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Oilers have not made the playoffs for 3 years and now that their top player is gone for the year, which will make their quest alot harder.
 

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Yeah, they were already having a ton of trouble. Losing Hemsky is bad news. Yet again, he's one of those guys that is either hurt or slumping anyway.
 

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Yeah, they were already having a ton of trouble. Losing Hemsky is bad news. Yet again, he's one of those guys that is either hurt or slumping anyway.
Hemsky actually had 22 points in 22 games before he injured his shoulder, so he was not slumping at all, and now their powerplay will struggle even more. Hemsky was always the one who would take his time deciding and then he'd go to the point and Souray would blast it in.
 

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Hemsky was the closest thing to an elite player that we had and now he’s gone. Could the Oilers have any worse luck this year? How many games this year have we had all of our top players playing? not many. It sucks but I wouldn’t write off the Oilers from the playoffs yet. Its still early in the season and the Western Conference is usually tight and any team can make a move for the top 8 later in the season.
 

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Hemsky was the closest thing to an elite player that we had and now he’s gone. Could the Oilers have any worse luck this year? How many games this year have we had all of our top players playing? not many. It sucks but I wouldn’t write off the Oilers from the playoffs yet. Its still early in the season and the Western Conference is usually tight and any team can make a move for the top 8 later in the season.
i agree with everything you just said. The West is indeed tight and if the Oilers can just find a system, make some trades and other transactions and get themselves back on their feet, they could surprise everyone.
 

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i agree with everything you just said. The West is indeed tight and if the Oilers can just find a system, make some trades and other transactions and get themselves back on their feet, they could surprise everyone.
They had a system when MacTavish was there. We all know how that turned out.

Hemsky's the catalyst for the Oilers entire offence, and especially their PP. Trades and other transactions aren't going to do much to help them, since other teams are going to be asking for Cogliano, Gagner, Visnovsky, Smid or Souray. All of whom are probably considered untouchables in Edmonton since they're big parts of the team. Quantity for quality trades rarely work, and trying to fill a significant role will get expensive.

The only thing Oilers fans can really hope for is that Quinn can somehow find a way to get the most of the players that are currently on the team. And that the powerplay finds another way to play.
 

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It's not bad luck if it happens every year, hempsky is a fragile player. He's not exactly the greatest fit in a characteristicly gritty North-West div, then again when have the Oilers ever gotten to pick and choose their star players.
 
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