Every Monday, Oilers radio colour analyst and Oilers Now
host Bob Stauffer answers questions submitted by fans about the team.
- Darnell Nurse was chosen as Canada's Player of the Game after the WJC Final against Russia. Do you think Nurse is ready for the NHL or does he need one season of adjusting at the American Hockey League? — Jani in Raahe, Finland
Darnell Nurse will decide his fate next as fall as to whether or not he will need some time in the AHL at the start of next season.
It is unlikely, given the strength of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, that he will spend some time at the end of this season in OKC, like Jordan Eberle did when his season’s finished up with the Regina Pats.
The Greyhounds currently lead the OHL Western Conference with a 30-9-0-2 record and loaded up for a playoff run, adding 2014 first round picks Nick Ritchie (Anaheim) and Anthony DeAngelo (Tampa Bay).
There is a good chance the Greyhounds will meet Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters in the OHL West Final down the road.
From an Oilers perspective, there is no need to rush Nurse next year and force feed him into the NHL. My question is why wasn't Draisaitl given the opportunity to play for his country at the World Jr. tournament — Garry in Fernie, BC
Leon Draisaitl had twice represented Germany at the World Juniors prior to being drafted. Had he never played in the WJC for Germany I think there may have been a greater argument to send him to this year’s tournament. In the two tournaments he played in, he picked up 4-8-12 in 12 games.
Like Darnell Nurse, Draisaitl is now in a position with the Kelowna Rockets to have an extended playoff run in Junior. The Rockets (33-7-3) and are the number two ranked team in the CHL and added Draisaitl’s teammate from Prince Albert and 2013 Winnipeg first-round pick Josh Morrissey to an already deep defence.
No question Kelowna is the prohibitive favorite to win the WHL Championship this season. What are the odds of the Oilers bringing Slepyshev over from Russia? Also, has he been to Edmonton yet for any rookie camps? — Gerald in Edmonton
Anton Slepyshev is currently playing his third season for UFA Salavat in the KHL and has 7-7-14 in 43 games this season, the 2013 third-round pick is in the final year of his contract in the KHL and reports are he wants to come over to North America. He has yet to play in the Rookie Tournament held in Penticton every September. 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