WRAP REPORT: BARONS FWDS 11-12

Lowetide
April 16 2012 07:35PM

Teemu Hartikainen posted another strong season in Oklahoma City and is now poised to take a run at NHL employment. Does Hartikainen score a lot of his AHL goals on the PP? Is he an EV monster? Do the young Barons have a penalty killer who drives the opponent crazy? Yes. Yes they do.

When we look at AHL forwards, the most important discipline is even strength. Most of these kids won't get much PP time when they arrive in the NHL, certainly not as rookies. So, even strength scoring gives us some insight into the most promising prospects in the system and how they might perform in their big league roles--even strength.

OKC BARONS FWDS AT EVEN STRENGTH 11-12

NAME

GP

EV

EA

PP PTS

PP/G

LINUS OMARK

18

5

8

13

.722

MAGNUS PAAJARVI

34

7

12

19

.559

MARK ARCOBELLO

73

14

22

36

.493

JOSH GREEN

51

12

12

24

.471

RYAN KELLER

71

18

15

33

.465

TEEMU HARTIKAINEN

51

9

14

23

.451

PHIL CORNET

67

13

11

24

.358

ANTON LANDER

14

1

4

5

.357

LENNART PETRELL

9

2

1

3

.333

HUNTER TREMBLAY

68

11

11

22

.324

ANTTI TYRVAINEN

55

5

12

17

.309

TANNER HOUSE

68

8

12

20

.294

TRISTON GRANT

53

11

4

15

.283

TYLER PITLICK

62

4

13

17

.274

CHRIS VANDE VELDE

68

5

13

18

.265

MILAN KYTNAR

13

1

2

3

.231

CURTIS HAMILTON

41

4

3

7

.171

RYAN MARTINDALE

16

0

2

2

.125

Interesting list. Linus Omark is clearly the class of the group, even though he didn't spend a lot of time in the AHL. We know he won't be back, so the really prospects of note for Oilers fans on this list are Magnus Paajarvi and Teemu Hartikainen. Both men scored enough at even strength to suggest they might be able to make the jump to the NHL.

Notice the gap at evens between Hartikainen and Cornet. It is an issue.

A note on Anton Lander. His scouting reports suggest that defensive play will be a big part of his game and the total posted (in 14 games, so a small sample) suggests a player who will spend his NHL time as a checker and penalty killer.

OKC BARONS FWDS ON THE POWERPLAY 11-12

NAME

GP

EV G

E A

PP PTS

PP PTS/G

JOSH GREEN

51

4

9

13

.255

RYAN KELLER

71

3

13

16

.225

PHIL CORNET

67

11

2

13

.194

MAGNUS PAAJARVI

34

0

6

6

.176

TEEMU HARTIKAINEN

51

5

4

9

.176

LINUS OMARK

18

1

2

3

.167

LENNART PETRELL

9

0

1

1

.111

CURTIS HAMILTON

41

1

3

4

.098

TYLER PITLICK

62

3

3

6

.097

MARK ARCOBELLO

73

3

4

7

.095

HUNTER TREMBLAY

68

0

2

2

.029

CHRIS VANDE VELDE

68

1

1

2

.029

ANTTI TYRVAINEN

55

0

1

1

.018

Not much to say about this list. I doubt any of them spend a lot of time on the PP in the NHL save Omark, and he'll need some help when he gets to his new team. I think Hartikainen could end up being a "block out the sun" slot presence on the PP but that's down the line--he needs to earn an NHL job first.

Phil Cornet started well and 11 PP goals is solid, but the Edmonton Oilers have better options on their big league roster now and more may be on the way (Nail, anyone?).

OKC BARONS FWDS ON THE PENALTY KILL 11-12

NAME

GP

SH G

SH A

SH PTS

HUNTER TREMBLAY

68

5

2

7

CHRIS VANDE VELDE

68

1

2

3

ANTTI TYRVAINEN

55

1

0

1

Wow. Now that's a number. Hunter Tremblay may never do anything else in his pro career worth mentioning, but his work shorthanded in OKC this season was clearly brilliant. This also gives us a clue about the main PK men for the Barons this year, I believe Tanner House also played a lot of SH minutes in 11-12.

 

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Most of these guys won't make it, the Oilers AHL team from 5 years ago looks like one giant mistake but others from the same era had some success with a player or two. Edmonton will need role players from OKC over the next few seasons, some regulars and good callups for injuries and slumps.

