CURRENT DEPTH CHART

The Oilers have added four players since the weekend began. There’s still work to be done, but the 23-man roster is taking shape.

The Oilers 23-man roster as I see it:

  1. G Devan Dubnyk: I think (based on recent verbal from Tambellini) we can expect 55 starts for the young man. A massive season for DD on the way.
  2. G Nikolai Khabibulin: Oilers clearly think he’s good to go, but the Danis signing (he got a lot of cash to hang in OKC next winter if things don’t work out in the NHL) tells us the club won’t watch W’s fly out the window.
  3. D Ladislav Smid: Has a nice run ahead of him as a 22+ minutes a night defender for the Oilers. Patience is a virtue and thank goodness the Oilers showed it–unlike some of you mean, mean fans who wanted him dealt!
  4. D Jeff Petry: Petry played a ton down the stretch last season and performed well. He’ll need a veteran partner (Smid likely) but his development as a player is one of the few examples of a complete defender drafted and developed by the club.
  5. D Ryan Whitney: We start him here because his health should be at its best during TC and early in the season. A healthy Ryan Whitney is a pretty damn exciting idea, and those young forwards can gas the blue and beat the goalie with a skilled headman pass.
  6. D Justin Schultz: NHLE of 82, 15-25-40 gets your attention and the scouting reports are almost too good to be true. I don’t give a rat’s ass what anyone says, this young man is a dynamite arrow.
  7. D Nick Schultz: Calm feet for the third pairing and a steady hand at evens and on the PK. Schultz takes awhile to appreciate but that’s been the story of these player types since Don Awrey was making $7,000 a year.
  8. D Andy Sutton: The punisher will probably play 50-55 games this coming season with suspensions and injuries robbing him of playing time. He certainly played well this past season, might be trade bait at the deadline.
  9. D Theo Peckham or Corey Potter: Not sure which one they’ll keep so we’ll list them both and assume someone in the group is injured at the time. I expect both will play a lot in the NHL next season.
  10. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: He’ll get lots of playing time at evens and PP and management is talking a little about having the skilled men play PK too. A gifted young man whose personality sometimes allows one to overlook him, but his on ice performance is electric.
  11. C Sam Gagner: I think this will be an important season for him and am really looking forward to seeing how the big brained Sam I Am clicks with coach Krueger as the head man. Tougher minutes ahead.
  12. C Shawn Horcoff: They’ll get him some help this winter, although it might be the same depth chart. Horcoff is moving slower now and I think they’ll need to cut back on his special teams minutes.
  13. C Eric Belanger: Interesting comments from the new coach, sounds to me like Krueger has identified a disconnect or possibly a misunderstanding of role. Lets not go crazy, he was awful. But Belanger should be better in 12-13 based on his own history.
  14. L Taylor Hall: Man he’s emerging as the leader of this team. Exceptional talent who looks ready to go super nova, the hockey Gods need to protect him against the abandon he shows every shift.
  15. L Teemu Hartikainen: This is an enormous chance for the Finn, imo he gets the shot at playing with the gifted kids based on size. Edmonton has other options so he’ll need to have a fast start–something he hasn’t enjoyed so far in hus pro career.
  16. L Ryan Smyth: Outstanding contract and easily the higlight of July 1st for the organization. Krueger praised him for his abilities and versatility, suspect he’s off the PP.
  17. L Ben Eager: I’m not sure how much playing time he’ll get, could be more if coach Krueger feels he can slot him on an effective 4th line. Eager has size and speed but the motor skills are wanting. I don’t know what a coach like Krueger does with that combination.
  18. L Darcy Hordichuk: Enforcer gets 40 games and 160 minutes to walk on the wild side for the Edmonton Oilers.
  19. R Ales Hemsky: Health is the big item and of course one suspects they’ll trade him as he’s sleeping but man it would be nice to see him post 80 points in a dream season for this young club.
  20. R Jordan Eberle: Coming off a career season, we should probably assume he’ll fall back a little statistically. Fine, fine young player and emerging as the heart of the young cluster.
  21. R Nail Yakupov. Oh my God there’s another one! I don’t want to get ahead of myself but he sure looks like a marksman. Remember when the Oilers didn’t have any above average shooters? Lordy.
  22. R Ryan Jones: I’m not certain of his role and do know that the walkabouts will need to stop, but Jones has shown an uncanny ability to score goals over the last two seasons.
  23. R Lennart Petrell: Finn gives the team an aggressive forechecker and a PK savant. I expect he’ll spend time in OKC too.

