We’re are the quarter pole for the 12-13 season, Edmonton is in a tie for 7th in the western conference and a tie for 12th overall. If the season ended today, Edmonton would be drafting 16th overall, the lowest draft slot by Edmonton since 2008.
One quarter of the way through this season, several Oilers are on their way to career seasons, some are level par, and an enormous number are projecting career worst numbers. Here are the totals, their points-per-game and in brackets their ppg projection in the RE series:
- Sam Gagner 12, 4-9-13 1.08 (.744)
- Taylor Hall 12, 2-9-11 .917 (1.03)
- Ales Hemsky 12, 5-3-8 .667 (.914)
- Jordan Eberle 12, 3-5-8 .667 (.727)
- Nail Yakupov 12, 5-3-8 .667 (.578)
- Justin Schultz 12, 4-3-7 .583 (.405)
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 11, 0-6-6 .545 (.929)
Strong starts for Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall have both looking at career seasons if they can continue the pace. Hemsky is below my projection but on pace for a good season, and Eberle is ‘in the range’ of expectations. RNH is the one player in this front line group who is off the pace, but injuries may be impacting his performance. The two rookies are outperforming expectations, both have had an immediate and significant impact on the club. This ‘group of seven’ are going to make it easy from now on based on early performance.
- Ryan Whitney 10, 0-3-3 .300 (.436)
- Ladislav Smid 12, 0-2-2 .167 (.140)
- Teemu Hartikainen 11, 0-2-2 .182 (.345)
- Ryan Smyth 12, 1-1-2 .167 (.550)
- Shawn Horcoff 7, 1-1-2 .286 (.364)
- Anton Lander 4, 0-1-1 .250 (did not project him in the NHL)
- Magnus Paajarvi 9, 1-0-1 .111 (.308)
- Mark Fistric 6, 0-1-1 .167 (was not an Oiler at the time of RE projections)
- Lennart Petrell 12, 1-0-1 .083 (.161)
The defensemen are not counted on for offense (beyond Whitney whose number is okay), Smid has two points now and that used to be half a season. The forwards who were projected to get powerplay time (Teemu Hartikainen and Ryan Smyth) are a little below par but we’ve a long way to go. Paajarvi scored a nice goal last night, hopefully he can keep it going.
- Devan Dubnyk 2.45 .928 (2.60 .917)
- Nikolai Khabibulin 2.07 .933 (3.17 .897)
- Yann Danis 0.00 1.000 (2.90 .906)
The goaltending has been splendid top to bottom this season, all three goalies are in the black (although Dubnyk is the only one of the three who has played more than 60 minutes. Dubnyk’s performance last night was stellar. I hope Asiaoil got to see that game.