THE ONE TO CALL

Later this afternoon, the Oklahoma City Barons will play a game against Charlotte at the Cox Convention Centre. Each player on the ice today will no doubt have pondered a recall to the Edmonton Oilers over the last few days. Barring injury, there is one free recall for the big club between now and the end of the season. Craig MacTavish listed Laurent Brossoit, Brandon Davidson, Curtis Hamilton and Andrew Miller as possibles and fans will have their opinions, too.

Based on merit, who deserves a call? Here are the boxcars since January 1.

  1. C-R Andrew Miller. Entering this afternoon’s action, Miller is 26GP, 12-18-30 Jan 1+ and that’s during a time when much of the roster is in Edmonton. Miller’s skill set appears to be similar to Mark Arcobello’s, he is an RFA and I think most deserving among current players of an NHL look.
  2. C Bogdan Yakimov. He is 28GP, 8-7-15 this year (2015) and has shown some nice progress in recent weeks. He could get the call.
  3. G Laurent Brossoit. He is 21GP, 2.80 .911 and has been playing every game for some time now. I think he deserves a look.
  4. D Brandon Davidson. 27GP, 1-2-3 during the period after Jan.1, he’s a defensive player so boxcars don’t really tell the story.
  5. L Curtis Hamilton. He’s 27GP, 5-6-11 since January 1. Hamilton has been getting more of a push since the recalls but hasn’t been able to stand out offensively.
  6. D Brad Hunt. Chaos blue is 28GP, 8-12-20 since January 1 and based on his defensive showing during his NHL team this season, it’s doubtful he gets that last recall.

Sometimes a player’s offense can be inflated or obscured by posting power play usage, so I thought it might be an idea to have a look at the primary offensive players this year in order to see if there’s something underneath the boxcars. Let’s start with the complete (EV, PP, PK) boxcars:

  1. Andrew Miller 56GP, 22-30-52
  2. Brad Hunt 46GP, 15-27-42
  3. Anton Lander 29GP, 9-22-31
  4. Ryan Hamilton 32GP, 15-14-29
  5. Iiro Pakarinen 39GP, 17-11-28
  6. Curtis Hamilton 54GP, 11-16-27
  7. Bogdan Yakimov 55GP, 10-15-25
  8. Jordan Oesterle 50GP, 6-15-21
  9. Dillon Simpson 55GP, 2-12-14
  10. Kellen Jones 33GP, 5-8-13
  11. Joshua Winquist 30GP, 5-5-10
  12. Jujhar Khaira 51GP, 4-6-10
  13. Tyler Pitlick 14GP, 3-6-9
  14. Martin Gernat 50GP, 1-8-9
  15. David Musil 53GP, 1-8-9
  16. Oscar Klefbom 9GP, 1-7-8
  17. Martin Marincin 27GP, 0-7-7

Those are the boxcars, think I have everyone who could possibly benefit from a closer look (let me know if I missed someone). Now, let’s take away the special teams numbers and post the offense in a point-per-game line.

 EVEN-STRENGTH BOXCARS

  1. Oscar Klefbom 9GP, 0-7-7 .778
  2. Ryan Hamilton 32GP, 10-12-22 .688
  3. Anton Lander 29GP, 6-12-18 .621
  4. Iiro Pakarinen 39GP, 13-10-23 .590
  5. Andrew Miller 56GP, 16-16-32 .571
  6. Brad Hunt 46GP, 8-14-22 .478
  7. Bogdan Yakimov 55GP, 7-14-21 .382
  8. Curtis Hamilton 54GP, 7-13-20 .370
  9. Kellen Jones 33GP, 5-7-12 .364
  10. Tyler Pitlick 14GP, 2-3-5 .357
  11. Jordan Oesterle 50GP, 5-10-15 .300
  12. Joshua Winquist 30GP, 4-4-8 .267
  13. Dillon Simpson 55GP, 2-12-14 .254
  14. Jujhar Khaira 51GP, 4-6-10 .196
  15. Martin Gernat 50GP, 1-7-8 .160
  16. David Musil 53GP, 1-8-9 .170
  17. Martin Marincin 27GP, 0-6-6 .222

Klefbom’s nine games is an extremely small sample size but he showed some offensive promise in OKC this season at even strength. It’s interesting to see that the top four on this list of even-strength scorers (Klefbom, R. Hamilton, Lander and Pakarinen) all spent time in the NHl this yer. The answer to the original question remains Andrew Miller, with Yakimov plus C. Hamilton training by quite a bit. Brossoit is also an interesting option. When will we see that recall? Miller might be an interesting option on Lander’s line?

