Craig MacTavish passed a big test today: he made a decision on a bunch of guys and pared down the roster with one fell swoop–something the last two GMs were not good at doing. The decade of the 2000′s is full of guys who hung around for two long by plenty, this allows the Oilers to improve the roster and cut back on the clutter. Consider it doing his job.
- Qualified: Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi, Taylor Fedun
- Qualified to retain rights: Teemu Hartikainen, Niko Hovinen, Antti Tyrvainen
- Not Qualified: Theo Peckham, Colten Teubert, Alex Plante, Phil Cornet
MacT has basically taken 10 names from last year’s 50 man list and turned it into 3, while also retaining the trading rights to three more (the only one with real value is Hartikainen). This was inevitable, as the OKC Barons have a bunch of prospects and new arrivals on defense:
- Prospects who are AHL players: Martin Marincin, Taylor Fedun, Brandon Davidson
- New Arrivals: Martin Gernat, David Musil, possibly Oscar Klefbom and or Anton Belov
- AHL types: Joey Leach, Nathan Deck
Leach is signed to a 2-way (AHL/ECHL) deal and will handle the physical side of the game that Plante and Teubert were employed to do last season. McCurdy put this all to bed a week ago, but I didn’t think the Oilers would cut loose Peckham, Teubert and Plante on the same day. MacT probably didn’t need to run it by anyone.
BONA FIDE? OILERS/BARONS DEPTH CHART (BLUE)
- Jeff Petry
- Ladislav Smid
- Nick Schultz
- Justin Schultz
- Corey Potter
- Anton Belov
- Oscar Klefbom
- Martin Marincin
- Taylor Fedun
- Brandon Davidson
- Martin Gernat
- David Musil
I’m liking the Oilers future along the blue in a big way. Petry, Schultz the younger, Klefbom and Marincin is a nice young group and now they may be joined by Nurse, Gernat, Simpson and others in the next couple of seasons at the pro level. Now THIS is a pipeline!
Work to be done, but they’ve cleaned up the depth nicely; add in the two AHL signings and that’s just about a full crew. I’d think the Oilers will be sending away someone when they acquire the Coburn. And on that point, I see Vincent has signed in Philly. Oilers are on the hunt for Coburn and money’s too tight to mention in Philly. A timely happenstance? We wait. (photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).