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I know hitting the gym is a drag. But If someone paid me $875,000 a year, I'd be in the gym and on the ice as much as I could, and be the best shape I could.

It's so sad, that a player like Rick Rypien would have killed to have a frame like Jake's. Injuries are one thing. But to just seem to not try. I know some athlete's don't really love the sport. Maybe that's Jake's issue. He really doesn't love the game, he's just good at it.

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This, from CanucksArmy .....

 

But there are a few outstanding players of note the Oilers will need to make decisions on: Jake Virtanen and Jason Demers.

 

Virtanen came into camp shrouded in controversy and seemed to be motivated to turn the page on a checkered past — on and off the ice — and return to the NHL a new player. He wanted to prove his ability as a power forward as someone who once looked like he could become the premier player at the position.

 

Instead, Virtanen looks more destined for a second-tier pro league in Europe than he does NHL ice.

It’s not for lack of chances, either.

 

Last night, he drew in for his third game of the preseason playing 15:29 in all situations that included 3:11 on the powerplay. He registered just one shot on goal, and couldn’t help break up the Flames’ cycle on their third goal of the game. Even while getting the second most powerplay time of any forward in that game, I can’t recall one positive thing he did on the ice. This isn't new either.

 

Across his three games, Virtanen has played 12:15 on the powerplay generating two shots on goal and one scoring chance. He’s spent zero time on the penalty kill and in his 30:06 of even-strength time, he’s taken one shot on goal and laid only three hits. At 5×5, the Oilers have controlled 40 percent of the shot attempts, 50 percent of the goals scored (1-1), 42.95 percent of the expected goal share and just 41.67 percent of the scoring chances. Virtanen has an even PDO of 100, suggesting what you see is what you get.

 

Nothing about what he’s brought to the table shows me that A), he’s better than any of the other numerous players vying for bottom-six minutes, or B) that he’s any different of a player on the ice now than when he was with the Vancouver Canucks.

With a professional career in the NHL on the line, Virtanen looks none-too-interested in separating himself from what’s a tight pack in Edmonton. I don’t see him earning a contract in Edmonton.

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3 hours ago, Googlie said:

This, from CanucksArmy .....

 

But there are a few outstanding players of note the Oilers will need to make decisions on: Jake Virtanen and Jason Demers.

 

Virtanen came into camp shrouded in controversy and seemed to be motivated to turn the page on a checkered past — on and off the ice — and return to the NHL a new player. He wanted to prove his ability as a power forward as someone who once looked like he could become the premier player at the position.

 

Instead, Virtanen looks more destined for a second-tier pro league in Europe than he does NHL ice.

It’s not for lack of chances, either.

 

Last night, he drew in for his third game of the preseason playing 15:29 in all situations that included 3:11 on the powerplay. He registered just one shot on goal, and couldn’t help break up the Flames’ cycle on their third goal of the game. Even while getting the second most powerplay time of any forward in that game, I can’t recall one positive thing he did on the ice. This isn't new either.

 

Across his three games, Virtanen has played 12:15 on the powerplay generating two shots on goal and one scoring chance. He’s spent zero time on the penalty kill and in his 30:06 of even-strength time, he’s taken one shot on goal and laid only three hits. At 5×5, the Oilers have controlled 40 percent of the shot attempts, 50 percent of the goals scored (1-1), 42.95 percent of the expected goal share and just 41.67 percent of the scoring chances. Virtanen has an even PDO of 100, suggesting what you see is what you get.

 

Nothing about what he’s brought to the table shows me that A), he’s better than any of the other numerous players vying for bottom-six minutes, or B) that he’s any different of a player on the ice now than when he was with the Vancouver Canucks.

With a professional career in the NHL on the line, Virtanen looks none-too-interested in separating himself from what’s a tight pack in Edmonton. I don’t see him earning a contract in Edmonton.

Bit of a shame. Maybe he could be a bottom six AHL guy, but he'd probably make more playing in Europe.

