THE BIG SKY

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Bogdan Yakimov, Oklahoma City Barons (Photo by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved)

The Oklahoma City Barons are relying on veterans like Jason Williams and Ryan Hamilton to find offense early in the 2014-15 season. Those players are impacting the scoreboard on the power play too, but the main role is to find a way to get prospects like Bogdan Yakimov posting boxcars in the AHL.  (Prospects underlined)

EVEN-STRENGTH SCORING THROUGH FOUR GAMES (BARONS)

 

  • Jason Williams 4GP, 2-1-3
  • Iiro Pakarinen 4GP, 2-0-2
  • Tyler Pitlick 4GP, 1-1-2
  • Ryan Hamilton 3GP, 0-2-2
  • Andrew Miller 3GP, 0-1-1
  • Steve Pinizzotto 3GP, 0-1-1
  • Oscar Klefbom 3GP, 0-1-1
  • Curtis Hamilton 3GP, 1-0-1
  • Martin Marincin 1GP, 1-0-1
  • Bogdan Yakimov 4GP, 0-1-1
  • Martin Gernat 4GP, 0-1-1
  • Keith Aulie 4GP, 0-1-1

Williams played last night with Ryan Hamilton and Tyler Pitlick, and Pakarinen was playing at least part of the evening on a line with Anton Lander and Mitchell Moroz. It’s early, and we don’t want to read to much into things, but I would suggest that early trends include:

  • Pakarinen’s offense being a little stronger than Pitlick’s based on quality of linemates
  • A fairly balanced group of forwards after the top line.
  • Anton Lander once again having a difficult time with EV scoring in the AHL (we’ve discussed this before).

One rookie who appears to be finding the range? Bogdan Yakimov.

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POWER-PLAY SCORING THROUGH FOUR GAMES (BARONS)

  1. Jason Williams 4GP, 2-1-3
  2. Iiro Pakarinen 4GP, 2-1-3
  3. Andrew Miller 3GP, 0-3-3
  4. Jordan Oesterle 4GP, 1-1-2
  5. Anton Lander 4GP, 0-2-2
  6. Tyler Pitlick 4GP, 0-2-2
  7. Steve Pinizzotto 3GP, 0-2-2
  8. Ryan Hamilton 3GP, 1-0-1
  9. Oscar Klefbom 3GP, 1-0-1

This appears to be the ‘offensive’ group we’ll see this season in OKC. Lander and Williams are the centers, with Pakarinen, Miller, Pitlick, Pinizzotto and Hamilton also in the mix. On the 5×4’s last night, it looked like there were 5 forwards on the ice at the time of the goals, so maybe that’s something they’ll use aside from Oesterle and Klefbom. I’d think the club may have planned to have Brad Hunt playing a major role in this area.

Bottom line: Among the legit prospects we should expect impressive boxcars from the guys already on the power-play board.For the record, here’s how I predicted things would go this season in OKC.

BARONS’ SCORING (RE) 2014-15

NAME GP G A PTS
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 veteran who appears to be odd man out, losing playing time to Tyler Pitlick last night, is Matt Ford. Iiro Pakarinen is going to kick the daylights out of his number.

TOP ROOKIE SCORERS (BARONS) 2014-15

  1. Iiro Pakarinen 4GP, 4-1-5
  2. Jordan Oesterle 4GP, 1-1-2
  3. Bogdan Yakimov 4GP, 0-1-1
  4. Dillon Simpson 4GP, 0-0-0
  5. Mitch Moroz 3GP, 0-0-0
  6. Jujhar Khaira 3GP, 0-0-0
  7. CJ Ludwig 1GP, 0-0-0

The most impressive rookie may end up being Frans Tuohimaa. He played and won last night, his boxcars are 1GP, 3.00 .929.

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  1. Woodguy says:

    I’m hoping for the aggressive Finn. Nice early returns.

    Also,

    Was perusing the Oiler’s schedule.

