The Defensive Pipeline

Jonathan Willis
April 06 2012 04:49PM

The Edmonton Oilers are loaded to the gills with defensive prospects in the AHL, junior, college and Europe. When it comes to sheer numbers, the Oilers don’t really need to stock up a lot on draft day this year.

The following dozen defensemen were all young enough to make Copper and Blue’s Top-25 Under 25 this winter, and none of them are regulars in Edmonton:

CB Rk. Player Drafted League Team GP G A PTS +/-
8 Oscar Klefbom 19th, 2011 SEL Farjestads 33 2 0 2 -1
11 Martin Marincin 46th, 2010 WHL P.G./Regina 58 11 29 40 -7
13 Colten Teubert 13th, 2008 AHL Oklahoma City 43 2 8 10 6
14 David Musil 31st, 2011 WHL Vancouver 59 6 21 27 9
17 Dillon Simpson 92nd, 2011 NCAA U. of North Dakota 42 2 16 18 10
21 Brandon Davidson 162nd, 2010 WHL Regina 69 13 36 49 26
22 Alex Plante 15th, 2007 AHL Oklahoma City 36 1 12 13 18
23 Kyle Bigos 99th, 2009 NCAA Merrimack College 34 4 13 17 0
24 Jeremie Blain 91st, 2010 QMJHL A-B/Victoriaville 58 9 41 50 28
25 Martin Gernat 122nd, 2011 WHL Edmonton 60 9 46 55 41
26 Taylor Fedun Undrafted NHL Edmonton 0 0 0 0 0
27 Taylor Chorney 36th, 2005 AHL Oklahoma City 50 6 18 24 15

There is a lot of NHL potential represented in the group above.

Oscar Klefbom is the lone man on this list playing in Europe, where his minutes and his offense have been somewhat limited. He played an impressive two-way game at the World Juniors for the gold medalist Swedish team, and while his offensive upside is questionable he’s a very good prospect.

Four of the Oilers’ defensive prospects spent 2011-12 in the WHL, and it’s an impressive group. 6’4” Martin Marincin wasn’t quite able to live up to the offensive expectations of one year ago, but he’s still a huge defender with offensive upside. Martin Gernat is the second big Slovakian blueliner to surprise with his offense in two years, scoring at nearly a point-per-game pace for the Oil Kings. David Musil is a defense-first guy in the mold of his father, former Oilers rearguard Frank Musil, and he was easily the Czech’s best defenseman at the World Juniors this year. Brandon Davidson is an under-the-radar prospect with legitimate puck-moving ability.

Three guys have spent most of this season in the AHL: Colten Teubert, Alex Plante and Taylor Chorney. All three also spent some time this season in the NHL. Teubert is the player with the most long-term potential, but probably should spend another year in the AHL; he’s big and tough and mean but still raw defensively. Plante and Chorney have been perpetual prospects in Edmonton, but there are encouraging signs for both. Plante leads a very good AHL team’s blue-line in plus/minus, and Chorney isn’t far behind. Chorney’s also contributing more offense than the has at any point in his professional career.

The Oilers haven’t ignored college hockey, either. Dillon Simpson had an exciting run to start the year (13 points, +10 in his first 26 games) but cooled considerably down the stretch; still, he’s a long-term pick and could factor in down the line. Kyle Bigos is a mountain of a man (6’5”, 230lbs) with considerable physical tools, including a mean streak – he finished with 125 PIM for Merrimack, more than double his next-closest teammate – and could have turned pro this spring, but seems likely to spend another year in college.

The offensively gifted Jeremie Blain and the injured Taylor Fedun round out the list. Fedun impressed in training camp last fall and is still a prospect to watch; if he can come back from injury he could be a factor. Blain’s in a similar boat to Brandon Davidson – the offensive upside is clear and now he needs to make the jump to the professional ranks. Like Davidson, Blain needs to be signed in the near future or the Oilers will lose his rights.

It’s a great group of prospects, with a wide range of strengths – there’s everything from physical ruffians to offensive gems, and a few players who combine both skillsets. To the Oilers’ credit, many of these players were either taken in the later rounds of the draft or passed over entirely.