Two seasons of the Todd Nelson/OKC Barons regime shows there are some good signs for the Oilers. Among forwards, the OKC players to watch this coming fall will be Magnus Paajarvi, Teemu Hartikainen, Anton Lander and Linus Omark in his new NHL city.

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#1 Orange-n-Blue
April 16 2012, 07:50PM
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Let me be the FIST to say that Teemu will be a beast in a few years time. I am a huge fan of Lander, but I fear he may not get an opportunity for a while.

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#2 They're $hittie
April 16 2012, 08:13PM
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Okay, Washington needs to replace Semin at the end of the year. Hemsky and Omark seem to be the type of players that they would like. Omarks AHL numbers look pretty good here. Could these two and maybe a 3rd or peckham fetch us Colorado's first from Washington.

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#3 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
April 16 2012, 08:44PM
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They're $hittie wrote:

Okay, Washington needs to replace Semin at the end of the year. Hemsky and Omark seem to be the type of players that they would like. Omarks AHL numbers look pretty good here. Could these two and maybe a 3rd or peckham fetch us Colorado's first from Washington.

You want to trade hemsky,omark AND a 3rd/peckham for the 11th overall pick in the draft?

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#4 Thinker
April 16 2012, 09:02PM
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They're $hittie wrote:

Okay, Washington needs to replace Semin at the end of the year. Hemsky and Omark seem to be the type of players that they would like. Omarks AHL numbers look pretty good here. Could these two and maybe a 3rd or peckham fetch us Colorado's first from Washington.

You would have to throw gagner, dubnyk, and some other quality prospect(marincin) into that pot to get that pick. Even then the possibility of them accepting is slim.

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#5 Oilcan
April 16 2012, 09:42PM
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You would have to throw gagner, dubnyk, and some other quality prospect(marincin) into that pot to get that pick. Even then the possibility of them accepting is slim.

Are both of you crazy?? Ttpical Oiler fans, the Oilers are finally getting to the point where holes are being filled and the next step can be taken and everyone talks about trading TWO top 6 players for an 11th overall that will be 2-3 years away even they even make it.

Give your heads a shake, the Oilers are done stockpiling draft picks they don;t need them, they need QUALITY and 11th overall doesn't scream quality (its a solid pick but the Oilers don't need it).

IF they trade anyone it will be for a defenseman they will trade a player for a position they NEED.

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#6 etownman
April 16 2012, 09:43PM
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Did I miss something here, MPS gave us a huge sampling of his skills in 10/11 in the NHL! This kid can play but he needs the ice time! Hartikainen can play as well, don't know where Smytty fits in?

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#7 Wanyes bastard child
April 16 2012, 09:48PM
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Thinker wrote:

You would have to throw gagner, dubnyk, and some other quality prospect(marincin) into that pot to get that pick. Even then the possibility of them accepting is slim.

So basically you are saying trade Hemsky, Gagner, Omark, Dubnyk, Peckham and a 3rd for PRV?

The Colorado pick is an 11th, PRV was a 10th...

Something does not compute here and neither does the original trade proposal.

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#8 ALEX STEENBERGER
April 16 2012, 09:49PM
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OILERS TO DO LIST:

1. LET RYAN SMYTH WALK AWAY 2. TRADE SAM GAGNER FOR A DEFENSEMEN THAT CAN RUN THE PP 3. TRY AND GET ANOTHER PICK IN THE TOP 15 SO WE CAM DRAFT G. MALCOLM SUBBAN 4. DRAFT YAKUPOV #1 OVERALL 5. TRY AND PACKAGE HEMSKEY AND RYAN JONES FOR SOME BIG QUALITY 4th LINERS (MILAN LUCIC - TYPE) 5. GIVE TAYLOR HALL THE "A" ON HIS JERSEY SO HE CAN GET THE "C" THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

It's pretty simple. We do these 5 things this summer and we can guarantee not only a playoff spot, but a pretty deep run next season.

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#9 Reg Dunlop
April 16 2012, 10:17PM
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Okay Alex, lets see:

1. I don't know about that...

2. Well, who's going to center line 2? I don't know about that...

3. Goalies are so tough to predict at 18...

4. Wellllll, a Russian? I don't know about that

5. Ya I'm on board with that but Lucic a 4th liner?

5. Absolutely

Overall grade 30%. Much better than Tambi, when can you start?

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#10 Wanyes bastard child
April 16 2012, 10:31PM
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This seems fun.

