First of all, the organization is very high on Tim Sestito. He is a Kelly Buchberger-type to the point where there’s probably some drunk fan screaming “take ‘em WIDE Sestito!” in the team’s final game of the season.
My own feelings about Sestito and his value are here but I’ll bet you a 2-4 he makes an appearance in the NHL with the Oilers next season.
TROY BODIE: Oilers like the kid and were pumping him big time after a solid ECHL season as a rookie pro in 06-07. This season he was less a factor but the organization still likes his size (6-5, 205 according to HF) and his no nonsense style (he’s physical, plays a simple game and is coachable). He went 9-6-15, -7 in 65gp this season with Springfield. In the fall, I said a reasonable expectation for him would be to grab an AHL job and he did it. I imagine he’ll be back again in 08-09.
Finally, a few quick notes on some interesting prospects:
- Sebastien Bisaillon: Healthy again and 2gp, 0-2-2 in the ECHL playoffs.
- Cody Wild: 13gp, 1-2-3, -3 after turning pro in the spring.
- Ryan O’Marra: ECHL All-Star wasn’t what they were looking for.
- Stephane Goulet: He was unable to hold on to an AHL job.
- Bryan Lerg: 4gp, 0-2-2 after signing as a college free agent.
- Jacob Micflikier: 8 games in AHL, 29 in ECHL.
- David Rohlfs: Had an inconsistent season in the ECHL.
- Geoff Paukovich: Role player in Stockton.
- Glenn Fisher: A poor debut at the pro level.
- Fredrik Johansson: Hard to imagine a return.
- Jonas Almtorp: Very disappointing season.
- Harlan Anderson: 9gp, 0-0-0 -7 after signing as a college free agent.
- Tyler Spurgeon: Prospect can’t avoid injuries.
That’s about it. Almtorp is having a nice playoff with Stockton (2gp, 1-2-3) and Micflikier, Goulet and Bisaillon are getting some good icetime too. There are players on this list who will be candidates for my June Top 20. At a guess, I’d say Bisaillon and Wild make the list for certain and Lerg is also a contender from the bottom of the pro depth chart.