Wild Card

In looking at the Oilers forward depth chart, it’s almost impossible to slot Ryan Potulny. They can’t send him down to the minors, so that gives him an advantage over players like Rob Schremp and Liam Reddox. He’s a shooter on a team that doesn’t have enough of them, so that gives him an advantage over players like Gilbert Brule.

Potulny has played center in the NHL (43.5% success rate in 278 faceoffs in 06-07 and 43.8% in 32 attempts this past season) and once led the entire NCAA in goals scored (38 goals in 41 games in 05-06). He is apparently a hard worker and has made gains in terms of play away from the puck so generally speaking he’s a young player who looks like he might have an NHL future.

So, why did the Flyers trade him for a mid-level prospect? Well they’re pretty deep in forwards and Potulny has had 2 full pro seasons to show them what he can do:

  • NHL 44gp, 7-7-14 (.318)
  • AHL 100gp, 36-45-81 (.810)

His AHL scoring rates are less than Pouliot’s (.886) and Schremp’s (.878) and a little better than JF Jacques (.776) over the same time period. His 36 goals in 100 games (.36 per game) trails Pouliot (.398) but is better than Jacques (.313) and Schremp (.272). I suspect Potulny will need to perform well beyond all three Oilers prospects in order to make the grade and if Jacques is healthy (and it was reported today that his back is much better) Ryan Potulny would have to be considered a long shot for the Oilers roster.

Among the “pure offense” prospects, I’d slot Potulny behind Schremp and ahead of Trukhno and Lerg.

written by

The author didn‘t add any Information to his profile yet.
Related Posts

6 Responses to "Wild Card"

  1. doritogrande says:

    Calling Dan Syvret a mid-level prospect is a bit ego-boosting, if you ask me. But you’re probably on to something. I’d slot Potulny ahead of Jacques and Schremp based on contract status.

    And once again, the Hockey Jesus gets shafted.

  2. Jonathan says:

    So, why did the Flyers trade him for a mid-level prospect? Well they’re pretty deep in forwards…

    So why, again, did the Oilers trade for him?

  3. Dennis says:

    It sounds like JFJ has a good chance to be healthy come camp and if that’s the case, you’d imagine the Oilers will chance waivers on Poultny before they do so on Jacques.

  4. Mark-Ryan says:

    So why, again, did the Oilers trade for him?

    AHL depth? Maybe they just found out that they could land a legit NHL prospect for their garbage.

  5. Jonathan says:

    AHL depth? Maybe they just found out that they could land a legit NHL prospect for their garbage.

    I can’t help but think that Potulny won’t get an opportunity to play at the AHL level if he’s assigned there; teams like Los Angeles, Columbus, or Atlanta (or even Vancouver) would probably be able to use him as a regular.

    I suspect the answer to my question is that Syvret had to be dealt; the best deal was with Philly and Philly made it clear it had to be one of their prospect forwards, rather than a draft pick, going the other way.

  6. jon k says:

    I don’t think there are any teams that would take Potulny on waivers and keep him. He’s essentially this year’s Brandon Bochenski.
    Not nearly enough grit or defensive ability to justify the moderate offense he may be capable of creating.

    That said, I’d put him under Schremp and above the other offensive forward prospects.

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

© Copyright - Lowetide.ca