IT’S PROBABLY NOTHING, BUT…..

williams ferguson 14-15

The Edmonton Oilers are struggling with injuries and ineffective play
among their centers at the NHL level. Their prospects on the farm
include Anton Lander and several rookie pro’s or second-year AHLers like
Bogdan Yakimov, Jujhar Khaira and Travis Ewanyk. Their most effective
AHL center is Jason Williams (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights
reserved). If we can agree the Oilers need a bridge to the youngsters
who can play NHL hockey until they’re ready, what would it look like?

THE CURRENT PECKING ORDER

1 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins No. 1 center and power-play witch
2 Leon Draisaitl Top draft pick trying to find his away against soft parade
3 Boyd Gordon Checking C currently playing out of this world
4 Mark Arcobello Complementary offensive C and a handy checker
5 Will Acton   Depth C and a solid penalty killer
6 Anton Lander Proven AHL player, lays an egg under the bright lights
7 Jason Williams   AHL veteran, hasn’t played in the NHL since 2011-12
8 Travis Ewanyk Checking C and agitator
9 Bogdan Yakimov Trending player, big and strong with skill
10 Jujhar Khaira Tough player with some skill, projects as a checker

The early part of the season has shown (in my opinion) the Oilers have a few issues. The injury to the Nuge exposed the lack of depth, and Leon Draisaitl’s considerable skills aren’t enough to convert scoring chances so far in the young season.

Fair?

The Oilers have depth, but it’s either very young or unlikely to impact the NHL this season.

stubbs rumors

riley rumors

We know Dave Nonis of the Leafs attended the Oilers—Canucks game last night and the twitter brigade has Edmonton and Montreal checking each other out at the NHL and AHL level.

What would Edmonton be looking for from Montreal? A center for sure and maybe Lars Eller specifically. The Jackets have a ton of centermen, so there might be a fit there, too.

As for the Jackets and Habs scouting OKC? The best available talent there is Oscar Klefbom but the club has several interesting prospects on the farm at this time?

hayek

THOUGHTS?

Lars Eller famously trashed the Oildrop and maybe that keeps him from coming to our city via trade. There are other needs and options, but the Montreal—Edmonton connection is always interesting in the trade market:

  • Chad Kilger for Sergei Zholtok
  • Christian Laflamme for Igor Ulanov
  • Scott Thornton for Andrei Kovalenko
  • Vincent Damphousse for Shayne Corson and others
  • Dan Newman and a 2nd rd pick for Dave Lumley

Are we about to see another?

  • Chongler

    McKee on flames nation asks the question ? “Are they still awarding points in league for victories over the Oilers ? ” Flames up 3-1 over Jets in third period .

  • Chongler

    Flames go 4W and 2L on this six game road trip with a lot less talent than the Oilers. Hartley is in the last year of his contract. Oilers should be in negotiations now to get him over.

  • Serious Gord

    Watching the WPG cgy game. Neither team is very good but they both have some players who play a physical game. Such a contrast to the oil.

    Two of the top stories of the season so far: a tale of two cities – how well Cgy is playing with the players they have and how craptastic the oil are playing.

  • Tick tock…thats time running out on Eakins and the rest of the season. If( when ) we gas this home stand both are done. God knows what we do after that but I suspect we’ll make a desperate trade for another has been and continue the seasonal death spiral. This is shaping up to be our worst season ever and even with another #1 draft choice it won’t get any better. I think the ultimate Lindros type ( ie Nordiques) slap in the face from the next pick is coming, who wants their career ruined by these clowns.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      You think the oilers can catch up to the flames? They’re at the bottom of the league and are most likely gonna stay there.

      I’m just glad the NHL changed there draft rules. I’d hate to see a talent like McDavid being wasted on this joke of a team

  • reaperfunkss

    Gotta echo the Don’t Let Lowe and this management group make any more movements. they clearly dont get it. Use whatever excuse you want but leadership breeds attitude and this organization is a complete cluster fuvl.