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09-22-2003, 08:45 AM
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I don't know if it's far fetched thinking or not but do guys think that the opposing coaches coordinate their lines in the pre-season?

If you look at the Oilers and Flames, they are both teams with probably 80% of their roster set and an over abundance of kids fighting for the remaining few spots.

Wouldn't it make sense that if you are trying to guage your young players you would want to see how they do against NHLer's instead of AHL's.

So, first game we saw quite few Oiler NHLer's against quite a few Calgary youngters. Gives Sutter the opportunity to see how the kids fair against decent talent.

2nd game it was the opposite.

Just seems to me that it works well for both teams and we shouldn't really get concerned about wins, losses or even system play right up till now because this was supposed to be where the individual was supposed to step up.

However with that last round of cuts, I guess we can start guaging the team starting tonight.

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