OILERS NO. 10 PROSPECT (winter 2016): TYLER PITLICK

For the second season in a row, the 2010 draft checked in with a very late developing prospect. In the fall of 2015 it was Brandon Davidson, and this season it’s Tyler Pitlick. Should we be looking for David Musil next fall? Either way, the Edmonton Oilers may have procured a useful RW in 2010’s second round after all.

PREVIOUSLY NO. 10 ON THE WINTER LIST

  • December 2007: D Jeff Petry (385) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
  • December 2008: L Linus Omark (79) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
  • December 2009: C Anton Lander (209) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
  • December 2010: D Alex Plante (10) (GM: Kevin Lowe)
  • December 2011: D David Musil (4) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
  • December 2012: D Dillon Simpson (0) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
  • December 2013: C Greg Chase (0) (GM: Craig MacTavish)
  • December 2014: R Tyler Pitlick (49) (GM: Steve Tambellini)
  • December 2015: R Iiro Pakarinen (80) (GM: Signed by Craig MacTavish)
  • December 2016: R Tyler Pitlick (49) (GM: Steve Tambellini)

There is one home run here, second-round selection Jeff Petry who has turned into a quality NHL defender. I think there was a time when Linus Omark might have had a career, but he arrived at the NHL level when the Oilers were adding three other wingers (Hall, Eberle, Paajarvi). As for Pitlick, plenty of story to be written but credit where due, he earned this opportunity.

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WHAT THEY SAID ON DRAFT DAY

  • Red Line Report:  Accelerates briskly out of cross-over and blows by defenders. Has an NHL calibre shot right now. Flashed the ability to power through defenders. Can gain separation in corners with sharp twists and can turn on a dime. Patient playmaker. Long-limbed with farmboy like strength. Aggressive and finished checks. Can shield the puck and work it down low, but often gives it up due to his eagerness to come off the wall and attempt to dance around defenders. Work in progress defensively – will come back deep and battle for the puck but lacks awareness in coverage assignments.
  • Bob McKenzie: Tyler Pitlick is the nephew of former NHL defenceman Lance Pitlick and scored 11 goals as a freshman at Mankato State University. A late 1991 birthdate, he was an offensive player in the Minnesota high school system but will have to prove he can put up numbers with each step up in competition, but he plays a solid enough all-around game to garner first round consideration.

There were two main items of concern in regard to Pitlick during his post draft and then pro seasons: Offense and injury. There were seasons (Medicine Hat, 2013-14 in OKC and 2015-16 in Bakersfield) where the offense looked encouraging, but then injuries would derail progress and Pitlick would get forgotten. That was the case in 2015-16, as Pitlick was injured and Iiro Pakarinen stepped in and won the open job on RW. The roles were reversed this season and Pitlick has the job through the first two months of the NHL season.

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PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKING

  • Summer 2010: No. 4
  • Winter 2010: No. 7
  • Summer 2011: No. 10
  • Winter 2011: No. 9
  • Summer 2012: No. 11
  • Winter 2012: No. 9
  • Summer 2013: No. 24
  • Winter 2013: No. 15
  • Summer 2014: No. 14
  • Winter 2014: No. 10
  • Summer 2015: No. 19
  • Winter 2015: No. 25
  • Summer 2016: No. 22
  • Winter 2016: No. 10

That is 14 Top 20s that have seen Tyler Pitlick ranked everywhere from No. 4 to No. 25. This is the 114th post on this blog that was either some or all about Tyler Pitlick, and I swear by God this is his last day of eligibility for the prospect list. I have cheered for him seemingly forever, and am pleased he made it. I hope he hangs in for 500 more games, and a few more for good measure.

