The Edmonton Oilers responded to their 5-0 loss on Sunday by axing five of the players who appeared in that contest. Some of the names are no surprise, but at least a couple of them left much earlier than expected.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 29, 2014
Curtis Hamilton. This wasn’t a surprise. He looked out of his depth against the Blackhawks and his AHL career to-date hasn’t been promising. He showed some flashes in camp but this is where he slots.
Kale Kessy. Despite some decent moments in camp that got a few people excited, this isn’t a surprise either. He was a fourth-line guy in the AHL a year ago, and his abilities with the puck remain a work-in-progress.
Jason Williams. AHL-only contract, no surprise. He didn’t look good at all in his preseason debut and probably slid down the Oklahoma City depth chart to start the year as a result.
Iiro Pakarinen. This is a little surprising; there’s a roster spot on the team that fits Pakarinen’s skillset and it’s a little surprising he didn’t outlast some of the guys on the list above him. Dallas Eakins had some very high praise for him in his Monday press conference, comparing him to Leo Komarov, but said he needs to adjust to the speed of the North American game.
Martin Gernat. This is an embarrassment for a guy who should be an NHL recall option in 2014-15. He has been passed in the view of the coaching staff by both Dillon Simpson and Jordan Oesterle – rookie pros – and both those guys played last night. Eakins praised his work in the summer but said he’s “still far below what it’s going to take” in terms of strength and endurance to survive in the NHL.
Jordan Oesterle. He wans’t drafted, he got a pro cameo in Oklahoma City a year ago and didn’t look good. This was an eye-opening camp for him and one that’s going to move him ahead of some guys.
Dillon Simpson. This is less of a surprise because this is a prospect of some note, but it’s a solid indicator for his career that he’s still in the mix this late in training camp.
A bunch of other guys. There are a pile of players slated for action tonight, and doubtless that group will see some cuts after they play. Guys to watch for include Mitch Moroz, Jujhar Khiara, Travis Ewanyk, Andrew Miller and David Musil (the latter in particular given Gernat’s demotion). This is the point in camp where these guys start bowing out, and anyone who survives the next series of cuts is doing pretty well indeed.
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