O’Sullivan really needs to get serious and other thoughts in wake of another Oilers defeat Player grades, Sharks, 5, Oilers, 4, by Smokin’ Ray Burnt – Cult of Hockey

The Cult of Hockey Grading System: 10-perfect game, 9 extraordinary, 8 great, 7 good, 6 above average, 5 average, 4 below average, 3 poor, 2 terrible, 1 deserves to be in minors.

#19 Patrick O’Sullivan (4) – He really needs to step up and get serious about hockey.  At points during the game he seemed timid and was almost scared to do anything.  I don’t know what to think of him anymore.  He led the team in shots with six, but most of those were not even good shots.  He just seems to be in a funk.  And the funk stinks.

#71 Lubomir Visnovsky (5) – He wasn’t great, but he wasn’t bad.  He always makes good plays and shows off his superior stick handling skills, but tonight he seemed a little off.  His defensive plays were good but he seemed to not be pushing it offensively. It could be that Quinn wanted him to be that way but I doubt it.  I just can’t quite put my finger on what’s wrong.  He was +2 and had two shots.  He needs to be better than what he did tonight.  He needs to be better than average.

And for good measure, here’s something plucked from the comments:

I was actually at the game tonight. Oh, how I cringed almost every time O’Sullivan was on the ice. I’d have given him an even lower mark. His basic play on offence is the pull-up shot from outside, a pretty useless play. On defence, he shows no bite, nothing. What is wrong with this kid?

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