Oilers Rookie Camp Starts Tomorrow

This is Riley Nash. He represents the latest hope for the Oilers in their ongoing search for a homegrown center with size, skill and intelligence (call it the Horcoff family).

Nash is one of the kids who will be watched closely at the Edmonton Oilers Rookie camp which gets underway tomorrow.

Guy Flaming has a brilliant rundown of the players and what to expect here. Flaming lists Nash, Chris Vandel Velde and Cody Wild as players to watch, and I’d add Theo Peckham, Alex Plante and Sebastian Bisaillon as prospects worth paying attention to if you’re heading to Sherwood Park.

Everything gets underway tomorrow night at 6PM at Millennium Place with On-Ice Testing. Monday seems a more interesting day with something happening on the ice from about 9AM to 3:30PM. A complete rundown of events for the 8 days is available on the Oilers site.

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  1. IceDragoon says:

    Good day.

    (call it the Horcoff family)

    OK
    ;-D

    Guys this smart continue to improve and adapt even as their physical abilities start to decline. Good bets for long careers.

    We don’t know whether or not Nash’s skills will translate to the NHL. Wasn’t he pegged to top out as a third-liner? At the very least we should be able to say he’s from the (MacTavish family – brilliant checking centre). I’m certainly looking forward to my first look at the lad.

    I can only make one day of this camp, so I’ll be hitting the scrimmage on Thursday. I may even take my #1 and grandson, since they’re up for a visit next week.

    ………

    … continuing a conversation in the buried ‘MacT on Gregor’ & ‘Kevin Lowe’s Summer’ threads.

    Bruce said:

    Louise: It didn’t appear to me that the combo of Jovanovski and Bouwmeester ever gelled. Jovo is what some call a “chaos defenceman”. Such guys need a real reliable defender to play with to be truly effective; and Bouwmeester was lacking in this respect.

    Bruce: Lain and I have had more than a few conversations about “chaos defencemen”.
    ;-D

    I must admit that I may look at Jovanovski with a bit of a ‘stink-eye’. I’ve never thought he was as good as his hype, and he definitely hasn’t lived up to his draft pedigree, imo.

    Chaos D absolutely must create more than they give up. By my (stink?)eye Jovo doesn’t have a good ratio. Admittedly, I don’t watch him often.

    Way too often for my liking was Bouwmeester on the wrong side of the guy on the edge of the crease, a la Smid (first half edition).

    Bouwmeester could be struggling with confidence. He didn’t look to be trusting his reads at all during this tournament. Huddy could be just the elixir he needs, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. A ‘buy low’ scenario, on the other hand…

    FWIW, your short list above seems to be confirmed by Staples’ error assignments during the worlds:

    Green 4; Jovanovski 3; Bouwmeester 3; Hamhuis 2; Keith 2; Staios 1; Burns 0.

    No surprise to me with the first two, but I really expected a lot more out of Bouwmeester.

    That Burns kid is something, eh?
    Now there’s a fine chaos D for you.

    FWIW – I see some value in Staples’ ‘errors’, even if it’s only to identify the unlucky bastages.
    ;-D

    ………

    If you are reading this, Bobbie…

    I’m into insincere *** kissing about as much as I’m into pandering to the myopic.

    BTW – You’re smart enough to know that when you present a sympathetic ear to those with axes to grind, you’ll get some ‘biased-whiny-bits’ that are as far away from the truth as the ‘sunshine-and-lollipops’ spin from Oilers brass.

    “One who throws dirt… loses ground.”

    L8r
    Louise

  2. Bruce says:

    I’m planning to head up to Millennium Place on Thursday as well. That scrimmage looks to be the best investment of two hours all week. I mean I guess I could check out the Technical Skating Workout to try and spot the next Zack Stortini …
    ***

    I must admit that I may look at Jovanovski with a bit of a ‘stink-eye’. I’ve never thought he was as good as his hype, and he definitely hasn’t lived up to his draft pedigree, imo.

    I feel the same way, stink eye and all. As I recall he was one of the rawest packages of potential ever drafted #1 overall … he started playing so late in life that the asusmption was “if he’s already THIS good, the sky’s the limit”. But while there’s no denying the talent, I’ve always wondered if he had the head for the game.

    Chaos D absolutely must create more than they give up. By my (stink?)eye Jovo doesn’t have a good ratio.

    The out-of-fashion +/- metric suggests the ratio isn’t good, with 10 minus seasons out of 12. While you might say he hasn’t played on great teams, I would counter he hasn’t done enough to take his team, or his own game, to the next level.

    For all his ice time and PP TOI, his 51 points this season represent a career high, which isn’t quite enough “create” for the “chaos”. He is, however, an interesting and charismatic player; one Hockey Day in Canada where I was perhaps punch-drunk after 9 periods of televised hockey I declared JovoCop the most exciting player in the country. Lots o’ action at both ends.

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