Are the 2011-2012 Oilers better or worse than their 2010-2011 counterparts? At first glance the answer is an alarming no. But lets look and some numbers just for kicks!
Games Played: 38
League Standing: 28
Goals For: 99
Goals Against: 125
Goal Differential: -26
Year Ending Powerplay: 14.5% 27th in League
Year Ending Penalty Kill: 77% 29th in League
D-Core: Whitney (Hurt), Gilbert, Smid, Peckham, Chorney, Petry, Strudwick, Foster
2011-2012 Season - January 6
Games Played: 40
League Standing: 26
Goals For: 110
Goals Against: 115
Goal Differential: -5
Current Powerplay: 21.6% 2nd in League
Current Penalty Kill: 83.6% 11th in League
D-Core Whitney (Hurt), Gilbert (Hurt), Smid, Petry, Peckham, Sutton, Barker (Hurt), Teubert
People argue that Tambellini did not work hard enough in the off season acquiring talent on the back end. Forgetting D-men were thin at that time, my belief is this. We are better than our numbers are showing, not much better, but a better team, plagued by injury and incomplete.
I thought about calling for Tambo's head on a swivel but thanks to my man crush Dan Tencer (i'll pistol whip anyone who bad talks him!) he reminded me, this team isn't meant to be great yet. By next season if our defense isn't fixed with major overhauls and we aren't sporting a power forward then I may take issue. Till then relax your bodies Oiler fans, this team will be great it just takes time.