    They have 3 scheduled losses in November. (scheduled loss = 2nd of B2B and 3rd in 4 nights)

    BUF on NOV 7
    CHI on NOV 22
    STL on NOV 28

    Maybe they can squeeze out the BUF game, but that’s pretty hard and 3 is a ton to have in one month.

    They have 4 more scheduled losses all year (2 vs ANA, 1 vs LAK, 1 vs MTL)

    November might be a tough month.

  2. Ryan says:

    I fell asleep after the first period last night. Willis over at ON is pure comedy. I can’t recall the last time the Oilers were on the right end of some plays like this.

    http://oilersnation.com/2014/10/25/benoit-pouliot-and-david-perron-do-bad-things-sometimes

  3. Lowetide says:

    Nagelvoort stopped 14 of 15 so far tonight, easily his best effort so far this season.

  4. bendelson says:

    This has likely been mentioned already but Tend the Farm has a nice article about Iiro the hero.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Barons tonight

    (LW-C-RW):
    R. Hamilton-Lander-Pakarinen;
    Moroz-Yakimov-Miller;
    C. Hamilton-Khaira-Pitlick;
    Kessy-Ewanyk-Ford

    Simpson-Oesterle
    Klefbom-Gernat,
    Aulie-Ludwig

    Tuohimaa

  6. bendelson says:

    Lowetide,

    Simpson on the left side with Osterle on the right?
    Is that correct?

  7. Lowetide says:

    bendelson:
    Lowetide,

    Simpson on the left side with Osterle on the right?
    Is that correct?

    According to https://twitter.com/BaronsGameDay yes

  8. bendelson says:

    I would have thought Simpson would be on the right side as per all the talk about it in pre-season.
    Nice if both players can play either side effectively.

  9. spoiler says:

    Posted this at the end of the dead thread:

    Okay, now that I have some time and not in a rush, here are the even strength numbers for Oiler forwards. This includes 4 on 4 as I cannot separate those numbers out on NHL.com, and that’s still even strength anyways.

    The formula is

    EVPts / EVTOI : : n / 60,

    where we are trying to find n. This works out to

    EVPts * 60 / EVTOI = n.

    So if you have scored 6 points in 180 minutes of EVTOI, you are scoring 2 points every 60 minutes. Make sense?

    All numbers below from NHL.com:

    Name — EVTOI — EVPts — P/60

    Hall — 129.16 — 6 — 2.79
    Ebs — 114.10 — 5 — 2.63
    RNH — 95.54 — 3 — 1.88
    Perr — 102.56 — 3 — 1.76
    Poul — 84.08 — 2 — 1.43
    Yaku — 87.39 — 2 — 1.37
    Drai — 87.49 — 2 — 1.37
    Hend — 88.02 — 2 — 1.36
    Gord — 91.38 — 2 — 1.31
    Purc — 100.12 — 2 — 1.20
    Arco — 108.55 — 2 — 1.11
    Joen — 84.24 — 1 — 0.71

    Most of the numbers above are close to hockey analysis, I expect because the little bit of 4 on 4 ice time is slightly skewing things.

    It should be intuitive to everyone though, that other than Hall and Arco who both lose a point, everyone else’s number should go up slightly if we exclude 4 on 4 time. And Hall would still be at about 2.35 Pts/60 if we remove that point, not down to 2.00. So there’s something funny there.

    If their number is correct on Nuge that would mean Nuge has played about 6 minutes at 4 on 4 thus far this year, which is a little tough to believe, especially missing two games. (Has to have less than 90 minutes TOI to have Pts/60 above 2 with his 3 even strength points). That’s more than an entire overtime period.

  10. nycoil says:

    Tyler Seguin has gone supernova. He may challenge Crosby and Tavares for the scoring title this year. 50G-60A not out of the question.

