Andrew Miller had a strong week in Oklahoma City and headlines a productive seven days for many Oilers prospects and minor leaguers. Anton Slepyshev is burning up the KHL and Richard Bachman is scaring the daylights out of opposition snipers in the AHL


  1. Jason Williams 37GP 15-19-34 (4GP, 2-0-2 this week)
  2. Andrew Miller 38GP, 14-18-32 (4GP, 2-2-4 this week)
  3. Anton Lander 29GP, 9-22-31 (NHL this week)
  4. Ryan Hamilton 30GP, 14-11-25 (1GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  5. Iiro Pakarinen 34GP, 14-11-25 (4GP, 2-2-4 this week)
  6. Matt Ford 37GP, 11-14-25 (4GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  7. Brad Hunt 26GP, 7-17-24 (4GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  8. Curtis Hamilton 34GP, 7-11-18 (4GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  9. Jordan Oesterle 39GP, 5-13-18 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  10. Bogdan Yakimov 35GP, 5-10-15 (4GP, 2-0-2 this week)
  11. Tyler Pitlick 14GP, 3-6-9 (NHL and injured this week)
  12. Dillon Simpson 36GP, 2-7-9 (4GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  13. Steve Pinizzotto 11GP, 1-8-9 (Did Not Play this week)
  14. Oscar Klefbom 9GP, 1-7-8 (NHL this week)
  15. Josh Winquist 16GP, 4-4-8 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  16. Kale Kessy 17GP, 3-3-6 (season ending injury)
  17. Brandon Davidson 27GP, 2-4-6 (4GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  18. Kellen Jones 13GP, 2-3-5 (4GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  19. Martin Gernat 32GP, 0-5-5 (3GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  20. David Musil 34GP, 1-4-5 (4GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  21. Jujhar Khaira 35GP, 1-4-5 (4GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  22. Martin Marincin 22GP, 0-4-4 (4gp, 0-1-1 this week)
  23. Connor Jones 12GP, 2-1-3 (4GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  24. CJ Ludwig 13GP, 1-2-3 (Did Not Play this week)
  25. Travis Ewanyk 37GP, 1-2-3 (4GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  26. Luke Gazdic 5GP, 2-0-2 (NHL this week)
  27. Mitch Moroz 30GP, 0-2-2 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  28. Keith Aulie 8GP, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  29. Laurent Brossoit 21GP, 2.41 .922 (1GP, 2.06 .926 this week)
  30. Richard Bachman 19GP, 2.19 .926 (3GP, 0.67 .977 this week)
  31. Frans Tuohimaa 3GP, 4.22, .904 (ECHL this week)


  • David Musil may never have a better offensive week in his pro career.
  • Iiro Pakarinen has earned a call up.
  • Bogdan Yakimov popped two goals in front of the amateur scouts last night, no doubt confirming he was one of the very good selections during the MacGregor era.


  1. Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound (OHL) 40GP, 19-31-50 (4GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  2. Greg Chase, Calgary-Victoria (WHL) 35GP, 10-27-37 (3GP, 2-1-3 this week)
  3. Marco Roy, Quebec (QMJHL) 36GP, 18-15-33 (3GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  4. Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL) 39GP, 14-19-33 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  5. Darnell Nurse, SSM (OHL) 23GP, 7-16-23 (3GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  6. Ben Betker, Everett (WHL) 38GP, 3-16-19 (3GP, 0-4-4 this week)
  7. Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna (WHL) 5GP, 3-3-6 (3GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  8. Keven Bouchard Val d’Or (QMJHL) 25GP, 4.34 .853 (1GP, 5.98 .773 this week)

Vladimir Tkachev is 24GP, 9-15-24 for the year.


  • Greg Chase returned to Alberta and enjoyed a good week.
  • Kyle Platzer has the makings of an enormous set of boxcars at season’s end.
  • Ben Betker! He had a David Musil week!
  • Darnell Nurse remains at 1/1 point-per-game, a very nice neighborhood.


  1. Joey Laleggia, Denver (NCAA) 20GP, 8-12-20 (3GP, 2-2-4 this week)
  2. Evan Campbell UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 20GP, 6-11-17 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  3. Tyler Vesel, Nebraska at Omaha (NCAA) 24GP, 5-11-16 (3GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  4. Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (NCAA) 21GP, 4-6-10 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  5. John McCarron, Cornell (NCAA) 17GP, 0-6-6 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  6. Zach Nagelvoort Michigan (NCAA) 15GP, 2.81 .904 (2GP, 4.48 .900)


  1. Liam Coughlin, Vernon 41GP, 17-35-52 (4GP, 2-5-7 this week)


  1. William Lagesson, Dubuque 24GP, 1-11-12 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)


  • Joey Laleggia must be signed.
  • Tyler Vesel is playing a lot of a freshman, that’s a good sign.
  • Liam Coughlin is starting to stretch things out. 


