What To Watch For As We Get Closer To Tuesday
- Updated: September 24, 2013
Tyler Pitlick has earned himself another look from Oilers coaching and management with his play last night. If he continues to display the same level of compete and defensive, as well as offensive ability, look for Tyler Pitlick to be somewhere in the lineup in Tuesday night’s home opener against Winnipeg.
Darnell Nurse is in a similar situation, but I am not sure the result will be the same. With what seems like too many candidates at the position, and an overall desire by everyone involved to develop this kid properly, it seems as though one of the next two games, will be his last in Edmonton this season. He has played extremely well against some stiff competition, but the idea from the beginning was to let him develop for at least one more year. It is going to be very important to his development to stick to that plan.
Marc Arcabello is doing everything he can to make the most of a terrible situation. Sam Gagner’s injury will keep him out of the lineup for a good chunk of time, and Arcabello is doing everything he can to make sure he is Sam’s placeholder moving forward. Playing a great offensive game last night against the jets, look for him to play in the pre-season finale in OKC, and make the trip back to Edmonton with the team.
Will Acton is challenging for that 3rd line center spot as well, but may not beat out Arcabello for it. He is however, beating out Anton Lander for the 4th line center position. Look for Will Acton to add the exclamation point to an already stellar pre-season, as he lands his spot in the locker room.
Jesse Joensuu has ceased to impress since his arrival into Oilers training camp. He even added a goal to his tally last night. Look for him to begin building chemistry and relationships with some of the regulars on the top 6. He may even see top line minutes in one of the remaining games.
Philip Larsen is proving to be a steal in the trade that sent former Oilers captain, Shawn Horcoff to the Stars. He has had an extremely impressive pre-season/camp to this point. With the news that Denis Grebeshkov will likely start the season on the IR with a groin injury, look for the announcement to come that Philip Larsen will start the season with the Oilers.
Anton Lander has struggled mightily in his last two games. His foot speed just doesn’t appear to be up to par with that of his competition for the 4th line Center job. Look for the assignment to come that will re-unite him with his Sweedish friend and teammate in OKC.
Ryan Jones is also in trouble when it comes to finding a spot on the team. He looks out of place in Dallas Eakin’s system and hasn’t shown enough offense to warrant a spot on the roster. Look for the Oilers to give him one last chance before placing him on waivers, if he doesn’t display more of what the coaching staff and management are expecting from him.
Ryan Hamilton hasn’t been a flashy player by any means, but he has proven effective when paired with any player on the team. He has really excelled as a compliment to the young talent of Eberle and Yakupov. Look for Eakins to channel that even more, and announce that he has a spot on the Oilers fourth line.
There are only two games left until the end of camp and pre-season, and some stories, have yet to unfold, look for some questions to be answered in tonight’s game as well as in the next round of cuts.
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