Career Opportunities

Steve Tambellini did an excellent job on July 1st going up and down the aisles and crossing items off his shopping list. There are still a couple of items remaining: a legit top 4 defender (may not be coming) and a goaltender who can provide competition at the top end and insurance at the bottom end. The names are running out.

It’s my opinion that the Oilers can make a claim that the blueline has been covered off well enough to enter training camp. The opening night depth chart might look like this:

  • Whitney-Barker
  • Smid-Gilbert
  • Peckham-Sutton
  • Chorney

Jeff Petry being the first callup. I think that’s how the Oilers are slotting things, but will say that Jeff Petry has an enormous opportunity in the fall and I expect he’ll make the team.

Who’s out there?

Defensively, there are still some good options. Scott Hannan remains unsigned, Chris Campoli, Bryan McCabe and a few others who might be useful. I have no idea if the Oilers have interest in any of them, but would suggest that a guy like Hannan would improve the depth chart of the 11-12 Oilers.

There’s no goalies left!

Well, yes there are. Their pricetag may be too dear, but Marty Turco, Pascal Leclaire and others are still available. I doubt the Oilers would sign an expensive option for the AHL#1-NHL #3 option, but someone like Mike Brodeur (in photo) might fit the bill.

I remain convinced the Oilers will not leave the terminal with the current goaltending. Brodeur is an AHL veteran, not the best goaltender available but this is late summer. Nolan Schaeffer and John Grahame are also available. Grahame is 35 but comes off an AHL season in which his SP (.911) and his playoff SP (.918) imply there’s something left.

John Grahame might be a useful player for the 11-12 OKC Barons, and he could come in handy to the 11-12 Edmonton Oilers. We wait.

  • shau_co

    It seems there’s not much left for goalers out there. But, I agree a little more depth is needed.

    One question for you LT:

    What ever happenedd to all of the Viktor Fasth talk? Is there zero possibility of him signing in the NHL this season?

    I keep finding myself looking to next year’s UFA list for defense and goalies and I get excited. I really think we have turned a corner and other players are going to start to want to come to Edmonton soon. Just imagine the Oiler’s sign a guy like Rinne next year – that would be sweet!

  • 24% body fat

    I think the oilers delibrately want Roy to overplay in the AHL. With the lack of playing time for JDD and DD in the minors for years i think they are overcompensation playing time for Roy. Hey and if he gets wrecked by too much time they have bunz.

  • Where is Bryan Pitton these days? ECHL? Does he still have a pro contract with the Oil? With Gerber and JDD gone I am amazed Tamby only signed Danis.

    Is Olivier Roy eligible to play in OKC? And do you really want your young developing goalie to play backup all season at this point in his career?

    I am afraid. Very afraid. One injury and this entire house of cards comes crashing down into my whiskey.

  • Lowetide

    Yeah. Grahame makes sense to me because he could be convinced to play a role on the OKC team (backup with plenty of action) allowing Danis to start. And you take your callup from the goalie who is playing better.

    Roy starts in Stockton (ECHL) and forces his way up the depth chart.