Nilsson’s assist last night sent his stock high enough to get another 20 at-bats in the show while Schremp continues to tear the cover off the ball in AAA.
Logic dictates Schremp is the next skill player recalled, as his last few games (5gp, 1-8-9, -2) are well clear of his previous totals.
Schremp is the latest in a rather long line of prospects who divide the Oiler fanbase. Recent examples of this would be Jani Rita, Jani Rita and Jani Rita.
The fun part of being a fan of any team is making bets on prospects and then following their progress. Usually we remember the ones that turn out, forget the ones that didn’t and warm up to the guys we didn’t like for whatever reason in the first place.
I always remember my favorite first round picks from each season, but only mention the successes (Stoll over Mikhnov) and never the failures (Colby Armstrong over Ales Hemsky) which is probably pretty typical.
Schremp divided my two favorite scouting services. BY A LOT. International Scouting had him 5th overall in the 2004 draft and called him a game breaker and said he had too much offensive potential for NHL teams to pass on. Effective moving the puck on the powerplay, a very smart player.
Redline Report? 19th overall in the 2004 draft. Huge talent level, probably the best of any North American in this draft. Tremendous hands and magic with the puck. Average skating keeps him from being a truly special offensive player, yet still can be explosive. Unfortunately that usually only happens when he gets lots of ice to work with.
These are two really good scouting services. This isn’t Central Scouting, whose job is basically making everyone aware of all the players available in a specific draft season. CSB’s draft rankings don’t even combine North American and European players, and also splits the goalies.
The difference of opinion was large on Schremp in 2004. It still is.
Which say you? 24th? 5th? Somewhere in between? Too soon to tell?