I can’t find the actual poster from the 70s, but this is pretty cool and gets the point across nicely.
For Kevin Lowe, there’s no real reason to be patient and wait for the Oilers to right the ship. Why? They don’t have enough NHL players to compete every night, and developing forwards 6 at a time is a bad, bad idea.
Coach MacT is putting Horcoff and Hemsky back together (based on the Oilers site today) and Robby Nilsson is the LW for the line.
That’s not all.
MacT is also putting together a “checking line” featuring Stoll, Torres and Zack Stortini.
So, Horcoff’s line will apparently be getting softer minutes and Zack Stortini is the new Mike Grier.
Wouldn’t it be easier to deal for a legit, veteran RW from the Mike Grier family of checkers?
Let’s do it another way. How many games does a hockey player need to play at the NHL level in order to be an “established” NHL player? 82? That’s just one season, seems a little light. How about 100? Still not enough? Okay, 150 NHL games. That’s pretty much two seasons.
Here are the Edmonton Oilers’ forwards on the current active roster and their career NHL games played:
- Geoff Sanderson 1083
- Shawn Horcoff 447
- Marty Reasoner 403
- Ales Hemsky 295
- Raffi Torres 295
- Jarret Stoll 225
- Dustin Penner 121
- Robert Nilsson 69
- Zack Stortini 39
- Kyle Brodziak 35
- Andrew Cogliano 20
- Sam Gagner 19
That’s 6 players who have over 150 NHL games as of tonight. One of the guys with lots of experience is long in the tooth (Sanderson) and another is a role player (Reasoner).
So, it’s 4. Horcoff-Hemsky, Stoll-Torres.
The arguments against a deal are:
- Moreau’s coming back. (Answer: WHEN?)
- Pisani’s coming back. (Answer: WHEN?)
- There’s nothing out there. (Answer: Didn’t we hear that last year?)
- The Oilers have 50 players on the roster. (Answer: SO WHAT?)
- The Oilers are close to the cap. (Answer: SO WHAT?)
The Oilers need a checking RW for the Stoll line when Stortini comes up wanting, and the price (in terms of payment and dollars) isn’t going to be $5M. Dealing Pouliot + isn’t going to hurt the current roster and bringing in a solid veteran to help with the heavy lifting on the tough opposition line is so obvious it’s ridiculous.
Kevin Lowe needs to make a trade. I believe Craig MacTavish is a quality NHL coach, but don’t believe he can develop this many young forwards at one time. I don’t think anyone can. When does juggling become impossible?
When you have too many balls in the air.