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#1 Machine Gun Kelly

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

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So basically, a team without a goaltender or any defense is going to be "best prepared". Better hope they can score 7 goals a game.

I did vote for the Canucks. Not just because they're my team but because I feel they have actually prepared.
1. They made good depth signings(Our D has 9 capable players)
2. With the Luongo trade we will address our second line issues.
3. We have much needed rest we haven't gotten the last 2 years.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

Why is this bad? They have a lot of young stars who've been playing in the AHL or elsewhere. Probably get a good start with a number of guys already in pretty good game shape. More importantly, why does it matter what a TSN poll says?
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

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Technically, they are the most prepared team.

Their whole team has been playing since September in the AHL
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

Considering most of the importnant players have been in game shape all year I would say that poll is pretty accurate.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

Yes, Edmonton WILL be best prepared for the 48 game season. Why? Simple.

They are a very young team and so they won't tire out easily and can get off to a fast start easily. While the oldies will have to struggle to find their feet, and by then it would be halfway through the shortened season, a.k.a. Canucks slump at the beginning of a season.

I feel Edmonton may actually surprise some teams and make the playoffs. Same goes for the Flames. Tough division we have now especially with what Minny has done to their team.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

I agree with 250Integra, they are the best prepared team considering a few of their better players have been playing in Oklahoma.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

Technically, they are the most prepared team.

Their whole team has been playing since September in the AHL

Sure they've been playing, but what does it matter. It's the AHL not the NHL. The caliber of players is a big difference.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

Edmonton actually could be, all their important players have been playing, although like you say goaltending and defense don't seem to be any less of an issue than they were at the end of last year.

I dont think we are though, too many injuries. I think Ottawa might be, they have had some key players playing, thr goaltending is solid, they might need to add more to the defense but I think they will make a move to address that need.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

Sure they've been playing, but what does it matter. It's the AHL not the NHL. The caliber of players is a big difference.


Not neccessarily considering how many top prospects they are playing against, and just because it's a different level doesn't mean it prepares them any less, I mean the Oilers have been playing this whole time so they'll be prepared to jump right into the NHL
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

I can't fault them for that. Every fan thinks their team is the one to beat....they have a good young team and I wish them luck noidon't.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

Not neccessarily considering how many top prospects they are playing against, and just because it's a different level doesn't mean it prepares them any less, I mean the Oilers have been playing this whole time so they'll be prepared to jump right into the NHL

The difference between a goalie like Hackett, and Rinne is quite a lot. Although, I do understand what you're saying
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:56 PM

Sure they've been playing, but what does it matter. It's the AHL not the NHL. The caliber of players is a big difference.

Game Shape. They're ready for actual game play, which you can't replicate with scrimmages and practice.

Teams with more veterans (and minimal team changes) might be considered ready because they are familiar with the systems and experienced in more situations, but there's something to be said for having highly touted players who have an average age in their early 20's if you want to play well out of the gate.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:00 PM

You're not very observant. Everyone is saying this.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

I voted Edmonton myself.. Mostly because their young guys have been playing in the AHL while our guys have only been practicing.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

Thread backfire,



This made me lol, and yes they are the most prepared.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:11 PM

Sure they've been playing, but what does it matter. It's the AHL not the NHL. The caliber of players is a big difference.


So you think that a team with most of their stars playing, while a team with all their stars only practicing, are less prepared?

The caliber of play is different because nothing can replicate the best league in the world, but at least they're in game-shape hence being more prepared for this season.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

AHL. They are in mid-season form already.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:09 PM

Don't give the Oilers too much credit. They finished 29th last year. The AHL and euro leagues are not even close to NHL standards.

They might squeak in at 8th but the Canucks will dominate the NW and possibly contend for the President's trophy especially if Kesler and Booth can return ASAP.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

I agree with 250Integra, they are the best prepared team considering a few of their better players have been playing in Oklahoma.


A few? Think their entire first line and Schultz. That said, this poll is "best prepared," and this young team isn't prepared for a grinding 48-game season IMO.

