angryjay93 Posted December 21, 2009 Report Share Posted December 21, 2009 Edmonton Oilers Team Overview: As Petr Klima goes, so does the Edmonton Oilers. While the supporting cast may be respectable with the likes of Dave Manson, Bill Ranford, and Kevin Todd, the team is completely reliant on the all league talents of Klima, getting the most out of him is the key to succeeding with Edmonton.Forwards: The main issue with the Oilers forward unit is that every player aside from Klima has a weakness that keeps them from being an upper echelon player. Craig Simpson and Doug Weight lack speed. Todd Elik, Shane Corson, and Todd lack skills. Zdeno Ciger lacks a distinguishing feature, the list goes on and on. All that can be done is to find a way to mix and match parts that keep the team competitive.Thunder and Lightning:Simpson-Klima-Todd Craig Simpson: 8 weight, 3/3 skating, 4/5 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 4/3 aware, Shoots: R Simpson’s biggest asset is his 4/5 shot, keeping him on the left wing is best so he can unleash his right handed slappers. What helps further aid his goal scoring abilities is that he is fairly smart with his 4 off awareness, he seems to often times be in a decent spot to unleash a potent one timer. As mentioned earlier though, every non-Klima has a weakness. Simpsons problems compound each other, hes slow and heavy. At 3/3 skating and 8 weight, Simpson cant be relied upon to be lugging the puck up the ice consistently nor be relied upon to help out much on defense aside from the occasional poke check. Petr Klima: 7 weight, 5/5 skating, 4/5 shot, 5 sth, 3 pass, 3/2 aware, Shoots: R Without Klima in the middle, the team loses its best goal scoring option. Klima has that rare blend of speed and shot power, possessing 5/5 skating and a 4/5 shot. One-timing isn’t a strength of Klima or the Oilers in general, Klima possess only a 3 off awareness and no player on the entire roster is better then a 3 passer. Fortunately though Klima is a 7 weight, which allows him to be a very effective 1 on 1 deke artist. That’s really the key to this team, the offense is typically created by Klima, whether he slashes his way through the opposing defense, unleashes a slapper, or attracts the defense and dishes it off to Simpson for a quick one-timer. With other teams, its usually wise to attack with different players to keep defenses on their heels, with Edmonton, its wise to attack in different ways with Klima. Kevin Todd: 5 weight, 3/4 skating, 3/2 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L The defensive conscience of the line and the whole team, Todd needs to use his 5 weight and 3/4 skating to assert himself on the opposing teams most dangerous weapons or down low on the forecheck to pressure the defense. Aside from that though, Todd’s strengths are limited to his ability to rush the puck up the ice, but a question has to be asked, then what? With a 3/2 shot and 3 passing, Todd cant be feared as a great set up man or sniper, he is more or less useless as a goal scoring threat once he gets above the faceoff dots.This Is the most balanced line Edmonton possess, Simpson can compliment Klima in the goal scoring department and Todd can be relied upon to aid Klima in back checking and body checking. Despite our best efforts though, this line is still susceptible to fast, light, and skilled lines.Klima All:Todd-Klima-CigerTodd-Klima-Elik Zdeno Ciger: 7 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/3 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L The definition of mediocre, 4/3 speed, 3/3 shot, 3/3 aware, 3 passing, and 7 weight. Zdeno Ciger looks like nothing special. But there is some sort of intangible about him that is obvious after using him for a while. He’s just consistent, and he seems to be in the right spot more often than not. Todd Elik: 7 weight, 3/4 skating, 2/3 shot, 3 sth, 2 pass, 3/3 aware, Shoots: L Although less skilled than Todd, Todd Elik does possess 3/4 speed and 7 weight, which allows this to be the fastest line Edmonton can produce. With his 2 passing and 2/3 shot though, it will be far from the most skilled line.The main strengths of these two lines is that with Todd playing the LW, no substitution will have to be made when going on the penalty kill. With Ciger, a slight weight advantage is gained at the cost of a little offensive fire power. In Elik, speed is gained, the lines aren’t as balanced, but it builds up some other strengths instead. Other Options: Shayne Corson: 9 weight, 4/4 skating, 3/2 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: L A real heart and soul player, Corson brings some speed and tenacity to a lineup. His weight will hinder him though and his putrid shot ratings will make him all but useless as a goal scoring threat. In blitz league though, this guy can be a real s**t stirrer. Doug Weight: 6 weight, 3/3 skating 3/3 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 3/4 aware. Shoots: L Sort of a happy medium between Todd and Elik, and by happy, I mean utterly boring.Forward Rating: 6/10Defense: This just might be the easiest defensive pairing to make in the entire game, Igor Kravchuk and Manson are the pairing, there is no other way around it.Kravchuk-Manson Igor Kravchuk: 9 weight, 4/3 skating, 3/2 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 3/4 aware, Shoots: L As far as lumbering heavyweights go, Kravchuk is a pretty decent guy to throw into the fray. The extra uptick in his agility makes him fairly easy to use despite his weight and this allows him to be fairly effective in protecting the middle of the ice with his hooks and poke checks. He also has just enough of a passing skill set to help Klima spring into transition, not bad for a #2 defenseman on a mediocre team. Dave Manson: 9 weight, 4/4 skating, 5/1 shot, 4 sth, 3 pass, 3/5 aware, Shoots: L The more gifted of the two Oiler rearguards, Manson can be a fairly dominating force on defense despite his heavyweight status. With a 5 rating in checking and his pristine defensive awareness, Manson should do a bang up job of cleaning up house in front of Ranford. Throw in his blistering slap shot and above average skating, Manson is able to dabble into the offensive game almost as effectively. Very much so on the heavy side, but also on the smart and skilled side. As long as we dont pretend they're Petr Svoboda or Chris Chelios, this duo should do more than hold its own against most teams. Other Options: Brian Glynn: 11 weight, 3/3 skating, 4/1 shot, 2 sth & pass, 2/3 aware, Shoots: L Fat...ass. He's got the 4 shot power though, smoke 'em if you got 'em. Chris Joseph: 10 weight, 3/3 skating, 3/1 shot, 3 sth & pass, 3/1 aware, Shoots: R Ever wanted to see what 3/1 awareness looks like on a d-man? Throw Joseph out there and find out. Geoff Smith: 9 weight, 4/3 skating 1/1 shot, 3 sth & pass, 2/3 aware, Shoots: L A rather nimble defenseman, Smith has solid passing ratings to go along with it. The lowest rated defenseman on the roster just might be the best sub available, go figure. Defense: 6.5/10Goaltending: Bill Ranford: 4 weight, 4/3 skating, 4 puck control, 4/4/5/4 save, Catches: L Don’t let the average rating fool you, its watered down by low awareness. Ranford has it where it really counts, 4 passing and 4/4/5/4 save ratings. He is one of the most coveted goalies in the league after Roy, Belfour, and Fuhr. His only weakness is 4/3 skating, but at 4 weight, it limits his sluggishness in net with the manual goalie.Goalie Rating: 7.5/10Final Word: Against top tier teams, its an uphill battle, even if Klima goes off in a game. But against anyone else, the Oilers have enough presence in their own zone and offensive firepower to consistently keep up. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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