Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A sneak peek at the Oilers' 2007-08 opening night roster

Edmonton's top 20 prospects, as updated yesterday at Hockey's Future (previous ranking in brackets):

1. (3) Andrew Cogliano, C - 19
2. (1-NYI) Robert Nilsson, LW/C - 22
3. (1) Rob Schremp, C - 20
4. (9) Taylor Chorney, D - 19
5. (4) Marc-Antoine Pouliot, C - 21
6. (6-NYI) Denis Grebeshkov, D - 23
7. (8) Viatcheslav Trukhno, LW/C - 20
8. (5-NYI) Ryan O'Marra, C - 19
9. (11) Tom Gilbert, D - 24
10. (12) Jeff Petry, D - 18
11. (7) Devan Dubnyk, G - 20
12. (6) Jean-Francois Jacques, LW - 21
13. (16) Kyle Brodziak, C - 22
14. (13) Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, G - 22
15. (10) Colin McDonald, RW - 22
16. (20) Dragan Umicevic, LW - 22
17. (5) Alexei Mikhnov, LW - 23
18. (15) Bryan Young, D - 20
19. (NR) Cody Wild, D - 19
20. (18) Fredrik Pettersson, LW - 19

Chris!'s Thought-book:
• Highest jump: Chorney from 9th to 4th; longest fall: Mikhnov, 5th to 17th. Seems to me they might as well punt Alexei off the list now. I can't imagine him crossing the pond to play with the Oilers again.
• As the commenters on Lowetide's latest post have noted, projecting Cogliano as a first-line scorer seems a little starry-eyed — especially when you're comparing him to Todd Marchant in the same write-up.
• With our starting netminder turning 38 next season and our prospects between the pipes looking less impressive by the day, seems like 2007 would be a great year to eschew the usual defenceman pick and draft a goalie in the second or third round. Any draft nerds know who's available this year?
• Who the hell is Cody Wild? And how soon can we expect him to be called up?

10 comments:

Matt said...

Did you guys know that you are linked from the Sports Illustrated Oilers page? How long has that been going on?

Chris! said...

Wow. No, I had no idea. Apparently, between us, Lowetide, Scarlett and the good folks of Oilfans.com, SI thinks we've got the local angle covered.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/teams/oilers/

Neat!

mike w said...

I'm sure it's a mistake. They'll catch on sooner or later.

And Chris, I think it's too early to give up on either Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk. Without an AHL team, both have been set back by the lack of proper playing time. They're still young, aren't playing half-bad and will have a shot next year.

Then again, unlike this year, we can never have too much goaltending in the system.

Black Dog said...

Wait until your next slash fiction - then the FCC or whatever they're called (Parents Against Porno?)will be all over SI and they'll cave.

Agreed on the need for a goalie chris! - next year will tell the tale for our youngsters (there's a college kid named Fisher too) but one of the IOF guys who is on this stuff isn't too impressed with JDD. He's behind the curve.

Maybe they are looking at the lineup the other night when Horcoff was out when they projected Cogliano as a first line centre? After all the first line LW is now Raffi Torres and #2 Dman is Matt Greene.

LittleFury said...

After all the first line LW is now Raffi Torres and #2 Dman is Matt Greene.

*weeps*

Alan said...

How funny is it that my office Internet filters let me read CinO, but blocks sports illustrated for "Forbidden Category: Intimate Apparel/Swimsuit"

Lord Bob said...

I don't think for a second Dubnyk has been held back by the lack of an AHL team, on the grounds that he hasn't even been a particularly good ECHL goalie. Deslauriers's situation with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year was also as good as he's going to get with Springfield once Dubnyk comes up, although last year was certainly tough for JDD in the no-farm-team department.

Mike The Sieve said...

The Oilers are certainly making a good case for soccer-style relegation in hockey.

They should just send the whole franchise to the minors.

Let the Hershey Bears have an NHL team for a year, and see how it goes.

joninabox said...

With our starting netminder turning 38 next season and our prospects between the pipes looking less impressive by the day, seems like 2007 would be a great year to eschew the usual defenceman pick and draft a goalie in the second or third round. Any draft nerds know who's available this year?

No one better than the guys we already have. Very weak draft for goalies. Then again, you never know and there always seems to be at least one legitimate goalie in there somewhere. Odds are we'll have to wait at least another year though for a decent goalie prospect.

MikeP said...

joninabox, that seems to be an argument for status quo with goalies no earlier than second round then.