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The AHL Barons played their second game of the season last night and the rest of the Oilers’ prospect group continue playing their league seasons. A few strong arrows this week and a goodly number of struggling players, too. More after the break.

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The Oklahoma City Barons played their second game of the AHL regular season Friday night, falling 3-2 to the Texas Stars. There’s not much to report, but here’s how the scoring went in the first two games.

  1. Ryan Hamilton 2GP, 1-2-3
  2. Iiro Pakarinen 1GP, 1-1-2
  3. Andrew Miller 2GP, 0-2-2
  4. Jordan Oesterle 2GP, 1-0-1
  5. Jason Williams 2GP, 1-0-1
  6. Martin Marincin 1GP, 0-1-1
  7. Steve Pinizzotto 1GP, 0-1-1
  8. Richard Bachman 1GP, 2.84 .900
  9. Laurent Brossoit 1GP, 3.00 .900

The veteran Hamilton has speed issues but can clearly play at this level, and the Finn Pakarinen impressed in the first game of the season. College men Miller and Oesterle are showing up early, and Marincin plus Pinizzotto have already spent time in the NHL.

Goalie Brossoit has some settling down to do, but showed reasonably well Friday night against the Stars.


  1. Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound (OHL) 9GP, 5-8-13 (terrific arrow)
  2. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL) 8GP, 2-6-8
  3. Marco Roy, Quebec (QMJHL) 8GP, 4-4-8
  4. Greg Chase, Calgary (WHL) 8GP, 0-7-7
  5. Ben Betker, Everett (WHL) 7GP, 1-3-4
  6. Keven Bouchard Val d’Or (QMJHL) 6GP, 3.97 .874

Platzer continues to impress, and this is after a very good Penticton camp and some good moments in main camp. Absolutely opening eyes this year. Houck and Roy are posting well and Betker’s offense is a bit of a surprise (he’s a defensive defender). Chase started slowly but is coming on, two points Friday and five points in his last three games.


  1. Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (NCAA) 3GP, 0-2-2
  2. Evan Campbell UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 2GP, 1-1-2
  3. Zach Nagelvoort Michigan (NCAA) 2GP, 4.54 .864
  4. Tyler Vesel, Nebraska at Omaha (NCAA) 3GP, 0-0-0
  5. Joey Laleggia, Denver (NCAA) 1GP, 0-0-0
  6. John McCarron, Cornell (NCAA) first game Oct. 24

Some encouraging signs from some of the college men. Muir is a pure freshman and playing regularly early in the season, and Campbell is having a nice start to his season—opposite from last season. The big goalie Nagelvoort is struggling early on, and Laleggia is just underway.


  1. Liam Coughlin, Vernon 10GP, 3-1-4

Coughlin’s BCJHL season isn’t exactly the stuff of legends, he was a better scorer (53GP, 18-27-45) a year ago. A long way to go before we know, but the arrows aren’t headed in a good direction.


  1. William Lagesson, Dubuque 5GP, 0-4-4

He’s more of a defensive player, but Lagesson is enjoying a nice start to his North American career. Corey Pronman rated him, early signs are positive.


  1. Roman Horak, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) 16GP, 8-6-14
  2. Anton Slepyshev, Salavat Yulaev (KHL) 18GP, 3-4-7
  3. Antti Tyrvainen, Ilves (SML) 9GP, 4-1-5
  4. Daniil Zharkov Torpedo (KHL) 6GP, 0-0-0

One is never sure if we’ll see any of these guys down the line, but it does seem Slepyshev will have a future if he can continue to score at current levels. I always liked Horak, hope we see him again at some point down the line.

I’ll do this every week through the season, and last time it was requested that I include Vladdy Tkachev’s totals in the summary. Are you sure you want this? He is currently 6GP, 2-9-11 with Moncton of the QMJHL Oklahoma City Barons photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.

See you next week!

  • Lowetide

    bring them all up and send all oilers down or sit them out for 5 games

    the worst thing that can happen is they go 0 and 5.

    im sure the effort will be an improvement

  • Wax Man Riley

    On a positive note……

    A seven-year-old boy involved in a custody case told the judge he’d been beaten by both his parents and several close relatives. The judge granted temporary custody to the Oilers. They don’t beat anybody.

    • Lowetide

      No, I believe he’s fine, likely in tonight’s lineup. The AHL have some rules where you have to dress a certain number of minor league ‘veterans’ so you’ll see these kids rotate a little.

      Based on what I’ve heard and read, Oilers are in fact giving Moroz a bit of a push these days.

      • Wax Man Riley

        Lowetide – your understanding of the AHL Veteran Rule is incorrect.

        It is actually more like the Import rule in the CFL. Each team is only allowed to dress 6 players who are Veterans. So there is nothing stopping them from dressing Moroz. See the exerpt from the AHL rules below.

        Each Member club must dress for each regularly scheduled or playoff game at least twelve (12) players, other than goalkeepers, who have played in a total of not more than two hundred sixty (260) regular season games in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League or any European Elite League, prior to the start of the season and one (1) player, other than goalkeepers, who has played in a total
        of not more than Three-Hundred and Twenty (320) regular season games in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League or any European Elite League, prior to the start of the season. Any player that participates in European Elite League games during a hockey season which the player would be eligible to play in the Canadian Hockey League (excluding an over-age year) shall not have such games count in the calculation of the two hundred sixty (260) regular season games. Players on loan from the National Hockey League for a first fourteen day conditioning period shall not be affected by the aforesaid experience requirement.

  • You gotta wonder if Roman Horak is looking at the current NHL depth chart and kicking himself for not staying another season.

    It reminds me of the year after Omark’s first NHL season where if he had come over then, he would have had the 2009-2010 roster to compete with. Instead, he went to Russia, came over the next year, and lost his Job to Paajarvi, Eberle and Hall.

  • fuzzy muppet

    I know it’s really early but it looks like this past draft is going to be a big dud.

    Coughlin, the goalies and even Vesel look like wastes. In a draft where you don’t have many picks it seems egregious.

    I know it’s early but the fact they took all these guys and Tkachev is clearly a better prospect really hurts.

    Ill add it to the steaming poop pile of this organization’s already wasted season.

    So F*&^ing depressing

  • The Future Never Comes

    I don’t think I’ve seen the camera’s pan in on Eakins without his arms crossed behind his back with his mouth closed in silence. You see other coaches around the league like Babcock or Quenville with the white board in hand or chattering in players ears constantly when camera’s pan in on them. I think that’s a huge indicator of the skill level of Eakin’s. At least he has great answers with the media. No answers behind the bench when the games on the line.

  • The Future Never Comes

    I’ve been enjoying reading about positive arrows for the past 5-6 years. No more. Untill the Oilers prove us they can actually turn these fine young men into a winning hockey team, being an Oilers fan will just be no fun at all.

  • "Frank the dog"

    Tkachev scored the only goal in a 7-1 loss today.

    With hindsight we can potentially now say the Oilers totally screwed up that situation. Had they known Tkachev couldn’t sign and would be back in the draft, perhaps they would have been better served by cutting him earlier on, instead of showcasing him for the rest of the league…

    But because they’re the Oilers, they missed the fine print and a player they probably could have late in the draft will likely be sought sooner because of their actions. Good work boys