Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Well, yes and no.
I've said it before and I will say it again - its exciting to see so many kids who are turning heads - Trukhno, Almtorp, Cogliano and Nilsson all got good reviews for their play last night.
As Lowetide says you can get a lot from what MacT says. What he is saying in the papers today, backed by his boss, is that Robert Nilsson has a job. It was his to lose and he is not losing it. His conditioning is terrific and so is his mindset. Much like Pouliot it appears that last fall he went into camp comfortable and that set him back. He has not made that mistake.
With Carter getting his bell rung, one wonders if his chance may already be over. Three days and done - irk.
The other guy getting praise from his coach is Stortini.
Its crazy right now and injuries may still play a role but for now I think its looking like this:
LW-Penner, Torres, Moreau, Sanderson, Brodziak
C-Horcoff, Stoll, Reasoner
RW-Hemsky, Nilsson, Thoresen, Pouliot, Stortini
Is it possible that there is only one spot left already? Or am I giving Pouliot too much credit? And what of JF Jacques?
Trukhno, O'Marra and Almtorp have shown well but they are ticketed for Springfield and that's fine. They need that seasoning.
That leaves Gagner, Schremp, Jacques and Cogliano for that last spot. I love Gagner but I cannot see him sticking. I'd love to be proved wrong but I can't see it.
I think its Cogliano - Pouliot moves back to centre and the kid goes to the wing. He has the speed to play at the NHL level and the right skillset too.
Sure nice to see the kids the Oilers have put together - different sets of skills and I think maybe a few guys in there who may really be able to play.
There you have it - until next time. ;)
Posted by Black Dog at 8:31 AM