1-2-3 Kid(s)

Sticking with wrestling. I remember when The 1-2-3 Kid burst onto the scene in 1993 after upsetting Razor Ramon on Monday Night RAW. I recall being fairly unconvinced of his heroism at the time. I mean he looked like every other jobber the industry used to march out against the veterans back when pro wrestling events were mostly exhibitions. He was skinny, sported a mullet-pompadour combo (I think), had no signature maneuvers, and his one-zee looked like something the mouse from Chuck-E-Cheeze would wear. It was a flat gimmick. But he got a big push that season from the writers and, surprisingly, put together a lengthy and lucrative career in pro wrestling. Some kid.

The Oilers have a set of 1-2-3 Kids getting a big push of their own. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, since being put together for the Canucks game on Saturday, have proven to be a scoring threat every shift. Like The 1-2-3 Kid they are small, fast, and unaffected by the pro talent they have been thrown up against. Unlike The 1-2-3 Kid though, they are supremely entertaining to watch and easy to believe in.

How long has it been since the Oilers boasted a line to be feared. And I don’t mean like the Kyle Brodziak, Zack Stortini, Curtis Glencross line from 2008 where the opposition had a hard time handling that line’s crash-and-bang style; rather, I’m thinking of a line that gives the opposition’s defense anxiety every time they gain possession of the puck in the offensive zone. I’m thinking of the kind-of excitement that’s generated from a line that has a chance to score every time they are out there. How far back do we have to go?

I think some would like to look back at the Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson line from 2009 as perhaps being an intimidating line but, in all fairness, none of those three struck fear in the hearts of defensemen around the league. Perhaps the Joe Murphy, Adam Graves, Martin Gelinas “Kid line” from the 1990 Stanley Cup run is a closer analog for the new trio of Oiler youth. Shall we even talk about some of the names from the ’80s? Maybe not. This talented line will be given every opportunity to carve out their own legacy. But I think they need a new name. What do you think?

Reading Robin Brownlee’s post at Oilers Nation today he noted that tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames is an important marker for each club’s fans, that with a convincing win by the Oilers we might start to think the boys have turned the corner and that the Flames crumble is already in progress. I don’t think this game will be an indication of the future but it sure will be fun to see the Oilers start to give a few shots back after so many years in the basement.

Whitney’s back too! Woo. Earning back some respect starts tonight!

Goilers.

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3 thoughts on “1-2-3 Kid(s)

  1. lol early-90s wresting was ridiculous.

    Too bad about the Calg. game.

    Speaking from the perspective of a casual fan, the 123 Kid Line is definitely getting me pumped up. Lets do it Goilers.

  2. So what’s this I’m reading about RNH being considered to sit when Gagner comes in? I think it makes sense to put Gagner on RNH’s right side, so that he can cheat on the draws. If he gets waved out Gagner can take the draw. Good luck vs. King Henrik tonight. You’d be doing the Leafs a favour in taking some points from the Rangers. Here’s a real big Smitty (not smutty) article for you:http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AhBFmmPwIiYHUqWfUUbIghZivLYF?slug=edmjour-ca-5592372

  3. As tweeted by @Edmonton Oilers today the forward lines v. Rangers tonight are:

    Hall-RNH-Eberle
    Smyth-Horcoff-Jones
    Paajarvi-Belanger-Gagner
    Eager-Lander-Petrell

    Omark is getting the night off. This tells us 3 things I think:

    1. Renney has line combinations he likes. The Kid Line and the Vet Line have chemistry that he doesn’t want to tamper with. He likes to have a 4th line that plays sparingly and a versatile 3rd line. The lines tonight reflect Renney’s comfort with this arrangement more than anything, imo.
    2. Linus Omark’s usefulness is only if he scores. 0-0-0 in 5 games is not going to do the trick. He’s shown flashes of sublime talent but for the most part has been a little shy on the finish. 27 pts in 56 career games. The clock is ticking.
    3. RNH is going nowhere. Now, having said that, how do we get the most out of him? Regardless of the benefits of having 2 centres on a line – which I think is more beneficial on offensive zone draws and the power play rather than at evens – Teddy Nugent will have the most success with Hall and Eberle as his wingers. Sammy will do just fine on the 3rd line. I hope he can get Mags PRV going, he’s been good this year.

    Goilers.

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