In a month of insane positives that cause the mind to reel, it seems ridiculous to complain about the lack of new execs checking out the fetching talent in the minor leagues. That said, if you’re going to generally manage an NHL team, the AHL club is damned important. The Edmonton Oilers future watch is up to bat tonight, in G7 of a playoff series against the Godless Utica Comets.
— Kyle Raftis (@Kyle_Raftis) May 20, 2015
I’ve been saying for some time that Darnell Nurse is more likely than not to play 50+ games for the Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15 and his post-season performance for the Barons (3GP, 0-4-4 +3) suggests he’s going to make a demotion this fall very difficult. What does that mean for Martin Marincin? It could mean he’s down the road, but I’ve been surprised by much of the recent verbal surrounding the young defender’s recent outings.
When an effective player (at any level, in this case AHL) is suddenly struggling, the first thing you confirm is injury. It’s actually a pretty cool way to get inside information, maybe something the team won’t release until later if at all. If you’ve been watching MM for as long as we have, and he’s struggling in the AHL, best bet is injury.
- Jim Matheson, May 18: The Barons scratched defenceman Martin Marincin, who’s banged up, and put David Musil back in for Game 6. Source
That flies in the face with some of what I was reading, and I’m sure many Oiler fans were wondering about MM’s current situation. It’s always best to keep your powder dry in these instances, as statements made without knowledge tend to make one look foolish. If you’re looking for examples, I can find many from my own typewriter, although in this case I did feel Marincin’s woes were probably injury related (experience is a teacher).
I'm not sure if Martin Marincin has been injured or is still sick, but not surprised to see him in pressbox tonight. He's not played well.
— David Staples (@dstaples) May 18, 2015
There’s a tweet that reflects reality. We don’t know what we don’t know folks, but sweeping statements about prospects generally make us look silly as time rolls along.
David Musil leads #Oilers in TOI at 22:00. Didn't see That coming.
— Bruce McMcCurdy (@BruceMcCurdy) April 10, 2015
While I’m at it, wanted to discuss something that came up earlier this week. David Musil is a fascinating prospect, I saw him good in Edmonton with the Oil Kings AND with the Oilers—can’t say that about many players (Brossoit, Bruce would have names from the Phil Russell-Wayne Babych era). Musil’s ability to defend is either NHL calibre or on the way, I have zero doubt that’s true. If the NHL changed the rules and allowed the hooking and interference of many years ago, Musil would pass 1,000 games and keep on going.
It’s foot speed that’s the concern and we can’t know, folks. We can say we do (I have Musil No. 24 on my latest rankings, which SOUNDS like I know but that isn’t true) and all we really have is history. History tells us that Taylor Chorney was too small no matter how well he could skate and that God gave David Musil a lot but also gifted him feet of clay.
— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) May 20, 2015
History tells us Brandon Davidson is a tweener but Brandon Davidson apparently doesn’t give a hoot about history (I have him No. 17 on the latest list so he’s wearing me down). He is a big damn deal for this Barons team, so the news he’ll be in tonight is good news.
#Oilers Todd Nelson's defense during his tenure: Brandon Davidson 8GP, Keith Aulie 19GP, David Musil 4GP, Jordan Oesterle 6GP (Pt1)
— Kyle Sporer (@SporerK) April 14, 2015
Jordan Oesterle can skate skate skate, so assuming he’s not Taylor Chorney’s size (he is, I have him No. 18) we should see him in an Oilers uniform for years.
Finally, a word about Todd Nelson. Sometimes in life good people get screwed over and there’s not one damn thing they (or us) can do about it. I’m absolutely in favor of the McLellan hire, but Nelson could have filled the role well in my opinion. In cases of this kind, I’ve learned that all we can do is wish these individuals good luck and hope for the best. I don’t feel sorry for Nelson, mostly because that’s not appropriate but also because I’m a little afraid he’d drive his Harley over to my house and punch me in the arm if he found out I was pitying him.
Godspeed, Todd Nelson. I’ll cheer for you wherever you go.