October 07 2012 10:49AM
The season for hockey is well underway; for Oiler fans, following the gifted kids across the globe can be frustrating and time consuming. Fortunately, the "player pages" are now up and offer us a handy guide to their progress.
- Oscar Klefbom is impressing everyone with his defensive play. Getting good reviews too, this article from yesterday says Klefbom "played sharply and with a poise that is lovely to behold, best back today."
- Nail Yakupov is off to a crazy start, 3 goals in 4 games.
- Mitch Moroz has 3 points in 6 games, well ahead of previous numbers.
- Jujhar Khaira's page has a photo his parents will like and not a lot else.
- Daniil Zharkov is about where we'd expect him to be in terms of points.
- Erik Gustafsson is in the 2-Swedish league and playing well.
- Joey Laleggia has an impressive home page.
- John McCarron gives us a chance to visit the glory days of Riley Nash.
- David Musil is enjoying an outstanding start to the season.
- Samu Perhonen is playing in the 2-Finland League but getting good results.
- Travis Ewanyk is getting results and observers are impressed by his play this season.
- Dillon Simpson's homepage is very nice, probably the best in the group.
- Tobias Rieder is on an exceptional line in Kitchener and should post enormous numbers.
- Martin Gernat has a page but it won't be getting many click throughs for awhile.
- Frans Tuohimaa is struggling in two leagues so far this season.
- Kellen Jones page hasn't been updated yet.
- Kyle Bigos page should get some hits, something tells me the Oilers will be reporting on him a lot.
UP NEXT: OKC
Photo courtesy of Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved.
The OKC Barons don't have their player bio pages up yet, but I'll pass them along when the go up. So far in pre-season for the Barons, Ryan Martindale has really made some noise. I have no idea if there's room for him, but he's going to force the issue based on his current play.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
This season is up in the air and there's not much fans can do about it. I think the best way to drive this thing is to enjoy what is available to us: the best league in the world doesn't exist, so we move on and watch what we can and enjoy the kids as they progress. In many ways, Oiler fans are the least impacted of the 30 NHL fanbases.
I mean--and not to be a jerk--what does another year or two do to the Flames roster? Some of those guys are approaching their pensions as it is. For the Oilers, a season in which the kids play well at the highest available level is a solid compromise.
And as fans, that means finding out about Quinnipiac, Merrimack, Neftekhimik, Farjestad and Belleville. So far, the progress shown by Nail, Oscar and another Ryan is something to get excited about for OilersNation.