Stars at Oilers, G46 ’10-’11

There’s a rumor going ’round that Shawn Horcoff will play tonight. Horcoff has a legion of fans and another group (equally large) who don’t think much of him. Count me in as one of those who is pleased that #10 is back.

#83 is injured again. I think the Oilers have to think long and hard about signing him to a long term contract. I’ve always been a fan, but Hemmer is missing a lot of games this season (and last). I remain hopeful that both Hemsky and Penner sign long term contracts but there is some legit concern here. The Oilers lost him for 60 games a year ago and this will be his 14th this season.

Last night’s top prospects game was fun, better than most of these tilts. Up arrows include Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, David Musil, Douglas Hamilton, Mark McNeill and Sven Bartschi. Lots of action in this game, I thought Duncan Siemens had a good game too.

I think it’s time we begin the process of measuring this Oiler rookie crop against others. The three kids up front now have company in Omark, Petry is coming along very nicely and Dubnyk is showing well. So, what are the other candidates for rookie crops? We’ll look at it as time rolls on.

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