Taylor Fedun is a very interesting player. Although signed recently, Fedun is an older prospect: he’s one year older than Alex Plante. Plante has been pro hockey for two seasons now.
Fedun has a varied resume. Princeton’s captain played big minutes in all areas and delivered a fine offensive season. He’s 6,01, 210 and can play a solid two way game.
Among the AHL level defenders and new pro blueliners, Fedun offers a wide enough range of skills to be considered a possible “cup of coffee” option in 2011-12.
Fedun on Fedun: “I think the positives in my game are good first pass out of the D-zone and, this year, I had a chance to play the power play.” Story source is here.
OKC Prediction for 11-12: 55gp, 4-10-14 (.254)
NHL Prediction for 11-12: 3, 0-1-1 (.333)
- Why does Fedun get the call over more qualified players? Fedun will spend most of the season in the AHL, but if he performs as his NHLE suggests he will then I think he’s very likely to get a cup of coffee in the NHL.
- There are more qualified defenseman than Fedun worthy of a callup. I’m projecting 11 defensemen, Fedun is #11. That’s pretty reasonable based on the current depth chart.
- What role will he play in OKC? More of a defensive role, I’d say. The PP minutes will likely go to Helmer (who led OKC defenders in PP goals a year ago–5 in 42 games), Corey Potter and the loser of the Chorney-Petry battle for NHL employment. He should get some PK time and I think he’ll be an AHL regular (AHL teams often rotate their bottom end D, meaning a lot of helthy scratches over the season for some).
- He’s a better offensive player than you’re suggesting. Fedun posted most of his offense last season on the PP (7-6-13) and some at EV (3-6-9). His projected number for OKC is based on getting far less powerplay time in Oklahoma City. Also, he’s not a playmaker or anything, last year saw 6 shots get in on the PP. I’m not certain what kind of offense he’ll bring, but it’s always a good idea to guess low.
- Where does he rank on the current depth chart? 11th. I thought that was obvious.
- Okay, what are the names of the players clearly ahead of him? The Oilers top 6D, plus Chorney and Petry makes 8. I have Corey Potter and Colten Teubert ahead of him, with Plante, Motin and all the kids below that group on the depth chart.
- What about Marincin? I’m not sure he makes the AHL team this season; he may stay in the WHL for another year. Kind of hard to project him onto an NHL roster at this point in time. Same with Brandon Davidson.
- Could Fedun surprise in training camp and make the team? I don’t think so. The training camp battles I see happening are Petry-Chorney-Potter.
- Potter? Yeah. Potter is a RH shot, has some ability and I think there’s a good chance that he makes the big club out of training camp.
- And they send Petry and Chorney down? Yeah, although I still think Petry makes the club somehow. I wonder if Sutton gets traded at training camp instead of the deadline.
- Fedun is pure callup? Sure. They’ll want him to get lots of playing time in the AHL so they can see what he can do, and then after that he’ll be among the callups.