Tangled Up in Blue

The number of kids up front who might be able to keep their heads above water next season at the NHL level is impressive. We should take a moment to point out that “survival” is down the road apiece from “helping your team win.” With that understood, all of Seguin/Hall, MPS, Eberle, Vande Velde and a few others might be able to help in 10-11 given the chance. Here are their Desjardins’ NHLE’s:

  1. Jordan Eberle 22-24-46
  2. Taylor Hall 17-29-46
  3. Tyler Seguin 19-22-41
  4. Magnus Paarjarvi-Svensson 16-22-38
  5. Linus Omark 20-15-35
  6. Chris Vande Velde 13-21-34

Riley Nash is unlikely to be signed or he’d be on the list. The blueline for 2009-10 is a completely different deal. Desjardins’ NHLE’s have less importance for defenders because their primary job is to defend (or at least do the work required to get the puck going in the right direction). So, instead of Desjardins’ NHLE’s I offer you the Falcons blue and their plus minus per game:

  1. Johan Motin -.091 per game
  2. Dean Arsene -.214 per game
  3. Alex Plante -.224 per game
  4. Theo Peckham -.270 per game
  5. Taylor Chorney -.625 per game
  6. Jeff Petry -1.25 per game (small sample)

It’s unfair to list Petry like this (and his Desjardins was a cool 4-22-26–very good) but I think the entire group (especially the youngsters) should spend another season in the AHL based on their performance in 2009-10. Pechkam’s late season NHL performance (11gp, 0-1-1 -3) may mean he gets consideration for the 6-7D job at the major league level, but the Oilers are going to bring in some defensemen this summer and that’s for sure. NHL defensemen and AHL defensemen, this club needs to add depth at the position.

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