It has been suggested the prospect Oiler fans should be most concerned about is Magnus Paajarvi. I think the prospect in real danger is Anton Lander.
OKC RE 12-13: 70, 10-20-30
- Wow, you really don’t think he’s going to deliver much offense. Last season was very discouraging.
- Did he score a lot in Sweden? He had a strong 19-year old season, his NHLE was 82, 14-20-34 after going 49, 11-15-26 in the SEL.
- And his season was that bad? It was a wasted year. What’s more, unlike Magnus Paajarvi or Teemu Hartikainen, there’s very little positive that we can draw from Lander’s 11-12. It was not a good year in pretty much all areas.
- How did he get here? In rookie camp, everyone noticed Lander was quicker. Oilers Skating and Skills Coach Steve Serdachny: Anton has had incredible development. He’s made incredible strides in his skating and his quickness, he has so many great intangible qualities and a fantastic individual. Foot speed, mobility, efficiency have been a part of his program and something he’s been working on. This guy is a dedicated learner and working hard to become an Edmonton Oiler.
- That’s all good! It can be. Kyle Brodziak took a big leap forward one fall, but he was an older prospect and his development took a more traditional path.
- So, Lander should have started in the AHL? Yes, of course. The hiring of Lander to play in the NHL was clearly someone or some group of people talking themselves into something. It has happened before, Oilers seem to do this to C’s often.
- Who do you blame? Management and the coaching staff. When a young player is drowning early and often, find the range where he’ll succeed and then let him gain confidence at that level. This isn’t rocket surgery!
- Are there any positives? He didn’t score in the NHL and he didn’t score in the AHL. dawgbone found some positives here.
- You seem angry. Ah hell, I don’t understand is all. Lander had a big time defensive rep, his resume sang like Doug Jarvis! And then they put him with Petrell, Eager, Hordichuk and that group. And they struggle horribly, but the Oilers get stubborn on him–with a mountain of prospects dying for the show–and keep him in the NHL despite overwhelming evidence.
- What do they do now? Put him in the AHL, and put him in a position to succeed. Perhaps a checking line with two veterans and Lander in the middle.