1. We need vets that want to be here and teach the kids, plus who can be useful. Smyth is all that and a bag of chips.

2. I like Gagner and if the option for that trade is there I would take it but I'm not the one initiating that trade.

3. Never pick a goalie in the first round, let someone else do that for you. Especially don't pick a goalie in the first round if you have to give up proven assets for him.

4. Spot on, draft the Nail!

5. You have me confused here... we are trading Hemsky and Jones to Boston for Lucic to play on our fourth line? You want to trade a proven top 6 and a competent 3rd liner for a 4th liner? I dunno here dude...

5. I'm on board with an "A" for Hall but maybe a few years before he gets the "C".

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#11 Wäx Män Riley
April 16 2012, 10:52PM
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ALEX STEENBERGER wrote:

OILERS TO DO LIST:

1. LET RYAN SMYTH WALK AWAY 2. TRADE SAM GAGNER FOR A DEFENSEMEN THAT CAN RUN THE PP 3. TRY AND GET ANOTHER PICK IN THE TOP 15 SO WE CAM DRAFT G. MALCOLM SUBBAN 4. DRAFT YAKUPOV #1 OVERALL 5. TRY AND PACKAGE HEMSKEY AND RYAN JONES FOR SOME BIG QUALITY 4th LINERS (MILAN LUCIC - TYPE) 5. GIVE TAYLOR HALL THE "A" ON HIS JERSEY SO HE CAN GET THE "C" THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

It's pretty simple. We do these 5 things this summer and we can guarantee not only a playoff spot, but a pretty deep run next season.

1. Need quality, veteran leadership, so no.

2. Who is our #2 center, because I KNOW you can't mean Horcoff.

3. What are you trading for that #15 pick. Gagner? I wouldn't even do PRV for that.

4. Absolutely. Yak. U. Pov.

5.How about Jean-Francois Jacques? Or maybe Joe Hulbig is available. Steve Kelly maybe? Or do you mean to actually trade for Lucic, because 29 other teams would be in on that. There is only 1 Lucic. Who else would you consider Lucic-type?

5(again?). I can see Hall with the "A" for sure. Make it so.

2 out of 5 (or is it 6)....I mirror what someone said above.... better than Tambi. You start tomorrow.

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#12 bazmagoo
April 16 2012, 10:53PM
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@They're $hittie

Yes! Let's keep trading established players for picks, woot woot.

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#13 bazmagoo
April 16 2012, 10:59PM
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ALEX STEENBERGER wrote:

OILERS TO DO LIST:

1. LET RYAN SMYTH WALK AWAY 2. TRADE SAM GAGNER FOR A DEFENSEMEN THAT CAN RUN THE PP 3. TRY AND GET ANOTHER PICK IN THE TOP 15 SO WE CAM DRAFT G. MALCOLM SUBBAN 4. DRAFT YAKUPOV #1 OVERALL 5. TRY AND PACKAGE HEMSKEY AND RYAN JONES FOR SOME BIG QUALITY 4th LINERS (MILAN LUCIC - TYPE) 5. GIVE TAYLOR HALL THE "A" ON HIS JERSEY SO HE CAN GET THE "C" THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

It's pretty simple. We do these 5 things this summer and we can guarantee not only a playoff spot, but a pretty deep run next season.

#1 - If he thinks he's worth more than 2.5 million then let him walk. #2 - No way, Sam Ganga is heart and soul dude. Can't trade Gagner, need to find size some other way. #3 - Unless you can trade PRV for a top 15 pick, I say no. I like PRV, but he's redundant with the Yak on his way. #4 - Ya baby! Draft the Yak! Draft the Yak! #5 - Nope, sign UFA grit in the bottom 6. Think Asham from Pittsburgh, Gaustad from Nashville those kind of guys. Gaustad would be a great pick up in my opinion as he could probably move up in the roster to cover injuries quite effectively. #5/6 - Yes!

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#14 NastyNate
April 16 2012, 11:03PM
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@ALEX STEENBERGER

I just gave myself two black eyes from the face palmage bombage.

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#15 bazmagoo
April 16 2012, 11:25PM
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Anyone of Smyth, Horcoff, Jones & PRV I'd swap out for a little extra grit. Love Jonesy but it'd be great to have some size and toughness in his spot. PRV has a big potential upside, but I think he's redundant with all the top 6 skill we have especially now that we have the #1 pick.

