This is Guy Flaming. There are two interesting things about him: he pronounces his first name in French fashion (Gee) and his last name the English way (Flame-ing). I have no idea how often it’s done by people but it’s unusual enough in my experience to be worthy of mention.
Secondly, he has carved out a niche as a “prospect specialist” among Edmonton’s media group. Flaming’s radio show has given insight into all kinds of Edmonton Oilers (and other teams) prospects over the last few years.
His Oilers top 20′s offer the best information about Edmonton’s prospects. Examples would be Marc Pouliot’s struggles to establish himself at the NHL level and the exceptional insight offered into how a legit prospect like Jesse Niinimaki fails to find the mark.
The latest installment offers the usual quirky choices (Jeff Petry at number 1) and some stunning glimpses into which players the skids are being greased for (Mr. “low compete level” for one). Grebeshkov’s comments re: Mikhnov will likely get the most play among Oiler fans (“The problem was that he didn’t feel like [the Oilers] wanted him, that was the biggest thing”) but the things I will take away from Guy’s list are:
- The graduates this season make the list very weak compared to any other list since 2000.
- There is no clear number one.
- Rob Schremp is in real trouble with this organization.
- I’m not the only one bewildered by Jacques’ career.
You can agree or disagree with the list (mine is to the right, December Top 20, just take out the graduates and that would be pretty close. I’d have Nash #1) but there’s information there you can’t get anywhere else and for that I’m grateful to Flaming.
One question: How come the article isn’t printer friendly?