The number of Oilers prospects who may wear an Oilers jersey or who are at the very least excellent trading tools is higher than it’s ever been. Yet, among all of the names there has definitely emerged a surprise this year. Currently leading the AHL in scoring is a prospect that many had forgotten about and who had been passed in the ranking by younger prospects; Philippe Cornet. Cornet has played 4 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and now at the age of 21 (22 in March) is in his second AHL season.
Oilers lose 3-2 to Wild in a shootout
The trouble for the Oilers lately has been shots and consistency. For this game, the Oilers were able to match their opponents in terms of shots but consistency continued to elude the team. The Oilers earned a 2-0 lead and not only let that slide, but also managed to lose in the shootout. Of course what makes it worse is that it was to a division rival.
There is no denying the love the city of Edmonton has for Ryan Smyth, and now there is a song expressing this love. Nielson at the Team 1260 has posted “We Built This Smitty” a re-working of We Built This City by Starship. In the words of Nielson “We figured that Ryan Smyth probably deserved his own song. So we give to you. “We Built This Smitty” “
Following the Taylor Hall injury update, news that Ben Eager has some injury woes and Anton Lander took a maintenance day, the Edmonton Oilers have recalled centreman Ryan O’Marra from the Oklahoma City Barons. First round pick O’Marra was acquired by the Oilers as part of the package in the trade of Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders on NHL trade deadline day 2007. During his time with the Oilers, O’Marra has played 24 NHL games, 24 ECHL games and 240 AHL games.
Oilers lose 2-1 to Predators
Monday night was Jordan Eberle mini-stick night in Rexall Place. The first 10,000 fans in attendance were given this collectable and much like Ryan Smyth bobblehead night, Eberle would be one of the most effective players on the team. Unfortunately, Eberle’s lone goal in the first period was not enough to earn an Oilers win.
The Team Canada World Juniors camp invitations have been announced and only 3 players from last year’s silver medal winning team will be returning. This group of players features no real surprises, but definitely a large number of talented players.
Edmonton Oilers’ prospect goaltender Tyler Bunz is on the list as is Edmonton Oil Kings defencemen Mark Pysyk. Both are Edmonton natives who are hoping to represent their country in their home town.
Aaron Vickers of NHL.com has some comments from Team Canada head of scouting Kevin Prendergast:
I think the skill factor overall (is higher),” Prendergast said. “We have a lot of skilled defensemen. Not near as big as we were last year, but we have good players back there. We’re young up front compared to where we were last year, but you look at these kids, you look at their stats, where they were drafted in the (NHL) draft, they were in NHL camps for a while. They understand what they have to bring when they get here.
“If I held my breath every time that Taylor Hall went flying into the net, I’d have brain problems… Maybe I do anyway but he’s relentless and he’s a reckless type of player and those are hard people to defend. As long as he keeps missing those posts, I’m alright with that.” That was Edmonton Oilers’ head coach Tom Renney following the Oilers 9-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks November 19th. Unfortunately for Renney, I don’t think that he’s as fine with Hall’s “reckless” play today. Following a disappointing 5-2 Oilers loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Taylor Hall has undergone an MRI.
Oilers beat Wild 4-2
This win was a very long time coming. The Oilers had not won their past 17 outings to St. Paul Minnesota; the last win was Jan 16th, 2007. Of course the Oilers have a similar losing streak in Dallas, and it is still fairly recently that the Oilers have broke a Nashville losing streak, but still this was truly a momentous day in the life of many an Oiler fan. Of course Tom Renney would be so calm following this game, saying “It’s just another win.”
“Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I am thankful for family and so much more including being back in the lineup tomorrow and pretzel M&M’s.” That was a tweet that Oiler fans and media alike were happy to read yesterday afternoon from Ryan Whitey.
Whitney was out of the game since December 28th, 2010 due to an ankle injury and then didn’t play another game until October 18th this season. Unfortunately for Whitney, he suffered a knee injury his fourth game in on October 25th. A month later, Whitney is said to return to the Oilers lineup.
This could be the second year in a row that an Edmonton Oiler goaltender prospect may be in net for Team Canada at the World Juniors tournament. Last year, Roy played the opening game for Team Canada and two other important preliminary games but struggled with consistency. Mark Visentin was Team Canada’s second goaltender who would start 4 games, and was the goaltender the team relied on through the final game. This year, it is Medicine Hat Tiger’s netminder Tyler Bunz who is on the radar for Team Canada.
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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