(Finland’s Joel Armia is a cool character both on the ice and off it.)
The first full month of the NHL season is winding to a close. However, despite some surprise slow starts, the bottom of the standings shows that some things never change- or at least don’t in one season.
1. Edmonton Oilers (6 GP 2-4-0)- D Adam Larsson (Skellefteå/Elitserien)
For Edmonton, the first stage of the 2010-11 season couldn't be any more different than the year before. 5-1-1 on October 23rd of 2010, it's obvious that how a team begins the year can mean very little to do with how they finish it. Pundits will, of course, point to the myriad of injuries the team faced. However, for all their woes last year, the team still lapped the league for 30th place.
The New York Islanders are an important barometer of how good an excuse injuries are; despite missing most of their most battle-trusted skaters, the Isles currently sit six points up on the fully healthy Oilers. However, if Edmonton's losing ways persist, Head scout Stu MacGregor will have yet another difficult decision to make. Though he has just two points in thirteen games and isn't the big center the Oilers "need", Adam Larsson is, for us, the best player available- and, as with Taylor Hall last year, that should be the player MacGregor finally decides to take.