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:
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.