Kevin Lowe Talks about Springfield

This is Liam Reddox. He really does look like some kid whose Dad bought him a chance to skate around in an Oilers jersey but according to Kevin Lowe he improved more than any minor leaguer in the system season over season.

Two quotes in The Republican (Springfield paper) from Lowe detail how the organization sees the top prospects bubbling under. “Robbie Schremp was the most noteworthy player – and getting 75 points in the AHL is nothing to sneeze at – but that was expected of him. Reddox probably made the most improvement over what he was last season (in the ECHL), and Trukhno made the most improvement within the season.”

He also mention Theo Peckham as someone who made good use of his AHL season. The emergence of Trukhno late in the season may make Schremp trade bait at the draft unless Oilers management can find a role for him.

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9 Responses to "Kevin Lowe Talks about Springfield"

  1. Jonathan says:

    Awesome LT- it’s good to see that Oilers management feels that Trukhno “turned the corner” to some degree.

  2. Josh says:

    The one thing I like about Reddox is the reputation he is developing as a pest. Its one thing this organization has lacked for many years.

  3. jon k says:

    I don’t know that Trukhno would make Schremp expendable… even at the AHL level. They really have different skillsets.

    While Schremp definitely has his flaws, he’s not a complementary offensive player. He’s reasonably shown he can create and finish plays, though it remains to see if he can translate that to the highest level of play.

    Trukhno on the other hand, for all his other strengths, is only a complementary offensive player. His numbers in large part rise and fall with the play of players like Schremp (who turned it on at the end of the season as well) and Giroux.

    That being said, what you give up is just as important as what you give and Trukhno overall probably still has an edge on Schremp.

  4. Sean says:

    Good to hear about Trunko and Reddox. I wonder what Torres + Schremp could get in return… Gotta be something pretty decent. I’d love to get a player from this list

    http://www.nhl.com/nhlstats/app?fetchKey=20082ALLSASAll&page=Stats&service=page&sort=hits&viewName=rtssPlayerStats

    If only Dustin Penner was Dustin Brown. Brown has a beauty contract.

  5. Lowetide says:

    jon k: Trukhno’s a little better than a complementary player I’d say. His junior scoring numbers weren’t quite Schremp-like but we need to remember that Robbie was playing Phil Esposito minutes in a couple of those seasons.

    Trukhno finished off the AHL season 20gp, 8-10-18, -2 which is a pretty nice run. Schremp’s final 20 games as a rookie were 20gp, 8-14-22, -3 and that also represented a very nice end of season for Schremp.

    I think Trukhno’s offense is a little better than complementary.

  6. Lord Bob says:

    Do we know what the lines usually were in Springfield, and if Schremp and Trukhno were on a unit at the end of the season?

  7. DeBakey says:

    I wonder what Torres + Schremp could get in return

    I was reading through the “Off Season Game Plans” on tsn.ca.

    An interesting point – “The Thrashers have yet to find a playmaking centre to feed Kovalchuk”

    Atlanta does have the 3rd overall pick….

  8. jon k says:

    There’s no way that a 2nd line winger with dubious confidence and a project 2nd line forward will get a franchise pick.

    Although apparently Lowe was willing to make a similar gamble this past season…

  9. Ribs says:

    Lord Bob – The majority of Trukhnos goals are fed to him by Schremp. They’ve gelled on the PP in the later part of the year.

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