And in defense….

Posted: September 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

peckham-theo090216Part two of the design of the Edmonton Oilers is almost a mirror image of the forwards, but there are zero jobs available on the blueline.  Sure, it is possible that Theo Peckham plays so well that the Oilers have no choice but to put Jason Strudwick on waivers.  Taylor Chorney, could, and I use that term loosely, could figure out all three zones and attempt to force management’s hand into keeping him with the big club. (Judging by last nights exhibition in Calgary, he still has work to do)
The chances are zero and zero.  The defensemen the Oilers have on one way contracts are…

Sheldon Souray

Lubomir Visnovsky

Tom Gilbert

Denis Grebeshkov

Ladislav Smid

Steve Staios

Jason Strudwick

Peckham is the first call up and I am sure that Chorney sees some games with the big club this year.  I believe that we might see some movement next year, figuring that Peckham takes a job next season, and if Chorney progresses quickly enough, we might see Grebeshkov in new digs next season.  Ideally, I think, one of Visnovsky or Souray are moved so that salary can assist our forward depth. (After this season, any savings are going to go to Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano)  This year is going to be a huge one for Chorney, because if he doesn’t start to step up, he can start looking over his shoulder at Jeff Petry or Alex Plante trying to steal his place on the depth chart.

So, sorry to those that think there might be some battle for jobs, there isn’t.  Which makes me a little annoyed at Steve Tambellini and his insinuation after signing Comrie that players are fighting for jobs.  Most of them are fait de complit.


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