The end of preseason games for the Oilers gives us our first chance to catch up on prospects and their early performances. As always, there are surprises good and bad, worries and smiles, up arrows and down elevators.
- Martin Gernat: 4, 3-4-7 +4: I don’t really know what to say about this player and his start. Good job? Let’s not get too excited.
- Brandon Davidson 5, 1-6-7 +1: Massive start for puck moving defender. It looks like he’s motivated to get that pro contract.
- David Musil: 5, 0-4-4 +2: Showed well in TC and preseason and I think he’ll be fast tracked by the organization. A nice offensive start, although that isn’t the sum of his parts.
- Martin Marincin: 2, 0-3-3 +1: A solid start for blue chip prospect. Showed well in TC but clearly needed more experience and the chance to grow into that big body.
- Tobias Rieder: 3, 1-2-3 +3: Good start, he has quite a bit of skill but fell down to tweenerville at the draft. I think we should expect a very good offensive season if he’s the real deal.
- Jeremie Blain: 4, 1-1-2 E: Rangy defender is healthy this season, it’ll be interesting to see how much offense he can post in a full year.
- Kristians Pelss: 4, 1-0-1 E: Improved in last season’s second half, he is starting slowly again this year.
- Drew Czerwonka: Hasn’t played a game for Kootenay, that injury looks like it’ll impact his season a little.
- Travis Ewanyk: Like Czerwonka, injury will be a factor in his season.
- Tyler Bunz: 3-3, 3.21 .916: Off to a nice start, he was very good Friday night by all reports. This is a huge season for him, the SP suggests Bunz is up for the challenge.
- Toni Rajala: 4, 0-2-2: Rajala was not impressive during TC and I wonder if he’s lost in the flood of MBS picks. Appears to be going the wrong way, a strong SML season might turn things around. Right now, he’s miles south of Salmelainen.
- Oscar Klefbom: 5, 0-0-0 E: It looks like he’s not doing much, but Klefbom is actually getting into games this season and has over 30 minutes on-ice in the SEL. I wonder if its the right way to develop this player, but big boxcars didn’t happen last season and they won’t this year. We should get a strong look at him at the WJ’s.
- Samu Perhonen: 3, 2.36 .920: This is Finland-2 league, same one as last season. His SP a year ago was .900 so he’s off to a good start.
- Frans Tuohimaa: 3, 3.02 .906: This is also Finland-2 league, he has also played on game in the SML. Tuomhimaa’s early numbers trail Perhonen but it’s early and this isn’t a wide margin.
If I had to choose one player who is most impressive it would be Gernat. No real disappointment, although Rajala’s downslide continues.