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A sign in a signing

Posted 3:21 PM ET | Comments 19
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.

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May 7, 2010 6:17 PM ET | Delete
All mighty oil- once you learn how to make a compelling, more than one syllable statement I'll allow you to post. Other than that have fun being deleted, under the name is says "sane and well thought out" comments please.
May 7, 2010 6:49 PM ET | Delete
Very nice signing, We just added a first round pick and the OHL's leading goal scorer for nothing. ;-) I totally agree with Backlund and Pelech, I already slot them both into my line ups that I jot down when Im bored at work... I also trade Regehr to make room. In your sanest of saneopinion can we get a low first rounder for him. Maybe Colorado's pick since Foote is a UFA and they may look to change the guard.
May 7, 2010 7:17 PM ET | Delete
u could also deal regher to washington or la for a hickey/alzner
May 7, 2010 7:18 PM ET | Delete
or even include a player like negrin and a pick and get semin
May 7, 2010 10:29 PM ET | Delete
I think we should give Regher a year, because we don't know how Bouwmeester is going to play in the 10/11 season. There was a post earlier about trading Kipper and i think that getting goal scoring prospects will defeat that idea. It's like Toronto, they have goal scoring rookies who ACTAULLY score, but no reliable goalies. If this can happen with calgary (and iggy picks up) then we'd be dynamite!!
May 7, 2010 10:31 PM ET | Delete
not the unreliable goalie part, the goal scoring rookies part :p
May 8, 2010 9:57 AM ET | Delete
Good signing cause Sutter has never drafted anyone that has scored more than 20 goals in a season in Flames uniformLast flame draft pick to score more than 20 goals for the flamers? Stillman :)
May 8, 2010 12:36 PM ET | Delete
bahaha are you serious? Regehr won't fetch hickey or alzner. The league hasn't turned a blind eye to his past few brutal seasons. Hickey with be in the Black and White next year, not a chance LA lets him loose. He was final cut last year and it was reported that he was told he had played himself onto the team but they thought 1 yr in the A would benefit his game with more minutes.
May 8, 2010 1:42 PM ET | Delete
Straightup-This summer should be fun to watch what happens as obviously with the oilers being the worst team in the league (maybe ever) there is a lot of pressure to make a splash as big as the hall draft. Iggy- I don't see either of those guys moving either, Reger would fetch a 2nd round pick probably or the equivilant.AMO- Since Sutter has been G.M. I'm not aware of any Oiler draft pick getting 20 either. You should research it and write a compelling blog...
May 8, 2010 2:21 PM ET | Delete
I agree Sane, the question becomes, is it worth it to dish him for a 2nd? I think not, either keep him and reduce his role (HELLO GIO!) or hold out and package him either this offseason or even at the trade deadline. Anyway, great read once again man, I'm a constant follower of yours and Newmans blogs. keep up the good work!
May 9, 2010 2:13 AM ET | Delete
We need to pkg Nystrom with a good Dman (reggie) and an avg scorer for a centerman. Sutter is the same player as Nystrom. I do hope he makes the team n/y. This also shows signs that Darryl isn't going anywhere. Good writeup.
May 9, 2010 3:05 AM ET | Delete
..and now that Marleau proved he has heart, can we get em?
May 9, 2010 1:59 PM ET | Delete
IMO, Marleau needs that setup guy, like Iggy does... we don't have said setup guy... good post Sane...
May 9, 2010 2:40 PM ET | Delete
Nystrom is a UFA so we can't really include him in a package.
May 9, 2010 6:54 PM ET | Delete
how could we just sign him if he is LA pick without giving up anything?
May 9, 2010 7:13 PM ET | Delete
@sunster: It was time for him and LA to resign and tehy couldnt come to an agreement. Essentially he was a UFA.
May 9, 2010 9:37 PM ET | Delete
sunster, iggy is correct sorry if I wasn't more clear on that. This will be what Sutter points to when asked about no first round pick, "well we signed this kid so that's like the same thing..."
May 10, 2010 6:14 PM ET | Delete
and it kinda is.
May 13, 2010 8:04 PM ET | Delete
All not so mighty oil (LAST IN THE LEAGUE) if you looked at stats other than your team's, you would know that Phaneuf scored more than twenty goals as a defenseman in his rookie campaign. Thanks for coming out.
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