The Edmonton Oilers are just underway in their season, but the ‘bubbling under’ group are on their way and having varying degrees of success. As the weekend dawns, here’s a look at how Oilers’ prospects are doing in 2014-15.


okla city roster

This is the Oklahoma City opening night roster, with players to watch highlighted (paying homage to Wanye and his groundbreaking ‘paint’ work). This bunch starts the regular season tomorrow night in San Antonio.


There are several players under the Oilers umbrella playing in the CHL.

  1. Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound (OHL) 7GP, 3-7-10
  2. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL) 6GP, 5-2-7
  3. Marco Roy, Quebec (QMJHL) 5GP, 4-3-7
  4. Greg Chase, Calgary (WHL) 6GP, 0-3-3 
  5. Ben Betker, Everett (WHL) 5GP, 1-2-3
  6. Keven Bouchard Val d’Or (QMJHL) 5GP, 3.97 .875

Platzer is blossoming and Roy is healthy, good news on both fronts. Chase is off to a slow start, but it’s important to remember these are early days. Houck had a fine draft+1 season and is quick out of the blocks for this year too.


  1. Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (NCAA) 1GP, 0-1-1
  2. Evan Campbell UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 1GP, 1-0-1
  3. Zach Nagelvoort Michigan (NCAA) 1GP, 4.08 .871
  4. Tyler Vesel, Nebraska at Omaha (NCAA) 1GP, 0-0-0
  5. Joey Laleggia, Denver (NCAA) first game Oct. 17
  6. John McCarron, Cornell (NCAA) first game Oct. 24

The NCAA prospects are really just getting underway, not much to say about them beyond Nagelvoort looking a little less than stellar in his opener. Miles to go.


    1. Liam Coughlin, Vernon 8GP, 3-0-3

    Disappointing that he’s in the BCJHL, and his boxcars are not showing progress. Hopefully we see a strong run here leading up to Christmas from this player.


    1. William Lagesson, Dubuque 3GP, 0-2-2

    Offense won’t be his calling card (he’s a tough defender with mobility) but these are nice numbers early.


    1. Anton Slepyshev, Salavat Yulaev (KHL) 15GP, 3-4-7
    2. Antti Tyrvainen, Ilves (SML) 7GP, 3-1-4
    3. Daniil Zharkov Torpedo (KHL) 6GP, 0-0-0

    Slepyshev isn’t getting major minutes, but posted 1-1-2 today and is emerging in the KHL as a useful player in an offensive role this season. Very good news.


      I think Slepyshev leads the way (toughest league) but Platzer and Houck should get some recognition too. Among defensemen, Lagesson is showing up early, and Nagelvoort hasn’t lost his job yet so he’s ahead of Bouchard. I’ll update each weekend as we roll through fall.

      • John Chambers

        Roman Horak has 10 pts in 13 games in the K, so you might say he’s off to the best start of all the team’s prospects.

        In other KHL news Toni Rajala has 11 points in 13 games, Linus Omark has 6 goals an 10 points in 16, while Teemu Hartikainen is 3-7-10 in 15.

        Nobody’s blowing the doors off except young Tkachev who has 7 pts in his first 3 QMJHL games.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        i was wondering as well why Coughlin, at 20 years old, was still in the BC junior league? doesn’t seem like he’s developing at all and seems like a wasted pick! he’s so far behind so many players from a developmental standpoint that he’ll likely never see the ice for the Oilers!

        • Lowetide

          He was on his way to Boston University but that didn’t work out and now he’s back in the BCJHL. You’re right though, this doesn’t look like a promising draft pick at this point in time.

      • Lowetide

        Allan I am really pleased you picked up this and will run with it for the season. I don’t think the “Underlings or Underdogs get enough love and credit—starting with Todd Nelson and his group.

        Tracking the future Oilers is a big piece of the puzzle for sure….. And it will be great to get your updates..

        Keep up the good work Question: I saw Mike Keenan on the film clip I knew he was coaching in the KHL but is he coaching Shepslev?


      • Lowetide

        Lowetide, if Tkachev keeps it up and puts up around 100 pts where do u think he’ll go in the draft? How likely do u think it is that the Oilers take him?

        • Lowetide

          I think he’ll go 60-100, somewhere in there. It’s a deep draft and he’ll be an older player. The top end and sustain through No. 50 this year is being compared to 2003. He’s an excellent prospect though.

          • 60-100? I don’t get this. Tkachev already has value as pretty much a sure thing. I mean he was signed to a NHL contract before everything went south. Given even high first rounders are somewhat of a crap shoot, wouldn’t he have a ton of value because pretty much all the guesswork and risk is going to be non existent? That says way higher than than high second or low third round to me. Even those guys are low probability NHL’ers.

            • Lowetide

              Tkachev is an older prospect, there’s less to project. Advantage in one way, because he’s clearly an elite scorer in junior. However, his size is still an issue and as mentioned this is a very deep draft.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        Rather interesting to see the medias response to the seasons first jersey tossing incident. Last season it was national news. Stations were desperate to find out so much more about the jersey thrower. Something seems amuck here with the sudden about face by the media in regards to these incidents.

        Kevin Lowe must be kicking names and taking arse again (yes in that order) trying yet again rule his domain with an iron fist. What a pitiful way to run this once proud organization.

