WHO’S ZOOMING WHO?

The Oklahoma City Barons are in action tonight and if you’re a farmhand now is a very good time to start filling the net, stopping all pucks or playing out of this world defense. The David Perron trade signals the beginning of what should be a strong audition period for men in the system. One of the best ways to see who is playing well is looking back over the last month.

BARONS NUMBERS DECEMBER 1+ (FORWARDS)

  1. Anton Lander 11gp, 5-10-15 +9 and 37 shots (recalled to Edmonton)
  2. Andrew Miller 14gp, 6-6-12 +4 and 37 shots
  3. Curtis Hamilton 10gp, 2-5-7 +6 and 12 shots
  4. Iiro Pakarinen 14gp, 2-3-5 +5 and 34 shots
  5. Bogdan Yakimov 14gp, 1-4-5 even and 33 shots
  6. Kellen Jones 7gp, 1-2-3 even and 7 shots
  7. Josh Winquist 11gp, 2-1-3 +3 and 8 shots
  8. Connor Jones 6gp, 1-0-1 +1 and 11 shots
  9. Mitch Moroz 15gp, 0-1-1 -5 and 15 shots
  10. Jujhar Khaira 13gp, 0-0-0 -3 and 16 shots
  11. Travis Ewanyk 15gp, 0-0-0 -7 and 25 shots

Lander is having another strong AHL season and one hopes he can finally show well as a player with some offensive acumen in the NHL. Miller isn’t a player we’ve talked about as an NHL option but he’s scoring well and shooting a lot so far this year. That’s a strong month for Hamilton, if he can keep it up we may see him in the NHL at some point this year (this may well be his last season in the system). Pakarinen has fallen off offensively but you can see he’s still shooting pucks.

Speaking of, Bogdan Yakimov is a player whose offense has been less than expected this year, hopefully we see some turnaround in the second half. The Jones boys and Josh Winquist are just getting settled in but have been more productive than three fairly high draft picks who are not enjoying good seasons: Moroz, Khaira and Ewanyk haven’t done much this year and very little since December 1.

BARONS NUMBERS DECEMBER 1+ (DEFENSE)

  1. Jordan Oesterle 14gp, 1-6-7 even and 20 shots
  2. Dillon Simpson 12gp, 0-6-6 +5 and 16 shots
  3. Brad Hunt 8gp, 2-3-5 +1 and 22 shots
  4. Brandon Davidson 10gp, 1-2-3 +6 and 18 shots
  5. Martin Marincin 15gp, 0-1-1 -1 and 25 shots
  6. Martin Gernat 13gp, 0-0-0 -1 and 13 shots
  7. David Musil 14gp, 0-0-0 -4 and 9 shots

A really nice run in December by two college men who are AHL rookies (Oesterle and Simpson) and perhaps an indication of things to come in the second half of the season. Brad Hunt was productive in his games (22 shots!) and Brandon Davidson posted some crooked numbers. Martin Marincin, Martin Gernat and David Musil aren’t delivering much offense but that isn’t a surprise. How well they’re playing defensively is reflected (I think) by all three being passed over in recent weeks for recall by Hunt and Davidson.

It’s an important second half to come, but Laurent Brossoit (who is killing it, number five in save percentage in the AHL) is THE story in OKC this year, with Lander, Hunt and (increasingly) the story of outsiders Pakarinen and Oesterle passing all of the draft picks.

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62 Responses to "WHO’S ZOOMING WHO?"

  1. Lowetide says:

    Eric Rodgers ‏@ericrsports 5m5 minutes ago

    #OKCBarons lines: R.Hamilton-Williams-Ford Miller-Yakimov-Pakarinen C.Hamilton-Khaira-Winquist K.Jones-C.Jones-X #Oilers

    Eric Rodgers ‏@ericrsports 5m5 minutes ago

    #OKCBarons d-pairs: Simpson-Davidson Oesterle-Musil Marincin-Hunt Gernat

  2. Pouzar says:

    Williams with a nice snipe off the cycle.

  3. su_dhillon says:

    Been out of the loop for Oilers last little bit but I believe this is audio of MacT and crew right before the Perron trade, figuring out how to get out of the hole they’ve dug for this franchise. Dig Up Stupid! http://youtu.be/b97zJxKEqAk

  4. Lowetide says:

    Pouzar:
    Williams with a nice snipe off the cycle.

    winquist with the second assist on the Williams goal, suggesting a bit of a push for the rookie.

