In the next day or so, we should get the Oilers roster for rookie camp. It’s a minor item really, but the last three editions were full of outstanding talent, and it’s fun to compare them year over year.
ROOKIE CAMP 2010 FALL ROSTER
- GOAL: Olivier Roy, Tyler Bunz, Bryan Pitton
- DEFENSE: Jeff Petry, Johan Motin, Alex Plante, Jordan Bendfeld, Brandon Davidson, Jeremie Blain, Martin Marincin, Dominik Schlumpf, Nolan Toigo, Dallas Ehrhardt
- CENTER: Chris VandeVelde, Tyler Pitlick, Ryan Martindale, Milan Kytnar, Chase Schaber
- LEFT WING: Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi, Phil Cornet, Kristians Pelss, Drew Czerwonka, Curtis Hamilton
- RIGHT WING: Jordan Eberle, Teemu Hartikainen, Cameron Abney, Mike Thomas, James Livingston
Two wingers on this team were home runs: Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are now established NHL players of note, Hall is an impact player and among the very best LW’s in the game. Magnus Paajarvi has passed the 200-game threshold and remains an emerging two-way winger. Among centers it’s Chris VandeVelde in a surprise, as his 46 NHL games trump Tyler Pitlick’s 10, and Pitlick has now moved to the wing.
Two defensemen have made a name for themselves in the NHL: Jeff Petry, now at 236 games and a quality player; and Martin Marincin, a recent arrival whose first 44 games were a revelation.
Building on a theme, the goalies haven’t progressed.
ROOKIE CAMP 2011 FALL ROSTER
- GOAL: Olivier Roy, Tyler Bunz, Adam Brown
- DEFENSE: Colten Teubert, Taylor Fedun, Martin Marincin, Jeremie Blain, Brandon Davidson, David Musil, Martin Gernat, Ryan Lowery, Tyler Schmidt, Wes Vannieuwenhuizen
- CENTER: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Anton Lander, Milan Kytnar, Ryan Martindale, Travis Ewanyk, Chase Schaber, Colin Smith
- LEFT WING: Curtis Hamilton, Antti Tyrvainen, Phil Cornet, Drew Czerwonka, Tobias Rieder, Brett Ferguson
- RIGHT WING: Tyler Pitlick, Kristians Pelss, Toni Rajala, Cameron Abney
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins takes center stage the following year, he’s a gem who scores about 60 points per 82 NHL games, plays in all three disciplines and faces the toughs while barely shaving. That’s a helluva resume, ladies. After that, we have Anton Lander (94 NHL games) and wingers Tyler Pitlick (10 games) and Tobias Rieder (no games yet, but that is likely to change) among the remaining forwards.
Defense: Marincin returns for another rookie camp, and Musil and Gernat arrive together. Davidson spends his second year in RC, and Taylor Fedun (4 NHL games) shows promise. Three goalies attend.
ROOKIE CAMP 2013 FALL ROSTER
- GOAL: Tyler Bunz, Ty Rimmer, Franky Palazzese, Philippe Cadorette
- DEFENSE: Martin Marincin, Brandon Davidson, Oscar Klefbom, David Musil, Martin Gernat, Joey Leach, Darnell Nurse, Ben Betker
- CENTER: Andrew Miller, Travis Ewanyk, Greg Chase, Reid Petryk, Chase Schaber
- LEFT WING: Jujhar Khaira, Mitchell Moroz, Kale Kessy, Austin Fyten, Brandon Baddock
- RIGHT WING: Marco Roy, Jackson Houck, Kyle Platzer, Cameron Abney, Ty Bilcke
This is last year’s group, with the strength on the blue. Marincin returns and Klefbom arrives, plus newly drafted Darnell Nurse. This group of defensemen may end up sustaining the Hall era Oilers for a decade or more if things work out right. The secondary blue are nice too.
Up front: Lots of promise but no sedan delivery yet, I’d rate Greg Chase, Jujhar Khaira, Mich Moroz, Marco Roy and Jackson Houck as the most promising forwards. Four goalies attend.
ROOKIE CAMP 2014 FALL ROSTER (A GUESS)
- GOAL: Laurent Brossoit, Ty Rimmer, Frans Tuohimaa, Keven Bouchard
- DEFENSE: Dillon Simpson, Jordan Oesterle, Graeme Craig, CJ Ludwig, Ben Betker, William Lagesson, Darnell Nurse
- CENTER: Leon Draisaitl, Bogdan Yakimov, Greg Chase, Jujhar Khiara, Connor Jones, Kyle Platzer, Liam Coughlin
- LEFT WING: Mitchell Moroz, Kale Kessy, Kellen Jones, Josh Winquist, Vladimir Tkachev
- RIGHT WING: Marco Roy, Mitch Holmberg, Jackson Houck, Chris Baltisberger
They’ll add two or more defensemen, and I’m not sure about the Jones boys but placed them here. Iiro Pakarinen is also possible, but I’ve left him off the list for now. The list at center is most impressive, that’s a lot of future there. Chase may end up playing RW during this rookie camp (that’s a guess). Dillon Simpson leads an intriguing list of defensemen, and I think Brossoit might be the most interesting goalie from the last several rookie camp rosters.
There were rumors about Liam Coughlin not attending NCAA this season, and that has been confirmed by Tyler Lowey in the Vernon Morning Star:
- Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Liam Coughlin, returns to Vipers’ camp this week. Coughlin sniped 18 goals and 45 points last season and originally committed to Boston University Terriers for the 2014-15, but will upgrade his schooling in Vernon.
Coughlin turns 20 later this month, we should expect some monster boxcars from him in the BCJHL.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, Lowdown hits the air on TSN 1260. We’ll be joined by Bruce McCurdy of the Cult of Hockey at 10:05, I’ll replay an interview with Kyle Dubas (then of the SSM Greyhounds) that discusses advanced stats and Darnell Nurse staying in the NHL this fall. I’m hoping to get Jeff Chapman from C&B at 11 (depending on his availability, that’s when Buffalo gets their hot wings) and we’ll talk to Jeff Krushell about the difference in age and size between Leon and Sam Bennett—and the impact that could have on both this fall in their respective training camps.
See you on the radio!
(Paajarvi photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)