Word from the Edmonton Journal this weekend that the Oilers may send out Patrick Thoresen. In their efforts to add offense, the undersized energy winger may be odd man out among the forward crew. You could argue that turnabout is fair play, since he zipped up the depth chart at exactly this time last season and in doing so left a plethora of first rounders slack-jawed and headed for Triple A.
Beating out those early-to-mid-20s first rounders is easier than a guy taken 6th, as it (apprently) turns out. Even with a one-way deal (which Thoresen has) it looks like he will be sent out or traded in the next couple of days.
The Oilers entered camp with 19 guys on one-way deals, 10 of them forwards:
With Pisani likely to be placed on IR before the final roster is set and Thoresen apparently headed for Amish county, that means 8 one-way deals and Nilsson, Brodziak, Cogliano pretty much sure things. That’s 11. Rumor has it Edmonton will go with 13 forwards, so that means Thoresen, Stortini, Pouliot, Jacques and Gagner are on the bubble if my ciphering here is correct.
At a guess, the opening 13 might look like:
- Extra: Pouliot
I mean, it makes sense that if Thoresen doesn’t make the club, they keep Pouliot for RW insurance, right? That’s the weak spot, and keeping Gagner as the extra man doesn’t really address much if Brodziak struggles.
Right? Frankly I don’t understand sending out Thoresen unless Gagner makes the team and they’ve decided the future is now, and yet why keep Gagner unless he’s at least 4line C? Could they move Cogliano to RW this late in camp? Did he play there AT ALL?
Thoresen is making $542,500 and is a lock to contribute more to this roster than Stortini, and you could argue Sanderson and Pouliot to boot.
This team can’t afford to make decisions based on anything other than contribution to wins, unless they’re looking to hit the lottery jackpot, and it’s for damn sure that isn’t true.
I think the Journal must be wrong.