Crossroads for Trukhno

2009-10 will be Slava Trukhno’s third season in the American Hockey League. It’ll be an important one considering all the forwards who’ll turn pro next summer and for Trukhno it’s vital that he establish himself as viable option for NHL play.

In his two AHL seasons Trukhno has been well off the pace in terms of expectations. Here’s a random list of Oilers draft picks and their AHL seasons at ages 20 and 21. Men who made the NHL grade (at least 80 games) at some level are in bold. Brackets are points-per-game.

20-year olds
  1. Rob Schremp 69gp, 17-36-53 (.768)
  2. Jarret Stoll 76gp, 21-33-54 (.711)
  3. Marc Pouliot 65gp, 15-30-45 (.692)
  4. JF Jacques 65gp, 24-20-44 (.677)
  5. Kyle Brodziak 56gp, 6-26-32 (.571)
  6. Slava Trukhno 64gp, 14-21-35 (.547)

21-year olds

  1. Rob Schremp 78gp, 23-53-76 (.974)
  2. Marc Pouliot 33gp, 14-17-31 (.939)
  3. JF Jacques 29gp, 10-17-27 (.931)
  4. Liam Reddox 65gp, 16-28-44 (.677)
  5. Kyle Brodziak 55gp, 12-19-31 (.564)
  6. Slava Trukhno 56gp, 7-19-26 (.464)

22-year olds

  1. Kyle Brodziak 62gp, 24-32-56 (.903)
  2. Marc Pouliot 55gp, 21-26-47 (.855)
  3. JF Jacques 38gp, 11-14-25 (.658)
  4. Rob Schremp 69gp, 7-35-42 (.609)

As a 20-year old Trukhno trailed the skilled men and the two-way prospects, in fact he’s at the tail end of pretty much all of the AHL regular forwards who played in the Oilers organization 2001-09. The following season he went the wrong way and at this point he’d have to make a massive step forward to earn a mention among the team’s best AHL prospects.

Trukhno has talent. His junior numbers suggested a quality player but it has not converted to the pro level and he’s running out of time.

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