Game 5 Pacific Division Finals: Gulls at Condors

This could be Jay Woodcroft’s final night in the Oilers organization. Rumors have him heading to Los Angeles to join Todd McLellan on the Kings staff. If it is goodbye, it’ll be the sad variety, with the red tail lights heading for Spain.

Woodcroft took on the assignment in Bakersfield with enthusiasm, and built a successful season featuring several top Oilers’ prospects. His exit meeting at the end of the season should involve a standing ovation from management, although things don’t happen that way.

You have to actively look for players who disappointed while in the AHL with Woodcroft and the Condors.

THE REPORT CARD

My Dad told me you don’t get a report card on your kids until they’re adults, I hope he’s in heaven looking at a pleasing grade. It’s true you know, life has a way of taking things out of your hands as a parent, you just have to hope you filled the kids up with enough sense for them to find clean air.

For Jay Woodcroft, his report card on this season is initially positive but we won’t know until these players rise to or fall outside of the NHL.

In 2010-11, Todd Nelson played eight rookies a lot and produced some NHL talent for Edmonton. Here’s the list and what I wrote about them April 2011.

1 L Teemu Hartikainen (66gp, 17-25-42 -1). Big winger with good hands and an idea about how to get things done in tough areas. Hartikainen has a unique skill set compared to the Oilers roster and he might end up being a top 9 regular with the NHL team in 11-12. Tied for 10th overall in AHL rookie scoring.

2 L Linus Omark (28gp, 14-17-31 +7). Magician with the puck, Omark’s recall mid-season means he won’t be considered an 11-12 NHL rookie. His 5 goal game early in the season showed the team he deserved a look, and he certainly impressed people once reaching the NHL.

3 C Milan Kytnar (75gp, 11-14-25 +2). Impressive season for the 21-year old. 31 games into his rookie AHL season, Kytnar had 2-6-8 -7 numbers. From that point on, Kytnar went 44gp, 9-8-17 +9 and played a more prominent role. In his last 4gp, Kytnar is 4-3-7 +3 for the Barons.

4 D Jeff Petry (41gp, 7-17-24 -6). I’ll cover his season when we look at the NHL roster, but Petry’s season in the AHL was solid and if anything he’s been better in the NHL. A huge item moving forward, as the procurement department seems to be churning out wingers 12 at a time. This season (10-11) is considered his rookie NHL season.

5 L Philippe Cornet (57gp, 6-13-19 +5). Kid from the QMJHL didn’t show a lot but it’s also true he didn’t play a prominent role. Slava Trukhno played a bigger role as a rookie coming out of the Q but couldn’t build on it, perhaps this season as a depth player may benefit Cornet’s development.

6 R Mark Arcobello (23gp, 9-8-17 +3). Had a huge impact in OKC after being called up from Stockton of the ECHL. Older prospect (like most of the recent signings) and he has size issues, but according to the Barons coach (Todd Nelson) Arcobello uses exceptional balance to compete and has been very effective in the AHL.

7 D Colten Teubert (56gp, 4-13-17 +6). Has enjoyed more success since coming over from the LAK organization at the trade deadline. Teubert is likely to spend next season in OKC but does appear to be back on track as a prospect.

8 C Chris Vande Velde (67gp, 12-4-16 -17). Like Petry, college center Vande Velde looks better in the NHL than his AHL numbers suggested. It’s too soon to tell, but he might be in the mix for an NHL job sometime in 11-12.

I’ll have Woocroft’s story tomorrow, including a look at the rookies he brought along and their pro trajectory. Enjoy the game!

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  1. Lowetide says:

    Petry ended up as the best NHLer, VandeVelde had a career. I think Teemu could have had one, Linus too.

  2. Lowetide says:

    NHL leaders from that Nelson group

    1. Jeff Petry 609
    2. Chris VandeVelde 278
    3. Mark Arcobello 139
    4. Linus Omark 79
    5. Teemu Hartikainen 52
    6. Colten Teubert 24
    7. Phil Cornet 2
    8. Milan Kytnar 1

  3. leadfarmer says:

    Was a big fan of the woodcroft hire and he’s done a great job
    Wish we could keep him a while longer

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Would love to see some Marody in the lineup but I don’t imagine.

    Big game – its not time yet.

    Go Condors!

  5. leadfarmer says:

    Looking at the blues sharks game I think the league will be saturated with these small puck moving D very quickly. You just can’t have more than one or two per team

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    I actually haven’t heard any actual rumors about Woodcroft heading to LA – only speculation by a few with, essentially, no more inside information than someone like me.

    Is this coming from anyone legit?

  7. Professor Q says:

    leadfarmer:
    Looking at the blues sharks game I think the league will be saturated with these small puck moving D very quickly.You just can’t have more than one or two per team

    It’s worked for Minnesota, although all three + of their small puck-moving D are rough mothers.

  8. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I actually haven’t heard any actual rumors about Woodcroft heading to LA – only speculation by a few with, essentially, no more inside information than someone like me.

    Is this coming from anyone legit?

    It was really just speculation from posters here, I thought?

    With others rightly thinking that he’s now forging his own path and growing his own brand, out from the shadow of Todd.

    I think there was an Athletic story about him wanting to forge his own path now, actually.

  9. JimmyV1965 says:

    Trying to get a handle on this year’s draft. How does Brady Tkachuk or Zadina stack up to guys like Cozens, Krebs, Turcotte etc?

  10. godot10 says:

    Lowetide:
    NHL leaders from that Nelson group

    1. Jeff Petry 609
    2. Chris VandeVelde 278
    3. Mark Arcobello 139
    4. Linus Omark 79
    5. Teemu Hartikainen 52
    6. Colten Teubert 24
    7. Phil Cornet 2
    8. Milan Kytnar 1

    You forgot from that team Colin McDonald 148 NHL games and Taylor Chorney 166 NHL games. Both left in the refuse bin when Nelson got his hands on them.

  11. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yikes:

    Ryan Holt

    Verified account

    @CondorsHolty
    2m2 minutes ago
    More
    Skinner leads the Condors out. No sign of Esposito or Bear. Kulevich, Vesey and Hebig are all on ice for warmups.

    ————————————

    I guess we’ll see Bouch with real minutes tonight.

  12. leadfarmer says:

    Professor Q: It’s worked for Minnesota, although all three + of their small puck-moving D are rough mothers.

    Dumba spurgeon
    Who’s the third?
    Hunt was just a Dumba fill in

  13. Lowetide says:

    Ryan Holt
    @CondorsHolty
    ·
    7m
    Skinner leads the Condors out. No sign of Esposito or Bear. Kulevich, Vesey and Hebig are all on ice for warmups.

  14. Lowetide says:

    godot10: You forgot from that team Colin McDonald 148 NHL games and Taylor Chorney 166 NHL games. Both left in the refuse bin when Nelson got his hands on them.

    I was listing rookies. McDonald wasn’t a rookie.

  15. Lowetide says:

    JimmyV1965:
    Trying to get a handle on this year’s draft. How does Brady Tkachuk or Zadina stack up to guys like Cozens, Krebs, Turcotte etc?

    Both would be ahead of that group imo.

  16. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    Ryan Holt
    @CondorsHolty
    ·
    7m
    Skinner leads the Condors out. No sign of Esposito or Bear. Kulevich, Vesey and Hebig are all on ice for warmups.

    Bear injured?

  17. Lowetide says:

    Ryan Holt
    @CondorsHolty
    ·
    4m
    Callahan is the last scratch. Vesey, Kulevich, and Hebig are all in. Esposito and Bear out.

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    We’ll see 6D tonight:

    Top 2 lines are going to need to have big games:

    “Callahan is the last scratch. Vesey, Kulevich, and Hebig are all in. Esposito and Bear out.”

