Edmonton recalled winger Ryan Hamilton today, and one imagines he’ll be inserted into the lineup either tomorrow night or on Monday. If the Oilers plan to move Taylor Hall back to LW, this makes no sense; if they plan on leaving him at center then bringing Hamilton up makes sense.
POSSIBLE LINEUP (C-L-R)
- Taylor Hall-Jesse Joensuu-Ales Hemsky
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-David Perron-Jordan Eberle
- Boyd Gordon-Ryan Hamilton/Ryan Smyth-Nail Yakupov
- Will Acton-Luke Gazdic-Mike Brown
I think we’re going to see Taylor Hall at center for the forseeable future. There’s no other reason to recall Ryan Hamilton, at least that I can see (there could be an undisclosed injury or a trade forthcoming).
I’m not at all certain how this ends, but I don’t think Ryan Smyth is going to make it through the season. It gives me no pleasure to say it, but if we see more games like Tuesday this may not last past Christmas. That’s going to be a tough conversation, and Smyth’s a proud guy so this may not end well.
On the other hand, Smyth may have a strong game in Vancouver and deliver a solid performance if inserted farther down the lineup. The Hamilton callup means LW may be in for a change, and the Oilers LW’s (Smyth, Perron, Joensuu, Gazdic) from game one had a solid game save 94. Something to keep in mind in the coming days.