WEEKEND UPDATE

Darnell Nurse ended his junior career last night and will probably head to Oklahoma City to continue playing spring hockey. It has been a very eventful week for Edmonton’s prospects.

AHL

  1. R Matthew Ford 3GP, 1-4-5
  2. LD Brad Hunt 3GP, 0-3-3
  3. L Ryan Hamilton 3GP, 3-0-3
  4. R Andrew Miller 3GP, 1-2-3
  5. C Jason Williams 3GP, 0-3-3
  6. C Connor Jones 3GP, 2-0-2
  7. LD Jordan Oesterle 3GP, 1-1-2
  8. L Josh Winquist 3GP, 1-1-2
  9. C Jujhar Khaira 1GP, 1-0-1
  10. F Kellen Jones 3GP, 1-0-1
  11. D Martin Marincin 3GP, 0-1-1
  12. L Mitchell Moroz 3GP, 0-1-1
  13. C CJ Stretch 3GP, 0-1-1
  14. G Richard Bachman 2GP, 0.59 .981
  15. G Laurent Brossoit 2GP, 3.46 .909

Notes:

  • Barons won their first series quickly and now wait for the Western Conference bracket to suss out. Khaira’s return was welcome and timely and Richard Bachman has been splendid in the playoffs.

CHL

  1. C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters 15GP, 19-23-42 (not an Oiler but draft eligible)
  2. C Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna Rockets 13GP, 6-14-20
  3. C Greg Chase, Victoria Royals 10GP, 7-4-11 (Junior career is over)
  4. C Marco Roy, Quebec Remparts 12GP, 3-8-11
  5. D Darnell Nurse, SSM Greyhounds 14GP, 3-5-8 (Junior career ended Saturday)
  6. D Ben Betker, Everett Silvertips 9GP, 1-2-3 (Junior career is over)
  7. G Keven Bouchard, Val d’Or Foreurs 4GP, 4.03 .877

The quality of talent playing in junior this season either under Oilers control or earmarked for Edmonton is historic.

USHL

  1. LD William Lagesson Dubque Fighting Saints 7GP, 1-1-2
  • Kevwan

    I watched the final four games of the Erie-Sault series and while I was drooling over McGenius, I also couldn’t take my eyes off Darnell Nurse. What an athlete! Does he ever get tired? He is no puck handler, but he makes a great first pass, is an amazing skater and is getting better all the time in his own end. He is tough and nasty and is slowly getting bigger. I figure he will add an extra 10-15 pounds over the next two or three years and really become a beast.

    I really wish we were seeing the Kelowna-Portland series as well, so I could watch LD, LT. It was also nice to see Hallsy get a hat trick today. Things are good in Oiler land.

    • Kevwan

      Nurse was awesome. What I also liked about him was that at 30+- min. TOI he got stronger as the game went along. Hopefully we can be patient with him because he’s going to be a force.

      Along with Hall’s trick , Eberle had 2 helpers. Nice game for both of them.

        • Kevwan

          He was minus 3 in the last game. He got caught out of position on one of the first 2 goals so yeah. He was the only man back on Connors 3 on 1 beauty assist. Yeah the empty net was another minus. He wasn’t great in the first but did get stronger as the game went on. I thought he was the best Soo player in the 2nd and third.

          If you watched the whole series he was very impressive 5v5 against McDavid. Connor did call him the best D he’s ever played against and the best D in the OHL.

          As far as him being the oldest he was born Feb 4,1995. There are 3 players on the Soo roster with ’94 birth dates and 8 others with ’95 birth dates. There are at least 4 older players than Darnell on Erie.

          I think a contrarian point of view is beneficial to the discussion here. But if you’re just going to pull crap like “he was the oldest guy in the game” out of your arse when it’s totally wrong it just makes you sound stupid(er). Maybe it’s good that you don’t like him because you obviously don’t have a clue.

    • Mike Krushelnyski

      I loved that the Erie fans were booing Nurse every time he touched the puck.

      When was the last time we had a player who drew the ire of the opposition like that?

  • Truth

    Connor MD; 2.8 points per game in the playoffs! Another 5 point game last night, wow!

    All these changes to the Oilers with new management, players, coaches are so exciting; now if only the voters of Alberta can give Albertans the same feeling by getting a new government to run the province that would be ok too.

  • Our Savior, who art in Erie.
    Conner be thy name.
    When thou dost come,
    Games finally be won,
    In Anaheim, as well as Vancouver.
    Give us this day, a scoring title,
    And forgive us our Gloating,
    As we forgive Flames fans who troll our site.
    And lead us not into cap trouble, but
    Attract us free agent defencemen.
    For thine is the Division, the Conference
    and the League,
    For ever and ever.
    Ya man.

  • Oil Vice

    One hand: Thank God we have all these prospects, our team is historically stacked!!!!

    The Other Hand: Thank GOD that the mgt team that got us HISTORIC talent is all fired!!!

    How did Brian Burke win a Stanley Cup in Anaheim again? Kind of looked like the above.

    • Aitch

      Exactly. I remember the day he was named GM. As much as I loathe him now, I respected him then. With the team they had already and his history of making big moves – how he got both Sedins was amazing – there was an air of inevitability to the team and their eventual Cup win.

