Gregor at practice

Jason Gregor is sitting in the stands at RX1 today and has sent us the following report. — WG

The MacBlender was in set on high gear again at the afternoon skate today. Coming off a pair of losses -– every single line has a new look.

Nilsson – Cogliano – Hemsky
Pouliot – Horcoff – Cole
Moreau – Gagner – Penner
Strudwick – Brodziak – Stortini
Odd man out: Reddox

This team doesn’t have a set second or third line, and the only reason you can designate a first line is because of Hemsky.  And yes, that is Edmonton native Jason Strudwick suiting up on the wing with Brodziak and Stortini. Who knows how long that will last.

The only players that have been scoring consistently of late are Hemsky and Penner so clearly they need to be split up. Apparently the science of Willis’ article analyzing the dynamic duo of Horcoff and Hemsky has also been lost on the coaching staff. Everything has been MacBlended to shreds yet again. It can’t get any worse… Unless Hartford comes back to the league, but that isn’t likely, which sucks!

Oh and it also makes perfect sense to switch wings for Penner. The guy has 11 points in his last 12 games. Why wouldn’t you change things up??

Watching this practice I have no idea who will start in goal tomorrow night against the Ducks. But in my mind the Oilers should be starting Deslauriers. He still makes the most sense long term so the organization might as well find out if the kid has it in him going into the Christmas break.

I feel like a 13-year-old girl right now, which is fitting based on how the Oilers have played recently, because I had to write this article on my phone and I think my hands are starting to cramp up. How the kids can sit on the bus and listen to their iPods and text the day away boggles my mind.

No real man should ever have to text more than three sentences in a row.

  • Malc

    How do you split up the only line producing? Penner – on a point-per-game pace since being called out – gets put on his off wing on the 3rd line? Pouliot gets moved to a scoring line? Is this a joke? The only good I see is that Cole is finally getting a shot on a scoring line (but with Pou?). Horcoff is where he belongs on the 2nd line, but shouldn't be since we don't have a 1st line center… And how does Gags playing with Moreau on the 3rd line make any sense? Cogliano – Horcoff – Cole seems like it would make an effective line. But Brownlee is right – this is not a group of players that can be fitted together to make an effective team.