Barons on TV Today!

Lowetide
October 24 2010 08:18AM

Each week, I do an update on Oilers prospects who are making noise in leagues below the NHL. It was designed to be a rotating update, 8-10 players per week in an effort to (eventually) touch base with all of the club's good prospects. It is quickly becoming the Martin Marincin weekly update. The kid from Kosice is something else. 
 

We all get a chance to see the OKC Barons on television today. The CBC will broadcast Oklahoma City at Hamilton today at 11am. This is our one opportunity to see the minor league team on national television.

  1. D Martin Marincin, Prince George (WHL) (13gp, 6-9-15 +10): Drafted 1st overall in the WHL Import draft and 5th overall in the KHL draft last summer. Another ridiculous week (3gp, 2-3-5 +3) has him near the top of some impressive categories. He's 2nd overall in points by a defenseman, 2nd overall in rookie points, tied for 10th in PP goals (3), tied for 12th in PP assists (5), tied for 6th in plus minus. The most recent edition of Oil Change has the scouting department fretting over taking Pitlick or Marincin at 31st overall. They eventually chose Pitlick and then made a trade to make sure Marincin was an Oiler. Turns 19 in February, and this could be his only WHL season.
  2. F Kellen Jones, Quinnipiac (NCAA) (4gp, 2-3-5 -1): Chosen 202nd overall, Jones showed fans what he can do last night in a 3-1 win. The story is here. A reasonable expectation for someone chosen that late in the draft is very low (if he gets a pro contract it's pretty much all gravy from there) and Jones is 20, undersized and a long shot. He is clearly a skilled player and worth following.
  3. L Linus Omark, Okahoma City (AHL) (8gp, 3-4-7 -1) Caught fire this week (4gp, 2-4-6 -1) and is showing some grit in the minors too. I don't think Omark is going to replace any of the kids in Edmonton's lineup, but with the 4th line struggling it is possible we see this player in Edmonton (on the 4th line) in the next few weeks. If he keeps posting numbers, he'll certainly force the issue. Would have to be considered the likely choice for first callup at this point in time.
  4. C Milan Kytnar, Oklahoma City (AHL) (7gp, 0-2-2 +2): Played his 20-year old season in junior, leaving some of us to wonder if there was something missing from his game. Seems to be adjusting well (Kytnar is not on a scoring line) and is gathering some good reviews for his play. Some photos of Kytnar and his OKC teammates are available here.
  5. D Jeff Petry, Oklahoma City (AHL) (8gp, 1-3-4 -7): It's important to remember that playing defense is a very difficult job. College hockey kids have a tough time (I believe) because of the increased physical play in the AHL added to the fact that it is a tough damn league. Petry's week (4gp, 1-3-4 -4) included playing against some of that league's better players and Kadri ruined a lot of plus minus numbers last night. I think the thing to remember here is that we'll be looking for improvement in the second half of the season. Taylor Chorney's first 8 AHL games he was -5 on the way to a -29 as an AHL rookie. The first 40 games will probably be a blur, and yes I know he played a little last season for Springfield. It's a tough league, folks.
  6. L Robby Dee, Maine (NCAA) (6gp, 4-5-9 +4). 23-years old and long forgotten (Dee was drafted 86th overall in 2005), he started posting some offense last season and this year is having enormous early success. Long in the tooth for a prospect and frankly off the radar due to poor boxcar's for a couple of years, Dee may have a pulse. You never know.
  7. D Josef Hrabal, Trinec Ocelari HC (Czech) (14gp, 1-4-5 +2): "The Pencil" is now 25 years old and has played for many years in high Euro leagues. I'm listing him because at some point the Oiler organization is going to start looking under rocks for adequate defensemen throughout the system. They have so many kids in the AHL in development mode (Chorney, Petry, Plante and Motin all getting regular work) it might be an idea to bring over the Pencil next fall.
  8. L Liam Reddox, Oklahoma City (AHL) (8gp, 4-2-6 -1): Buddy is coming along very well, coming off a strong week in the AHL (4gp, 4-1-5 -1). Reddox is shooting from everywhere (42 shots, over 5 a game) and is once again climbing the depth chart and making himself an attractive callup option. Ginger is going to be a great coach.

 

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#1 Marko jones
October 24 2010, 08:38AM
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Fist!!

That is all....

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#2 Woodguy
October 24 2010, 09:12AM
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Watched some AHL Oilers last night, might as well watch more today.

Surprised that MBS was so high on Marincin that he was going to overlook Pitlik.

Glad they got both.

I doubt they bring over Pencil. They're more likely to put more kids in over their head or sign more quasi NHL'ers to play above their heads.

What they probably won't do is sign actual NHL defensemen.

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#3 DN
October 24 2010, 10:56AM
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Thanks .. really appreciate knowing how well the farm top prospects are playing. Be nice to hear from the coaches down there at some point . Perhaps on Gregor's show.

