LENNART PETRELL RE 12-13: WILD BILLY’S CIRCUS STORY

Oiler fans love the Finns. The Republic of Finland sent us their best children back in the 1980′s, and we adopted Risto and Jari, and did our best to understand Esa. We’re like family, Oiler fans and Finns. Connected at some basic level, where brilliant hockey, an appreciation of it, and the love of life lived fully intersect–it’s a bond we could never have with a nation like England. Not enough sunshine, not enough good hockey players. Finland? It’s like    someone visiting from Saskatchewan for the weekend–comfortable, satisfied. Home.

And so it gives me no great pleasure to identify Lennart Petrell as the redheaded step child. Honestly, we’re going to have to send him back. Sorry.

Lennart Petrell 11-12

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.83 (11th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: nil
  • Qual Comp: 11th toughest faced among regular forwards
  • Qual Team: 10th best and worst available teammates among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: -16.1(14th best, worst on team. 355th out of 368 in NHL>40 games)
  • Zone Start: 48.7% (9th toughest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 41.5% (14th best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 36/11.1% (7th best among F’s >35 shots)
  • Boxcars: 60, 4-5-9
  • Plus Minus: -10 on a team that was -26

Lennart Petrell 12-13

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.36 (8th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: nil
  • Qual Comp: 12th toughest faced among regular forwards
  • Qual Team: 14th best and among regular forwards
  • Corsi Rel: -18.2(14th best, 2nd worst on team. 383rd out of 395 in NHL)
  • Zone Start: 35.8% (2nd toughest among regular forwards)
  • Zone Finish: 45.2% (14th best among regular forwards)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 23/13.04% (3rd best among F’s >20 shots)
  • Boxcars: 35, 3-6-9
  • Plus Minus: -4 on a team that was -15
  1. What do these numbers tell us? He improved year over year. Petrell had a tough zone start and still managed to post a 5×5/60 inside the top 9, and posted the same number of points as one year ago in basically half the games. 
  2. But there’s a problem? Well, yes. He’s not very good at even strength. His CorsiRel ranks him at the very back of the line again this season, and we’ve seen this twice now. I think improvement means getting rid of pretty much the entire 4th line, and Petrell is part of that group.
  3. Name the wingers you’d keep ahead of Petrell. Hall-Eberle, Yakupov-Hemsky, Paajarvi-Jones, Hartikainen-Brown, Rajala.
  4. All of them? Yes, except Eager and Hordichuk.
  5. BROWN? You’d keep Brown? Sure, the Oilers like to have one guy who punches people and Brown’s fine by me.
  6. Will he get picked up by another team? I don’t think it matters. Petrell has played almost 1,000 NHL minutes now, and he had a nice penalty killing season in 11-12. He can hit people (63) and block shots (22) and he can skate well and he can score once in awhile, but Petrell is kind of the poster boy for that MacT quote last month.
  7. The one about non factor? Yes. The entire quote was: “We have to add some role players. In today’s NHL, even marginally, you have to be a threat to score. We had a lot of guys that the best they were going to be in any given game was a non-factor. The few times that they did (produce), we ended up winning those games. We’ve got to get more of an impact from them and add some complementary pieces.”
  8. That’s harsh. After the last 7 years, I’ll take a bushel of harsh over ten miles of inertia.
  9. You should say something nice about him. He’s a throwback as a checker. Aggressive on the forecheck, backchecks like hell and isn’t afraid to lift the stick and steal puck. Plus he’s a solid positional player, he’ll hit the opponent–not to knock his teeth out, but to take him out of the play–and change the on-ice equation. And he doesn’t back down plus he can handle the puck and has nice passing skills. Petrell has this thing he does on the PK where he goes stealth in the neutral zone and then darts into the play when the puck carrier hits center ice. It’s very effective, old timey too. Used to do that a thousand years ago.
  10. Well, that sounds good. It doesn’t work, the puck the puck the puck.
  11. You know what I’ve seen before? A headline that read ‘Oilers sign Petrell! Confuse Hundreds!’ It was thousands.
  12. So we’re sending Finland one of their own. With love and a wish for a warm summer.

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16 Responses to "LENNART PETRELL RE 12-13: WILD BILLY’S CIRCUS STORY"

  1. jake70 says:

    Did not read the article LT (no offense) because DO NOT RE-SIGN HIM. That is all.

  2. Lowetide says:

    Jake: So, we’re agreed.