  19. Lowetide says:

    flyfish1168: Bear injured?

    Looks like it. He left the last game early, but it sounded like he could return. May not have been able.

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    I just read someone on another forum state that it looks like Woodcroft will join McLellan in LA – no source or anything but it must be out there by someone legit – can’t find it though.

    LT, where are you getting this more solid info from?

  21. pts2pndr says:

    Professor Q: It’s worked for Minnesota, although all three + of their small puck-moving D are rough mothers.

    And they have won what? Works is a relative term.

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    Is it not odd that Skinner gets the start over Wells who started game 2 and played well (and had the better season)?

    Wells wins game two and then doesn’t dress again?

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    Currie centered Benson and Logan Day on that line.

    Kulevich is in so there are 7D but Day is playing forward.

    Interesting.

  24. OriginalPouzar says:

    McLeod with Hebig and Vesey – Hebig’s first game in a while – been healthy scratched for most of the playoffs.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Luke Gazdik in the lineup for the Gulls – his first game of the post-season I believe.

  26. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Is it not odd that Skinner gets the start over Wells who started game 2 and played well (and had the better season)?

    Wells wins game two and then doesn’t dress again?

    Could be injury, Woodcroft might have liked Skinner’s performance in the last game. Pretty much everyone will be banged up at this point.

  27. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Is it not odd that Skinner gets the start over Wells who started game 2 and played well (and had the better season)?

    Wells wins game two and then doesn’t dress again?

    Injury?

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oh, man, there is a great example of the fact that Lagesson is much more than a traditional “stay at home” defensive d-man. Just a fantastic pass in the offensive zone. Takes a pass at the blue, skates in, winds up, fakes the shot and a beauty perfect shot-pass to Gust leading to an HD chance.

    He’s going to be a keeper – Oiler fans are going to love him.

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    A Bouchard wrist shot on the PP is tipped twice – Malone and then Joe G. and the Condors take the lead. Big goal!

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    Its all Condors through 10 minutes but that’s not much different than last night.

  31. OriginalPouzar says:

    Really strong PK there against a strong Gulls powerplay.

  32. Professor Q says:

    pts2pndr: And they have won what? Works is a relative term.

    Yes, only the team that that wins the Cup has a good D Corps.

  33. Professor Q says:

    leadfarmer: Dumba spurgeon
    Who’s the third?
    Hunt was just a Dumba fill in

    Dumba, Spurgeon, and maybe Brodin. 6’1″ is tall for humans but not overly huge for NHL D.

    I also goofed and thought Ryan Ellis was their team as well!

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide: Could be injury, Woodcroft might have liked Skinner’s performance in the last game. Pretty much everyone will be banged up at this point.

    I’m thinking its likely injury as, after Wells’ solid performance in game 2, Skinner dressed twice (and he was only OK in his first relief appearance).

    I believe it was Holt that said they wanted to get both goalies the experience but I think Wells must be banged up.

  35. v4ance says:

    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Quickie Headlines tonight: @RealKyper on Erik Karlsson, and Ralph Krueger has a legit shot at BUF coaching job

    Good for Ralph!

  36. Professor Q says:

    v4ance:
    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Quickie Headlines tonight: @RealKyper on Erik Karlsson, and Ralph Krueger has a legit shot at BUF coaching job

    Good for Ralph!

    Good for Buffalo, too.

  37. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gulls score an absolute beauty to tie the game.

    No chance for Skinner.

    Beautiful goal.

  38. v4ance says:

    Meanwhile in Ottawa, they’re trying to find out which dinosaur isn’t extinct…

    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    OTT has asked for (and received) permission from DAL to interview Stars’ assistant coach Rick Bowness. Bowness will be the sixth candidate interviewed by Ottawa. Others include Marc Crawford, Troy Mann, Jacques Martin, D.J. Smith and Nate Leaman.

