I decided at the time of the lockout to focus on the prospects and specifically Nail, Oscar and the OKC Four. There are other worthy stories though: Devan Dubnyk is getting rusty, NK and Sutton are on IR, Hall took his time to recover (a blessing) and Ryan Whitney’s status is completely up in the air (we don’t know if he can return to previous skating levels).
Hemsky is playing for his hometown Pardubice HC and leads the club in scoring (17, 11-10-21). His team is mid-pack and he’s certainly a story in Czech hockey.
Hemsky could be a big story at the end of the lockout, too. Kevin Lowe has hinted the Oilers may not be far away from a big trade designed to address weakness (which I would suggest could be blueline or goal, and suspect the Oilers also want an enforcer and a Mike Krushelnyski center).
Anyway, if you’re making a list of players other teams might want, I think Hemsky, Sam Gagner and Jeff Petry would be high on the list.