I had lunch at the Coliseum yesterday (steak sandwich with caesar salad instead of fries, maybe $14 dollars, very good meal) and midway through (mid-bite, mind you) watched the Oilers coaching staff walk in the door for their lunch.
I would have given a week’s pay to be a fly on the wall (this was after the first scrimmage and before the second one) just to hear the thought process and the exchange.
There are some things we can know just from observation. For instance, it was interesting to see that the centers yesterday included Horcoff, Stoll, Reasoner, Schremp, Gagner and Cogliano, while the wingers included Pouliot and Brodziak. It doesn’t mean this is going to be written in stone, but they’re taking Pouliot for a test drive on the wing.
Also, the lines were of interest. Here’s a few that caught my eye:
From what I saw, each of the 4 clubs got what could be termed an “NHL line” and the team with the weaker goaltending got an extra forward or another NHL defender. Not surprisingly (but something I didn’t note yesterday) is that the most impressive kids were the ones on the lines with the NHL players. There’s no substitute for experience.