Pondering An All-Alberta Team

The Battle of Alberta has been waged for decades, which each team vying for provincial supremacy. Each side thinks their team and their players are superior. But in this era of expansion, what would happen if Gary Bettman decided that a pair of Alberta teams was too many and told the management teams from Calgary and Edmonton to contract their rosters into one squad?

How would we blend the two Alberta teams together to form a hockey club with four lines, three defensive pairings and three goalies, based upon who’s healthy for each side right now? (Sorry Flames fans, no Brodie…)

Here’s what I came up with. Your mileage may vary.

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Jiri Hudler
Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett – Connor McDavid – Nail Yakupov
Micheal Ferland – Matt Stajan – David Jones

Mark Giordano – Dougie Hamilton
Kris Russell – Dennis Wideman
Oscar Klefbom – Justin Schultz

Jonas Hiller
Cam Talbot

So here’s my logic: you want as balanced a top nine as you can throw together with the two teams being crunched together, and the forward group basically have two lines that would be considered top lines, along with a really strong third scoring line. I went back and forth between getting Lauri Korpikoski on Stajan’s left side, or with swapping out Stajan with Mikael Backlund or Mark Letestu, but I ended up keeping Calgary’s third line together as what it should be: a fourth line.

On defense, I’m glad that T.J. Brodie isn’t back yet, because that would make this infinitely tougher. As it stands, I basically kept pairings together – again, looking for balance – and I think this is as good as you’ll get with the defensive groups. (If Brodie was included, Hamilton drops to the second pairing and Wideman disappears.)

And in goal, I chose each team’s better goalie and theoretically they can operate in a 1A/1B scheme.

There you have it, a group that our own Christian Roatis has dubbed the Alberta Oil Flames. Who’s missing? Is there anybody who really doesn’t belong? Sound off in the comments!

  • Peplinski's Thunderbird

    Whats up with Shchultz over Sekera? Klefbom would also be higher on my depth chart, probably ahead of Wideman, and there’s no way Stajan should be ahead of Backlund.

  • MattyFranchise

    Backlund as 13th forward.

    Sekera as 6th D over Schultz.

    Otherwise, I don’t have much of a problem with this lineup.

    If only he was healthy, Brodie-Klefbom would be a nice pairing.

  • FlamesRule

    Yakupov shouldn’t even be on the Oilers let alone this “dream team”.

    Also, Wides and Russell together but no Brodie – get your doctor to cut down your medical marijuana dose.

  • MattyFranchise

    I’ve got to give a bit of feedback here: the content has really gone downhill the past two months or so. This is July/August stuff. We have a million debates and conversations in the comments that you guys haven’t touched. All Alberta teams and Bennett vs. McDavid history don’t have much relevance to the burning questions on everyones mind.

  • 24% body fat

    Typical Flames post placing all their players in ahead of Edmonton.

    Russell and Wideman second pair, but no Sekera there not even close to what he provides.

    Just shows how much yall want the Oilers roster but won’t give them any slack

    I’ll take regular Oilers line up everyday

    And Monohan first line… Haha ask McDavid what he thinks about playing against him

  • 24% body fat

    Amateur article. Seems like filler when you have absolutely nothing to write about.

    You have 6 Oilers players to 12 Flames players. Wideman over Sekera? Ferland over Pouliot or Eberle? Hiller has a 0.867 save average and you want to split games with Talbot? And you’re saying McDavid on the third line? Figure it out.

    Not to mention this monstrosity of a sentence:

    “you want as balanced a top nine as you can throw together with the two teams being crunched together, and the forward group basically have two lines that would be considered top lines, along with a really strong third scoring line.”