Oilers Prospects on Display in CHL Playoffs

Lowetide
March 25 2011 06:06PM

For weary Edmonton Oiler fans, the CHL post-season has arrived just in time. An extremely large number of Oiler prospects will be playing in the post-season in hopes of winning league championships and ultimately the Memorial Cup.
 

The QMJHL

Jeremie Blain and Olivier Roy both play for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. They're involved with Victoriaville Tigres in what could be an outstanding series. The Titan finished 6th overall (Tigres 11th) and should win the day. Roy and Blain are important members of the Acadie-Bathurst club and should have a big say in any success that comes their way this spring.

The OHL

Ryan Martindale and his Ottawa 67's start their playoff series tomorrow against Sudbury. Ottawa finised 2nd in their conference and are an offensive powerhouse and had 6 players finish with 20 goals or more.

The WHL

Curtis Hamilton and his loaded Saskatoon Blades got lucky with their travel schedule in the first round. Saskatoon hosts the PA Raiders in game one of their series tomorrow night. The Blades scored 310 goals and should have no problems with Prince Albert.

Kristians Pelss and Cameron Abney are in action with the Edmonton Oil Kings against the stingy Red Deer Rebels. This will be the feature series on Shaw Cable 10 to start the playoffs and game one goes tonight on your television at 7:30. That series should be a showcase for possible #1 overall Ryan-Nugent Hopkins and is worth watching.

Tyler Bunz and the Medicine Hat Tigers drew a tough assignment in Brandon but should win the day. Bunz and his impressive .919SP (2nd in the WHL) have a big edge in goals against (275 against Brandon, 196 against the Tigers) but the Wheat Kings closed very well and are a dangerous team. Tyler Pitlick, Edmonton's high 2nd round pick a year ago, was injured during the regular season.

Drew Czerwonka and the Kootenay Ice will faceoff against Moose Jaw in the first round. The Ice had the better regular season and can score goals, but that crazy crushed can in Moose Jaw is a great equalizer. If you've never been to a Moose Jaw home game and are in the area over the next week, check it out. This is the final season for that arena and it's been around (I believe) since the 1950's.

Martin Marincin and the Prince George Cougars are decided underdogs against Kelowna but this is junior hockey and you never know. We should pay special attention to Marincin as he's a strong candidate to turn pro this coming fall.

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#1 MWA1991
March 25 2011, 06:10PM
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Good Luck to all the prospects!

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#2 Oilcruzer
March 25 2011, 06:11PM
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Could it be?

Nope but it's all good! Props to MWA/

How does a 6th seed end up matched against an 11 seed in the first round?

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#3 The Real Scuba Steve
March 25 2011, 06:15PM
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A FIST to future NHLers.

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#4 Mike Modano's Dog
March 26 2011, 02:41PM
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I just want to point out that Gabriel Landeskog had an outstanding game last night, as well.

2 goals and 1 assist (and went +3 in a 6-5 loss.) He brought them back to tie the game late in the 2nd, and made it a one-goal game later in the 3rd period.

It looks like we have two guys who are stepping up their games in the playoffs so far!

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#6 Bombay
March 25 2011, 06:21PM
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This just in! The Oilers are first at something. Edmonton ranks number one among all NHL teams in The Hockey News future watch. Our crop of young talent is unmatched in the league. So keep your chin up Oil fans. Soon enough we will be winning, and better yet, winning consistently, year to year. It's inevitable.

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#7 The Goat - Team FIST
March 25 2011, 07:00PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

A FIST to future NHLers.

Well done my friend.

Dive hard !!

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#8 K-UGER Industrial Smoothing
March 25 2011, 07:47PM
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Bombay wrote:

This just in! The Oilers are first at something. Edmonton ranks number one among all NHL teams in The Hockey News future watch. Our crop of young talent is unmatched in the league. So keep your chin up Oil fans. Soon enough we will be winning, and better yet, winning consistently, year to year. It's inevitable.

Thanks, coach.

