The 2012 NHL Draft has come and gone. The Oilers again earned the prize pony in the draft, retained very little following, and thus soldier on. Another week and another prospect type event begins. The 2012 Oilers Development Camp begins June 27th and runs through July 2nd. It’s a time for Oilers in-house scouts as well as fans to take an up-close look at players in the offseason.
For a few who ran deep into their junior, collegiate, or AHL playoffs their time off grows shot. Truthfully the dev camps or prospect camps are nothing more than busy work for most. But when a youngster gets a chance at hustling for the head honchos, it quickly becomes worth their effort.
Oklahoma City, take notice. The names on the dev camp invitee list are quite familiar. And although the camp will be held just east of Edmonton, it’s worth reading and listening to reports that surface over the six day period. Here’s a full list of those invited:
Tyler Bunz, Jared Coreau, Olivier Roy, Frans Tuohimaa
Kyle Bigos, Brandon Davidson, Wade Epp, Taylor Fedun, Martin Gernat, Erik Gustafsson, Oscar Klefbom, Joey Laleggia, Martin Marincin, David Musil, Dillon Simpson
Cameron Abney, Cameron Critchlow, Travis Ewanyk, Brett Ferguson, Curtis Hamilton, Connor Jones, Kellen Jones, Jujhar Khaira, Antoine Laganiere, Stephane Legault, Brandon Magee, Ryan Martindale, John McCarron, Mitchell Moroz, Kristians Pelss, Tobias Rieder, Nail Yakupov, Daniil Zharkov
There are some familiar names in this lot that Barons fans can appreciate. In net, Bunz and Roy will be demonstrating their future prowess. While on defense we get to see a now healthy Taylor Fedun and Brandon Davidson as well as highly touted prospects in Klefbom, Musil, Simpson, and the very familiar Marincin.
Of the forwards, Abney, Hamilton, and Martindale become the “pro” guys in a set of wingers/centers that are ready for the next step in their careers.
Shouldered by the first live viewing of Nail Yakupov in an Oilers sweater, the week long event has promise.
As with any development camp, the hope is that a few of these players have upped their value in a calendar year. Albeit in strength, hockey sense, or composure — the omnipresent eyes of fans, media, soon-to-be coaching staff and managers can be stifling. But it’s the first step in what could be a steady tour within the Oilers organization. Godpseed.