Qualified: Brule, Cogliano, JDD, Dubnyk, Fraser, Gagner, Jacques, O’Marra, Peckham and Reddox
Not qualified: Potulny, Pouliot, Paukovich, Trukhno, Hrabel and Lerg
Four quick thoughts: (1) The Oilers are at least sort of worried about the possibility of Khabibulin not being available to start the year and are keeping both goalies as a cheap insurance policy. (2) I’m disappointed in Pouliot not being qualified as I thought he could be a useful lower end guy. Part of the reason that the Hawks won the Stanley Cup is because they had four lines that could play. I felt like Pouliot could have turned into a player who could be a useful piece of depth on a good team if he could ever stay healthy. For what he costs and what he could be, he seems like a useful roll of the dice to me. (3) Ditto for Ryan Potulny. (4) I don’t even know what to say about JF Jacques at this point. Rick Olczyk said “Jacques did a great job for us before he got injured,” which, you know, seems insane, since Jacques was a sinkhole. Good players get killed playing with him. I think that the Oilers are targetting a certain sort of player for the bottom two lines – big and strong – which is all fine and well, provided that these guys can play hockey.