The Oilers need to get more pucks to the net, especially on the power play. They also want more slap shots to head towards the net than wristers.
Head Coach Dallas Eakins spoke about hat and the Oilers need for players like Justin Schultz to become that shot presence from the blueline.
“Justin’s first thought is get the puck to the net and we’re all for that. But we have asked him to start teeing it up because he can shoot it,” Eakins said.
Eakins says the Oilers don’t have that feared heavy shot from the point like the Predators have in Shea Weber, so it falls on the rest of the players just to shoot it.
“Do we have a guy that’s got a huge gun like some teams have a d-man back there that everybody in the league knows… it’s coming? We really don’t really have a guy like that,” Eakins said. “That being said, I’m not sure who can’t shoot the puck with these sticks. Everybody can gun it, you just have to be committed to, ‘I’m shooting the puck here and that’s it.’”
“If you have a chance to shoot it, I’d much rather you tickle the rafters with your stick and gun it than just wrist it through.”