Photo by Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved. Jordan Eberle belongs in a higher league. It is probably about time we began talking about single season records as they relate to Oilers farm clubs. Edmonton’s minor league clubs have enjoyed some outstanding offensive seasons, but the records of the past will be in danger if the NHL remains in stasis all winter long.
Here are the leading point totals for Oiler affiliates through the years.
- 91-92 Shaun Van Allen 77gp, 29-84-113
- 80-81 Tom Roulston 69gp, 63-44-107
- 94-95 Peter White 65gp, 36-69-105
- 90-91 Shaun Van Allen 76gp, 25-75-100
Eberle is currently at 25, 19-18-37; I believe the AHL will play 76 games this season (minor leagues are constantly changing ). Should Eberle play all the games he would be extremely close to the Van Allen total at #1. Justin Schultz is going to break all of the Oiler point total records for their minor league defenseman, its only a matter of time.
I didn’t get to see last night’s game, but there were some incredible totals:
- Jordan Eberle: 4 goals and an assist, +2 and 4 shots on goal, is having an incredible season. At some point, we’re going to have to agree he’s a Joey Mullen-Mike Bossy shooter. I don’t think we’re there yet (Bill James always said three seasons was an established level of ability) but it looks like his rookie season may be the outlier. It was not–and is not–reasonable to assume Eberle is a 20% shooter, but there is growing evidence he is well above average in this area.
- Mark Arcobello: 0-4-4 +3, Arcobello has taken Josh Green’s job as the veteran AHL guy who can play with the gifted kids, and his ability to play center is also a positive. I’m now convinced the Oilers should give him some NHL time.
- Justin Schultz: 1-1-2 and I’ve run out of things to say about him.
- Taylor Hall: 3 more shots last night and 18 in the last 4 games. He’s a special player.
- Curtis Hamilton: gets an assist and a shot on goal. Good for him, keep it going young man.
- Ryan Martindale: back in the lineup.
- Magnus Paajarvi: an assist, plus 1, 2 sog. He needs to keep the crooked numbers coming but is beginning to surge a little.
Houston is a tough team, should be a good game. I’ll post lineups as soon as they are available, drop by during the game and post your thoughts if you get a chance. One week to Festivus!