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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Development Players Part IV

Before we begin to start through the Defenceman who I believe are development players in the Edmonton Oilers system, I wanted to address two players....

Robby- I said I should have made him a BUBBLE player but did not. Too bad, cause he turned out to be on the BUBBLE. He has now moved on and is no longer with the Organization according to many different sources.

Kristians- I had him in the BUBBLE player catagory, however according sources, he is now coming back to play for the Oil-Kings and will be at training camp. It appears by rumours he would have made the team had he stayed. He did play one pre-season game, He choose to return to billets and busing. He now moves 100% into the development catagory and for sure, the Oilers will be impressed with his attitude and drive.

My opinions are based off of three things...

1) NHL Organization's reports
2) Outside scouting reports
3) Personal observations.

Development Players #16-20:

Kyle Bigos 
6' 5"
12 May 1989


2007-08 Vernon Vipers BCHL         Games 58 G 2 A 15  PTS 17
Vernon Vipers BCHL         Games 58 G 8 A 25  PTS 33
Merrimack College H-East Games 36 G 4 A 7    PTS 11       
2010-11 Merrimack College H-East Games 33 G 2 A 6    PTS 8

Goal Video:

Big Hit video:

Fight video:

revingevs TAKE:
Has a striking resemblance as a Matt Greene type player, which can only be a good thing. Carries a good attitude, big body, and plays a shut down game. I have heard in some message boards fans referring to Bigos as a cross between Buekeboom and Greene. Greene's attitude and the potential to use his body much like Beukeboom did. Bigos has a good hard shot which was evident this past 2011 development camp. I also like him as he sticks up for his teammates. His game has grown.

Not easy at this stage of development as he is in the NCAA schooling system, they play fewer games
(which can always be a challenge when put into a 80plus game year) and lots of focus on academics (which is great). Could use some time now in a development program with a personal trainer as he will need to get that first step a little quicker when things start speeding up. Shows great promise though and works hard.

Jeremie Blain 
6' 3"
19 Mar 1992


2008-09 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL     Games 27 G 1 A 3  PTS 4 
              Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL Games 22 G 0 A 3  PTS 3
Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL Games 64 G 4 A 34 PTS 38
2010-11 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL Games 40 G 2 A 35 PTS 37

Draft video:

revingevs TAKE:
Upon return from a early season injury last year he was a godsend. Blain scored at a near point-per-game clip (37 points in 40 games) in the back half of the season for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and helped them vastly improve in that time. He is likely to be relied upon heavily for leadership and as a point producer on the blue line this year.

He plays a well-rounded style. Has some concerns raised about his foot speed and foot work, but saw a big improvement since last year’s development camp. First step much better and placing on defensive zone coverage looks to be improved. He doesn’t have many glaring weaknesses and performs above average in most areas, especially at the offensive end. Another dominant season in the Q will solidify Blain as a quality NHL prospect. Looked bigger than his stats show when playing on the ice.

Brandon Davidson 
6' 1"
21 Aug 1991


2008-09 Olds Grizzlys AJHL             Games 4  G 0 A 4    PTS 4
Regina Pats WHL                 Games 59 G 1 A 33 PTS 34
2010-11 Regina Pats WHL                 Games 72 G 8 A 44 PTS 52               Oklahoma City Barons AHL Games 1  G 0 A 0    PTS 0

Fight Video:

revingevs TAKE:
Brandon is a late bloomer in large part due, to his family not having the means to provide him with high level hockey when he was younger. He emerged  as a leader last year on a young Regina Pats team , and played in any and every situation for the club.  He’s a player who can do many things well
 and could become a very useful NHL depth player if he continues to develop. This next season he will need to work on his skating and decision making ability.
That will be the key— to whether he’s in Regina or Oklahoma City the following year—and staying on the upward path he’s been on. At his 2010 development camp his shot stood out, but not just because it was so hard (broke the plexiglass one time) but because he couldn’t hit the net often. In his 2011 development camp he had much better control on the shot. Speed is less, but we already know he can hammer that thing. Looks much better all around in his development. His agility looks much better as well

Taylor Fedun 
6' 0"
4 Jun 1988


2005-06 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL Games 60 G 13 A 18 PTS 31        
2006-07 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL           Games 50 G 10 A 33  PTS 43
Princeton University ECAC          Games 32 G 4  A 10   PTS 14      
2008-09 Princeton University ECAC          Games 35 G 3  A 12   PTS 15       
2009-10 Princeton University ECAC          Games 31 G 3  A 14   PTS 17        
2010-11 Princeton University ECAC          Games 29 G 10 A 12  PTS 22

Goal Video:

revingevs TAKE:
Has spent 2 years in the AJHL and just completed 4 years ECAC with Princetown University. Great execution in his play, attentive in small details, learns quick, seldom makes mistakes. Taylor moves very hard on the puck and has a good first pass out of his end. Not always a player who will stand
out but thats not bad either. It's better then standing out for the wrong reasons. 

Struggle for him will be his age. At very least could be a great veteran AHL defender for years, but since he has a degree in engineering, will he settle for that if he doesn’t get the big break with a NHL team? Wish him all the best and hope its a career year in OKC with the Barons.
(p.s. Did I say he is my neighbours friend?

Martin Gernat 
6' 5"
11 Apr 1993

 2009-2010  HC Kosice U18  Slovakia U18 Games 41 G 4  A 24 PTS 28              
 2010-2011  HC Presov U18  Slovakia U18 Games 8  G 3  A 4    PTS 7              
                    HC Kosice U20  Slovakia U20 Games 28 G 3  A 15 PTS 18


revingevs TAKE:
Gernat is a towering presence on the back end at 6-foot-5 and 187 pounds. Gernat has competed for Slovakia on the international stage on two occasions. His size and offensive upside will be a major factor in how well a role he plays in the WHL this year. During the 2011 development camp he really
displayed some great defensive talent. May not be as offensive as countryman Marincin but has the speed, a extra inch of height and quick first step acceleration.

Very aggressive defenceman who could have a excellent year in the WHL this year. Has great potential for the future. Incredible agility for a 6’5 guy and once the weight is put on, could be a monster out there. Very talkative guy on the ice and has close friendship already with Marincin.

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