That’s Danny Syvret with the puck. He’s been traded to Philadelphia for forward Ryan Potulny. This blog has talked about Syvret a few times, specifically here. In that post I suggested “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.”
Which is where we are today.
Kevin Lowe traded with one of his traditional trade partners (the Flyers) and received someone in return his coach can find uses for should he make the NHL roster.
Ryan Potulny was drafted 87th overall in 2003. There were future NHLers still on the table (Zack Stortini went 94th and Jan Hejda 106th) but Potulny had some nice things going on. His Central Scouting report was positive about his hands, acceleration and lateral mobility, and play without the puck. He did some impressive things in college (38 goals in 41gp in 2005-06) and scored 21 in the AHL this season. He’s played in 44 NHL games (7-7-14).
I’d guess that Potulny has been acquired in the hopes that he’ll push the other kids enough to put them over the top, or establish himself as clearly better with a new organization. Sometimes these moves serve as a wakeup call. He’d rank somewhere in the mix with Pouliot, Schremp, Jacques as guys who will need to have good training camp showings in order to make the grade. His ability to play center is a plus, his two-way reputation is also a positive.
The first question I had when hearing about the trade was “why this guy?” I understand Danny Syvret has fallen down the D depth chart but the Oilers are in need of draft picks way more than another fringe NHL player.
So, why is he so unique in comparison to others knocking on the door?
- Ryan Potulny 201 shots in 58 games (3.46 per game)
- Marc Pouliot 150 shots in 55 games (2.73 per game)
- Rob Schremp 205 shots in 78 games (2.63 per game)
- Liam Reddox 146 shots in 65 games (2.25 per game)
- JF Jacques 82 shots in 38 games (2.16 per game)