The Oilers may want to add a top-end guy this summer with their lottery pick, or trade an NHL asset for a young defender who projects as a top-pairing defender. Right now, that’s the only thing the system is missing.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Stocc
April 06 2012, 04:58PM
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#2 chrisinbanff
April 06 2012, 04:59PM
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#3 Wanyes bastard child
April 06 2012, 05:00PM
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Welcome back

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#4 Bucknuck
April 06 2012, 05:05PM
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JW, if you had to pick one prospect out of here that will be on the big team in the Spring, who would you say had the best chance?

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#5 Bucknuck
April 06 2012, 05:16PM
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At the start of the season, if someone would have told me that Petry and Potter would be our #1 and #2 point producers on Defense I would have laughed in their face.

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#7 Bucknuck
April 06 2012, 05:26PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Teubert. I expect Klefbom to get another season in Sweden.

That's particularly true if Peckham is moved this summer. I would expet Marincin to play in the AHL next season, too.

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#8 Smokey
April 06 2012, 05:56PM
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Is Jeremy Blain legit? We know so little about the guy.

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#9 Archaeologuy
April 06 2012, 05:57PM
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Oilers win the Lotto, trade the 1st and Petry to Mtl for the 3rd and Subban, select Murray with the 3rd, and sign Schultz on the 1st.

Works 100% of the time on the PS3. I swear.*

*I lied

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#10 ItsTheBGB
April 06 2012, 06:01PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

At the start of the season, if someone would have told me that Petry and Potter would be our #1 and #2 point producers on Defense I would have laughed in their face.

Seriously? Petry was still better than half of our defense last year, he's arguably our best now.

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#11 DSF
April 06 2012, 06:25PM
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Problem is...none of these guys project to be first pairing defensemen and the Oilers already have a glut of 10's and Jacks (and a boatload of 4's and 5's)

They need an Ace and a King and bringing in one Jack to replace another Jack is a lot like sitting in a rocking chair.

It gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere.

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#13 Wanyes bastard child
April 06 2012, 06:30PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Oilers win the Lotto, trade the 1st and Petry to Mtl for the 3rd and Subban, select Murray with the 3rd, and sign Schultz on the 1st.

Works 100% of the time on the PS3. I swear.*

*I lied

QSB is that you?

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#14 Saytalk
April 06 2012, 06:43PM
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Management has got to make room on the NHL and AHL rosters and in the 50 contract limit for higher quality / higher potential defencemen. That being said, it's time to let go of Barker, Chorney and Plante. Please!

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#15 michael
April 06 2012, 06:49PM
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Is Columbus going to take a forward or a dman? Columbus is going to have alot of suitors at the draft for Rick Nash. I think that we hold our cards close until we see what cards are laid out on the table on draft day. Murray is nice but would not G.Rheinhart be a more suitable NHL Dman going forward. Size and skill.

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#16 pelhem grenville
April 06 2012, 07:00PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Oilers win the Lotto, trade the 1st and Petry to Mtl for the 3rd and Subban, select Murray with the 3rd, and sign Schultz on the 1st.

Works 100% of the time on the PS3. I swear.*

*I lied

Arch...what makes you think our GM has the noodle to pull that complex a deal off?

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#17 Joels
April 06 2012, 07:55PM
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Too bad the Blues lost tonight , now the game against Vancouver means nothing to Vancouver. A win for Edm could put them into 28th place

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#18 Bucknuck
April 06 2012, 08:37PM
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ItsTheBGB wrote:

Seriously? Petry was still better than half of our defense last year, he's arguably our best now.

OK, so you thought Petry and Potter would be #1 and #2? You're AMAZING. Especially considering Potter never held down an NHL job before and Petry was speculated to be in Oklahoma at the beginning of the year.

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#19 DSF
April 06 2012, 09:08PM
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Joels wrote:

Too bad the Blues lost tonight , now the game against Vancouver means nothing to Vancouver. A win for Edm could put them into 28th place

The Canucks are still playing for the President's Trophy.

If the Canucks win and the Rangers lose, Vancouver has home ice advantage all the way through the playoffs.

And, the Blues can still win the WC because they have more regulation wins than the Canucks.

However, both results (Wash @ NYR) and (STL @ Dall) could be known before the Canucks/Oilers game is over.

The Oilers can catch the Habs though if the Oilers win and the Habs lose to Toronto.

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#20 David S
April 06 2012, 09:21PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks are still playing for the President's Trophy.

If the Canucks win and the Rangers lose, Vancouver has home ice advantage all the way through the playoffs.

