Sunday, September 28, 2008

An Allstar Laden Lineup

Last year the Springfield Falcons had a lone allstar representative, Rob Schremp. Prior to that the last Oilers affiliated prospect to grace the allstar game was Matt Greene back in the '05-06 season when he played for the Iowa Stars.

This season the Oilers will have a number of potential AHL allstars depending on who the big club decides to send down.

Let's take a look at the candidates:

#67 C/W Gilbert Brule: If he doesn't make the big squad, his mix of speed and a good wrist shot should have him in the running (if he can knock off the disappointment of missing the cut with the big squad).

#44 W/C Rob Schremp: If he is sent down with his added speed and strength he should be among the AHL's scoring leaders once again.

#13 LW Slava Trukhno: If he can take the next step forward, he could be in that league, however I'm not sure how his PP time might be affected by Chorney's arrival. If Schremp sticks with the big club and Trukhno can get comfortable along the half boards he could have a big year.

#? LW Ryan Potulny: If he isn't claimed on waivers (assuming that he'll be sent down which is still TBD) he's old enough (24) and entering his 3rd pro season. With the potential offensive firepower on this years Falcons squad, he could very well be in the running.

#? RW Carl Corazzini: Corazzini led his team in scoring last year and with so many offensive players surrounding him, he could also make a push.

#9 LW/C Liam Reddox: A solid 2-way player, Reddox could also be in the hunt if he can up his offensive output.

#22 LW Jean-Francois Jacques: If the big man can return relatively healthy his mix of size, strength, and the ability to produce at the AHL level could have him earning his 1st AHL allstar appearance.

#24 D Theo Peckham: Peckham's mix of bruising physical play and offensive instincts as well as a solid 1st pass should have him in AHL allstar consideration. Unless Peckham has outrageous competition, he should also be there. Expect his 2nd assists to climb as Chorney makes some exceptional passes for goals.

#4 D Taylor Chorney: This kid should rack up a lot of points on the PP and play solid defense to boot. Expect a big year from Chorney.

#38 G Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers: With a MUCH improved roster in front of him, if JDD is sent down and clears waivers, expect big things from him as he helps to lead the Falcons into
the postseason.

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