It happens every year. Training camp usually starts with the GM saying something like “Jason Chimera will definitely make the team this season” which is promptly followed by Jason Chimera being sent down.
GM’s at this time of year act like they’ve just found catnip. It’s like they spent the summer with Kevin Prendergast: everybody’s Gretzky!
They’ll observe those at the rookie camp and then take out the monocle, and one of those four are going to join the NHL group of six:
- Ryan Whitney
- Tom Gilbert
- Ladislav Smid
- Cam Barker
- Andy Sutton
- Theo Peckham
You are free to draw your own conclusions, but of the four defensemen mentioned by Mr. Tambellini my guess is that the chances of those young men making the big club are:
- Taylor Chorney 50
- Jeff Petry 50
- Colten Teubert 0
- Martin Marincin 0
My source is here. If this was just a straight up contest then Petry should win going away (if healthy). We’ve discussed the Chorney waiver worry and for that reason (and only that reason) I’ve slotted it a 50-50 race. Teubert’s time will come–maybe as early as later this year–and Marincin would appear to be at least one year away.
When looking at the Oilers current roster, it would take the average fan about three minutes to conclude the Oilers have too many forwards and not enough defensemen.
Here it comes: A trade is coming. Chorney and a forward for a defenseman or Hemsky and a defenseman for a really good defenseman. It has to happen. I say this every fall but (in the words of the NFL folks) COME ON, MAN! Balance is a good thing. Really.