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Edmonton Oilers still need to get bigger

Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne scores a goal defended by Edmonton Oilers defenseman Philip...

Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne scores a goal defended by Edmonton Oilers defenseman Philip Larsen during the second period at Honda Center on Dec 15, 2013 in Anaheim, CA, USA. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

DENVER - The Edmonton Oilers spent the last week trying to answer to a question that’s been answered every year for six straight years: can a mediocre small team beat a bunch of good, big teams?

After being hit for the cycle in a four-game series with Boston, Vancouver, Anaheim and Los Angeles, losing all four games and being shut out twice in a sobering six-day span, the latest verdict is in.

No. Still no.

The smaller they are, the harder they fall.

Simply put, the Oilers aren’t big enough to compete in a big man’s game.

While there is some great skill in Edmonton, the makeup of the team is all wrong and has been since 2007. The top six isn’t big enough, the bottom six isn’t hard enough and the defence is neither, in addition to not being very good.

The standings don’t lie. This is a bad, bad mixture.


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