While some hardened critics might say the Edmonton Oilers’ laundry list of needs remains rather long, I think one glaring need is in the superpest department.
Yes, they need at least one if not two more young centres and the defensive crew is in need of a couple of upgrades.
However, the Oilers need to add one of those guys that other teams love to hate and teammates absolutely love to have on their side.
I’m not talking about an overly dirty player that crosses the line constantly or one that fights regularly. I’m thinking of a player in the mould of Ken Linseman or Esa Tikkanen from past Edmonton teams.
What I am not suggesting are players like Sean Avery or Matt Cooke—far too much selfish play from such characters.
These types of players are not readily available, but here are three examples of some of the best pests that get under their opponents’ skins while still playing really good hockey. They are difference-makers on a nightly basis.
Also included is a current Oiler with the potential to become a superpest.