Dustin Penner, Ethan Moreau, Geoff Sanderson, Patrick Thoresen, Marty Reasoner and others are either legit bats at that position or utility players with enough power to play a role. Andrew Cogliano is also a possibility for the 2line which is pretty much the key element moving forward (since the top line of Horcoff-Penner-Hemsky and a makeshift 3group from Moreau, Pisani and Cogliano or Reasoner seems logical).
In 06-07, Sergei Samsonov’s EV points-per-60 with the Habs was 1.76 (not great, but not far from Raffi’s 1.94 in the same season). This season, he’s been beyond painful, with 3 equal strength points in about 4 hours of icetime.
He is on re-entry waivers again tonight. This usually means the team placing him on the waiver wire has an indication that another team may pick him up, and Edmonton is certainly an option based on the department of youth that is their major league roster.
Assuming Samsonov could come close to the 06-07 ppg number (1.76), where would he be on the Oilers depth chart?
- Shawn Horcoff 2.4
- Ales Hemsky 2.29
- Robert Nilsson 1.93
- Sam Gagner 1.80
- 06-07 Sergei Samsonov 1.76
- Andrew Cogliano 1.63
- Kyle Brodziak 1.63
- Dustin Penner 1.43
- Geoff Sanderson 1.38
- Marty Reasoner 1.31
- Raffi Torres 1.19
- Fernando Pisani 1.17 (less than 4 hrs)
- Zack Stortini 0.87 (less than 4 hrs)
- Patrick Thoresen 0.80 (less than 4 hrs)
- 07-08 Sergei Samsonov 0.75
- Jarret Stoll 0.71
Ethan Moreau is at 2.70 but has played just a little over 1 hour (3EV points). This was done by quick math so there may be some errors here and there but I double checked Stoll’s just to be sure. Is Sergei Samsonov a better option than Rob Schremp? Marc Pouliot? I don’t really think he is, but he’s a veteran option and all he costs is money.
In a season where the rookies are a runaway train, I think the Oilers have to at least consider it in the hopes Samsonov has another life.