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12-01-2012, 12:31 AM
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thestonedkoala
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Yeah, it's weird that they finished so high up in the standings last year when you think about it... I guess it has to do with the lack of veteran leadership this year. Guys looked up to Keller, Moran, Helmer, etc. and they're having a lot of trouble with their departures. They've also been missing their captain and one of their best players in Josh Green for most of the season now, which definitely hurts. Another thing is the regression of a few players like Plante, Ringwald, Cornet, the goalies, etc.

But I'm expecting them to struggle for sure, once the big four get called up. Next year, Hartikainen should figure in the Oilers lineup as well, so that would be a huge blow for the farm team.
They are also a little bit soft. But yeah. Good AHL teams have a mixture of veterans and youngsters.

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