AHL NUMBERS

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  • I don’t trust the Oilers AHL coaching staffs enough to regard year one as anything more than part-time play, but year two saw injury and no progress.
  • By the final year of his entry level deal—and I do think the Oilers do this for lots of prospects—Pitlick finally appears to be playing a regular shift. There is promise, and injury. He also played his first 10 NHL games, and scored his first NHL goal.
  • Year four sees more injury, and this time it cuts away most of the season. He was injured in the NHL this time, 17 games and two goals were his production for 2014-15 with the Oilers.
  • In 2015-16 he was back in the AHL and hurt half of the time. There are some signs though, and his final three AHL seasons have a few interesting things about them. I especially like his even-strength scoring progress.

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2016-17

  • Condors coach Gerry Fleming: When ‘Pitter’ is at his best, he’s on loose pucks, he’s moving his feet, he’s protecting the puck, he’s going to the net. The biggest part of his game is his physicality. He hits like a train, and when he’s hitting and starting and stopping on pucks, he’s an effective player. I think he’s starting to grasp the concept of the way he has to play in order to be effective and that’s using his speed on the outside, protecting the puck, and bringing it to the net. It comes back to his physicality. When he’s finishing his checks, being physical in front of the net, and winning battles in the corners, he can help the team and be an asset. Source
  • Lowetide blog, September 27: R Tyler Pitlick 1-1-2 in 12:51. He made a strange defensive play in the first period but recovered with a goal and two points later in the game. Looked good in possession (73 percent). McLellan: “He had a helluva game. Pitlick penalty-killed, was stick-strong. He bullied his way along the boards, kept plays alive, killed plays in the D zone, managed the game well. I thought he played a power game, in both zones.” Source
  • Lowetide blog, November 7: Tyler Pitlick is in Pittsburgh today, preparing for career NHL game No. 41. I doubt he makes the Top 20 again—graduation comes at Game 50—but he is absolute proof that patience is required when it comes to prospects. I always say you should wait five years, but in the case of Brandon Davidson and now Tyler Pitlick, it appears that number can be amended as necessary. I am glad the Oilers showed patience, and that Pitlick never gave up the dream—it is certain there were times when 13gp, 4-1-5 at the beginning of an NHL season must have seemed like the impossible dream. Source
  • Todd McLellan: “I like the way he plays. I like his tenacity, I like his speed, his ability to finish checks, he drives the puck to the post, has a heavy, hard release. There’s a lot of real positives for him.” Source

TYLER PITLICK 16-17

  • 5×5 points per 60: 2.01
  • 5×4 points per 60: 0.00
  • Qual Comp: Mid-level, Zucarello and Seguin most common opposition (Source)
  • Qual Team: Also mid-level, Letestu, Lander but also Lucic (Source)
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 44.4
  • Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -6.0
  • Zone Start: 32.6 percent defensive
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 38 shots/15.8%
  • Boxcars: 22GP, 6-1-7
  • (All numbers via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com  Hockey-Reference and NaturalStatTrick.

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THE FUTURE

I think it would be insane to suggest that Tyler Pitlick is a lock for anything at the NHL level, but his last 90 AHL games (18-34-52) showed some offensive ability. Edmonton is going to need productive wingers who can help offensively and not be a defensive liability. Pitlick is such a player. We cannot project him as more than that (4line RW who might be able move up as required) until we see more of him. The injuries have us here, credit to team and player for immense patience.

In ranking Pitlick at No. 10 among this year’s prospects, he is the third of three (Slepyshev, Khaira) forwards who are emerging at the same time. Not all will flourish in the NHL and there is a chance none of them will spend an extended period with Edmonton. Pitlick’s advantage over Khaira is that he is in the NHL right now, and if he can establish himself that might be enough. Expansion may also give Pitlick a chance to hang around and have a career. His shot is intriguing enough, and he uses it just enough, to have him here.

