Toni Rajala is an interesting prospect. We all KNOW the Oilers have no room, but he keeps DOING things. Consider this: in 44 AHL games, Rajala has 139 shots on goal. That’s an average of 3.16 per game. Since the Barons had so many terrific players this year (especially before the lockout ended) let’s have a look at the shots per game total among the gunners:
- Hall 3.19
- Rajala 3.16
- Eberle 2.74
- Nugent-Hopkins 2.63
- Paajarvi 2.26
- Hartikainen 2.00
Amazing run by the little Finn. Is his last 39 games, he’s 15-25-40. But he’s a winger and there’s no way to make room. Probably. (Rajala photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).
On today’s Lowetide at High Noon, Dennis King was a guest and had an interesting idea. Dennis suggested a good way to look at MacT as GM is to filter it through how MacT managed his roster assignments during his coaching career. Gagner is a little like Mike Comrie in that he was an offensive player on the way to a huge raise but the organization (implied MacT) didn’t feel that paying him major dollars was wise. That does fit the Gagner scenario, although we can argue the direct comp between Comrie and Gagner.
Should Gagner be dealt (for defensive help) Dennis suggested Taylor Hall could move to center, giving the club instant depth. So, at a guess, the F’s might look like this sans Gagner:
Hartikainen might not make it, but maybe the Oilers sign Stalberg or Raffi or draft that Russian or maybe Rajala is for real.
OKC plays tonight, a win and they are in the playoffs.