#13 PROSPECT: TAYLOR FEDUN

The Edmonton Oilers have been using NCAA hockey to procure talent on and off for about one decade now, Ty Conklin signalling a ‘once a year or so’ commitment to signing undrafted college men. It’s galling because it works and they should do it more, but one of the areas Craig MacTavish appears to be very aggressive is college recruitment.

PREVIOUSLY NUMBER THIRTEEN ON THE LIST

  • December 2004: C Jesse Niinimaki
  • December 2005: C Jonas Almtorp
  • December 2006: D Bryan Young
  • December 2007: L Liam Reddox
  • December 2008: L Slava Trukhno
  • December 2009: L Phil Cornet
  • December 2010: C Ryan Martindale
  • December 2011: L Tobias Rieder
  • December 2012: L Tobias Rieder

This looks like a dog’s breakfast, but I bet they end up sorry Rieder was dealt and Reddox had the looks of a possible player for a time. Still, the Oilers prospect depth chart hasn’t been so deep that we expected 13 significant names, even in the golden era. 1970′s Habs had lists 13 deep, Bruins too, Islanders maybe. I can’t imagine an established team ever having that many again, and bad teams play their lottery picks out of the box nowadays.

WHAT THEY SAID WHEN THEY SIGNED HIM

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  • Fedun talking about Fedun“I think the positives in my game are good first pass out of the D-zone and, this year, I had a chance to play the power play.”
  • Rick Olczyk talking about Fedun: “We’ve been targeting Taylor for a couple of years … strong kid, fierce competitor, good leadership on and off the ice. And he’s obviously a smart kid. He’ll be fine (if he doesn’t make it to the NHL) coming out of that school. We’ve got room for him in Oklahoma City, the rest is up to him.”

WHAT RENNEY SAID JUST BEFORE THE NYSTROM IDIOCY

Fedun has been very good. There’s a level of maturation that’s allowed him to stick around and deal with everything that’s going on in an adult type of way.

POINTS BY DISCIPLINE

PLAYER EV PP PK TOTAL
TAYLOR FEDUN, 12-13 AHL 70, 5-14-19 .271 70, 3-5-8 .114 70, 0-0-0 70, 8-19-27 .386
TAYLOR FEDUN, 13-14 AHL 13, 1-5-6 .46 13, 2-4-6 .462 13, 0-0-0 13, 3-9-12 .923

Fedun can move the puck, and this season he’s posting superior numbers at even strength and on the power play. Combined with his defensive abilities he’s certainly a solid option for recall, and you could argue he’s a little better than that right now. There will be a time when the kids mature and Fedun is #12 on the depth chart, but for me he’s shown to be better and more consistent than some of the guys who have been in Edmonton this season. Fedun’s NHL numbers (4, 2-0-2 -1) show some nice offensive potential should he get another chance later in the season.

PREVIOUS TOP 20 RANKING

  • Summer 2011: 21
  • Winter 2011: 25
  • Summer 2012: NR
  • Winter 2012: 18
  • Summer 2013: 12
  • Winter 2013: 13

The injury buggered up the progress, but when he hit the outskirts of Oklahoma City things began to work as planned for him. Fedun will have to battle the oncoming rush of prospects but he’s overcome a lot already, and like Arcobello, betting against him is probably a bad idea.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING NOW

  • fedun fergusonJonathan Willis: Fedun has been a reliable defenceman in Oklahoma City this season, playing with different partners in different situations but delivering the same level of play seemingly every night. I’ve been tracking some statistics I put a lot of weight on at home games this year, and by those numbers Fedun stands out:
  • On-ice Fenwick (shots and missed shots) plus/minus: +77/-53
  • Zone Starts: 22 offensive zone, 42 defensive zone
  • More Willis: To put those numbers in an easily understandable form: Fedun has been leaned on heavily in a shutdown role, taking to the ice a lot of times when the puck is 200 feet from the opposition net. Despite that, The Barons have out-shot their opposition by nearly a 3:2 margin with Fedun on the ice in the seven games I tracked.
  • Willis Willis: This is what a player winning an NHL job looks like. Injuries or poor play open the door a crack, and the player forces the issue not by being just okay but by being so good that he can’t be ignored. Mark Arcobello did it earlier in the year, and Taylor Fedun’s doing it now.

Article here.

ETA FEDUN

Taylor Fedun is 25 now, he lost a season (and really two, because Fedun basically made the 2011-12 team) and is in a fight for that RH slot on the third pairing. That spot has belonged to (at various times) Nick Schultz, Corey Potter, Phil Larsen, Denis Grebeshkov, Anton Belov and Taylor Fedun for four games. It’s not going to get any easier in 2014, as the club has more men knocking and apparently some of those lefties can play right side, too.

In ranking Taylor Fedun #13 overall, I’ve placed him behind the following defensemen who are playing either in OKC or Edmonton:

  • #2 overall Oscar Klefbom
  • #4 overall Martin Marincin
  • #7 overall Anton Belov
  • #9 overall Martin Gernat

I think Fedun can pass Belov and Gernat depending on injury, but he’ll need some luck to have an NHL career. It is not a strong bet to make, but the look of the Oilers blue line is likely to change in the summer and he may have a better opportunity when the dust settles. Fedun could also find a home elsewhere in the NHL, he’s certainly been good enough to get everyone’s attention.