Too bad they are not playing the Hershey Bears !

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#4 robster
October 24 2010, 08:39AM
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great read LT

love the updates

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#5 pelhem grenville
October 24 2010, 08:53AM
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Number Two...watch this game ... see Belle?

He'll replace you...

Reddox with over 5 shots per game? jones down, ginger up? yes please!

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#6 @NateInVegas
October 24 2010, 08:59AM
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Let's hope Nazim Kadri gives Petry's cup back before today's game.

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#7 Woodguy
October 24 2010, 09:08AM
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Sorry, double post.

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#8 pelhem grenville
October 24 2010, 09:34AM
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@NateInVegas wrote:

Let's hope Nazim Kadri gives Petry's cup back before today's game.

wow...Kadri's very own pilon.

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#9 EasyOil
October 24 2010, 09:36AM
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As a fan of the underdog, I find myself rooting big time for prospects like Robby Dee, Kristians Pelss and Kellen Jones. Dee would be a particularly nice story given how he may as well have been swallowed by a black hole when it comes to the Oil. Really hope the kid keeps it up and earns a pro contract from the team, even if they send him to the Thunder.

Also really hoping that Marincin does turn out as awesome as he's looking right now. For a stay-at-home type (I believe thats how he was billed, despite knowing he had a good shot), he is playing like a top 10 pick right now, and whilst the Oil definitely shouldn't rush him it's nice to know we have a potential stud D-man in the system. Not enough of those.

In other news, how pissed off am I that the Oilers/Barons chose not to re-sign Rob Hisey - he's not exactly ripping up the AHL for Bridgeport but he's not looking like a chump either, and could have been a useful pro-vet to have on the farm.

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#10 pelhem grenville
October 24 2010, 10:00AM
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Are there any Gregor sitings this morning?

this is his 10am wakeup call

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#11 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
October 24 2010, 10:17AM
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Still a long way out, but it would be pretty spectacular if we end with 3 really solid NHL'ers out of this past draft (Hall/Pitlick/Marincin)

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#12 HardBoiledOil
October 24 2010, 10:34AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Still a long way out, but it would be pretty spectacular if we end with 3 really solid NHL'ers out of this past draft (Hall/Pitlick/Marincin)

i agree!! i have high hopes for all three. if we don't end up getting Adam Larsson, then Marincin might be the guy we depend on at the back end.

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#13 jake
October 24 2010, 10:39AM
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Would be real neat to see Omark light it up today on national TV, like 2g 3a, the oilogosphere would be buzzing.

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#14 robster
October 24 2010, 11:01AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Still a long way out, but it would be pretty spectacular if we end with 3 really solid NHL'ers out of this past draft (Hall/Pitlick/Marincin)

I am curious about Curtis Hamilton. He is a large body 6'03" 202lbs and is off to a fantastic start in Saskatoon.

He might be a large body upfront the Oilers have been craving.

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#15 HardBoiledOil
October 24 2010, 11:01AM
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jake wrote:

Would be real neat to see Omark light it up today on national TV, like 2g 3a, the oilogosphere would be buzzing.

that would be sweet, eh? he's not doing too bad so far this year, 8 games...3 goals 4 assists 7 points. did i just hear Elliot Friedman call Omark 19 years old!?!

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#16 treblecharger
October 24 2010, 11:21AM
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Just before the game, watched highlights from Barons/Marlies game yesterday.....Kadri completely blows by Petry, because Petry is playing the puck not the man and not 1 minute into the game today Petry makes the exact same mistake...the puck carrier approaching the net with speed, and he plays the puck. Player dekes him, gets scoring chance.

If Barons and Oil are supposedly playing same system then they better get the kid on board with the proper way to defend.

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#17 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
October 24 2010, 11:33AM
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What the crap are those Hamilton fans doing?

*Where's my burrito! Where's my burrito!*

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#18 Gerard Champagne
October 24 2010, 12:22PM
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And Jeff Petry Just scored!!!

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#20 DoubleJ
October 24 2010, 12:46PM
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I don't understand why Omark is not on the first line on this team? You notice him everytime he's on the ice. At least on that 5 on 3.

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#21 Wax Man Riley
October 24 2010, 12:49PM
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Watching Belle and Petiot makes me happy that we won't have to watch Vandermeer for much longer. I'm no GM, I don't have season tickets, and I don't have the center Ice Package (which some seem to think means they know hockey better), but i played for over 10 years and have watched the Oilers for over 25 and watching #2 last night was tough times.

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#22 Junker4ce
October 24 2010, 01:07PM
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The Barons have killed 35 straight penalties, and the Oilers are only 66% on the PK. I don't really know what to make of that?

Edit: 35 straight until now...

