Edmonton Oilers Team Update – 23/10/2012
This week’s League it to Us Power Ranking: 20th (tied) in the NHL, 10th in the Western Conference, and 3rd in the North West Division.
5 Points of the Week
1. Bright Future for the Oilers
- The Oklahoma City Barons boast the most stud-crested team in the AHL. With the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, and soon Taylor Hall, you’ve got some exciting hockey, folks.
2. A Turn of the Tables
- Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are combined for just 3 points between them in 4 games for the Oklahoma City Barons so far this season. In the NHL last year they had 128 points in 140 games if you count their games played separately. Teemu Hartikainen, who put up 5 points in 17 games for the Oilers last season has more points for the Barons than those two combined. Expect them to turn it around, folks.
3. “Taylor, come back!”
- It was thought because Taylor Hall was not assigned to the AHL by the September 15th deadline, he would have to look elsewhere to play until the lockout came to a close. Fortunate for Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the AHL has allowed any player that does not require waivers and meet the other criteria are eligible to play.
4. “I get what I want, and I’ll do as you please”
- Justin Schultz, a highly-sought free agent left the Ducks for brighter pasture this off season, demanding a guaranteed roster spot and top dollar for the NHL team that wished to sign him. Schultz leads the Oklahoma City Barons with 4 goals, and 2 assists over 4 games played with 17 shots on goal. Clearly his confidence does not outweigh his abilities on the ice.
5. Nailing It Overseas
- 2012 1st overall draft pick Nail Yakupov decided in the event of an NHL lockout he would go back overseas to his homeland to play in the KHL. Regardless of limited ice time, Yakupov has shown flashes of dominance racking up 7 points in 9 games. To put that into perspective, highly-touted Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko only managed 19 points in 42 games played in his season following his draft year. This guy is the real deal, folks.
Over Seas Player Stats
1. Sam Gagner – Austria – Klagenfurter AC – C
0g-1a-1pt in 2 games played
2. Lennart Petrell – SM-Liiga – HIFK – LW
7g-0a-7pts in 10 games played
3. Ladislav Smid – KHL – Bili Tygri Liberec – D
1g-4a-5pts in 10 games played
4. Nail Yakupov – KHL – Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk – RW
5g-2a-7pts in 9 games played
Top 5 Prospects
1. Nail Yakupov – KHL – Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk – RW
5g-2a-7pts in 9 games played
2. Justin Schultz – AHL – Oklahoma City Barons – D
4g-2a-6pts in 4 games played
3. Oscar Klefbom – SEL – Farjestads BK Karlstad – D
0g-3a-3pts in 10 games played
4. Teemu Hartikainen – AHL – Oklahoma City Barons – C
1g-3a-4pts in 4 games played
5. Tyler Bunz – ECHL – Stockton Thunder – G
1W, 1L, 1OTL, 1.67 GAA, 0.925 SV%
Players to Watch
1. Ben Eager and his brother were charged with assault for a bar fight at 1:00am at the Quail Pub in Toronto, this past Friday night. Why does this not surprise me the slightest. Stay tuned as this unfolds.
2. Taylor Hall had shoulder surgery this past April and is now only a few weeks from returning to play. It is no secret Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have missed him; few players have the ability to make so much time and space for their team mates on the ice. How soon will he be back?
3. Nail Yakupov has been considered by many to be the best prospect since Sidney Crosby. Keep an eye on this dynamic Russian, if you’re looking for some eye-candy.
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