  5. kooler says:

    Perron lining up within Crosby tonight.

  6. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide: winquist with the second assist on the Williams goal, suggesting a bit of a push for the rookie.

    He was out for the ozone faceoff with Williams and Ford

    Those Jones kids can play too.

  7. Pouzar says:

    And Williams sets up a gimmie for Ford. Wow.

  8. kooler says:

    Perron scores!

  9. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    Perron scores 10 minutes into his first game with the Crosby. All I want to know is, what took him so long?

  10. Pouzar says:

    Auston Matthews ’16:
    Perron scores 10 minutes into his first game with the Crosby. All I want to know is, what took him so long?

    Think he misses the Oilers?

  11. prairieschooner says:

    Bad Trade!

  12. Pouzar says:

    Like to see Khaira play some LW with Yak2.

  13. Pouzar says:

    I missed the Perron goal…anyone see it?

  14. Auston Matthews '16 says:

    Pouzar:
    I missed the Perron goal…anyone see it?

    You don’t want to know…

  15. Lowetide says:

    Pouzar:
    I missed the Perron goal…anyone see it?

    HOF pass from Crosby and Perron shot from high high slot. Worthy snipe but the pass was from another world.

  16. cadooo says:

    Eric Belanger ‏@belly2020 1m1 minute ago
    Big difference for Perron playing with Crosby instead of Boyd Gordon. He most be happy.

  17. Oilanderp says:

    Grrrr was going to watch the PIT game after the OKC game… damn spoilers!

    Also, the the director of scouting for AHL camerapeople needs to be audited. It is difficult to watch a hockey game when you can only see 2 or 3 skaters at a time!

  18. Oilanderp says:

    Pakarinen likes to shoot.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Yakimov tipped?

  20. Ca$h-Money! says:

    cadooo:
    Eric Belanger ‏@belly20201m1 minute ago
    Big difference for Perron playing with Crosby instead of Boyd Gordon. He most be happy.

    I’m right up there amongst the folks critical of Oilers management, but damn does Belanger ever come across as the definition of sour grapes.

    Newsflash Mr. Belanger: your complete lack of offence was part of the problem.

  21. Pouzar says:

    OKC Yakimov, (3) (Pakarinen, Miller), 4:07

    Of course I missed it

  22. kooler says:

    Is there a link to the OKC game?

  23. Oilanderp says:

    Khaira pulls the jersey on Scarbosa and gives him the business. Good thing the officials stepped in.

  24. wheatnoil says:

    3-2 Swiss at the end of the second. Germany got one late in the period there. If only Germany had some real ringer they could ice that would give them the upper edge in this game… some sort of large, skilled centre…

  25. Oilanderp says:

    Hard to believe Osterle is a rookie. The patience with the puck on the offensive blue line is both scary and admirable.

  26. dessert1111 says:

    I saw my first Victoria Royals game last night, 3 rows from the ice. Of course I keyed in on Chase, so here are a few notes:

    – He didn’t get as much ice time as I thought he would, even in the first period where the Royals were down 1-0 (they went on to score 8 unanswered)

    – Just as I was thinking Chase wasn’t very visible he finds some open ice and gets in a beauty snipe from a tough angle

    – He lined up on RW in the neutral and D zone but LW in the O zone. He didn’t take any faceoffs; his centreman was a guy with the last name Soy who was a good passer. Chase seemed to float to either wing a lot.

    – He didnt PK but was on the first PP

    – He did a lot of little things right, such as good puck work in tight corners (i.e. chipping a puck to a teammate during a board scrum)

    – He was good at finding open ice and displaying a burst of speed to get open

    – He didn’t look very engaged in the D zone but he did keep his feet moving

    – He looked quite comfortable in the O zone

    Victoria was missing their coach (coaching team Canada) so it is possible some of his usage is different from normal. Overall I came away thinking he was their most skilled forward, but I would think they’d want him to work on his defensive work based on where he projrcts to play. For example, he took a penalty on a back check where he slashed his man who got in front of him. However, he did have nice moments, like on his first assist where he covered for a pinching D man who ended up scoring.

  27. Oilanderp says:

    Yak and Pak strike again!

