Few Oilers are the lightning rod that Ales Hemsky is. I’ve yet to meet a fan that didn’t have an opinion about where Ales Hemsky belongs (or why he doesn’t belong) on this team.
Some see Ales Hemsky as a necessary piece of Oilers’ rebirth. A savvy veteran who can put a puck in a teacup. Some see the .75 points per game that Hemsky’s career has illustrated when healthy.
Some see a well-known injury on skates who got a ridiculous two year contract after a sub-par season. In 2011-12, Hemsky was good for 36 points in 69 games, which is a steep drop off from what we’re used to seeing.
Towards the trade deadline, the writing was on the wall. We all saw Hemsky getting shipped out like Dustin Penner for magic beans, or little in return. Amazingly, that never happened.
So, what do you think he’s capable of doing now? What’s a realistic prediction for Ales Hemsky?
Hemsky had been kept busy during the lockout playing in Pardubice, and has shown no ill-effects of any lingering shoulder issues. We’ve got a new (shortened) season, and a very real chance that Ales Hemsky is going to be on a line with Nail Yakupov. Hemsky can dish, Yakupov can finish. That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Think of the power play time!
As good as that sounds, it’s probably not going to be quite that easy. But Hemsky’s numbers should improve.
How’s 38 points in 48 games sound? (11-27-38). I don’t feel comfortable making a whole lot of predictions, but the Oilers should score more than their fair share of goals this year. And a (finally) healthy Hemsky’s point total should reflect that in part.
What do you got for Hemsky this year?
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