Young Stars Classic Roster Released By Oilers. There will be “Chase-ing” & “Abney-ing”

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The Edmonton Oilers have released the names of those prospects invited to take part in the 2013 Young Stars Classic which takes place in Penticton, BC on September 5-8. Several of these players listed will also play in a game against the U of Alberta Golden Bears a few days following the Young Stars Classic. On to the list, and the winning commentary.

The list includes fifteen forwards, eight defenders, four goaltenders, and likely a coaching staff featuring Barons coach Todd Nelson (which is how things have previously been done).

Cameron Abney, Tyler Bunz, Brandon Davidson, Joey Leach, and Martin Marincin all played moments with the Oklahoma City Barons last season, but those aren’t necessarily the most interesting names on the list.

Some newcomers to the Oilers organization, as well as recent draft picks litter the remaining roster spots. Those being recent Yale grad and expected Baron, Andrew Miller. Jujhar Khaira, who recently left Michigan Tech and will likely land in the WHL this upcoming season. Austin Fyten, a goal scorer from the lower ranks. And Martin Gernat, Oscar Klefbom, and David Musil who all seemingly have a bit of high hopes attached to their person since their draft year. Toss in a Nurse, sprinkle a bit of Platzer, a pinch of Roy, a dash of Chase and you’ve got a very interesting young group to watch.

Of course, Cameron Abney, having already played two full seasons within the Oilers ranks, is an odd choice. But he’s there, we watch, and we wet our appetite for hockey that will soon be here.

Full Roster (via Oilers website):

Forwards

CAMERON ABNEY RW 6′ 5″ 205 R 23 MAY 1991 ALDERGROVE, BC, CAN
BRANDON BADDOCK LW 6′ 2″ 195 R 29 MAR 1995 VERMILLION, AB, CAN
TY BILCKE RW 6′ 2″ 217 R 23 APR 1994 EXETER, ON, CAN
GREGORY CHASE C 6′ 0″ 195 R 1 JAN 1995 SHERWOOD PARK, AB, CAN
TRAVIS EWANYK C 6′ 2″ 192 L 29 MAR 1993 ST. ALBERT, AB, CAN
AUSTIN FYTEN LW 6′ 2″ 200 L 3 MAY 1991 SUNDRE, AB, CAN
JACKSON HOUCK RW 6′ 0″ 184 R 27 FEB 1995 NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, CAN
KALE KESSY LW 6′ 3″ 202 L 4 DEC 1992 SHAUNAVON, SK, CAN
JUJHAR KHAIRA C/LW 6′ 3″ 198 L 13 AUG 1994 SURREY, BC, CAN
ANDREW MILLER C 5′ 10″ 180 R 18 SEP 1988 BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI, USA
MITCH MOROZ LW 6′ 2″ 208 L 3 MAY 1994 CALGARY, AB, CAN
REID PETRYK C 6′ 1″ 200 R 2 FEB 1993 EDMONTON, AB, CAN
KYLE PLATZER RW 5′ 11″ 184 R 4 MAR 1995 WATERLOO, ON, CAN
MARCO ROY RW 6′ 0″ 175 L 5 NOV 1994 BOISBRIAND, QC, CAN
CHASE SCHABER C 6′ 0″ 194 L 3 JAN 1991 RED DEER, AB

Defensemen

BEN BETKER D 6′ 5″ 200 L 29 SEP 1994 CRANBROOK, BC, CAN
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 6′ 1″ 202 L 21 AUG 1991 LETHBRIDGE, AB, CAN
MARTIN GERNAT D 6′ 5″ 187 L 11 APR 1993 KOSICE, SVK
OSCAR KLEFBOM D 6′ 3″ 204 L 20 JUL 1993 KARLSTAD, SWE
JOEY LEACH D 6′ 4″ 200 L 29 JAN 1992 WADENA, SK, CAN
MARTIN MARINCIN D 6′ 5″ 196 L 18 FEB 1992 KOSICE, SVK
DAVID MUSIL D 6′ 3″ 196 L 9 APR 1993 DELTA, BC, CAN
DARNELL NURSE D 6′ 4″ 185 L 4 FEB 1995 HAMILTON, ON, CAN

 

