WEEKEND UPDATE

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Tyler Pitlick and the Oklahoma City Barons had a big night Friday as the offense got rolling in AHL action against the Texas Stars. Elsewhere, Oilers prospects continue their seasons across North America and Europe. Strong performances in junior from Greg Chase, Jackson Houck and Darnell Nurse highlight the week. 

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(Oscar Klefbom and Frans Tuohimaa in action Friday night. All photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)

AHL OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS

  1. Jason Williams 4GP, 4-2-6 
  2. Iiro Pakarinen 4GP, 4-1-5
  3. Andrew Miller 3GP, 0-4-4
  4. Tyler Pitlick 4GP, 1-3-4
  5. Ryan Hamilton 3GP, 1-2-3
  6. Steve Pinizzotto 3GP, 0-3-3
  7. Oscar Klefbom 3GP, 1-1-2
  8. Jordan Oesterle 4GP, 1-1-2
  9. Anton Lander 4GP, 0-2-2
  10. Curtis Hamilton 3GP, 1-0-1
  11. Martin Marincin 1GP, 1-0-1
  12. Bogdan Yakimov 4GP, 0-1-1
  13. Martin Gernat 4GP, 0-1-1
  14. Keith Aulie 4GP, 0-1-1
  15. Frans Tuohimaa 1GP, 3.00 .929
  16. Richard Bachman 1GP, 2.84 .900
  17. Laurent Brossoit 2GP, 4.07 .867

Jason Williams has had a significant impact on the team. Tyler Pitlick played on his right wing Friday night and went 1-2-3 (as an example). The other forward making an impact is Finnish winger Iiro Pakarinen, who is on a goal-per-game pace.

Bogdan Yakimov picked up his first AHL point Friday night and had a solid game. Frans Tuohimaa also had a terrific night on Friday, picking up the win for Oklahoma City after Laurent Brossoit had some back issues in warmup.

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    CHL

    1. Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound (OHL) 13GP, 5-12-17 (4 points in 5 games tw)
    2. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL) 11GP, 5-8-13 (3-2-5 in 3 games tw)
    3. Greg Chase, Calgary (WHL) 11GP, 2-10-12 (2G, 3A in 3 game tw)
    4. Marco Roy, Quebec (QMJHL) 10GP, 4-6-10 (2 assists in 2 games tw)
    5. Ben Betker, Everett (WHL) 7GP, 1-3-4 
    6. Darnell Nurse, SSM (OHL) 2GP, 1-2-3 (immediate impact)
    7. Keven Bouchard Val d’Or (QMJHL) 8GP, 4.25 .871 (down slightly this week)

    A splendid week for Greg Chase, Darnell Nurse and Jackson Houck. Oilers have two of those prospects signed and they’ll turn pro fall 2015. I suspect Houck gets signed in due time as well. Marco Roy is running in place, he needs to catch fire.

      NCAA

      1. Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (NCAA) 5GP, 0-2-2 (2 games, 0 points tw)
      2. Evan Campbell UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 4GP, 2-4-6 (first signs of life, big week)
      3. Zach Nagelvoort Michigan (NCAA) 2GP, 4.54 .864 (appears to have lost No. 1 G job)
      4. Tyler Vesel, Nebraska at Omaha (NCAA) 4GP, 0-0-0  (nothing shaking)
      5. Joey Laleggia, Denver (NCAA) 3GP, 1-1-2 (goal and an assist Friday night)
      6. John McCarron, Cornell (NCAA) 1GP, 0-0-0 (first game Friday night)

      Evan Campbell—he of not much offense since draft day 2013—is enjoying a strong beginning to his sophomore college season. Joey Laleggia had a big night Friday, he’s an undersized puck mover in the style of Phil Larsen, but he might be better based on boxcars. Interesting follow this winter, as is John McCarron, a big power winger. 

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        BCJHL

        1. Liam Coughlin, Vernon 12GP, 4-4-8 (1-3-4 in 2 games tw)

        Coughlin will be off to Vermont next fall, and he enjoyed a strong week with the Vipers in the BCJHL. The only Vermont connection I can recall for the Oilers is Tim Thomas who played his college hockey with the University of Vermont in the early 1990’s (and signed with Edmonton later in the decade).

        USHL

        1. William Lagesson, Dubuque 7GP, 0-4-4

        He’s having a strange brew season. Lagesson’s scouting report suggests a defensive defender, and yet three of his four assists in Dubuque came on the power play.

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        EUROPE

        1. Roman Horak, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) 19GP, 10-6-16
        2. Anton Slepyshev, Salavat Yulaev (KHL) 21GP, 3-4-7
        3. Antti Tyrvainen, Ilves (SML) 10GP, 4-1-5
        4. Daniil Zharkov Torpedo (KHL) 6GP, 0-0-0

        The Euro’s had a flat week, with only Roman Horak moving the meter (he scored twice). Slepyshev was extremely quiet, but he’s still on track to have the best season of his career in the KHL. He’s playing 10:32 a night, suspect the Oilers will sign him and bring him over next summer.

