WEEKEND UPDATE!

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In a results oriented business, Iiro Pakarinen is delivering at a level that will get him noticed. One of the major offseason wins in ‘under the radar’ procurement, he should be a late winter recall based on progress.

AHL OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS

  1. C Jason Williams 40GP 15-20-35 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  2. R Andrew Miller 41GP, 15-19-34 (3GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  3. C Anton Lander 29GP, 9-22-31 (NHL this week)
  4. R Matt Ford 40GP, 12-17-29 (3GP, 1-3-4 this week)
  5. RIiro Pakarinen 37GP, 17-11-28 (3GP, 3-0-3 this week)
  6. D Brad Hunt 29GP, 8-19-27 (3GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  7. L Ryan Hamilton 30GP, 14-11-25 (Did not play this week)
  8. L Curtis Hamilton 37GP, 8-13-21 (3GP, 1-2-3 this week)
  9. D Jordan Oesterle 42GP, 5-14-19 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  10. C Bogdan Yakimov 38GP, 6-11-17 (3GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  11. R Steve Pinizzotto 14GP, 1-9-10 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  12. R Tyler Pitlick 14GP, 3-6-9 (NHL and injured this week)
  13. D Dillon Simpson 39GP, 2-7-9 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  14. D Oscar Klefbom 9GP, 1-7-8 (NHL this week)
  15. L Kellen Jones 16GP, 4-4-8 (3GP, 2-1-3 this week)
  16. L Josh Winquist 16GP, 4-4-8 (Did not play this week)
  17. C Jujhar Khaira 38GP, 2-5-7 (3GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  18. L Kale Kessy 17GP, 3-3-6 (season ending injury)
  19. D Martin Marincin 25GP, 0-6-6 (3gp, 0-2-2 this week)
  20. D Brandon Davidson 29GP, 2-4-6 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  21. D David Musil 36GP, 1-5-6 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  22. D Martin Gernat 34GP, 0-5-5 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  23. C Connor Jones 15GP, 2-2-4 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  24. C Travis Ewanyk 40GP, 2-2-4 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  25. D CJ Ludwig 13GP, 1-2-3 (Did Not Play this week)
  26. L Mitch Moroz 33GP, 0-3-3 (3GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  27. L Luke Gazdic 5GP, 2-0-2 (NHL this week)
  28. D Keith Aulie 8GP, 0-1-1 (NHL this week)
  29. G Laurent Brossoit 23GP, 2.64 .915 (2GP, 4.81 .844 this week)
  30. G Richard Bachman 20GP, 2.13 .927 (1GP, 1.00 .957 this week)
  31. G Frans Tuohimaa 3GP, 4.22, .904 (ECHL this week)

Notes:

  • Pakarinen now leads the team in goals and is having a strong debut.
  • Curtis Hamilton is playing the best hockey of his AHL career right now.
  • Martin Marincin has put two good statistical weeks in a row together.
  • Jujhar Khaira is beginning to post crooked boxcar numbers.
  • Bogdan Yakimov has been trending in a good way for a few weeks. 

CHL

  1. C Kyle Platzer, Owen Sound (OHL) 42GP, 19-33-52 (2GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  2. C-W Greg Chase, Calgary-Victoria (WHL) 38GP, 14-27-41 (3GP, 4-0-4 this week)
  3. R Jackson Houck, Vancouver (WHL) 43GP, 15-23-38 (4GP, 1-4-5 this week)
  4. C Marco Roy, Quebec (QMJHL) 39GP, 19-15-34 (3GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  5. D Darnell Nurse, SSM (OHL) 25GP, 8-17-25 (2GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  6. D Ben Betker, Everett (WHL) 42GP, 4-20-24 (4GP, 1-4-5 this week)
  7. C Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna (WHL) 7GP, 4-7-11 (2GP, 1-4-5 this week)
  8. G Keven Bouchard Val d’Or (QMJHL) 25GP, 4.34 .853 (Did not play this week)

L Vladimir Tkachev is 26GP, 9-16-25 for the year.

Notes:

  • Insane week because pretty much all of the Oilers’ junior kids did something.
  • Chase is starting to push it, this should be a fun follow for the rest of the campaign.
  • Houck woke from a slumber and had five points.
  • Leon Draisaitl is beginning to get comfortable, it should be noted he is playing a complete game down in junior. No sulker he.
  • Ben Betker has 9 points in the last two weeks, which borders on the impossible.
  • Marco Roy and Vladimir Tkachev appear to be having a hard time getting TOI on that loaded Rempart team. 

