The frustrating thing for me about the Oilers rebuild since 2010 is the distinct lack of success in the pro procurement department.
I guess maybe previous administrations spoiled us with signings like Steve Staios, but is it really to much to ask a pro sports organization to procure young talent that is available in order to add to the draft cluster?
Since 2010 spring–when “rebuild” became the watch word for the Oilers and the fanbase-Stu MacGregor’s crew have done terrific work at the draft table. How many ST moves since Taylor Hall was drafted have clearly helped the rebuild?
- Draft 2010: Dealt Riley Nash for the pick that turned into Martin Marincin.
- Trade Deadline 10-11: Dealt Dustin Penner to the left coast for D Colten Teubert and the pick that turned into D Oscar Klefbom.
- March 8, 2011: Signed college man Taylor Fedun.
- March 19, 2011: Signed college man Tanner House.
- March 31, 2011: Signed college man Hunter Tremblay.
- June 15, 2011: Signed Lennart Petrell and Antti Tyrvainen to contracts.
- June 26, 2011: Acquired Ryan Smyth for Colin Fraser.
- July 1, 2011: Sign Ben Eager, Cam Barker, Darcy Hordichuk, Eric Belanger.
- July 1, 2011: Acquired D Andy Sutton for D Kurtis Foster.
- July 1, 2011: Signed D Corey Potter.
- July 12, 2011: Oilers trade C Andrew Cogliano for a 2nd rd pick in 2013.
- February 27, 2012: Dealt D Tom Gilbert for D Nick Schultz.
I think we can give full credit to ST for the Carolina deal (#1) and the Smyth acquisition (I know Smyth traded himself here but let’s be more than fair). I’ll give him credit for acquiring a very good defensive prospect in Klefbom when he signs, but that seems to be dragging and isn’t completed yet.
I have two main problems with Steve Tambellini’s actions since the rebuild began: first, there’s very little effort being used to improve depth and perhaps catch lightning in a bottle. Blake Comeau would have been helpful, no? Brandon Yip? Grant Clitsome? I’m not saying these guys are the be all and end all, but when the ship is sinking it might be a plan to do something. That 4th line was a disaster, and guys like Yip (or Marc Pouliot) can be useful but when you’re trying to save Anton Lander it’s a tough job.
The second item is the Cam Barker signing. We’ve been down this road before, but for me it shows the lack of attention paid to the blue. We knew Ryan Whitney was injured and a question mark last summer, but there was no effort to protect the blue by adding another worthwhile hand.
The Oilers currently sit on defense with the following men able to fight a war: Ladislav Smid, Jeff Petry, Nick Schultz and Andy Sutton. Ryan Whitney is the best of the group if healthy, but we can’t be sure.
Let’s play a little game:I will stop bitching about the Steve Tambellini contract extension if he can deliver this team an actual NHL defenseman this summer without subtracting from the group. I’ll even accept the kid Justin Schultz.
Surely that isn’t too much to ask. Right?