The player on the left (#88 in white) is believed to be Robert Schremp, a hockey player from Syracuse, New York.
Schremp is the current “Jani Rita”, which is to say he is a young player who has divided the Edmonton Oiler fanbase into two equal parts: the nuts and the naysayers.
It’s too bad really, because the truth (as always) probably lies somewhere in the middle. Schremp is not Jesus Christ as a hockey player, but he is also not a complete waste of skin.
Rob Schremp had surgery in the summer, worked like a bugger to recover, experienced a setback with a groin tweak (leave it alone) and found his way back to the NHL in the early days of the season. On October 13th he played in his first game of the season, playing well and getting some chances in 13 shifts and 10:42TOI. Last night he had an early chance and then had his ass stapled to the bench (6 shifts, 3:12TOI). Those are Jani Rita numbers, with the only humiliation left for Schremp a Scott Ferguson on the other wing scenario and a MacT speech that goes something like “well the organization must see something in him.”
I don’t think that’s the case at all. I believe the Oilers have decided that since Gagner jumped ahead and there are about 5 kids vying for 3 jobs they’ll just rotate them and see who ripens quickest.
The Oilers sent Schremp out today so he won’t be rusty and they recalled Jacques. If all goes according to plan Pouliot would probably draw in on Saturday over Schremp and possibly another kid coming out for Jacques (although both Stortini and Brodziak played well last night).
Eventually the Oilers will have to make a decision on these fellows and trade the guys they feel aren’t right for the organization. The names I would pick are Rob Schremp, Zack Stortini and Robert Nilsson. The problem is that the talents I’d keep (Pouliot, Jacques, Brodziak) have little or no clearance over the guys I’d send away.
Which is why the organization can’t make up their minds. Truth is, they all might be nothing much.
Cogliano and Gagner have already eaten their lunch and are now flirting with their girls. Life’s a bitch.