I fear we are in the final days of the Hemsky era. The kid from Pardubice is in play (and we know this from credible sources like Pierre Lebrun) and I can’t imagine NHL general managers passing on the opportunity.
Folks, it’s vital Steve Tambellini gets 100 cents on the dollar for this player. Hemsky’s reputation in our town comes partly because 83 hasn’t played in a really important game in forever; the last time he did (2006 spring) he was just 22 and scored 6-11-17 in 24 games.
I think he’ll end up in Los Angeles, with the Kings. Why? LAK have been shopping for a quality winger since Heatley and they went to the wall for Kovalchuk and lost the battle. At some point Dean Lombardi will need to pull the trigger or face a repeat of the 2002-03 season in San Jose; that was the year the Sharks were supposed to go deep into the playoffs but struggled early and never got untracked.
The Kings player and prospect tree is ample and lush. It’s like a Baywatch episode. Derek Forbort (a mountain on the blue), Thomas Hickey (puck mover), Viatcheslav Voynov (puck mover) Colton Teubert (nasty piece of work) are some of their defensive prospects and the team has some nice forwards too.
I suspect the Oilers will be asking for a top end forward, although Schenn may be tough to pry away from Lombardi. Oscar Moller, Andrei Loktionov and Wayne Simmonds may be available but are not in Schenn’s range. Simmonds could be a key component, though.
Is that enough? Would you consider Braydon Schenn and Viatcheslav Voynov enough? I’d prefer Hemsky stays, but as we approach the deadline I think the Oilers are leaning toward moves that move the median age closer to Taylor Hall.
I hope to live long enough to see this team mature. Tambellini must get 100 cents on the dollar.