In Larry Brooks’ New York Post column today there was an actual Rob Schremp rumor. Brooks wrote “The Post has learned that the Blueshirts have had dialogue with Edmonton aimed at obtaining talented AHL winger Rob Schremp, the 25th-overall selection in the 2004 Entry Draft.”
Interesting. If true this tells us a couple of things: Schremp has value in that at least one team believes he can play in the NHL, and we’re probably right in guessing the Oilers have decided he is a lesser prospect than Gagner, Cogliano and Nilsson.
Anything else? Well it would be fun to guess what his value might be, and I think we all probably would have a different view. Here are some ideas:
- A 2008 2nd rd pick: This is a deep draft and although Schremp was a first rounder it was 25th overall and is not yet an established NHL player 3+ seasons later.
- LW Alex Bourret. Another 1st rounder (Atl, 2005 #16ov) who is in the AHL looking for a chance, this guy has some grit and looks more like a MacT-type. At draft time, Redline said “Built like a bowling ball at 5-10/208 pounds, he’s like a heat-seeking missile who throws his body recklessly and is an extremely disruptive force on the forecheck. Though he has a big shot off the wing, he doesn’t possess natural scoring prowess.”
- LW Lauri Korpikoski: Redline loved the 2004 1st rder (6 picks ahead of Schremp) and said: Never stops putting pressure on the puck. Absolutely relentless on the forecheck – refuses to be denied. Plays at high tempo and creates tons of chances. Incredibly quick stick and could handle puck in a phone booth. If he doesn’t have it, he’ll go get it; comes out of every scrum with the loose puck and then makes great plays with it. Drives through checks and crashes net with reckless abandon. Battles with intensity and passion. Deceptive acceleration and moves he can make at top end speed. Quick opportunist around net. Super pest is very disruptive with excellent anticipation and lateral agility. Like the Energizer Bunny — never stops moving his feet, constantly outworks/outhustles everyone on the ice. Also great defensively and dangerous on the PK. Runs the PP from the half-boards and is a great set-up man. Coach’s dream: heart, grit, character and mental toughness. A WINNER! He looks to have stalled in the AHL after having followed Jani Rita’s “I’ll just stay in Finland, play in the SM-LIIGA and see my development stall” wise career path.
- RW Hugh Jessiman. “Huge specimen” remains that, but the finer points of the game are a little tougher to master. Another guy Redline loved but also pointed out some areas of concern: “This guy has as much upside as anyone in the draft. If you saw the incredibly low calibre of competition he was playing against in a Division II prep school in Connecticut the past couple of years, you would understand how far he had to elevate his game in a very short period of time to do what he did as a true freshman at Dartmouth this season. Guys that big and with the hands and vision he possesses don’t come along every day. And the last half of the season, he even started asserting himself and showing a mean streak — if he starts doing that consistently, he’s just scary. The one major problem is that he’s never had to play a lick of defence in his entire life, so right now he’s a basket case in his own end. But it’s not because he’s not willing to try or work hard. He’s a very intelligent and coachable kid who just needs to be taught.”
I doubt the Oilers get a roster player for him, so these young men would seem to be nice options. They are players who have good draft pedigree but have been demoted to the “remedial reading” portion of NHL player school.
Which makes them exactly like Rob Schremp.