The dictionary definition of procurement is simple: The action of obtaining something. In sports, it’s miles more complicated and in hockey, failure in procurement is part of reality. For that reason, NHL teams draft and sign an entire second team (AHL) and more in an effort to cover off every possible disaster. Procurement is tied to development, and development is tied to time. It happens just this way.
MAKING GOOD BETS
The Edmonton Oilers made some good bets today and this is the kind of thing we should applaud and hope for more of from the Chiarelli era. Here’s the list:
- Signed L Anton Slepyshev to an entry-level deal. Music! 21, probably the most talented skill winger in the system at this time and posted a solid KHL season. It was important for Edmonton to strike now with a contract, sometimes even promising prospects lose traction due to lack of playing time in their home leagues (although Slepyshev appears to have overcome the issue). The sweet spot in the batting order for next season is scoring winger at Bakersfield, but if he comes to camp and tears the leather off the ball there could be a job there. I don’t think Leon, Matt Fraser or Iiro Pakarinen have a stranglehold on 3L entering camp.
- Bakersfield signs C Connor Rankin. This falls into the Josh Winquist/Mitch Holmberg category of making good bets without using the 50-man list to do it. I had him just below Jackson Houck in the 2013 draft. Cody Nickolet: It’s been an interesting WHL career for Rankin. He started off with great production as a rookie (44 points in 70 games), slid a bit in his second year, bounced back again in year three before stagnating again last year. That up and down progression has probably scared off a few teams throughout his stint in the league, but he might be the kind of guy that can carve out a professional role over the next couple of years due to his well-rounded skillset. Source
- Bakersfield signs L Braden Christoffer. Guy Flaming tells me he’s a hard worker and a blue collar type. 5.10, 185 and 147 pims, he also scored 26 goals so has some skill. Most of the videos available involve fighting, although he’s not a heavyweight.
- Bakersfield signs G Ty Rimmer. The organization knows him, he had some good outings and he’s very likely headed to the ECHL (Norfolk) to play there while also offering insurance for the AHL club. Never say never, he outperformed some drafted guys in the system since signing on in the Oilers organization (outside the 50-man).
THAT CRAZY TRADE KEEPS ON ROLLING
Remember the trades down that kept gathering the Oilers draft picks? I looked at things in January and things were trending well for Edmonton. Now that the season is done, Slepyshev is signed and Roy may not be, how do things look?
- First trade: Edmonton trades 37th overall (Valentin Zykov) to Los Angeles for 57th overall (William Carrier), 88th overall (Anton Slephyshev) and 96th overall (Kyle Platzer).
- Second trade: Oilers trade 57th overall (William Carrier) to St. Louis for 83rd overall (Bogdan Yakimov), 94th overall (Jackson Houck) and 113th overall (Aidain Muir).
Now do it again.