OKC ROSTER IS OUT!

Geeks like me look forward to the darndest things. Example: training camp rosters. We didn’t get the Oilers TC roster this season, but the Barons version is ultra cool.

There are some outstanding names on this list, names who are unlikely to play in the minors for the rest of their careers (or at least 15 years). Men like the Nuge, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz.

After that. there’s a long list of “NHL prospects” we’ll follow closely this season. My list is:

  1. Martin Marincin
  2. Brandon Davidson
  3. Alex Plante
  4. Ryan Martindale
  5. Tyler Pitlick
  6. Teemu Hartikainen
  7. Antti Tyrvainen
  8. Curtis Hamilton
  9. Phil Cornet
  10. Anton Lander
  11. Magnus Paajarvi
  12. Tanner Hous
  13. Kristians Pelss
  14. Toni Rajala
  15. Mark Arcobello
  16. Taylor Fedun
  17. Chris VandeVelde
  18. Colten Teubert
  19. Cameron Abney
  20. Tyler Bunz
  21. Olivier Roy

That’s an impressive list, you know. Even aside from the gifted trio there’s some good names there. I’d rank the top player on this list as Paajarvi and the low end at Tanner House but your mileage may vary.

UNKNOWN PLEASURES

If you’re a real geek like me then one of the best things about a training camp roster is the players you’ve never heard of; chances are they won’t make the team, but it is interesting to look at these players and see what the organization might be casting about looking for in terms of talent.

  1. C Eric Hunter: He was drafted twice (2004, 2006) and went to the U of A after his WHL career ended. Hunter played last season in the AHL (75, 6-10-16) and had a couple of big scoring seasons in the WHL for Prince George. He is 26.
  2. R Justin Maylan: Skilled forward just out of the WHL and signed to a contract by Stockton (ECHL). He’ll no doubt be sent down early but is young (21) and you never know. Scored 89 points with the PA Raiders last season.
  3. F Gary Steffes: Big forward out of the NCAA (Miami of Ohio), he’s spent the last two seasons with Tulsa of the CHL. This interview is a perfect “hockey” interview in that it is cliche heaven. Ryan Smyth would love that interview.
  4. D Trevor Ludwig: This is an interesting player. Son of former NHLer Craig Ludwig, he’s a big stay at home type and a lefty shooter. He has about 2 seasons of AHL experience and would be a player to watch based on OKC’s roster makeup.
  5. G Ian Keserich: 26 year old, another college man and he has pro experience in the CHL and ECHL. Oilers usually carry 5 goalies–two in the NHL, two in the AHL and one in the ECHL. Keserich may tandem with Bunz in Stockton this seasn.

TC begins this weekend and there should be plenty of stories flying north.

 

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14 Responses to "OKC ROSTER IS OUT!"

  1. Chris Hext---formerly EasyOil--- says:

    Is it just me or is Pelss one of the guys that could be really interesting to follow? I reckon, if he’s not in the ECHL but with OKC, he could have a similar season to Kytnar’s rookie pro season, which was pretty solid if unspectacular. If he’s in the ECHL, I expect him to do even better there and put up some points. But then I though Martindale would do that too.

  2. striatic says:

    just bought tickets for the November 10th game in Abbotsford!

    3rd row seats for 40 dollars cheep, a three hour drive from Seattle.

    if the lockout doesn’t last that long, we might not get to see Eberle and co. in Abbotsford but at least we’ll have the oilers back : ]

  3. Ducey says:

    I’d rank the top player on this list as Paajarvi and the low end at Tanner House but your mileage may vary.

    I’ll give you MPS but House is not the worst. That would be Cam Abney.

    Don’t forget Teigan Zahn. I like him because he and 3 other guys left the Calgary Dino’s this year, putting a significant dent in their program. I love it when Calgary suffers.

    I am surprised to see Rajala in there. I thought he was gone to Europe, never to be seen again.

  4. spoiler says:

    I would have liked to have seen Mike Brodeur get that other goalie looksee. He’s an Alberta boy and was stellar in his cup of coffee with Ottawa. Got run over in Binghampton by fancier names. I think he got an invite to Houston’s camp, but would have liked t have seen OKC extend a hand.

  5. Truth says:

    What, no Tulupov? I love what he brings.

  6. bookje says:

    Truth:
    What, no Tulupov?I love what he brings.

    He is not an Oiler prospect for one thing.

  7. jp says:

    Chris Hext—formerly EasyOil—:
    Is it just me or is Pelss one of the guys that could be really interesting to follow?I reckon, if he’s not in the ECHL but with OKC, he could have a similar season to Kytnar’s rookie pro season, which was pretty solid if unspectacular.If he’s in the ECHL, I expect him to do even better there and put up some points.But then I though Martindale would do that too.

    It’ll be real tough for him to stick in OKC, but you never know. I imagine he’d be a solid player in the ECHL though. I expect a Kytnar-like career is what we should expect (minus getting called 2 leagues to the NHL). That is, not much to get excited about here. To be fair, I’ve never seen him or the Oil Kings play. I know he has a rep as an energy player with some skill who does a lot of nice things, but not many guys with that level of scoring in jr make it to the NHL full time.

    Truth:
    What, no Tulupov?I love what he brings.

    I’d forgotten about that guy (already!). He did bring some nice things, but he was getting sat out last year (in addition to the injuries). Guess they didn’t think he was worth a spot. No idea where he’ll resurface this year. He hasn’t played yet according to hockeydb (so if he’s in Europe he’s injured), and eliteprospects doesn’t list any transactions. Guess he’s most likely caught on with an AHL/ECHL team somewhere in NA…

  8. Wes Mantooth-11 says:

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2012/09/28/is-nail-yakupov-the-new-alexander-radulov-peter-adler-asks-the-question/

    This is the most ridicules thing I have read. This guy is looking for a reaction and nothing more. Complete bullshit.

  9. Kris11 says:

    Adler: “That latter notion fits in rather neatly with the traditional Russian approach: a contract is valid only when it suits us.”

    Peter Adler is a racist, apparently. (Old school anti-Russian racism, too. Nazis were into that, too)

    Also, is the CHL a professional league? No? Players play there to develop. Yes. It’s a develomental league?

    But Sarnia cares more about making money off of Nail Yakupov than helping him develop (or letting him play in his home country). Well, if that’s true, they better start paying these guys like professionals, not pretending that they are amateurs who only need a stipend.

  10. jb says:

    Yakupov is a bad apple? This guys either completely delusional or simply fucked in the head. Take your pick. How does this shit get associated with the journal?

    Seriously do yourself a favor and disconnect from this type of msm fear mongering bullshit. I realize who posted it and why, but don’t taint LT’s work with this shit.

  11. Reg Dunlop says:

    Ha! That Adler blast was awesome! Like something I would turn out except I would only be joking or looking for a reaction. I fear that this Peter character is serious. Kinda scary.

  12. pelhem grenville says:

    …first time on your site LT…the only site i will be going to other than the tried and true OilersNation…this’ll be just enough to keep me busy throughout the lockout and good times that will follow…

  13. Lowetide says:

    Welcome Pelhem. :-) I think the next 2 weeks are huge in both the Katz and NHL negotiations.

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