Craig MacTavish had some interesting things to say about our "prize" acquisition Sheldon Souray after last night's 5-4 loss to Vancouver. Souray was undoubtedly the goat of the game, letting the puck hop past him on a bad pinch on an Oilers powerplay in the dying seconds and allowing Brad freaking Isbister blow by and pot the winner on a 2-on-1 with 2.5 seconds to go. But #44 also gave Oiler fans a glimpse of his upside when he unloaded an absolutely scoff-worthy bullet on the PP in the first that beat goaltender Cory Schneider before he even knew there was a shot. Great goal for, terrible goal against. High event. That'll be Souray's contribution this season in a nutshell, I think.
Here's MacT on Souray after the game (from the Sun):
One shot. One goal. A bullet from the right point that Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider never saw — even though he wasn't screened.But before we get too excited:
"You see him bomb that one?" said head coach Craig MacTavish. "Wow! I knew he had a shot, but that thing was in and out of the net before the goalie even thought he was shooting it."
"We've been anxious to get him in," said MacTavish, licking his chops after what he saw. "Just on special teams alone. When you have a weapon like that there are so many more opportunities."
"He's probably a career 35- or 45-point guy," said MacTavish, who wants to bring the big guy along carefully in the preseason. "Sixty-four points (this year) is a little unrealistic, but you never know."A fair assessment, but you have to wonder if Lowe is happy with his coach going around calling the Oilers' BIG UFA SIGNING and $6-million man a 35- to 45-point man. People might start wondering why Lowe felt Souray was a better value, than, say.... oh... forget it. You know who I'm talking about. That guy who's going to get 70+ points for a division rival this year. The Oiler killer.