Goulet hasn’t done a whole lot so far in the AHL this season (17gp 2-3-5) but there are some others who are worth looking at and may see NHL action before the end of the season.
Let’s put them in reasonable categories.
WORTHY OF A CALLUP: Leading this list would be goalie Jeff Deslauriers. He is tied for 12th in league SP (.918) and has been Springfield’s best player on many nights. Rob Schremp is certainly qualified in this category based on stats and the Oilers are going to have to look at him at the NHL level sooner or later. If they don’t call him up now, when will they? He is what he is, time to give him a prolonged look. Marc Pouliot perhaps has one more chance to show his stuff and despite inconsistent counting numbers (decent offense, not much +/- although likely doing heavy lifting) may actually get the call sooner than later. Patrick Thoresen is down on a conditioning stint and is probably clear of the rest of the Springfield roster at this time. Liam Reddox would qualify in this category except for injury and even JF Jacques is interesting with a nice push of late (9gp, 3-5-8 E) although he has not played since mid-January. Tim Sestito has been mentioned a lot by coach Buchberger as an agitator and a role player and on a management team made up of them we shouldn’t underestimate his ability to impress. Mathieu Roy is a player whose health is the biggest question mark but has already had some time in the show.
BUILDING A RESUME: Colin McDonald has been exposed based on plus minus and really hasn’t supplied top 6F offense. This is his first year pro but he’ll have to be better in order to have an NHL career. Slava Trukhno is not a quality 5×5 performer based on the numbers, but his PP totals (3-6-9) are among the best when looking at Oilers AHL prospects. He’s a year away from serious discussion. Devan Dubnyk ranks 5th among AHL rookies in SP (.901) and has had an inconsistent but eventful rookie season in the league. Troy Bodie’s -3 looks pretty good compared to the other forwards and he’s a player who we’ll probably talk a lot about next fall and winter. Sebastien Bisaillon would be in the top category save for injury and he looks to have the MA Bergeron resume amongst Oilers AHL prospects. Stephane Goulet wasn’t doing much early but is 1-3-4, +2 in his last 7 games. Bryan Young is an extreme stay-at-home defender who is +4 with an assist in his last 6 games.
CAN’T STAY HEALTHY: Tyler Spurgeron. Seriously.
SHOWING IMPROVEMENT: Ryan O’Marra pissed someone off to start the year and ended up in the ECHL. Since being recalled he’s been impressive and is 2-3-5, +3 in his last six AHL games.
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON: Danny Syvret is -4 in his last 5 games, Theo Peckham is -7 in his last seven games. Syvret is imo at something of a crossroads (the Oilers are loaded on D and more kids are coming in the fall) but Peckham is just learning the trade and appears to be a blue chip defensive prospect.
Overall I’d say Deslauriers is the most likely callup but it’s worth mentioning again that Schremp has pretty much done everything asked of him.