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09-29-2003, 05:06 PM
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Thinking that the Oilers with a healthy York, Smyth, and possiblly Dvorak PLUS the improvement of Hemsky (it's not just some little whim, it's a VERy commen thinking that he'll emerge as a top liner full time). Horcoff had an excellent second half, playoffs, and WC so there is reason to think that he'll improve. Horcoff is a guy who will push for top six time. Chimera is a guy who will push for top six time. Rita has the potential (like him or not, or what ever opinion you have of him, he's a top 20 prospect) the be a top six. The Oilers have lots of reason to be optimistic. Everybody knows that Comrie will be missed offensively. Everybody knows Niinimaa will be missed, as well as Marchant to a lesser degree. But to argue that the Oilers don't have the organiztional depth is a joke. How many other teams had a guy play in 65 games, on the fourth line (for about 50 of the games) and score 15 goals? I'm sure there was a couple, although I can't think of any.

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