You don’t have to approach your job intelligently, but it helps. I love watching smart hockey players make smart plays, and the Oilers have a rookie standout in this area.
Arcobello is having a quality rookie season across the board. His point total is impressive, he’s been successful in every role asked of him, and has significantly outplayed the competition for center ice-time.
NHL ROOKIE SCORING
That’s some very nice company, and Oiler fans have to be excited about Arcobello’s season. The downside is size, but he has been winning more puck battles than most of the bigger Oilers all season using that intelligence (Arcobello can give bigger men a shove, grab the puck, and head north—he’s done it once in each of the last two games) and he’s a useful player at center. He’s over 50% in the faceoff circle and his advanced stats are quality.
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Three players currently in the black, Mr. Arco Polo is at the top of the list. Notice his playing time, I suspect he’s going to get more of it if he can continue to post these kinds of numbers, and it goes without saying there won’t be any healthy scratches if he delivers these kinds of numbers.
His rise through the minor league system was impressive, and his early season showing was a fun curio, but if he can sustain this kind of performance the Oilers will have found this generation’s Rich Peverley. We’ll need to see it over 150 games in the NHL, but Mark Arcobello has beaten the odds over and over again. It’s like I wrote earlier this season, can’t shoot, can’t skate, too small, he’s heard it for so long he’s not listening anymore. He is, however, making a lot of noise.
LONG TALL SLOVAKIAN
The first time we heard the name Martin Marincin was from the draft floor in 2010, as the nhl.com announcer prattled on you could hear the Oilers table announce his name in the background.
- Redline Report on his draft day: Tall Lanky D with a huge frame to fill out. Good skating ability for his size; Pivots well and shows good agility, though he lacks balance and acceleration. Skates with head up and looking for plays – smooth puck handler with good passing touch. Reads play quickly and makes good decisions. Doesn’t force things that aren’t there. However, once he makes his outlet pass, his arms sag to his side and he’s not interested in trying anything else offensively. Lacks an aggressive mindset and rarely ventures off the blue line at offensive end. Inconsistent defensively – positioning in own zone needs improvement. Tough to beat 1-on-1 off the rush because of his mobility and long reach, but can be beaten in tight by quick, shifty forwards. Counts mostly on the pokecheck and skating ability rather than using his big body, but is improving in the physical aspect and does a good job pinning men against the wall.
- Dallas Eakins last night on Marincin in his NHL debut: “I thought he was solid back there.. that’s all you want every night from your defencemen.”
Marincin played 15:25 and was +1 and he looked like a guy playing his first NHL game, but you can see what the scouts liked about him. He’s a tall drink of water, and his wingspan is massive. Marincin also skated very well to my eye, suspect he’ll get sent back today and we’ll see him at the deadline.
- Jonathan Willis: Martin Marincin, 5. Marincin looked more than a little nervous on first NHL shift, taking the puck and not quite skating to the red line before dumping it into the offensive zone; the result was an icing call and a shift where the fourth line had some trouble for a bit. The nerves continued into the second, where he got away with some awkward looking plays with the puck, but he seemed to find his form later on, recording one nice scoring chance toward the end of the middle frame and then not looking out of place in a brief power play stint. He took a minor penalty in the last few minutes of the third.
A very nice summary, as always.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A rollicking show for sure this morning, 10 o’clock on TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports. The tragic fall of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Corey Graham from TSN 1260′s Oil King broadcasts. Teddy Bear toss tonight and a very good game!
- Rob Soria from Oil Drop. We’ll talk about last night’s game and the overhaul on the blue.
- Andreas Morse from FC Edmonton. Eddies off-season additions continue.
- Jungle Jim Hunter from Sportcology. Team Canada could win gold, silver and bronze in one of the Sochi Olympic events. Find out which one.
10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on the twitter. See you on the radio!