Goalies

TYLER BUNZ 6′ 1″ 198 L 11 FEB 1992 REGINA, SK, CAN
PHILIPPE CADORETTE 5′ 11″ 183 L 7 APR 1995 ST-HYACINTHE, QC, CAN
FRANKY PALAZZESE 6′ 1″ 160 L 28 MAY 1993 MISSISSAUGA, ON, CAN
TY RIMMER 6′ 1″ 175 L 23 MAR 1993 EDMONTON, AB, CAN

 

Young Stars Classic Schedule:

THU, 5 SEP 2013 OILERS FLAMES 5:00 PM EDMONTONOILERS.COM
SAT, 7 SEP 2013 JETS OILERS 8:30 PM EDMONTONOILERS.COM
SUN, 8 SEP 2013 OILERS CANUCKS 3:00 PM EDMONTONOILERS.COM

BBG&CS Dog Days of Summer: Oilers, Tattoos, Draft, Cup, Towels & KCaTO Forever

| Dallas Eakins and the Leadville 100 — “That is what I’m going to ask from my players, times 10”:

“This is a total personal thing for me and I don’t do it to show my players anything, but I think the thing that it does show anybody that knows me or knows my family is that with my job and my life there is a commitment to it and I’m all in,” said Eakins, who was hired by the Oilers on June 10 after spending four seasons coaching the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. “That is what I’m going to ask from my players, times 10. That’s the only way you can be successful. That commitment comes through in practice habits, fitness level, attention to the detail of our systems, the character of being a good teammate, supporting one another. I’m certainly going to ask them to be committed. …” — via NHL.com

| Attention Athletes – Your tattoos might be a copyright issue:

“The ink issue is over who owns the copyright to the images depicted by the tattoos emblazoned on athletes’ bodies.  According to sources speaking to FORBES on condition of anonymity, the issue of copyright ownership concerning tattoos on football players has very recently been labeled as a pressing issue by the NFL Players Association.  One source said, “I don’t blame [the NFLPA], but they should have been on top of it earlier.  It was something that was mentioned at the NFL Combine — that was the first I had ever heard them mention anything on the issue of tattoos.  They advised agents to tell their players that when they get tattoos going forward they should get a release from the tattoo artist and if they can track down their former artists, they should get a release. …” via Forbes

| If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes at the NHL Draft watch the Blue Jackets in action:

Link to Video — via Bluejackets.nhl.com

| Former OKC Barons Tristan Grant celebrates with his Calder Cup:

“Neepawa has been kind of spoiled recently with the Stanley Cup being here only a couple years ago and I was fortunate enough to bring the Calder Cup here,” said Grant. “Two impressive pieces of hockey hardware — that’s a pretty cool thing, especially for a small town like Neepawa. To be part of that, it’s definitely something to be proud of. …” — via Mywestman.ca

In mid July ESPN aired a Nine for IX film titled Let Them Wear Towels — a “history and examination of females working in the man’s world of the locker room.” If you missed it, I highly recommend it. Alyson Footer responds with her reaction to those early days:

“This hour-long special, chronicling the treatment women sports reporters received decades ago, both enraged and enlightened me. Previously, I felt like I had a pretty good grasp of how things were handled back then. After watching this show, I realize I had absolutely no idea how bad it really was. It’s impossible to truly comprehend how horribly women were treated back then, mainly because it seems so preposterous in modern times….” — via Alyson’s Footnotes

| Great advice to players from Mike McKenna in his article about the PHPA and AHL BOG’s meeting:

“For me, the biggest takeaway from the event was the human aspect. So often as players, we are simply gears in the machine, moving parts that can be replaced and modified as necessary over time. But when you enter a scenario like this, where everything is much more relaxed and the season is months away, you get to see a different side of the owners and general managers. [ …. ]  I know many of us see management as anything but our friends. But the reality is that we’re all in this together. Professional hockey needs strong teams and management just as much as it needs talented and charismatic players. In the end we’re all responsible for growing the game. If there’s one thing I can pass along about the Hilton Head experience it’s this: get to know the people within your organization. …” via PHPA.com

| 2013 Minor League city rankings — Top 5 listings (see more in the article)

Rank Market Current team(s)
1 Toledo, Ohio IL Toledo Mud Hens, ECHL Toledo Walleye
2 Rochester, N.Y. IL Rochester Red Wings, AHL Rochester Americans, MISL Rochester Lancers, USL Pro Rochester Rhinos
3 Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa. EL Harrisburg Senators, AHL Hershey Bears, AIF Harrisburg Stampede, PASL Harrisburg Heat, USL Pro Harrisburg City Islanders
4 San Bernardino County, Calif. CAL Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, CAL Inland Empire 66ers, CAL High Desert Mavericks, ECHL Ontario Reign
5 Springfield, Mass. AHL Springfield Falcons, NBA D-League Springfield Armor

