Thursday, September 30, 2010

Souray to Oklahoma City? What the.....?


Today Oilers GM Steve Tambellini went on Inside Sports with Dan Tencer to talk about many of things, one was what does Steve Tambellini plan to do with Sheldon Souray after he clears waivers? Tambellini hinted that minors could be an option as he continues to wait for a trade that will send Souray else where in the league. Does this mean that he will be assigned to Oklahoma City? Tambellini said "We want to see if we can make a trade happen. If not, we'll have to assign him to the minors." There is no specific mention of Oklahoma City, but one would imagine that the organization doesn't want Souray taking playing time from their young prospects such as, Jeff Petry, Alex Plante, Taylor Chorney, Theo Peckham and Johan Motin. Not to mention that players like Petiot, Belle will probably still be sent to the minors.

Where does this leave the Oilers? Do they do what Washington recently did and "loan" Souray to another American Hockey League team to get the playing time needed to facilitate a trade? Or do they assign Souray to Oklahoma, tell him not to report and just pay him for this season and facilitate a buyout next off season? Souray of course could be assigned to Oklahoma, choose to not report and forfeit $9 million? Only time will tell what becomes of the man that once said he would not pull a Pronger and demand a trade.

-Written by Brandon-

Oklahoma CIty Barons LIVE TweetCast of Blue vs White


Welcome to this special, LIVE TweetCast of the Oklahoma City Barons, White vs Blue training camp game. We follow Scott and Eric as the head down to the Cox Convention Center to watch the future Oilers/OKC Barons get ready for a great hockey season. Should be a good time.

GO BARONS!!!





Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Few Guys Surprise In Oilers Win / Beers and Jeers Game Recap


BEERS & JEERS GAME RECAP

Welcome to another fine Edmonton Oilers Beers & Jeers Game Recap.

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FINAL SCORE

EDMONTON OILERS - 4

PHOENIX COYOTES - 3  SO

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TONIGHT'S STARTING LINES

Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Dustin Penner - Andrew Cogliano - Gilbert Brule
Liam Reddox - Colin Fraser - Ryan Jones
Alex Giroux - Ryan O'Marra - Colin McDonald

Ladislav Smid - Alex Plante
Taylor Chorney - Tom Gilbert
Richard Petiot - Kurtis Foster

Jeff Deslauriers
Martin Gerber

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

*COMING SOON*

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BEERS & JEERS PLAYER GRADES


The Cult of Hockey Grading System:
10 perfect game,  9 extraordinary,  8 great,  7 good,  6 above average,
5 average,  4 below average,  3 poor,  2 terrible,  1 deserves to be in minors.

#2 JAMES VANDERMEER - (0) DNP

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (0) DNP

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (7) Smid had a real good game. He picked up an assist and had 4 blocked shots. With all this talk about players being ready to take the next step, that's Smid. He's ready.

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (0) DNP

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (0) DNP

#12 ALEXANDRE GIROUX - (6) Giroux had a goal and it did look pretty. But I don't think even with a strong game like tonight, it's enough to stick with the Oilers.

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (6) While he did have some good flashes of goodness on the PK, I wasn't all that much of a fan of his tonight. He had 3 shots and that's about all. He did go 50% on faceoffs. That's an improvement.

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (0) DNP

#16 COLIN FRASER - (6) Fraser played the same way he's played this pre-season. Gritty and hard nosed. He's a guy that will stick up for his linemates. I think I'm going to like Fraser.

#22 JF JACQUES - (0) Injured

#23 LINUS OMARK - (0) DNP

#25 BEN ONDRUS - (0) DNP

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (7) Foster had himself a steady and productive game. He had a couple of shots and a few hits. There isn't much more to say about Foster other than he's a good guy to have. Very sound.

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (6) I didn't like his game (Other than his overtime winning goal). He didn't stick out at all for me tonight. I kept waiting for him to make people take notice and he didn't. Can he succeed on the 3rd line this year? Hope so.

#28 RYAN JONES - (6) Jones, in my opinion had a pretty good first half. Even though he was a team worst -3, he did play well. He made some hits and worked his butt off and the minus ratings weren't directly a result of him. In the race for 13 (th spot) with Reddox, I think Jones beat him this game. Tamby must be happy with today's game.

#29 MARTIN GERBER - (7) Gerber came in after JDD went out at the halfway point and made JDD look bad. Gerber is a very capable NHL goalie and should almost stay with the Oilers. His positioning really helps him make a save and make it look easy. If he does go to the Barons, they are going to have solid goaltender this year.

#33 STEVE MACINTYRE - (0) DNP

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - (0) DNP

#37 RICHARD PETIOT - (8) BEERS Wow! Petiot won the hearts of the Oiler fans tonight. He was a complete package. He had 6 bone jarring hits and 5 blocked shots. I am tiger, hear me roar! Petiot just made the decision a little easier for Tamby, he's at another level above the rest of the bubble guys. He should make the team. He's that good.

#38 JEFF DESLAURIERS - (6) All he had to do was play a good game to keep his head above the water. He did start out great. He even covered the top part of the net well. But after the first goal, he kind of unravelled. Was this the last time we see JDD in an Oilers uniform? Waivers or a trade seems likely here.

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (0) DNP

#41 TAYLOR CHORNEY - (7) You guys should have seen him play. He had a huge hit and then dropped the gloves with Vern Fiddler and actually did really good. He even blacked a few shots. This wasn't the normal Chorney. I liked this one!

#42 RYAN O'MARRA - (6) Nothing special from O'Marra. He did pick up an assist and played OK for the most part. Unless he was different in person (compared to my TV), he's going down to OKC.

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (0) DNP

#45 SHAWN BELLE - (0) DNP

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (0) DNP

#48 ALEX PLANTE - (7) Plante had a heck of a game. He's also making it tough on Renney on who he's going to keep. Plante took some lessons from MacIntyre this morning and I was hoping for a fight. He didn't, but his game was very physical. Did I mention the assists? 2 of them actually.

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (0) DNP

#54 CHRIS VANDE VELDE - (0) DNP

#57 COLIN MACDONALD - (6) He drew a penalty with some hustle and hard work. I liked that he showed me he wasn't a waste like I said he was. He proved me wrong tonight. Heck, he even scored a goal. Colin's not going to make the Oilers, but he sure is working his ass off and trying.

#58 JEFF PETRY - (0) DNP

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (7) I liked Brule. Best guy on his line.  He tried hard and made some nice plays. 3 shots and 4 hits is a good night for Brule. Add an assist and and that gives him a 7.

