WEEKEND UPDATE

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Bogdan Yakimov had a strong week in Oklahoma City, and he was one of the top performers among Oilers’ prospects this week. Other names who scored well across the prospect pool? Greg Chase, Tyler Vesel, Liam Coughlin and Zack Nagelvoort. The week’s best performance? Probably Laurent Brossoit. Let’s have a look at the week in review.

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AHL OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS

  1. Jason Williams 16GP, 7-11-18 (2GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  2. Brad Hunt 10GP, 4-11-15 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  3. Anton Lander 12GP, 4-11-15 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  4. Ryan Hamilton 16GP, 8-5-13 (2GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  5. Iiro Pakarinen 12GP, 8-3-11 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  6. Andrew Miller 16GP, 4-7-11 (3GP, 2-0-2 this week)
  7. Matt Ford 15GP, 5-5-10 (2GP, 2-1-3 this week)
  8. Oscar Klefbom 9GP, 1-7-8 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week before NHL)
  9. Tyler Pitlick 12GP, 2-6-8 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  10. Curtis Hamilton 16GP, 4-4-8 (3GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  11. Jordan Oesterle 18GP, 3-5-8 (3GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  12. Steve Pinizzotto 9GP, 0-6-6 (NHL this week)
  13. Bogdan Yakimov 13GP, 1-5-6 (3GP, 0-3-3 this week)
  14. Kale Kessy 15GP, 3-3-6 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  15. Brandon Davidson 10GP, 1-2-3 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  16. Martin Gernat 14GP, 0-3-3 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  17. Jujhar Khaira 15GP, 1-2-3 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  18. Travis Ewanyk 15GP, 1-2-3 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  19. Luke Gazdic 5GP, 2-0-2 (NHL this week)
  20. CJ Ludwig 8GP, 1-1-2 (5GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  21. David Musil 12GP, 0-2-2 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  22. Dillon Simpson 17GP, 2-0-2 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  23. Martin Marincin 1GP, 1-0-1 (NHL this week)
  24. Keith Aulie 8GP, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  25. Mitch Moroz 13GP, 0-1-1 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  26. Richard Bachman 9GP, 2.66 .906 (2GP, 3.50 .919 this week)
  27. Laurent Brossoit 6GP, 2.66 .918 (2GP, 0.97, .971 this week)
  28. Frans Tuohimaa 3GP, 4.22, .904 (ECHL this week)

Notes:

  • Brossoit shot lights out this week, stopping 67 of 69 shots.
  • Yakimov is really starting to push the river now, he’s an emerging player.
  • Curtis Hamilton is showing a pulse.
  • Brandon Davidson and Dillon Simpson scored Friday night.
  • Lots of NHL scouts watching Okahoma City this week. I wonder who they are interested in?

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CHL

  1. Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound (OHL) 24GP, 9-20-29 (3GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  2. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL) 24GP, 7-14-21 (4GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  3. Greg Chase, Calgary-Victoria (WHL) 19GP, 4-14-18 (3GP, 2-1-3 this week)
  4. Marco Roy, Quebec (QMJHL) 20GP, 10-8-18 (injured, DNP this week)
  5. Darnell Nurse, SSM (OHL) 14GP, 6-10-16 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  6. Ben Betker, Everett (WHL) 23 GP, 1-6-7 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  7. Keven Bouchard Val d’Or (QMJHL) 15GP, 4.48 .853 (2GP, 3.98 .875 this week)

Vladimir Tkachev is 13GP, 4-12-16 for the year.

Notes:

  • Chase hit the ground running in Victoria.
  • Platzer continues to roll, he’s having a strong season and should get a contract soon.
  • Keven Bouchard is having a bad year.

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NCAA

  1. Joey Laleggia, Denver (NCAA) 10GP, 5-6-11 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  2. Tyler Vesel, Nebraska at Omaha (NCAA) 11GP, 3-5-8 (2GP, 2-1-3 this week)
  3. Evan Campbell UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 11GP, 3-5-8 (DNP this week)
  4. Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (NCAA) 12GP, 1-3-4 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  5. John McCarron, Cornell (NCAA) 8GP, 0-2-2 (1GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  6. Zach Nagelvoort Michigan (NCAA) 10GP, 2.90 .902 (2GP, 1.50 .955)

BCJHL

  1. Liam Coughlin, Vernon 25GP, 11-12-23 (4GP, 4-2-6 this week)

USHL

  1. William Lagesson, Dubuque 18GP, 1-10-11 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)

Notes:

  • Zach Nagelvoort had a splendid week and is now over .900SP for the season.
  • Tyler Vesel is finding the range now, interesting player.
  • Liam Coughlin had a big week, but remember he should be in college.