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23 Responses to "#13 PROSPECT: TAYLOR FEDUN"

  1. D says:

    I feel like we’re in that waiting period hoping for someone to step in and step up and surprise us in taking the big team to the promised land.

  2. lance says:

    Taylor Fedun. He’s the dude from Princeton that shattered his leg? I struggle to keep some of these names straight.

    Loverboy! Live. Tonight. We got free tickets about an hour ago. I’m totally wearing an Oilers sweater and parting my hair down the middle.

    Represent.

  3. Andy P says:

    lance: Taylor Fedun. He’s the dude from Princeton that shattered his leg? I struggle to keep some of these names straight.Loverboy! Live. Tonight. We got free tickets about an hour ago. I’m totally wearing an Oilers sweater and parting my hair down the middle. Represent.

    Yes. That one.

  4. VanOil says:

    Today’s Iron bowl will go down as one of the greatest college football games ever.

  5. Lowetide says:

    VanOil:
    Today’s Iron bowl will go down as one of the greatest college football games ever.

    Auburn had a chance with about 2:41 left, glad to see them come back after it.

  6. VanOil says:

    I hope Fedun gets a few more tastes at the show this year with the Oilers. He may not be the solution to our problems but his success is good for our spirits.

  7. VanOil says:

    Lowetide: Auburn had a chance with about 2:41 left, glad to see them come back after it.

    Bizarrely I think I would give the player of the game honors to Auburn’s Punter. Great kicks, big tackles.

  8. nycoil says:

    Lowetide: Auburn had a chance with about 2:41 left, glad to see them come back after it.

    That will live in football lore for decades. Saban is as slick as they come and he was just a little too slick for his own good there. The football gods dealt him a blow. What a game!

  9. VanOil says:

    Interesting stat in this rambling article by Simmons. 20 individual defense men have more goals than the entire Leafs D core (3) and 9 individuals have twice as many.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/11/30/maple-leafs-defenceman-jake-gardiner-presents-team-with-dilemma

  10. Lowetide says:

    Ford (Hamilton, Martindale)

  11. Lowetide says:

    Nurse with 2 assists tonight, very hard to keep the excitment down.

  12. VanOil says:

    Lowetide:
    Nurse with 2 assists tonight, very hard to keep the excitment down.

    Excitement is OK to bring UP, bringing him UP too early to the NHL not so much. I would love it if the Oilers could find Duncan Keith like patience with him and as good of team for him to start his career with.

  13. bendelson says:

    I was surprised and disappointed to hear some of the verbal about Nurse and the good chance he doesn’t make the WJ team.

    I have also read plenty about how he has been a force this season.

    Can both be true?

  14. Lowetide says:

    Lander (Omark, Miller)

  15. fuzzy muppet says:

    Stauffer’s on twitter talking about Rom’s boy Draisiatl.

  16. Hammers says:

    Fedun deserves another shot but he maybe better off with another team . A few years from now you may say another one who slipped away . I won’t be surprised if his added to the #1 pick for a player either a “D” or a 3rd line player with some size & NHL experience .

  17. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Just got in from my brother-in-law’s place.

    Only caught bits of the HNIC… but… I did see Kypreos make an appearance. Not so subtle foreshadowing.

    His great insight appeared to be more fighting = more good hockey. He did reference Messier’s elbow on Modano as being the sort of thing the Leaves are most lacking. I love Mess, favorite player ever. And Modano was a dick (never gave my best friend’s 10 year old self an autograph)… but we really don’t need that anymore.

    Also, what the hell Calgary? Man… they refuse to be embarrassing.

  18. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Stauffer’s on twitter talking about Rom’s boy Draisiatl.

    Good eye!

    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 42m
    …is a consensus top 10 pick for the 2014 NHL Draft. He now has 15-27-42 in 28 GP and will play for Germany in WJC
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    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 43m
    The PA Raiders Leon Draisaitl, a 6’1, 210 pound center had 2-2-4 tonight in 5-4 OT win over Brandon. Has 5-6-11 in last 3 GP.. Draisaitl…

    I fell in love with him last WJC watching him make music with Rieder. Too bad Rieder is ineligible this year.

    Seriously hope we get this kid.

    Erhoff would be a nice consolation prize. Coburn or equivalent and I’ll be crying for miles and miles.

  19. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Houck on a roll 1-1-2 +3 tonight

    Looks like he’s finally picking it up.

    Kharia with 2 assists.

  20. dangilitis says:

    Anybody else think that Hejda could have been a useful 2-3 D man on this team for the last 6 years?

  21. Andy P says:

    dangilitis: Anybody else think that Hejda could have been a useful 2-3 D man on this team for the last 6 years?

    I think we could have avoided this whole slump thing had Pronger not wanted out of town.
    Also that if my Aunt had spheroids she woulda been my Uncle.

  22. Oilanderp says:

    There’s a disease that they’re affected by: they’ve already made up their mind.

    (leans close, whispering)

    everyone knows…

  23. gcw_rocks says:

    “Portland Pirates rookie Tobias Rieder has also had an incredible start to his season. Rieder missed the start of the season with a broken foot, but has not shown any signs of rust, at least where scoring is concerned. In his six games in the AHL, Rieder has scored six goals, three on the power-play. In the two games since then, Rieder continued to put up points, recording an assist in each of the contests. While his point-per-game production is likely unsustainable as the season progresses, Rieder is absolutely a player to keep on an eye on, thanks to his knack for being around when scoring happens.” From hockey’s future. He is 11 games 6-2-8 now, but still looking good.

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