Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/5/13
Aside from Devan Dubnyk‘s subpar performance in the Edmonton Oilers’ season opener loss on Tuesday Ryan Smyth has taken the role of scapegoat for the hockey club’s loyal fans. Oilers Nation has exploded on Twitter over the past couple of days crying for Smyth to be removed from the team’s top line playing along side Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky. Everything has been spewed at Smyth from his slow foot speed inability to keep up to his linemates running out of gas in the first period to his stone cold hands (which never were his strong suit). But as of Thursday’s practice head coach Dallas Eakins had the wily old veteran skating on the top line while choosing to mix up the middle two lines. Which begs the question how long does Smyth have before he’s removed from the top line? During the pre-season Smyth performed well with his linemates scoring twice and adding an assist. In Tuesday’s opener though he looked like his better years were behind him and now the question is front and centre. Eakins confirmed after the exhibition slate that Smyth was deserving of the spot on the top line stating he had performed well enough to skate with Hall and Hemsky. With the speed of the other two it’s difficult for number 94 to keep the pace when on the offensive attack something that could plague the line as a whole.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Stephen Curry: Trump tweet ‘cemented’ stance about White House visit

Report: Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

Baker Mayfield seen talking trash to Baylor players before game

NC State DE Bradley Chubb apologizes for spitting on FSU logo

Rutgers TE uses rear end to make great catch

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Lions sign Jim Caldwell to multi-year extension

Wilton Speight leaves game with possible back injury

Roger Goodell preaches ‘unity’ in response to Trump comments

Six teams on upset alert in NFL Week 3

Three reasons why the Cleveland Indians can win the World Series

Warriors say they will visit Washington, focus on diversity

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mayor Garcetti rolls back the NFL red carpet

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

Oilers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mayor Garcetti rolls back the NFL red carpet

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker