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11-13-2012, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarus View Post
They have every opportunity to step up in secondary roles, every team they play right now is focused on stopping the NHLers, not them.

When the first line goes, the inexperienced players that are costing the team games now are going to be the only option, they won't automaticly be able to score or play better defense overnight, their deficiencies will only be magnified. Much like other years when the Oilers filled up their farm teams with developing and/or suspect prospects and no AHL vets, it'll result in a terrible hockey team that can't win games at that level.

Veteran leadership on the Oilers isn't a huge problem though... veterans that can play hockey and willingly fill secondary roles without sulking? That's an entirely different story.

Without the NHLers, the Barons will be pretty similar to last years team that made it to the WCF minus a few veterans so i don't see why they won't be at least ok if the NHL returns. Also, keep in mind that other teams will be weakened due to NHL departures.

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