The Edmonton Oilers could go a decade before they grab another college kid with the potential of Justin Schultz. The quality and depth of the college free agent crop is not considered outstanding this season, but it’s a key procurement option. Here’s how things are shaping up so far during the college signing window.
FOLLOW CHRIS PETERS
First things first: if you’re on twitter, it’s a good idea to follow Chris Peters (@chrismpeters). He’s on top of the college signings and is a major resource throughout the season. A good chap based on tweets back and forth too, as it turns out. His website is here
- NYI: D Kevin Czuczman (Lake Superior State) March 11
- NYR: R Ryan Haggarty (RPI) March 12
- VAN: C Mike Zalewski (RPI) March 14
- DET: RW Colin Campbell (Lake Superior State) March 17
- WAS: G Pheonix Copley (Michigan Tech) March 19
- PHX: LW Greg Carey (St. Lawrence) March 19
- TBAY: C Cody Kunyk (Alaska) March 20
- CHI: C Matt Carey (St. Lawrence) March 20
OILERS AND COLLEGE FREE AGENTS
The Oilers used to dabble in free agent signings (they famously won a battle with Detroit for Ty Conklin more than a decade ago) and in recent years have signed men like Justin Schultz, Taylor Fedun, Mark Arcobello (via an AHL/ECHL deal), Andrew Miller and Tanner House.
This spring there are a few players (including the now-signed Zalewski) Edmonton might look at:
JOEL RUMPEL, G, WISCONSIN
KENNEY MORRISON, D, WESTERN MICHIGAN
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
Craig MacTavish has the Oilers 50-man list at 45 (48 minus three sliderule’s for Nurse, Moroz and Khaira). There’s plenty of room to sign one of these men as their college season and and they come available to turn pro.
Dillon Simpson gets one spot. Do the Oilers sign another?