Gagner, Ebs, Hall, Hesmky, RNH, and the Yak are all keepers on that top 6. We need to get guys in the bottom 6 who can check and bring the pain every now and again.

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#16 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
April 17 2012, 06:36AM
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ALEX STEENBERGER wrote:

OILERS TO DO LIST:

1. LET RYAN SMYTH WALK AWAY 2. TRADE SAM GAGNER FOR A DEFENSEMEN THAT CAN RUN THE PP 3. TRY AND GET ANOTHER PICK IN THE TOP 15 SO WE CAM DRAFT G. MALCOLM SUBBAN 4. DRAFT YAKUPOV #1 OVERALL 5. TRY AND PACKAGE HEMSKEY AND RYAN JONES FOR SOME BIG QUALITY 4th LINERS (MILAN LUCIC - TYPE) 5. GIVE TAYLOR HALL THE "A" ON HIS JERSEY SO HE CAN GET THE "C" THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

It's pretty simple. We do these 5 things this summer and we can guarantee not only a playoff spot, but a pretty deep run next season.

how on earth does drafting subban help guarantee not only a playoff spot but a pretty deep run next season?

oh wait, let me try it this way: HOW ON EARTH DOES DRAFTING SUBBAN HELP GUARANTEE NOT ONLY A PLAYOFF SPOT BUT A PRETTY DEEP RUN NEXT SEASON?

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#17 AbsolutelyNOT
April 17 2012, 07:13AM
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You oiler fans are all idiots. Just to let u know. Are all of u actually thinking when u comment? Ur worse than vancouver fans!!! Have u been watching the playoffs?! IT TAKES WAYYY MORE THAN JUST A FEW SCORING YOUNG BLOODS TO WIN IN THE NHL! let alone make the playoffs. You people are stupid. I'm sorry but I have to call you for what you all are

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#18 The Beaker
April 17 2012, 07:16AM
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@ALEX STEENBERGER

You know if they play on the fourth line they aren't Milan Lucic types right? They are Milan Lucic types if they play on the top two and can do what he does.

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#19 The Beaker
April 17 2012, 07:26AM
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@AbsolutelyNOT

I dont no bout U but I read comments alls the time be4 reading. I can allso edit mah posts be4 posting as well.

Jeeze man, if you are going to insult someones intelligence at least try and use half decent grammar while doing it. No one expects anyone to be perfect but that was just bad.

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#20 Mason Storm
April 17 2012, 07:31AM
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So you think the Oilers should get rid Hemsky, Gagner and Smyth. That's the second line and then Jones as well a 2nd/3rd liner. To be replaced by a rookie center, a top 4 d-man and a rookie goalie. That adds up to a deep playoff run?

Forget this replace Tambellini talk, are you Tambellini?

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#21 Truth
April 17 2012, 08:04AM
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I think Mr. Steenberger knows what the general consensus is around here.

What interests me is that Omark, by paper, looks like a player. Even though Tambellini (or Renney, or both) doesn't like him as one they should have kept him in OKC to increase upon those numbers and increase his trade value. Blame it on a set top 6 and no room for him to play in the NHL this past year. Instead, they called him up to play 3?? games and tick him off enough to publicly say he wants to be on a different NHL team next year. Absolute dismal asset management.

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#22 Oilcruzer
April 17 2012, 08:12AM
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LT. The power play points for game gives a bit of a distorted view. Suggest points per 60 minutes of power play time?

Pitlick has all the potential to be the perfect centre for any team that has mid sized, high skill wingers. Right now he's learning the defensive game, very well, with a couple of fire pylons.

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#24 Dman09
April 17 2012, 08:40AM
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ALEX STEENBERGER wrote:

OILERS TO DO LIST:

1. LET RYAN SMYTH WALK AWAY 2. TRADE SAM GAGNER FOR A DEFENSEMEN THAT CAN RUN THE PP 3. TRY AND GET ANOTHER PICK IN THE TOP 15 SO WE CAM DRAFT G. MALCOLM SUBBAN 4. DRAFT YAKUPOV #1 OVERALL 5. TRY AND PACKAGE HEMSKEY AND RYAN JONES FOR SOME BIG QUALITY 4th LINERS (MILAN LUCIC - TYPE) 5. GIVE TAYLOR HALL THE "A" ON HIS JERSEY SO HE CAN GET THE "C" THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

It's pretty simple. We do these 5 things this summer and we can guarantee not only a playoff spot, but a pretty deep run next season.

