1st——-smyth, york, hemsky
2nd——isbister, chimera, dovorak
3rd——-pisani, moreau, reasoner
4th——-laraque, tores, horcoff
hands and grit on the first line.
speed and size on the second.
tenacity on the third,
muscle, grit, tenacity on the fouth.
thats who’d i’d want, but from what i’ve heard it will be
1st——smyth, hemsky, isbister
2nd—–dovorak, york, chimera
3rd——pisani, moreau, reasoner
4th——laraque, horcoff, torres/stoll
there is a guy in the minors that i think the oil should give a look see something this season is hakkana. big and strong, had some exciting plays last year.]]>
One team that may falter this season are the Vancouver Canucks, mostly due to their reliance on one line to provide the bulk of scoring. If Bertuzzi or Naslund were to get injured, this team may take a nose dive in the standings. Its happened before when Naslund was injured, and they’ve yet to really address the problem.]]>
As for Hemsky, yeah he’s young, but he’s probably the most skilled player in an Oiler uniform right now. By the end of the season, he was making some pretty unbelievable plays. His linemates are learning to expect the unexpected with this kid, as they were often caught off guard by his moves and passes. If he had been playing in the first half of the season like he was in the second half, Hemsky would have easily have been the Calder trophy winner…
I think he’ll be a 50+ point player this season, so I see no reason to put him down on the second line. However, even if he is down on the #2 line, he’ll still get lots of ice time and Dvorak would likely do well with Smyth and Comrie as well… Should be interesting to see.]]>