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07-12-2013, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by nexttothemoon View Post
I see the current group of Oilers dmen as a bunch of 5's and 6's on a scale of 1-10. They are mediocre as a group and badly need an injection of bonafide top 2 talent.
I can't wait until Nurse is on the team. We will see a bunch of headlines like "The Doctor is in" and "Nurse heals defensive woes". I think both him and Klefbom have top pairing potential.

As for a bunch of 4-5's, Ference, Smid, Petry and Schultz are all top four defencemen. The most questionable is Schultz but their is no denying his offensive potential. You want him feed the top six as much as possible so he's going to be forced into that role regardless.

After that we have 5 guys all battling for those last 3 spots. Personally, I see potter as being that seventh serviceable guy that won't mind sitting in the pressbox. Belov/Schultz/Klefbom can all battle it out for bottom pairing jobs. Larsen can get waived for all I care.

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