Curtis Hamilton must be living right, as he was rewarded for hard work and little result with a trip to the upper regions of the depth chart. Coach Todd Nelson may have him skating alongside Mark Arcobello and Jordan Eberle tonight against San Antonio. I don’t recall a time in this young man’s pro career when he got this kind of push.

Hamilton has shown offensive ability–at age 19 in the WHL he went 26-56-82 in 62 games–but not in pro hockey. His current career AHL stats (60, 7-7-14) have him in the “Chris VandeVelde range” of offensive ability. If he’s going to have an NHL career, he needs to be much better.

OKC wingers:

  1. Eberle 23, 14-16-30
  2. Hartikainen 23, 8-11-19
  3. Hall 15, 6-13-19
  4. Paajarvi 23, 3-12-15
  5. Byers 23, 2-3-5
  6. Hamilton 19, 2-1-3

The offense ends after the first two lines, coach Nelson clearly wants to shake things up. The top 4 wingers may end up in Edmonton if the lockout ends, so Nelson’s move may be survival instinct.

Kevin Lowe was on Jason Gregor’s show yesterday, and suggested that with Andy Sutton’s injury the club may be on the lookout for an NHL defenseman (I didn’t hear it live, but a twitter exchange of epic proportions brought it to my attention).

The current lineup (again based on a Gregor conversation with coach Krueger) might look like this currently:

  1. Smid-Petry
  2. Schultz the elder-Schultz the youth
  3. Whitney-Potter
  4. Peckham

If the Oildrop were to add a defender, they would either need to IR someone, risk waivers on someone, trade someone in a deal  or carry 8 defenders. Encouraging words anyway, nice to see the organization being reactive like this. One day, long in the future, PROACTIVE behavior toward roster holes would be greeted with approval.

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66 Responses to "OKC V SAN ANTONIO 14.12.12"

  1. dessert1111 says:

    I’m not sure if I view the Hamilton thing as much as a promotion as a mix-up. They had to put him somewhere, and he hasn’t had an opportunity with guys like that yet, whereas most of the lineup has for a game or two somewhere along the line. I guess it’s interesting that Pitlick is on the checking line while Hamilton is on one of the scoring lines, but by eye Hamilton has had better instincts in the offensive zone so far this year anyway.

    Should be an interesting game tonight. I hope everyone posts a lot in the comments section during the game — I’ll be at the Ottawa 67s game tonight and won’t be able to watch :(

  2. jonrmcleod says:

    I was sure your post would be about a contest and a Seinfeld reference.

  3. voxwah says:

    Nuge el capitano!

  4. hags9k says:

    So how excited are we all about this Oilers’ Hackathon?

  5. Professor Q says:

    The amount of hate, negativity, and disapproval people have been showing over the Nuge’s captaincy announcement is attrocious and disappointing.

  6. hunter1909 says:

    Professor Q,

    I couldn’t agree more. This attrociousness I too find disappointing.

  7. jonrmcleod says:

    Professor Q,

    Where have you been hearing that?

  8. Dipstick says:

    I just checked out the comments on the tsn story. A few negative comments, but overwhelmingly positve response to Nuge being named captain.

  9. Dipstick says:

    Oh crap! What did I just do?

  10. Professor Q says:

    TSN and the like, most people citing *cough* inexperience *cough*, no leadership skills, a ‘wuss’ who is injury prone, the choice was based on star power and favouritism, and the captaincy should have gone to ‘returning players’ who have natural leadership abilities (most cited Hamilton, Huberdeau, Jenner) allof which is completely untrue.

  11. Professor Q says:

    Apparently we are missing an argument people!

  12. Ducey says:

    Meh, those TSN boards are populated by trolls who slag anything not related to their team. The only decent argument against making the Nuge the “C” would be the fact he might get recalled in the event the lockout ended.

    Fortunately for Team Canada, the NHPLA is now apparently going to file a disclaimer of interest.

    Where do I file mine?

  13. Bruce McCurdy says:

    How many players on Team Canada are “returning” from the World Seniors? Kind of puts the word “seniority” in perspective, doesn’t it?

    Inexperience??!! Puh-leeze. IT’S THE WORLD JUNIORS FFS111! They’re ALL inexperienced. (Aimlessly wanders off to another room, mumbling gibberish)

  14. Bruce McCurdy says:

    (Returns briefly) Hubderdeau? JONATHAN Huberdeau? The guy who just got suspended for mugging a linesman?? Yeah, right, there’s the guy I want as the face of Team Canada. Uh huh. That Hockey Canada made him so much as an alternate captain while he is under suspension by a CHL league is incomprehensible.