  1. Roman Horak, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) 42GP, 18-12-30 (Did Not Play this week)
  2. Anton Slepyshev, Salavat Yulaev (KHL) 46GP, 11-7-18 (4GP, 4-0-4 this week)
  3. Antti Tyrvainen, Ilves (SML) 35GP, 5-6-11 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  4. Daniil Zharkov Torpedo (VHL) 28GP, 1-3-4 (did not play this week)


  • That’s a monster week for Slepyshev. Terrific item.

      • I caught some of the game that Kelowna played against the Thunderbirds. He looked a little off and was doing things that aren’t going to lead to success in the NHL. Like carrying the puck against two defenders, etc. But he also showed flashes of great touch with the puck, making soft passes into the high slot. The Oilers should have looked for a center because with how he’s playing he definitely should have only gotten 9 games this year and then gone back to junior. If the Oilers were aggressive about it I’m sure they could have worked out a deal between the PA Raiders and the Rockets sooner in the season.

  • GCW

    D Zharkov’s agent should be fired. Should be in AHL this season. Kid may have killed his chances of a NHL career.

    If Slepyshev is not in a Condor uniform next season I’ll be pissed.

    Marco Roy should be also in Bakersfield next season.

    If the Oilers are looking to take the next step they need to continue to draft and develop these players. if I am KLOWE I would be telling Rexall Sports to invest into one of these KHL franchises that are struggling currently. The Oilers need a pipeline from the KHL to the NHl that they can control and direct as needed.

    Moving the AHL franchise to Bakersfield next season is a fait du accompli. Their ECHL franchise would look good in a place like Kansas City. Or Birmingham.

    • Dwayne Roloson 35

      I would prefer to see Katz invest in a team in the Swedish Elite League, maybe It doesn’t have the top end of the KHL, but a much more stable system well also having a management base in Sweden would be huge for Scouts and have along track record on many Europeans as draft Elgible and free agent acquisitions.

      Oilers still working on the acquisition of Erie Otters in OHL as well.

      A team in Bakersfield and having a California Division will be a huge plus to the Oilers and all those teams.

      Maybe OKC wants to be a ECHL market?

  • Dan the Man

    Nevermind Zharkov’s agent, Zharkov himself will be begging to play in the AHL next season. Hell, if he just wants to play, he’d likely be dying for a chance to play in the ECHL. Which is likely where he ends up to start if he did come over.

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    Hey Lowetide,

    Just wondering what advanced stats and underlying numbers you have available for Marco Roy? A player like that isn’t ripping up the Q as an overager and that brings some concerns (some which you have highlited in past articles). If he is playing in all disaplines and being a sound defensive minded player then there would be an interesting development for Roy. If he turned into a Draper or Maltby for these oilers that would ideal.

    Speaking of draft picks working out and carving a way into the NHL we should look at the Ottawa Senators roster and appauld their scouts. Almost all there bottom 6 and defence are players the Senstors have drafted and developed. Oilers should look at doing the same. They had enough spare parts and prospects to get a top scorer like Ryan and they are still employing a boat load of players they have drafted and developed outside the first round on their roster.

    • Lowetide

      for Roy there aren’t many things we can suss out although the QMJHL is an excellent league for stats. He’s shooting a lot (102 shots in 37 games is close to three a game).

      He’s about even season over season. In 2013-14, he was 39gp, 8-16-24 .615 and this year he’s 37gp, 15-9-24 .615. That’s at evens. So, running in place although we don’t have ice time but can assume he’s getting less (much better team this year).

    • He is well behind guys like Maltby and Draper offensively at that age. Roy is 20 now I think.

      19 year old Maltby put up 91 points in 66 games and 19 year old Draper put up 61 points in 39 games.

      People seem to forget that 2-way and/or defensive forwards in the NHL were almost always very good at offense in junior.

  • Lowetide

    We have to remember mact turned Pick #37 in 2013 to: (#57; #88; #96) #57 became (#83; #94; #113)

    #83 Yakimov

    #88 Slepyshev

    #94 Houck

    #96 Platzer

    #113 Muir

    Tayranchula: Katz era:

    2008: OTT (15) Karlson; (42) weircoch; (79) smith; EDM (22) eberle

    2009: OTT (9) Cowen; (39) silverburg; (46) Lehner; EDM (10) MP; (40) Lander

    2010: OTT (178) Stone; EDM: (46) Marincin; (48) Hamilton; (162) Davidson

    2011: OTT 6) Zibanejad; (21) noesen; (24) Pumpel; (61) prince; EDM: (19) Klefbom; (31) Musil; (114) Reider; (122) Gernat

    2012: OTT (15) Ceci; (76) dredger; (82) maidens; EDM: (32) moroz; (63) Khaira; (123) laleggia

    2013: OTT (17) Lazar; #102 Lindberg; (168) Shore EDM: (7) Nurse: (83) Yakimov; (88) Slepyshev; (96) Platzer; (113) Muir; (128) campbell; (188) Chase

    2014: (40) Englund WJC; (70) Gendron; (190) Perron; EDM: (91) Laggeson WJC; (111) NageVoort#2 U20 Save% NCAA; (153) Vesel #2 scorer Hockey east #1 team.

    2008/2009 was good for OTT.

    2013/2014 under MacT look amazing!

  • Poke Check

    If Hall is playing injured, he should get the medical help he needs now, but it really seems like he’s just sulking. If that’s the case then perhaps a trade might help everyone. I hate to think what his mindset would be if we managed to draft Eichel or McDavid – can you imagine how he would resent someone taking over his “I am the superstar” spot.

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  • Poke Check

    Sorry Vesel Is 5th best of 144 2nd line minutes NCAA forwards.

    Campbell Was #2 of #1 Hockey East Team.

    (113) Muir #5 3rd line minutes in Points 10P Behind: 13P Mangorani 22yr (UD); 12P T. J. Compher #35 2013; 11P Pichany (72); 11P Walker 22yr (UD)

  • BustedSoulO

    I was just examining the 2010 draft, again.
    Is it just me, or does it still burn everybody’s balz to see:—
    —31 – Edmonton – Tyler Pitlick – C—
    —46 – Edmonton – Martin Marincin – D—
    —47 – Los Angeles – Tyler Toffoli – R—
    —48 – Edmonton – Curtis Hamilton – L—
    “Whatever”, on the scouts that said that Pitlick & Hamilton were good choices.
    I want the scalp of the scout that said, “Naw… That Toffoli kid is nothin’ special.
    All Pre-Draft season, Pitlick and Toffoli were within a few picks of each other (although looking at the raw boxcars makes me wonder why?), but Hamilton was never higher than 42.
    So tell me how a 1st round ranked player, (that MUST have been looked at with the same lights as Pitlick) that is still available at 46, doesn’t get grabbed?
    LA had already taken a D (Derek Forbort)
    Marincin (not even ranked in the top 50) would likely have still been there a pick later.
    WTF is wrong with the braintrust of this organization, that seemingly makes it impossible for them to think on their feet?
    Why is their self esteem so low that they have to embarrassingly stick to decisions they make behind closed doors, far from the light of the reality of any given situation??? (NIKITIN)
    There ARE great hockey minds out there, right!?!
    Why does this once great Hockey Institution seem to be saddled with a bunch of dumb old hockey players?
    In the maelstrom of wrath and vengeance that this forensic audit ought to be, I want that scout’s scalp laid before our feet.

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      the Oilers didn’t want to take any chances on having Marincin gone by the time they picked so they traded for the pick and took him earlier than he would have went. and you can’t blame them on C. Hamilton. he was ranked as a 1st round talent when he got himself injured and thus fell to the 2nd round. the Oilers thought, as a lot of us fans did at the time, that we got a steal.

    • Dwayne Roloson 35

      Captain hindsight to the rescue. might as well talk about how all nhl teams passed up lundqvist,quick, hasek, buflyugien, alfredson, datsyuk,and zetterberg multiple times.

      • Joy S. Lee

        Pitlick still might be a valuable NHL’er if he can stay out of the infirmary. Actually, I take much more offense over the draft where they made the same pick (#31, first pick of day two) and chose Musil over Ty Rattie, who went to St. Louis next. They made the inbred pick… again. You know, I kind of get the desire to be one big happy family, but don’t do it with a top 50 pick, unless you know the guy is the better player. Musil may yet prove me wrong, but that’s where I really started to question the teams’ direction…

        …well, that’s a lie. I looked back over their draft history. The pathetic drafting pretty much started only a few years into the teams’ existence, and has been sporadic at best ever since. We can thank a Supreme Being for wanting to see the best team ever assembled along with the best player ever, here in Edmonton and raining good fortune throughout their initial player choices, but other than that, quality prospects who develop really are like tumbleweeds blowing through the desert, if there weren’t so much snow here.

  • Lowetide

    Nice to see TKachev is doing well….any chance we get him in the draft? I suppose we have enough little guys but still- Was a fairy tale story there for us for awhile there…