  11. Sevenseven says:

    Lowetide:
    Barons tonight

    (LW-C-RW):
    R. Hamilton-Lander-Pakarinen;
    Moroz-Yakimov-Miller;
    C. Hamilton-Khaira-Pitlick;
    Kessy-Ewanyk-Ford

    Simpson-Oesterle
    Klefbom-Gernat,
    Aulie-Ludwig

    Tuohimaa

    Wow is Aulie really only a third pairing ahler?

  12. Lowetide says:

    Simpson 1 (Pitlick, Khaira) 1-1 now, that was an even-strength goal.

  13. Lowetide says:

    nycoil:
    Tyler Seguin has gone supernova. He may challenge Crosby and Tavares for the scoring title this year. 50G-60A not out of the question.

    Miller (Pitlick, Ford) 2-1 OKC

    lol. Well that’s hyperbole but the Oilers do appear to be giving Pitlick a push (now 5gp, 1-5-6 for the season).

  14. nycoil says:

    Lowetide,

    I’m not so sure it’s hyperbole given they are now running Benn-Spezza-Seguin as a line consistently. Poor Hemmer 🙁

    Good for Pitlick. Bouncing around watching different games tonight. Nice save by Price just now.

  15. Lowetide says:

    nycoil:
    Lowetide,

    I’m not so sure it’s hyperbole given they are now running Benn-Spezza-Seguin as a line consistently. Poor Hemmer :(

    Good for Pitlick. Bouncing around watching different games tonight. Nice save by Price just now.

    Dallas looks incredibly good, I wonder why they’re loading up that line? Then again, who cares??? Good for Seguin, I hope he scores 60 and the Bruins fire Chiarelli. What an awful trade.

  16. VanOil says:

    Big Yak’s first AHL goal!

    Others have mentioned his feet have to catch up to his hands for him to be successful in the NHL. Big Yak has mentioned he needs to learn how to body check. If Big Yak learns to through a body check like Little Yak he will terrorize teams.

  17. spoiler says:

    spoiler,

    Oh, Gord dammit… NHL doesn’t separate out EN goals… if we do so, Hendricks’ number is cut in half to 0.68. Thank Gord it was unassisted and I don’t have to re-work any other numbers.

    Although I am not entirely convinced those goals or shorties should be excluded. They still represent important offense coming without a powerplay push. Same with 4 on 4. And especially when we are dealing with the small sample sizes we have at the beginning of the season.

    By this metric, Arco’s offense looks a lot more normal.

  18. wheatnoil says:

    bendelson:
    This has likely been mentioned already but Tend the Farm has a nice article about Iiro the hero.

    You know, I just started reading that blog this season and it’s fantastic. Definitely required reading for any Oiler fan.

  19. spoiler says:

    nycoil: I’m not so sure it’s hyperbole given they are now running Benn-Spezza-Seguin as a line consistently.

    Yeah, saw that the other day. That line’s just terrifying.

  20. spoiler says:

    Lowetide: Miller (Pitlick, Ford) 2-1 OKC

    That looks like they’re really messing with the lines.

  21. Lowetide says:

    Bogdan Yakimov scores his first AHL goal. That’s a nice pick.

  22. jp says:

    Anyone have a feed for the game? Just getting in and would like to have a look.

    Tuohimaa looks like he might be eating Broissoit’s lunch. Or is Broissoit injured? I see Bunz is the backup tonight.

  23. wheatnoil says:

    jp:
    Anyone have a feed for the game? Just getting in and would like to have a look.

    Tuohimaa looks like he might be eating Broissoit’s lunch. Or is Broissoit injured? I see Bunz is the backup tonight.

    Broissoit is injured. Back spasms. That said, Broissoit evidently had a slow start, his save percentage is pretty low.

  24. Lowetide says:

    Platzer with another goal. He’s 13GP, 5-12-17 for the season

  25. Lowetide says:

    Elliotte Friedman mentioning Petry to Philly might be one to watch when the Flyers have more cap room.

