YOUNG BARONS DEBUT

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Last season the Edmonton Oilers recalled a lot of players from Oklahoma City and there’s every chance it’ll happen again. Do the Oilers have legit prospects on the farm? Yes. Are they ready? In one case yes, but there’s a good chance the next regular forward you see in Edmonton via the Barons will be a tall center.

FARMHANDS IN EDMONTON 2013-14

  1. Mark Arcobello 41GP, 4-14-18
  2. Phil Larsen 30GP, 3-9-12
  3. Martin Marincin 44GP, 0-6-6
  4. Will Acton 30GP, 3-2-5
  5. Oscar Klefbom 17GP, 1-2-3
  6. Steve Pinizzotto 6GP, 0-2-2
  7. Taylor Fedun 4GP, 2-0-2
  8. Tyler Pitlick 10GP, 1-0-1
  9. Anton Lander 27GP, 0-1-1
  10. Roman Horak 2GP, 1-0-1
  11. Brad Hunt 3GP, 0-1-1
  12. Ryan Hamilton 2GP, 0-0-0
  13. Linus Omark 1GP, 0-0-0
  14. Richard Bachman 3GP, 3.02 .916

2014-15 OPENING ROSTER

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As you can see “highest paid” doesn’t necessarily translate into first recalled. The Barons have a very expensive center (Anton Lander) and defenseman (Keith Aulie) on their roster, but the recall list has players ahead of those men. 

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Martin Marincin. OKC photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)

IMMEDIATE RECALL

  1. D Martin Marincin—As Jonathan Willis wrote this morning, Marincin’s absence from the big league roster is beyond curious. The whispers are growing to a scream, as he’s a perfect fit for one of the specific and galling problems of the NHL parent club.

CALL AS NEEDED

Anton Lander would likely be the short-term recall option if a center went down, and I’d guess that Steve Pinizzotto or Tyler Pitlick would be on a plane if anything happened on the wing.

The interesting item for us to discuss in this regard: At what point do the emerging players take over from Lander, Pinizzotto and Pitlick?

MOVING ON UP!

Based on who got send down and when, I think it’s reasonable to assume the Edmonton Oilers are looking at the Barons youth as the real ‘gems to watch’ this season.

  • September 23: Connor Jones, CJ Ludwig, Ty Rimmer sent to minors
  • September 29: Martin Gernat, Kale Kessy and Jason Williams sent to minors
  • September 30: Travis Ewanyk, Jordan Oesterle, Mitchell Moroz, Dillon Simpson and Andrew Miller sent to minors.
  • October 2: Laurent Brossoit and David Musil sent to minors.
  • October 3: Richard Bachman sent to minors.
  • October 5: Tyler Pitlick, Steve Pinizzotto, Martin Marincin, Keith Aulie, Jujhar Khaira, Bogdan Yakimov and Anton Lander sent to minors.

Right at the end of the training camp and preseason, when they’re sending down the veterans who were in the mix (Lander, Aulie), we see the names Jujhar Khaira and Bogdan Yakimov.

That’s probably a tell. 

JUJHAR KHAIRA

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  • MacTavish on Khaira: “The things that stand out about Jujhar are his strength on the puck
    (214 pounds) and his character. He answered the bell physically. He has to work on some things but he’s an exciting
    prospect.”

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BOGDAN YAKIMOV

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WESTCOTT KHAIRA YAKIMOV

Bogdan Yakimov has been a fascinating prospect for Oilers fans since the club drafted him. Entering training camp he was a curio and the big man damn near made the team. Last night he made his AHL debut in a 3-2 OT loss for the Barons, and was one of four centers for the Barons. Yakimov was joined by fellow prospect Jujhar Khaira along with minor league veterans Anton Lander and Jason Williams.

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Not dressed among centers? Travis Ewanyk. Khaira, Yakimov and Mitchell Moroz all received the opening night push, with Curtis Hamilton and others held back.

Expect to see more of that as the season rolls on. The prospects to watch in Oklahoma City are the AHL rookies—Khaira, Yakimov, Moroz, Dillon Simpson, Jordan Oesterle and Iiro Pakarinen. Craig MacTavish’s policy of playing the kids certainly reflected the opening night roster. It’s up to them to flourish with the opportunity. 

