Teemu Hartikainen has exhausted his entry level deal and come fall he will need to clear waivers in order to play in the minors. He will not clear waivers. Craig MacTavish once said about another big winger (Brad Winchester) “maybe he needs a second opinion” and that may be the case with Harski. The problem? The usual: offense.
DESJARDINS NHLE (OKC FORWARDS UNDER 23)
- Toni Rajala 13-21-34
- Teemu Hartikainen 11-17-28
- Phil Cornet 12-13-25
- Magnus Paajarvi 5-20-25
- Anton Lander 9-11-20
- Kristians Pelss 3-17-20
- Ryan Martindale 7-9-16
- Tyler Pitlick 4-8-12
- Curtis Hamilton 6-5-11
Hartikainen’s number (age 22) is an improvement over his NHLE at 20 (9-13-22) and 21 (10-12-22), but is it enough? We don’t hear about his foot speed being a huge negative now, but the whispers about not being gritty enough are turning into screams. I don’t buy it, he doesn’t lead with that but he can win battles and is strong enough to wear down opponents.
Hartikainen has played 52 NHL games and 164 AHL games since coming to North America and it’s been a process. Winchester played his first AHL game at 22, and the Oilers sent him away after 78 NHL and 181 AHL games. That final year of the entry level deal is go time, Hartikainen didn’t kill it and now we have some doubt. I think MacT and Krueger give him a full season and suspect Hartikainen will cover the bet.
CORSL REL BLUE 12-13
Schultz the elder, Corey Potter and Mark Fistric lead the hit parade, with the heart of the current defense (Schultz the younger, Petry and Smid) in red numbers. Whitney is off the chart, literally. Looking at this depth chart, I see 7 guys between 13.25 and 17.26 5×5 TOI and that’s not really a large gap. I know Chris Pronger isn’t coming, but the Oilers need to add a real defenseman to the Smid-Petry-JSchultz trio.
CORSI REL FORWARDS 12-13
Read it and weep, ladies. The Chance Machine tops the charts and is followed by the 2 and 3 lines, none of which looks terrible compared to the rest of the group. The 4line is a mess but we know that.
Looking at this group, and understanding the struggles of the 2line (Gagner-Hemsky plus Paajarvi-Yakupov) is the middle section SO bad? I thought Smyth’s number (and Gagner’s number) would be worse by season’s end, and felt Hemsky’s total might be ghastly. It looks to me as though (please correct me if I’m wrong) that they aren’t doing so badly in a sea of heartbreak?
If Ales Hemsky is -1.3/CorsiRel then can we make a case that in a massive tidal wave of chaos and tomfoolery he was actually part of the solution? If we can make that case, then can we make it to a lesser extent for Smyth and Gagner?
Is that correct?
Edmonton is clear 5th now in the draft rankings, I think that might be their final spot–meaning one of these players will be available:
- Seth Jones
- Nathan MacKinnon
- Jonathan Drouin
- Sasha Barkov
- Sean Monahan
Oh those Oilers. If they win the lottery, I’ll bet you a 2-4 the league changes the rules on diving.