The Edmonton Oilers graduated some fine talent to the NHL from Oklahoma City over a five-year period beginning in 2010. Jeff Petry and Chris VandeVelde (2010), Tyler Pitlick (2011), Justin Schultz, Martin Marincin and Brandon Davidson (2012), Oscar Klefbom (2013), Jordan Oesterle and Jujhar Khaira (2014) all had their first substantial pro experiences in OKC. That’s a pretty good list, heavy on defensemen (damn good ones, too, in Petry, Schultz and Klefbom) and light on scoring forwards. That’s going to be a focus of great interest for the organization in the next 12 months. The Bakersfield Condors, the AHL affiliate since 2015-16, has graduated two forwards (Jesse Puljujarvi and Anton Slepyshev) but the cupboard is bare this year. Can the organization populate the Condors roster with substantial forward prospects by fall?
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- New Lowetide: Putting together optimal lines after the deadline
- New Jonathan Willis: Oilers planning for summer.
- New Lowetide: Central Scouting and where the Oilers shop for talent
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- Lowetide: Paul Coffey’s role in Edmonton
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers mid-season review: The Defence
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers mid-season review: The Forwards
RED RUM, YEAR OVER YEAR
- January 2016: 4-3-2, goal differential -3 (10 points)
- January 2017: 6-3-0, goal differential 0 (12 points)
- January 2018: 4-5-0, goal differential -12 (8 points)
- 2016 3-2 loss to Dallas (Source)
- 2017 3-2 loss to Nashville in a shootout (Source)
This is the final game of the month of January for the Oilers, the team could catch the January 2016 edition of Todd McLellan’s Edmonton team. If they win tonight, just three points represent the gap between last year’s playoff edition and this one. Death by paper cut.
AFTER 49, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 19-24-5, goal differential -26 (43 points)
- Oilers 16-17: 25-15-8, goal differential +10 (58 points)
- Oilers 17-18: 21-24-3, goal differential -23 (45 points)
- 2016 3-2 loss to Dallas (Source)
- 2017 7-3 win over Calgary (Source)
One assumes a better game tonight, the Oilers have been solid to excellent against the Flames for some time now. That said, predicting this team is like touching your nose with your tongue: Impossible unless you’re from Finland.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JANUARY
- At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 1-1-0)
- On the road to: Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, Arizona, Vegas (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 2-3-0)
- At home to: Vancouver, Buffalo, Calgary (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 1-1-0)
- Overall expected result: 4-4-2, 10 points in 10 games
- Current results: 4-5-0, eight points in nine games
Edmonton has a chance to match my prediction for the team, never in one hundred years could we have known the insane path this club took during January. One game under .500 for the month, -12 goal differential. Of course.
- 2016-17: 65gp, 42.57-99 (1.52)
- 2017-18: 19gp, 8-17-25 (1.32)
Two more goals last night, now 7-8-15 in his last seven games. His NHLE is now 31 points and that’s closer to what we might expect for a prospect who is going to play on a skill line in pro hockey.
THE 2017-18 BAKERSFIELD CONDORS
This is the extent of next year’s prospect group in Bakersfield, before the trade deadline, college signing season and summer activity. Edmonton might sign some of their own RFA’s (Ty Rattie, Dillon Simpson) who could be considered prospects, but this group would represent the population still signed to entry-level contracts next season.
How does that compare to other teams? Well, this year, the Stockton Heat have Rasmus Andersson and Oliver Kylington (both 20), Andrew Mangiapane and Brett Pollock (21), plus Emile Poirier, Ryan Lomberg, Mark Jankowski, Hunter Shinkaruk, Morgan Klimchuk (22). Edmonton is not close to having that kind of quality in the minors this or next season. Calgary will/could graduate defenseman Juuso Valimaki plus forwards Dillon Dube, Matthew Phillips and Glenn Gawdin.
Many miles to go.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy, fun show with fabulous guests today! TSN1260, beginning at 10. Scheduled to appear:
- Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Oilers prepare for a big game tonight, coming off one of their poorest efforts in
yearsdays. What can we expect?
- Rob Vollman, NHL.com and ESPN. We’ll talk about the most active general managers at the deadline and what we can expect this time.
- Frank Seravalli, TSN. Oilers in trouble, what changes could we see this deadline and into summer?
- Justin Roethlingshoefer is the Strength and Performance Coach for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. He has a new book out called Intent: A Practical Approach to Applied Sport Science for Athletic Development. We’ll talk about a fascinating wrinkle in athletic development that can be applied across all levels.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!