— via SportsBusinessDaily.com

P.S. According to the 2009 SportsBusinessDaily.com article:

“Oklahoma City, No. 3 in SportsBusiness Journal’s ranking of minor league markets in 2007, didn’t qualify for this year’s list. The reason? The arrival of the NBA Thunder in town last year put the city into the category of major league markets.”

| USL PRO and OKC Soccer’s venture with Bob Funk Jr. : 

“I would say the lessons I’ve learned, in all my experiences, whether it was with sports teams, sporting events, special events, the rules are very much the same,” he said. “There are 10, 11, 12 basic rules that need to be followed. To me, all events are the same, and when you’re looking at something that is appealing, that is entertaining, that is dynamic and that people can get behind, we have to focus on those components when you’re looking at any sporting event or sports team, and be able to make the judgment on whether it’s going to be successful or not. Once you do that, it’s really a matter of following the basics and doing it the right way.” — via USLpro.uslsoccer.com

| Help the Philadelphia Flyers set a record with the most fans Watching Paint Dry — Yes, you read that correctly!:

“Help us set a new Guinness Book of World Records for the most people to simultaneously watch paint dry when we paint the lines and logos into the ice at Wells Fargo Center this Monday at 11 a.m.!” — via Flyers FB and Yahoo Puck Daddy

| For those of you missing the Big Finn, here is Teemu Hartikainen’s Shootout goal at about 9:14 in the Salavat Yulaev vs. Dinamo Riga game — #KCaTO #ForeverAndEver– via Sportacentrs.com

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| Did you know that Michael Jackson dropped the puck for an NHL game? Yes, and here’s proof!

— You know that place in The Daily Oklahoman? The one between Big Game & Club Soccer? That’s where you may find some Barons coverage. For the rest of the news, check out BBG&CS every weekend. —

Lee Moffie Goes Unsigned By Oilers

There’s a portion of the collective bargaining agreement that Lee Moffie and his agent really were dialed in on. It’s article 8.6(c), and it simply required the Oilers to sign Moffie prior to August 15th or he’d become a free agent. This week that date came, went, and left the defender unsigned, and the Oilers handing over his rights to the most winsome suitor.

This isn’t something that surprises most. Moffie was likely to fly under the radar after he was traded for Kyle Bigos. Bigos, of course, stayed within the organization that traded for him (San Jose) by signing an AHL deal with Worcester. Moffie, I suppose, could be placed in the same situation if the Oklahoma City Barons wanted to sign him to a deal all their own. However, if the Oilers wanted to keep Moffie around without spending a contract on his person, I’ll assume they would have done that already.

Moffie, originally drafted by San Jose himself, put up decent numbers for a defender playing in the CCHA with the Michigan Wolverines. His speed was admirable, and his puck moving capabilities top notch. With both the Sharks and Oilers passing on him, his free agency presents many options for the left shooting defender. Mark my words, the team he signs with gets a steal of a player. Fingers crossed for this guy down the line.

OKC Preseason Schedule Released; Oilers Preseason Conflict Appears

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Announced today, the Oklahoma City Barons will head to Texas for a three-game preseason schedule the weekend of September 27th & 28th. In an Oklahoma vs Texas “tourney” style schedule, the Barons, along with the San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars, will play each other twice. Friday night, OKC faces off against the Texas Stars at 7:00pm, then they battle the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday afternoon at 5:00pm. Tickets are available at the game location in Cedar Park, Texas.

But there’s something goofy about this announcement.

Here’s the situation that is curious. The Barons play a preseason game the same night (27th) as the NHL Showcase Edmonton Oilers preseason game in Oklahoma City. A scheduling conflict of the most ridiculous proportions. If I’m the Barons, I forgo the preseason altogether, and simply let fans (more than anyone else) focus on the NHL preseason game that months of hype have been much lauded over. This is a goofy conflict that shouldn’t have been. Now fans are forced to choose between the two, and because it’s an NHL team playing in our own backyard, for most, the decision has already been made. Too bad.

Nonetheless, preseason is rapidly approaching. Get ready.

