The Edmonton Oilers are adding about three kids a year–I know it seems like more than that–each season. In 10-11, Hall, Eberle and Dubnyk joined the band and this season it’s Nugent-Hopkins, Anton Lander and perhaps a late entry in Teemu Hartikainen. Paajarvi? Pending. We shouldn’t dismiss the value of a late round addition to the rebuild, and Hartikainen seems as good a bet as any to join the group.
The Oilers at LW for 12-13 should feature Taylor Hall (once healthy), Ryan Smyth (once signed), Ben Eager and Lennart Petrell (if he’s signed). Hartikainen, Magnus Paajarvi and Linus Omark (hahahaha) might also be in the mix, and Ryan Jones can play either wing but should be in the conversation.
Hartikainen would seem to offer enough of a unique skill set (big man, who hits, and has some offensive ability, is young enough to grow with the cluster) to be (along with Paajarvi) an obvious choice for a job behid Hall and Smyth. He shouldn’t be given a job, but this is two years in a row that the big Finn has impressed upon recall.
The Kings need two points and the Oilers played last night. Adding in the state of the Oilers defense, and the possibility MVP starts in goal, Wile E Coyote says it best: