ROUTE 66

Lowetide
August 31 2014 12:26PM

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September long is here, but the Oilers didn't give us the rookie TC roster to discuss. Word is it'll be out next week, and the main list will arrive behind it. Since we have all afternoon to talk Oilers (tomorrow will be devoted to the Eskimos) let's see how close we can get to the actual list.

  1. G Ben Scrivens—I'm picking him to win the No. 1 job. Kiss of death!! Cheering like hell for him. 
  2. G Viktor Fasth—If he wins the No. 1 job, Edmonton will need to sign him. 
  3. G Richard Bachman—A solid AHL option and could see time in the city during 2014-15.
  4. G Laurent Brossoit—He'll get a chance with OKC this season.
  5. G Tyler Bunz—A big season ahead.
  6. G Frans Tuohimaa—Complete wildcard.
  7. G Ty Rimmer—No roster spot, nothing to lose.
  8. G Keven Bouchard—Latest goalie drafted, maybe 9000th time is the charm?
  9. D Mark Fayne—Big minutes in tough situations all year long. 
  10. D Jeff Petry—In his walk year, could be his last with Edmonton. 
  11. D Martin Marincin—He's the kid in the lead, how long does it last?
  12. D Nikita Nikitin—Big offseason pickup will get chances in all three disciplines. 
  13. D Andrew Ference—Team captain has more veterans helping this season. 
  14. D Justin Schultz—Ready to take 'lightning rod D' mantle when Petry leaves. 
  15. D Keith Aulie—Eakins' Marlies continue to arrive each summer. 
  16. D Oscar Klefbom—I think he's close, may pass Marincin this season. 
  17. D Darnell Nurse—Has the potential to leap all of the other youngsters this fall.
  18. D Brandon Davidson—Keeps getting mentioned in good ways. 
  19. D Brad Hunt—Chaos incorporated, his skill set is somewhat unique on this roster.
  20. D David Musil—Unlikely to be in the NHL picture this season, but progressing. 
  21. D Martin Gernat—Range of skills makes him a legit prospect.
  22. D Dillon Simpson—Fascinating player to follow this season. Could move up quickly. 
  23. D Jordan Oesterle—I'm unsure he's ahead of anyone on the 50-man list. 
  24. D Graeme Craig—WHL grad looking for pro sorties. AHL contract.
  25. D CJ Ludwig—Intriguing NCAA grad, may have more potential than Oesterle. AHL contract.
  26. D Ben Betker—Big man with mobility. NHL teams love these blue.
  27. D William Lagesson—Newest hire on D, rugged kid with ability. 
  28. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—I hope he's been eating his Wheaties, they're going to ride him hard. 
  29. C Leon Draisaitl—As we've discussed, the minor league boxcars suggest he can deliver the offense.
  30. C Boyd Gordon—Down, down in a coalmine, underneath the ground......
  31. C Mark Arcobello—Oilers believe in him, and this is his big chance. I think he grabs it. 
  32. C Anton Lander—Utility role could increase with injuries. 
  33. C Will Acton—Probably the first C callup, at least early in the season.
  34. C Travis Ewanyk—Oilers love his effort and improved checking, needs to score!
  35. C Bogdan Yakimov—Big man will play a lot in Oklahoma.
  36. C Jujhar Khaira—Brief look with the Barons last year encouraging.
  37. C Jason Williams—Strong OKC option for 1C, unlikely to be in NHL this year.
  38. C Connor Jones—The undrafted twin, no idea.
  39. C Greg Chase—He's already better than some pro players. Apparently faster. 
  40. C Marco RoyHealthy and on the Mem Cup host team's roster. Stage is set. 
  41. C Kyle Platzer—Checking center of the future plays a subtle game.
  42. C Liam Coughlin—Can't wait to see him on the ice.
  43. L Taylor Hall—The franchise.
  44. L Nail Yakupov—I've listed him on LW, could be other side. BIG season for Yak's future. 
  45. L Benoit Pouliot—Important addition, he should be able to fill multiple roles.
  46. L Matt Hendricks—Defensive zone starts, penalty-killing, muscle.
  47. L Luke Gazdic—I'll list him but he may not play during TC.
  48. L Ryan Hamilton—Too slow for NHL, but solid AHL player.
  49. L Curtis Hamilton—Last chance Texaco.
  50. L Mitchell Moroz—The LW depth chart in OKC is not Everest.
  51. L Kale Kessy—Tough winger should be able to make an impression
  52. L Kellen Jones—The drafted twin, skill and lack of size. 
  53. L Josh Winquist—Exceptional junior scorer last year. 
  54. L Vladimir Tkachev—Junior phenom gets invite. Already 3 points in preseason.
  55. R Jordan Eberle—Goal-scoring winger is very consistent. 
  56. R David Perron—May play mentor to the German C. 
  57. R Teddy Purcell—Could explode offensively with the right linemates.
  58. R Tyler Pitlick—I think he has an excellent chance to play 50 games in a two-way role.
  59. R Jesse Joensuu—He has until Gazdic is ready to show something.
  60. R Steve Pinizzotto—Has an outside shot at an NHL job.
  61. R Mike Ford—Minor league scorer.
  62. R Iiro Pakarinen—Somewhat unknown, blossomed offensively a year ago.
  63. R Andrew Miller—Had an improved second half
  64. R Mitch Holmberg—62 WHL goals last year. 62!!!
  65. R Jackson Houck—An emerging PF talent. 
  66. R Chris Baltisberger—Attended orientation camp, apparently invited to main one too. 

