Yesterday the Edmonton Oilers signed another undersized forward, meaning they now have enough for two flag football teams.
I think most fans would agree that the Oilers must make a trade in the next 90 days or suffer some historically bad shifts for the small forwards. Kevin Lowe is suggesting “three scoring lines” which is nice but a couple of slaps upside the head (read: road games) should straighten that right out.
Shawn Horcoff looks like he’s going to be playing a less offensive role (as suggested in the “reasonable expectations” series) and the top line could include any of Sam Gagner, Mike Comrie, Patrick O’Sullivan or Andrew Cogliano.
Training camp is going to be a mixed bag from what we read, Pat Quinn putting together line combinations and seeing what works. I believe (and many others do too) that he’ll find early on that the roster is full of duplicates and lacking in some important/vital areas (actual NHL players with a more complete skill set than “one dimensional, undersized offensive player”) that will need to be addressed.
With that in mind, I thought it might be an idea to zip through the league over the next month or so and have a look at some players who might help Edmonton. Today’s nominee is Greg Campbell, Colin’s kid. He’s not a big player, but can check a little and was exactly 50% on the dot in over 1,000 sorties this past season.