    (Wanders off again, babbling obscenities)

  15. delooper says:

    About time they shuffled up the lines. The star players need to start lifting up the supporting cast, rather than playing by themselves. “We’ll always have the power play.” I can imagine Eberle saying that sweetly to Hall.

  16. russ99 says:

    There are usually minor league deals, so is the lockout preventing trades in the AHL this year?

    Surely some team would take some of our lesser prospects for an AHL 2nd line center or 2nd pairing defenseman.

    At some point, playing for development only gets you so far, and our legit prospects could be suffering due to less than adequate linemates and less competing for jobs.

  17. stevezie says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Remember Cormier? I’ve never quite forgiven Hockey Canada for Patrice Cormier. Wasn’t he the captain? He was so dirty, underhanded and malicious that by the end of the tournament I was just fine with Canada losing.

    I guess I should let it go…

  18. hunter1909 says:

    Could it be possible for Lowetide to keep us up to date on Rob Schremp’s season, in whatever league he’s playing in this year?

  19. Truth says:


    You must not have been a fan of Messier. What do they call him, the Greatest leader to ever play the sport?

  20. Lowetide says:

    Schremp was a little shy of Yakupov offense in Russia, but is finding Austria yodelrific!


  21. delooper says:

    Austria reminded me of the okanagan but with better architecture.

  22. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Schremp was a little shy of Yakupov offense in Russia, but is finding Austria yodelrific!


    Old Sugartits has already played in three leagues this year? That’s spreading the love!

  23. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Remember Cormier?

    Oh yeah, I mentioned Cormier in today’s rant. Found time for Steve Downie and Brad Marchand while I was at it.

    I’m frankly stunned by how many voters in the poll I posted there have been OK with the Huberdeau selection. It’s a minority, but a significant one. This isn’t in his past, he is CURRENTLY suspended. He injured an official in his last freaking game!! That’s a guy you want representing the red maple leaf?

    Whoever represents CHL officials needs to clear his throat with Hockey Canada. What a slap in the face for them.

    (Sorry for duplication but there was a broken link, and I can’t get in and edit a “Missing argument” comment. Anybody else having this problem?)

  24. Professor Q says:

    Oh Bruce, you crack me up!

  25. Lowetide says:

    Oklahoma City Barons ‏@OKC_Barons

    Tonight’s projected lines: Hamilton-Arcobello-Eberle, Cornet-Green-Hartikainen, Hall-Lander-Paajarvi, Byers-VandeVelde-Pitlick

    Well, it’s right there in B&W. Tyler Pitlick must feel unloved.

  26. Lowetide says:

    Tonight D-pairs: Deck-Schultz, Fedun-Teubert, Plante-Henry. Scratches: Davidson, Ringwald, Tyrvainen, Martindale, House, Pelss, Marincin.

    I’m all for the Marincin scratch to be honest. I just don’t really like the rest of tonight’s blue beyond Schultz. Too young, too many mistakes.

  27. Lowetide says:

    Man the Barons look addled.

  28. stevezie says:


    You must not have been a fan of Messier. What do they call him, the Greatest leader to ever play the sport?

    I am too young to remember prime time Messier in any detail. I will admit to being confused as to how Pronger, Clark, C. Lemieux, even Matt Cooke and Jordan Tootoo are villified but Messier isn’t. I remember on Moose’s “Legends of Hockey” special Kevn Lowe talking nostalgically about how mean Mark was. Is Matt Cooke thirty goals a season away from being remembered whistfully?

    I’m not asking for a gentlemanly league where everyone hugs before and after each game. The aforementioned Tootoo could play on my team any day. Cormier was a rotten little weasle and I hated him. I don’t like Ben Eager either.

  29. Lowetide says:

    Messier was more dirtier than any skill player in the NHL today. By many, many miles. He was filthy.

  30. Lowetide says:

    Eberle (un).

  31. stevezie says:
    If anyone was wondering in silence. Only one audio feed too, mostly.

    That give away makes the Barons D look good. To Eberle too. Oops.

  32. Lowetide says:

    Hall (Henry, Lander).

  33. Dipstick says:

    Eberle and Hall will never be able to produce on their own. Fire Nelson!

  34. stevezie says:

    Looked like Byers did an old friend a favour there.

  35. stevezie says:

    Guess I picked the right game to start watching. The Rampage’s give-aways have been legion.