This would mean Paajarvi and Lander in the minors which is fine, but it seems reasonable that the Oilers deal two of these characters from the 23 man list to address blue and prune the prospect tree.

Fun little weekend being an Oiler fan.

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44 Responses to "CURRENT DEPTH CHART"

  1. bookje says:

    I think a lot of the questionable pro level procurement that has been criticized for the last three years is over and that we will see better trades.

    I think some of those (Foster, Fraser, Brule, and even Barker) were ‘long shot reclamations’ that you can take with no risk when you are ‘rebuilding’ (i.e. looking to finish fairly low). You can’t afford to do that when winning is the sole goal.

    Some, like Belanger and Eager, were real acquisitions meant as part of the rebuild. I think we will see a better Belanger this year if he stays around (better team-mates will make him better) and I think Eager just is not going to work out. I think one of the reasons MacT is now on board is as another individual to contribute to making better decisions at the pro level. This allows more time to do due diligence on trades and UFA signings and adds one more thoughtful voice in the room.

    Anyway, its July and all is roses for the future of the Oilers – All is well!

  2. Lowetide says:

    Yeah, I think all of today’s signings were of the type that is designed to win. Smyth in a role that he should be able to handle all year, Danis as NK insurance, and then Hordichuk instead of a player who will gobble up minutes.

    Double shifts for the kids because the 4line will always feature two of Belanger, Hordichuk, Eager, Jones or Petrell.

  3. CrazyCoach says:

    LT I love the list.

    I thought I was excited last year, but wow.

    I haven’t this much fun since I let Rick James braid my hair.

  4. uni says:

    CrazyCoach: I haven’t this much fun since I let Rick James braid my hair.

    Rick James doesn’t braid hair, cause he’s Rick James b!%@#!.

  5. db7db7 says:

    I think we will see a very different lineup come opening night. There will be some big trades this summer. I could see something like the following moves.

    Hemsky, Jones, and Omark for Yandle.

    Potter, Belanger, Eager and Peckham for Steve Ott

  6. stevezie says:

    I’m still reeling from getting Schultz. He could have gone anywhere and he chose the Oilers! Who play in Edmonton!

    I don’t mind the idea of Smyth taking draws for the second unit PP. I think he makes more sense than Horcoff. 4 kids, the new guy, Whitney, Hemsky, Gagner… there’s still room for Smyth on one of those units, non?

    Speaking for myself, I’m pretty happy with last year’s AHL goalie of the year as Khabi insurance.

  7. gogliano says:

    If NK gets injured this is a playoff team.

  8. OilClog says:

    db7db7:
    I think we will see a very different lineup come opening night. There will be some big trades this summer. I could see something like the following moves.

    Hemsky, Jones, and Omarkfor Yandle.

    Potter, Belanger, Eager and Peckham for Steve Ott

    No, Hemsky stays.

  9. FastOil says:

    I am expecting to hear “the asking price was Eberle and Gagner” for anybody breathing. Meaning that is the roster. And another exciting ball drop.

    It’s not bad until Horcoff and N Shultz or Smid go down. Or Dubnyk.

  10. D says:

    LT,

    Just out of curiosity. How much does the Schultz signing make the Ryan Murray issue a moot point?

  11. Lowetide says:

    D:
    LT,

    Just out of curiosity.How much does the Schultz signing make the Ryan Murray issue a moot point?

    Steve Tambellini looks like Sam Pollock based on the timing of all of this. If I didn’t know better I’d suggest they planned the whole damn operation, because that controversy draft week makes it look like there was real doubt.

    But this was easily the best case scenario. Draft the scorer, sign the blue.

  12. Oilanderp says:

    “When you reach for the stars, you grab a whole lot of nothing.”

    Look out 28th place here we come!

  13. striatic says:

    need +1 top 4 C OR LW, and +1 top 4 D.

    Smid is great and my favourite defenseman on the team but he is not a top pairing guy on a solid NHL roster. he’s a GREAT second pairing guy but the team needs a top pairing left D wall with more offense than Smid to pair up with Petry or J Schultz.

    Gagner is small and i think if he’s staying then you need a big, talented LW to work with him on the second line. otherwise he needs to be moved out for a larger or more skilled guy.

    maybe Whitney becomes player A and Hartikainen or PRV become player B but i think the chances of both those bets paying off are slim. picking up these players this summer or next year is a must if the team expects to have playoff success.