THE 2010 DRAFT

  • Taylor Hall, No. 1 overall. Cornerstone.  Graduated to the NHL.
  • Tyler Pitlick, No. 31 overall. Injuries and a lack of offense curtailed his pro progress, but his hail Mary this fall found the range. A new day? We wait. No. 9 prospect, Winter Top 20.
  • Martin Marincin,  No. 46 overall. Established regular plays a sound defensive game. Graduated to the NHL.
  • Curtis Hamilton, No. 48 overall. Having a solid scoring season in the Sm-Liiga. No longer in the organization.
  • Ryan Martindale, No. 61 overall. Scoring up a storm in Denmark. No longer in organization.
  • Jeremie Blain, No. 91 overall. ECHL at this time. No longer in organization.
  • Tyler Bunz, No. 121  overall. Lost his career to concussions.
  • Brandon Davidson, No. 162 overall. A shocking spike in performance got him to the NHL. He is underrated by most and if healthy could be a big part of this organization for years to come. Underlying numbers are fabulous. Graduated to the NHL.
  • Drew Czerwonka, No. 166 overall. Did not turn pro, no longer in hockey as an active player.
  • Kristians Pelss, No. 181 overall. We’ll remember you, Kristians Pelss. RIP.
  • Kellen Jones, No. 202 overall. Effective AHL penalty killer. No longer in the organization.

ROLLING TOP 20

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  • The only sure thing on RW (NHL and prospects) is Jesse Puljujarvi. After that, jobs are wide open (especially once Jordan Eberle’s contract expires 2019 summer). I think Slepyshev, Pitlick and even Caggiula could be in the mix.
  • We are finally beginning to see some pro forward depth on the top 20, however there are no additions (pro players) between here and No. 20 on this list.
  • I remain convinced the Oilers slow play these kids. It is a bad idea. Pretty sure.

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85 Responses to "OILERS NO. 10 PROSPECT (winter 2016): TYLER PITLICK"

  1. lynn says:

    Khaira is at nine on your list (and I like Khaira), playing with the Condors. Pitlick is at ten, playing with the Oilers on the fourth line with a passel of goals.

    Ergo, Khaira may be a good find for the Vegas Golden Knights.

  2. Lowetide says:

    lynn:
    Khaira is at nine on your list (and I like Khaira), playing with the Condors. Pitlick is at ten, playing with the Oilers on the fourth line with a passel of goals.

    Ergo, Khaira may be a good find for the Vegas Golden Knights.

    I think so, too. Khaira has emerged at a very good time for him, and Edmonton cannot protect him.

  3. Centre of attention says:

    Sportsnet Stats ‏@SNstats 39s39 seconds ago
    #flapanthers Jaromir Jagr scores his 3rd goal of the season & is now 9 points shy of tying Mark Messier for 2nd most points in NHL history

  4. Woodguy says:

    Aivis Kalniņš ‏@A_Kalnins

    Heard rumblings that Leafs are talking to Flames regarding Dougie Hamilton, now people reporting that Flames GM is at ACC.

    Guy is a hockey writer in Europe.

    No idea if he’s credible, but hmmmmmmmmmm

    Since Gulutzan put Hamilton with GIo they are 57.8% together and play 1st pair.
    I’d like to see him gone from Calgary too!

  5. Woodguy says:

    lynn:
    Khaira is at nine on your list (and I like Khaira), playing with the Condors. Pitlick is at ten, playing with the Oilers on the fourth line with a passel of goals.

    Ergo, Khaira may be a good find for the Vegas Golden Knights.

    I saw a Dallas blogger’s mock draft and she had Khaira being picked.

    Not that a blogger’s opinion means anything (natch) but it shows he’s know outside the market.

  6. Centre of attention says:

    Woodguy,

    All the TSN lists had Davidson being taken, FWIW. It seems he’s know outside the market as well. Seravalli had nice things to say about Davey in his Vegas mock draft.

  7. MrEd says:

    Lowetide,

    Explain please!

  8. Woodguy says:

    Centre of attention:
    Woodguy,

    All the TSN lists had Davidson being taken, FWIW. It seems he’s know outside the market as well. Seravalli had nice things to say about Davey in his Vegas mock draft.

    I’m not sure I agree with them.

    Forwards will be at a premium and the Oilers will expose Pouliot and Maroon if they go 4-4-1

    Vegas needs to get to the cap floor too, so contracts like Pouliots aren’t a determent.