Official Release:

The Oklahoma City Barons will skate in a pair of preseason games at the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas on September 27 and 28.

The games are part of a round-robin event featuring the Barons, San Antonio Rampage and the host Texas Stars. As part of the event, each team will play one game against the other two. Oklahoma City takes on the Stars on Friday, September 27 at 7 p.m. The Barons play the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday, September 28 at 5 p.m. The weekend concludes with the Stars taking on the Rampage on Sunday, September 29 at 5 p.m.

Tickets for the Barons game September 27 against the Texas Stars are $13 – $65. Tickets for the Barons game September 28 against the San Antonio Rampage are $10. All tickets are available at the Cedar Park Center box office or all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

While the Barons are playing their preseason games in Cedar Park, Texas, the Edmonton Oilers will be hosting the Dallas Stars in the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy on Friday, September 27 at the Cox Convention Center at 7 p.m.  For more information about tickets, call the Barons office at 232-GOAL.

University Of Oklahoma Hockey Schedule Released Features D3 Arkansas, Central Oklahoma, & ACHA Showcase

Photo via Patricia Teter at Artful Puck

Collegiate sports are gearing up for another season, and thus the world was gifted with the University of Oklahoma Hockey schedule for the 2012-13 season. Arkansas, playing D3 hockey, Illinois, Colorado, Colorado State, Rutgers and a trip to the ACHA Showcase in Cleveland, all find their way onto the Sooners list of dates.

For those curious about OU hockey or really hockey in general, seeing the Sooners hit the ice at the Blazers Ice Centre in OKC is a real treat. It’s fun, personable, exciting, and very inexpensive. Make plans to attend a home game, and keep tabs on one of your local collegiate clubs.

More info on Sooner hockey can be found via their website. Check out the infamous “Schooner Sweater”. Good stuff

Full Schedule:

September 20 7:30 p.m. ARKANSAS (D3)

September 21 4:00 p.m. ARKANSAS (D3)

September 27 7:30 p.m. ADRIAN

September 28 4:00 p.m. ADRIAN

October 4 TBA at Lindenwood

October 5 TBA at Lindenwood

October 11 TBA TBA ACHA D1 Showcase Cleveland, OH

October 12 TBA TBA ACHA D1 Showcase Cleveland, OH

October 13 TBA TBA ACHA D1 Showcase Cleveland, OH

October 17 7:30 p.m. ARIZONA STATE*

October 18 7:30 p.m. ARIZONA*

October 19 4:00 p.m. ARIZONA*

October 23 7:30 p.m. RUTGERS

October 24 7:30 p.m. RUTGERS

November 1 7:30 p.m. TEXAS A&M (D2)

November 2 4:00 p.m. TEXAS A&M (D2)

November 8 7:30 p.m. LINDENWOOD

November 9 4:00 p.m. LINDENWOOD

November 14 TBA at Colorado*

November 15 TBA at Colorado State*

November 16 TBA at Colorado State*

November 22 7:30 p.m. ILLINOIS

November 23 4:00 p.m. ILLINOIS

December 6 TBA at Central Oklahoma*

December 7 4:00 p.m. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA*

January 9 TBA at Arizona*

January 10 TBA at Arizona State*

January 11 TBA at Arizona State*

January 23 7:30 p.m. COLORADO STATE*

January 24 7:30 p.m. COLORADO*

Janusry 25 4:00 p.m. COLORADO*

January 31 7:30 p.m. WEBER STATE (D2)

February 1 4:00 p.m. WEBER STATE (D2)

February 7 TBA at Central Oklahoma*

February 8 4:00 p.m. CENTRAL OKLAHOMA*

February 27 TBA at ACHA D1 National Championship Tournament – First Round Newark, DE

February 28 TBA at ACHA D1 National Championship Tournament – Second Round Newark, DE

March 1 TBA at ACHA D1 National Championship Tournament – Second Round Newark, DE

March 2 TBA at ACHA D1 National Championship Tournament – Quarterfinal Round Newark, DE

March 3 TBA at ACHA D1 National Championship Tournament – Semifinal Round Newark, DE

March 4 TBA at ACHA D1 National Championship Tournament – Championship Game

BBG&CS Dog Days of Summer: Sundogs, Gretzky, Prospects, Trades & Weather Gods

| Stick taps to the Arizona Sundogs who will honor the 19 local fireman who died fighting the Yarnell fire. 

