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09-21-2003, 08:49 AM
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True, but let's say it's ten games in and Smith has an injury that'll keep him out of a game. The Oilers then send out Brewer and Staios, who are certainly more than adequate, Semenov, who I like alot but has played fewer than 100 NHL games, Cross, Ferguson and Luoma.
McKeens describes Bergeron as a swift skating puck mover, so I think he's okay in that department. Maybe Jim Harnock can confirm.
McKeens also say Luoma "moves well for his size" so maybe I'm overreacting.
if we are using McKeens, then it's no question that they have Luoma ahead of Bergeron.
Bergeron: 27 GP 1-3 for 4 points
Luoma: 75 GP 3-24 for 27 points, 2nd highest of all Oilers D.
as for skating, I have to wonder how much stock EDM puts into it for their D, I mean, they signed Cory Cross to a 3 year deal. I get what you're saying, that no one wants too many of these guys. But Luoma's more polished, Bergeron likely won't be hurt by being the #1 in TOR for 20 games or so, I'm sure they'd like to see what Luoma can do at the NHL level.
There is also the possibility that they simply go 13 F and 8D for awhile, and send both Sarno and Wright down.
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