Today, we start a new weekly tradition here at the Nation. Today, we reach out to our fine readers and ask your opinions on the topics of the day. Today, we put you in hypothetical control of the franchise and determine the path to be travelled by the organization. Today, is the very first edition of What Would You Do Wednesday (WWYDW).
We’re getting to the time of year where management will make their final decisions on who makes the team, who gets cut, and whether or not a trade is needed to ice an NHL roster. In Edmonton, the latter has been a problem for the better part of a decade, and that’s why I’m putting you in control of the team. That’s why I think you’re the man (or lady) for the job. That’s why you’re going to tell me how the Oilers can ice the best roster possible for the 2014-15 season.
What the hell am I talking about? Let me tell you. I’m going to present some choices that the Oilers will face as they move towards opening night, and I’ll need you to be the decision maker. Let’s just pretend that we’re kicking MacT out of his office, and you’re going to rearrange the ass print in his favourite chair.
What is the point of this? You want to be in charge of the Oilers don’t you? You want Nation Gear don’t you? Can you handle that kind of power? Can you smash your face against the desk with enough gusto to leak out the best idea in the history of the Oilers or ice hockey in general? That’s good, because the commenter with the most props for his management techniques will receive a free Nation Gear tee courtesy of ME!
All summer long, the Nation has been arguing back and forth about the depth at centre. Some people think that Leon Draisaitl will be fine at 2C, while others think that the Oilers are, yet again, rushing another youngster into a position he may not be ready for. I want to know what you guys would do with that position. If you want to leave Draisaitl in the 2C slot, I want to know why you think he’s ready. If you think the Oilers should make a trade, I want to know who you’re trading for and what you’re giving up to get them?
Tell me, Nation, how the hell are we going to solve this second line centre situation? I know you’ve got some ideas. I’m turning the keys over to you, and it’ll be your job to make things right.
To be eligible to win the Nation Gear prize, you have to have the most “props” in the comments section and, just as importantly, you have give evidence to support your decisions. I’m all for having people drop one liners, and making jokes, but beware that those won’t win you the goods – you have to have some substance going on. I’ll check out the ideas tomorrow morning, and the winner will be contacted.
Luckily, I think you guys can do it. Think of this segment as us asking you mailbag questions, but this time it’s for prizes. For free stuff, I think you guys can do anything!