Wednesday, October 4, 2006

A League of His Own?

Generally, for an Oilers fan a move like this would just mean the Canucks may have found someone new to wear hats and flirt with girls in the third row. But, with Sabourin—who one assumes would have been starting in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, especially if he was sent down this late—gone, does this potentially open up a spot on the half-Oilers-affiliate team? Dubs was busted down to the ECHL earlier in the week, which will undoubtedly get him playing time, but should be pretty useless in terms of development, given he sported a downright beatific .966 save percentage in preseason, which can at least be considered AHL-level competition.

The only goalie I could find listed on the AHL team's roster was Andrew Penner, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect (how many teams share this friggin' franchise?) who split time between the E and A last year. He doesn't seem terribly highly ranked, under at least four other goalie prospects according to
HF, so one assumes Columbus wouldn't be terribly concernced with splitting time, if not more. I'm not sure how many goalies the Pens have kicking around the lower leagues, but if they had more, you'd think they'd be up there already.

Here's hoping our boy Friday can get some quality minutes against some decent competition—he looks like a keeper, and the last thing we need to do is let another one rot in the ECHL during his prime learning years.


Steve said...

Um, Drouin-Deslauriers is in Wilkes-Barre. So it's good news for the Oilers, just not for Dubnyk.

Pleasure Motors said...

JDD, huh? I guess it works.

Doogie said...

I guess they're attempting to salvage JDD's career, figuring DD could probably stand to gain a huge amount of confidence snickering at the ECHL's finest for 65 games this year.

Steve said...

Um, he's not in the ECHL. He's in the AHL, on Wilkes-Barre.

Anonymous said...

FWIW - Penner was signed by the Penguins in mid-August. It looks like Columbus let him go as they had his spot covered by Conklin.