“The Arizona Sundogs will sport a specially designed Hotshot Jersey as a tribute to the 19 firefighters who lost their lives while battling the Yarnell Fire. […] Each Sundogs player will wear the number 19 in honor of the fallen firefighters and immediately following the game each jersey will be auctioned off. All proceeds raised through the auction will be donated to an approved fund for the families. Included in the design of the jersey will be each of the men’s names on the front and on the reverse side will be the Hotshot prayer.” — via Arizona Sundogs

| New Jersey Devils’ new owner?

“Josh Harris, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, has settled on a price to purchase all or much of the New Jersey Devils according to two officials with knowledge of the transaction.” –  via NJ.com

| How the Gretzky trade impacted growth of U.S. Hockey:

“Wayne Gretzky coming to Los Angeles in 1988 via the trade that is 25 years old today was an earth-shattering moment in the hockey world. Not only did it have a major impact on how the NHL was viewed and followed in the United States, it was a seminal moment in the hockey participation boom of the early 1990s in America.” — via The United States of Hockey

    • Link to Aquila Productions A Day That Changed The Game: A look back at the trade of Wayne Gretzky August 9, 1988 | VIDEO

| How the Gretzky trade broke and how media has changed over 25 years:

“It seemed crazy to me — trade the game’s best player? But I also knew, as many others did, that Pocklington operated in a small market and had financial problems, at least serious enough that he refused to give his top defenseman Paul Coffey the money he wanted the summer before and eventually traded him to Pittsburgh. I also knew that, for the first time, the Oilers had requested someone other than Gretzky be on the cover of next season’s GOAL Magazine, the league’s game night publication that featured a visiting player on the front. And I had seen him sitting alone, staring at the rafters in Northlands Coliseum. Sure, it was crazy. But it wasn’t impossible.” — via Stu Hackle at Sports Illustrated

| Syracuse Crunch prospects Tanner Richard and Nikita Kucherov learning how to live on their own for the first time. If this reminds you of Pitty and Hamy during their first year in OKC, you are not alone!:

 “We’re both living on our own for the first time and are pretty much useless. For the first three weeks we only made two home cooked meals because we don’t know how to cook. Blujus thankfully showed us a few things during his stay here.” — via Syracuse.com

 | Doug Gilmour, GM of OHL Kingston trades his own son Jake: 

 “Huh, that will make for some interesting conversations around the dinner table, don’t you think? Being traded is tough enough already, but having it done by your dad? That’s just rough.” — via CBSSports.com

| NHL & NHLPA have agreed to reduce the size of goalie pads: 

“The size of a goaltender’s pads will be directly proportionate to the size of the player. This will prevent a 6’4 goaltender from having the same sized leg pads as a 6’6 goaltender. Specific details were not immediately available at the time of this writing, but the reduction rate was described as being somewhere between 10-15 percent.” — via SBNation.com

| IceArizona is now the official owner of the Phoenix Coyotes:

“We are extremely pleased to have finalized the transaction with the NHL and to take ownership of the Coyotes franchise,” said George Gosbee, Chairman and Governor of the Coyotes.” — via NHL.com.

| Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inducts Clay Bennett — Tell us how you feel about Bennett being labeled as a “Hero”. For some of us at Tend the Farm, this seems a bit premature. Only time will tell us if Clay Bennett is worthy of being inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

“Oklahomans never had heroes like Bill Russell. Oklahoma heroes were mostly stars of some other city, some other state. Mickey Mantle, Jim Thorpe. Even if they were collegians who had shined here; Barry Sanders, Lee Roy Selmon. But now we have heroes of our own. That’s the great thing about Bennett’s induction Monday night. It represents what’s to come. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and Boomers not yet identified eventually will follow Bennett.” — via NewsOK.com

| Oklahoma’s own Gary England. Weather God — “Throw me down, Loretta, it’s Friday night in the Big Town!”

