Sunday Morning Coming Down

Joanne Ireland has the latest available information on Jordan Eberle. It is here. No break, but very sore and we’re looking at some time (imo) before the kid returns. We’ll miss him, he’s one of the major reasons the Oilers are worthy following this season.

The Oilers are looking good for a lottery pick at this time, and the injuries will certainly help. Holding them back from the #1 selection is Martin Brodeur. The first ballot HOFer has a 5-18 record and a .882SP, which is the 70th best (of 75 overall) save percentage in the leaque. Jack Lemire is blaming the rookies but every Brodeur start from here on in puts the Devils closer to Sean Couturier.

Speaking of Couturier, he’ll be in action for Canada this afternoon at 1pm on tsn and Team 1260. They play the Swiss in the QF’s and there’s no word yet on which goalie gets the start.

Troy Hesketh was traded again. The story is here and Guy Flaming does his usual strong work here

His new GM:

  • Luke Strand: “Troy is a great skater. He has good instincts, and again he’s a nice two-way defenseman that can get around the rink.He makes a very good first pass, he’s a competitive kid, and he’s got a very bright future ahead of him. We want to give him a fresh start here and we’re confident in the idea that surrounding him with the talent we have here will make him a better player and in turn make us a better team.”

I think it’s time to officially put Hesketh on the worry clock. Buddy is playing in the best American junior league, but it doesn’t approach the WHL/OHL/QMJHL level. Or does it?

  • Gabe Desjardins: It is clear that regardless of the analysis method, players who play in the USHL and CHL perform approximately the same once they get to higher-level leagues. Allowing for a year’s worth of improvement, 18-year-olds in the USHL would maintain their level of scoring at age 19 if they transferred to Canadian Tier I Junior. Were they to transfer during the same season, they would likely maintain at least 80% of their scoring.

Gabe’s reporting on the subject is here. That information would have been helpful when dealing with Jeff Petry (a USHL player 2005-07), but Troy Hesketh hasn’t scored a point yet in the USHL. He’s a defensive defenseman, but his stats line is somewhat incredible even for a stay-at-home defender:

  • 22gp, 0-0-0 -12 30pims 8SOG

Remember, this is a junior league. We’re looking at Chris Hajt 2.0 here. We don’t have TOI totals but we do know he’s on the ice often enough to have the worst plus minus on the club. Maybe the change of scenery will do him good, but Hesketh is building the resume of a blown draft pick.

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