: Post-Game Talk:
Oilers lose 4-3 in SO
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03-21-2013, 12:33 PM
The Drive for Nine
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northern Alberta
It's on management not having decent centre depth. I mean they KNEW Belanger was out of the lineup... so they had Horcoff-RNH-Gagner- and then Smyth in a 4th line role. Any injury means Smyth becomes a top 9 centre... pretty ridiculous.
I can see putting Smyth at centre in an emergency role but to plan that and put him there game after game when another centre is injured... you are just asking for trouble when another man goes down.
It all comes down to the fact the Oilers have basically zero centre depth... VV/Lander/Arcobello aren't NHL caliber so I guess they figure it's better to go with Smyth who is marginal as it is.
When your basic plan is to screw up your roster down the middle before every game even begins... it's hard to have any sympathy when they say "gee the team did ok for having only 2 or 3 "real" NHL centres".
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