The Edmonton Oilers called up Theo Peckham today on emergency recall. I think maybe the NHL doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “emergency” but that’s for another day.
Peckham is a quality prospect who gives the Oilers another young defender for Craig MacTavish to break in. He seems to be ripping up the depth chart at a rapid rate having passed several more veteran options in the AHL just over halfway into his first pro season (and having turned 20 four months ago).
It’s a pretty nice thing for the kid no matter if he plays or not but there’s a chance he’ll get into game action. Ladislav Smid’s recovery is ongoing and Mathieu Roy is banged up (plus he’s an injury risk anytime during waking hours).
In the post below, David Staples (who should be given credit for drawing attention to the Oilers end of the blogosphere and treating it with respect. He could have gone the other way, you know) asks Lowetide, when you rate Schremp higher on your list than Riley Nash, does that mean that you wouldn’t trade Schremp for Nash?
It’s an interesting question. When I did the December top 20 Nash had scored 9 points in 9 games (3-6-9) for Cornell and Schremp was 21gp, 5-17-22 (-2) for Springfield. At that time we had 90 AHL games (plus junior) to look at when evaluating Schremp and a career in the BCJHL and 9 games in the NCAA for Nash.
Since then, Schremp has gone 39gp, 10-23-33 (-6) and 20gp, 8-8-16 at Cornell. I can’t seem to find college +/- just now, anyone who has it let me know. Anyway, Schremp’s numbers are an improvement over last season and Nash has delivered more and better than had been forecast for him this season.
If I rated Schremp ahead of Nash then, why would I rank Nash ahead of Schremp now?
- Nash is having a very nice season at age 18 in a year where he’s stepping up (from last year) in terms of level of competition.
- The secondary stuff (Ivy League Rookie of the Year, co-leader in team points) all favors Nash.
- Everything you read on Nash is arrows up, Schremp is having a little bit of a porridge season.
- Nash (according to the scouting reports) has a wide variety of skills and has time to improve in all areas, whereas Schremp is one dimensional is reaching the age where improvement is marginal season over season.
There would have to be a lot of evidence imo to put Nash ahead of Schremp based on one season, but it appears to be there. Riley Nash has done more to improve his stock this season than any other prospect outside the NHL, and that includes Taylor Chorney, Jeff Petry, Alex Bumagin and Linus Omark. And Rob Schremp. So to answer Mr Staples, I think Nash is the best prospect in the organization at this time, and I wouldn’t trade him for Rob Schremp. I don’t think that was the case at the beginning of December, but it’s obvious now.
As always, every season has winners and losers. Riley Nash is the big winner in this organization this year.