The players closer to the top of the list are closer to being NHL regulars for the Oilers compared to others that shoot with the same handedness. This is an important note because the NHL quality depth is different for each side shooting, thus, I have a colour system to distinguish that.
|Shoots Left||Shoots Right|
|Ryan Whitney||Tom Gilbert|
|Cam Barker||Jeff Petry|
|Theo Peckham||Colten Teubert|
|Ladislav Smid||Corey Potter|
|Andy Sutton||Alex Plante|
|Taylor Chorney||Taylor Feduin||LEGEND|
|Martin Marincin||Johan Motin||NHL locks|
|Brendon Davidson||Kyle Bigos||Fighting for NHL Job|
|Jeremie Blain||AHL or back to Jr.|
- The left handed shooters are a stronger crop than the right handed shooters, though we have close to even numbers of both.
- All 4 defensemen taken by the Oilers in the '11 draft shoot left too.
- The group is grittier and bigger than groups of the past.
- There are no Paul Coffeys here. No Drew Doughtys. Skill is at a premium.
- Defensive zone coverage still looks shaky from most of this group and several players have foots-speed issues.
- The defense as a whole lacks the overall quality of depth that the forwards have, but with a few years of development they could be strong enough.
- Taylor Chorney needs to clear waivers. Jeff Petry does not. I prefer Petry because he shoots right and is imo the overall better player. That said I'd like to see Petry get minutes.
- Bryan Helmer ( R ) is signed to an AHL contract and should log some quality min. in OKC.