The Oilers have lost – well actually that’s irrelevant because that’s not the topic of this article. You, and I, we knew it was going to be like this. We knew the Oilers were going to give it the ole’ kick at the can, but in all likelihood the playoffs were and always were going to be a long shot.
I’ve compiled a list of Oiler players that fans can look forward to seeing in blue & orange in the future. So without further ado, here are the top 5 players (in no particular order) in the Oilers organization currently not playing in Edmonton:
Tyler Pitlick, Center, Medicine Hat Tigers
Stat line: 22 goals, 30 assists, 52 points in 46 games
Taken with 31st overall pick last year, Tyler has made the smooth transition from the NCAA to the WHL. He finds himself with more points than his first round teammate, Anaheim’s Emerson Etem. Tyler uses his 6”2 frame to his advantage adding to an already stellar skill-set which includes offensive upside & incredible vision and decision making skills. This should come as no surprise as Tyler is the nephew of former long time NHL veteran Lance Pitlick.
Anton Lander, Center, Timra IK
Stat line: 8 goals, 14 assists, 22 points in 44 games
Anton was a bargain taken in the 4th round of the 2009 draft. Lander captained this year’s Swedish squad at the World Juniors, filled with NHL ready players who could star for Sweden in this spring’s World Championships – including Lander. Although he didn’t fare too well in the tournament itself, he’s your typical hard working center, smart, with solid defensive instincts. He could step right into the Oilers line-up next season.
Martin Marincin, Defence, Prince George Cougars
Stat line: 13 goals, 33 assists, 46 points in 47 games
The Oilers desperately wanted this guy, they took the risk by passing him at 31 but the Oilers quickly snatched him using the 46th overall pick in the 2010 draft. Marincin is a tall, rather lanky product of Slovakia with tons of international experience. His first season playing in North America has undoubtedly been a great success almost averaging a point per game. He’s solid on the back-end, and proving he has some offensive upside.
Curtis Hamilton, Left Wing, Saskatoon Blades
Stat line: 17 goals, 40 assists, 57 points in 43 games
He was one of my favourite players to watch in the World Juniors, this kid is a workhorse. Despite only playing 26 games in the 2009/10 season, the Oilers were convinced of his capabilities and took him with the 48th pick in the 2010 draft. He’s been making the Oilers look good ever since, he’s emerged as an offensive power forward that isn’t afraid to mix things up. As shown at the WJC’s, he can play any role and excel at it.
Olivier Roy, Goaltender, Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Stat line: 20 wins, 11 losses, 3.02 GAA, .904 SV%
I believed he deserved better at the World Juniors. I don’t think Olivier did anything to warrant his benching for Team Canada, a move that may haunt Dave Cameron for a while. Olivier is quick in his crease and plays to win. He’s never had a losing season in the QMJHL, averaging over 30 wins each season. He’s the goalie that won’t lose you the game, although inconsistent at times, he is by far the best goaltending prospect the Oilers have.