    NCAA

    1. D Joey Laleggia, Denver (NCAA) 22GP, 8-13-21 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
    2. L Evan Campbell UMass-Lowell (NCAA) 23GP, 6-13-19 (3GP, 0-2-2 this week)
    3. C Tyler Vesel, Nebraska at Omaha (NCAA) 24GP, 5-11-16 (Did not play this week)
    4. L Aidan Muir, Western Michigan (NCAA) 23GP, 4-6-10 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
    5. R John McCarron, Cornell (NCAA) 19GP, 0-6-6 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
    6. G Zach Nagelvoort Michigan (NCAA) 17GP, 2.55 .908 (2GP, 0.60 .966)

    BCJHL

    1. L Liam Coughlin, Vernon 43GP, 18-36-54 (2GP, 1-1-2 this week)

    USHL

    1. William Lagesson, Dubuque 27GP, 1-11-12 (3GP, 0-0-0 this week)

    Notes:

    • Zach Nagelvoort had a wonderful week, hopefully he turns things around from here.

    EUROPE

    1. L Roman Horak, Vityaz Podolsk (KHL) 43GP, 18-12-30 (1GP, 0-0-0 this week)
    2. L Anton Slepyshev, Salavat Yulaev (KHL) 48GP, 13-9-22 (2GP, 2-2-4 this week)
    3. R Antti Tyrvainen, Ilves (SML) 35GP, 5-6-11 (Did not play this week)
    4. L Daniil Zharkov Torpedo (VHL) 30GP, 2-3-5 (2GP, 1-0-1)

    Notes:

    • Slepyshev has six goals in the last two weeks. Major arrows.
    • Zharkov has a pulse!
    • llong33

      LT,

      Have you tracked Khaira and Yakimov splits before and after Lander’s recall?

      Personally would like to see Drai score at 1.85 P/PG and also play a complete game.

      • Lowetide

        Yes. Lander was recalled after the new year’s eve game, so it’s easy to track. Yakimov is 4-3-7 in 11 January games and Khaira has also played 11 games and is 1-3-4.

        • llong33

          27 GP and 10 points compared to 11 GP and 7 points.

          Also seems like lots of players take about 25 ish GP to get used to the league when they are on the younger side.

          Are you having Eric or Neal or Patricia on the show soon to talk about all the AHL moves and how the players are playing? The seen them good type of look

    • Gooilgo

      Wow these are some nice numbers from Miller and Williams. I know Williams is an old pro, but the guy in me who loved the movie ” The Natural” wants to see him up.
      Did not realize Miller was picking up those kinds of points though!

    • llong33

      Anton Slepyshev… is the most intriguing prospect not playing in the bigs/AHL 22PTS/48GP with minimal minutes, in what is called the 2nd best league… gets me super excited to see him over here next year.

      *edit* Lowetide, thanks for the updates, much appreciated.

    • llong33

      Zharkov was just immature. He thought he was better/ready for the pros before he really was and got eaten alive for it. I’m sure he’s matured quite a bit and regrets leaving junior a bit now. If he had stayed and worked his way into the AHL, I think he’d be far better off for it. You can’t really blame him for chasing the money a bit though, not with the kind of “money” they get in junior and even the AHL. I wonder if he reaches out to the Oilers and comes back over next season?

      • Lowetide

        Great points, we sometimes forget they’re just kids and have a lot to learn. I don’t know if the Oilers would have room for him, they have Slepyshev (probably), Roy, Houck and Platzer all likely turning pro.

        And Chase will for sure (already signed).

    • TeddyTurnbuckle

      I’ve gone to 3 Rockets games recently because of free tickets. Leon looks like he is dominating big time. Every time he gets on the ice he makes something happen. I’m worried about Kelowna’s goaltending.

      • Chainsawz

        The top 2 are a lock. The res is fluid. And by fluid I mean slippery as a greased pig.

        Dylan Strome? Zacha? Depends on your needs? If its me I take Zacha.At 3/4. Crouse for me is a 10-15 guy.

        There are a couple of Russian kids that are going to be in the mix especially the way the KHL is going with its reduction in teams and salary cap.

      • toprightcorner

        The Oilers should not be even considering Crouse for their first pick not matter what. With his limited offence of .55 p/g he is too risky to be a bust.

        For the Oilers Strome and Zacha should be in the top 5 list I think. Marner can be considered if the Oilers some how choose outside the top 5.

        I would rather the Oilers lean on the side of safety then risk on a kid who has great upside but a potential downside which is what I think Crouse would be.

        • toprightcorner

          I think Strome and Zacha have a higher downside, they are the type of players that need to play on the 1st or 2nd line. Crouse has potential to play on any line.

          • toprightcorner

            If you picking a forward in the top 5, you better be picking someone who can play on the first or second line, you don’t pick someone who you project as a 3rd liner.

