U of A researcher leans on his own NCAA golfing experience and academic expertise to analyze the team’s woeful showing this past season.
TSN senior writer Frank Seravalli says the Oilers’ failed season is layered and complex. I agree.
There are multi-layered personnel issues, like managers, coaches and players. There are also complex interconnected parts, like line combinations, defence pairings and special teams. It’s a razor-thin line between team success and failure, with “team” being key. Teams win games. Teams lose games, not individual players, coaches or managers.
Pioneering broadcast journalist Ed Murrow said, “The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.” To me, it’s completely obvious why the Oilers lost 46 games this year, and it’s not offence. It’s defence.
Defensively, the Oilers were depleted. Case in point: Andrej Sekera’s torn ACL, nine-month rehab and 44-game absence doomed this year’s season, but also last yea...