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Who Will Lead The Oilers Organization In NHLe?

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Toni Rajala is gone, and the organization is short on forwards. Who will step into the void?

Jamie Sabau

Judging from the lineup invited to rookie camp, the Oilers are short on offense and long on defense. Since Toni Rajala is flying the coop, it's not clear who the Oilers best offensive player not in the NHL will be in 2013-14. The players who should lead the NHLe pack are Mark Arcobello and Teemu Hartikainen, but there's not much scoring depth after that.

Let us know in the comments who of Cameron Abney, Mark Arcobello, Evan Campbell, Greg Chase, Travis Ewanyk, Curtis Hamilton, Teemu Hartikainen, Jackson Houck, Kellen Jones, Kale Kessy, Jujhar Khaira, Anton Lander, Ryan Martindale, John McCarron, Andrew Miller, Mitch Moroz, Aidan Muir, Tyler Pitlick, Kyle Platzer, Marc-Olivier Roy, Anton Slepyshev, Bogdan Yakimov, and Daniil Zharkov you believe will emerge as the Oilers top non-NHL offensive prospect in 2013-14.

My early, and probably somewhat hopeful, vote goes to Jujhar Khaira. Khaira, #12 in our Top 25 Under 25, left Michigan Tech to sign with the Oilers and will likely play for the Everett Silvertips in the WHL in 2013-14. Everett was the lowest-scoring team in the WHL last season and one of the worst teams in the league overall. It may seem like a bad place for Khaira to land, but Khaira will centre the team's top line and play with either import Ivan Nikolishin or Waltteri Hopponen and returning forward Josh Winquist. With some luck and a full season of good health, Khaira could push the 90 point mark.