  26. nycoil says:

    spoiler,

    Yeah, I can’t help but wish what might have been because I wanted the Oilers to trade for Spezza, contract and age and injury history be damned. A line of Hall-Spezza-Eberle with a second line of Perron-Nuge-Yakupov would have been beautiful. Then run Pouliot-Draisaitl-Purcell, Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu with Arco spare and man, oh man. 🙁

  27. nycoil says:

    Back in the late 90s rivalry days, the Doug Weight Oilers played Oilers hockey while the Stars played an efficient game. Watching the current edition of the Stars, they play a lot more “Oilers hockey” than do the Oilers. A lot of 5-4 or 6-4 games. Very entertaining for fans, harrowing for coaches, I’m sure.

  28. Lowetide says:

    Kessy (Klefbom) Barons having a nice weekend. Todd Nelson can make something out of nothing.

  29. One-Timer says:

    nycoil:
    Back in the late 90s rivalry days, the Doug Weight Oilers played Oilers hockey while the Stars played an efficient game. Watching the current edition of the Stars, they play a lot more “Oilers hockey” than do the Oilers. A lot of 5-4 or 6-4 games. Very entertaining for fans, harrowing for coaches, I’m sure.

    In my limited posting here, he’s the player I pushed for the most. He’s Draisaitl in a couple of years: exactly the guy we needed to cover the Dry Gap.

  30. nycoil says:

    Heck of a game in Long Island, folks.
    9 goals, 9 different scorers.

  31. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Hemsky with 1 point in 8 games unless he manages to do something in the next 8 minutes.

    Also, the Wild may be among the elite in the West, if early returns hold. Not only are they beating Tampa handily, they’re basically tied with Chicago in shot differential.

  32. nycoil says:

    Horc!

    Hemsky had 8 shots on goal last game. Shooooooooot!

  33. Lowetide says:

    Lander (Klefbom, Gernat)

    Three of my favorites combine for a goal.

  34. Marcus Oilerius says:

    nycoil:
    Horc!

    … are … are you cheering for Dallas? The Stars?

    *vomits in mouth*

  35. spoiler says:

    Vargas in his two at-bats this inning didn’t get a hit but he did not look out of place either. Good eye, good cuts…

    It always impresses me when AL pitchers look like they know what they’re doing at the plate.

  36. fifthcartel says:

    Klefbom has 4 points in 4 games in the AHL?

    0_o

  37. Lowetide says:

    Darnell Nurse with an assist, now 3gp, 1-3-4

  38. Mr DeBakey says:

    Lowetide: Dallas looks incredibly good, I wonder why they’re loading up that line? Then again, who cares??? Good for Seguin, I hope he scores 60 and the Bruins fire Chiarelli. What an awful trade.

    There was a Bruins version of Oil Change.
    Don’t know what it was called; Bear Droppings?
    Anywho, I watched the episode where the Bruins braintrust is discussing a possible Seguin trade.
    Its like the scout’s scene from Moneyball.
    A bunch of guys complaining that he [Seguin] doesn’t play “Bruins Hockey”.
    Buncha dorks.

  39. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Mr DeBakey: A bunch of guys complaining that he [Seguin] doesn’t play “Bruins Hockey”.

    To be fair, Seguin has gotten a lot more serious since being traded.

    I know it’s easy to assume Chiarelli is an idiot, but he’s the guy who built a perennial Cup contender. Maybe he knows more than we do? Especially about his own team, and the players who compose it.

  40. VanOil says:

    Of all the purposed solutions to the Oilers Center problem this year the one I am most in favor of is the Perron for Eller deal. I like Perron he is the prick that can score that the Oilers needed for a long time but the Oilers need a Center more. He would likely have a great playoffs with the Habs.

    There is now a fist throwing Nuge and a Yakupov ball a furry making there mark in the NHL. Also Iiro Pakarinen, Nurse and possibly Chase and Moroz look to all be ready to bring prickish behavior to the big club in the future.

