SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE

Lowetide
October 26 2013 07:29PM

The Edmonton Oilers farm system is developing players, but most of the top end Barons prospects currently are defensemen. With today's injury to Tyler Pitlick, the club's minor league system is perhaps primed for a 'defenseman traded for a forward' deal that addresses the club's need for more skill forwards. Who should it be?

In last night's Oklahoma City Barons game, the club lined up like this:

  1. L1: Anton Lander (prospect) between Linus Omark (former NHLer trying to get back) and Matt Ford (29-year old career AHLer).
  2. L2: Joel Broda (minor league prospect) between Andrew Miller (new college signing) and Derek Nesbitt (31-year old quality AHL veteran)
  3. L3: CJ Stretch (24-year old pro trying to get a foothold in AHL), Austin Fyten (22-year old new pro) and Justin Maylan (just signed ECHL player)
  4. L4: Travis Ewanyk (prospect in 1st pro season) between Kale Kessy (same as Ewanyk) and Erick Lizon (minor league enforcer).

The Oilers have several Barons on their roster due to injury (among them Pitlick, Ryan Jones, Ben Eager and Ryan Hamilton) and of course Curtis Hamilton remains on the injured list.

THE DEFENSE IS LOADED

(Phil Larsen. Larsen and Gernat photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)

All the while, the blueline boasts impressive quality and depth. Phil Larsen and Taylor Fedun are callups at the ready, and Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin and Brandon Davidson (who was in fact recalled earlier this season) are all working toward their NHL dream (Jon Willis talked about Klefbom being close earlier today).

Beyond that, first year pro's Martin Gernat and David Musil are developing in the AHL, and men like Dillon Simpson and Erik Gustafsson may turn pro this fall.

On the blue, it's a helluva pipeline.

OMG, ANOTHER LOWETIDE TRADE!

Hold on for a second. The Oilers have too many defensemen, we've talked about that in the past and it remains true. We saw evidence the other night when Phil Larsen played forward, and at some point the Barons are going to need their players back--or a trade could happen.

Legit prospects do get traded for each other in the minor leagues--the Oilers have dealt Cody Wild, Danny Syvret and others in this manner--and I do think we might see that kind of trade in the near future.

Defenseman for forward. It just makes sense.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Probably nothing--I predict about 100 trades a year that don't happen--but the Oilers organization is running on empty for depth at the forward positions.

Something's gotta give.

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#51 Serious Gord
October 27 2013, 09:18AM
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In addition to my comment above:

This is Taylor halls fourth year in the NHL. If the oil continues to fail and indeed finishes in the bottom quartile, how much longer before he asks to be traded?

Were you TH would you be asking for one? I know I would.

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#52 Rheal1
October 27 2013, 09:32AM
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@Serious Gord

You are bang on. The kids' concerns about this team that is obviously rudder less will hurt their stats, their egos and who knows what else. If Seguin is on fire in Dallas or McKinnon in Colorado becomes super hot as those two teams would know success night in , night out you really have to be aware that Hall, Eberle, RNH, etc would contemplate playing elsewhere. I say that if this season stinks AGAIN, someone will jump ship...

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#53 Rotten Ron
October 27 2013, 09:53AM
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Maybe not having a legitimate 1 thru 4 defenceman is a problem that should be addressed. Ference has done nothing since he got here but talk a good game, no wonder him and Eakins seem to have hit it off. J Schultz might as well play on the wing. Grebeshkov is the same horrible player he ever was, just slower. Smid decent defender, not great migt as well not play with a stick. N Schultz looked all right when he first came, true colors show now and it makes sense why he only cost Gilbert. Petry and Belov non descript players not good at anything in particular, just average. The AHL is full of guys like this. Potter, not worth writing about, possibly related to Tom Renney. Klefbom, see Belov, Petry. Will never live up to the non deserved hype hes received. Kinda creepy having a 60 something guy putting up all these young women all the time, just a thought.

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#54 Rama Lama
October 27 2013, 11:22AM
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I decided to stop with all the negativity.........we are the fittest team in the league!

I just realized, that's our stanley cup.

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#55 Oiler Ala
October 27 2013, 01:24PM
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@Spydyr

Schultz is not changed his game or developed at all since coming on board. The onus has to be put on the illustrious defense coach Mr. SMith. This guys has a hockey brain of a lizard.

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