#77 TOM GILBERT - (7) Normal Tom Gilbert game. Nothing much to complain about other than he's a shoe shopping softie.

#83 ALES HEMSKY - (8) BEERS Hemsky had fun tonight. He's a different player with Paajarvi and Gagner. This is going to be the #1 line. Hemsky's passing was on the money, but he does still need to shoot more. Maybe he's saving them for the shootout winners like tonight. Atta boy Hemsky! He's the thing that pushed him up to an 8. He blocked 2 shots. I don't recall the last time I seen him do that.

#85 LIAM REDDOX - (6) The Red Ox played well. Did he shine more than Jones? I don't know. I don't think he did. Stat wise he didn't do much. Overall playing, he was OK.

#89 SAM GAGNER - (8) The new 1st line center was fantastic. He needs to hit the net more and maybe he would score more. Hehe! He did score a beauty on a breakaway. He went 41% on the faceoff dot and that is still an area that needs improving, but that's about it. He can play the game with his smarts. Playing with those guys makes him look smarter. I hope they stay together.

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (8) BEERS Holy hell Paajarvi can fly. BOOM! Just like that he's off like a bat out of hell. He provides so much space for the skilled Hemsky and the shorter, Gagner. Paajarvi is the glue for any line, but this line needs him the most. No doubt in my mind Paajarvi has the best shot to win the Calder for rookie of the year. He's just THAT GOOD!

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EVENT SUMMARY

GAME SUMMARY

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BAD TIMING PENALTY (what is a Bad Timing Penalty?)

None -

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POST GAME VIDEO

*coming soon*

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Cult Of Hockey - Edmonton Journal

-Written by Smokin' Ray-

Oilers vs Coyotes LIVE TweetCast


Welcome to this LIVE TweetCast of the Oilers vs Coyotes pre-season game.

Church of Eberle Game Preview

TONIGHTS LINES

Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Dustin Penner - Andrew Cogliano - Gilbert Brule
Liam Reddox - Colin Fraser - Ryan Jones
Alex Giroux - Ryan O'Marra - Colin McDonald

Ladislav Smid - Alex Plante
Taylor Chorney - Tom Gilbert
Richard Petiot - Kurtis Foster

Jeff Deslauriers
Martin Gerber
GOILERS!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Who The Heck Is Tyler Fleck?

And why do we keep hearing his name?

Isn't that a good question? Who is Tyler Fleck and why all the buzz at the OKC Barons training camp?

With one flick (or Fleck) of the keyboard, the first page I came across was his Hockey DB Stats page. Ahhh... He was apart of the Oklahoma City Blazers, the old "main" hockey team in OKC. Well that didn't take long to figure out why the OKC fans are asking about him. Makes sense.

Fleck and a Fan
But what makes him special and still sought after? Is it just nostalgia or is there more?

From the reports that I read and been told, Tyler Fleck was/is your typical hard nosed defencemen. A real team player. He's one of those Jason Smith/Steve Staios type of guys. You know, the "I'll take a puck to the balls or the face if that means that your not scoring" type of guy.

He was the captain of the OKC Blazers and did a great deal of service and support for OKC.

"Tyler Fleck is a tough defenseman who has been a standout player for a number of years in this league (CHL)," Tulsa Oilers coach Bruce Ramsay said. "He's the kind of player that will sacrifice every part of his body to make a great play."

In 2002/03, he had a personal CHL high, 223 penalty minutes. He wasn't a soft guy to play against by any means. It's almost like he's a Canadian.

Oh....

He is Canadian. Tyler was born on January 20, 1979 in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, which would make him 31 years old right now. Like Don Cherry would say, "He's a good Canadian Kid!". *thumbs up*

After having some decent seasons over his 10 plus years in the CHL, he had an injury plagued year last season and it cost him. After the Blazers folded, Tyler went to Missouri and was traded a little later on to the Tulsa Oilers to finish out the year. During that year he only played in only 37 games.

OKC Blazers Logo
He's since recovered from the injuries and he feels like he's ready to go. So when the Barons came to town, Fleck wanted a chance. He's living that chance right now as he works his ass off to make the team.

As fun and exciting as it has been for the former OKC Blazers fans to get one more glimpse at the man they loved for so long, he may fall short of making this team this time around. The Barons are looking to be quite a young team and Fleck may not fit into their plans. The man whose hits were called "Fleck Checks", is OK with that. He's fully prepared to go to accept his fate and he will go to Tulsa and play with the Oilers this season.

He's ready to play and play he will... he just would have liked it to be in OKC one more time.

Jason Pitton Returns to the Stockton Thunder / #StkThunder


09/28/2010 10:21 AM - Forward is eighth to return from last year's Conference Finals squad

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MORE: JASON PITTON CAREER STATISTICS
VIDEO: (Coming soon) Matt Thomas comments on bringing back Jason Pitton

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, and Thunder head coach Matt Thomas announced today the team has re-signed left winger Jason Pitton (PITT-in). Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pitton, 24, is the eighth player to return from last year's Thunder team that advanced to the National Conference Finals for the first time.

"Jason became a key contributor to our success and everyone remembers how much of a force he was in our playoff run last season," said Thomas. "He's a big body, a great skater, has a great set of hands and brings quite a bit of toughness to our identity. We want to be a big, strong team that can score goals, make you pay physically and he fits that identity to a 'T' with his playing style."

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Jason Pitton (17) lays a check into Logan MacMillan of the Bakersfield Condors. (photo by Sean Blair)
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The 6-foot-2, 230-pound forward was selected by the New York Islanders in the eighth round (244th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and enjoyed a career-high 11 goals and 24 points (11g-13a) in 38 ECHL games. He led the Thunder with seven goals in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and totaled 14 points (7g-7a) in 15 postseason games.

Currently, he is attending AHL training camp with the Manitoba Moose and was signed by Springfield on Jan. 21 on a professional tryout agreement last season. He suited up 25 AHL games, scoring one goal, one assist and adding 22 penalty minutes.

The Brampton, Ontario native has collected 37 career points (16g-21a) in 61 ECHL games with Stockton and Utah. In 161 career games in the AHL, Pitton has registered 24 goals, 54 points (24g-30a) and 198 penalty minutes with Bridgeport and Springfield.

"It wasn't too hard of a decision to come back considering I had such a great time last year with our great group of guys in the room, the fans and the enjoyable experience of playing in Stockton night in and night out," said Pitton. "I know with Matt Thomas and Matt O'Dette back here again, we'll have that same type of feel to it. I've been working off the ice at refining my physical conditioning and on the ice with my hands, and I can't wait use that to contribute offensively."

