The Edmonton Oilers cut 10 more players from training camp on Monday – including Tyler Bunz, pictured above – and assigned this group to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.
The list of players re-assigned is as follows:
- Tyler Bunz
- Travis Ewanyk
- Matt Ford
- Austin Fyten
- Martin Gernat
- Joey Leach
- David Musil
- Derek Nesbitt
- Olivier Roy
- CJ Stretch
There’s nothing Earth-shattering here, but there are a few interesting developments.
Let’s start in net. Olivier Roy and Tyler Bunz were both sent down today, while free agent invite Ty Rimmer stays in camp with Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Richard Bachman. Bunz being sent down isn’t a surprise, given the season he just had, but Rimmer has just one professional game under his belt while Roy has 77. Is it reading too much into it to think that Roy – who got lit up in his lone pre-season appearance – was a disappointment? How much interest do the Oilers have in adding Rimmer to the organization (perhaps on an AHL deal) to challenge Bunz and Roy? Rimmer so far has survived one cut that axed other tryouts like Ty Bilcke and Reid Petryk, and the cut he survived today dispatched two of the Oilers’ three minor-league goalies.
Defensively, I had wondered if first-year professionals Martin Gernat and David Musil might stick around a little longer, but it isn’t a huge surprise to see them cut now. Both guys will be interesting to watch in the minor leagues – Oklahoma has a reasonably stacked blue line, and the possibility of either or both seeing time in the ECHL exists. Joey Leach was also sent down as the Oilers purged minor-league contracts from camp. The defencemen remaining are either Darnell Nurse or experienced professionals.
Up front, the players sent away were mostly guys on minor-league contracts – guys like Ford, Fyten, Nesbitt and Stretch are all system depth guys and not real candidates for NHL employment. It’s interesting to see Kale Kessy still with the team – Ewanyk, a first-year professional, was sent down while Kessy survived this particular cut. Likely it’s only a temporary reprieve but even so it seems notable.
The Picture So Far
Here’s a rough look at the Oilers’ depth chart today. Players in purple were part of the first wave of cuts, players in brown were cut today. I’ve mostly stuck with the Oilers’ official positions for each player, save on defence (don’t read too much into left/right designations on either wing or the blue line – many players are capable of playing either side and this is an approximation only).
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Sean Monahan has looked good at the Calgary Flames’ training camp, but Kent Wilson says that doesn’t mean he should make the team:
As of this writing Sean Monahan has had a strong training camp, which means the number of fans agitating for him to stay with the parent club all season has increased. I’ve gone on record before about this topic, but it bears repeating: burning a year of Monahan’s ELC at this point would be a mistake.
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