We wait.

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32 Responses to "THE ONE TO CALL"

  1. RexLibris says:

    I’d recall Hamilton.

    With the 2013 draftees needing to be signed the Oilers need to decide on whether to keep or cut bait on C. Hamilton.

    Davidson and Brossoit need more time, and the paper transactions on deadline day all but nix a callup regardless of whether they deserve it or not.

    With all due respect to Miller, the Oilers need a read on Hamilton more than Miller as Lander, Yakimov, Chase and Draisaitl are all crowding out C and bring a greater pedigree.

    Put it this way, I’d rather the decision be between Hamilton and Betker than Miller and Hamilton because they had to let Betker go unsigned, as an example.

  2. thejonrmcleod says:

    Do you reward the guy who has played the best or call up someone you see as a legitimate prospect? If you take the former approach, the decision is easy: Miller. If you take the later approach, I’d go with C. Hamilton (though many would no longer see him as a good prospect). I’d also pick either Miller or Hamilton because they’ve yet to have a stint with Edmonton.

  3. Ben says:

    When does the O’Connor college signing window open?

  4. Lowetide says:

    Ben:
    When does the O’Connor college signing window open?

    When his season ends, he may make it all the way to the final four.

  5. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I don’t see much benefit in bringing up Yakimov or Brossoit or Hunt.

    Both would read like rewarding management’s sense of ego.

    The players you want to use this precious spot on are the ones you don’t have much time left to stare at. Miller, C. Hamilton are the right play here.

    Davidson. I’m happy to leave him where he is, holding Hunt’s hand.

  6. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    RexLibris: With all due respect to Miller, the Oilers need a read on Hamilton more than Miller as Lander, Yakimov, Chase and Draisaitl are all crowding out C and bring a greater pedigree.

    Are you reading Miller as a C in this instance?

    I know he’s played the position before… but as a pro, IIRC he’s been exclusively on the wing.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: Are you reading Miller as a C in this instance?

    I know he’s played the position before… but as a pro, IIRC he’s been exclusively on the wing.

    Yes, he’s a winger for this organization imo. Center is going to have Nuge, Leon, Lander, Yak 2, Roy and probably the lottery pick this year.

  8. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    There’s a draft eligible kid in the Q named Dennis Yan. I’m not kidding.

  9. Lowetide says:

    C. Hamilton-Williams-Ford
    Miller-Yakimov-Stretch
    Moroz-Ewanyk-Schaber
    K. Jones-C. Jones-Winquist

    Hunt-Davidson
    Simpson-Musil
    Gernat-Oesterle

  10. TheOtherJohn says:

    I’m with Rom I’d want s last look at Miller & C Hamilton before we walk away

    Re LT’s comment on centres doesn’t Nuge, Roy, Lander, Gordon Draisatl Yak2 leave us short a 2C again unless we get one of McEichel ? Not that Oilers won’t try it because, well, they are the Oilers

  11. Lowetide says:

    C. Hamilton (Williams, Ford)

  12. Lowetide says:

    TheOtherJohn:
    I’m with Rom I’d want s last look at Miller & C Hamilton before we walk away

    Re LT’s comment on centres doesn’t Nuge, Roy, Lander, Gordon Draisatl Yak2 leave us short a 2C again unless we get one of McEichel ? Not that Oilers won’t try it because, well, they are the Oilers

    Short term but Leon is 2C in the coming years.

  13. TheOtherJohn says:

    Agree that’s Leon’s job but surely not next year. So with that cast of C who is the 15/16 2C?

  14. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    TheOtherJohn:
    Agree that’s Leon’s job but surely not next year.So with that cast of C who is the 15/162C?

    a hairball.

