The Edmonton Oilers are getting a head start on the fall OKC roster with PTO signings and rewards for minor leaguers.
PTO’s were announced for Tanner House, Taylor Fedun, Brandon Davidson, Martin Marincin and Hunter Tremblay over the last two weeks. Mark Arcobello signed a contract with the Oilers late last week, making a tremendous move up the organizational depth chart in one season. The club also signed graduating junior Olivier Roy to an entry level contract.
Here’s the 11-12 roster with the latest additions:
- GOALER: Bryan Pitton (RFA 2011); Olivier Roy (RFA 2014)
- DEFENSE: Kevin Montgomery (RFA 2011); Jordan Bendfeld (RFA 2011); Alex Plante (RFA 2012); Johan Motin (RFA 2012); Colten Teubert (RFA 2013); Taylor Fedun (RFA 2013).
- CENTER: Chris Vande Velde (RFA 2012); Milan Kytner (RFA 2012); Tanner House (RFA 2013).
- LEFT WING: Matt Marquardt (RFA 2011); Hunter Tremblay (RFA 2012); Teemu Hartikainen (RFA 2013); Philippe Cornet (RFA 2013).
- RIGHT WING: Zack Stortini (RFA 2011); Toni Rajala (RFA 2013); Mark Arcobelli (RFA 2013).
This doesn’t include the AHL veterans (guys like Helmer, etc) and it also doesn’t include the PTO kids like Marincin and Brandon Davidson. Also, I’ve included Rajala as he is signed although he played in Europe this past season.
Possible additions might include Anton Lander, Curtis Hamilton, Ryan Martindale, Tyler Pitlick and others. I haven’t included players like Taylor Chorney on the AHL roster although they could certainly be in play (I believe Chorney would have to clear waivers in order to be sent out from this fall’s training camp).
Last season the Oilers spent good coin on minor league veterans like Giroux, Moran, Gerber and Petiot and the OKC Barons had men like Colin McDonald and Jake Taylor in their employ. It looks like the club will need the same number of veterans a year from now to make a go of it in the AHL.
This season has been a success for the minor league system. The Oilers recalled prospects Linus Omark, Jeff Petry, Taylor Chorney, Teemu Hartikainen and Chris Vande Velde along with veterans like Liam Reddox, Alex Giroux, Martin Gerber and Richard Petiot (among others).