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9 minutes ago, -AJ- said:

Bit of a shame. Maybe he could be a bottom six AHL guy, but he'd probably make more playing in Europe.

why is it a shame? he's had multiple chances to make a career happen before this latest debacle. 

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13 minutes ago, JM_ said:

why is it a shame? he's had multiple chances to make a career happen before this latest debacle. 

I just like to see players succeed and it would've been nice to see Jake's career and life turned around. Seems like he still hasn't figured it out, at least from a hockey perspective.

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5 minutes ago, -AJ- said:

I just like to see players succeed and it would've been nice to see Jake's career and life turned around. Seems like he still hasn't figured it out, at least from a hockey perspective.

After the 3rd or 4th attempt I don't care anymore. He doesn't seem to want it, so why should I want it for him?

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9 hours ago, Ghostsof1915 said:

I know hitting the gym is a drag. But If someone paid me $875,000 a year, I'd be in the gym and on the ice as much as I could, and be the best shape I could.

It's so sad, that a player like Rick Rypien would have killed to have a frame like Jake's. Injuries are one thing. But to just seem to not try. I know some athlete's don't really love the sport. Maybe that's Jake's issue. He really doesn't love the game, he's just good at it.

I think the only time that was true was when he was physically bigger and stronger as a teenager and could run amok, now that others have grown, trained to be stronger and quicker he didn't seem interested in putting in the work (that came easy) when he was bigger and stronger than most as a teenager

 

This ordeal he went through and playing away in Russia did not seem to waken him or train for his opportunity in Edmonton,

The work ethic and desire is not his make up

He failed in the WJC with McDavid and appears to be on his 2nd chance as well

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1 hour ago, JM_ said:

After the 3rd or 4th attempt I don't care anymore. He doesn't seem to want it, so why should I want it for him?

I'm always rooting for someone to turn their life around and become a better person. That said, if he doesn't want it, he won't get it, nor does he deserve it. The change has to happen internally before any substantial external change will happen.

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On 9/19/2022 at 5:39 PM, Googlie said:

 

I think I've found the answer to why Jake struggles with the game of hockey in the NHL. 

Just look at those eyes. HIs left eye is looking straight ahead, whilst his right eye is looking

over to the left.  How can he possibly keep track of the puck while following it from 2 different

angles?:shock::rolleyes: 

 

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31 minutes ago, higgyfan said:

I think I've found the answer to why Jake struggles with the game of hockey in the NHL. 

Just look at those eyes. HIs left eye is looking straight ahead, whilst his right eye is looking

over to the left.  How can he possibly keep track of the puck while following it from 2 different

angles?:shock::rolleyes: 

 


 

 

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1 hour ago, -AJ- said:

I'm always rooting for someone to turn their life around and become a better person. That said, if he doesn't want it, he won't get it, nor does he deserve it. The change has to happen internally before any substantial external change will happen.

I get that from a general humanity pov. But I've learned over the years that sometimes there are folks that just can't be helped. 

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24 minutes ago, JM_ said:

I get that from a general humanity pov. But I've learned over the years that sometimes there are folks that just can't be helped. 

This is true. Jake, just like anyone of us, are responsible for who we are, and become. 

 

There's no passing the buck. 

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On 9/29/2022 at 5:43 PM, King Loui said:

All this talk about him not "wanting it".  The kid just isn't any good.  I've never seen such a bad player be given so many opportunities.  Crazy 

True enough - he isn't any good. But that's *because* he hasn't done the things he needed to in order to be successful. Part of that is likely because he doesn't seem like the sharpest guy, but the other part is his lack of passion and commitment. We've all seen his speed and physicality when he wanted to display those elements. There is no doubt in my mind he had the tools that would have provided him a 3rd line career at minimum - if he only choose to grow up and give his all.

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It's game over for Jake "The Ripper", Here's the final Report from the Oilers: "He played in six of Edmonton’s seven pre-season games, but never showed the kind of urgency one might expect from a player in a last-ditch attempt to get his foot back in the NHL."

 

He can now move on to his future career as a Coal Chucker & Tractor salesman at the Abbotsford farm Auto-Mall.

 

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