Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, and Yakupov as a core moving forward could potentially be ridiculously good.
Yea, that's what I said last season before RNH with Omark in the minors, and look what that got them. Still 2nd from the bottom.
I think their problem is that they have some great young skill forwards. A lot of them actually. But no real team defense. Their defense blows and their forwards don't exactly play the checking game that well. Those kids are all skill/offense.
Felt bad for Columbus. It's a bit shameful that Edmonton has gotten the #1 so many times and is still terrible. They better make the playoffs next season, or they need to nuke their coaching and management from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
How could they? Then Shawn Horcoff would be your 2nd line centre. He's something like -60 since his 73 point breakout year after the lockout and hasn't broken 40 points since 08-09.
I can't believe the deal Horcoff's got...it's so horrible for the Oilers. I'm shocked he's the captain, too...that's not a very good example for the rest of the team. I wonder whether his teammates actually take him seriously. But yes, you're right he doesn't need to be promoted to 2nd line centre.
Maybe the Oilers would be better trying to deal the pick...Toronto would probably want it...although, I don't know if Toronto really has desirable players to give up,