    The list screams “200 Hockey Men”… instead of looking for someone with new ideas, they’ll recycle another dud and spit them out in 2 years.

  39. pts2pndr says:

    Professor Q: PROFESSOR

    Get serious this team hasn’t got to the conference final.

  40. Professor Q says:

    pts2pndr: Get serious this team hasn’t got to the conference final.

    You seem to be quite on edge, about this or otherwise, for some reason.

    Is everything okay? Or do you just really dislike Minnesota?

  41. Reja says:

    pts2pndr: Get serious this team hasn’t got to the conference final.

    After they called up my man Dino who had a unbelievable playoff run and was the main Catalyst pole vaulting Minnesota into the Final just a few short years ago.

  42. pts2pndr says:

    Professor Q: You seem to be quite on edge, about this or otherwise,for some reason.

    Is everything okay? Or do you just really dislike Minnesota?

    <Long day sorry if I offended.

  43. Jaxon says:

    JimmyV1965:
    Trying to get a handle on this year’s draft. How does Brady Tkachuk or Zadina stack up to guys like Cozens, Krebs, Turcotte etc?

    NHLe of 5-on-5 Primary Points Adjusted for League, Age, and Era, along with their 5v5TOI:

    My usual cutoff TOI for finding elite players was 13.72, but dropped it down to 13.25, but even that doesn’t catch some of the lower TOI that are considered top picks this year.

