Craig MacTavish, as a coach, was frank about prospects, and that hurt and helped him, along with being a massive clue about his style as a general manager (“if you have to ask the question”) a few years later.
In the fall of 2007, MacT commented about Rob Schremp’s early training camp. Schremp was 21, had just delivered a solid offensive season in the AHL, and was pushing for an NHL job: “It’s just a case of getting him physically strong enough and fast enough that he can compete against guys who are really strong and really fast.” That MacT. What a card.
- New Lowetide: A set roster? Oilers training camp gone wild? Expect the unexpected
- Lowetide: Xavier Bourgault and his ETA with the Edmonton Oilers
- DNB: Warren Foegele Q&A
- Lowetide: Dylan Holloway’s season and why patience is vital for Oilers’ prospect
- Lowetide: Oilers reasonable expectations for 2021-22: Goal differential
- Lowetide: Oilers’ reasonable expectations for 2021-22: Goal scoring
- New DNB: Mailbag.
- Lowetide: Oilers’ potential Olympians are a small group with maximum possible impact
- Lowetide: What should the Oilers expect from Cody Ceci in his first season?
- Lowetide: Why Oilers can expect an offensive rebound from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Lowetide: Projecting the 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers opening night lineup
- Lowetide: Why Oilers fans should be excited about the progress of Maxim Berezkin
- Lowetide: What should Oilers expect from Duncan Keith in his first season?
- Lowetide: Did the Oilers find the new Fernando Pisani when signing Derek Ryan?
- Jonathan Willis: Tyler Benson, Devin Shore and the 4-year difference between a prospect and a has-been
- Lowetide: What should Oilers fans expect from Zach Hyman in his first season?
- Lowetide: Dylan Holloway headlines new arrivals for Bakersfield Condors in 2021-22
- Lowetide: Why Oilers fans should expect more trades and a deep playoff run this season
- Lowetide: How much playing time will Evan Bouchard get with the Oilers this coming season?
- Jonathan Willis: A resurgent Zack Kassian could be an important part of the Oilers’ scoring
- Lowetide: How many goals will Jesse Puljujarvi score for the Oilers next season?
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers 2021-22 depth chart
- Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects, summer 2021
2019-20 CONDORS GOAL DIFFERENTIAL (EVENS)
We look at defensemen and their even strength on-ice goal differential many times a year, and because Eric Rodgers is a generous man we have access to the AHL numbers (but rarely use them). I’m far enough down the prospect food chain to be wondering about names like Kirill Maksimov, Ostap Safin and Raphael Lavoie. Do Rodgers’ numbers tell us anything about these men and what is shaking when they’re on the ice?
This was the year of struggle, when the Oilers were recalling defensemen and Shane Starrett got hurt. Benson and Marody played a lot at the top of the roster, Yamamoto was off the to the NHL just after Christmas, and McLeod looked damn good no matter how you slice it. Maksimov? The offense wasn’t there, he didn’t get feature minutes, but he did play the whole season and his goal differential was solid compared to the rest of the group (save McLeod). Interesting.
2020-21 CONDORS GOAL DIFFERENTIAL (EVENS)
This past season was more successful for the Condors, as they would win the Pacific Division championship. Marody, Benson and McLeod were dominant, and part of it (to my eye) was McLeod’s easy zone exits and entries. Lavoie had some nights in a feature role (mostly power play) but his even strength number (goal differential) was just above sea level and that’s good. Safin was inconsistent but showed flashes. We’re going to track these three men closely this season, Oilers need one of them to cash.
No changes here, unless there’s an unreported injury I expect everyone here to be on the opening night roster. The forwards are a strong group, with all kinds of utility available to the coaching staff.
The uncertain group lost one name this week, with news that Dmitri Samorukov isn’t completely recovered from his shoulder injury in February. He joins Dylan Holloway on the lists of prospects who are going the wrong way due to injury. Oh man, the list of fine players derailed by injury while still Oilers prospects could overflow a landfill. Shore is the closest to going on the ‘certain’ list, Yamamoto moves up the moment he signs.
Samorukov joins Broberg, Holloway and Konovalov as quality prospects who arrive at camp as distant bells through injury or circumstance. One thing we haven’t discussed is what happens if Konovalov or Samorukov blows the competition out of the water. One reason it might not happen? Opportunity. We don’t know how much of a look the healthy prospects will get in this camp, Holland has created a veteran group and Tippett can grab an experienced hand for most every chore.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we hit the ground running for the Lowdown with a gigantic sports weekend just completed. We’ll chat Oilers rookie camp, the US Open, CFL and NFL weekend and those Toronto Blue Jays. Jason Gregor from TSN1260 will pop by at 11 and we’ll have a Blue Jays and an Oilers guest in hour one. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!