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Corey Potter: Here to Stay?


So as my illustrious colleagues here at OilonWhyte.com have already told you, The Oilers won Saturday night in a shut-out victory against the New York Rangers. I want to talk a little bit about rookie Defenceman Corey Potter.

Being an Ex-ranger, Corey Potter said on the Oilers Now  radio show this afternoon that scoring that goal on Saturday was a “highlight of my career.” Potters’s play has taken away ice time from Theo Peckham who has found himself in the press-box.

For a guy that is 27 years old and never been a mainstay on an NHL team, he has looked really good, much to everyone’s surprise. Mark Spector, on Jason Gregor’s show today, implied that a guy who has spent as much time in the minors as Potter has, there’s a reason for that. He went on to infer that all the scouts from all the leagues, that have ever seen this guy play, haven’t taken a chance on him in the big show. Why?

This tells me that it’s possibly, only a matter of time before Potter shows us the reason he’s only been an AHL player. Or it could mean that he has finally figured it out, turned a corner, and is going to prove all his nay-sayers wrong. One thing is for sure, Tom Renney had this kid in New York, and he likes his game. Does Coach Renney know something that we the observers don’t? Obviously there’s some merit to this kid as he is playing in our top pairing and getting 20+ minutes a game.

With Whitney back, and Potter playing well, this seems to have pushed Theo (Teddy Peckman) Peckham out of the rotation. I will say this though, I feel that Teddy should play tomorrow against the Canucks, and maybe Cam Barker should sit. Barker has been very average thus far.

We will need the grit that Theo brings against the Canucks, as Darcy Hordichuck is still injured. In my opinion Ben Eager, Andy Sutton, & Laddy Smid are not enough deterrent to fend off the grinders of the Canucks.

QUICK HITS:

- With Gagner back playing the wing, Omark has been benched. The media was saying that there were no line changes in practice today for the Oilers, but no one would answer my tweets asking if Omark will sit out tomorrow night. Steve Tambellini (GM) will need to figure out what to do on the wing as we have too many players, especially when Ales Hemsky returns to the lineup.

- Speaking of Ales Hemsky, when is this guy going to be able to play for the Oilers? Apparently the news today is that he will not skate this week with the team as originally thought. He will be evaluated for practice next week.

- Khabibulin’s league leading .969 SV% is a huge surprise! With all the controversy surrounding him this summer, and the absolute shitty year he had
last season, the bounce-back he’s having now is awesome to see. I just hope that the Oilers do not stunt Dubnyk’s growth potential because of it.

GO OILERS GO!

Tags: Ales Hemsky Corey Potter Linus Omark Nikolai Khabibulin Theo Peckham Tom Renney