Matt Hendricks was hurt last night, blocking a Shea Weber shot. We don’t
know the extent of the injury at this time, but a Shea Weber shot can
break steel so it’s probably not going to be ‘take two aspirins and call
me in the morning’ for Hendricks. With Benoit Pouliot already hurt, and
David Perron on the trade block, what on earth does the Oilers depth
chart at wing look like?
Is that about right? It’s kind of wonky
with Pouliot out and of course we’re in worry mode about Hendricks as
we speak. The club could run with Pinizotto and Joensuu on the Gordon
line (although Hendricks does a lot of useful things), meaning a more
offensive winger might be needed. If the club chose to run Gazdic on the
Gordon line (unlikely), you might want a checker who could step in if
that goes sideways. Here are the top five ‘in-house’ options in the
system for recall.
Iiro Pakarinen, RW.
Iiro the hero has been splendid
in the minors and pretty damn good in the majors this season. Eight
goals in 11 AHL games, he could certainly step in and help short term
based on what we’ve seen this season. He brings some physical elements.
Anton Lander, C-L
The Oilers haven’t used him this
year at all, but he could help some on the power play. Lander has some
ability to agitate, but is not a physical player and that may hold him
back from recall.
Tyler Pitlick, RW.
Young man came in last season about
this time and impressed. He doesn’t have enough offense but is a good
skater and can crash and bang. He’s still a prospect so we’ll see now
through the end of the season if Edmonton wants to have an extended
Kale Kessy, LW
Impressed in training camp and
preseason, plus he’s playing well from all reports in Oklahoma City.
Probably more of a Gazdic replacement but he’s a player of interest.
Curtis Hamilton, LW. I know, I know,
but the boxcars (15GP, 4-3-7) are good and he’s playing well this year.
There was talk of a recall before injury last season, he might get a cup
of coffee here if things break right.
possible additions include Travis Ewanyk, Mitch Moroz, Jujhar Khaira
and Bogdan Yakimov. The Russian scored two points in the Wednesday night
game and appears to be turning a corner. (Photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)