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Posted May 19, 2017 - 09:34 AM

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Season 10 Draft Review

 

With the 8th overall pick, the Oilers selected Sven Larmour, a small dynamite winger who scored 68 goals in 58 games for the Crabtree Tornadoes in the CAJHL. Although ranked 18th overall, GM Zhou felt comfortable selecting Larmour saying, "our scouts felt he deserved to be ranked higher than he was by CSS. He has a terrific, heavy shot with a quick release and an ability to get it off seamlessly in tight and under pressure, tools that are going to translate to the next level." A versatile player, Larmour excelled on both the powerplay and penalty kill, showing impressive two-way ability in addition to his goal scoring.

 

In the second round, the Oilers selected Ray Innes, a hulking 6'8" centreman, out of the USJHL 22nd overall. Innes showed impressive growth in his draft-eligible season, more than tripling his goal totals from the previous season in addition to averaging almost 2 points per game with 103 points in 54 games. Although he already has GHL-size, Oilers management said it would give Innes time to round out the rough edges in his game, with a specific emphasis on improving his lateral skating and edgework. With the size and scoring touch to one day be an elite top-line centre, Innes has the potential to help the team's lack of depth down the middle.

 

The Oilers selected diminutive winger Tibor Maslonka in the third round, after the 5'8" Slovakian dominated the Norwegian Junior League with 60 goals in 57 games. Although somewhat of a long shot to make the GHL, Maslonka has some of the tools, namely raw speed and a sneaky good wrister, to be a contributor at the GHL level.



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Posted May 23, 2017 - 02:58 PM

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Season 10 Offseason Review

 

The Oilers had a relatively busy off-season, with a couple free agent signings, contract extensions, and even a trade.

 

In free agency, the team signed a quartet of players to shore up various holes on the roster. The team reached an agreement with 30-year-old centreman Duran Doerr on a 1-year, $4.5 million deal. Averaging 2.73 points per 60 minutes over the last 5 seasons, Doerr will be expected to provide an offensive stabilizing presence down the middle of the Oilers’ lineup. In addition, the team also brought back goalie Aake Pekkala, 35, on a one-year, $2.89 million deal. Although he struggled last season as the team’s backup goalie, posting an underwhelming .895 save percentage, the lack of options among free agent goalies and the lack of GHL opportunities meant a reunion made sense for both sides.

 

The Oilers also signed a pair of 21-year-old free agents, centreman Aaato Oivio and right winger Broderick Killeen, to multi-year deals. At 6’6”, Oivio is an extremely versatile player with not only good size but also a responsible 200-foot game in addition to impressive offensive skills, posting 59 points in 60 games with Isoluoma in the Finnish league last season. Killeen, a former second round draft pick of the Burnside Devils, has struggled to get playing time in the last few seasons. However, he demonstrated significant improvement last season and will provide the team with extra offensive depth in the bottom six.

 

The team traded 20-year-old defensive prospect Raymond Gentry to the Wildwood Thunder Cats for a third round draft pick, in part due to the team’s logjam on the right side of the defensive corps with the arrival of prospect Sone Friedel, 20, from the Russian league. Drafted in the second round 18th overall in season 7, Friedel joins Marc-Andre Root, 20, and Racim Donatelli, 22, to form an extremely young but promising group of right-handed defensemen. 



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Posted July 20, 2017 - 10:45 PM

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Oilers Clinch Playoff Spot

After almost 3 seasons in the GHL, the Portland Oilers finally clinched a playoff spot for the first time despite dropping a tight 5-4 decision to Eldred. In a breakout season, the team has been led by diminutive 5'6" left winger Ramiro Ohara, 22, who has posted 42 points in 57 games, tied for 11th in the league and more than doubling his career high. Veteran off-season acquisition Duran Doerr has successfully stepped in to the 1st-line centre slot, posting a respectable 1-2 punch down the middle with Andrew Larocque, 24, while also providing some mentorship to a young group.

