A lot more went on yesterday at the Joey Moss Cup yesterday than I thought would have. I realize that there are a lot of guys fighting for maybe what would boil down to one half dozen roster spots, but the amount of physical play I saw on the ice was a lot more than I had expected. Hall-Horcoff-Hemsky was easily the line of the night, and goaltenders Gerber, Deslauriers and Dubnyk all yielded zero goals.
Now, onto the battle.
Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks – 22 SEP 10 Preseason Game 1/6
8:00 MST / 10 EST
Giroux – Horcoff – Eberle
Hartikainen – O’Marra – McDonald
Stewart – Moran – Stortini
MacIntyre – Vande Velde – Ondrus
Whitney – Petry
Peckham – Vandermeer
Chorney – Taylor
Things to look for:
- Alexandre Giroux – This will be the first game Giroux appears in for Edmonton against another squad, and it’ll be interesting to see how he meshes with Horcoff and the rookie Eberle. Giroux has been known as an standout AHL player with just a handful of games in the NHL. He’ll be fighting to earn a roster spot.
- Martin Gerber – He’ll get the start tonight, and the salty vet will be tested especially against Vancouver’s top line. If Gerber pitches a solid effort, you’ll begin to hear whispers that he belongs on the big club.
- The Edmonton Defence – Yes, we’re looking at the big picture here. After Whitney and Vandermeer, the amount of NHL experience on this line can be counted on a few hands. Let’s hope Chorney has learned a couple of things during the offseason, and Peckham is as truculent as ever. Speaking of truculence, Steve MacIntyre is in the lineup. MacIntyre’s truculence is on a whole other level than Peckham.