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Oilers saying the ‘right things’ but they continue to lose

Oct 30, 2013, 1:56 AM EDT

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It’s been almost one full month since the National Hockey League regular season began. And the supposedly upstart Edmonton Oilers continue to stumble along.

Their latest disappointment came Tuesday, when they were shut out 4-0 on home ice by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Phil Kessel led the Leafs with two goals and four points. He also had a plus-four rating, while his Edmonton counterpart Sam Gagner, returning to the lineup for the first time after missing the start of the season with a broken jaw, was a minus four.

As was Nail Yakupov, Edmonton’s first overall pick in 2012 who has one goal and three points in 12 games this year.

The Oilers remain at the bottom of the Pacific Division, with just three wins.

All this after the Oilers went out and hired up-and-coming coach Dallas Eakins, and with what many pundits consider a highly skilled group of young forwards.

The Oilers badly outshot their opponents from Toronto by a 43-26 margin. A good chunk of those shots came in the third period. By then it hardly mattered. The Leafs had a four-goal cushion.

“It’s getting frustrating,” said Oilers’ defenseman Ladislav Smid, as per the Edmonton Sun.

“We’re not consistent enough. We can’t sustain the same game for 60 minutes. It seems to be every game is the same story so obviously we have to change something.

“There are several things that are wrong right now. We talk about the right things every day, but we have to go out and do it on the ice. Nobody is going to do it for us. We have to wake up in here.”

  1. trbowman - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Yakupov has no idea how to play the game.

    • 19to77 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Never have I seen a 1st overall pick whose hype disappeared so quickly. Even Daigle and Stefan were at least solid through their first couple years before their “bust” status became apparent, but for Yakupov the writing’s already on the wall – just another petulant Russian star-in-his-own-mind, like Radulov and Zherdev and so many others, too lazy and arrogant to cut it in the NHL. In a couple years he’ll pull that “I’m taking my ball and going home” crap they did and sign in the KHL for several times what he’s actually worth and that’ll be that. The Oil should have picked Murray. Or Galchenyuk.

  2. canucks30 - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    I wonder if Justin Schultz is regretting his decision to join the Oilers instead of the Canucks these days?

    • 19to77 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Or just stick with the Ducks that drafted him. They’re a great team this year and look to continue to be with their youth movement really starting to shine.

  3. LampyB - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Agrees on Yakupov. Trade him now, let someone else figure out how to teach him.

    • thecheeman - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Are the Oilers going somewhere soon that they can’t afford to be patient with Yakupov’s overall development?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Yh but what’s his trade value at now.

  4. withseidelinn - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Good example of the Leafs being outshot but not outchanced. The Oilers probably had 3 decent scoring chances throughout the first 2 periods. Not going to win game that way. Teams are making it easy for Reimer and Bernier.

  5. davebabychreturns - Oct 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Kudos to the Oilers for bringing in a coach that’s helped them say all the right things.

    Now they just need to find a coach who will help them DO the right things..

  6. smileypants17 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Oilers biggest mistake? Not letting some of their shiney new first round picks develop in their farm system. Yakupov should’ve been honing his skills there. Rookies with high end potential will thrive if they’re paired with quality veterans. Crosby had Mario. 4 of their top six are rookies – talented, top choice rookies – but rookies none the less. It’s no wonder they “play like a junior team”.

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