Today, I’ll play the part of the NHL. Bubbly, effervescent, and seemingly unaware of the impending labour impasse.
Today, let’s talk about the defence.
“Justin Schultz” is a name you’ve probably heard once or twice over the past couple of months. While Schultz hasn’t yet played an NHL game, all indications suggest that he’ll be a fixture on the Oiler blue.
With that in mind, I still think the defence needs at least one more tune-up before it’ll be ready for prime time. I’ve begged, pleaded, asked nicely, and implored management to go out there and find (or get) another NHL defenceman. It hasn’t happened, and it appears that the crew they have is what they’re going with.
They didn’t extend an offer to Cam Barker, and that’s worth something.
LET’S PUT THE DEFENCE TOGETHER
Here’s a quick who’s who on the defence (including NHL games played in 2011-12)
- Nick Schultz (82, 20 with Oilers)
- Ladislav Smid (78)
- Jeff Petry (73)
- Corey Potter (62)
- Theo Peckham (54)
- Andy Sutton (52)
- Ryan Whitney (51)
- Colten Teubert (24)
- Alex Plante (3)
- Justin Schultz (0)
Other than Justin Schultz (who will very likely be in the opening night lineup, whenever that will be), I’ve omitted any player who hasn’t suited up in a regular season game for the Oilers.
Here’s my top six:
- A healthy Whitney
- N Schultz
- J Schultz
I can get by on this. But this isn’t going to hang for 82 games. Guys get hurt. Sutton gets suspended. Maybe Whitney needs a night off. How comfortable do you feel removing Petry and Smid for Teubert and Potter?
Assume the season starts tomorrow. What does your top six look like?
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