  28. wheatnoil says:

    dessert1111,

    Thanks for that scouting report. I don’t get to see many major junior games, so I always appreciate it when people post their observations on here.

  29. Pouzar says:

    Oh my….Yak2 with a sweet backhand dish on the rush to Hero for a beauty snipe 5 hole.

  30. Lowetide says:

    Man. These kids are coming along, ladies.

  31. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Man. These kids are coming along, ladies.

    I knew once Yak2 was bumped up the pecking order and started to play with skill he would start to get the boxcars. That was a gorgeous pass and snipe.

    Oesterle looks great as well

  32. Ca$h-Money! says:

    Interestingly the “lacking offence” from
    December as posted was based on him shooting 3%. Seems to have fixed that.

  33. Pouzar says:

    Flyers getting spanked by the Devils. Get Couts MacT!

  34. Oilanderp says:

    If you’re going for a long hike into the playoffs, don’t forget to bring your YakPak, kids.

  35. Lowetide says:

    Ca$h-Money!:
    Interestingly the “lacking offence” from
    December as posted was based on him shooting 3%. Seems to have fixed that.

    Well, I waited three years for Pitlick so with respect I’m going to wait for the boxcars this time. 🙂

  36. Oilanderp says:

    Trevor Cheek pylons C.Hamilton with a toe drag and snipes a late goal. 4-1 after 2.

  37. Tarkus says:

    Many recent ex-Oilers finding the back of the net so far tonight:

    Gilbert
    Perron
    Rieder
    Arcobello

    Just for fun*, the current Oilers they were dealt for (Nikitin, Klinkhammer, Kessy and Roy) have a sparkling two goals in 27 games among them in the copper & blue (both from Nikitin).

    Find good players, keep good players indeed…

    * – not fun.

  38. Oilanderp says:

    kooler:
    Is there a link to the OKC game?

    Not ignoring you, but I pay a small fee to watch and I assume that’s not the kind of link you’re searching for.

  39. Lowetide says:

    Friedman says Jeff Petry is out there, Draisaitl back to junior tomorrow and will head to Kelowna after the WJ’s is over.

  40. v4ance says:

    Noooooo!!!!!

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  41. kinger_OIL says:

    It’s interesting to look at the profiles of the top 5 goalies: all except Brossoit were drafted circa 2007-2008. They have all been traded from their original draft team. All of them have had various cups of coffee in the NHL: a few games over a few years it looks. And they have moved up the charts in terms of level of league. So who knows whether the older drafted G’s are taking longer to “ripe” because they aren’t good, or that is the preferred route to being an NHL goaler : ie 7-9 years development, but Brossoit, drafted a few years ago is certainly the outlier in the top. Would be an interesting project: I wonder what the timeline is from the draft date to the start of becoming a NHL team’s starting G? If it is short: is there any correlation to that G being elite? If it is long, is there an average time in the minors. Interesting stuff, I wonder what Brossoit’s numbers mean given that context, and what does history tell us?

  42. russ99 says:

    Really bummed out about capgeek shutting down.

    Hope Matthew gets well soon.

  43. leadfarmer says:

    Lowetide,

    You finally developed a player. You put up with the growing pains. Now that he is in his prime you are going to trade him because they didnt think he was worth signing for more than a year while they thought Nikitin was worth more than a year contract.

    Now whats all this talk about spending the Perron pick, now likely close to the value of our second rounder, for a goalie. We just spent two picks last year trying to shore up the goalie situation and now were talking about spending decent pick in a deep draft. They should have just signed Halak or Hiller, but I guess hindsight is 20/20. There is very few goalies that are worth a first round pick and those goalies are worth quite a bit more and will not be traded. The rest of them your better off looking through young backups that haven’t emerged yet or the UFA market than trying to trade for a mediocre or unproved goalie with that first rounder.

    Sure we haven’t done much with our second round picks, but the one of the few things that is worse than our amateur scouting department is our professional scouting department.

  44. Lowetide says:

    russ99:
    Really bummed out about capgeek shutting down.

    Hope Matthew gets well soon.

    Just awful.

  45. leadfarmer says:

    Lowetide,

    Just hope this year doesn’t affect his development. Given his age he had a very nice development pathway lined up for him by the NHL. Well hopefully now he regains his scoring touch and has a good season and can join the AHL team for a long playoff run (I think he is allowed to do that) before spending next year in the AHL.