  15. TheOtherJohn says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Not sure I follow. We run without a 2C again for no reason

  16. Lowetide says:

    Connor Jones (Kellen Jones) 2-0 OKC.

  17. eidy says:

    LT and others,

    I have been very impressed with Winquist and K. Jones for OKC. Where would you rank them compared to the CHL kids in terms of offering an NHL contract.

  18. Ca$h-Money! says:

    I still say C. Hamilton hasn’t shown enough offence to be described as having two way potential. If he makes the NHL, at this point, it’s as a 15 points per year type (Chris Vandevelde numbers). If it were me I’d try to get him on an AHL only deal and tell him I’ll sign him 2 way if he can generate some offence next year. His numbers this year don’t suggest a call up though.

  19. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    TheOtherJohn:
    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Not sure I follow. We run without a 2C again for no reason

    Yes.

    But. With the ripple that they will try for a stop gap. Probably be Roy.

    Don’t hold your breath for anything exciting beyond that.

  20. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    eidy:
    LT and others,

    I have been very impressed with Winquist and K. Jones for OKC.Where would you rank them compared to the CHL kids in terms of offering an NHL contract.

    Winquist started out the year like a hot damn in the E and carried over into the A at first… but then he spent all of February doing nothing. Not a single point in 10 games

    http://theahl.com/stats/gamebygame.php?id=5505

    I’d stick with him as an AHL SPC for one more year with an offer to upgrade him if needed and if he shows well through the season… but no more.

    The same goes for the Jones’ boys. They are good pros, but their age, size, lack of production etc. makes them distant bells for NHL contracts at this point.

  21. Lowetide says:

    Miller (Yakimov, Ford) 3-0 OKC

  22. Lowetide says:

    eidy:
    LT and others,

    I have been very impressed with Winquist and K. Jones for OKC.Where would you rank them compared to the CHL kids in terms of offering an NHL contract.

    I think Winquist is a worthy bet for the 50-man list. His issue is speed but the scout I talked to wouldn’t shut up about him.

  23. stush18 says:

    Hope its ok for a repost LT. This is from the last thread. I am really thinking nuevirth is the guy we should take a run at this year. Depending on how teams do in playoffs, i can only see us, buffalo, and maybe san jose as places needing possible starting goaltenders next year. If san jose lets go of niemi then i can see them making a pitch for nuevirth. But i really think he should be our target.

