How Improved Are The Oilers.
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08-17-2013, 08:32 PM
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When we really break it down, it was a pretty aggressive off-season for Mac-T, and he probably did more in one summer than Tambo did during the entire rebuild. With these additions, how improved are we?
We bumped down N. Schultz and added a legit 2nd pairing veteran d-man. Ference is not another experiment. He will do great filling the void until Klefbom/Nurse are ready.
We have real competition in our bottom pairing. Belov, Grebshkov, N. Schultz, Larsen, Klefbom is way better competition than a broken whitney, potter or barker.
We went out and got a legit top 6 forward who can play with some grit, and help with our possession game.
We got a 3rd line C that this team needed more than Horcoff. Better on faceoffs, tougher to play against, and great at getting the puck out of the defensive zone.
I'd like to see another C, and even though I think he had a decent season last, I'm not a Dubnyk guy. Let's see how those two things shake out. I'd like them to add another D and if they cant via trade, I still expect them to sign a White or Hainsey type guy who could come in and play in good stretches. It also give some insurance against Belov, Larsen, etc.
Belov is the guy who Im real interested in how he fits in. If the could slide into that second pairing and do it well, things will really settle down. On the C front, without someone landing in your lap, I would expect them to be all over a guy that's about to be waived in late Sept. There's going to be a few at least. Guys like Emmerton...
Overall though, with RNH in somewhat doubt and the things mentioned here plenty, if they could compete for that 8th spot, I think people should be happy. Always take a step forward...
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