As Ken Hitchcock became more and more involved with the Edmonton Oilers, he learned why he was the seventh coach for the past decade.
There are more holes in this list than a firm position.
Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, and Alex Chiasson are all passengers when they go past four forwarders who actually created goals and assists.
Jujhar Khaira took fifth place in the forward with 13 points in 36 games. Here are 10 points with Drake Caggiula. We've reached the middle of the season and have three or fewer goals out of nine forward out of 14 forward.
"I'm trying to get more people involved." Hitchcock had three assists on Connor McDavid's goal for Chiasson, Draisaitl and Nugent-Hopkins, but Euler was fourth in five games.
"We rely on two or three people every night to try to connect more people, rather than doing everything, and we do not get enough support players."
So he tries to find a team that can still be successful in a team that is still in the 23rd place in the game, even though he is confused, mixed and matched and has the best players in the world.
But no one is coming for him.
Even the idiocy, which was not required to score, lost momentum (though it was implicitly understood when three people were assembled together).
"We went a little further when we put Brodziak's line together," Hitchcock said. "But they were struggling and not as good as they used to be."
So he has to get on McDonald's harder, which will eventually catch up with him. Share your hope for the nine players who have combined 253 Manchester United in 16 goals.
Hitchcock can not continue to work the same way over and over again because he does not work "who needs to know who helps others and hurts others." We are leaning on pretty heavy people.
"We need to get more (from others), that's why we do what we do and we try to include more participants to help more people. We can not get enough support to support many key people, so more people can get help. "
Todd McLellan, Todd Nelson, Dallas Eakins, Ralph Krueger, Tom Renney and Pat Quinn saw it. A few bright stars have received little help from the rest of the pioneers.
"We need to find people who can help us," says Hitchcock. "You see what happens in the backend."
Oh yes, the back end is as thin as where it passes.
The blue line worked well enough this year, but as soon as someone removed the wrong part, it was the last step in the Jenga game that was unconditionally balanced and ready to collapse.
The work was Oscar Klefbom, which was boosted by the loss of Kris Russell.
Two of the four defenders were promoted to missing locations, all of which were promoted to locations that were not ready to be dealt with, and the results are displayed as numbers. out.
"Everyone is wounded, and we can not afford to have what we have," Hitchcock said. "We were in a good position on the back end to be successful, but we hit hard. Now we are paying the price.
"We are showing too many people playing on the ladder, which has a big impact on us, some teams can afford it, and some teams can absorb it."
This team can not. And since Klebbom does not come back anytime soon, the strategy involved in waiting five weeks for his return is rather risky.
And the idea that this team can outweigh the weaknesses in defense has already been reviewed in the previous paragraph.
So it looks like a very subtle balance now. And God does not forbid the things that will happen in the future.
"(Tampa Bay) As the game progressed, there was some exposure to the lineup we are now dressing up," Hitchcock said. "We'll have to find a way to pass it for a while."
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Oil Spill Podcast: Mid Season, Some Euler Lose Some Win – Part 1
Part 1 of the Edmonton Oilers season – a mid-term report from the NHL team near the midpoint of the 2018-19 event.
Jim Matheson, Derek Van Diest and Craig Ellingson talk about three boiling themes surrounding Euler.
– An injury to Mikko Koskinen, who will be the starting goalkeeper.
– Ken Hitchcock changed his coach on November 20, replacing Todd McLellan with a coach.
– Milan Lucic's continuing saga of trying to score this season.
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