Danny Syvret was famous before turning pro. He was captain of one of the best junior teams in CHL history (the London Knights, 2005 Memorial Cup champions) and got himself drafted that spring despite passing through the draft the two previous seasons.
In 2005-06 he made his pro debut with the Hamilton Bulldogs and was recalled after injuries to MA Bergeron, Cory Cross and Igor Ulanov. He impressed many in his NHL debut, including head coach Craig MacTavish. He ended up playing 10 NHL games in 05-06 and in 06-07 was loaned out to Grand Rapids (AHL) for the season. Injuries forced another recall to the show, where Syvret played another 16 games and picked up his first NHL assist.
Last fall, Syvret (then 22) was so far down on the depth chart you could barely see him and there were additional problems. Here are my observations from the Joey Moss Game: Danny Syvret: He’s really small compared to this group now. Moves the puck well, had a chance to pinch in and didn’t in the second period and honestly was one of two defenders who looked out of place on the day.
The other was Tom Gilbert. Syvret’s size (5-11, 200) is an issue and after 26 NHL games with the Oilers it looked for all the world like he had been passed by so many on the depth chart he’d be in the minors for the entire season.
It was actually worse than that, as the Oilers sent him to the Spengler Cup despite D being an area of weakness and when he got back from Europe they sent him to another AHL team (Hershey Bears, in exchange for Grant Potulny although player rights were not dealt). Syvret is an RFA this summer and would have to be considered a long shot to return based on the Oilers handling of him. When your AHL team is struggling for help on the blueline and you still feel comfortable loaning a player to the Spengler and trade him upon his return, then as a prospect you’re probably at a crossroads.
Here are his AHL splits this season:
- Springfield: 36gp, 1-7-8 Even
- Hershey: 26gp, 1-11-12 -3
Of his 20 points, 8 (2-6-8) have come on the powerplay. It doesn’t look like Syvret is going to have much of a future with the Oilers but it’s also likely he’s going to catch on with another team as an AHL regular and fringe NHL callup. Europe is also a possibility.
FINAL GRADE: 68%