The Barons have the most spectacular offensive players in the AHL–Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall practically score at will, or at least have done so through the first 30+ games of the season. The scoring outside the top group–and I’ll include Mark Arcobello and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the top group–is basically the twin winger hopefuls Teemu Hartikainen and Magnus Paajarvi.
The list of offensive disappointments goes on forever, but for me the biggest one is a guy who just has to hit above the Mendoza line. Anton Lander is in that area of the draft (40th overall) where you have a right to expect reasonable return. Not 100% guaranteed return, but you should get a player at #40 if your procurement department and the development people can keep their heads out of their asses.
We’ll have lots of time to apply blame if Lander goes sideways, but there are some signs that the young man is at least finding some range with his offense. 8 shots on goal and a goal in the last two games is a nice turn of events, and in his last 13 games Lander is 2-4-6–approaching .5 points-per-game AHL level.
In my OKC RE for Lander, I suggested reasonable would be 70, 10-20-30 over the season–that’s .428/per game. Here’s how things are shaping up currently:
- Overall season so far: 29, 3-4-7 .240
- October-November: 16, 1-0-1 .063
- Since December 1: 13, 2-4-6 .462
In the next few days I plan to do a post on the 1991-born Oiler prospects–its a long list and includes much of the 2009 and some of the 2010 draft–an enormous portion of the cluster. I think getting something (outside round 1) from those 1991′s is going to be vital for the Oilers moving forward, and Anton Lander is central to the piece.