The Oilers have a nice pipeline starting from OKC to Edmonton. This fall the Barons will send some legit NHL prospects to training camp and one or more should see some action in the show. Plus there should be more on the way.
- Martin Marincin RE 62, 3-17-20; Actual 69, 7-23-30. Marincin got a push with Justin Schultz as his partner, then slumped for a stretch during the year and was placed on the third pairing. A solid recovery was the best news all year, and he was playing significant minutes during the post-season. +8 on RE.
- Taylor Fedun RE 55, 4-11-15; 70, 8-19-27. A terrific story, Fedun lost a season after turning pro and had to work hard just to make it back to the AHL. He was solid early and improved as the season wore on. Fedun should get a good look during TC this fall and may push for opening night employment. +8 on RE.
- Brandon Davidson RE 60, 1-9-10; Actual: 26, 2-3-5. Davidson is an amazing story and he’s still just a kid. RE +1, but the major news is his recovery from cancer treatment and impressive ECHL showing. The explosive, breaking news is that he followed that up by playing big and effective minutes through the playoffs, establishing himself as a legit NHL prospect. David Staples tracked him as a shutdown player in the post-season.
IN THE RED
- Colten Teubert RE 70, 3-12-15; Actual 62, 4-6-10. Teubert was -3 RE, but his main problem came from being passed over by pretty much everyone on the depth chart. Teubert–former first rounder–couldn’t get into the lineup during the post-season and there was no talk of injury. At a career crossroads.
- Alex Plante RE 55, 1-13-14; Actual 49, 1-2-3. His RE is -9, Plante is a first round pick from 2007 who can be fairly described as an AHL fringe player. Concussions have had their impact, but I’m not certain of his hockey future.
There are three legit D prospects in OKC: a 2nd round selection from 2010 tracking well, a free agent signing recovering from injury and pushing up the depth chart and a 6th round pick from the 2010 entry draft moving past more famous prospects. This is an encouraging list, not because all three will make it, but because with three NHL prospects knocking on the door there’s a better chance one will make the grade. A solid winter for the OKC blue.
I think the two first rounders in the red are at an Oiler crossroads–we’ll see how it goes. Photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.