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This week Oilers prospects lit the lamp and made significant noise, with one prospect enjoying a breakout week in his minor league career. Oscar Klefbom (photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) had a wonderful week as he builds his resume on the way to the NHL.

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  1. Iiro Pakarinen 6GP, 5-3-8 (2GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  2. Jason Williams 5GP, 4-3-7 (1GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  3. Anton Lander 6GP, 2-4-6 (2GP, 2-2-4 this week)
  4. Oscar Klefbom 5GP, 1-5-6 (2GP, 0-4-4 this week)
  5. Andrew Miller 5GP, 1-5-6 (2GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  6. Tyler Pitlick 5GP, 1-5-6 (1GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  7. Ryan Hamilton 5GP, 2-3-5 (2GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  8. Jordan Oesterle 6GP, 2-1-3 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  9. Steve Pinizzotto 4GP, 0-3-3 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week) 
  10. Matt Ford 5GP, 1-1-2 (2GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  11. Martin Gernat 6GP, 0-2-2 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  12. Bogdan Yakimov 6GP, 1-1-2 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  13. Curtis Hamilton 5GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  14. Kale Kessy 5GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  15. Dillon Simpson 6GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  16. Jujhar Khaira 5GP, 0-1-1 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  17. Keith Aulie 6GP, 0-1-1 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  18. Martin Marincin 1GP, 1-0-1 (NHL this week)
  19. Frans Tuohimaa 3GP, 4.22, .904 (2GP, 4.81 .894 this week)
  20. Richard Bachman 1GP, 2.84 .900 (NHL this week)
  21. Laurent Brossoit 2GP, 4.07 .867 (didn’t play this week)

A big week for Oscar Klebom, one would have to think a recall is possible if Niki Nikitin’s injury lingers on much longer. Anton Lander also had a strong week, but if the Oilers felt he was one of their five best options he’d be in the NHL right now.

Bogdan Yakimov suffered an upper body (believed to be shoulder) injury that looked quite severe at the time, we should find out soon if he’s out for any length of time. Laurent Brossoit also suffered back problems and missed last weekend’s games. Edmonton sent Richard Bachman and Luke Gazdic (rehab stint) so the lineup this weekend (OKC plays Saturday and Sunday) will have a different look. 

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  1. Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound (OHL) 14GP, 6-13-19 (1GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  2. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL) 13GP, 5-10-15 (2GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  3. Greg Chase, Calgary (WHL) 13GP, 2-13-15 (2GP, 0-3-3 this week) 
  4. Marco Roy, Quebec (QMJHL) 12GP, 4-6-10 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  5. Ben Betker, Everett (WHL) 12 GP, 1-3-4 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  6. Darnell Nurse, SSM (OHL) 3GP, 1-3-4 (1GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  7. Keven Bouchard Val d’Or (QMJHL) 9GP, 4.57 .860 (1GP, 7.50.737 this week)

Greg Chase had a quality week, he’s recovered from a slower start and now looks to have an impact leading up to the World Juniors. Kyle Platzer leads the Oilers’ junior prospects in points and is one of the biggest surprises in the organization this season. Darnell Nurse should have a big week coming up as he’ll be settled in and ready. 

Vladimir Tkachev: 10GP, 4-11-15 with Moncton (QMJHL). He went 2GP, 1-2-3 this week.

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  1. Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (NCAA) 5GP, 0-2-2 
  2. Evan Campbell UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 5GP, 2-4-6 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  3. Zach Nagelvoort Michigan (NCAA) 3GP, 4.06 .880 (1GP, 3.06 .912 this week)
  4. Tyler Vesel, Nebraska at Omaha (NCAA) 4GP, 0-0-0  
  5. Joey Laleggia, Denver (NCAA) 4GP, 1-0-1 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  6. John McCarron, Cornell (NCAA)

Nothing happening with the college men last week, although it is worth noting that Zach Nagelvoort had his best outing of the year last weekend. Evan Campbell is enjoying an impact season at UMass-Lowell. 