  14. Spartacus says:

    This team is identical to last years team, aside from Yakupov and The Younger.

    They just keep signing the same players to new contracts.

    Same coaches to take us into the future.

    I’m usually not so pessimistic, but this story looks awfully familiar. I’m not sure why anyone would be excited by the same lineup as last year.

    Are we shooting for 28th place this year?

  15. Archie says:

    I get a kick out of you LT, you change your mind as much as a women.

  16. misfit says:

    Spartacus: This team is identical to last years team, aside from Yakupov and The Younger.They just keep signing the same players to new contracts.Same coaches to take us into the future.I’m usually not so pessimistic, but this story looks awfully familiar. I’m not sure why anyone would be excited by the same lineup as last year.Are we shooting for 28th place this year?

    While it’s true that we’re basically the same team with two new players, but I’d argue that replacing Paajarvi with Yakupov and Barker with Schultz is fairly significant. Even if you assume Hall/Eberle/Nuge/Petry/Dubnyk/Gagner won’t improve and that Hemsky will repeat the worst season of his career. They shouldn’t spend the rest of the offseason with their feet up congratulating themselves, but there are plenty of reasons to believe next year will be better.

    …and I’m not usually this optimistic, especially when it concerns Tambellini. He will make a trade this offseason, and I can’t help but believe he’ll screw it up.

  17. stevezie says:

    Saying this team is only two players removed from last year’s almost last place team is somewhere between silly and duplicitous.

    First of all, there is more parity than there has ever been before. The difference between 29th and 19th has never been smaller.

    Secondly, the two measly players we added are two of the best young players in the world. They are not insignificant additions.

    Thirdly, I think our forward corps was pretty good last year; we have a beautiful amount of scoring depth. I do wonder who is going to defend, but nobody’s perfect. Even without adding our Lehtinen these forwards are legit. Imperfect, but legit.

    Fourthly and finally, the Oilers’ best players are of an age that we could make no changes and it wouldn’t really be accurate to say the team hasn’t changed. Smid, Petry and Dubnyk in particular are dramatically different bets heading into this season than last.

    Obviously we’ve got problems, you never want your success to hinge on the statement “if we stay healthy”, but this is not a 28th place team. The playoffs are a far off dream, but I’m happy to bet that there are no lottery balls in our future.

  18. stevezie says:

    misfit,

    Agree on Hemsky, but I think the odds of Hemsky returning to form are balanced off by the chances of one of Smyth, Horcoff or Belanger taking a step back. Yes, I think Belanger has room to further recede.

  19. oilersfan says:

    I am not sure why everybody here thinks the oilers need another top 4 dman.

    If you think so, who among these 5 dmen are not top 4:

    Petry
    Smid
    Justin Schultz
    Nick Schultz
    Healthy Ryan Whitney.

    Many have said the Oilers need to bring in Whitney health insurance. We did yesterday.

    Some are asking for Matt Carle.

    Really?

    You would go with Petry, Whitney, Carle and Justin Schultz?

    Who would play on the PK? Who would be on the ice in the last 30 seconds protecting a 1 goal lead?

    They are all the same player: good skater, good puck mover, some offensive ability. Average at best defensively, soft in the corners and in front of the net, prone to losing battles in own zone for puck retrieval.

    Each of these players need to be paired with a more physical, shut down guy.

    I am ok with:

    Petry- Smid
    Schultz – Schultz
    Whitney-Sutton.

    If we add a top 4 dman it would be more of a Schultz type that would make sense to me. I would have loved Greg Zanon who went to Colorado today for 2.5 per over two years to push Sutton down the depth chart.

    Matt Carle to me makes no sense.

    Not like he would come here anyway.

    If any of you can think of another Bryan Allen-Greg Zanon type, that makes some sense, but then that makes Nick Schultz a bottom pairing guy, and he has proven he is better than that.

    And what is wrong with Sutton on the bottom pairing with either Whitney or young Schultz? Sutton is probably as good of a third pairing defence first guy as there is in the league.

    One guy I wonder if he is available, is Anton Volchenkov in New Jersey. Here is a team in serious money trouble paying 4.5 million for a defence first guy. He is a Smid type, Russian. That’s more the kind of guy that is needed at this point, if any at all are needed, imo.

