Brodziak versus Pouliot

If we can agree that some of the 08-09 Oiler forwards aren’t coming back, and that very specific skills (grit, experience, etc) will be in demand for the training camp this fall, we should be able to identify those who are most likely to stay from the current group. Because Kevin Lowe left this roster top-heavy in salary (there’s not a lot of middle ground here), Steve Tambellini will be looking for inexpensive options.

The successful resume’s for the 3-4 lines will be aggressive players with some experience who don’t shy away from the rough stuff, can score a little and in the case of the C’s a FO percentage north of 50 would be nice.

It’s completely possible that both Kyle Brodziak and Marc Pouliot will be on the training camp roster this fall. Since they are similar in terms of experience and because their skill sets overlap to some degree, it’s also possible one of them will be sent away during the summer. Let’s have a look at each player to see if we can marry skill set to the GM’s stated off-season priorities.

Marc Pouliot

  • Boxcars: 63gp, 8-12-20, 23pims
  • Plus Minus: +1
  • Corsi: -4.4
  • GF/GA ON: 25-26
  • 5×5/60: 1.67
  • Quality of Competition: dregs
  • Quality of Teammates: 3rd level
  • FO %: 48.3% in 211 sorties
  • 09-10 Cap Hit: $.825M (nhlnumbers.com)
Kyle Brodziak
  • Boxcars: 79gp, 11-16-27, 21pims
  • Plus Minus: +4
  • Corsi: -14.5
  • GF/GA ON: 32-32
  • 5×5/60: 1.62
  • Quality of Competition: dregs
  • Quality of Teammates: dregs
  • FO %: 51.6% in 947 sorties
  • 09-10 Cap Hit: RFA.

I’m no expert at sussing this stuff out, but it looks to me like they had somewhat similar seasons in terms of offense. 5×5/60 is very close, and their GF/GA ON is also close. The difference is that Pouliot did it with below average help and Brodziak did it (based on Desjardins and eyeball) with guys who would need a day’s drive to get to below average. This would also account for the bad Corsi (you try dragging these people all over the ice) compared to Pouliot. Brodziak is superior in terms of faceoff skills, and although it didn’t show in the pim’s I think most people would agree that Brodziak played a more gritty style. There’s little to suggest he’s going to be significantly more expensive than Pouliot in 09-10. I think Brodziak is a better fit for the Tambellini template.

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