Pitton scored 60 goals, 104 points (60g-44a) and collected 122 penalty minutes in 204 career games through four seasons (2002-06) in the Ontario Hockey League with Sault Ste. Marie and Guelph.

OPENING NIGHT AND TICKET INFORMATION

Opening Night is Friday, Oct. 15, when the Thunder opens the 2010-11 regular season at home against the Ontario Reign, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Stockton Arena. The Thunder and Alaska Aces meet in the preseason opener on Oct. 5 at Sullivan Arena, beginning at 8:15 p.m. The Thunder and Ontario Reign square off in the only preseason game at Stockton Arena on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Training camp opens Sunday, Oct. 3 at Stockton Arena, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

A two-time recipient of the ECHL "Award of Excellence," Thunder was voted "Best Local Sports Team" by readers of the San Joaquin Magazine, led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the fifth consecutive season in 2009-10. Season Tickets and mini-plans for 2010-11 are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit http://www.stocktonthunder.com/.

-Written by the Stockton Thunder-

*Reprinted by OilersJambalaya.com with permission from the Stockton Thunder hockey club*

OKC Barons Training Camp / Day 2 / LIVE TweetCast


Welcome to Day 2 of the Oklahoma City Barons training camp LIVE TweetCast. The OKC Barons are the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers hockey club.

Eric (aka: @AHLBarons ) one half of our OKC Barons news reporting team will be LIVE at the Cox Convention Center today for the OKC Barons training camp. He will be tweeting what he sees and it will give us an inside look at what's going on down in OKC.

Tweet him any questions you may have.

DAY 1 OF TRAINING CAMP VIDEO'S   

GO BARONS!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Oilers Deal With 6 Players Today And My Thoughts On Releasing Players

The Edmonton Oilers trimmed down the roster today by 6 six players. These three -- Teemu Hartikainen (LW), Johan Motin (D) and Jake Taylor (D) -- have been assigned to the OKC Barons. They will report ASAP.

The Oilers also placed Brad Moran (C) and Greg Stewart (LW) on waivers for purpose of assignment to Oklahoma City. I doubt anyone takes them so there is another 2 guys for the Barons.

The Oilers also released Jared Aulin (C) completely.

Our good friend Russ Jericho did some digging and the OKC Barons website made a whole bunch of pages in preparation of these guys coming to OKC. Aulin was found to have a page.

Edmonton Oilers
Later on today after all this happened, Ryan Rishaug said that Aulin was indeed invited to try out at the OKC Barons training camp, but no contract was offered. Rishaug went on to say he's considering his options.

There are now 37 players left at the Oilers main camp.

That's it for the news. Now it's time for my opinion.

Why the Oilers only cut 6 players today is crazy. The OKC Barons have started their training camp and with the bulk of their opening day roster still in Edmonton, this makes no sense to me.

I can say with confidence that Colin McDonald won't make the Oilers this year. The same can be said for Ben Ondrus or Chris Vande Velde. Are they really that close to making the team? I wouldn't think so. So why are they still there?

Maybe the Oilers want to ensure that the more "quality" guys get a real Oilers experience? Maybe the Oilers just want to push these guys to the limit? See where they stand?

Or maybe they are that close to a roster spot and I'm just to stupid to see it?

Oklahoma City Barons
Whatever the reason is, I don't like it.

Why not let the guys/kids go to OKC as soon as possible so that they can adjust and find a place to live before the long and tiring season begins? Why not let them go and get used to a new city? Why not let them get familiar with the coaching and management staff before it gets hectic?

Why not?

I can tell you this, this will all make less sense if they release more guys tomorrow. There is no game tonight, so why wait till tomorrow?

I guess we will see what happens in the morning.

ON A SIDE NOTE: If I was GM for a day, I probably would have put Deslauriers (my pick) or Dubnyk on waivers today for the purpose of assignment to OKC. Right now, not many teams are needing/wanting a goalie and if the Oilers do need a goalie to replace Khabibulin, Martin Gerber can come back up. This would have been a good chance to sneak one of them (JDD or DD) through waivers. Like Bob McKenzie said, there was a million guys on waivers today. Why not send a goalie?

-Written by Smokin' Ray-

California Natives Among Five to Main Camp In Stockton / #StkThunder


09/27/2010 12:32 PM - Four with California connections among those earning training camp invites

 
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VIDEO: Sanders, Watson Comments after Friday session

  
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, announced the following five player have been extended and accepted training camp tryout agreement offers from the Thunder Free Agent Tryout Camp, which concluded on Sunday:

 
Brian Cooke (D) - Los Angeles, Calif.

Jason Lindner (G) - North Vancouver, B.C.

Sean Menton (RW) - Monrovia, Calif.

Drew Sanders (F) - Modesto, Calif.

Marcus Watson (C) - San Jose, Calif.

 
Cooke, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound defenseman, skated as a red shirt freshman for the hockey program at Wayne State University (NCAA) in 2006-07 before the team disbanded and previously was a first team All-star defenseman (South Division) for the Bridgewater Bandits Junior A team of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. A native of Los Angeles, he served as a Head Counselor for the Los Angeles Kings "Kings Camp 2010" during the summer and ended his Amateur hockey career with the LA Kings Midget AAA Major team.

 
Lindner, a 6-foot, 185-pound goaltender, suited up for Utah Valley University of the American Collegiate Hockey Association and spent two years each with the Weyburn Red Wings Junior A and Delta Ice Hawks Junior B teams. During the 06-07 season with Weyburn, he ranked third in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with 2,753 minutes while recording a .903 save percentage and one shutout in 56 games. He served as a referee last season in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League.

 
Menton, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound forward, suited up in six games for the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League last season and recorded two penalty minutes. The 21-year old also skated for Salem of the Empire Junior Hockey League in 2007-08 and recorded nine points (4g-5a) and 47 penalty minutes in 37 games. He was also named Player of the Game in three contest of the Provincial Championships in Alberta with the North Peace Navigators and scored two goals and added an assist in three games.

 
Sanders, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound forward, returns to Thunder training camp for the second time in his career after skating with the team and suiting up in one preseason game in 2007-08. The 27-year old last suited up for the Jersey Rockhoppers of the Eastern Professional Hockey League in 2008-09, ranking tied for second on the team with 41 assists and fourth in scoring with 58 points (17g-41a) in 50 games.

 
The Modesto native attended local Fred C. Beyer High School and appeared in 129 career games at Sacred Heart University (NCAA) while scoring 26 career points (5g-21a) with 82 penalty minutes. He skated for the local Stockton Colts youth hockey program for two seasons (1992-94).