        Finally, our weekly update on Vladimir Tkachev. He’s currently 8GP, 3-9-12 for the Moncton Wildcats after a two games this week (he went 1-0-1).

        See you next week!

          • Lowetide

            He’s mid-30’s and his career curve suggests he’s in the Euro league/AHL portion of his career. Williams had a decent NHL run, and he certainly is playing well enough to earn consideration.

            It’s rare, though.

            • Lowetide

              For all the talk about sending drai down for a year and getting a stop gap center I find it kinda strange that we have a Stanley cup winner playing great hockey down on the farm that never seems to get mentioned.

              • Lowetide

                I think there’s a build for him, but there’s no history with the player. He’s certainly getting noticed by Todd Nelson and therefore the reports coming to Oilers offices will include him. If you look at the boxscores for each game this season, he is impossible to ignore.

        • I’ll be headed down to see Marco Roy play my Charlottetown Islanders tonight. It’s been drizziling rain all day here, and I’m selfishly hoping thats enough to keep Roy from catching fire until his next game.

          • Lowetide

            No. He’s an AHL rookie, it’s a big step. Also, the club has too many forwards so they’re rotating. Moroz is going to have to push his way up the depth chart, but these are early days.

            • Lowetide

              If Edmonton signs Jason Williams would he have to clear waivers to play?

              I mean if after 39 games Draisaitil gets sent down we need someone to come up , makes sense to move Jason up to 4th line duties if he is making a impact down in OKC and would probably play well with the likes of Uncle Yessy and Matt “Wrecking Ball” Hendricks.

              Move Gordon to third and put Arco on 2rd line. I feel Arco could make a impact.

              If Slepyschev gets signed, and comes to training camp and makes a impact ( honestly the kid is like a 6’2 Jordan Eberle )

              Who do we move Perron, Yakupov ( no chance in hell ) or Eberle ( again why break up the big three if they can keep doing what they did last night )

              • Lowetide

                I believe he would have to clear waivers, yes. As I understand his contract, it’s an AHL deal so the Oilers would need to sign him first. A recent Oiler who was in that situation was Charles Linglet.

        • Lowetide

          Does your wife get breakfast in bed if your up writing at 600 am on a Saturday morning?

          Marco Roy needs a steady season where he does not get hurt so he can play in the Memorial Cup in QC next spring.

          It appears that Zharkov made the wrong choice in going to the KHL. His progress has been stymied and I think he should rethink coming back to NA.

          Would it be wise for Rexall Sports to invest some money into a team in Sweden or the Swiss league? Buy a franchise in Europe and use it to develop some of their European players without having to sign them to the 50 man NA roster. I do not know the restriction the IIHF puts on European players but I would think that you could play your Europeans on any squad but are limited in the number of NA you can play. Rexall Sports should branch out into the QMJH/OHL and have hand in those pies also. Just saying.

          Coffee please

        • Sevenseven

          Detroit did it.So it can be done. I would think this is a no brainer for Rexall Sports and Entertainment

          It certainly would give the Oilers more options and it would give them a means to develop players under the Oilers banner and retain the ability to bring them over when ready.

          Lander would fall into that category. Or a Rajala.

          It certainly would benefit a number of players currently playing in Europe.

          The Oilers did the right thing in buying the Bakersfield Condor franchise. More control over who plays and how they develop.

          Why not go to Europe and do the same thing?

            • Lowetide

              I agree with that statement. Seems reasonable to stack LD minutes in a more friendly environ where you can control who he plays against more often than not.

              Plus Arco is insurance against injury. You keep him as your defensive zone faceoff specialist and 2cd unit PP faceoff specialist. PK and other as needed situations. I think Eakins is managing his minutes well imo.

        • Sevenseven

          It seems that whenever Oilers management get excited about certain players ( Jujhar Kahria, Mitch Moroz, ) they leave others out of the discussion.

          I suspect that after the season is over, the guys at the top in OKC will not resemble what management projected. As long as the these players get a chance to audition, no one will complain.

          I hope Williams gets rewarded for his good play……..that’s how the system is supposed to work.

        • Lowetide

          At first I thought Draisaitl should be sent down,but he is getting better every game,so I am not sure now.With 39 games under his belt he may remove all dought.

        • Lowetide

          What will happen if PC candidates lose in the bye elections in a few days? Will the Premier ,Min.,of Health and the Education Min., be offered team Management roles or season tickets in the very top rows until the Oilers make the playoffs?

          A life time opportunity for these candidates should be a priority!

          Welcome to the Oilers!