  20. rickithebear says:

    striatic: Smid is great and my favourite defenseman on the team but he is not a top pairing guy on a solid NHL roster. he’s a GREAT second pairing guy but the team needs a top pairing left D wall with more offense

    Smid was paired with a 3.00Ga dman and they were 2.25 for most of the year. Then he was paired with a 3.25Ga dman in petry and they were 2.45GA/60.
    the guy has shutdown influence of around 1.95.
    when he was paired with petry his production pace was 25 points.
    Makes him a top 30 Ga shutdown Dman.
    Smid was a top 50 Pk dman.
    Smid was top 30 Blocks
    Smid was to 30 hits

    There were 3 dman who covered the bet on the defensive side.
    Smid, Seabrook, girardi.

    Not a top D? FUCK
    He was one of the three best shutdown Dmen.

    We know my five desired dmen. One was excluded because past history.
    two of them are now with Anaheim.
    Souray
    Allen.

    Smid-Petry
    XXX-N. Schultz
    Whitney-Schultz
    Sutton-potter

    Rozival or coliacovo

  21. Oilanderp says:

    stevezie,

    You’re right. I shouldn’t be so realistic pessimistic. 24th place get ready to receive!

  22. misfit says:

    I definitely didn’t see the same Belanger most of you had last year because I really didn’t see a bad player. He was getting plenty of chances especially early on, but nothing was going in for him. He’s a career 10.5% shooter (and never had a seasonless than 8%) who shot at 3.4% last year. I don’t see him repeating that if he cut the blades off of all his sticks, nevermind scoring less.

  23. rickithebear says:

    stevezie: balanced off by the chances of one of Smyth, Horcoff or Belanger taking a step back.

    The guy played with teamates and in a role were he should have got 12 ev points for the year. He had 10. He was a top 10 Pk center.
    So belanger was short 2 goals from average@ even. He was 3 goals above average on the PK.
    He was not the problem.

  24. Ducey says:

    Oilanderp:
    stevezie,

    You’re right.I shouldn’t be so realistic pessimistic.24th place get ready to receive!

    The Oilers need to increase scoring and/ or reduce goals against by a combination of a measly 27 goals and they are at even GF/GA. That tends to put a team right on the edge of, or in the playoffs. They improved by 50 goals last year. I don’t think improving by 27 this year will be a problem.

  25. Spartacus says:

    Agreed, the two players we added are world class.

    They’re also rookies.

    I’m not comfortable playing the role of DSF, but expecting two rookies and another year of maturity to make a difference seems a little hopeful.

    And I realize it’s Day 1 and there’s plenty of time for trades and signings, but the Hordichuk signing makes me shake my head, and hanging onto Khabbi until the bitter end is just ridiculous.

    They’re going to force the issue with Belanger, in spite of the fact that he played the worst hockey of his career last year and is now another year more mature. And let’s not forget that he pretty much asked to be traded to the Habs. Are the Oilers just going to ignore his trade request because it was in French?

    I dunno, maybe I just need to get some sleep.

  26. stevezie says:

    Oilanderp,
    Yer damn right.

    All seriousness aside, I think if we get one more good, defensively orientated forward we’re somewhere in the middle third of the league. Of course we have huge variables, especially Dubnyk, but assuming the good and bad breaks roughly even out I’d say we are a borderline playoff team who probably falls just short.

  27. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Just to float an idea out there…

    Do we need a 1 or 2 D? ie. a break the bank type? It seems that a lot of teams are going with having 5-6 2-4 D guys, as in by committee.

    If we’ve got 5 2-4 Ds (depending on Whitney) now… that might look better already than we think. Of course last year and the year before, not only did we have players like Barker… but our D suffered major games lost to injury.

    maybe the injury luck fairy will take care of us this year?

    Also,

    rickithebear,

    Your enthusiasm for Smid brings a tear to my eye! right on!!

    db7db7,

    I think you are really underestimating our assets in those trades.

  28. stevezie says:

    rickithebear,

    I don’t think Belanger was the problem either, but I admit I worry he might become a problem. At his age sometimes guys, especially non-elites, drop off. Shouldn’t kill the team, but it might, espcially if someone ahead of him gets hurt.

    Or maybe he’ll bounce back. Or stay the same. I’d be fine with the same, I think he was a decent 4C.

  29. OilClog says:

    rickithebear,

    Did you actually watch him out on the ice? Did you see his poor attempts of shooting the puck. Belanger definately wasn’t the whole problem, but he has to take some blame for his piss poor play. I can’t recall watching at any point last season and thinking wow that Belanger he’s really giving it his all.

