Trying to figure out this blueline in mid-August is impossible. There are SO many possibilities and so few certainties we’re left to mull over the difference between ‘hired by the new GM’ and ‘he’s done everything asked of him’ and in the case of Larsen v. Potter I’ve gone with the better hockey player.
RE 13-14: 3, 0-0-0
I can’t find a reasonable way to get Phil Larsen far enough up the depth chart for him to be considered part of the opening night lineup. I’m not saying he has the same value as the draft pick Edmonton also received for Shawn Horcoff (is that pick this century?) but it’s also true that there’s just too much quality and depth in the organization for us to consider Larsen more than a TC hopeful at this time.
I think, when evaluating Philip Larsen, we need to consider the possibility that the cap room was the major asset returned in the deal, and that Larsen and the pick were so much window dressing. Just saying, not trying to bury him. He’s 23, from the 2008 draft and has been a regular (or so) in the NHL for three seasons (95, 5-14-19). This past season was not great, and he got passed by some young blue. He’s going the wrong way as a young defenseman.
LARSEN’S VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER
I’m not saying Larsen can’t make this team, but I am saying there’s no really good reason to put him ahead of Corey Potter, or Oscar Klefbom or Denis Grebeshkov. And that means that as of today, he’s on the outside looking in. Phil Larsen may never play for the Oilers. Seriously.