  • Kevwan

    The lack of a pro experienced goalie coach has probably helped to scare off O’Connor and his advisors. He tweeted that he didn’t want to go to a re-building team. He wants an experienced coaching staff to groom hom. Another of Mact’s hires that is causing an already inept goaltending crew to go south.

    Not only does Chiarelli need to acquire keepers he needs to make a bigger effort to put established coaches in place. The laziness of Mact in his hiring practices is stunning. Who is the goalie coach in Edmonton, Mact’s former paperboy?

    • Johnnydapunk

      I’m probably in the minority here but I’m not completely sold on O’Connor. His puck handling is a little (a lot) scary and that goal he let in during the final where he lost the puck and pretty well threw it in his net, gave me huge shivers of fear.

      He could turn out alright in the end, but he is definitely a work in progress. Even if he was to become part of the Oiler organisation, he would most likely (hopefully) be with Bakersfield in the AHL so it would depend on who they have as a goalie coach. I know the Oil are responsible for their coaches as well, but I think that his worries about coaching staff would be a worry down the road for him, but not as big of an issue right this moment.

      • Kevwan

        I read “O’Connor” as just “Connor” and assumed you were talking about McDavid. The rage that went through me when I read that you thought his puck handling is scary and that he could turn out alright.

        After re reading and realizing you were referring to the goalie I completely agreed.

        Man was I mad for a second haha

    • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

      I don’t think O’Connor was ever going to come here. This place is a goalie meatgrinder, everyone and their dog can see it. Hopefully Petey can find some ‘tenders and a decent goalie coach, because as bad as our defense has been, our goaltending has been horrific. One kinda follows the other I suppose, but it’s gotta end at some point. Our record of drafting and developing goalies is so bad it’s actually hard to believe.

      Not getting O’Connor is a bit of a bummer, but we’ll still come out of this offseason with McDavid, Chiarelli, and possibly the best coach in hockey. Not too shabby at all. I’ll just regret missing out on O’CONNOR when we have CONNOR McDavid on the way. It could’ve been the Summer of Connor™…

      On another note, my brother’s name is Connor and I was hanging out with him when we won the draft lottery. This explains everything…

      • Truth

        Ask yourself why we are a goalie meatgrinder. Devan D. carries the Wild into the playoffs and past the first round and is a Vezina candidate. Scrivens is getting worse as his tenure continues in the land of Oil out of jnr and into the NHL Scrivens continually progressed in save percentages posting .903, .915 and .931 with Toronto and LA. When he joined the Oil he declined to .916 and last season was at .890. Is there a recurring theme here. When we traded Dubnyk to Nashville: “We got Devan from Edmonton, and what we realized very quickly was that Devan has a lot of… I’ll say bad habits he’s picked up this year,” Predators coach Barry Trotz. We F%*^up the goalies we have/get. This is not just a “draft a better goalie” it is also about player development, or lack thereof. Fix them both.

        Did I mention we are changing out our entire senior mgmt including a Coach with experience.

        Can we fast fwd to October please…….

    • Anton CP

      I don’t know what is O’Connor looking for, it is not a big loss for Oilers unable to land him. Three teams that he is looking at, Rangers is the strongest team but he will have no chance to be the one as long as Lundqvist is there. He is a 23 rookie, he will only geeting the chance in about another 4 years in NYC. Canucks is still resisting rebuild even their core are start to rot. Sens has a great track record with all of their former goalies. The most likely place for him should be Ottawa.

  • HockeyYoda

    As much as I think that Dallas Eakins was the biggest loser of all time when it comes to caoching………..how could I not thank him after watching Connor last night.

    It’s all roses from here on………..please Lord let this not ne a dream!

    • lucky

      Are you proposing a Dallas Eakins statue at the entrance to RX2? Rename 104 Ave? And if anybody’s talking to Eakins, please ask because I’m so confused – is Craig still on it, or sort of on it, or not really on it?

  • paul wodehouse

    Chiarelli better approach a new goalie coach. Since we are out of the O’connor sweepstakes, he should take note. We can’t have a goalie coach learning on the job. Cujo is avaliable isn’t he? Hire him. I’m praying that O’connor signs in Ottawa because they offered him the starting job and that makes Craig Anderson coming here even more of a possibility

  • paul wodehouse

    BTW no Tkachev on the list? Unless PC has a moment of insanity we assume the CM is ours now and well forever.Also when does Matt OConner come to visit /sign a contract.

  • Tkachev v. Gaudreau

    Leon Draisaitl is in the WHL Finals.
    Connor Mcdavid is in the OHL Finals.
    Marco Roy and Tkachev are in the Q Finals.
    Darnell Nurse is playing in the AHL Playoffs.
    Eberle and Hall are playing with Crosby at the worlds.

    Meanwhile, former Oilers Andrew Cogliano, Jeff Petry, Tom Gilbert, and Devan Dubnyk are playing in the NHL Playoffs.

    Say what you want about this organisation, but they haven’t been terrible at finding talent.

    (Oh and by the way, Anton Belov’s KHL team won the KHL cup thing too.)