The Edmonton Oilers are in a peculiar position of trying to fill their roster with centremen who can contribute to their top two lines after Sam Gagner‘s injury on Saturday. Rumblings have begun that indicate the Oilers will search from within their organization to fill Gagner’s role while fans are crying for a legitimate, second line centre.
While the latter is the preffered route, it may not be the easiest at this point unless Craig MacTavish is willing to trade off an asset to pluck a solid second-line centreman from another club. Even then, that’s easier said than done given it’s training camp and no club will want to part ways with high end talent.
So what options to the Oilers have? Do they go internal or external in their quest to patch the middle part of the Oilers roster? Jordan Eberle played centre during his junior days with the Regina Pats and could spend some time up the middle over the next few exhibition games. Not ideal, but it’s an option.
Here are a few other options that still remain when looking at what the Oilers could do to replace Sam Gagner for the short-term, in no particular order.