Sheldon Souray (Getty Images).
We're just 15 games into the 2011-2012 NHL season and, yet, it feels like we've analyzed this edition of the Edmonton Oilers from top to bottom and around all sides. And, with 67 games left to come, we can all rest assured that there's plenty more of that to come!
But, for today, I'm going to go on a bit of a different angle: instead of looking more into the players the Oilers acquired this season, I'm going to bring you up to speed on the ones that departed. The list includes 13 players that played at least 2 games with the Oilers last year and are no longer within the organization (Sheldon Souray the lone exception). Here's a look at where they are now:SHELDON SOURAY
Banished to the AHL, Souray played 40 games last season for the Hershey Bears, posting a +10 rating with 4 goals, 15 assists and 85 PIM. After having the final year of his contract bought out by the Oilers, Souray signed a 1-year contract with the Dallas Stars for $1.65M.
A hot start with the Western Conference leading Stars has Souray sitting with 4 goals and 9 assists for 13 points and a +11 rating. He ranks 3rd amongst NHL defensemen in goals, 5th in points and is 1st in plus/minus, playing an average of 20:57 per night in Dallas.KURTIS FOSTER
After posting 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points and a -12 rating in his only season with the Oilers, Foster was traded to Anaheim on July 1st in exchange for Andy Sutton
His season with the Ducks was delayed by rehab following an off-season surgery to remove an irritant that lingered from his broken femur in 2008. Following a brief conditioning stint in the AHL, Foster has finally seen some NHL action, posting 1 goal in 3 games with the Ducks.JIM VANDERMEER
It's safe to say that his career as an Oiler got off to a rocky start, but Vandermeer was a rock on the blueline for the club in the 2nd half of last season. Always a willing combatant, a fight on home ice against Milan Lucic of the Bruins is one that fans at Rexall Place that night won't soon forget. The Oilers didn't resign him when he became a UFA and Vandermeer signed a 1 year, $1M deal to play with the San Jose Sharks.
Vandermeer has seen just 4 games of action so far as part of a very deep Sharks blueline, posting 2 assists and a +3 rating in those games, plus a fight versus Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins.JASON STRUDWICK
The veteran defenseman concluded his 3rd season as an Oiler in 2010-11, posting 2 assists to go with a -16 rating at 23 penalty minutes in 43 games. Few teammates were regarded more highly by the group than the affable veteran, who appears to have played his final NHL game.
The void of not playing professional hockey has been more than adequately filled as Jason and his wife Schoena are the proud parents of two newborn children.RICHARD PETIOT
The Daysland, AB native and former Camrose Kodiak played 2 NHL games for the Oilers last season, registering a +1 rating and 2 PIM. Petiot signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in the off-season and is currently playing for their AHL affiliate in Norfolk, collecting a +5 rating in 6 games this year.ANDREW COGLIANO
Drafted by the Oilers in the 1st round of the 2005 draft, Cogliano played 4 seasons in Edmonton, collecting 57 goals and 89 assists for 146 points during his tenure. With an abundance of fresh talent coming down the pipe combined with contract negotiations that weren't going smoothly, Cogliano was traded to Anaheim in exchange for a 2nd round draft choice.
Upon arrival in SoCal, Cogliano promptly signed a 3 year contract paying him an annual average of $2.39M. In 15 games so far with the Ducks, Cogliano has registered 1 goal and 1 assist and has recently seen time playing on the wing instead of at his natural center ice position.ALEXANDRE GIROUX
Signed primarily to lead a turnaround at the AHL level, Giroux did collect 1 goal and 1 assist in 8 games with the Oilers last season. He helped guide the Oklahoma City Barons back to the playoffs after a last-place finish the previous season, banking 32 goals and 78 points during the AHL regular season.
Giroux moved on to the Columbus Blue Jackets organization on a 2-way deal that pays him $825K in the NHL and $325K in the AHL and, so far, has seen more time with the big club. In 9 games with the Blue Jackets, Giroux has one goal.ZACK STORTINI
After playing 256 games (featuring 80 fights) with the Oilers over 5 seasons, Stortini was demoted to the AHL to finish last season. When his contract wasn't renewed by Edmonton, he signed a league minimum 2-way deal with the Nashville Predators. He has played 1 game with the Predators this year, dropping the mitts with Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues. The rest of his time has been spent in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals.STEVE MACINTYRE
In his 2nd tour of duty with the Oilers, MacIntyre fought 7 times in 34 games for the club last season, including a memorable opening night knockout of Flames tough guy Raitis Ivanans. The Pittsburgh Penguins picked him up on a $600K/$100K 2-way deal in the off-season and he's seen action in 4 NHL games this year, still waiting to drop the mitts for the first time.JF JACQUES
The oft-injured winger played 160 NHL games with the Oilers over 6 seasons after being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Last year was his longest stint of regular action and he posted 4 goals and 1 assist to go with a -6 rating and 63 PIM in 51 games. He was picked up by Anaheim on a $650K/$105K 2-way deal in the off-season and has registered 3-4-7 in 8 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL this season. Anaheim has shuttled him back and forth on a recall basis so that he can serve the 5 game NHL suspension that he was handed in the pre-season for a hit on Vancouver's Mike Duco. JEFF DESLAURIERS
JDD started 58 NHL games with the Oilers, including 48 in the 09-10 season following the injury to Nikolai Khabibulin
, before spending all of last year in the AHL. He was beat out by Devan Dubnyk
for the "goaltender of the future" tag within the franchise and found his way to Anaheim on a 2-year deal in the off-season. In Syracuse of the AHL, Deslauriers is splitting time with Finnish prospect Iiro Tarki and has posted a 3-3 record with a 0.847 SV% in 6 starts.COLIN FRASER
Acquired for a 6th round pick just before the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Fraser wasn't the fit the Oilers had hoped he would be in his only season with the club, posting 3 goals and 2 assists with a -2 rating in 67 games, while struggling on the penalty kill and in the face off dot. When the opportunity arose to re-acquire Ryan Smyth
, Fraser was dealt to the Kings along with a 7th round draft choice. An injury, which has resulted in the Kings filing a grievance to be settled by the NHL on November 16th, kept Fraser out of action until last night, when he played his first game of the year against Vancouver.LIAM REDDOX
Reddox spent parts of 4 seasons with the Oilers after being drafted by the team in the 4th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. In his final year, he posted 1 goal and 9 assists with 20 PIM and a -8 rating in 44 games. No longer playing in North America, Reddox suits up for Vaxjo HC in the Swedish Elite League this season, posting 6 goals and 5 assists through 20 games.