General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Brandon Davidson on a three-year entry level contract.
Davidson, 20, played in 69 games last year with the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, finishing the season with 49 points (13G, 36A) and 83 penalty minutes.
The 6’1″, 202-pound Lethbridge, Alberta native has collected 134 career points (22G, 112A) with the Pats in 200 games along with 191 penalty minutes.
Davidson, who was the captain of the Pats, also made his professional debut when he appeared in two games last season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
The Oilers selected Davidson in the 6th round, 162nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
I have yet to see Davidson play yet, but it’s hard to ignore the kid’s great season (great point totals.. captain of the team, good size… I approve).
Henrik Samuelsson scored the game winner in Game 1
The Edmonton Oil Kings have won their first game of the tourney against host team Shawinigan Cataractes by a score of 4-3. There was some controversy in this one.
With the score 3-1, the Cataractes jammed a puck under goaltender Laurent Brossoit. The referee, positioned behind the net, blew the play dead (no goal). The puck slid into the net moments after the whistle (very, very close). The ref discussed the play with a linesman and they decided to go upstairs for a review.
Strangely (to me), the CHL allows the TV broadcast to tap into the conversation between referees and the goal reviewers. I don’t have the exact transcript, but it went something like this.
Ref: “I blew the play dead. I didn’t see the puck cross the line. I just want to know if it went in the net.”
Reviewer: “The puck did cross the line, the only question is when you blew your whistle” (which if true, is different than the NHL)
Ref again reiterates a couple times that he didn’t see the puck going in before blowing the whistle.
Reviewer: “The puck did cross the line.”
Ref: “So it’s a good goal?”
Reviewer: “It depends on when you blew the whistle. But the puck did cross the line.”
Reviewer: “The call on the ice stands.” (the call on the ice was NO GOAL)
Ref: “So it’s a good goal then?”
Reviewer: “I’m saying the call on the ice stands.”
Ref: “Good goal!” *points to center ice*
Again, that is the paraphrase of the conversation, and not word for word.. but take my word for it, the real conversation wasn’t very much different at all. What a shit show. But luckily the hockey gods sorted this one out, and the Oil Kings won in spite of that bad call. I think the whistle was blown too early, but really, the correct call there was no goal, based on all of the “evidence”.
“Let’s face it, Scotty Bowman would not have done much better with the team Renney was given.”
– Jason Strudwick
I love it, and absolutely agree. I’m not at all a fan of Renney being fired because I don’t think he had been given a proper team at this point. Good luck to the next coach if Tambellini doesn’t completely fix this team’s glue players and goaltending.
Oilers will not renew Renney's contract
The Oilers have announced that they will not renew the contract of Tom Renney. Apparently the leading candidates currently for the position are: Todd Nelson (Oklahoma Barons), Brent Sutter (formerly of the Calgary Flames) and Derek Laxal (Oil Kings).
Laurent Brossoit, the MVP of the WHL Playoffs
Well it’s been forever since I last posted. Sorry, but while the Oilers hockey world has not been busy, I sure as heck have been! I haven’t had a lot of time to post, but this news from tonight deserves posting.
I got to witness some more history tonight at Rexall Place as the Edmonton Oil Kings won the Ed Chynoweth Cup (awarded to the winner of the WHL Playoffs), and will advanced to the 2012 Memorial Cup Final in Shawinigan. Rexall Place was crazy loud tonight. I had recorded a video of the final moments of the game, plus the trophy ceremonies but I goofed up. It didn’t save. Booo. However, this game was absolutely spectacular. The Oil Kings got the early lead and never really took the foot off the gas. I’m pretty proud of how they played.
They will head to Shawinigan for the Memorial Cup, which will feature the host team (Shawinigan Cataractes), the OHL Champion London Knights, and the QMJHL Champions, the Saint John Sea Dogs. The tournament goes from May 18-27th, and is a round-robin format tournament. Each team will play each other once. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will face each other in a semi-final (with the possibility of a tie breaker game before that if necessary). The winner of that semi-final will go on to face the round robin’s top team in the final on the 27th.
I know many of you probably skipped out on watching these Oil Kings games, but I can assure you it was the best hockey I’ve seen all year, even with all the excitement from the Nuge, Hall, and Eberle. Do yourself a favor and watch the Memorial Cup and cheer our junior team on!