  46. VanOil says:

    I wish Capgeek good health, the service was a joy to use and will be missed.

  47. Lowetide says:

    Confirmed by @FriedgeHNIC the @EdmontonOilers have assigned Leon Draisaitl back to WHL. Kelowna trading for rights.

  48. Bank Shot says:

    It’s criminal what the Oilers did to Draisaitl, his teammates, and the fans by playing him in the NHL.

    That alone should have gotten Mact fired.

    Leon didn’t even look great in the prospects tourney or preseason. They didn’t even have a legitimate excuse to take a longer look at him and the did it anyway.

  49. eidy says:

    Lowetide,

    Only hope on Petry trade front was that nothing was imminent.

    I have a candle lit

  50. Woodguy says:

    leadfarmer,

    You finally developed a player. You put up with the growing pains. Now that he is in his prime you are going to trade him because they didnt think he was worth signing for more than a year while they thought Nikitin was worth more than a year contract.

    Very well put.

    That should be MacT’s professional tombstone.

  51. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    Friedman says Jeff Petry is out there,

    🙁

  52. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Woodguy: You finally developed a player. You put up with the growing pains. Now that he is in his prime you are going to trade him because they didnt think he was worth signing for more than a year while they thought Nikitin was worth more than a year contract.
    Very well put.
    That should be MacT’s professional tombstone.

    I’d quarrel with Leadfarmer’s use of “finally developed a player”…

    There’s been a few cases of this sort of thing. But, absolutely… the whole damn thing is galling.

    AND, I still won’t let Tambo off the hook for that earlier Petry deal.

  53. VanOil says:

    I wish Draisaitl could of had the opportunity to play for his country and save them from relegation. I sometimes feel it is a shame that the Oilers can not be relegated. I imagine the Oilers management teams name is dirt with the German Ice hockey association right now, much as it is with the rest of us.

  54. teddyturnbuckle says:

    How come knowbody talks about the Nick leddy for Cam barker trade? Leddy has had 2 30 point soon to be 3 seasons and Barker is out of the league. Leddy would probably be the oilers best defense men but Chicago had to get rid of his whopping 2.7 million contract.

  55. rickithebear says:

    Woodguy:
    leadfarmer,

    You finally developed a player. You put up with the growing pains. Now that he is in his prime you are going to trade him because they didnt think he was worth signing for more than a year while they thought Nikitin was worth more than a year contract.

    Very well put.

    That should be MacT’s professional tombstone.

    Jeff Petry:
    10-11 3rd comp 3.19 Even open hole shot not saved against per 60
    11-12 2nd 2.63 E(OHSNS)A/60
    12-13 1st 2.23 w/ Smid
    13-14 1st 3.01
    14-15 2nd 2.90

    progressing from 3rd comp -19 season to lower 2nd comp -14 season.

    that a Dman i want to spend 6M on!

    Defencemen Defend first!

  56. rickithebear says:

    Yakimov is 1 EVP/GM with C. hamilton; Pakirinen

  57. kooler says:

    Tarkus,

    Don’t forget Gagner who had 2 goals and an assist…that makes 5 ex-Oil tonight.

  58. hunter1909 says:

    Ca$h-Money!: I’m right up there amongst the folks critical of Oilers management, but damn does Belanger ever come across as the definition of sour grapes.

    Newsflash Mr. Belanger: your complete lack of offence was part of the problem.

    Really? Coming to play for Kevin Lowe has nothing do do with this? As if this organization isn’t the toxic graveyard of so many careers, both young and veteran?

    Katz probably has some infernal thing going where they steal these player’s moxie for some kind of “eternal youth” serum. Katz has graciously agreed to be the first client.

  59. hunter1909 says:

    I’m just happy Yakupov’s still on the team. Perron was/is a great player I wish the hab’s had traded Eller for him. MacT, despite the ridiculous level of semantics emanating out of Rexall was totally involved with the Gagner three 1st picks in the 1st round debacle which brought that great big loser defenceman, Riley Nash, and the other guy who was probably fed first into Katz’s eternal youth machine, lol.

  60. hunter1909 says:

    Don’t worry! Oilers continue to have a pipeline of no hoper, miniature players with “heart” coming.

  61. kooler says:

    Oilanderp,

    Small fee is fine. Thanks

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