I have a glorious photo at the ready for my “Finally! Balance!” post, but the Oilers are still not quite ready for takeoff. It’s tough luck for MacT and Dallas Eakins–why do the injuries ALWAYS impact the weak spots?–but the bottom line is that this roster isn’t balanced.
- The goaltending is fine
- The defense is improved and in the neigborhood of fine if the team gets some breaks (Belov emerging, health for top 4)
- The RW depth chart is rock solid
- The LW depth chart (Hall-Perron-Smyth-Joensuu) is as well
I’m prepared to give a passing grade on all of these areas, but the center position isn’t good enough at this time. Should the club decide to keep Taylor Hall at C, then LW would be a weakness. It’s a tough item, being this close to the goal and not getting it done, but that terrific photo of “balance” I’ve been holding on to for two years will stay in the hangar.
Unless there’s some kind of a deal to be made for a centerman this weekend. It’ll be cutdown day here soon, and that means the waiver eligibles must be sent down. I’ve talked about Zack Smith and Justin Abdelkader, others have mentioned Jim O’brien and tonight the name Joe Colborne is walking past my screen a lot.
I don’t know if they like one or the other or even if they’re looking. I do know this: the Edmonton Oilers don’t get the “balance” seal of approval again this year.
And it’s been about a decade.