Oilers at Hawks G9 ’10-’11

This is Cliff Koroll. He arrived in Chicago from the powerhouse NCAA program in Denver (teammates Keith Magnuson and Jim Wiste would later join him, and Craig Patrick would also have an NHL career from those teams).

Koroll was a rookie in 69-70, unique in that he could score goals and play a solid checking game even as a new arrival. Koroll scored the first rookie hat trick in Hawks history in 69-70, and became well known for his excellent penalty killing ability.

We’re already seeing these three rookie forwards suggest future roles with their play. All three are playing between 13 and 14 minutes a night at even strength, but Eberle is also spending a couple of minutes a night on the PK (productively). I think he has more offensive talent than Koroll, but he does resemble the Hawk winger in that he appears to have figured a lot of things out before arriving in the NHL. Both Hall and Eberle are enjoying 2.5 to 3 minutes a night on the PP, with young Pääjärvi sitting at 1.5 minutes a night with the man advantage. All three kids rank in the league’s top 10 in terms of EV TOI. Pääjärvi leads the group in 5×5/60 (1.75; Hall is 1.12 and Eberle 0.59).

Here is the current list of rookie scoring leaders (forwards) 10-11.

  1. Mark Letestu (Pit) 10gp, 4-3-7
  2. Tyler Ennis (Buf) 10gp, 2-5-7
  3. Jordan Eberle (Edm) 8gp, 3-3-6
  4. Derek Stepan (NYR) 8gp, 3-2-5
  5. Brian Bickell (Chi) 11gp, 2-3-5
  6. Tyler Seguin (Bos) 7gp, 2-2-4
  7. Magnus Pääjärvi (Edm) 8gp, 2-2-4
  8. Mikael Backlund (Cal) 10gp, 2-2-4
  9. Jeff Skinner (Car) 8gp, 1-3-4
  10. Logan Couture (SJS) 8gp, 3-0-3
  11. Kyle Wilson (CBS) 4gp, 2-1-3
  12. Michael Grabner (NYI) 7gp, 2-1-3
  13. Taylor Hall (Edm) 8gp, 1-2-3
  14. Jake Dowell (Chi) 11gp, 1-2-3
  15. Jordan Caron (Bos) 6gp, 2-0-2

Here is the all-time rooking scoring list for the Edmonton Oilers (forwards):

  1. Jari Kurri (80-81) 75gp, 32-43-75
  2. Jason Arnott (93-94) 78gp, 33-35-68
  3. Dave Lumley (79-80) 80gp, 20-38-58
  4. Glenn Anderson (80-81) 58gp, 30-23-53
  5. Sam Gagner (07-08) 79gp, 13-36-49
  6. Andrew Cogliano (07-08) 82gp, 18-27-45
  7. Raimo Summanen (85-86) 73gp, 19-18-37
  8. Miro Satan (95-96) 62gp, 18-17-35
  9. Jaroslav Pouzar (82-83) 74gp, 15-18-33
  10. Mike Grier (96-97) 79gp, 15-17-32
  11. Kyle Brodziak (07-08) 80gp, 14-17-31
  12. Rem Murray (96-97) 82gp, 11-20-31
  13. David Oliver (94-95) 44gp, 16-14-30
  14. Ales Hemsky (02-03) 59gp, 6-24-30
  15. Jozef Beranek (91-92) 58gp, 12-16-28
  16. Todd Marchant (94-95) 45gp, 13-14-27
  17. Dean McAmmond (93-94) 45gp, 6-21-27
  18. Martin Gelinas (89-90) 46gp, 17-8-25
  19. Mats Lindgren (96-97) 69gp, 11-14-25
  20. Scott Fraser (97-98) 29gp, 12-11-23
  21. Jason Chimera (02-03) 66gp, 14-9-23
  22. Mike Comrie (00-01) 41gp, 8-14-22
  23. Jarret Stoll (03-04) 68gp, 10-11-21

The 07-08 cluster (Gagner, Cogliano and Brodziak) rank 5, 6 and 11 on this list. The Oilers have no rookie defensemen this season (Peckham isn’t considered a rookie) but here’s that list anyway:

  1. Tom Gilbert (07-08) 82gp, 13-20-33
  2. Paul Coffey (80-81) 74gp, 9-23-32
  3. Randy Gregg (82-83) 80gp, 6-22-28
  4. Marc-Andre Bergeron (03-04) 54gp, 9-17-26
  5. Steve Smith (85-86) 55gp, 4-20-24
  6. Dan McGillis (96-97) 73gp, 6-16-22
  7. Kevin Lowe (79-80) 64gp, 2-19-21
  8. Tom Poti (98-99) 73gp, 5-16-21

If the Oilers give Petry a full season as a rookie, he might challenge this list.

I don’t have much to say about tonight’s game, the kids are alright and the veterans are working hard. The defense is a weak spot, but you know all that stuff. It was nice to see Dubnyk get a start last night and I think he performed well. Jason Gregor mentioned the team might be calling up a defender today, my guess would be Shawn Belle but then again with the team getting a tie last night (losing in a SO) maybe they’ll just play the current hand.

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