WEEKEND UPDATE!

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Jujhar Khaira hasn’t scored much in his debut pro season, but this week the young forward was on fire for the Oklahoma City Barons. He headlines a dwindling group of prospects who are still playing hockey this spring.

AHL

  1. R Matthew Ford 8GP, 2-7-9
  2. LD Brad Hunt 8GP, 2-6-8
  3. R Andrew Miller 8GP, 3-3-6
  4. C Jason Williams 8GP, 0-5-5
  5. C Jujhar Khaira 6GP, 3-1-4
  6. L Ryan Hamilton 8GP, 4-0-4
  7. L Josh Winquist 8GP, 2-2-4
  8. LD Jordan Oesterle 8GP, 1-3-4
  9. C Connor Jones 8GP, 3-0-3
  10. F Kellen Jones 8GP, 2-1-3
  11. LD Darnell Nurse 2GP, 0-3-3
  12. L Curtis Hamilton 8GP, 1-1-2
  13. LD Brandon Davidson 8GP, 1-1-2
  14. D Martin Marincin 8GP, 0-2-2
  15. R Greg Chase 2GP, 0-1-1
  16. L Mitchell Moroz 6GP, 0-1-1
  17. C CJ Stretch 5GP, 0-1-1
  18. G Richard Bachman 7GP, 1.69 .948
  19. G Laurent Brossoit 2GP, 3.46 .909

Notes:

  • Dillon Simpson, David Musil, Joey Laleggia, Kyle Platzer have all been in action for the Barons during the playoffs but haven’t scored.
  • Darnell Nurse made an immediate impact upon arriving from the OHL playoffs.
  • Brad Hunt is an outstanding AHL player.
  • Khaira photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.

    CHL

    1. C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters 20GP, 21-28-49 (junior career over. Likely No. 1 overall)
    2. C Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna Rockets 19GP, 10-18-28 (Memorial Cup bound)
    3. C Greg Chase, Victoria Royals 10GP, 7-4-11 (Junior career is over)
    4. C Marco Roy, Quebec Remparts 12GP, 3-8-11 (knee injury)
    5. D Darnell Nurse, SSM Greyhounds 14GP, 3-5-8 (now in OKC)
    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 (season over)

    • Johnnydapunk

      I’m sorry to waste the first comment in this but did anyone else get the shivers like I have seeing McDavid on bare concrete in his skates? I know the blades are replaceable in minutes now but I grew up on cheap skates until I was a late teen so walking on concrete was just asking for a skate sharpening trip (not that it made much of a difference with my skills) Still gives me the right Heebie-Jeebies seeing that.

      • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

        Conpletely agree, sir. That scene in Blades of Glory where Will Ferrell is running through the city on his skates was a personal hell for me.

        Look at Leon’s numbers, holy christ! If we hadn’t won the draft lottery, that would be the big story this spring. The guy is a beast, I’m glad we took him over Bennett. Bennett will be a good player, maybe even a very good player, but you can’t teach size. Leon is already big enough to play against the huge centres of the west, he just needs time and patience to get used to the game before they thrown him into the corners with the Getzlafs and Keslers and Thorntons running around out here.

        • Quicksilver ballet

          Agreed.

          I’m optimistic that in 5 years people will comment on their new big bodied centerman draft picks by saying “he just needs time and patience to get used to the game before they thrown him into the corners with the Getzlafs and Draisatl’s of the league”

      • Johnnydapunk

        I do love Nurse … hes gonna be a stud. but have to give Ekblad a lot of credit.
        He’s a year younger than Nurse and is already a year into a successful pro career. Imagine what he’d look like in the chl playoffs next year … that’d be the comparison to what Nurse did this year.

        • Quicksilver ballet

          Hard to make these comparisons until 4/5 years down the road & to my way of thinking Darnell is going to be one SOB to play against! I will take Darnell in a heart beat!

