WEEKEND UPDATE

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The Edmonton Oilers dipped into their farm system this week for help. Oscar Klefbom and Iiro Pakarinen were called up to the NHL (along with Keith Aulie), and men like Jordan Oesterle and Kale Kessy took advantage of extra playing time. In junior, Greg Chase had a tough week but Darnell Nurse and Marco Roy did some good things. Let’s have a look.

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(Kale Kessy. All Barons’ photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)

AHL OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS

  1. Jason Williams 7GP, 5-4-9 (2GP, 1-1-2 this week) 
  2. Iiro Pakarinen 7GP, 5-3-8 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week before NHL callup)
  3. Ryan Hamilton 7GP, 4-3-7(2GP, 2-0-2 this week)
  4. Andrew Miller 7GP, 2-5-7 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  5. Anton Lander 8GP, 2-5-7 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  6. Oscar Klefbom 6GP, 1-6-7 (1GP, 0-1-1 this week before NHL callup)
  7. Tyler Pitlick 6GP, 1-5-6 (1GP, 0-0-0 and a concussion this week)
  8. Steve Pinizzotto 6GP, 0-5-5 (2GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  9. Jordan Oesterle 8GP, 3-1-4 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  10. Kale Kessy 7GP, 2-2-4 (2GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  11. Matt Ford 7GP, 1-3-4 (2GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  12. Martin Gernat 8GP, 0-3-3 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  13. Curtis Hamilton 6GP, 1-1-2 (1GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  14. Bogdan Yakimov 6GP, 1-1-2 (Injured this week)
  15. Jujhar Khaira 7GP, 1-1-2 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  16. David Musil 6GP, 0-2-2 (2GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  17. Luke Gazdic 2GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  18. CJ Ludwig 3GP, 1-0-1 (1GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  19. Travis Ewanyk 7GP, 0-1-1 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  20. Dillon Simpson 8GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  21. Keith Aulie 8GP, 0-1-1 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week before callup)
  22. Martin Marincin 1GP, 1-0-1 (NHL this week)
  23. Richard Bachman 3GP, 2.62 .908 (2GP, 2.50 .912 this week)
  24. Frans Tuohimaa 3GP, 4.22, .904 (ECHL this week)
  25. Laurent Brossoit 2GP, 4.07 .867 (didn’t play this week)

A few notes on this group:

  • Iiro Pakarinen, Keith Aulie and Oscar Klefbom received a recall to the NHL. I’m not sure how long Klefbom will stay with Ference eligible to return from suspension on Sunday. Edmonton may choose to keep him and send down Martin Marincin. I expect Keith Aulie stays in the NHL (depending on his performance tonight v. Buffalo).
  • Iiro Pakarinen scored his first NHL goal last night and has impressed. It’ll be interesting to see how long he stays with the big club.
  • Kale Kessy had a helluva week, getting three points and showing up in some good places.
  • Luke Gazdic’s rehab is likely to end early next week and he’ll be back in the NHL.
  • Bogdan Yakimov remains injured and was joined by Tyler Pitlick this week. It isn’t certain when they’ll return, although Pitlick may play on the weekend if the concussion symptoms are gone.
  • Interesting to see Frans Tuohimaa receive the demotion to ECHL when Richard Bachman went to the farm from Edmonton. The Finn has outperformed Laurent Brossoit to this point in the year. 

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    CHL

    1. Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound (OHL) 17GP, 6-16-22 (3GP, 0-3-3 this week)
    2. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL) 14GP, 5-12-17 (1GP, 0-2-2 this week)
    3. Greg Chase, Calgary (WHL) 15GP, 2-13-15 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week before disconnect) 
    4. Marco Roy, Quebec (QMJHL) 15GP, 7-7-14 (3GP, 3-1-4 this week)
    5. Darnell Nurse, SSM (OHL) 7GP, 2-6-8 (4GP, 1-3-4 this week)
    6. Ben Betker, Everett (WHL) 14 GP, 1-3-4 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
    7. Keven Bouchard Val d’Or (QMJHL) 11GP, 4.25 .861 (2GP, 3.11 .870 this week)

    Marco Roy and Darnell Nurse had the best offensive performances this week, Nurse appears to be settling in after making his NHL debut last month. Greg Chase had a tough week and now must wait for the Calgary Hitmen to trade him (as per my item earlier this week) with the World Junior opportunity that appeared to be available to him possibly slipping away. Jackson Houck is having a nice season.