    There will also be many decent 3-4 Dmen exposed.

    I’m not sure Davidson gets picked.

    I hope not.

  9. Lowetide says:

    MrEd:
    Lowetide,

    Explain please!

    Can you be a little more specific?

  10. OmJo says:

    Woodguy:
    Aivis Kalniņš ‏@A_Kalnins

    Heard rumblings that Leafs are talking to Flames regarding Dougie Hamilton, now people reporting that Flames GM is at ACC.

    Guy is a hockey writer in Europe.

    No idea if he’s credible, but hmmmmmmmmmm

    Since Gulutzan put Hamilton with GIo they are 57.8% together and play 1st pair.
    I’d like to see him gone from Calgary too!

    Three way trade with New Jersey. Hamilton to Toronto, Gaudreau and JVR to New Jersey, and Hall and Nylander to Calgary. Everybody returns to their hometowns.

  11. OmJo says:

    Centre of attention:
    Woodguy,

    All the TSN lists had Davidson being taken, FWIW. It seems he’s know outside the market as well. Seravalli had nice things to say about Davey in his Vegas mock draft.

    If I was the Vegas GM I think I would take Davidson from this club in a heartbeat. The only negative against him is he may be injury prone. Then again I’m biased.

  12. Centre of attention says:

    Woodguy: I’m not sure I agree with them.

    Forwards will be at a premium and the Oilers will expose Pouliot and Maroon if they go 4-4-1

    Vegas needs to get to the cap floor too, so contracts like Pouliots aren’t a determent.

    There will also be many decent 3-4 Dmen exposed.

    I’m not sure Davidson gets picked.

    I hope not.

    I hope not as well, and I really hope you’re right about forwards being their preference. If Pouliot gets taken all that money is going to Drais next contract.

    Speaking of contracts what does Drais next one look like? Who here would bridge him? What would a long term AAV look like?

  13. MrEd says:

    Lowetide,

    The expansion draft is fast becoming a conversation…
    I’m wondering how you think the OIlers will manage things (at present).
    Who would we have to leave exposed if we were to protect JJ?

  14. Lowetide says:

    MrEd:
    Lowetide,

    The expansion draft is fast becoming a conversation…
    I’m wondering how you think the OIlers will manage things (at present).
    Who would we have to leave exposed if we were to protect JJ?

    I think the Oilers will lose one of three players:

    1. Brandon Davidson
    2. Griffin Reinhart
    3. Benoit Pouliot

    The LV GM absolutely loves WHL defenders, especially the big ones. 🙂

  15. frjohnk says:

    Woodguy:
    Aivis Kalniņš ‏@A_Kalnins

    Heard rumblings that Leafs are talking to Flames regarding Dougie Hamilton, now people reporting that Flames GM is at ACC.

    Guy is a hockey writer in Europe.

    No idea if he’s credible, but hmmmmmmmmmm

    Since Gulutzan put Hamilton with GIo they are 57.8% together and play 1st pair.
    I’d like to see him gone from Calgary too!

    Calgary trading Hamilton would be like us trading Petry.

    Once he is gone, they will be like, “fuck, I think we need a good RHD. Better keep our eyes open, never know when one may appear.”

  16. jm363561 says:

    I remain convinced the Oilers slow play these kids. It is a bad idea. Pretty sure.

    Sorry LT, do not get your point here.

  17. Confused says:

    Why would Vegas take JJ.

    The blog just commented that his lack of speed may keep him out of the NhL.

    So if he is marginal why would Vegas place their bet here?

    I get he is big and can play center, but if he is slowish and the game is getting faster…..

  18. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide: I think the Oilers will lose one of three players:

    1. Brandon Davidson
    2. Griffin Reinhart
    3. Benoit Pouliot

    The LV GM absolutely loves WHL defenders, especially the big ones.

    I wouldn’t rule out the GM trading one of those 3 players to try and get something of value before selection.

