He looks like he’s 12 and this photo looks like a still from a Disney movie (“The Magic Blonde Boy who Had a Broom Up His Ass”) but he apparently has some excellent raw skills (skated 88 miles last night).
The Oilers released their training camp list today. I squinted, looked at it upside down, had my daughter skim it for anything interesting to the pre-teen set, and yet nothing screamed “this year’s Patrick Thoresen.”
Here’s what I did find interesting:
- We don’t like the Finns like we used to, as only Pitkanen is on the roster from Canada Europe.
- There are 16 kids from Ontario (I’m including O’Marra).
- This team will be fun to watch because Ales Hemsky is on it.
- There are 9 players on the list under six feet, and 4 of them are 1st rd picks.
- Dustin Penner is 245 pounds. If I change my mind on him, is it okay to erase the “Can Penn and Teller Make this Disappear?” post? The 21.5 Hicke too? 245 pounds, egad. If he could be a miserable puss for five shifts a night anything could happen.
- The lightest forward is Andrew Cogliano, at 178.
- William Quist. There have been exactly 12 players with the last name of “Q” in NHL history. Bill & Max Quackenbush, Joel & Leo Quenneville, John Quilty, Kyle Quincey, Dan & Pat Quinn, Ken Quinney, Deron Quint, Stephane Quintal, JF Quintin. That’s all I could find.
- O’Marra was born in Tokyo. A guy named Mark Kaufmann played 3 AHL games in 95-96 was also born there, and low minor leaguer Nobumasa Kinugasa is listed as having been born there.
- There are 36 forwards on the TC roster. 15 played one game or more in the NHL last season.
- Sam Gagner and Slava Trukhno were the only two players to exceed 100 points in their league this past season. but Milan Kyntar had over 100 total in the two leagues he played in.
- My nominee for this year’s Thoresen is Jonas Almtorp.
- My nominee for this year’s Tobias Petersen is Ryan Flinn.
- There are 60 players on the TC list. 10 were born in the 1970s.
I believe that 10 years from now we’ll look back at the 07-08 Oilers and say “man they had a lot of talent.” There’s just not enough ready for the show this fall.