Okla City: Over Promising, Under Delivering?

The Edmonton Oilers appear to be raising expectations for fans in Oklahoma City. This story implies the club might be sending any and all of the blue chip prospects to their new AHL team. Part of the problem likely comes from the article’s author not understanding the NHL’s crazy restrictive rules about teenagers who play in the CHL. When they say “either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin could also play in Oklahoma City this fall” we know that this is a false statement. Those two players are bound by the rule that states junior age players have to return to their (in this case) OHL teams if they’re not on the NHL roster.

I also very much doubt Magnus Paarjavi-Svensson will be a Baron in the fall. Should he sign this spring (and it looks like it–this is significant because MPS may be the most NHL ready of the group bubbling under) but miss making the big team at TC, chances are he (and possibly Lander who may also sign) will go back to Timra and play another season in the SEL.

Tambellini in the article: “Most need time to develop, and Oklahoma City is going to see a lot of those players.” I think Okla City fans may see Jordan Eberle (a helluva prospect) wearing their uniform in the fall, but the Seguin/Hall selection and MPS are unlikely to be there. Here is the “blue sky” depth chart, assuming MPS and others sign and stay:

  1. G Devan Dubnyk (needs to clear waivers)
  2. G Bryan Pitton
  3. D Chris Armstrong*
  4. D Jake Taylor*
  5. D Taylor Chorney
  6. D Theo Peckham
  7. D Dean Arsene*
  8. D Alex Plante
  9. D Johan Motin
  10. D Jeff Petry
  11. D Matt Nickerson
  12. D Josef Hrabal
  13. C Ryan Potulny*
  14. C Ryan O’Marra
  15. C Chris Vande Velde
  16. C Geoff Paukovich
  17. C Milan Kytnar
  18. C Linus Omark
  19. C Anton Lander (if signed)
  20. L Magnus Paarjavi-Svensson
  21. L Teemu Hartikainen (if signed)
  22. L JF Jacques
  23. L Charles Linglet*
  24. L Slava Trukhno
  25. L Bryan Lerg
  26. L Philippe Cornet
  27. R Jordan Eberle
  28. R Liam Reddox
  29. R Ryan Stone
  30. R Colin McDonald

A bunch of these guys are minor league free agents and may not return, but I think this is a reasonable list based on what we know right now. The best prospects in bold. I think a more reasonable article would be a detailed list of AHL veterans the Oilers might sign (we can call it the Linglet-Hisey list) because we know the AHL is a tough league for rookie pro’s. Those “AHL vets” are noted with an asterisk above.

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