Tracers- Henrich

Henrich file: The No. 4 rated draft prospect by the Red Line Report. … Ranked No. 5 in North America by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau and No. 6 by The Hockey News. … A member of Team Ontario in the 1997 World Hockey Challenge. … Played in 1998 OHL All-Star Game. … Scored eight game-winning goals in 1997-98.

Central Scouting report: Excellent skater with good speed on the attack. … Power winger who drives to the net with authority. … Long reach and dominates one-on-one situations. … Hard shot with quick release. … Difficult to move from in front of net. … Effective playmaker with good hockey sense. … Strong along boards and in corners.

Redline Report: Michael Henrich of the Barrie Colts is a big and skilled winger who doesn’t use his size very well, but he’ll make the NHL as a scorer not a checker.

NOTE: Henrich is still an active player, spending this season in Germany with Wolfsburg (26gp, 6-6-12). He never made the NHL, and in fact played in only 219 AHL games. His best AHL season was his second (67, 14-24-38), a season in which Fernando Pisani and Jason Chimera would both score 26 goals.

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8 Responses to "Tracers- Henrich"

  1. Dennis says:

    Two things to add here.

    1: So, Everyone was wrong then.

    2: He played down here during a time when I’d get to see Hamilton six times a year and I never missed any of those games and I even saw a couple of practices. He underwhelmed me right from the very start. At least Kelly was a great skater and checker who could pass.

    Henrich had absolutely nothing going for him.

  2. jon says:

    It’s weird that everyone could just be so wrong about a guy. File this under the sad but true category: He has 12 points in 26 games, not 6.

  3. Simon says:

    Google “Henrich Edmonton Oilers” and you come up with some funny sites. Two are:
    1. a link to an old nhl.com story about Jewish players in the NHL

    2. an apparently current listing from ESPN.com that shows Henrich as being Oilers property. Quote: “Michael Henrich has not been involved in any transactions this season.” No kidding! Either ESPN.com is either unbelievably comprehensive or hopelessly riddled with minutiae.

  4. LJ says:

    Anyone care to elaborate what happened?

    How do all the scouting service get it wrong? Why did he last til 13th if the scouting services had him 6-8?

  5. Bruce says:

    I (barely) remember Henrich from the “Oiler rookies” vs. Golden Bears game that I try to get to every year. I remember writing at the time that he was placed on a line with the apple of everybody’s eye that night, Mike Comrie, and “a Fernando Pisani”. I also remember writing that he had poor instincts, passing when he should have shot and shooting when he should have passed. Or skating by the goal mouth instead of stopping near the crease like the real goal scorers do. Or having no clue how to stay onside.

    He did look good in the warm-up, though.

    [Cue Oilers Entry Draft Official Theme Song: "Another One Bites the Dust"]

  6. Mr DeBakey says:

    Lets just say that if
    Barry Fraser
    had been running the Oilers 07 draft,
    we’d be talking about him snagging those two young studs
    Cherepanov & Esposito

  7. digger says:

    For me, Henrich was one of those kids that had some tools in the toolbox, but never developed one iota past 17 years of age. It just happens.

    All I can say is thank fricking God that they drafted Horcoff that year.

  8. Rube Foster says:

    LT, You’re so clever…First Sweet Sarah Silverman and then a post about Henrich. It can only mean one thing!
    Happy Hannukah Everyone!

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