Game one’s star was Iiro Pakarinen, who scored a goal at evens and had a power-play assist in his AHL debut. His arrival in the organization as a legit prospect signals yet another truth about this year’s Barons—Pakarinen and Jordan Oesterle may not be drafted players but are a little older and will get every chance to show what they can do under Todd Nelson.

It’s going to be a fun year tracking Barons.

  • oilbaron

    What is a reasonable return on Jordan Eberle? If we were to package Eberle would we be able to get a top 4 left shooting defenseman? Say Morgan Riley or Jake Gardnier from Toronto? They have an emerging d-man in Percy and could use some more quality goal scoring on the Right wing to play with Kadri. Or do we go out and find a center to play 2nd or 3rd line minutes? many questions I have hmmm.

        • Grant

          Well Riley or Gardiner do not cut it . If we trade Eberle we make up a package and get a top notch d man , not two kids that have really proven that they are nothing more than inconsistent?
          Like we need more of that!!

        • The Last Big Bear

          I think Eberle should be able to return a #2-#3 defenceman, depending on age and contract.

          Maybe someone like Shattenkirk out of St Louis, or any one of the Canucks’ several “very-good-but-not-elite” defencemen. The Blues have more brawn than skill, and plenty of defence depth, while the Canucks likewise have a load of high-end defencemen but are down to one good forward line.

          Another good target for the Oilers would be TJ Brodie from the Flames. That trade’s not a good fit for the Flames, who are stone cold desperate for young defencemen, but Brodie is pretty much perfect for the Oilers in terms of age and skill set.

          Another possibility might be Alzner in Washington, where they have loaded up on defence and might be willing to make a move.

          Those are kind of notional returns I’d expect an Eberle trade might fetch. A relatively young #2 or #3 defenceman from a team deep at D.

    • Spydyr

      A reasonable return for Ebs IMO and remember I was up for moving him last season before the bandwagon got full, is this.One single player, better then Ebs(by better I do not mean just point wise) who fills a need on the team,Defence or centre as examples.I would not mind a multi-player deal with the single player coming this way, for once in a long time.

  • oilbaron

    MacTavish knows that you have to give up something to get something back.

    Eberle,Hall and Nuge all have the same salary/contract. Eberle is to my eye the one who is under performing and my never have the ceiling that Hall and Nuge do.

    I think that Eberle WILL get traded this season for a better center or defense man once the season is a few weeks older and teams have a better idea of what they need.

    Eberle will be gone. I hate to see him go but there is no way he is worth what Hall and Nuge are worth. He is tradeable.

    • m@s f@s

      THIS. He is lacking in at least two other depts besides the contract. 2 way play and effort..He is a talented Gagner..with trade value. Use it while you still can, before he or the entire team ruins it for you.

  • Grant

    Its seems peoples opinion of Yakupov are quietly changing!! Good job so far Yak.The kid never had a bad attitude either. It seems he and Eakins may be closer to being on the same page.

  • m@s f@s

    If u wouldn’t trade Eberle for Reilly and Gardiner you are seriously over valuing players on your team. Oil have strength on the wings his role could be filled, Reilly and Gardiner slot in as 2 of the top 4 right of the top. What exactly do u think we could get for ebs ? A first line center? Keep dreaming. Also the leafs would turn down that trade in a heartbeat. Guaranteed. And yes I’m a lifelong oil fan, just a realistic one

  • Ever the Optimist

    if we wanted to move eberle …. what would a guy like Wayne Simmonds cost ….. definitely a more aggressive guy to compliment hall and nuge. Also signed to a good contract with only a 3.97 m per year till 18/19 season. We give up a bit on offensive skill but gain in those intangibles that reckless aggression brings plus a guy to replace the ryan smyth sitting in front for screening

    • The Last Big Bear

      The last time Wayne Simmonds was traded, the cost was a 25 year old All-Star centre, who was both a Selke finalist and a 30 goal scorer, led the league in short-handed goals, hit like a train, and had just captained his team to the Stanley Cup finals.

      If anything, the price has probably gone up since then, as Simmonds has developed into exactly the player they hoped for. He scored more goals last year than both Hall and Eberle, and had more points than RNH, puts up Gordie Howe hat tricks, and is one of the
      NHL’s premiere power forwards.

      Eberle does not get you Wayne Simmonds. I don’t even know if Eberle gets the conversation started for Wayne Simmonds.