Sunday, October 2, 2011

2011 Oilers Projected Opening Day, oops, too late

Well, I'm about half an hour late for this post to be able to be compared to the results but here is (was) my projected opening night roster with injured players in red:

Hall ( L ) Nugent-Hopkins ( L ) Eberle ( R )
Smyth ( L ) Horcoff ( L ) Hemsky ( R )
Paajarvi ( L ) Lander ( L ) Omark ( L )
Hordichuk ( L ) Belanger ( L ) R. Jones ( L )
Petrell ( L ) Brule ( R )

Gagner ( R ) Eager ( L )

Jeff Petry Tom Gilbert
Theo Peckham Cam Barker
Andy Sutton Corey Potter
Taylor Chorney Ladislav Smid
Taylor Fedun Ryan Whitney



In this case we would not add another D-man to the roster at this time and Brule would stick with the team.  Obviously Brule has since been waived and if all D-men in red remain unhealthy we have a spot on D for a call-up or waiver claim.  I suspect at least one of the D-men in red will become healthy prior to October 9th, filling the spot.

Petrell, I would have argued, will make the team or the Oilers lose him to Europe.  We can always cut him later if we want.

Lander deserves to be here, even more than Hartikainen, who also deserves to be here.  Lander plays centre too.  'Nuff said.

RNH was almost always for sure going to get his 9 games at least.  Health and RNH's first 9 will determine the make-up of this team going forward.

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