More cuts today for the Oilers, and this should finalize their roster, due to the injuries they have (they currently sit at 27 bodies, including injuries). Here are your roster cuts:
Gilbert Brule, Josh Green, Ryan Keller and Ryan O’Marra must clear waivers to be re-assigned to Oklahoma City.
Teemu Hartikainen has been re-assigned to Oklahoma City.
One name that jumps out (and I’m happy about in a sense… although I sympathize with him) – Gilbert Brule. The Oilers have done the right thing here and sent him down to the farm team. That means Anton Lander has made the team, at least for now. Excellent news. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is also on the team, but that wasn’t a surprise… whether he will stay with the team after his 9-game “free preview” is another question. Also exciting, for me anyways, is that Lennart Petrell has made the team. Petrell is an excellent PKer who can line up on the wing or play center and also has great size and tends to use it.
So who is left?
Left Wings: Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi, Ryan Smyth, Darcy Hordichuk, Lennart Petrell
Centres: Eric Belanger, Shawn Horcoff, Anton Lander, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Right Wings: Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Linus Omark
Defensemen: Cam Barker, Tom Gilbert, Theo Peckham, Jeff Petry, Corey Potter, Andy Sutton, Taylor Chorney (injured day-to-day)
Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk, Nikolai Khabibulin
Injured: Ben Eager, Sam Gagner, Taylor Fedun, Ladislav Smid, Ryan Whitney
My guess at the starting line-up come October 9th:
Smyth – Horcoff – Hemsky
Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Paajarvi – Lander – Omark
Petrell – Belanger – Jones
Barker – Gilbert
Peckham – Petry
Potter – Sutton