The inevitability of the qualifying offer seems to have come quickly. Nonetheless, it’s here and it has a few surprises and a few heartbreaks for Barons/Oilers fans alike.
The seven qualifying offers were extended to the following players:
Sam Gagner, Devan Dubnyk, Jeff Petry, Theo Peckham, Alex Plante, Chris Vande Velde, Linus Omark
Cam Barker, Taylor Chorney, Hunter Tremblay, Milan Kytnar
Good to see a few Barons on the top of that list including graduates Linus Omark and Jeff Petry. Alex Plante and Chris VandeVelde are coming off solid pro years, where they improved, and also showed their value in a deep playoff run. Their potential destination is not set in stone just yet, but it does demonstrate that successes often garnishes some payback.
Barker and Kytnar were inevitable, and to some extent so was Taylor Chorney who played within the Blues organization after hitting the waiver wire, but ended back within the confines of the Oilers graces.
The real black eye for OKC Barons fans is that Hunter Tremblay wasn’t extended an offer. Tremblay is a dynamite player, but a late bloomer. Five years of OHL hockey and four years of AUS play eventual left him undrafted. The Oilers picked him up last offseason and he delivered. His age and size might be two disadvantages for Hunter when it comes to NHL potentiality, but the “kid” turned a rookie pro season in OKC into 16 goals, 15 assists, a slew of short-handed goals, great kill skills, and a eight game playoff series with four goals and two assists. A late injury kept him out of the playoffs after only eight games, and it certainly bruised the ego of the team slightly. In other words — he was missed.
It will be interesting to see where these players land as free agency and trade season heats up. Stay tuned.