Don’t you just love it when a character in a movie says the name of the movie in the movie itself? Introducing a new segment at Putting on the Foil entitled…. well, Putting on the Foil. In this segment, Steve-O, and I (and sometimes Trogdor) have a tête-à-tête (or tête-à-tête-à-tête) on a certain issue. In today’s “Putting On The Foil”, we discuss who we think will make the October 3rd lineup (barring any injuries). Of course, like any other post, we encourage you to have your say in the comments section.
First off, the Shoe-Ins:
These are the guys that have nearly no chance of being cut, so we won’t bother to discuss them: Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff, Ethan Moreau, Patrick O’Sullivan, Dustin Penner, Fernando Pisani, Zack Stortini, Tom Gilbert, Denis Grebeshkov, Ladislav Smid, Sheldon Souray, Steve Staios, Jason Strudwick, Lubomir Visnovsky (since I’ve named 7 d-men here, I’m going to have to be so bold as to say that our defencemen have already been decided).
On to the players in question:
Racki: Out. He was brought in for the Springfield team. We don’t need another tough guy up here.
Steve-O: Out. We already have MacIntyre.
Racki: Out. Part of me wants to see him up here, but I think he gets cut. It will be very risky, putting him through waivers. However I think he hasn’t made the impression he needs to in order to stay here, whereas I think a player quite a bit further down has. The fact is, I can really see him making the team, but I can really see him not making the team. He really is on the cusp.
Steve-O: Out. Not enough room on the team. Not sure about his waiver status, but if he needs to go through waivers on the way back up then he won’t even get a call up.
Racki: In. Without a doubt, he will make the team. There were questions as to whether the fans would accept Comrie. Flash back to the game vs. the Panthers where Comrie had 4 assists and a fight and the crowd was chanting his name. What contract dispute from 6 years ago?
Steve-O: In. And actual NHL player despite the history with the team and sub-par last year.
Racki: Out. But he might stick around for a bit, if at all possible within our roster. I can actually see him staying on the team now, after how well he has played. He outplayed John Tavares in Saskatoon. But ideally, he gets sent back, because this team just doesn’t have the room (barring an injury). Hemsky has endorsed keeping Eberle up here, however. In a recent Edmonton Journal article, Hemsky talked about how MacTavish’s decision to keep him in the NHL at Eberle’s age was a smart decision (hey even a broken clock is right twice a day) and was better for his development than going back to Junior. Still, I would have to bet that he is out unless a really ugly injury happens to one of our forwards.
Steve-O: Out. Play him for the 9 games but then send him back to the dub. I think it was a mistake to blow a year of Gagner’s eligibility (not sure thats the right word but whatever) as we now have to pay him big a year earlier than if he would have been sent back to London. But then the fans would have bitched about how shitty the team was instead of how good Gagner is going to be.
Racki: In. He got the message. JFJ, forget the powerforward stuff. Just go out and be a one man wrecking crew. He was amazing vs. the Panthers. The big hit he threw, and then the fight right after (in which he dominated) were pretty inspiring. That is the kind of energy this team needs.
Steve-O: In. Has a skill set that isn’t really duplicated all that much in the line-up (Stortini for sure, and maybe Moreau).
Racki: Out. Big, big sigh when I say that. He’s definitely a fave Oiler of mine (I love the enforcers). But I can’t justify him in the lineup anymore when we have JFJ, Stortini, Strudwick and others who can fight. Him staying on the roster means risking someone else of signifigance on waivers.
Steve-O: In. As the 14th forward. Nuclear deterrent.
Racki: Marginal. If there is one guy that gets dropped in favor of Eberle, it’s this guy. He’s looked like a new man though in camp and in one of the games. Will that go a long way? I’m not too sure yet. I am willing to bet though that in the back of Quinn’s mind, he makes a decision between Nilsson and another player. I’ve thought about the lines, and really, I think he’ll be riding the pine. And at $2M/yr, he’s a pretty pricey bench warmer. I’d say that his only hope is an injury.
Steve-O: What a cop out Racki…what kind of prediction is that? He’s in.
Racki: Fine! In.
Racki: In. Our second best face off man after Horcoff, I have a tough time seeing him gone too, even in favor of Brule. But I would have to say Brule is his direct competition. Sweat bullets until he is sent down, Mr. Pouliot.
Steve-O: In. He needs to show that he’s gained a step this year, but I would say that this could be his first full year.
Racki: Out. I love this guy’s drive. But really, he’s an extra piece that we don’t have room for right now.
Steve-O: Out. Small forward thats not a scorer.
Racki: Out. Sorry, there will be no Rob Schremp hockey on the Oilers this year. He’ll be an Islander by or before October 3rd, if I’m a betting man.
Steve-O: Out. He may want to look at Europe.
Racki: In. The chemistry with Comrie and O’Sullivan is too good to ignore. Plus, he has the size that this team needs. I think he’ll ride the pine a bit and come in when we need a bit of size, or if someone needs a little motivation in the way of a press box visit. I mean come on, the guy hit Tavares in the pre-season! Check out Hockey Noob’s Low On Oil site for a good write up on Ryan Stone.
Steve-O: Out. First call up, but still out to start the season.
Racki: Out. Doesn’t need to clear waivers. Is about as consistent (or should I say inconsistent) as JDD at this point. It’s a toss up, but why lose an asset? Doobie will be returning to the Falcons.
Steve-O: Out. But I also don’t see JDD finishing the season. I always felt that JDD was a stop gap until DD made the show (at least thats the vibe I got from the team).
Racki: In. Unlike Dubnyk, he has to clear waivers to be sent down. I’m not a big believer in either of our rookie goaltenders. However, I’d still like to hang on to both of them to give them a chance. So I’m thinking JDD makes the team. He should get about 25-30 games in, minimum.
Steve-O: In. And when Khabi goes down with an injury around Dec. then we will see how bad it is to have no backup goalie.
Penner Horcoff Hemsky
O’Sullivan Comrie Gagner (O’Sully was on my first line, but after seeing him with Comrie, why not here?)
Moreau Cogliano Pisani
JFJ Pouliot Stortini
(Isn’t the limit 22?)