    Arrow Save %
    Andrew.Hammond0.928
    Joni.Ortio0.926
    Antti.Raanta0.904
    Calvin.Pickard0.901
    Scott.Darling0.900
    Andrei.Vasilevskiy0.899
    Carey.Price0.898
    Dan.Ellis0.892
    Cory.Schneider0.889
    Braden.Holtby0.888
    Cam.Talbot0.888
    Brian.Elliott0.886
    Semyon.Varlamov0.886
    Jaroslav.Halak0.886
    Devan.Dubnyk0.885
    Marc-Andre.Fleury0.883
    Craig.Anderson0.882
    Henrik.Lundqvist0.882
    Tuukka.Rask0.882
    Niklas.Svedberg0.881
    Pekka.Rinne0.880
    Steve.Mason0.879
    Jonathan.Bernier0.878
    Corey.Crawford0.878
    Roberto.Luongo0.877
    Ben.Bishop0.875
    Jonas.Hiller0.875
    Ryan.Miller0.875
    Sergei.Bobrovsky0.874
    Eddie.Lack0.874
    Michal.Neuvirth0.873************************************
    Frederik.Andersen0.873
    Jake.Allen0.873
    Ondrej.Pavelec0.871
    LEAGUE AVG0.870
    Antti.Niemi0.870
    Robin.Lehner0.869
    Michael.Hutchinson0.868
    Karri.Ramo0.868
    Thomas.Greiss0.868
    Martin.Jones0.868
    Keith.Kinkaid0.867
    Carter.Hutton0.867
    Jimmy.Howard0.867
    Jonathan.Quick0.865
    Petr.Mrazek0.865
    James.Reimer0.863
    Ben.Scrivens0.860
    Jonas.Gustavsson0.859
    Kari.Lehtonen0.857
    Cam.Ward0.857
    Reto.Berra0.856
    Alex.Stalock0.856
    Dustin.Tokarski0.854
    Jhonas.Enroth0.854
    Anton.Khudobin0.853
    Darcy.Kuemper0.849
    John.Gibson0.848
    Mike.Smith0.848
    Viktor.Fasth0.843
    Anders.Lindback0.838
    Chad.Johnson0.837
    Al.Montoya0.828
    Rob.Zepp0.822
    Scott.Clemmensen0.821
    Ray.Emery0.820
    Niklas.Backstrom0.819
    Matt.Hackett0.806
    This is save % of shots from the perimeter.( low danger areas).You will find league average in the middle at 0.966
    John.Gibson0.987
    Dustin.Tokarski0.984
    Eddie.Lack0.981
    Corey.Crawford0.981
    Alex.Stalock0.981
    Marc-Andre.Fleury0.978
    Andrew.Hammond0.978
    Steve.Mason0.977
    Carey.Price0.977
    Cory.Schneider0.977
    Karri.Ramo0.976
    Scott.Darling0.974
    Devan.Dubnyk0.974
    Pekka.Rinne0.974
    Jonathan.Quick0.974
    Jonas.Gustavsson0.974
    Anton.Khudobin0.974
    Ray.Emery0.973
    Niklas.Svedberg0.973
    Cam.Ward0.973
    Antti.Niemi0.971
    Jimmy.Howard0.971
    Niklas.Backstrom0.970
    Tuukka.Rask0.970
    Semyon.Varlamov0.970
    Michal.Neuvirth0.970*********************************
    Kari.Lehtonen0.969
    Jonas.Hiller0.969
    Antti.Raanta0.969
    Ben.Bishop0.968
    Petr.Mrazek0.968
    Keith.Kinkaid0.967
    Michael.Hutchinson0.967
    Craig.Anderson0.967
    Calvin.Pickard0.967
    Ondrej.Pavelec0.966
    LEAGUE AVG0.966
    Martin.Jones0.966
    Brian.Elliott0.966
    Cam.Talbot0.965
    Chad.Johnson0.965
    Braden.Holtby0.965
    Jonathan.Bernier0.964
    Sergei.Bobrovsky0.964
    Roberto.Luongo0.963
    Mike.Smith0.963
    Darcy.Kuemper0.963
    Rob.Zepp0.962
    Frederik.Andersen0.961
    Henrik.Lundqvist0.961
    James.Reimer0.961
    Ryan.Miller0.960
    Thomas.Greiss0.959
    Al.Montoya0.959
    Matt.Hackett0.958
    Jhonas.Enroth0.958
    Anders.Lindback0.957
    Reto.Berra0.952
    Carter.Hutton0.952
    Jaroslav.Halak0.951
    Andrei.Vasilevskiy0.948
    Ben.Scrivens0.948
    Viktor.Fasth0.946
    Robin.Lehner0.944
    Jake.Allen0.943
    Joni.Ortio0.935
    Scott.Clemmensen0.933
    Dan.Ellis0.907
    ive highlighted nuevirth as he is the goalie i think we should be going after this year. Im not understanding the lack of love for him. Young goalie, been a starter, and put up thise stats in buffalo this year.
    All it costs to get him is money. Otherwise we are giving up draft picks and players in an attempt to get goalies who are backups on solid teams, or starters who have an average history.
    Give him 2×4 or 3×3 and let him run with it. Im guessing were looking at a bobrovsky/dubnyk career path here. Never fully been given the reins.

  24. Lowetide says:

    Davidson scored, 4-0 OKC.

  25. GCW_69 says:

    Hamilton or Davidson. Probably Hamilton. Be nice to see if he could handle a bottom six role.

  26. Marc says:

    stush18,

    Neuvirth has never shown more than a middling save % in any of his NHL seasons. That said, a middling save % would be a vast improvement on what the Oilers have had over the past couple of seasons, so he’s definitely an option.

    The Oilers brass scouted Toronto before the trade deadline, and the Leafs are apparently unsure about committing to Bernier long term. He’s had two good seasons in terms of save %, as well as a couple of middling ones. Provided he doesn’t cost more than a 2nd round pick/second tier prospect, he’d be my choice.