    YEAR – Name – 5-on-5 P1 – eTOI/GP
    2005 – Sidney Crosby – 48.18 – 15.28
    2015 – Connor McDavid – 44.02 – 16.89
    2019 – Alex Turcotte – 42.235 – 12.85
    2018 – Andrei Svechnikov – 38.80 – 15.07
    2015 – Mitchell Marner – 37.49 – 13.79
    2015 – Dylan Strome – 36.80 – 15.49
    2008 – Eric O’Dell – 34.43 – 12.6
    2014 – Robby Fabbri – 33.93 – 14.99
    2007 – Patrick Kane – 32.41 – 14.22
    2018 – Joel Farabee – 32.23 – 13.24
    2007 – Sam Gagner – 32.22 – 12.79
    2006 – Bobby Hughes – 30.95 – 12.78
    2013 – Nathan MacKinnon – 30.49 – 15.9
    2006 – Riley Holzapfel – 30.48 – 13.17
    2014 – Sam Bennett – 30.15 – 15.87
    2014 – Spencer Watson – 30.10 – 14.21
    2010 – Taylor Hall – 29.83 – 13.88
    2013 – Nicolas Petan – 29.48 – 17.21
    2016 – Pierre-Luc Dubois – 29.43 – 15.4
    2016 – Alex DeBrincat – 29.20 – 17.03
    2016 – Cameron Morrison – 29.13 – 15.25
    2016 – Adam Mascherin – 29.04 – 16.06
    2008 – Steven Stamkos – 28.87 – 13.74
    2009 – Scott Glennie – 28.83 – 14.12
    2018 – Oliver Wahlstrom – 28.79 – 16.26
    2013 – Jonathan Drouin – 28.62 – 15.98
    2010 – Tyler Seguin – 28.53 – 17.52
    2019 – Philip Tomasino – 28.348 – 13.93
    2011 – Ryan Strome – 28.11 – 15.79
    2006 – Chris Stewart – 28.11 – 13.9
    2009 – Evander Kane – 28.10 – 15.13
    2005 – Bobby Ryan – 28.02 – 15.93
    2017 – Jacob Tortora – 27.85 – 13.06
    2017 – Owen Tippett – 27.81 – 15.92
    2010 – Justin Shugg – 27.73 – 13.55
    2007 – Dale Mitchell – 27.72 – 12.68
    2018 – Jonathan Gruden – 27.62 – 14.43
    2019 – Matthew Boldy – 27.586 – 12.70
    2019 – Cole Caufield – 27.357 – 13.72
    2019 – Trevor Zegras – 27.223 – 12.60
    2005 – Devin Setoguchi – 27.02 – 13.34
    2017 – Nick Suzuki – 26.98 – 15.24
    2015 – Blake Speers – 26.97 – 12.96
    2009 – John Tavares – 26.74 – 15.87
    2010 – Tyler Toffoli – 26.72 – 15.67
    2006 – Codey Burki – 26.69 – 13.13
    2005 – Daniel Ryder – 26.44 – 13.13
    2014 – Nick Ritchie – 26.42 – 16.5
    2019 – Jack Hughes – 26.409 – 13.42
    2014 – Nikolaj Ehlers – 26.06 – 14.99
    2008 – Tyler Ennis – 26.04 – 15.06
    2013 – Max Domi – 26.01 – 13.15
    2014 – Leon Draisaitl – 25.93 – 17.2
    2005 – Evan Brophey – 25.73 – 14.67
    2016 – Clayton Keller – 25.67 – 15.74
    2005 – Radek Smolenak – 25.62 – 12.72
    2005 – Steve Downie – 25.41 – 13.64
    2019 – Dylan Cozens – 25.395 – 14.55
    2014 – Chase De Leo – 25.38 – 14.18
    2019 – Bobby Brink – 25.347 – 15.97
    2017 – Gabriel Vilardi – 25.35 – 16.49
    2011 – Boone Jenner – 25.32 – 14.49
    2016 – Boris Katchouk – 25.28 – 14.35
    2019 – Arthur Kaliyev – 25.251 – 16.16
    2005 – Cal O’Reilly – 25.24 – 14.15
    2011 – Shane Prince – 25.13 – 18.16
    2016 – Kieffer Bellows – 25.13 – 17.51
    2011 – Gabriel Landeskog – 25.12 – 15
    2008 – Jordan Eberle – 25.12 – 14.35
    2011 – Sven BArtschi – 25.09 – 14.81
    2019 – Connor McMichael – 25.078 – 14.14
    2016 – Matthew Tkachuk – 25.03 – 14.69
    2014 – Josh Ho-Sang – 24.95 – 15.93
    2010 – Brad Ross – 24.95 – 13.87
    2006 – Michael Grabner – 24.93 – 12.61
    2019 – Alex Beaucage – 23.307 – 14.01
    2019 – Ethan Keppen – 23.240 – 14.74
    2019 – Kirby Dach – 22.720 – 14.03
    2019 – Brayden Tracey – 21.178 – 16.28
    2019 – Jakob Pelletier – 20.655 – 14.45
    2019 – Raphael Lavoie – 20.639 – 14.38
    2019 – Ryan Suzuki – 20.344 – 13.88

  44. Nit64 says:

    13:02 2ot win
    Currie from Benson and Jones

  45. lyleparsons says:

    Nit64,

    And a big face off win from McLeod started the play

  46. Maoriduvpoojt says:

    Nit64:
    13:02 2ot win
    Currie from Benson and Jones

    It’s awesome to see Stuart Skinner excel, after his apparent struggles in the AHL this season. Hopefully these recent results build his confidence and he puts it all together next season.

    If by some miracle the team is carried by Skinner into the next round (or beyond) does Starrett get resigned, inspite of all his success this year…He hasn’t been impressive for the new boss.

    Has Starrett stolen any games in these playoffs? Seems to me he that his play fell off a bit after the win streak. As he isn’t a touted prospect I am just a bit worried about his future in the org.

  47. Maoriduvpoojt says:

    Jaxon: NHLe of 5-on-5 Primary Points Adjusted for League, Age, and Era, along with their 5v5TOI:

    My usual cutoff TOI for finding elite players was 13.72, but dropped it down to 13.25, but even that doesn’t catch some of the lower TOI that are considered top picks this year.

