It’s impossible to cheer for a Sam Gagner or an Ales Hemsky the way a fan can cheer for a Marc Pouliot. Samwise and the Hemmer were touched by God, given something extra that makes it obvious they are on a higher level.
MacT told us in the daily fishwrap today that Pouliot had made the club (“And I like Pouliot, Brodziak and Stortini. So you’re looking at your 13th and 14th forward and your seventh defencemen.”) So that means we’re down to Brule, Schremp, MacIntyre for the 13th spot and possibly the 14th should the Oildrop figure out a way to get down to 2 goalies.
The “7th defenseman” slot is also interesting. I’ve long held that Ladislav Smid is not a 100% lock (although very close) and Jason Strudwick is certainly a veteran who spends much of his time on the bubble. The Oilers are impressed with Chorney and Peckham, reflected by their staying power this deep into camp.
The battles are winding down with some surprises still to come. One of them may be a trade. Oh and Mathieu Roy is hurt again. Lordy.