Colin McDonald: 19gp, 4-8-12, -5 (AHL). You know, it’s funny (this is a phrase you should always be wary of, like “I’m going to be completely honest with you”). He’s 6 months older than Pouliot, spent 4 years with the Providence Friars not scoring goals while we all talked about Pouliot and right now I’d say he’s probably in at least as good a spot as Pouliot moving forward. Of all the Coke Machines drafted 01-04, McDonald has adjusted better than anyone to the pro game (based on results and published reports). Weird.
Jean-Francois Jacques: 9gp, 0-0-0, -3 (NHL), 15gp, 3-5-8, -10 (AHL). Good grief. What the hell is going on with these French kids? The guy is 4gp, 0-0-0, -4 in his last 4 AHL games so it looks like he can’t score in the NHL or the AHL now. This is awful.
Mikael Youkov: 22gp, 2-3-5 (RSL). russianprospects.com reports he was dropped from his line recently in favor of a 17 year old kid (Kirill Petrov). It’s been awhile since anyone in the Oilers organization even mentioned him. 2 points in his last 11 games.
Zack Stortini: 13gp, 0-0-0, -2 (NHL). There were two plays last night that kind of describe him as a hockey player. First sequence he’s flattened at the blueline, picks the wrong guy to fight and hugs him until all the males viewing become uncomfortable. Second sequence is late in the game where the Oilers were hemmed in their own end for a LONG time and Stortini managed to be out of position for all of it. ALL OF IT! He must be doing something to impress, like bench pressing MacT’s house or something. He doesn’t do much to help the team win, that I’m confident in saying.
Kyle Brodziak: 22gp, 3-5-8, -3 (NHL). A full year older than Pouliot, Brodziak is the one player from the 2003 Oilers’ draft who is establishing himself at the NHL level this season. Unlike Pouliot (and Nilsson), Brodziak is able to follow up good performances with better ones.
Mathieu Roy: 4gp, 0-0-0, -1 (NHL). Hard luck Roy is picking up a concussion every two games or so at the NHL level. One wonders about his long term future, but he’s certainly a guy who looks like he can play at this level in a 5/6 role.
Jozef Hrabel: 28go, 1-5-6 (RSL). He’s not delivering offense like he did last season, but at age 22 he’s played over 100 games at a very high level (RSL and Czech Elite League). I don’t honestly know if he’s still Oilers’ property (in a hockey sense).
Troy Bodie: 18gp, 4-3-7, +1 (AHL). He was drafted 278th overall so he’s a success no matter what happens from here on out. Big man, huge even. Guy Flaming says his skating has improved. You never know.