 
Watson, a San Jose native, has suited up in 103 career junior games in the Western Hockey League with the Prince George Cougars, scoring 27 points (10g-17a) and adding 50 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound pivot also added an assist and four penalty minutes in six games with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2006-07. His experience includes an invite to San Jose Sharks development camp in 2007 and participating in the Junior Sharks program.

 
Training camp opens at Stockton Arena at Sunday, Oct. 3 at 5:00 p.m. A full camp roster will be announced soon.

 
OPENING NIGHT AND TICKET INFORMATION
Opening Night is Friday, Oct. 15, when the Thunder opens the 2010-11 regular season at home against the Ontario Reign, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Stockton Arena. The Thunder and Alaska Aces meet in the preseason opener on Oct. 5 at Sullivan Arena, beginning at 8:15 p.m. The Thunder and Ontario Reign square off in the only preseason game at Stockton Arena on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

 
A two-time recipient of the ECHL "Award of Excellence," Thunder was voted "Best Local Sports Team" by readers of the San Joaquin Magazine, led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the fifth consecutive season in 2009-10. Season Tickets and mini-plans for 2010-11 are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit http://www.stocktonthunder.com/.

-Written by the Stockton Thunder-

 

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Oklahoma City Barons Training Camp LIVE TweetCast


Welcome to this special LIVE TweetCast of the Oklahoma City Barons training camp.

Scott from OilFieldHockey.com is in attendance today so we will follow his tweets and the tweets of the Barons as they get underway today in OKC.

Thanks to Scott for tweeting LIVE throughout the day.

GO BARONS!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Eberle/Horcoff/Omark Show / Beers and Jeers Edmonton Oilers Game Recap


BEERS & JEERS GAME RECAP

Welcome to another fine Edmonton Oilers Beers & Jeers Game Recap.

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FINAL SCORE

EDMONTON OILERS - 8

VANCOUVER CANUCKS - 2

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TONIGHT'S STARTING LINES

Taylor Hall (4) - Shawn Horcoff (10) - Jordan Eberle (14)
Dustin Penner (27) - Gilbert Brule (67) - Linus Omark (23)
Alexandre Giroux (12) - Jared Aulin (47) - Ben Ondrus (25)
Teemu Hartikainen (56) - Chris Vande Velde (54) - Zack Stortini (46)

Ryan Whitney (6) - Jeff Petry (58)
Jim Vandermeer (2) - Theo Peckham (49)
Jason Strudwick (43) - Johan Motin (39)

Nikolai Khabibulin (35)
Martin Gerber (29)

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS



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BEERS & JEERS PLAYER GRADES

The Cult of Hockey Grading System:
10 perfect game,  9 extraordinary,  8 great,  7 good,  6 above average,
5 average,  4 below average,  3 poor,  2 terrible,  1 deserves to be in minors.

#2 JAMES VANDERMEER - (7) What he lacks in offensive skill, he makes up for it in effort. Seeing him play, I'm not entirely sure why the Coyotes gave up on him like that. He was a team best +3 and had 2 assists. How much did he play? 21:22.

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (7) Hall was good but he wasn't on the Eberle level of good. Hall had 2 assists and was a +1. He has great hockey sense and he's starting to understand the NHL level. I know this is pre-season, but he's going to be OK this year. He's going to put points up. He had a great chance to score but just missed. I can't wait to see him score in the regular season.

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (0) DNP

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (7) Again another solid performance. Whitney is, and will be the best Oilers defenceman this year. He just doesn't do anything wrong. As much as I miss Lubo, Whitney is a rock! Oh.. he also had a team high 3 blocked shots.

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (8) BEERS Horcoff had a good game. He had 2 goals and an assist for a 3 point night. His downfall? 29% on the faceoff dot. Horcoff would have received a 9 if he wasn't so crappy on faceoffs.

#12 ALEXANDRE GIROUX - (5) He played 11:24 and really didn't do anything special. He had 2 hits and 2 shots and if this was his last "look", I assume he goes to OKC relatively soon.

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (0) DNP

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (9) BEERS What can I say about this kid? How about "HOLY FREAKING AWESOME!". He scored 2 minutes into the game and never looked back. He fed off of Horcoff and played a near perfect game. He only played 14:21 but scored 2 goals and had an assist for 3 points. 2 shots, 2 goals. Not bad for a rookie. I sure hope Eberle and the rest of these kids can do this in regular season.

#16 COLIN FRASER - (0) DNP

#20 BRAD MORAN - (0) DNP

#22 JF JACQUES - (0) Injured

#23 LINUS OMARK - (9) BEERS WOW! Finally the real Omark stands up. No more playing with the pluggers (no offense to the pluggers), Omark has his own coming out party. His slick and sick youtube moves came to life tonight. He made a 4 player deke into a goal. Crazy, crazy stuff. If the Oilers do keep Omark, he needs top 6 minutes or he's just not effective. Look at last game and today. Big difference.

#25 BEN ONDRUS - (6) He's going to be a good player for the Barons. He played well tonight and I would suspect that this was the end of the road.

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (0) DNP

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (7) Faster than last year, by a long shot. Penner had good chemistry with Omark and Brule and he scored twice to show he's still got it. While it wasn't his usual power forward game, he was very effective.

#28 RYAN JONES - (0) Injured

#29 MARTIN GERBER - (0) DNP He was dressed but never went in.

#33 STEVE MACINTYRE - (0) DNP

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - (6) He played OK. He didn't face a lot of shots or tough one for that matter. This was a good game for him to play in. He got a win and some game action. He will need some more games before I get comfortable with him in net. For what it's worth, he didn't look distressed or in pain, so at least the injury might be OK now.

#36 GREGORY STEWART (0) - DNP

#37 RICHARD PETIOT - (0) DNP

#38 JEFF DESLAURIERS - (0) DNP

#39 JOHAN MOTIN - (5) Motin will be a good guy in OKC. I like his style but he's not quite NHL ready yet. While he didn't look out of place, he wasn't commanding the ice. He did earn an assist on the Omark goal in the 3rd. His bad part of his game tonight? 3 giveaways. Tied for a team high.

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (0) DNP

#41 TAYLOR CHORNEY - (0) DNP

#42 RYAN O'MARRA - (0) DNP

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (6) Strudwick was Strudwick. Same old, same old. But a little above average.

#45 SHAWN BELLE - (0) DNP

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (6) AWESOME! His fight that is. He went toe to toe with Darcy Hordichuk and it was one hell of a fight. Storts was bleeding like a stuck pig after that fight and definitely looked the worst. He had PP time and some PK time. Stortini is expected to take a more improved role with the club. I think he's going towards that.

