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Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Hall - McDavid - Yakupov
Draisaitl - Lander - Pitlick / Purcell
Hendricks - Gordon - Klinkhammer / Gazdic
Nikitin - Fayne
Ference - Schultz
Klefbom - Gryba
Nurse / Davidson
The third line is perfect for those guys and Chiarelli has already discussed putting Draisaitl on the wing. Really though, he and Lander could switch back and forth between the dot and the boards.
I get the feeling though, that the defense is going to look differently real soon here with Nikitin being an odd man out. The Oilers may look to get some value from Ference by the trade deadline before he decides to retire or goes UFA in two seasons--making the D look like this by March:
Mike Green - Fayne
Reinhart / Nurse - Schultz
Klefbom / Davidson - Gryba
That looks a bit meaner. It's slowly coming together although I'd prefer Reinhart and Nurse to spend another year in the AHL until they utterly dominate, which will make Fayne expendable.