I have a really good memory. I remember things from childhood through today that matter, like the moon landing, how to win at Monopoly and the theme song to the Monkees TV show.
Just the important stuff, though.
I remember reading about Patrick Thoresen in the winter of 2001-02 on the prospects and Oiler board at HF. I think speeds wrote some stuff on him, may have had him in his mock draft (which usually works better than the Oilers list btw) and from that day forward he was interesting to me.
Redline Report wrote about him in their ask ‘Kyle Woodlief a question about the draft’ segment on USA Today. Here’s the question, and the answer, spring 2002:
Downingtown, PA: Where do you expect to see two non-CSB rated players, Patrick Thoresen and Jimmy Cuddihy, go in the draft? Kyle Woodlief: At Red Line we have both ranked as second-rounders. I expect Thoresen to go lae in the second round. Cuddihy may slide to the third or fourth round, but would be a steal at that level.
Patrick Thoresen passed through the draft in 2002. He was never drafted. He went to the Boston Bruins training camp fall 2003 and didn’t impress (it should be mentioned here that the Bruins organization at that time seemed to be playing the children’s game “keepaway” with their good young players and roster spots) and then he played (well) in the Swedish Elite League and a little in the Austrian League before the Oilers signed him.
The Oildrop got his name on a contract at the end of May, 2006. Remember how exciting it was to be an Oilers fan at that time? Well, Thoresen apparently had plenty of offers but took the Oilers deal, perhaps a side effect of a long and fruitful playoff run.
That fall at training camp, Thoresen inspired a comment from coach MacT that fall that I’ll never forget: “We haven’t had a player from Europe come in and be as polished and complete and as effective as he’s been. I haven’t seen any weakness in any facet of his game so far.” If you’re an Oilers European scout, that probably stung a little.
Through his season in the NHL (06-07), we got to know things about him. Like:
- His father Petter represented Norway in five straight Olympic hockey tournaments, starting in 1980.
- He loved the game as much as we do: “I was born to play hockey. It was just natural for me.”
- He was just the 5th Norwegian in NHL history (Espen Knutsen, Bjorn Skaare, Anders Myrvold, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Thoresen).
There were also stories of film crews from Oslo at Rexall filming him and any interview I saw of him revealed a personable young man. I became a fan.
This fall at training camp, I got to see him a few times (first two days of TC, Joey Moss, an exhibition game) and he looked fine to me. However, with offense at a premium and “team toughness” the mantra, Thoresen was put on waivers and sent to the AHL.
Where he kicked out the jams for 23 games (12-8-20, +5). He was named AHL Player of the Week during his time in Springfield. He was not called up despite playing well and having established that his ability makes him an NHL option.
It became the subject of some debate on the blogosphere and elsewhere whether he could indeed be called up to the parent club without having to go through re-entry waivers. Finally, after many posts on all kinds of sites it was established (Vic Ferrari informed this site, probably others) that Thoresen didn’t have to go through re-entry waivers to get to the show.
On November 28, 2007 in an HF thread titled “Thoresen re-entry waivers Clarification”, Guy Flaming of Hockey’s Future and the Pipeline Show wrote:
Thoresen Re-Entry Waivers Clarification
First and foremost… I’m the opposite of a capologist and bow to the knowledge of the various posters who seem to know the CBA inside and out. I’m not going to engage in debates on fine print, I’m just reporting what I was told.
Which was this…Had a casual conversation on saturday with Kevin Lowe and just asked for clarification on whether or not Edmonton could recall Thoresen without him needing to clear re-entry waivers.
Paraphrased response: “Yes but he’d still be subject to the 30-day rule like Rourke is right now”.
So there you go. He can come up but if he’s here for 30-days (and/or 10 NHL games is it?) then he’d need to clear waivers again to go back down.
I did NOT get the impression that he was or was not about to be recalled though, this was not a conversation about that. In my own opinion though, if that matters, the problem with the big team is a lack of scoring and Thoresen is not a scorer at the NHL level, he’s an energy guy.
So, there you go. The NHL is dumber than a sack of hammers. What other professional league would put a Denver boot on its member teams in terms of putting the best possible product on the ice? Also, this is the kind of insane ruling that will send young men packing back to European leagues in a quick hurry. It is shortsighted in the extreme and typical of a league so far out of step with reality it is to laugh. Only a bunch of nitwits would think this was a good idea, and money is the reason. What a circus.
How much money is the NHL going to save on Patrick Thoresen wasting away in the minor leagues? Do NHL owners and general managers really need to be treated like children entrusted with a 5 spot and a list of three items on the way to the corner store?
From my viewpoint, the NHL as an organization is making their own product suffer for a few dollars more, instead of understanding that rosters are liquid during a season due to performance dropoff and injury.
Is there any real question about the knowledge level of the people who run this league?