    YEAR–Name–5-on-5 P1–eTOI/GP
    2005–Sidney Crosby–48.18–15.28
    2015–Connor McDavid–44.02–16.89
    2019–Alex Turcotte–42.235–12.85
    2018–Andrei Svechnikov–38.80–15.07
    2015–Mitchell Marner–37.49–13.79
    2015–Dylan Strome–36.80–15.49
    2008–Eric O’Dell–34.43–12.6
    2014–Robby Fabbri–33.93–14.99
    2007–Patrick Kane–32.41–14.22
    2018–Joel Farabee–32.23–13.24
    2007–Sam Gagner–32.22–12.79
    2006–Bobby Hughes–30.95–12.78
    2013–Nathan MacKinnon–30.49–15.9
    2006–Riley Holzapfel–30.48–13.17
    2014–Sam Bennett–30.15–15.87
    2014–Spencer Watson–30.10–14.21
    2010–Taylor Hall–29.83–13.88
    2013–Nicolas Petan–29.48–17.21
    2016–Pierre-Luc Dubois–29.43–15.4
    2016–Alex DeBrincat–29.20–17.03
    2016–Cameron Morrison–29.13–15.25
    2016–Adam Mascherin–29.04–16.06
    2008–Steven Stamkos–28.87–13.74
    2009–Scott Glennie–28.83–14.12
    2018–Oliver Wahlstrom–28.79–16.26
    2013–Jonathan Drouin–28.62–15.98
    2010–Tyler Seguin–28.53–17.52
    2019–Philip Tomasino–28.348–13.93
    2011–Ryan Strome–28.11–15.79
    2006–Chris Stewart–28.11–13.9
    2009–Evander Kane–28.10–15.13
    2005–Bobby Ryan–28.02–15.93
    2017–Jacob Tortora–27.85–13.06
    2017–Owen Tippett–27.81–15.92
    2010–Justin Shugg–27.73–13.55
    2007–Dale Mitchell–27.72–12.68
    2018–Jonathan Gruden–27.62–14.43
    2019–Matthew Boldy–27.586–12.70
    2019–Cole Caufield–27.357–13.72
    2019–Trevor Zegras–27.223–12.60
    2005–Devin Setoguchi–27.02–13.34
    2017–Nick Suzuki–26.98–15.24
    2015–Blake Speers–26.97–12.96
    2009–John Tavares–26.74–15.87
    2010–TylerToffoli–26.72–15.67
    2006–Codey Burki–26.69–13.13
    2005–Daniel Ryder–26.44–13.13
    2014–NickRitchie–26.42–16.5
    2019–Jack Hughes–26.409–13.42
    2014–Nikolaj Ehlers–26.06–14.99
    2008–Tyler Ennis–26.04–15.06
    2013–Max Domi–26.01–13.15
    2014–LeonDraisaitl–25.93–17.2
    2005–Evan Brophey–25.73–14.67
    2016–Clayton Keller–25.67–15.74
    2005–Radek Smolenak–25.62–12.72
    2005–Steve Downie–25.41–13.64
    2019–Dylan Cozens–25.395–14.55
    2014–Chase De Leo–25.38–14.18
    2019–Bobby Brink–25.347–15.97
    2017–Gabriel Vilardi–25.35–16.49
    2011–Boone Jenner–25.32–14.49
    2016–Boris Katchouk–25.28–14.35
    2019–Arthur Kaliyev–25.251–16.16
    2005–Cal O’Reilly–25.24–14.15
    2011–Shane Prince–25.13–18.16
    2016–Kieffer Bellows–25.13–17.51
    2011–Gabriel Landeskog–25.12–15
    2008–Jordan Eberle–25.12–14.35
    2011–Sven BArtschi–25.09–14.81
    2019–Connor McMichael–25.078–14.14
    2016–Matthew Tkachuk–25.03–14.69
    2014–Josh Ho-Sang–24.95–15.93
    2010–Brad Ross–24.95–13.87
    2006–Michael Grabner–24.93–12.61
    2019–Kirby Dach–22.720–14.03
    2019–Alex Beaucage–23.307–14.01
    2019–Ethan Keppen–23.240–14.74
    2019–Kirby Dach–22.720–14.03
    2019–Brayden Tracey–21.178–16.28
    2019–Jakob Pelletier–20.655–14.45
    2019–Raphael Lavoie–20.639–14.38
    2019–Ryan Suzuki–20.344–13.88

    Thanks for this, great work!

