Oilers took care of some business on the wings today. They placed Patrick Thoresen on waivers and gave Anson Carter his release.
I’m not absolutely certain Thoresen needed to be placed on waivers, implying that Edmonton did it in hopes of clearing up a roster jam. Asiaoil has mentioned several times (including in a thread below) that Thoresen’s poor showing on the scoresheet in camp added to his lack of size made him expendable in this competition. Turned out he was spot on.
I still don’t agree with the move. Thoresen doesn’t have 5 years experience or anything, but Jeebus people this roster is going to be inexperienced most of the night in at least one spot on the ice as things shake down now.
Patrick Thoresen to my eye was a better option than some of the guys still on the roster. If they break camp with Cogliano and Gagner down the middle with Horcoff and Stoll then one of the two rookies is going to be taking some faceoffs on the penalty kill. Why not keep Reasoner or Pouliot at center and give their slots to Thoresen. He’s a nice option for 13F too.
Craig MacTavish must see something in Gagner that tells him the kid’s camp was more than just traction from the Canada-Russia series and that 18 he can play multiple roles. This is the same coach who sent Hemsky away after a tremendous camp at the same age.
Either way, best of luck to Thoresen, hope he gets claimed at pops 15.