            Crouse has not shown the offence to play in the top 6. He only has 4 assists this year so he has to be able to score goals in the NHL but doesn’t look like he will break 30 in junior. If you score 2-3 times as many goals as assists in the NHL you need to score 20-25 goals to be a top 6 forward.

            I don’t think right now that Crouse projects to be a top 6 forward.

            • toprightcorner

              I can’t believe that all the top scouts are wrong. They have put him in the top 5 for a reason. Obviously looking at his point totals you have to shake your head. But he made the World Jrs at a 17yr old and has a June birthday. Fans are missing something.

            • toprightcorner

              Crouse made the WJ’s because they needed a 4th line shut down guy which is where his talents lie. you just answered your own question.

              I am not saying Crouse is not a good player, he is just too risky for the Oilers to waste a lottery pick on.

    • TeddyTurnbuckle

      My biggest fear is that the Oilers land the number 4-5 pick this year. I do not trust this scouting department to be able to choose between Marner, Crouse, or anyone else really. Maybe we’ll get lucky and someone chooses Marner or Crouse with the number 3 and we’ll take Hanifin. Maybe? We can always hope right?

    • ATL Oiler

      Just read your Blog article on Taylor Hall.

      Lets play fantasy trade for a moment. Just because its All Star weekend and everything is just fantasy anyway.

      Taylor Hall to the Detroit Red Wings for the following Anthony Mantha( who is an A prospect). Dylan Larkin and Detroits number 1 pick this season. Plus a roster player to be determined.

      Add Petry to the deal for a 2cd round pick next year.

      The Oilers need is up he middle and their own pick this draft will go a long way to fixing that issue. But if we are honest with ourselves we also need to get bigger on the wings also. Benoit Pouliot is the kind of player we need along with Klinkhammer.

      Anthony Mantha is a scoring winger at 6’4 210 who could be a better fit with RNH and Eberle.

      We know what we have in Hall but perhaps its time to explore a different path. Its All Star weekend after all and nothing counts afterall.

    • Lowetide

      Crouse is hated because he does not score much, look at the team he is on he has to create for himself, not a very good team. I think his upside is like an Andrew Ladd.

          • toprightcorner

            Ladd continued to play with Getzlaf, but none of them produced at the same level. He made the NHL eventually but dealt with injuries and the team that drafted him fourth traded him for Tuomo Ruutu who also wasn’t worth a fourth overall pick. Ladd showed strong signs of potential in his new team and was traded for salary cap reasons.

            Benoit Pouliot struggled to make the NHL (not a sin). After making it he showed flashes but was too inconsistent and was traded to Montreal for Latendresse. Latendresse was fine but not worth a fourth overall.

            Neither of the teams who drafted these two guys were better for it.

            • ATL Oiler

              Ladd played 9 min per game against Edmonton in the finals. He had his two series points in the first two games. He help Carolina in that series. He hasn’t contributed enough to their team overall.

    • toprightcorner

      Best 2 way player in Junior hockey, above average speed, above average size. Turns 18 in June. Made the World Jrs at a young 17 . Has no centers to play with in Kingston unless of course Sam Bennett returns.

      i know his point total is not high but look at who he plays with put him on a line with Sam Bennett and watch what his point totals look like.

    • toprightcorner

      Anton Slepyshev has 13 points in his last 15 games so he is now finding his groove and getting some ice time in the 15-16 min range. Looks like he is finally turning the corner, can’t wait to see him in the AHL with Yakimov next year.

    • Chainsawz

      Jun 23 1997 he turns 18, how many 171/2 yr olds make the world Jr? There are reasons besides points that scouts like him. Fans zoom in on points and there are arguments . Black and White. All I’m saying this guy on paper had no chance to make the World Jrs. On paper no scout should rank him in the top 10. but as you know. Maybe your missing something?

      • toprightcorner

        You do not use a lottery pick for guys who are good 2-way players and don’t put up points, so yes, you have to look at points when drafting a forward with a lottery pick.

        If you can show me 1 example in the last 10 years where a forward was drafted in the top 5 and wasn’t in the top 10 in points per game, I will consider your argument that the Oiler should consider him.

        Crouse is tied for 121st place in points this year, not even screaming top 10 pick to me..

    • Chainsawz

      Just let me dream you animals. Oilers re-sign Petry. Trade Ference and Nikitin at trade deadline. Trade JSchultz to teams still enamoured by his offensive promise. Trade Eberle for Barkov. Then draft Marner. Ok…I’ll wake up now.

    • Tikkanese

      @LT

      Is Marco Roy signed? If not, should they bother? Given his age, injury history, that he was drafted for his offense, yet he has little offense when he should be dominating says to me to let him go.