The Oilers depth chart and cap number is different today than it was yesterday. Here’s what the Oilers roster might look like opening night and the cap number (or close to) for the club.
TOTAL: 23 players
RUNNING TOTAL: $47,509,000
STATED CAP: $45M
A few things to talk about:
- Although Lowe is over the stated 45M cap, he may not deal anyone just to shed dollars. The Oilers do have a lot of puck moving defenders, so someone may go (Tarnstrom? wouldnt’ that be a kick in the head, I think Boston traded a ufa signing last season) and I guess you could make a case that Pitkanen could be dealt for forward help too.
- It should be a terrific debate for the rest of the summer about which of these players will outperform their salary. I’ll pick Garon, Pitkanen, Smid, Stoll, Pouliot, Hemsky, Thoresen.
- Also fun will be to predict which players won’t cover their salaries by a significant amount: I’ll guess Souray and Penner.
- We should begin to discuss the number of at-bats that will go to rookie forwards. Injuries will have an impact but the way this roster shapes up currently almost all of the Oilers pro prospects will start in the minors. Since the open slots up front appear to be 4line LW and slots 13F and 14F, I’d say this gives an advantage to guys like Brodziak and Stortini who have played pro for awhile over the Cogliano’s and Schremp’s. Nilsson’s hold on that 4line LW job is open to question, maybe someone will surprise there, and of course there are questions regarding Reasoner’s effectiveness and Stoll’s health.
- I don’t recall a time when a Lowe/MacT team looked more out of sync than this one. Last summer I wrote something called “Can MacTavish coach Harvey’s Wallbangers?” and although Kevin Lowe has overhauled areas of the roster it still doesn’t look like a MacT team to me.
- Kevin Lowe isn’t done up front. Right? I think he’ll send out a defenseman and a forward for a scoring upgrade later in the summer.