    Knowing the Oilers and their allergy to good defenseman, its probably Davidson that gets pre-preemptively traded.

  19. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: I think the Oilers will lose one of three players:

    1. Brandon Davidson
    2. Griffin Reinhart
    3. Benoit Pouliot

    The LV GM absolutely loves WHL defenders, especially the big ones.

    If Chiarelli protects Reinhart and loses Davidson it will make the Hall trade outrage look like tame.

  20. Confused says:

    Lowetide,

    Think we can live with options 2 and 3

  21. MrEd says:

    Klef, Larsson, Sek and Nurce are safe for next year regardless of which way we go.
    Losing Davidson would be a burn but we do have the Leftorium.
    Handshakes are going to be something.

  22. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy: If Chiarelli protects Reinhart and loses Davidson it will make the Hall trade outrage look like tame.

    I can see the Oilers protecting Reinhart and leaving Davidson exposed.

  23. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide: I can see the Oilers protecting Reinhart and leaving Davidson exposed.

    Then there will be about 187 versions of Verdadd on here.

    Within a hour.

  24. Lowetide says:

    frjohnk: Then there will be about 187 versions of Verdadd on here.

    Within a hour.

    Ah. Tuesday. 🙂

  25. lynn says:

    Lowetide: I can see the Oilers protecting Reinhart and leaving Davidson exposed.

    Why?

  26. jfry says:

    so, with pitlick and davidson emerging, and with musil having an amazingg season to date (by the numbers), do we need to adjust the 5 year window that we’ve used around here for awhile? or is this a direct result of the slow play these kids get in their first year or two of pro? with a larger push early would these kids be emerging a year or two earlier? i know that pilick (in particular) is clouded by injuries.

    but i’m really starting to wonder if we’re going to see players like chase emerge late, in the same way?

  27. MrEd says:

    Lowetide,

    Does JJ get protected?

  28. Lowetide says:

    lynn: Why?

    I think the Oilers value Reinhart. A lot.

  29. Centre of attention says:

    lynn: Why?

    You’re new aren’t you? Haha I kid, I kid.

    But really though. The Oilers making questionable decisions is just something that defies explanation. Its just what they do.

  30. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide: Ah. Tuesday. 🙂

    Ha ha.

  31. Lowetide says:

    MrEd:
    Lowetide,

    Does JJ get protected?

    No, I don’t think so.

    G-Talbot
    Skaters—Nuge, Leon, Lucic, Eberle, Klefbom. Larsson, Sekera, ???

  32. lynn says:

    MrEd:
    Lowetide,

    Does JJ get protected?

    No. He is at the end of his ELC. If Vegas likes him, they can have him as an expansion pick, or in a trade.

  33. Lowetide says:

    jfry:
    so, with pitlick and davidson emerging, and with musil having an amazingg season to date (by the numbers), do we need to adjust the 5 year window that we’ve used around here for awhile? or is this a direct result of the slow play these kids get in their first year or two of pro? with a larger push early would these kids be emerging a year or two earlier? i know that pilick (in particular) is clouded by injuries.

    but i’m really starting to wonder if we’re going to see players like chase emerge late, in the same way?

    It is a legit question, I do not know the answer.

  34. lynn says:

    Anton Lander is playing his first game with the Condors tonight. It’s a long way from OKC and Todd Nelson.

    I hope he isn’t too depressed. The weather is fine, though.

  35. Bling says:

    Woodguy: If Chiarelli protects Reinhart and loses Davidson it will make the Hall trade outrage look like tame.

    I think Davidson has more than a few backers within the organization, including McLellan. He leaned on 88 quite a bit before the injury last season. He’s no diamond in the rough any longer, either; there was that scout last year who said Davy could play in the top 4 of any playoff team.

    Another thing: remember all the verbal about Simpson being the best D for the Barons last year, and his extended stay in training camp? That is a clear indication to me where the org has Reinhart on the depth chart.

  36. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide: No, I don’t think so.