    Vladimir Tkachev: 13GP, 4-12-16 with Moncton (QMJHL). He went 3GP, 0-1-1 this week.

    NCAA

    1. Evan Campbell UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 8GP, 3-7-10 (3GP, 1-3-4 this week)
    2. Joey Laleggia, Denver (NCAA) 6GP, 3-1-4 (2GP, 2-1-3 this week)
    3. Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (NCAA) 5GP, 0-2-2 (Didn’t play this week)
    4. Tyler Vesel, Nebraska at Omaha (NCAA) 7GP, 1-2-3 (3GP, 1-2-3 this week)
    5. Zach Nagelvoort Michigan (NCAA) 5GP, 3.68 .889 (2GP, 2.58 .912 this week)
    6. John McCarron, Cornell (NCAA) 3GP, 0-1-1 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)

      BCJHL

      1. Liam Coughlin, Vernon 16GP, 6-5-11 (3GP, 2-1-3 this week)

      USHL

      1. William Lagesson, Dubuque 11GP, 1-7-8 (3GP, 1-2-3 this week)

      Some encouraging things about the NCAA group, with William Lagesson doing something every week to impress (he scores the final goal in the video above). I also think it’s work noting that Evan Campbell is posting some fine offense and that Zach Nagelvoort has been much better the last two weeks.

      Joey Laleggia is a player to follow this season. He’s always been a quality offensive defender, the question is can he play defense? Some reports have him taking a step forward in this area.

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      EUROPE

      1. Roman Horak, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) 23GP, 12-6-18 (2GP, 2-0-2 this week)
      2. Anton Slepyshev, Salavat Yulaev (KHL) 25GP, 3-4-7 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
      3. Antti Tyrvainen, Ilves (SML) 14GP, 4-1-5 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
      4. Daniil Zharkov Torpedo (VHL) 8GP, 1-1-2

      Not much shaking this week beyond Horak, and Slepyshev was scratched this week. In terms of prospects playing in Europe, those two men are basically it. Zharkov played 6 KHL games early in the season, but is now in the VHL and appears to be drifting as a prospect.

      • Lowetide

        Nice (terrible) to see Broissoit still crapping the bed at the AHL level. He didn’t do well in last year’s call ups either. What is it with Edmonton and their inability to develop quality goaltenders? Bunz was a junior star with lots of promise, look at him now. Broissoit was a junior star with lots of promise who’s not looking good. Dubnyk took forever and nearly succeeded (and may yet still) where Edmonton tried so desperately to make him fail. JDD, etc, etc, etc.

        They really need to overhaul their entire goaltending scouting/development process.

      • Cool Story, Brodie!!!

        LT,

        I noticed Corey Pronman had a list of potential players for the Swedish WJC team and Lagesson was not one of the D mentioned. He was on the team last year and I thought I had heard fairly good things.

        Have you heard any rumblings about him not making the team? I wondered if playing in the USHL would be a factor, or if there are better players eating his lunch.

      • Lowetide

        Update from Pronman, when asked if Lagesson’s changes of playing U20 WJ were doubtful:

        Corey Pronman ‏@coreypronman 24s25 seconds ago

        @Lowetide_ ya doubtful but he’s played well. May only be 1 dman from the U18s that makes it, 2 as a stretch.

      • Lowetide

        Tuohimaa has seemingly done well this season. He was good in preseason. Is this a case of the “brain trust” playing favorites because Frans is not “their guy”? If so, can an organization be successful when this kind of b.s. is going on?

        • Lowetide

          Could mean anything. It might mean they want tuohimaa to play a lot (he didn’t last season) and it could mean they want to have a long look at Brossoit in OKC this season before deciding.

