For the first time since 2003-04 the Edmonton Oilers will have someone other than Ales Hemsky lead their scoring parade. The young Czech winger finally gave in to the pain this week and the doctors called off his season.
Hemsky is the Oilers best player in the offensive zone and due to Craig MacTavish’s patient teaching and willingness to throw 83 in the deep end is also a much better player overall than he’s often given credit for by critics.
Hemsky has a lot of those: with great talent comes great expectations and for those who believe he is something less than he should be this may well be another chapter in the story of disappointment.
I prefer to look at this another way: when we talk about leaders, don’t we often refer to those men who play through pain? When Hemsky says “I had it for awhile, probably a month or something” then I think we can begin to give him credit for being a leader and having heart.
And that’s something that many believe Ales Hemsky is missing. I hope this event makes that argument a little harder to make as we move forward.