Originally written on Lowetide  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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Ales Hemsky is one week away (or so) from returning to the Oilers. One of the most important decisions in this season (and the last few years) is what to do with 83. He's a world class entertainer, he can do things others cannot, he helps offensively on a team that (even in the current heady days) badly needs it. Signing Hemsky would give the Oilers exceptional depth on the skill lines for years to come. Hemsky would join Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle who are the young cluster, with Magnus Paajarvi, Sam Gagner and others also possible long term options. Hemsky reminds me of Guy Lafleur in style. The Habs couldn't figure him out until they paired him with Jacques Lemaire (who was an excellent 2-way center in his prime) and Lafleur's line really took off when another "attention to detail" forward (Steve Shutt) was added to the group. Lafleur was more "rover" than right winger, and Lemaire-Shutt learned to fill gaps based on Lafleur's ad libs. I've often thought th...
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