The Oilers elite calibre cluster of talent is young, exceptional and plays forward. Hall, RNH, Eberle, Paajarvi and on it goes, miles and miles before we see an equal and ready talent on the blue. With those forwards added to veterans Hemsky, Smyth, Horcoff and Belanger, and with Devan Dubnyk poised to replace Nikolai Khabibulin, the gap between the NHL calibre defensemen and the prospects is large in age and development.
By the time Klefbom, Marincin and others arrive to help Peckham and Petry, the kids up front will be paid in full. For a team that has used the offer sheet in the not too distant past, would an offer sheet for Drew Doughty make sense?