#47 JARED AULIN - (5) He was OK. Nothing great. I watched him close because I wanted to see him and how he plays. He seems like a decent two way player. No real complaints. His main niche is his faceoffs. He went 9 wins 6 losses for a 60% percentage. I would think the Barons sign him. Worth it on the faceoffs alone.

#48 ALEX PLANTE - (0) DNP

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (7) Solid game. He didn't take any stupid penalties and played well. Peckham is making it hard for the Oilers to decide. How do you not keep him? He played 21:31 and had a team high 5 hits. The Oilers need more guys like Peckham.

#54 CHRIS VANDE VELDE - (6) While I did like him -- before and after his goal -- he didn't stand out from the other Canucks players. He and Hartikainen played well together and if I was a betting man, I'd play them together with the Barons.

#56 TEEMU HARTKAINEN - (6) Same as Vande Velde. Decent job tonight, just won't make the team this year. He will have a good season in OKC and will grow to be a great player down the road for the Oilers.

#57 COLIN MACDONALD - (0) DNP

#58 JEFF PETRY - (6) A young Tom Gilbert. Petry played well and didn't really screw up too bad, but he didn't make an impact in the game. His assist on the Vande Velde goal was the result of some good passing. Petry will shut down guys all year on OKC.

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (7) While I was a fan of Brule tonight, I wasn't a big fan of the 3 giveaways, I was a fan of the 3 hits and the 67% face off percentage. I was also a fan of the two assists. Brule pays a wild style so sometimes giveaways occur. You can tell he loves playing with Penner.

#68 TYLER PITLICK - (0) Sent back to Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL).

#77 TOM GILBERT - (0) DNP

#81 JAKE TAYLOR - (0) DNP

#83 ALES HEMSKY - (0) DNP

#85 LIAM REDDOX - (0) DNP

#89 SAM GAGNER - (0) DNP

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (0) DNP

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EVENT SUMMARY

GAME SUMMARY

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BAD TIMING PENALTY (what is a Bad Timing Penalty?)

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Oilers vs Canucks LIVE TweetCast


Welcome to the Oilers vs Canucks LIVE TweetCast.

If you have Shaw Direct the you will be watching this game on the TV. If you are in the U.S., then you can watch the game on the NHL Channel. If you are a Bell person, stick around here as we will try and find a link for you to watch the game on your PC.

Khabibulin returns to action tonight after a long summer of jokes and burns. I, much like everyone else just want to move on and get down to some hockey. Tonight we will see where he is in his process of recovery (alcohol and injury).

Linus Omark moves up to the 2nd line to play with Brule and Penner. This should be good to see what he can do with some better linemates. Keep an eye on #23.

We also get our first glimpse of Jared Aulin. Who is Jared Aulin and what makes him so special? We get to find out tonight.

Tonight's Lines

Taylor Hall (4) - Shawn Horcoff (10) - Jordan Eberle (14)
Dustin Penner (27) - Gilbert Brule (67) - Linus Omark (23)
Alexandre Giroux (12) - Jared Aulin (47) - Ben Ondrus (25)
Teemu Hartikainen (56) - Chris Vande Velde (54) - Zack Stortini (46)

Ryan Whitney (6) - Jeff Petry (58)
Jim Vandermeer (2) - Theo Peckham (49)
Jason Strudwick (43) - Johan Motin (39)

Nikolai Khabibulin (35)
Martin Gerber (29)

GOILERS!!!

Taylor Hall / The October Wallpaper

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Here it is folks, the October wallpaper.

Our good friend Russ Jericho made another great wallpaper for us all to enjoy.

This time it's Taylor Hall. Awesome job Russ!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

OKC Barons Training Camp; A Reference Guide

Earlier today, the Barons released their training camp roster. 31 players are listed to be there, barring any more cuts by the Oilers on Sunday. Since I hadn’t heard of most of the names on the list, I figured I’d compile a bit of a reference guide for a little bit more info on the players. You can check out my previous post on the Allen Americans players attending here.

F - Mark Arcobello, 22
5’8”, 165 lbs.

Played the last four years for Yale. Posted a 35 point season in 08-09, and a 36 point season in 09-10, playing 34 games each season. Hasn’t signed anywhere this year as far as I’ve been able to find.

LW – Jesse Gimblett, 25
6’2”, 209 lbs.

Tried out for the Oilers this season, and was invited to Barons camp. Played the last four years for the Univ. of Alberta, averaging just under a point a game for the last three. Played four games for the Springfield Falcons last season posting one assist and 6 PIM.

C – Milan Kytnar, 21
6’0”, 183 lbs.

Drafted #127 in the ’07 draft by the Oilers, he was assigned to the Barons after trying out for the Oilers. Played last year for the Vancouver Giants, netting 39 points in 42 games. He scored 64 points in 65 games for the Saskatoon Blades in 08-09, as well as 6 points in 7 games with the Slovakia U-20 team in the Junior Championships.

RW – James Livingston, 20
6’1”, 192 lbs.

Drafted #70 in the ‘08 draft by the St. Louis Blues. Tried out for the Oilers and was invited to Barons camp. Played three full season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and part of a fourth before being traded to the Plymouth Whalers. He posted 37 points in 66 games in 08-09. In 09-10, he posted 26 points in 36 games with the Greyhounds and 9 points in 24 games in the regular season and 2 points in 9 games during the Whalers playoff run.

LW – Matt Marquardt, 23
6’2”, 223 lbs.

Drafted #194 in the ’06 draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tried out for the Oilers before being assigned to OKC. Scored 22 points in 71 games in 08-09, and 10 points in 09-10 with the Providence Bruins, and 3 points in 9 games with the Reading Royals before being traded to the Oilers for Cody Wild. He was held scoreless in 4 games with the Springfield Falcons, and scored 2 points with the Stockton Thunder in 7 regular season games and posted 10 points in 15 games in their playoff run.

RW/LW – Mike Thomas, 20
6’1”, 192 lbs.

Tried out for the Oilers and was invited to the Barons camp. Has played 4 season with the Saint John Sea Dogs, scoring 20 points in 51 regular season games and 7 points in 18 games during their playoff run.

F – Brian Matte, 22
5’11”, 165 lbs.

Played in 48 regular season games with the Prince George Cougars last season, posting 30 points and 2 points in their 4 playoff games.

LW – Chris Cloud, 21
5’11”, 185 lbs.

