Kyle Platzer has some traction in his final entry-level season, scoring 1-2-3 in his past five games. Edmonton’s AHL prospects line up mostly on the blue line but there are stories to tell up front.
- I’m going run down the “Farm Workers” list here as a quick tee-up for tonight’s game.
- Men who are over 30 and come out of the minors to establish (or re-establish) themselves are pretty much a thing of the past. I think Mark Fayne can still play in the NHL, but am stone alone.
- Pretty much everyone who is in the AHL past (say) 21 has some issues and is going to do some meandering. So true. I like Dillon Simpson and Ty Rattie have some things that make them NHL recall options but there are reasons each man is in the AHL.
- If you haven’t established yourself as a prospect of interest by 22 you are in trouble. The players who have graduated to useful NHL careers have at least played some NHL games by the end of their entry level deals. Yes. I have Rattie and Simpson as players of interest, the Oilers like Iiro Pakarinen and Joey Laleggia is in there pitching. I bet Keegan Lowe is in the mix for recall should more help be required this season. Ryan Stanton and Brad Malone aren’t really prospects anymore but are recall options.
- Exceptions are college men. Playing 4 NCAA seasons means turning pro at 22, meaning a “late start” for some quality prospects. Edmonton’s college men often spend little or no time in the minors, as Matt Benning and Drake Caggiula showed a year ago. The most promising college men in Bakersfield this season are Nick Ellis (who is in Edmonton) and Joe Gambardella.
- A large group of players on the current team could be described in the “tweener” division. Joey Laleggia and Dillon Simpson are tweeners but we could have called Jujhar Khaira one a year ago, too. Sometimes the difference between an NHL role player and a tweener is luck and timing.
- If we make a list of the minor league RFA’s each summer, we can probably as a group pick the cuts and be fairly close. RFA’s who could be cut loose next summer are Greg Chase, Kyle Platzer, Brian Ferlin and Ben Betker. I would have had Braden Christoffer on that list, but he has performed well this year.
- Daniel Cleary, Fernando Pisani and Jason Chimera became productive players in the toughest league on the planet. My candidates to emerge as NHL players from this club include Nick Ellis in goal, defenders Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones, Ryan Mantha and Dillon Simpson, plus forwards Ty Rattie and Joe Gambardella. Not a lot up front, Oilers need to be aggressive in procurement next summer.