Craig MacTavish spent part of the day watching the Toronto Marlies (based on reports) and that is interesting on a couple of levels.
Oilers VP of Hockey Operations Craig MacTavish is in the Toronto Marlies press box today. Probably doesn't mean anything, but he's here.
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) October 15, 2016
Veillette’s observation is probably correct, but let’s blow this thing completely out of proportion and see if we can suss out what Edmonton might be scouting. In the game today, the Marlies deployed the following defenders:
- LD Rinat Valiev, 21. He is 6.02, 214 and appears to have a reasonable range of skills. Played 60 AHL and 10 NHL games one year ago, suspect Toronto likes him and he is an unlikely asset to move.
- RD Justin Holl, 24. He is 6.03, 195 and was drafted by Chicago in 2010. Posted 21 points in 60 AHL games last season (in the Chicago system) and one imagines he could be available—the attraction for Edmonton being the need for RHD.
- LD Viktor Loov, 23. He is 6.03, 216 and a good skater, average offensively at the AHL level (23 points per 82 games in the minors) and has had an NHL cup of coffee.
- RD Andrew Nielsen, 19. He is 6.03, 207 and had a fabulous game today, going 1-2-3. He was a third-round pick in 2015 and has some legit offensive ability. He blossomed offensively in his draft +1 season in the WHL and had a fine game today. Suspect Oilers would be interested, and that the Leafs are too.
- LD Travis Dermott, 19. Second-round pick in 2015, he has the complete range of skills and is progressing nicely. Doubt the Leafs move him before they know what he is.
- RW Nikita Soshnikov, 23. He is 5.11, 186 and shoots left but plays RW. I like him, he makes plays like hell won’t have it and is a good offensive player. The Toronto’s have a pile of really good young forwards, this guy might slip through the cracks.
- LW Kerby Rychel, 22. He is listed at 6.01, 213 but has a power forward’s style and skills. I like this player, he fits the Chiarelli style.
- RW Kasperi Kapanen, 21. He is 6.0 178 and an offensive player. Good skater, great shot, and like Dermott I don’t think the Maple Leafs will trade him.
It is probably Colin Greening or Brooks Laich, but the idea of grabbing a RD before opening night must have some appeal, as the Leftorium in Bakersfield remains ridiculous.
- 2—LD Mark Fraser
- 3—LD Dillon Simpson
- 5—LD Ben Betker
- 6—LD David Musil
- 7—C Jujhar Khaira
- 8—LD Griffin Reinhart
- 11—W Joey Benik
- 12—L Ryan Hamilton
- 14—C Kyle Platzer
- 15—LD Jordan Oesterle
- 17—LD Joey Laleggia
- 18—C Josh Currie
- 19—L Mitch Moroz
- 22—R Joel Rechlicz
- 23—L Braden Christoffer
- 25—R Greg Chase
- 28—LD Mikael Tam
- 29—L Scott Allen
- 31—G Laurent Brossoit
- 34—G Nick Ellis
- 36—R Patrick Russell
- 39—R Jaedon Descheneau
- 40—L Jere Sallinen
- 41—R Taylor Beck
Even Tam is a lefty. Insane.