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3 Cups

Taking a look at the replacements over last year in terms of NHL games and points:

Oesterle: 55 games, 15 points
Auvitu: 33 games, 9 points

Davidson: 51 games, 7 points
Gryba: 21 games, 2 points

Pitlick: 80 games, 27 points
Slepyshev: 50 games, 12 points

Pouliot: 74 games, 19 points
Cammalleri: 66 games, 29 points

Hendricks: 60 games, 13 points
Pakarinen: 40 games, 3 points

Net loss/gain on defense:
OUT, 106 games, 22 points
IN, 54 games, 11 points

Net loss/gain on forward:
OUT, 214 games, 59 points
IN, 156 games, 44 points

These are depth players, and none of Slepyshev, Auvitu, or Pakarinen will be missed. But it's not just the top of the lineup where talent is gradually being eroded, it's all through the lineup. There is so much more than points that should go into evaluation, but it's not a stretch to suggest the only place where production increased from a replacement over the guys who left is Cammalleri over Pouliot (and Khaira/Lander, Rattie/Beck, I guess).

That's without considering Eberle/Strome.

We will see how they do at replacing the guys who left. They aren't very good, and candidly I may not have signed Auvitu or Pakarinen. But the Oilers did fail to adequately replace the guys who left last summer and if they fail to do so again this summer, we might be back to the Lennart Petrell levels of depth in the NHL.

[Updated on: Mon, 07 May 2018 16:48]


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