Oilers Rookies and MacT: EV/60 points-per-game

One of the things most people never figured out about Craig MacTavish is how he handled rookies. Lost in the chorus of “he won’t play Schremp but Petersen’s on the PP!” was the fact that Craig MacTavish gave at-bats to a wide variety of rookies over the years. Many of them were not highly ranked draft picks and several have gone on to successful NHL careers. Today we’ll look at the rookie forwards, with their points-per-game total in rookie seasons.

2000-01 (Oilers scored 243 goals)
  1. Mike Comrie 2.52
  2. Shawn Horcoff 2.24
  3. Dom Pittis 1.24

Two of the three forwards have gone on to have NHL careers and Horcoff has been a fine player for the Oilers. 2001-02 saw the Oilers score 205 goals, but rookies Chimera, Swanson and Rita didn’t play enough to be measured in this look-see.

2002-03 (Oilers scored 231 goals)

  1. Ales Hemsky 2.26
  2. Fernando Pisani 2.13
  3. Jason Chimera 1.90

All three have gone on to have NHL careers.

2003-04 (Oilers scored 221 goals)

  1. Jarret Stoll 1.39
  2. Mike Bishai 0.98

Stoll has become an NHL regular since his rookie season, Bishai a distant memory. 2005-06 was the year of the Oilers Stanley run, with no rookies getting huge playing time during a season Edmonton scored 256 goals.

2006-07 (Oilers scored 195 goals)
  1. Brad Winchester 1.19
  2. Marc Pouliot 1.17
  3. Patrick Thoresen 1.15
  4. Zach Stortini 0.31
  5. JF Jacques 0.00

All 5 saw enough playing time to measure. Only Stortini is established as an NHLer but Winchester signed a contract the other day so must be close. Pouliot and Jacques still have a chance and Thoresen is a player looking to get back to the NHL (last I heard).

2007-08 (Oilers scored 220 goals)
  1. Andrew Cogliano 2.37
  2. Kyle Brodziak 2.08
  3. Sam Gagner 1.96

Three very nice talents won jobs with MacT this season and one would guess they’ll all play for several seasons moving forward.

2008-09 (Oilers scored 228 goals)

  1. Liam Reddox 1.43
  2. Steve MacIntyre 1.43

The Oilers fanbase ranted about Rita and Schremp and others throughout his time here, but MacTavish gave chances to one dimensional kids, to college men who were drafted after everyone went home, to European free agents and enforcers too.


Here are the time-on-ice totals for Oilers rookies under Craig MacTavish.

  1. Sam Gagner (07-08) 1238:31
  2. Andrew Cogliano (07-08) 1112:17
  3. Kyle Brodziak (07-08) 1033:24
  4. Jarret Stoll (03-04) 945:18
  5. Patrick Thoresen (06-07) 776:33
  6. Ales Hemsky (02-03) 712:12
  7. Jason Chimera (02-03) 710:06
  8. Marc Pouliot (06-07) 600:12
  9. Dom Pittis (00-01) 506:13
  10. Liam Reddox (08-09) 481:39
  11. Brad Winchester (06-07) 476:18
  12. Mike Comrie (00-01) 466:54
  13. Shawn Horcoff (00-01) 452:12
  14. Fernando Pisani (02-03) 375:18
  15. Jean Francois Jacques (06-07) 292:44
  16. Zach Stortini (06-07) 207:27
  17. Brian Swanson (00-01) 174:38
  18. Mike Bishai (03-04) 128:18
  19. Tony Salmlelainen (03-04) 125:27
  20. Michel Riesen (00-01) 118:53
  21. Jani Rita (02-03) 114:26
  22. Steve MacIntyre (08-09) 86:07

I’ll have a look at the defenders in a few days.

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10 Responses to "Oilers Rookies and MacT: EV/60 points-per-game"

  1. bookie says:

    Someday Steve MacIntyre will be able to tell his grandkids that he played 3 seasons (guestimate) in the NHL, when in another sense he will have played about 3.5 hours.

  2. Schitzo says:

    Apparently Grebs elected for arbitration.

    Dammit Tambo, just get it done.

  3. Bohologo says:

    LT, two questions:
    "Today we'll look at the rookie forwards, with their points-per-game total in rookie seasons." Is that points per game, or games per point that you're using?

    Also, Comrie's TOI seems low, but didn't he only play about 50 games? Would it be more meaningful to apply a TOI/G metric?

    Finally, where do you get the energy to churn out so much at such a uniformly high standard? I feel like a slacker….

  4. Lowetide says:

    Bohologo: It's even strength points-per-game. Since Desjardins wasn't around in 00-01 I try to keep it uniform.

    Comrie played exactly half a season. It impacted his total ice time but the points/60 is uniform for all players listed.

    Cut and paste. Most of the info for this post was done last year and the year before. Lazy is my friend. :-)

  5. PDO says:

    LT… are you qualifying a game as 60 minutes?

    I mean, if any of those guys were scoring that many points a game, they'd have been winning scoring races….

  6. Lowetide says:

    PDO: Yeah, it's points per 60 minutes. I took Comrie's EV total (from the old HN Summer issues) and divided by 60 to come up with EV number.

    Which of course is divided by their point total for the number you see. Gabe Desjardins has improved it to 5×5 but I keep it the same so it stays on a line.

  7. Asiaoil says:

    Please stop putting that guy's mug up on the site…..pains me to even look at it after his performance last year.

  8. Bruce says:

    2002-03 (Oilers scored 231 goals) – Ales Hemsky 2.26

    2008-09 (Oilers scored 220 goals) – Ales Hemsky 2.04

    Ales isn't exactly blowing me away with his rapid development …

  9. Lowetide says:

    Bruce: You have to put those numbers through the "tough-sledding" grinder.

  10. Bruce says:

    LT: True dat. However as I recall as a rookie he played a lot with Reasoner and Moreau which is tough sledding from an offensive point of view. :) And those guys didn't generally draw the softs. But I'm going from memory, as the New Statistics don't stretch back to pre-lockout AFAIK.

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