I think that's close, they'll probably have a surprise or two, and Alex Krushelnyski may attend as well. Any additions or deletions? Let me know. One thing I'll say: The depth at center and on defense has improved tremendously since Craig MacTavish arrived as GM.

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    #51 Harry
    September 01 2014, 01:11AM
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    Walter White wrote:

    "Harry" isn't your real first name is it?

    What's your last name?..........Dyck?

    WW

    Maybe it is maybe it isnt.

    HD

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    #52 Harry
    September 01 2014, 01:16AM
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    Serious Gord wrote:

    Re: Jeter

    He is in the conversation for greatest yankee who ever played their whole career with the one team - after Ruth of course.

    According to polls he is easily the most popular player among the other players, so that attests to his class.

    But were he to have played his entire career in say san diego like Tony Gwynn did - you would hardly have heard of him, And it was a great shame that Gwynn didn't get more recognition at the last all-star game. had he been a yankee things would have been very different for possibly the greatest hitter in the history of the game...

    And the greatest player of jeter's era was not jeter. It was the guy who came to play short in NY but was not permitted to due to jeter having the spot and the clout with management. As controversial as A Rod is, he still is/was the greatest player of the era - followed closely by Ken Griffey junior.

    Ruth played sone games for the Red Socks. If you going to hijack a HOCKEY site with baseball talk at least be accurate

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    #53 BleedingOil
    September 01 2014, 04:45AM
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    Serious Gord wrote:

    Bonds is ten years older than either jeter or arod. Not the same eras really, though with quite a bit of overlap.

    Bonds was a great player but never had home run power like arod until he was on the juice and he played right field - very well mind you, but not nearly as important defensively as short.

    age has nothing to do with era. general consensus is that anyone playing after 1969 is in the modern era of baseball.

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    #54 Oil Vice
    September 01 2014, 07:41AM
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    Quicksilver ballet wrote:

    What a redonkulous amount of bodies.

    They'll waste more than two weeks getting down to the group that really matters. On the other hand it's refreshing to see they finally have that mid 80's swagger back, they can afford to waste a couple weeks like that.

    Maybe in a couple years with further expansion the Oilers will find themselves in the division that doesn't keep score/the win isn't paramount. They certainly are enjoying the game. The post game/off day parties are legend from what we all hear.

