So the Oilers want to go ahead and draft one of the OHL's best players?
Well in what appears to be a smart move, Darryl Sutter has signed Bryan Cameron of the Barrie Colts. Who's Bryan Cameron?
Bryan is a notable signing as he led the OHL in goals this year, not Seguin, not Hall but Cameron. 52 goals. Haven't heard of him? I'm not surprised, neither have I. The problem was he was drafted by the LA Kings in 2007 and they are stacked with young talent and the indication is they could not agree on terms. This is critical for the Flames as they desperately need to develop some goal scoring in their system and it cost them nothing.
Cameron has been a consistent scorer in Junior and while that doesn't always translate to the NHL it does give hope, now the Flames can boast that they have the OHL's leading goal scorer and the WHL's third leading goal scorer in Ryan Howse, not bad. Howse only finished behind a little known Oiler prospect named Jordan "more clutch than nascar" Eberle and Kyle Beach, a first round pick of the Blackhawks.
It makes you wonder if there is method to Darryl's madness, why draft when others can do it better? Seriously the scouting staff sucks balls though.
Nemisz is also an up and comer that may make a difference and Wahl is starting to show why he was drafted in the second round of a deep draft, any other year and Wahl is a first rounder.
For those of you in the know, and that is a lot of you, about the Flames you were already aware of this move but I thought it needed a little more splash than it received. Is this not Sutter's way of saying, "Okay okay we need better prospects! I get it!" to us? Making a move towards a pure goal scorer who is not very big also says that he knows now that we have grinders and we don't need anymore. All of the kids mentioned above have Talent are maybe just 2-3 years away which is a bit of a relief because it was starting to look pretty bleak in the minors.
On a side note with how good Nystrom and Brett Sutter looked at the end of the season and Brett Sutter leading the Heat in AHL post season points...and the fact he's the G.M.'s son means he's a lock next year for the team. I think he makes it on merit though not because he is Darryl's kid though in all seriousness.
I've had a few co-worker ask about our prospect Jon Rheault on the Heat, he's leading the playoffs in goals for the team with 6 in 11 games, well he's actually not a prospect, he's on a tryout contract with the Heat and not actually signed by the big club but he is making a case for himself for sure.
One thing I look for in the development leagues is plus minus, to me it often standout as players get better at the game of hockey so does their overall game, right now Backlund and Pelech lead the Heat in this stat and personally I feel belong on the big club next year.