We’ve been focused this month on the NHL team, and with so many kids showing well that should mean Todd Nelson has plenty of young talent to develop during 2014-15. I predicted over the summer he would have Bogdan Yakimov for the entire season, but at this point that may not happen. Yakimov’s TC performance is moving him up the depth chart by the day.
PROJECTED LINES AND PAIRINGS
- L1: Ryan Hamilton—Jason Williams—Andrew Miller
- L2: Iiro Pakarinen—Bogdan Yakimov—Steve Pinizzotto
- L3: Curtis Hamilton—Jujhar Khaira—Matt Ford
- L4: Mitchell Moroz—Will Acton—Travis Ewanyk
- D1: Brandon Davidson—Brad Hunt
- D2: Martin Gernat—David Musil
- D3: Jordan Oesterle—Dillon Simpson
- G: Richard Bachman, Laurent Brossoit
This is my lineup for most of the season, although Klefbom likely starts in OKC (and maybe he slides in with Hunt until Davidson is healthy again). I’ve tweaked the lineups a little based on input from Jonathan Willis when we last ran this, but have kept the ‘reasonable expectations’ offense the same.
SCORING (RE) 2014-15
|R MATT FORD||66||26||26||52|
|C BOGDAN YAKIMOV-rookie||64||22||23||45|
|R ANDREW MILLER||65||14||30||44|
|D BRAD HUNT||57||7||33||40|
|C JASON WILLIAMS||60||15||21||36|
|L RYAN HAMILTON||56||15||17||32|
|L IIRO PAKARINEN-rookie||60||17||14||31|
|L MITCHELL MOROZ-rookie||70||15||15||30|
|L CURTIS HAMILTON||60||13||15||28|
|R STEVE PINIZZOTTO||57||11||17||28|
|D MARTIN GERNAT||64||5||20||25|
|C JUJHAR KHAIRA-rookie||57||7||16||23|
|C WILL ACTON||44||6||17||23|
|L JESSE JOENSUU||35||10||11||21|
|C TRAVIS EWANYK||61||6||10||16|
|R MITCH HOLMBERG-rookie||35||7||7||14|
|D BRANDON DAVIDSON||65||4||10||14|
|D DILLON SIMPSON-rookie||50||3||11||14|
|L KELLEN JONES-rookie||28||3||9||12|
|L JOSH WINQUIST-rookie||35||7||4||11|
|D C.J. LUDWIG-rookie||35||3||7||10|
|C CONNOR JONES-rookie||28||2||8||10|
|D DAVID MUSIL||70||1||9||10|
|D GRAEME CRAIG-rookie||40||2||6||8|
|D JORDAN OESTERLE-rookie||50||1||6||7|
|D OSCAR KLEFBOM||25||0||5||5|
|L KALE KESSY||30||2||2||4|
The players to watch in OKC this season are plentiful. Klefbom, Yakimov, Khaira, Gernat, Moroz, Simpson, Musil and on it goes. We’ll see these young men get sent down soon, and maybe some surprises, although Tyler Pitlick appears to be sitting in a good spot for the Oiler roster.
One thing we should keep in mind? The possibility of a trade. If the Oilers make a move with a team like the Bruins, there’s a good chance one of these young blue, like Gernat, will be a part of it.
Anton Slepyshev scored today, and his rates are looking good despite getting about the same amount of playing time as one year ago.
SLEPYSHEV IN THE KHL
- 2011-12 (age 17) 39GP, 4-3-7 (8:55 TOI, 28 shots) (1.21 points-per-60) (4.83 shots-per-60)
- 2012-13 (age 18) 26GP, 7-2-9 (12:40 TOI, 63 shots) (1.64 points-per-60) (11.48 shots-per-60)
- 2013-14 (age 19) 36GP, 3-5-8 (10:18 TOI, 59 shots) (1.30 points-per-60) (9.55 shots-per–60)
- 2014-15 (age 20) 10GP, 1-3-4 (10:09 TOI, 18 shots) (2.37 points-per-60) (10.66 shots-per-60)
The points-per-60 has seen a nice jump, it will be interesting to see if his recent success (he’s 1-1-2 in his last 2 games) will get him more TOI. Either way, the Russians in the system have enjoyed a very nice fall, let’s hope it stretches into winter.