PRIMARY EVEN STRENGTH POINTS PER GAME

The fabulous site Prospect-Stats delivers all kinds of cool things and for Oilers fans there is a treasure trove of information. I had an online conversation with someone the other day about Tyler Benson, and I wanted to spend a little time talking about primary even-strength points-per-game. This is important, because it is pure alcohol when it comes to figuring out real offense. Although we do not have TOI, this is as close as we can get. Here are some numbers (CHL, USHL and AHL) for Oilers prospects in regard to this measure.

FORWARDS EV POINTS-PER-GAME (AHL)

  1. Rob Klinkhammer .556
  2. Zack Kassian .429
  3. Andrew Miller .407
  4. Tyler Pitlick .361
  5. Matt Ford .349
  6. Jujhar Khaira .347
  7. Josh Winquist .343
  8. Ryan Hamilton .322
  9. Josh Currie .308
  10. Anton Slepyshev .271
  11. Bogdan Yakimov .257
  12. Phil McRae .257
  13. Iiro Pakarinen .250
  14. Marco Roy .244
  15. Mitch Moroz .231
  16. Greg Chase .222
  17. Luke Gazdic .182
  18. Kellen Jones .182
  19. Leon Draisaitl .167
  20. Braden Christoffer .152
  21. Kyle Platzer .128
  22. Alexis Loiseau .083

These are all forwards, including those (like Zack Kassian) who played in fewer than 10 AHL games. The two players in italics (Khaira and Pitlick) are the most interesting in the group (from my pov), with the two Russian forwards disappointing in their seasons. Among the other prospects, I do not see an overly encouraging word. What does that mean? We should look for youngsters like Greg Chase and Kyle Platzer to spike this coming season—because the TOI argument somewhat applies this past season (based on what we don’t know).

DEFENSE EV POINTS-PER-GAME (AHL)

  1. Brad Hunt .25
  2. Jordan Oesterle .233
  3. Joey Laleggia .226
  4. Dillon Simpson .179
  5. Ben Betker .143
  6. Griffin Reinhart .100
  7. Nikita Nikitin .100
  8. David Musil .091
  9. Nick Pageau .048
  10. Martin Gernat .000
  11. Darnell Nurse .000
  12. Caleb Jones .000

Lots of defenders who played fewer than 10 games in this group as well. The italics prospects are the players of note who have played enough games to be considered here. Laleggia played some at forward and I do think we should probably regard Dillon Simpson as an actual prospect. Jordan Oesterle will push for playing time in the NHL, as will David Musil this season.

FORWARDS EV POINTS-PER-GAME (CHL)

  1. Tyler Benson .567 (WHL) (drafted No. 32 EDM)
  2. Sam Steel .403 (WHL) (drafted No. 30 ANA)
  3. Brett Howden .397 (WHL) (drafted No. 27 TBY)

Edmonton has only one CHL forward at this time, so I decided to include two WHL forwards chosen in the same range as Benson. We know that the Oilers pick had some injury issues, so this number is very encouraging.

DEFENSE EV POINTS-PER-GAME (CHL)

  1. Caleb Jones .306
  2. Ethan Bear .188
  3. Markus Niemelainen .108

I like all three of these prospects, but that EV number for Caleb Jones jumps out at you in a big way. Jones is an excellent skater and with this offensive ability we could be looking at a strong NHL prospect. Ethan Bear grabs a lot of his offense from the power play, but can move the puck and that is reflected here. I will be watching closely to see Niemelainen has more offense in year two.

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9 Responses to "PRIMARY EVEN STRENGTH POINTS PER GAME"

  1. Stud Muffin says:

    Watched the highlights for the USA vs Sweden game today and I honestly think Jones put on at least 2 inches since draft day.

  2. Clay says:

    Stud Muffin:
    Watched the highlights for the USA vs Sweden game today and I honestly think Jones put on at least 2 inches since draft day.

    And the Blues may have got a real nice player in Tage Thompson. 6’5″ and can really handle the puck.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Guy Flaming ‏@TPS_Guy 6m6 minutes ago

    Rumor du jour: a non-Oiler source suggests that Keith Gretzky could/will be a new AGM for the #Oilers.

  4. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: Keith Gretzky

    Did Katz party with Keith in the 80s?

    Oh yes – former Bruin director of amateur scouting.

    Sail on MacT? Possibly to the desert?

  5. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Guy Flaming ‏@TPS_Guy 6m6 minutes ago

    Rumor du jour: a non-Oiler source suggests that Keith Gretzky could/will be a new AGM for the #Oilers.

    Is this a good or bad thing in your opinion? Dont know enough about Keith Gretzky

  6. Stelio Kontos says:

    Centre of attention: Is this a good or bad thing in your opinion? Dont know enough about Keith Gretzky

    OBC. Fire them all. Something Something Hall is Cancer.

  7. JDï™ says:

    Stelio Kontos: Hall is a Scorpio.

    Fixed

  8. Bank Shot says:

    Centre of attention: Is this a good or bad thing in your opinion? Dont know enough about Keith Gretzky

    Coyotes drafting from 2006-2012 when he was the boss looks pretty meh.

    He has only been in charge of the Bruins for a couple of years so its hard to say there.

  9. McSorley33 says:

    Is it possible this organization finds gold in Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear?

    Imagine finding a Queen or King, outside the first round?

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