Schmautz was not fast or clever but he had a booming shot. Heavy, powerful and accurate. Vancouver’s GM Hal Laycoe once said “he’s a payoff man, that good shot goes in a lot and what doesn’t go in often results in big rebounds. Hell, he can score from center ice. That means he can change the complexion of the game any time he gets the puck.”
Vancouver purchased Schmautz’ contract from the Totems and he ripped it up, scoring 38 goals for the expansion Canucks in 72-73.
The Oilers got him later on but he wasn’t a good fit and they sent him along his way. Bobby Schmautz could shoot the puck and that’s for sure.
Lost in the last two losses and even before that in the 4 W’s is the fact that the Oilers still don’t have a real straight shooter. The new lines are fine and all but unless Bobby Nilsson decides to put a little Bobby Schmautz in his game then we’re still dealing in fellows who can’t take full advantage of the savant Hemsky.
I’m happy with Pouliot moving to the 3line although Brodziak has played well and would have to be considered a possibility to move up a line should things start slowly tonight. Pouliot has a real chance to impress with real NHL players and I’m hoping for him to pop a G tonight.
Sam Gagner. This is why you never assume kids improve in straight lines. No doubt he’s still got that all world talent but he could end up scoring fewer points this season and be a better man come springtime. I like Penner on that line, could be a very interesting evening.
As for tonight, I’m picking Vancouver to win because Jesus walks on water.