The Edmonton Oilers traditionally have an organized scrimmage during training camp. It was often called “The Joey Moss Cup” and offered fans a chance to look at the future. Today’s final scrimmage before the exhibition game against the Calgary Flames next week is being played in honour of Colby Cave. (Photo of Martin Marincin by Rob Ferguson).
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SEPTEMBER 2011 JOEY MOSS
Jeff Petry: Midnight without lights or high noon in the center of town, no one can tell me this guy is the 7th best defender in the group. A key player for the Edmonton Oilers, beginning this fall.
Curtis Hamilton: Had an early breakaway (startling, I didn’t know he was playing) and did a couple of things but this won’t be his year to shine at main camp.
Corey Potter: Played the sorties well, knows the angles and seems to have a little better footspeed than someone like Petiot. He played with Lowery, that tandem did some good things.
Phil Cornet: He showed well I thought, involved in the offensive end a few times. He reminds me a little of Trukhno in that he gets noticed early in TC, fades and then doesn’t do much in the AHL. Hopefully he’ll have some sustain.
Teemu Hartikainen: Man he’s going to push Omark if it comes down to that. I felt he had some very good shifts with Smyth and that tandem might get another look during pre-season. How do you hold this man back? I’m not sure you do.
Kirill Tulupov: Raised eyebrows on the Eager belt, concerns on the Hall mauling. I’m not certain he owns the brains God gave him but fear and a sense of the moment don’t appear to be in the vocabulary.
Tyler Pitlick: Seems to have better legs now that the rookie camp is done, I thought he made an impact at several times during the game.
Gilbert Brule: You can see why a team would be attracted to his skill set, and this game works for him on a lot of levels. One of them is shooting, he’s a born shooter. I don’t know what his future holds, but if he plays that way during preseason the Oilers can find him a home.
Lennert Petrell: I thought he’d do more, but he did score a goal and marked his man well a few times (against Hall specifically a couple of times).
Tanner House: Nice goal, aggressive on the forecheck.
Anton Lander: Tough slot to play in, I thought he moved the play forward at times but also made the wrong decision with the puck in a couple of sequences. To be expected.
David Musil: I thought he was fine, stood up at the line well and coverage was good for the most part. Got an assist, but more impressive for me was the ability to move the puck up quickly and efficiently. Good day.
Martin Marincin: I was very impressed with him. Look, he’s young and gangly, but that big stick of his is very effective and makes passes difficult for opposition forwards down low. I really like him a lot, moreso after today.
Ryan Martindale: They need to sign him. Martindale is a big guy and he certainly will need to improve in areas but those hands with that size equals too good to pass up.
Antti Tyrvainen: Plays with an edge, lots of try and seemed to be around the puck a lot. Certainly looked good to me, in fact many of the kids who played in the rookie tournament in Penticton looked good. Probably a reflection of the extra week’s work.
PLAYERS I’M LOOKING FOR TODAY
Andreas Athanasiou: I’m not so interested in where he plays (I’ll guess Sheahan is his center) as how he performs. He does have two-way ability (he had just one negative season in goals-for REL) and showed some of that late in the regular season. AA has enough offense to score from the Sheahan line, so his five on five offense should be useful no matter where he players.
Tyler Ennis looked healthy and effective offensively in his Oilers games during the regular season. He’s in a good spot for another contract if he performs well, but I think coach Tippett will look for the McDavid line to outscore opponents five on five. Ennis will need to be on the good side of the score to keep the job.
Jujhar Khaira has a great shot at center on the fourth line, and if he can make it Tippett would have made every young fringe forward a better player in year one.
Joakim Nygard is on the outside looking in, so will need to wait for a chance or force his way up the depth chart. His speed should be on display this afternoon.
Gaetan Haas is a swiss-army knife who has been blocked by Khaira’s move to the middle. Like Nygard, he needs a break. I’ll be watching him to see if his forechecking and speed have an impact.
Tyler Benson is closer to an NHL job he was a year ago, and we could see him during the playoffs as a fourth-line option. Responsible play and an offensive spark would get noticed today.
Cooper Marody has appeared often on the scrimmage highlights and could take advantage of this playoff window to establish that he’s back from injuries.
William Lagesson isn’t going to get much playing time, but he can show his two-way ability this afternoon.
Evan Bouchard has received very little mention for his play so far, I’ll be checking to see if he still has 10 fingers and toes.
Philip Broberg has been anointed as THE prospect in camp and that brings with it some danger. I’m confident coach Tippett won’t place him in a position to fail and today I’ll look forward to seeing the young man’s foot speed.