I have heard excellent things about Allen and am excited to see what he offers. Brewer was doing nothin and we all could see that - Frankly I don't think this hurts the team all that much. Semenov will now draw in full time which to me is not much of a down grade if he plays up to potential.
I like Bobby Allen a lot - plays a simple no frills game, can skate and make a decent outlet pass. Minimal offense, no crushing checks - just quietly effective. That's all you want from your 5/6/7 dmen and I think he will stick for a long time once he starts playing. Think of him as Scott Ferguson but with talent - because that's who he's going to replace.
Semenov will now draw in full time which to me is not much of a down grade if he plays up to potential.
I can't help but think the Oilers are extremely "lucky" that these injuries have happened. Without the injuries to Laraque and Reasoner, who knows if Stoll would have gotten the shot he has had so far. And he's certainly performed well.
Now with Semenov drawing in for Brewer, now maybe he gets the time he needs in order to keep him in the lineup instead of being yanked for 6-7 games after playing just one.
It's a shame to think Stoll and Semenov could still be sitting the pressbox without so much as 5 games between them.