EV points are an interesting tracking tool when looking at minor league players. The really skilled kids are going right to the NHL and the minor leagues are a world populated by players who must work on one or more things. A player like Rob Schremp should always do well on the PP but is he progressing at EVs? What about Pouliot? Were there indications that Nilsson and Brodziak would come out of the pack last fall based on EV scoring?
Pretty much all of the forwards who spend significant amounts of time in the AHL are going to be playing at EV strength when they arrive at the NHL.
Below is the EV listing for the 07-08 for AHL Oilers and in bold the players who have clearly established themselves as NHL players. The 06-07 season is below that and the third group is 05-06.
- Liam Reddox 51gp, 11-14-25 .490
- Rob Schremp 65gp, 8-20-28 .431
- Marc Pouliot 50gp, 11-10-21 .420
- Tyler Spurgeon 12gp, 1-4-5 .417
- JF Jacques 37gp, 5-9-14 .378
- Stephane Goulet 27gp, 6-3-9 .333
- Ryan O’Marra 29gp, 2-5-7 .241
- Slava Trukhno 51gp, 3-9-12 .235
- Troy Bodie 53gp, 7-5-12 .226
- Colin McDonald 63gp, 7-7-14 .222
Interesting for several reasons. Reddox was a solid OHL scorer at the same time as Schremp and at least at EVs has done a better job this season offensively. They were not that far apart in their draft seasons in terms of points-per-game and at least this season Reddox would seem to be the better prospect based on EV numbers.
- JF Jacques 29gp, 6-12-18 .621
- Kyle Brodziak 62gp, 18-20-38 .559
- Robert Nilsson 69gp, 10-27-37 .536
- Alexei Mikhnov 27gp, 3-10-13 .481
- Marc Pouliot 33gp, 7-7-14 .424
- Tyler Spurgeon 34gp, 4-10-14 .412
- Rob Schremp 69gp, 8-17-25 .362
- Zack Stortini 47gp, 6-4-10 .213
Jacques had a nice 30 games here but didn’t have anything similar in either season that bookends it. Brodziak and Nilsson gave an indication of the future, perhaps as Reddox is doing this season. Schremp’s AHL debut was a struggle and it is reflected here and at EVs in the minor leagues Pouliot is porridge both years. Stortini’s value doesn’t show up in the stats.
- Brad Winchester 40gp, 10-8-18 .450
- Kyle Brodziak 55gp, 9-11-20 .363
- JF Jacques 65gp, 11-11-22 .338
- Marc Pouliot 65gp 9-12-21 .323
- Zack Stortini 64gp, 2-8-10 .156
Winchester might not be scoring much but he does have a major league job and his career highlight so far would probably be these 40 games (he was 16-6-22 on the PP). Brodziak is the guy who emerged among the 2003 skill forwards on this list but there’s not much clearance here between him, JFJ and MP.
Here’s what I find interesting about these three seasons:
- Brodziak really stepped forward year over year. We gave credit to conditioning and a stellar camp but that looks like real improvement.
- Based on these three seasons, Jacques looks like a flash in the pan. That spike season had no sustain.
- The one season we see Nilsson the guy performed well at EVs.
- Reddox is an interesting player to watch moving forward.