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    Default Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Strome, Jesse Puljujarvi and Tyler Benson

    Ryan Strome was one of the worse player on the Islanders for +/- the past two seasons. At least he is 15 lbs. heavier than Eberle, and overall his +/- is nowhere near as bad as RNH or Eberle.

    2016/17 was a terrific season, yet RNH was the worst on team at -10 (-9 in 2015/16), Pouliot was -5 (-6 in 2015/16), and Letestu -2 (Letestu was the worst on the team in 2015/16 at -21, and he is 32 years old). I beg the Oilers to get rid of these 3 players. This is essential. If they are still on the team they will be an endless source of frustration. RNH and Pouliot have no fight in them. They are bad for morale.

    It should be quite clear Oilers can't get past the second round of the playoffs if RNH and Pouliot are still on the team.

    Maroon-McD-Draisaitl
    Lucic-Strome-Puljujärvi
    Caggiula-Desharnais-Slepyshev
    Benson-Letestu-Kassian

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Nurse-Russell
    ???-Benning

    Sekera won't be ready until 2018, so Oilers need another defenseman.


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    Just checking out the Oilers lines to see what's new.

    Maroon-McD-Draisaitl (this line should never change)
    Lucic-RNH-Pulju (Puljujärvi takes Eberle's spot and will outperform Eberle)
    Cagg-Strome-Jokinen (definite improvement over Pouliot and Desharnais)
    Slepy-Letestu-Kass

    Klef-Larsson
    Russell-Benning
    Nurse-Gryba

    Jussi Jokinen is 34 years old. What is Keith Gretzky thinking? Desharnais is too small. Pouliot was hopeless. Gryba was not the answer last year. We need one powerhouse, hard slap shot defenseman to replace Gryba.

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    Nearing pre-season, I noticed Chiarelli changed the Oilers lines as follows:

    Maroon - McD - Strome
    Lucic - Draisaitl - Caggiula
    Jokinen - RNH - Pulju
    Khaira - Letestu - Kassian

    Why is Khaira in and Slepy out? Slepy didn't produce much. Hopefully Khaira will shine this time.
    Draisaitl and McD on one line is too much punch probably. Besides that $21 million for just two players on one line.
    I am almost 100% sure RNH is going to disappoint so they desperately need to trade him, and pick up another centerman along the way.
    On the other hand, since he sucks as the 2nd line centerman, he belongs on the 3rd line. When his contract expires, renew him for $1 million/year.
    So I agree with what Chiarelli is doing. Makes sense to me.

    Klef - Larsson
    Russell - Benning
    Nurse - Gryba

    Gryba will underperform like last season just in time for Sekera.

    Comparing last season:

    Strome can't do worse than Eberle to the right of McDavid. Giving Strome the chance to do what Eberle couldn't do will be interesting.
    Lucic and Draisaitl are big players so Caggiula to the right balances the 2nd line out.
    On the 3rd line, Jokinen can't do worse than Pouliot, Pulju will definitely do a lot better this year (reminds me of Draisaitl's development), and RNH should outperform David Desharnais.
    Khaira should come into his own, so all and all, we have 4 lines better than last year.

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    With 5 pre-season games played and 3 games to go this is what the lines look like.

    Maroon-McD-Yamato
    Lucic-Drais-Pulju
    Jokinen-RNH-Strome
    4th line hopeless

    Yamato and Pulju are stealing the show.

    Lots of competition on the 4th line.

    Benning and Klefbom are both +5 and Larsson and Russell +4.

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    In the pre-season game against Hurricanes the first penalty was by Caggiula for slashing upper body. Then a few seconds later Khaira causes a stupid tripping penalty mid-ice so Carolina had a 5 on 3. On the 5 on 3 Letestu had an great chance to clear the puck but turned it over. It resulted in a goal against the Oilers. This is why Letestu never has a good +/- ratio year after year. Throughout the season he keeps giving up stupid stuff. I don't like Letestu and Khaira. Not impressed with Caggiula either. It gets worse. In the 2nd period on the power play McDavid passed a nice pass to Letestu who missed the shot off his stick, turned it over and led to another goal against the Oilers.

    At that point Oilers were down 3-1 and could not recover. They basically lost the game because of Caggiula, Khaira and mostly Letestu determined Oilers should not win. These are not players we want in the playoffs.

    This is the solution...

    Maroon-McD-Yamato
    Lucic-Drais-Pulju
    Jokinen-RNH-Strome
    Slepy-Caggiula-Kassian

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    When Draisaitl plays center he doesn't produce. So he needs to be to the right of McD. You could also give Lucic another chance with McD since Lucic had more points than Maroon even though Maroon was playing with McD most of the season.

    Lucic-McD-Drais
    Maroon-RNH-Pulju
    Jokinen-Strome-Yamamoto
    Slepy-Caggiula-Kassian

    Oilers really need to get rid of RNH @ -10 last season the worst on the team. And Letestu the year before that was the worst on the team at -21, and still one of the worst at -2 last season. Besides Letestu is old at 33 years. RNH is unredeemable.

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    Last pre-season game the first goal by Vancouver was caused by Nurse and Gryba being out of position and turning the puck over. No wonder why they are 3rd line defense. As has been noted by many onlookers, Oilers are going to lose a lot of games because of Gryba's sloppy play, and it will only be realized when it is too late in the season that a change is needed.

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    The Oilers are only as good as their weakest links. Those weak links are 1) Gryba; 2) putting too much pressure on Benning who is a 3rd liner on defense, not a 2nd liner; and 3) Letestu is slow and bound to make mistakes in his old age reflected in his +/-.

    Puljujärvi is sent down to the AHL. Draisaitl needs to play center. $21 million for 2 players on one line is too much for one line. I really feel like RNH is not good enough to be the 2nd line centerman.

    Maroon - McD - Yamamoto
    Lucic - Draisaitl - Strome
    Jokinen - RNH - Caggiula
    Slepy - Letestu - Kassian

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    Oilers are going with...

    Maroon - McD - Drais
    Lucic - RNH - Yamamoto
    Caggiula - Strome - Jokinen
    Slepy - Letestu - Kassian

    But Oilers will transform into...

    Maroon - McD - Drais
    Lucic - RNH - Pulju (RNH has a -42 career and was - 10 last season the worse player on the team. Until RNH is traded he needs size on the right, not a rag doll like Eberle)
    Jokinen - Strome - Yamamoto
    Slepy - Caggiula - Kassian (Letestu was near the bottom -2 last season, -21 the season before the worse player on the team, and -9 the season before that. He is too old)

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    Oilers lost against Vancouver in their first matchup of the season, because McLellan got too cute by taking Yamamoto out of the lineup. Kassian moved up to take Yamamoto's spot, but Kassian is not a 2nd liner so that was dumb of McLellan. How are you suppose to develop when the coach takes you out when you need the experience? McLellan was accusing the players of being too cute, but it was McLellan who was being too cute with his change of lines. Slepy is back for Winnipeg on Monday. Hopefully Yamamoto is back and Khaira out. McD is being hounded by the other teams.

    Maroon-McD-Drais
    Lucic-RNH-Yamamoto
    Slepy-Strome-Jokinen (Puljujärvi; Caggiula injured)
    Khaira-Letestu-Kassian

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Russell-Benning
    Nurse-Gryba (Sekera)

    Gryba is too slow to make any play happen. Kassian does not belong on the 2nd line. Consistency is needed. You can't be consistent if lines keep changing.

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