And, the Blues can still win the WC because they have more regulation wins than the Canucks.

However, both results (Wash @ NYR) and (STL @ Dall) could be known before the Canucks/Oilers game is over.

The Oilers can catch the Habs though if the Oilers win and the Habs lose to Toronto.

It's probably just me having too many delicious chocolate Easter eggs, but somehow I'm not very worried the Oilers are going to beat Vancouver.

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#21 DSF
April 06 2012, 09:25PM
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David S wrote:

It's probably just me having too many delicious chocolate Easter eggs, but somehow I'm not very worried the Oilers are going to beat Vancouver.

I trust you didn't injure yourself while partaking of those delicious treats. :)

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#22 RexLibris
April 06 2012, 11:30PM
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I was impressed with Teubert's game against the Ducks the other night. His positioning was sound and he was physical at the right times where it would punish the forward without giving up a play or pass.

I agree that another year of seasoning is required, but he could have a year like Petry's this season. A call-up and some much-improved play resulting in the team being more comfortable moving a player like Sutton at the deadline.

(The Sutton signing was, in my mind, essentially a snooze alarm for Teubert to give him more time to develop.)

Chorney, Peckham and Barker are the likely defensemen to be sent away this summer, in increasing probability, in my opinion. That opens up three contracts for defensemen to enter the AHL.

I also really like the direction that the defense is taking. While it would be nice to have a Weber-like defensive rock, I like the idea of a large collection of interchangeable defensive players to lessen the drop-off when injuries occur during playoffs and to lighten the load on the salary cap. It also allows for the movement of a defenceman to address an area of need within the rest of the roster without seriously depleting the defensive corps.

Just my two cents (or whatever it will be in this new post-penny world).

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#23 Reg Dunlop
April 07 2012, 01:53AM
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@DSF

Indeed the oil could still move up to 28th. Do they really want to? Tonight we will get a better idea, if Tambi suits up for Ebs and Katz' kid laces them up in goal. Or maybe they sign Quicksilver to a 1 game trial[we know where he stands on finishing 29th]. Or they could just play Khabbi.

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#24 Oilcan
April 07 2012, 02:38AM
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In 3 years our defence (Depth at defence) will become a strength the problem is getting to that point and what current D on the Oilers roster will still be here, Petry and Smid and maybe Schultz but that is probably it. It would be great to have the defence coming up play out their whole ELC in the AHL (Unless they obviously are way too good) and then when there contract is up they can be had for cheaper and truly then be ready.

I really hope we can get Justin Schultz, I am in favour of Grigerenko but if we sign Schultz then draft Murray I don't think D will be a problem anymore.

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#25 pelhem grenville
April 07 2012, 07:07AM
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Arch wants Subban...i'm not at all 'against' that but i've had issues with how he attracts attention for a lot of the wrong reasons ...while i'm ok with brash confident rear guards i'm NOT impressed by hotdogging and i've seen this kid do his fair share of it...is Subban THE ONE? maybe but with this crop of stellar up and comers do we wait? pass on making a big trade for a 1st pair dman OR is it the #1 goaltender we should be going after asap...?

IMO...one way or another the pick this year should be considered part of a trade package for a top of the line, NHL proven, not too old, when ever he's on the ice there's no worries, franchise PLAYER!!!

this team has enough ELCs now and enough for the future...

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#26 The Beaker
April 07 2012, 07:48AM
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Oilcan wrote:

In 3 years our defence (Depth at defence) will become a strength the problem is getting to that point and what current D on the Oilers roster will still be here, Petry and Smid and maybe Schultz but that is probably it. It would be great to have the defence coming up play out their whole ELC in the AHL (Unless they obviously are way too good) and then when there contract is up they can be had for cheaper and truly then be ready.

I really hope we can get Justin Schultz, I am in favour of Grigerenko but if we sign Schultz then draft Murray I don't think D will be a problem anymore.

Two Rookie D Men, Petry is still way young even though hes looked good, people want Klefbom to be inserted already. Have a top 6 D that young will still be a problem. They may be better and have huge upside but they arent going to be consistently stellar for 82 games. Really, have 2 rookie/really young defenders in the lineup at one time scares me.