          As a coach, MacT didn’t gave much credence to draft number, etc, but you always wonder when a GM trades an NHL defenseman for a prospect.

          So, we wait and watch.

        • HardBoiledOil 1.0

          Tuohimaa should have been the one splitting time in OKC this year with Bachman instead of Brossoit, who could have continued his development quite well with a lot of playing time in the ECHL while Frans could have gotten some much needed valuable time at a higher level in the AHL. #becauseoilers.

        • Johnnydapunk

          I think it’s was also the case of a Tuohimaa being a bit of an unknown as he has struggled a bit in Finland the last couple of years. I think the expectations were pretty low for him this year as it also takes a season of NHL or North American hockey before a European goalie gets comfortable as the angles are different with the ice size.

          Saying that, two big advantages that Finnish goalies have playing in Finland is that the ice surface size is (for the most part) a hybrid between international and NHL dimensions so the transition isn’t as extreme, and that specialised goaltending coaching is a huge thing, kids teams have goalie coaches for example, so technical instruction is very thorough for Finnish goalies.

          The other thought that comes to mind is that since he hasn’t been in North America so much, he hasn’t been ruined by Chabot (yet)

        • Lowetide

          I’ve always wondered about the situation with this guy. Everyone seemed to write him off last year when he barely got a chance to show what he could do at the NHL level. Then you look at how it was obvious to the entire hockey world that we had centre-depth issues, even early last year. So why not stay and fight for a spot? Maybe he didn’t think he had a chance here. Maybe he really needs the money.

          • Johnnydapunk

            He didn’t get a sniff last year when they rather play Larsen at forward. He was the most NHLexperienced forward in the farm, but he wasn’t a lottery pick, nor a coach’s son. None of that changed, so what makes him think he’d have a shot this year?

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        Not to the subject, nevertheless:

        Ralph Krueger is currently General Manager (or equivalent) of Southhampton FC in the English Premier League.

        The club is 2nd after 10 games with a budget a fraction of the top clubs.

        This guy has been a success at every stage of his carrier, except….. you no where.

        Nough said

        • Johnnydapunk

          Well kindof-ish..

          The structure used in English football is kindof different to that of football on the continent as well as hockey.

          Krueger is in a similar position to Southampton as LaForge is to the Oil. His role is primarily on the business side of things and he is the “on site” link between the owner and the Technical director and Manager. His role is off field and as long as the team isn’t being run to the ground, he is doing his job well. He is very well respected and trusted in the German and Swiss sports world which was why he was hired. It also makes the way MacT let him go for Dr Who a bit troubling.

          The Koeman Brothers (Manager and assistant manager) are the ones who are identifying the players needed, and creating the on field structure of the team, the technical director is the one who works with the managers to get the players the managers wish for, and is the link between the on field and off field management.

          So if we were to use the English footballing terms for the Oil management, it would be similar to this

          Katz is the owner, Nicholson and LaForge are the chairmen, 6Rings is like a vice-chairman-ish / Technical director (sadly), MacT is the technical Director/Manager, and Eakins would be a Manager and Ramsay, Acton, and Thompson would be the first team coaches.

          Whilst Southampton has been shocking the Premiership this year it’s been more Koeman working the magic as opposed to anything Krueger has done, what he has done is make Southampton a relatively stable team from the economic side of things, and I will give credit where it’s due, LaForge has been great doing that for the Oil.

            • Johnnydapunk

              Despite the Oil’s on ice comedically bad state, as a business they are apparently one of the best run clubs in the NHL. There has never been an issue with spending to the cap, they make a fair bit of money, The building is relatively full (paid tickets as opposed to attendance) and companies pay a decent amount (or offer a service) to be associated with the Oilers. That’s the side that LaForge is responsible for (from all I understand of the structure)

              As much as it kills me to see the team I have loved since I was a child be a laughing stock of the league, I can still respect the job that off ice management has done to keep the franchise being profitable, considering the dark days of the late 90s when the team was close to being sold and moved to Houston, I am happy that the team is stable at least.