Last season, he was held scoreless in 3 games with the Wheeling Nailers  and posted 21 points in 56 games with the Amarillo Gorillas in their last season.

LW/D – Scott Howes, 23
5’11”, 190 lbs.

Played 5 games in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose in 08-09 but was held scoreless, and posted 22 points in 39 games with the Victoria Salmon Kings. Last season, he posted 26 points in 47 regular season games with the Salmon Kings and was held scoreless in 3 playoff games. Signed with the Stockton Thunder for this season.

C – Troy Schwab, 25
5’8”, 192 lbs.

Played last season with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL, posting 53 points in 67 games. Prior to that, he played four seasons with the Lake Superior State University of the NCAA, posting 110 points in 150 games.

C – Matthew Robertson, 22
5’9”, 159 lbs.

Played last season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the then-IHL, posting 44 points in 76 regular season games, and 2 points in 7 playoff games. He is signed to the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL this season.

RW – Dan Riedel, 25
5’9”, 176 lbs.

In 08-09, he played 55 games with the Dayton Bombers, posting 46 points in 55 games, and 11 points in 17 regular season games, and 14 points in 17 playoff games with the Las Vegas Wranglers. Last season, he posted 41 points in 52 games with the Tulsa Oilers. He is signed to the Tulsa Oilers this season.

F – Mick Lawrence, 27
5’10, 205 lbs.

Has played the last two seasons with the Las Vegas Wranglers, posting 34 points in 38 games in 08-09, and 52 points in 64 games last season.

LW – Matt Pierce, 25
5’11, 181 lbs.

Posted 50 points in 60 regular season games, and 4 points in 9 playoff games with the Cincinnati Cyclones last season. He was held scoreless in one game with the Houston Aeros. He is signed to the Texas Brahmas this season.

LW/RW - Vladimir Nikiforov, 22
5’6”, 170 lbs.

Played the last two seasons with the Utah Grizzlies. Posted 33 points in 45 regular season games and 5 points in 5 playoff games in 08-09. Posted 51 points in 61 regular season games and was held scoreless in 2 playoff games last season. He played 19 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 08-09 posting 5 points in 19 games. He is signed to the Florida Everblades this season.

F – Brian Bicek, 24
5’8”, 170 lbs.

Played last season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, posting 55 points in 76 regular season games and 3 points in 7 playoff games. He is signed to the Evansville Icemen this season.

LW – Philippe Cornet, 20
5’11”, 176 lbs.

Drafted #133 in the ’08 draft by the Oilers. Assigned to OKC after trying out for the Oilers. Played last season with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies posting 77 points in 65 regular season games and 11 points in 11 playoff games. Played for the U-17 Canada Quebec team in 05-06 posting 3 points in 6 games.

D – Jordan Bendfeld, 22
6’3”, 229 lbs.

Drafted #193 in the ’08 draft by the Oilers. Was assigned to OKC after trying out for the Oilers. Has played the last two season with the Stockton Thunder. He posted 3 points in 17 games in 08-09, and 10 points in 52 regular season games along with 5 points in 15 playoff games last season. He played with the Springfield Falcons in 9 games last season posting 1 assist.

D – Brennan Barker, 25
5’11”, 203 lbs.

Has played the last four years with the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Last season, he posted 11 points and 40 PIM in 28 games.

D – Anthony Aiello, 24
6’1”, 194 lbs.

Played 51 games with the Stockton Thunder last season, posting 27 points and 55 PIM in the regular season, and 9 points and 6 PIM in 15 playoff games.

D – Mike Egener, 26
6’4”, 216 lbs.

Drafted #34 in the ’03 draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played 65 games last season with the Ontario Reign posting 29 points and 189 PIM. Played in the AHL with Springfield and Norfolk from 04-08.

D – Steven Vanoosten, 25
6’1”, 194 lbs.

Played last season with the Stockton Thunder, posting 19 points and 16 PIM in 52 regular season games and 7 points and 12 PIM in 15 playoff games.

D – Sean Erickson, 26
6’0”, 174 lbs.

Played last season with the Tulsa Oilers, posting 18 points and 31 PIM in 59 games. He is signed to the Tulsa Oilers this season.

D – Tyler Fleck, 31
5’10”, 209 lbs.

A name that any OKC Blazers fan will know, Fleck played 9 full season with the Blazers before they folded. He split last season between the Missouri Mavericks and the Tulsa Oilers before being injured towards the end of the season.

G – Bryan Pitton, 22
6’1”, 168 lbs.

Drafted #133 in the ’06 draft by the Oilers. He was assigned to OKC after trying out for the Oilers. Played in 22 regular season games with the Stockton Thunder, posting a 2.85 GAA and .921 Save% and 4 playoff games posting a 1.70 GAA and .943 Save%.  He played 8 games with the Springfield Falcons posting a 4.71 GAA and .857 Save%.

G – Beau Erickson, 24
6’1”, 170 lbs.

Began last season with the Reading Royals, playing in 5 games and posting a 2.78 GAA and .915 Save%. Then moved to the Utah Grizzlies, playing in 17 games and posting a 3.32 GAA and .899 Save%. Then he played 2 games with the South Carolina Stingrays, posting a 0.50 GAA and .973 Save%. Played one game with the Portland Pirates, posting a 3.00 GAA and .857 Save%.

G – Wayne Savage, 23
6’0”, 174 lbs.

Played the last two seasons with the Univ. of Prince Edward Island. In 08-09, he played in 15 games posting a 3.72 GAA and .896 Save%. In 09-10, he played in 21 games posting a 3.23 GAA and .904 Save%. He is signed to the Texas Brahmas for this season.

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The Barons camp opens on Monday morning. Scott will be reporting from there on Monday and I will be there on Tuesday and we’ll both be at the Blue/White game on Thursday. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Scott at @OilFieldHockey and myself at @AHLBarons, for live updates. I will also be traveling down to Cedar Park for the Barons preseason game against the Texas Stars on Saturday night.

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

Oklahoma City Barons Announce Training Camp Roster


Well the OKC Barons released their training camp rosters today (listed below). Good list but very surprising that I didn't know a whole lot of them. If you look at my projected roster, and you look at the press release list below in blue, that's a lot of different guys, and a different looking roster.

I know with the Oilers camp cuts coming up, the Barons roster will look more like the Oilers, than Who's by the time it's all said and done.

A good example is Colin McDonald and Jake Taylor. Both players have AHL contracts and yet they aren't on the list. For some reason, Philippe Cornet is also not on the list (maybe injured?), yet all three are listed at the OKC Barons roster page.

