By Jim Parsons 2 January 2021
Every team will have questions when they leave one NHL season and move on to another. There have been many for the Edmonton Oilers The Oilers are a team that performed well in the regular season and then in the play -Dropping the ball in round 2020 Big changes in some areas and small changes in others mean that some of the burning questions are still open
Oilers head coach Dave Tippett took the time to answer some of the more obvious questions in a Q & A session with Postmedia. Here were his answers:
In 2019-20 the Oilers gave up 154 goals with even strength that was the sixth worst in the NHL and the teams among them (with the exception of Toronto) were lottery teams.The Oilers were fantastic at power play but not so wonderful at it Scoring goals with consistent strength Why wasn’t it better?
Tippett said the team didn’t get enough five-on-five on the third and fourth rows that needs improvement and one of the reasons the Oilers added more depth to what they think they do Tipett said, “The bottom six did a hell of a job on penalties, but we need to get more puck playing from this group. Adding more forward moves helps” Eval (ez_write_tag ([[300,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-4 ‘,’ ezslot_5 ‘, 663,’ 0 ‘,’ 0 ‘]);
One of the areas Edmonton didn’t make any improvements was the goalkeeping game, while the team added Anton Forsberg as a third option – which could be useful given the new rules for taxis – it stayed with Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith became Tippett asked about his game plan in this regard
“It’s such a compressed thing with so many back to back (11) that we use both types. We played two, two, two (each goalkeeper changes two games) last season but I don’t know if we that will do this year. Maybe we even need our third man, (Anton) Forsberg. That was a very good job of our management to get such a man. He played in the NHL ”
The goal wasn’t Edmonton’s problem in the regular season It wasn’t great in four games when it mattered This is being watched closely by fans this season
eval (ez_write_tag ([[580,400], ‘thehockeywriters_com-Leader-3’, ‘ezslot_4’, 657, ‘0’, ‘0’])); The Oilers added a number of downs to the front, in fact there are too many and not all of them will make the opening list. Of the 17 strikers in one-way deals, Tippett was asked who is being squeezed out and there was an effort to compete for jobs to accomplish?
With names like Tyler Benson, Devin Shore, and Alan Quine as potential names to make on the Oilers’ taxi team, Tippett said his happy management added more strikers, saying, “We needed more skill in our bottom six to have”” He added that Oilers will likely have to use a number of these forwards and that there will likely be days when someone is not happy not to play, but that’s exactly how it will go this season”
He said it was up to GM Ken Holland to determine how many strikers the team promoted at the beginning of the year and whether anyone would go without it.
The Oilers added Kyle Turris in the free agency and while his last season in Nashville wasn’t great he proved he could score, however, Tippett was asked if Turris was a good two-way option behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl? Eval can be 0 ‘]));
Tippett Believes If Turris understands the little parts of the game that matter, he can also be a top offensive player if asked to. By the time Ottawa made the semi-finals, Turris was an important two-way player for that Team, and when Tippett had Turris at the World Championships he was the right man on the right. He was given that responsibility through names like Mark Scheifele, Nathan MacKinnon, and Nazem Kadri
eval (ez_write_tag ([[300,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-1’, ‘ezslot_1’, 667, ‘0’, ‘0’])); Tippett is also extremely pleased that Turris is giving the Oilers now a right-shot option in the middle. He said, “Gives us a different look We talked about it in the off-season and that was one of our goals to get a right-shot center sometimes you don’t do it, but we did ”
Are the Oilers with Oscar Klefbom and Tyson Barrie even concerned that they won’t be able to repeat last season’s power play success? They were the top team in the NHL in that regard
Tippett says that being right-handed, Barrie changes the look and feel of the power game a bit, but Barrie loves to shoot and the Oilers will encourage him to do so. Tippett said, “Barrie is really creative, I’m looking forward to seeing how he works with the other guys ”Eval (ez_write_tag ([[250,250], ‘thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2’, ‘ezslot_2’, 669, ‘0’, ‘0’]);
As for defense and Barrie’s use in five-on-five situations, the Oilers are not going to hide anyone, and he will find a balance where everyone will play a lot. He admitted that the term “committee defense” is one Could be a good way to describe the Oilers this season
Outside of goalkeeping, the Oilers only seem to have taken a step back when it comes to penalties. What’s Tippett’s plan there? Eval (ez_write_tag ([[728,90], ‘thehockeywriters_com-Leader-4’, ‘ezslot_6’, 670, ‘0’, ‘0’]);
The coach said anyone who wants a shot can get one, but the penalty shootout time won’t come voluntarily He plans to put Turris in that role as well as Gaetann Haas He said the team still has Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jujhar Khaira from last year and he expects Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi to apply some of their penalty shootout experience in other leagues to the Oilers this season
Tippett has a plan, of course, while the jury is divided on how much the Oilers have improved this off-season, it’s hard to argue that Holland didn’t make a lot with very little money, which was enough and the coach can with collaborate with the team that was put together for him? He seems to believe that
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