Kings at Oilers, G50 10-11

This is Dave Taylor. He was drafted in the 15th round (#210 overall) in 1975. He was skinny on his draft day (6.0, 150 according to Hockey draft central) but put on weight and was a strong winger as an NHL player.

The Los Angeles Kings have been struggling for awhile now and I think the Oilers could help them. Tonight the Kings skilled men should be able to bury a few chances and I also think there’s a chance these two teams could do business again on the trade market.

GM Dean Lombardi pursued LW Ilya Kovalchuk heavily last summer and the club dealt for Marco Sturm earlier in the year. Currently (as I read their depth chart) they’re employing young Andrei Loktionov in the position that could be occupied by a guy like Dustin Penner.

If the Oilers are shopping him, it might be a good place for the big man to land. I remain hopeful the Oilers will sign both Penner and Hemsky moving forward.

A former Oiler is in the news here.

Will Zack Stortini clear waivers? A quick poll of people I know suggests no one expects anyone to put in a claim but I think a team might do it. He’s inexpensive, the guy has all kinds of heart and he has played well in a defined role. I think he lost his confidence because the coach didn’t see him as a valuable part of a team he belonged to for quite some time.

I haven’t spent a lot of time examining some of the end of the roster guys for most of the NHL teams, but am confident in saying Storts is better than a few of them.

I hate the All-Star break. I love watching the Oilers, even during a season when there’s a lot of profanity in my living room (I blame the kids, but everyone says it’s me doing it). Either way, I’ll be watching to see if Hemsky and Eberle draw back in and await the next Taylor Hall exploit.

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