The rest of the season is a try out for next year, basically. Guys like Lander and Hartikainen get some extra time to prove to Krueger/MacT that they deserve to be here next year.
I honestly wouldn't mind them calling up some other guys, but with OKC in the playoffs, I don't suspect they will.
Gonna be a bumpy, ugly road to end the season, boys and girls.
The fact that Whitney hasn't played a second since MacT arrived tells me his try-out is over and they've made a decision with him. This really shouldn't be seen as a try-out, these games mean nothing. I want to see how these guys do when the games matter, and unfortunately we only have 4 or 5 guys on the roster who can turn it up when needed. This is by far the least interested I've been in the team in years. No more story lines that interest me except maybe Yakupov/Calder and finishing low enough to draft in the top 5.
I don't think Oilers will make playoffs till the first season in the new arena. That's my prediction. It's depressing, but I can see Katz think that way.
Other than my thoughts on Hall/Yak, the game is meaningless. Just finish the season already. Top 6 looks rough once you take RNH/Hemsky out. Smyth is no longer an NHL player.... Why is he on NHL ice? Even on the PK, he is garbage. Too slow to do anything.
I wonder if all non playoff GMS will be there or just the normal three..
NHL Draft Lottery will be held on April 29th.
No idea if all of the bottom 14 non-playoff teams will have a representative there and they'll make a big show of it like in the past with the bottom 5... but my guess is they likely will... seems the TSN show gets decent ratings and television runs the world.