20-year-old rookie defenseman Sone Friedel has impressed observers in particular this season, leading the team in points by a defenseman while averaging 20 minutes a night. Most impressive, however, has been the play of beleaguered goalie Jeffery Hanrahan. No longer a youngster at 25, there was criticism to handing a 7-year commitment to a goalie with barely a .900 track record in the GHL. Once again forming a 1A-1B tandem this season with veteran Aaake Pekkala, 35, however, Hanrahan has performed admirably with a sparkling .927 save percentage - although recent upticks in goalie performance league-wide dispute the notion that he has miraculously figured it out at age 25.

The team has a number of impending free agents, including Doerr, Friedel, and mercurial 23-year-old sniper Brett Arrieta, who has never seemed the same since a season-ending concussion two years ago. In addition, the team will have to make a decision regarding the team's captain for the last half-decade, Čestmir Cibulka. One of the few remaining pieces from the team that won the SHL Championship, the 37-year-old Czech native has begun to show his age, with just 26 points in his last two seasons combined, and will contemplate retirement after what hopes to be a long and fruitful playoff run.

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Season 11 Offseason Review

The Portland Oilers underwent a number of changes this offseason. In addition to a number of signings and a trade, the team most notably will be rebranded as the Portland Marauders.

In the draft, the Marauders selected right winger Anton Franc 10th overall. A dynamic offensive talent, Franc led the Canadian Junior League in points and goals for the last two consecutive seasons, totaling an obscene 364 points during his time in junior despite concerns over his attitude and work ethic. The team's selections overall personified skill over size, with the team's selection of 5'5" Villam Przygodzki in the second round the most patent example. Playing in the Norwegian Junior League, Przygodzki led the league in goal-scoring during each of his 3 seasons in the league and demonstrated both dazzling puck-handling skills and a surprising rocket of a shot. With Franc and Przygodzki, the team loaded up on stellar offensive talent who have an undoutable track record of success at every level.

The team then selected another small but highly skilled player in rearguard Bror Sundgren, who led the Swedish Junior League in scoring despite playing defense. Although concerns persist over his durability given his slight 5'5" frame, it's almost unheard of for a defenseman to average over two points a game and 27 minutes a night. The team selected a pair of wingers in the 3rd (SHL 1st) and 4th (GHL 3rd) rounds, Camron Albert, who scored at a goal per game pace for the last two seasons in Canadian Junior, and Andrej Rais, a smooth puck-handler who has been one of the fastest risers in the draft.

Given 34-year-old winger Dane Clausen's surprise retirement and the departure of captain Čestmir Cibulka, 37, the team had a number of holes to patch in free agency. The team signed versatile 28-year-old centre Aron Welcome to a 3-year, $12-million contract. In addition to having played on both the man advantage and the penalty kill, his presence in the lineup allows the team to now be able to roll three scoring lines.

 

In addition, centre Dusan Adamec, 24, was also signed and provides the team with a huge 6'6" player who can not only skate exceptionally well, but also possess decent play-making ability. To shore up their depth on the wing, the team signed 21-year-old left winger Teo Jensen to a 4-year, $16 million contract. Although somewhat steep for a player who spent last season in the IHL, Jensen has developed extremely quickly since being drafted in the 2nd round three seasons ago and possess an impressive blend of speed and skill with obvious room to grow. 

The Marauders also signed a bevy of players to two-way contracts to populate its AAHL roster. Most notably, the team inked top defensive prospect Bedrich Sepeši. The 20-year-old spent last season in the Russian League, dominating against grown men and playing 27 minutes a night while scoring 33 points in 45 games. After a year adapting to the smaller ice, it is expected that Sepeši will join the main club and take up the mantle of impending free agents Zion Gunther and Richard Fahy. The pair of 34-year-old defencemen have formed the backbone of the team's backed for the last couple seasons, and neither are likely to return in Season 12. 

 

Besides Sepeši, the team focused on signing a number of smaller skilled players, in addition to goalie Alexandr Chlomeyev, 23. With the team lacking any goalies in the system outside of the two on the main roster, the former second round pick provides much-needed organizational depth at a key position. Finally, 21-year-old right winger Bjarne Lunde, who has yet to truly break through with his tantalizing mix of size, speed, and skill since being drafted 3rd overall, was named the third captain in franchise history.






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