The Hall to play center stories are all over, even though it’s old news (Hall mentioned this miles back). Something that is news (or clarification) came from a Terry Jones article:
- Nuge: “I have no idea how long it’s going to be. I have to talk to doctors later this week. I haven’t even talked to (MacTavish). It could change. Whenever it is, we want to make sure it’s 100%.”
It could change! That’s the point I’ve been trying to make since Sunday when MacT re-stated the old news. RNH doesn’t have an update, and they’re running the old ‘worst case scenario’ from way back in the spring. One of the things we should be looking for is some kind of confirmation on this, it’s a big damn story.
TRAINING CAMP ROSTERS
The Oilers are famous for releasing their TC roster late (or not at all) but I’ve found over the years it adds to the fun. Here’s a guess at the TC roster, let’s see how close I can get this year:
- G Devan Dubnyk: Earned the starting job and earned the playing time, now must prove himself to a new management group that has expressed both confidence and the belief there’s more here.
- G Jason LaBarbera: LaBarbera has some nice things in his resume and despite his age it’s possible he’s entering the busy period of his career now.
- G Richard Bachman: Starter in OKC and first callup to the show, Bachman is a solid veteran who fills the ”Danis” role of seasons past.
- G Olivier Roy: Roy was brilliant in the ECHL (.961) but below average (.902) in the AHL this season. 22 years old.
- G Tyler Bunz: A big season for him, the Oilers certainly have room for a solid goaltending prospect.
- D Justin Schultz: He’s going to play a helluva lot again this season, the young man has some kind of offensive chops. I think coach Eakins would be wise to ride him on the nights he’s on, but spell him when the wheels fall off (they always do for young blue, it’s a tough damn position to play).
- D Jeff Petry: I really like his range of skills, a helluva player.
- D Ladislav Smid: Reliable, dependable stay-at-home defender. Mobile, great shot blocker and key to the PK.
- D Andrew Ference: Calm feet, intelligent player, backs down from no one. May be mayor by Christmas.
- D Anton Belov: I think he may be a better defensive player than has been suggested, and we know he can bring the O.
- D Nick Schultz: Veteran stay-at-home defender may be dealt if the opportunity arises to get good value return.
- D Denis Grebeshkov: The Russian with the wandering passes returns! 2-way, mobile defender, always liked him.
- D Corey Potter: He’s done everything asked, and performed well as an Oiler. 2-way guy, big shot from the point.
- D Phil Larsen: He’s played in the NHL for a couple of seasons, seems very similar to Potter as a player.
- D Oscar Klefbom: Struggled at the rookie camp, doubt it means much. Mobile, intelligent, fits the new template like a glove.
- D Martin Marincin: Big, mobile defender who has adjusted well to pro hockey. Has a chance to play some NHL this season.
- D Taylor Fedun: Older prospect watching kids pass him monthly. Has ability, but it’s likely he’ll be shy of the NHL again this season.
- D Brandon Davidson: Fine young defender had a very unusual season. Should be in OKC this year.
- D Brad Hunt: Skilled defender was an under the radar addition but c0uld end up being a big story.
- D David Musil: Musil’s knowledge of the position at this age is exceptional, but mobility is an issue.
- D Martin Gernat: A nice range of skills, he’s down the list but there’s a talent here.
- D Joey Leach: The reason Teubert and Plante are no longer here. Strictly OKC, but he can punish.
- D Darnell Nurse: Big, strong defender with a nasty streak and moblility. He’s going to be a very interesting prospect to follow.
- D Ben Betker: Showed well in rookie camp, I think he gets a quick look.
- C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Wonderful young player, Oilers opinion of him reflected in caution toward injury.
- C Sam Gagner: I think he’ll flourish this year–remember he’s the most likely center to have Yakupov and that kid is ready to explode.
- C Boyd Gordon: Perfect fit center for this team. He’ll play huge PK minutes and zone starts, work at the quarry long days and then slay dragons each evening.
- C Anton Lander: Had a nice finish to the year and some PK skills.
- C Mark Arcobello: Veteran, offensive leader of OKC will no doubt play some in Edmonton. He might end up having a career, folks.
- C Will Acton: Don’t discount his connection to the new coach. Might end up being extra forward.
- C Andrew Miller: MacT likes him, he’ll need to grow a foot and do something to impress in order to get into the NHL rotation.
- C C. J. Stretch: An AHL only option at this point, but he’s going to get at-bats.
- C Travis Ewanyk: New pro, the old Tambellini regime loved him and the current group is looking for grit.
