Oilers Flush 7

The Oilers are sending down players in spurts this season, which is fun for fans because it gives some indication about their status on the depth chart.

Some of today’s moves were obvious and predictable, but others give us a glimpse of pecking order in Oklahoma City.

Juniors Travis Ewanyk and Drew Czerwonka were sent back to their WHL teams; both were injured leading up to and during TC and didn’t get much of a chance to show their skills. Not a huge deal, their time is down the line. The interesting demotions revolved around the Barons:

  • David LeNeveu is clearly behind all of Dubnyk, Khabibulin and Danis. He’ll play in front of Olivier Roy too, but the organization will elevate the kid as soon as he’s ready.
  • Johan Motin is dive bombing in this organization and I don’t think he’ll see another summer as an Oiler prospect. It’ll be interesting to see if they keep him should that big Russian win a contract.
  • Mark Arcobello signed a pretty good contract with the club, but he was headed for the AHL no matter how well he played. It is interesting that Arcobello really didn’t have a chance to showcase his abilities during camp.
  • Hunter Tremblay will get a chance to show his skill in Oklahoma City this winter, the Oilers sending him down now doesn’t reflect on him negatively. He’s a long shot for NHL employment.
  • Cameron Abney is probably headed to Stockton, at least for part of the season. The Oilers will probably bring him along slowly but as long as the organization values this player type we should expect Abney to make steady progress through the system.

Here’s the current roster:

  1. G Devan Dubnyk
  2. G Nikolai Khabibulin
  3. G Yann Danis
  4. G Olivier Roy
  5. D Ryan Whitney (injured)
  6. D Tom Gilbert
  7. D Cam Barker
  8. D Ladislav Smid
  9. D Theo Peckham
  10. D Andy Sutton
  11. D Taylor Chorney
  12. D Jeff Petry
  13. D Corey Potter
  14. D Colten Teubert
  15. D Alex Plante
  16. D Taylor Fedun
  17. D Kirill Tulupov
  18. D Martin Marincin
  19. D Ryan Lowery
  20. C Sam Gagner
  21. C Shawn Horcoff
  22. C Eric Belanger
  23. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  24. C Anton Lander
  25. C Ryan O’Marra
  26. C Chris VandeVelde
  27. C Tanner House
  28. C Milan Kytnar
  29. C Ryan Martindale
  30. L Taylor Hall
  31. L Ryan Smyth
  32. L Magnus Paajarvi
  33. L Ben Eager
  34. L Darcy Hordichuk
  35. L Teemu Hartikainen
  36. L Lennart Pettrell
  37. L Curtis Hamilton
  38. L Josh Green
  39. L Phil Cornet
  40. R Ales Hemsky
  41. R Jordan Eberle
  42. R Linus Omark
  43. R Ryan Jones
  44. R Gilbert Brule
  45. R Ryan Keller
  46. R Antti Tyrvainen
  47. R Tyler Pitlick

Junior players still around are Marincin, Nugent-Hopkins, Martindale and Pitlick. Pitlick is apparently headed for OKC and we still don’t know about Martindale’s status. Marincin has survived much longer than I thought he would, but he is likely (based on play) heading back to junior. The big story this training camp is probably Tulupov.

The skill of the forwards is very good if a little young, I think the defense is going to be an adventure and the goaltending is not clear. I think they’ll finish 13th in the conference, but if the Oilers added another NHL calibre goalie and some defensive insurance at the top of the blue this team could do some things.

Just saying.

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