Or Martin Gerber. I say he's the obvious choice for goal. He has a 2 way contract which makes him the easiest goalie to send to OKC. No waivers.

By the start of the regular season, this team will be rockin' and rollin'! Can't wait.

OKC HOCKEY IS BACK!

-Written by Smokin' Ray-

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From OKCBarons.com;


The Oklahoma City Barons will open their first American Hockey League training camp September 27 at the Cox Convention Center at 10 a.m., the team’s front office announced today.


The Barons coaching staff of Todd Nelson and Gerry Fleming expect approximately 30 players for the beginning of training camp. The camp will be a mix of players already assigned to the Barons by Edmonton along with players who have been invited to training camp as free agents. On ice training camp sessions are open to the public, are free of charge and will begin at 10 a.m. each morning for the first three days of camp. Players are available for interviews after the practice.


The Barons will take the ice in the first ever Blue/White Intersquad game September 30 at 7:05 p.m. at the Cox Center. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. September 30 marks the first day Barons Season Seat Holders can pick up their ticket books.


Training Camp Schedule:
September 27 - 29 On Ice Practice 10 a.m. – noon
Cox Convention Center


September 30 Blue Team Pregame Skate 10 – 11 a.m.
Cox Convention Center


White Team Pregame Skate 11:15 – 12:15 p.m.
Cox Convention Center


Blue/White Intersquad Game 7:05 p.m.
Cox Convention Center


October 1 On Ice Practice 10 a.m. – noon
Cox Convention Center


October 2 Preseason Game @ TEX 7 p.m.
Cedar Park Center


Players expected at the opening of camp include:


Forwards: Mark Arcobello, Jesse Gimblett, Milan Kytnar, James Livingston, Matt Marquardt, Mike Thomas, Brian Matte, Chris Cloud, Scott Howes, Dustin Donaghy, Jarret Lukin, Dave Bonk, Troy Schwab, Matt Robertson, Dan Riedel, Mick Lawrence, Matt Pierce, Vladimir Nikiforov, Brian Bicek


Defensemen: Jordan Bendfield, Brennan Barker, Anthony Aiello, Mike Egener, Justin DaCosta, Steven Vanoosten, Sean Erickson, Tyler Fleck


Goaltenders: Bryan Pitton, Beau Erickson, Wayne Savage


NOTE: The Oklahoma City Barons preseason game October 2 against the Texas Stars at the Cedar Park Center will be heard on the Barons’ Flagship station, 96.1 FM KXY. The Voice of the Barons, Jim Byers, will provide the play-by-play.

-Written by Josh Evans of the OKC Barons-

Can OilersJambalaya.com Possibly Get Any Better?

You betcha!

To continue on with the New Season, New Life attitude around here, I want to introduce Brandon Drescher from the Church of Eberle hockey blog. Brandon joins Smokin' Ray, Scott, Eric, Paq, Nick and Marsha on the OJ team.

I somehow manged to kidnap, drug and brain wash the guy into thinking writing here at Oilers Jambalaya is a good idea.

Hehe! Gullible people.

All kidding aside, I have been enjoying Brandon's posts over at his blog, and even in the short time it's existed, I can see great potential in Brandon. He has a passion for the Oilers and wants to see them succeed much like the rest of us do. He's been fun to chat with on twitter and we seem to have similar views on the Oilers. I think Brandon is going to fit in around here just fine.

He's always around when ever there is a TweetCast and he will also be posting about whatever is on his mind.

The way I look at it, every good team needs a hot shot rookie right? There... so now we have one. ;)

Let's all welcome the (rookie) Brandon to Oilers Jambalaya.

Thanks for coming to OJ Brandon!

YOU CAN FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER HERE

THE CHURCH OF EBERLE HOCKEY BLOG

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stockton Thunder Opens Training Camp / #StkThunder


09/22/2010 2:08 PM
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STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, has announced the team's training camp for the 2010-11 season will officially start Sunday, Oct. 3 at Stockton Arena.

The Thunder is scheduled to use Stockton Arena as its flagship practice site. "Fan Fest" will highlight the final week of training camp, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Stockton Arena on Sunday, Oct. 10. Admission for the event is free to the general public and additional information will be announced soon.

All practice sess ions at Stockton Arena are open to the media.

The training camp roster lineup will vary for all practice sessions. Those media members seeking specific players should check with the Thunder media relations department in advance for the best time to gain access to individuals as it will likely change daily. Media availability for Thunder head coach Matt Thomas will be held immediately following the conclusion of each day's session.

A training camp roster will be announced soon.

All media wishing to cover practice sessions must contact the Thunder media relations department at (209) 373-1500. As per club media policy, the training room and restrooms inside the team dressing room are strictly off-limits at all times. Players receiving medical treatment in training room during the access period will be available to the media following treatment.

STOCKTON THUNDER 2010-11 TRAINING CAMP SKATE TIMES
DATE                   LOCATION           TIME
SUNDAY Oct. 3 Stockton Arena 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
MONDAY Oct.4 Stockton Arena 10:00 - Noon
TUESDAY Oct. 5 Stockton Arena (Non-traveling players) 10:00 - 11:30
Sullivan Arena (Pre-game skate) Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Game at Alaska (Sullivan Arena) 8:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY Oct. 6 Stockton Arena (Non-traveling players) 10:00 - 11:30
Sullivan Arena (Pre-game skate) Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Game at Alaska (Sullivan Arena) 8:15 p.m.
THURSDAY Oct. 7 Stockton Arena 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY Oct. 8 Stockton Arena (Pre-game skate) 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Game vs. Ontario (Stockton Arena) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY Oct. 9 Citizens Business Bank Arena (Optional) 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Game at Ontario (Citizens BB Arena) 6:00 p.m.
SUNDAY Oct. 10 Fan Fest (Stockton Arena)* 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

* Denotes open to the public
** Times and dates s ubject to change

STOCKTON THUNDER 2010-11 PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE (all times PT)
DATE                  OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
TUESDAY Oct. 5 @ ALASKA Sullivan Arena 8:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY Oct. 5 @ ALASKA Sullivan Arena 8:15 p.m.
FRIDAY Oct. 8 ONTARIO Stockton Arena 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY Oct. 9 @ ONTARIO Citizens Business Bank Arena 6:00 pm

-Written by the Stockton Thunder-

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Kids Provide The Life / Oilers Game Recap


BEERS & JEERS GAME RECAP

Welcome to another fine Edmonton Oilers Beers & Jeers Game Recap.

