A rather bizarre story ended in a good way today with the news Liam Reddox has signed a one-year, two way contract with Edmonton. Earlier this summer, tsn reported that the rookie winger had not only rejected his qualifying offer but also had plans to play in Europe in 09-10. I described it as “unusual” and it appears the idea of a two-way deal may have been the reason for the disconnect.
Reddox is a full court bleeder at this stage of his career but has been able to survive in the majors for most of a full season. That has value. Reddox’s boxcars and secondary numbers from his rookie season tell the story:
- Boxcars: 46gp, 5-7-12, 10pims
- Plus Minus: -6
- Corsi: -21.7
- GF/GA ON: 16-22
- 5×5/60: 1.43
- Quality of Competition: 3rd level
- Quality of Teammates: 3rd level
Reddox is extremely unpopular among some Oiler fans because Craig MacTavish played him on the top line for a time when there were clearly better options. I understand the frustration but prefer to view that in a way similar to the period of time when Zack Stortini was forced onto the Stoll-Torres line: not the fault of the player and an issue that cannot help in any way when evalutating a prospect or young player. That Corsi number is a stunner, and in fact Stortini’s -19.2 is the only number from a semi-regular in the range. Knuckle dragger Steve MacIntyre (-26.4) was effective as a saloon door.
We know Reddox had a subpar rookie season. We know the coach saw something in him. We know kids don’t develop in a straight line. Liam Reddox may end up being a lesser player than Domenic Pittis or a greater player than Josh Green. Either way, he was certainly worth this contract.