    I think Turcotte goes somewhere in the 3-5 range.

    FYI, you have Dach listed 2x

  48. OriginalPouzar says:

    Maoriduvpoojt: It’s awesome to see Stuart Skinner excel, after his apparent struggles in the AHL this season.Hopefully these recent results build his confidence and he puts it all together next season.

    If by some miracle the team is carried by Skinner into the next round (or beyond) does Starrett get resigned, inspite of all his success this year…He hasn’t been impressive for the new boss.

    Has Starrett stolen any games in these playoffs?Seems to me he that his play fell off a bit after the win streak.As he isn’t a touted prospect I am just a bit worried about his future in the org.

    Starrett was one of the best goalies in the American Hockey League this year – it was his second year pro.

    I’m confident the new general manager is experience enough to not read too much in to a super small sample size.

    Starrett’s career path is looking very similar to Dave Rittich’s at this point.

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    Samorukov and Guelph on home ice this aft looking to punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup!

  50. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Samorukov and Guelph on home ice this aft looking to punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup!

    Has Safin returned from injury yet for Halifax, or is he out for the Memorial Cup as well?

    Timo Meier must be proud of his Huskies, and he has a chance at the Stanley Cup (imagine if the Huskies won the Mem. Cup too? Crazy!).

  51. SVR says:

    Maoriduvpoojt: It’s awesome to see Stuart Skinner excel, after his apparent struggles in the AHL this season.Hopefully these recent results build his confidence and he puts it all together next season.

    If by some miracle the team is carried by Skinner into the next round (or beyond) does Starrett get resigned, inspite of all his success this year…He hasn’t been impressive for the new boss.

    Has Starrett stolen any games in these playoffs?Seems to me he that his play fell off a bit after the win streak.As he isn’t a touted prospect I am just a bit worried about his future in the org.

    In my opinion you resign Starrett. He,s played well this year overall. He could challenge fo back up in Edmonton if he has a good training camp. If not, he should be solid in Bakersfield next year. This will allow our young players to be competitive and hopefully develop in a winning atmosphere similar to this year

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    Professor Q: Has Safin returned from injury yet for Halifax, or is he out for the Memorial Cup as well?

    Timo Meier must be proud of his Huskies, and he has a chance at the Stanley Cup (imagine if the Huskies won the Mem. Cup too? Crazy!).

    Safin has been back for the entire playoffs and has been a complete non-factor. I corresponded with a person from Halifax yesterday who advised that he looks super slow and has been just awful – does not have the trust of his coach at all.

    I wonder if, given essentially and entire lost year, he will go back for an over-age season as opposed to the AHL.

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    SVR: In my opinion you resign Starrett. He,s played well this year overall. He could challenge fo back up in Edmonton if he has a good training camp. If not, he should be solid in Bakersfield next year. This will allow our young players to be competitive and hopefully develop in a winning atmosphere similar to this year

    Signing Starrett is a no-brainer. Decisions aren’t made on a minute sample size of games – in particular with goalies.

    If the Oilers had an established starting goalie that they know can be relied on then, yes, I would agree that Starrett could challenge for the back-up spot at camp, however, given Koskinen remains a complete wild card as a starter, the team needs a more established veteran back-up, a 1B. Holland has mentioned getting a goalie as a primary task this off season on a couple of occasions.

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