    TC is not just for the Oilers. It's also for OKC and Bakersfeild. It also gives the junior kids a chance to see how much they've improved over the off season and provides them exposure to the habits of the real pros.

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    #55 madjam
    September 01 2014, 08:05AM
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    Harry wrote:

    David Perron

    That Perron trade may prove not nearly as good as first thought , as St.Louis got I.Barbachev (pick 33 from Oilers) as well as Paajarvi . Barbachev could be a dandy in the making , sure looked dominant in the subway series as Russia's captain .

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    #56 Serious Gord
    September 01 2014, 08:19AM
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    Harry wrote:

    Ruth played sone games for the Red Socks. If you going to hijack a HOCKEY site with baseball talk at least be accurate

    And some for the braves - I had forgotten that.

    And jerry rice played on another team beside the 49ers. Perhaps there is a better way to describe a players career that looks like jeters or Ruth or rice or mays compared to guys who bounce from team to team like arod, Clemens...

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    #57 Serious Gord
    September 01 2014, 08:22AM
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    BleedingOil wrote:

    age has nothing to do with era. general consensus is that anyone playing after 1969 is in the modern era of baseball.

    There are many ways to define an era. The pre and post steroid eras for example. The pre and post free agent era. Or pre and post number 42. So calling something "jeters era" is a legitimate thing to do as far as it goes.

    Just as people talked about mantles era being different than dimaggios even though there was some overlap.

    In hockey we definitely now have the pre and post salary cap eras. And here in EDM we are in the midst of the Hall era.

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    #58 pete asteroid
    September 01 2014, 09:00AM
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    @Nuggets

    Okay, addendum.-for big joe &couple minor leaguers. Wait till camp..preseason will clearly show those four oil usurped on depth chart. Plus, maybe Thornton recognizing his cup quest needs winter.

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    #59 Lofty
    September 01 2014, 09:16AM
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    madjam wrote:

    That Perron trade may prove not nearly as good as first thought , as St.Louis got I.Barbachev (pick 33 from Oilers) as well as Paajarvi . Barbachev could be a dandy in the making , sure looked dominant in the subway series as Russia's captain .

    Aren't you the one always bitching about actual NHL players over picks?

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    #60 2015Playoffs???Nope!
    September 01 2014, 09:17AM
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    If you are going to classify Ken Griffey Jr and Jeter in the same era, then Bonds would be included as well. He fits in the middle of the timelines of the other two.

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    #61 TigerUnderGlass
    September 01 2014, 10:29AM
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    Serious Gord wrote:

    Bonds is ten years older than either jeter or arod. Not the same eras really, though with quite a bit of overlap.

    Bonds was a great player but never had home run power like arod until he was on the juice and he played right field - very well mind you, but not nearly as important defensively as short.

    Bonds and A-Rod were virtually identical in terms of power pre-steroids.

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    #62 Oilcruzer
    September 01 2014, 10:33AM
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    TigerUnderGlass wrote:

    Bonds and A-Rod were virtually identical in terms of power pre-steroids.

    Well this thing is so far off track, may as well jump in.

    Question is, were they at one time pre steroids, or just leaders at finding better cocktails?

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    #63 TigerUnderGlass
    September 01 2014, 10:34AM
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    2015Playoffs???Nope! wrote:

    If you are going to classify Ken Griffey Jr and Jeter in the same era, then Bonds would be included as well. He fits in the middle of the timelines of the other two.

    Bonds hit the majors in 86 as a 21 year old. Griffey in 89 at 19, so I'm not sure how Bonds is in the middle. Bonds had 3 MVPs by the time Junior cracked 40 HR.

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    #64 TigerUnderGlass
    September 01 2014, 10:36AM
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    Oilcruzer wrote:

    Well this thing is so far off track, may as well jump in.

    Question is, were they at one time pre steroids, or just leaders at finding better cocktails?

    I don't have any reason to believe anything other than what they have said regarding when they started using, but does it really matter?

