To begin, we quote MacT:
“I guess every time we call somebody up we’ve got to explain why it’s not Robbie, but the bottom line is it’s up to Robbie to be a decent player down there. We all know what he can do, he’s got decent hands, he can work a powerplay okay, but he’s slow, he’s not a physical player, he’s soft at this level. There are a lot of things in his game he needs to address before he becomes that player who gets called up. It’s getting to the point where you’ve gotta be honest: he’s not helping them particularly down there right now and there’s no reason to think he’ll be able to come up here and help us. “
In his last 13 AHL games, Schremp is 2-3-5 and minus 9. I don’t know many who suggested that Schremp would be an obvious callup when Stortini went down with an injury.
I also want to make note of Redline Report and their draft day call on Schremp:
Huge talent level, probably the best of any North American in this draft. Tremendous hands and magic with the puck. Average skating keeps him from being a truly special offensive player, yet still can be explosive. Unfortunately that usually only happens when he gets lots of ice to work with. Solid leg strength and low centre of gravity make him difficult to separate from the puck. Can make good d-men look stupid 1-on-1. Selfish and petulant with an attitude of entitlement; difficult teammate. Always looks to be focus of attention, but wants to make things happen and many times does. Unafraid of traffic. Lacks defensive intensity and off-ice issues are a concern, but abilities are first rate. If you can get past the baggage, he’s your man. Projection: Top flight playmaker or total bust.
It should be noted that while Redline was not a fan they ranked him as the 19th best prospect available to NHL teams for 2004.
After he was drafted, Schremp set about working on his areas of weakness and advancing his cause with the big club. You could make the case he was closest to making the Oilers in his first two TC (before turning pro). His skating and compete level are still at issue, leading us to ask what is the future for Rob Schremp? It’s clear that with each passing month there are fewer who care and most important those in a position to advance his career have little concern about his frame of mind or mincing words. This is either a giant kick in the ass or epic indifference. Either way (quoting Redline in another article on Schremp) it ain’t good.
Finally, I’d like to put two quotes from Craig MacTavish back to back, one from today about Schremp and another from a few years ago about another first rounder (Jani Rita). They are very close in spirit.
- MacT on Rita: “He’s seemingly been at the same state here the last couple or three years. You keep expecting him to progress to the point where he’s established himself as an NHL player. Time’s running out for him, and the organization as well, in terms of us having to give him a shot, having to give him a look. We have to make a decision on him.”
- MacT on Schremp: “There are a lot of things in his game he needs to address before he becomes that player who gets called up. It’s getting to the point where you’ve gotta be honest: he’s not helping them particularly down there right now and there’s no reason to think he’ll be able to come up here and help us.”