Which Oilers forward (past or present) would be the best linemate for McDavid?

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Which one?

  1. Jari Kurri

    29.3%
  2. Glenn Anderson

    7.0%
  3. Craig Simpson

    2.5%
  4. Esa Tikkanen

    1.9%
  5. Leon Draisaitl

    28.7%
  6. Taylor Hall

    2.5%
  7. Ryan Smyth

    5.1%
  8. Bill Guerin

    4.5%
  9. Mark Messier

    7.6%
  10. Ales Hemsky

    4.5%
  11. RNH

    0.6%
  12. Jordan Eberle

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. Joe Murphy

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Anson Carter

    0.6%
  15. Ken Linseman

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Doug Weight

    1.3%
  17. Other (please specify)

    3.8%
  1. MessierII Registered User

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    I disagree. Hemsky even in his absolute prime had mediocre at best finishing skills. I think Hemsky is stylistically too similar to McDavid. McDavid is obviously way better at everything but the way they see the ice and the way they attack and even handle the puck is very similar.
     
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    Miroslav Satan.
     
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    Penner couldn't carry Smyth's jock strap. Talented but lacked the drive and passion, hence a far worse career and much less versatility. There's a reason Colorado backed up the brinks truck for Smyth, he was a rare talent.
     
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    Believe it or not I’m actually thinking Jason Arnott
     
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    I picked Kurri but it was basically a coin flip with Anderson. I think that upon further consideration, Anderson's speed and grit would probably make for a better combo. Kurri would be complementary to #97 while Anderson would create more synergy.
     
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    If you for whatever reason think my previous post opposed this view, you are mistaken.
     
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    Kurri on one side and Andy on the other would make it an epic line for all time. Creativity in the middle, pure sniping on one side, and grit and nastiness on the other, all at warp speed.
     
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    If you are looking at that era, what would make you put Arnott over Guerin? Not a criticism. Legit curious.
     
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    Anderson was so explosive and smart a player he did his nastiness in a way that was hidden, it quite often could have been an accident the way his stick went up your nose,or it could have been deliberate, different ways of looking at it lol and he sacrificed his body to ram the goalie,,it could have been an accident, after all who would ram towards the goal back in those days with total disregard for your body. his drive to get a goal at whatever cost is still unheard of back then,or now.
     
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    One of the league's best skaters and the ability to take a pass and put it in the net. Kurri easily.
     
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    I guess draisaitl is a good answer. I just read Kurri and clicked yes.
     
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    Having seen him play live hundreds of times I can say with 100% confidence that when it came to carving guys it was often clear it was intentional. :) Though there is certainly truth to what you say in terms of crashing into goalies. It was of course a different time.
     
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    Hemsky. He did decent in his career for not having the most elite centers or wingers to play with. He had some of the best hands out there in all of Oilers history.

    Bill Guerin another decent option. Guerin was good in his prime.
     
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    You would be wrong for picking any of Kurri, Anderson, Simpson, or Draisaitl as a winger for McDavid. I picked Simpson as a RH sniper, but Anderson would be excellent as a guy that could compliment in more ways than potting passes. I often think a guy like Kyle Connor would look good with McDavid.. like a softer poor man's Anderson.

    If McDavid was on the 80s Oilers, he would properly move to wing and be their Pavel Bure.
     
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    Tikkanen not getting the love he deserves. He was the highest point getter on the team and led us to our last mug. Plus, he was hard to play against and could play the point. He would work wonders with McDavid.
     
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    Messier for me.

    He uses speedsters seemingly better than anyone else. Mess was the reason a speedy Glenn Anderson was so effective.

    (I lived in Van when an old washed up Messier was there. Even at 37, he managed tape to tape passes to Bure for easy breakaways).

    Kinda think Mess would resemble Draisaitl in a lot of ways, and would also serve as a nuclear deterrent, and could open up the ice for McD in a big way.
     
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    Glenn Anderson.
     
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    Draisaitl. I wasn't around to watch Kurri, but I am hard pressed to believe he could be an improvement over the far-and-ahead best duo in the NHL.
     
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    Would go Kurri as well. Never watched him play live as I was 10 when he retired. Didn’t watch hockey till I was in my teens. I go back and watch old games. He was fun to watch.
     
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    Kurri was a key part of the far and ahead best duo in the NHL during his time. That said the chemistry that McDavid and Draisaitl have together is amazing. So there is no real argument against this choice. In fact I'd put the pair as the second best duo in Oiler history and that means ahead of Messier and Anderson. This is saying a lot!!!!
     
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    I am going with Messier on left wing. Messier as a left winger was incredible. He did play a good five seasons as a winger. He could fly, thus easily keeping up with McDavid.

    I think it's somewhat easier to find a sniper. Of course, Kurri is the first choice for that role. The dream line would be Messier-McDavid-Kurri.

    Which player is more difficult to try and replace? Messier. Messier was able to play the secondary role when he was a winger. The year he was moved to 2c permanently was 83-84, mostly those playoffs.

    Draisaitl gets you darned near replacement level if you swap him out for Kurri.
     
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    RW - Kurri. NOT picking a Right shot is already an issue. All world complimentary player with great creativity and defensive ability.
    LW - Definitely need some muscle/grind like Esa or Smyth. Kas is kind of a poor mans Tikkanen we actually have on the roster (but he's a right shot which doesn't work for me with McDavid at Center)

    Drai obviously works, but being a Left shot who can play center is less than ideal. Look how both of them want to play off the right side. It often works because of their talent level. Both can dish from the backhand and if you watch some of the PP goals Drai can also receive those perfect McDavid passes on his backhand, then quickly shoot forehand (not really something seen before which requires high skill and precision from both players).
     
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    I'm on the tikka-train.

    He's the perfect forward for McDavid's style; he's good at defending, he's good at getting the puck back, he's tough enough to provide McDavid with some protection, and good god I miss having a rat on our team.

    Plus, I don't think it's exactly like McDavid needs Kurri's shot to put pucks in the net.

    Drai is a close second. Then I'd put Mess third.
     
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    I see a lot of people saying Anderson.

    I mean, it theoretically made sense, but I found Hall and Anderson to be remarkably similar players.

    Hall just didn't work with McDavid, for a lot of the reasons I don't think Anderson would.


    They loved to carry the puck, but he also did this thing, where they push the puck out of reach ahead of everyone, and be the first one to doggedly chase it (which also created a lot of chaos).

    I think Hall and Anderson weren't particularly cerebral players, they utilized superior athleticism, speed, and dogged determination to excel.


    McD needs cerebral players who are clever, and can work with unpredictability. Speed is just one element that makes McDavid so unpredictable. It's not that he's a burner 90% of the shift. It's that he turns it on when you least expect it to sidestep a man back, or create holes.
     
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    McJesus and Satan on the same line...either they'd co-exist or it would create a paradox, the result of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe!
     
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