Playoff Predictions, Round 3.. and some Oil news..

By , May 31, 2013 11:24 am


So, to start.. yesterday MacTavish inked big Russian D-man Anton Belov to a 1-year deal (reportedly a cap hit of $1.525M with bonuses). This supposedly was the best we could do as far as length, on an entry level deal… and once it expires, he should be an unrestricted free agent. It’s a fairly low risk move. The Oilers have full expectations this guy can jump into the lineup next year. He sounds fairly raw in his defensive game, which may be a concern. But it sounds like he’s a good puck carrier, and fairly physical. In the KHL this year, he had 9 goals and 17 assists in 46 games for Omsk. He also played in the World Hockey Championships and is being considered for the Russian Olympic team. He also was 3rd on his team with a +19 plus minus rating. He is 6’4″, 216 lbs, according to Elite Prospects. The scouting report on him had this to say:

A large defenseman, Belov is still an excellent skater. He can control the offensive game with his passing skills and hard shot. Could improve his defensive game.

Oilers sign Omsk KHL defender Anton Belov

Oilers sign Omsk KHL defender Anton Belov

Seems alright.

The Oilers are also in the mix for a goaltending phenom out of Finland, Antti Raanta. Raanta played 45 games this year for Assat Pori in which he put up a 21-10-11 record, with a remarkable, league leading GAA of 1.85 and SV% of 0.943. He tweeted just a short bit ago that he’s made his decision. Edmonton, Minnesota and another team were said to be in the mix.. and Michael Russo, beat writer for the Wild, feels that the Wild are out of consideration now. Come on Edmonton!

On to the playoff predictions…

Playoff Predictions

Round 2 saw Racki getting 4 out of 4 series winners correctly ( 11 for 12, bitches!), Steve-O, Hemmerlady and Metal&Oil each got 3 out of 4 winners correct, and Trogdor fumbled blindly for 2 out of 4 correct. Series lengths, different story. If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d count how many wins each player was off by. Maybe next year… that’s my Steve Tambellini motto.

Post your round 3 predictions in the comments!

5 Responses to “Playoff Predictions, Round 3.. and some Oil news..”

  1. Racki says:

    Penguins in 7
    Kings in 6

    Pulling for the Bruins though.. they are my biggest money team left of the group for bets I made. Only other team I have is Penguins.. I break even if they win the cup.

  2. Steve-O says:

    Chi-town in 7, bruins in 7

  3. Metal&Oil says:

    Bruins in 6, Kings in 6

  4. hemmerlady says:

    Penguins in 7, Kings in 7

    Kings/Hawks is a tough one. I picked Kings to win it all in my Dad’s office pool so I better stick with LA. The playoffs often surprise you. Hawks really have something going this year, so it will be exciting to see it play out.

  5. LateNightOilFan says:

    Raanta just signed a 1-year deal with the Black Hawks. So much for that but good that he was considering the Oilers.

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