Mark Arcobello (in photo by Rob Fergson all rights reserved) represents the line in the sand for all AHL prospects and college signings. He is the AHL-only contract who got an NHL deal, he is the guy who made the NHL and played in (so far) 139 games in the big leagues. Do the Oilers have any Arcobello’s?
MARK ARCOBELLO BOXCARS AND NHLE’S
- Age 18 (Yale NCAA) 29, 10-14-24 (NHLE: 16)
- Age 19 (Yale NCAA) 34, 7-14-21 (NHLE: 12)
- Age 20 (Yale NCAA) 34, 17-18-35 (NHLE: 19)
- Age 21 (Yale NCAA) 34, 15-21-36 (NHLE: 20)
Arcobello has scored 31 points per 82 NHL games in his career, exceeding his NHL equivalency by quite a poke.
DRAKE CAGGIULA BOXCARS AND NHLE’S
- Age 18 (UND NCAA) 39, 8-8-16 (NHLE: 14)
- Age 19 (UND NCAA) 42, 11-13-24 (NHLE: 19)
- Age 20 (UND NCAA) 42, 18-18-36 (NHLE: 29)
- Age 21 (UND NCAA) 39, 25-26-51 (NHLE: 44)
Caggiula reached Arcobello’s peak college NHLE level by age 19 and then kept on going. The NHLE’s suggest he is a more substantial prospect by some margin.
PATRICK RUSSELL BOXCARS AND NHLE’S
- Age 21 (St. Cloud State NCAA) 40, 10-15-25 (NHLE: 21)
- Age 22 (St. Cloud State NCAA) 41, 20-21-41 (NHLE: 34)
Russell arrived at the NCAA late, but his two seasons were very impressive. His NHL equivalency is in the same range as Arcobello at 21.
JOEY BENIK BOXCARS AND NHLE’S
- Age 20 (St. Cloud State NCAA) 24, 8-4-12 (NHLE: 17)
- Age 21 (St. Cloud State NCAA) 32, 12-15-27 (NHLE: 28)
- Age 22 (St. Cloud State NCAA) 40, 16-23-39 (NHLE: 33)
- Age 23 (St. Cloud State NCAA) 41, 23-25-48 (NHLE: 39)
His final two seasons are outstanding, but even at age 21 he was trending in a very good direction. We don’t know if he is Arcobello, but my goodness (I am watching college football) he is an interesting prospect.
JUHJHAR KHAIRA BOXCARS AND NHLE’S
- Age 18 (Michigan Tech NCAA) 37, 6-19-25 (NHLE: 24)
- Age 19 (Everett WHL) 59, 16-27-43 (NHLE: 16)
- Age 20 (Oklahoma City AHL) 51, 4-6-10 (NHLE: 8)
- Age 21 (Bakersfield AHL) 49, 10-17-27 (NHLE: 21)
Khaira looks like he has similar offense to Arcobello, but it is extremely difficult to get a feel for this player. Call it the Constantine effect, but those Michigan Tech numbers returned a little last season.
I think Caggiula is the class of the group, but there is some hope for all of these young college grads at the pro level. Now, we don’t know if they are fast enough or smart enough, but if we use Arcobello as a guideline (and understand the limitations of NHLE/time on ice exclusion) then all of these men are worth watching this coming season.