Signed,

Charlie Conway

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#9 VK63
March 25 2011, 09:07PM
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I for one will be stunned if Curtis Hamilton ever becomes an everyday NHL player....... he is simply brutal on most nights with Saskatoon. He plays with the passion of dustin penner with about 3% of the skill. (if that)

YMMV

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#10 buttermilk buscuits free today
March 25 2011, 09:13PM
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Bombay wrote:

This just in! The Oilers are first at something. Edmonton ranks number one among all NHL teams in The Hockey News future watch. Our crop of young talent is unmatched in the league. So keep your chin up Oil fans. Soon enough we will be winning, and better yet, winning consistently, year to year. It's inevitable.

What I wonder is if we go back five years, and looks at Hockey News Future watch we would probably see Florida Panthers or the New York Islanders ranked top five in terms of prospects..compare that to the current Oilers..wow..the future never looked more bleemish...sigh

Or..we can look at it this way, where were the Penguins and Hawks five years ago..

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#11 buttermilk buscuits free today
March 25 2011, 09:18PM
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VK63 wrote:

I for one will be stunned if Curtis Hamilton ever becomes an everyday NHL player....... he is simply brutal on most nights with Saskatoon. He plays with the passion of dustin penner with about 3% of the skill. (if that)

YMMV

That is discouraging to hear, Hamilton seemed like a high energy with some skill and clutch type player for team Canada at the world Juniors..looked like he potentially could be a future top six for the Oil..no worse than top nine...maybe I was seeing doubles..

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#12 NamelessNed
March 25 2011, 10:12PM
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hmmm....article doesn't talk about RNH??? hahaha

Not sure who they should pick, but a 4pt night against the oil kings is making be think he might fit in with our young crew. Wish I had a chance to watch the others..

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#13 firemedic136
March 25 2011, 10:17PM
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Decent game on shaw: rebels vs oil kings. glad I watched. Just makes the point of what a jump it is to the big show and how fortunate we are to have Hall.

I turned the channel and RNH had 4 point before I turned back.

Abney is huge out there

Pysyk is a clutch dman for the oil kings and is paired nicely with Lowe. Who gets the better deal: Pysyk for learning from Lowe Sr, or Keegan learning from Pysyk?

Anybody draft Keumper? RD Goalie is huge.

Oil Kings D is excellent.

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#14 bigrroberto
March 25 2011, 10:17PM
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4 points 2g2a AND sound defensively AND gritty all night. RNH or bust. Seriously.

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#15 bigrroberto
March 25 2011, 10:29PM
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@firemedic136

Keumper is a Minnesota draft pick I believe. Unsigned right now, but I'm sure that will change this summer.

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#16 callmebigbear
March 25 2011, 10:37PM
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buttermilk buscuits free today wrote:

What I wonder is if we go back five years, and looks at Hockey News Future watch we would probably see Florida Panthers or the New York Islanders ranked top five in terms of prospects..compare that to the current Oilers..wow..the future never looked more bleemish...sigh

Or..we can look at it this way, where were the Penguins and Hawks five years ago..

Downers downers come on bombays just trying to be positive!! Let's not be like flame fans and trash our team at least we have prospects!!

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#17 Sparky
March 25 2011, 10:49PM
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I was at the Red Deer game tonight and again RNH showed why I think the oil should select him 1st overall. 4 points and a good 2 way game. Not to mention his goals were clutch goals. Can't wait for tomorrow nights game!

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#18 NamelessNed
March 25 2011, 11:22PM
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we're all going to be sad when we lose the lotto pick this year

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#19 Sparky
March 25 2011, 11:32PM
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Don't be such a negative Nancy, NamelessNed!

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#20 NamelessNed
March 25 2011, 11:52PM
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lol someone has to think of the darker side....I hope it doesn't happen. We worked hard (or didnt work hard) to get 30th..

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#21 Sparky
March 25 2011, 11:59PM
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True, I guess I can always bank on the Av's taking someone else lol

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#22 revingev
March 26 2011, 01:02AM
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to my understanding RNH teammate Kudrna is not drafted, 6'2 and 200 pounds. Looks good to me. Would not hurt to throw a contract for pto would it lowetide? or is he back in the draft this year? couldn't find much on his status except someone at hfboards says he was at coyotoes rookie camp

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#24 Quintana
March 26 2011, 08:19AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Kudrna is eligible for this draft I believe. If he passes through, anyone can sign him. Looks good--size and skill.