  27. John Chambers says:

    Marc,

    Bernier’s salary demands will likely be high for an average talent.

    I think the organization needs to swing for the fences on a low-cost / high upside goaltender like Raanta, Jones, or Talbot.

    Meanwhile, given the shortage of top-4 D, as well as our desperate need, I would be appropriating $11M / year to add a Sekara and Franson to ensure that goalie doesn’t get sunk.

    But to your point, Bernier would be a satisfying addition if the cost was reasonable.

  28. Pouzar says:

    Wow…hatty for Andrew Miller

  29. Lowetide says:

    Miller with two in a quick hurry, three on the day. 6-0.

  30. stush18 says:

    Marc:
    stush18,

    Neuvirth has never shown more than a middling save % in any of his NHL seasons.That said, a middling save % would be a vast improvement on what the Oilers have had over the past couple of seasons, so he’s definitely an option.

    The Oilers brass scouted Toronto before the trade deadline, and the Leafs are apparently unsure about committing to Bernier long term.He’s had two good seasons in terms of save %, as well as a couple of middling ones.Provided he doesn’t cost more than a 2nd round pick/second tier prospect, he’d be my choice.

    Nuevirths save percentage the past four years are
    .903 (wash)
    .910(wash)
    .921 (wash,buff)
    .916 (buff,nyi)

    I would say his numbers are better than middling, especially considering the teams he has had to play behind. Thise are very good numbers behind very poor defensive teams. All it costs to have him on this team is money.

    Lehner ward anderson and bernier each cost a prospect and a pick. Talbot jones and raanta prolly cost a second/first rounder.

    If we cant get him signed then sure any of these guys would be great options. But why waste assets when we can have a guy with similiar career trajectory as lehner, bernier for nothing extra (save money)?

  31. Evilas says:

    Curtis Hamilton should be given the recall opportunity, this essentially could determine whether re will be resigned or not. He has shown enough recently to be brought up and it could give him the chance to show his skill set vs someone like Matt Fraser or even Rob Klinkhammer. I see him as head and shoulders as most deserved amongst all the Barons.

    Miller is < Arcobello. Mac T doesn't value smaller players, Miller might be a call-up next year.

    Brossoit is not ready yet, keep him in OKC so he can prep for the play-offs, don't bring him up and then potentially crush his confidence.

    Hunt, they already know what he is, he doesn't bring enough at the NHL level.

    Davidson has already had a cameo, they are already thin on blue at OKC, doesn't make sense to bring him up, unless there are injuries to the D. Maybe give Simpson a look if there is an injury.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————–

    Of all the Goalie options, I have always viewed Neuvirth as clearly above the potential candidates.

    The Hammond talk is ridiculous. I remember when Lalime set the NHL on fire with Pittsburgh when he first arrived. He was undefeated, please correct me if I am wrong, in his first 14 games in the league. He didn't get back in the league until 3yrs later, and didn't have an impact until 4 years after his first year in the NHL with Ottawa when he was their starter for 4 years. Goalies are so unpredictable.

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=16316

    Hammond's career stats DO NOT scream NHL goaler and he is 28 next year:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=113948

    Jones has a bit of a track record, but he wouldn't be a G that anyone should hang their hat on as a starter. But like I said last week, perhaps an offer sheet of 3 years at an average of $1.1 million that LA wouldn't be willing to match. His current salary is $550K, so if his contract is broken down/year something like this:

    1. $750K 2. $900K 3. $1,650K

    And Edmonton would not have to compensate the Kings at all if the offer is low enough, which this offer would be…. it would be such a low-risk move, I would like to see something like this tried by our GM.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offer_sheet#Compensation

    http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/los-angeles-kings/cap/

    http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/los-angeles-kings/cap/2015/

    LA might be unwilling to double Jones' salary and might let him walk.

  32. rickithebear says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    There’s a draft eligible kid in the Q named Dennis Yan. I’m not kidding.

    He is a .251 Age based EVG NHL production.
    21 EVG 18 EVA
    9PPG 11PPA

    Potential 30G 30A player
    6’1″ 190lb

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