With today’s recall of Tyler Pitlick and Steve MacIntyre, the Oilers are in full audition mode. MacIntyre is insurance, Pitlick is a possible role player for this team over the next couple of seasons. He may get an even bigger push, as we’re finding out Jordan Eberle has a knee injury this afternoon (MRI tomorrow, everyone holding their breath for the evening).
A FEW THINGS I THINK I THINK
- The Oilers’ draft list is Ekblad, Reinhart and Draisaitl. I’m actually betting Jim Matheson’s pipeline to management works again. It didn’t during the Tambellini era but he’s hit a couple of things this season. I’m also betting Reinhart’s late-season performance has him ahead of Draisaitl.
- Tyler Pitlick wins an NHL job over Anton Lander, Jesse Joensuu and Roman Horak. The Oilers have some decisions to make this summer, and I believe they’ll choose Pitlick over three other options. Lander is probably the closest to Pitlick, but for me the edge comes in player style. Neither player is an offensive dynamo, although Lander showed well in the AHL this season. My guess is the Oilers qualify Lander and trade him, send Joensuu to OKC in the fall and employ Horak on a two-way deal as a call-up option.
- Mark Arcobello leaves via free agency, signing with Dallas or Detroit. Not getting a call today is a giant FU, and I know the Barons are in playoff contention. Still, this is a royal kick in the nuts.
- G Joel Rumpel is going to sign with the Oilers as a free agent.
- Sam Gagner is going to be traded to the NY Islanders for the 35th and 95th pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft.
- Dillon Simpson signs a contract with the Edmonton Oilers and pushes his way into some NHL games in 2014-15. By next summer, the bases will be drunk with talented young defensemen pushing to the NHL.
- Jordan Eberle’s injury is a real shame, he looked himself last night. Hopefully it’ll be nothing, as I’m still of a mind that the Flyer deal is out there but #14 is a key part of the deal.
- Laurent Brossoit replaced Tyler Bunz in OKC today. That’s a transaction that has been a long time coming and represents a passing of the prospect wand to the former Oil King. Is he an impact prospect? We’re going to find out. He has dominated the ECHL, but the AHL is a tougher climb.