  36. Lowetide says:

    Teubert, I think VandeVelde but didn’t hear the scoring play.

  37. sliderule says:

    I saw the Calgary crowd booing the Nuge .

    I love it.

    When the oil were beating everybody the hate was unbelievable .

    If we can get the hate back we will have turned the corner.

  38. stevezie says:

    For those who missed it, Teubert rushed the puck in and went hard to the net. It was a Ryan Smyth goal.

  39. Ozzieoiler says:

    Dillon Simpson with a PP assist so far.

  40. Lowetide says:

    Colten Teubert. Good grief.

  41. OilLeak says:

    Teubert has been both good and bad this game, although I do like that he seemed to show a bit of an offensive flair today.

  42. OilLeak says:

    Oh Schultz, thank you for picking Edmonton.

  43. Lowetide says:

    Schultz (arcobello)

  44. Lowetide says:

    Some nice work on that PK by Teubert. Worst thing to happen to him tonight was that goal, he lost his brain for about 20 minutes afterward.

  45. OilLeak says:

    Wow!, Hall is absolutely ridiculous.

  46. Lowetide says:

    Oilleak: Agreed. That reminded me of Peter Forsberg. Incredible move.

  47. gogliano says:

    If we traded J. Schultz to the Anaheim Ducks, what do you think we could get in return? If they weren’t bitter and gave fair market value?

  48. OilLeak says:

    Oilleak: Agreed. That reminded me of Peter Forsberg. Incredible move.

    Even before that move, he held on to the puck for so long and no one could touch him, I think Hall will be just fine.

  49. delooper says:

    Gogliano: the last thing the Oilers should be trading is defensemen. Unless people really want Plante or Potter, I suppose.

    Gah, a student followed me to my office asking for special favours on the grading of his final exam. Couldn’t say no in nice enough terms, or often or loud enough. So I unloaded all my built-up frustrations on him.

  50. stevezie says:


    You aren’t a Classics Prof, are you? I need someone who knows his or her Classics.

  51. delooper says:

    Nope. I torture my students. I’m a mathematician.

  52. "Steve Smith" says:

    …and what could be more classic?

  53. delooper says:

    I teach stuff that’s as old as Homer.

  54. Lowetide says:

    Add an assist to Eberle on the Schultz goal, and top up my drink post haste!

  55. jonrmcleod says:

    Off topic: Just got back from the Halifax Mooseheads game. They’ve won both their games without their top line: MacKinnon, Drouin, and Frk.

  56. eidy says:

    arcobello has not looked good tonight. killing that first unit power play

  57. Lowetide says:

    Definitely miss the Nuge out there.

  58. OilLeak says:

    Well I’ve lost video

  59. delooper says:

    My feed went blank. I hope MPS’s goal will be up on the Oilers site later…

  60. Lowetide says:

    Paajarvi (Dech, Teubert)

  61. stevezie says:


    Me too, but it was still nice to hear Maggie scoring.

    I have every faith in the Jrs to fix this, but so far this season my favourite hockey story in anmy league is Schultz’s scoring streak. A rookie and a defenceman is somehow leading the AHL in scoring. The only games he hasn’t scored a point in the team has been shutout. He is currently running a twelve (I think) game scoring streak. On pace for well over 100 points. I’m surprised this isn’t a bigger story league wide.

  62. oilersfan says:

    i haven’t watched any games at all this year so I am curious to know why was Marincin scratched? Is he injured, or has he been playing badly? Is he being punished or just being taught to watch the game from upstairs?

  63. Lowetide says:

    Oilersfan: he’s been struggling lately, or at least the good luck he had earlier is now graduating to the mean. I’m a fan of Marincin, but he sure has had some tough shifts–especially late–yesterday. Expect he’ll be back soon.

  64. Lucinius says:

    I don’t understand the Marincin scratch at all. Sure he’d struggled a bit lately, but so had Tuebert, Deck (both who had really shown badly the previous game), Henry and Plante. Marincin had been the third or fourth best defensemen, easily, imo.

    Hopefully he’s only out one game or so.

    Nice to hear Lander got a point and Paajarvi scored.

    Didn’t watch this game, sadly.

  65. stevezie says:


    They’re about to play 3 in 3; a lot of people are going to be scratched at some point this weekend.

  66. Lucinius says:


    Fair point; I hadn’t realized that was their schedule — thanks.

    Poor Schultz is going to need oxygen on the bench the way they play him!

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