  3. supernova says:

    3 biggest areas for improvement are;

    Ryan Smyth replaced with a Bryan Bickell type
    Ryan Whitney replaced with a top 3 D ( unfortunately Whitney was that guy 2 years ago)
    Lennart Petrell replaced with a shift disturber who can score on occasion, hit regularly and with intent, and possible is the 5C that plays out of position.

  4. jake70 says:

    Lowetide,

    Yes, LT very much agreed.

  5. Bar_Qu says:

    If there ever was a poster boy for why “try” < "skill" it is Petrell. Goes like all stink, but in the end he can't play as well as the guys he needs to saw off against. Too bad. But it isn't his fault he's here. That's on the former GM.

    I'm glad he got some big-league paycheques while he was here. But no more, please.

  6. Hammers says:

    Totally agree . Can’t afford A SPOT For penalty killing only . With him Eager Belanger Hordichuck Jones Smithson need to go . Bye thanks . Done . The Finn was at least a good penalty killer . Ralph needs to back off on this as I think he was the one who wanted him . . The kid in OKL has a better chance as he has the smarts . Much sooner see Rajala with Lander & Hartski on the 4th as long as McT gets a couple of good wingers with grit , smarts and guts .

  7. jp says:

    LT: With love and a wish for a warm summer.

    Bar_Qu:
    If there ever was a poster boy for why “try” < “skill” it is Petrell. Goes like all stink, but in the end he can’t play as well as the guys he needs to saw off against. Too bad. But it isn’t his fault he’s here. That’s on the former GM.

    I’m glad he got some big-league paycheques while he was here. But no more, please.

    Just got to agree completely. No hard feelings, all the best, but time to move on.
    He’s got a solid 5 more years as a top 9 forward in the SM-L ahead.

  8. art vandelay says:

    If a team were intent in finishing 30, 30, 29, 23, would it be crazy to try something completely different, like dress no punchers and no grinders and no talentless Finns and just go with skill.
    I’m talking 4 lines of pure talent. And not just guys who can skate fast but are clueless with the puck like today’s topic of conversation.
    The Oilers are halfway there already. Why not blow out all the crud in the bottom 6 and acquire some 5-11 178 AHLers dying for a shot in the NHL.
    And six J Schutlzeses or the like.
    And play river hockey 82 times a year, for better or for worse.
    I’d pay to see that.

  9. Smarmy says:

    I dunno his 5 on 5 is Shawne Horcoff. How does 3 years 6 million sound? Too low?

  10. fifthcartel says:

    Can we resign Petrell solely for future epic pictures like the one above?

  11. Lois Lowe says:

    Hi Art!

  12. WeridAl says:

    People are delusional to believe MacT will be able to sign anyone better for cheap, they’ll resign him for another year. The Oilers have a great young team, but they’re still a non-playoff team and until they make the playoffs they’re not going to able to attract any decent UFA’s. Unless they do the K.Lowe thing and stupidly overpay someone. Smithson is still a good option for the Oilers, Lander has been looking good with the Barons, but still needs another year in the AHL.

  13. Woodguy says:

    Is Mental.

  14. Wes Mantooth-11 says:

    I will send you back one Petrell for your Barkov please.

    Thanks.

  15. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    That Tuba is calling out to Lennart… “come home, child. come home. It will be crazy and beautiful here. Some dense, thinly sliced rye bread, something pickled and a tall glass of Aquavit, or equivalent, are all waiting for you.”

    I’m seriously hoping I get to miss Petrell. That is, that he is gone come training camp. Unlike a few other fellows who have darkened the Oiler world in the past, Petrell is one of those few you cheer for and genuinely adopt despite knowing he’d can’t pull his weight. I’ll miss him.

    One benefit… oddly is that he can finally re-unite with his family. I remember an interview this year where he talked about being away from his wife and kids, who never came over to NA and that sounds like a horrible situation.

    At any rate, considering this:

    “And so it gives me no great pleasure to identify Lennart Petrell as the redheaded step child. Honestly, we’re going to have to send him back. Sorry.”

    I just hope our red-headed, arm-broken, Oiler-fan friend so deeply committed to Lennart in the photo above can muster the strength to continue as a fan once Lennart is gone. It’s going to be a tough road for him. He is in our thoughts.

  16. Ribs says:

    fifthcartel:
    Can we resign Petrell solely for future epic pictures like the one above?

    I love the guy in the background. He’s like a cartoon character.

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