Since we have been getting just hammered under all this Oilers news, I figure I’ll try and sneak this years edition of break it down in and hope that people see it. Plus it looks as though the GM has finished making moves for the summer and I’m leaving for europe for a month right away.
Again, much like I did last year, I am going to do a series of posts discussing the team and how I think they will do in the coming year. Reading musts is Lowetide and his breakdown of each player, and big props to Behind the Net and Capgeek for all of my stats/salary info.
Oilers are looking to be a young team again this year, however the GM pulled his head out of his ass just long enough to add some players up front that I feel might help us out in the long run. So long as we sacrifice whatever the hell we need to in order to fix the injury problems that plague this team.
Anyways, here are the forwards:
Smyth/Horcoff/Hemsky (how fucking beautiful does that look!)
Jones/One of the kid center’s/Eager/Hordichuk
We have a line again that can go power vs power. And win (I’ll assume that Smyth has lost a step or two, but Hemsky is awesome) that match up most nights. The Hall/Eberle line should be able to be run out against weaker opposition, however I’m thinking that other coaches will try to match against this line more often than not.
He got a fucking 3rd line center! Sweet jesus, an actual NHL player.
Fourth line is still a bit of the crap shoot, but much better than we’ve seen the last few years. I bet Tambellini will see the Nuge make the team, but I figure with the re-signing of O’Marra he’ll get some cracks at it too. Maybe this Lander kid we hear about.
Hemsky. Still awesome, now with two robot shoulders.
Hall and Eberle sure were pretty special last year…and I think that they pull of good sophomore years as well.
From the lineup posted above, it looks like we can have 3 lines, that when firing on all cylinders, can push the pace of the game and just out skate other teams. I like it.
This is copied from last years:
“We are a young team. There will be blown assignments, lots of time spent in our own zone and lots of goals scored against us. Lots. And those rookie slumps are going to hurt us harder than most teams.”
Still don’t have a dedicated checking line, but if Smyth/Horcoff/Hemsky can saw off against the other teams power line we should survive.
For the most part I am pretty happy with this forward group. Wouldn’t mind seeing some of the skill traded away (just not my favorite players) for some size/skill combo, but for the most part pretty happy with the lineup.
And upgrade the 4th line. I’m not a really big fan of many of those players.
I’m thinking we miss the playoffs this year. Not because of the forward group really, but that said I like what I see with this group. More goals and less against.