Craig MacTavish is making tidal wave statements these days. Between Hemsky and Horcoff, alignment of farm with NHL club, and swift coaching changes, he’s a man on a mission. These statements, made in a week’s time, are perhaps more potent than anything Steve Tambellini uttered in his years as GM of the Oilers.
I’ll land softly on one of his directives, and that’s the placement of players on the farm. Todd Nelson, maybe to a fault, found value in a well balanced roster that earned wins and aided prospects. In that balance, he found great success in terms of winning percentages. That’s been great for OKC, its fans, and likely the players contained on its roster. But could it be that winning actually worked in reverse for Todd Nelson? Did it hurt the prospect growth of players on the farm? The new Oilers GM might think so. Let’s discuss.