Random Oilers Thoughts - The "I forgot my password" edition.
Yes folks, I am back after taking a few months off. Why did I come back? I never wanted to leave actually. I forgot my password/user name. Lame. I'm sure a quick email to the site admin would of helped but for whatever reason never fired one off. Oh well, no doubt everyone has had their fill of Oilers talk what with Yakupov, Schultz and the Linus Omark saga.
Linus took his blanket to Switzerland today. That he'll be playing in Europe next season isn't a shock. I think everyone knew this was coming. What did surprise me is the fact that he didn't sign in the SEL. He is a very popular player in his native Sweden and would of surly had many teams bidding for his services. Is the money better in the Swiss league? I don't know. Is the calibre of play higher? I don't think so. Perhaps his Swiss contract allowed him to bolt back to the NHL mid-season if the Oilers came calling. I wouldn't bother waiting by the phone Linus.
The more I look at the Oilers roster for next season, the more I see another first overall pick heading their way. Ok, maybe not first overall, but we will be seeing Steve Tambellini's mug on TSN watching the balls drop. Yakupov's 40-50 points will help if they are all even strength. The third ranked powerplay in the league last season doesn't need much help. Justin Schultz has a lot of work to do. Can't fault the Oilers for going after Schultz hard, everyone did. Why the team couldn't then go out and get the young man some help on the line is beyond me. Banking on a player fresh out of the NCAA to improve your D is a big gamble.
Speaking of D, let's take a quick look at the Oilers top six as it stands right now...because I have an issue:
Perty - Smid
Schultz - Schultz
Whitney - ???Peckham
This isn't a depth chart or my version of the what I think the pairings should be. This is just the top six. For argument's sake let's say Teddy Peckman is #6. Where does that leave Corey Potter and Andy Sutton? Last season both players expressed an interest in stay with the club. Both signed favorable contracts with the Oilers. Yes, Sutton's 1.75 is probably less that he would of gotten this summer. Is it not poor form for the Oilers to waive one of those guys through the league and plant him in the AHL? Is trading one of them any better? Someone is going to get shutout here and the Oilers are going to look bad for doing it. I know the NHL is a business and the players are well paid, but if they wanted to stay Oilers and the team resigned them, do the Oilers not have some obligation to find a spot for them? Theo Peckham's spot maybe? In my opinion, the Peckham signing was redundant and creates an unwanted log jam at the back end of the D core. Insert your own joke here if you like.
There you have it folks, a very off the cuff blog about the Edmonton Oilers. Now that I remember my log in and password, I'll make an effort to put two or three blogs up a week. Thanks for reading.