Depth Charts 4: Edmonton Oilers

Depth charts: The legend continues.

EDMONTON OILERS (41-35-6, 88 pts)
Forwards
1. Shawn Horcoff
2. Ales Hemsky
3. Sam Gagner
4. Erik Cole
5. Dustin Penner
6. Andrew Cogliano
7. Fernando Pisani
8. Robert Nilsson
9. Ethan Moreau
10. Kyle Brodziak
11. Gilbert Brule
12. Zack Stortini
13. M-A Pouliot
DIVISION RANK: 1. This is based a lot on potential, but this group was awfully explosive last year, and they’ve only added Erik Cole and should get a full year out of Horcoff. Love this group, love the potential Brule adds.

Defencemen
1. Lubomir Visnovsky
2. Tom Gilbert
3. Sheldon Souray
4. Steve Staios
5. Ladislav Smid
6. Denis Grebeshkov
7. Jason Strudwick
DIVISION RANK: 5. Like Colorado could drop, this group could easily rise. Souray IS capable of an excellent year, Smid and Grebeshkov could break out … there are just more question marks here than on any other blue line.

Goaltenders
1. Mathieu Garon
2. Dwayne Roloson
DIVISION RANK: 4. Uh, neither of these guys will scare a shooter, unless it’s a shootout.

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~ by duncan on August 11, 2008.

5 Responses to “Depth Charts 4: Edmonton Oilers”

  1. I’d probably still rank the Oilers defensive group above Calgary and Colorado. It’s a nice mix IMO, even if it doesn’t have the top end talent Calgary does.

  2. Question is, how much does an extra year and a Lubo Visnovssky help a group that gave up a second-worst-in-the-conference 251 goals last year? Because we know Souray will be getting hurt immediately.

  3. I totally don’t see the Oiler forwards ranking that high. (Maybe our division really does suck) Horcoff is overrated and when he comes back there is going to be a ‘Ewing effect’ on Gagner. Hemsky has scored 20 ONCE.

  4. Oilers, I think, are improved. On the other hand, a lot of things went REALLY right for them last year and they still didn’t make the play-offs. Cogliano and Gilbert had positively out of this world SH% (Gilbert had the highest SH% of any defenseman in the whole league at around 13%). Garon was unbeaten in the shoot-out and they won an NHL record number of games in the extra frame. A lot of those things fall back to earth this season I’d say.

    Still were I a scummy Oiler fan, I think I’d be pleased by the direction the team was headed.

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