Training camp ebbs and flows and bubbles, for the most part as expected. Every once in awhile, a small surprise comes our way. Today, there were several. If we look back to one year ago, the first TC cuts were fairly obvious (article is here). Let’s look back on the group and what we said:
FIRST CUTS (ONE YEAR AGO)
- Marco Roy: Impressed in Penticton and played well enough last night. There’s no reason to expect he could push deeper into camp, this is a completely reasonable time to get him out of town and back to the QMJHL.
- Jackson Houck: Came up injured during the rookie week, still he showed some nice things.
- Greg Chase: Impressed at rookie camp, certainly did more than some higher picks and is a player to watch in junior.
- Ben Betker: Huge stay at home guy showed well.
- Ty Bilcke: Showed well enough in rookie camp, exposed badly (as one might expect) as the competition improved.
- Reid Petryk: At 20, he might have shown more.
- Kyle Platzer: In some ways, the most impressive player among today’s cuts. I have no idea what he is, and am not going to add to the confusion. He sure scored a lot for a guy no one talks about, though.
Remember this was TC 2013 so these are (mostly) new hires who were drafted just a few months previous. No surprises at all there.
FIRST CUTS (TODAY)
- Greg Chase: What a difference a year makes. Greg Chase is a signed Oiler with a bright future. If I’m one of these other kids, I look at what Chase did and make myself a promise to work as hard this season and be in the same spot in 2015 fall. Looking at you, Marco Roy.
- Marco Roy: He went far too gently into that good night for my liking. Scored a nice goal the other night, but if the Oilers had seen more they would have kept him in my opinion. Disappointment. Full stop.
- Tyler Bunz: If Roy is a disappointment, Bunz is a tragedy. Ty Rimmer is now above him on the depth chart, meaning the Bakersfield job (starter) might already be decided. It would take a miracle for him to get a second contract from this organization. MacT has no attachement, Bunz isn’t making things tough for anyone. What’s the goalie version of a Hail Mary?
- Ben Betker: Big man played well enough but it’s tough to get noticed with all these blue around.
- Frans Tuohimaa: The de facto last man on the pro depth chart, Europe may be getting him back this fall.
- Keven Bouchard: Back to the QMJHL in an effort to impress the Oilers are turn back a depressing trend of wasted draft picks on goalies.
- Graeme Craig: He can buy a Buck Owens album now, he’ll likely walk the streets of Bakersfield this winter.
- Matt Ford: Veteran AHLer sent down before other Veteran AHLers. Probably significant? Nah. Look at the Oilers wingers!!!
- Mitch Holmberg: I like his passing. That’s going to get him some chances imo.
- Connor and Kellen Jones: If they penalty kill in the AHL as well as they did in Penticton, call them up and make the the 4line. Incredible.
- Alex Krushelnyski: I can’t think of anything to say, beyond understanding that genetics sometimes doesn’t give us our Father’s gifts.
- Connor Boland: Young man didn’t get a chance to show much, because of an idiot on the other team. Too bad.
- Jackson Houck: Really didn’t show much. Disappointing.
- Kyle Platzer: AGAIN this TC he impresses more than a few other 2013’s. I’m going to like him more if he scores in the OHL this season.
- Josh Winquist: A nice camp, can’t decide who’ll get the push between him and Holmberg.
- CJ Ludwig: He was noticed, that’s a good thing.
- Jordan Rowley: Interesting player. A name to keep in mind.
MAKING THE CUT (SO FAR)
If you’re Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Valddy Hockey, this is a damn good day (especially the Russian). If you’re Kale Kessy, they noticed your speed young man. If you’re Travis Ewanyk management still likes you.
If you’re Ty Rimmer, you’re having a very good time.