It's gettin' kind-a late
Runnin' out of precious time
She might pass me while I waste
All my blue moon nights
--John Fogerty, "Blue Moon Nights"
Robert Nilsson, Dustin Penner and J.F. Jacques do not make this list, and with good reason. The previous coach combined his professional failings with management's inability to field a lineup to his liking and took it out on a few players - namely Penner, Nilsson, Pouliot and Kyle Brodziak. A new coach should, at the very least, be open to starting at square one with each of these gentlemen. Penner is a big man that seems to bring out the best in his linemates with his offensive zone game, something that doesn't exist anywhere else in this organization outside of an 18-year-old in Finland. Nilsson possesses an extremely high level of skill and amazing hands - two of his passes in 08-09 stand out as top three non-Hemsky highlights on the season. He never seemed to have an idea of what he should be doing for the previous coach. Whether that was on him or the coach -- a new coach will give him a chance to prove himself. J.F. Jacques is an enormous man with speed and high-level AHL hands, but in his small NHL sample size, his traditional stats are abysmal. He'll get more chances with the Oilers and eventually with other clubs -- did I mention he's an enormous man with speed and high-level AHL hands?