11-12 was a strong season for some of the Oilers blueline prospects, and there may be a desire by management to change some things on the big club. Opportunity is knocking.
- Jeff Petry: His RE was 50 games in the NHL, rest in OKC. Petry kicked the daylights out of it, spending 73 games in the NHL and 2 with the Barons. He’s now an NHL player, and on the verge of a big raise and high expectations. A success story, from draft through NHL regular status. Need four more like him.
- Corey Potter: RE for Potter was “slot into a role as a regular who can handle PP and PK duties” and I did suggest he might end up playing for the Oilers. Potter of course made the big club and played so well a new contract came his way during the year. Potter was less effective as the year wore on and suffered injury too, but his season (62, 4-17-21 -16) reflects perfectly what his role should be: AHL vet ready to step in as a replacement (in this case Cam Barker) when the free agent signing flops. I have every confidence he’ll end up doing the same thing in 12-13.
- Alex Plante RE “it’s going to take a miracle for him to climb back over the kids who have passed him since Plante turned pro” and damned if he didn’t recover his career with a terrific season. 41, 1-13-14 +16 and an increased role on special teams and at evens according to coach Nelson. He was also +5 in the playoffs and I’d think he’s got a chance to pass some of those young men who passed him in previous seasons.
- Taylor Chorney: I suggested he might be lost to waivers (and he was, and then reclaimed) and if he does stay we should expect a step forward. Chorney provided it, going from 46, 3-13-16 -1 in ’10-’11 to 50, 6-18-24 +15 this season. I don’t know if he has an NHL future, but he’s progressing in the AHL based on the numbers.
- Bryan Helmer: His RE “should impact the PP and play a prominent role at evens” and he certainly did that much for the team. I’m always impressed with these pro’s, they’re not going to get an NHL look unless there’s an injury or trade but they do a tremendous amount to help with development.
- Colten Teubert: RE for Teubert “full AHL season with a plus minus a little above average compared to the other Dmen” and he delivered that in the AHL as well as playing 24 games in the NHL. His NHL time showed cracks; in the minors his numbers (46, 2-8-10 +7) were in line with second and third pairing defenders (leaders in plus minus among D were Plante +16, Chorney +15 and Helmer +13).
- Kirill Tulupov: RE “Complete wildcard, he could be in OKC opening night or pumping gas at the Chevron down the street.” 33, 1-7-8 +2 and at 6.04, 230 and fearless I’d think the Oilers would think long and hard about bringing him back.
- Taylor Fedun: RE for him was “playing a regular shift and surviving” and he was unable to survive without injury. Fedun was a big story early in training camp and into the pre-season, and who knows what might have been? After his horrible injury, we can cheer for him but counting on a return would be foolish.
- Ryan Lowery: RE “A reasonable expectation would be 40+ games in the AHL for the Colorado College grad.” He didn’t make it, playing in 28 games (1-6-7 E) while also spending time in the ECHL.
- Johan Motin RE “there is no earthly way to know how he’ll exit the system, only that it’s as sure as breathing.” And that’s what happened. He did cover his draft bet by playing in the NHL before heading home, though.
We are getting close to draft day, so the focus is on the kids. Lots of other items too and your questions are always the best. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can drop them on twitter @ItsNationRadio or lowetide_ Finally, you can simply leave your questions in the comments section and we’ll ask our guests.
Scheduled to appear:
- Tom Lynn, former NHL GM, assistant GM and current player agent. His exceptional experience on both sides of the process offers us great insight. We’ll talk about the draft, trades and how they develop, and some CBA-related items.
- Corey Pronman, draft expert from Hockey Prospectus. His top 100 list and profiles are an absolute wonder, and we’ll discuss the top of the draft, the sheer number of quality defensemen and ask Corey to rate the Oilers blue prospects.
- Kirk Luedeke from Redline Report. Kirk has been a friend of the show since we started and we’ll have one more look at this year’s kids. We’ll pay special attention to injuries and their impact, goalies who might go early and I’ll ask about the draft implications for kids going to big NCAA schools.
- Cam Charron from Leafs Nation. Cam took over the managing editor gig for Leafs Nation this week after doing outstanding work at Canucks Army and all of the nations. The entire segment will be devoted to Chris Tanev. Probably.
- Michael Spiedel (speeds) from Hockey Symposium. We’ll talk about the draft, free agency, the CBA and I’ll remind speeds about his kinds words for Dean Lombardi last summer on Nation Radio.
- Jeff Krushell from Krush Health Show. We’ll talk to Jeff about the injuries to these top end prospects, and the possible impact long term. We’ll also ask him what the heck these NHL teams get out of the combine.
Noon to 2pm Edmonton time on the Team 1260.