My picks are: 1st.. RHN C, LA's pick.. Musil or Oleksiak D, and with the 31st Victor Rask C . In Stu we trust!!!!

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#25 Shane
March 26 2011, 10:17AM
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VK63 wrote:

I for one will be stunned if Curtis Hamilton ever becomes an everyday NHL player....... he is simply brutal on most nights with Saskatoon. He plays with the passion of dustin penner with about 3% of the skill. (if that)

YMMV

Then why is he on the first line??

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#26 madjam
March 26 2011, 10:33AM
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RNH played as well, if not better , as any of top 4 . Impressive to say the least . Reminds me of M.Bossy is some regards . Reads play well and fast ,with an excellent speedy release of shot or pass . Uses teammates in a superior manner . Not to shabby if he can handle the physicality of NHL . He has excellent acceleration and could be a dandy . Fun and very entertaining game to watch . Being on the slight side will probably keep him from being nbr.1 overall pick .

Believe Oilers will try to address size and physicality with their first pick which probably means Coutourier or Larsson gets the nudge over RNHopkins . Landescorp might also be another Oilers will go after because of size and physicality . Lowe's comment in reference to game last night said Oilers could use another top pick in this years draft . That comment seemed to me, that Oilers would love another top pick to get RNH in addition to whom they are looking at taking in first round .

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#27 NamelessNed
March 26 2011, 10:40AM
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Loved the Nuudge's behind the back pass....sick

Also the give and go was a pretty smart play.

I agree they need size, but nuudge is still young and will put on weight. I do know one thing for sure...its a great thing I'm not running the team!!!

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#28 tyler
March 26 2011, 01:06PM
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hopkins would be sick in between hall and ebs. Coud you imagine a centerman with patrick kanes ability playing in between them. ebs and hall would no longer have tp play with cogliano or horcoff

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#29 Team Nuge
March 26 2011, 01:45PM
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Great article LT, thanks for the update. I don't want to speak too early, but if RNH continues his clutch play in the playoffs, he could become the defacto #1, like Hallsy did last year. But then I will be so mad when we lose the draft lottery. Because we will. Stupid Larsson.

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#30 doritogrande
March 26 2011, 02:30PM
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LT: Worth mentioning that home games for the Wheat Kings in the MH/BRA series will be played in Winnipeg because of a scheduling conflict with Brandon's arena. That'll add another two hours on the trek when the series shifts. That could be a factor in the final outcome.

I'll be there to watch Bunz play for G4.

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#31 NamelessNed
March 26 2011, 04:52PM
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@Mike Modano's Dog

I like Landeskog as well, but isn't he a winger? we really need a center and D...just would like to see that get addressed this year.

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#32 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
March 26 2011, 05:57PM
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K-UGER Industrial Smoothing wrote:

Thanks, coach.

Signed,

Charlie Conway

Cake eater.

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#33 NamelessNed
March 26 2011, 07:00PM
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Hate to see Kopitar injured, but wouldn't be something if the Kings went on a horrible losing streak and the competition went on a winning rampage resulting in no playoffs for the kings and a much better 1st round pick for us? damn this kool-aid is fan-tastic

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#34 9 Inches Uncut
March 26 2011, 10:36PM
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I for one will be stunned if Curtis Hamilton ever becomes an everyday NHL player....... he is simply brutal on most nights with Saskatoon. He plays with the passion of dustin penner with about 3% of the skill. (if that) - an idiot

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#35 Sparky
March 27 2011, 01:53AM
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Was there again for the Rebels game tonight, and while he wasn't as prominent as last night, RNH still came out with a goal a decent performance.

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#36 Draft Wiz
March 28 2011, 02:10PM
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Alright lets be serious here, Oilers are in great shape, and the draft this year is just going to help out even more. We have 3 picks in the top 32 of the draft including the number 1 or if we lose the lottery the number 2 pick. Regardless if you loose the lottery, you still take Larsson (if RNH goes 1st) and there is a number of quality centres (phillips, Zibanejad, jenner, Rask, Mcneill, Scheifel) just to name a few that fall into our LA pick. I do think that we need to take RNH but if possible, but regardless Larsson, Landeskog or even couturier will all improve our club tremendously. If we do end up drafting Landeskog, lets make him a center. Id hate to see Hall get converted to center with his speed down the wing.

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