Desjardins NHLE’s for Oilers D

The great thing about waiting for half a season before bringing in Gabriel Desjardins NHLE’s is that we get some interesting numbers. Half a season is about 370 plate appearances and that’s certainly enough to tell a story (although slumps do exist just as surely as luck and kharma exist).

The forwards listed earlier today caused some conversation (or was it consternation) and one suspects the defense will cause at least as much discussion.

Why? Some of these young men are really impacting offensively. There is talent coming and some of it carries an offensive element.

This is per 82gp.

  1. Jeff Petry 5-23-28
  2. Taylor Chorney 8-11-19
  3. Cody Wild 0-18-18
  4. Theo Peckham 0-13-13
  5. Kyle Bigos 4-8-12
  6. Johan Motin 1-5-6
  7. Alex Plante 0-5-5
  8. Troy Hesketh 1-3-4

Once again we see those three college kids (Petry, Chorney and Wild) implying they have some offensive potential. Petry’s having a very nice season–it’s better than Tom Gilbert’s at the same age–and we should probably start a discussion about how many points he’ll manage in the AHL next season. Gilbert’s first AHL season saw him average .625 points-per-game and it took him 48 games to make it to the show. At least offensively Petry is tracking that way.

Chorney is struggling mightily at EVs (again) in Springfield but his offense remains something worth talking about, as does Cody Wild’s numbers. I swear Cody Wild is a hockey player, but the Oilers healthy scratch him and talk about his inability to play in the tough AHL. I think it’s his bad luck to have turned pro the same time as Chorney.

Peckham has Jason Smith offensive upside and Kyle Bigos may or may not have some ability. Stay-at-home types include Motin, Plante and young Minnesota high-schooler Troy Hesketh. Desjardins doesn’t try to reflect their overall value to a team, so they’re placed here more as a curiousity.

History tells us only a couple of these kids will make it; my money has always been on Theo Peckham and remains so despite all those injuries. I also bet heavily on Taylor Chorney in the past, but have to admit that Jeff Petry’s terrific NCAA season has me interested in his future. Petry will have the same adjustment to AHL hockey that Chorney had, but his body type and the fact that he’ll enter pro hockey later (Chorney turned pro at 21 years and 5 months, if Petry turns pro in October 2009 he’ll be 22 years and 10 months) could make a significant difference.

Either way, we’re finally getting somewhere in the “3 college D” debate after years of wondering.

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