Oilers this season
Record 2-9-1 (31st in NHL)
Goal Differential -19 (31st in NHL)
Goals Per Game 2.58 (28th in NHL)
Save Percentage .862 (Last in NHL)
– Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) November 10, 2023
Before the game, everyone was joking that if the Oilers didn’t win the Sharks duel, the Alberta team would never recover. And here you are this morning, in the middle of just such a scenario.
The guys are sorely lacking in self-confidence. They can’t score at the right time. Connor McDavid’s injury is hurting. The goalies aren’t getting the job done – even in the AHL, in Jack Campbell’s case.
Right now, the Oilers have five points and I’m not sure they could beat the AHL’s top club, the
Laval Rocket. The guys look lost on the ice.
Which brings us to Jay Woodcroft. The Oilers coach may say he’s not afraid of losing his job, but we all know he can’t go before the media and say he’s afraid of his job. It’s just not done.
as jay woodcroft and dave manson walk off the ice after the oilers loss to san jose, woodcroft appears to say “that might be it” to manson, who appears to respond with “yup.” pic.twitter.com/Qd1b8fNfAX
– zach (@zjlaing) November 10, 2023
It’s hard to put your finger on the boo-boo, but I will say this: Jay Woodcroft reminds me an awful lot of Dominique Ducharme (in 2022) right now. At some point, no matter how good you are, it just goes too fast.
This summer, the Oilers hired Jeff Jackson (Connor McDavid’s former agent) as president of hockey operations. And everyone knows that when there’s a change at the top of the pyramid, it puts stress on the employees, who wonder what the new boss thinks of them.
Right now, we suspect that GM Ken Holland is living on borrowed time. Naturally, the coach, who hasn’t known if he’s the right man for the job since the summer and who has started the season badly, is in the unknown.
Corporate leadership starts from the top. And right now, uncertainty reigns supreme. In my opinion, this clearly explains the Alberta team’s difficult performance.
Dominique Ducharme had his worst moments in Montreal when Marc Bergevin left and he couldn’t figure out what Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes wanted from him. In Ottawa, the new president, Steve Staios, is creating the same kind of uncertainty as in Edmonton at the moment.
If Woodcroft isn’t the man for the job, and Ken Holland isn’t either, get them out now. After all, it’s going to take more than “Jake Allen in Edmonton” to help a club that’s increasingly a keeper’s graveyard and has big questions to answer.
– News from the Rocket.
Back to training for the Rocket after a day off yesterday. Emil Heineman is still wearing yellow and is not expected to take part in the team’s two-game trip to Winnipeg on Sunday and Monday. Jared Davidson will insert the lineup and should see some time in AN. pic.twitter.com/Aze4ADSlo4
– Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) November 10, 2023
– The Caufield-Suzuki duo at another level.
It’s understandable why Boston would want to do it.
New York is a different story. https://t.co/FbyhROT1oI
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) November 10, 2023
– A name to watch.
Sacha Boisvert shows what he’s made of with the Lumberjacks https://t.co/K0tXXxOlSl
– Toutsurlehockey.com (@Toutsurlehockey) November 10, 2023