  30. "Steve Smith" says:

    Archie,

    Misogyny, hostility, and poor grammar all in one (comma-spliced) sentence…I think I have a new favourite poster.

    oilersfan:
    I am not sure why everybody here thinks the oilers need another top 4 dman.

    If you think so, who among these 5 dmen are not top 4:

    Petry
    Smid
    Justin Schultz
    Nick Schultz
    Healthy Ryan Whitney.

    Justin Schultz has never played a professional hockey game – maybe he’ll step right in and be a top four NHL defenceman, but I certainly wouldn’t count on it (that’s not to say that I’m not thrilled with his signing, because we get his RFA years, and he appears very likely to develop into a solid player).

    Based on his full-season play last year, Nick Schultz is not a top four defenceman.

    A healthy Ryan Whitney is definitely a top four defenceman, but he probably doesn’t exist.

    Jeff Petry looked very good last year. If he can sustain that, then I’d say he’s a top four defenceman.

    Given the way that July 1 went, I’m not going to criticize Oilers management for failing to land another top four guy, but there’s no question that at least one more is needed.

  31. Ryan says:

    As brutal as these past three years have been, it’s hard to look at our roster and suggest that tanking wasn’t a duh winning strategy.

    Not sure why but this year’s Ufa list is pretty underwhelming. After suter and parise, there wasn’t much to get excited about (Schultz aside).

    We’ve added Yakupov and Schultz which is pretty significant.

    I’m not telling you to start drinking cool aid yet, but look at the western conference and tell me which teams will be icing a better roster this upcoming season than they did last year.

    The Preds will be likely losing Suter and getting nothing back in return.

    The sedins are 32 and not getting any younger.

    Detroit subtracted lidstrom and so far has added tootoo, samuelsson and the monster. Datysuk is 33.
    Their talented core is getting pretty old and they’re not adding any new blood of any significance unless they sign praise or suter.

    Anaheim is…..

    The Flames should probably decide to blow up their team and tank for the next three years.

    The sharks are also watching their core rot without much available to improve their roster available.

    The Kings have depth throughout their lineup along with quick.

    The jackets are losing Rick Nash from and already brutal team.

    Phoenix lost Whitney and they never did have much talent up front. Doan might also be gone.

    I could go on, but not many of these teams will look better on paper than they did last year. Many will likely look worse.

  32. Thinker says:

    Yakupov,hemsky,eberle,gagner,nuge,hall. Top six is set. Depth plus high end talent.
    Rating: A
    Smyth horcoff hartikainen/Mps
    Petrell belanger jones
    Hordichuk eager
    The bottom six still has some holes, though they aren’t gaping. I think it’s time to inject youth into this part of the lineup, but at the same time would like to see a veteran added who can contribute offensively. As is im afraid secondary scoring could be an issue. Jason arnott or similar would look great in third line rw spot. I wish the didn’t resign petrell, and instead let hartikainen/mos play in his spot, but i digress. Still not opposed to flipping jones or belanger for tougher players who fit the 4line better, but can also contribute offensively.
    Rating: B-

    Smid petry
    Schultz schultz
    Whitney sutton
    Peckham
    In all fairness smid and petry, they are very good second line defensemen (use stats if you want to prove me wrong). Whitney could be seen as a number two dman, but his injury makes him a wildcard. Nick schultz is at home where he is. Schultz the youger is also a wildcard, and probably shouldn’t be counted on for top four duty just yet. Sutton is alright in the number six spot, but i’d rather see him playing in an extra defencemen role. A true number one dman would be wonderful, but we could make up for it with depth of top 4. I trust only smid, petry, and senior in that role currently. A whitney resurgence would also do wonders. I would like to see a top 4 dman-closer to number two than number four- aquired (yandle or better) to play on the second pairing, and push junior to the bottom duo. Still a mess, just less noticed, as people forget what an nhl defence looks like.
    Rating:D
    Dubnyk
    Khabibulin
    Dubnyk is a good goalie. I wish we had someone better to start over him, but hes fine. Khabibulin on the other hand should have been bough out five years ago (i know when he was signed). I like danis as a first callup but a goalie in the 25-40 range in the nhl should be brought in as an nhl backup.
    Rating: C-

    Same problems as last year. I might have been a little hard on tambellini, but all our problems are easily solved at this time of the year. there is no need for any risks, especially now when its playoffs or bust. If this all goes down in smoke, it is completely because of a failure to address weakness.

