The lockout sucks, right? To be entirely honest, I really haven’t been effected much by the lockout, at least not to the level of the last lockout. Maybe it’s because I’m no longer 21 and as such working life and adult responsibilities take priority, or if it’s due to the fact I don’t really miss not being able to complain about Khabibulin or the defence. Really, the lockout is more of an annoyance to me than anything else. When you’re trying to blog about a league that’s played not a single game since last year’s Stanley Cup Finals, coming up with articles can be a bit tricky. Would I do a piece on a player who played fewer than 40 games with the Oilers in other circumstances? Probably not.
The Oilers might be locked out of Rexall, but the Oil Kings sure aren’t. For those of you in the Greater Edmonton Area who haven’t come down to watch an Oil Kings game, what are you waiting for? Sure, it’s not NHL calibre hockey, but it’s still damn entertaining and you get a close up look at the next wave of NHL prospects. Of course, for those of you more used to Oilers hockey than Oil Kings, there are some rather large differences. Taking last season for example, it might take some time getting used to the fact the Oil Kings generally outscored their opposition for a majority of the season. They also played well into the month of May, which was kinda weird, and skated around Rexall with some large trophy. Bizarre, right? /bittersarcasm
So what’s new with the Oil Kings? Well, for starters, just today they announced that they had acquired Oiler prospect David Musil from the Vancouver Giants, parting with defenceman Mason Geertsen and a 1st round pick. Musil now becomes the 4th Oilers draft pick on the Oil Kings roster, joining forwards Travis Ewanyk and Mitchell Moroz, and defenceman Martin Gernat. There’s been a hole in the defence with the departure of Mark Pysyk to the AHL this year, and while Musil won’t fill it completely, the move will bolster a defence corps that has had some struggles due to injury this year.
If you happen to be in or around Vancouver and Victoria in mid November this year, you should make an attempt to catch the two Subway Super Series games featuring the WHL against Russia. Seven Oil Kings were announced the WHL roster, joining Oiler picks Mitchell Moroz and Travis Ewanyk, are:
2013 Draft prospect Curtis Lazar
New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart
New York Rangers prospect Michael St. Croix
Carolina Hurricanes prospect Keegan Lowe
Last, but not least, Flames prospect Laurent Brossoit.
Plus, Nail Yakupov will be playing for Russia throughout the series, and with how stellar he’s been in the KHL this year, who wouldn’t want a close up look at him in a game?
So the long and short of it is, rather than worry about millionaires and billionaires fight over how best to divide a pie, go watch some kids who actually want to play hockey, and a league that will allow them to do so.
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