Abandon Ship!

Dobber Sports



Originally submitted to and published by The Hockey News, ESPN.com and MSN.ca on March 14.


When Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe traded away Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders at the February 27 trade deadline, he did more than just send the heart and soul of the team packing. I think he accidentally packed Edmonton’s goal scoring into that suitcase. 

While Smyth continues his solid season in a new environment, his former teammates have hit a wall. Did Smyth take the map with him? You know – the one that gives directions to the opposition net? Consider:

–    Shawn Horcoff is pointless in the seven games of the post-Smyth era. This is not surprising. With Ales Hemsky injured for the last four games, Horcoff’s production was bound to stop. His bread and butter has been to pick up points off of Hemsky and Smyth plays.
–    Petr Sykora is also pointless in the post-Smyth era.
–    Hemsky is on the shelf with a shoulder injury, but during the three games that he played since Smyth left town, he was pointless and a minus-2.
–    Raffi Torres has one point in those seven games, Joffrey Lupul has two.


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So to summarize – Smyth is off the team, Hemsky and Jarret Stoll are injured, and Horcoff/Sykora/Torres/Lupul have combined for three points. There go the top seven Edmonton scorers! Small wonder that the entire team has just five goals in the last seven contests.

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