Every day I check the transactions, here and in Europe. Why? I’m waiting for the next chapter in the careers of Curtis Hamilton, Marco Roy and others like them. It’s also a time to search the Gregg Drinnan portions of the internet to find invites for Tyler Soy or Loik Leveille. Is this important? Well, we could wait until the Oilers release their training camp list but it’s kind of cool to get the information early. Here are some questions I have currently.
DID SOMEONE SIGN CARSON STADNYK?
He can post offense and is 20. He is 6.02, 190 and can skate (from what I’ve read). What am I missing? I think he might be a Josh Winquist from this past draft and would be interested in hearing opinions on him. WHY isn’t this man signed?
WILL CURTIS HAMILTON PLAY IN NORTH AMERICA?
He had a solid if unspectacular year in OKC, one would hope he would get a chance to build on it. A small clue may have been dropped when Hamilton played in one NHL game, that sometimes gives a player much higher profile in Euro free agency (call it the Charles Linglet phenomenon). He’s 6.02, 212 that’s usually a ticket to at least an AHL job.
MARCO ROY: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?
You know, his scoring didn’t spike but the young man was placed in a two-way role and from what we know performed well in it. I know he could skate, had an edge and the Q site had him at 6.0, 185. I’m surprised he isn’t signed by now.
TAKE A CHANCE ON LAYNE VIVEIROS
He’s an interesting player. Six feet tall, around 200 pounds and posted 43 points in 71 games for Portland of the WHL last season. He went to my kid’s school so I’ve followed his career a little (my town has a BUNCH of kids either in pro hockey somewhere or headed) and suspect there’s enough offense for him to have a pro career at some point.
WHO WILL BE BETTER? CHRISTOFFER, LOISEAU OR RANKIN?
This is the group Edmonton signed to AHL contracts without investing a 50-man spot on them (this year’s Winquists). Here are my notes from Orientation camp:
- L Braden Christoffer. Had the puck on his stick a lot and did good things with it.
- C Alexis Loiseau. Really nice game. Skilled.
- L Connor Rankin. Very involved, all of these older prospects were noticeable (and should have been).
Here are their NHLE’s:
- Alexis Loiseau 82GP, 13-22-35
- Connor Rankin 82GP, 11-16-27
- Braden Christoffer 82GP, 9-11-20
Loiseau looks like a substantial player. Rankin is also interesting and Christoffer is going to drive people nuts. You’ll love him.