        This rebuild has been a colossal failure. If they do ever regain control over this tsunami of suck…. it will be with the medias optional cooperation (if they want to keep their press pass in good standing).

        How else can you explain how quickly all the local media types fell in line and resorted to name calling in regards to this incident? It’s good that Messier, Gretzky and the troops all got to see how bad its gotten here first hand.

        • Lowetide

          It’s an interesting point, but there are a few differences. The first time it was done, there was a real impact, the season’s frustrations had a build and this was the result. It was a story that had a story.

          Last night’s was kind of weird, in that it was the first game, and, you know, it had been done before.

          Having said that, I’m sure someone will track it down. Not a lot of value imo, because there’s not much of a story behind it. “Fan goes to first game of season, gets pissed off, throws jersey on ice” isn’t as compelling as the first one.

          That’s kind of how it works. THE BEATLES were news. HERMAN’S HERMITS were a curio.

          • Quicksilver ballet

            Thought it was rather odd that both stations TSN radio and Ched (quickly turns head to the right and spits) rolled out the same cut and pasted official response in regards to this incident.

            Oh well, so much for the conspiracy angle. This current team could sure use one of Terry Jones Weak kneed whimps articles. Rather odd the WNW 1 team has been in town this week. What could it harm?

      • Lowetide

        The media didn’t pick up on it as much because last season it was a fan who had been through too much epitomizing how the fanbase felt.

        Last night it was a drunk moron over-reacting to a situation that happens literally hundreds of times every single season: The better team losing. Its comparable to a SJ fan tossing a jersey after Scrivens laid a 59 stop goose egg in the Sharks laps last year. The Sharks were the better team by far that game, but they lost. The Oilers were the better team by far last night, but they lost. It happens. Being upset is understandable. Being an idiot, not so much.

      • Lowetide

        It now looks like once again that the Oilers will be in the running for the McDavid sweepstakes. I hope the NHL board of governors steps in and somehow disallows the Oilers the selection. Ineptness cannot be rewarded annually to a sports franchise that refuses to change the leadership and improve things.

        As well the interest of the young athlete should be considered…proven fact that such a young star if drafted by The Oilers will have his dream shattered of playing for a chronic loser.

        Jordan Eberle amongst others should be used as an example of young stars being demoralized by this franchise.

        • Quicksilver ballet

          They did implement a new anti-Oiler policy. They cut the chances of the 30th/29th place teams chances of getting that first selction in half compared to previous years. The zag to that approach does increase the chances of the teams outside of that position though. The Oilers won’t be anywhere near 29th or 30th this season.

          But they will be in that 24th-27th place area. Right in the area that the winner of the new lotto format will come from.

          They changed the rules just in time for the Oilers to further benefit from the new ones/format.

      • Grant

        Great to see Pocklington get a standing ovation at the 30 year reunion last night!
        Shows the class of the “True Oiler Fan” .It also shows that you bitches that come on here ranting about Pocklington are definitely in the minority!!

        • Lowetide

          I will gladly be in the minority as I take comfort in my principles. As for you, Grant, calling people bitches because they don’t want to stand and cheer an unrepentant convicted thief…. child please. Can you possibly be that ignorant? Do you really believe to be a ” True Oiler Fan ” I must stand and cheer a man who has harmed so many? Since when does being a sports team owner trump decency? It’s time for you to give your head a shake Grant as your little diatribe is a sad reflection of your values. Be better than this Grant!!

          • Grant

            Apparently 17000 people that were at the reunion thought differently than you. Obviously people have forgiven some things he has done. Class move by Oiler Fans. He bought the Oilers , brought Gretzky to Edmonton and subsequently brought the Oilers into the NHL.
            Also, the NHL only wanted to bring in the Oilers but he insisted Quebec, Winnipeg, and Hartford were part of the deal!
            We are talking about two different things here.

      • Grant

        My hope is that most of the people who cheered for Peter were being respectful of the moment and not the man. Pocklington has shown zero empathy to all the people he stole from and to this day has continued to hide assets rather than repay his victims. Many in the mafia gave a great deal of money to the Catholic church, should we forgive them for all the people they killed and the lives they wrecked. Hitler brought Germany out of the great depression and hell yeah people cheered him. People throughout time have gathered and cheered evil. So no I don’t worry about thinking differently than 17,000 people or 300 million people. The people that I admire don’t have a problem standing alone on principles.

      • Grant

        Don’t push your opinion on me or anyone else. Simply stated that Pocklington got a very nice ovation and I’m not the only one that noticed what the fans did. It was a genuine thing that happened.
        They were not just respecting the situation they were sincerely applauding Peter , whether you like it or not. like I said “you’re in the minority.”
        Now there’s a game to watch ! Goodnight!

      • Mike Modano's Dog

        Actually Grant, just to make it clear it was you who pushed your opinions on everyone… The funny thing is when you said the classiest thing possible with how great it is to see people forgive and applaud the good in others, even if they aren’t perfect… right before you called everyone that disagreed with you, ‘bitches’! You lost a little credibility on your point RIGHT there! lol…

        Hopefully everyone can allow others to have their own opinions without judging them too harshly!

        Personally – I thought it was the classiest move made by the classiest city that I’ve ever heard of. Edmonton does this kind of thing again and again…and that actually does make me proud to live in – and be from our City of Champions!

        Peace all…