The Edmonton Oilers lead the league in small skill forwards. Mark Arcobello’s path to the NHL is probably the toughest in the entire system.
OKC RE 12-13: 72, 22-30-52
- This is a fine season. I agree, Arcobello is a solid AHL player.
- Always with the needle. My only quarrel with Arcobello is that he is taking up a spot on the 50-man list that could be going to Jeremie Blain. Or Drew Czerwonka for that matter.
- Typical of the great unwashed. Anti-education. That’s right. I’m against Yale.
- Why don’t you like Arcobello? I like him fine, but he’s never going to get past all of the other small forwards Edmonton likes better.
- So? There’s only so many of these guys Edmonton will employ. Why hand him a 2-way NHL contract when he is extremely unlikely to play in the NHL.
- You don’t know that. I know the odds, and they are terrible.
- How many forwards are ahead of him? At center, there’s the Nuge, Gagner, Horcoff, Belanger, Lander, VandeVelde and probably Josh Green. On the wing, it’s worse. Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, Hemsky, Smyth, Jones, Eager, Petrell, Hordichuk, Hartikainen, Paajarvi, maybe Cornet at some point and the people I’ve missed. Dane Byers is probably ahead of him.
- How small is Arcobello? Oilers website has him 5.09, 185–pretty much the smallest forward on the list along with Kellen Jones and Toni Rajala.
- I don’t think he’s that small. I think he is, probably smaller.
- He’s still growing! At 24? Really?
- What are his positives? He is an excellent EV strength player in the AHL. Arcobello’s 73, 14-22-36 was a very good even strength number and his 185 shots on goal rank in the league’s top 50.
- What are his negatives? Well, size for one and the other thing is that he is now 24 (birthday last week) and is not an impact player even at the AHL level.
- You usually defend effective players who lack size. Sure, but the Oilers are going to use a certain number of small forwards and the rest of the group will be bigger men. Arcobello is a good player, but not in the same league as Nuge, Gagner, Eberle, Yakupov or Hemsky.
- So, what’s the solution? If there were an expansion draft maybe that might help, but if Arcobello fights his way through the current Oilers depth chart to win a job that’s an all-timer.
- And the Oilers 50-man list? I think it was a mistake to give him a 2-way NHL contract. That is my only issue with him and I’ll cheer like hell for Arcobello during the OKC season.
- Okay, one final time. WHY Blain or Czerwonka over Arcobello on the 50-man list? Sure. Blain imo is certainly worthy of a contract. Rangy defender who can move the puck, he posted good numbers during his QMJHL career and I’d expect he’ll play pro hockey at a high level should he choose to pursue it. Maybe he isn’t an NHL player, but he’s an NHL prospect.
- And Czerwonka? He didn’t have a great final season in the WHL, but he’s a big winger who plays a physical style. The Oilers spent two high draft picks in search of a better Dane Byers this summer, and the sooner the club finds this player using the MBS risk averse method the sooner the club can focus on other areas.
- Isn’t this really about your love affair with the 2010 Oilers draft? I still love it despite the Oilers not signing Blain and Czerwonka. The Oilers signed 8 players–or 16% of their 50-man roster–from that draft and Kellen Jones is still to be signed (or not) when he’s done college.