Edmonton’s prominent prospects are housed (mostly) in the CHL. The three Russians in the KHL are worth a weekly glance and of course we spend a lot of time staring at Oklahoma City. I don’t spend much time with the NCAA kids, mostly because it’s fairly difficult to get information about progress.
Yet any fool can see there’s progress in several places. Dillon Simpson has moved up the depth chart steadily during his time at UND and now occupies the top pairing minutes and plenty of power-play time. His boxcars (27GP, 5-12-17 -5) are less famous than his 67 blocked shots (leads everything, that’s a lot in 27 games). Simpson has been nominated for a Hobey Baker award.
POINTS BY DISCIPLINE, DILLON SIMPSON
|SIMPSON 2010-11||30, 1-6-7 .233||30, 1-2-3||30, 0-0-0||30, 2-8-10 .333|
|SIMPSON 2011-12||42, 1-6-7 .167||42, 1-10-11||42, 0-0-0||42, 2-16-18 .429|
|SIMPSON 2012-13||42, 2-8-10 .238||42, 3-11-14||42, 0-0-0||42, 5-19-24 .571|
|SIMPSON 2013-14||27, 1-7-8 .296||27, 4-5-9||27, 0-0-0||27, 5-12-17 .630|
Simpson’s NHL equivalency (using Vollman’s number) is 82GP, 6-16-22, and that’s a nice number. I don’t think he’ll get a lot of pro power-play time, but I didn’t think he’d be this player either.
SIGNED AND RFA FOR 2014-15 OILERS BLUE
- Jeff Petry (rfa)
- Martin Marincin ($730,000)
- Andrew Ference ($3,250,000)
- Justin Schultz (rfa)
- Phil Larsen (rfa)
- Oscar Klefbom ($894, 167)
- David Musil ($894,167)
- Martin Gernat ($745,833)
- Brandon Davidson ($615,000)
- Brad Hunt ($550,000)
- Darnell Nurse ($925,000 and it can slide)
Craig MacTavish may bring back some of the NHL UFA’s (Anton Belov, Nick Schultz, Mark Fraser, Corey Potter, Denis Grebeshkov) or minor league UFA Taylor Fedun. The drafted blue who can be signed include Simpson, Erik Gustafsson, Joey Laleggia and Ben Betker. If he signs, Simpson will be up against an impressive group of young defensemen trying to stand out in the crowd.
Do not bet against the college man.