Go smoke some more crack buddy. Seriously hemsky and Jones for 4th liners? Why not just give them away.

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#25 Dman09
April 17 2012, 08:54AM
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Truth wrote:

I think Mr. Steenberger knows what the general consensus is around here.

What interests me is that Omark, by paper, looks like a player. Even though Tambellini (or Renney, or both) doesn't like him as one they should have kept him in OKC to increase upon those numbers and increase his trade value. Blame it on a set top 6 and no room for him to play in the NHL this past year. Instead, they called him up to play 3?? games and tick him off enough to publicly say he wants to be on a different NHL team next year. Absolute dismal asset management.

I don't think Renny and Tambo think Omark isn't a good player its just he needs to play top six mins with PP time and he hasn't proved to be a better option than what they already have on the team. Even listening to Tambo, I truely believe he think Omark to be a very talented player but he just doesn't fit into what hes trying to build.

PRV suffers from the Penner syndrome, hes a big body that plays soft. If he gets mad he doesn't show it and you don't see any difference in his game. He might as well be Cogliano but even he plays with more grit in his game. I'm noticing a trend where a majority of Swedish players are like this, they just don't seem to have the tenacity. Can anyone name a current top6 or top9 Swedish forward playing that is nasty and physical because I can't seem to think of one. I'd stick to the Canadians,Fins, Czechs, Slovaks and the odd American.

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#26 The Beaker
April 17 2012, 08:58AM
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You know, I will say this about Penner, when he got mad he actually did play much better. The problem was what it took to get him to be so emotional.

Man, Penner could be a player, we just need to put some spinach in his pancakes so he can start being the Popeye of hockey.

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#27 Dman09
April 17 2012, 09:04AM
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The Beaker wrote:

You know, I will say this about Penner, when he got mad he actually did play much better. The problem was what it took to get him to be so emotional.

Man, Penner could be a player, we just need to put some spinach in his pancakes so he can start being the Popeye of hockey.

I remember there was one game with the Oilers where Penner was pissed right from the start and had an amazing game. Literally a top 10 player in the league kind of game. Apparently the night before at like 1am Penner was down at the court house getting a restraining order against someone. hahahahaha

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#28 Quicksilver ballet
April 17 2012, 09:41AM
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At ALEX........OILERS TO DO LIST:

1. LET RYAN SMYTH WALK AWAY 2. TRADE SAM GAGNER FOR A DEFENSEMEN THAT CAN RUN THE PP 3. TRY AND GET ANOTHER PICK IN THE TOP 15 SO WE CAM DRAFT G. MALCOLM SUBBAN 4. DRAFT YAKUPOV #1 OVERALL 5. TRY AND PACKAGE HEMSKEY AND RYAN JONES FOR SOME BIG QUALITY 4th LINERS (MILAN LUCIC - TYPE) 5. GIVE TAYLOR HALL THE "A" ON HIS JERSEY SO HE CAN GET THE "C" THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

It's pretty simple. We do these 5 things this summer and we can guarantee not only a playoff spot, but a pretty deep run next season.

Quicksilver, is that you?

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#29 steelymac
April 17 2012, 10:37AM
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I posted the otherday that Washington has the pieces to make a "blow your socks off trade".And I do believe they may overpay as there cap space is tight and they really really like russians.I love the thought of Yakapov feed Ebs for onetimers and vise versa BUT they have Carlson or Alzner the D we need,they have Brooks Laich who has agreat contract thats the sandpaper,they have Brandon Holtby the kid is playing great in the playoffs right now for them they also have Backstrom at center who would be great at center.I realize you wont get all that for Yakapov But you could throw in Omark,Gags,Peckam.This sort of trade changes our team drastictly.I realize the cable guys are going to tell me how stupid I am to even make this sugestion but it sure changes the look of the OIL.

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#30 Dman09
April 17 2012, 10:46AM
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steelymac wrote:

I posted the otherday that Washington has the pieces to make a "blow your socks off trade".And I do believe they may overpay as there cap space is tight and they really really like russians.I love the thought of Yakapov feed Ebs for onetimers and vise versa BUT they have Carlson or Alzner the D we need,they have Brooks Laich who has agreat contract thats the sandpaper,they have Brandon Holtby the kid is playing great in the playoffs right now for them they also have Backstrom at center who would be great at center.I realize you wont get all that for Yakapov But you could throw in Omark,Gags,Peckam.This sort of trade changes our team drastictly.I realize the cable guys are going to tell me how stupid I am to even make this sugestion but it sure changes the look of the OIL.

