Oilers at Avalanche G66 ’10-’11

It’s going to be an interesting night for the Edmonton Oilers. Their forward lines will see a major shakeup on the wings, and it’s not clear who will play tonight with centers Shawn Horcoff, Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner and Colin Fraser.

A guess would have Magnus Pääjärvi and Jordan Eberle with Horcoff; Ryan Jones and Linus Omark with Gagner; Reddox and Brule with Cogliano and MacIntyre and Jacques with Fraser. Did I miss anyone?

With OKC Barons in a life-and-death struggle for the playoffs, it’s no surprise that the club didn’t call up anyone yesterday to help the forwards. Usually the AHL team has a long period off during the week, but unfortunately for all involved this week is busy for both teams. Oilers play Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; Barons play Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Hartikainen may have to wait until next year to make his NHL debut.

Craig Button comes from a scouting background (his Dad started the Central Scouting Bureau) and his top 30 list shows us just how much variance there is from one list to another. His list is here. I’m especially surprised at his ranking of Sean Couturier and Dougie Hamilton.

Nation Radio hits the air at noon today on Team 1260. Guests include Tyler Dellow from MC79 hockey, Jason Gregor from Oilers Nation and Kent Simpson from the Oil Kings broadcasts on Team 1260. You can send your email questions and comments to nationradio@theteam1260.com this morning.

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