Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 12/27/2011
RNH, Eberle & Horcoff highlight this week’s forecast
The past week was a light one for the Edmonton Oilers. With the holiday season in full swing the Oilers played just two games to report on. The week started with a rare win over the Minnesota Wild at Rexall Place. The Oilers got a complete effort in a 4-1 win prior to Christmas and went into the break on a positive note.
The Oilers came out of the break with a game last night in Vancouver. The Oil were not able to carry over the momentum from the Minnesota game and fell 5-3 to the Canucks. The 1-1 record for the week will not be enough to turn around a slide that has the Oilers falling further down in the standings.
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Following the loss to Vancouver, the Oilers record now sits at 15-17-3. With 33 points, Edmonton sits last in the Northwest division. They are five points back of fourth place Calgary and are watching the gap grow seemingly every day.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Oilers will be busy this coming week with three games all on the road. The Oilers are in the midst of a seven-game road trip overall and will make stops in Minnestoa, Long Island and Chicago. They will start with a 6th meeting of the year against the Wild on Thursday and then finish with the Blackhawks on Monday.
This current road trip can be seen as make or break time for this year's team. Falling in the standings, the Oilers can't afford to have a bad trip if they hope to have any chance of staying in the playoff chase.
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No more than one hour following the completion of Thursday's game vs. Minnesota, the newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take effect. At this time all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS ($4M > $5M)
The number of players that are consistently producing for the Edmonton Oilers is starting to shrink. The fact that the team's rookie centre is not one of them is very impressive.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to not only have a great rookie season, he continues to be one of the reliable players the team can count on each night. The 'Nuge' has 35 points in 35 games and is second in team scoring.
With offensive producers at a premium right now, RNH becomes that much more valuable. Although sitting at the top price tag of 5 million, Nugent-Hopkins is still one of the few 'sure things' the Oilers have right now.
JORDAN EBERLE ($3M > $5M)
Jordan Eberle will jump in salary for the second straight week. Although it is rare that a player does this, Eberle is everything and more for the Oilers right now.
Eberle currently leads the team in points with 38 in 35 games. In this most recent stretch of games he was able to notch four points(3G, 1A) in the two games jumping into the top 10 in league scoring.
Eberle will join RNH at the top of the salary grade. They are the two go-to guys on this team and sometimes you must pay for quality.
SHAWN HORCOFF ($5M > $2M)
The Oilers captain has gone cold on the season. He has failed to register a point in eight games and thus the big drop in salary.
What was a solid start to the season for Horcoff has gone the other way as he has been stuck on 20 points for quite some time now. He is also sporting a minus-six and is watching his faceoff percentage drop.
Is Shawn Horcoff worth a buy at 2 million? At this point, unless something changes, I would have to say no.
Cam Barker: 3 months with an ankle injury.
Ales Hemsky: Day-to-Day with a sinus infection.
Ryan Whitney: Day-to-Day with ankle tendinitis.
Alex Plante: Out indefinitely with a concussion