Thursday, November 3, 2011
The Oilers have played October's games and I thought I'd share at least one line on each player:
Tom Gilbert has been exceptional to start this campaign. I've seen 2 or 3 games in which I would describe him as a solid 2nd pairing player who was getting some good bounces, and the rest of the games where he flat out looked like a first pairing guy. His fumbles behind his own blue line, particularly when being fore-checked from the other team (under pressure) have almost dried up. I'm on board with this Tom Gilbert.
Nikolai Khabibulin is playing like Dwayne Roloson circa the '06 run right now. Out of his skull good. Looks like he's getting a better result than he honestly deserves on technical merit, but his effort, concentration and feel for the puck right now are incredible. This is the goalie I hoped we were getting a few years back. I think Khabibulin feels confidence in his conditioning, ability and experience right now and is using the challenge being put forth by Dubynk and the energy of a young and exciting team in front of him to bring the best out of a quality veteran who had a lot to prove coming into the season.