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The Edmonton Oilers assigned several players down to Oklahoma City today to play with the Barons during the NHL lockout. This is great news for Barons fans.
Here is the official press release from the Oilers;
"Edmonton Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the club has assigned the following players to Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League.
Tambellini also announced defenceman David Musil has been assigned to the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League and forward Nail Yakupov has been assigned to the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League."
-WRITTEN BY SMOKIN' RAY BURNT-
- This past summer, I was able to get away to my Cousin's cabin on the Shuswap Lake in B.C. Having time to rest and ponder can be both good and bad. The good part was, I got lots of rest time during my week, time to catch some fun in the sun and maybe get a bit of a tan while at it.
You know your a fan of hockey that while on the water in beautiful sunshine, your holding out hope that the potential lockout will not come to fruition. How can something so trivial occupy my head space at a incredible time like that? I tried to come up with idea's on stories, tried to follow the young prospects getting ready for camp in only a few weeks. Nothing! Had no motivation at all, just because I was worried, I was about to miss some exciting hockey to start the year.
Think about it, ever since the 2010 draft with...
The excitement in 2011 was the same with...
Off-season 2012, the excitement continued as the Oilers won the lottery and were handed a a free gift in the likes of...
TO BE CONTINUED......
Friday, September 14, 2012
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While this isn't big news or anything, cause its happening all over the league, I can only imagine the rumors that could start because of it. Eklund could eat this up.
"Horcoff and Potter are being scouted by the Wings! Trade imminent."
Haha! Oiler fans could only be so lucky.
The third Oiler is Nail Yakupov and is also skating with that crew but isn't in the picture below. I wonder how they are treating the 1st overall pick? Is he recognizable in Motor City? When is he coming back to Edmonton?
We all have our fingers crossed that the NHL season gets underway soon. Well it better! I don't know how much longer I can look at Potter with a Wings jersey on. Seriously... Horcoff didn't have an extra in his bag?
-WRITTEN BY SMOKIN' RAY BURNT-
*Photo courtesy of Bill Roose follow @Bill_Roose on twitter*
2007/2008 21 23 23 46 Centennial High
2008/2009 25 31 33 64 Centennial High
2009/2010 38 11 8 19 Minnesota State University
2010/2011 56 27 35 62 Medicine Hat Tigers
2011/2012 62 7 16 23 OKC Barons
Some people already have considered Tyler to be a flop for a player that was not even expected to drop out of the 1st round of the NHL entry draft. Others looked at his injuries and adjustment to the pro game as a 'wait and see'. Then on the other hand, there are others that feel now that he is healthy and seemingly catching onto the pro game and he is poised for a big season in OKC with the Barons.
Last season Tyler was really starting to come on strong in his game. Coach Nelson has commented several times he likes his work ethic and his ability to play a two way game. At one point the Oilers were looking at him as a Center but that appears all behind now and they are working on grooming him more into a power forward. While not a overly big guy, Tyler is strong and should he come into camp this year beefed up some while not losing a step speed wise, this could be his year. In fact , let me go further and even say, this HAS too be his year if he plans to crack the Edmonton Oilers NHL Squad anytime soon.
Providing Tyler can stay healthy and with his work ethic, one would think this could be a very nice year for this 31st Overall pick.
Last August 2011 I wrote the following at Oilers Jamabalya......
REVS TAKE: Tyler is a determined player and does have the hockey sense and the skills to back it up. Biggest question for me remains can he stay healthy. A healthy season and I say he is definitely PROSPECT