Recently, someone in the media asked Coach MacTavish about possible callups from the AHL. His response was basically that he didn’t think there was anyone who could offer immediate help. Tonight’s first period performance makes that statement even more incredible.
The Oilers end of the roster forwards as we speak would appear to be Zach Stortini (salary $534k), Patrick Thoresen ($570k) and Sam Gagner ($1,625,000). Is Marc Pouliot a lesser player than all three of those players currently? Is he the next obvious option for callup from Springfield?
Probably not. When Pouliot was sent down he started his AHL season like a house on fire. In his first 4 AHL games this season, he was 2-4-6, +4 (I took out one EN goal against at EVs) and was clearly driving results. Since then, he’s fallen off a lot (22gp, 6-9-15, -10) and this despite apparently getting major minutes in Springfield. His most recent 5 games (2-3-5, minus 4) have been high event and not as impressive as Rob Schremp (5gp, 1-5-6, minus 2).
The guy to callup is Schremp. In his last 21gp, he is 6-22-28, -1.