Oilers 3 Stars From Last Night’s Game

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3rd Star – Ales Hemsky

Ok all you Hemsky haters, here’s your chance to rip me for giving Hemsky the third star.  Truth is he played a solid game last night and showed flashes of the dazzling Hemsky that has the ability to produce a point per game for this club.

A beautiful goal and an assist to go with it, Hemsky finished the night just shy of 20 minutes of ice-time which included over two minutes on the penalty kill; an area that may not be suited for him.

He did finish minus-1 but played well enough to earn the recognition.  He was responsible coming out of his own end most of the time with a couple blunders, but then again, it was an Oilers team that made a few as well.

Given the chance to resurrect his career with the Oilers, if Hemsky can continue his offensive play like he portrayed last night then leaving him on the top line with Taylor Hall could be a lethal combination.

All in all, a solid start to the season for a player that was on the trading block for the entire summer.

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  • Cody Anderson

    I like the stars, and while not a Hemsky fan I agree he had a solid game. Hall had some sloppy mistakes that are not like him, and Dubnyk had a weak showing that he should rebound from.
    Overall, while we all want the 2 points I think it was very encouraging to see us outshoot anyone. The play of Joennsuu, Hemsky, Acton, and the rest of the 4th line would far outweigh most of the negatives we saw last night.
    If Belov plays more like he did in his small sample of preseason and Dubnyk rebounds this team will compete every night.

    • Derek Stykalo

      RNH and Gagner can’t return soon enough and when they do this team will most definitely compete every night. For now it’s trying to bridge the gap and focusing on their defensive zone is the top priority. We know they’ll score goals, just can’t have them blunder in their own end.

      As always, thanks for reading and the comments.

  • Cody Anderson

    I still hate the idea of saddling Hall with the extra responsibilities of centre, and then putting him with bottom 9 players. I get that it is one game, but Smtyh can’t keep up on the first shift, let alone if they plan on playing Hall for 26 minutes a night.

    Here are the lines I would like to see, and an explanation as to why I think they make sense.

    Perron – Hall – Yakupov

    Joensuu – Acrobello – Eberle

    Smyth – Gordon – Hemsky

    Gazdig – Acton – Brown

    This puts Hall with elite scorers and makes that a real 1st line. Perron is used to having some defensive reponsibility.

    Joensuu looks like he can keep up with the top 6 and he is willing to muck it up, protect his teammates and go to the net. The tiny duo of Ebs and Acrobello should benefit from the grit he seems to bring.

    This looks like a 3rd line that can shut down other teams and still be a threat to score. Ice time should be more manageable for father time.

    This 4th line looks capable of sending messages, being physical, and annoying the other team. I would like to see at least one upgrade on the line, but the Acton experiment looks good thus far.

    • Derek Stykalo

      I like these line combos Cody and would even go as far as to put Joensuu with Hall and Yakupov. Either way, I hope Eakins mixes things up sooner rather than later and doesn’t pay too much loyalty to Smyth. He’s still one of my all-time favorite Oilers but we need to win and I’m not sure having him on the top line can contribute to that.