  41. PeOiler says:

    A few thoughts on the QMJHL Remparts vs. Islanders game tonight:

    Marco Roy did not play very much or very well. It’s possible he was wearing sneakers out there.

    I suspect fLames prospect Mason McDonald is not all that he’s chalked up to be. Seems like he gets caught day-dreaming at the worst possible moments.

    A Sabers scout at the game was hopeful about Grigorenko’s future with Buffalo. They want to see something from him in Rochester, but they want to see it soon.

    I am falling in love with the draft eligable Dutchman Daniel Sprong. Everybody stands up when he touches the puck. Reminds me of Gagner at the same age.

    Lastly, I saw some odd random sweaters in the crowd tonight, including a Kings Jeff Carter, a Stars Jordie Benn and an Islanders John Tavares.

  42. nycoil says:

    Marcus Oilerius,

    No, not cheering for Dallas. Will always cheer for Horc and Hemmer.

    Add: It’s like a lesser version of 2006. So painful, especially after I flew back for it, but was happy for Doug Weight…and no one else. Still hate the Canes to this day.

  43. nycoil says:

    I see the baby Oil have the same can’t-hit-the-empty-net issues as the main club.

  44. nycoil says:

    Ugh.

  45. nycoil says:

    Phew. Barons win.

  46. rich says:

    Klefbom w/3 assists tonite.

  47. Lowetide says:

    Ford with the winner in OT, Klefbom had 3A and I haven’t read the summary but he’s an NHL player.

  48. Eastern Oil says:

    So uh… I know it’s early but where does Klefbom fit in with the Oilers?

  49. Lowetide says:

    Greg Chase 2 A tonight now 12GP, 2-13-15.

  50. Lowetide says:

    Eastern Oil:
    So uh… I know it’s early but where does Klefbom fit in with the Oilers?

    Top 4D.

  51. jake70 says:

    Always more comforted when Barons win and actual Oiler draft picks playing drive the result. And Seguin……drafted #2 overall, wins his cup, enjoys all that Boston has to offer and now in a market with less pressure, big money, good team……guy’s in a good spot overall I would say.

  52. rich says:

    Lowetide: Top 4D.

    More importantly, when?

  53. HiddenDarts says:

    nycoil:
    Horc!

    Hemsky had 8 shots on goal last game. Shooooooooot!

    Watched the entirety of that game last night. Hemmer was quite literally on fire. 8 shots, of which probably 5 were diamond chances. He was deking everybody! Except Cory Schneider.

    He was all over the ice. But to be fair, he’s on a line with Patrick Eaves and Vern Fiddler.

    Elite offensive players they are very much not.

  54. Lowetide says:

    rich: More importantly, when?

    Any day now. There’s no real reason to wait.

  55. spoiler says:

    LT,

    What RE would you have given Lander in OKC this year? Somewhere around a PPG?

    Does anyone know if he saw any PP time tonight?

  56. Henry says:

    Lowetide: Top 4D.

    But what about Hunt!?

  57. Henry says:

    Lowetide: Any day now. There’s no real reason to wait.

    Excepting the $18M in cap space invested in Nikitin and Ference?

    It’s hard for me to see what to do there.

  58. Lowetide says:

    spoiler:
    LT,

    What RE would you have given Lander in OKC this year?Somewhere around a PPG?

    Does anyone know if he saw any PP time tonight?

    A little above 1.1 or so

  59. Lowetide says:

    Henry: Excepting the $18M in cap space invested in Nikitin and Ference?

    It’s hard for me to see what to do there.

    Oilers could IR someone or trade them. These men need NHL experience because Nurse is on the way.

  60. One-Timer says:

    Completely off topic but worth mentioning:
    Ralph Kruger’s Premier League team solidly in 2nd place at the quarter-pole. Southampton sits right between Chelsea and Man City.