“Early in his career, he was notorious for issuing public tornado warnings before the National Weather Service did — a scandalous violation of hierarchy. He persuaded the owner of Channel 9 to invest in Doppler radar, a technology that promised to improve tornado-warning times to more than 20 minutes, from a single minute, before anyone was even sure it would work. (It did, spectacularly.) [… ] He has become a cult figure: a combination of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Foghorn Leghorn, Atticus Finch, Dan Rather, Zeus and Uncle Jesse from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” — via the New York Times

| NW OKC will add a golf driving range that would include two restaurants and alcohol sales:

“Called Skybox, the development would include a 61,618-square-foot, two-story building on a 24-acre golf driving range that would include leasable space for meetings, banquets and other events.” — via NewsOK.com

| Purcell’s Mama Dragons decided it was time to take charge and upgrade the team’s locker rooms and field house:

“Sometimes mothers walk into their sons’ rooms and pick up a piece of clothing, fold it, put it away and adjust something on the dresser on their way out. Sometimes mothers walk in, see the explosion of clothing and video game controller cords, and shut the door behind them as they turn to leave. The Purcell Mama Dragons opened the door to their sons’ football locker room and refused to shut it. The Mama Dragons, a group of moms that feeds the team on game days and surprises each player with a secret fan, couldn’t believe what they saw after last season when they walked into the field house.” — via NewsOK.com

| Dallas Eakins finishes a 100 mile bike race in Leadville, Colorado. P.S. Note to Edmonton Oilers — You’d best be ready to play hockey in September …. or else!:

And meanwhile, Andrew Ference is training Edmontonians:

https://twitter.com/Ferknuckle/status/36525599887051980

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Second Round Draft Picks And Beyond, How Many Have Lasted In The NHL?

Much has been said in Edmonton about the lack of players to graduate from the Oklahoma City Barons to the Oilers. The latest stoke of the fire came as Teemu Hartikainen opted to head overseas to Russia, this coming as he was a Restricted Free Agent and looking to gain a one-way contract with Edmonton.

The folks over at Copper & Blue are currently in the midst of their “Top 25 Under 25” countdown, with Hartikainen coming in at number 11. In their discussion, the point was made that the Oilers have only had two draftees – that weren’t drafted in the 1st round – play in 200 or more NHL games. That made me wonder how other teams throughout the NHL have done in that area as well.

“….the Oilers haven’t had a non-first round pick make it to 200 games in the NHL since Stortini & Brodziak in 2003…. players taken a decade ago.”

I started in that 2003 draft year and went through the 2009 draft to see how many non-first rounders have hit 200 games. (Only Tyler Seguin has hit 200 games from the 2010 draft class). This doesn’t count whether they’ve played those games with the same team, this is just NHL games in general.

Some stats:

  • 120 players total have made it to 200+ games.
  • 28 teams have had at least a single player hit 200+ games, 27 have had more than one.
  • The two teams that had zero players since 2003 were New Jersey and Washington. New Jersey’s last player was Cam Janssen in 2002. Washington’s was Johnny Oduya in 2001.
  • Montreal leads the way with nine players. Since the 2003-04 season, they’ve made it to the Conference Finals once and lost.
  • Only 10 teams have had a player drafted in 2007 or later hit 200+ games. The number jumps to 16 when you add in the 2006 class.
  • Philadelphia joins Edmonton as having their latest player hit 200+ games drafted in 2003.
  • Four of the last five Stanley Cup winners have drafted 5 or more players that hit 200+. Los Angeles is the lone exception
  • For those same four teams (BOS, CHI, DET, PIT), their latest pick to do so was drafted in either 2005 or 2006.

Looking over the list of teams and their 2nd round or higher picks, it’s pretty evident that while it may or may not reflect well on your amateur scout staff in finding NHL-quality talent, your non-first round picks don’t have much of a direct bearing on your franchise’s success. Montreal(9) and Boston(8) have a similar number of picks reaching the 200+ mark, but Boston has won a Cup, while Montreal is still trying to get over the hump to the Finals. Philadelphia is in the exact same boat as Edmonton, having lost a Stanley Cup Final since the 2003-04 season, only the Flyers have done it more recently.

But while it doesn’t have much value outside the front office, it’s still interesting to see how your team drafts. I’ve included the breakdown below, any surprises jump out at you?