              • Serious Gord

                Best run according to who?

                I’ve been to a few arenas and the oil experience is easily the worst – granted some of the issues are the arenas – not the oils. But lousy food, awful beverage choices, dirty seating, awful music (though improved this year finally) pathetic cheerleaders, embarrassing ice cleaning people, lousy lighting effects. A good deal of that is due to apathy on oil management – read: laforges part.

              • Serious Gord

                I legitimately laughed out loud when I read your latest gem…”embarrassing ice cleaning people”?

                Gord, don’t ever change. Nobody would know what to do with you if you didn’t consistently raise the bar the way you do.

              • Johnnydapunk

                Grasping at straws Gord, grasping at straws.

                Let me guess, the fact that they serve Canadian instead of Kokanee is also proof of incompetent management and years of ineptitude?

                We haven’t even gotten to the seats yet! How about that maroon color! Yikes. Just the worst, and all because of Lowe and MacT!

                Keep reaching for those stars man.

              • m@s f@s

                Red Flag on this one Gordo.

                This is like Propoganda school.

                Johnnydapunk is trying to spin-doctor for the Oilers or “someone”.

                First he tries to disenfranchise Ralphs work and impacts by tacticlly framing his job description trying to pigeon-hole Kruegers impacts for Southampton FC for some reason,then shortly thereafter he plugs Laforge and tries to re-inforce his earlier BS ,by re-itterating Laforge,and then plugging Laforges alleged impacts.

                This posters is hoping we all make the connection to Laforges “great work” with the Oilers and the “paralell” between Ralph in Southampton FC and Laforge in Edmonton.Insinuting that Ralph could ONLY have the same level of impacts as Laforge could.He was trying to back up his synopsis of Ralphs potentials in Southampton FC.

                This is cool Gordo but it is a con=job,nice catch by you.

                You nailed his arse immediatly with the Laforge BS, awsome job,but you didnt catch what he was trying to re-inforce when he made the Laforge comments,I did.

                Forget it Johnny-Boy , you are out of your league.

                Serious Gord you nailed it down with Laforge and the entire mess.

              • m@s f@s

                Clap Clap? Neither of you are going to remove steaming pieces of dung that need removing from those offices, but I side with Gordo because of his style and approach ‘if it were a buisness’ is less pompass. There are things that most educated hockey people know about a buisness. If you shove it in peoples faces that you have that tidbit and ‘you got it first’, ‘I’m better’, turns em away.

                Recess is over. Sounds like a KLowe approach.

              • camdog

                When the Eskimos replaced Lelacheur and replaced him with an outsider it didn’t change the fortunes of the Eskimos. The Eskimos were bound to eventually go on an upswing regardless of to whom their President and CEO was.

                This is Alberta, change is bad.

                Signed,

                PC Party of Alberta,
                Respectfully ruling Alberta since September 1971

          • Harry2

            Are you K-Lowe,or Nicholoson,or some O.E.G or Oilers con-job?

            I have never seen such a well written piece of propoganda developed for nothing.

            What are you trying to actively supress and re-direct people from so pro-actively huh?

            Who are you trying to BS.

            You just described someone with more influence than ole 6 Rings has but you tried to bull-spit everyone and spin it to seem like he really hs no juice at all.

            All you are trying to do is tacticlly and pro-actively seperate Ralph Kruger from any dynamic in which he could be described as being in position to be using the elite Managment Program he is now using.

            Your spin-doctoring has not disenfranchised Ralph or what he does with Southhampton FC,he is in a position to apply his management protocals anywhere the Ownership of the Team sees fit.

            Ralphs influence run deep and wide and he has inputs everywhere.

            “who works with the Managers to get the Players the managers wish for”…..” is the likk between the on-field and off-field management.”

