A lot of what happens to Edmonton’s stable of prospects depends on Peter
Chiarelli’s opinion of them.
Here is a list of Peter Chiarelli’s additions since he arrived on the scene (NHL and prospects signed):
Not all of Chiarelli’s prospects will become NHL players, but we
would be idiots to disregard the presence of Griffin Reinhart on the
list. I will tell you that Reinhart isn’t on my expansion protected
list, but would bet he is on at least one or two PC models—possibly at
the expense of a young player like Brandon Davidson. That could
change—deals will be made before expansion—but it is something to keep
spring, I do a run through the organization called Farm Workers. I
wanted to track back and discuss a couple of points again.
- Pretty much everyone who is in the AHL past (say) 21 has some issues and is going to do some meandering (this is universal from 1965 through 2016).
men who played in Bakersfield last season at 21 (Griffin Reinhart,
Bogdan Yakimov, Anton Slepyshev and Jujhar Khaira, plus others like
Mitchell Moroz) all appear to have one or two things to work on. Is
there a lock in this group? I don’t think there is, even if GR had no
cap bonus worry. It doesn’t mean these players have no value, but they
will fall into the rule of 22 with: Jeff Petry, Marc Pouliot, Kyle
Brodziak, Devan Dubnyk, others. Players who are not yet in that group:
Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse. That doesn’t mean they are clear of
trouble, only that their route involves more NHL games early.
- If you haven’t established yourself as a prospect of interest by 22 you are in trouble. The players who have graduated to useful NHL careers have at least played some NHL games by the end of their entry level deals.
the entry-level deal ends—Brandon Davidson last summer, David Musil
this summer—player and team are in some difficult waters. I have spoken
to agents about this period of time and there is (in some cases) a great
deal of stress and uncertainty at this point. Young players—good young
players—are facing a crossroads, possibly for the first time.
Brossoit, Jordan Oesterle, David Musil, Joey Laleggia, Dillon Simpson,
Iiro Pakarinen and Tyler Pitlick qualifty under this umbrella, although
not all are waiver eligible or finished with their entry-level deals.
is where it gets difficult for some of these players. Men like Laurent
Brossoit, Jordan Oesterle and Iiro Pakarinen have impressed to new brass
enough to get legit NHL shots. For David Musil, there were no NHL games
a year ago and despite being qualified, his spot on the depth chart is
vague to say the least.
In the spring,
Peter Chiarelli signed a bunch of youngsters like Nick Ellis, Drake
Caggiula and Patrick Russell out of college. Next summer, Caleb Jones,
Ethan Bear and others will be turning pro and begin pushing as their
entry-level deals begin.
For the men who
have finished the entry-level deal, or the men in the final year of that
deal during 2016-17, the pressure to perform is enormous. The
crossroads are straight ahead.
(Photo by Mark Williams)