Breakdown:

Montreal – 9 players: Maxim Lapierre (2003), Ryan O’Byrne (2003), Jaroslav Halak (2003), Mikhail Grabovski (2004), Mark Streit (2004), Guillaume Latendresse (2005), Matt D’Agostini (2005), Sergei Kostitsyn (2005), P.K. Subban (2007)

Boston – 8 players: Patrice Bergeron (2003), Nate Thompson (2003), David Krejci (2004), Kris Versteeg (2004), Matt Hunwick (2004), Vladimir Sobotka (2005), Milan Lucic (2006), Brad Marchand (2006)

Nashville – 7 players: Kevin Klein (2003), Shea Weber (2003), Mike Santorelli (2004), Pekka Rinne (2004), Cody Franson (2005), Patric Hornqvist (2005), Nick Spaling (2007)

Columbus – 6 players: Dan Fritsche (2003), Marc Methot (2003), Kris Russell (2005), Jared Boll (2005), Steve Mason (2006), Derek Dorsett (2006)

Dallas – 6 players: Loui Eriksson (2003), B.J. Crombeen (2003), Nicklas Grossman (2004), James Neal (2005), Tom Wandell (2005), Jamie Benn (2007)

Detroit – 6 players: Jimmy Howard (2003), Kyle Quincey (2003), Johan Franzen (2004), Justin Abdelkader (2005), Darren Helm (2005), Shawn Matthias (2006)

NY Rangers – 6 players: Nigel Dawes (2003), Brandon Dubinsky (2004), Ryan Callahan (2004), Tom Pyatt (2005), Artem Anisimov (2006), Derek Stepan (2008)

San Jose – 6 players: Matt Carle (2003), Joe Pavelski (2003), Torrey Mitchell (2004), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (2005), Jamie McGinn (2006), Jason Demers (2008)

Buffalo – 5 players: Clarke MacArthur (2003), Jan Hejda (2003), Andrej Sekera (2004), Patrick Kaleta (2004), Chris Butler (2005)

Chicago – 5 players: Dustin Byfuglien (2003), Dave Bolland (2004), Bryan Bickell (2004), Troy Brouwer (2004), Niklas Hjalmarson (2005)

Colorado – 5 players: Brad Richardson (2003), David Jones (2003), Paul Stastny (2005), T.J. Galiardi (2007), Ryan O’Reilly (2009)

NY Islanders – 5 players: Bruno Gervais (2003), Blake Comeau (2004), Chris Campoli (2004), Andrew MacDonald (2006), Matt Martin (2008)

Pittsburgh – 5 players: Daniel Carcillo (2003), Matt Moulson (2003), Alex Goligoski (2004), Tyler Kennedy (2004), Kris Letang (2005)

Toronto – 5 players: John Mitchell (2003), Anton Stralman (2005), Nikolai Kulemin (2006), Viktor Stalberg (2006), Carl Gunnarsson (2007)

Anaheim – 4 players: Drew Miller (2003), Shane O’Brien (2003), Tim Brent (2004), Matt Belesky (2006)

Vancouver – 4 players: Alexander Edler (2004), Mike Brown (2004), Jannik Hansen (2004), Mason Raymond (2005)

Calgary – 3 players: Brandon Prust (2004), Dustin Boyd (2004), Adam Pardy (2004)

Florida – 3 players: Kamil Kreps (2003), Tanner Glass (2003), David Booth (2004)

Los Angeles – 3 players: Jonathan Quick (2005), Wayne Simmonds (2007), Kyle Clifford (2009)

Minnesota – 3 players: Patrick O’Sullivan (2003), Ryan Jones (2004), Cal Clutterbuck (2006)

St. Louis – 3 players: David Backes (2003), Lee Stempniak (2003), Roman Polak (2004)

Atlanta/Winnipeg – 2 players: Tobias Enstrom (2003), Ondrej Pavelec (2005)

Edmonton – 2 players: Zack Stortini (2003), Kyle Brodziak (2003)

Ottawa – 2 players: Brian Elliott (2003), Zack Smith (2008)

Philadelphia – 2 players: Colin Fraser (2003), Alexandre Picard (2003)

Phoenix – 2 players: Daniel Winnick (2004), Keith Yandle (2005)

Tampa Bay – 2 players: Nick Tarnasky (2003), Mike Lundin (2004)

Carolina – 1 player: Jamie McBain (2006)

New Jersey – 0 players

Washington – 0 players

Austin Fyten On His “Role” In OKC

“I’ll get to hopefully maybe drop the mitts a couple of times this year,” he speculated. “It’s part of the game and it’s kind of what they need in that organization. They need a gritty guy who’s not afraid to get his nose dirty. I think that’s the type of guy I want to become.”

via Cochrane Eagle (h/t to @Artful_Puck)

Hartikainen Talks Oilers Contract, NHL Returns, & Ufa

The short (and entirely selfish on my part) story is this – Teemu Hartikainen will go down in history as one of the most important Oklahoma City Barons players in what is hopefully a long tale of continued prospect hockey in the state. The long story, and much more grandiose, is this – Teemu Hartikainen showed signs of being an important gadget in the machine of the Edmonton Oilers future success story. He came. We saw. He didn’t necessarily conquer. With his entry level contract expiring at the end of last season, some decisions had to be made both by Hartikainen himself, as well as the NHL Oilers. The story unfolded quickly, with Teemu electing to play KHL hockey in Ufa, and the Oilers retaining his rights for “future consideration”.