    G-Talbot
    Skaters—Nuge, Leon, Lucic, Eberle, Klefbom. Larsson, Sekera, ???

    I bet they protect 7 forwards 3 D instead of 4 and 4.

    I could see them exposing Pouliot on forward with Fayne, Davidson on D.

  37. Bling says:

    Lowetide,

    Any reports on Musil’s play in the AHL thus far, LT?

    Pretty encouraging offence from a shut-down D.

  38. David says:

    I’ll probably be in the minority, and met with derision but I think Vegas taking Davidson is one of the least detrimental pieces to lose. The Oilers Defence has Klefbom, Larsson, and Nurse probably locking up the top three for the long haul. Sekera tiding the third spot until Nurse is ready.

    The Oilers have lots of promising d prospects, and yes that’s all they are is potential but there are a lot of them and none of them will be needed to play above the top three unless they earn it. Reinhart, Pagin, Bear, Jones, Simpson, Oesterle, Niemelianen, Berglund. None of them will be thrust into a the top three without being ready for it.

    Davidson hasn’t been missed yet this season. He was found money so losing him for nothing doesn’t hurt in terms of sunk cost. He’s starting to have an injury history. He hasn’t yet played enough to get a lock on in terms of what he is.

    Love the player, it’s awesome he overcame cancer, that he made it as a late round draft pick. However I don’t think losing him leaves us with a hole.

  39. lynn says:

    Lander’s first game in Bakersfield and Khaira gets pushed down the lineup.

  40. Lowetide says:

    Tyler Vesel with another assist tonight, Zach Nagelvoort with a rare start and is up 2-1 in the second.

  41. lynn says:

    lynn:
    Lander’s first game in Bakersfield and Khaira gets pushed down the lineup.

    Khaira’s best bet is with another NHL team.

  42. Lowetide says:

    lynn: Khaira’s best bet is with another NHL team.

    Not necessarily. He can play center or wing, McLellan likes those players a lot.

  43. OmJo says:

    Lowetide: I can see the Oilers protecting Reinhart and leaving Davidson exposed.

    I have time for Reinhart, and would expect Chia to, too. But not at the expense of Davidson. The odds that Reinhart develops into a better player than Davidson is slim. Not worth the gamble

    I thought Reinhart (and Davidson) has to play some games this season in order to be eligible to be protected to begin with?

  44. lynn says:

    Lowetide: Not necessarily. He can play center or wing, McLellan likes those players a lot.

    Khaira has versatility, but the Oilers have so many bottom-six players on their 50-man roster. It would be easy for Khaira to be neglected then shine with another organization.

  45. Lowetide says:

    OmJo: I have time for Reinhart, and would expect Chia to, too. But not at the expense of Davidson. The odds that Reinhart develops into a better player than Davidson is slim. Not worth the gamble

    I thought Reinhart (and Davidson) has to play some games this season in order to be eligible to be protected to begin with?

    That isn’t how it works. NHL teams MUST have players available who reach certain GP standards, but the protected side is based purely on years of pro service.

  46. OmJo says:

    Lowetide: That isn’t how it works. NHL teams MUST have players available who reach certain GP standards, but the protected side is based purely on years of pro service.

    Thanks for clearing it up.

  47. MrEd says:

    So for next year:

    Lucic-McDavid-JP
    Maroon-RNH-Eberle
    xxx-Leon-xxx
    xxx-Letestu-xxx

    Klef-Larsson
    Sek-xxx
    Nurce-xxx

    Talbot
    xxx

    This with a contract option be it JJ or otherwise.

    Balace picture mates. Continuity matters.

  48. Centre of attention says:

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/bertuzzi-crashes-awkwardly-end-boards-injures-leg/

    Interesting confirmation from Friedman that the Oilers were indeed granted permission to talk to Shattenkirk last year about an extension. Hall for Shattenkirk rumors might have been completely legit it seems.

