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08-30-2012, 07:33 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Waterloo Ontario
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Because he's a project -- at 21 years old there is still room for him to grow into an AHL player. Same for Paajarvi. That however does not make either of these guys better players than Franson.
Franson would be on the Oiler PP, one of the reasons teams use 4 forwards is because a lack of powerplay defenceman. That being said, he's not available for Paajarvi nor Teubert. The player from Edmonton where a Franson deal may work is Khabibulin.
Well we seem to be getting closer. At least about Paajarvi.
But you still seem to ignore the fact that many Oiler fans know their team better than you do.
The first power play unit will have 4 forwards because that is the way the pp is designed. That group will liklely be Hall, Eberle, RNH, Smyth, and Petry, who has a very big shot. Smyth's job is to play in front of the net and create space. Petry is a RH shot which works well with RNH on the RH half wall QB'ing the pp.
The second unit, which will see much less time has Hemsky, Gagner, Yakupov and probably Horcoff (unfortunately) in front of the net. Hemsky runs this unit from the left half wall with Whitney on the left side being his go to guy.
If they want a seond dman on that unit instead of one of the forwards from time to time it will be J.Scultz.
While I agree that if the Oilers did deal for a guy like Franson it would be someone who they did not see in their future I real do not believe the Oilers are not going to trade Khabibulin for Franson. Khabibulin is great in the room and Dubnyk loves him. He has been a very good mentor for Dubnyk. But more to the point, the Oilers have no option for a backup at this point.
Simply stated, the Oilers have no real need for Franson. Now or in the future. They have several hgh quality offensive defensemen in the pipeline. If they do want to add another defenseman it will either be a bigger deal for a young dman with first pairing potential or it will be for a vet that can play physically in a shut down role.
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