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17 March 2007

A next year for Stoll?

Wait 'till next year.

As frustrating as that might be to fans of the Edmonton Oilers, it has an entirely different eaning for forward Jarret Stoll.
Out of action since Feb. 1 with a concussion, Stoll has no guarantee there will be a next year.
While Stoll is hopeful he'll be back this season, he understands that his first concussion with the Oilers could be his last.

-Edmonton/Canadian Press

This is very, very sad news indeed for Stoll. Out since February 1st, Stoll's career is now endangered of coming to an end. Stoll claims Samuel Pahlsson of the Anaheim Ducks began his concussion problems in early February in game when he threw Stoll against the boards from behind.
He recovered but his return was short lived as just 2 days later, a vicious hit from the Canucks' Kevin Bieksa put him out of action for good.

Stoll has 13 goals and 26 assists for a total of 39 points and is +2 in 51 games this season. This is a huge decline compared to last year's 68 point campaign.

He's looked brilliant in his first few years as an NHL'er despite flashes of wild inconsistency.
The Oilers have already lost many pieces to their puzzle this season thru injuries and a certain trade which has devastated their win-loss record since and they now find themselves in a race for the bottom. Patrick Kane? Here we come!

They've lost production out of Fernando Pisani, he looks like he's up in the stars when he plays.
Shawn Horcoff has not lived up to the expectations after a career year last season. Goaltender Dwayne Roloson has had to fight many difficult moments in the Oilers' net with a shoddy defence in front of him, the loss of Chris Pronger took a harder hit than expected as the Oilers' troubles have begun on defence.
Joffrey Lupul has been a total bust this season and has not put up respectable numbers.
They have a couple of AHL-calibre defencemen playing every game, namely Jan Hejda...and inexperienced rookies getting full-time playing time (Brad Winchester, J.F. Jacques...).
Here's the best one: their leading point-getter among defenceman is...wait for it...JASON SMITH, yep, the hearty captain with only SEVEN.

You see, and now you wonder why the Oilers are losing big...all these items just can't co-exist on the same team, at least for now.
Covered In Oil had an interesting post a few days ago and compared the current Oilers lineup to the Stanley Cup finals' lineup. You can see a huge difference.

I'm not the Oil expert, but it doesn't take a genius to see that the city of Edmonton is now in mourning...I feel for you Oilers fans, I've said it before and I'll say it again...

Bleu, Blanc et Rouge

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