Marc Tardif and Rejean Houle were two wingers in a phenomenal run of them by Montreal from 1969 through 1980. The list of Montreal rookies who played wing rivals the best in the game’s entire history. Even the WHA couldn’t stop them. Fast, furious, skilled, gifted. It was a Habalanche.
The Oilers need a Habalanche at wing. I think we can see their future at center (RNH, Gagner, Lander) and the defense will have a plethora of pro candidates by fall (drafting Ryan Murray–who could make the team, and then signing Marincin, Gernat, Bigos, Davidson, Blain plus maybe Klefbom and Musil), leaving goaltenders and wingers on the “need ‘em” list.
The player type Edmonton will pursue is the interesting item. I think it comes down to acquiring a physical winger with size and skill, someone like Teemu Hartikainen but with better footspeed. I think the Oilers probably feel they have the skill spots filled on the top two lines (Hall, Eberle, Hemsky, Smyth) and will not pursue Omark as an option after this season.
The signings last summer mean Ben Eager is going to be around a long time and one hopes Magnus Paajarvi will go “Hair” Krishna and shave all of the hair from his body.
I believe this summer’s draft is the easiest to project in many years:
- Ryan Murray (or someone with a similar wide range of skills)
- Big winger with goals and pims who plays in the CHL
One final note: WHERE is the Tambellini renewal? Renney?