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.