  61. speeds says:

    Lowetide: Any day now. There’s no real reason to wait.

    Devil’s advocate:

    Maybe 25 more GP with 25 minutes a night and an offensive role isn’t the worst thing, long term, either?

  62. RexLibris says:

    speeds: Devil’s advocate:

    Maybe 25 more GP with 25 minutes a night and an offensive role isn’t the worst thing,long term,either?

    Seconded.

    As per Dean Lombardi: (paraphrasing) let your prospects develop in the minors until they’re ready. Then let them develop some more.

    I’d give Kelfbom until the trade deadline with one exception – injury call up.

    On another note: it’d be kind of a funny thing if Klefbom, the 19th overall selection of 2011 taken with a pick acquired during one of the Oilers’ much-maligned “magic beans” trades, were to become a better defensive player than Adam Larsson, the 4th overall player taken that same year and one whom many critics believed was the wisest choice for the Oilers to select.

    As I recall the reports on Klefbom were that he was perhaps as talented as Larsson, but lacked some of the polish.

    Let’s simonize that kid until you can see the shine all the way from OKC.

  63. Yeti says:

    One-Timer:
    Completely off topic but worth mentioning:
    Ralph Kruger’s Premier League team solidly in 2nd place at the quarter-pole.Southampton sits right between Chelsea and Man City.

    Why is it worth mentioning? Does it mean that he is/was a good hockey coach? Curious.

  64. VanOil says:

    Yeti: Why is it worth mentioning? Does it mean that he is/was a good hockey coach? Curious.

    That an ex-Oiler is having success in future endeavors seems worth mentioning.

  65. Kmart99 says:

    RexLibris: Seconded.

    As per Dean Lombardi: (paraphrasing) let your prospects develop in the minors until they’re ready. Then let them develop some more.

    I’d give Kelfbom until the trade deadline with one exception – injury call up.

    On another note: it’d be kind of a funny thing if Klefbom, the 19th overall selection of 2011 taken with a pick acquired during one of the Oilers’ much-maligned “magic beans” trades, were to become a better defensive player than Adam Larsson, the 4th overall player taken that same year and one whom many critics believed was the wisest choice for the Oilers to select.

    As I recall the reports on Klefbom were that he was perhaps as talented as Larsson, but lacked some of the polish.

    Let’s simonize that kid until you can see the shine all the way from OKC.

    THIS. All day long.

  66. bendelson says:

    One-Timer:
    Completely off topic but worth mentioning:
    Ralph Kruger’s Premier League team solidly in 2nd place at the quarter-pole.Southampton sits right between Chelsea and Man City.

    Totally worth mentioning.
    Ralph Kruger is an interesting person and I was curious how his new club was doing.

    (I don’t believe the post was meant to be a commentary on Ralph’s skills as a hockey coach Yeti)

  67. Marc says:

    HiddenDarts: Watched the entirety of that game last night. Hemmer was quite literally on fire. 8 shots, of which probably 5 were diamond chances. He was deking everybody! Except Cory Schneider.

    He was all over the ice. But to be fair, he’s on a line with Patrick Eaves and Vern Fiddler.

    Elite offensive players they are very much not.

    Interesting linemates.

    It sounds like Dallas’ coaches came to the same conclusion that the Oilers’ coaches did. Hemsky isn’t productive enough to warrant a spot on the top line – if he had 8 shots the other night, then he had only 7 in the prior 7 games, and he’s only had one point so far in 8 games.

    He’s defensively responsible though, so you can put him on a ‘third’ line that doesn’t get sheltered minutes, and leave the sheltered minutes for the forwards that need protecting.

  68. Lowetide says:

    speeds: Devil’s advocate:

    Maybe 25 more GP with 25 minutes a night and an offensive role isn’t the worst thing,long term,either?

