This is Dick Tarnstrom, just after the turn of the century. At age 25 he came over to the NHL and had a pretty good (if somewhat chaotic) season on the Island. Funny thing happened. Islanders put him on waivers and he ended up in Pittsburgh. Strange days indeed.
Tarnstrom is one of 6 defensemen with some NHL experience dressing for the Oilers tonight, in what could be a preview of the opening night lineup.
Joni Pitkanen-Steve Staios
I suspect this will be the top pairing this season, with Pitkanen’s offensive (PP) numbers suffering because of the greater need at EV. Neither player is a true top pairing D at this point in their career, but they are well clear of the rest of the group on this roster.
Sheldon Souray-Matt Greene
I think it’s good we get this out of the way right away. I haven’t seen the Flames roster for this evening, but if power (Iginla) or speed (Lombardi) are in the lineup then EV plays off the rush have the chance to be highlight reel for the other guy every shift. The phrases “passed like a house on the side of the road” and “Matt Greene, hooking” have a chance to be regulars in the Oiler lexicon this winter, and pairing them together is like playing Russian roulette with no empty chambers.
Denis Grebeshkov-Dick Tarnstrom
I’ve been very disappointed in Grebeshkov so far, after all the Oilers dealt a perfectly good NHL defender for the guy. It’s early in camp, but not that early and he needs to cut down on the errant passes and show some better recognition on plays. Tarnstrom doesn’t get a free pass from me, but so far he’s certainly been in the top 4D in this camp.