Theo Peckham has the best PR among the Oilers D prospects. Since he was drafted it’s been almost impossible to find a negative comment, from a coach or a teammate or even someone in the media.
He must be doing something right.
Peckham’s offensive numbers (59gp, 6-7-13) don’t jump out at you, not like Sebastien Bisaillon (Peckham trails the Q kid in AHL points-per game .48 to .22) but his 174 pims led Springfield defenders.
Here are the Falcon defenders who played 10 or game games and their plus minus per game:
- TJ Reynolds 24gp (+3) +.125 per game
- Rick Berry 54gp (+6) +.111 per game
- Danny Syvret 36gp (E) 0.00 per game
- Bryan Young 74gp (-4) -.050 per game
- Allan Rourke 44gp (-6) -.136 per game
- Sebastien Bisaillon 22gp (-3) -.136 per game
- Mike Gabinet 19gp (-3) -.158 per game
- Cody Wild 13gp (-3) .231 per game
- Theo Peckham 59gp (-14) -.237 per game
- TJ Kemp 73gp (-20) -.273 per game
- Brad Farynuk 20gp (-8) -.400 per game
This is a fairly predictable list in that the guys at the top are age 25+ (Reynolds, Berry) and the guys at the bottom are kids (Wild, Peckham). A player like Syvret may have had an underrated season and I have no idea what TK Kemp was doing unless it was babysitting. We don’t have the TOI totals and this isn’t an efficient way to look at these numbers but when faced with such wild swings in games played it’s impossible to put it all in any reasonable order without averaging.
Are there any areas he performed well in during his AHL season? He did improve during March and April. Here are the D numbers for those two months:
- Bryan Young 20gp, 0-3-3 +4 (+.2)
- Theo Peckham 19gp, 0-4-4 -3 (-.158)
- Danny Syvret 22gp, 1-7-8 (-.227)
- Cody Wild 13gp, 1-2-3 -3 (-.231)
- Brad Farynuk 11gp, 0-3-3 -5 (-.455)
- TJ Kemp 20gp, 2-12-14 -13 (-.700)
These are the D who played 10 or more games during March and April and their plus minus per game. Peckham is somewhat similar to Bryan Young in that it really was the tale of two seasons. Here are Young’s splits:
- October-December 31: -14
- January 1-end of season: +10
And here are Peckham’s
- First 29 games: 3-2-5 -10
- Last 30 games: 3-5-8 -4
Peckham’s strengths heading into training camp are that he is a physical player on a team begging for one and he is also a prospect held in high regard by the organization. Theo Peckham could certainly spend the entire 08-09 season in Springfield, but I don’t think it’s a certainty. Based on the fast track that Smid, Greene and Gilbert were on recently it’s clear this organization has no problem going with inexperienced defensemen.