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07-11-2013, 02:38 AM
taunting canadian
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Originally Posted by nexttothemoon View Post
All kidding aside here's the list of the weights of the players who played on the team last season:

Theo Peckham 246
Ben Eager 236
Mark Fistric 233
Lennart Petrell 215
Darcy Hordichuk 215
Teemu Hartikainen 214
Ryan Whitney 209
Jerred Smithson 209
Magnus Paajarvi 208
Shawn Horcoff 208

Ladislav Smid 207
Corey Potter 206
Mike Brown 205
Nick Schultz 203
Ryan Jones 201
Jeff Petry 200
Sam Gagner 199
Taylor Hall 195
Anton Lander 194
Ryan Smyth 192
Chris VandeVelde 190
Justin Schultz 185
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 185
Eric Belanger 185
Ales Hemsky 184
Jordan Eberle 184
Nail Yakupov 184
Mark Arcobello 165

The OP does have a point... look at the top 10 heaviest Oilers on that team... EVERY single one of them is off the roster. Only Eager "may" be back.
The other part of looking at that list, though, is checking how effective those "heavies" were relative to smaller guys like Hall/Yakupov or even a guy like Smid. Once you do that, you wonder what the relevance of arbitrarily looking at a count of heavy players is.

Peckham and Eager were non-factors, couldn't crack the roster and were pretty much ineffective when they were there. Hordichuk was completely irrelevant, to a large extent Smithson was as well in his short stint here. Petrell was marginally useful but did he really bring anything to the team that he wouldn't have if he weighed 10 pounds less? Ryan Whitney might be the quintessential example of the irrelevance of this 209 pound cutoff - let's just ask anyone in the NHL if they think he brings more or less of a physical element to the game than his "replacement" in Ference, who unfortunately doesn't qualify for the 209-pound-club.

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