Are the oilers a small team?

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  1. fryburger

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    I have been watching a ton TSN, listening the Radio, and other sources. Ton of these experts call the oilers a small team, but what constitutes a small team. Is it strictly average team height of forwards and defencemen?

    I would consider our small guys Yaks, Eberle, Gagner, Ference and Brown. These`s guys are all 5'11"
     
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    Yes they are a very small team
     
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    Thanks for the input.
     
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    They're small and they play like it. We're probably the softest team in the league.

    It's not just about size though. Paajarvi and Penner are examples of bigger forwards who have played here but are just as soft as the rest of the roster.
     
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    short answer: yes

    long answer: yes yes
     
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    We are certainly not the smallest team in the league.
     
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    Maybe you should name some of the big players on the Oilers who actually play a regular shift, then you will see.
     
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    I see your point.
     
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    :sarcasm:

    Well, the only defensemen under 6'1 on opening night will be Ference (according to Oilers website)
     
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    Jesse joensuu 6'4
     
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    Definitely lacking established players with size.
     
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    Small in stature? not really.

    Overloaded with players that play non-physical/non-aggressive games? Absolutely
     
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    well, first of all, if Gagner is 5'11" then I'm an astronaut. 5'9" max. I'm sure you can minus an inch off Ebs as well.

    but, that is beside the point. the Oilers "play" small. they never... NEVER... initiate rough play. its always reactive. when someone decks one of our small good players (which means anytime you hit any of our good players) then one our toughs (that can't play more than 8 minutes) reacts. its is such a sorry state of affairs it is absolutely embarrassing.

    how did they allow themselves to build such a ridiculously imbalanced lineup. they are so screwed up they can't even correct themselves.

    i'm scared for this lineup. they are going to get hurt.
     
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    We're bigger than Montreal, but that's not saying much.
     
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    Small but becoming FEISTAAAAAY!
     
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    No doubt we need to see a couple wingers like Joensuu to emerge. It will also be nice to get Klefbom and Nurse on the team.
     
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    It's a team that plays small.
     
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    lol(made me laugh) but I do agree :yo: - tired of losing and getting pissed off!
     
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    I think the best measure of size would be to take the average weight of the team, weighted by ice time. Having some 285 pound goon who only steps on the ice for 2 minutes every third game doesn't make the team big. By that measure, I suspect Edmonton is near the bottom of the league, although I haven't crunched the numbers. Edmonton's main forwards are all on the low end of average sized at best. Our D isn't too bad though, and is probably going to get bigger over the next few years.
     
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    It looks like we're working towards more size and physical play. Next season when Hemsky and Smyth are gone, hopefully we replace them with physical players. We added grit in our top six with Perron and our bottom six with Gordon and Joenusu. We also added toughness with Gadzic (Smac will probably be sent down once he's not injured). Plus we added toughness on defence with Ference and possibly Belov. Minus Gagner, Eberle and Yakupov were not that small of a team, more along the average.
     
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    Right now? Probably, yes.

    But if we balance that with some really gritty players then we should be fine. Eberle/Nuge/Gagner/Perron can kill teams with speed, skill, deking, endurance, etc. They don't need size.

    Taylor Hall is continuing to fill out, and if Yakupov follows in that same vein then our top 6 will be fine.
     
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    The problem I see is that the big players dont play a big physical and have the ability to play the game
     
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    Neither of those players were soft.
     
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    Time to average their heights then compare that to the rest of the league .
     
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    How often would people on here complain about Paajarvi not using his size enough or getting out-muscled too easily? Does he have a mean streak? By definition that is a soft player.

    I'll give you Penner though, he was just lazy.
     

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