This year’s Oilers have 27 wins with 11 games to go and 30W seems reasonable. The GF-GA stats is also heading in a good direction, and any fool can see the 3 splendids at forward are bona fide.
Someday soon all of Hall, Eberle and the Nuge will be bona fide and I believe Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi and Anton Lander will someday join the group. That’s 6, and there are some fine candidates bubbling under–although not at the level we see at the NHL level now.
On the blue, Ladislav Smid and Jeff Petry would seem to represent the future. Although they are not playing pro hockey in the AHL, men like Oscar Klefbom (SEL), Martin Marincin, David Musil, Martin Gernat (WHL) will be pushing before you know it.
If we ask the question “what single move can Steve Tambellini make?” this summer, the answer has to be one of:
- legit NHL goalie
- strong, capable big minutes defender
- veteran winger to fill the Dvorak/Pisani role
I don’t think they’re going to do anything about the goalie this summer. Do you?