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EUROPE

  1. Roman Horak, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) 30GP, 15-7-22 (1GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  2. Anton Slepyshev, Salavat Yulaev (KHL) 33GP, 4-5-9 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  3. Antti Tyrvainen, Ilves (SML) 20GP, 4-3-7 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  4. Daniil Zharkov Torpedo (VHL) 18GP, 1-3-4 (4GP, 0-2-2 this week)

The Oilers European group can’t buy a thrill.

    • nugeformayor

      Not sure if anyone posted this prior…

      Gene Principe chatting up The Great One at last night’s game. Hilarious as #99 seems to have drank some KLOWE flavoured kool-aid:

      http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/gretzky-edmonton-deserves-a-winning-team/

      Super fitting as Gretz goes “Ya know the Oilers this and that, Edmontonians are this and that and deserve a winner this and that”.

      …..And the Blues score!!!!!!

      SO AWESOME!

      GO HABS GO!

      • Klima's Mullet

        The nice thing is that he’s being developed in a developmental league…Draisaitl has been thrown to the wolves…it will be interesting to see their progression

      • It just goes to show how superficial the world really is. I don’t know if true results matter as much as who you know, how you look, and how much of a fast talker you are. And if Todd Nelson was the coach of some “sexy” eastern-based farm team like the Marlies, I bet you he’s an NHL coach by now.

    • Scrivens to Sportsnet after the game:
      “I don’t think we’re playing good enough to win in the NHL”.

      It’s about time someone with 1/2 a brain on the team spoke frankly.

      There is hope, Oilers suckers: How about the AHL Edmonton Canadiens, the official Habs farm team sounds? Bergevin would square off that misery of a team in less time than for KLOwe to tell MacT “kiss it, Craig”.

      • orangepylon

        Here’s why my post rings so true:
        Everybody here have been calling out Eakins for not being an NHL caliber head coach. Same for
        MacT, KLowe et al in management. You’ve all said that. Not good enough.
        Now for the players:
        “Send Draistl back to the farm”, “Shultz should go down”, “Aulie is not an NHL player”, “Arco is marginal NHL talent” and on and on and on with all the expert comments on ON, etc etc etc etc etc etc.

        Oilers management could then ALL keep their jobs since they’re all so AHL like!!!

        P.S. Is it true that when Jagr came back to NHL a few years back he would have said yes to play for Oilers?

    • FFS. Fire McT!!!!!!!

      I can not stand Eakins continuing to screw this mess up more than it deserves. The fact that McT won’t fire this moron means he simply has to go as well as sucks and blowes ……

      I wake up more and more pissed off not seeing the headline that Idiot Eakins was “taken out”…

      I used to be a nice supporting model oil fan, now I am just really pissed.

      Let’s get organized, and IMO we target a campaign directly at Eakins

      Who the fcuk puts out the line he did with critical d minutes left in the game!!!!

      Too bad scrivener didn’t crack his stick over Eakins head.

    • orangepylon

      I’m sure this has been brought up repeatedly, but what exactly would be the harm in calling up Williams? OKC would have more playing time to divide up amongst their prospects, and he obviously would be a temporary veteran centre upgrade that the oil sorely needs – without having to make a bad trade. Sorry if this has been discussed ad nauseum.

        • orangepylon

          Thanks.

          If this were the case, how hard would it be to draw up some overriding contract to have him come up? I evidently have no knowledge of the CBA, but then again, neither did Ricky Olczyk or Bill Scott.

          and – to #12 re: Jagr. I do remember him saying he was impressed with how the Oil courted him before he ran off to Europe, and that he would consider playing for us if he ever came back. Was surprised that it was never really brought up when he did return. It’s not as though we didn’t need someone like him.

    • Randaman

      Nice to see Brossoit progressing nicely. When the Smid trade was made, this was the player I was pleased they acquired.

      Yes, Smid is sorely missed (cough, cough) but this kid will be our next starter for a decade in my opinion.

