One day, all of these kids are going to look back and thank Shawn Horcoff. I don’t know where he’ll be then, but he won’t be captain of the Edmonton Oilers when the good times get here.
Shawn Horcoff 10-11
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.47 (6th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 4.99 (1st among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: toughest among regular forwards
- Qual Team: best available teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: 7.0 (4th best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 50.6% (7th easiest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 46.6% (13th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 78/11.5% (5th among F’s but DNQ)
- Boxcars: 47gp, 9-18-27
- Plus Minus: -1 on a team that was -52
Shawn Horcoff 11-12
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.04 (9th among regular forwards, 299th in NHL)
- 5×4 points per 60: 3.20 (7th among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: toughest among regular forwards
- Qual Team: 5th best available teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: -1.0 (7th best among regular forwards)
- Zone Start: 43.9% (2nd toughest, 13th easiest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 45.4% (11th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 123/10.6% (6th among F’s)
- Boxcars: 81gp, 13-21-34
- Plus Minus: -23 on a team that was -26
Shawn Horcoff 12-13
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.34 (9th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 3.13 (8th among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 8th toughest among regular forwards
- Qual Team: 8th best available teammates among regular forwards
- Corsi Rel: -4.4 (10th best among regular forwards) (-13.77 CorsiON)
- Zone Start: 42.1% (4th toughest, 12th easiest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 45.2% (14th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 41/17.07% (2nd among F’s>40 shots)
- Boxcars: 31gp, 7-5-12
- Plus Minus: +8 on a team that was -15
- What do these numbers tell us? He’s no longer facing the toughs, and that’s news. The offense didn’t come back like one would have wanted, and he got PP time and had a solid to amazing shooting percentage. Part of that could be linemates, but brother Horcoff’s offense is going away as each season goes by.
- Did he play a lot on the PP? He was the same on PP and PK as a year ago, a little less at even strength. They’re chipping away at his ice time slowly but surely, and with Nuge and Gagner ahead of him that trend will continue. I could see a day when they play Horc on the wing, falls in line with MacT’s “we have a lot of centers” philosophy.
- Lots of faceoffs? Third on the list this time, behind Gagner and the Nuge. 49% overall, not his best but miles better than the kids.
- Two more seasons at a 5.5M cap hit. They’ll never get rid of him. I’m sure the Oilers could deal him if it came to that, he’s a $4M salary in 13-14 and then $3M the following year. I think they keep him at least another year.
- The Oilers were crappy when he was hurt. True, Horcoff is one of those veterans who can settle down a line. He was also in some good luck (shooting percentage, plus minus) but it was nice to see him getting a few cheers along with the boos.
- You always talk about Smyth’s career after he retires from the game, but Horcoff would be a better candidate for coaching or the front office. Agreed. Horcoff seems to have a lot of things going for him. Good point.
- Why this song? As with all of the players we’re talking about, Springsteen has about 20 songs that could work. I thought of ‘Stolen Car’ because the hero of the song is trapped, or The River or Fade Away–pretty much the entire River album applies. The Price You Pay is about making decisions, paying for them–good and bad–and not really thinking about how many decisions you make in youth that have massive implications as you grow older. It’s true for all of us, and I’m not suggesting Horcoff would have turned down the money or left via free agency–but those decisions come at a price and you pay for it. The marker comes due, for millionaires and normal men.
- He’s an excellent captain. I think so, also think he’ll step down over the summer.
- WHAT? I think this is the summer Edmonton makes the shift, they’ll move one of Hall or Eberle into that role. Maybe they wait another year but this seems like the time to make the change and turn north.
- What will his role be next season? More of the same. Mentor the next group: Paajarvi, Hartikainen, probably Rajala, Pitlick. Since 2010 fall, pretty much every forward has been helped along by Horcoff in one way or another. I think he’s been a leader in this way.
- Why isn’t Horcoff a popular player? I think it’s the money. Last year, it was “all that money for -23″ and this year it’s about the offense. I know why salaries are public and don’t want to go back, but it does make players a target when this sort of thing happens.
- How will he be remembered? Depends on your point of view. Some will remember the contract, the feet of clay and the missed opportunities goalmouth. Some will remember the blocked shot (with his face) in Detroit, answering the bell even on those nights when all was lost during the anthem, and the fact that he was the best “dirty work” option on the team for a long time.
- You always liked him. From the first time I saw him mark his man, gain position and ride him out of the play as a perfect pass zipped through the slot, fall 2000 TC. I’ll be writing a ‘Sail on, Trail Smoke Eater’ sooner than later, but I’ve enjoyed watching Shawn Horcoff play hockey. Very much.
- It’s been a tough climb for him since the Oilers traded Pronger. It’s the price you pay.
The Lowdown with Lowetide is on Team 1260 at 10 this morning. It’s the Friday edition, so we’ll have a little fun and some open line. Scheduled to appear:
- Yukon Jack from the Bear morning show. We’ll talk to the legendary broadcaster about his sporting passion and ask how he comes up with the material for all those ‘Yaps’.
- Janeene Spiess from Complete Core Athletics. We’ll discuss the Hockey Alberta decision to eliminate body checking for Pee Wee level hockey beginning this fall.
- Andreas Morse from FC Edmonton. Exciting news for FC, they have added 3,000 seats at Clark Park for Sunday’s game and they’re celebrating a just announced television contract.
- Evan Daum from the Edmonton Journal. Evan will pop in to discuss the Oil Kings as they prepare for a vital game 5 against Portland tonight in the WHL finals.
- Jungle Jim Hunter. Olympian will tell us about the upcoming inductions into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame later this month.
Hope you can tune in, plenty of Oiler talk too.