    I wonder, is Hall for Shattenkirk straight up a better deal than Hall for Larsson? I wonder what our record would be like if he didn’t snub us on an extension and that deal went threw.

  49. MrEd says:

    Centre of attention,

    If cash or place was the matter then fuck him.

  50. kinger_OIL says:

    – This is certainly an above the median draft: 4 players in the NHL, a few other playing professional hockey, Pless (RIP): a nice mix actually I’d say.

    – LT: You provide the list of the players for the 2010 draft and a quck synopsis of their current status, and let us draw our own conclusions. I’d enjoy reading a few sentences of what you actually think of the draft as a whole for the team.

    – Or maybe that is another series: going through the drafts yearo over year: looking at who we picked (and who we didn’t), and how we did in the draft vs other teams, etc: that would be neat series

  51. MrEd says:

    MrEd,

    Let’s win.

  52. Centre of attention says:

    Ellis looking fantastic tonight. Watching the game, will update.

  53. Centre of attention says:

    Lander-Beck make a fantastic AHL line. Just flying so far.

    Too bad they are eating minutes from Platzer, who is now on wing.

  54. Centre of attention says:

    Shot trickles threw Ellis’s five hole, just barely crosses the line. 1-0 Gulls. A goal that he probably wants back.

  55. jfry says:

    Centre of attention,

    where are you able to watch this?

  56. Centre of attention says:

    Bakersfield gets a 5-on-3.

  57. Centre of attention says:

    Good puck movement, Reinhart was running the point along with LaLeggia (2 dmen on same unit). Some good chances but can’t convert. Simpson gets some second unit time as well.

  58. lynn says:

    Centre of attention:
    Lander-Beck make a fantastic AHL line. Just flying so far.

    Too bad they are eating minutes from Platzer, who is now on wing.

    Lander and Beck will probably not be on the 50-man roster for next year.

  59. Centre of attention says:

    A series of brilliant saves by Ellis during a Bakersfield penalty kill. He’s keeping them in this game.

  60. lynn says:

    Centre of attention:
    A series of brilliant saves by Ellis during a Bakersfield penalty kill. He’s keeping them in this game.

    Ellis and Brossoit make a bottom team look respectable.

  61. Centre of attention says:

    lynn: Ellis and Brossoit make a bottom team look respectable.

    It seems the Lander line is playing every other shift.

    Coach leaning on veterans heavily it seems.

  62. Centre of attention says:

    Fantastic offensive shift by Platzer line. He’s with Currie and Cristoffer. Looks like the third line. Kept Gulls pinned for a solid minute, Platzer showing good puck protection and passing skills.

  63. lynn says:

    Centre of attention: It seems the Lander line is playing every other shift.

    Coach leaning on veterans heavily it seems.

    Fleming must feel his job is on the line if he is doing that. Lander and Beck will not save his job.

  64. Centre of attention says:

    Bakersfield with a bit of a push before first intermission, seem snake bit around the net. Brilliant chances for Beck, Benik and Currie respectively but nobody can find the net.

    1-0 Gulls heading into the second period.

  65. Centre of attention says:

    lynn: Fleming must feel his job is on the line if he is doing that. Lander and Beck will not save his job.

    To be fair, it is in a coaches nature to play his most experienced and productive players. Lander & Beck are elite AHL talent. The coach would be stupid not to play them heavily.

    The problem is the organization should be stepping in and taking that away from him. There should be an organizational push to develop the kids rather than let the coach chase AHL wins. The coach will listen if the organization tells him to play the kids, you begin to wonder what the actual message is after awhile.

  66. MrEd says:

    The Digable Planets are something i defer to.

  67. Bos8 says:

    Bear and Benson, each a goal and an assist after one.

  68. dustrock says:

    Hard to believe they would protect a player who isn’t going to play for the Oilers this year (Reinhart).

  69. lynn says:

    Centre of attention: To be fair, it is in a coaches nature to play his most experienced and productive players. Lander & Beck are elite AHL talent. The coach would be stupid not to play them heavily.

