BARONS V AMERICANS 12.4.13

There is nothing in this world like redemption, and in Oklahoma a trio of Oiler 2010 draft picks are badly in need of it.

  • Tyler Pitlick was drafted 31st overall by Edmonton in 2010, right at the beginning of rebuild 2.0 for the Oilers. The saw him good crowd loved him and math suggested a pretty damn good EV scorer with some gumption. An uneven rookie season in the AHL gave way to an injury riddled year two, and there was a lot of question about his future based on a pretty serious injury. OKC pbp man Jim Byers told me last week that Pitlick’s performances since returning have been uneven, but there’s a lot of talent there. In his most recent games, he is 3, 0-2-2 +2 with 5 sog. Tonight he lines up on the 3line, trying to get his career back on track.
  • Curtis Hamilton was drafted 48th overall in the 2010 draft, and since he’s turned pro has had injury problems and difficulty finding the range offensively. He is certainly considered a checker at this point in his career, but also has a hard time getting into the lineup (he is not listed as a starter this evening). He is 9, 2-1-3 recently, including a pretty breakaway goal but is miles from being what was expected.
  • Ryan Martindale was selected 61st overall by the Oilers in 2010 and has been in Stockton much of his pro career. In his most recent 11 games, he is 1-1-2 -2 and looking for regular work. Martindale’s positives include good health and size (6.03, 207) along with the ability to play in the middle.

2012-13 offense

  1. Martindale 36, 6-8-14
  2. Hamilton 57, 5-4-9
  3. Pitlick 38, 1-6-7

Every draft pick begins with high hopes from player and organization, but at this point the club shouldn’t expect an NHL player among this group. That should be considered very poor return for #31, #48 and #61 in the 2010 draft.

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33 Responses to "BARONS V AMERICANS 12.4.13"

  1. Ray says:

    sigh…..

  2. Lowetide says:

    Pitlick (VandeVelde, Marincin)

  3. "Steve Smith" says:

    Lowetide,

    REDEMPTION! I expect we’ll see Pitlick break training camp on the Oilers’ fourth line now.

    I’ve lost track of when I’m kidding and when I’m not.

  4. VanOil says:

    It is amazing how variable draft picks can be. Take Brock Nelson, picked 30th overall in 2010 one spot before Pitlick. This 6.03 205lb Center has went 61,23-27-50 this year in the AHL for NYI and looks to be on track for a solid NHL career. I am not accusing the Oilers of any mistake here, as he was picked first, just trying to point out development of young players is not totally predictable by eye or stats.

    Given Brock has young centers ahead of him in the NYI system like Tavares and Strome. Maybe a deal could be worked out for an excellent Oilers prospect like Rajala who has not figured out it is a steady diet of Oklahoma steaks not goals and assists that the Oilers are looking for because of the young wingers ahead of him.

  5. gcw_rocks says:

    VanOil,

    A trade like that would be smart. So this group of bumbling idiots will do no such thing.

  6. VanOil says:

    gcw_rocks:
    VanOil,

    A trade like that would be smart.So this group of bumbling idiots will do no such thing.

    Agreed. NYI just added Anders Lee to there NHL roster right out of College and he is another big young center that is ahead of Brock Nelson.

  7. Lowetide says:

    I find following the after-draft a lot of fun too. Here’s how the Oilers 2009 picks ranked on the Bob McKenzie list:

    Magnus Paajarvi ranked #10
    Toni Rajala selected ranked #50
    Anton Lander selected ranked Honorable mention
    Olivier Roy ranked Honorable mention

    but they were selected like this:

    Magnus Paajarvi selected #10 overall
    Anton Lander selected #40 overall
    Troy Hesketh selected #71 overall
    Cameron Abney selected #82 overall
    Kyle Bigos selected #99 overall
    Toni Rajala selected #101 overall
    Olivier Roy selected #133 overall

  8. fifthcartel says:

    Cameron Abney selected #82 overall has to be one of worst selections the Oilers have made in recent years.

  9. sliderule says:

    Fithcartel

    Sorry the guy selected ahead of him at #71 Hesketh was even worse.

  10. VanOil says:

    I get confused when I check the box scores on OKC games. They have so many shots I often think the game is over after the second period. 25 shots in two periods is a good result for the Oilers in 3.

    Even if you ignore shots against a team that gets more than 10 shots a period or 30+ a game gives themselves a chance to win, kind of like better than .910% save percentage. It might not be great but it gives you a chance. So far tonight they are down a goal but I still believe they have a shot.

  11. Captain Happy says:

    Looks like Columbus is serious about this.

    Leading STL 4-1 in the 3rd.

  12. Lowetide says:

    Lander (Hartikainen, Rajala)

  13. BlacqueJacque says:

    As always, I’m posting off topic, but my story of the season is Alex Ovechkin’s awakening from his slumber. He’s now tied for first overall in goals scored.