            This is man in a position to influence every single thing the team does.From Player aquisition decisions to negotiating,he has his finger on the pulse of communication between Upper Mnagement and the hands-on Team managers,he makes sure the proper Players are aquired to stick to a template being used,he has inputs into those decisions,then he ensures that there is no miscommunication between the hands-on Managements execution of the overall mission statement and what the Upper management expects to be happening,he also ensures there is continuity of message throughout the teams super-structure, that everyone is on the same page following the same Mission Statement Template.

            Ralph is there to add his acumen and management processes and in doing so to ensure there are no “disconnects” between the focus of the Mission Statement of the Ownership and the execution of Business and Management ,development and and Coaching decisions.

            I am not sure what the hell you have been talking about,its like you used Wikipedia to ball-park Ralphs technical Job Description and then tried to spin-doctor what you took out of that definition to support some decieving propoganda disenfranchising Ralphs inputs tangible inputs and pigeon-holing them in some odd ways.

            You re trying to mke it seem like the Koeman are mking every System related and Mission Statement related decision WITHOUT Ralph having any inputs,you are mis-representing the truth.

            Southmpton FC has Ownership looking to break new ground and to be progressive, Ralph has provided a method to bring this wish to fruition,Ownership is supporting Ralph Krueger and his unique optimal management Programs and processes.

            Ralph is not cut out of ANY parts of the decision making processes,on any level,he is,on every level, involved in the Development and Management of the overall Super-structure of the organizaton which is clerly following Ownerships Mission Statement,you would need to ask Katharina Liebherr what her Mission Ststement is to her team and who she involved in the process to define exactly what Ralph nd the rest of her employees are doing.Good luck with that.

            You sure you arent K-Lowe covering up his boo-boo in dropping the ball on Krueger AND the Management Program he is using, or some desperate stats-junkie/con-job seeing the window of opportunitty for selling your wares slamming in your face as a superior online influence takes over?

            Cause it sure looks that way to me.Good luck with that.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        The Flames won again today without top draft picks.

        We need real NHL coaching fast, the core of this team is maturing and we signed some good forwards. The result is the same, losing games instead of winning them

        • Johnnydapunk

          In fact the Flames are the only NHL team without a top 3 pick in there history. 2nd year of rebuild and today tied for 2nd overall in league standings…

          Kevin…Oilers in year 9 of rebuild…blah blah blah

          • Johnnydapunk

            Not sure why anyone even thought the oilers would finish above the flames before the season started. I like their team. Great defence, good goaltending, forwards that work hard, get to the net with some skill. TJ Brodie is 100 times better than our “Norris trophy” contender. It’s not even close!

            I like what they’re doing down south. Katz should take notes

            • Serious Gord

              It’s the coaching, Giordano and Brodie both drafted by Flames. They are not big, around 6′ but they shoot the pucks and involve in offensive zone.

              The players learn from the coach, play with confidence instead of afraid making mistakes and get benched. When players get less minutes they lose confidence and not having fun out there to create.

              It’s like having strict parents, the kids turn out more bad that way because they would lie and sneak out doing things.
              Good parents teach and trust their kids, the kids grow up more matured and confidence with their abilities in life.

              Eakins is not a good coach, Marlies are doing fine without him. The press hyped him up and then Mac T felled for it.

              The young core is getting older and with some vets in there, some ok goal tending but this team still keep on losing.

              It’s not acceptable in any businesses in the real world out there, people would get fired.

              Unless the fans stop going to the games.

          • Serious Gord

            I asked on a previous thread what top three pick has Toronto ever had? Don’t think I got an answer.

            Found it on hockey db – Clarke was #1 in ’85. Scott thornton #3 in ’89.

          • Wax Man Riley

            It comes down to organizational pride. EVERYONE wrote the Flames off. I’m sure they’re using that as motivation since we know even poor players in the NHL are very good hockey players. They were told last place,and said “forget that!”

            Edmonton hears “potential” and expects it. They hear “bottom of the league” and have accepted it. The players expect bottom of the league, management has accepted bottom of the league.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        Florida Calgary game was fun to watch , and definitely of higher caliber play than Oiler Buffalo game . I am taken aback by how poorly our squad still is . We look like and play like a cellar dweller with little reason for any optimism . You have to wonder if we are good enough to beat our AHL squad with any regularity .