Make no mistake - the NHL is multiple steps up from the A or the E.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

A few? Think their entire first line and Schultz. That said, this poll is "best prepared," and this young team isn't prepared for a grinding 48-game season IMO.

Make no mistake - the NHL is multiple steps up from the A or the E.


I don't think that a 48 game season is a grind at all. If they make the playoffs though, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will burnout when it comes to the playoffs.
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The key difference is that Sopel can fill in for Seabrook and Campbell just fine. Bieksa, he is garbage so in that sense he is like the worst defenseman in the league.


When Cody (Hodgson) gets older, he might be better than Datsyuk.


Let's not push this guy (Kassian). He's still immature, and if he fails on the 2nd line it's because he isn't ready. Some guys really need years to develop, it's how well and how fast players adapt to the game. In my opinion, I'd rather have Horvat getting 2nd line minutes. He will start off on the 3rd line next season but I see him making the transition, being a great compliment to whoever plays his wings.

At this point, I don't see Kassian fitting in to any role other than a 3rd. If players like Kassian start getting 2nd line minutes then we just stay inconsistent as a team.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:20 PM

If the poll was best prepared for the first week of the season, the Oil might make sense.

And their young bodies may recover rapidly between games during a compressed schedule.

When it comes to stamina and withstanding the NHL grind however...

You've got to wonder about the demographic voting.

Veteran teams that have played together for years don't need to develop chemistry.

If the season were 20 games long, all bets are off, but 48 games would seem like enough to really reveal the cracks in teams with as many areas that still need improvement as the Oilers have...
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:26 PM

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So basically, a team without a goaltender or any defense is going to be "best prepared". Better hope they can score 7 goals a game.

I did vote for the Canucks. Not just because they're my team but because I feel they have actually prepared.
1. They made good depth signings(Our D has 9 capable players)
2. With the Luongo trade we will address our second line issues.
3. We have much needed rest we haven't gotten the last 2 years.


Typical Canuck fan:

Our team isn't on the top of the list so we must complain about it.

As stated, most of their players are already in mid season shape because they've already been playing for well over 3 months

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

i voted for the oilers.

canucks have NO second line. kesler is out, booth is injured, and the only guys "on the roster" we had playing were kassian, schneider, raymond (not sure if he ever played a game), tanev... (i may be missing some so I am admitting im probably missing a few guys that are on the roster. however i did not include schroeder et al). also edler, garrison, kassian are all coming back from injury?

look at the oilers on the other hand, they had all their young superstars playing in the A and they were destroying it.

its a shotgun start for a 48 game season, and right now the oilers are the best prepared
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

Can someone post a who the hell cares or a who the frack cares picture somewhere? As someone pointed out, a lot of the Oilers "core players" Have been playing since October. They are in mid season form. Who cares. Vancouver is a 2nd place at 21 %. The rest is below 9 %.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

I voted for Edmonton, too.

a) They're full of young talent that will only get better and veterans who can't play much worse.
B) They added Justin Schultz (and now Mark Fistric) to help fill one of the gaping holes in their blueline.
c) Their core young guys have been playing and practising together while a lot of other teams sat around, not playing a single competitive game.

EDIT: Side note, why is b ) an emotion?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:06 PM

I dont disagree with that at all.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

EDM was voted up because CDC is full of pessimists who voted EDM as well. False fans.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

i voted for the oilers.

canucks have NO second line. kesler is out, booth is injured, and the only guys "on the roster" we had playing were kassian, schneider, raymond (not sure if he ever played a game), tanev... (i may be missing some so I am admitting im probably missing a few guys that are on the roster. however i did not include schroeder et al). also edler, garrison, kassian are all coming back from injury?

look at the oilers on the other hand, they had all their young superstars playing in the A and they were destroying it.

its a shotgun start for a 48 game season, and right now the oilers are the best prepared


Their mid season form is good enough for 9th place in their AHL conference. How the hell does that translate to NHL success??
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

Most prepared =/= most likely to succeed. The Edmonton Oilers are the most prepared Canadian team. Will that matter in April? Not really.
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