The boxcar numbers are 71gp, 19-48-67 -16 58pims. He is an impact player in a narrow view at the AHL level. Schremp’s PP numbers (11-27-38) account for 57% of his offense and rank him among the league leaders in PP assists and points. Had the Edmonton Oilers not drafted Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano, had Schremp not had that injury that put him back a little and probably cast his fate at training camp, Rob Schremp might be enjoying his rookie season.
As it is, he has some things to overcome. Consider these quotes, first from NHL coach Craig MacTavish: “the things he needs to do to stay here long-term are not quick fixes. He needs the strength base and quickness. He’s got to be strong enough to battle at a standstill because he’s not going to outskate many guys.”
Also, this quote from Guy Flaming’s recent Top 20 at HF: “One report described Schremp by saying “There are players who win battles in the corner and some who lose those battles. Rob Schremp has absolutely no interest in the battle.”
And this from AHL coach Buchberger: “His vision is unbelievable at this level. He passes the puck like a pro.”
I think Rob Schremp might have benefited more from having someone like Rob Daum as the AHL head coach and will always wonder how his career might have rolled out if the Oilers had kept him on the roster at age 19 or 20. Either way he’s probably good enough to play in the NHL right now in that narrow view we’ve always talked about but that job in Edmonton is currently unavailable and occupied by the youngest player in the NHL. As for addressing the things coach MacT suggested needed improvement, one suspects it’s like asking Otis Nixon to stop hitting line drives: it’s fine in theory, but he is what he is.
Although the “saw him good” crowd often points to his tremendous skill level, the math suggests Schremp can’t make a big difference at EVs. Although we don’t have TOI we are able to list the top EV scorers for Springfield and it does tell a story. Here are the Oilers F prospects at even strength (listed by points-per-game) for Springfield this season:
- Reddox 58gp, 13-14-27 .466
- Pouliot 50gp, 11-10-21 .420
- Schremp 71gp, 8-21-29 .408
- Jacques 38gp, 5-9-14 .368
- Spurgeon 12gp, 1-3-4 .333
- Goulet 33gp, 7-3-10 .303
- O’Marra 30gp, 2-5-7 .233
- Trukhno 57gp, 4-9-13 .228
- McDonald 66gp, 8-7-15 .227
- Bodie 55gp, 7-5-12 .218
- Sestito 70gp, 5-8-13 .186
- Johansson 25gp, 3-0-3 .120
- Almtorp 36gp, 1-2-3 .083
We don’t have TOI and that may be a factor, but if Reddox and Pouliot were indeed getting EV playing time beyond Schremp’s minutes that reflects badly on 44, correct? Also his -16 is third worst on the team, with two AHL rookies the only players with a worse record in this department.
Having said that, there’s no real doubt he took a step forward this season and continues to be a one dimensional player with enough skill in that area to make the NHL. The questions are “when?” and “with what team?”
Final Grade: 80%.