JF Jacques (27) and Colin McDonald (18) seem to have the goalie surrounded on this play.
I’m interested in looking at the AHL stats for the Falcons’ forwards, specifically the EV numbers. Why? Well it’s a fair indicator of the type of minutes these players would get in the show (there’s no real use adding in Pouliot’s PP numbers, we know he isn’t getting cherry time if and when he gets called up) and the one player who we’re punishing most (Schremp) needs to be successful at EVs before he makes it in the NHL. Everything we’ve read about him, from draft day to today, tells us he is an outstanding offensive player when given plenty of time and freedom.
How is he doing at EVs, when the opposition has someone marking him? Much better than last season and I think that’s news. Last year, Schremp’s EV points-per-game total was .362. This season? Much better:
- Patrick Thoresen 23gp, 8-7-15 (.652) *now with Oilers
- Liam Reddox 33gp, 9-8-17 (.515)
- Rob Schremp 41gp, 5-15-20 (.488)
- Marc Pouliot 31gp, 5-8-13 (.419)
- JF Jacques 36gp, 6-9-15 (.417)
- Tyler Spurgeon 12gp, 1-3-4 (.333)
- Colin McDonald 41gp, 5-6-11 (.268)
- Troy Bodie 36gp, 6-3-9 (.250)
- Tim Sestito 43gp, 4-6-10 (.233)
- Slava Trukhno 32gp, 2-3-5 (.156)
- Fredrik Johansson 25gp, 3-0-3 (.120)
Those are pretty interesting numbers. Pouliot is almost exactly where he was one year ago (.424) and none of the current AHLers is better than Nilsson was in the AHL at EVs last season (69gp, 10-29-39, .565).
Just for fun, here are the PP points-per-game:
- Rob Schremp 41gp, 5-16-21 (.513)
- Marc Pouliot 31gp, 5-7-12 (.387)
- Slava Trukhno 32gp, 3-5-8 (.250)
- Tyler Spurgeon 12gp, 0-3-3 (.250)
- JF Jacques 36gp, 5-3-8 (.222)
- Patrick Thoresen 25gp, 4-1-5 (.217)
- Liam Reddox 33gp, 1-6-7 (.212)
- Colin McDonald 41gp, 4-4-8 (.195)
What does it all mean? Schremp’s a helluva PP performer in the AHL, he may be a guy who could step right onto the 2nd PP unit in Edmonton (although one wonders if MacT would want to mess with anything to do with the majestic Oilers powerplay as it stands). He’s also one of two obvious choices for callup. The other, based on stats, is Liam Reddox. Where does this put the 2003 draft (Pouliot, Jacques and McDonald)? Trailing the 2004 kids from every angle.