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  1. Liam Coughlin, Vernon 13GP, 4-4-8 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)

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  1. William Lagesson, Dubuque 8GP, 0-5-5 (1GP, 0-1-1 this week)


  1. Roman Horak, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) 21GP, 10-6-16 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  2. Anton Slepyshev, Salavat Yulaev (KHL) 24GP, 3-4-7 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  3. Antti Tyrvainen, Ilves (SML) 13GP, 4-1-5 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  4. Daniil Zharkov Torpedo (KHL) 6GP, 0-0-0

This was a poor week for the Euro’s, but the good news is they’re playing (aside form Zharkov). Slepyshev has been in a prolonged slump and we may see him sit for awhile.

  • pkam

    Other than Klefbom, Pitlick seems to have a great start too. In fact, it is the best start of his Pro career. Hopefully both can stay healthy as they haven’t been in the past.

    One thing that borders me is none of our defenseman developed in OKC can one-time from the blue line. So far this year only Nitikin and Hunt score from the blue line. I think last year Ference scored a couple. None of Petry, J. Schultz and Marincin can. I hope Nelson really work on Klefbom while he is still in OKC. We have short and mid range missiles but desperately need some long range ones.

  • BlazingSaitls

    Remember when everyone and their dog wanted/expected Marincin to be in the Line-up to start the year? Remember when Marincin got called up the Oilers started winning?

    Remember when everyone and their dog wanted/expected Klefbom to be in the line up by now? Remember when…. nvm


  • The Soup Fascist

    A big week for Oscar Klebom, one would have to think a recall is possible if Niki Nikitin’s injury lingers on much longer.

    Au contraire Monsieur Lowetide!! We are much happier as Oiler fans watching undersized but “hard-trier” Brad Hunt get rag dolled 23 minutes a night while we staple actual NHL defensemen to the bench.

    Honestly, this team deserves what it gets with “D” deployment like that. The Brad Hunt experiment needs to end now – actually two weeks ago. More accurately and to be fair, the Dallas Eakins experiment should never have began.

  • pkam

    I agree with Mr. Tide that Klefbom is right where he needs to be for now and the Oilers will benefit down the road and it is kind of nice to see that the Oilers actually have a few legitimate prospects worth watching.
    The organization is obviously doing a better job of drafting and developing and that bodes well for continuity and hopefully we never have to go through another rebuild.

  • Randaman

    Hope Nikitin is back tomorrow. If not and they play Hunt add another loss. It would be great to Leave Klefbom down for another 20 games or so but not at the expense of playing Hunt. If he continues to post this kind of offence In OKC.. ice time on the PP or the lack of ice time will get very interesting for Shultz.

  • Serious Gord

    So the oil went out and got a well regarded advanced stats guy and put him on the payroll.

    Presumably one of his jobs is to help the coach and GM make better-informed decisions on who is on and who is not on the roster.

    So can someone with a better working knowledge of the pertinent advanced stats (Lowetide?) than I, make the advanced stats argument for keeping hunt on the team versus klefbom or someone else?

    Because from my layman’s (and apparently several other commentors on this site’s) point of view I’m not seeing any evidence/reason.

    I’m beginning to think that mr dellow was hired for two reasons:

    1. Keeping up with joneses – for appearance’ sake. The management doesn’t really give a hoot about advanced stats because they know so much about winning.

    2. Dellow’s constant criticism of the management group’s decisions was hitting home too often. By hiring him they shut down one of the biggest and most effective critics.

    • Lowetide

      There isn’t a stats-based argument for keeping Hunt and sending down Klefbom UNLESS Hunt’s shot from the point can deliver more than Klefbom’s overall game.

      I don’t believe it’s an argument worth making. Having said that, I think Dellow’s role probably falls within the framework of ‘work with what’s available’ and in that way he’s on the same plane as his coach.

        • Lowetide

          No. I’m saying there’s no stats argument FOR keeping Hunt over Klefbom at this point. Small sample size, but added to visual Brad Hunt doesn’t appear to be an NHL player.

          Klefbom may be green, but he’s a player.

          • Serious Gord

            And presuming dellow has those stats and was hired for his opinion based on those stats, the question is: why is management disregarding them and him?

            Is it arrogance or the irrational desire to have a big shot at the point to hell with the defensive liabilities or something else?

    • Randaman

      3. Because he sold the Oilers on advanced stats which were being built around data Dellows was mining from online,descriptive dynamic data which is not his own and never was his own,he is basing his schtick on the premise that because he put together pieces of scalped data from different original sources then sprinkled numbers on them that he has “created” something,that is his own.By trying to add numerical meaning to traditional and everyday common ideas Dellows is not bringing the Oilers anything new,he is in fact encouraging them to accept mis-represented statistical valuations he is making up to represent dynamic things stats cannot represent.

