Desjardins NHLE for AHL Oilers Prospects (Forwards)

The Oilers had a lot of hockey players moving in and out of Springfield this season and their numbers reflect the chaos. Over the last several seasons we’ve had a nice opportunity to see what the young pro prospects could do with 500 at-bats. Here’s what that looked like by season (this is Gabe’s NHLE, top 10 F’s by season).

2006-07
  1. Robert Nilsson 10-27-37 (21)
  2. Marc Pouliot 16-20-36 (21)
  3. Jean Francois Jacques 13-23-36 (21)
  4. Kyle Brodziak 15-20-35 (22)
  5. Rob Schremp 10-21-31 (20) 
  6. Tyler Spurgeon 6-12-18 (20)
  7. Alexei Mikhnov 6-12-18 (24) 
  8. Zack Stortini 7-5-12 (20)
  9. Brock Radunske 3-0-3 (23)
  10. Troy Bodie 0-2-2 (21)

Those who eventually appeared in an NHL game are in italics. All of the top 5F’s this season showed at least some offensive ability and both Stortini and Bodie have managed to find 4th line roles with NHL teams. It’s actually a pretty nice list, looking back on things. There’s some talent on this list.

2007-08
  1. Rob Schremp 11-26-37 (21)
  2. Marc Pouliot 15-19-34 (22)
  3. Liam Reddox 9-17-26 (21)
  4. Jean Francois Jacques 11-14-25 (22)
  5. Tyler Spurgeon 3-22-25 (21)
  6. Slava Trukhno 9-13-22 (20)
  7. Stephane Goulet 9-6-15 (21)
  8. Colin McDonald 6-6-12 (22)
  9. Ryan O’Marra 3-9-12 (20)
  10. Troy Bodie 6-3-9 (22)

Another solid list, the club has Schremp and Pouliot over 30 points and Reddox slowing improving. McDonald and O’Marra didn’t show enough offense and it should be mentioned that Jacques had another decent offensive season. Now that we’ve seen him at the NHL level, I have to wonder how many of those goals were tap ins.

2008-09
  1. Ryan Potulny 18-12-30 (23)
  2. JF Jacques 5-20-25 (23)
  3. Liam Reddox 14-11-24 (22)
  4. Gilbert Brule 13-11-24 (21)
  5. Ryan Stone 7-17-24 (23)
  6. Rob Schremp 3-20-23 (22)
  7. Slava Trukhno 5-13-18 (21)
  8. Bryan Lerg 8-8-16 (22) 
  9. Tyler Spurgeon 3-8-11 (22)
  10. Colin McDonald 4-6-10 (23)

Potulny had a nice season and Desjardins predicted his goal-scorign ability. Brule scored better this season than Gabe suggested and Schremp recovered his career when he got to Long Island. We can see the Oilers have heavily used their minor league forwards at the big league level since the lockout ended just by looking at these seasons.

2009-10 (Current Season)
  1. Jordan Eberle 20-26-46 (19)**
  2. Liam Reddox 9-9-18 (23)
  3. Slava Trukhno 6-7-13 (22)
  4. Colin McDonald 6-5-11 (24)
  5. Ryan O’Marra 6-3-9 (22)
  6. Bryan Lerg 4-3-7 (23)
  7. Geoff Paukovich 3-2-5 (23)

The Oilers didn’t have enough prospects who scored points for us to gather 10 names. I don’t include minor league veterans like Linglet or Minard on any of the 4 lists above. I included Eberle because despite playing in just 11 games the kid is the only bright spot of the whole bunch.

The Oilers had a power outage of major proportions at the AHL level, and it (at least in part) contributed to what is apparently going to be a large number of pink slips for Oilers prospects. From this group (aside from Eberle) I would hope the organization finds room for Reddox.

What a mess.

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