I like the lines and am glab to see Isbister sit one out. Not that I don't like the guy but he has been playing below par. I hope this pisses him off enough to play an aggressive game when he returns. I still think that he will break out this year.
It will really tick Craig Button off if Stoll has a good game, do you remember how the Flames whined about the Oilers drafting him earlier than he had gone in the previous draft?
Craig Button can whine all he wants, wherever he is. We ended up getting Lombardi (both re-entries that were picked by the Oilers and Flames then switched when they went again) anyway, and he happens to be centering our number one line and leading us in scoring.
Yeah, so make moves that make sense! Not just jumbling around the lines and continuing to sit who has arguably been our best d-man, while sending our worst +/- forward to the first line....
Key word... arguably. Cross has arguably been one of our best defencemen, Semenov needs game time, Ferguson is at least consistant. Someone has to sit every now and then.
As for the forwards... someone needs to play centre on the top line. Smyth is doing alright, but the Oilers are better off with him on the wings. Besides, this keeps the puck off of Horcoffs stick more than it would if he was playing with Laraque, because Hemsky can carry it. The Oilers don't have enough centres, and they haven't played well.
You also have to take into account the fact that certain players have a style that fits other players. Maybe Horcoff plays a style that better benefits Smyth and Hemsky than any one else does.