      Dellows had nothing to add online which was “new” or in any way evolutionary,he was vanilla in terms of the Blogging world,he just tried to capitalise on the impact “something else” had created. .He just sold the Oilers his song and dance and they need to buck it up now that his shenanigans have been exposed.

      “Management” is so statisticlly addicted and dependant who the heck else would bring in more cancer in the form of Dellows deluded statistical machinations.

      When the stats crap is flushed out of the Oiles system like the poison it is ,well then they will be facing a clean slate and a new beginning,but that will never happen,look how Dallas intentionlly supports Dellows scalped re-arranged data on be-half of the team,and he endorses it at the NHL level in doing so,he lets down the Men the System and the Fans when he willingly becomes an accomplice to Dellows stats BS.

      The Oilers are at rock bottom now,the stats addiction has left them a hollow shell of what they should be, they now must quit COLD TURKEY,it looks like it has to be done the hard way now.

      A public statement explaining the wholesale departure from the stats management focuses made immediatly and a statement of intention to pursue traditionally catalysed NewAge non-statistical management and analysis focuses might get the Oilers the help they need to pull out of his current rut before the tires start to spin the Team deeper.

      Stats and their baseless regressive impacts got the Oilers in this mess over the last 20 years and simply flushing them wholesale will get them out of it,nothing else will do it.

      If Dallas cant function without statistical crutch… them give Ramsay the Wheel and let him drive with 44 years of traditional intuition leading the Team instead of Eakins advanced statistical analysis BS excuses backed by Dellows BS inputs leading the NHL Team.

        • Randaman

          You know the old saying,if you arent a part of the solution you are a part of the problem?

          Stats arent a part of the solution.

          People who can only functionally think with stats references are unknowingly part of the problem,they help keep this long running Gong Show in Popcorn and Peanuts .

          Yes the majority of Fans have been corralled into using a stats based perspective,but this is changing now,there was simply never a different option for them to use.

          NHL Playes are changing,NHL Managers are changing and ever so slowly NHL Fans are changing.

          Statistics are being outed as the disruptive disconnecting influences which they tangibly are when over or mis-used.

          Stats are “done”, it is to late to stop the changes.The most winning NHL Teams over the last 4 years in terms of Stanley Cups have left the old stats perspectives behind,they arent advertising or debating the changes with dumb-dumb teams like the Oilers who insist on supporting stats purely for their excusatory values.

          @TigerUnderGlass……there is no fence to sit on anymore,why dont you throw out some examples of a better solution the Oilers could find,better than wiping out the stats disease.

          You wanna change the Head Coach? The Asst. Coaches? The Players?The G.M? The POHO?The System? The Ownership?The Scouts? The Support Staff?This has ALL been done to no effect,you need to find a causality which encompasses the entire slide downhill,then begin to valuate things.When you do this all you can find is an escalating statistical influence slowly choking the life out of one of the Strongest Hockey Environments ever created.

          I can show you a template reaching back decades,this is where I find causality of the problems,

          There exists a CLEAR AND CONCRETE template or pattern to the stats influences force-fed into the Oilers organizational super-structure for several decades.The motive is now clear the modus operandi has been discovered, the evidenciary content is intact,the damages have been done,now it is time to pay the Piper.

          There is no way for stats or their supporters to spin-doctor their way out of this reality.

          By the way the”stats” 100% support this storyline.

          • I stand corrected. Your previous comment is no longer the worst. I’m not even convinced you know what statistics are.

            Honestly, I’m tempted to discuss the topic with you but given your comments so far I can’t imagine the point. Good work on the self props. I’m certain people will now believe you have a supporter.

  • Randaman

    Zharkov has not played at all. Under the heading of what can be done to bring this young man back to NA and get him on the right developmental track. He has not chosen wisely and it may have cost him big time.

    If Slepyshev is not in OKC next season its a freaking tragedy.

    Chase is rounding out.

