The NHL Ouija board has spoken and Taylor Hall will miss 2 games–the one tomorrow against Phoenix and Chicago on Monday, with Damien Cox scheduling a special “not on the NHL schedule” game for Tuesday.
- Quoting Cox: Hall will, one imagines, receive at least a phone hearing with Shanahan, and it’s hard to believe he won’t get more than a game suspension. Complicating matters is that the two teams will meet in St. Paul on Tuesday, setting the stage for trouble if the league chooses not to act.
I think the penalty was too severe but the NHL and suspensions are kind of a comedy act so I’m glad he didn’t get 4. However, the real concern is this Tuesday game in St. Paul. I don’t think the Oilers know about it! Should we call someone?
AEROS AT BARONS 22.2.13
The Barons didn’t get a lot done last weekend, grabbing a point in a shootout loss one night and then getting shut out the next night. This weekend the club will play Houston Aeros, the minor league team belonging to Minnesota Wild. Life gives us so much to enjoy!
The skilled men (since Jan 1):
- Mark Arcobello 18, 5-10-15 -10
- Jonathan Cheechoo 9, 5-7-12 +2
- Toni Rajala 14, 5-7-12 +2
- Josh Green 18, 5-6-11 -7
- Phil Cornet 11, 6-4-10 +3
- Ryan Martindale 14, 5-3-8 -1
- Kristians Pelss 13, 1-5-6 +3
The Barons are now Cheechoo’s team offensively, as he goes so goes the team. The prospects (Rajala, Cornet, Martindale and Pelss) are doing some nice things in the new year, and a guy like Pelss has really emerged from the group as a potential checking winger down the line–and a possible NHL callup next season. Heady days for the Latvian.
As a junior Pelss played a rugged game (95pims as a 19-year old with the Oil Kings) and he’s playing a strong physical game in OKC too. I wonder at this point if we can begin to talk about Pelss being the best candidate for that “2-way role” that Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton were slotted to fill?
Pitlick’s raw skills and size make him a better candidate from a physical standpoint, and Hamilton’s range of skills suggested he too was an idea candidate. However, the AHL is where the rubber hits the road and Pelss is the one making time.
- Tyler Pitlick 6.02, 196
- Curtis Hamilton 6.02, 214
- Kristians Pelss 5.11, 191
The summer top 20 is going to have a lot of movement, just as the Christmas edition showed how fluid the prospect list has been over this season. There’s a massive opportunity for a chippy winger, and maybe Pelss wins it. We’ll see. Pisani came from farther back, so you never know.
I expect the Oilers to send Paajarvi down tomorrow morning to make room for Ryan Jones, but it is the wrong move. Steve Tambellini and Kevin Lowe before him have the nasty habit of putting off decisions and thus weakening the big league roster. Paajarvi is easily among the top 12 forwards on this team, so sending him down because you can while keeping lesser players is lame.
Credit where due, they finally pulled the Hordichuk trigger. I am hopeful the club will turn the trick twice in a row and send out Corey Potter instead of Paajarvi.
I’m not counting on it.