Oilers Prospects on Display in CHL Playoffs

For weary Edmonton Oiler fans, the CHL post-season has arrived just in time. An extremely large number of Oiler prospects will be playing in the post-season in hopes of winning league championships and ultimately the Memorial Cup.
 

The QMJHL

Jeremie Blain and Olivier Roy both play for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. They’re involved with Victoriaville Tigres in what could be an outstanding series. The Titan finished 6th overall (Tigres 11th) and should win the day. Roy and Blain are important members of the Acadie-Bathurst club and should have a big say in any success that comes their way this spring.

The OHL

Ryan Martindale and his Ottawa 67’s start their playoff series tomorrow against Sudbury. Ottawa finised 2nd in their conference and are an offensive powerhouse and had 6 players finish with 20 goals or more.

The WHL

Curtis Hamilton and his loaded Saskatoon Blades got lucky with their travel schedule in the first round. Saskatoon hosts the PA Raiders in game one of their series tomorrow night. The Blades scored 310 goals and should have no problems with Prince Albert.

Kristians Pelss and Cameron Abney are in action with the Edmonton Oil Kings against the stingy Red Deer Rebels. This will be the feature series on Shaw Cable 10 to start the playoffs and game one goes tonight on your television at 7:30. That series should be a showcase for possible #1 overall Ryan-Nugent Hopkins and is worth watching.

Tyler Bunz and the Medicine Hat Tigers drew a tough assignment in Brandon but should win the day. Bunz and his impressive .919SP (2nd in the WHL) have a big edge in goals against (275 against Brandon, 196 against the Tigers) but the Wheat Kings closed very well and are a dangerous team. Tyler Pitlick, Edmonton’s high 2nd round pick a year ago, was injured during the regular season.

Drew Czerwonka and the Kootenay Ice will faceoff against Moose Jaw in the first round. The Ice had the better regular season and can score goals, but that crazy crushed can in Moose Jaw is a great equalizer. If you’ve never been to a Moose Jaw home game and are in the area over the next week, check it out. This is the final season for that arena and it’s been around (I believe) since the 1950’s.

Martin Marincin and the Prince George Cougars are decided underdogs against Kelowna but this is junior hockey and you never know. We should pay special attention to Marincin as he’s a strong candidate to turn pro this coming fall.

  • Lowetide

    This just in! The Oilers are first at something. Edmonton ranks number one among all NHL teams in The Hockey News future watch. Our crop of young talent is unmatched in the league. So keep your chin up Oil fans. Soon enough we will be winning, and better yet, winning consistently, year to year. It’s inevitable.

  • I for one will be stunned if Curtis Hamilton ever becomes an everyday NHL player……. he is simply brutal on most nights with Saskatoon. He plays with the passion of dustin penner with about 3% of the skill. (if that)

    YMMV

  • NamelessNed

    hmmm….article doesn’t talk about RNH??? hahaha

    Not sure who they should pick, but a 4pt night against the oil kings is making be think he might fit in with our young crew. Wish I had a chance to watch the others..

  • NamelessNed

    Decent game on shaw: rebels vs oil kings. glad I watched. Just makes the point of what a jump it is to the big show and how fortunate we are to have Hall.

    I turned the channel and RNH had 4 point before I turned back.

    Abney is huge out there

    Pysyk is a clutch dman for the oil kings and is paired nicely with Lowe. Who gets the better deal: Pysyk for learning from Lowe Sr, or Keegan learning from Pysyk?

    Anybody draft Keumper? RD Goalie is huge.

    Oil Kings D is excellent.

  • Sparky

    I was at the Red Deer game tonight and again RNH showed why I think the oil should select him 1st overall. 4 points and a good 2 way game. Not to mention his goals were clutch goals. Can’t wait for tomorrow nights game!

  • Sparky

    to my understanding RNH teammate Kudrna is not drafted, 6’2 and 200 pounds. Looks good to me. Would not hurt to throw a contract for pto would it lowetide? or is he back in the draft this year? couldn’t find much on his status except someone at hfboards says he was at coyotoes rookie camp

  • Lowetide

    RNH played as well, if not better , as any of top 4 . Impressive to say the least . Reminds me of M.Bossy is some regards . Reads play well and fast ,with an excellent speedy release of shot or pass . Uses teammates in a superior manner . Not to shabby if he can handle the physicality of NHL . He has excellent acceleration and could be a dandy . Fun and very entertaining game to watch . Being on the slight side will probably keep him from being nbr.1 overall pick .

    Believe Oilers will try to address size and physicality with their first pick which probably means Coutourier or Larsson gets the nudge over RNHopkins . Landescorp might also be another Oilers will go after because of size and physicality . Lowe’s comment in reference to game last night said Oilers could use another top pick in this years draft . That comment seemed to me, that Oilers would love another top pick to get RNH in addition to whom they are looking at taking in first round .

  • NamelessNed

    Loved the Nuudge’s behind the back pass….sick

    Also the give and go was a pretty smart play.

    I agree they need size, but nuudge is still young and will put on weight. I do know one thing for sure…its a great thing I’m not running the team!!!

  • Lowetide

    hopkins would be sick in between hall and ebs. Coud you imagine a centerman with patrick kanes ability playing in between them. ebs and hall would no longer have tp play with cogliano or horcoff

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    Great article LT, thanks for the update.
    I don’t want to speak too early, but if RNH continues his clutch play in the playoffs, he could become the defacto #1, like Hallsy did last year. But then I will be so mad when we lose the draft lottery. Because we will. Stupid Larsson.

  • Lowetide

    LT: Worth mentioning that home games for the Wheat Kings in the MH/BRA series will be played in Winnipeg because of a scheduling conflict with Brandon’s arena. That’ll add another two hours on the trek when the series shifts. That could be a factor in the final outcome.

    I’ll be there to watch Bunz play for G4.

  • Mike Modano's Dog

    I just want to point out that Gabriel Landeskog had an outstanding game last night, as well.

    2 goals and 1 assist (and went +3 in a 6-5 loss.) He brought them back to tie the game late in the 2nd, and made it a one-goal game later in the 3rd period.

    It looks like we have two guys who are stepping up their games in the playoffs so far!

  • NamelessNed

    Hate to see Kopitar injured, but wouldn’t be something if the Kings went on a horrible losing streak and the competition went on a winning rampage resulting in no playoffs for the kings and a much better 1st round pick for us? damn this kool-aid is fan-tastic

  • 9 Inches Uncut

    I for one will be stunned if Curtis Hamilton ever becomes an everyday NHL player……. he is simply brutal on most nights with Saskatoon. He plays with the passion of dustin penner with about 3% of the skill. (if that) – an idiot

  • 9 Inches Uncut

    Alright lets be serious here, Oilers are in great shape, and the draft this year is just going to help out even more. We have 3 picks in the top 32 of the draft including the number 1 or if we lose the lottery the number 2 pick. Regardless if you loose the lottery, you still take Larsson (if RNH goes 1st) and there is a number of quality centres (phillips, Zibanejad, jenner, Rask, Mcneill, Scheifel) just to name a few that fall into our LA pick. I do think that we need to take RNH but if possible, but regardless Larsson, Landeskog or even couturier will all improve our club tremendously. If we do end up drafting Landeskog, lets make him a center. Id hate to see Hall get converted to center with his speed down the wing.