This is Mike Bloom. He was a pretty high draft pick (Boston) but didn’t get a real shot until Washington picked him in the expansion draft. That was quickly followed by a trade to Detroit where he played the majority of his 201 NHL games.
Mike Bloom is a reasonable comparable for a current Oilers prospect. If you’re a fan of old time hockey I hope this is a fun read.
Let’s take a look at them one at a time:
Mike Bloom: In his three junior seasons, Bloom scored 152 points in 150 OHL games. In Jacques 4 seasons in the Q, he played about the same number of games but collected only 179 points. I think they are similar players offensively because of the leagues they played in. Jacques QMJHL teams average 3.19 goals per game in his senior year and Bloom’s OHL (called the OHA at that time) team scored 4.36 per game. Different era. Bloom was a big kid, rough and tumble and a decent PIM match (Bloom averaged 179pims per 82gp and Jacques averaged 121 in the same time frame). Bloom was 6.03, 206 and Jacques 6.04 and 217. In Bloom’s debut season with the Caps he was -54 in 67 games on a team that was 209 goals in the red at even strength (and I’m not kidding). Jacques back problems may derail his career but he would have been a nice comp imo.
Ron Chipperfield: A very nice fit in spirit with Schremp, words cannot describe the monster seasons he posted in the WHL. He finished his junior career as the WCHL/WHL’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 261 career goals in 252 games. His first NHL game was also first game in Edmonton Oilers’ NHL history and Wayne Gretzky’s first NHL game. He is one of only two players in NHL history (with Winnipeg’s Lars-Erik Sjoberg) to play first NHL game as a team captain. Chipperfield played center on line with 18-year-old Mark Messier at left wing for Edmonton in 1979-80. He was traded by Edmonton to Quebec while his mother was dying of leukemia in Winnipeg. Learned of the deal while he was visiting her, and she died the day after the trade. Much of the above is courtesy hockey draft central. In terms of terrific skill combined with average speed he is a spot-on comp for Schremp.
Butch Goring: He was a beauty player. Fast and aggressive on the forecheck, he scored a ton of goals off turnovers. He played in damn near every junior league (MJHL, SJHL, WHL) and even played in the Quebec Senior League. He played on the Canadian National B Team in 1967-68 and competed in Russia’s Izvestia Tournament. As a 12-year-old, he scored 150 goals in 40 minor-hockey games with the Glenwood Bears. His speed (used on both offense and defense) are a nice match for what we hope Cogliano will become. Goring was sent out in his sophomore pro season btw.
Vincent Damphousse: Another quality player. Smart, smart forward who could make a pass and helped many linemates to career seasons. His two (very small) areas of weakness were skating and a tendency to pass instead of shooting. Damphousse had some negative press late in his career but there is no doubt he was a top drawer talent for a long, long time. He is the best comp I have found for Sam Gagner.