      • Serious Gord

        The power plays and penalty kills was among NHL top 5 with Tom Renny and Ralph Kreuger.

        How can the PP and PK is worse with Eakins? Same players and now they are more matured, they have been playing with each other few years now.

        Shouldn’t the team be winning and playing at the higher level?

        The core are not rookies any more, only Leon is.

        It’s not acceptable.

      • Johnnydapunk

        The fans here will never stop going to the games. So long as there’s lots of money, there’ll be no end of young guys with a lot of cash to blow taking some girl he wants to impress to the game, or some dad who wants to be father-of-the-year by nabbing a bunch of cheap seats for the whole family, or a group of guys who want to hang out for the night and have a few drinks while they’re at it, those seats are always going to be sold.

        That’s the reality of it – so long as people go, the Oilers honestly and legitimately have no reason to change what they’re doing from a business perspective. It’s selling tons of games and likely still lots of merch. They still have a waiting list for season tickets. So on and so forth. Katz and the Oilers are making a fortune off a losing product and therefore they don’t actually and honestly really need to do anything about it.

        Until they start losing money, that is. But again, so long as this area has as much money as it does flinging around as easily as it does, they don’t have to worry very much.

        • Serious Gord

          Except that you forget to mention that shots tonight were 39-21 for Pens who were playing a tired Buffalo team on the second game of back to backs. Oilers – who were on the second game of back to backs – outshot Buffalo 52-31. Without Taylor Hall too.

          Not happy with much this season, but I don’t agree much with your argument here either.

      • m@s f@s

        Refuse to give up on Zharkov. Just another player who I believe was told he had something here, soon. Plans don’t come to fruition and players drift to the wayside. Management bites off more than it can chew, not enough spots for all the promises they make and it pisses off players, agents, and other franchises.

      • Wax Man Riley

        I think MacT should call Jim Nill out in Dallas, and offer, I don’t know, say a 5th rounder and Lander for Shawn Horcoff. Only if Dallas retains $2+ million of the 5.5 remaining on the final year of that infamous, ugly contract. I’m obviously not thinking that Horcoff’s offensive skills will save our season. But we need a center desperately, and we also need to send Leon back to junior. Horcoff already knows the city, the team, and there’s still a few guys left from when he was here. He would provide a proven NHL center that can win faceoffs and is responsible defensively. And he would add another veteran presence/voice to the dressing room. Not too mention, he can probably be had for fairly cheaply.

        • Serious Gord

          Speaking of Dallas have you or anyone else watched many stars games? What’s going on with hemmer? 14 games 1 point and minus 7? What’s going on with my hemmer?

      • Serious Gord

        Tonight Gretzky had nice and informed comments on lots of teams, must be hard for him to dig up anything positive on oilers management clown act or Eakins the magnificent (puke)……

        Will not happen nor is it likely a good thing but fun to imagine if we had Gretzky and messier running this franchise instead of loser and McT !

        Class vs no class! Common sense vs morons! Informed decisions vs ???

        Anyway fcuk I hate Eakins as head coach! Smug, arrogant piece of crap that likely thinks he is even a better coach than Sutters grandma!

      • Serious Gord

        Katz has 2 best businesses going for him and he’s making money no matter what.

        1 He own Rexall pharmacy, everybody need medications. Raking in lots of money.

        2 The Oilers, everybody go to the games, buying merchandises. Raking in lots of money.

        Katz a billionaire and he has the city building a new Hockey Arena for his team.

        As long as people are getting sick, they need Rexall.
        As long as people going to the games, they watch the Oilers. Only entertainment in town for the winter.

        Conclusion people get sick from watching Oilers losing they take medications from Rexall.

        Win win for Mr Katz.

        Oilers fans no win situation, sad but true!

      • a lg dubl dubl

        Does anybody know who writes for the oilers feed on fb? The rumors I’ve heard all weekend were Yakupov and Petry to Montreal for Ellers and Beaulieu.

        Sounds very Ekland like to me lol