I don't think thats a bad idea at all just a matter of what pieces are they willing to move and can they come to an agreement as to value. I don't see Holtby or Backstrom going anywhere. But could you do say Peckham and Omarks rights and the 1st overall for both Alzner and Carlson. Does that even seem like a resonable trade. Personally I wouldn't trade the pick and I would move other parts to improve. I think the Oil only need one defenseman and thats a #1 and the rest are developing.

I think this playoffs shows how important it is to have two dependable Goalies not just a #1 like Pittsburg and should one get hurt you aren't sweating because you know you have a guy that can get the job done.

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#31 DieHard
April 17 2012, 10:54AM
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Hopefully we're not talking about the same 2 guys next year (cause they're on the team) but instead guys like Pitlick and Hamilton and a defense prospect or 2.

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#32 ALEX STEENBERGER
April 17 2012, 11:01AM
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A. Malcolm SUBBAN will be a force in the net. We need another top goalie if we don't land Schneider in the off season.

B. Unless the Oilers have grit (which we don't) we ain't going anywhere.

C. Maybe we can draft Malcolm SUBBAN and then trade for his brother PK SUBBAN.

D. HEMSKEY and Jones don't fit into our team anymore. They still have value so let's get some BIG BOYS in here so we can play rough and tumble and protect our young blood boys.

E. Never late to groom Taylor Hall into Captaincy. After all everyone knows its going to happen eventually. Let's speed the process.

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#33 steelymac
April 17 2012, 11:02AM
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Dman09 I think we would have to stand firm on the players and really sell them on what Yak and Ovie would be like on the same line,SCARY but if you go look at there cap space they are tight.Like I said I really like the YAK but the caps just may overpay.

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#34 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
April 17 2012, 12:34PM
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ALEX STEENBERGER wrote:

A. Malcolm SUBBAN will be a force in the net. We need another top goalie if we don't land Schneider in the off season.

B. Unless the Oilers have grit (which we don't) we ain't going anywhere.

C. Maybe we can draft Malcolm SUBBAN and then trade for his brother PK SUBBAN.

D. HEMSKEY and Jones don't fit into our team anymore. They still have value so let's get some BIG BOYS in here so we can play rough and tumble and protect our young blood boys.

E. Never late to groom Taylor Hall into Captaincy. After all everyone knows its going to happen eventually. Let's speed the process.

so you are drafting subban with the plan being he makes the team next year and leads the oilers to the playoffs and on a deep run?

my damn sarcasm detector must be broken again

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#35 Oilcan
April 17 2012, 01:23PM
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Malcolm Subban is NOT the answer who knows maybe Bunz is but Subban has another year or two of junior and at least a year of AHL before even coming close to the NHL and that is if he develops well. LEt someone else draft and if goaltending is an issue in four years then we can trade OUR first round pick (Hopefully around 25-30) for him.

You don't draft a goalie first round and you definitely don't trade a proven asset for the 15th overall selection to take the goalie.

Secondly Omark and Peckham have virtually no value so stop adding them in trades as if they do, both probably will fetch a 3rd or 4th rounder.

Lastly Hemsky isn't getting traded, mostly because he will have a strong year next year, secondly because he has low value right now and is a top 6 player so it is not worth trading. And lastly because he just signed a contract during the season to and took away two UFA years if the Oilers trade him they can enjoy the backlash for many years to come.

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#36 Oilers65
April 17 2012, 04:51PM
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I would have thought that scoring 34 points in your rookie season was enough to show that you belonged in the NHL. Not sure why Renney insisted on jerking this guy around so much. The report is that his confidence is shot and its confirmed Renney is a bum.

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#37 Joy S. Lee
April 18 2012, 05:18AM
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Tell me what Omark did in his NHL games - this year - to sway anyone into thinking that this guy is a real NHLer?

I suspect that if his value was at all high, the Oilers would already have dealt him for something workable.

As someone mentioned earlier - and this is the Oilers greatest management downfall in my opinion - ANOTHER case of poor asset management. Jeez, these guys just don't seem to "get" that part of it, do they? (I recall Craig MacTavish spouting off about how Rob Schremp was nowhere near good enough to play in the NHL. I don't care how true it was.... Wow, what a good move, proclaim for everyone how a guy in your system isn't worth anything. Then try to shop him. Brilliant.)

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