I think we have the callup list surrounded, what does that tell us about the deadline? Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish spent the weekend watching the Oklahoma City Barons. An article in the Oklahoman from Michael Baldwin indicates the possible callup list:
- Baldwin: Possible call-ups include: forwards Mark Arcobello, Anton Lander and Roman Horak, plus defensemen Oscar Klefbom and Taylor Fedun.
This is a close match for the item I wrote at ON yesterday, meaning we can take heart that the math and what Willis is seeing in OKC matches management’s decisions. These things are usually pretty obvious, when a prospect is ready he’s ready. The one mild surprise is Klefbom, but we’ll see how it goes.
IF THEY’RE ON THE WAY, WHO IS GOING?
Let’s look at the roster as it stands, and I’ll place the names above where they might fit.
- Starting Goalie: Ben Scrivens
- Backup Goalie: Ilya Bryzgalov (Richard Bachman)
- 1D: Jeff Petry
- 2D: Martin Marincin
- 3D: Justin Schultz
- 4D: Andrew Ference
- 5D: Nick Schultz (Taylor Fedun, Oscar Klefbom)
- 6D: Mark Fraser (Taylor Fedun, Oscar Klefbom)
- 7D: Anton Belov (Taylor Fedun, Oscar Klefbom)
- 8D: Corey Potter (Taylor Fedun, Oscar Klefbom)
- 9D: Phil Larsen (Taylor Fedun, Oscar Klefbom)
- 1C: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- 2C: Sam Gagner (Mark Arcobello, Anton Lander)
- 3C: Boyd Gordon
- 4C: Ryan Smyth (Mark Arcobello, Anton Lander)
- 1L: Taylor Hall
- 2L: Nail Yakupov
- 3L: Jesse Joesnuu
- 4L: Luke Gazdic
- 5L: Ryan Jones (Roman Horak, Anton Lander)
- 1R: Jordan Eberle
- 2R: David Perron
- 3R: Ales Hemsky (Roman Horak, Mark Arcobello)
- 4R: Matt Hendricks
Is that about right? I’d say the potential callups dictate the potential exits: Ilya Bryzgalov, Nick Schultz, Corey Potter, Mark Fraser, Anton Belov, Phil Larsen, Sam Gagner, Ryan Smyth, Ryan Jones, Ales Hemsky.
Now, we know some of these guys don’t have value, but others will have more value than we think they do (defensemen ALWAYS fetch silly return. Corey Potter might be a sought-after pickup, and I bet you someone seeing Anton Belov at the Olympics is going to make a pitch).
The main names are Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Ryan Smyth if he wants to go.
(Lander photo by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved)