Ryan Stone: Stop Breaking Down

Ryan Stone is the last of the forwards I’ll look at using this format. Ryan Jones and the rest played too few games as Oilers to have a long look at, but we’ll talk about them later in the spring.

  • Boxcars: 27gp, 0-6-6
  • Shots: 25
  • Plus Minus: +2
  • Corsi (Rel): 14.7 (2nd among F, DNQ)
  • GF/GA ON: 16-14
  • 5×5/60: 1.54 (5th among F’s, DNQ)
  • 5×4/60: nil                  
  • Quality of Competition: 12th toughest among F’s
  • Quality of Teammates: 11th best among F’s
  • FO %: 33.3% in 21 FO’s
  • Offensive Zone Start FO %: 52.7% (easiest among F’s, DNQ)
  • Cap Hit: $600,000 (UFA)
  1. What do these numbers tell us? Not a lot. He played with good linemates (despite the qual/qual #’s) for many of the 27 games but there’s not enough here to draw grand conclusions. Excellent Corsi, passable 5×5/60 and the cap hit was on the way to making this a value contract before injury.
  2. How could these numbers be better? He needed to get more at-bats in order to establish himself as an Oiler, and he needed to score a goal or two. Other than that, Stone exceeded expectations.
  3. Where is he with the injury? Stone’s season was lost to a knee injury but from the sounds of things the Oilers should be able to count on him in the fall.
  4. What about foot speed? Well it wasn’t a strength before the injury so I don’t know that it’ll have a big impact on his game.
  5. Was he better than Jacques? Oh God yes. Stone actually looked like a player who could fill a vital role before the injury (top 6 forward with size and grit) and one hopes the Oilers continue the experiment. Well priced top 6 forwards are gold.
  6. Seriously, you think that much of him? With the understanding that he didn’t get enough time to show if he can do the job, yes. The Oilers had a horrible year but that doesn’t mean they have to flush everything. They look to be onto something with Ryan Stone, I’d like to see more of him.
  7. How important is Stone to the organization? It is up in the air. He could be among the top 6 forwards while making 1M or less. THAT has exceptional value. Of course, the Oilers have to sign him and the club has allowed some players right in this area to fall through the cracks over the last few seasons (Glencross being the obvious example).
Projected Role in 2009-10: In the mix for top 6F on the Edmonton Oilers

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