Penner is. All that scoring, and no game-winners, so obviously he never scores "meaningful" goals. :)

I say they start 3-7 (because that way I can fake them out and they will actually start 7-3)!

Chris said...

I predict a 5-4-1 start to the season. Nothing to get upset about but nothing to really get excited about either.