PS G8 Oilers at Canucks


It appears as though the Oilers have snookered themselves again, and once again it’s the blue. With the team already subpar at the position, news came just before camp that Ryan Whitney was hurting. Whitney still hasn’t played, and after last night (Minnesota is a black hole for the Oilers) the list of walking wounded is massive. Whitney has been joined by Taylor Fedun (in photo. It’s his right leg, it’s bad), Ladislav Smid (right shoulder) and Taylor Chorney (right knee). The Oilers are now staring at a top 6D of Tom Gilbert, Cam Barker, Andy Sutton, Theo Peckham, Jeff Petry and Corey Potter. Their minor league team was waiting for the final cuts (two D who would have been in their top rotations) and they aren’t coming at this point in time. If only we’d had some clues.

Five days ago, the Oilers depth chart on defense looked like this (NHLers in bold):

  1. D Ryan Whitney (injured)
  2. D Tom Gilbert
  3. D Cam Barker
  4. D Ladislav Smid
  5. D Theo Peckham
  6. D Andy Sutton
  7. D Taylor Chorney
  8. D Jeff Petry
  9. D Corey Potter
  10. D Colten Teubert
  11. D Taylor Fedun

And today it looks like this:

  1. D Ryan Whitney (injured)
  2. D Tom Gilbert
  3. D Cam Barker
  4. D Ladislav Smid (injured)
  5. D Theo Peckham
  6. D Andy Sutton
  7. D Taylor Chorney (injured)
  8. D Jeff Petry
  9. D Corey Potter
  10. D Colten Teubert (OKC)
  11. D Taylor Fedun (injured)

Oklahoma City was likely to get two more D (my guess was Fedun and Chorney) but as it stands now all the players in bold on the second depth chart are going to start the season in Edmonton. And that makes 6, meaning someone else may be added (depending on the severity of the injuries to Smid and Chorney).

We’ve been hammering about depth on the blue forever on this blog, and it isn’t really fair to blame an organization for losing three players in one game at the position. However, the lack of quality before the game makes the disaster in Minny even more painful. Another summer spent without adequately addressing defense means that there is nowhere to hide anyone.

Again.  The worry now is that the GM overpays for immediate help by sending away a top flight forward prospect like Anton Lander or Teemu Hartikainen. I also think there’s a real chance Linus Omark is dealt, and that could be a massive mistake (depending on return). Making a panic trade and getting it right rarely works in any sport, and hasn’t worked in this town since Sather.

Nation Radio hits the airwaves today at noon on the Team 1260. Among the scheduled guests:

  • Ian Walker from the Vancouver Sun will join us to talk about the health of Vancouver’s NHL team, naked Canucks and how the NW will look this season. Predicting what Ian Walker will say is not possible, so tune in for the fun.
  • Kent Wilson from the Nations Network. I’ll ask Kent about the NW, about the Doughty signing and we’ll discuss the new Flames whipping boy (Matt Stajan).
  • Terry Jones from the Edmonton Sun. Jones has seen a lot of training camps and a lot of phenoms, so should be able to give the best available estimate about this year’s team. I’ll also try to find out why he’s so damn interesting on twitter, although I think it might have something to do with short attention span.
  • Helene Elliott from the Los Angeles Times. We’ll talk about the Doughty signing, the Fraser-Smyth ongoing saga and discuss the Brendan Shanahan’s suspensions and their impact.
I have a couple of other lines in the water but can’t confirm. Please tune in at noon and your calls and emails are always welcome at nationradio@theteam1260.com

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