      • Johnnydapunk

        Don’t know about Ekblad but I can see the argument against Jones. Maybe Jones is going to be the next great understated talent that it takes fans and media years to appreciate, like Niedermayer or Lidstrom. Or maybe he’s just going to forever be this great skating big body with a lot of talent who never puts it all together and reaches that pinnacle, like Bouwmeester or Petry.

        Nurse could be the new Pronger. Big, mean, fast, strong. No cannon like Pronger, but a faster skater. He just needs to calm down, be less emotional,and think the game better.

    • Rod the Viking

      In looking at the Oiler prospects listed in this thread it becomes obvious that the Oilers must continue to draft good players or their run to the top will be a short lived one.

      We have some very good prospects but not nearly enough to sustain the team over the next few years. We must continue to develop talent in the pipeline. We must also continue to draft a range of player types.

      We have great top end forward talent but need mid level talent. We also need to find a truly talented puck moving D Man to QB the PP. If we package #16 pick, #57 pick and a decent prospect we should have a chance to move up to the #6, #7, #8 or #9 in this draft.

      Walking away with McDavid, Provorov or Werenski and a player drafted at #33 would be an incredibly good draft for the Oilers both now and in the future.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        i’d be floored if there was a team DUMB enough to make a trade like that ! not even Philly is that dumb! and we have drafted good likely mid level talent in Yakimov, Chase, Khaira, Curtis Hamilton, Platzer and Moroz, and d-men like Simpson, Musil, LaLeggia, and Betker, and different sizes too, large being Yakimov, Moroz, Betker, Musil, Hamilton, Chase, Khaira, average size like Platzer, Simpson, and smaller players like LaLeggia and Kellen Jones, so i don’t quite know what you mean there?

        • HardBoiledOil 1.0

          There’s elite and role playing pieces and prospects lying all over the place. Drafting/trading is only half of the equation. The other half is developing players individually and as a team. Watching McClelland at the Worlds I would say he had a lot of top end players (like the oilers) and except for Burns 3-4 pairing D’men. I think the oilers bear some semblance to the World Cup team except in goal. Fill that hole and you’ll see things start to gel

          • Joy S. Lee

            I know that others have floated names with much more certainty toward knowing what they are getting for a goalie, but I honestly wonder how – after his eye-opening world championships and ability to move the puck up the ice – a guy like Mike Smith would look behind this team…

            Brent Burns would be a marvelous addition, no doubt about it, but so far as obtaining a goalie for a reasonable rate of return…

            …heard he had a horrific season for the Coyotes, so the way I figure it, Arizona would be more than open to listening. His style worked for Team Canada, and we’re looking at a similar style of play through our lineup. NHL may even get rid of the trapezoid in the next year or two, which would free the guy up a bit more on the smaller ice.

            Let’s just say that it wouldn’t hurt to have a goalie around here who can move the puck extremely well, for a change; I think these players would like that very much.

        • OilersSchmoilers

          Perhaps the pieces of the trade have to be altered but the concept of moving up in this draft remains sound. It would yield a solid D man prospect which would further balance the Oilers roster.

          With regard to all the players you listed, how many of them will actually be effective players in the NHL? Maybe 2 or 3? By moving up from #16 in this draft we have the opportunity to add another key piece.

          Having said all this, you may be right but I don’t think you are.

      • OilersSchmoilers

        I think the trade-up would depend on who is there in the 6-9 slots. There are a lot of mock drafts out there now. Outside the top-2 there is tremendous variability in where different defenders will go.

        Hanifin, Werenski, and Provorov are generally considered the three best defenders but mock drafts have the all over the map. Others like Zboril, Kylington, Chabot etc. are all over the place as well. If there is an early run on defenders, then trading up makes sense, but they could also hold tight if there is a run on centres instead and still end up with a quality dman.

        I also saw an interesting rumor on one of the mock draft sites. Allegedly the Sabres offered #2 overall, #21, a 2016 and a 2017 1st rounder to trade up one spot, and the Oilers turned it down.

        • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

          I just whistled out loud. If that rumor is true, it’s a good indication of McDavid’s perceived value around the league. Buffalo would covet him more than say, Pitt or Chicago, but the 1st this year has insane value.

          Flyers just named Dave Hakstol as head coach. Dodged the Eakins bullet there, boys!

        • Big J

          You think this rumour is credible? A horrible Sabres team would give up all those draft picks and ruin team depth (as it were) several years down the road? Maybe, but I doubt it.

        • Joy S. Lee

          Re: the interesting rumor – The draft is still a month away. If that offer is a credible report, then it’s only the first volley.

          If I were Oilers’ GM, this is what I would be seeking:
          #2 (Eichel)
          #21
          #31
          #51

          1st Rd picks in 2016 & 2017

          And three players/prospects: Girgensons, Ristolainen, and Marcus Foligno.

          Did I mention that they would get additional help/players in the deal? Yes! Nikitin and Ference would help their defense. (They have lots of cap room.)

          That is where I would begin considering the offer, and I’m not even sure if I would accept MY offer that I just made… however, it would give the Oilers a boatload of depth on the cheap, and an absolute boatload of top picks over these next few years. (ie, this would mean Oilers would make the following picks next month:
          2, 16, 21, 31, 33, 51, 57, 79, 86…
          That’s 5 of the top 33 (7:1), and 7 of the top 57 (8:1), in an incredibly deep draft, plus Eichel and the prospects. It would transform the team’s future depth, which is the only reason I might (or might not) give up the future cover of NHL ’17 – ’31. Other than something like that… no chance. And Buffalo knows it, that’s why they want him. The cost would be far more prohibitive, for the risk one takes in trading such a player.

      • OilersSchmoilers

        Or we could just take Jeremy Roy at #16. He’s what you would call a “truly talented puck moving D man”. We also wouldn’t have to make a stupid trade just for the chance to draft him.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        We have great top end forward talent but need mid level talent. We also need to find a truly talented puck moving D Man to QB the PP. If we package #16 pick, #57 pick and a decent prospect we should have a chance to move up to the #6, #7, #8 or #9 in this draft.

        Walking away with McDavid, Provorov would be an incredibly good draft for the Oilers both now and in the future.

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        Quoted for truth! Well said Wintoon. Just because the hard part (McDavid) is done. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be trying to improve on the rest of those draft opportunities.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      Should PC trade the 16th to move up for Provorov or Werenski? Or we could trade down and get Brandon Carlo. If we stay put at 16 there is alot of possibilities. Get a big forward, Paul Bittner or Timo Meier if he falls.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      If you are not a mobile defensemen (speed and agility) you may peek as a #4 in an NHL rotation provided the rest of your skill set are elite. The top 3 defensemen in this draft were playing strong minutes at this year’s World Jrs. for top teams. They could turn into Alex Pieteranglo or Mark Giordano if developed properly. Moving lower picks and prospects give you a shot at a player who could complement Nurse in three years. I will be watching Oiler hockey then and would enjoy seeing 25-30 minutes of that pairing against any competition. Besides, the puck will be on McDavid’s stick most of the time. I make the trade for #16, our second from Montreal and an OKC regular season Defenseman not named Davidson.

    • Quicksilver ballet

      If you are not a mobile defensemen (speed and agility) you may peek as a #4 in an NHL rotation provided the rest of your skill set are elite. The top 3 defensemen in this draft were playing strong minutes at this year’s World Jrs. for top teams. They could turn into Alex Pieteranglo or Mark Giordano if developed properly. Moving lower picks and prospects give you a shot at a player who could complement Nurse in three years. I will be watching Oiler hockey then and would enjoy seeing 25-30 minutes of that pairing against any competition. Besides, the puck will be on McDavid’s stick most of the time. I make the trade for #16, our second from Montreal and an OKC regular season Defenseman not named Davidson.