    It never hurts to add to a prospect’s resume with playing time, but it would be a good idea to get Klefbom significant NHL time this season imo. Oilers will have (by the end of the season) Marcincin at 110+ games and if Klefbom is sliding in between 50-60 (or more) that gives the team an opportunity to graduate Nurse at some point next season.

  69. "Frank The Dog" says:

    bendelson: Totally worth mentioning.
    Ralph Kruger is an interesting person and I was curious how his new club was doing.

    (I don’t believe the post was meant to be a commentary on Ralph’s skills as a hockey coach Yeti)

    I actually think Ralph had the most upside of every coach we hired since MacT, did the best job of working what he had, including his assistants.
    I feel that left to his devices, and allowed to pick his own assistants, he had the highest probability of taking us to the promised land in the shortest amount of time. But that was not to be, fired by Skype, replaced by a man who should have been his assistant, not sure how that would have worked out either.

    I’ll grant Dallas is doing a much better job at last, hope he continues.

  70. wheatnoil says:

    Lowetide: It never hurts to add to a prospect’s resume with playing time, but it would be a good idea to get Klefbom significant NHL time this season imo. Oilers will have (by the end of the season) Marcincin at 110+ games and if Klefbom is sliding in between 50-60 (or more) that gives the team an opportunity to graduate Nurse at some point next season.

    Klefbom will probably get 40 games this year with the inevitable injuries on the blue and Petry’s likely departure at the trade deadline. At this point, I suspect Klefbom is in line to play when the first D gets IRed while Hunt plays for any non-IR injury to the D. The question is, if the average team goes through 10 D, who will be the other two who get short cups of coffee? My money is on Simpson and Aulie. Music would be 11 and I’d peg Osterle as 12 if the Oilers get decimated, as they often do. I think Gernat is on the outs for the organization given the verbal on him in preseason and what I’ve been reading about his early season struggles in OKC, where he’s getting overrun.

  71. gcw_rocks says:

    Marcus Oilerius: To be fair, Seguin has gotten a lot more serious since being traded.

    I know it’s easy to assume Chiarelli is an idiot, but he’s the guy who built a perennial Cup contender.Maybe he knows more than we do?Especially about his own team, and the players who compose it.

    The problem isn’t that he traded Seguin, although it’s a questionable move. The problem is what he got back for him. No where near equivalent value.

  72. gcw_rocks says:

    Lowetide: It never hurts to add to a prospect’s resume with playing time, but it would be a good idea to get Klefbom significant NHL time this season imo. Oilers will have (by the end of the season) Marcincin at 110+ games and if Klefbom is sliding in between 50-60 (or more) that gives the team an opportunity to graduate Nurse at some point next season.

    The problem is they all play the left side. They are probably better off to run Marincin, Nikitin, Klefbom next year, give nurse sixty games in the AHL and then trade Nikitin at the deadline next year if Nurse looks good.

    Here’s to hoping the team is wise enough to buy out Ference next summer.

  73. Lowetide says:

    gcw_rocks: The problem is they all play the left side.They are probably better off to run Marincin, Nikitin, Klefbom next year, give nurse sixty games in the AHL and then trade Nikitin at the deadline next year if Nurse looks good.

    Here’s to hoping the team is wise enough to buy out Ference next summer.

    No, Marincin has played RH side in Edmonton and Oklahoma City.

  74. gcw_rocks says:

    Musil healthy scratched in both games this weekend. That’s a down arrow.

  75. gcw_rocks says:

    Lowetide: No, Marincin has played RH side in Edmonton and Oklahoma City.

    He had, but left is his natural side. He is playing left now, is he not? I get that he can play right defence , but is that the right thing to do with a young defender (if you will pardon the pun)?

  76. Lowetide says:

    gcw_rocks: He had, but left is his natural side.He is playing left now, is he not?I get that he can play right defence , but is that the right thing to do with a young defender (if you will pardon the pun)?

    It depends on the player. Smid never liked doing it (Steve Smith joked about it on Oil Change) but Marincin was effective iirc.

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