Imagination Station: What Could Have Been

They would help - Kevin C. Cox

If only they would listen!

The last thing I want to do is beat a dead horse, but I thought it was interesting to take a final look at how the Oilers' lineup might look had some of the discussions we had over the summer come to fruition:


David Perron
Taylor Hall
Jordan Eberle

Linus Omark
Mikhail Grabovski
Ales Hemsky

Jesse Joensuu
Boyd Gordon
Nail Yakupov

Ryan Smyth
Mark Arcobello
Ryan Jones








Ron Hainsey
Tom Gilbert


Ladislav Smid
Jeff Petry


Anton Belov
Justin Schultz


















Press Box Nick Schultz Corey Potter Lou Gazdic

This is a lineup that can hang. It's not going to dominate, but it will pull it's own weight in Western Conference games.

When Gagner and Nugent-Hopkins come back from injury, this lineup gets ridiculous.


Taylor Hall
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Jordan Eberle

Linus Omark
Mikhail Grabovski
Ales Hemsky

David Perron
Sam Gagner
Nail Yakupov

Ryan Smyth
Boyd Gordon
Jesse Joensuu








Ron Hainsey
Tom Gilbert


Ladislav Smid
Jeff Petry


Anton Belov
Justin Schultz


















Press Box Nick Schultz Corey Potter Ryan Jones

This lineup is less than $1 million more expensive (against the cap) than the current lineup. I believe it's the third-best lineup in the West.

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