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#23 GSC
October 24 2010, 01:12PM
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According to the official website, Dee and Hrabal are no longer Oiler prospects.

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#24 pelhem grenville
October 24 2010, 01:41PM
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"...and have watched the Oilers for over 25 and watching #2 last night was tough times...

thankyou WaxMan...scary painful to watch

i about shat when i saw he's also on the last yr of a one way 2point3 per deal...was that one of the deals our GM did during the summer of steve ?

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#25 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
October 24 2010, 01:46PM
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BARONS WIN! BARONS WIN!

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#26 pelhem grenville
October 24 2010, 01:48PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

BARONS WIN! BARONS WIN!

...or is it the end of a Calgary Flames deal...i'm sorry maybe even a deal with the 'yotes? are we afraid he clears waivers if he's a send down? does being 30 matter or help?

Did they say Belle was coming up ?

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#27 HardBoiledOil
October 24 2010, 01:50PM
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good game! go AG go!! :)

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#28 Jamie B.
October 24 2010, 03:37PM
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Yeah, I was under the impression that when they bought out Hrabal they no longer had his rights.

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#29 The Pencil
October 24 2010, 04:15PM
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LT, nice article. I would argue for a callup of Reddox (pk, defensive zone) and Omark asap. both small, lose physicality, maybe kill a penalty and score a goal though, things we badly need right now. The Pencil, oh that is rich.

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#30 ubermiguel
October 24 2010, 05:53PM
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Great read LT. Hopefully guys like Pitlick and Marincin turn into the steals of their draft classes. It would be a credit to an improved scouting staff.

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#31 Beer + Wings
October 24 2010, 06:18PM
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Hahaha why is Hrabal called "The Penciil"? Is he just a real lanky dude or what?

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#32 HardBoiledOil
October 24 2010, 08:10PM
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ubermiguel wrote:

Great read LT. Hopefully guys like Pitlick and Marincin turn into the steals of their draft classes. It would be a credit to an improved scouting staff.

i really believe they both will have impacts with the Oilers. Pitlick could have easily been taken in the 1st round, and Marincin was the top rated European d-man in this past draft according to NHL.com

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#34 Heavyd
October 24 2010, 08:41PM
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Just wondering if anyone knows what channel tuesday's game is on?

Is it on the Sportsnet Flames channel?

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#35 Heavyd
October 24 2010, 08:41PM
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Just wondering if anyone knows what channel tuesday's game is on?

Is it on the Sportsnet Flames channel?

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#36 DN
October 24 2010, 08:57PM
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No one has a kind word for Giroux ? Would he help our PP ?

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#37 pelhem grenville
October 25 2010, 05:32AM
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Heavyd wrote:

Just wondering if anyone knows what channel tuesday's game is on?

Is it on the Sportsnet Flames channel?

i asked a week ago no one knew where it would be on ...Shaw said there's NO COVERAGE to me last week, maybe that's changed

...sooo...methinks we're hooped

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#38 Mike Modano's Dog
October 25 2010, 07:12AM
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Tuesday night's game is on Sportsnet, on channel 218 in high def. and channel 23 in low def. on Shaw. I only watch Shaw so I don't know the other channel numbers, but it will be available on the Sportsnet Cowgary feed that night - Can't Wait!!! :D

Go Dubnyk! (I hope)

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#39 Tracie
October 25 2010, 08:00AM
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We traded O'Sullivan to Phoenix for vandermeer. PHX was going to buy out Vandermeer and it was cheaper for them to buy out POS. and we decided that Vandermeer would be a good addition to our line up...That's how we got Vandermeer...

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#40 pelhem grenville
October 25 2010, 08:23AM
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Tracie wrote:

We traded O'Sullivan to Phoenix for vandermeer. PHX was going to buy out Vandermeer and it was cheaper for them to buy out POS. and we decided that Vandermeer would be a good addition to our line up...That's how we got Vandermeer...

tangled junk for junk...thanks T

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#41 AussieOil
October 25 2010, 09:46AM
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Fun to watch - agree Omark was excellent every time on the ice, tons of skill and great forechecker. Created several turnovers out of nothing. Giroux clearly is a gifted player, however I can see why he is in the AHL - he floats around the entire game, takes selfish shots (5 on 3) and has limited hustle and backcheck.

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#42 DN
October 25 2010, 12:31PM
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AussieOil wrote:

Fun to watch - agree Omark was excellent every time on the ice, tons of skill and great forechecker. Created several turnovers out of nothing. Giroux clearly is a gifted player, however I can see why he is in the AHL - he floats around the entire game, takes selfish shots (5 on 3) and has limited hustle and backcheck.

You are probably correct ... He plays with no emotion ... a stepford wife sort of expression on his face.

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#43 AussieOil
October 25 2010, 12:41PM
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@DN, true, when he scored the GW he looked like he was waiting in line at Tim Horton's! Nice shot though

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