- C Nicolas Tremblay: Interesting hockey player. He’s a Clarkson grad, Boston pick from the Eberle draft. His skating is outstanding.
- C Reid Petryk: Two-way C from the WHL.
- C Jujhar Khaira: A nice prospect here, he’ll be getting a lot of attention from now on. Solid rookie camp. Is he a top 6F or a check line F?
- C Greg Chase: After his recent performance at the rookie camp, it’ll be interesting to see if he gets an NHL game in pre-season.
- C Chase Schaber: Shows up every year.
- L Taylor Hall: He’s the man. Story of camp will be his move to C.
- L David Perron: Skilled winger, much is expected.
- L Ryan Smyth: I’m betting Smyth has some more in the tank, and that he’ll arrive ready for his final training camp.
- L Jesse Joensuu: HUGE winger who performed well when healthy and absolutely has a chance to impact his new team.
- L Linus Omark: Silly good skill, and he can play with skill. Not a perfect player, but he can play.
- L Ryan Hamilton: 6.02, 230, pisses people off without taking dumb penalties. An intriguing option.
- L Ben Eager: Has a chance to make a comeback, I just hope his concussion past is in fact in the past.
- L Ryan Martindale: It’s go time for the entire 2010 draft (well, sans Hall and Marincin) and Martindale might be in the best position.
- L Curtis Hamilton: A busy fall: recover from injury, establish himself as a legit AHL top 9 option, repair 2 years of backwards travelling.
- L Kale Kessy: Big, tough, and ended his junior career by scoring a lot of goals. Complete wild card as a pro.
- L Austen Fyten: 22-year old with some skill and a physical element. He could surprise and win some AHL time.
- L Mitchell Moroz: Knee injury kept him out of rookie tournament, don’t know how much we’ll see him at main camp.
- R Jordan Eberle: Big brain, great hands. A big part of the hockey club.
- R Nail Yakupov: Even now, barely 40 games into his NHL career, you can see it. He’s an incredible talent.
- R Ales Hemsky: Surprised and delighted he’s still here. Could be an enormous part of the team.
- R Ryan Jones: A little bit forgotten, but that could change with a solid TC and pre-season performance.
- R Mike Brown: The designated fighter for the Oilers.
- R Derek Nesbitt: A minor league scorer, not an NHL option.
- R Matthew Ford: Could end up in the top 6F in OKC.
- R Tyler Pitlick: I’ve been stubborn on him because EVERYONE I have ever talked to (from Jim Byers to the bloggers to buddies who’ve seen him live) say he’s a hockey player. The offense is not there, he either has no puck luck or doesn’t possess the shot everyone claims he does. One good thing: if he lays an egg this season, we won’t be talking about him next year.
- R Erick Lizon: He’s a physical winger.
- R Cameron Abney: I don’t really know what has happened to his career, but he’s not bringing value.
- R Marco Roy: A high end skill guy from the Q, showed very well at the rookie tournament.
- R Jackson Houck: Tough 2-way W was injured at the rookie camp. Status unknown.
- R Kyle Platzer: Showed very well at the rookie camp.
THE ROOKIES V GOLDEN BEARS GAME
One of the things these damn lockouts do is rob us of tradition. The rookie game with the Golden Bears, the Joey Moss, the TC roster with all those Anson Carter veterans and Tony Hand breakout stories. Tonight’s game may be a massacre, but it’ll still be fun to take in the game. I’ll talk to Kent Simpson today about the Golden Bears side, he played in a couple of them and has fond memories.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Another busy day on the show, hope you can tune in (and don’t forget it’s archived in the podcast section of Team 1260′s site). Scheduled to appear:
- Michael Parkatti from Boys on the Bus. Taylor Hall at center, Golden Bears/Oiler rookies game and three scoring lines.
- Kent Simpson, Oil Kings color guy. Kent played in the rookie game for the Golden Bears, we’ll talk about the rivalry, and we’ll discuss early days for the Oil Kings 2013-14.
- Harrison Mooney, Puck Daddy and the Edmonton Sun. Luongo, the Sedins and I’ll track down the answer to who wrote the line “when you can’t find the strength to carry on, just find the strength to carry on.”
- Guy Flaming from the Pipeline Show. Oil Kings, the beginnings of the 2013-14 draft season and previewing the WHL season on The Pipeline Show tonight.
Lowetide_ and 10-1260 via text, your comments and questions for guests are welcome.
(Martin Marincin photo by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved).