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- Bob, Whats the likelihood of the Oil getting a second chance at the rights to the diminutive Tkachev? Would the Oilers be looking at draft options and considering him a legit target in the draft or are there other teams that have him in sight? He did do a great deal of good in the pre-season, although this season hasn't seen the extent of his capabilities in junior. I would like to see him as part of the Oilers future. — Scott from Red Deer
Scott, With the Oilers need for experience at center and the success of the Barons, why do you think Jason Williams hasn't been called up to help with the younger core?? Is it a waiver issue?? — Allan from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland
As you mentioned Vladimir Tkachev has had a fairly quiet season playing in the QMJHL. He was traded from Moncton to Quebec as the Remparts have loaded up for the Memorial Cup as they are hosts.
In 26 Games this season, he has 9 goals and 16 assists for 25 points.
My guess is the Oilers would still have some interest in him but I think he has lack of size 5'8", 163 pounds will probably keep him out of the top couple of rounds.
A successful playoff run and strong showing at the Memorial Cup will certainly help his cause.
Allan, I think the Oilers are a much better team than their record this year. I think we need one top pairing D man and a goalie. What goalies and D are likely to be available at the upcoming trade deadline? — Mitch from Bridgewater, NS
Jason Williams was signed to a high-end AHL deal and has delivered to date as he has helped pace an OKC Barons attack that sits first overall in the AHL.
However. If the Oilers run into some injuries at centre I think we would see Bogdan Yakimov and Jujhar Khaira who are both on NHL ELC's getting recalled before signing Williams to an NHL deal.
Mitch, Bob Stauffer is Colour Analyst on the Oilers Radio Network and Hosts “Oilers Now” each day Noon to 2:00 PM Monday thru Friday on 630 CHED and you can follow him on Twitter at @Bob_Stauffer
Given that Viktor Fasth is an Unrestricted Free Agent at the end of the season, the Oilers options are resigning Fasth, signing a free agent, or making a deal for a goalie to partner with Ben Scrivens.
It is not exactly a deep UFA class for goaltenders. The Oilers may have have to look at a trade option to acquire a proven NHL starting goaltender.
On defence, the status of pending UFA Jeff Petry will likely decide if the Oilers end up going down the road of free agency.
Regardless of position, be it centre, wing or defence, I see the Oilers targeting players who play hard and fast.