Monday, July 21, 2008

Forward flexibility

I've commented recently that the Oilers are in trouble from an experience perspective if Shawn Horcoff gets hurt. I don't think that point can be disputed. However, its interesting to point out the number of players who can play both centre and wing.

Penner - Horcoff - Hemsky
Cogliano - Gagner - Nilsson
Cole - Brodziak - Pisani
Morreau - Pouliot - Stortini

Horcoff, Cogliano, Gagner, Brodziak and Pouliot are all natural centres who can play wing. Penner is also a winger who has played a bit in the middle. Jason Strudwick and Steve Staois are also both capable playing up front although in Staois' case, I doubt we'll see that happen. Its been several years since "Steady Steve" has played up front. This roster flexibility is something that should work to the Oilers advantage during the season.