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INBOX: On Schwartz & More

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Every Monday, Oilers radio colour analyst and Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer answers questions submitted by fans about the team.
  1. Bob's thoughts on Dustin Schwartz, who was named as the replacement for Fred Chabot in the goaltending coach position.  

 
Dustin Schwartz was an average but highly-competitive goaltender for the University of Alberta Golden Bears after playing for Medicine Hat and Red Deer in the WHL. Even in his fourth and fifth years at the University of Alberta you could see that he was tracking to be a coach one day down the road.

He has had success at the WHL level working with both Laurent Broissoit and Tristan Jarry and is seen as a rising star in the goaltending community.

He is from the OR (Optimum Reaction) Sports Goaltending Coaching Tree. To my knowledge, OR Sports places emphasis on head placement, tracking and economizing movement in goal.
 
  • Do you see any improvements in the overall farm system of the Oilers and their ability to home grow some talent? — Rick from Calgary
     
    Rick, Todd Nelson would be the first to say that there is a different emphasis under Craig MacTavish in terms of developing players in Oklahoma City and improving the Oilers developmental model.

    The Oilers need to ensure that highly-touted prospects like Oscar Klefbom, Bogdan Yakimov, Jujhar Khaira and Mitch Moroz see significant minutes in the first couple of pro seasons. This is something that did not always happen with Oilers second and third-round draft choices in the previous regime and stunted the development of some of the Oilers prospects.
     
  • Whatever happened to playing large players in front of the net on power play like Gadzic e.g. Semenko in the early Oilers? — Peter from Harrison Hot Springs, BC  

    The days of playing an enforcer are coming to an end in the National Hockey League and certainly not much of an option in terms of deployment on the power play. Truth be known, Semenko had a good run with some key offensive moments from about 1981-84 but was rarely used in that role after the ’84 Cup.
  • Bob Stauffer is Colour Analyst on the Oilers Radio Network and Hosts “Oilers Now” each day Noon to 2:00 PM Monday thru Friday on 630 CHED and you can follow him on Twitter at @Bob_Stauffer
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