The Oilers paid a visit to St. Paul last night – they never win there. So the result was more of a formality than anything else. The Oilers dropped their 11th straight game – an ugly turn for the worst. Although the season will be somewhat salvaged if the Oilers can manage to have their logo pulled out of a over sized envelope as winners of the first overall pick on April 12th.
Recently the Oilers signed a few prospects, most notably – 19 year old Olivier Roy. Much can be said about Olivier, even though he hasn’t played a single professional game yet. Olivier ended his junior career as he & his Acadie-Bathurst Titan team was upset in the first round of the QMJHL play-offs, getting swept by the Victoriaville Tigres. His numbers weren’t pretty – 6.88 GAA & .739 SV%. But will all that said and done, the kid is a player and he’ll get his chance in Oklahoma City next season.
25 year old forward Hunter Tremblay, winner of the CIS Cup with the New Brunswick Varsity Reds has signed on with the Oilers on a one year, two-way deal. Hunter led the V-Reds in goals with 25 in 27 regular season games. A smallish forward, listed at 5’10 – the Oilers hope he will provide an offensive spark and challenge for a call-up to the big team next season.
Speaking of smallish forward, the Oilers extended the contract of 22 year old Mark Arcobello who has helped the Barons in times when the line-up has been depleted due to all the call-ups the Oilers have been making. By collecting 16 points in 21 games he gets rewarded with a 2-year entry level deal.
The final signing came in the form of a try-out for an Oiler draftee, as 19 year old Brandon Davidson – a 6th round pick in last year’s draft, enjoyed an excellent season for the Regina Pats tallying 52 points in 72 games. Brandon joins the Barons immediately as they push towards a play-off spot – the Barons tied for 8th in the Western Conference – could use the help.