Yeah I think at this point the Oilers have got a nice core in the making; not much more need for youth. They may have to lose one of their forwards at some point but if Dubnyk keeps going the way he is I would say in terms of a core they are now where they need to be in terms of the right pieces. If they can't start pulling it together this season though I'm not sure what the problem is. I certainly don't think they are even close to being a contender yet but they should at lease be pushing for a playoff spot especially if Shultz is able to break into the lineup and Hall and RNH stay healthy.
I agree. They have terrific youth but need to mix the team up now with some strong vets and stay at home D and a top goalie. They are far from a cup and while terrific offensively, these players are:
1. Not big, Hall is but other than him they really have no size w offensive skill. We all know what that does in the playoffs
2. Lack of veterans with playoff experience. Smyth is terrific but aging and can't do it alone
3. Terrible D
4. Questionable goaltending.
They will need to part with a Gagner, Paajarvi, or even Eberle to swap out some skill for size.
If I were them, I would think of looking at a trade of something like
Gagner and Eberle for
Lucic and Hamilton, problem is Boston would ask for Yakopov and Schultz too! lol
Edited by BuretoMogilny, 05 November 2012 - 09:53 PM.