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.
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
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
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.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post!
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Can you think of any disaster scenarios that the Oilers should be planning for this season? Is there anything you can see happening that they aren’t prepared for? Let me know in the comments below!