After that, it was mild surprise that Smid and Stortini had been sent away and I’m quite pleased that Jacques made the dance again (Jacques has zero points as an NHL player, but has made the opening night lineup twice now. Go figure). His combination of speed and size make him somewhat unique and he did look like a player in the Calgary pre-season game last week.
Smid was a victim of numbers imo, he certainly was better this fall than last year when he made the Oilers out of camp. Stortini certainly has the confidence of the coach and will no doubt be back sometime this season.
Patrick Thoresen cleared waivers and is a player who will very likely spend the entire season in the minors. If he is recalled, Thoresen will need to clear waivers again and the odds of all 30 NHL teams passing on him during the year (when injuries and disappointments make roster spots less dear) are not high.
The Edmonton Oilers are very much a team in transition. Long on hope and short on actual NHL players. I like the choices made today, but any fool can see if they were serious about making a dent in this division they would have addressed the Pisani injury and acquired a Don Awrey-type to replace poor Matt Greene.
Speaking of Greene, he may want to read up on Bill Mikkelson. Records were made to be broken, as they say.