September 08 2012 08:27AM
This is Daniil Zharkov dealing with an evildoer. Zharkov may be getting more attention than normal for an Oiler draft pick, as the lockout and the internet will give Oilers Nation a chance to check up on the prospects regularly. How DO you follow all of the prospects?
This winter--as always--Oilers prospects will be scattered all over the Norhern Hemisphere and following them can be a pain. I well remember attempting to get stats on kids like Alexei Mikhnov (who seemed to be playing in the 1950's during his time in the RSL) or trying to get Eddie Caron's transfer papers from one college of the idle rich to another.
It can be a pain, and there's no one stop shopping.
Well, yes, you're right I am lying. For many years now, poster Seachd at hfboards has done the painstaking work of regularly updating minor, junior and Euro stats. Hooo boy, what a lot of work! Last season's edition (thread #2) is here.
If you want to follow these guys closely, then there are a few bookmarks that might come in handy:
- Coming Down the Pipe! This is the blog for the Pipeline show, the best show of its kind on the planet. Breaking news, prospect updates and draft profiles are a part of the package. Must read.
- WHL From Above: Quality site that gives terrific insight on the entire league.
- Taking Note is Gregg Drinnan's blog, and his is kind of an 'industry' blog. Former players, former coaches, interesting stories--Drinnan packs a lot of info into his blog each week.
- Shawn Mullin's Swift Current Broncos blog covers SC but also gives you great insight into the league and its relationship with the NHL. The Reece Scarlett article this week is an excellent example.
- Yahoo Hockey buzzing the net is an outstanding blog that covers all ranges of hockey. An exceptional resource.
- Small Thoughts at Large is another daily WHL stop worth your time.
- the scouting report is a fun intro for next summer's draft if that's your thing. They have their Preliminary top 30 up now, Curtis Lazar is #10. Drop in and find out the 9 prospects who are apparently better (I don't believe it).
- OHL Prospects is a wonderful resource, an absolute beauty.
- Lets go DU is a strong blog and they follow Denver U, so Joey Laleggia updates should be available there.
- New England Hockey Journal is a stunning resource for hockey fans. You may recognize Kirk Luedeke from his appearances on Edmonton Radio. He currently can be heard on Nation Radio and The Pipeline Show! several times a year, and goes all the way back to the legendary John Short sports talk show that basically laid the groundwork for modern sportstalk radio in our city.
- Unofficial USHL hockey blog is a fine resource on the best emerging junior league on the planet.
- Big Puck redhead is a Cornell blog and should keep us updated on John McCarron this winter.
- Future Considerations is a smooth site but also has great information.
- Tend the Farm is a quality blog focused on the OKC Barons.
- Artful Puck is a gorgeous blog devoted to the Barons.
- Go OKC Barons is a nice tumblr resource for photos.
- Michigan Tech hockey guide should give us some things on Jujhar Khaira this winter.
- Swedish Oil is a must read, lockout or no lockout.
YOU DO IT!
I will, and promise to pass along something of interest every week (Oil Kings pre-season is underway, Moroz has an assist in 2 games and Ewanyk is playing and has an assist in 1 game.) However, the blogs and sites posted above should make for some interesting reading if you find yourself getting curious during the winter.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
A big part of the Oilers future is still bubbling below the surface. None of us wants a lockout, but there is a silver lining: the Edmonton Oilers have some terrific prospects to follow.
Kicks off at noon Edmonton time on Team 1260, emails welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also touch base in the comments section. I'm a twitter addict, @Lowetide_ or @ItsNationRadio.
Scheduled to appear:
- Jonathan Willis from COH and Oilers Nation. We'll talk lockout, Eberle comparables, projecting the future and the Oilers playoff chances in 12-13.
- Terry Jones from the Edmonton Sun. We'll talk about the Oilers summer, what Terry will be covering without NHL hockey in Edmonton this winter (should it come to pass) and there's every chance the Eskimos may be discussed.
- Harrison Mooney from Puck Daddy and Pass it to Bulis! I want to find out about his exceptional Olympic coverage, along with a rundown of the team on the left coast---which will include a Luongo segment that should be humorous.
- Cam Charron from Leafs Nation. We'll talk about that ridiculous ESPN The Magazine story that ranks the Leafs as the worst sports franchise in North America, and try to name the Leafs starting centermen in order and with authority.
- Eric T. from Broadstreet Hockey and NHL Numbers. Back by popular demand, Tulsky's work has been inspiring. His zone entry studies represent a true breakthrough in how we view the game, which players we should hold in high value, and we'll explore that and other issues. I will be asking Eric several questions about his Flyers preview at NHL Numbers, so you might want to read it (outstanding).