These Dreams of You

I dreamed you paid your dues in Canada, and left me to come through

I headed there right away, I knew exactly just what to do

These dreams of you, so real and so true

-Van Morrison

This is Teemu Hartikainen. He’s among the very best rookies in the American Hockey League. His 15 goals and 34 points rank him 7th among AHL rookies, and several of the men ranked ahead of him are older prospects (college men like Colin Greening). I don’t know if playing in the NHL has been a lifelong dream for Hartikainen, but every athlete wants to play at the highest level and the young Finn is right on the cusp of being called to the show.

With the NHL trade deadline approaching, several OKC Barons might be getting a phonecall next Monday (28th is the deadline). Here are the likely candidates for a post-deadline recall:

  • D Jeff Petry: Lost his confidence with the Oilers after a fine run, he’s been splendid since being sent out (2gp, 0-1-1 +3) and is extremely likely to be get a phonecall.
  • C Ryan O’Marra: The current group at center in the NHL is Horcoff, Gagner, Cogliano and Reddox (with Fraser a recent HS). If the Oilers make a move here and need a center for a depth line, O’Marra could get the call.
  • D Shawn Belle: He’s not scoring at all now, suspect Belle is no longer a big PP option (a large percentage of  a defenseman’s offense comes from time on the PP). If the Oilers are considering him for next season they may want to get a look at him in the last 15 games.
  • C Milan Kytnar: A long shot (what with O’Marra in the way and the NHL team 5 deep at C) but he’s played well and moved up the depth chart in a big way. The organization may want to reward him with a cup of Joe.
  • C Chris Vande Velde: A long season enters the stretch run and there are some encouraging signs for the big man. In the last 3 AHL games for OKC, VV is 2-0-2 +2 (although one of those goals was an EN). The organization may feel a quick look-see for the older prospect might ignite something for next season. He’s too old to be struggling in the AHL.
  • D Alex Plante: One gets the feeling that Plante has not impressed the coach at times this season, but he’s a big man learning a tough trade. In his last 9 games he’s 0-2-2 +3 and anecdotal evidence (Geowal liked him at the Heat game in CGY) tells us he’s playing well. Plante got a 4 game cup of coffee a year ago, he might get a similar look this season.

Candidates for trade from the big club include Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner, Jim Vandermeer, Ladislav Smid and others. The return in many cases will be picks and in others not-ready-for-NHL prospects. For the 6 men I’ve listed here, it might be a chance to have their dream come true.

  • CrudeOil

    I’m hoping we don’t pick Larson with our first pick. Defencemen are too much of a crapshoot to pick 1st or 2nd in a draft, IMO. Drew Doughty being the exception.

    I’d like to see us pick Coutourier & if per chance Tambi lands Schenn or Johansson in the next week ( not likely ) I’d go for Landeskog.

    Let the Magnificent Bastard work his magic in the second & third rounds for defense prospects.

    What’s with the Flames uniforms? Looks like a bunch of Tiggers on skates with EEyore behind the bench.

  • Hungoverman

    I wouldn’t be surprised if #27 has quietly asked for a trade behind the scenes and is talking the good tune to actually help Mr. Tambellini maximize any trade value that he can get. That apparently was rumored last season with Lubomir as well that a trade request was sent behind the scenes so he could return closer to his wife and children. And look how that was a good trade for both clubs and the involved players.
    Nothing wrong with that either. And I am sure if the rumors are true that if someone called Mr. Vishnovski for an interview he qould give a truthful and nice report of his playing time in Edmonton. Silence can be golden at times.
    Whew, sorry for the long entry. Still drunken from last night.