I really don’t know why we bother. We spend at least part of the summer talking about lines and then 5 minutes after the opening faceoff at the Joey Moss they’re in the dumpster and Toby Petersen is on the powerplay. What makes sense?
I think it’s cool to start with pairs (this assumes RNH is unready to start the season):
And then decide who is best suited to fill in the blanks based on training camp. My picks for completion by line are:
- David Perron, who would fit on either of the top 2lines and probably do well on the 3line. Let’s put him with Hall and Ebs.
- Jesse Joensuu, who has some 2-way ability based on what we read and some skill, might work well with the Gagner-Yakupov duo. He won’t be trying to carry the puck and he can drive to the net while the other two do their wizardry.
- Linus Omark or Ryan Hamilton might work well for the Gordon-Hemsky duo. Omark would be good for the offensive opportunities and getting Ryan Hamilton to the front of the net (where he might block out the sun) and winning puck battles might help Hemsky in a Ryan Smyth kind of way.
- Anton Lander. Smyth-Jones always post insane WOWY’s and Lander appeared to have some chem with Smyth last season.
|GORDON||LINUS OMARK/RYAN HAMILTON||HEMSKY|
Oilers wouldn’t have a lot of depth (aside from Arcobello, Mike Brown, etc) but when RNH gets back they could send someone out. This seems to be the best deployment (the more traditional way would be to place Hemsky on the Gagner line with Yakupov and that’s fine too) but at least for a time they might as well see what they have in Joensuu, Hamilton and Omark.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
We’re back, and with no holidays in sight there will actually be some consistency! Scheduled to appear:
- Tyler Dellow from mc79hockey. We’ll talk Hall at center, lines for the Oilers, goalie prices and Gareth Bale.
- Corey Graham from Team 1260′s Oil Kings PBP team. We’ll talk OK tourney in St. Albert and how the team is looking so far this training camp.
- Ryan Batty from Copper and Blue. We’ll talk about possible late roster additions, what to do with Omark and try to slot the defensemen in some kind of proper order of depth.
@Lowetide_ on the twitter, 10-1260 via text. I have requested some other guests so stay tuned for updates.