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FINAL SCORE

EDMONTON OILERS - 5

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING - 2

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TONIGHT'S STARTING LINES

Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Magnus Paajarvi - Andrew Cogliano - Dustin Penner
Liam Reddox - Colin Fraser- Gilbert Brule
Steve MacIntyre - Tyler Pitlick - Linus Omark

Ladislav Smid - Kurtis Foster
Richard Petiot - Tom Gilbert
Shawn Belle - Alex Plante

Devan Dubnyk
Jeff Deslauriers

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS



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BEERS & JEERS PLAYER GRADES

The Cult of Hockey Grading System:
10 perfect game,  9 extraordinary,  8 great,  7 good,  6 above average,
5 average,  4 below average,  3 poor,  2 terrible,  1 deserves to be in minors.


#2 JAMES VANDERMEER - (0) DNP

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (8) BEERS Hall was great. He was a little shaky and uncomfortable in the start but settled in nicely with his linemates Gagner and Hemsky. He played 17:09 and scored his first ever pre-season goal in Rexall. The crowd went nuts. Hell, we went nuts here at home. Taylor Hall for Mayor!

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (7) Very solid. He looked very good with Foster. Smid will play a big role this year with the Oilers and tonight was a good start to that. He would have had a higher rating but his 3 penalties kind of hampers the love from me.

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (0) DNP

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (0) DNP

#12 ALEXANDRE GIROUX - (0) DNP

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (7) Cogliano looked like he was playing with a chip on his shoulder. He scored a goal and played a very decent game. He had some PP and PK time tonight. He looked best on the PK. Good game for Andrew.

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (0) DNP

#16 COLIN FRASER - (6) He's feisty. Which is a good thing for a player who's trying to find a spot on a team that's loaded with talent. I found no real problems in his game. He's not a high level player, but he's very serviceable. He finished +1.

#20 BRAD MORAN - (0) DNP

#22 JF JACQUES - Injured

#23 LINUS OMARK - (5) He had some bright spots, but for the most part, he was a disappointment. I heard so much about him and I wanted to see how he would be in Rexall. He was -1 and played 9:30. I suspect we will see him again.

#25 BEN ONDRUS (0) - DNP

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (8) BEERS I really, really like Foster. I was concerned that there wasn't a replacement for Souray. Foster seems to be that guy. In fact, he's looks like a #3 guy and not a 4-5 guy. He blocked a team high 5 shots and played 19:54. I like this signing.

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (5) I noticed him at the start and after that, it was like he wasn't even playing. He didn't crash the net like he's good at. He didn't force himself at all on the Lightning. I was disappointed in Penner even with an assist. I expected more.

#28 RYAN JONES - (0) DNP

#29 MARTIN GERBER - (0) DNP

#33 STEVE MACINTYRE - (4) JEERS He played well enough not to get burned. But let's be real, he had no place in this game. For the 2nd game in a row, no fight from Big Mac. He took a double minor with less than 5 to go and was tossed. He had no impact on this game at all. Stortini should have played instead. Booooo!

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - (0) DNP

#36 GREGORY STEWART (0) - DNP

#37 RICHARD PETIOT - (7) I quite liked Petiot. He played a very good hard nosed game where he landed some big hits. He possesses a strong defensive coverage. Petiot is going to give the Barons some stability. He played good.

#38 JEFF DESLAURIERS - (7) Played well for coming in cold (unlike Dubnyk yesterday). He seemed to have worked on his positioning this summer and he seems poised and ready to battle for that backup position. I want to see JDD in one more game to make sure I seen what I seen.

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (7) He had a much better game than yesterday. While he was shaky in the 1st and was scored on high glove side, he smartened up and played good for the rest of his time in net.

#41 TAYLOR CHORNEY - (0) DNP

#42 RYAN O'MARRA - (0) DNP

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (0) DNP

#45 SHAWN BELLE - (7) I liked Belle. He was in your face and blocked 4 shots. He's trying to win a job and while I don't think he will get one right now, he's definitely a guy to watch for the future. He had an assist and was +1. All this while playing 19:51 of ice time. Solid!

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (6) DNP

#48 ALEX PLANTE - (8) Holy crap I like Plante! He played an amazing 21:23 and sure didn't look like he wasn't an NHL'er. He may just take that spot on the 3rd pairing. He had 2 assists and was a +1. He never made and stupid mistakes. Plante is a keeper.

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (0) DNP

#54 CHRIS VANDE VELDE - (0) DNP

#56 TEEMU HARTKAINEN - (0) DNP

#57 COLIN MACDONALD - (0) DNP

#58 JEFF PETRY - (0) DNP

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (5) JEERS He didn't do anything. He played only 8:48 because of it. Another disappointing performance. I expected way more out of him. Boooooo!

#68 TYLER PITLICK - (4) JEERS He had little to no effect on this game. He played 7:41 and was -1. Tonight was not his night. You could tell tonight he was a boy amongst men.

#77 TOM GILBERT - (7) He was good enough to not look bad. He never really took control and at times was out played by Petoit. Gilbert is going to have to be a rock with Whitney this year to be successful.

#81 JAKE TAYLOR - (0) DNP

#83 ALES HEMSKY - (7) He had a few great passes to Hall in this game. I thought that for the most part Hemsky had no razzle and no dazzle. There was no fancy moves. He's changed I think. It seemed like he mentally tried to not hold the puck and he tried to pass it around. I liked that. But I still want razzle dazzle.

#85 LIAM REDDOX - (5) He was OK. He did his thing and worked hard. He's just not a game changer, but he will be good in OKC.

#89 SAM GAGNER - (7) He was a good compliment to Hall. He made some neat passes to him and they seemed to have some chemistry. Gagner played 20:04 and did good with that amount of time. He could have been better on the PP and I thought he did not bad on the PK. Mind you, a lot of his laid back playing was directly linked to him having to make sure he back checked. It's not like Hemsky back checks.

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (10) BEERS The best player by a long shot tonight. In fact, this might be the only perfect game I ever hand out. He scored a hat trick and had an assist for a four point night and made it look easy in the process. Paajarvi has been playing with men for a few years and it really shows. I didn't find a single thing wrong with his game (unless I missed something). His speed was explosive and he's a very aggressive puck handler. Give him some time and we might have ourselves the next great Oilers superstar. WOW!

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EVENT SUMMARY

GAME SUMMARY

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BAD TIMING PENALTY (what is a Bad Timing Penalty?)

None - Steve MacIntyre's double minor was close to being a BTP. He late period antics could have cost the Oilers the game if the score was close. But it wasn't and for that reason it wasn't listed as a BTP.
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