And so the big Finn moves on, and into a new endeavor.

Early this morning I spoke with Hartikainen, and he candidly shared his thoughts on his departure from the Oilers, his AHL life, and what’s on the horizon in the KHL. 

On the decision to sign with Ufa:

“Well, I heard a lot of good things from my friends who are playing in Russia, about Ufa. I felt that I have seen all I needed to see in the AHL, and the Oilers didn’t want to offer me a one-way contract. I wanted to have only one place where I will play in this upcoming season. The Oilers didn’t show much of an interest in me, and Ufa really wanted me. It took me about one week to decide, but at the end, it was pretty easy to make the choice.”

On the relationship with the Oilers:

“I haven’t talked with any of the Oilers people since I signed, but I left them on good terms. I don’t have anything  bad to say about the organization. I had fun, and I learned a lot, but it was time to move on.”

On the consideration of returning to NHL as an Oiler:

“I think it’s mostly up to me if I want to come back. I want to play in the NHL, but I need to be a little bit better in some areas of my game. My only goal is to get better at playing hockey in Russia, and then after that, we’ll see where I end up.”

Onto Ufa & what he expects in the KHL:

“Russian league is more about “skill and skating” hockey than NHL. Of course, the ice is bigger which will be good for developing my skating. We don’t dump and chase as much as they do in the NHL which will be good for my confidence too. I can try different things that I couldn’t do with the Oilers. Coach (in Ufa) seems to have a lot of expectations for me, and it will be a good challenge for me to answer them. I have played the last three weeks with Nikita Filatov and (Dmitri) Makarov. So everything looks good this far.”

Indeed, young Teemu, everything looks good. Thanks for the time, godspeed.

Khaira Leaves Michigan Tech, Signs Oilers Contract

Following his freshman season with the Michigan Tech Huskies, Oilers 3rd round draft pick in 2012, Jujhar Khaira, has elected to forgo his final seasons of collegiate eligibility to sign a contract with the Edmonton Oilers (via Michigan Tech Huskies). Interesting, to say the least, is why Khaira would see the need to do this as he’s not yet celebrated his 19th birthday (August 13th). And the short story is simply that Khaira looks/feels/seems like the power forward that the Oilers need. A Teemu Hartikainen 2.0.

He’s big, at over 6’3″ and 200+. He’s a strong, edgy, bristly forward from the left wing. Called a forward with “mental and physical ability beyond his years”, Khaira played two BCHL seasons and put up really strong offensive numbers. Listed below:

 2010-11  Prince George Spruce Kings  BCHL 58 10 32 42 21   |              
 2011-12  Prince George Spruce Kings  BCHL 54 29 50 79 69



In his draft year of 2012, he spent a full season with Michigan Tech where he scored six goals and nineteen assists in 37 games. Chris Dilks at Western College Hockey had this to say about Khaira:

Last season, as a freshman, Khaira scored 6 goals and 19 assists for 25 points for the Huskies, and the 6’3″ 194 lbs. forward developed a reputation as one of the heaviest hitters in the WCHA.

Offense wasn’t likely to be a big problem for Michigan Tech this upcoming season, but certainly losing a player of Khaira’s caliber so close to the start of the season is a blow to the Huskies, and hurts the reputation of the new WCHA in losing one of the league’s highest drafted players

Heavy hitter with offensive upside? Indeed, this is the player the Oilers have needed, but is Khaira really ready?

For the NHL, no he’s not. And although his rights remain in the WHL, he will most likely play in Oklahoma City as a Baron in the upcoming season. Why else would he throw away a couple more years of eligibility at the collegiate level?

This brings the potential forward list in Oklahoma City to nearly 20. That’s a sizable group headed to Bakersfield of the ECHL, and trust me when I tell you this, Khaira will play AHL minutes. MacTavish will make sure of that.