I’ve been looking at rows of numbers like these since I was a kid. They can tell us a lot of things and bring forward all kinds of discussion points. OKC 11-12 had a lot of questions, and several important answers.
Now you have to click on these in order to get the full Monty. The first ping is playoffs, the second, larger one is regular season. We’re not discussing goalies so that’s not on the graphs.
What can we tell from these names and numbers? Quite a few things.
- In both the regular season and during the playoffs, Magnus Paajarvi outscored Teemu Hartikainen. Now, that may not count for a hill of beans–the Oilers like Harski’s size and commitment to physical play–but it should be mentioned all the same. TOI aside, Paajarvi would appear to be the better offensive player based on NHL and AHL totals.
- That Dylan Yeo fellow looked pretty good, especially in the playoffs. I see he’s a Marlie now, don’t know if that’s a good thing for OKC and their fans.
- Why haven’t they signed Kirill Tulupov? I know he’s not exactly smooth city but he’s big and strong and can bend steel. Sign the man!
- A guy like Mark Arcobello is kind of a mystery to me. I think he’s a good AHL player, but signing him to a contract that takes up a spot on the 50-man list means the team can’t sign a top flight prospect coming out of junior or NCAA. I don’t know enough about the business of hockey to say for certain, but that contract was pretty costly. Why not sign him to an AHL contract, as they did with Josh Green? I think the Arcobello contract was a mistake.
- Tyler Pitlick had a better playoff than Phil Cornet, and my guess is that the young Pitlick will post a solid AHL season in 12-13. One of the things that could derail it? A lockout.
- A lockout “could” mean we see Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Jeff Petry and others in OKC.
- Hunter Tremblay scored 5SH goals in the regular season and 1 in the playoffs. I’d have signed him just for the curio. Winnipeg got him on an AHL only deal, I believe. Hope he makes it.
- I’m worried about Anton Lander’s offense. Seriously. I remember Doug Jarvis and he was no screaming hell but Anton needs to post a good number in OKC this season. He did have one good season in the SEL. Oilers management group deserves a giant kick in the arse for their handling of Lander (and Paajarvi for that matter) this past season.
- Alex Plante should–based on his season–be a player the Oilers are talking about as a real option for the big club. I haven’t heard a word. Telling. I think foot speed is still the issue.
- If the NHL expanded today and you could choose four position players from the playoff roster, who would you choose? My list, in order: 1. Paajarvi; 2. Hartikainen; 3. Lander; 4. Pitlick.
- Curtis Hamilton needs to have an impact TC. I don’t think anyone in the organization said a word about progress, it was all about “process” and “learning.” Oilers invested a pretty high pick on him, pressure is on. He should be under consideration for inclusion in the conversation in #10 and he is not. I don’t think the Oilers mishandled him and injury is a bitch, but you’d like to see a strong response from him this season.
- Antti Tyrvainen has one more year and honestly I have no idea if he’s a player. But I hope the Oilers have a good long look at him this winter in more of a feature role. Seems he has been the odd man out.
- Dan Ringwald. He’s come a long way. You never know.
- Magnus Paajarvi led the OKC Barons in playoff shots. Lordy.
Holiday weekend edition and we have a wide range of guests. Questions can be posted below, email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I do pay attention to twitter: @lowetide_ and @ItsNationRadio.
Scheduled to appear:
- Jason Gregor from JG Show and Oilers Nation. We’ll talk Oilers summer, what they might have left to do and the importance of the Ryan’s and a Taylor or two.
- Eric Tulsky and his giant brain will return to talk about the importance of performance in the neutral zone and the relationship between possession and winning.
- Thomas Drance from Canucks Army and other parts of the Nations. Drance has clarity, and in the world of hockey think that’s like Olympic Gold. We’ll talk Arnott, Luongo and the NW division.
- Jim Byers from the OKC Barons. The Barons roster is starting to take shape with Josh Green, Chris VandeVelde and Alex Plante getting contracts recently. We’ll talk to Jim about the 12-13 edition of OKC Barons.
- Corey Graham, Oil Kings play by play man. I love hockey, but Corey loves it more. He cannot wait for OK training camp and we’ll talk about the WHL champions and their chances this season.
- Scott Francis Winder is a young Edmonton businessman who gets things done. We’ll talk about FC Edmonton’s big game tonight and a major event that will hit Edmonton in the next 7 days.
Your questions are the best, so bring them on. Festival seating, byob.