The Edmonton Oilers sent Taylor Chorney back to Oklahoma City today. This suggest Jim Vandermeer is close to ready and that the club feels Chorney needs more “seasoning” in the minors.
In a long season there are small things that indicate where these young men are on the depth chart. Whereas losing a player to waivers might keep him on the big league roster at the beginning of the year, said player better deliver when called upon or someone is going to pass him on the depth chart.
Here’s what has happened during the 10-11 Oilers season along the blue:
- Opening Roster: Whitney-Gilbert, Smid-Foster, Vandermeer-Peckham and Strudwick the 7th man.
- November 16: recall Shawn Belle.
- November 24: Oilers reassign Shawn Belle.
- December 27: recall Jeff Petry.
- December 31: recall Shawn Belle.
- January 2: Oilers reassign Shawn Belle.
- January 9: recall Taylor Chorney.
- January 22: Oilers reassign Taylor Chorney.
When we suss out all those travel miles we can assume the following:
- Jeff Petry has skipped past all of the minor leaguers and a few of the major leaguers on the depth chart.
- Shawn Belle impressed enough in his first recall but may not have done as well his second time up. Either that or the team wanted to reward Chorney for hard work on the farm.
- Alex Plante is not among the top recall options this season. If true, that’s a step back for a player who appeared to be playing well.
- I would think Belle, Chorney and Plante would be among the group considered for recall when Vandermeer is dealt at the deadline. I wouldn’t count out AHL vet Bryan Helmer who is killing it in OKC after signing with the Barons.