Analyzing the Oilers Roster: Forwards Edition

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2nd Line: Perron-Arcobello-Eberle

This line brings both excitement and fear when looking at it as a whole.  Using the last pre-season game against the Rangers as an exmaple, Perron had a pair of goals, Arcobello two assists and Eberle a three point night.

The concern is Arcobello and his ability to play sound defense, particularly in the faceoff circle.  Well below the 50% mark through this pre-season on the draws, Arcobello must get stronger in this department in order to bridge the gap until RNH returns.

This trio will be exciting to watch based on their speed and ability to create a scoring play out of nothing.  Anybody that plays with Eberle is instantly getting the puck from places you never thought possible and Perron is proving that acquiring him was the best trade MacTavish made thus far.

If they can carry over their pre-season success then this line could provide the bulk of the scoring for the Oilers, at least from a five-on-five standpoint, an area that was dismal last year in Edmonton.  Secondary scoring has sorely been lacking with the Oilers and this pre-season has proven that the possibility may be there for Edmonton to be able to have two lines that can contribute offensively on a regular basis.

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