Darnell Nurse takes top spot in Edmonton Oilers Top 20
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02-25-2014, 06:39 PM
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Considering how thin the Oilers defense is - Marincin hasn't made Klefbom "expendable". He's just leapfrogged him in the standings but Klefbom is still entirely necessary part of the Oilers future.
People have such black and white opinions - expendable or a star.
You just pointed out the reason the Oilers can afford to trade one of them.. we are thin on defense. Why would we keep bringing up rookies if we're looking to improve the team right now? If you look at our defense, J. Schultz, Petry and Ference are probably the only ones you'd bring back. So that means we need at least two more defenseman brought in via trade/free agency. That also means 1 spot for one of Marincin/Nurse/Klefbom which means two of them stay in junior/AHL. The following season you can probably afford to bring up another but I seriously doubt we will be able to break all of them into this team over the next two seasons.. If we do, it probably means we still haven't improved. And do we really want to keep any of them out of the NHL for that long? They are all close to NHL ready right now. Trade one of them in a package for something significant and start building a winning team right now IMO.
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