Three Disaster Scenarios for the Edmonton Oilers in 2015/16

It’s true that the Edmonton Oilers under Peter Chiarelli have become a vastly improved club. The goaltending has improved, the defence is a bit better, the team actually has good coaching, and oh yeah that guy named McDavid is going to be the no.1 center on the team by Christmas.

But actually there are a few scenarios that people are forgetting and I’m regretfully here to tell you.

One of the Top 6 Wingers Gets InjuredEdmonton Oilers Taylor Hall

If Hall, Eberle, Pouliot or Yakupov go down the team doesn’t have the proper depth on the wing to absorb the impact. Especially Hall and Eberle. So what happens if one or both of them go down for an extended period of time? They’d be replaced by Teddy Purcell… Jebus no! There’s even talks of him starting the year along McDavid and Hall… Idiocy. Some other candidates include Iiro Pakarinen, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Hamilton, Andrew Miller or Anton Slepyshev. Not ideal I say.

And if one of those wingers gets injured because of the actions of an opponent… A bloody shame. To hell with “The Code” if that actually happens.

We Find Out Cam Talbot is Really a Back-Up Goalie and Not a Starter

Cam Talbot

Imagine that! Edmonton trading serious assets to acquire a goalie that could very well be no better than Ben Scrivens.

The team is up Poop Creek if Cam Talbot can’t hold his own in a division that will force him to see shots from some of the NHL’s elite forwards.

Not only that but the entire league would know their kryptonite and the team would be forced into making a…

A Big Trade

I’m talking about a deal where Chiarelli moves a major piece of the Oilers. A player like Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle or one of the Superkids 2.0 (Draisaitl, McDavid, Nurse).

If the team starts slowly again and the Oilers make a snap decision, I think they’ll be dealing the wrong player at the wrong time and it could have dire consequences on the future of the franchise. The team is finally pointed in the right direction. If a deal is to be made the team has to be patient and wait for a team to be in an untenable situation where the Oilers can take advantage at the sacrifice of the other team’s best interests.


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  • Wow. Glass half empty kinda comment.
    I think there is more than enough to cover a winger if he goes down, and get by. Not to worried on that front.
    If Talbot turns out to be a back up, I can see a big trade with Chicago for Seabrook or Keith, and Crawford, or LA for Quick and a Dman. And you are right. A big name will be going the other way to get it done.
    But lets wait and see how things go before we start screaming the sky is falling.

    • Beer League Hero

      Thanks for the comment Thomas!

      No doubt there are a lot of wingers in the system but would they be good enough to cover in the top 6?

  • Lee

    Injuries always happen to the young oilers, in the past they have been a small soft team that larger teams have taken advantage of. The team is definitely getting bigger though, I’m also convinced either Yak or Eberle will be traded and replaced by a bigger more robust player who can score but also not get rubbed out along the boards.
    The goalie will be fine, Scribbens will also be better than last season.
    PC will not make some rash trade for the sake of it. He will need time to identify who the core and future is of this team in his eyes.
    Expect a different line up next season .

    • Beer League Hero

      Welcome back Lee. Thanks for reading!

      I definitely expect a different lineup to start 2016. Then again I guess it all depends on how they do this season? How long until we see some ex-sharks or ex-bruins on the team?