  14. Captain Happy says:

    Chicago wins the Drew Leblanc sweepstakes.

    Leblanc, an undrafted NCAA forward just won the Hobey Baker award.

    147 points in 170 games for St. Cloud State.

  15. Lowetide says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    As always, I’m posting off topic, but my story of the season is Alex Ovechkin’s awakening from his slumber.He’s now tied for first overall in goals scored.

    He’s done. A man on television told me so.

  16. fifthcartel says:

    sliderule,

    Well played, Sir, well played.

  17. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lowetide,

    They may generally be over-entitled douchebags earning millions that are absurd given what they do for a living, but I do feel bad for athletes and the treatment they receive from the media.

    No wonder that no matter how joyful and happy they come into the league, by the time they’re 30, most become reticent and speak only in cliches.

  18. VanOil says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    OV’s forgot to flush comment from this season should become a cliche

  19. Lowetide says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Lowetide,

    They may generally be over-entitled douchebags earning millions that are absurd given what they do for a living, but I do feel bad for athletes and the treatment they receive from the media.

    No wonder that no matter how joyful and happy they come into the league, by the time they’re 30, most become reticent and speak only in cliches.

    I’ve been an fan of 8 since the beginning. His only sin is that he’s not from Kingston, and that’s no sin at all.

  20. Rocknrolla says:

    Hell of an OT here for the barons…had a great couple of PP chances.

    Here goes the shoot out. Al least we still have this playoff race.

    So can they send Yak or Hall down for the Barons run? Schultz? Or would they? Hopefully PRV gets added, but why not the crew. Go win a Calder!

  21. Rocknrolla says:

    Ouch. Barons go Ofer in the shootout….

  22. Gerta Rauss says:

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=665548&navid=DL|EDM|home

    Hemsky is going to miss a week (foot)

    Belanger is skating but will not be ready for tomorrow

  23. Gerta Rauss says:

    I had high hopes for both Pitlick and Hamilton-they’ve both been disappointing to date. Injuries and the lockout haven’t helped but ultimately the results are all that matters.

  24. Ducey says:

    How come there isn’t more hype for Marincin?

    The guy is big body, has 28 pts and is 9th in +/- (on an average team) in the AHL. Thats a very nice rookie season.

  25. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lowetide,

    I loved his passion and enthusiasm, and I hate how the media and fans beat it out of him.

    I’m afraid that’s what’s going to happen to Nail.

  26. Captain Happy says:

    LAK 2nd round draft pick Tyler Toffoli named AHL rookie of the year>

    http://theahl.com/toffoli-named-ahl-rookie-of-the-year-p183183

    Since being called up to the Kings, Toffoli has posted 8GP 2G 3A 5P +3.

    Drafted one spot after Marincin.

  27. Lowetide says:

    Ducey:
    How come there isn’t more hype for Marincin?

    The guy isbig body, has 28 pts and is 9th in +/- (on an average team) in the AHL.Thats a very nice rookie season.

    I have him at #4, behind Nail, J Schultz and Klefbom. He’s a good hockey player.

  28. bookje says:

    Captain Happy:
    LAK 2nd round draft pick Tyler Toffoli named AHL rookie of the year>

    http://theahl.com/toffoli-named-ahl-rookie-of-the-year-p183183

    Since being called up to the Kings, Toffoli has posted 8GP 2G 3A 5P +3.

    Drafted one spot after Marincin.

    The AHL previously determined that Justin Shultz was eligible for this. He got the same number of points as Toffoli having only played 34 games to Toffoli’s 55 games and he is a defensman as opposed to Toffoli who is a forward.

    Sigh, no Oiler ever will win a Rookie of the year award anywhere!

  29. "Steve Smith" says:

    bookje,

    That observation does not denigrate the Oilers’ draft record in any way, and therefore could not possibly be relevant.

  30. Hammers says:

    Those 3 have been really disapointing BUT 1 of them may have a bounce back year . If not you must say McG made a huge mistakes .

  31. gcw_rocks says:

    Hammers,

    I don’t think McGregor made a mistake on martindale. A big player with skill and a track record of putting up points. You draft that guy and hope the work ethic comes with maturity. That Martindale has been mediorce is unfortunate, but it doesn’t make him a bad pick in the third round.

    Hamilton, with his injuries, was a gamble that didn’t pay off, and in hindsight doesn’t look great but I am ok with the pick.

    Pitlick opens new questions. Is he a failure of scouting or player development?

  32. jp says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    bookje,

    That observation does not denigrate the Oilers’ draft record in any way, and therefore could not possibly be relevant.

    Well, no Oiler ever winning a Rookie of the year award at any level could be taken as an indictment of the Oilers draft record, no?

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