Author of the post:
David Staples – Edmonton Journal
Jan 26, 2021 – 21 hours ago – 3 minute read
Today we’ll go into some of the secrets of the Edmonton Oilers this season, such as what’s going on with the power play and why are numerous fans now down on Adam Larsson
Oilers power play
There’s nothing wrong with the Oilers power play that some perseverance and practice will not fix. Yes, the power play has simply 3 objectives so far and it’s ranked just 25 th overall in the NHL, with a success rate of just 12 percent.
This is method, method below last year when it was ranked 1st total and scored on 29.5 percent of its opportunities.
However this Oilers power play is getting its opportunities. It’s put 26 Grade A shots on net in just 47 power play minutes, helpful for 1.11 Grade A shot for every single 2 minute power play.
Last season it had 168 Grade A shots in 313 power play minutes, 1.07 for every single two minute power play.
The unsafe shots are there, similar to they were last season. They’re recently going in.
However they will, so long as Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins keep making great plays.
As for Tyson Barrie, it’s a learning curve for him to fit into this group, however the skill is there, the shot is dangerous, so the client method is warranted with him. He’s not run this power play off a cliff. Bad puck luck is the primary concern today.
Perceptions of Adam Larsson
Let me put something to you that I bet you’ll concur with as soon as you consider it for a minute or two:
It’s even more likely that we’ll keep in mind a significant defensive mistake by a player if that significant mistake winds up in the Edmonton internet.
Do you concur that this takes place? I’m quite sure it does.
I’m also quite sure that in the short-term it has a major impact on our understanding of gamers.
If a player makes an unsightly turnover however Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen makes a big save, we’ll tend to forget that awful turnover. However if that exact same turnover results in an objective versus, the mess up sticks in our memory.
This brings me to Adam Larsson.
If you do the video review of the very first 7 games of this season and go over all the Grade A chances (tough or hard shots on Edmonton’s internet), you’ll discover Larsson has made 5 significant mistakes on Grade A shots at even strength.
That’s not a lot.
Bear and Nurse have made 13 each, by comparison.
Larsson’s problem is that on four of those five significant miscues, 80 percent of them, the puck ended up in the Oilers web.
Compare that to last year when Larsson made 66 significant errors on Grade A possibilities at even strength and 23 ended up in the Edmonton net– that’s simply 34.8 per cent.
I will wager you a million billion dollars that for the remainder of the season that 80 per cent of Adam Larsson’s major errors do not wind up as objectives against. And as that percentage creeps down, our understanding of Larsson will improve.
He’s not a great puck mover, undoubtedly, but he’s a strong defenceman with a nasty streak and a strong stick. If the Oilers didn’t have a d-man like him, they ‘d be searching for one something like him.
This isn’t to say that he’s great value on his agreement, or that he’s amount in return for Taylor Hall.
This is to state that our perception of him today is a bit warped.
P.S. When it pertains to developing scoring chances on the attack and refraining from major errors in his own zone, Connor McDavid is killing it right now. He’s playing the very best two-way hockey of his profession, I’ll recommend.
He could utilize some more power play points. There’s absolutely nothing to complain about his two-way game.