  33. jb says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Just to float an idea out there…

    Do we need a 1 or 2 D? ie. a break the bank type? It seems that a lot of teams are going with having 5-6 2-4 D guys, as in by committee.

    Within the next year I’d think we do for sure.. Why not slightly overpay for strong one dimensional defensive veteran guy? Between Whitney, Shultz, and a bunch of our forward options… we obviously only have room for a PK kinda guy.

    Doesn’t necessarily have to be right now though.. Break in Schultz this year, Klefbom next year.. and within 2 years they should know exactly what the defense is gonna look like.

  34. D says:

    Lowetide: Steve Tambellini looks like Sam Pollock based on the timing of all of this. If I didn’t know better I’d suggest they planned the whole damn operation, because that controversy draft week makes it look like there was real doubt.

    But this was easily the best case scenario. Draft the scorer, sign the blue.

    Very true LT. It’s interesting, in a game of inches, a few deft moves like this can change the trajectory of a franchise.

  35. russ99 says:

    While I’m a huge fan of the Oilers getting Justin Schultz, and glad that Smytty can now retire here, aren’t the deals so far pretty much more of the same?

    I was hoping the Oilers would not only make a big splash of a defenseman signing but also use Smyth’s and especially Hordichuk’s salaries giving us much better third line, we know what these players bring to the table, and it’s not enough. Maybe Smyth’s can have a better overall fitness level this year and match his numbers despite his decline. Hordichuk and Danis make no sense. Replacement level players that can contribute at the NHL level would be better…

    So, merely an OK so far, but certainly not Tambellini 4.0 and lots of work still to do to make us a playoff hockey team.

  36. db7db7 says:

    Now that I think of it, we “might” not need another D if somehow Klefbom is NHL ready as some now seem to think. I would rather see him get more time in Sweden, but I haven’t actually seen him this summer, so it’s just a generalized opinion. If he is good to go, then our depth chart looks like the following, which I’m “ok” with, though I rather see a Yandle in there somewhere.

    Smid-Petry
    Schultz-Schultz
    Whitney-Klefbom
    Sutton
    (Potter-Peckham)

  37. bookje says:

    "Steve Smith":
    Archie,

    Misogyny, hostility, and poor grammar all in one (comma-spliced) sentence…I think I have a new favourite poster.

    Stop being such a bitch Steve; i will always be you’re favorite poster!

  38. bookje says:

    Another year of maturity for some of the oiler players is going to make a huge difference, particularly guys like Horcoff, Hemsky and Smyth. We might finally see those guys ‘break out’ this year.

  39. Lowetide says:

    The Oilers have to make a move or two, otherwise they will lose one or two of these fellows to waivers.

  40. bookje says:

    More seriously – I think we will see another 20-25 goals out of the Oilers’s young’uns.

  41. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    jb,

    I say get him now. Go get Tyutin or Streit.

    I’m just saying there seems to be two ways good teams build their defense: 1 or 2 really, really exceptional guys stablizing a decent but not phenomenal backend; or 4-6 good to great guys that aren’t at the full-blown exceptional talent level.

    If we adopt the mindset of the latter, we look like we are one maybe two pieces away from a seriously quality d roster. And one of those spots, as you say, can probably be filled internally in the next 2-3 years.

    maybe next year it looks like this:

    Smid-Petry
    Tyutin/Streit-J. Schultz
    Klefbom-N. Schultz

    (Marincin, Gernat, Musil, Simpson Teubert)

  42. db7db7 says:

    How about Potter and Omark to help Dallas PP for Ott? Sounds insufficient, but their need for PP help (last in NHL last year) is real.

  43. db7db7 says:

    Then Belanger, Jones and Sutton for Yandle. Depth looks like this:

    Harti RNH Ebs
    Hall Gags Yak
    Smyth Ott Hemmer
    Eager Horc Petrell
    Hordi

    Smid Petry
    Yandle Whitney
    Schultz Schultz
    Potter Peckham

    Dubbey
    Dannis

  44. PerryK says:

    Lowetide,

    “…..Double shifts for the kids because the 4line will always feature two of Belanger, Hordichuk, Eager, Jones or Petrell.”

    We have to trade away 2 of Belanger, Eager, Jones. They have very good trade value and don’t fit on the new Oilers (may be all 3!).

    As for D, we can cheaply acquire either Steve Eminger, or Milan Jurcina (Both R shots and reasonably competent).

    I would love to still see a veteran LW to replace Eager and Arnott for C?

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