    The problem is the organization should be stepping in and taking that away from him. There should be an organizational push to develop the kids rather than let the coach chase AHL wins. The coach will listen if the organization tells him to play the kids, you begin to wonder what the actual message is after awhile.

    You make sense. Khaira, Platzer, and Chase should be getting lots of ice time, no matter the game situation.

    Calling Keith Gretzky. Hello, hello?

  70. Centre of attention says:

    dustrock:
    Hard to believe they would protect a player who isn’t going to play for the Oilers this year (Reinhart).

    Reinhart is playing what looks like the top pairing, he was out on first unit powerplay and on the 5-on-3.

    Griffin seems to be getting a big push in the minors now that he is healthy.

  71. lynn says:

    Yikes! The Condors are getting badly outplayed tonight. Where is the help if the Oilers need it?

  72. Centre of attention says:

    lynn:
    Yikes! The Condors are getting badly outplayed tonight. Where is the help if the Oilers need it?

    shots even now after 30. Bakersfield is pushing after a slow start. Intersting that Simpson is getting powerplay time. He was out there with Reinhart on this one.

    Flemming likes 2 d-men on the powerplay, which is different.

    Gulls very undisciplined. Condors powerplay still can’t convert though.

  73. jfry says:

    after tambo got the ahl team on it’s feet a lot of us around here wanted a winner, because we felt that it would be good for “winning culture”. Lately the theory seems to have changed, and we believe that we need to play our prospects and that winning is less important than providing quality development TOI for key prospects.

    so i’m a little confused about deployment this year. we’re not “winning” and we’re not giving our prospects quality minutes. The first PP is a bunch of AHL vets who stay out there forever. PK appears to be the same.

    what is the rationale behind this? it seems really off base to me. i think there’s a growing sentiment around here that our development program is spinning wheels sometimes. is there another view of this i’m missing?

  74. Lowetide says:

    Lander from Beck and Hamilton.

  75. Lowetide says:

    Now Beck from Lander and Hamilton and it is 2-1 Bakersfield.

  76. stevezie says:

    Woodguy,

    My favourite dumb hockey fantasy right now is Treliving letting the fans get to him and trading us Hamilton for a deal that Russel is at the center of.

  77. JDï™ says:

    I thought Trawna was looking for a shut down defender? Is that Dougie?

    If so, watch them get Marincin as part of the return.

  78. JDï™ says:

    jfry:
    Centre of attention,

    where are you able to watch this?

    Search for a program called Kodi, and install that and then the Vidtime add-on. Pretty much any league is there, including the bigs.

    Sometimes the site http://www.onhockey.tv has AHL streams. Tonight’s game was on there. Pretty much need to use uBlock in your browser plugins though.

  79. Professor Q says:

    OmJo: I have time for Reinhart, and would expect Chia to, too. But not at the expense of Davidson. The odds that Reinhart develops into a better player than Davidson is slim. Not worth the gamble

    I thought Reinhart (and Davidson) has to play some games this season in order to be eligible to be protected to begin with?

    But who else would they leave exposed? Aren’t they forced to protect Sekera, and then Larsson and Klefbom would take up the other spots? Why waste one on Reinhart?

  80. judgedrude says:

    LT, I’m glad that he made your top 10…your previous comments indicated that he may not make it as to not weight his current performance too heavily. That said 22 to 10 is an up arrow if I ever did see one.

    It is interesting though that you have him listed at No. 9 in your Winter Top 20 in the 2010 Draft year section. Is that a typo, or does it indicate some indecision about wanting to put him higher?

  81. Lowetide says:

    Judge: He was No. 7 in the Winter Top 20, 2010.

  82. judgedrude says:

    Lowetide,

    Ah….sorry for the confusion. In the “The 2010 Draft” section on this page, you have him listed as currently No. 9.

  83. verite says:

    Gutless and heartless RNH and Eberle
    The epitome of everything wrong with theach Oilers
    Chiarelli to stupid to know it
    Tonight is a new low

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