Photo and original art by Candace Riley © 2011
In our ongoing effort to provide more fantasy hockey coverage, we spoke with Jay Meyer of Fantasy Hockey Scouts about the upcoming year and how the Oilers might influence your pool. Jay offered his advice on the first Oiler taken in your pool (Ales Hemsky) and gave us his pick for the most overrated player in the Western Conference (Miikka Kiprusoff).
Yesterday, I returned the favor for Jay's Bloggers Breakouts 2011 - Edmonton Oilers edition. We talked about the goalie situation, Nugent-Hopkins, and my predictions for breakout and darkhose players in 2011-12.
Jay asked me who I felt the best fantasy prospect in the Oilers' system is, meaning a player not currently in the NHL with the team. I struggled with this one, but in the end I went with the tried and true:
Teemu Hartikainen is probably the best bet. He has a chance to become the most productive sixth-round pick since the 2001 draft when Ryane Clowe, Jussi Jokinen and Brooks Laich were taken. However, if you're in a deep keeper league that counts short-handed production and you're picking really late, Curtis Hamilton might be of interest. He's a defense-first guy with the ability to score and is known for his penalty killing ability and short-handed goals.
It's a difficult question. There are a number of others guys to like -- Tyler Pitlick, Anton Lander, Martin Marincin, and Ryan Martindale. I believe Hartikainen is the closest to the NHL and has a skillset that will keep him in the league for awhile. But I want to hear from the readers - did I go wrong with Hartikainen? Who is your pick for the best fantasy hockey prospect in the system?