As mentioned, the battle for the centre position rages on in lieu of the weekend’s events. Whether or not one of Arcobello, Lander or Acton can fill the void and elevate their game to a comparable level of Gagner’s remains to be seen. But they will all get a good look by Oilers management right up until the start of the regular season and potentially into October as well. Can they carry the load in the wake of Gagner’s absence? Tonight’s performance will go a long way in determining their fate.
The Oilers top line of Omark, Gordon and Yakupov have many debating that Omark’s time with the big club could be in jeopardy. Meaning it’s time to produce or the flashy forward could find himself down in the minors to start the season. Having both Gordon and Yakupov as linemates tonight should help elevate Omarks’ game, if he feels so inclined.
Both Ben Eager and Mike Brown are in tonight’s lineup and both could be suddenly fighting for their jobs with the recent acquisition of tough guy Steve MacIntyre. It’s difficult to imagine the Oilers keeping all three fourth line players, especially when the club wants to give players like Acton a chance on the fourth line.
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