Continuing on with my series of Break it Down posts. The others can be found in the following location.
Next up, special teams.
The Oilers last year had a terrible powerplay (27th) and was actually worse (!) on the penalty kill (29th).
We have lots of talent that can play on the PP. Lots. And now that Hemsky is part robot, he won’t miss half the season (it helps that Regehr has fucked off to the other conference too).
And, we now have some players that can play on the PK! Huzzah!
Now lets see what we are working with:
I thought we would have had a good PP last year – hahaha. I actually think it can be good this year though. For reals. We have no shortage of talent now, we just need to not have Hemsky get hurt.
The PK also looks a billion times better than last year. Pick anyone, and slot them in that final spot and it can’t be as bad as last year’s PK.
Hemsky. Hall. Eberle. I’m imagining it in my head right now. So fucking tasty.
And for the PK, 2 centers! 2. Not 1 (and an overworked on at that). 2.
On the PK, we don’t have enough forwards that have that skill set, or enough defensive defensemen. Same as last year.
See weaknesses above.
One more veteran forward, and one 3/4 d-man and I think we’d be golden.
This year should be better on both counts than the first year. Only issues I see (other than the weaknesses mentioned above) is we have Khabibulin in net.