    If I see another Tkachev update I’ll scream. OMG under the heading of what the hell are we going to do if the kid gets a 100 points this season? WTH do you do then? With the 10th pick the Oilers select TKachev.What if? What if you pass on him and he gets picked before your 2cd round pick comes up? This is a kid who defies hockey logic. But somewhere in that 5’7ish frame is player that tantalizes the hockey critics with skill and talent and hockey IQ enough so that there is a GM like MacTavish willing to overlook what his eyes and brain and common sense are shouting at him. It goes against all logic. Everything that I know and hold dear and near to my heart. But my God there is a player in that young man who has been given a gift that men larger than him wish they had. His hockey IQ is off the chart. He does things with the puck that few can do. He thinks the game at a different level. My opinion is such that this young man regardless of height and weight has the “it” factor. Combine that with his ability to translate what is going on in that head of his to artistry on the ice. IMO this young man is to valuable to leave on the board waiting for some other organization to draft.

    • Lowetide

      Whoa easy on the Tkachev pumping pard! Kids freaking awesome no doubt but lets keep it under wraps lest a GM of a well run organization has people keeping tabs. Pretty sure our incompetent boondoggle of his signing (Cough) made the rounds at the watercoolers around team offices. I bet there were some good ones going around…like “Hey if we follow closely who Edmonton brings into camp and then offers a contract, we should be able to make a real coup sooner or later. Sometimes they don’t do their homework and it’s great…they do the scouting work, pay for the player to come over, tell us all that the player is good. and lo and behold. The player is now in the next draft. Love it. Makes our job so much easier”

  • Lowetide

    Awesome update LT we actually have some good prospects to follow.

    OMG the Oilers hired Tyler Dellow to shut him up! that is quite the conspiracy theory amongst some fans, the truth is out there somewhere lol.

    Klefbom should stay where he is getting tons of critical ice time in all important situation probably good for his development. Nikitan is back soon anyways, right?

    The very fans who complain about the organizations inability to develop young players now complain when they want to rush said player into the lineup.

    Anyone else see a Nurse and a K-bom combo in the Oilers future? a top 2 pairing I think.

    Oiler fans are fighting too much amongst ourselves I guess years of losing are wearing thin.

    • BlazingSaitls

      Klefbom was drafted in 2011. The only thing that held him back this long were some unfortunate injuries. He played 17 games in the NHL last year. Klefbom ‘Outplayed’ Marincin at camp, and is playing at a top level in the AHL.

      This kid is a player. This kid has been anything but rushed. This kid can improve the Oilers D-core now. This kid aint no kid, he’s and Oilers player playing a Barons game.

      • Randaman

        In his 5 gms in AHL this year he has discovered some offensive ability (1.2ppg in very small sample size) that he did not show in any level of junior or pro in prior years (0.2ppg in Swedish league and AHL). Give the kid a chance to build on this newfound offensive success in OKC rather than bring him up to Oil and have him retreat into his defensive shell (comfort zone).

  • 24% body fat

    Stop drafting NCAA players and BCHL prospects who dont even get close to a ppg.

    Tkachev, possier, ikonen, spencer watson, all better than those NCAA and BCHL guys

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      our scouting staff absolutely *LOVES* to waste our later round picks on BCHL, NCAA and beer league guys. for a team that needs all the good players it can find in the later rounds, they sometimes draft like they are the LA Kings.

  • After calgary vs Nashville tonight I would like to trade lose, mct, Eakins, fear ranch and the entire scouting and goalie coaches just for Johnny hockey and bob Hartley.

    Man if we only had a coach that was nhl caliber and the heart of Johnny hockey to play with hall and nudge.

    Aaahhh what the heck I will throw in Eberle and petry as well with the deal

    WAkE up oil fans as long as Eakins is kept as coach calgary will rule you with that coaching staff who knows how to bring out the compete and run some plays…

  • m@s f@s

    LT: Thanks. Great compact read. The gears are moving, on defense quicker, I’m comfortable with what I see here; as long as it keeps up. Still want Horak for some reason.


  • Randaman

    Stats are the flavour of the month. A lot of so called ” experts”, will say look at this guys’ advanced stats, he is such a good player.

    A lot of other experts will say what a player this guy is……..what are his advanced stats like? In the end the eye and the human brain always win out……..the math may not lie, but the math does not make a player. With coaching, and development, presumably a players stats can change to the good.

    That’s where a real hockey man earns his keep……..he can see what others can’t , improvement or the opposite.

    If there is one thing that experts always fail to see……..it’s usually the obvious.