They’ve won 2 in a row for the first time since early December. The Oilers are on a hot streak, good times in Edmonton. With a combined 8-2 score over 2 perennial play-off teams, the Edmonton Oilers are enjoying one of the high points of their season in a season marked by the lowest of lows.
It’s good to be an Oilers fan right now. The value of tradable assets such as Dustin Penner & others (Hemsky stays) has skyrocketed due to the recent acquisitions we have seen across the league recently. Mike Fisher, Kris Versteeg dealt for 1st round picks, Chris Kelly for a 2nd rounder – this is all good news for Oiler nation.
Dustin Penner, in my opinion, would be more valuable to a team making a run than a Fisher, or Versteeg. Will the Oilers dare to trade fan favourite Ryan Jones? An expiring contract, his value may never be higher than it is now & Andrew Cogliano, who alongside Jones has seen resurgence in his play.
The time is now; the Canadian teams out east have begun dismantling their clubs & ridding themselves of salary. Both Ottawa & Toronto improved last week and are collecting prospects & picks for the future. The Oilers will be doing the same, exactly 10 days from now the Oilers roster will have been altered for the good of the future.
But for now, let’s give it up for the Oilers. Nikolai Khabibulin has been dazzling in his last two starts. Veterans Shawn Horcoff, Tom Gilbert, Dustin Penner have been playing maybe the best hockey they’ve played all year while the kids Taylor Chorney, Jordan Eberle have been awesome to watch. Ales Hemsky is showing management they should just not answer any phone calls regarding him.
Clearly the Oilers have taken the laid back approach to this year’s selling extravaganza. If the Oilers can add a couple of prospects and a few high picks this would have been a successful trade-deadline ‘week’. The Oilers need to sell high on a few players, and take full advantage of the fact that 1st round picks are being tossed around like hot cakes this season.