Thursday, January 11, 2007
Jenn and the kids are gone for two weeks. After a few days of sitting around and doing nothing, which I haven't done, in, oh, seventeen months or so, I took it upon myself to go out for some pints last night. I will be doing it again tonight. And tomorrow night.
Going to turn back the clock and get my liver to cry 'Uncle!'
And hopefully get some research done for my other blog.
Last night I staggered in just after 11 after about six hours of it - very good. The Oilers somehow won in San Jose with the Wilkes Barres D corps. Apparently Smith is going to go to the PB for a rest tomorrow night and likely MAB will be a healthy scratch - Syvret and Bryan Young will make it a all rook six pack.
Took a stroll around the Oilogosphere this morning and noticed that, like any good dog will, I had left my rather incoherent mark in many places.
Apparently I invited myself to Grabia's for food and drink, among other things. Hmmm.
What I wanted to do in this post is expand on a quick drunken point I made at Tyler's site when commenting on the game. Dennis responded to it but I was abed by that point.
With Tom Gilbert's callup it is mighty clear that the Oilers have a surplus (albeit of one) of right handed Dmen. Smith. Staios. Greene. Gilbert. We know Tom is likely up just for the moment but we also know that he has made the transition to pro pretty seamlessly. He is a confident kid. He's big. And he has a skillset sorely lacking on the Oilers' blueline. He has some offensive ability.
Now this might never work out for him at the NHL level but think for a second.
Smith isn't going anywhere. Neither is Staios. We know that.
On the left side, Smid is going to be around for a while. We might see little of him for the remainder of this season but he's twenty, he has a lot of potential and with the optics of the CP trade you know he's going nowhere.
Hejda has earned a spot and if continues to do what he is doing I think they should get him signed for a year or two. He'd be relatively cheap and he brings some stability back there.
Shaggy is gone after this year. Nice try and the guy will benefit from Hejda's emergence as well as if they bring in Brewer or Stuart as a rental but I think he's limited. And injury prone.
So that leaves us with Smith, Staios, Hejda, Smid going into next year and Shaggy in Smid's place, MAB and a rental to round this out for the remainder of this.
Hard to say what happens with MAB - he has value as tradebait and to the Oilers as a player. My guess is Lowe trades for a LD this summer - a Pitkanen, a Keith, a Vishnovsky.
If that happens then we have NewGuy/Smid/Hejda or MAB on the left.
Smith/Staios on the right.
Roy as the seventh guy.
Yep, I've left someone out. A guy who probably has some pretty good value on the trade market. Young. Cheap. Defensive defenceman.
So next year they break in another rook on D. As opposed to the three they are breaking in this season.
I like Greene a lot. I think he's going to be a good defenceman in this league. I just think Gilbert has an interesting (and much needed) skillset that this team shouldn't be moving.
Newguy/Smith, Smid/Staios, Hejda/Gilbert. Switch Smid and Hejda if you like.
Posted by Black Dog at 12:08 PM