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#27 Quicksilver ballet
April 07 2012, 09:18AM
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Home stretch boys. Montreal will get atleast one point tonight vs the Leafs. By the time gametime rolls around tonight, we can all sit back and enjoy Eberle and Hopkins each having a 4 point night. Oilers win, and lock up 29th, Hopkins has Landeskog by 3 points and all is right in Oilerville for the next 5 months.

Agree with DSF, there's a lifetimes supply of d'men in that 3-7 range, but no 1 or 2 guys. We should go after Shea Weber jr (Erik Gudbranson) before it gets too late.

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#28 dman09
April 07 2012, 09:50AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Teubert. I expect Klefbom to get another season in Sweden.

What about Fedun?

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#29 speeds
April 07 2012, 10:26AM
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"The Oilers may want to add a top-end guy this summer with their lottery pick, or trade an NHL asset for a young defender who projects as a top-pairing defender. Right now, that’s the only thing the system is missing."

(a) Even if the system is missing it, it doesn't answer whether it's more important than adding another top end F.

(b) Even if the system is missing it, it doesn't answer where it's even an important hole to fill.

(c) There is no guarantee a guy like Murray or Dumba ends up becoming a top 2 D. I think it's probably fair to say the chances are better than any prospect D currently in the system, but that doesn't mean a guy like Klefbom or Marincin definitely won't be a top pairing D.

(d) That may be the only thing the system is missing on D, but it you look at the forward prospects, can't one argue the hole is more glaring there than it is on D? I can squint and MAYBE imagine some of the D prospects having top pair potential, can I do the same with the current F prospects?

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#30 DieHard
April 07 2012, 11:01AM
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@RexLibris

"I also really like the direction that the defense is taking. While it would be nice to have a Weber-like defensive rock, I like the idea of a large collection of interchangeable defensive players to lessen the drop-off when injuries occur during playoffs and to lighten the load on the salary cap. It also allows for the movement of a defenceman to address an area of need within the rest of the roster without seriously depleting the defensive corps."

Shea Weber was selected in the middle of the second round back in '03. I don't think he was projected to a #1 D-man. So, just maybe we have our #1 but don't know it.

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#32 Rama Lama
April 07 2012, 11:25AM
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I am starting to fear being in the second spot in the draft as the concensus points to Griegarenko......who has a lot of questions around his work ethic and attitude?

This pick may prevent us from picking what we really need a true puck moving defenseman and QB for the PP. These players are available and we should grab one.......watching our current roster of Dmen trying to make a pass is frustrating.

Trade Hemsky and let's get more draft picks and maybe we can do both.

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#34 RexLibris
April 07 2012, 11:52AM
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@DieHard

Thank you.

I was afraid of sounding like a rose-coloured-glasses homer (read: Flames fan) if I said that we don't need to draft a franchise defenseman in the top five.

Unless MacGregor feels that there is a Niedermeyer or a Pronger in that group of defenders, then take a forward and let this defensive group mature.

Looking at our forward prospects really reveals how thin they are. An injury to Hall, Eberle or RNH would pretty much shut down out offensive production in the future unless we can get more offensive prospects. Ottawa had an absolutely dominant first line in Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson, but because that was all they had they never accomplished anything outside of one cup run. Thanks, but I'd rather have three scoring lines.

This is a little off-topic, but relates to my main point: balance. Has anyone considered Bob Green (Oil Kings) as a possible GM to replace Tambellini in two years' time? He could AGM for a year or two and then move into the main role. The reason I mention his name is that he has a history of building very good teams, he doesn't neglect the draft, has valued good scouting, and the teams he's built tend to be very well-balanced rosters that can compete with nearly any team on any given night based on the changing style of play.

Just a thought.

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#35 DSF
April 07 2012, 11:54AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

To be clear, my inclination would be to try and upgrade the 'D' using some of the current NHL forwards.

The lottery pick should be used on the best available player unless the Oilers can pry a real gem out of another city with it.

Which forwards would be in play?

Gagner, Horcoff, Jones, Eager, Hordichuk and Belanger likely have little perceived value.

What's left?

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#36 russ99
April 07 2012, 11:55AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I am starting to fear being in the second spot in the draft as the concensus points to Griegarenko......who has a lot of questions around his work ethic and attitude?

This pick may prevent us from picking what we really need a true puck moving defenseman and QB for the PP. These players are available and we should grab one.......watching our current roster of Dmen trying to make a pass is frustrating.

