The Edmonton Oilers made a lot of bets this summer, and some are looking very good (Joensuu, Belov) while others are looking like 30 minutes out of 60 (Grebeshkov). The Joensuu item is a big deal, because if he’s any good at all that sets up the top 9F well.
THEFT!!! (BOYS ON THE BUS TRAINING CAMP CORSI NUMBERS)
Here’s the deal: This chart is direct theft from Parkatti, so click here and read the original. I wanted to post it because this is a killer graph top to bottom. There are a few things I want to point out, beginning at the top:
- Jesse Joensuu arrived in camp with a one-way deal but there’s still work to be done. He did the work and now is set to begin the season with a regular shift and possibly some powerplay time. Terrific pre-season.
- Ryan Smyth. How many times in the last few years has he had linemates like Hall and Hemsky?
- Ales Hemsky. Ha! He’s got miles and miles left.
- Anton Belov. He’s improved every game, might end up being the bargain of the year.
- Nail Yakupov. Despite one insanely bad game he’s a killer. And a kid.
- Lander beat Acton by quite a bit. The roster final pretty much follows the shot differential except here. Eakins ‘go with what you know’ helped Acton in my opinion.
- Cameron Abney.
- Ryan Hamilton beat Ryan Jones.
Anyway, that was a pretty cool wrap on training camp, wanted to have it for future reference. Hope you don’t mind, Michael.
THE CERTAIN OILERS (16)
- Goalies (2) Devan Dubnyk and Jason LaBarbera
- Defensemen (5) Jeff Petry and Ladislav Smid, Justin Schultz and Andrew Ferense, Nick Schultz
- Centermen (2) Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (inj), Sam Gagner (inj), Boyd Gordon
- Left Wing (3) David Perron, Jesse Joensuu, Ryan Smyth
- Right Wing (4) Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Ales Hemsky,
Ryan Jones, Steve MacIntyre
Ryan Jones is on waivers this morning, and Renaud Lavoie suggested last night there are a couple of teams looking at claiming him. I think the Oilers will be fine with it either way, his cap hit off the books gives them a little more wiggle room. I’m always surprised when someone puts in a claim, one would think if you’re willing to do that then a 7th rd pick is worth knowing you’ll get the player for certain. Either way, Jones not being on the team means there’s room for one more player. He is the only player (so far) I projected onto the opening night roster who won’t be on it.
THE UNCERTAIN OILERS (9)
- Goalies (none)
- Defensemen (4): Anton Belov, Denis Grebeshkov, Corey Potter, Phil Larsen,
Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, Taylor Fedun
- Center (2):
Anton Lander, Mark Arcobello, Will Acton, Andrew Miller
- Left Wing (2):
Linus Omark,Ryan Hamilton, Ben Eager
- Right Wing (1): Mike Brown
There are 7 spots left now (based on 16 names above) and 9 men here. If we IR Grebeshkov and Potter, that’s your 23 man roster ladies and gents. Long on big men, long on unproven men. Would you rather have Ryan Hamilton than Ryan Jones? Ben Eager over Lennart Petrell? Will Acton over Eric Belanger?
THE OUTSIDERS (1)
- Goalies (0):
Richard Bachman, Olivier Roy, Tyler Bunz, Ty Rimmer
- Defensemen (0):
Brad Hunt, Martin Gernat, Brandon Davidson, David Musil, Darnell Nurse, Joey Leach
- Centermen (0):
Ryan Martindale, CJ Stretch, Travis Ewanyk
- Left Wing (1): Curtis Hamilton,
Austin Fyten, Kale Kessy, Mitchell Moroz, Jujhar Khaira
- Right Wing (0):
Tyler Pitlick, Matt Ford, Derek Nesbitt, Cameron Abney
One man standing, and he hasn’t played a game. I know Hamilton had an injury late last season so one wonders if he’s going to be placed on long term IR or eventually sent down to OKC. Either way, this time off isn’t good for Hamilton and his career, and there’s a chance the club just walks away at some point.
OPENING NIGHT LINEUP
- L1: Hall-Smyth-Hemsky
- L2: Arcobello-Perron-Eberle
- L3: Gordon-Joensuu-Yakupov
- L4: Acton-R Hamilton-Brown
- D1: Smid-Petry
- D2: Ference-J Schultz
- D3: N Schultz-Belov
- SG: Devan Dubnyk
- BG: Jason LaBarbera
- Scratches: D Phil Larsen, L Ben Eager, L Steve MacIntyre
That’s my guess, you may have some differing ideas and please post. I do think the club will want to add a 5th C option, but they may wait until the Nuge is ready. They have enforcers in all weight classes, that seems to be a bit of a luxury.
The bottom line is this: the Oilers have (when all forwards are healthy) probably 10 forwards who can play with skill, and three guys who aren’t going to be moving the puck in a good direction. At some level, there’s a point in the forward roster that can best be described as putting a playground next to a sewer system. I don’t think the club will carry three enforcer types all year long, or even for long.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
This morning at 10, we have a busy lineup today. Scheduled to appear:
- Tom Lynn from Veritas Hockey. We’ll talk about the business of hockey, the agents role in placing players and the activity levels at this time of year in terms of roster changes.
- Scott Cullen from tsn. Baseball season, hockey stories and tsn’s top 50.
- Patricia Teter from Artful Puck. Patricia has been at Barons camp and will pass along the latest.
- Ryan Van Bibber from SB Nation. We’ll talk Rams-49ers.
- Ryan Batty from Copper and Blue. We’ll talk Ryan Jones on waivers, the bottom of the F roster, and playoff expectations in light of the injuries.