#5 – Where will Ryan Smyth fit in the roster?
Youth and speed have taken over the Oilers roster and Smyth was unable to adapt last year, coming up short on multiple occasions when he was racing and competing for a loose puck.
The third line may be suited for Smyth if he can prove he can keep up to the likes of Boyd Gordon, David Perron and/or Ales Hemsky. If he can’t then the fourth line may be the only opportunity for the former heart and soul of the Oilers and even then, the question would be asked if he’s the type of player you want on a fourth line.
We’ve looked at Smyth’s situation in the past and maybe a full summer of training and not having to wait until January to play will help number 94. The lockout hurt him when he wasn’t overseas playing like so many young stars did.
The next eight games will help decide Smyth’s fate with this club and at least this Oilers’ fan wants to see him ride off into the sunset following a full and productive year with the only team he belongs to play on.