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    #65 The Soup Fascist
    September 01 2014, 10:50AM
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    Curious?

    Was this article titled "Route 66" as metaphor for how far off course the comments were going to be from .... You know .... the actual article or the sport of hockey itself that the website discusses exclusively?

    And BTW, Griffey Jr. was the man. All day. Every day.

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    #66 madjam
    September 01 2014, 10:55AM
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    Lofty wrote:

    Aren't you the one always bitching about actual NHL players over picks?

    Picks other than first and early second i'd probably agree depending on trade . The blog was just to make fans realize the extent of that trade may go well beyond just Paajarvi , and one should judge a trade such as that in it's full context - nothing more than that was intended .

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    #67 seanjohn667
    September 01 2014, 10:56AM
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    Walter White wrote:

    Bathe, wash your hair and brush your teeth before you head down the QE, you dirty, filthy Oiler fan....

    WW

    and don't bother bringing your man-card, and by a murse at Cross Iron Mills.

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    #68 Serious Gord
    September 01 2014, 12:16PM
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    2015Playoffs???Nope! wrote:

    If you are going to classify Ken Griffey Jr and Jeter in the same era, then Bonds would be included as well. He fits in the middle of the timelines of the other two.

    Touche. Griffey started right in the middle of the other two player's careers. Got to draw the line somewhere...

    coming back to hockey but in the same vein...

    Joe thornton started in the NHL in 97-98. Taylor Hall in '10-11. while they have overlapping careers they seem to me to be from very different eras. Joe from the pre-cap era, the era before extreme-conditioning and advanced stats and hall is very much at the beginning of those three realities.

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    #69 Serious Gord
    September 01 2014, 12:22PM
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    Oilcruzer wrote:

    Well this thing is so far off track, may as well jump in.

    Question is, were they at one time pre steroids, or just leaders at finding better cocktails?

    we will probably never know with ARod for sure when he started - some claim it was in high school, though it seems unlikely that he was juicing in Seattle.

    Barry bond's physique changed dramatically in the latter half of his career and it would seem to be pretty easy to say when he was definitely using them - and again it seems most plausible that he began using when he changed teams to one across the bay from oakland.

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    #70 Serious Gord
    September 01 2014, 12:25PM
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    The Soup Fascist wrote:

    Curious?

    Was this article titled "Route 66" as metaphor for how far off course the comments were going to be from .... You know .... the actual article or the sport of hockey itself that the website discusses exclusively?

    And BTW, Griffey Jr. was the man. All day. Every day.

    Griffey was great - tragically injury prone like many star outfielders before him...

    But A-Rod was as offensively gifted and played great at short (and was no slouch at third) a position that no too long ago was reserved for great fielders and power/hitting was not given much emphasis. That he could excel defensively at that position AND be a great hitter has changed the game...

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    #71 The Soup Fascist
    September 01 2014, 12:38PM
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    @Serious Gord

    The elephant in the room makes all the difference. Griffey's biggest crime was one against fashion and starting the goofy backward baseball hat look.

    Gotta think the fact it was never hinted that he was anything but squeaky clean in the PED era has to buy him a lot of cred.

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    #72 McRib
    September 03 2014, 10:50AM
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    Does anyone have any information on Liam Coughlin? As I watched Vernon a couple of times last season and Dexter Dancs was always the player I would have drafted.... (Dexter Dancs had 22 more points is five months younger and a much better skater). Dexter Dancs is also headed to the NCAA next year whereas Coughlin is back in the BCHL. Just wondering what they saw in Coughlin over Dancs (late bloomer?)... Regardless I am very suprised Dancs was never drafted really liked his game with Vernon and if I remember correctly the reason why he was not drafted last year is because he was buried on a very deep Penticton team for half the season. The Oilers scouts just seem to get far to invested in players character, rather than skill level (after Draisaitl I don't get the rest of their picks this year). Liam Coughlin must be the nicest guy in history because Dexter Dancs was always the better player when I watched Vernon.

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