This week, we’ll be devoting a tremendous amount of time to Ales Hemsky. I remember well the moment he became an Oiler: Kevin Lowe exercised the option to “swap picks” with Boston at the 2001 entry draft–an option that was paid for as part of the Billy Guerin for Anson Carter trade months before the draft.
Ales Hemsky is an outstanding talent, and the truth is that he has miles and miles to go. This week, we can begin to put Hemsky’s feats as an Oiler into perspective.
OILER CAREER ASSISTS (FORWARDS)
- Gretzky 1086 in 696 games (1.56)
- Messier 642 in 851 games (.754)
- Kurri 569 in 754 games (.755)
- Anderson 489 in 845 games (.579)
- Weight 420 in 588 games (.714)
- Smyth 305 in 828 games (.368)
- Hemsky 302 in 535 games (.564)
Hemsky’s assists came during what might be described as a borderline deadball era, making the totals even more impressive. Also impressive: his consistency.
- 2011-12: 1.58
- 2010-11: 2.88
- 2009-10: 2.85
- 2008-09: 2.08
- 2007-08: 2.36
- 2006-07: 2.09
- 2005-06: 2.17
All but 05-06 is courtesy Gabe at behind the net and the 05-06 comes from nhl.com and my Casio (so it is EV/60 for that season). The guy has been very consistent and odds are he’ll hit 2.00 or close by season’s end.
It is absolutely stunning that the issue has been framed in a way that Hemsky is derided for being inconsistent or unreliable. Ales Hemsky has had injury issues as he approached the peak of his career, but there is no evidence that he’s eroding as a skill player.
Last night, there was some buzz about Hemsky possibly “softening” his stance on a long term contract and a 2-3 year deal might be in the cards. I don’t think we can believe much the week of the trade deadline, but it would be music if true.
Pat over at BDHS has the third in a trio of brilliant 83 posts up today, I suggest reading all three in order.