Rob Schremp has been named to the American All-Star team (AHL) and should have a big game. All-Star games are usually no-hitters, a display of pure skill and the beauty of the game takes a front seat.
As a fan, it’s hugely disappointing that Schremp is the only Falcon to make it. From a development point of view, the Oilers have to be concerned that their 22-year old picks from 2003 aren’t in the game (or the NHL for that matter).
This weekend I’m going to do a post that asks the question “when can you begin to fret over a draft pick?” which is to say how long do we wait before openly questioning whether or not a player will make it to the show.
Personally, I think it’s way too soon to ask that question about Alex Plante, but certainly a question we need to ask about Pouliot and Jacques (in photo). The first thing I’ll look at in the weekend post is how many players stumbled as drafted juniors (18 and 19 year olds) that got onto the fast track and made it as NHL players in the same role they were drafted for in the first place.
Can you think of any Oiler examples in the last 5 seasons? 10? I’m also going to have a long look at injury at its impact on those 2 developmental seasons.