I thought it might be interesting to compare the current Oilers depth chart to what the team looked like opening night 2006 (October 5, against Calgary at Rexall. 3-1 Oil win, 2 goal night for Sykora).
Although we now look back at the vaunt and cringe, opening night looked bright and the team carried just 3 rookies (Smid, Thoresen, Winchester with Matt Greene not technically a rookie). The Oilers were a team with a plan.
Based on order of appearance in that game, here were the forward lines:
Making up a 4line Oilers team among the current assets might look like this:
Opening night 2006 saw the Oilers blueline lineup thusly:
This season, the defense is going to look a lot different:
Roloson was in nets last fall, and will be again opening night 2007 (unless injured or traded). The Oilers open at home against the San Jose Sharks October 4th at 7PM. To quote a line from the movie JAWS, you’re going to need a bigger boat.