Above is a pic from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The guy on the left is Erik Gudbransson of the Florida Panthers. The Oilers would probably love a Gudbransson in their line up right now. Hell, they’d even love a Taylor Hall in their line up right now. But, they will get a Theo Peckham in their line up, courtesy of an Andy Sutton healthy scratch. This paragraph sounds very Gene Principe-esque. Anyways, I think they’ve got to really play a guy like him down the stretch so they can decide whether he’s going to be part of their long term future or not. With all the talk about improving our back end, some players have to go out for new ones to come in. So Teddy could be an option.
Devan Dubnyk also draws in tonight, expectedly since this is a back-to-back.
The buzz today in the Oilogosphere is over some interview Linus Omark had. Read more here. I can’t see how the Oilers would want to hang on to Omark after those comments. I do wonder though if he’s just a guy that has no clue how to say the right things, or if he really just marches to the beat of his own drummer. Either way, I’m thinking he’ll likely be moved before July.
As for the actual game, I’ll be watching this one on the PVR (if it is deemed worthy) as tonight also happens to be the first playoff game for the Oil Kings. Tickets for these games are DIRT CHEAP, and it’s arguably the best hockey you’ll see in Rexall this year. Steve-O, Trogdor and I will be rooting the home team on at this one tonight. I’m pretty stoked, to be honest.
Enjoy the game, folks!
OILERS LINES (projected)
Jones – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Hartikainen – Gagner – Hemsky
Smyth – Horcoff – Omark
Eager – Belanger – Hordichuk
Smid – Petry
Whitney – Schultz
Peckham – Potter
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