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01-06-2013, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
I voted Schultz. He's already got a good feel for the Oilers PP and has spent a lot of time with Hall, Eberle, Nuge.

Yak will take a little longer to get his feet under him and will be playing with completely new team mates.
Yep, Schultz has already developed chemistry with the youngsters, i don't know why that would all of a sudden change with a step up in competition. However, i can see the argument for him hitting a rookie wall based on playing such a weird AHL schedule and being played so many minutes night in and night out so he might struggle early on.

Yakupov won't even get 1st unit PP time and i have a strong feeling that he will start off on the 3rd line with Horcoff due to him being so raw in the defensive end and Krueger wanting to have a veteran, "defensive" presence on his line. I expect Smyth to start the season on the 2nd line with Gagner and Hemsky. Not that i agree with this but i think that will be Krueger's mindset and it will limit Yakupov's point production.

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