The bottom six has been getting a lot of flack for their overall play lately. Anton Lander and Mark Letestu haven’t produced at a level most of us were expecting. Lauri Korpikoski has been inconsistent. And the rest of the group has been a revolving door as the team deals with injuries and call-ups.
But one player who should not be lumped with the depth players that are struggling this season is 34 year old Matt Hendricks.
I’ll admit, I was very critical of the move when MacTavish acquired him for Devan Dubnyk in January 2014. Really, the Oilers should’ve sent Dubnyk to the minors on a conditioning stint, similar to what the Leafs recently did with Jonathan Bernier. Instead, they sent away a player that they had spent years developing, and who posted very good numbers in the three years leading up to his struggles, for an aging, over-priced winger. I still hate this trade. But I have to admit, Hendricks has shown well this season and remains the lone bright spot in the bottom six.
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