If Chimera can step up to a 2line position, this team looks pretty good. Smyth/York/Hemsky/Isbister/Dvorak/Chimera in any combination offers good passing skills, tremendous speed and a couple of decent shooters.
I think this will be the Oilers lineup for game one of the regular season next week. This sure gives them an impressive lineup when you consider that Comrie is holding out and yet 2 of Chimera, Horcoff and Stoll will be on the 4th line or in the pressbox.
Yeah, I think that York/Chimera/Hemsky trio is going to get a good shot going into the regular season.
Weren't we all excited that Horcoff could get a second line role this season? Doesn't really look like it at this point.
Not all of us!!!! Nice to see Chimera getting a chance on the 2nd line and you guys were all kidding yourselves about Horcoff. As i said before,he's a very solid 3rd or 4th liner but not a 2nd liner. Just like Reasoner.
Semenov - Brewer
Staios - Smith
Ferguson - Bergeron
The only reason Luoma goes down is because Cross is making too much to play in the AHL. Luoma needs seasoning, but has outplayed Cross so far IMO. When Horc comes back, Stoll goes down to TO to get 1st line minutes.
I think Chimera is getting to much credit for the last couple of games - he was a benefactor of his linemates IMO
same line that's played good last couple games except you take out the weakest player (Chimer ISN'T a weak link at all, but not near Smytty)
pretty obvious with what the first line is.
slide Chimera over and that'd be one great checking line. He has all the speed and grit to become a top checker in the NHL and score 20-20.
Bruise Brothers are obvious, and I think which ever needs the most help between the PP or PK and which ever guy is helping their special teams responsibility the most will be in the lineup. Not crazy about haveing Stoll up here though if he isn't going to play a regular job.
The team looks so much stronger on paper with Comrie in the lineup.
Without MC, or the return from him in a deal, the top six has one too many question marks as far as production is concerned. I would love a d-man back in a deal for MC, but I have a feeling that offence will be the priority
I think we'll break camp with the following lines, however, it is my opinion that Lowe will move Comrie and one of the excess forwards (as much as I hate to say it, likely Rita but I hope it's BG) for a legit top 6 C with some size. Legwand is the one player who comes to mind, but other guys like Langkow or Marleau could fit the bill (not those two in particular, but a player of that ilk).
Moreau-Reasoner-Torres (or flip Torres and Moreau, whoever is more comfortable on the RW)