Trade Hemsky and let's get more draft picks and maybe we can do both.

No way, we need a big center in Grigorenko more than a multi-year project defenseman who's may end up being rated more highly by his potential draft position than his overall level of talent.

Also, let's not pidgeonhole European players as being questionable NHL talent due to "attitude"... Renney already does that enough.

I'd prefer to see the Oilers draft BPA if they pick 1, 2 or 3, be it a forward or defenseman.

The real focus this offseason is to address defense in trades and free agency to upgrade the position with someone who can make a difference at the NHL level right away.

As for our defensemen in the pipeline, how many could be playing for OKC next year? Musil probably needs another year, Klefbom should go back to Sweden if he can't make the Oilers out of camp, maybe Marincin, Gernat and Davidson?

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#37 Oilcan
April 07 2012, 12:05PM
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The Beaker wrote:

Two Rookie D Men, Petry is still way young even though hes looked good, people want Klefbom to be inserted already. Have a top 6 D that young will still be a problem. They may be better and have huge upside but they arent going to be consistently stellar for 82 games. Really, have 2 rookie/really young defenders in the lineup at one time scares me.

Sorry I should have clarified our D 'prospects' will no longer be a problem because Schultz and Murray are what look to be top 4 types, and with Klefbom being another and Musil, Gernat, Maracin we have a pretty good level of talent 3 or so years away.

I really hope the Oilers do not go into next season with Murray and Schultz (Justin) in their top 6 that does not spell playoff push to me.

Ideally:

UFA/Trade-Schultz (Nick) Smid-Petry Whitney-UFA (Or even maybe a rookie like Murray or Schultz) Sutton/Potter

What would be ideal if we did draft Murray and sign Schultz is to send Murray back to the dub and Schultz to OKC and have our 6th spot as one of those dman who is around in september (A mcabe type guy) who can fill the spot for a year or even half the year.

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#38 Oilcan
April 07 2012, 12:05PM
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The Beaker wrote:

Two Rookie D Men, Petry is still way young even though hes looked good, people want Klefbom to be inserted already. Have a top 6 D that young will still be a problem. They may be better and have huge upside but they arent going to be consistently stellar for 82 games. Really, have 2 rookie/really young defenders in the lineup at one time scares me.

Sorry I should have clarified our D 'prospects' will no longer be a problem because Schultz and Murray are what look to be top 4 types, and with Klefbom being another and Musil, Gernat, Maracin we have a pretty good level of talent 3 or so years away.

I really hope the Oilers do not go into next season with Murray and Schultz (Justin) in their top 6 that does not spell playoff push to me.

Ideally:

UFA/Trade-Schultz (Nick) Smid-Petry Whitney-UFA (Or even maybe a rookie like Murray or Schultz) Sutton/Potter

What would be ideal if we did draft Murray and sign Schultz is to send Murray back to the dub and Schultz to OKC and have our 6th spot as one of those dman who is around in september (A mcabe type guy) who can fill the spot for a year or even half the year.

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#39 DieHard
April 07 2012, 12:37PM
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Oilcan wrote:

Sorry I should have clarified our D 'prospects' will no longer be a problem because Schultz and Murray are what look to be top 4 types, and with Klefbom being another and Musil, Gernat, Maracin we have a pretty good level of talent 3 or so years away.

I really hope the Oilers do not go into next season with Murray and Schultz (Justin) in their top 6 that does not spell playoff push to me.

Ideally:

UFA/Trade-Schultz (Nick) Smid-Petry Whitney-UFA (Or even maybe a rookie like Murray or Schultz) Sutton/Potter

What would be ideal if we did draft Murray and sign Schultz is to send Murray back to the dub and Schultz to OKC and have our 6th spot as one of those dman who is around in september (A mcabe type guy) who can fill the spot for a year or even half the year.

From what I have read I believe Justin Schultz would require that the team he signs with play him in the NHL not the AHL.

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#40 Oilcan
April 07 2012, 05:54PM
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DieHard wrote:

From what I have read I believe Justin Schultz would require that the team he signs with play him in the NHL not the AHL.

Im sure he would prefer that and he does have the clearest path in Edmonton but he signs an ELC no matter what so he doesn't really have much choice after he signs it no matter what team, if he earns his stripes he plays if he needs a few months or a year to get used to pro hockey then that is also ok.

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