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Edmonton Oilers v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Oilers are in the playoffs again after fucking up a bazillion 1st round draft picks but finally getting a top 3 NHL player whose only drawbacks are a silly name and a collarbone made out of overcooked pasta.

Do you know what the means? That’s right, it’s time for TODD MCLELLAN TO BE BEWILDERED BY THINGS!

Did you overplay your starting goaltender during the last 7 months, and he’s about to expose all his weaknesses to a team facing him every other day?

Edmonton Oilers v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

How about that defense! Is it overly thin? Will the other team figure out the obvious match ups that you can’t or won’t counter?

Edmonton Oilers v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Time to look at the forwards. Is your first line the only one that can perform at a high level? Do you expect shitty, tired veterans to somehow help? Is it impossible to keep that a secret from a competent staff on the other side of the glass?

Ottawa Senators v San Jose Sharks Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

How about the randomness of a short series? Are you willing to limit the variables you can control to give your team the best chance of winning, or is it all up to the players now that you’ve put your processes in place?

San Jose Sharks v Florida Panthers

Wait just a minute there, is there a categorically poor hockey player who occasionally beats someone up on your roster? Do you somehow believe adding this player to the lineup is some sort of “spice” that brings together the entire “dish” of your team as a whole?

San Jose Sharks v Phoenix Coyotes

Congratulations! You’re the Todd McLellaniest Todd McLellan that ever Todd McLellaned.

Oilers @ Sharks

7:30 PM Pacific

Prediction: Todd gets punked in the playoffs for a number of different reasons, some of which were in his control.