our top 25 under 25 begins over at the @CopperandBlue today. we unveil one player a day from now until the middle of december. i'm proud of our staff and hope all who read it enjoy.— Jeff Chapman (@NewWaveOil) November 17, 2020
That’s right, people, today marks the start of our annual off-season Top 25 Under 25, where we bash our heads together to try and rank the organization’s young assets in order of...
Well, that’s just it. We all have our own orders, because we all value things a little bit differently. As such, be prepared to see some guys slot in higher or lower than you might expect.
I came across a stat this morning as part of a good thread on Connor McDavid’s 5v5 defensive impact, and it blew my mind:
I also think that he cheats for offence because the Oilers need it. They haven't won a game without McD or Drai getting a point since 2017 (!). If McDavid played on a competent team, I doubt he would cheat this much defensively, as he was actually good defensively in 16-17.— Sid (@sid_hockeyfan) November 16, 2020
I didn’t fact check it, so I’m sorry if its incorrect, but isn’t it wild that it seems true?!
Anyway, even though McDavid is about as far from the problem as he could be, figuring out how to improve McDavid’s 5v5 defense should rank pretty high on Dave Tippett’s TODO list.
Maybe the F group having some on-paper depth this season will help.
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