Also the Oilers have assigned Taylor Chorney, Colin McDonald, Alex Plante and Jeff Petry to the Oklahoma City Barons.
That leaves the Oilers with the following:
|67||Gilbert Brule||5′ 11″||186||23|
|13||Andrew Cogliano||5′ 10″||188||23|
|14||Jordan Eberle||6′ 0″||185||20|
|16||Colin Fraser||6′ 1″||193||25|
|89||Sam Gagner||5′ 11″||191||21|
|12||Alexandre Giroux||6′ 3″||203||29|
|4||Taylor Hall||6′ 1″||194||18|
|83||Ales Hemsky||6′ 0″||184||27|
|10||Shawn Horcoff||6′ 1″||208||32|
|22||Jean-Francois Jacques||6′ 3″||231||25|
|28||Ryan Jones||6′ 0″||205||26|
|33||Steve MacIntyre||6′ 5″||250||30|
|42||Ryan O’Marra||6′ 2″||220||23|
|23||Linus Omark||5′ 10″||174||23|
|25||Ben Ondrus||5′ 11″||208||28|
|91||Magnus Paajarvi||6′ 3″||200||19|
|27||Dustin Penner||6′ 4″||249||27|
|85||Liam Reddox||5′ 11″||178||24|
|46||Zack Stortini||6′ 4″||215||25|
|54||Chris Vande Velde||6′ 2″||190||23|
|45||Shawn Belle||6′ 1″||235||25|
|26||Kurtis Foster||6′ 5″||226||28|
|77||Tom Gilbert||6′ 3″||206||27|
|49||Theo Peckham||6′ 2″||234||22|
|37||Richard Petiot||6′ 3″||215||28|
|5||Ladislav Smid||6′ 3″||226||24|
|43||Jason Strudwick||6′ 4″||226||35|
|2||James Vandermeer||6′ 1″||214||30|
|6||Ryan Whitney||6′ 3″||210||27|
|38||Jeff Deslauriers||6′ 4″||201||26|
|40||Devan Dubnyk||6′ 6″||202||24|
|35||Nikolai Khabibulin||6′ 1″||206||37|
THOUGHTS ON FINAL CUTS
So assuming a roster built up of 14 forwards / 7 defense / 2 goaltenders, with some “guaranteed” names in the lineup, I’m going to say that this will be the situation on all spots:
“Guarantees”: Brule, Cogliano, Gagner, Horcoff, Hemsky, Penner, Stortini
Very likely: Eberle, Fraser, Hall, Paajarvi
Bubble guys: Giroux, JFJ (IR), Jones, MacIntyre, O’Marra, Omark, Ondrus, Reddox, Vande Velde
My choice: “Very likely” guys all make it. Also Reddox, MacIntyre, JFJ make it (JFJ will likely be on IR when season starts). Giroux returns to farm to light it up. Jones likely claimed on waivers by another team. Rest are sent to OKC and clear waivers if necessary. Omark I only send down because he doesn’t have to clear waivers, and I think we should hang on to Big Mac for a bit during the beginnings of Hall’s career. And I want to see if Jacques still has it in him. Omark would be our first call up if a skilled player gets injured.
Likely to happen: What I’ve mentioned above. Renney has a tough decision between Reddox and Jones. Both are waiver elegible. Both will play a similar role for us. Both play a pretty high energy game. Neither is likely to put up numbers. Reddox probably has a bit of an edge with his PKing ability and that he gives 150% every night.
“Guarantees”: Foster, Gilbert, Smid, Whitney
Very likely: Vandermeer
Bubble guys: Belle, Peckham, Petiot, Strudwick
Note: (2 players likely need to be assigned to OKC or traded, all our defense left are waiver eligible)
My choice: Belle, Peckham, Petiot make it. I’m a bit on the fence on Vandermeer. I’m not all convinced he’s a good defenseman. If he makes the team, it’s because of his toughness, and it gets tough for me on the guy that goes (they all need to clear waivers). Petiot is too soon to tell if he’s legit or not (he’s played 2 games….), the same can be said for Belle. We may be best off waiving one of those guys though over Vandermeer.
Likely to happen: The organization’s love affair with Strudwick continues. New hire Vandeermeer also stays. That forces them to choose between homegrown tough-as-nails prospect Theo Peckham, Shawn Belle and Richard Petiot. And I’d have to think Peckham wins here since the others have struggled to find homes.
Bubble guys: Deslauriers, Dubnyk
My choice: Dubnyk. Both of our goalies are rough around the edges, but Dubnyk seems more polished of a goaltender. On a much smaller scale, Deslauriers is the flashy inconsistent Garon and Dubnyk is our “get the job done” Roloson.
Likely to happen: Ryan Rishaug of TSN and Jason Gregor of the TEAM 1260 seem to figure that the decision has already been made. If that is the case, I suspect that after the Gerber verdict (will Minny or someone else take him on waivers?), the Oilers will send Deslauriers down.