ONE YEAR AGO

Tobias Rieder was just another name on the ‘young stars’ rookie camp list a year ago. Now? He’s among the best prospects in the system.

The complete list of kids who took part is here.

UP ARROWS

  • Tyler Bunz: Had a strong, strong season in the WHL. Tracking ahead of Dubnyk.
  • Phil Cornet: Jumped from 7 to 24 goals in OKC year over year, made NHL debut.
  • Brandon Davidson: Had a very strong WHL season–he was an overager–and won a contract from the Oilers this spring.
  • Taylor Fedun: Impressed here and in main camp, lost his season to an idiot wind.
  • Martin Gernat: Emerged as a quality prospect with a stunning season in all areas. Big, strong kid with the ability to move the puck and a mean streak.
  • Anton Lander: Was a major star of the rookie camp, improved skating was a major news item and he rode it all the way to the NHL.
  • Martin Marincin: Continued to mature and grow into his frame, Marincin also had an impressive cup of coffee in OKC after his junior career ended.
  • David Musil: Was outstanding at the WJ’s and played the tough minutes with Vancouver of the WHL, Musil’s defensive ability likely trumps all other Oiler prospects save possibly Klefbom.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Impresssed then and pretty much every day after, showed he’s a PP wizard and posted one of the best rookie seasons in Oiler history.
  • Kristians Pelss: Doubled his WHL goal total from 14 to 28 year over year, winning a contract this spring over some solid prospects.
  • Tyler Pitlick: Had an uneven season, but the ‘saw him good’ crowd is miles ahead of the boxcars. That may change this season, he’s certainly a player to watch.
  • Tobias Rieder: Scored 55 goals in 76 OHL games (reg. season and playoffs), and was impressive in all three disciplines. Rieder had an incredible season in 11-12.
  • Olivier Roy: Strong season in Stockton, he established himself as a legit pro prospect.
  • Colin Smith: Invited on a tryout for a look-see, Smith had a very strong season and ended up getting drafted by Colorado at the draft this summer.
  • Colten Teubert: Became a defender coach Nelson relied on in OKC, and then showed there some ways to go during an extended stay in the NHL.

We won’t have a rookie camp this season, but it would be fun to see the new hires and how much kids like Rieder and Gernat have improved year over year.

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16 Responses to "ONE YEAR AGO"

  1. Bar_Qu says:

    Especially if we see Rieder’s numbers in the top corner of our favorite internet hang-out. (?)

    The lack of a rookie camp actually bothers me a little, just because we can’t see their progress, but again, the weather is still nice and school has started.

  2. TheBusDriver86 says:

    I vote for Rieder for your prospect to watch this year. He’s so intriguing. He reminds me of Eberle a little.

  3. Maverick says:

    There is a nip in the air, leaves are starting to turn, can smell the fear in the air from the kids going back to school, that means its time to get back to reading Lowetide’s blogs!

    A year ago there was a discussion about Tobias Rieder on this site after the prospects ranking and the consensus from the mass was a compariable to Liam Reddox but a few of us were thinking he would be better than Omark or Eberle-lite. Looking at a year later, I still believe he will better than Reddox and with Rieder’s ability to score and check could pay dividends in 3 or 4 years. The transition from the German League to the WHL for a young man is a very difficult adjustment, as he gets more comfortable we might see another level to Rieder.

  4. gcw_rocks says:

    Dominos? What happened to the Cougars?

  5. Mr DeBakey says:

    Frank Nighbor…won 3 Stanley’s with the Senators.

    How many came against the Edmonton Eskimos? One for sure. Two?

  6. sliderule says:

    There is something strange happening with Rieder in Kitchener.

    They now have three imports in camp and the team blog commented on his place on the team being up in the air.

  7. franksterra says:

    sliderule,

    Hmmm. OKC? Oil Kings?

  8. Ducey says:

    franksterra: sliderule, Hmmm. OKC? Oil Kings?

    Hopefully it doesn’t turn into some kind of problem with him going back to Europe and not signing with the Oilers.

    The Oilers have not been involved in a scandal involving public rejection for a while (other than Omark’s little tiffs). They are due.

  9. speeds says:

    Ducey,

    I have no idea what’s going on with Rieder in Kitchener (this is the first I’ve heard of anything), but I can say that if I were the Oilers I would be looking to get him signed now and take any concern about draft re-entry away.

  10. justDOit says:

    franksterra,

    It would be nice to see the Oil Kings trade for Rieder, but I was told OHL and WHL teams don’t deal with each other when I suggested the Oil Kings aquire Yakupov’s CHL rights in the event of a lockout.

    And if there’s a lockout, I think OKC will have more than enough players without rushing Rieder to the AHL. He might get a shot in Stockton though.

  11. Ducey says:

    sliderule: There is something strange happening with Rieder in Kitchener.They now have three imports in camp and the team blog commented on his place on the team being up in the air.

    Having now checked a Rangers blog, I see nothing “strange” going on.

    In fact, he is on the roster, he has played some preseason games (it looks like he was even taking some faceoffs!), and while they have three imports in camp, the blog reports “With Radek Faksa back for the season, the Rangers are actively shopping Slovakian Juraj Bezuch.”

    That would presumably leave them with Faksa and Rieder.

    http://therecord.blogs.com/rangers_report

  12. Woodguy says:

    speeds:
    Ducey,

    I have no idea what’s going on with Rieder in Kitchener (this is the first I’ve heard of anything), but I can say that if I were the Oilers I would be looking to get him signed now and take any concern about draft re-entry away.

    If i”m Reider not signing with the OIlers and re-entering the draft is attractive.

    The Oilers are full of young guys up front on the wing.

    A different team will probably have a more open path to a NHL slot.

    I think he may get a better contract in a re-draft rather than signing as a 4th rounder as well.

    I hope the Oilers sign him, I like late bloomers a lot.

  13. justDOit says:

    Woodguy,

    I dunno, WG. Seems to me that signing with a team where players get injured while on treadmills or merely skating through the neutral zone untouched, would be the right thing for Rieder to do. If those opportunities don’t appear for him, there’s always Hemsky’s spot that will eventually be open.

  14. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy,

    There might be some value for Reider sticking it out to play behind some deep offensive talent. Jiri Hudler just turned a similar situation into a 4-year $4 million dollar contract that he might not otherwise have gotten had he not been playing with Zetterberg et al.

  15. DSF says:

    Woodguy: If i”m Reider not signing with the OIlers and re-entering the draft is attractive.

    The Oilers are full of young guys up front on the wing.

    A different team will probably have a more open path to a NHL slot.

    I think he may get a better contract in a re-draft rather than signing as a 4th rounder as well.

    I hope the Oilers sign him, I like late bloomers a lot.

    At some point, the Oilers are going to have to start trading some of these wingers to plug holes.

    While the team has a shit load of 3-7 defensive prospects, a trade of some young forwards could provide some relief there.

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