Oilers sign Sillinger

When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers and their disappointing first round picks, Mike Sillinger can say “been there, done that.” Chosen very high in his draft year, Sillinger never did deliver the kind of career expected of tall skill 1st rd centers from Canadian towns.

Sillinger was taken 11th in 1989 by Detroit. Later in that draft the Wings selected Nik Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Vladimir Konstantinov among others so despite Sillinger’s journeyman career that draft still ranks as one of the all-time best (Oilers have two in that category, 1979, 1980).

Edmonton hired Sillinger today as their new director of player development. It’ll be his job to evaluate and mentor the prospects and it’s not a stretch to suggest he’ll be around to help the Marc Pouliot’s on the big league club with faceoffs and dealing with draft pedigree.

Sillinger’s career came to an end after several seasons of playing in pain. He has chronic hip problems and has endured three surgeries over the last few seasons in a vain attempt to get his career back on track. Sillinger is known to GM Steve Tambellini and represents another hiring that has no Oiler strings attached from the past.

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8 Responses to "Oilers sign Sillinger"

  1. Doogie2K says:

    And if there's another thing "Suitcase" Sillinger knows, it's how to handle being traded.

  2. shepso says:

    This is a move I can support. He's a good character guy, exactly the sort of player many on the farm teams and in junior should strive to be like (aside from the whole nomadic career thing). I especially hope he'll have an impact with the next wave of centers, and perhaps give Gags, Poo and Cogs a lesson or three.

  3. blackadder says:

    I love this hire. Sillinger is player who was willing to play whatever role the team needed. If someone said – we need you to be a guy Carbonneau – he didn't complain, he just did it. There's a lot of players on the Oilers roster who can learn a lot from him if they're willing to listen.

  4. Andrew says:

    Why not MacT?

    I kid…

  5. Ribs says:

    Why'd the guy move arund so much? Was it mostly because of injuries? I just really have no read on him.

  6. Bank Shot says:

    Poor inglouius basterd made it out of the first round of the playoffs as a 20 year old rookie call up with the Wings and never saw the second round again for the next 15 seasons.

    Played 16 seasons after that and made the playoffs 7 times. What to make of that? Good enough to shelter the kids on a bad team, but not good enough to hold down a roster spot on a good team?

    He's played with everyone in the league, and worked with every coach and system. If a kid won't listen to Sillinger when he tells him how it is, then there just isn't any hope for that prospect.

  7. dawgbone says:

    Sillinger is known to GM Steve Tambellini and represents another hiring that has no Oiler strings attached from the past.

    At least we get to see what's worse… Oiler nepotism or Canuck nepotism.

  8. Doogie2K says:

    At least we get to see what's worse… Oiler nepotism or Canuck nepotism.

    Well, I think the Canucks have accomplished more in the last 15 years, so there's that.

    But then the Canucks are a noted douchebag team, and have been for years, so there's that, too.

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