      Here’s hoping…

      Trying to maintain some level of sanity with some positives I guess.

      Pass the koolaid. LOL

    • Justice4Tkachev

      I still wonder how Todd Nelson felt when Eakins was hired. They had similar resumes being successful in the AHL. Eakins was slightly more successful taking his team to the finals but Nelson was already in the oilers organization. Nelson already had success with some of the oilers top players such as Hall, Eberle, RNH, and (especially, MacT’s Boy) Jultz.

      I know that argument that firing (another!) coach isn’t the answer but I really don’t think Eakins is the right guy for the job! We fired too many coaches to early and now the coach that should be fired early has his job saved because of the previous mistakes.

      Because I am curious. Does anybody actually support Eakins and think he is the right guy for the job?

      Trash for Eakins, Cheers for anyone else (such as nelson, Ramsay…anybody!)

      • WHH

        Eakins had better hair than Nelson at the time and that was the deciding factor for MacT.

        Seriously, though, at the time Eakins was a hot coaching commodity due to his success with the Marlies. As we have seen since, it was likely more due to the talent on the team rather than his coaching accumen. Nelson continues to work with a weak talent pool (how many Oiler non-1st overall picks have turned into real players since 2010? Just Marincin so far……..) – he appears to be a good communicator and teacher and is great to have in the system. He will get a NHL HC chance sooner than later – I just hope it is with the Oilers instead of elsewhere. When Anton Lander is your top prospect scorer, and three of your top four scorers are career AHLers with no shot at the NHL, it speaks volumes to the dearth of forward talent in the system……

        That being said, I am not sure that Eakins can communicate or teach players based on his lack of results at the NHL level. Sure, he has been given a flawed roster by MacT to work with, but this team is much better on paper than the one Kruger had to work with and Ralph generated better results playing solely Western Conference teams (no cream-puff Eastern teams). Ralph was a noted stron communicator/motivator coming in and it showed.

        Dallas has had a full season and two training camps to instill systems that can work at the NHL level and this team is still disorganized. Several of the young players have plateaued or appear to have regressed the past season and a half, which is not a good sign. If you have a core of young players you need to see continued development in their game and right now it does not look like this is happening outside of Yak paying more attention defensively.

      • WHH

        I remember hearing an interview on one of the local shows with Todd shortly after the hiring of Dallas. He said that he wasn’t even given a curtesy phone call, let alone interviewed for the job. He said it hurt a bit at the tine. I’m paraphrasing, but that is what I took out of the interview.

    • WHH

      It was great to see our Goaltenders did so well the past two games. We need this and it can only help our cause.

      Eakins use of players is very, very, hard to understand. I use to think it was because he was totally incompetent. I then thought just maybe he cannot process the game at bench level and see what the average fans see……..that being that his pet favourites ( NN, JS, WA, the list goes on) just suck and can’t play the game.

      I’m now starting to think he has a mandate to lose for just one more season, so that the Oilers can draft CM or JE.

      Before you trash me, why would he play the line-up of players in the last minute of the game that he did last night?

      No one can be that stupid!

    • WHH

      Hang on Oil fans,like the snow storm that passed yesterday,there is blue sky on the horizon.this year is a write off,and with each passing day,we are getting closer to getting Connor McDavid,so please no coaching changes or trades until this guy puts on his Oiler silks.the Oilers biggest fan,who happens to be the owner,is tired of the teams performance,and having his name in the conversation about what a joke this organization is.this off season,Nicolson will replace Klowe,Katz will pay Babcocks ransom,and this mess should be cleaned up in time to dominate when the move is made to Rogers.because we have been through this management groups bumbling ways for nine years now,it’s easy to lose it,and demand a big shake up.but if we do that,and finish outside the lottery,like we did the year we got gags,and Chicago got Kane,because we won our last game against Calgary,then do we really improve at all?stay the course my beloved Oil fans,this will be better very soon.remember how long it took LA to turn the corner?there was talks there of blowing it up,and rebuilding again,before adding Sutter,the Kings were just as lost as we are now.Babcock is coming folks,Katz is too proud to allow this to continue,this is not the legacy he had in mind,when he bought the team,or during the years he spent,trying to get the new rink built.this is a proud Edmontonian folks,and he also happens to be a super fan.it has to be tough to listen to excuses,when your name is also being dragged through the mud,never mind having to sign the cheques too.i still trust Katz