Theo Peckham has been a “fringe” NHL player for about 6 seasons now, I don’t know that he’s ever felt like he was ‘here to stay.’ Through 156 NHL games–basically two full seasons–Peckham has provided muscle for the team and done his on the job training under the bright lights.
We know there’s a maturation process with all of these kids, just as we know it about our own lives. Look, I’m no expert in the field of motivation and I don’t know a thing about Peckham’s fitness level (Jason Gregor today: “Reports of him being ridiculously out of shape are inaccurate. His weight, body fat % and testing wasn’t much different than 2012 I was told”) and things done wrong real or imagined (he was doing three-a-day’s recently so something wasn’t right).
I do think it is reasonable to suggest that based on how this season has gone–or hasn’t gone for Theo–that the organization has issues. Jason Gregor tells us (and Jason is credible) that it isn’t about conditioning, and now Theo Peckham is heading to OKC to get into game shape. Whatever the issues–injury, maturity–I sincerely hope this young man can grab this opportunity. If it is still there.
The Oilers recall of Mark Arcobello has to be one of the great recent examples of a player overcoming enormous odds to make the NHL. I never thought he’d make it:
- June 26, 2011: C Mark Arcobello: Not on the radar to begin the season, the undersized center forced his way up the OKC depth chart upon his arrival. An absolute long shot to have an NHL career, there are Frank St. Marseille’s every once in awhile and this guy might be one.
and it took a long time (longer for me than many who read this blog) to come around on him.
- December 28, 2012: Have the Oilers found a useful item in Mark Arcobello? I think we’re at a point where the player should get some consideration for at least a 10 game audition in the NHL. Now, I’m completely aware that he’s in a fabulous spot, but it’s also true that there were other candidates for his current role and Arcobello won the day. He can make a difference at evens in the AHL and can play with skilled men at that level. Can he fill a role in the NHL?
Well done, Mark Arcobello. Godspeed.