The Edmonton Oilers have been using their minor league team a lot this season. Martin Marincin is the star of the group, and there’s progress being made on a lot of different levels. Injuries to Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton curtailed the enthusiasm, but there have been some things rumbling in Oklahoma territory.
- C Will Acton (EDM: 23, 2-1-3) (OKC 21, 5-2-7)
- D Martin Marincin (EDM: 18, 0-1-1) (OKC 24, 3-4-7)
- D Phil Larsen (EDM: 17, 1-5-6) (OKC 7, 1-6-7)
- C Anton Lander (EDM: 12, 0-0-0) (OKC 27, 11-14-25)
- D Taylor Fedun (EDM: 4, 2-0-2) (OKC 34, 6-16-22)
- R Tyler Pitlick (EDM: 3, 1-0-1) (OKC 25, 5-8-13)
- D Brad Hunt (EDM: 3, 0-0-0) (OKC 35, 4-15-19)
- L Ryan Hamilton (EDM: 2, 0-0-0) (OKC 28, 5-9-14)
- C Roman Horak (EDM: 1, 0-0-0) (OKC 28, 8-9-17)
- L Linus Omark (EDM: 1, 0-0-0) (OKC 29, 14-15-29)
Mark Arcobello (EDM: 41, 4-14-18) is generally associated with this team, but hasn’t played in OKC this season. As a group, they are generally unimpressive as NHL prospects—Larsen doesn’t look like an NHL player from here, Acton played with the dregs but the 4line has been better since he was sent away, Arcobello doesn’t get around much anymore—but that Marincin fellow saves the day because he looks so damn good.
Any more like him? I do think Martin Gernat is a very promising prospect, Anton Lander might end up being a player and that Taylor Fedun is worthy of a real shot at things next fall (but may not get it). Tyler Pitlick looked good before his injury and appears to be getting things back, and Curtis Hamilton showed so well around Christmas one hopes he can get it back when he returns.
Why is this important? The trade deadline will create opportunities for some of these men. The ones who play well down the stretch may get some NHL time in the spring. Photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.